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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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4.15
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10.36%
 
 
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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a snifter. Nice inch of malty brown head with a beautiful lace. Dark as night coffee color.

S. No strong smell at all. A bit of chocolate and some slight alcohol and thats about it.

T. Very wonderful. Layers of mocha, chocolate malt, cocoa powder and grains. A flash of hop adds a long standing bitterness. The alcohol in the smell is non-existent in the taste. Finishes a bit sweet. Still a lot of depth, layers and deliciousness.

M. Flawless. Outlandishly creamy and smooth. Full bodied but not too filling.

D. If nothing mattered, I would drink this like water. That would be out of control though, and so would you if you drank too much of this. A must try.

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a creamy light tan head. It dissipates from a fluffy one to a one finger head. Creaminess sticks to the glass and leaves some some lacing.

The aroma has a milk chocolate and oatmeal stout aroma and a creaminess. Black coffee, almost like deep espresso, roasted chocolate malt. There’s a slight booziness in there too. Almost like Nesquick with the milkiness. There's also some Belgian quad deep rich fruits too.

The flavor has this semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a good roasted malt backbone. There’s a The middle has this uplifting bitterness of dark chocolate and a slight booze. The finish has roasted bitterness that climbs up from the middle. There’s definitely some alcohol and licorice in there. There’s a big lingering roasted smokiness that lingers. It really has a huge Russian Imperial stout flavor.

The mouthfeel falls a bit too quickly, but it does leave a great big strong finish on your tongue.

The beer is almost like an oatmeal stout, but huge and with bitter chocolate. It really is quite well rounded. I wouldn’t recommend this as a “chocolate” beer because it really isn’t. It instead is a roasty Russian Imperial.

(This is an update)
With a year, the beer still shows some booze on both the nose and flavor. Lots of coffee, some fudgey chocolate, dark raisins. The beer is quite robust and very heavy on the roast. Almost a grainy quality there too.

I French pressed a tablespoon of Intelligentsia Bourbon County 2013 coffee into it.

The aroma is just of fresh roasted coffee, like at a roaster or store. Obscenely coffee fresh.
The flavor follows with a bit of the base beer of dark chocolate and roasted malt, but then it's dominated by a beautiful woody, vanilla, dark cherry black coffee. The booze still comes through.

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

Pours a midnight black with some brown highlights and a short brown head that dissappears almost immediately and leaves only very spotty lacing. The smell is quite complex with dark malt, coffee, licorice, and a touch of soy sauce. The taste is a little more subtle and very smooth. Starts slightly sweet with a hint of soy, some sweet malt, coffee and a touch of sour roastiness. The flavor finishes with a prolonged licorice bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little light, but very smooth and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable- the high abv is not noticed at all, and the smoothness facilitates the drinkability.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dead black hue with a 2 finger pillowy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was a strong upfront coffee and chocolate aroma. Good toasted grain element as well.

The taste consisted of a sweet chocolate and caramell ballanced by a solid coffee and burnt grain. Not overly sweet. ABV was hid well.

The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy.

Overall a very drinkable imperial. ABV is hidden well.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter after a long day at the job. 08-09 bottling. Pretty fresh.

A- Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a very dark black. The liquid looks fairly thick and has some shiny slickness to it. This pour yielded a 1&1/2 finger light tan head that was packed tight and stayed throughout the session.

S- BBCS has a very roasty smell to it which gives off a bunch of flavors including chocolate(big surprise!)an array of malts and a bunch of dark fruits. The alcohol makes it self known and actually detracts from the other smells. I was a little off put by the initial smell but it improved with a little warming.

T- Sippin on BBCS the maltiness of this stout pretty much dominate the other flavors and the dark fruits are ever so present. Not as much chocolate as i would like. Some coffee is thrown into the mix. The hops come through in the end slightly, but make BBCS a slighty bitter tasting stout. The alcohol is present throughout the drink, but the chocolate comes out with warming.

M- This stout is quite thick and a bit creamy, very full-bodied, but rough around the edges. One and done for me. A nice warming effect from the alcohol. BBCS is quite slick and stays on the tounge for a bit.

D- The harshness of the alcohol and over abundance of dark fruits was a bit off putting and i would have trouble cracking open a second. I hope the chocolate comes out more with some age on it. Still, a nice RIS from an awesome brewery. I'm going to have to seek out this Black Ops now.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Winter 11-12 bottling.

Appearance: entirely black, letting through no light at all. Head is a finger of dense brown foam. Fantastico.

Smell: thick, sweet malt aroma with a lot of fruity character. There are dark cherry, raisin and date aromas, with plenty of chocolate when you search deeper. Amazingly, this dark-as-night brew is free of harsh, tannic smells and vegetal hop aromas. Deep, but clean ... wonderful!

Taste: big right off the bat with lots of bitterness and a hint of sourness. The coffee and general roastiness of the malt come through much more heavily in the flavor than in the aroma. There's a harshness to the flavor that is completely absent in the aroma. It is decent, but as the aroma is just so heavenly I am a tiny smidge disappointed.

Mouthfeel: big, huge body with a good carbonation. It's very silky on the tongue with a giant creaminess to boot ... excellent!

Overall: this is a great beer, but it is a bit on the harsh side, flavor-wise. If this tasted a bit more like it smelled, or was a little bit cleaner on the palate, it would really be world-class.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-08 Vintage - sampled 14/03/09

Raven black with negligible (where any) highlighting; there are no concessions when it comes to opaqueness, which really, is only appropriate given the persuasive suggestions in its name. Equally personifying to its title, a surprisingly ample level of cocoa butter is lathered atop. It appears creamy and fully capable of enduring the entire tasting.

I know it isn't, but this smells bourbon-barrel aged to me. Then again, for a product that must contain literally hundreds of aromas I don't think I could be considered wrong for imagining any of the flavours that are found swirling around my consciousness. On that note, I'll also add espresso, Zambuca, nuts, dark berries, and again, a whole bunch of aromatic wood essences normally traced back to the inside cavities of a well-worn barrel.

Attention flavour technicians: study this beer. It offers such a myriad of flavours that it can be difficult to identify exactly what the taste is foremost, especially when not every flavour comes to fore with every sip. I would place the most prominent feature - chocolate - as being a cross between a dark, bitter, heavy concentrate of cocoa and a sweetened milk chocolate with the balance, perhaps, just in slight favour of the former.

Due to the prominence of very biscuity, almost cookie-dough like malts the beer embodies an English confection, something to be had alongside afternoon tea. With its rich, unyielding bitter persona, however, I'm reminded more of an Italian digestif espresso and tiramisu dessert. It's also as rich as a French or Belgian truffle. The more North American staple of a bittersweet milk chocolate is also tasted. Altogether, it's hard to determine the inspiration for this Black Chocolate Stout, but as far as the 'chocolate' is concerned, it's covered its bases.

Instantly, I can see the appeal of cellaring. Not only can I sense the beer has all the might and character capable of enduring years of aging, I feel it might stand to use a couple more. This batch, brewed last winter, still has enough warming to carry one through a cold winter's night. Fortunately, it's strength is more than equaled by complexity and this remains decadently rich with long-lasting notes of bourbon, truffles, and vanilla.

Chocolate has been drank since its discovery, some 2000 years ago (it was not until 1849 that the first solid chocolate went on sale). To the ancient Mayans, chocolate was used as an aphrodisiac, it was given to warriors prior to battle, it was a unit of currency and was an important part of religious rituals. It is a product that has long been associated with powerful psychoactive, erotic, and commercial properties. So on that note, I'll leave you with the words of international confectionery historian Tim Richardson...

"... and when we have gobbled the chocolate we become calm and sated, almost as if we are a different person, although the craving can return again quite quickly. Perhaps this repeated sensual cycle, from extreme enjoyable stimulation to employable satiation to relaxed serenity, is one reason why sex and chocolate are so readily linked. As with sex, the desire for chocolate ca be sudden and overwhelming."

... and so too can the desire for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout!

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

Can't believe I waited this long to try such a quality stout. Pitch black color with a big fluffy brown head, good retention, decent lace.

Aroma is chocolatey, roasted, molasses, anise, coffee..traces of a metallic note underneath.

Delicious and full flavored, very roasty, again a good mix of chocolate and coffee with anise, tobacco, molasses and a touch of hops giving a bit of bitterness that cuts the sweetness.

Medium body, medium-to-low carbonation, sticky and slightly chewy. Nice thickness overall.

Wow, I gotta say I am knocked out by this beer. This thing costs less than 2 dollars a bottle! Probably the best bang-for-the-buck in the style you can find, certainly the best I can remember.

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

A deep black color that is crowned by a brown head. This beer looks fairly viscous as I pour it into the glass.

There is definitely more of an aroma of chocolate than of roast malt and coffeee, thogh these aromas are here as well. Quite a bit of toasted biscuit aromas serve as a back drop to the chocolate.

Quite flavorful and malty. I get coffee notes in the middle and the finish is, surprise, all chocolate. Some what sweet, though this sweetness is quite subdued by all of the dark-malt flavors. The alcohol is farily hidden, though perhaps there is a hint of it in the finish. This beer fits perfectly right now in my hands, on this chilly desert night. As the beer sits in my glass a bit, I can pick up the alcohol in the aroma. This is quite good, quite enjoyable. Stellar, perhaps not, but I will be enjoying this one again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a plethora of cool extras from PEBKAC more than 6 months ago now... decided to crack one tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project... enjoyed from my Kasteel tulip.

Jet black brew of course... head looks creamy like foam atop an espresso.. but lasts alot long and leaves picture perfect spotty lace.

Aroma is impressive mix of chocolate and yeasty fruitiness.. cocoa and subtle coffee notes.. a little bit of mild sweet cherry.

Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee... fairly dry throughout... lingering finish is reminiscent of chocolate covered dried cherries.. a little nuttiness is also present... body is less than expected for a brew of this ABV, but it is still fairly viscous with just the right amount of carbonation.

A pretty class brew from a class act trader... Adam we must do it again.

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

I left the marks high, because over the years this is one of my "dimes"; a ten out of ten. A consistently perfect beer, and my only 10 in the RIS category.
However, this year my crew and I think they changed the recipe. The hops are less balanced, and there is a slightly more pronounced bitterness to the beer. I'd mark it lower, but that's what happens when you tinker with perfection.

Still, this year a tan, lacy head, with chocolate and coffee in the nose and tongue. Strong alcohol without the burn. You really can't tell how high it is by taste alone. No flavors fighting for the front row. 55 IBU, give or take, balances well with the alcohol and the signature black and chocolate malts, and those hops don't drown out the roast. Again, balanced.
I'd have made it a little sweeter, but then I don't win any prizes. Still trying to clone this one.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The lot code is smudged on my bottle but it is from the 2009 batch. Sampled on November 8, 2009. The pour is a dark, opaque brownish-black with a fluffy tan head and a lot of lingering lacing. This has 10% ABV but you would not know it with the aroma. The smell is of mild chocolate malts and neutral hops. A full bodied mouthfeel dances on my tongue and down my throat. As for the taste, it is true to the enticing aroma. The chocolate malts are mild but enjoyable and the hops finish comfortably dry. I have to say kudos to the Brooklyn Brewery for this very pleasing stout and one that gives you a buzz without really knowing it.

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Photo of Zorro
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled through the efforts of Newbie BIF.

Release 2004 – 2005 making this about 1 year old.

Pours an impenetrable black stout with a thick reddish brown head.

Smells of kahlua, smoke, coffee, chocolate and coffee. Chocolate and fruitiness ride the alcohol scent that makes my brain and nose say coffee liqueur.

Taste is a big hit of chocolate and coffee in the very first sip. Nice chest warming sensation from the alcohol level. Brown sugar makes an appearance as does fruit and toffee. Long lasting bitter after taste from the hops and dark malts but I am unable to identify exactly what this is very smoothly mixed. After 4 mouthfuls this smooths out and becomes just pure ambrosia to drink.

Milkshake thick and creamy probably the best mouthfeel I have experienced to date.

Drinkability is pure peace of heaven here. The only fault here is that the smell could be a bit more complex but it is debatable that it is not possible in a brew this strong. I have found a new favorite beer after drinking this. Now I just have to figure out how to get some more in California!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

335ml brown bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Almost jet black body, only when held to a powerful light source can any reddy hue be found. The deeply dark tanned head soon fell away to just a collar, which is always a shame in my eyes: I love the head to stay on the beer, no matter which style you are talking about. This beer (according to the neck label) is a limited bottling-winter 09-10: best before oct 2012, reviewed June 2011.

The chocolate in the taste didn't show it's self a great deal in the smell, being hidden by by other malty aromas. Chocolate rules the flavours, the alcohol is also very evident within the mouthfeel and taste, but the chocolate dominates overall.

Rich and warming, the alcohol content doesn't add a great deal for me, it is just a bit to prominent for my tastes.

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Photo of Derek
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with a tan head. Not much retention (not enough for a stout), but it leaves a great lace!

S: Alcohol is really up front, with some underlying chocolate and fruity esters.

T: Dark, bitter chocolate and dark roasted espresso. The alcohol is quite assertive as well.

M: Moderate body is a little chalky. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.

D: This one's a sipper.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this black chocolate stout on black Friday (sorry, I had to put that line in). Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and this picked me up during this cold Virginia winter (I've spent the last 2 years in Florida, 50 degrees in Nov. is cold to me).
No head whatsoever, as this is midnight black color. Imagine Coke SYRUP - a good sign from a stout.
Upon smell there are hints of chocolate and coffee, and upon that first taste the malt kicks in. You can definitely realize the high ABV, which makes it slightly less sweet and smooth compared to Rogue's Chocolate Stout (which I think the ABV is in the 6 or 7 range), but is not as thick or leaves that somewhat malty, bitter aftertaste like an Old Rasputin does (which is still a very good beer). I think the reviewer before me, or the person in front of him mentioned how the high ABV limits the drinkability and I concur. I have had one after leftovers and I might have a second one, if that. This is a very good beer, more on the stout side than chocolate, so if you're looking for something very sweet you might want to pass. But if you are a beer lover, you'll have to pick this up and just have a nice glass (preferably after a meal so the 10.6% doesn't hit you) to warm you up during winter.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pour is syrupy pitch black with a rather small light brown thick creamy head, that slowly sinks into nice lacings.

S: Rich sweet roasted chocolate malt with a vanilla twist. Loads of dark bitter chocolate but also some strong black coffee. Some dark dried fruits and licorice.

T: Heavy chocolate and black strong coffee. Bitterhops balances the sweetness from the roasted malt. Some faint vanilla and licorice gives this beer depth.

M: Medium long aftertaste with mostly bitterness. Body is kind of syrupy and thick. Carbonation is moderate and smooth.

D: Considering everything about this beer; world class. Considering the cost, this is the best Russian Imperial Stout ever! My only regret is that I didn't buy a bunch of them to put in my beer cellar - I think this one would evolve great if let to rest for a couple of years.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Review updated on 11/5/15)

A - Black as coal! Opaque with a creamy, toffee colored head. NO light is passing through this baby!

S - Bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted malt, molasses, and cream. The aroma is not as bold and aggressive as what I would have thought.

T - Deep roasted bitter chocolate, toasted malts, coffee, and vanilla cream. The flavor is consistent throughout the entire sip with coffee and bitter chocolate dominating. There's a small amount of a booze-like finish. Coats the mouth with deep roasted chocolate with a dark chocolate bitterness to balance things out and it lingers.

M - Heavy and full bodied, thick, very smooth on the tongue with gentle carbonation.

O - This is a fine, fine stout, especially for the price point - never ceases to satisfy my stout craving!

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Photo of spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a syrupy opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, roasted/toasted notes, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels very creamy. Most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. The alcohol is well hidden and there are also some light hops. The beer finishes with a bitter coffee aftertaste.

Drink - A delicious and flavourful chocolate beer that I am going to go buy some more of tomorrow. I like that fact that it isn't too over the top in the flavour department, leaving it highly drinkable. I'd like to have a few bottles cellared so I can taste it again with a few years on it. It's a great winter warmer or dessert beer - a must try

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Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the '05-'06 version...
Appears black with a light brown hue when held to the light. Fluffy head slowly fades and leaves scattered lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, chocolate malts, fudge brownie, black grape, along with a mild hop profile that comes through.
Taste is of the same aromas with that mild hoppiness that seems to be citrusy with a touch of mint.
Mouthfeel is creamy with roasted sugary notes sticking to the tongue and swarming the palate with it's smooth richness.
Drinkability- A delicious dessert brew.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head with very good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol soaked fruits.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with a long bitter and boozy finish that warms the stomach from the high ABV.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and smooth on the palate.

D- This is definitely a sipper, the drinkability suffers from the high ABV.

Overall, this is a pretty solid chocolate stout that is recommended.

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

I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

First off, I've had this brew before, years ago, I remember loving it but it was at a time that I wasn't in to reviewing beers. So, here goes:

It pours from 12oz bottle(label says: Limited bottling-Winter 06-07) an absolutely pitch black with a very small head of foam, typical for the style. After a few minutes, the foam recedes to just a ring around half of my glass. Yep, one half has some foam, the other half has no foam at all.

The smell has big notes of chocolate,(duh) sweet and roasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol.

The taste is very chocolatey at first, overpowering everything else but...the next sips reveals roasted malt, toffee, some dark chocolate, raisin, plum, molasses...very complex. Just what I want and expect from a RIS. Yummy. It's medium bodied and the carbonation is lightly done and it finishes with that almost heavenly dark chocolate bitterness. I have to say, the alcohol definitely gives me some warming during and after the swallow but it doesn't interfere with the actual flavour at all. Great sipping brew, as it *should* be. Man, I love the style and this one carries the banner very nicely. I'm *so* glad I got a chance to try it again. Thanks again, John!

Bottom line: A very tasty and palate pleasing RIS that I can only highly recommend. My hat is off to Brooklyn Brewing.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited bottling winter of 05-06.

A: Pours a viscous dark black cherry color with a thin cherry tan head.

S: Huge roasted malt and coffee dominate the nose. Underneath lies a beautiful complexity of sherry, dark licorice, and rum raisin.

T: Flavor is big dry roasted coffee, some alcohol, roasted malt and sherry wine hints. Some dry bittering hops in the finish. Big roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, dark licorice and sherry all combine in a beautiful example and complexity of flavors in this well rounded, balanced and full bodied beer.

M: Mouthful is creamy and full bodied, warm chocolate and some alcohol leaving a thick roasted malt coating on the tongue and a big alcohol bite that lingers.

D: Very rich, dark and comparable to the best of imperial russian stouts (rasputin). A rich treat in every sip.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date, but was just released.

(A)- Pours pitch black and produced a decent brown head that quickly dissipated down to bubbles. Left behind some bits of lacing here and there.

(S)- Lots of roasted chocolate with a coffee twist. Some raisin in the background.

(T)- Tons of rich & layered cocoa and dark chocolate that oozes molasses & raisin bread.

(M)- Rather smooth for the style. Where is the 10.6%abv? Great balance and carbonation level. This explodes with flavor in the mouth and slides down the throat easily.

(D)- A great stout that has a fitting name. Great chocolate flavors all over the place. People say that this ages well. . . it might, but tastes great right now! Deceptively drinkable, but I will feel it later. Let this warm up a bit, it only gets better.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mocha-black, leavened on the edges with a touch of burgundy-brown, but otherwise quite opaque. Head is fine and soft, forming a pleasant milk chocolate ring around the edge. Lacing is veiny. Body is solid, and it forms nice fine carbonation when tilted or swirled. Overall, a very good-looking beer.

Nose is roasted, but also oddly acidic, with a oily whiff of vegetative pressings. There's a vaguely fragrant, jasmine-like overtone to it, which undermines the deep sweetness I feel it's trying to convey. Not bad overall, but not much like what I expected, and certainly no chocolate characters.

Flavour is nutty-black, with a thinness that is a little unbecoming, but marked with pleasant almond and sweet cacao characters. In reality, there's not much in the way of chocolate to it, but it has a pleasant raw, grainy darkness to it which is appealing enough.

Feel is surprisingly light, and allows that fragrant, burgeoning jasmine character to slip through quite prominently onto the palate.

Overall, it's good. I mean, it has to be good. But it's also a little odd, and doesn't live up to its name or to my expectations. A 10% stout, chocolate or no, should be better than this.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,665 ratings.
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