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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
6,736 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:
#1,458
Reviews:
2,825
Ratings:
6,736
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
445
Gots:
1,494
Trade:
47
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,736 |  Reviews: 2,825
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 Mousel
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer changes with every sip. As it aerates it's flavour varies from a chocolaty finish to a more alcoholic taste. A beautiful drink that I will continue to purchase and try over time

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Photo of KFrank729
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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%

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

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 waughbrew
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No light will escape this black hole that has the darkest, creamiest brown frosting on top. Smells like a magic elixir that just might kill you. Bold flavors of alcohol, dark malts, and hops warn you of what is ahead. Chocolate mousse riding on a wave of alcohol, cloaked in black bitter burntness, with a crown of hops. Liquid silk. Damn.

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Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Neffbeer
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live Review #2. Still from Timmy O'Tooles on Ontario and Fairbanks in Chicago, IL.

APPEARANCE: Deep black with a very thin off-white head resting on top. Interesting lacing, a ring around the top was left where the initial head was and then very little remained stuck to the glass below that.

SMELL: Smells very smoky with a hint of coffee. Surprisingly, I don't smell much chocolate.

TASTE: The smokiness is almost non-existant in the taste - just a hint. The chocolate, however, does arrive with the first sip and is the highlight of this beer, although it is a bitter, dark chocolate-like flavor. A smoky flavor returns with for the aftertaste, which seems to be much more full and complex than the actual taste.

FEEL: Smooth and mouthcoating like a good stout should be. Warms as it goes down, there is certainly some alcohal in the Chocolate Stout.

OVERALL: A very nice, easy to drink stout. I tend to like a little smoke flavor in my stouts, but not to have it overpower the beer, and this one delivered on that front. I don't often drink stouts, but when I do, I will consider this one again.

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Photo of ROBSTARR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at Tallahassee brew-fest

This a beer I have fond memories of, and every time I have it it delivers my expectations.

This beer ozzes dark chocolate and delicious stouty darkness. Its probably one of the best offerings from Brooklyn brewery, and at a perfectly masked 10% ABV

If you see it, get it, especially if your a malt head like me and Love porters/stouts

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

originally sampled on 24 October 2002. Poured w/ virtually no head. Jet black, slightly bitter on the palate w/ coffee and chocolate flavors. Definitely let this one get slightly warmer than most. I'd like to try this one again, after I'd let it get to 50ish degrees. this one sat on the counter 10 min before opening

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Photo of KingEdward
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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