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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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

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4.15
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16.14%
 
 
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Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Made in winter of '05-'06 - tasted in mid-November 2006.

Pours jet black with a thin tan head. The head thins to barely a covering, and leaves some trails of lacing.

The smell is of robust dark chocolate wrapped around dark fruits with coffee notes.

The taste is incredible. Semi-sweet, creamy dark chocolate and dark fruits. A bitterness that comes in the form of espresso beans offset some of the sweetness. Rich, robust chocolate-covered dark fruits remains in the foreground, while the coffee notes intermingle. It's full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make it smooth and not overly thick. A nice warming alcohol touch is noticeable, but does not interfere in the tastes, esp. considering the high abv.

It's silky smooth and, almost too, easy to drink. There's a nice, full, chocolatey, complex aftertaste.
This is a wonderful dessert/nightcap brew!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 08-09 bottle sampled 11/8/2008
Pours a solid black with a fluffy mocha head that sticks around for a bit before attaching itself to the sides of the glass. Aromas of alcohol, chocolate, toffee, and some roast. Taste of bitter roast and hop up front then some alcohol and then a bit of ash. Lingering ash and roast bitterness in the aftertaste. Sticky and creamy mouthfeel. Thick body with light carbonation. Great stout with lots of potential, but fresh it seems a bit alcohol hot. Would like to see this with a couple years in the cellar.

Winter 08-09 bottle sampled 3/13/2011
Pours a solid black color with a smallish mocha head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells like chocolate, lots of dark and milk chocolate, caramel, faint herbal hops and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet chocolaty with caramel, faint dark dried fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is really smooth compared to fresh, it seems the flavors have had time to get happy happy together. The alcohol is still present, but not as overpowering and adds to the whole experience. Syrupy, creamy mouthfeel, medium to thick body, light carbonation. Great brew that ages wonderfully.

Winter 09-10 bottle sampled 9/30/2012
Pours a dark chocolate with a decent tan head that leaves a little bit of lace on the way down. Smells of chocolate, caramel, and roast with a hint of wet cardboard and ash. There's still a bit of alcohol in the nose. The flavor is caramel and milk chocolate up front that melts into some roast and ethanol then finishes with a bit of ash, earth, roast, and chalk that linger on the palette long after every sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet slick almost syrupy mouthfeel. I enjoy this beer every year and my experience always seems to be a bit different.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is from "Winter 10-11". Consumed on 10/20/11.

Pours a very dark black with a reddish hue and 1/4" of brown head that fades after a little while. The smell has notes of dark fruit, anise, licorice, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol esters and faint chocolate. The taste is anise and licorice up front then a blast of roasted malts and coffee followed by faint chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and full bodied.

This is a well blended, very rich, delicious beer. The alcohol is noticeable but only adds to the overall enjoyability of the beer. All the flavors mesh well. I'll definitely have another one of these as the days get colder.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a taste test by a panel of experts (me, myself, and I) between
3 "chocolate stouts", Young's came on top as the chocolatiest, but this mamma jamma was deemed the superior stout!
Rich mocha flavor wafts out of the bottleneck from the moment the cap snaps off! Oh, this is going to be good!
The color is as black as strap molasses, with a rich bubbling, simmering, dark brown, puddingish head. THIS is STOUT! Already, it seems like a glass of melted chocolate!
Aroma is gorgeous! Sublime! Soft, creamy, yet intense with cocoa, like sticking your face deep into a bag of the stuff, but still, somehow, subtle.
Mouthfeel is powerful, thick, viscous, chewy. When people speak of smoothness as a supreme adjective for any sort of beverage, I reply that I like roughness now and then. (I am, after all, the inventor of The Gilded Platypus, a cocktail contrived of tequila, Yukon Jack, Irish Mist, and sweet vermouth!) This is what I'm talking about! There are several hurdles for the palate to play with, little bites and burps and gurgles, all the things that make beer drinking my favorite hobby.
Many flavors mingle in the mouth, many associations gather in the mind, but largely the feeling is of a burnt cognac, a hot dark rum, and licoriceleatherespressoetceterainto infinity...
Many waves crash again and again on the palate, many happy moments occur as the rough dealings of the day are forgotten and I am lost in this wondrous, darkly beautiful, and frankly ass-kickin' stout!
Thanks, UncleJimbo, I think I liked this one!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these from West Lakeview Liquors - my wife loves stouts and chocolate so it made sense.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumbnail of foam. Not as viscous and oily as some of the other stouts I've encountered.

S - I get more of a coffee flavor than chocolate, although there's certainly a hint of dark chocolate in there. There's also a hint of milky-cream as well.

T - This is where the real dark chocolate flavor comes out. There's also some roasted coffee taste. I'd probably rate this higher if I loved coffee or chocolate...

M - Lighter than I expected. Creamy and smooth.

D - I can't really taste the 10% too much, but I'd be on the floor after a handful of these.

A great brew - looking forward to trying other Brooklyn offerings.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, resembling a dark dark BROWN borderline black, 1.5 finger head of light brown chestnut quality bubbles. Manages to leave a consistent ring throughout drinking.

Nose and bouquet has a faint malt/yeast but also a good anisette front on it, faint cocoa on the back but not much, very balanced nose.

Taste and mouthfeel is wet, very light bodied giving way to cigarettes and ashes. Alcohol is still present and not hidden giving way to some heat on the finish. If you put chocolate on the label, I should be able to taste/smell it first... so where is it? Also some carbonation in the palate.

Drinkability... Depending on your palate your going to find things you may enjoy, its easy drinking even at this ABV.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer at the Boulevard in Johnstown, PA. Pours out very black with a small mocha head. Lots of legs in the glass. Lots of roasty aromas straight off the pour. In the glass, there's rich chocolate. The taste is a delightful balance of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, although as it warms a touch of sourness starts to present itself. Full mouthfeel, but highly drinkable thanks to a moderate carbonation level.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with hazelnut highlights around the edges, with a thin, foamy, sparsely covered biege head. Aromas are rich, with dark chocolate and booze in the forefront. Good roasted, coffee, and slightly meaty characteristics in the nose, as well. Flavors are bold, with a dark roasting feel overall, and a rich, chocolatey backbone throughout. Alcohol characteristics sharpen the palate a bit, with rich, dark molasses and slight licorice flavors. The aftertaste is mostly roasted and chocolatey, with a steady bitterness that curbs the booze content in the mouthfeel. The beer is rich and smooth, with a slight lacing left along the glass. The beer has a drying finish that ends short, leaving a slight slick feeling in the periphery of the palate. Great beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage bottle. Beer is black with a thick brownish head that remains as you drink the beer leaving some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet, filled with alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate, very pleasing. Mouthfeel is thick with some solvent-like character on the back end of the throat followed by a roasted aftertaste. Drinkability is moderate, the warmth of the beer makes it a little hard to drink but it is surprisingly flavorful. I really like this beer. I don't get a whole lot of chocolate in the palate but overall the beer is well balanced.

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Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, winter 02-03 vintage. Pours black and dense, with a minimal tiny bubble film/head. Nose of burnt malt and alcohol.. Large and lovely this beer is soft, subtle and smooth. also strong, flavorful and satisfying. Notes of burnt malt, expresso, motor oil, rocket fuel. this classy sipper has it all. Put a few bottles away for a year or two, its worth it.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4 year vertical, 2006-7 to 2009-10, tasted side by side from youngest to oldest in June 2011. Final category scores are based on the 2006-7 bottle.

Score summary in year order:
(2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10)
A – 3.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5
S – 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 4.5
T – 4.0, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5
M – 4.5, 3.5, 4.5, 4.5
O – 4.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5

APPEARANCE
2009-10 (1 yr old): 3.5 – Creamy, fine bubbled, dark khaki head with ok retention and lace. Dark chocolate brown with cola highlights.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 4.5 - Better looking that the ‘9-10. Head is a darker khaki, and sits taller than before. The body is also darker; more black than brown.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.5 – Even darker than the ‘8-9, with darker brown highlights. Dark khaki head has a fine bubble structure with ok retention and lace.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Likely the darkest of the vertical. It’s at least as dark as the ‘7-8 above it with a similar head.

SMELL
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Dark chocolate, raisin, molasses, and rum fruitcake.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 3.5 – Rum soaked raisins. Less chocolate than the ‘9-10. Touch of cocoa powder.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 3.5 – Prune, booze, and a hint of bitter cocoa. Very similar to the ‘8-9, but a shade darker in tone.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Fantastic nose on this year. Round and mellow with caramel, molasses, and dark chocolate. Maybe a hint of oak. There’s a touch of raisin, but most of the fruit is gone. Very little booze.

TASTE
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Bitter chocolate up front with a backdrop of raisin. Great roast note in the middle with a touch of smoke. Warm booze on the backend blends into a dry cocoa finish.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 4.0 – Opens smooth and slowly builds up a nice roast character. Warmer booze than the ‘9-10 and less chocolate, which I thought was odd. Has an almost an oaky dryness to it. A cocoa power finish lasts a lifetime.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.5 – Nice complexity with softer and better-integrated flavors than the younger years. Roasty cocoa nibs blend into a semisweet dark chocolate. Nice malt roast through the center. The finish is roasty and semisweet.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – The best of the vertical. Caramel, walnut, and dark chocolate. Nice coffee center with a dry, dark cocoa backend. Light oak and semisweet finish.

MOUTHFEEL
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Smooth with a medium/full body. Nice carbonation.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 3.5 – More porter-like than a stout. Medium body is lighter than the ‘9-10. Nice carbonation is a touch brighter than the ‘9-10.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.5 – Medium/full body with a solid smoothness. Lower carbonation than the ‘8-9.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Medium/full body is super smooth. Has the lowest carbonation than the rest of the vertical, but still enough to be pleasant.

OVERALL
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Delicious with a great roast character.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 3.5 – Strangely boozier and lighter than the ‘9-10.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.0 – More complex with better integration than the younger brews.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Super smooth, well developed, and complex. Interestingly, the years culled some of the fruitiness of the previous years. Not surprisingly, the age also took the edge off of the booze.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08/11/05- Received bottles in trade from Connecticutpoet and Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2004-05 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Super black pour, chocolate colored dirty brown 1/2 inch head and nice lacing. Pours out like goop.

Smell- Ranks right up there with any double or imperial stout I have had. Huge super dark chocolate and roasted malt nose.

Taste- Damn, this shit is good. Mega roasted malt, nuts and any other malted flavor you can think of. Smooth and I mean smooth dark chocolate flavor. Maybe a touch of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel- Oh so close from being perfect. Just a touch too much carbonation to be as smooth as it could possibly be. Super creamy and goes down with the greatest of ease. Do they have this on cask??

Drinkability- So glad I still have one of these left. Think I will toss it in the cellar and forget about it for a year or two. Can't imagine it getting much better than it already is, but what if it does?

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Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '11-'12, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep black body with a bit of dark brown around the top edges and on the pour. Mocha colored head with tight bubbles and a very creamy nature to it. Lots of sticky lacing and a spotty cap make up a seriously great looking RIS.

S: Dark roasted chocolate malts, caramel, bitter dark chocolate cocoa nibs, slightly roasted coffee beans and touches of vanilla towards the back end. Not too rich or sweet, very dark and roasted in nature.

T: Milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans again coat the mouth. Mid palate is some powdered chocolate, and finishing somewhat sweet with an added honey-like flavor to it. Well balanced, not overboard in any certain aspects. All in all a very well done beer.

M: Well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles giving this a thinner feel on the palate. It's not watery but certainly could be a bit thicker for the style. A weak point of the beer but it does somehow retain a certain creaminess to it.

I remember having the same impression last year with this beer; very solid, relatively inexpensive and dangerously drinkable. I have a bottle from last year in the cellar and plan to do a mini-vertical once next years batch comes out. It looks to be a good cellar candidate but we'll see how these hold up over time.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 12/13/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with a half finger of light brown head and some decent lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate was not as pronounced as I expected but did become more noticeable as the beer warmed up.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate. Hot. Probably best to let this one age for at least 6 months as this one was pretty fresh. The finish was dry with a nice chocolate flavour.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 Vintage

This is a beer with great potential. Looks pitch black with a tan head. Has a rich dark chocolate aroma, this is the best part of the beer.

Taste has a slightly grainy quality, similar to heavily toasted triscuit, mellow flavor overall with a little sherry-like cocoa flavor. taste finished with the same rich cocoa from the aroma with fresh dark-roasted coffee. Alcohol isn’t completely hidden, and is still a little hot. Balancing bitteness, dry, similar to a red wine. Make no mistake this is a sipping beer.

Could use some aging. This is a beer with great potential, but the flavor feels like it is budding rather than flowering. buy a 6er and hide it your closet for a year or two. Its the only way IMO.

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Photo of WesWes
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a thick black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is of chocolate and black malts. It's robust and hearty. The taste is great. It has a deep chocolate flavor with a good balance of black barley to add a crisp finish. The beer is thick and has an elevated abv taste you get along with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a great drinking stout.

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Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased the 2003 version. It pours a black color with a light brown head. There is large bubbles and nice lacing on the glass. The aromas are big on chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. The roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all through the flavor, with the chocolate lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is very noticable and warms your insides. Very enjoyable, but the noticable alcohol makes this a bit less than good for drinkability.

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Photo of liamt07
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle picked up at the LCBO, seasonal release. Into an oversized wine glass. Winter 2010-2011 vintage.

Pitch black in the pour, with a finger and change of dark tan head with a reddish tinge to it. Falls to a fat collar around the edges and leaves some magnificent lace. Awesome. Aroma is some coffee grain, dark bitter chocolate and some roasty malt. Everything is well balanced and integrated here. Can't smell the booze, but I knew it was coming. Roasty chocolate notes and booze hit the tongue and throat first, with some molasses-like sweetness following. A drying coffee finish tops it off. Body is thick full and creamy, and the booze is here, but not overpowering. Would definitely smooth out given some time, glad I've got a 4-pack of this stuff. A sipper at 10%, but that's expected. 5/45/45/4/4

Edit: Revisiting this one after a year in the cellar, still 2010-2011 vintage. Still gorgeous as fuck. Loads of molasses, brown sugar, bitter coffee and espresso. Great sweetness and balance. Almost liqueur-like flavours. No alcohol and a lovely, creamy feel. Downright brilliant; amazing what time does to this. Sadly my last bottle of this vintage. 5/45/45/45/5

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is nice with a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is milk and bitter chocolate. I also get some nice pine hop bitterness in the flavor and a little bit of alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Of all the places that I could have enjoyed a Brooklyn Black Chocloate Stout, I purchased and consumed a bottle at Pub Garagem 23, located in the 20,000 inhabitant town of Ivoti - RS (Brazil), because Brooklyn distribution is weird and I can´t get it in SoCal. On to the beer:

Actually, I did want to try this beer on-tap on a trip to Boston three years ago, but the pub I went to tapped out of it before my arrival. Finally, I can take notes on this one. This is black with a capital B with a tanned head of rich thickness and impressive retention. Interesting nose we got here; fruity, smoked chocolate malts, and a hint of BBQ sauce. The taste goes more in the chocolate direction than the aroma; chocolate malts hit, some toasted action, and a light drizzle of smoke. Its alcohol is hidden well underneath my favorite part of the ride, the thick, creamy mouthfeel BCS provided.

My curiosity of BCS has been fullfilled. It´s worth trying out, even if you´re 6,000 miles away from home.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blitz134 for the brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice small tan creamy head which quickly leaves, but leaves a few islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sligthly licoricey, sweet roasted malts, some hops hovering around, and lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is awesome of sweet roasted malts, and chocolate, the finish is clean. Nice warming effect in the throat. Medium body, well rounded brew. This is a very nice RIS from Brooklyn, very very tasty. Highly recommended.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an oily midnight black with a dark, dark khaki head. The smell is of burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, tree bark, tootsie rolls and lactic sweetness. The taste is of sweet milk chocolate, burnt coffee, and alcohol, alot of alcohol. It drinks smoothly but could be considered a little light for a RIS. I don't find this to be as good as advertised. The alcohol comes out far too much in the taste and after taste. The booze lingers and it's a little too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter after a long day at the job. 08-09 bottling. Pretty fresh.

A- Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a very dark black. The liquid looks fairly thick and has some shiny slickness to it. This pour yielded a 1&1/2 finger light tan head that was packed tight and stayed throughout the session.

S- BBCS has a very roasty smell to it which gives off a bunch of flavors including chocolate(big surprise!)an array of malts and a bunch of dark fruits. The alcohol makes it self known and actually detracts from the other smells. I was a little off put by the initial smell but it improved with a little warming.

T- Sippin on BBCS the maltiness of this stout pretty much dominate the other flavors and the dark fruits are ever so present. Not as much chocolate as i would like. Some coffee is thrown into the mix. The hops come through in the end slightly, but make BBCS a slighty bitter tasting stout. The alcohol is present throughout the drink, but the chocolate comes out with warming.

M- This stout is quite thick and a bit creamy, very full-bodied, but rough around the edges. One and done for me. A nice warming effect from the alcohol. BBCS is quite slick and stays on the tounge for a bit.

D- The harshness of the alcohol and over abundance of dark fruits was a bit off putting and i would have trouble cracking open a second. I hope the chocolate comes out more with some age on it. Still, a nice RIS from an awesome brewery. I'm going to have to seek out this Black Ops now.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black color that is crowned by a brown head. This beer looks fairly viscous as I pour it into the glass.

There is definitely more of an aroma of chocolate than of roast malt and coffeee, thogh these aromas are here as well. Quite a bit of toasted biscuit aromas serve as a back drop to the chocolate.

Quite flavorful and malty. I get coffee notes in the middle and the finish is, surprise, all chocolate. Some what sweet, though this sweetness is quite subdued by all of the dark-malt flavors. The alcohol is farily hidden, though perhaps there is a hint of it in the finish. This beer fits perfectly right now in my hands, on this chilly desert night. As the beer sits in my glass a bit, I can pick up the alcohol in the aroma. This is quite good, quite enjoyable. Stellar, perhaps not, but I will be enjoying this one again.

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Photo of wrightst
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I left the marks high, because over the years this is one of my "dimes"; a ten out of ten. A consistently perfect beer, and my only 10 in the RIS category.
However, this year my crew and I think they changed the recipe. The hops are less balanced, and there is a slightly more pronounced bitterness to the beer. I'd mark it lower, but that's what happens when you tinker with perfection.

Still, this year a tan, lacy head, with chocolate and coffee in the nose and tongue. Strong alcohol without the burn. You really can't tell how high it is by taste alone. No flavors fighting for the front row. 55 IBU, give or take, balances well with the alcohol and the signature black and chocolate malts, and those hops don't drown out the roast. Again, balanced.
I'd have made it a little sweeter, but then I don't win any prizes. Still trying to clone this one.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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