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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,680
Reviews:
2,811
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,475
For Trade:
50
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Ratings: 6,680 |  Reviews: 2,811
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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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid offering, this pours black with a thin, but persistent and clingy top of brown head. Aroma is not overwhelmingly chocolate, but it's there among vanilla, roast, and slight booze. Flavor follows the nose well, and that's a good thing. Nice notes of dark cocoa, some sweetness in the middle, and a somewhat dry, slightly bitter finish. Will definitely have this again.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

originally sampled on 24 October 2002. Poured w/ virtually no head. Jet black, slightly bitter on the palate w/ coffee and chocolate flavors. Definitely let this one get slightly warmer than most. I'd like to try this one again, after I'd let it get to 50ish degrees. this one sat on the counter 10 min before opening

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Photo of KingEdward
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Slynger
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a mocha head.
The smell is somewhat faint considering the ABV. Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is of the same semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts along with some bitter coffee. Really not as much to this one as I had hoped.
Mouthfeel is full but not overly smooth, creamy, or chewy.
I was really not that impressed by this one. Not as complex as it could be for the style or ABV. Not bad, but slightly over-rated in my opinion.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live Review #2. Still from Timmy O'Tooles on Ontario and Fairbanks in Chicago, IL.

APPEARANCE: Deep black with a very thin off-white head resting on top. Interesting lacing, a ring around the top was left where the initial head was and then very little remained stuck to the glass below that.

SMELL: Smells very smoky with a hint of coffee. Surprisingly, I don't smell much chocolate.

TASTE: The smokiness is almost non-existant in the taste - just a hint. The chocolate, however, does arrive with the first sip and is the highlight of this beer, although it is a bitter, dark chocolate-like flavor. A smoky flavor returns with for the aftertaste, which seems to be much more full and complex than the actual taste.

FEEL: Smooth and mouthcoating like a good stout should be. Warms as it goes down, there is certainly some alcohal in the Chocolate Stout.

OVERALL: A very nice, easy to drink stout. I tend to like a little smoke flavor in my stouts, but not to have it overpower the beer, and this one delivered on that front. I don't often drink stouts, but when I do, I will consider this one again.

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Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dlin0sbb
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of vancean2
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tsgooch79
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikey711
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Dark black and syrupy with an espresso head on top. Head retention is very good as a thin but frothy head about a quarter of an inch thick remains on top of the beer. Lacing is excellent

S: Rich chocolate smell with some bitter roastiness. Also a little bit of fruitiness.

T: Dark chocolate sweetness balanced by a nice roasted bitter note. Also has some nice toffee and espresso notes.

M: Great creaminess with only a mild hint of alcohol.

D: This is a pretty heavy beer and one that sips nicely over a long period of time.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, tan head that hung around for a bit before settling down. Body is jet-black and opaque.

S: Very strong aroma... lots of chocolate, with hints of roastiness as well. Tiny bit of fruity esters, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Fantastic-tasting beer. The chocolate and roasted notes really complement each other well, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. So smooth and quit easy-drinking for the ABV.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, with low-moderate carbonation, and some alcohol warmth in the throat.

D: Wow... an excellent beer. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of jp312
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of NSXAG
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jamstone714
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "LIMITED BOTTLING- WINTER 08-09" printed on the top.

A- Deep brown/black, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with just barely a finger of dark brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Coffee and vague hints of chocolate hit first, followed by the alcohol scent. Throughout consumption, alcohol odor becomes more prominent. Interestingly (perhaps), the now empty bottle smells like a delicious dark chocolate.

T- Dark coffee/espresso on the front, then a bit of cocoa on the end. Bare minimum of sweetness noted. Alcohol presence is conspicuous, though it mellows considerably as the beer warms .

M- Full, smooth, creamy, oily, thick....pretty much exactly what I want in a stout.

D- Another "one glass slow-sipper" of a beer.

Future outlook: I can get this stuff for considerably cheaper than comparable brews, and it gets pretty good marks on aging, so I imagine that I will be scooping some more of this up soon.

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Photo of ludachris
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Snifter. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a completely opaque jet black with a 1 finger khaki coloured head that leaves thin, spider leg-like lace across the glass.

Big dark chocolate, dark fruits, dry espresso, black licorice, and alcohol dominate the nose with a few loaves of bread stuffed in between. The nose makes me want to eat this stuff rather than drink it.

Smooth and rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, very light dark fruits, all capped off by a dry and bitter espresso like finish and a noticeable but not offending warming alcohol presence, which both work together to compliment the sweet chocolate notes.

Slick, smooth, and coats the mouth. Excellent level of carbonation. Not as intense as other RIS's I've had, making this a nice drinker.

Overall, an excellent beer from Brooklyn, and the best RIS (based on the few that I've had) I've had yet. I can see why this style of beer takes a such a prominent seat in the ratings on this site.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,680 ratings.
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