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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
6,737 Ratings
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,456
Reviews:
2,825
Ratings:
6,737
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
446
Gots:
1,497
Trade:
47
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Ratings: 6,737 |  Reviews: 2,825
Photo of Goosehunter75
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kalosjakar
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KnowYourCraft
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Devi0us
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of C2H5
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark jet black topped by a tan head. It looks like a glass of liquid evil. As things go along it dies down to a ring of head and leaves very small amounts of splotchy lacing.

Aroma is of raisins, plums and dried dark fruits, mocha, roast and chocolate notes are at play too, as is a smidgen of mashed banana. Alcohol is present, but in a good way.

The taste is rummy, there's something akin to brandy or cognac about it, with raisins, malt, roast and melted dark chocolate, all this sweetness is kept in check by just the perfect dose of bitter herbal hops. There's an oak like dryness in the finish. Really, this almost feels more like drinking a fortified wine than a beer, and no bad thing.

Mouthfeel is thick without being cloying, but it lets the rich flavors cling to your tongue so you have no choice by to savor them.

This is just a sophisticated, delicious introspective beer to have by a fire on a cold winter's night. Maybe not quite chocolatey enough to warrant having chocolate in the name. But that's a minor quibble at best. But yeah. This is the reason I drink beer. For those times where you can take sip after sip and contemplate and slowly peel back all the subtle layers that work together to create such a complex marriage of flavor in perfect harmony.

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Photo of frlrv1020
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of TravisMason
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackieKu
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle. Bottled on 2014-11-04.

A: Opaque black. Poured 1.5 fingers high of head with medium retention.
S: Medium roasted aroma. Moderate cocoa. Moderate caramel syrup.
T: Moderate roasty. Off-dry. Medium bitterness. A little hint of sourness.
M: Full body, very thick. Low carbonation.
O: A bit too thick and sweet. Chocolate/Nut character is underwhelming. Not bad, but I always expect richer ones for such high alcohol and gravity.

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Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a super rich and luxurious dark black color. like motor oil. head pours tan, and is about 2 fingers at first, but dies down to a thin film on top

s: a combination of dark and milk chocolate. sweet berries, roasted malts, some generic dark fruits, vanilla. ends with a smooth aroma of caramel

t: taste follows the nose. milk chocolate, huge malt sweetness, sweet raisins, plums and figs, toasted malts, molasses, a nice leathery flavor with some more chocolate (similar to what you'd get in an old ale), and the mildest alcohol tinge to help balance the sweetness

m: heavy. carbonation level is pretty high as well considering how heavy the mouthfeel is - thats not a criticism, just an observation

o: whoa. seriously impressed with this. its heavy, for sure. the taste is sweet, yet not overpowering. its malts and chocolate. its a sipper beer that will put meat on your bones. as said before: i'm impressed

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Photo of philipquarles
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from '09. Pours opaque black with a medium beige head. Some lacing. Smells of sweet chocolaty malts and a bit of molasses. Slightly boozy. Sweet malt again in the taste, with a pleasant dark roasted character. A bit of chocolate and brown sugar. Sweet throughout, with some fairly strong hop bitterness at the finish. A bit of alcohol and a definite warming sensation. Medium-full body with fairly strong carbonation. This one seems a bit disjointed overall; it hits you over the head with a lot of varied, strong flavors that I wish melded better. Seems like it might be a good candidate for aging.

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Photo of kegger22
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown (OK, black), with a respectable head that rapidly faded to a collar. The aroma was chocolate - duh. The taste was also chocolate but with a bite, both from the alcohol and a surprising amount of carbonation. The feel was full bodied with a lot (just the right amount), carbonation. Drinkability was good for a 10+ ABV. Very good brew.

For some reason, all of my instincts are screaming at me to do a side by side with Lion Stout. I generally trust my instincts, so there may be an edit in the very near future if the results are interesting.

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Photo of Dirty25
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Duesler
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

I had this last year and thought it was a bit hot but this year's ("winter 08-09") is much better.

Poured into a DFH snifter, nice one finger tan head. I drank this one over a period of about 40 minutes. Initially it smelt of roasted malts and chocolate. As it warmed up, the alcohol became more present, but even at its peak, the 10% was scarily well-hidden. Incredibly smooth, and became much more chocolate-y as it warmed. I'm not going to say that this beer is thin, but in comparison to some other stouts of similar ABV, it is thinner-feeling (which, IMO, adds to its drinkability).

I really enjoyed this, and for the price I found it at, you cant find a beer of this quality and high ABV that is comparable. I will have this on hand all winter for sure.

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

Pours black with a miniscule tan head that dissipates quickly. The alcohol hits the nose and there's some aroma of roasted malt and chocolate once you get past the alcohol. With 10% ABV, you almost have to expect the alcohol to be forward in the aroma. The alcohol is definitely present in the taste, but one can get the bitterness you would expect with this style as well. The flavors of roasted malt and hops are definitely there as well as chocolate. I'm currently aging some, so it will be interesting to compare after this has had some aging. There isn't much carbonation and the body is medium to heavy. This is a solid beer overall.

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Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of KFrank729
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drunkenmess
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark. With dark tan head. Minimal lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, chocolate and dark malts? Taste is defintley strong, boozy mouthful. Almost tastes like a porter to me, chocolate and robust. Thick, hearty, full of flavor. Very strong... goes nice with Muenster cheese.

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Photo of king75
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- is a dark black with an inch of creamy chocolate head.

S-Can make out chocolate, a little coffee and some heavy malt, can smell the booze in this one. Smells great overall.

T-Can make out the chocolate, but has a bit of a bitter bite at the end like a good dark chocolate, can taste some coffee and malts as well. The only reason I gave it this low of a taste rating is because of the sweetness. It is really good, but it is definitely a sipper because of the sweetness.

M- Extremely smooth with a medium body and finishes with a nice little bitter bite. Has a great feel to it.

D- Is very drinkable, but you are not going to throw this one back quickly due to the sweetness.

Notes: this would make a great desert beer to finish off a good meal.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of tmars13
1/5  rDev -75.9%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,737 ratings
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