Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,676
Reviews:
2,809
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,471
For Trade:
50
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Ratings: 6,676 |  Reviews: 2,809
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06-07 edition

a - pours deep black and thick looking, one-inch tan head from an aggresive pour, retention around the edges, great lacing

s - big roasted malt and chocolate aroma, alcohol noticeable

t - sweetness right up front with strong bitterness following, lots of chocolate and roasted malt with some espresso on the end with a strong alcohol taste as well, very complex

m - full-bodied, not much carbonation, dry finish

d - might be a little big and hot to be overly drinkable at this point, some age would probably smooth out the alcohol a little bit making it slightly more drinkable

Very impressed with this stout, and it's a great value to boot. I could see this brew getting a lot better with some age as the alcohol is still a little bit harsh, but I'm enjoying it right now.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with one finger of coffee coloured head; some lacing.

S: Smells of coffee, chocolate and alcohol.

T: Tastes pretty much exactly like it smells but it is very well balanced.

M: The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

D: The alcohol is reasonably well hidden so the drinkability is pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter '09-10 bottling. I thought it was a bit hot when it first came out, so I'm hoping a few months have helped.

Good start. About as black and thick as the style requires, although I have seen thicker and blacker. The head is more tan than brown, but it holds at a steady sheet.

Sweet and roasty. More milk chocolate than black. The nose of the bottle smelled like a Baltic porter, and some of that syrupy molasses character stayed with it. Could be stronger.

This is a roasty stout with nice dose of chocolate, but it pales compared to Choklat, which is the king of chocolate stouts. Hopping lends way more bitterness to this particular beer, but it goes well with the roasty flavors and doesn't impart clashing grapefruit or other citrus. This is a nice, balanced imperial stout. Definitely does show some black chocolate on the finish, with a pleasant dryness. Pretty nice. Borderline 4.5, but it's really quite an enjoyable beer. Rich roastiness is the highlight.

Smooth and nice, and the hotness has left for the most part. It fills the mouth well and has very soft carbonation. Not the thick tar of other stouts, but it's perfectly creamy.

Some aging has definitely done this well and mellowed the heat, I believe. Also, I think this benefits from being a bit cooler than I typically drink such strong beers at. The flavor is not as bludgeoning as a lot of 10% beers, so it goes down easy, and the flavor is not too huge. I'm a little disappointed they cut down to a four-pack, but this is still quite a good value and a beer worth buying. Easily worth the dollar more than Old Rasputin.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09-10 vintage, poured into snifter...

A: Pours jet black with a small one finger tan head, fairly creamy and falls to a thin foam, decent thin lacing left behind.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, booze, licorice, bready burnt caramel malt.

T: Huge chocolate flavor profile, lots of depth, starts with a harsh bittersweet, then fades into milk chocolate and then into a black licorice mixed with a boozy alcohol and a lingering finish of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Heavy body that starts off very smooth and then the carbonation kicks in and comes on strong with the flavors and then finishes smooth.

D: This is a very smooth RIS and pretty drinkable, the booziness is there but only adds to the complexity. Very nice overall, wish Brooklyn Brewery was on the West Coast!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown to black virtually opaque beer with a rusty brown foam on the top, with lighter tan notes also in the foam. Chocolate milk lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, Russian Imperial Stout all the way. Alcohol present, creamy, sweet, tar, black licorice, overall black and dark. Reminds me of Old Rasputin by North Coast.

T: Wow, it packs a punch. Loaded with flavor. I get all the dark chocolate, sweet notes tar notes, alcohol, black licorice, cocoa nibs. Its really umami, soy sauce, a saline quality there as well, and snow, or almost freezer burn. Slight sour, little bitter. Really complex.

M: Thick syrupy bready body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation.

O: Really enjoying this one which exceeded my expectations. Liking it a lot, comparable to Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout and Old Rasputin Ale. Think I may like it equally to these. Will give it 9.3 out of 10. Got in Stratford, On, but drank in Kunming China February 17, 2014, a year after purchase and on return from Chiang Mai to China.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,676 ratings.
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