Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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93
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6,676 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

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
Photo of JackieKu
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle. Bottled on 2014-11-04.

A: Opaque black. Poured 1.5 fingers high of head with medium retention.
S: Medium roasted aroma. Moderate cocoa. Moderate caramel syrup.
T: Moderate roasty. Off-dry. Medium bitterness. A little hint of sourness.
M: Full body, very thick. Low carbonation.
O: A bit too thick and sweet. Chocolate/Nut character is underwhelming. Not bad, but I always expect richer ones for such high alcohol and gravity.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ricochet
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I pour a beer, and I smell a wine like smell, it's going to be something special. Few beers I've tried have smelled that way, and when they do, man, they rate high.

This poured perfectly black with a slight head that left a bit around the glass. It's black. No light came through. Outstanding. Smelling this was wonderful, with winey notes, dark malt, and chocolate. Damn. Then, for mouthfeel, I had a hard time rating this beer because I kept swallowing. All I can say is, wow. It will make you drink rather than swish.

Taste: What can I say. I'm wowed by this. There are so many different flavors, perfectly balanced, this is outstanding. Dark roasted malt, deep chocolate flavor and winey alcoholic notes.

The bonus, the first stout I'll give a 5 for drinkability. This would be a beer I could enjoy with food, with good friends, over a good video , anything. Highly reccommended when it's available. It doesn't suffer from the "bottled stout" syndrome. The flavors are fresh tasting as any. I want to sample other Brooklyn beers now. Bravo.

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Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of C2H5
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of philipquarles
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from '09. Pours opaque black with a medium beige head. Some lacing. Smells of sweet chocolaty malts and a bit of molasses. Slightly boozy. Sweet malt again in the taste, with a pleasant dark roasted character. A bit of chocolate and brown sugar. Sweet throughout, with some fairly strong hop bitterness at the finish. A bit of alcohol and a definite warming sensation. Medium-full body with fairly strong carbonation. This one seems a bit disjointed overall; it hits you over the head with a lot of varied, strong flavors that I wish melded better. Seems like it might be a good candidate for aging.

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Photo of kayrex
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kegger22
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown (OK, black), with a respectable head that rapidly faded to a collar. The aroma was chocolate - duh. The taste was also chocolate but with a bite, both from the alcohol and a surprising amount of carbonation. The feel was full bodied with a lot (just the right amount), carbonation. Drinkability was good for a 10+ ABV. Very good brew.

For some reason, all of my instincts are screaming at me to do a side by side with Lion Stout. I generally trust my instincts, so there may be an edit in the very near future if the results are interesting.

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Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

I had this last year and thought it was a bit hot but this year's ("winter 08-09") is much better.

Poured into a DFH snifter, nice one finger tan head. I drank this one over a period of about 40 minutes. Initially it smelt of roasted malts and chocolate. As it warmed up, the alcohol became more present, but even at its peak, the 10% was scarily well-hidden. Incredibly smooth, and became much more chocolate-y as it warmed. I'm not going to say that this beer is thin, but in comparison to some other stouts of similar ABV, it is thinner-feeling (which, IMO, adds to its drinkability).

I really enjoyed this, and for the price I found it at, you cant find a beer of this quality and high ABV that is comparable. I will have this on hand all winter for sure.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of acevenom
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a miniscule tan head that dissipates quickly. The alcohol hits the nose and there's some aroma of roasted malt and chocolate once you get past the alcohol. With 10% ABV, you almost have to expect the alcohol to be forward in the aroma. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but one can get the bitterness you would expect with this style as well. The flavors of roasted malt and hops are definitely there as well as chocolate. I'm currently aging some, so it will be interesting to compare after this has had some aging. There isn't much carbonation and the body is medium to heavy. This is a solid beer overall.

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of PEBKAC
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from New Beer.

Began prepping for a little stout tasting tomorrow. Have plenty of this aging/dying in the basement, but I don't recall having one in a couple years actually. Don't drink too many stouts willingly. I'm trying to get the taste back for this style, but it's been pretty sticky out here with the on & off rain. Maybe not the best time for a growler of motor oil, but I'm not working tomorrow. :)

Pint glass pour. Inky black, with a tall, slowly receding, sandy tan head.

Smell is of baby powder(?) & really dark, rich chocolate. An indication of butter cookies & less noticeable macerated cherries come through. Butter is not something I recall. Nothing very intense, except for the expected alcoholic fumes.

Taste is creamy with lactose & more residual sweetness then I last remember. Not quite velvety though. That rides for a while before the middle-end, which turns quite bitter with roast & light coffee grounds. Finish is full of bitter, leafy greens & soy ink(think licking your fingers after thoroughly flipping through the NY Times). Carbonation is subtle, but I can feel it trying. Alcohol is so obvious. A very stout beer.

Tasted like a sweet stout to me. Not what I believe it is in the bottle(or it could of just been tweaked again), but I just might like this version a little better. Actually added 5oz to a little cake batter earlier, so I could be burping this up by the time I'm chewing on that. :D

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Photo of KFrank729
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of obrike
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a couple of 4 packs at Specs in Round Rock for 6.99 each.

Murky black pour...absolutely dark. Thin tan head, specs of spiderweb lacing throughout the drink. Quite lovely.

Smells quite nice. Some bitter, dark chocolate, anise, black cherry, coffee...wonderful combination of scents on this one.

Yum, quite a lot going on here. Taste matches scent...booze is not as prevalent as i thought it might be, but still there for sure. Uber-bitter chocolate on initial sip fades as the beer warms. Man, this is one you want to let sit...take your time with it. Taste mellows a bit.

Wow...this is an f'ing smooth beer! Goes down so easy...very lightly carbonated...perfect mouth-feel for a big stout. Booze is just a bit noticeable though...the only real flaw. No big deal though.

Very high marks on this one...priced well below market, super smooth, tasty stout. A certain go to during the cold months. Warms the soul. Great job Brooklyn!

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Photo of tmars13
1/5  rDev -75.9%

Photo of Mxsluis
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Neffbeer
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of waughbrew
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No light will escape this black hole that has the darkest, creamiest brown frosting on top. Smells like a magic elixir that just might kill you. Bold flavors of alcohol, dark malts, and hops warn you of what is ahead. Chocolate mousse riding on a wave of alcohol, cloaked in black bitter burntness, with a crown of hops. Liquid silk. Damn.

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Photo of ROBSTARR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of king75
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- is a dark black with an inch of creamy chocolate head.

S-Can make out chocolate, a little coffee and some heavy malt, can smell the booze in this one. Smells great overall.

T-Can make out the chocolate, but has a bit of a bitter bite at the end like a good dark chocolate, can taste some coffee and malts as well. The only reason I gave it this low of a taste rating is because of the sweetness. It is really good, but it is definitely a sipper because of the sweetness.

M- Extremely smooth with a medium body and finishes with a nice little bitter bite. Has a great feel to it.

D- Is very drinkable, but you are not going to throw this one back quickly due to the sweetness.

Notes: this would make a great desert beer to finish off a good meal.

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Photo of jucifer1818
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Tallahassee brew-fest

This a beer I have fond memories of, and every time I have it it delivers my expectations.

This beer ozzes dark chocolate and delicious stouty darkness. Its probably one of the best offerings from Brooklyn brewery, and at a perfectly masked 10% ABV

If you see it, get it, especially if your a malt head like me and Love porters/stouts

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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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