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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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Photo of vandemonian
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout beer is black as space. The head was short lived and had a medium brown colour; only a tiny amount of lacing remains. As soon as a poured it I smelled malt, even from 3 feet away. When you get closer you also smell sweet coffee. The first flavour I got was coffee changing to sweet maltiness. The aftertaste was of bitter black chocolate. As my palate grew accustomed to it, the taste grew more uniform and I mainly tasted milky, bitter chocolate. This beer has a milky feel and is surprisingly light for the style with very little carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer with a lovely complex flavour.

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

Poured a 2009 bottle

A: Dark black with a chunky brown/tan head, dissipated quickly leaving a ring of bubbles on the top of the beer.

S: Hit immediately with the roasted malts and then some bittersweet chocolate. As it warms get more coffee and chocolate coming through.

T: Lots of roasted malt and some dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor intensifies as it warms. Also some vanilla. Very nice.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. Very easy to drink and leaves a nice aftertaste. A really nice beer that I look forward to drinking again. Also looking forward to drinking this one with some more age on it as well to see what happens.

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Photo of revolt914
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Talk about a kick in the teeth... this beer really did sneak up on me! I was told by a friend that this is his favorite beer so I had to pick me one up and I did. I first tried it directly out of the bottle while it was still around 42 degrees... talk about bad idea! This beer is excellent when poured into a mug and let to warm to about 48 to 54 degrees give or take on my estimate on temperature. Extremely flavorful beer and very hoptastic!

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter '09-'10 vintage. 12 oz bottle served at 48* into a snifter.

A: This pours black as night with a finger of tan head that hold well and leaves a trail down the glass.

S: Notes of chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits rise from the glass.

T: The taste is an excellent blend of bitter chocolate, figs, raisins, and some coffee.

M: It's thick, sticky, and creamy.

D; This is relatively easy to drink for 10%

BBCS is what Bell's Expedition attempted to do but failed.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into MS tulip. 2010 vintage

A - Pitch black with very dark brown edging when held up to light. 2 fingers fluffy medium brown head

S - Chocolate, coffee, sweet malts

T - Bittersweet, almost like baking, chocolate, medium roasty coffee, some sweet malt, and alcohol

M - Medium-full body, alcohol heat and fairly creamy

D - A sipper but two would be easy. I think it will improve and maybe become more complex with some age on it.

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

A - A black as night brew pours with an inch of creamy mocha head, which settles to a ring of bubbles around the glass. A nice lacing is left, something I have not noticed before with this brew.

S - Smell is of sweet dark chocolate, robust dark malts, and hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, and a dose of alcohol. An earthy characteristic lingers as well. Nothing is too powerful. The aromas are subtle and play together nicely.

T - Both sweet and bitter chocolate dominate at first, and then give way to some dark fruit flavors that I don't often see in a stout. Bitter coffee notes creep into the mix as it warms, as well as some earthy cacao bean flavors. The alcohol is there throughout, but not too powerful, as the flavor complexities of this one tend to hide it. A very rich and robust brew and very well balanced. This is a solid example of the style. Very, very tasty.

M - Wow this one is big. Alcohol explodes in the mouth and leaves a coating of chocolate alcohol goodness. It isn't bad, quite nice actually. Smooth for the ABV and not much carbonation.

D - This is an intense beer that is not meant to be really drinkable. That being said, it isn't bad for an RIS. I won't be having a second tonight, but it wouldn't be a problem most nights.

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

Poured from a bottle capped in winter 09 into my perfect pint glass. Thanks go out to CooperEllis for including this in a trade as an extra.

Looks: after an absolutely perfect pour (if I do say so myself), the dark chocolate liquid coalesces into blackness with a glutinous one-finger head of cinnamon. The beer's crown quickly collapses to a chunky, filmy layer of light tan that grips the sides of the glass in thick, webby sheets.

Smells: lovely. Lots of licorice, dark chocolate, molasses, graham crackers, old-fashioned syrup, cocoa powder. Little bit of toast and charcoal in the background. Sweet prunes, raisins.

Tastes: shifty. The flavor begins with sweet dark fruits: prunes again, figs, boysenberry syrup. As the flavor opens up, notes of dark chocolate, espresso and maple syrup take hold before a lingering roasty, toasty finish. The transfer from sweet to bitter roastiness happens quickly and so smoothly that it's hard to pick out when one drops off and the next begins. Very, very nice.

Feels: filling. Amidst a low yet rumbling carbonation, the body is fantastic -- medium yet super smooth and creamy. The alcohol is powerful, noticeable in the mouth, the back of the throat and as a a warming sensation that builds in the stomach. Very nice.

Drinks: wait, you guys are telling me that this stuff is available right off the shelf on the east coast? Like, you don't have to wait in line for three hours or anything to pick this up? You guys got it good over there. If I had steady access to this beer, I don't know if I'd ever not have some in my fridge. For its availability, one of the best RISes out there.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into dfh snifter

The color is dark, the pour is not viscous. Very little head, some lacing - both are carmel.

An obvious chocolate aroma, but very little complexity.

Chocolate/cocoa nib with a lightly roasted malt. There is a nice hop flavor underneath that compliments the cocoa, it is more of a hop bitterness than a chocolate bitterness. The flavor rounds nicely, and the finish loses the chocolate which I find to be a positive.

It drinks well, a bit light on carbonation, with a coating sip and a crisp finish I would normally associate with a much lighter and hoppier brew. Although at over 10% it's tough to enjoy more than one.


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

This came my way sort of by default. A convenience store owner who I do consulting work for, had a case shipped to him, a couple of weeks ago. Thinking it was this winter's edition, I thought it was odd that it would be appearing in September. Turns out that this is the 2009-2010 winter of last year, where a four-pack was plucked from a completely sealed case box.
So what does a year old vintage Black Chocolate Stout taste like? For one thing, it thickens somewhat. As black as can be, with tan foam. This Russian Imperial style has that dark currant raisin plum like depth, and the alcohol strength of 10% becomes apparent, especially if served too cold.
Nevertheless, a classic American take on a world class sipper, although I will never understand the idea of having this with a cigar. Adding nicotine poison to this malt showcase, seems to me to be an incredibly stupid nullification.

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Photo of glazeman
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours black in color with a one finger mocha colored head that has okay retention and decent lacing.

S: Some chocolate, but not as mush as in other stouts, and not nearly as much as I expected given the name of this beer. Some alcohol head and some dark fruits as well.

T: Pretty much follows the nose, but there's a little bit of surprise sweetness in there as well. I would say this is a mix of dark chocolate, raisins and brown sugar. A pretty good tasting beer, though I would like a little bit more intensity of the flavors.

M: Too thin for my liking. Otherwise nice carbonation, aftertaste, and weight.

D: Excellent drinkability considering the ABV. The alcohol was not nearly as noticeable as I would have thought based on the smell. This one really goes down easy. Not quite as advirtised though as I really didn't get nearly as much chocolate as I expected.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a midnight black with a two finger tan head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam leaving lots of islands of residual lacing down the glass.

S. Lots of chocolate malt with caramel and some roasty bitterness.

T. Lots of bitter chocolate with roasty coffee/espresso character. More sweetness in the nose than comes across in the flavor. Little perceptible sweetness due to the bitter from both hops and roasted grains.

M. Full bodied with a high level of almost biting carbonation. The carbonation here takes a bit away from the mouthfeel for me; it makes me want to swallow rather than appreciate the flavor medley.

D. Surprisingly a bit hot even though it's almost a year out and not terribly high abv in the first place. Good, but not excellent. I'd like to try the OPS since I'm always interested in seeing how much bourbon can improve a beer like this. (Everyone knows that bourbon only improves a beer.)

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Black as oil, tan 1/2 head

Smell - Nuts, chocolate, malts, smoked coal smell coffee and also and alcohol

Taste - Very strong, stout. Has some sweetness but doesnt last long when at 10% the alcohol takes over. Coffee and chocolate is present, with some carbination making this a intense beer.

Mouthfeel - Quite a kick on the taste buds. Will numb the tounge if left in mouth for long. A bitter hop malt flavor aftertaste rounds out this monster

Drinkabilty - This is a good imperial stout but id love to taste this beer a few percents lower. A session beer, 1 and done for me. Id rather drink youngs double chocolate stout and enjoy a few

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Photo of boomer31
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in MI on road trip. Bottled winter 09-10 according to bottle.

A - Black with light brown quarter inch head. Almost a touch of brown around the edges. The beer literally sticks to the glass all the way thru. Quite impressive

S - Huge roast and bitter chocolate. A hint of alcohol.

T - Roasty malts, and thick bitter chocolate up front with a lingering chocolate finish. A hint of alcohol burn as well but not much. A touch of hop bitterness blends well with the chocolate

M - Very rich and creamy. One of the more full bodied RIS I've had.

D - If you love chocolate you'll love this. The bitter chocolate is almost over the top.

I'm very happy to have been able to pick up a 4 pack while traveling MI. This is a very fine RIS and should age well.

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Photo of newk340
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: oily black pour, thick consistancy with a thin khaki head.

S: sweet tapestry of all flavors chocolate (dark, bitter, sweet).

T: intensely chocolate in flavor, chocolate permeates all the tastebuds while leaving a faint licorice, toasty aftertaste.

MF/D: a fizz of carbonation burns the tongue before settling down for a smooth swallow, an exceptional imperial stout that i would gladly drink again.

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Photo of ryno09
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A frothy two finger light brown head. Black in color, can't see any light through it. Impossible to see how much carbonation there is. Head sticks around longer than your typical RIS with such a high ABV. Leaves some fantastic lacing.

Aroma - Dark chocolate and dark fruits with alcohol. Typical roasted malt as well.

Taste - Up front you are hit with alcohol and the dark fruits. Midway through the dark chocolate notes come into play with the roasted malt leaving a lovely dark chocolate after taste. Finishes very smooth. Uncanny how much it finishes with dark chocolate - like after eating a piece of dark chocolate with a high cocoa percentage.

Just an absolutely fantastic dessert beer. Would pair very nicely with vanilla ice cream. There's enough alcohol to remind you that you're drinking a big beer but the lingering dark chocolate finish is very pleasing.

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

12oz bottle from 09-10 Winter poured into a stemmed tulip.

Instantly was able to smell notes of chocolate, light coffee and dare I say banana?!? Pours jet black with a light finger of foam. Light sips leave traces of brown lace.

This is a big rich beer. Like a boozy glass of espresso chocolate cake. It's delicious through the glass, with each sip varying in intensity between chocolate and coffee. with plenty of malt diversity along the way. Light notes of sweetness and banana endure. Unlike some other stouts, I think the booziness is more than apparent but this one is so flavorful that it doesn't take away from the focus of the drink which is the big chocolate malty flavor.

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

12oz. bottle from last winter ('09-10).

Taken from the fridge and allowed to warm on the counter for about half an hour. I've had it once before and remember it got better as it warmed.

Served into a pint glass, Black Chocolate Stout really does have a black appearance everywhere except the edges. The thin head settles quickly.

Aroma is very strong. Usually my nose doesn't do much for me but here I can smell all sorts of goodness. Huge roasty dark malts and a good dose of dark chocolate. It also has what I would associate with a bourbon barrel aged beer - primarily oak but also alcohol.

Flavor is intense as well. It starts off sweet and doesn't seem so big and scary. Then it gets big, dark, roasty, and bitter. The middle of each sip is dominated by dark coffee and baking cocoa. The finish is dry and a little harsh.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and low in carbonation. It has a nice smoothness but the alcohol dries my mouth and starts to burn.

Overall I enjoy this beer but it's not one of the best in this crowded style. At 10% I expect it to be strong but it seems like it needs another year to mellow.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, tan head that hung around for a bit before settling down. Body is jet-black and opaque.

S: Very strong aroma... lots of chocolate, with hints of roastiness as well. Tiny bit of fruity esters, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Fantastic-tasting beer. The chocolate and roasted notes really complement each other well, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. So smooth and quit easy-drinking for the ABV.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, with low-moderate carbonation, and some alcohol warmth in the throat.

D: Wow... an excellent beer. Dangerously drinkable.

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

A - Pours a viscous black with a 2 finger height head of light brown creamy goodness that sticks solidly to the side of the glass.

S - Rich buttery malts, chocolate of course and also boasts the full run of RIS smells from coffee to dark fruits. Quite strong and there is a touch of alcohol there too.

T - Powerful malts blast your mouth with the chalky flavors of coffee and chocolate as well as plenty of dates and figs. Quite a bit of booze as well. Needs to be consumed at the proper temperature.

M - Nice and creamy but it seems that the alcohol gives this brew a bit of a bite.

D - Goes down pretty easy regardless of the booziness of it. I'd like to have one with a few years on it. Would probably seek out different beers to try, but this is worth a shot. Drink it warm.

EDIT: 12/1/10 Having a year old bottle now. This beer mellows wonderfully and is an extremely good value even if you have to sit it in your cellar for a year to make it better! I have to do some number adjustments. Despite this, there is still a bit of astringency that another year might take out.

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Photo of davod23
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This bottle is about three years old. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

This is pretty. Very dark, near-black, with a cascading tan head that culminates at about two fingers. The head recedes to a thin cap, but a swirl causes it to stir from its slumber. Tilting the glass results in a slow ascension of the head to the top of the beer. Very, very nice.

Smell is good, though not great. Perhaps I have been spoiled by barrel-aged brews and other massive stouts. Dark chocolate, some roasted coffee notes, slight anise. The booze is completely hidden, which is impressive. This aroma is just not as aggressive as I'd like to have in a big stout.

The taste is nice though. Bitter, dark chocolate, roast, coffee, toasted malt in perfect balance. Booze is nonexistent. This is slightly sweet, but is balanced by the roasted coffee bitterness on the tail end. This is nearly 11%? That's almost unbelievable. Well done, Brooklyn.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied for an imperial stout. I honestly wish that it was a bit more viscous. This is fine, but damn, if this was a bit thicker I would be a much happier drinker right now. Appropriate level of carbonation, finishes reasonably dry.

Drinkability is off the charts. Seriously, I could drink gallons of this stuff. It's very tasty and very balanced - the moderate level of sweetness and the dryness of the finish would allow for copious amounts of ingestion. I don't know that I've had an imperial stout of this strength with greater drinkability than this one.

Quite good, and considering its price and ubiquity, is a great buy. Recommended.

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Photo of Spider889
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was very surprised with this beer, bought a single a couple weeks ago for $2.99 and saw a 6-pack for $8 I think. I might have to go back for the 6-pack.

Definitely as big, strong beer, but I found it very enjoyable and an excellent value.

Poured into a snifter, dark black with a dark mocha head on it. Lots of thick heavy lace.

Smelled of rich roasty, chocolaty malts. Lovely.

Tastes of semisweet chocolate, lots of booziness, and some strong underlying dark fruits like raisin, figs.

Full-bodied but thin, cloying dryness, coffee bitterness coats the mouth with its aftertaste for some time.

A good beer, buy heavy and boozy. I was craving a second, but two would have likely destroyed me for the rest of the night.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Review updated on 11/5/15)

A - Black as coal! Opaque with a creamy, toffee colored head. NO light is passing through this baby!

S - Bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted malt, molasses, and cream. The aroma is not as bold and aggressive as what I would have thought.

T - Deep roasted bitter chocolate, toasted malts, coffee, and vanilla cream. The flavor is consistent throughout the entire sip with coffee and bitter chocolate dominating. There's a small amount of a booze-like finish. Coats the mouth with deep roasted chocolate with a dark chocolate bitterness to balance things out and it lingers.

M - Heavy and full bodied, thick, very smooth on the tongue with gentle carbonation.

O - This is a fine, fine stout, especially for the price point - never ceases to satisfy my stout craving!

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Photo of Jeffo
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a seasonal release at the LCBO last winter. My buddy Logan did the grunt work and picked up a few for me. Thanks a lot man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours dark brown and produces a small ½ finger medium looking mocha colored head that quickly fizzes down to a half wisp and ring. Sits jet black in the glass with no carbonation evident. A ring remains and leaves a few dots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Mild strength nose of roasted malts, dark malt, smoke and some dark bitter chocolate. Not as bold as I'd hoped, but nice non-the-less.

TASTE: Much bolder flavors. Roasted malts all over, with some black licorice and dark chocolate notes of course. A bit of spicy alcohol in there along side the roasted and chocolate notes. A medium strength and shorter lived aftertaste is roasted and alcoholic with some chocolate notes still. Plenty of black, dark chocolate, but nicely balanced as well with the roasted and spicy qualities. A bitter-sweet finish. Very tasty.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation and creamy enough on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating.

OVERALL: A solid brew I'm glad I had the chance to try. The chocolate comes out more as the beer sits, but because I serve most of my beer at room temperature, I don't think it had much to do with warming up. A very tasty beer that needs a bigger nose as well as a thicker pour and more impressive head to bring it up a notch. Non-the-less, a tasty treat for sure. Thanks for grabbing me a few of these when they were around Log!

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Photo of Marcrates
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Very thick, dark like black paint with a thick carmely looking head that hangs around for quite some time.

S - Chocolatey and roasty

T - Unbelievably balanced malts and chocolate taste. This leaves a good aftertaste without being too much. One of the best tasting beers, if not the best tasting beer I've tried to date.

M - Feels amazing. Like eating an ice cream sundae.

D - Very drinkable, but at 10% ABV you may want to be careful. I would think of this more as a dessert.

Overall - I am blown away by this beer. I'll have to revisit this one in a month or so to make sure it isn't my mind playing tricks on me. I really enjoyed drinking this tonight.

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Photo of Luk13
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Blankboy. Pitch black. with small brownish head. Very aromatic nose with plenty of chocolate, some vanilla, wood and cherry. Flavor is very chocolatey, some fruits (cherries), maple and rum, quite sour and sweet for a IS. Average mouthfeel, sirupy and sticky. Too rich for me.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,736 ratings
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