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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,420 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,420
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 828 | FT: 49
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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erikwibaeus

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this beer is one you just have to try to understand. Even tough its an R.I.S. its not. Brooklyn has taken great mestures to make this beer open for the big public. The -09 version is well balanced but perhaps the character R.I.S. is usually more rugged than this brew. Almost milky in the nose i see this beer as one that you can serve to the avrage joe and he will understand but perhaps not like (depending on taste ofcourse).
My conclusion is that its got a pretty high drinkability and the taste is perfect. But as i said, i kinda miss the rugged feeling.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:36:48 | More by erikwibaeus
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towersfall

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black color with a beautiful biege/tan-ish head. It took the head a minute or two to disappear as well.

Smell: Smells of bitter chocolate and dark fruit with a small hint of coffee.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and mocha are apparent with a slight hint of fruit. My god does this have a bitter chocolate after taste

Mouthfeel: Thick molasses and syrupy texture with a heavy overall body.

Drinkability: A little tough to drink but it is a very impressive winter beer. Very much enjoyed the strong taste as it is something I don't down often. Will reccomend to others and will probably go back to this next winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 04:47:14 | More by towersfall
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tviz33

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter.

A- Pours a viscous black body topped by a single finger of light brown head that recedes in about two minutes to a very thin cap, leaving behind some lacing.

S- Not a whole lot here, but there is definitely some chocolate, back by some coffee and a faint bit of alcohol.

T- The taste is far greater than the smell indicated. Chocolatey but not overdone. It is quite malty and there's a smokey component to it as well. It finishes with subtle dark fruit notes and a bite from the alcohol. That said, the alcohol is well-hidden compared to the last 10.0% beer I had (Ballast Point Victory at Sea).

M- The feel of this is very creamy. It does of good job of not being too stick and slick as it just glides across the palette.

O- A very solid representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:39:06 | More by tviz33
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xzqrut

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out like oil, very dark and thick, low head and low carbonation, nice stout. Beer gave a nice malt aroma, with some burnt chocolate as well. Same with the taste, although at times it seemed like this years high ultra high alcohol content affected it a little. Mouthfeel about what you would expect, thick and flat, some foam. Good beer, really warms you up this year.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 23:25:34 | More by xzqrut
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dciBA

Maine

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured ultra black from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. very thin head. Smells of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

Taste is good although not overly complex. Lots of chocolate, but the alcohol present in the smell doesn't come through in the taste at all, which makes this stout very drinkable, especially for 10%. Roasted malt flavor on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is top notch. Nice and thick, but goes down very smooth and easy.

Solid beer from Brooklyn. If you like chocolate, this one is for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 19:33:05 | More by dciBA
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cdViking

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade with Hurricane (Scott). Thanks.

Poured into pint glass, thick opaque black with wonderful looking chocolatey head that unfortunately dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate, malt and booze. Taste is decadent chocolate with a roast coffee back taste and a nice, boozy aftertaste. Nice and thick with good amount of carbonation that pleased the palate. Definitely a rich drink that I don't think I could frequently consume. Very enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:27:41 | More by cdViking
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Tifore

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours from the bottle like a syrupy motor oil. Very very dark brown to basically black in color with a thick viscosity. A very small 1/2 finger head with a deep tan color develops and fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Very upfront smelling. Lots of chocolate and coffee right off the bat with some lingering carmel and roasted malts. Toffee notes as well. Smells robust and very thick tasting.

T - Tastes immediately of bittersweet chocolate and spent coffee rinds but quickly turns sweet with the carmel and toffee notes coming in. That lingers for a while and then you are left with a slight boozieness that is well accepted by me. Its not over the top, just lets you know its there in the back of your throat.

M - Very smooth on the tounge and full tasting. Pretty syrupy as well with a good amount of carbonation that holds up to the big flavors of the beer.

D - Very drinkable. I'm glad I have a few of these in the cellar and that its still for sale at my local bottle shop. I will likely be grabbing a 4 pack to enjoy while its fresh over these cold winter months.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 02:42:40 | More by Tifore
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sjohansen

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Black with a one finger head the color of the inside of a 3 Musketeers. The head dissipates quickly, leaving spotty wisps on top of the dark black brew. Very sparse and spotty lacing appears in places on the snifter.

The alcohol is prominent in the nose, it comes through as hints of rubbing alcohol. As it warms, the chocolate malts come through.

Sweet on the front and middle, finishes with a slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate, aftertaste a little sweeter then what preceded it. Slightly powerful, has the pepper taste of alcohol, but it is masked well with the strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

Always will be one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Although it is high in alcohol, it’s very well balanced which makes for a complex taste that hides the power well. And it doesn’t disappoint by calling itself Black Chocolate Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 03:22:11 | More by sjohansen
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bewitching brew is pitch black and completely opaque. The medium, coffee color head retains quite well, with sticky, intricate lacings.

Sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel with hints of vanilla and toffee, this incredible brew smells like a festive holiday pudding.

The flavor is of sweet, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and burnt caramel with some buttery tones. There is a huge, chewy bread/yeast consistency that tapers off into a bitter aftertaste with hints of alcohol.

This is a heavy beer with ample carbonation, though not as creamy as I might like it to be.

This is a fine seasonal offering from Brooklyn Brewery that I've been eager to taste for some time. I think the flavors would benefit well from a bit a bit of aging, though it is still a tasty brew when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 03:12:14 | More by Estarrio
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Yet another example of an "old friend" beer that's somehow gone un-reviewed by me. Time to change that. To the max. It pours a straight jet black topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste is very similar, with the roasted malts taking center stage, followed by a strong chocolate powder contingent. The rest comes in in a nice dark melange in the finish. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, this probably the most readily drinkable widely-available stouts around. Get some!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 04:22:03 | More by TMoney2591
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womencantsail

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheKingsofHops for hooking it up with a couple bottles of this.

A: A 2009-2010 bottle poured into my Cigar City snifter. The pour is a beautiful, viscous, jet black with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: This beer has a very intense nose. A lot of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, roasted malt, and some alcohol. Maybe a bit of maple syrup in there as well.

T: The taste features many of the same characters as the nose. A lot of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. The alcohol is there but not all that noticeable.

M: The body is quite full, as you would expect from an imperial stout. The carbonation also fits the style, as it is low.

D: The ABV is quite well hidden in terms of the taste, but it's quite apparent upon drinking a bottle. Still, the beer is quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 21:50:33 | More by womencantsail
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LtCracker20

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temp. About 6-7 months old. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A- Pours a black body with a nice 2-finger chocolate colored head that shows lasting power. Some nice lacing, too.

S- Dark, bittersweet chocolate. Almost none of the 10% abv comes through. A little oakiness to it as well with brings some vanilla aromas.

T- Just like the smell with a little more of the abv present in the finish. A wonderful flavor of chocolate with a hint of that oaky- vanilla flavor. Nice burnt coffee flavors as well.

MF- Big and creamy. Nice bold flavors that last and last on the palate. Only negative is that I think it might have too much carbonation, especially at this temp.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:14:29 | More by LtCracker20
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magnj

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 months since I purchased it, probably older than that.

a - Big chunky head snuck up on me on the pour but faded quickly to a thin film. Body is really deep, one of the darkest I've seen with no hint of light even on the edges when held up to the sun or bright light. Lacing is incredible, creating a crust on the side of my glass.

s - Chocolate much like Rogue's Stout and Sam's Choco Bock. Otherwise rather mild, a bit toasty but nothing harsh or quite roasted.

t - Chocolate dominates but is not overdone. Toasty malts throughout, light coffee notes. Not too sweet, seems to be fairly low FG. Alcohol really not coming through but with a color like this it's pretty easy to assume it packs a punch. Hops flavor is minimal, maybe a bit of spice and citrus towards the end.

m/d - Sweet to style guidelines, drinkable but a sipper though I won't fault it for that, it is afterall an IRS.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 23:45:42 | More by magnj
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black color with a rocky russet colored head that leaves lots of lace.

S- Deep dark malt and chocolate aromas dominate the nose. Alcohol is also fairly prominent.

T- Full roasted flavor with tons of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. A bit of burnt malt and molasses with some black licorice and roasted coffee beans. A slight sting of alcohol in the finish.

M- Full bodied with ok carbonation. A bit hot from the alcohol.

D- Easily one of my favorite Brooklyn beers so far. The alcohol was a bit strong but I know that this is a very fresh batch. I expect the alcohol to die down a bit with some age.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 02:38:49 | More by projectflam86
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'05-'06 cellared 15 months.
A: Pitch black with a creamed coffee colored head that retains as a medium-thinnish layer with sticky edges. Good, sticky lacing.
S: Vinous and port-like with syrupy raisin scents as well as some burnt espresso beans at the end of the quaff. Dark, unsweetened chocolate drives the nose. Some dark fruits peek in and out, but the chocolate and burnt coffee bean scents are the real winners. An alcohol aroma throughout.
T: The cellaring does wonders for this brew. It's powerful and tannic on the tongue with port-like flavors up front, syrupy raisins and slight wood following with strong burnt espresso beans in the finish and aftertaste. The dark unsweetened chocolate flavors drive the profile, sometimes in the back drop and sometimes in the forefront. Alcohol burn peeks through in the middle and puckers at the end. As it warms the chocolate and coffee flavors make their appearance felt further, with the port flavors dissipating slightly. The aftertaste is heavy on the burnt beans throughout.
MF: Syrupy and medium thick.
Overall: This brew ages among the best of them. If you like a fresh bottle of BCS, have some patience and cellar a few. Wait a year and enjoy this sipper for an hour or so. Complex, mature, and delicious, this cellared brew is a definite winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 18:49:00 | More by Illinick
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brystmar

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the '09-'10 winter batch.

A: pitch black with about a half finger of tan head; looks about how you'd expect.

S: dark, roasty malts; chocolate; hints of coffee; booze too.

T: rich malts and chocolate through and through. Boozy warmth thrown in for good measure. Delicious!

M/D: a creamy, full-bodied brew that feels great swishing around in the mouth. Relatively easy drinking here too, though it's definitely an imperial stout. A solid chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 07:35:07 | More by brystmar
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very dark coffee colored stout. The smell was not to strong gave off a bit off dark chocolate smell. The taste was that of dark chocolate and some fresh roasted coffee. This is definitely a beer that I would like to have again. I like this beer because the after taste was like you just finished eating some good chocolate. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 15:08:48 | More by thedoubler55
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terrabyte

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown or black with a small brown head.

Aroma has a very strong chocolate smell, followed by quite a bit of booze.

Flavor is strong in chocolate as well, with a slight amount of booze. There might be a hint of roasted chocolates, but suddenly the aftertaste takes your breath away with booze burning your lungs. It’s a toss-up whether or not the bitterness comes from the chocolate or coffee.

Mouthful is creamy and foamy.

Drinkability isn’t very high due to the alcohol taste sweeping away the chocolate flavor. If it’s going to be that strong, you’re going to want stronger flavors to catch up to it. Let alone try to mask some of it. On top of that, the flavor that was there was sort of rough and tough.

It should be noted that this beer was tasted right after trying a Goose Island Bourbon Stout. That’s hardly fair for Brooklyn. I did enjoy this beer, it’s much more affordable, and I’d be glad to have another.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2006 17:00:12 | More by terrabyte
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Maudite snifter. Inky black with standard kahaki colored head that dissipates quickly. (Not a surpise as this is a 2009 bottle)

Nose is a bit sweeter than I remember, replete with chocoloate and roasted malt notes. Dates?

Taste is drier than the aroma, but just a toucvh of sweetness. Chocolate notes, with a touch of alcohol heat, but nowhere near the 10% that it is.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not exceedingly so.

A consistent performer year after year...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 03:09:38 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick brown head and tons of beautiful lacing. Smells of rich dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, and aromatic malts. Tastes of delicious dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, caramel, plenty of sweet malts, and a little bit of tasty hops. Mouthfeel is very thick and oily. Drinkability is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 23:33:36 | More by TheKingofWichita
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m1ked

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:06:46 | More by m1ked
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a thick dark beige head that reduces to a thin beige cap that leaves wet lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt and sweet dark chocolate aromas. Thick, viscous feel. Roasted and burnt malt flavors in the beginning, sweet chocolate in the middle and a lighly dry pine hop finish. Definitely a sipper. Not due to the higher alcohol content, but due to the intensity of the burnt malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 17:06:28 | More by IronLover
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Genghis22

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very thick with about a quarter to half inch coffee brown head. Beer is absolutely jet black.

S - Smells like a great stout, with little hints of cocoa, but not overwhelmingly chocolately.

T - First sip is full of big typical stout flavor, with a sweet chocolate finish, but the aftertaste reveals a lot of coffee and a dry alcohol effect on the tongue.

M - This is a beer you can take a bite out of. Nice and thick, very chewy with low to medium carbonation.

D - This beer is highly drinkable, and at 10% quite potent as well. I feel like the title is a bit misleading though. The chocolate is only hinted, coffee flavors shine through much stronger.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 05:15:27 | More by Genghis22
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nasty15108

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking Brooklyn Beers for ages, but for some reason this one always escaped me. I have always been happy with the quality of Brooklyns brews and after researching Imperial Stouts I figured I had to give it a shot.
I got myself a sixpack of Winter 07-08 bottles and I have to say I was impressed. I like stout and I guess I drink it pretty regularly (usually opting for Young's Chocolate, Smith's Oatmeal or old reliable Guinness). The look, smell and taste of the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout were top notch. I drank it from a small brandy snifter (which I highly recommend)and I was was totally impressed. This is not a brew to be swilled while watching the game, (it is filling and strong) but to be enjoyed in small quantities, much like a fine brandy/cognac. I recommend it with dessert or by itself with a nice cigar.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 17:27:36 | More by nasty15108
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StJamesGate

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black with only the slightest tinge of magenta with a creamy sepia head that leaves trailers. Prune, port and muscavado sugar on the nose with hints of blueberry, ash and wood.
Espresso grounds, liqourice root, raisin and tar lead into roasty dark sugars and a branch and understated dried orange rind hop end.
Burnt caramel finish and dry, slightly acidic roasty linger.
Full, sticky, chewy, smooth, not much burn.

Winter 11-12 version.

Big and bold, with all the RIS flavors in all the right places. Lean as opposed to some of the more sweet Imperial Stouts out there. Chocolate doesn't turn up much, in spite of the name. I somehow can't help but feel that there are so many monster examples of the style that this, being merely solid and an older recipe, suffers by comparison to what's come after.

My 800th review.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 22:37:34 | More by StJamesGate
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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