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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding
2,796 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Winter 2005 release, poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass reccomended for this beer,

Appearance: BCS pours nice, thick, and black. Not the heaviest stout I've seen, but still plenty of heft to it. One finger of medium brown head, which disappears quickly.

Smell: Scents of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, in that order, with the alcohol somewhat overpowering the others.

Taste: Where Brooklyn Chocolate Stout shines. This is a truly excellent stout in all respects. Deep, dark chocolate flavors, with a distinct coffee/roasted malt aftertaste. A stout drinker's stout.

Feel: Thick and smooth, with very little carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for its style. Definitely not an everyday beer of course. Nice for dessert.

Overall, the 2005 release is an amazing beer, and an excellent showing from Brooklyn Brewery. A major improvement over last year's version, if you tried that.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one I have been waiting several years to get my mitts on. I used to read tasting notes on this one and drool, always wondering when I would get a chance to take my own notes... here I go.

Like most stouts I drink, this one is nearly coal black and lets nary a ray of light poke through. The head is generous enough, thick, creamy and lasts admirably all while leaving a handsome lace behind.

The aromas are subtle, harmonious, and complex enough to yield fresh nuances at nearly every whiff. From malty charred notes up front followed by hints of coffee and licorice to a mild hoppy bite in the finish, one finds traces of spices and some stewed fruits in the mix. A mild vinous character binds the aromas in a harmonious manner and makes the experience quite pleasing.

It is in the mouth, however, that this beer really shines. Firm and bold in body, it is rich and filling and makes no apology about this fact. The flavours are as complex as the aromas but are in your face and very robust. Malt, chocolate and coffee flavours form the sturdy underpinning on which the balance of this beer rests. Some notes of bitterness permeate the complex of the above flavours and bind with a delicate but present tartness reminescent of a mulled Quelque Chose. The finish is dominated by a charred and heady bitterness that lingers, accompanied by traces of oak.

This is surely one of the most flavourful and complex stouts I have had the chance to review. Such a heady and full bodied beer lasts a long time and doesn't constitute a session beer. However, I would definitely indulge in two bottles of this at desert (thus salvaging the drinkability score) This is by no means available in Québec... I had to rely on my uncle to bring me back a 12 of this so I should be good until x-mas.

Merci André.

Santé

SMD

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Photo of jakester
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from the new Brooklyn Party Pack sampler case. Date notched on the label. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a totally opaque black with a one finger head of light brown foam. The head falls to a coating and a ring, with good lacing.

Aroma is sweet chocolate, vanilla, black sweet coffee, dark cherries, and currants. Maybe some spices like black pepper, vanilla, and even cayenne.

First flavor is sweet dark mocha coffee, some bitter chocolate, fruits like cherries and prunes, and spices like pepper and vanilla. Flavors are big and sweet. Aftertaste is awesome dark chocolate, thick and rich, with a lingering hop bitterness. Hop flavor is earthy and floral.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is soft. Residual sugar is pretty high. Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

This is one hell of a delicious pounder. Big, dark flavors, fruity, chocolatey, malty, with a good alcohol kick. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter '05 batch. Pours pitch black, with ruby highlights. Light brown three finger head, dense and bubbly. Outstanding retention and patchy lacing. Dark fruit alcohol vapors and burnt malt hide a gentle hop aroma. Sweet roasted barley and chocolate malts make up a bittersweet and well rounded flavor, and american hops dry the aftertaste to improve the balance. Full thick body and low carbonation keep the big flavor velvet smooth. Alcohol becomes evident in the finish, but never harsh. Residual, intoxicating, and very satisfying.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black - no light coming through at all, with a brown 2 finger head and great lace. Smells of deeply roasted malt with coffee and chocolate aromas. A bit smokey. Initial taste is of chocolate, then some roastyness then some bittersweet. I also detect coffee, but not a great amount of coffee bitterness. Nicely balanced. A rich and creamy mouthfeel and this one although very drinkable is a definate sipper.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a thin tan head that recedes quickly.
Aroma has notes of chocolate, expresso, blackstrap molasses, ethanol, and some floral hops. The flavor is impressive, big chocolate and coffee notes as well as some blackstrap molasses that is checked by some floral and mineraly hops bitterness, as well as tobacco and a smokey character. The finish has notes of cherry brandy with a mild alcohol character. The mouthfeel is rich and full without being overbearing and drinkability is surprisingly good for a double stout. An incredible beer, one of the best double stouts out there.

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Photo of blackie
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour into my snifter creates a low, tan head that quickly dissipates, leaving only a few carbonation-fed islands on the calm surface of the liquid. When they named this beer "Black," they meant it. No light whatsoever makes it through this baby.

smell: A very distinctive and pleasant bittersweet and milk chocolate aroma is present, and in just the right amount. This stuff smells great. Some roasted coffee like flavors, are present, though the coffee charateristic is slight. There is also a slight earthy tobacco/molasses like characteristic, almost like chewing tobacco. A nice, low to moderate hop aroma comes through to provide some balance. The smell is sweet like dessert, but not cloyingly so. Only a little ethanol is noticeable, which is ok since this one weighs in at 8.5 percent.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is a nice cross between low and medium, just right in my opinion. The body is on the lower end of the heavy range.

taste: The chocolate is not as obvious on the tongue as on the nose, but is still there. The roasted flavors, however, are more apparent here...though they only offer a slight hint of coffee. There is even a slight smoky taste to the beer. Just the right amount of hops. Finish is roasty with a slight hop bitterness. No ethanol detected at all. Damn good.

drinkability: Just about as drinkable as a double stout can get.

From the winter '05-'06 bottling

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

Appearance: You couldn't see through this beer if you were on top of a light house. Nice light brow color. Minimal head to this beer but it laces well.

Smell: Strong chocolate smell. Slight alcohol armoa but not overly so.

Taste: Strong notes of coffee, dark chocolate, a tangy sort of prune flavor. Espresso flavor aftertaste.

Notes: I am going to cellar a couple of these boys to drink later and see if it mellows out a bit.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

('05-'06 release)

Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.

Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.

Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.

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

Poured from a bottle into Stone Ruination glass (kind of mini-pint glass). Dark black color with brown (chocolate milk colored) foamy head.

Smells fruity and malty. The first taste is sweet, with a nice bitter after-taste. The chocolate comes through in the after-taste mostly. You can taste some roasted malts too. But not too burnt, which would be gross. There's a lot of carbonation which adds to this beer's drinkability. That's a problem I have with many stouts, they're too flat. Not this one!

Recommended. This is very good stuff.

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Photo of nickss
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with perhaps the darkest head I've ever seen... not even a khaki, but an intense brown. The head itself is fairly thin, maybe 1/8".
Nice lacing as well.

Big chocolate aromas. Slightly bitter, but with a HUGE berry aroma. Reminds me a great deal of Storm King, albeit with a bit more mocha than the Victory brew. All the same... glorious odor... I love it.

Intense mocha flavour with a large amount of chocolate bitterness. The berries that were in the nose are prominent in the taste as well, but not so obvious. You can definitely notice a bit of alcohol in the finish, but nothing too strong or overwhelming. There is a significant roasted malt flavour to this one as well. My only concern from the taste is the seeming lack of complexity. It is a huge mocha slap to the palate, but not much more.

Not quite big enough in the mouth to match the huge chocolate flavour.

Moderately drinkable... the more I drink of this bottle, the more I want to keep drinking it. Dangerously addicting, although I certainly would not have thought so upon my first sip.

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Photo of dgallina
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle of Winter '05-'06 vintage. Sampled 11/06/2005.

Poured an almost purple solid black. Very small tan head, but lots of thick and sticky lace. Deep chocolate and toasted malt aroma with an undercurrent of spicy alcohol and dark fruits. Stupendous flavor! Chewy sweet malts lead into tasty burnt toast and dark-roasted coffee with nicely drying and long-lasting toasted bread and warming alcohol finish. Hugely creamy and thick viscous body that somehow retains decent carbonation.

An absolutely superb imperial stout.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition:

Appearance: Dark! As expected, it pours a deep, dark black with very minimal head.

Smell: Can you say chocolate? I assume you can, and, if not, go back to school. It smells so delicious, I can't wait to get it to my mouth.

Taste: It's good, just not great. I really enjoy drinking this brew. The chocolate flavors predominate. It's tasty, just not quite as complex as other beers of similar style.

Mouthfeel: I was expecting it to be too syrupy, but it wasn't at all. Smooth and highly penetrating, but only in a good way.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day. So easy to get down. I just wish there was a bit more too it.

A good stout, but not really at the level of others.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The title "Black Chocolate Stout" is a bit deceptive, as this is really an Imperial Stout.

It has all the usual characteristics of an imperial - the deep black hue, very present alcohol taste, mocha and chocolate flavors.

This beer also has a pleasant creaminess to it which I found delicious. I'd prefer for the always-present alcohol flavor to be disguised better, but I suppose if it was, I wouldnt be drinking an imperial stout - it would just be a regular stout.

This is a powerful beer. I dont think I'd really want to have more than 1 or 2 at a time. I appreciated this beer, and thought it was high quality, but imperial stouts arent really my thing, so I dont know if I'll be buying this again.

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

This is the 04-05 vintage poured into a 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dead black with a mocha colored head half inch thick. The head quickly dies down to a light film. No lacing in evidence on the glass.

Smell: Smells fantastically floral with a note of raisins, chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste: Hey oddly enough taste like darkly roasted coffee, cocoa, good malty backbone with a complementing hop after taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a very easy to drink beer. Carbonation is minimal. One of the very smoothest stouts I have had the pleasure to drink. I am curious how this will age.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

03-04 Vintage... (brewage?)

Deep dark black, pours rather lumpy out of the bottle with a thin mocha head. The head dies back but leaves a small island of cream in the center of the snifter. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and raisins. Oddly, it tastes of Coffee, chocolate and raisins - go figure. No bitter or burnt notes, no alcohol tones detected and a mild vanilla finish.

Very creamy and smooth. Low carbonation so it feels like your'e drinking a mocha milkshake. No bitter or oily aftertastes.

Very drinkable, big enough that it ought to be served as a desert course all by itself.

[Many thanks to rapopoda for hand carrying this prize out to wine country]

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Photo of gimmehead
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: impenatrable blackness with a big tightly bubbled mocha head

Smell: bittersweet dark chocolate; smoky roasted malts; sweet, faintly lactic sugar mixed with a bit of black licorice; very rich overall

Taste: bitter roasted malts, sort of "ashy"; rich, sweet chocolate flavor and just a bit of hop bite; flavor is a bit subdued in comparison to the nose

Mouthfeel: very full and thick; silky smooth

Drinkability: a good beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6er of this the other night. This beer sort of confuses me. the bottle says it's a chocolate stout, BA calls it a double stout, the brewery calls it an imperial stout...which is it? I don't know, possibly a combo of all three. The appearance is pitch black with a medium brown head that doesnt stick too much. Body is medium to heavy with smells of fudge-like chocolate,espresso and hint of rum. The taste is mildly hoppy with a bit of roasted bitterness showing up towards the end. When i first sipped this beer, i wasn't too impressed, but the more i drank, the more i liked. Definetly a beer worth trying. On a side note, I used this beer to make the basic beer bread listed in the recipes section of this site, and i have to say that it was a great choice. the chocolate compliments it perfectly. Cheers

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a black, white and gold label and neck label. 8 lines of small stars go across the top of the labe with the brooklyn logo over top in the center. "limited bottling - winter '05-'06". "black chocolate stout" in huge gold script across the bottom with the large ascending "s" in white. brookly's interpretation of their imperial stout is on the neck label. no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a highlight-less deep black into a snifter glass. head is a 3 quarter inch dark tan after aggressive pouring. drops to a ring fairly quickly, but laces well.

smell: initial aromas are chocolate and alcohol. there's a dark fruit aroma and lightly vinous. hints of coffee.

taste: excellent chocolate, roasted malts and an odd woody flavor. plums and grapes. light coffee and alcohol flavors. hops are earthy and herbal. astringent and bittersweet in the finish. not much balance here as this is a malt bomb. i can't believe there's no chocolate involved in the brewing process.

mouthfeel: creamy medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. rolls around cleanly and swallows smoothly. lookin' for a big stout that's smooth but not whimpy in the carbonation department, this is your brew.

drinkability: good drinkability for an imperial stout. alcohol is there, you can smell it and you can taste it, but it doesn't hinder. chocolatey, flavorful, dessert-like tastey brew that you don't wanna put down.

overall: this is an excellent chocolate stout that only uses malts to achieve the flavor. good impy stout with good carbonation. this stout seems to vary a bit from year to year. i liked last year's vintage and this year's just as good. if you see this limited bottling where you shop, pick up a ton to have year round.

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Photo of BierManVA
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'05-06 release

Excelent presentation. Not much for the nose however. Quite unaromatic IMO.
Pours very dark with a thick tan head of fine carbonation.

Not as sweet as I expected. Quite the bitter chocolate instead. Not unpleasant at all. Smooth but a little uninspiring. I expected a bit more from this however...
I could see an amazing reduction of this with a little sugar added for an acompaniment to a fine vanilla ice cream or spongecake desert. Limitless really on food pairings and applications.

John

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

bottle of winter 05

a: totally opaque black. really dark, luscious melted chocolate brown head which subsides with little stick.

s: sweet and malty. smells lightly roasted, with hints of smoke and even peet.

t: first hit is the malt and sugar up front, which turns into toasted/roasted malt on the way back, and finishes with a tiny hop profile and grit of bakers chocolate and espresso. really nice progression from sweet, to bittersweet, to dry. a nice finish on the beer which continues to taste and evolve after the swallow. alchohol is nowhere to be found even at 8.5%.

m: mouthfeel is almost great. I wouldnt mind however if it where a little heavier, a little more viscous. as it is nice syrup aspects balanced well with the carbonation.

d: very filling, and the bold flavors dont leave the palate capable of much else, including another one. though since thats all Im looking for, and how I feel a stout like this should be....its all good to me.

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Photo of jaluria
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a viscous, night-black color with a soft and dissipating mocha-colored head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. The surface is racked with large bubbles and the carbonation seems low-medium. I smell loads of mocha, nuts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, and burnt wood. The taste resembles the aromas and is great with a thick, bready aftertaste. Full-bodied and complex but all the elements seem to come together and compliment one another. Hints of smoke and burnt wood add great depth and balance the sweetness of the beer. Chocolate ice cream with a touch of syrup is how this feels in my mouth; smooth and creamy. Warming alcohol sensation after a few sips with a semi-dry finish. Overall, this beer is sheer perfection; everything I could want in a RIS...just amazing! Great with a chocolate or cream based dessert or by itself in the winter months.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Black Chocolate Stout offering from Brooklyn Brewery for the 2005-2006 winter continues a great tradition from this New York Micro. The pour of this ebony stout is the picture of color for a black chocolate stout. The head that forms on the glass is a deep brown that starts strong and fades as the beer sits. The smell has a very malty nose with toasted overtones and a distinct alcohol aroma form the multiple mashing. The taste is bold with a roasted flavor up front fading into a chocolate undertone with distinct alcohol warmth. The selection of hops are ideal for this brew as they do not pronounce themselves in the taste or the aftertaste but keep the sweetness of the beer at a superb balance. This beer has a full-bodied texture that is smooth and satiny. This beer is a great drink to relax and unwind with as the days begin to cool and winter sets in. At over 8% ABV, this is definitely not a session beer; but with a beer such as this, it is difficult to refuse a second.

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

Pours as dark as night with a nice inch thick tan head. Roasted Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Slight Mollases, and very sweet alcohol aromas are present. Dark chocolate and black coffee flavors hit my tongue with an warm finish. This is a big tasting beer! I drank my first with a peice of chocolate cake and it really complimented well. Great beer overall. It's a nice treat.

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Photo of AltBock
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle that was vintage winter of '04-'05. Although a year old, this beer ages well.

Appearance: Poured a thick black color that reminded me of motor oil. It was so thick you couldn't see through the beer. The head on it was about an inch thick and tan in color. A small amount of foam lasted the entire duration of drinking pleasure.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of sweet caramel, roasted coffee beans, that was all wrapped around in an roasted dark chocolate background. A nice treat!

Taste: Let's just say that they're telling the truth on the label. The tastes in this were dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, sweet caramel, and of course, dark chocolate. After being overwhelmed with these fine flavors, there was a pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Another nice treat!

Mouthfeel: A big, powerful, full bodied beer that didn't bother to hide that 8.5% alcohol content. Although full-bodied, this beer goes down nice and smooth.

Drinkability: An excellent beer at an afforable price. I got a six-pack of vintage Black Chocolate Stout for only $7.99. Due to the thickness of this beer, it's good once in a while, not really an everyday drink. If you see this beer, GET IT! You won't be disappointed.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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