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

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

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4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night. Think I see some slightly brown notes on the edges. Some roasted malt in the nose. Not as much scent as I expected. Getting some coffee and maybe some raisin deep down. Man, this tastes good. Huge chocolate notes at the outset. They really taste creamy and full. The coffee, roastedness picks up halfway. The end finishes smoothly. You can tell the alcohol is trying to get out, but it's deftly kept at bay. Still tasting some raisin on the far back end, though I think that's just the chocolate malt combating with the alcohol. I prefer Old Rasputin slightly more, but this is a very good Imperial Stout.

Like It? Definitely

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Sampled the 2004 version next to the 2010 version.

Pours black without being terribly thick with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing. Foam recedes much quicker on vintage edition.

Aromas begin with espresso and fudge brownies. Smells quite sweet with loads of chocolate and some roasted malt. Hints of anise and molasses in the most recent version. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there. In the vintage version you get a lot more dark cherry and coca cola notes as it warms.

The tastes directly reflect the nose of each. The recent version has an unstoppable coffee-chocolate presence. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue. The older vintage has that coca cola dark cherry syrupy sweetness. Finish has a less boozy/bitter presence than the newer version.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Both are quite solid in this department. Newer version is drier with more of a bitter/alcohol finish. Older one is a little sweeter and creamier.

Overall, I enjoyed this side by side tasting. You would have no idea that these are the same beers or even from the same brewery. Neither is a star for me but both are solid beers. I think I would probably imagine a vintage in-between these two would be the best. Probably a bottle with 2-3 years on it would be the best balance of flavor in my opinion. A solid beer either way that is often overlooked because it is so readily available.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

A: Dark brown pour into Nonic glass producing two finger khaki head with moderate amount of lacing.
S: Aromas of chocolate, toasted malt and dark fruits. 
T: Flavors of dark and bittersweet chocolate with a bit of caramel. M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable and luscious. Will enjoy another. 

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,681 ratings.
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