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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,133
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Ratings: 6,133 | Reviews: 2,730
Reviews by ChrisCage:
Photo of ChrisCage
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- When I poured this out of the bottle, I immediately said that I've never seen such a thick beer before....it barely swirls in the glass! The head is actually minimal, caramel colored and very dense (the film over the brew, that is). The lacing is decent, with lots of zig zaging lines of foam staying on the glass....reminds me of snow caps on mountains. The brew itself is motor oil black and I see a couple of C02 columns on the side of the glass.

S- Wow, this reminds me of the first time I smelled a Malmsey Madeira! This is a very deep smelling beer, with lots of damp soil, raw unsweetened cocoa, plums, and a raisined malt sweetness and toasted chestnuts. The finish is a combination of astingent blackstrap molasses and a sweeter but not overdone English toffee. So much going on here, it's amazing!

T- While this has some of the same flavors as aromas, the dark chocolate really shines through! It comes across equivalent to having a square of 70% cocoa from Lindt...just great! There is underlying hints of coffee bean, fresh vanilla bean, and cappuccino. The finish is slightly alcoholic but more of roasted malt and burnt toast....the aftertaste shows more of the hop bitterness as it lingers.

M- Full bodied to a tee, and the carbonation is very fine....this is a heavenly smooth beer...just like butter! This reminds me so much of a devil's food cake or a nut filled brownie, it's just that good!

O- I'll definitely be acquiring this awesome beer again! Full of wonderful complexity, both aroma and taste wise! The alcohol is generally well hidden, except for a bit on the end, and in my opinion, this is right up there with the best of the best stouts of the world! It's so rich that it might be best to enjoy this, one bottle at a time during a sitting, but just a real enjoyment....well done!

More User Reviews:
Photo of HoppySeb
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into KBS snifter, bottled in 2013. Bottle stored in cellar then briefly refrigerated prior to opening. Pours a beautiful jet black and forms a two inch foamy head that's beige in color. The head ultimately settles into a thin ring around the glass.

The nose is French roast coffee and milk chocolate, quite inviting. There's also a strong roasted malt aroma, followed by a spicy presence that hints of nutmeg. The taste is quite similar to its nose, bitter mocha, sweet molasses and roasted malt, fudge and spicy (chile ancho and nutmeg).

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite pleasant, almost no carbonation present which in my opinion helps savour the beer even better.

Overall - very excited to discover this beer, its quite enjoyable and hides the 10% ABV extremely well. Its sweet yet no overwhelmingly so and all of its flavors are well balanced.

Photo of Raisingfable
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stays true to its 'Black Chocolate' claim. Excellent bitter dark chocolate character, beautiful head retention, with a long chewy finish. Best beer I've had from Brooklyn!

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours an extremely dark brown to black in the glass with a thick, creamy, tan froth that, unfortunately, dissipates somewhat quickly...great lacing! The nose is VERY pretty with sweet, almost dessert like, aromas of dutch chocolate, milk chocolate, soft banana, brown sugar, light molasses, black raspberries, dark fruit, vanilla, & subtle espresso. This beer smells awesome! Sweet, but not too sweet flavors of chocolate, banana, molasses, roasted barley, & roasted coffee show through a long finish with a clear citrus/slightly pine bitter hop finish.(necessary for awesome balance) Great, creamy carbonation. Overall, this is an amazing beer that is extremely smooth...esp. for a 10% abv beer. There is a definite warmth to this beer, but I'd never guess that this is a 10% beer...again...very smooth. A must try!

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

Effin D-lish! Hit the spot!

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.

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

2000-2001 Limited Edition bottle courtesy of Malto (Thanks!).

This bottle poured a dark black with only a small, tan head. The aging seems to have taken away some of the carbonation. The nose was very nice and highlighted by obviosuly chocolate hints, although subtle. The taste is where this beer makes its mark: A puff of semi-sweet chocolate off the top that turns only slightly bitter towards the end of the sip. A decadent chalky cocoa follows and the combination lingers long and pleasantly. Coffee bean undertones & roasted malts. Mouthfeel was exceptional. Although the pour revealed little carbonation, the body was lively enough to offer up some fresh mouthfeel and mix in a creaminess off the back end. I don't have a newer bottle of this beer to compare it to but this aged bottle is simply outstanding. Superb in every aspect.

Photo of Marty
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a dense, craggy dark tan head that takes a moment to foam and dissipates very slowly, leaving a solid sticky layer of lace on the glass.

Not especially aromatic, but tastes somewhat like a rich chocolate mousse with hints of coffee. Sweet and rich. Finish is not too dry.

Photo of Dekhar
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

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

Appearance – I’ll actually call this black in color (which I seldom due) with a decent head.

Smell – This is as roasty as it gets. The malts and chocolate are super-dark, reflecting the color of the ale. I can actually pick up several types of chocolate here, a fine dark style being the most prominent. The roasted malts are burnt and lovely, showing a lot of depth in character.

Taste – This is like drinking dark chocolate coca powder. It is so dark and so chocolaty, it’s unbelievable. This one definitely lives up to its name.

The malts are equally as mature, complimented at the tongue with some nice fruiting that I failed to pick out at the nose. I particularly enjoy the prune and cherry mix that I’m getting here.

Mouthfeel – This was not full in the mouth, but it was very big with an amazing smoothness. It will most assuredly pucker your mouth with the bitter dark chocolate character.

Drinkability – I thought about eating a Hershey’s with this just for kicks, but decided to enjoy the flavors all on their own. This was incredible.

Comments – A big thanks to OldFrothingSlosh who sent me this just for the hell of it after we did a previous trade. This was an enjoyable and very unique experience for me, and I greatly appreciate the gesture.

BeerAdvocates rule!

Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black, brown swamp mud color. Aroma of Mocha a Java chino sort of drink. Black malt and chocolate, even fudge. A little bit of hops. Flavor is twangy, bittersweet chocolate with burnt fruits and smoke. Full bodied and boozy yet drinkable. Quite good.

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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

The Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout is an incredible beer. Here are the details.

Appearance: This stout was black with ever so slight tinges of red on the bottom of the glass. Some brown but not much. Almost pure black. There was no head on this beer and like most stouts, when you look at it from the top it looks like an espresso. There was great lacing on this beer that reminded me of swirling a wine glass.

Aroma: The aroma was wonderful. I got a nice roasted chocolate scent mixed with deep-roasted coffee. I could pick up the malt also and some nuttiness. This beer had a slight swaf of sweetness. And whoa, I could smell the 10.1% ABV on this beer.

Taste: Wow. This beer has a fantastic taste. Though this is a chocolate stout, I picked up the deep-roasted coffee first. However, as I swallow a nice cocoa flavor coates the pallete. The chocolate is not a sweet chocolate but a semi-sweet cocoa. The coffee and chocolate are very well balanced with one not overpowering the other. The beer finishes with a hint of bitterness but it's the perfect amount. This beer blends everything together in perfect harmony. This is a full-body beer with a creamy mouth feel. This beer is dangerously easy to drink at 10.1% (which is a compliment).

Overall: What a wonderful beer. I enjoy stouts and this is likely one of the best stouts I've had.

Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 04-05 bottling, thanks to Jeff. This baby is somewhere between 8 and 9 years old - let's see how it has held up. It pours dark as hell - black with only a slight bit of dark brown showing at the very edges. No head, literally none, even with a straight down pour. I guess that's what almost ten years in a bottle will do to you, eh? Very still and menacing in the glass, seemingly void of any carbonation.

The first glace, Black Chocolate Stout is a bit more pungent on the nostrils than I was expecting, and it actually contains a strong, almost boozy character. It's like rich, dark chocolate dipped in a booze bath. Lots of cocoa on the nose - some milky, some darker, with a touch of roasted malts on the side. Not getting much coffee and hops are probably long gone at this point.

So far, this doesn't smell so much like a Russian Imperial Stout as it does an American Imperial Stout, but maybe I'm just splitting hairs. Unfortunately some oxidation has gotten the best of this beer - or at least the aroma would tell me that. It invokes a slight sherry character, perhaps lending to the booziness, but it also has the slight smell of wet cardboard, slightly musty and stale. Hopefully it doesn't affect the taste too much.

Leading the charge of the first sip is a mound of smooth, sweet chocolate and a solid offering of boozy, dark fruit sweetness - figs, anise, and the darkest dates around. The roasty character takes a bit of a backseat, and oxidation is present from the middle to the end, again introducing both a mild sherry flavor and a bit of the "stale, wet cardboard" that is especially heavy in the aftertaste. Some sweet and dark chocolates help to balance this out, but I can't help but wonder how much better this beer would be fresh. Without carbonation, the mouth feel is pretty silky and smooth; full-bodied and pretty heavy.

It seems like this beer would age well if you could keep it from oxidizing. Hell, even slowing the oxidation down wouldn't be so bad. It was just a little too much, here, but the beer that lies underneath the oxidation seemed to be doing fine. I'd like to have this one again, fresh, just to compare. Very good stout, although there are plenty out there that I'd choose over this one.

Photo of ricke
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008/2009. Serving date: 2009-02-16. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 355 ml bottle with freshness date printed on the bottle (best before December 2011).

Appearance: The pour is black, just one step away from being opaque, with a surprisingly small (half a finger) light brown head that settles quickly and leaves basically no lacings.

Smell: Mostly dark chocolate. Although it has less sweet aromas than many other imperial stouts, there are still some notes of blackcurrants and faint vanilla here. Gentle hops and a good deal of roasted barley finish things off.

Taste: Big flavors of dark chocolate hit the palate and stays on right to the very end of the finish. The chocolate flavors are definitely on the bitter end, leaning towards cocoa, but every now and then notes of sweeter chocolate appear as well. The taste of roasted barley is also quite immense and it blends beautifully with the chocolate. Some fruity flavors (plums?) and maybe some vanilla are to be found as well, somewhere among the chocolate and roasted barley. But still, the sweetness in this one is really restrained. From a few sips, I get a slight acidic flavor, but this might be the bitterness from the chocolate and the roasted grain that's playing a trick on me. The alcohol, although well hidden, provides a pleasant twang before the finish, which is quite bitter and contains some restrained, yet distinct, hops and long roasted flavors. Not the most complex imperial stout, but still a delightful beer with it's astonishing chocolaty character.

Mouthfeel: Quite a lot of carbonation considering the style, but thanks to a full body it manages to come out rather smooth.

Drinkability: I've had this beer quite a few times, and I'm always amazed by the fact that it's made solely from malt, hops, water and yeast, and no chocolate additives. How one can make ingredients such as these to taste this good is quite astonishing. However, although it's a rather bold and edgy imperial stout with it's emphasis primarily on chocolate and roasted flavors, it still lacks some complexity. But it's still, highly highly recommended.

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

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 stays on the pallet a bit and is somewhat sharp. The carbonation level is appropriate and the body is nice. There are no off-notes to speak of. Overall, a nice example of the style.

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kaimcm
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle of winter 05

a: totally opaque black. really dark, luscious melted chocolate brown head which subsides with little stick.

s: sweet and malty. smells lightly roasted, with hints of smoke and even peet.

t: first hit is the malt and sugar up front, which turns into toasted/roasted malt on the way back, and finishes with a tiny hop profile and grit of bakers chocolate and espresso. really nice progression from sweet, to bittersweet, to dry. a nice finish on the beer which continues to taste and evolve after the swallow. alchohol is nowhere to be found even at 8.5%.

m: mouthfeel is almost great. I wouldnt mind however if it where a little heavier, a little more viscous. as it is nice syrup aspects balanced well with the carbonation.

d: very filling, and the bold flavors dont leave the palate capable of much else, including another one. though since thats all Im looking for, and how I feel a stout like this should be....its all good to me.

Photo of StoutHearted
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it in a bottle and it pours slighlty less thick than syrup. It retains a dark-as-midnight color with a half-inch caramel head, which gives off a strong chocolate malt smell. After sticking my nose over the glass, I got a strong impression of coffee ice cream.
Drinkability was slow, as the alcohol hit me pretty quickly, and the beer was mighty thick. Cold, it tasted like bitter hops. As it warmed up, the lactose kicked in, but retained a strong bitterness. Most milky stouts I've had come off too sweet, but this one was like dark chocolate: thick, bitter, and black. Once fully room temperature, I could detect more sweetness, but overall, it was like a dark chocolate milkshake. Very enjoyable, and the taste of it lingers pleasantly on the tongue well after drinking it.

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hopsleeroy
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this bottle.

Poured jet black and very viscous. Very little head retention and minimal lacy but still looks good. Smell of bitter chocolate and a faint smokey/coffee flavor. Taste is really fantastic. Taste is roast, dark chocolate right up front. It coats your mouth like a mik stout but doesn't have that overriding sweetness. As it warms, some type of fruitness is in there as well. Reminded me of dates that aren't overly sweet. Really nice touch. Lots of flavor but still very clean. A litte bit of fizzy carbonation that threw off some of the smoothness flavor. The alcohol starts to bite a little more at the end but in a pleasurable way. This is a treat!

Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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