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:
6,681
Reviews:
2,811
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,474
For Trade:
50
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,681 |  Reviews: 2,811
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 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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Photo of Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jamstone714
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 ChadQuest
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice roasty aroma with a touch of sweetness, flavor conveys some dark chocolate with a powdered chocolate like light harshness, some vanilla, roasted malts, alcohol that drinks like an 13% beer, not overpowering or bad just obvious. feels thick and smooth with alot of carbination.

Chad

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Photo of briiguy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ledouge
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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

A: 2 finger dark brown head on a black body. Very nice, just nothing outstanding and didn't have the greatest texture/lacing/dexterity

S: Dry dark chocolate dominates, like sticking your nose in a bag of dark chocolate chips. There is a roasted grain aroma as well, but that's an afterthought.

T: Pretty basic chocolate semi-dry. Not very roasty, no coffee. It just lacked complexity, and I get a bit of an odd flavor that I can't identify but it's distracting.

M: Light and smooth, this reminds me of Guinness.

D: Very good, but not so much that I would seek it out just for the drinkability.

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Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of taylor714914
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, very dark....black. No light coming through this brew! Pours with a finger and a half of chocolate milk colored head.

S- Roased Malts, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt sugar and a hint of alcohol.

T- Loads of flavor in this great beer. All of the smells come through in the taste. bittersweet chocolate, wood, big roasted malts, burnt sugar, hints of coffee, some hoppy bite, creamy bit of sweetness comes in and out of the flavor spectrum. Finishes with an ever so slight alcohol taste with bittersweet chocolate being the dominate flavor.

M- Smooth and oh so creamy, heavy body, medium carbonation. All in all, this comes together perfectly!

D- Good drinkability, especially due to the creaminess and great mouthfeel. I think 2 in 1 sitting would be enough for me though.

Overall a great beer, especially in these cold winter months in PA. For right at 40 bucks a case, it's hard to beat.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter '09-'10 vintage. 12 oz bottle served at 48* into a snifter.

A: This pours black as night with a finger of tan head that hold well and leaves a trail down the glass.

S: Notes of chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits rise from the glass.

T: The taste is an excellent blend of bitter chocolate, figs, raisins, and some coffee.

M: It's thick, sticky, and creamy.

D; This is relatively easy to drink for 10%

BBCS is what Bell's Expedition attempted to do but failed.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep black out of the bottle with a small head and a real nice amount of creamy brown lacing.

S - Nice subtle chocolate smell. Toffee and caramel. Very solid.

T - Smooth tasting stout. Just a hint of the chocolate in the taste. Perfect amount in my opinion. You also get the nice throat warmth from the ABV. Coffee hints as well.

M - Nice and smooth. Warming stout. This is great for a cold winters night to put some fire in your belly.

D - Yes. Go for it.

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Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mlhyatt
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Since I am having this on tap and it is 2003, I am guessing this is from the '03 vintage. Solid black with no sign of light. The head is about 1/4 inch and is tan. Doesn't seem to be moving much, just a couple of bubbles here and there.

The smell is full of chocolate, malt and coffee. This is just what I expected. Upon tasting it seems different than last years. The hops seem a bit more present as well as the coffee. Once again, the alcohol is completely hidden.

Watch out, this one will get 'cha.

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Photo of larbush
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soulcougher
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,681 ratings.
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