Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with barely any head or head retention, but there is a nice sticky lace left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Smells very sweet, cocoa, booze, malts

Taste: Similar to the smell except the cocoa is extremely dominant, as well as a coffee taste. Tne booze is VERY apparent throughout, as well as the cocoa's bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper.

Overall: A nice stout that lives up to its name, but is a bit too boozy and sweet for me. Overall still a nice brew.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

True to it's name, BCS pours a rich, dark chocolate brown. A thin tan head made up of carbonation bubbles quickly dissipates and one is left with very little to look at. What one is left with, however, is a fantastic aroma. Dark fruits are quickly apparent in the nose even as the beer is still being decanted. Chocolate syrup, candy sugar and molasses all play heavily.

Immediately, my palate is presented with dark chocolate with the bitterness to match. The dark fruits come through as well but most of the fruitiness is centered around candied plum. The aftertaste centers around unsweetened coffee/espresso. Black Chocolate is smooth and a bit overly so. Typically, with a Russian Imperial, I would expect a brew that sits more heavily on my palate.

For the price, Brooklyn's BCS is a fantastic treat. The alcohol is hidden behind chocolate and smoothness but, for the style, I want just a little more. All in all, this is a solid stout with great drinkability that only really falls short on appearances and mouthfeel.

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

Winter 2011-12 Vintage; Poured in a snifter.

A - Just under one inch of dark tan, creamy head; Pitch black appearance; Nice web of lacing all around the glass

S - Notes of dark, bitter chocolate, roasty and sugary malts, hints of dark fruits and tobacco, and just a touch of alcohol

T - Two part taste here: Up front, there is sugary sweet and tart dark fruits and subtle chocolate, followed by a wave of roasty, chocolatey, earthy, and slightly bitter flavors with a bit of alcohol warmth

M - Low carbonation; Full bodied; Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a fairly dry finish; Has a nice thick quality, though not over-done in any way; A little warmth detected from the alcohol

O - I think this is my first ever RIS and it was really quite enjoyable. The two part taste of sweet, dark fruits, followed by roasty, bitter chocolate was very delicious and left me wanting more than the 12 oz. I had bought. During the Winter months, I think it would be tough to find a better RIS than this one to keep the chill away. This is a beer that I'll definitely purchase again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter glass a pitch black color and reveals a tan head that is one finger in my snifter. I am sure that in a pint glass you could get a larger head. After I pour, the retention is a creamy lacing around the glass.

Well the aroma is full off dark and semi-sweet chocolate. There is a sweetness coming from the alcohol and a mild bitterness from the hops as well.

The taste is full of semi-sweet and bitter chocolate. I believe the sweetness pulls through from the high alcohol content (which is noticed but not out of control). Besides the malt, there is a rather tasty dry hop bitterness in this stout. However, the hops do not overwhelm the roasted and sweetness from malt and alcohol. It creates a pleasant balance.

The finish is semi-dry dominated with deep roasted malt and some hop bitterness. All throughout the stout the chocolate flavor pulls through. Not a session drinker, but I certainly recommend it on a night you want something to balance out a great meal or beer on the softer side.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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