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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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93
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6,135 Ratings
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91
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Ratings: 6,135
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Ratings: 6,135 | Reviews: 2,730
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mabermud
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been wanting to try this beer for awhile. It is super dark brown with a dark beige head that has legs and dark brown edges. It smells like burnt caramel, roasted malts, faint chocolate, and licorice. There is a smell of alcohol. This beer tastes just like it smells. Roasted malt, slight licorice, burnt caramel, and faint chocolate. Mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. Overall, this is a very good stout. I will have it again.

Photo of Brez07
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a '09-10 version of this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Dark with a 1 finger tan head. Fairly good lacing throughout

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and a touch of alcohol at the end

T: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee/expresso, malt and a hint of vanilla

M: Creamy and full. Very smooth

D: Very good. The alcohol is masked very well - I wouldn't have known this was a 10% beer without the label. This will be a new go-to for me during the winter months

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of greenmonstah
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black. A bit of light comes through on the edges. Half a finger of brown head with poor retention. Alcohol lacing, which I always love to see, is present.

S - Sweet chocolate. Booze. Some sweet,dark fruitiness. Roasted malts.

T - Some sweetness, very boozy. Some hop in the middle is nice. Only a hint of the dark fruit from the nose. Wonderful chocolate finish. Warming alcohol taste left in the mouth.

M - Thick. coats the mouth and is a bit cloying. Boozy warmth is divine.

D - A fine tasting beer, but the booziness is a bit much. Not much effort was put into masking the alcohol of this 10% imperial, and it suffers a bit for it.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of brewtus
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark black duh, with a great dark beige head. Smell is milky, some chocolate, hops, leaves a little to be desired on the nose . Tastes hoppier than I expected, a little dark coffee flavor, nice lactic chocolate taste that isn't too sweet. It's very smooth and leaves a delicious chocolate aftertaste in your mouth, great after dinner beer

Photo of baiser
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle, like motor oil, thick, black, viscous. Dark tan head, good retention. Wonderful aroma of chocolate and coffee, with a whiff of alcohol. This is a rich, full, strong stout. Dark chocolate, molasses, heavy, viscous and a delight to drink on its own. One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had.

Photo of alkemy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark opaque brown pour with a darkish tan head. Dark burnt orange highlighting on the edges of the glass when held to light. Lots of sweet malt in the nose. Dark fruits like raisin, fig, and cherry. The scent gives off the aroma of a high ABV brew. I've got to honest here, I didn't get any chocolate aromas until after I had a drink. I get a sour cherry note first and a lingering coffee/espresso last. In between there is some roasty burnt goodness and more of the dark fruits...maybe a touch of prune juice. Alcohol is supremely well hidden. This is very smooth and rich. I really dig the taste...probably because it's a slightly different interpretation of the style.

Photo of jamescain
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep impenetrable black with a dark brown head about a finger thick that clings to the side of the glass and leaves a ring around the center.

Aroma: Huge chocolate and roasted notes with a slight coffee and vanilla aroma peaking through.

Taste: This is all about he chocolate and roasted notes. There is not much complexity but that is fine.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with medium carbonation and a slightly boozy finish.

Overall: One of my favorite seasonal beers and for the price you can't beat it. It also makes a really tasty cake.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn is firmly on Long Island although in N.Y.C., so I call this a local beer!
This is a fine brew with a chocolate/raisiny/toffee taste. After my first encounter with the Russian Imperial style,I expected to hate it, but it is surprisingly good. The high alchohol content could easily sneak up on you, since it is so smooth!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of alaimoa
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage a bit disappointed from what I remember fresh. Current pour is ok with head that quickly fades. Nose is alcohol forward, bit if spent coffee grinds, chocolate largely gone as far as sweet smell. Taste and feel are good but again taste is lacking from fresh version with a boozy sweetness that isn't bad but just lacking depth. Feel is thick

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Redwood21
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: wow hotty here! black ink and a dark sticky head, retention could be better but its so lovely

S: my sister says "smells like beer" i love it though, not strong but with some ester and dark fruit and raisin smell. not much chocolate or other things in it

T:very enjoyable. there isnt much chocolate here but roasted malts are here for sure. i do not detect much hop presence other than a slight bittering effect there is certainl some ester in the taste as well.

M/D: an altogether very good beer, the chocolate label at least for me was a bit overstated but regardless i really enjoyed the beer, and maybe i just could not detect the chocolate malts or whatever it was

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Lerxst
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Almost pitch black with a nice one finger mocha head that hung around for a bit and left some nice lacing. Looks great.

S-Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and a bit of figs? Smells great too.

T-A delicious malty dark chocolate/coffee flavor with a bit of bitterness. I can't tell this thing is almost 11% abv. Its not hot at all.

M-Rich, creamy, full bodied with what I consider to be a perfect carb level, i.e., not too heavy.

D-For such a big beer, this is easily drinkable.

I think this is an outstanding job by Brooklyn. I will definitely pick up another 4 pack of this. Heck, I'll probably buy a case.

Photo of genog
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-08 Vintage:

Pours an opaque, rich black color with some light brown frothy, creamy head that sits on top. A fair amount of lacing sticks around on this one, and comes back with every swirl. Smell is of roasted malt, and some hints of chocolate. Taste is bitter at first then a sweet middle before the rich finish of dried fruit, and some dark chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeeling. I seem to have enjoyed this one more so than the year old version.

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed in a Duvel snifter with a 6 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle.

A rather hard pour produces a black body that opaque along with a tan billowy head that isn't chunky, but flat.

Aromas of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, not really any hop aromas.

Tasted is bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Initially sweet and and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well. The alcohol heat builds with warmth. I would love this aged, but right now it drinks a bit rough.

Mouthcoating is tremendous. Full bodied and chewy.
After recently having Sexual Chocolate, this beer is not quite as big and full, but they are similiar beers. Aging about a year or so does them well.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,135 ratings.