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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 | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of NClifestyle
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful looking beer, pitch black, thick dark tan head that stays very strong for the duration.
Smell is wonderful, a chocolate liquor and coffee.
Taste was a bit harsh, but not terrible. Alcohol is strong in the middle, hops in the back, the front is black coffee, maybe a hint of dark chocolate. Almost too strong for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is quite nice, some burn on the sides but smooth and thick.
I like this beer, and would have another, just not in a row. I have 1 more bottle (got 2 in the party pack) that I'm going to let sit for a while.


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Photo of sraimondi
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally had this on nitrous draft at Cafe Luna in Simsbury, CT (see seperate review--great job Louis!). WOW!! While I have always enjoyed this one from the bottle, the draft version is almost PERFECT. The coffee and chocolate flavor is very much pronounced, but not overwhelming. While the bottle version "hides" the high ABV; the draft is even more dangerous, as you cannot really feel the alcohol until afterwards. The carbonation is very soft. A really outstanding brew, served at the right temp at Cafe Luna. By the way, the pizza here is VERY, VERY good!! Mangia.

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Photo of stewart124
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter '05-'06

Poured a jet black with slight dark tan head. Smells of sweet roasted malts and bits of coffee. Raisins and prunes also come to mind.
Very strong tastes. Chocolate and rich coffee taste along with raosted malts in this heavy stout. Syrup like body that goes down very smoothly. There are sweet tastes of raisins. The hops are fairly tasty and add to this complex brew. As this goes down there is a warming feeling but the alcohol is hidden well. I would like to try this beer again in a year or so as it could only get better. Very good beer and it follows with a well rounded aftertaste of darker malts.

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Photo of jslot38
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz Bottle from the 2005-06 winter.

Appearance: Head is magestic. A hard but balanced pour produces a large head that slowly fades to an inch or so. Colour is black ink, jet fuel even. Head is light brown mocha, tan if you will. Lacing also stands up for as the head reduced a layer of lacing was already forming. Could probably go on forever about this.

Smell: Primarily chocolate and mocha coffee stand out in this wonderfully aromatic beer. Absolutly love the deep and dark chocolate aspects of this smell, though the backbone of chocolate covered coffee beans - espresso, make this smell very intriguing.

Taste: Easily reminds me of why I love this style. Rich flavors of baker's chocolate, unsweetend, but certainly dark. As a stout there is a minimal hop presence (but its there), and there is a great dark and deep roasted barley taste. After taste is phenomenal as the chocolate transforms to have many complex coffee bean undertones.

Mouthfeel: As said before, hold on... uh... I have to mention that the lacing orginally formed after the pour is quite literally clinging to the side of my glass as I am half way through this beer. Now, back to the mouthfeel; it is quite literally roasted, but smooth with minimal carbonation. Goes down cleanly, yet entices the palate so well.

Notes: Easily at the top of my list for not only stouts, but beers in general. Great with deserts, oh my... what it must be to enjoy this with a hunk of chocolate mousse. Death by chocolate... no, death by Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout. I give a 4.0 to drinkability for I am a chocolate and stout lover, so the combination of the two makes me believe I could drink a few of these, and there isn't an alcohol presence (even at 8.5%) that turns me away. A great, amazing, brew.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll try to be succinct; I've honestly acted quite unwisely and have had three of these in the last two hours (quiet night at home, I'm allowed). Terrifically, absolutely delicious, and the ABV really sneaks up on ya - the mouthfeel is so rich and the body is so perfect, you can barely taste the alcohol.

Poured a dark black/brown hue with a little chocolate brown head. Very little to no carbonation to battle the pleasantly thick mouthfeel. Smells of tasty roasted malts, faint chocolate, mildly alcoholic; the taste is exactly what you'd expect - warming and creamy, and chocolatey. A lot like Bison Chocolate Stout, just a little richer and a bit more alcoholic. Easy to fall in love with.

As I said, this one goes down smooth, so be careful. Sorry to be so succinct; just try it if you haven't.

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Photo of barknee
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 05-06 Vintage... Pours espresso brown and totally opaque confirmed by using all types of high lumen output devices! Pours with a generous 1/2" deep mocha brown head with admirable retention. Agitating the glass after the head settles rejuvenates it to its original poured state! Outrageous, although slightly repressed aromas of bittersweet dark chocolate and rich lightly roasted malts dominate the nose, as does the alcohol which smacks you gently in the face as it ascends from the glass. The taste is fantastic; with essences of slightly sweetened concentrated imported dark chocolate, well malted with the perfect balance of hops; adding the absolute perfect balance of hop acidity that keeps this stout crisp & vibrant. The mouthfeel is primo; creamy, lively and satisfying, extremely well balanced. Drinkability is unexpectedly superior; this is no overweight slug here! This Brooklyn Bad Ass will offer fans of the style an undeniable and unquestionably enjoyable quaffing experience. Like all "Vintage" products, expect each edition to vary somewhat as the formulary may change as does the quality of the ingredients available to the brewer each season. Although earlier "vintages" of this brew received lukewarm marks by some, this current Vintage is completely off the hook; this would be challenging to dispute!
Very highly recommended!

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Photo of akahn
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start out by saying that this is my first imperial stout, my first chocolate stout, my first beer remotely like this. The first one of these I had I didn't really like. But it grew on me. Here is my review.

Marked for winter '05-'06.

This beer is very dark, nearly obsidian, but with some faint red hues. It pours into my tumbler with a modestly-sized creamy brown (as in brown sugar) head with lots of crazy lacing.

The nose is spicy, bitter chocolate and nutmeg.

The taste is bitter, bittersweet chocolate. This, mixed with the spiciness (nutmeg, cinammon flavors? maybe brown sugar too?) makes it like mexican chocolate. At the finish, the alcohol comes to the fore. It is warm and spicy -- the interaction of the spiciness of the alcohol and the spiciness of the actual flavors in the beer is interesting. Notes of caramel and some roastiness, too.

Low carbonation, very full body and very smooth.

This beer is so sweet that it leaves my lips feeling sticky (it is more of a richness than a sweetness). I don't get that with most beers I drink (granted, I've mostly drank paler beers).

This is a tasty beer. It took me a few to get acquainted with it, but in the end, very good. I like. I recommend. And it was good with Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, too. It's so rich that I can't give it very high marks for drinkability, but one is certainly good.

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

2005-2006 release

A: Poured dark black with a modest dark tan head. Lots of sticky lace on the glass.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, and a little bit of chocalate

T: I remember last year's tasting much different (and better). This one has an interesting earthy flavor mixed with banana and an interesting lack of chocolate flavor. Lots of hops in the flavor, but there's also a slight sweetness to it. Espresso-like flavors in the finish.

M: Typical of a stout.

D: I remembered this being so much better. Still a good beer though and at a good price.

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

Perfectly pictured stout pour--jet black, no light peering through, dark tan everlasting head with perfect lacing--from this season's (2005-2006) version. Came out in the classic oil like delivery.

Feel the nose and the taste were one sided. Heavily influenced by the bitter range with super dark malts and chalky bitterness. Didn't feel it had the necessary depth that one would expect from something that is supposedly a classic.

Perhaps some bitter Turkish coffee grind flavors, but little to no sweetness. Dark chocolate was here, but only in the lingering mouthfeel. It was initially bitter, but as I sat and talked with those around me, I definitely picked up some expensive dark chocolate notes, but not in the overall flavor profile. Alcohol esters, some old molasses, and bourbon touches are here as well. Just felt a bit one sided to me.

Rich, full flavored brew, just doesn't seem well rounded enough for several.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked it up recently, this year's edition just got stocked in my local liquor store within the last two weeks. I like most of the Brooklyn beers, so I eagerly anticipated this offering. This beer met and exceeded my expectations, which is something I don't say very often!

Poured a standard textbook stout color - nearly black and opaque. Not too thick, but the head nearly filled up to the top of my pint glass and took a bit of time to settle down. Notes of toffee, currant, espresso, coffee, and black cherries add loads of depth to the various flavors of chocolate which form the backbone of this brew's notes. The various flavors work wonderfully together and never overpower any of the senses and additionally, the regular and dark chocolate base lingers wonderfully with each aftertaste. Very smooth and only a trace of the alcohol can be felt in between sips, which isn't bad considering it's 8.5% ABV content!

The bitterness is present a bit during tastings, swishings, and in between sips. It's more than balanced by the full melody of flavors, and this beer is very difficult to chug down due to it's richness and warmth. Brooklyn Brewery shouuld be commended for a concoction that is worth looking forward to during the winter, and worth savoring during the cold nights of the season. A must-have for the stout enthusiast!

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

Have the 2005 – 06 version from the variety pack. Brew pours to a pitch-black color, not much if any light coming through this brew. Has a medium sized dark brown head that has fair retention and leaves quite a bit of lace around the top half of the glass. Aromas of chocolate, charcoal, black/burnt malts and dark fruits are highly noticeable. Taste is of dark malts, chocolate, slight alcohol burn mixed in a very dry feel. Very nice tasting brew, good drinkability even with the 8.5% ABV. This is the first time I have had it in bottles and I think I like it better than on tap. Will allow the other one I have from the pack age and then re-review.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. This is pretty much your textbook stout, fits the style perfectly, but yet has it's own personality. Blackish brown color, little to no head though. I love to smell paint in a beer, and I smell it in this one. Nice. There's also a ton of roasted barley and chocolate malt scents combining with hints of dark cherries and raisins. Taste is very delicate and desert-like. So sweet, with a nice chocolate quality stepping up to the plate, but not dominting the whole beer. Richly complex. I can definately taste the "double" in this double chocolate stout. A nice kick of warming alcohol as it goes down the throat, but not really detectable in the taste. Velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel, excellent. I've had this one on draft too which gives it a little more carbonation, which might slightly edge out this bottled version. Either way, this is a sturdy beer that would be pretty hard for any beer drinker to find fault in. Good stuff.

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

I had yet to try anything from Broolyn when I stubled upon a cache of Brooklyn Beers on special at a bar. I carefully selected this double with no predispositions and gave it what I would call a very fair test. Here were my findings.
It poured very dark, absolutely opaque, with a somewhat fizzy dark tan head. I use the term fizzy to distinguish it from the faomy head some people might be expecting from a Murphy's/Guiness style.
There was little lacing left behind after the head dissapated.
The smell was very intense; roasted malts and chocolate assault the nose. Also alcohol, and some coffee.
The taste was certainly chocolaty, once again with plenty of roasted malts, coffee, possibly some subtle fruits.
You can definitely taste the alcohol, but it is masked well with a good balance of ingredients and tastes. It finishes smooth and defintiely warms you up. Brooklyn, I'm impressed.

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Photo of bunn4funn
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours into my snifter a dark inviting black, with no trace of light and a thick creamy head.minimal lacing for mr if any at all Looks beautiful though.

The aroma is none other than....you guessed it chocolate! There is also a hint of alcohol and the malty goodness that is to come.

The taste is knock you out chocolate with malts in the middle and a nice warming effect from the alcohol. Not overpowering but just as the name suggest a black chocolate stout.

The mouthfeel was id say medium but i do dring a lot of double stouts. Great though i thought it was going to be a bit more watery but i was plesently surprised to find that is was at a happy medium

Drinkabilty is high but i only scored it a 4.0 because after 3 or 4 your spent

Overall i had waited for this brew and the wait was well worth it. A damn fine brew from brooklyn that i will find myself going back to when i need a lil break from the doubles

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

generally, stouts are not my favorite style, but this is really an exceptional rendition.

pours beautifully, exposing a silky deep black color. head is moderate, but creamy. smell is wonderful - chocolate and alcohol dominate. the alcohol flavor is intense, yet not offensive or overpowering; frankly, it's perfect for this style of beer. terrific mouthfeel and texture.

highly recommended indeed!

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Photo of auntfloyd
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Winter 2005 release, poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass reccomended for this beer,

Appearance: BCS pours nice, thick, and black. Not the heaviest stout I've seen, but still plenty of heft to it. One finger of medium brown head, which disappears quickly.

Smell: Scents of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, in that order, with the alcohol somewhat overpowering the others.

Taste: Where Brooklyn Chocolate Stout shines. This is a truly excellent stout in all respects. Deep, dark chocolate flavors, with a distinct coffee/roasted malt aftertaste. A stout drinker's stout.

Feel: Thick and smooth, with very little carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for its style. Definitely not an everyday beer of course. Nice for dessert.

Overall, the 2005 release is an amazing beer, and an excellent showing from Brooklyn Brewery. A major improvement over last year's version, if you tried that.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one I have been waiting several years to get my mitts on. I used to read tasting notes on this one and drool, always wondering when I would get a chance to take my own notes... here I go.

Like most stouts I drink, this one is nearly coal black and lets nary a ray of light poke through. The head is generous enough, thick, creamy and lasts admirably all while leaving a handsome lace behind.

The aromas are subtle, harmonious, and complex enough to yield fresh nuances at nearly every whiff. From malty charred notes up front followed by hints of coffee and licorice to a mild hoppy bite in the finish, one finds traces of spices and some stewed fruits in the mix. A mild vinous character binds the aromas in a harmonious manner and makes the experience quite pleasing.

It is in the mouth, however, that this beer really shines. Firm and bold in body, it is rich and filling and makes no apology about this fact. The flavours are as complex as the aromas but are in your face and very robust. Malt, chocolate and coffee flavours form the sturdy underpinning on which the balance of this beer rests. Some notes of bitterness permeate the complex of the above flavours and bind with a delicate but present tartness reminescent of a mulled Quelque Chose. The finish is dominated by a charred and heady bitterness that lingers, accompanied by traces of oak.

This is surely one of the most flavourful and complex stouts I have had the chance to review. Such a heady and full bodied beer lasts a long time and doesn't constitute a session beer. However, I would definitely indulge in two bottles of this at desert (thus salvaging the drinkability score) This is by no means available in Québec... I had to rely on my uncle to bring me back a 12 of this so I should be good until x-mas.

Merci André.



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

This is from the new Brooklyn Party Pack sampler case. Date notched on the label. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a totally opaque black with a one finger head of light brown foam. The head falls to a coating and a ring, with good lacing.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, vanilla, black sweet coffee, dark cherries, and currants. Maybe some spices like black pepper, vanilla, and even cayenne.

First flavor is sweet dark mocha coffee, some bitter chocolate, fruits like cherries and prunes, and spices like pepper and vanilla. Flavors are big and sweet. Aftertaste is awesome dark chocolate, thick and rich, with a lingering hop bitterness. Hop flavor is earthy and floral.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. Residual sugar is pretty high. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

This is one hell of a delicious pounder. Big, dark flavors, fruity, chocolatey, malty, with a good alcohol kick. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter '05 batch. Pours pitch black, with ruby highlights. Light brown three finger head, dense and bubbly. Outstanding retention and patchy lacing. Dark fruit alcohol vapors and burnt malt hide a gentle hop aroma. Sweet roasted barley and chocolate malts make up a bittersweet and well rounded flavor, and american hops dry the aftertaste to improve the balance. Full thick body and low carbonation keep the big flavor velvet smooth. Alcohol becomes evident in the finish, but never harsh. Residual, intoxicating, and very satisfying.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black - no light coming through at all, with a brown 2 finger head and great lace. Smells of deeply roasted malt with coffee and chocolate aromas. A bit smokey. Initial taste is of chocolate, then some roastyness then some bittersweet. I also detect coffee, but not a great amount of coffee bitterness. Nicely balanced. A rich and creamy mouthfeel and this one although very drinkable is a definate sipper.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a thin tan head that recedes quickly.
Aroma has notes of chocolate, expresso, blackstrap molasses, ethanol, and some floral hops. The flavor is impressive, big chocolate and coffee notes as well as some blackstrap molasses that is checked by some floral and mineraly hops bitterness, as well as tobacco and a smokey character. The finish has notes of cherry brandy with a mild alcohol character. The mouthfeel is rich and full without being overbearing and drinkability is surprisingly good for a double stout. An incredible beer, one of the best double stouts out there.

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Photo of blackie
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates a low, tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving only a few carbonation-fed islands on the calm surface of the liquid. When they named this beer "Black," they meant it. No light whatsoever makes it through this baby.

smell: A very distinctive and pleasant bittersweet and milk chocolate aroma is present, and in just the right amount. This stuff smells great. Some roasted coffee like flavors, are present, though the coffee charateristic is slight. There is also a slight earthy tobacco/molasses like characteristic, almost like chewing tobacco. A nice, low to moderate hop aroma comes through to provide some balance. The smell is sweet like dessert, but not cloyingly so. Only a little ethanol is noticeable, which is ok since this one weighs in at 8.5 percent.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a nice cross between low and medium, just right in my opinion. The body is on the lower end of the heavy range.

taste: The chocolate is not as obvious on the tongue as on the nose, but is still there. The roasted flavors, however, are more apparent here...though they only offer a slight hint of coffee. There is even a slight smoky taste to the beer. Just the right amount of hops. Finish is roasty with a slight hop bitterness. No ethanol detected at all. Damn good.

drinkability: Just about as drinkable as a double stout can get.

From the winter '05-'06 bottling

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Photo of maddamish
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: You couldn't see through this beer if you were on top of a light house. Nice light brow color. Minimal head to this beer but it laces well.

Smell: Strong chocolate smell. Slight alcohol armoa but not overly so.

Taste: Strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, a tangy sort of prune flavor. Espresso flavor aftertaste.

Notes: I am going to cellar a couple of these boys to drink later and see if it mellows out a bit.

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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 TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into Stone Ruination glass (kind of mini-pint glass). Dark black color with brown (chocolate milk colored) foamy head.

Smells fruity and malty. The first taste is sweet, with a nice bitter after-taste. The chocolate comes through in the after-taste mostly. You can taste some roasted malts too. But not too burnt, which would be gross. There's a lot of carbonation which adds to this beer's drinkability. That's a problem I have with many stouts, they're too flat. Not this one!

Recommended. This is very good stuff.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,786 ratings.
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