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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Photo of hoplover82
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a small tan head that has ok retention and excellent lacing.the smell is of chocolate and licorice. And the flavor is just like the aroma but with some earthy hop flavor. There is some mild warm alcohol flavor as well.the mouthfeel is thick and creamy. And just the right amount of carbonation to keep it right. This beer is pretty good but not epic. A great beer for the price for sure. Very glad I tried this. And highly recommend it.

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Photo of Kooz
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry for the stunted review, but until there's an app, it's going to be hard to review beers from bars and restaurants...

Poured dark, almost black with a chocolate brown head and lacing. Perfect.

Smells sweet (but not overly so) and malty. Nothing amazing, but better than average.

Tastes sticky and chocolatey with a sweet aftertaste like sweetened condensed milk. It tastes more like a milk stout than an imperial.

Good body, very nice. Foamy and creamy, and leaves a stickiness in your mouth that lets the flavor get a little more complex after drinking it.

Overall, it's very good. I'd drink this anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of JasonA
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a oil black with little to no head. Some lacing which seems to be a dark coffee in color. Looks tasty.

Smells initially like roasted alcohol. Can smell the ABV easily. Hint of coffee. Maybe some hops, barly, but really the alcohol.

Initial hints of chocolate and coffee which get over powered by a bombaredment of alcohol nose biting flavor ... ABV tasted. Not a bad alcohol, but a flavorful one. Hoppy finish which seems to be more of the american stout style. Full finish in flavor with staying power.

Medium to full bodied, great amount of carbonation for the style. Sits nice in the mouth until you swallow.

Overall I think the ABV is a bit overpowering for the flavor of this Stout. I think it could be masked a bit with more roasted malt for this to be considered stronger for the style. I dont think I could drink many of these. Not sure this is one I would come back to for East Coast RIS. Its too bad as Im a big Brooklyn fan.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into an oversized stemless wine glass.

Brooklyn BCS pours up a thick, almost wet looking, black crude oil. Pretty much opaque, with just a hint of garnet when held to light. Head is the darkest I've ever seen on a beer, and roughly the color of some porters or brown ales I've had. Seriously dark espresso foam on this, maybe half a finger that holds nicely. This sucker also pours /out/ distinctively, as this stuff is viscous--it's not accident it conjures up analogies to oil. Yowza.

S--Very vinous, fortified winey, like port or its close cousin madeira. There are also some toffee notes and a bit of bitter chocolate.

T--Much like the nose: lots of warming alcohol that rounds out with wine notes and, to me, a little dark chocolate but much more black coffee, or espresso. Big, big beer, that does not bother hiding the liquor punch. Finish is bitter and a little like looking on the Montana horizon--in a word, neverending. Just lasts and lasts, and if it's a little warmer not only does the toffee come out, but also some raisins and, most of all, bitter roasted malt. Finish is the best part, as it's complex. Up til that point this beer is just big and boozy, which I'm guessing would change for the better with some aging. Have you ever had goobers? Imagine goobers that use dark chocolate instead of milk chocoate and dunked in coffee and kahlua. That's how this tastes to me.

M&D--Mouthfeel is excellent, silky velvety mongrammed Barry white sheets. Drinkability? Who cares. It's winter, so let's warm up. Not something you'd wanna drink before Christmas or after St. Patrick's day, but in that window it makes the snow shine a little brighter in the sun.

I like this beer, but I don't love it. It may be my unfamiliarity with the style, or my nagging sense that Brooklyn brews big beers rather than better ones. Often I feel like they're high end offerings gimme a black eye. But then again, I need to try more of their standard year-round stuff to be able to judge better.

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Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at a dive bar somewhere in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Didn't really even know the name of the place at the time.
A-- Black, basically completely. Some light seeps through at the bottom. Even the head is a deep, deep tan.
S-- Has a chocolate scent. It comes through.
T-- Very rich, sour chocolate taste. Kind of a chestnut undertone. The chocolate comes through toward the end. A bit too alcohol taste.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color with mocha colored foam head that slowly dissipates. Some prickle that dissipates as well. I have smelled some characteristics of the nose in other imperial stouts. I can smell the chocolate malt but there is something in the nose that makes me think of an irish stout or red ale. Faint hints of smoke. Very lush and very thick mouthfeel. The malts are roasted pretty fully as I almost felt like I was eating roasted corn. Still some smoke at the finish and hints of coffee. The elusive scent presents in the flavor and continues to elude me. Perhaps it is the black malt alluded to on the label. Smoky finish and warm with alcohol. Very strong and powerful flavor. I would rate it B- on straight up flavor and all, but that is me.

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Photo of gopens44
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - All kinds of pitch black. No light making it through even the edges on this one. The head was pretty fluffy, and receded to a thin layer of bubbles.

S - Lots of coffee and barley.

T - Bitter with coffee and chocolate notes. There was some sweetness in the back end that reminded me of molasses.

M - Creamy, smooth and not overly carbonated. Good finish with only a touch of bitterness lingering around on the tongue.

D - Not my favorite RIS, but I'll continue to mix this in with my "go to" favorites since it's a seasonal dig.

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Photo of Poser
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark black with an almost perfect dark tan head. Aroma is strong chocolate and dark malts. Taste is of dark chocolate and heavy barley.A little bit of sugar and full body makes it go down extremely smooth. Drinkability gets a small hit because there is an alcohol sting that comes out a bit too much.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had heard a lot of good things about this stout and was not dissapointed. The brew poured thick dark black and left a creamy head. First sip was sweet, followed by burnt caramel and hints of coffee. The sweetness did not let up, as the first sip's flavors stuck to the tongue. The back end provided a slightly smokey character which blended well with the high alcohol content. After 3 bottles had to switch to another another standby before tastebud destruction- too bad because it was cold outside and this stout was the perfect warmer. Overall a very tasty beer- well done.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of 09 into a pint glass.

A- Black with a paper thin mocha head that fades instantly.

S- Mostly chocolate, but I'm getting some roasted malt action with a very slight touch of coffee.

T- A lot of slightly bitter dark chocolate. A slight pinch of coffee. There's also a tad bit of roasted malt in there, but the bitterness starts to overwhelm after awhile.

M- Its about the standard thickness for a RIS. Not overly syrupy, though. Good deal

D- This is strong, and the bitterness CAN get to be a little much. Regardless, its a damn fine beer that I'm sure would taste a lot better if it were 30 degrees cooler out. I like it. I don't love it...but I like it.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003/2004 release. Pours completely black with a coffee colored head that dissipated relatively quickly. Aroma has some hints of caramel, cherry, black licorice, and roasted malts - but the overall scent I pick up is that of dark chocolate liqueor. This brew coats the mouth like syrup & is bittersweet. More licorice & cherry in the flavor profile, but also, of course, loads of dark chocolate. Alcohol is significantly more upfront than I would have hoped, though the brew becomes more well-rounded as it warms. All kinds of heavily roasted/burnt malt throughout. Finishes a little dry with long lasting chocolate truffle, espresso, & dark cherry.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint

Appearance is black black black. Tiny crown of tan foam on top. Not sure what else you could ask for.

Smell is a little muted. Mostly dark chocolate, toast, some nutty notes.

Taste, lead is heavy bitter to bitter sweet chocolate. Then it fades into, well, sort of a mess. Not bad by any means but I really can't pick anything out. It's a soup of stout flavors fighting each other. I had no problem drinking it, actually quite easy drinking, but it seemed a bit messy.

Mouthfeel is top notch. Thick, rich, optimal carbonation. This aspect really manage to make up for the messy palate and makes it very easy to drink.

Overall - although it's not really complex stout, it seems that this one would benefit from some age to let the flavors figure themselves out. I liked it, I would even recommend people try it, just didn't love it. I'll revisit this in a year or two.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009-2010 BSC poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Dark black, minimal tan-colored head. Significant lacing. Not a lot of carbonation.

S: Not much, though that's pretty characteristic for me when I'm experiencing a stout.

T: Loads of toasted malts. Definitely getting the chocolate and coffee. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and that's a good thing. For 10% ABV, it's very well-hidden.

M: Great thick viscosity.

D: For 10% ABV, this is extremely drinkable. The heat of the alcohol is well-incorporated. If this is an imperial stout, it is my first, and I like what I'm experiencing.

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Photo of number1bum
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch-black, as dark as can be, with a nice coffee-colored creamy looking foam head - looks spectacular and maintains a bit of lacing. Smell is all malt - roasted, chocolate and a bit of coffee. I can smell the alcohol in this, as well. Taste is much the same, lots of malt sweetness, and a tad bit of fruit, as well - raisin and prune. Slick and creamy.

My biggest problem with this beer is the ever presence of alcohol, particularly in terms of taste. It's a big beer at over 10% but I just don't feel like it's hidden very well. It's especially present when cold, but even as the beer warms I still get more alcohol on my palate than I'd like.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09-10 Vintage.

A: Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head - initially one finger and eventually dissipates to a smallish ring. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark fruits, cherries, burnt coffee, and some alcohol. I also smell the chocolate, but it's much more subtle than I expected. Pretty standard aroma for a sweet stout I'd say.

T: Espresso and mocha most apparent along with some sweet dark fruits. Bitter chocolate on the finish. It's pretty good, but doesn't really taste significantly different than lots of other sweet RIS I've had. As with the nose I was expecting a more distinct chocolate.

M: Very smooth, creamy feel and a nice full body. This beer really shines in this respect. Alcohol hidden fairly well, but you definitely feel the warming effects.

D: A pretty good RIS. However, for a limited release the emphasizes chocolate in its name I was a little disappointed. I'll probably drink one more for a second opinion and then cellar the other two for a while.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08-09 bottle

A- black body with a finger of sticky coffee colored lasting head. cant ask for much more.

S- roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a dash of hops.

T- fresh this tastes like a load of chocolate dumped into a glass of booze. much room for improvement with age. it has a hoppy finish as well.

M- rather thick and creamy. very smooth

D- at 10% abv the alcohol isnt as well hidden as many other beers in this style. i cant wait to see what this one turns into in a year or three. one was enough for the evening. ill check in on this one fairly often.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: My first crack at this! Picked it up a couple of years ago (the bottle says "Winter 10-11") in Chicagoland. Classy, clean label, with nice info about the beer on a 12oz brown pop top. Into my Hennepin stemmed goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a touch of ruby highlights in the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Nice big tan head that shows good retention.

Smell: Lots of chocolatey fudge up front, with a bit of fruity booze. Really pleasant, but surprisingly no real roast; only detractor here is a lack of complexity.

Taste: Largely lacking the deep chocolately notes present in the aromas. Dark, fruity booze (hints of cherries). Dry roast (black malt?) on the finish . Some alcoholic heat, but not particularly hot. A nice imperial stout, though I'd lack a bit more richness and depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, but not quite what I'd expect for a big RIS.

Overall: For between $9-10 a 4-pack, this isn't a bad RIS. The aromas are nice, as are the flavors, though both could use a bit more depth and definition. Still, a nice, traditional English-style (not as hoppy or overly roasty, and with dark fruity alcohol) RIS. I was just expecting a bit more from such a talked-about and highly-rated beer.

85 = B

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Photo of tonyf55
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance (3.5): Midnight black and opaque with a dark sandy head that settles into a persistent half-finger on top of the beer. On style, but not incredible.

Aroma (3): Toasty and burnt up front with lingering roast coffee and a light spiciness (perhaps hops pushing through?). The alcohol is very forward and overshadows the other aromas to an extent.

Taste (4): No real "chocolate" flavour, but hits of molasses and a big caramel sweetness. Some minor dark fruit in the background - a nice touch. Again, the alcohol punches through and really is a dominant force between all the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4): Slick, oily and creamy. A nice medium to full body that coats the pallet and lasts long after a sip. The alcohol leaves a nice numbness on the pallet that is both a strong reminder of the beer's potency but also a prep for the next sip.

Overall (4): A BIG beer that will be aged in my cellar for a while. The hotness of the alcohol begs for it to be aged, and I imagine this will be fantastic given a few months to a year (or two). A great sipper that I look forward to having again.

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Photo of everetends
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great IBUnit. This one has been eluding me for quite some time so it was nice to see it as an extra in that box. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a . . . you guessed it, dark ass black. Pretty damned black that lets only a little light through on the edges in the form of dark brown that lets just a touch of light through. When poured, I got a good finger of mocha head that had pretty good retention even though I nursed the hell out of this beer. Lacing was somewhat sticky, but this beer is so slick it coats the glass and all of it slides back into the liquid. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of some serious chocolate. The impressive thing is that you can smell some much chocolate. Dark, milk, cocao all coming out clearly. The malt is roasted, smelling a touch like some wood. Hops bring out a bit of bitterness. Coffee comes out as well.

T: Taste is of chocolate. Pure and simple that comes out loud and clear. All varieties named in the nose. The malt seems to be a bit burnt and a touch unappetizing. Coffee is dark and bitter as well. There is also a heavy alcohol flavor that seems to take a bit away from this. Bit of a shame but still enjoyable.

M: This is a full bodied beer . . . big time. Carbonation is low but a bit higher than expected. This beer is very thick, chewy and slick. Very nice. Really coats the mouth. Aftertaste is mostly of burnt malt and alcohol. Alcohol is a bit high, but does have a really nice warming character that somehow avoids burning the throat and warms from the stomach. This is good cold weather brew.

D: This was enjoyable but due to the alcohol level and burnt malt it is a sipper. I can't imagine poundinng this beer, it would hurt. I made it through an entire game of Trivial Pursuit (taking notes throughout) while drinking this one. Still it has its high points and it absolutely stands by the black and chocolate it references in its name. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, winter 09-10 vintage (10.0%, not 10.6), into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep black body with garnet highlights against the light; two fingers of light brown head show good retention and a full blanket of fine lacing.

S: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and ripe dried fruits. Pretty nice, but surprisingly understated.

T: Anything but understated on this front: intense chocolate, fruit, and alcohol form a whirlwind of in-your-face flavor. The chocolate and alcohol come together nicely on the finish, but that's the only place where any harmony exists in this big, hot beer. Maybe some age would help matters, but as it is this is an engaging (albeit ultimately unpleasantly overwhelming) brew.

M: Beautiful - rich, full-bodied, with tons of nice, soft carbonation. Just a little warm and syrupy on the finish. Perfect for the style.

D: Too much heat and an unbalanced assault of flavors keep this from being truly drinkable, but it's certainly intriguing on enough levels to keep me interested.

Notes: Great beer to try, but I was hoping for more straightforward chocolate dominance. It may also have suffered by comparison, as the last RIS I had was FBS (which absolutely blew me away); this was good, but by no means great.

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Photo of johnd513
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to JasonA for this one.

This beer pours dark black and smells of dark chocolate. The taste is smooth and creamy but is hot on the palate from the high abv which is also present. The drinkability is moderate because of the high upfront abv. Overall an excellent RIS. Not my favorite but its one ive been wanting to try for some time now and im glad I did.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 11.13.08

Great looking beer. Dark, practically black in color. Nice head, but dissipated rather quickly. A nice dark tannish colored head. Huge malty nose (which was expected). caramel malts, some slightly burnt toast, a little molasses and honey too. lots of stuff going on in this one. Alcohol pretty strong in the nose as well.

Supermalty taste as well with an alcoholic tingle. Mild chocolate taste, expected a little bit more. good tatse overall, but underwhelmed with the chocolate.

mouthfeel was heavy body, slightly crisp and carbonated up front, smooths out nicely with alcohol present throughout.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2004-2005 edition.

Appearence: Pours a normal black with decently rich fomay head.

Smell: The roasted malt smell is wonderful to sniff. The bottle claims this beer uses 6 different malts, and I believe it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste of this beer is a kind of mediocre chocolate flavor, but with other ingrediants that compliment that. The chocolate taste isn't too good, but the malty sweet goodness is excellent. The focus of this beer should not have been the chocolate, but it still tastes good. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad beer, but can't hold a candle to Rogue Chocolate Stout. I enjoyed it, that's for sure, but probably couldn't enjoy another one. This is a beer you have to be in the mood for.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a room temperature imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Very little head at all, and I really cranked the pour. What head appeared was an attractive tan. Jet black otherwise, just like an Imperial Stout should be.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Toasted oats and dark chocolate notes and an unmistakable "sweet" smell. Promising.

-Taste 4.0: Front is sweet and there is a detectable taste of smoked grains. Middle is thick barley with a medium sweetness and a nice layer of cocoa and smokiness. Finish is more cocoa and nice bite of alkaline hops along with a slight sourness. Aftertaste is long and hoppy/chocolate. Very nice.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: This beer is woefully undercarbonated. It is nearly flat and this detracted from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 3.5: Very good Imperial Stout. Has a high ABV (10%), but this is unnoticeable in the taste. The mouthfeel of this beer really turned me off, but the taste was quite good. Don't know if I will purchase this again, as there are other, better Imperials within easy reach.

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Photo of Jammies
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep black. A very thin layer of foam quickly disappears.

S - The chocolate was detectable from about a foot away.

T - Much smoother than I expected. The chocolate isn't overwhelming. Slightly hot at the finish.

M - Slightly hot. Smooth with a medium body. Not too heavy for a stout.

O - Dessert in a bottle. Very smooth.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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