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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
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 Tyrawlings
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Soft tan head pours one finger thick and quickly dissolves into a micro bubble ring aroung the edges of the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Burnt grain. Dark fruit. Alcohol.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate dominate the front end of this brew. Hops flash in quickly and are taken over by an astrigent malt character. Sweetness of dark fruit is swallowed by more chocolate. Beer finishes with a strong warming alcohol.

M: Smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A decent Imperial Stout with a nice chocolate taste. I am hoping this beer will mellow with age because right now it lacks balance. Recommended.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Pure black color headed by creamy foam. Brownish tan is lasting & leaves lacing on sides. Roasted malt & cocoa aromas with herbal hues. Bitter cocoa, hints of toffee & lavender at first sip. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous texture & subtle spicy to the palate. Bitterness grows up in the middle & lingers, attached to herbal infusion & creamy roasted maltiness, into the finish. Bitter cocoa on the aftertaste. ABV has been well camouflaged. Flavorful & nice drinkable!!

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of Black Chocolate Stout was similar to what I imagine the night sky would bleed. It had a huge frothy head and there is lace that is still sticking to the top of my glass. It smelled big and malty with some serious sweet aromas. The taste was like slowly mulled chocolate with a tad bit of bitterness to contrast the sweet caramel and chocolate taste although there was not too much in the way of coffee tastes. Overall a very drinkable stout especially for its high alcohol content.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to northyorksammy for this beer.
Appearance is deep black with an off-white small head.

Smell is roasted with coffee and pure chocolate. The roasted notes are subtle and the beer smells sweet.

Taste is roasted with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a light molasses taste. The alcohol is quite strong and balances the sweetness. Bitterness is a combination of maltbitterness and hops. No real hop aroma in the beer though. I am not sure I really really like this beer. It isn't really complex. Not that it is bad, but it doesn't stick out.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. Pours a deep, dark black, opaque with just a suggestion of mocha colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa powder and freshly brewed espresso. Flavors of dark chocolate, bitter chocolate and maybe some coffee. Alcohol, although present, is not that noticeable. Nicely done.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown color, almost black. There was a one finger mocha head that has decent retention with some slight lacing.

S - Some sweet and powdery milk chocolate with some slight hints of dark fruit. Very nice.

T - Some sweet coco up front followed by some raisin notes with a touch of bitter chocolate. a little bit of a boozy taste evens it out.

M - Way too much carbonation. Takes away from the flavors.

D - A little disappointed but I had high expectations. Still a decent stout but I don't need another.

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Photo of confer
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the BOTM selections for December. The color is like its name BLACK. The is now light passing through this glass whatsoever. A tan froth floats on top. A very strong malty aroma with small chocolate smell. The taste starts malty and finishes with a bitter coffee taste. Although this is not my favorite style I will make sure to get some each time they come around. A nice sipping beer

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poored into a Kenzinger standard pint at the Bottle Shop in South Philly from a 12oz... Directly after work.

A: pitch black with little to no tan head. 3

S: not strong. Dark malts and a dark chocolate aroma. 3.5

T: Dark chocolate and booze. Not too bad, but also fairly one dimensional. 3.75

M: heavy. Thick. Just enough carbonation. Great. 4.25

It does what it does very well, but it surprisingly did not do much more. This was a 13-14, served cold. 3.75

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Photo of Invisoclam
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall pretty good, for some reason the alcohol was a bit too pronounced for my palate, it seemed to get in the way of the beer. Otherwise not bad nice and dark, Chocolate flavor.
I may give this one another try at another time if in the mood to give second chances.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

black with a small tan head with big bubbles in it. The head fades quickly. Not much for lacing.

Strong coffee smell, alcohol and a little chocolate.

Big taste of bitter chocolate and black coffee. Big alcohol taste as well. Hops are there too, but mostly a roasted taste.

Full bodied with a dry finish

one or two is good. sip this one! I thought the alcohol was a little too strong untill I had my second one which was much colder and that masked the alcohol taste better for me.

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2011-2012 release.

A: Pours opaque black with three fingers of brown foamy head which quickly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles that linger through the finish.

S: Sweet booziness with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts lend a bitterness that compliments the sweet boozy taste. The alcohol is not overpowering.

M: Fantastic, smooth mouthfeel. Not as syrupy as I anticipated, which is a definite plus. Just the right amount of carbonation. The alcohol provides an excellent level of warmth.

O: Overall, this was an excellent imperial stout with a nice chocolatey backbone. Exceptional mouthfeel for the style. I plan to cellar one for a year or so to see how it matures.

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Photo of ksimons
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-appears almost black with just a ring of tan head around the top

S-rich and malty, coffee, and chocolate. Smells somewhat sweet as well

T-very rich, bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate, a hint of malts to balance out the bitterness. Alcohol makes it spicy

M-full body, light carbonation, very thick

D-agree with other reviewers that age might make it better. I like the chocolate part of the beer and the full body but I'm not wowed by it

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

('05-'06 release)

Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.

Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.

Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.

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Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown that verges on being opaque. Nice big, tan head with fair head retention.

Big alcoholic stout here. Lots of roast and some nice dry cocoa. Interesting.

Lots of malt. A little sweet. Some roast. Plenty of bitter chocolate and coffee. A touch earthy. Alcohol.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A solid stout. The chocolate flavours are good but the alcohol is a bit high and doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of jovy1097
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Thick, dark cream foam that is very resilient and never totally goes away. The liquid is black as sin and totally opaque. Resembles black tar.

S: Has the buttery, toffee smell that I get when grinding roasted coffee beans. Has a hint of cocoa butter too. Just smells rich.

T: Rich, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and nuts. Sweet upfront with just a hint of bitterness at the end.

M: Creamy, rich, really thick, but smooth.

D: Whoa! This is certainly a sipper. Far too rich and thick to take a gulp. Actually, it's tough for me to finish a 12 oz bottle because it's just so rich. Much better than I expected, though. I would rather drink this in a half dose. It's like a really rich chocolate cake that tastes great, but you only want a small piece at a time. I can see it being better on a frigid winter night

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one earlier tonight at the Yellow Brick Pizza Oven in Columbus.
A: Black with a thin collar and film.
S: Chocolate with rum and molasses, caramel, and wood barrel and vanilla, with slightly bright earthy hops underneath.
T: Sticky sweet and everything you'd expect from the smell with a dry oatmeal finish, strong alcohol with bourbon/rum/sherry characteristics.
M: Sticky with mild carbonation.
D: OK, but one 12 oz is enough, especially with the strong alcohol presence.

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Photo of BBM
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap, and like it better than from a bottle. It pours a thick black color with a nice brown head and good lacing. Too much alcohol in the nose, but there is also hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

More impressed with the taste fomr the tap than from the bottle. The flavors were much more complex, and seemed to dance on the tastebuds for a longer period of time. Black coffee, baker's chocolate, a hint of bitter hops all to be found. Mouthfeel is chewy and a bit sticky. It's a high ABV, so drinkability isn't great. But this really is a finely crafted winter beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with more than a finger of head and decent retention. The aroma is slightly malty, but nothing to write home about. The taste is robust and malty, but this offering lacks the roasted bitterness I enjoy in a good stout. This may be a beer where the reputation is better than the actual product.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 263/13. Black as a starless night pour with a massive head and lasting lacing. Light nose of chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. Medium bodied with a slick creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation level is normal. The alcohol is not well hidden and dominates the flavor profile after the initial notes of chocolate. A slight medicinal taste is present along with a bit of licorice and hop bitterness. Finishes smoothly with a bit of sweetness followed by alcohol.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09-10 vintage

poured into my sam smith quasi fluted glass,more or less void of light. great lacing and nice persistent head.

nose has some roasted notes,dark fruit,dark chocolate.almost somewhat tart.

taste is somewhat chocolatey/coffee-ish,dark fruit notes. bit of alcohol warming in the finish. pretty good.

mouthfeel is pretty fullbodied, but slightly thing comparatively to some other russian imperial stouts.still pretty drinkable,the big abv is hidden fairly well.

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Photo of yodaseo
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in the winter of 06-07, the sexy looking black chocolate stout beckoned my name from the fridge. i withstood its calling for about 30 minutes before cracking it open and pouring what seemed to be an interminable head. impressive for a 10.6% beer. the smell was full of chocolate (obviously) and heavenly sweet malts. and as i enjoyed a big whiff of my pitch black brew, a wall of alcoholic fumes singed my nostrils and abruptly brought me back to reality. the first sip revealed the smooth and creamy taste, but the burning of my digestive tract soon became too distracting. this was infinitely less drinkable than the speedway. i feel that it needs to mask the brutal alcohol a bit more, or just scale down the abv. maybe a year or two in the cellar might have done the trick, but i only bought one bottle. i guess i'll never know...

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Photo of jamiesessions
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkness surrounds my glass as the thick black liquid fills it. A tan head that leaves a good looking lacing starts this beer looking off good. The smell of chocolate is present, as is the coffee and roasted malts that one comes to associate with a good RIS. The taste is a very strong alcohol. Normally beers with a high ABV will try to hide the alcohol, but this one is liable to knock you on your butt pretty quickly. The chocolate taste is still there, but the taste is also quite burnt. Oftentimes I will hear people describe stouts as "like drinking an ashtray". This is what they were talking about, and while the burnt taste and the hit of alcohol are a bit of a detriment, the chocolate and espresso still makes for a great tasting brew lurking just beneath the surface. The body is nice and full and the aftertaste is quite good. While I've certainly had better of this style, it is by no means bad, in fact I like it quite a bit, and the good certainly outweighs the bad

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a blackish brown with a slight tannish head. Smells of bitter chocolates and roasted/burnt malts. Taste is similar with slightly more chocolate flavors. Good feel with light carbonation, very smooth and thick body. A food drinking Imperial Stout.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Jet black body with dark tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Not much carbonation evident, as you cannot see anything through this.

S: Really deep dark chocolate smell. Definitely a bitter dark chocolate and not so much of a milk chocolate. Get some trace aroma of alcohol but not large amounts.

T/M: Taste is right away of bitter chocolate that is very rich and smooth. Then get some alcohol on the back of the tongue, but not an overwhelming amount. Ends very nice and smooth with not apparent dryness.

D: Really like the flavors in this beer. Great robust style and chocolate notes here. I can see how this one would benefit from some age, but does not necessarily require it!

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Photo of Finkel
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has been named appropriately as the color is literally the same as crude oil. Furthermore, the consistency sort of looked like oil in the way it moved; there was some obvious viscosity. Still, it looked really good and was complimented with a thicker, pillow head. Bubbles were streaming up from the bottom of the glass - this one's highly carbonated.

This beer is complex. Hops, dark chocolate, espresso, and alcohol could be made out with only a few whiffs.

The taste was definitely chocolately with roasted flavors backing it up. However, a malty, bitter flavor was strong as well as the 10% ABV. The alcohol bled right through which was EXTREMELY disappointing. I definitely liked the taste but the alcohol killed it. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I couldn't finish my glass.

Typical of the style, this beer was on the thicker side, which also hurt it's drinkability rating for me.

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