Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,220
Reviews: 2,746
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,215 | FT: 56
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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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Photo of ksimons
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-appears almost black with just a ring of tan head around the top

S-rich and malty, coffee, and chocolate. Smells somewhat sweet as well

T-very rich, bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate, a hint of malts to balance out the bitterness. Alcohol makes it spicy

M-full body, light carbonation, very thick

D-agree with other reviewers that age might make it better. I like the chocolate part of the beer and the full body but I'm not wowed by it

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

('05-'06 release)

Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.

Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.

Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.

Photo of dgilks
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown that verges on being opaque. Nice big, tan head with fair head retention.

Big alcoholic stout here. Lots of roast and some nice dry cocoa. Interesting.

Lots of malt. A little sweet. Some roast. Plenty of bitter chocolate and coffee. A touch earthy. Alcohol.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A solid stout. The chocolate flavours are good but the alcohol is a bit high and doesn't do it for me.

Photo of jovy1097
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Thick, dark cream foam that is very resilient and never totally goes away. The liquid is black as sin and totally opaque. Resembles black tar.

S: Has the buttery, toffee smell that I get when grinding roasted coffee beans. Has a hint of cocoa butter too. Just smells rich.

T: Rich, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and nuts. Sweet upfront with just a hint of bitterness at the end.

M: Creamy, rich, really thick, but smooth.

D: Whoa! This is certainly a sipper. Far too rich and thick to take a gulp. Actually, it's tough for me to finish a 12 oz bottle because it's just so rich. Much better than I expected, though. I would rather drink this in a half dose. It's like a really rich chocolate cake that tastes great, but you only want a small piece at a time. I can see it being better on a frigid winter night

Photo of ne0m00re
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one earlier tonight at the Yellow Brick Pizza Oven in Columbus.
A: Black with a thin collar and film.
S: Chocolate with rum and molasses, caramel, and wood barrel and vanilla, with slightly bright earthy hops underneath.
T: Sticky sweet and everything you'd expect from the smell with a dry oatmeal finish, strong alcohol with bourbon/rum/sherry characteristics.
M: Sticky with mild carbonation.
D: OK, but one 12 oz is enough, especially with the strong alcohol presence.

Photo of BBM
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap, and like it better than from a bottle. It pours a thick black color with a nice brown head and good lacing. Too much alcohol in the nose, but there is also hints of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

More impressed with the taste fomr the tap than from the bottle. The flavors were much more complex, and seemed to dance on the tastebuds for a longer period of time. Black coffee, baker's chocolate, a hint of bitter hops all to be found. Mouthfeel is chewy and a bit sticky. It's a high ABV, so drinkability isn't great. But this really is a finely crafted winter beer.

Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with more than a finger of head and decent retention. The aroma is slightly malty, but nothing to write home about. The taste is robust and malty, but this offering lacks the roasted bitterness I enjoy in a good stout. This may be a beer where the reputation is better than the actual product.

Photo of tillmac62
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 263/13. Black as a starless night pour with a massive head and lasting lacing. Light nose of chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. Medium bodied with a slick creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation level is normal. The alcohol is not well hidden and dominates the flavor profile after the initial notes of chocolate. A slight medicinal taste is present along with a bit of licorice and hop bitterness. Finishes smoothly with a bit of sweetness followed by alcohol.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09-10 vintage

poured into my sam smith quasi fluted glass,more or less void of light. great lacing and nice persistent head.

nose has some roasted notes,dark fruit,dark chocolate.almost somewhat tart.

taste is somewhat chocolatey/coffee-ish,dark fruit notes. bit of alcohol warming in the finish. pretty good.

mouthfeel is pretty fullbodied, but slightly thing comparatively to some other russian imperial stouts.still pretty drinkable,the big abv is hidden fairly well.

Photo of yodaseo
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in the winter of 06-07, the sexy looking black chocolate stout beckoned my name from the fridge. i withstood its calling for about 30 minutes before cracking it open and pouring what seemed to be an interminable head. impressive for a 10.6% beer. the smell was full of chocolate (obviously) and heavenly sweet malts. and as i enjoyed a big whiff of my pitch black brew, a wall of alcoholic fumes singed my nostrils and abruptly brought me back to reality. the first sip revealed the smooth and creamy taste, but the burning of my digestive tract soon became too distracting. this was infinitely less drinkable than the speedway. i feel that it needs to mask the brutal alcohol a bit more, or just scale down the abv. maybe a year or two in the cellar might have done the trick, but i only bought one bottle. i guess i'll never know...

Photo of jamiesessions
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkness surrounds my glass as the thick black liquid fills it. A tan head that leaves a good looking lacing starts this beer looking off good. The smell of chocolate is present, as is the coffee and roasted malts that one comes to associate with a good RIS. The taste is a very strong alcohol. Normally beers with a high ABV will try to hide the alcohol, but this one is liable to knock you on your butt pretty quickly. The chocolate taste is still there, but the taste is also quite burnt. Oftentimes I will hear people describe stouts as "like drinking an ashtray". This is what they were talking about, and while the burnt taste and the hit of alcohol are a bit of a detriment, the chocolate and espresso still makes for a great tasting brew lurking just beneath the surface. The body is nice and full and the aftertaste is quite good. While I've certainly had better of this style, it is by no means bad, in fact I like it quite a bit, and the good certainly outweighs the bad

Photo of jacobseyb
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a blackish brown with a slight tannish head. Smells of bitter chocolates and roasted/burnt malts. Taste is similar with slightly more chocolate flavors. Good feel with light carbonation, very smooth and thick body. A food drinking Imperial Stout.

Photo of mbusster88
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Jet black body with dark tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Not much carbonation evident, as you cannot see anything through this.

S: Really deep dark chocolate smell. Definitely a bitter dark chocolate and not so much of a milk chocolate. Get some trace aroma of alcohol but not large amounts.

T/M: Taste is right away of bitter chocolate that is very rich and smooth. Then get some alcohol on the back of the tongue, but not an overwhelming amount. Ends very nice and smooth with not apparent dryness.

D: Really like the flavors in this beer. Great robust style and chocolate notes here. I can see how this one would benefit from some age, but does not necessarily require it!

Photo of Finkel
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has been named appropriately as the color is literally the same as crude oil. Furthermore, the consistency sort of looked like oil in the way it moved; there was some obvious viscosity. Still, it looked really good and was complimented with a thicker, pillow head. Bubbles were streaming up from the bottom of the glass - this one's highly carbonated.

This beer is complex. Hops, dark chocolate, espresso, and alcohol could be made out with only a few whiffs.

The taste was definitely chocolately with roasted flavors backing it up. However, a malty, bitter flavor was strong as well as the 10% ABV. The alcohol bled right through which was EXTREMELY disappointing. I definitely liked the taste but the alcohol killed it. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I couldn't finish my glass.

Typical of the style, this beer was on the thicker side, which also hurt it's drinkability rating for me.

Photo of mcallister
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midnight color with a large frothy mocha head, good retention, and a layer of thin sticky lace devours my snifter.

Dark chocolate is obvious in the nose with hints of dark fruits dominated by plum, hints of currant, and black cherry as well. A good amount of alcohol is also present in the nose.

Well I'm not sure this is a fair review. This beer is way too young to review. This is big and everywhere. Needs time for things to settle down and meld together. However I will do my best interpratation. A thick bitter chocolate fudge is most noticeable and leaves a unpleasant bitter taste on the palate. Like eating a 90% cocoa bar. Also there are the dark fruits that add a layer of complexity too the brew. The same plum domination, black currant, black cherry, and a slight bit of hop. Hints of alcohol on the long finish.

Mouth is full and discombobulated. Again I think this will age into a winner. I will review again in 2 years.

Photo of BigMike
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black as black can be. Topped with a two finger coffee icecream colored head. Not super thick and disappears quickly.

S: Light roasted chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

T: More smokiness then I was expecting. Light chocolate notes. Not nearly enough to be called a "chocolate stout". Finishes sweet with roasted coffee bean notes.

M: lots of carbonation. Pretty smooth almost creamy on the tongue. Not alot of alcohol presence.

Overall: A pretty run of the mill stout. Your basic chocolate coffee roasted maltiness. I have yet to be impressed with anything from Brooklyn Brewery. I ve heard great things about this. It's good beer for sure but nothing I would waste time searching for.

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black with barely any head or head retention, but there is a nice sticky lace left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Smells very sweet, cocoa, booze, malts

Taste: Similar to the smell except the cocoa is extremely dominant, as well as a coffee taste. Tne booze is VERY apparent throughout, as well as the cocoa's bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied and moderate carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper.

Overall: A nice stout that lives up to its name, but is a bit too boozy and sweet for me. Overall still a nice brew.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anno 2010.

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy dark brown, incredibly dark in the galss, with a slim sudsy tan head.

Smell -- Dark chocolate, cafe mocha, burnt breadcrusts, dark dried fruits, faint woodsmoke. Alcohol is a bit sharp on the nose. Overall, a rich, dark, proper RIS.

Taste -- Very rich and roasty with dark chocolate, coffee with cream, molasses, anise, licorice, dark fruity tang, and woodsmoke. Finish is burnt breadcrust, black coffee, and dark chocolate. The alcohol is a bit strong, though not the worst I've had. That said, it was just enough to be distracting.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, velvety, with moderate prickly carb. Good deal of alcohol warming.

Drinkability -- This stout is quite good. Not at all cloying as the name would suggest, but actually quite balanced with plenty of acrid malt roastiness. However, the booziness is a bit distracting. Had the beer possessed more depth of flavor and nuance it would have been more forgivable. I wish I had a bottle with three or four years on it, as I'd imagine it would be positively decadent.

Photo of stercomm
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler I picked up at Whole Foods in a nice Allagash tulip glass

A - Very dark and inky with a short lived nice tan head that leaves a significant lacing along the glass

S - Coffee, hint of prunes, slight sweet chocolate, roasted malts, get a alcohol whiff as well.

T - - Lots going on here, semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, some hops, definite alcohol heat, malts, very complex.

M - Creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol.

O - Nice beer for a cold winter day such as today. the 10% ABV is a bit high for this palate but the overall taste came up for the it, good brew.

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

Black Chocolate, 32-oz growler filled at the new Brew York City / Duane Reade on Broadway at 76th in NYC for $5.99.

I have had these beer many times, but this is the first time I enjoy it from a growler.

Appearance: Gorgeous and classy-looking on my Lost Abbey chalice, with a deep shiny black color and a beautiful, prominent coffee-colored that lasts and lasts; thick soapy bubbles on top. Great lacing, retention, carbonation. An outstanding presence.

Smell: Sharp booze, rum-soaked wood. Coffee. Spice, dank hops / bitterness (a bit unpleasant). And a dryness that gets in your nostrils! Maple and some plant-based sweetness at the end? Reminds me of sipping on Founders CBS, believe it or not.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced coffee side that reminds me of Founders Breakfast. I don't get much of the chocolate... a bit of sour funk and barnyard lactic feel.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium body and carbonation. Correct but a tad thin for the style, and unfortunately overtly bitter. Smooth and creaminess are AWOL. Bone-dry finish with spice and clover. After opening and closing the growler a couple of times, the bitterness recedes and some chocolaty creaminess appears.

Overall: Black Choco is all over. I've had horribly bitter versions of it and smooth and creamy pints, both in tap and bottle. It changes between seasons and serving types. Last week I had a bottle of this current year ('11-'12) and it was beautiful. This growler is too bitter but still alright. What will be next? It is, in any case, a mighty drinkable beer, and always a good deal. No trace of 10%, I could polish a growler of this and still stand tall and strong.

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.

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

'01-'02: Sampled: On tap, pint glass

Aroma: Roastiness, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Starts out with a slight tang amongst the roasted flavors, which quickly subsides to leave a big, roasted malt and chocolate taste with a decent (not huge) body to it. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it goes down, but doesn't ever come close to overpowering the roasted coffee/chocolate/burnt toast(?) flavors. A very nice brew that, with the addition of a bit more body, could be incredible - albeit less "I'll have another, thanks!" drinkable.

Me being me, I had the bartender give me a 5 oz. glass and mixed this half-and-half with Middle Ages Druid Fluid barleywine. THAT rounded the flavor out.

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

From notes, 3/13. 12 oz. bottle from a recent winter release and poured into a globe glass. Pours an opaque black with a finger of deep mocha foam. Shows decent retention and lace, flattening out a bit by mid glass however.

Lots of roast, chocolate and a firm punch of alcohol on the aroma front. Booziness comes across as rummy and barrel like in nature which gives the beer an interesting depth.

Taste is a bit oily given the rummy character. Offers a rich malt profile yet a bit singular in nature. Rich chocolate notes yet without the bitterness or close of dark chocolate. Lighter on the roast than the arom might suggest and a touch of black cherry with warming. Feel is full and rich yet lacks the lingering chocolate one might expect.

Overall the lack of carbonation after the initial pour creates a lessened experience. Rich and boozy but a bit short in depth consideing it all. Vinous in nature like a fruit bomb of a zinfandel. Probably not worth the calories.

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

I have just acquired some of the 2003 version of this beer.

It pours a beautiful opaque black, and fills the immediate region with an aroma of chocolate and alcohol.

The taste starts off malty sweet with a strong chocolate component, followed quickly by a hit of roasted malt and an alcohol warmth. It finishes with an almost harsh bitterness, which suggests most strongly to me that this beer is young. This brew seems to be a bit heavier in the alcohol department, and I'm guessing that a bit of aging will help it immensely. Having had the 2002 version not very long ago, I know that this beer has the potential to be one of the best of stouts...

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

This beer poured a deep dark black with a nice head. The head slowly diminished, leaving a nice lacing that remained for the duration. The aroma was filled with roasted malts and chocolate. The taste was true to the aroma as it was also a nice combination of dark roasted malts and a dark chocolate. The drawback here is that the chocolate taste is overwhelming and it takes away from any of the other flavors that are hidden in there. The mouthfeel was relatively thick and heavy but the drinkability was good. Overall, this would make an excellent desert beer but I couldn't see drinking a couple of these over the course of an evening.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,220 ratings.