Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,727
Hads: 6,285
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 398
Gots: 1,250 | FT: 54
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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 OakedCanuck
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into MS tulip. 2010 vintage

A - Pitch black with very dark brown edging when held up to light. 2 fingers fluffy medium brown head

S - Chocolate, coffee, sweet malts

T - Bittersweet, almost like baking, chocolate, medium roasty coffee, some sweet malt, and alcohol

M - Medium-full body, alcohol heat and fairly creamy

D - A sipper but two would be easy. I think it will improve and maybe become more complex with some age on it.

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

'01-'02: This is a pretty good stout. The only downside is that it is not as chocolatey as I would have thought. Other than that, the aroma (coffee maybe), color (pitch black), and head (not too thick), which makes this stout a decent pick. Another solid brew from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of papat444
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

***2010-11 Vintage***

Thanks to wordemupg for a mini vertical of this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, best before a rubbed out month in 2013.

Appearance: Pours a nice dark chestnut brown with mild red clay hues. Thick as night with 2-3 fingers of head. Settles to a fat creamy ring with some lacing.

Smell: Alcohol soaked raisins, oatmeal cookies, chunks of chocolate, dates.

Taste: Begins with a rich decadent chocolate with a nice espresso but the finishes with an abrasive and chalky chocolate flavor. Permeates for a good while but when warm it's better and has a sweet macadamia nut flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness gets to the enjoyment of this. Harsh and though it smooths out, it still leaves a not so pleasant impression.

Overall: Have had this at 3 separate occasions and not entirely impressed. There are better ones out there for sure.

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Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful jet black from the bottle with a somewhat thin, creamy tan head. I may have poured it too cold and the aroma was faint. Smelled like chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Tasted like chocolate at first, then coffee and a hint of nuttiness. Finished chocolatey and alcoholic. The mouth feel was very nice, oily and slick. This was my first impy, so it was quite an experience. As it warmed up, the aroma was more pronounced, but toward the alcohol side. Some people seem to be of the opinion that sitting on this for a bit is best. I agree with that camp. See you next year Brooklyn BCS.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black topped by about one finger of creamy brown head that clings nicely to the glass. Rich aroma of dark, earthy malt, with notes of peat, dark chocolate, and soy sauce. Palate up front is an odd, slightly unpleasant blend of soy sauce and dark chocolate. A transition to rich sweetness comes next, with notes of milk chocolate and prunes coming out. Finish is rich and chocolatey, with nice warming from the alcohol. Body is thick, smooth, rich, creamy, and as close to perfect as you can get. An enjoyable, if strange, experience. Perhaps my bottle was a bit lightstruck.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter '05-'06

My first impression is that it's not nearly as impressive as the 04-05 batch.

The same nice black body with thick head, but this one settled down much quicker than the previous batches'.

Nose is baker's chocolate with a bit of fruityness that I am just not a fan of. It's a nice nose, but a bit funky homebrew character.

Taste is full, rich, bakers' chocolate and a slightly bit toasty. Bold flavors up front but a slightly green-tasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick and shallowly-carbonated, and drinkability is OK for a beer this big, but I've had much better. As an Imperial Russian Stout, it's just OK.

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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 mattsdenney
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2010-2011 poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a thick brown, bubbly head.

Smell: Coffee w/ hints of alcohol.

Taste: Noticeable alcohol taste at first followed by dark chocolate malt. Each sip gets better and I begin to notice stronger hints of coffee. No sweetness but I guess that's indicative of the style.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, and smooth. Little to no carbonation.

Drinkability: I must admit I haven't sampled many Imperial Stouts. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to testing it again (along w/ others).

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Photo of artusory
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

’05-’06. Pours black with large creamy tan head, that gradually fades to a cover, nice lacing. Aroma is a simple blend of chocolate and roasted notes. Inital flavor has some bitter coffee and dark chocolate, this gives way to a sweet chocolates and some dark fruits. Texture is a bit on the syrupy side. A touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of chickenm
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Winter 08-09 bottling poured into a pint glass. Dark black color with a very thin tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Taste is more dark chocolate and coffee flavors. The alcohol in this is way too noticable. Not a bad beer but there are better Imperial Stouts out there. I'd like this more if it hid the alcohol a bit better.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Black opaque color. Not a whole lot of head, even with an aggressive poor. Average retention, some lacing.

3.5 S: Chocolate malt. Dark crystal malts. Not much else.

3.5 T: Deep malt backbone. Some chocolate, a bit of nuttiness. Good hop flavor, but a little unbalanced due to lack of bitterness.

4.0 M: Full bodied. Very smooth and a little undercarbonated.

3.5 D: Alright, but not my cup of tea (or beer I suppose). A little boring in terms of flavor.

This beer is rediculously similar to my brown ale (which was the first beer I ever made). If anyone likes this beer a lot, beer mail me for the recipe.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite as hyped on this one as others are. I may have gotten an older bottle.

Poured to a used motor oil black with medium-thick dark brown head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Aroma was some baker’s chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice, but too muted to tell much. Mouthfeel okay with a medium body, but not spectacular and the flavor was drowned out by the taste of the 10.6% alcohol coming thru.

Not bad, just not as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured cold from the tap near black with a nice full finger long lasting tan head with nice retention.

subtle aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee in the wayback.

coffee and dark chocolate up front, mildly bittersweet, a
bit of an acidic tang after - alcohol heat also follows.

mildly bitter, big bodied, smooth.

drinkable - no not really

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Believe it or night, the pour was opaque, black as night. I detected some roasted notes as I took a whiff. Taste is heavy on the roasted notes as well, I must say I was a wee bit disapointed as my palate searched for the chocolate flavor I was promised. I did detect some of the alcohol, however. Very stoutlike, slightly dry, a lot of roasted flavor, but no chocolate? Come on! pat

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, had a dark black color, maybe about a half inch of head, medium lacing.

Smell: roasty malt, nice chocolate aroma, slight smell of some sweet dark fruit.

Taste: very sweet malty- taste, some bitter chocolate balances it out.

Mouthfeel: appropriate.

Drinkability: fairly drinkable, a good beer to be sure.

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Photo of schepelz
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Almost jet black. Aggressive pour that led to one finger tannish head

S - Sweet roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, and some dark fruit/fig notes

T - Very sweet. Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits. Lots of chocolate flavor the further I get into the glass. Getting a lot of the dark fruit flavors in this one. Figs, plums, raisins, etc. Very sweet but with a dry bitter finish

M - Medium body, much higher carbonation than I expected.

O - Overall a decent RIS.Will definitely enjoy as the months grow colder outside

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Photo of CrescentLake
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful pour, the head retention was immaculate and the color- wow- a tan-caramel/toffee hue. The body was a perfect consistency for a stout, slightly thick towards the end of the bottle, but an all around outstanding appearence. Not neccesarily down hill from there, but the pour definitely set my expectations pretty high. The smell was cacao and roasted coffee beans, but I could smell the alcohol...but in brooklyn's defense it is 10 and a half ABV. The taste was similar with some dark fruit notes, strong alcohol kick. Good mouthfeel, what you might expect from a solid imperial stout. Drinkability is average, you only need a couple of these bad boys to get you pretty tipsy, that is, if they don't put you to sleep first.
I did score a six pack from Whole Foods NYC on 24th St, on sale for $7.99 from it's typical $11.00... so with that in mind it's the best bang for your buck in NYC, if you can cash in on this deal.

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Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Dark, muddy brown bordering on blackness. Good sized tan froth on top.
Roasy, mocha nose. Not quite Imperial, but good nonetheless.
Flavor is full, but somewhat limited, breadth-wise. Chocolate hits up front, then stays away. Roasty twags of Black malt appear. Just minor suggestions of the burnt dark fruits and anise that I adore in the style. Turns woodier and nuttier late. Just enough green-ish hops for dryness.
Well-structured body, but could use some additional heft.
Not an overly complex Imperial, but a nice stout.

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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle into tulip, from notes.
A: A jet black body, with a tan head that has good formation and retention. Lacing is left in layered patterns. Carbonation is not present in the body. Very typical for a RIS.

S: The aroma comes off very clean, with a big roasted body and subtle hints at chocolate. Sweetness is found in the nose as well. Overall aroma is standard and nothing really breathtaking.

T/M: On the front, this has a nice sweet roasted character, with high interplay of malts and bittering hops. Chocolate doesn't really come through till the beer warms up and bit. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves with a silky coat.

O: Can't really see the huge attraction to this brew, although it is really good, I find it to get lost with a lot of other RIS. Chocolate really is not showcased as I would have thought from the name.

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Photo of bditty187
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black hue. Opaque. The russet head is simply gorgeous; it reached a modest finger in height before slowly collapsing to a half finger then to a soapy cap. There was no lacing, disappointing. Still this is a damn pleasant looking stout. The nose is dry with deep chocolate notes and well-rounded roasted malts, vague hints of alcohol toward the back. The potency is good, it doesn’t really punch you in the nose but it is strong enough to say, “hey, jackass… drink me!” I am a good listener. The palate is much more complex then the aromas indicated. I am surprised at the fruitiness upfront, notes of cherries really standout and they dance a sexy dance with the roasted malts. Burning alcohol is blunt in the middle; the malt is quite dry now. In the finish a mellow suggestion of coffee and chocolate develops, as does some sweetness. This is offset by spicy alcohol. The hoppiness is as subtle as Storm King is blunt. Overall the taste is very good but I can’t help thinking more burnt malt is needed, maybe even a little more hops. And, in all honestly, it does fall apart at the end. Medium-full in body, at times it did creep awfully close to medium, which I don’t think is appropriate for this beer, the carbonation is modest and very natural. The mouthfeel is sufficient. It is drinkable as a nightcap; the biting alcohol is too much for me. Maybe my sample is too young (’03-’04 edition) but I wanted to try it now! I believe there are better Imperial Stouts on the market but this one is worthy of your attention but maybe not its lofty reputation.

Thanks Bierman9!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - solid black, 1 finger of dark head left thin cover with some lacing
S - semi sweet chocolate, vanilla, and definite alcohol
T - similar to the nose with some nuttiness and earthy hops
D - thick and chewy to start, moving to a distinct alcohol bite that thins it out
D - the chocolate is integrated well, the alcohol is a little dominate leaving this not the most drinkable, but to be expected at 10% ABV, worth a sample

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle, from the Winter 06-07 version, clocking in at five years of age. In a mini Duvel tulip.

A: Bold and black with an off-white head. Opaque the body, wispy the head.

S: Plenty of rich chocolate in the nose, roasted malts have lost a little.

T: Chocolate is still here, but it has taken a bit of a beating. The roasted malts have done even worse, dropping off substantially. The warmer the ale gets, the more chocolate and booziness come through. They end up being a strong force with enough vinousness still remaining. What's left of the roasted malts turns acrid late in each sip. Good but not what it once was. I'm thinking 3-4 years may have been perfect.

M: Syrupy chocolate and boozy complexity, the stout still beats many on the market.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasting notes from 12/13/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with a half finger of light brown head and some decent lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate was not as pronounced as I expected but did become more noticeable as the beer warmed up.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate. Hot. Probably best to let this one age for at least 6 months as this one was pretty fresh. The finish was dry with a nice chocolate flavour.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 1/4/10

Winter 2009-2010

Pours a very dark brown/burnt crimson; settles black. Almost two fingers of porous, light brown head. As it's riddled with pores, it quickly settles to 1/2 inch, leaving pretty good lacing. Swirling keeps alive thin retention throughout. Splotchy lace.

Smooth aromas of roasted dark malts. Chocolate is most notable. Undertones of dark fruits, especially raisins. A touch of booze on the peripheries. On the whole, the nose is more subtle than I'd expect.

Lots of dark, roasted malts offer a something of a sweet quality. This is offset by a large amount of dark chocolate that tends to be bitter. Mild hits of hops around the edges. Tastes pretty good, though not particularly complex.

Full bodied with smooth & creamy carbonation. Negligible alcohol heat coming through, if any. Hints of roasted chocolate linger.

As mentioned earlier, this isn't the most complex example of the style. It tastes pretty good & is ultimately enjoyable. For some reason, I imagined this beer would be more righteous. Maybe it needs a year or two.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second chocolate stout, not as a good as Young's...

Pours jet black with no head. There was a little dirty lacing. Smells strong with heavy roasted malts, hops, and chocolate at the end of the nose. Minimal carbonation. At first, you taste the roasted malts. Then, the bitterness comes over your tongue very strongly, first hops then the cocoa. Very genuine cocoa taste, but also quite bitter. Bitterness lasts with you after your swallow due to the thickness of the brew. Although it is pretty good, I'd rather have Young's.

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