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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,091
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,136 | FT: 55
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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 mavbrew
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown/jet black color with a nice creamy, two finger thick, mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing retention.

S: The nose has some dark chocolates, coffee beans and a little bit of dark fruit.

T: The taste has dark chocolates up front with some roasted malts as well. This flows into the dark fruits and the sweetness of the malts. There are some slight bitters in the taste but they are faint, as well as the alcohol. The finish has roasted malts and chocolates that are still lingering from the beginning.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. Very thick mouthfeel, roasted and alcohol flavors linger in the palate.

D: I always look forward to picking up some of this every winter. It is one of the better RIS, not the best, but a very good one. The alcohol is faint but not totally disguised for a 10%, drink safely.

Photo of tut2528
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich dark chocolate color, with about 1 finger worth of head formation that does not linger and leaves a very mild lacing

S: huge sweet molasses, huge chocolate, and roasty malt. Dark raisins/plums are present and alcohol is very well hidden. The chocolate resembles a fudge character.

T: Huge roasty malt and cocoa with an excellent balance of raisins, molasses and sugar. I also get some tart cherry in the after taste creating more complexity and uniqueness.

O: this one is has nice complexity, and yet nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well hidden in both the nose and the taste. I find this one very appealing and drinkability is extremely high.

Photo of Deus1138
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this last night and had mixed feelings. I decided to try another one today, then review it.

I'm enjoying my second bottle much more than my first.

I poured this into a standard pint glass. This stuff is thick and dark! It looked like chocolate syrup! The head was thick, dense and dark brown.

I smelled mostly chocolate, coffee, and toasted/burnt malts.

The taste doesn't hit you all at once. Lots of back and forth between chocolate and coffee. Strong after taste of coffee. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

This is a great seasonal brew. I could enjoy it in the summer, but I think this would be best enjoyed near a fireplace after a few hours of skiing or snowmobiling.

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

Winter 2010-2011 vintage, poured from bottle into snifter. Notes from 1-1-2011. Beer warmed in bottle at room temperature for approximately 30-40 minutes prior to pouring.

A. Dark black. Transmits absolutely no light. Small, ¼ inch molasses head dissipates quickly. Insignificant lacing.

S. Sweet, chocolate, grape, cinnamon. Obvious alcohol presence.

T. Attack is heavy on alcohol. Potential chocolate gives way to strong, bitter coffee notes. Minimal sweetness. (Similar to Siberian Night.) Alcohol is obviously present, but mellows as it warms.

M. Smooth, creamy, gives way to carbonated feel that tingles on the tongue with the bitterness of the coffee. Lingers. As it warms, becomes more buttery in mouthfeel.

D. A definite sipper. Sits very heavily. Requires time and thought. Significant ABV limits drinkability to some extent.

A strong, smooth, great sipping stout.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Winter 09-10. 10% ABV.

A: Body is black as coal. Giant tan head fades to a thin film and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Licorice, dark fruit, bitter chocolate, and a bit of tobacco.

T: A brutal assault of slightly sweet but mostly bitter chocolate. Kind of like biting into an 80% cacao chocolate bar. Aftertaste is smoky and fruity. Fairly noticeable alcohol.

M: Not as heavy as other examples of the style, but reasonably heavy.

D: It took me a while to get this beer, but now that I do, it's a very solid RIS. Definitely a cigar beer. I'd like to try it with some gourmet chocolate sometime.

Photo of Gushue3
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011-2012 poured into CBS snifter

A Pours very dark, almost black and has a 1+finger light brown head. The body is opaque and some lacing is left around the glass after a big swirl. The head retention isn't too big while some islands and light foam are left above the body. 4.5

S Big time chocolate and sweet dark fruits There's a slight alcohol bite in the nose toward the end as well. 4

T Follows the nose pretty closely. Dark fruits come across first with a wave of sweet and bitter bakers chocolate. There's a touch of wood although i'm pretty sure theres no wood aging with this beer. Chocolate bitterness lingers on the finish. 4

M Nice smooth feeling in the mouth. Medium to heavier mouthfeel and there's very little carbonation in this one. 4

O A nice, easily accessible stout. Unlike most stouts, I defiantly prefer this one with some age on it. I had one from last year the other weekend and was a totally different beer. I'l put the other 3 in the basement for a little while. 4


A- deep black with gigantic mocha head that will not leave. I had to pour the last ounce or so into my pint glass after the head went down. Really nice looking. 5

S- roasty and with light chocolate scents. Not too pungent but its there. 4

T- bitter chocolate off the bat. Chocolate and light hops or bitter chocolate. Roasty overall and a touch of a boozytaste at the end, not overpowering bit its there. 4.5

M- light and almost fluffy. Tiny carbonation bubbles tingle. Nice feel. 4

D- this is dangerous at 10% ABV. I personally like the boost taste of other RIS but this is much more drinkable. I want to drink this when I wake up. 4.5

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

A - Pours like syrup...deep, deep black body with a creamy brown one finger head...lace seems to stick around forever

S - As expected, lots of dark chocolate...roasted nuts as well

T - Nutty...roasted coffee...not as much chocolate as anticipated

M - Creamy and full bodied...alcohol warming seems to stick to the roof of my mouth

D - The flavors mask the abv...I was surprised at how quickly I could drink this one down...very tasty...

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

I had two different experiences sampling this beer. The first time I tried this beer, I had just purchased it and it had been stored in the liquor store cooler. It was too cold. A few days later, storage at my refrigerator temperature made a big difference.

On my first sampling, I poured the beer at the usual 45 degree, then at a 90 degree angle. The head was only one finger. This beer is actually capable of a great head, so I suggest pouring more at a 90 degree angle.

The color is an exceptionally dark chocolate- quite enjoyable to view. The smell is a complex spicy fruity chocolate. The mouthfeel is pleasantly tangy.

The taste from the first sampling was disappointing. It was bitter- too bitter with a lemony finish, and the flavor was not balanced with the mouthfeel and smell. There wasn't much chocolate present.

However, two days later, with a better head and a warmer temp, the finish was smooth and malty.

Overall, a great beer, which can be enjoyed regularly. It should be served warmer, and poured more vertically for a better head.

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

Pours like used oil from a diesil engine..black and thick..deep tan head..great lacing.

smells of coffee, chocolate and booze..not surprising given the 10% ABV..oh those Russians!

taste is well...boozy with some nice chocolate and expresso highlites..but IMO the alcohol content seems to over-ride the flavour here.

Very chewy as to be expected, but the carbonation level seemed a bit high compared to other stouts I've sampled

a definite dessert beer and a good one at that..will put the other 5 in the cellar to sample a few years from now.

tried one from the cellar and wow! after a year the beer has mellowed by a factor of 5 at least. The inital blast of booziness is replaced by a richer, smoother overall taste and mouthfeel.

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

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= Poured jet black with zero light penetration and a 1" chocolate tan head. The head retention was incredible and left gig sheets of lace down my glass.

S= I found dark roasty malts, burnt coffee, dark ripe plums and figs, and a nice chocolate liquor alcohol note.

T= All of the aromas carried into the flavor, with the roasty chocolate malts and alcohol most dominant. I also found the rich sweetness of the fruit to be there balanced against an earthy hop bit I was not expecting. Finish did dry a bit, and was full of warming alcohol. Flavors were a bit rough around the edges, but still pleasant and showing great promise for aging.

MF= Heavy bodied with a creamy feel and just enough carbonation to stop it from being a tongue-coater.

D= This is a great beer that can certainly use some aging. For maximum effect, this beer needs to be served just slightly cooler than room temp. I think that if the roughness of the hops and the bitter roastiness mellowed a bit in the cellar, this would be a world class beer.

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

Winter 08-09 batch. Poured into a Unibroue La Fin du Monde tulip

A - opaque black, edges and bottom have a dark ruby brown when held to light, about a finger of dark tan head, already starts to leave big flowing lacing

S - dark chocolate, burnt coffee/espresso mixed with roasted malt, some earthy hops but very muted

T - roasty chocolate malt, some caramel infused coffee flavor, slight oak and whisky taste that dissipates and leaves a subdued hotness on the back of the throat

M - medium to heavy bodied, not syrupy or thick, smooth with good carbonation

D - after just having DF World Wide Stout, this was a let down, probably should have done the tasting the other way around, still a great overall beer though

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

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a light brown head

S - Sweet malts caramel an of course chocolate

T - The smells carried on over to the taste caramel and chocolate

M - Very smooth and creamy

D - This brew has a great taste and is very smooth easy to drink just gets a little filling after a few

Photo of nmbr0ne
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into pint glass at The House of Brews in Jensen Beach, FL.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, basically black color with a finger thick, creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing and retention.

Smell: Very boozy at the front, and roasty through the middle of the smell. I barely pick up on the hints of chocolate though. Leaves more chocolate to be desired in my opinion but great aromas none the less. I also get hints of coffee.

Taste: I can definitely taste (and feel) the alcohol. The hops give it a slight bitter taste that reminds me of unsweetened coffee. Very strong and rich like an espresso. The taste of chocolate is very subtle.

Mouthfeel: Between medium-bodied and thick. Took me longer than an average beer to sip this one.

Overall: Good stout to drink on International Stout Day 2011. Great way to to end my night because you'll definitely not want to drink anything else after drinking this 10% ABV bad-boy.

Photo of VikingBeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a review transcribed from the notebook I thought I lost last year and just found, which gave me the push to start reviewing again. 12-oz bottle of the '08-09 vintage, kept in the fridge for about a month and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: 2-stage pour yields 1" dark-tan head, receding to 1/2" that stays in the glass and leaves thick lacing. Beer is black as hell and almost totally opaque.

S: A deep sniff opens with a blast of bitter/burnt chocolate malt, boozy alcohol, and a touch of STRONG Turkish coffee. The aroma lingers and evolves, with touches of rum, port, and dark cherries (chocolate-covered, perhaps?).

T: First sip brings a big hit of bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt upfront leading to boozy navy-rum flavors in the middle, with a sharp whiff of fusels going up my nose. On the back of my tongue comes the sweetness, with a slight ruby-port flavor and a hint of more cherries. Coffee notes prevail throughout, akin to the darkest of espresso beans covered with 85% chocolate. Aftertaste displays yet more complexity, with hints of dark-fruit Jelly Beans (whatever the hell those purple ones are). Hops appear mainly as a slight spiciness in the aftertaste, with hints of cinnamon, clove, and allspice. Subsequent sips seem to reveal a greater sweetness under all the sharp, bitter burnt-chocolate flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is excellent; smooth and slightly viscous, with just the right hint of carbonation.

D: Definitely a bit raw, especially compared to an aged '07-08 I had a few weeks ago (I reviewed it, but I lost the damn notes). Though I would only drink one of this fresh batch in a sitting, BBCS is still dangerously smooth-bodied and warming.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 bottling

A - Pours a solid black with a 3 finger creamy brown head that leaves a skim of fluffy lace behind.

S - Boozy with a lot of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

T - Strong chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt and a touch of hops in the background. Slightly boozy.

M - Thick and creamy with a smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish that lingers.

D - Slightly boozy but very good. I was lucky enough to try a 5 year vertical a few months back and the 2 and 3 year old versions were sublime. I think this is a beer that needs a little time in the cellar.

Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Winter '08-'09 pours an inky black with a chocolate milk colored head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side, but could be thicker. The flavor is heavy on dark chocolate up front with a coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, this is a sipping beer. I like it. Recommended.

Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with dark tan head. Head has good retention and leaves lacing on the glass. Head forms a ring of foam on top of the brew.

S- Strong aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of dark caramel and I really can't pick up any hops. Just a bit of alcohol here too.

T- Taste of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. Some drinks taste really sweet while others maybe a little bitter. Quite a bit going on here and complex.

M- Medium to full in body and low carbonation.

D- A very solid brew and a sipper for sure.

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

Shared in a trade from OakedCanuck, thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A - black as night with a surprisingly thick one inch brownish head on top.

S - chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a touch of malt sweetness.

T - good, but a little soft. The chocolate is there, but not as pronounced and I would've liked. Coffee and vanilla in the middle, then some hop/espresso bitterness on the back, as well as a small bit of alcohol warmth.

M - good carbonation and smooth on the palate.

D - it's pleasant, but could use a year to let the alcohol and hops mellow out and maybe allow for some more of that chocolate to come forward.

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

Winter 07-08 vintage. Pored from a 12 ounce bottle into my snifter glass. Appears an opaque black color with about two fingers of dark tan foam. Smells of molasses, caramel, alcohol, and chocolate malts. Tastes of alcohol, both milk and dark chocolate, mocha, coffee beans, caramel, molasses, rich roasted grains, plums, and more cocoa. Rich and full bodied with medium carbonation. Even after a year plus in the bottle, the alcohol is still quite apparent from start to finish. A great, classic sipping beer for a cool evening.

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

Forms a nice dark brown head above an almost black liquid in a pint glass. The head dropped to a collar. The beer itself looks like an espresso.
What a great smell...espresso again in the nose..very malty.
Complex flavor of espresso( ...a theme here ?), malt, chocolate....the semi-bitter kind....a hint of sugar with an amazingly heavy mouthfeel....like you should chew before swallowing...almost a greek coffee feel....like small particulates are suspended in there...this actually feels better than it sounds!
One of these is enough...it's pretty heavy stuff.
When they came out with this years ago, I used to buy cases so I could still have some after the season. This was the first time I had it on tap....seems about the same taste wise, but with a creamier
mouthfeel. Very good stuff !

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

Dark, black, no light coming through this one. Decent bubbly head sits on top, leaving silky lacing down the sides of a tulip glass.

Well roasted malts and bit of alcohol come through on the nose. Further inspection leads to some hoppy earth notes mixed with chocolate syrup, but the chocolate notes are fairly subdued.

Burnt, bitter, dark malts ride in on a fairly smooth, creamy body. The chocolate malts are definitely in full force, but the actual chocolate flavor does not really appear until the end of the taste. On the finish, as the warming alcohol clears, a nice, dry, almost chalky, dark-chocolate taste balances on my tongue until I tip back the glass for another taste of this delicious stout. Not really sure what hops were used in this brew, but they jump in and out from time to time. Never really taking the main stage, but leaving a touch of earthy bitterness that pairs well with the dessert like qualities of this beer.

The mouthfeel is quite good. Maybe a little thinner than other RIS's around the 10% ABV range. However, this beer is very drinkable. There is enough bitter flavor to play down the richness of the beer, which allows you to have more than one of these in a sitting if you like.

All in all, I think Brooklyn Brewery did a great job with this beer. They managed to straddle the chocolate stout / RIS categories and come up with something that is very enjoyable. I've only got one of these left, so hopefully I can pick up a few more next time I'm at the candy shop. A tasty and classy brew for the winter holidays.

Photo of SaunaKing
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pitch black stout with a wonderful coffee colour head. Smells of rich quality chocolate. Taste of course is choclate too. But a little bit too much alcohol burn in it. Its pretty easy drinking but you can really tell you get a little extra in this beer. The alcohol is a little too close to the surface. I prefer it felt but not tasted. This is however a pretty good stout with a rich chocolate taste and only the aftertaste brings it down a little in my opinion.

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

at kuhnhenns thanks clarkv v from rate beer for bringing this in a trade with bieristgut. poured black with tan head. aroma, chocolate, roasted malts,coffee,nice hoppiness, cocoa. flavor,dark choclate,malts, licorice, hints of alcohol. a very enjoyable beer.

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

I love stouts!

A: Deep black body topped with a 1+ fingered frothy head with solid retention. Good lacing to boot!

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, molasses with a surprisingly noticeable hop profile.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hops poke through and resonate in the aftertaste. Slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

O: Solid stout, and I'm very glad that I have three more to drink!

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. It's BLACK, not dark brown, but BLACK. It's got a nice tan head that lasts and leaves great lacing on the glass.

It smells of roasted barley, sweet toasted malt and dark bittersweet chocolate.

Nice chocolate taste with malty sugars with a nice hop bitterness to balance the sweetness out. It's nice that it doesn't have a strong alcohol taste even though it comes in at 10% ABV.

Not too thin, not too thick, carbonation is right on. Definitely a nice stout, especially for a cold winter day.

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