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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,521 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,521
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 299
Gots: 861 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-23-2011 07:05:14 | More by Antnyd82
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-19-2011 03:20:50 | More by bigdaddypolite
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. No hops are really detected and alcohol is faint

Taste is of roasted, burnt malt. Some bitter chocolate and hops are also there. After beer starts to warm the alcohol becomes alittle apparent and I also get some dried prune or other dark fruit

Mouth feel is good. Beer is medium bodied with a nice syrupy consistency. Carbonation is sufficient.

Drink ability was good. For 10 percent, its not too strong, but its best consumed in a small quantity. The one I have is still pretty young, need to age acouple to see if they improve over time

12-18-2009 05:30:47 | More by angelmonster
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-12-2012 15:40:16 | More by Rob315
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

355 ml bottle

Pours jet black with little to no head, some tan foam quickly dissipates. The nose is strong roasted malt, chocolate and phenol. Taste is heavy bitter flavours of dark chocolate, sweet toasted malts. Leaves a dry mouthfeel in the finish, heavy mouthfeel. Very easy to sip on, impressively drinkable. A great way to bring in the winter season.

12-11-2010 01:24:43 | More by heebes
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Jet black oil. Nice two finger head that lingered and faded to lacy patches.

S- Fantastic dark chocolate, roasted malty sweetness, and smokey notes.

T- Superb dark chocolate/coffee bitterness that fades into a nice chocolate sweetness. The 10% ABV is present but masked phenomenally. As the beer warms, more and more of the chocolate and alcohol pokes through.

M- Full bodied, creamy and thick. Excellent.

O- One of my new favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. Nice dark chocolate bitterness then blends into milk chocolate and roasty malt sweetness. Definitely some heat at the back end but for a 10%'er it's well hidden esp for a fresh bottle. One of my new winter favorites

11-12-2013 04:03:50 | More by wiscokid920
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-06-2014 11:16:55 | More by williahd
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

03-09-2014 04:34:35 | More by timotao
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District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

05-06 bottle
Pours a thick, totally pitch black with dirty brown foam on top, sticks around for a while. Aromas of dark fruits, alcohol, a tad bit of coffee and chocolate, but mostly roasted matliness. Flavors are dominated by a smooth and yet slightly bitterness from the chocolate malts. Chocolate flavor is subtle, but the finish is super fresh cream creamy, mmmm, lingers a while. Alcohol finishes the twang of this delectable brew, just at the end. I had one of these back in December when it was fresh, and this one has already seen some mellowing in the 5 months. One of my favorite RISs, and I was fortunate to have a friend drive a 6er of this from NY as it's not available in these parts. I will hope to save one for next year to try, but that is very unlikely.

05-04-2006 23:28:52 | More by dreadnatty08
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours a dark mahogany, almost black color with 1 finger of dark tan/brown head that lingers a while. Smells of roasted malt, slightly medicinal, with notes of cherries and brown sugar. Tastes creamy and smooth, with lots of sweetness and good malt and dark chocolate flavors. It has a nice warming sensation before a lingering finish of dark chocolate. This beer is a real treat!

12-24-2009 03:30:12 | More by curasowa
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

03-21-2013 18:06:33 | More by aslamm75
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-23-2012 01:53:09 | More by sweisel80
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-03-2013 03:57:51 | More by billbeers
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

02-18-2013 23:48:42 | More by OleDixie
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-22-2014 20:44:06 | More by tylergoov
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-15-2014 19:56:42 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

'01-'02: A bedtime treat. Nice burnt coffee/cocoa flavors. Viscous mouthfeel that I believe could be balanced with a little more hops. Finishes with a warming acidic burnt malt bitterness. Aging usually rounds out the rough corners, but it's still good complex brew young.

01-29-2002 10:24:48 | More by pbrian
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Pitch black in color with a beautiful three finger light brown rocky head. As it slowly dissipates it leaves a dense blanket of fine bubbles on the walls of my glass.

Roasted malts and cocoa on the nose. Slight suggestion of licorice with an undertone of brandy like alcohol.

Up front flavors of dark dried fruits, figs and raisins. Followed by roasted cocoa and burnt espresso with a hint of toffee. Boozy alcohol in the finish with a hint of hops.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with an oily slickness left on the lips and tongue. Very quaffable, rich in flavor and a joy sip and savor. Great beer.

12-04-2007 01:24:47 | More by Ieatlambfries
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Thanks UncleFlip!

Bold and black. A small, dark tan head formed with little bubbles and then went away quickly. Some lacing, but a great looking syrupy beer.

Aroma is outstanding... milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cherries, sherry, vanilla, coffee, caramel.

Extra creamy on the palate. A slight hop edge on the back-end swallow and somewhat dry at points... but overall sweet, chocolatey with roasted malt toastiness. Hints of cola involved.


01-20-2006 04:56:55 | More by Fugazme
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Winter 09-10 release.

A-Deep dark motor oil with a thick rocky head with awesome looking lacing.

S-Not a lot of nose on this one. Poured at cellar temperature and I expected a bit more. Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, no alcohol detected.

T-Bittersweet chocolate malts predominate followed by a bit of astringent hop bitterness and alcohol detected more in its numbing effect than in the taste. Pretty good, but feels a bit raw, although to be fair I've been drinking aged RIS all week so it can't compare. I'm guessing this will be pretty special in a year, and I'll put the balance of the 4 pack down and see how it does.

M-Medium mouthfeel with balanced carbonation. Not as full or chewy as I thought it might be.

D-I like this, and the potential is definatel there, but it really needs some age to make it a really great beer.

12-27-2009 01:17:35 | More by caddybuyer
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Black with a small rim of brownish head.

Smell, well I see how they came up with the name, Deep dark chocolates, roasted and burnt malt, caramel, toffee, light espresso.

Taste is once again deep dark cocoa and chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, toffee, caramel, burnt bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, medium carbonation. Really nice.

Had this a few months ago and decided it could use a bit in the cellar and man was I right. Really great beer here, nice price, a lot of distinct flavors going on.

09-29-2013 04:58:41 | More by nickapalooza86
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-01-2013 17:52:26 | More by mcaulifww
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-27-2014 16:26:40 | More by rodkin
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-22-2012 17:43:13 | More by reyna311
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3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

Looking forward to this for a long time. Winter '03-'04. I wish I could have found an aged one. Pours black as the night itself. Small tan head that quickly....disappears? I have it at a good stout temperature. I wonder why there's no head? Anyway.
Smell: Oooooh that's nice. No hop bitterness in the nose. Faint alcohol over rich chocolate. Really pungent malt smell.
Taste: Smooth. Dark chocolate. Quite sour. No discernible hop character over the heavy chocolate malt. The label mentions imperial stouts. This seems very boderline. Very bitter aftertaste in a very different way. Not hop bitterness but more like...unsweeted baker's chocolate bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for me, especially for a limited edition winter stout. Lack of head and hops really disappoints me. Usually it takes me a long time to wash a glass that had an imp stout in it. My roomates bitch at me because I bring down pint glasses with week old sticky Storm King lace crusted from top to bottom. This beer's microscopic head didn't even stick on the sides. I guess drinkability might be ok, but I really can't see myself wanting another. Sorry, Brooklyn but I feel let down. I'll promise to try some other offerings, but to me, the flagship ran aground.

03-25-2004 19:25:51 | More by 99bottles
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