Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Ratings:
6,673
Reviews:
2,807
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
444
Gots:
1,468
For Trade:
50
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Ratings: 6,673 |  Reviews: 2,807
Photo of Tenente
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Neorebel
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night into my pint glass with a frothy, tan colored head. The roasted malt aroma is creamy, with hints of milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. A sharp, yet subtle sweetness is present in the background as well - could it be from the esters or perhaps from hops? As the extremely full bodied beer coats my mouth, pleasantly bitter dark chocolate flavors erupt at first, with a bit of raisin, giving way to a dry spicy finish. As I drink, the head clings to the side of the glass as it should. This beer really warms you up, but I wouldn't say it is not 'drinkable...' I put mine away rather quickly! I'll definitely get another six pack before the winter's out this year!

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Photo of poibag808
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of cates1tg
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of cps98
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ended up splitting a case of this with my good drinking buddy. A great deal for me!

A – Black as night with a thick 2 finger toffee colored head.

S – Sweet chocolate and light on the coffee

T – Dark chocolate was the power packing force in this one. Light coffee undertones from the roasted barley.

M – Super smooth a very nice blend of sweetness and alcohol. Medium bodied.

O – Overall a really nice stout that’s big on the chocolate. I will continue to enjoy as I work on this case!

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Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jef59
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of honkduh
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of pudoo
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Appearance: There us a large 2 finger head on a medium pour, the head is a mocha color with hints of red or amber. This head has a good retention time and sud like bubbles on the side of the glass. The Liquid is Black and opaque a nice looking RIS off the bat.

Smell: The first smell that comes in is a light alcohol scent followed by malt and chocolate sweetness, possibly a hint of prunes or raisins or a dark fruit. after a long slow whiff gives a a dryness to the nose.

Taste: the initial taste is that of mocha followed by chocolate and a real biting alcohol presence showing the 10% ABV that is there.

Mouthfeel: This is a thick beer that has low carbonation but definitely has a warming sensation that lingers due to the ABV.

Overall: This is one of the more bitter/warming RIS that i have had. it is creamy, but a little bit of time may do this beer a little more good. will probably break out another in about 3 months and the others will be shared or saved.

Year: Winter 2011
Serving: Bottle

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Photo of LostHighway
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Chocolate, 32-oz growler filled at the new Brew York City / Duane Reade on Broadway at 76th in NYC for $5.99.

I have had these beer many times, but this is the first time I enjoy it from a growler.

Appearance: Gorgeous and classy-looking on my Lost Abbey chalice, with a deep shiny black color and a beautiful, prominent coffee-colored that lasts and lasts; thick soapy bubbles on top. Great lacing, retention, carbonation. An outstanding presence.

Smell: Sharp booze, rum-soaked wood. Coffee. Spice, dank hops / bitterness (a bit unpleasant). And a dryness that gets in your nostrils! Maple and some plant-based sweetness at the end? Reminds me of sipping on Founders CBS, believe it or not.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced coffee side that reminds me of Founders Breakfast. I don't get much of the chocolate... a bit of sour funk and barnyard lactic feel.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium body and carbonation. Correct but a tad thin for the style, and unfortunately overtly bitter. Smooth and creaminess are AWOL. Bone-dry finish with spice and clover. After opening and closing the growler a couple of times, the bitterness recedes and some chocolaty creaminess appears.

Overall: Black Choco is all over. I've had horribly bitter versions of it and smooth and creamy pints, both in tap and bottle. It changes between seasons and serving types. Last week I had a bottle of this current year ('11-'12) and it was beautiful. This growler is too bitter but still alright. What will be next? It is, in any case, a mighty drinkable beer, and always a good deal. No trace of 10%, I could polish a growler of this and still stand tall and strong.

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Photo of Jammies
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep black. A very thin layer of foam quickly disappears.

S - The chocolate was detectable from about a foot away.

T - Much smoother than I expected. The chocolate isn't overwhelming. Slightly hot at the finish.

M - Slightly hot. Smooth with a medium body. Not too heavy for a stout.

O - Dessert in a bottle. Very smooth.

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hippityhops85
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage on draft at the Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA. Poured into a 13oz tulip glass.

Pours pitch black with a beautiful mocha colored head that forms excellent lacing on the glass. A really beautiful stout.

The nose carries bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts, pretty muted although I really had to let this warm up as it was served insanely cold.

After about 20 minutes of allowing it to warm I tasted it. The taste had lots of bitter chef's chocolate that almost came off as metallic. Kind of let down but this. Lots and lots of bitterness.

I've only ever had this brew on draft and after reading the great reviews on here I think I need to try it out of the bottle because the draft has never done anything for me.

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Photo of libskin
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pitch black pour with 1+ finger of dark tan head that stayed around for a while. Minimal lacing, but a beautiful beer. Smell is quite complex with coffee, molasses, raisin and some notes of vanilla and chocolate. Very favorable aroma following turkey dinner. Taste mostly followed the nose, but had a good bit of licorice on it. Was wanting more of the chocolate to come through. A little boozy, but too be expected with the 10% ABV. A pretty good balance otherwise. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a RIS. Thick and creamy a bit of silk with adequate carbonation. Overall- A can't say this beer was fantastic, but it is a very good sipper to close out a chilly evening. Wanted more chocolate and coffee and less licorice. Solid effort from Brooklyn and I would have no problems hitting another after some aging. Quite Tasty-

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Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Goobastic
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of thedoer
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of xpdrinker
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a tulip glass - from the latest release? Re-reviewed on 8/27/12 from the Winter 2010/2011 release. I've since had a 2011/2012 bottle, a bit over a year old and I think the sweet spot for age of this beer.

A: Pitch black pour with 2 fingers of fairly dark brown head. It recedes slowly and sticks around on top of the beer forever. Beautiful beer. The head from the aged bottle didn't last nearly as long.

S: Right away I get intense roasted malt aroma with coffee, dark chocolate, and significant licorice and toffee.

Molasses, dark fruits, and milk chocolate are more prominent in the aged bottle. Licorice is still very significant. I also get a good amount of oxidation.

T: I get an odd bitter flavor that overwhelms everything else - a bit too heavy handed on the hopping for me. In the background, I get great dark chocolate flavor with a lot of roastiness. Maybe the beer needs sometime? The ABV is also quite apparent.

The aged bottle is a completely different story. Very complex, the beer starts off with lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, smooth black coffee, some nuttiness, and a very nice smokiness in the aftertaste. Molasses are in thr background. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel - quite good. Very creamy.

O: Not sure what to think here. If it wasn't for the odd bitter flavor, this beer would be exceptional - too bad it's quite strong. I've got a 2 year old bottle and will drink it soon to compare.

The aged beer is really quite nice. Very complex, balanced, and quite flavorful. Aged, this beer is wonderful - so complex, so delicious. With a year on it, this is one of my favorites.

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Photo of jegross2
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black used motor oil color, pours with a finger of brown frothy head that settles into a thin lacing on the surface of the beer. Looks very oily, dense, completely opaque. Slightly below average lacing, which is to be expected from a 10% ABV beer. 4.5/5

Smell: Bitter chocolate and earthy hop aromas. Some raisins, light cherries, a little vanilla. Some booziness. 3.5/5

Taste: A little alcohol burn at the front, but super creamy bittersweet chocolate on the mid-palate. Some coffee beans, hints of dark fruit and oaky vanilla. This one is pretty complex. Finishes with super bitter chocolate that lingers quite some time. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, oily, with minimal carbonation. Finish is very dry. 4.5/5

Overall: A little less balanced than some Russian Imperial Stouts, but overall very flavorful and complex. I love beers than linger, and this one sticks around. This one is a heavy meal.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,673 ratings.
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