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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 seanbhudson
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle with Winter 08-09 date. Pours an opaque black color with a small brown head. Moderate lacing.
Chocolate, alcohol and coffee. Smells like Kahlua.
Roasted malt, coffee grounds, alcohol and bittersweet chocolate. There is also a sweetness that reminds me of dark prunes.
Full bodied beer. With a syrupy mouthfeel. There is also a warming sensation due to the alcohol.
A bit too much alcohol flavor and bitter coffee flavors to make it really drinkable.
NOTES: BJCP - Russian Imperial Stout

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Photo of KYbrewgal
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as the winter night, with ruby highlights.

Sweet roast with some alcohol phenols, chocolate and rich caramel, and a whiff of dark berries.

Heavy roast (burnt), heavy sweet caramel

Full without being chewy.

Could easily ask for another.

Goes really well with ancho chili chocolate and a nice fire.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009-2010 BSC poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Dark black, minimal tan-colored head. Significant lacing. Not a lot of carbonation.

S: Not much, though that's pretty characteristic for me when I'm experiencing a stout.

T: Loads of toasted malts. Definitely getting the chocolate and coffee. Not as sweet as I was expecting, and that's a good thing. For 10% ABV, it's very well-hidden.

M: Great thick viscosity.

D: For 10% ABV, this is extremely drinkable. The heat of the alcohol is well-incorporated. If this is an imperial stout, it is my first, and I like what I'm experiencing.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09-10 bottle poured into a globe

A: Pitch black viscous pour with a generous fluffy brown head. Heavy lacing around the glass.

S: Heavy malt character on the nose, bitter chocolate with a bit of ethyl alcohol on the end. Smells very sweet

T: again, sweet malts with hints of dark fruit,, slight tartness, loads of dark chocolate, a little alcohol, flavors are nicely balanced. Not as hot as I remember last year's version being.

M: Thick, syrupy, chewy texture, leaves mouth slightly sticky

D: Perhaps the best deal around when it comes to imperial stouts. This is very hearty and rich, nice for a cold night sipper. The alcohol content is very well hidden for 10%,,, maybe a little too well hidden. Great beer all around!

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Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, winter 09-10 vintage (10.0%, not 10.6), into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep black body with garnet highlights against the light; two fingers of light brown head show good retention and a full blanket of fine lacing.

S: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and ripe dried fruits. Pretty nice, but surprisingly understated.

T: Anything but understated on this front: intense chocolate, fruit, and alcohol form a whirlwind of in-your-face flavor. The chocolate and alcohol come together nicely on the finish, but that's the only place where any harmony exists in this big, hot beer. Maybe some age would help matters, but as it is this is an engaging (albeit ultimately unpleasantly overwhelming) brew.

M: Beautiful - rich, full-bodied, with tons of nice, soft carbonation. Just a little warm and syrupy on the finish. Perfect for the style.

D: Too much heat and an unbalanced assault of flavors keep this from being truly drinkable, but it's certainly intriguing on enough levels to keep me interested.

Notes: Great beer to try, but I was hoping for more straightforward chocolate dominance. It may also have suffered by comparison, as the last RIS I had was FBS (which absolutely blew me away); this was good, but by no means great.

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

2009 - 10/2
Appearance - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head and slight, splotchy lacing.
Smell - Roasted, chocolaty malts.
Taste - Roasted malts with cacao, some chocolate, some oak, alcohol and a bitter chocolaty finish. Not much sweetness.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability - Enjoyable sipper, but quite boozy. A definite slow sipper.
Overall - Drank very early, but I didn't get much sweetness or complex chocolate flavor, more cacao dust and bitterness. I hope some age really develops this beer.

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

Appearance: Nice dark brown with a robust brown head on it.
Smell: Hints of cocoa come through and there is a very strong roasted malt flavor to it.
Taste: The beer has a nice chocolaty flavor at first, not too heavy given the style. The malts and chocolate flavor give it an interesting tang. You get a really nice malt flavor to finish the beer.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: I was a really good stout. As drinkable as a stout can be. It was nice and thick with a lot of flavor. It also had a nice carbonation to balance out the beer.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The lot code is smudged on my bottle but it is from the 2009 batch. Sampled on November 8, 2009. The pour is a dark, opaque brownish-black with a fluffy tan head and a lot of lingering lacing. This has 10% ABV but you would not know it with the aroma. The smell is of mild chocolate malts and neutral hops. A full bodied mouthfeel dances on my tongue and down my throat. As for the taste, it is true to the enticing aroma. The chocolate malts are mild but enjoyable and the hops finish comfortably dry. I have to say kudos to the Brooklyn Brewery for this very pleasing stout and one that gives you a buzz without really knowing it.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is softly bready biscuit with soft chocolate and fruit. Smells good.

Pours jet black with smooth large lasting head. Looks very good.

Very nice roast and chocolate. Rich malt - dark and sweet, soft toffee. Mild tart fruit. Smooth, rich, and creamy. Thick body, hints of alcohol. Notes of fruit - banana, crisp alcohol warmth and suggestions of spice. Amazingly smooth. Only mild sweetness. Hints of cayenne near finish. Tastes very good. Feel great. Very good drinkability.


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Photo of kzoobrew
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as a cloud covered midnight. No highlights, no gleaming no hint of light sneaking through anywhere. Some of the darkest beer I have ever seen. Creamy head measures about a finger and a half. Retention is rather decent and lacing exceptional.

Sweet caramel, chocolate and smooth roastiness. Pleasant boozy aroma I have grown to enjoy and expect from the style. If anything is lacking from the nose I would prefer to have a stronger roasted, charred malt presence.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors show first. Warming alcohol stops short of coming of as hot. Coffee flavors show up on the back end. While the hop characteristics are picked up the bitterness plays off the roasted characteristics providing more of a coffee like bitterness.

Full but not heavy body. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. My preference for the style is for a ever so slightly thicker body I feel that the body and flavor mesh remarkably well.

Fantastic brew, thank you to UA8 for supplying the opportunity to enjoy this one. I would love for this to be a winter staple but unfortunately it is not available in my area. Fine job and tremendous craftsmanship on this beer.

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Photo of beerman207
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a nice tan head that hangs around a while leaving some light lacing behind

S- Malt, chocolate, some mild coffee, and alcohol in the nose. Could be better in this category but the taste makes up for it.

T- Roasted malt and nuts come through along with alcohol in the finish. Has dark chocolate present and is quite bitter which is pretty nice.

M- Great balance - has almost a chewy texture.

D- Definately has some alcohol presence but it's difficult not to with 10% abv. I could certainly go for another after this. Unfortunately, I only have one.

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Photo of MrDanno96
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09-10 Vintage.

A: Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head - initially one finger and eventually dissipates to a smallish ring. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark fruits, cherries, burnt coffee, and some alcohol. I also smell the chocolate, but it's much more subtle than I expected. Pretty standard aroma for a sweet stout I'd say.

T: Espresso and mocha most apparent along with some sweet dark fruits. Bitter chocolate on the finish. It's pretty good, but doesn't really taste significantly different than lots of other sweet RIS I've had. As with the nose I was expecting a more distinct chocolate.

M: Very smooth, creamy feel and a nice full body. This beer really shines in this respect. Alcohol hidden fairly well, but you definitely feel the warming effects.

D: A pretty good RIS. However, for a limited release the emphasizes chocolate in its name I was a little disappointed. I'll probably drink one more for a second opinion and then cellar the other two for a while.

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

Appearance: Pours a black color with a beautiful biege/tan-ish head. It took the head a minute or two to disappear as well.

Smell: Smells of bitter chocolate and dark fruit with a small hint of coffee.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and mocha are apparent with a slight hint of fruit. My god does this have a bitter chocolate after taste

Mouthfeel: Thick molasses and syrupy texture with a heavy overall body.

Drinkability: A little tough to drink but it is a very impressive winter beer. Very much enjoyed the strong taste as it is something I don't down often. Will reccomend to others and will probably go back to this next winter.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09-10 vintage

poured into my sam smith quasi fluted glass,more or less void of light. great lacing and nice persistent head.

nose has some roasted notes,dark fruit,dark chocolate.almost somewhat tart.

taste is somewhat chocolatey/coffee-ish,dark fruit notes. bit of alcohol warming in the finish. pretty good.

mouthfeel is pretty fullbodied, but slightly thing comparatively to some other russian imperial stouts.still pretty drinkable,the big abv is hidden fairly well.

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Photo of scottg
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

pours a jet black which lets no light through when held to the light with a 1/2 finger tan head leaving lacing that slides back to the beer. Chocolate, stone fruit, cherry and alcohol aromas. Chocolate and vanilla flavors up front with some lemon rind/espresso bitterness in the middle ending with milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors. Full body, medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Great drinkability, the variety of chocolate flavors generated is fanatastic.

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Photo of kurp001
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Beltway Fine Wine

Pours just about pitch black with a thin layer of mocha head on top that settles down pretty quickly.

Smell consists of a dark fruit presence upfront, with some mild chocolate and coffee notes sitting in the background.

Taste is not actually as chocolate-y as I had anticipated; burnt coffee tends to be a more dominating flavor, along with a molasses and brown sugar character. A mild bitter chocolate note comes through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a Russian Imperial Stout, but there is still a full quality to the beer.

This is a decently drinkable beer, overall. The ABV is certainly concealed well, but I can't help but feel like there are other RIS's I'd be inclined to pick instead. I enjoyed the bottle I had, but I might leave the remaining bottles in the cellar to see how they do with some age on them.

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Photo of generallee
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Snifter glass. The bottle reads "Limited Bottling - Winter 09-10" and I sampled it on 11-4-2009.

Appearance: The color is jet black and definitely opaque. It raises a tall tan head that is thick, creamy and hangs on very well. It slowly fades down to a tight cap of foam that makes lots of splotchy lacing on the glass.

Smell: For a big 10% beer there is very little suggestion of its alcoholic strength. I get more roasted barley and grain brown sugar and molasses. Light notes of alcohol just seek into the background.

Taste/Palate: I'm hit with a big rich sweetness up front with notes caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Next comes gooey dark bitter chocolate brownies and deep roasted barley and grain notes. Solid herbal/leafy hops finishes thing of along with a gentle warming alcohol. The palate has a good full body with a slick texture and just enough carbonation to keep things from getting cloying or to syrupy.

Notes: This is a truly outstanding BIG beer. I wish I had some really good plain New York cheese cake with fresh red raspberries to pair with this wonderful beer. Well, for tonight this beer is its own dessert.

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Photo of m1ked
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

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Photo of vdread
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
bottle to glass

black as could be with a tiny brown head that kept a collar all the way down, leaving a few spots of lace. smell is of dark fruits and alcohol.

alcohol is prevalent, bitter and sweet, roasted malts, like burnt wood. flavors open up a bit more when it warms up. slick and full going down. not a bad RIS but probably not the best.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, deep black with very fine bubbles rising to create a nice thick light brown head. Smells of espresso, dark chocolate, small hint of raisin, fig dark fruit, but very minimal, just the way I like it. Very bold, but mellow. The sweet darkness engulfs your mouth. The chocolate malt is evident with a bitter faintly hoppy finish. It has a very commanding presence on the palate, but no where near overbearing. Notes are mainly coffee, raisin and fig. The finish leaves some smoke and fruit. This is a full bodied beer, black velvet!
This beer is a high-wire balancing act. Not too heavy, but it is a deep dark menacing beast. Packs a punch at 10% but it is so velvety smooth and delicious it's hard to put down.

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black with about a finger of tan head that retains decently. Lacing is great, sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts with frequent smells of dark chocolate. Medium alcohol smell on the finish. Alcohol is a little too apparent for me with the smell of roasted malts and chocolate not dominating enough.

T- Roasted malts and a slightly nutty taste come up front followed by an taste from alcohol. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a warming sensation from the alcohol. The bitter dark chocolate taste makes this beer interesting and in my opinion very refreshing for winter.

M- Chewy mouthfeel with nice carbonation that fits nicely with the beer style.

D- Only thing holding back this beer is the presence of an alcohol taste, but those who enjoy a RIS should find no complaints with that.

Notes: Certainly will buy some more of these for the winter season.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was planning on sitting on this bad boy but everytime I looked at my beer stash this one begged to be drank.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is black as night. Maybe a slight tint of brown can be seen when holding it directly in front of a lamp. A careful pour gives me about a half inch of light brown head that dissipates leaving lace rings all around the rim.

The aroma is roasted coffee beans, burnt malt, dark chocolate with maybe a hint of dark fruit from the high abv.

The flavor is a fantastic mix of rich coffee dark and milk chocolate and toasted bread. This is spot on RIS. The dry bitter coffee blended with the chocolate make for a perfect balance of flavor. The high ABV can hardly be detected at all.

Medium to full body. A touch slick for my tastes. A decent amount of carbonation.

A mighty fine RIS in my book. A sipper for sure but I wouldn't mind have a few of these on a cold Wisconsin night. Too bad it's next to impossible to get round these parts.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - gentler than normal pour resulted in 2-finger thick khaki-colored head that lingered for nearly 15 minutes, leaving heavy robust lacing in its wake. This beer is truly black as night, even when held directly in front of a light bulb there was no lightening whatsoever around the corners of the tumbler.

S - Robust alcohol aroma is primary, with secondary notes of chocolate, fermented citrus, roasted malts, coffee, and tangy molasses. Interesting.

T - A bit sharp and biting at first with a strong mix of roasted malts and chocolate competing for primacy with smoke, black cherry and coffee. As I travel farther down the glass the alcohol relocates and softens the bite backwards to a mere barbecue-esque, molasses driven tang in the throat. Its like eating a bouyant chocolate steak.

M - very nice combination of creamy texture and carbonation. lays right across the top of the tongue, but isnt afraid to bust out in bubbles if jostled enough.

D - surprisingly sessionable for the style. no doubt it is a beer sandwich, but I could have two or so rather than 1, as is the case with an Old Raspy.

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Photo of westweasel
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Gayle Sayers shaker glass.

The beer pours out very dark brown and opaque., with a fairly substantial tan head. As you tilt and rotate the glass, you can see the beer has just a little bit of "legs" to it.

In the aroma dark chocolate predominates, along with some roasted notes, and a small touch of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The beer tastes like dark chocolate and roasted grains initially, followed by a substantial bitter/roasty bite.

This is very easy to drink for a Russian imperial stout. It does not seem anywhere close to a 10% beer. Very nicely done.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a sinister-looking black with a mere quarter-inch of brown head. Smell seems a little on the subdued side, though there is a rich chocolate aroma, a little roasty malt, and a small cherry note.

The chocolate flavor is improved upon as I sip-- it becomes a bitter but tasty mixture of coffee and chocolate. After a few sips, I recognize hops accompanying the chocolate-malt goodness, and the presence of alcohol just makes itself known at the end of each sip, but only slightly so.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy up until the hop flavor lays down on the tongue with a drying effect. I found BCS a nice RIS, but it didn't necessarily stand out above the rest, at least while fresh.

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