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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle of the Winter 2011-2012 batch that was sent by JM03; thank you for this "Want!" Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours black with a thin veil of tan/light brown head; a good amount of lacing remains behind, and nice legs course through the surface of the liquid. The aroma is of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, a hint of vanilla, cane sugar, and a touch of coffee. A roasted note is present throughout. It tastes of dark chocolate, faint vanilla, a touch of caramel, roasted coffee grounds, cane sugar, and some muddled grains. The chocolate rush up front is delicious, and throughout the sip this one does not disappoint. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, but that only adds to the drinkability. Finishes surprisingly clean, and ample carbonation keeps the otherwise syrupy texture lifted nicely off the tongue. Overall, a very good stout that I really wish I had local access to. Would certainly love some more of this one!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ggilman
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At $6.99 a 4pk this imp. stout is a bargain.

Poured into a Sebago tulip.

A beautiful tan cocoa tight bubbled head sits above a deep black cherry body. Ample soapy lace patterns the glass. The nose is chocolate syrup and liqueur.

Rich syrupy chocolate. Maybe a little too sweet. You can taste the 10%. Hints of vanilla extract with a slight bourbon or coffee brandy mocha flavor.

Every bit over the top and imperial. A slick and somewhat creamy mouthfeel make this an enjoyable stout in small doses. One or two at a sitting should suffice. Might work well to cut this with a dry porter.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BigCheese
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of the year, I make sure I buy a 4pack every winter.

A: Ink black, dark tan head, no real lacing, head dissipated quickly, disappointing I remember this leaving more lacing.

S: Chocolate nibs, roasted malts, not the dark coco taste that comes through in a lot of malty brews.

T: Sweet up front, lot of chocolate, chocolate ice cream, some mocha flavors, a touch of oak/bourbon, very very sweet. On of the most chocolate forward beers I've ever head. Some peppery spice in there too as it warms.

M: Thick and syrupy, definite sipper, alcohol is warming, apparent and pleasant; not overwhelm
ing. Not a lot of carbonation but I don't need it. Very rich.

O: Drink this at cellar temp, not insanely complex but really f-ing tasty. Great price point, Brooklyn is under appreciated.

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4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour is black with a brown foam on top. Decent lacing. Thin bubbles of carbonation on the surface.

S - Wow! The scent of chocolate is incredible and forward. Has a rich malty scent. But the chocolate is dominant. This is the most pronounced I can recall.

T - Taste comes as close to matching the scent as one could hope for. Very rich, malty, chocolatey, and with a sweet, boozy bite at the end.

M - Rich, heavy, smooth, and syrupy thick. This is a sipper. I found this more enjoyable after my meal than during. This is a big boy stout that wants your full attention.

O - I had this bottled years ago and don't remember it quite this good. Is it the nitro? Is it better becuase its fresh? Maybe both factore into this. But I know that what I'm tasting now is as good a RIS as anything else out there. A must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

This was my first Russian Imperial Stout.

Appearance - dark, almost black.Thick, creamy head that persisted to the bottom of the glass. Foam was pleasantly dark colored.

Aroma - the alcohol hit first, then malty/chocolaty, then a hit of smokiness and possibly a hint of anise/licorice note.

Drinking - expected heavy mouthfeel and found it surprisingly refreshing and clean. Slight bitter hit at the end. Complex flavors - a little chocolate, definite malts, maybe a hint of vanilla that wasn't in the aroma (for me). Not as "hevay" overall as I expected, but a very pleasant, drinkable beer.

Enjoyable and I will purchase more (to me, that is the real test).

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

12oz bottle dated Winter 10-11. Poured into a snifter. Thank you very much azdback for this bottle!

The head is about 1 1/2 fingers high, darker shade of tan, and creamy. Recedes after a while, leaves some decent lace. The beer is a deep black chocolate, hmmm.

The aroma is quite nice with lots of velvety, rich, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, strong dark coffee, darker fruits like figs/plums/raisins (almost rum soaked raisins) in the background, notes of smoke or ash but in a good/complimentary way. Faint hint of marshmallow in the background as well.

The taste is very nice as well. Much of the same - smooth and rich malts, a roasted quality that is wonderfully impressive, strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate, marshmallow, hints of dark fruits, even cherries, and the smoke/ash from the nose.

The consistency is silky or velvety, the carbonation is medium, maybe a bit lower, the body is moderate, and the finish is nice and smooth.

Overall this is very good RIS in my opinion. Probably within my top 5 of RISs. The aroma makes for a buildup and I'm not quite sure the taste can deliver. But surprisingly it does and then some. The taste is wonderful, rivaling some of favorite RISs. Great beer that I'll have to look into cellaring some more of.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appears really really dark but not in my official "dark as night" category. There's a very small filmy foam on top.

Smells of dark roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. The 10% abv stings the nostrils a bit.

Tastes similar to smell but I pick up a bit of anise. There's a subtle hop bitterness that comes at the end but it's hard to get past any flavor tones other than the chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel is a tiny bit underwhelming in my opinion. For a 10% RIS I was expecting something more heavy duty on the tongue.

Overall I was hoping for more. I haven't had this in a few years but remember it as darker. I guess I'm just jaded and have a palate ready to drink concrete at this point.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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