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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
6,734 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,452
Reviews:
2,824
Ratings:
6,734
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
445
Gots:
1,492
Trade:
47
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,734 |  Reviews: 2,824
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

A: It doesn't take too heavy a pour to yield a large, thick brown head on top of this jet-black brew. Retention is above average for the style, while the lacing is not inconsiderable.

S: The chocolate rings out strong here in the form of cocoa powder and milk and baking chocolates. There is also an overlying sweetness and an underlying aroma of booze in the background.

T/M: Taste follows the nose, though it's not as rich and one-dimensional as Choklat, which I find to be a good thing. The sweetness is well tamed by some subtle hops, while the alcohol mostly stays out of the way. Roasted flavors are faint compared to the chocolate, but help –along with a mild alcohol warmth– to round things out a bit. A good, medium-heavy body benefits from a perfect carbonation that's soft enough to add creaminess but active enough to keep things alive.

O: I've wanted to try this for a while, and I have to say I'm not disappointed. Having tried Choklat last night, I believe that my perfect chocolate stout lies somewhere in between the two. Though this brew lacks the robustness of Choklat, it's less offensively heavy and more varied in flavor, making it much more drinkable. I definitely see a side-by-side tasting in the near future.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.

Appearance- Black as night with a real thin tan head. Head goes away right away, and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Amazing! Best smelling beer I've ever had. Chocoalte and coffee are both present. Just a hint of hops.

Taste- Not unlike the nose, but with the addition of a pleasant alcohol burn. Salted caramel in the end.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy just like a stout should be. Lingers in your mouth forever...and leaves a citrus after taste.

Overall- An amazing beer. This is now easiliy in my top 20. An absolute must try.

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Photo of danielp215
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jhimstedt
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of B33R501
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best label in the business. simple, elegant, sexy, i call this "big sexy". this beer is black, big creamy mocha head, retension, lace.
big whiff of chocolate, tastes follows with a nice, slightly fruity finish. drinkable, should max at two though, im the knucklehead who drinks 3. well, this beer definitely has "hammerability". recommended.

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Photo of nightwing002
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2011-2012

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter

A: Pours jet black with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass. No light is getting through.

S: Hops. Not in the IPA way, but the delicious stout way. Tobacco, licorice and a moderate dose of dark fruit (mostly plums). I’m certain the roasted malts are there, but they are so well done that they are not putting off a strong char aroma.

T: Here comes the roasted malt. It’s very nicely balanced and is the focus of the brew. While it wasn’t the star of the nose, it’s the lynchpin of the flavor of the beer. If Brooklyn was off on the chocolate malted grains then this brew would be compromised. Hops are the secondary player and they are nicely placed. The hop bitterness at the finish sets a nice pace for the respect this beer deserves.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Although it is drinkable, from experience, this is a beer that should be respected.

O: My nemesis. I love this beer, but it has historically kicked my butt. It’s deceptively strong. I’ve always liked it, but never really broken it down, which this review has allowed me to do. This beer also makes be realize that I suck at pretending that roasted malt smells like chocolate.

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Photo of xxcarpxx
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

A- a jet black pour with a two finger head tinted a beautiful brown.

S- very sweet alcohol esthers, plum and raisin, a little bit of coffee, vanilla, bitter bakers chocolate.

T- a very dark, roasted bitter chocolate, then some sweetness from the alcohol and some dark fruit, but really this is a chocolate malt forward beer, very bitter and roasty.

O- This beer is unbelievable considering its price, such a great value and perfect example of an RIS.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of pwsoldier
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of OysterMonkey
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A-- viscous black, opaque. Slight head dissipates quickly
S-- a strong sweet chocolate aroma, roasted malt as well
T-- subtler and smoother than I expected, slight bite in the aftertaste, but nothing unpleasant. Very drinkable for a high ABV
M-- heavyish and thick. Almost chewy.

O-- really very good.

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Photo of bezakjon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Poured into a Chimay glass...

Aggressively poured, appeared a jet black color with a mocha colored head. Head was about 2 fingers to start, yet dissipated rather quickly, leaving a syrupy resin on the glass.

Smelled of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses - with a slight boozy warmth in the nose. Smell makes me want to take a big gulp.

A solid roasted taste - though I find the chocolate to be much more prevalent in the nose, and less on the palate. Still extremely tasty and well balanced. Nice bitter finish.

Moderate mouthfeel, on the lighter end for a stout but compliments this particular brew quite well.

This is one of my go-to stouts. Always a solid stout no matter the vintage. I find that more chocolate/vanilla notes come through with a little age on it. Looking forward to saving the rest of the 4 pack I purchased for a few years down the line.

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Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of corzocl
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brendaniel
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kearnsey
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Converge
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. Winter 11-12 bottle.

A - Small head of dark mocha foam; only about a finger though. The beer black as night, and really viscous. Very little head retention, but it does settle to a small ring around the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing for a while, but that soon disappears as well. Honestly, the appearance of this stout is probably the most underwhelming thing about it. I suppose I'll give the next one I try a good aggressive pour and see if I can yield a nice big head out of it.

S - Maybe a bit too cold, but I'm getting a lot of skunky/metallic notes at first. Upon warming up for a bit, more bitter espresso, burnt black malt, and rich black chocolate. A bit of hop presence looms in the background. Overall this RIS shows off a complex aroma with earthy, resinous notes of charred malt as well as deep, rich chocolate sweetness. There's definitely a smokey character in here as well.

T - Outright massive. The flavors are dark and rich and very complex. Huge charred and burnt malt dominates the front of the palate, along with rich dark chocolate and a solid bite of coffee bean bitterness. The finish is lingering burnt black malt, dark chocolatey goodness, and espresso bitterness. As it warms, the complexities only grow. Notes of dark fruit begin to come through, along with heavy molasses, licorice, and some earthy hops and resinous, smokey character. There's definitely some alcohol heat in the finish, but with a stout this big and mean, I don't mind one bit. Although this flavor profile might sound like an all out assault of flavors, which it sort of is, it's not at all too much to handle. The bitterness is there, but I wouldn't have guessed 70 IBUs; maybe more like 50.

M - Viscous, creamy, and heavy; low carbonation, but not quite as subtle as I would have liked. Not really as smooth as anticipated either. Still, this is no area of concern for this RIS. The body feels full and rich, and the carbonation adds a nice liveliness to it. As expected, this monster gets pretty sticky towards the end. The heat is there in the finish, but as already mentioned, it doesn't detract from the flavor profile at all.

D - The RIS exceeded all expectations. The flavor here was everything I could have hoped for and then some. Although this stout couldn't be much bigger, it was still easy to get through. Certainly one I'll be having many times more, and well worth the hype.

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Photo of anth0ny
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brooklyn Black Chocolate pours deep black with a pinky finger of a brilliant cinnamon colored head. When the head is out it leaves a nice, thin landscape on top and a small frothy ring around the glass that hangs out til the end. Looks pretty dang good.

S - For me, I'm getting pretty much all chocolate/cocoa and some bourbon in the nose. Loving the aroma.

T - The taste is interesting. By interesting I mean an initial shock to the palette on every drink. Black chocolate is dominant, a little raisin, a bit of hops. Finishes bitter with a lot of booze. It's definitely a sipper and a warmer. You get the stout flavor in the aftertaste, with lingering coffee and malt.

M - Nice, heavy mouth with sufficient, balanced carbonation. Ice cold is the way to go, more chocolate and less booze. The warmer it gets you get more of a chocolate cough syrup.

O - This stout is power with flavor and punch. I'd say the alcohol is a bit too much, but without it, it wouldn't be the same. Also, it's a specific occasion type of drink. I had it now just chillin at home, not really the right scene for it. But I also had this on a more relaxed NYE in a hot tub and it was fantastic.

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

On-tap at the Sharp Edge.

Near black with a cream-colored head that rings firm.

Bitter chocolate, booze, candied sugar, smoke, hint of caramel.

Prickly spice hops with a very bitter alkaline cocoa punch. Licorice is strong; big roastiness, semi-sweet, alcohol present, long tingly finish. Earthy/spicy hop comes in pretty hard in a fresh offering. Commanding presence in a beer.

Silky mouthfeel. Hot, because it's pretty fresh. A little syrupy, carbonation is a bit low.

I drink this on draft here every winter. One of my favorite seasonals. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of alexsergio
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,734 ratings
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