Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Ratings:
6,676
Reviews:
2,809
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Ratings: 6,676 |  Reviews: 2,809
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Johnroby
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drops into my chalice a glowing black/ruby with a spectacular 3" cascade head-reduction. Lace peninsulas fog the chalice.

Intensely chocolately on the nose, with roast and anise. Cocoa and raisins. Reminds me vaguely of Samuel Smith's interpretation; rather English. Not quite Le Coq's Imperial in girth, though. Finish is raisins and vanilla.

Taste is strong acrid coffee roast with chocolate roundedness. The bitterness and twang of the roast is matched and balanced well by a big maltiness and a nice Eng-hop bite. Has a vague smokiness.

Sits amazingly on the tongue - a choco-lovers dream. Moderate to above-average drinkable.

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Photo of acbe
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Reviewed alongside Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout.

A: Black with one-finger, tan, creamy head that lasted a minute. Pretty good lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Roasted and alcoholic.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Roasted coffee and a nice nutty finish, which I like. Chocolate of course as well as an alcoholic taste.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Creamy, slightly dry and very warm.

O: This is a good stout. I would call it close to being a tie between this and the Big Eddy. The Big Eddy looked and smelled nicer than this beer, but this beer tasted better and had a slightly better mouthfeel.

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Photo of jl28r1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Martine
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of auroracrisis
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled into a snifter, Winter 09-10 bottling.

Pours infinitely black. I can't even see through the edges of the glass. One finger head that dissipates into a collar of foam.

The smell is licorice and toffee up front. A touch of cocoa beans and booze as well. Stale pumpernickel and a little caramel too. Seems to be a bit boozey for it's age though, the alcohol tingles your nose.

On the tongue we have muddled licorice, bakers chocolate, weak coffee, and booze. Caramel and a touch of peat or smoke as the beer warms. Alcohol too. Again, it seems a bit boozey for a beer that is almost 2 years old.

Thin for a stout. I'd say a light medium body, with moderate carbonation for the style. A little sticky, and some tingle from the alcohol.

Overall, this isn't the best Russian Imperial Stout. In fact, it's more of an American Double in my opinion. But, you get what you pay for. Okay chocolate and licorice flavor, and a nice amount of alcohol. It's not bad per say, but for my money I'd rather spend a dollar more and get a four pack of Founders Imperial Stout.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Charleston during my honeymoon in June of 2010. I saved it at 53 degrees for this last 5 years to open after celebrating our 5 year anniversary. 12 oz bottle (label states 09-10 winter bottling) poured into a snifter on 07/08/2015. Knowing what I know now about aging beers, I would never have chosen a stout (except maybe Courage, but that wasn't made in 2010) to age for 5 years. Many imperial stouts can change in positive ways over 1-2 years, but very few can make it past 3-4 without developing off flavors that slowly erode anything positive about the flavor.

Pours black with no highlights, living up to its name. Pours with an impressive 2 fingers of coffee head. More than 5 years in the bottle and 10% alcohol and it still forms a head. Hopefully the flavor held up this well!

The aroma is subtle, with a hint of wet coffee grounds, bark, and a touch of alcohol sting. Not very inspiring.

The flavor is actually pretty impressive. Cherry-infused ultra dark chocolate shavings, salty chocolate sauce, burnt coffee, and darkly toasted bread crust come to mind. I was expecting much more of the meaty/salty grossness that shows up in stouts as they get too old (autolysis?) and was happy to find it is still restrained.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. Still carbonated, but heavy and thick. There is a little sweetness left and that helps a lot. Not dirty-water consistency like some older beers.

Conclusion: Knowing what I know now about the general principals of cellaring, I would have opened this when it was right about 3 years old, and judging by how it is now, I bet it would have been sublime. However, it is still pretty good. Not a bad way to celebrate 5 years of marriage!

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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night, there is no light getting though this one at all. Not much of a head, I attribute it to the alcohol presence. Of what was there, before it dissipated, the head was a dark mocha coffee color.

S: This beer is quite heavy handed on the chocolate, it has a nice background note of sweet cherries. Smells like chocolate covered maraschino cherries. Delicious! The alcohol comes in though a bit on the nose as well.

T: The alcohol hits your right up front with a small burn, followed a blast of roast and finished with a punch of chocolate and a tad of dark fruit.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated, it also comes though somewhat dry and leaves a grittiness on my palate.

D: Quite low, but it's good like that. You don't want to gulp something like this down too quickly and not leave any time to enjoy it.

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Photo of taigor
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 8oz glass.

A - Poured non-transparent black color with medium tan head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Very complex, roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, caramel and a hint of coffee.

T - Very complex just like smell. Malts upfront followed by coffee and dark chocolate bitterness with slightly nutty aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

D - Easy going and abv is well masked but very filling. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of kuhndog
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

'02-'03: Pitch-black opaque with a moderate, carmel colored head. Smells like woodsmoke and burnt malt but not overpowering nor offensive. The suds didn't last especially long, but that's not what this beer is about.

Alcohol makes its presence known immediately, giving way to a complex and strategic battle between roasted bitter malt, sweetness, coffee notes, and a hint of chocolate (although it is not an ingredient).

All the while, a warming, bubbly mouthfeel attacks the tastebuds and reminds you that Guinness is a sissy drink in comparison.

I recall last year's batch being less up front about its high-octane kick, and slightly sweeter, although the 02-03 vintage is brand-new at this point. I'm hoping that a few months will take the edge off the slightly-too-powerful alcohol flavor.

This is my favorite winter beer, without a doubt. A couple of these in the fridge are the perfect answer to the snowstorms which are only a matter of time.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of bboven
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whew. I didn't see this one was over 10%. Better take it easy.

Beautifully black body. Light to medium brown head that stayed even after 10 minutes of decanting. Loads of lacing.

The stout is there but there is a huge caramel/toffee aroma. The chocolate comes in third and the stout characteristics bring up the rear. There's got to be a lot of lactose in this beer because there is no alcohol aroma whatsoever.

The stout show up a bit more in the taste; still loads of lactose and chocolate flavor. No alcohol until it starts warming in your stomach. Starts like a dessert and finishes like a stout.

Thick, creamy and coating. This is where that lactose comes into play. Hell, that why lactose was invented. Carbonation is low but full. Never had a better example in this style for how it should feel.

My only complaint is that I wish the normal stout flavors had a bit more presence. But, that's just if I had to complain. I'm bringing a couple bottles of this one down to my father in law's for Christmas to break the ice for sure.

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Photo of Natural510
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet-black pour with creamy, dark brown head which descends beautifully into a ring of brown lace on the side of the glass.
Smells of sweet chocolate, dark fruit such as plum & raisin, and a hint of coffee.
The flavors blend together very well, none being too predominant overall. There is plum, cocoa, molasses, coffee which are brought out by a deeply roasted malt and residual hop character.
Creamy and vibrant in the mouth; exactly what you expect from the style.
Extremely drinkable, for not only flavor reasons but the masking of the alcohol content. Many in this range carry a "hot" quality, but I can barely denote the difference between this Russian Stout and a regular milk stout as far as ABV is concerned.
A great treat on a cold winter day, and one of the best Imperial Stouts I've tried yet.

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Photo of Acforster2
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,676 ratings.
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