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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,442
Reviews:
2,820
Ratings:
6,715
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,484
Trade:
47
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,715 |  Reviews: 2,820
Photo of dmorgan310
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release 04-05

Appearance: Pours a dark, muddy black color with a small mocha head that leaves some splashes of lacing

Smell: Bitter chocolate and coffee notes dominate, along with prunes and a hint of alcohol; slightly smokey

Taste: Very complex. Starts out with the roasted malt flavors, lots of chocolate and coffee then, the prunes; after a few seconds the first wave of bitterness takes over; then you get a burst of alcoholic warmth which stays with you as the chocolate, sweeter this time, returns in the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with a modest amount of carbonation

Drinkability: This is so rich and alcohol-laden that it is hard to drink the whole bottle. Forget about a second.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with dark brown foamy head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised of chocolate with strong malt and some subtle coffee in the back. Taste is very enjoyable with some chocolate being easily noticeable with again strong malt and a coffee and bitter ending. Very fine beer for those last cold winter daysÂ…

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Photo of zeff80
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled winter 2005-06

A - Poured out a deep, dark black. No head to speak of and no lacing, either.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted like a dark chocolate candy bar and a good mix of roasted malt.

M - Soft and and creamy. It is fairly heavy.

D - This is an outstanding beer. Its flavors are amazing and it goes down so well.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black beneath a nice big brown head that slowly settles into a pretty decent lacing.

Dark roasted malts dominated by a almost sweet molasses aroma, with it it seems a very light pitted cherry presents.

Heavy mocha mixed with molasses and roasted malts taste, a dark dark chocolate taste is present but not dominate.

A dry mocha rich aftertaste lingers on the full bodied effort.

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

Appearance - Black with a toffee-colored cap of thick foam. The head retains fairly well, eventually dissipating into a crown.

Smell - Molasses and caramel, a bit of fresh roasted coffee and cocoa. Pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel - Full-bodied and bittersweet. The flavor shifts between rich, creamy dark chocolate and espresso. Wonderful complexity. The finish is a combination of toffee-like sweetness and bitter burnt bread, with the toffee flavors ultimately lasting a bit longer.

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

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 9/15/2010(over 2 years). Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, earth, and light coffee. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, raisin, prune, toast, molasses, earth, and light coffee. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, prune, raisin, char, roast, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Good depth and balance of flavors; no cloying on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. Good depth, complexity, and balance of flavors; fairly smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable to sip on slowly.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a few inches of nice mocha head. Dark brown appearance, edgeing towards blackness. Nose is chocolate, dark malts, some dark fruit, a bit of dried cherry. Taste follows, a subtle cherry flavor that isn't sourness so much as a back note to the chocolate. Not a ton of complexity or depth, but delicious. Body has a hershey syrup thickness to it. Really well done.

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

Winter 09-10 bottle. 10% abv.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours about a finger of tan head. Fades to a thinner layer, but leaves some really nice lace walls. Color pours a dark copper brown, but in the class it is completely black.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa right off the top. Some cherries, raisins, roasted malts. The aroma is very sweet, almost like candy. There is also some bitter hops in the background. I am really enjoying the aroma of this one.

Taste: Very roasted and toasty in a good way. It is a cold winter night and this beer is keeping me warm. Lots of rich coffee and caramel malty flavors. The grassy hops are a lot more present in the taste. Some light tart cherries are present along with a hint of molasses. Again, a sweet taste, but not as sweat as the aroma. It is almost a delicate RIS and I like it for that.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Pretty full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I drank it near cellar temp which was a good idea. I got a lot of flavors and it seemed to be a more unique RIS. I really liked it and can't wait to see what a year will do to this one. Fairly drinkable as well.

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

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

Winter '00-'01, which makes this roughly a year old at this point. This beer is possibly the best "bottled" beer from Brooklyn - I think we all know that the non-contract draft beer coming out of the brewery is much better! This beer pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights. There's a nice, light tan/brown head around the rim of the glass, although no Belgian-lace is produced. The aroma is of a bittersweet chocolate and candyish malt, but without hops, which is OK for the style. The flavor starts with alot of chocolate and roastiness followed by a clear alcohol, a bit of hop flavor, and eventually mellowing into very nice coffee notes. The finish is really wonderful! The carbonation level is appropriate and the body is nice. There are no off-notes to speak of. Overall, a very nice example of the style, although I distinctly remember prior year's samples as having a bit more malt and a somewhat smoother character. I hope this will mellow a bit, but I also fear it may pick up some innapropriate oxidative flavors.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two 12 oz bottles: one believed to be 2012 vintage, served in a snifter in 2013; and a 12-2013 bottle drunk in July 2017.

A rather vigorous pour raised a decent head but this soon reduced to a thin partial top coat. The body looks thick and black.

Aroma: a nice blend of dark malts and alcohol esters.

Flavor: rich, dark malts without more than a hint of burnt grain. High ABV rather obvious yet mixes nicely with the other flavor components; still it is more than a little boozy when young, but better integrated in the aged bottle.

Feel: full bodied, and then some. Slight alcohol burn makes me think this would be a great candidate for barrel aging.

O: an imperial stout indeed, aromatic and flavorful. Improves with warming, and 15 minutes out of the refrigerator was not enough.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09

A: Pours midnight black with a two finger dark mocha head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of dark mocha bubbles at the edges of the surface. Excellent lacing on the glass with this brew.

S: The aroma is slightly astringent overall, quite possibly due to the alcohol content, and has very bold amounts of chocolate in it followed by hints of coffee, toffee, and leather.

T: The taste also has the slightest hint of alcohol in it. The flavors are of bittersweet chocolate upfront, followed by leather & pepper, and hints of licorice, tobacco, and coffee in the finish. The beer has a pleasant amount of bitterness and is nicely complex.

M: Medium bodied with low amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Glad that I took the time to cellar this one before drinking it, I have had many of these over the years... from the different batches and aged different amounts but this one is probably my personal favorite (08-09 aged 3 years). Very enjoyable overall but no longer my favorite in the style - though I remember it as the best about 15 years ago.

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

I've tried this before, but never reviewed it, and I'm a fan. It's readily available around here, but I also got it as an extra from Lunch as both a good beer to drink and a joke since he was sending a bunch of Bourbon County Stout, and I kept referring to it as BCS, since they have the same initials, and I opened the box with those on top, hilarity ensued.

A: Pours a nice 1.5 finger dark brown head that fades semi slowly. It's pitch black with no light coming through.

N: Lots of dark malts first hit, accompanied by lots of roasted malts and chocolate. It adds that familiar dark malt fermented booze aroma that is nice in a good strong stout. Some light sweet aromas dance out with some rich dark fruits. The roasted malt quality is very nice.

T: Starts with lots of dark rich chocolate and creamy tastes. It has a taste of dark chocolate melted with a little cream and brown sugar. Lots more roasted malt flavors come through and add a nice flavor. Some sweet malts, caramel, and heavy fermented sugars that turned into some boozy flavors, warming alcohol and that overall strong Belgian ale like experience. The stouty flavor adds a slight charred earthy roast flavor for more goodness. Some lighter dark fruits come through, almost a fig or plum. It has a nice warming fruit and sweetness on the front of the tongue that sits there and makes you feel warm and tingly.

M: Semi thick, little warming alcohol and good carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter, part being a nice hop addition I think, and also a strong bitter quality from the charred earthy scorched roasted malt flavor, stout like. It's pretty dry on the finish as well. THe slight warming alcohol sticks around for a bit that is surrounded with a thick syrupy chocolate malt flavor that sticks to the mouth. It also has this succulent finishing flavor I can't put my finger on, but it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

2009 release, on-tap 12/13/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate. Then a faint but complementary flavor of dark fruit flavor comes in. The roasted malt character is very hearty and there's no trace of the 10.10% ABV. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect from this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, although there are other big stouts that I would pick first, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep,dark black with a nice almond colored head that leaves great lacing,the aroma is very coffeeish and slightly bitter sweet.A real nice complesx beer starts out somewhat earhty and coffeish with a dried fruit flavor comin thru and a hint of dryness in the finish.Very complex,a masterpiece of a beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black without being terribly thick with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing. Smells quite sweet with loads of chocolate and some roasted malt. Hints of anise and molasses. Taste isn't quite as complex and full of depth as the nose, and adds a bit of alcohol, which doesn't take too much away from the mouthfeel given the style and abv. Very nice and drinkable, and much better with some age on it.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The head sticks around for a while and eventually settles into a think film, leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate in the background with a hint of raisins and sherry. Some slight herbal hop aromas in the background.

T - Dark caramel up front with chocolate and raisins. Moderate hop bitterness in the middle with some spicy hop flavors. Coffee comes in during the finish and lingers along with charcoal, tobacco and medium malt bitterness.

M - Thick body, medium carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - A very enjoyable stout with an extraordinary dark chocolate character. The lingering flavor is a dead accurate imitation of lindt 75% chocolate. This is a rare beer that is more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big and rich and hot.

First sip is good-- full of flavors, strong and Sharp like green apple, green mango. Rich chocolate flavor, lots of roasted malt. On the winey side. Quite alcoholic tasting. While the body is fairly rich, it is more of a boozy than beery taste.

For an Imperial Stout this seems like a less than noble attempt. Might be just the thing, though, with some good cheese and pretzels.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,715 ratings
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