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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,561
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 875 | FT: 48
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of Sneers
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh '10 batch. $7.99 for the 4-pack.

Pours an opaque black. A head doesn't want to form without some coaxing, but what does is a light chocolate brown.

The aroma is not particularly strong, but consists of coffee, some alcohol, and that hint of raisin that suggest molasses.

The taste is of black coffee with dark chocolate. There is an assertive hop bitterness, which, to my pleasure, is not too piney or citrusy. I also swear there's a hint of saltiness down the sides of my tongue. The finish is dry and bitter like baker's chocolate. The alcohol is pretty well-masked, but makes itself known. Swirling the beer in my mouth, and therefore warming it quite a bit, sweetens things a bit, and pronounces the chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but could be a little bit smoother. This beer is deceivingly drinkable; at 10.1% alcohol, it might be best to make this a sipper.

Sneers, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a dark brown head.

S - Black coffee, brown sugar.

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, sugars, ending with a burst of alcohol giving away it's ABV.

M - Creamy, very little carbonation, silky, yet still just medium bodied.

Notes - This is a very good RIS. It's nice to taste the kid brother to Black Ops.

HeyItsChili, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of anth0ny
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brooklyn Black Chocolate pours deep black with a pinky finger of a brilliant cinnamon colored head. When the head is out it leaves a nice, thin landscape on top and a small frothy ring around the glass that hangs out til the end. Looks pretty dang good.

S - For me, I'm getting pretty much all chocolate/cocoa and some bourbon in the nose. Loving the aroma.

T - The taste is interesting. By interesting I mean an initial shock to the palette on every drink. Black chocolate is dominant, a little raisin, a bit of hops. Finishes bitter with a lot of booze. It's definitely a sipper and a warmer. You get the stout flavor in the aftertaste, with lingering coffee and malt.

M - Nice, heavy mouth with sufficient, balanced carbonation. Ice cold is the way to go, more chocolate and less booze. The warmer it gets you get more of a chocolate cough syrup.

O - This stout is power with flavor and punch. I'd say the alcohol is a bit too much, but without it, it wouldn't be the same. Also, it's a specific occasion type of drink. I had it now just chillin at home, not really the right scene for it. But I also had this on a more relaxed NYE in a hot tub and it was fantastic.

anth0ny, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Paincane
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour into Nonic glass producing two finger khaki head with moderate amount of lacing.
S: Aromas of chocolate, toasted malt and dark fruits. 
T: Flavors of dark and bittersweet chocolate with a bit of caramel. M: Medium bodied with minimal carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable and luscious. Will enjoy another. 

Paincane, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of kbeals
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came as an extra in a trade with gn0sis.

A- Pours jet black with just a touch of brown head. Head dissipates rather quickkly but still leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of bitter chocolate, some coffee and hints of dark fruits. Very complex overall, the bitterness and sweetness balances out nicely. A bit of booze shows up as it warms.

T- Very similar to the smell but the bitterness shows up a little more than in the aroma. Still coffee and chocolate on the flavor, but none of the dark frutis show up. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Heavy body, very smooth. Maybe a tad thinner than what I was expecting but pretty good. Very little carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. The 10% is masked pretty well by the other flavors but does sneak up on you.

Thanks again Eric!

kbeals, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wasach for the trade on this one! Already I can tell I'm going to enjoy it! I hope my high expectations don't let me down.

A - Very dark black/brown in color. Seems opaque. Pours like almost like motor oil and looks kinda syrupy. I poured real slow and didn't get much head on it. The little bit I did see was more of a brownish foam and far from white. It's what I'd expect of an RIS.

S - I'm getting more chocolate than roast. It's not overly sweet like the syrupy appearance may lead you to think. I think more of a semi-sweet chocolate rather than a dark chocolate or milk chocolate.

T - I'm almost afraid to taste it. It took me too long to finally open. I don't want it to be gone. What if my nose is too stuffy and I don't get all it has to give? OK...
Wow. Not too sweet super good RIS. Chocolate I think is more in the smell than the taste. Little bit of sharpness on the sides of my tongue. More roasts come out now in the taste as well. There's a bitterness at the back of my tongue I don't know how to describe.

M - Little bit of carbonation bite; I like that. Booze kinda hangs and warms your breath. Little dryness in the aftertaste. Medium body. Taste hangs and warms the back of your mouth and your throat.

D - The alcohol feel will slow drinking this down. Don't know I could have more than 1 or 2 of these on a wild nite (note the ABV and you'd need a 'wild nite' to have more than 1).

Tolann, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer is good looking beer. Black in color, hence the name, with some dark brown highlights that you really have to look for. It's pretty dense looking This beer has a dark tan colored head that goes away pretty quickly and very little lacing to it. The smell is very good. Smells of bitter chocolate and coffee along with some burned malts. The hops make themselves known after the beer sits for a bit and warms up a little as well as a touch of alcohol. The taste is also very good but a little more intensified, everything is a little bit stronger, with the exception of maybe the burned malts. Starts off with the bittersweet chcolate and coffee. Once it's about room temperature it really has an excellent, well balanced flavor. The hops and alcohol balance extremely well with the chocolate and coffee and the more subtle burned malts. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied. There's a bit of a bite from the alcohol, none from the carbonation though. Starts smooth and finishes pretty clean at the end. This beer's pretty drinkable for a beer with such a high abv. Solid Brew from a solid brewery, glad I got it again and took the time to review it.

AndyAvalanche, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours black with a nice two finger tan head that dissipates into an island and a ring with no lacing. On the nose there is dark chocolate and espresso, pretty standard, but lurking under are some figs or other dark fruit that kind of set this apart within the genre for me. In the mouth the chocolate asserts itself most with the dark fruit and espresso coming in underneath, maybe some caramelized sugar too. There is a prickly mouthfeel that works really well with the big body. For a big stout this is quite drinkable, a very good example of the style with some nice stuff going on behind the ubiquitous coffee/chocolate.

EricCioe, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of etaggie09
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance: very deep black. pours with a two finger head that dissipates to an 1/8" cap and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

nose: this honestly smells like chocolate tequila to me. that isn't to say that it smells alcoholic because it doesn't. it just smells like you took that salty, limey, agave taste and smell of a good blanco tequila, threw in some chocolate and voila! It also smells a little bit like brandy. Again it reminds me a lot of liquor, but it is not alcoholic or offensive. It really seems like it has just removed brandy's and tequila's base aromas and just removed the alcohol. Enjoyable to me because I love to drink both brandy and tequila.

taste: it was very roasty and bitter at first, but it rounds out quite nicely as it warms. it definitely keeps that roastiness aspect, but it becomes more milky and choclatey. It sometimes does relay the notes that are in the smell. A little saltiness and limeyness come through. Very enjoyable.

mouthfeel: viscous, but not like motor oil. decent amount of carbonation, too, which is very nice. i can't really find anything wrong with the mouthfeel. It's really top notch.

Overall: this is a damn fine stout. It's kind of one of those situations where it's a technically great interpretation of the style that just lacks a little oomph to push it over the edge, but not like Flying Dog's Raging Bitch was for me. This beer was also genuinely enjoyable from a less intellectual place than the raging bitch was. In all honesty, I would definitely tell someone who was looking to get into stouts to try this one first. It hits a lot of notes that other stouts do and it does them all very well with maybe just a tad too much restraint.

etaggie09, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B

A - Black body with a tan head

S - Chocolate and roasted malt

T - Milk chocolate and some hop bitterness

M - Alcohol is well hidden with the sweetness. Very smooth but slightly on the thin side

D - Low carbonation and thin mouthfeel makes this one pretty easy to drink

DNICE555, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a review for their 2010 edition. This might be the first beer that, year to year, I noticed changes in - in flavor and body.

Gotta drink this at damn near room temp. Finding this out with a lot of ('high gravity') brews.

Ranks among the blackest beers around. Often starts with a swell of foamy mocha head (if poured well) only to collapse under the weight. Can't recall significant lacing from any of the 174 bottles of this I've consumed. The blackness wins me over.

Heavy booze should be the first thing you detect. When warm, a stark and enticing blend of dark bitter roast - somewhat coffee-ish - and some thin molasses and black licorice waft noseward. A little tough to tell if some of the bitterness comes from the hops, but it's pleasant all the same.

The flavor is what you might expect and hope for from a well-crafted, workman-like RIS - this 2010 is not the best I remember. Much of what I described in the aroma hold at a similar moderate intensity in the taste, with the light yet rich molasses sweetness and, of course, ethyl coming to the fore. Wouldn't say there's true 'chocolate' notes in there, and that's something that seems to vary year to year.

Luckily, despite the dominating presence of alcohol, it never stings or burns (even in the finish) and the smooth and thinly velvety malt base helps balance it all out wonderfully. A digestif or special treat is the best way to enjoy this. Can't beat the price, either.

Bouleboubier, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of engagechad
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap at capital ale house innsbrook - richmond va - snifter

Pours a deep thick black (imagine that!) with a dark brown head. Beautiful stout. work of art.

Smells roasty and choclatey, not like sweet chocolate but that dark cocoa smell. Very nice.

Taste follows well, very roasty and thick, sipping beer for sure.

Feels a little boozy as did the bottle version. Very good beer but it could use some refining on the abv feel.

Overall this is an amazing stout, however If i'm getting an RIS it's Raspy over this for sure or smutty.

engagechad, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Grunewald
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 355ml bottle into a goblet. Opaque black with mocha toned head.

S - plums and molasses, hint of coffee

T - very much like a tart dark chocolate (80%+ coca)

M - smooth with light carbonation on first sip, dry bitter finish

D - a great sipping beer, great for a single serving

Grunewald, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 9/15/2010(over 2 years). Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, earth, and light coffee. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, raisin, prune, toast, molasses, earth, and light coffee. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, prune, raisin, char, roast, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Good depth and balance of flavors; no cloying on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. Good depth, complexity, and balance of flavors; fairly smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable to sip on slowly.

superspak, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of gabe23
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Black as night with a light brown head that fades quickly. Copious lacing throughout, but it doesn't last much longer than the head.

S - Dark chocolate first and foremost, along with roasted malt bitterness and dark fruit tones. A slight soy sauce aroma is present also. Alcohol definitely shines through as well.

T - A little smoky bite of roasted malt goodness at the front. As the carbonation settles around the tongue, bitter dark chocolate takes over. Black coffee, alcohol heat, and a slight fruitiness finish it off. This is a big, flavorful beer!

M - Thick, rich, and syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

D - Flavor wise, this is a very balanced and drinkable stout. If you're the type of person to down several RIS at a sitting, then this one should fit the bill. I personally enjoy savoring one bottle and that's about all I can handle due to the richness and ABV.

gabe23, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of amcmaho1
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to injuredreserve for getting this beer to me.
2010 vintage, poured into oversized wineglass
served cool, and is wonderfully warming up and showing off it's complexities.

Appearance: Seems pretty typical for a R.I.S, in that there's a very opaque black/ dark dark brown body, with some delicate coffee-colored head. As it pours, the head definitely has some gusto, and sticks around for a bit before mellowing out to bordering the rim of the glass. Definitely a very attractive beer!

Smell: Right off the bat there is some definite cocoa/ chocolate, along with black licorice, tobacco smokiness, lots of roasted malt obviously, and a little bit of alcohol heat. Seems to be really nicely balanced, or at least not chocolaty to the point of overpowering the other nuance-flavors there. Nice hop profile as well.

Taste: Nice amount of chocolate in the middle and after-taste, along with more roasted malt sweetness and some smokey almost tobacco like taste. There is a little bit of alcohol heat in the aftertaste, perhaps just a typical burn, but it seems mild (dangerously so). Again, the hop profile is assertive, but not overpowering. The chocolate seems to be most prominent on the aftertaste, which i like, for it allows all the other flavors here to shine through.

Mouthfeel: This isn't necessarily the highly viscous, oily, and tarry RIS that many seem to gravitate towards. This beer has a medium heavy body, still holding it's own and staying true to style, while remaining smooth and devoid of any cloying sweetness or stickiness. With the amount of hop bitterness present here, there's not one single flavor taking control, and that balance holds out to the mouthfeel too. Balanced, full, and not tormenting.

Drinkability: I can definitely see why this beer is regarded as highly as it is. It exemplifies the style with some smoothness and swagger, and makes for a very accessible RIS. I will certainly seek out future trades for more of this beer!

amcmaho1, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of EPseja
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature in a Duvel tasting glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark umber brown color with crimson highlights, leaving the bottle with a curious viscosity. The head is slow to rise but when it does, it puffs up to a full three fingers of cocoa colored micro-bubbled wonderment! As it *very slowly* subsides to an even carpet, the bubbles stick to the side of the glass with an incredible tackiness that eventually forms velour drapes of lacing. In the glass, there is no overlooking the opaque blackness from whence came that part of this beer's name. Absolutely fantastic!

S - As with the obvious "black" in the appearance, the chocolate nose is very strong in the smell. Also noticeable are hints of sweet pralines, molasses, a tinge of coffee, and a foreshadowing of the alcohol to come.

T - The chocolatey toasty malts jump out of the gate with serious conviction upon taking a swig. Dark, high cocoa percentage chocolate is the predominant taste in the middle. As this beer reaches the back of the throat, a pleasant bitterness dries up the mouth and a port-wine style alcohol becomes evident. The swallow is followed up with a sweet, but mild post-dark-chocolate cloying coupled with an interesting licorice-herbal essence.

M - This beer goes in with a serious viscosity that's ladened with a pleasant, tingly effervescence. In the mouth it transforms into a chewy whipped foam remesniscent of a light chocolate mousse. The finish is throat coating and big, leaving a light tingle on the bitter part of the palate as well as a warming alcohol in the belly. Oh so nice!

D - This is a fantastic and very satisfying beer -- without a doubt one of the best in the Brooklyn stable. What it lacks in taste and smell complexity (which isn't that much at all) it makes up for in superb look and feel. This beer should be a definite inclusion in everyone's winter beer stash.

EPseja, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of hmf05
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours stout dark with a two finger tan creamy head that seems to be sticking around. Aroma is chocolate malt balls, grains, dark chocolate, and some dark fruits. Smells amazing. Taste is dark chocolate all the way. Nice and sweet, yet noticeably bitter. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but not overwhelming at all. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with tepid carbonation. Overall, very nice brew. My main complaint is that this is pretty one dimensional. The dark fruits that came through in the aroma are nowhere to be seen in the taste. Bitter dark chocolate is the most dominant flavor here. Nice for the price, but there are many other RIS/Chocolate Stouts that are better.

hmf05, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of thegodfather1076
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Bottle and Label are just classy. Color scheme simple and elegant.

Appearance - Pours a thick oily dark dark brown almost black color with a 2 finger thick brown head that hangs quite a while before finally dissipating into a nice think foam coating. Has very good lacing left on the glass the entire way down.

Smell - Smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee malts. Has some hints of dark fruits as well. Alcohol is very prevalent in the smell.

Taste - Tastes of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate with the bitterness coming from the coffee malts. Alcohol is very well masked in the taste considering how prevalent it is in the aroma.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, smooth, and filling with little carbonation.

Drinkability -This is a beer that I could only have a few of because of the filling heavy nature and high alcohol content.

Very flavorful and complex beer that I enjoyed overall. For some reason this was beer was a bit much for me, however, it was a nice change of pace from my typical IPA drinking tendencies.

thegodfather1076, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hooray for Brooklyn!!! This chocolate stout is terrific. Total chocolate aroma. The taste is of you guessed its chocolate maybe lil espresso.The appearance is blackout.Doesn't have a long lasting head.O well Boo-hoo.I'm drinking it slowly and enjoying every bit of it.This is the second beer I've had by this brewery.And Im starting to like this a lot.

BrewStoutMagic, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of OnThenIn
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer had a dark tan head a finger high that stuck around for a bit with an aggressive pour. The body was a dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit it.

Smell: The smell was of chocolate, molasses, alcohol, and a bit of coffee.

Taste: There were definite roast qualities, but chocolate really took the center of the stage. There was hoppy bitterness, but it was in perfect balance. Residual sweetness and coffee flavor were both present. There was an alcoholic presence, but it was not offensive in the least.

Mouthfeel: The beer was full bodied, but the carbonation was on the higher end of the style which seemed to work perfectly to keep the beer full bodied, but not feeling like motor oil on the tongue.

Drinkability: This beer is surprisingly drinkable and just an overall treat. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the price was quite reasonable as well.

OnThenIn, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of cps98
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ended up splitting a case of this with my good drinking buddy. A great deal for me!

A – Black as night with a thick 2 finger toffee colored head.

S – Sweet chocolate and light on the coffee

T – Dark chocolate was the power packing force in this one. Light coffee undertones from the roasted barley.

M – Super smooth a very nice blend of sweetness and alcohol. Medium bodied.

O – Overall a really nice stout that’s big on the chocolate. I will continue to enjoy as I work on this case!

cps98, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presented as 12 oz bottle, limited bottling winter 04-05.
poured a black color with tannish head. The smell is roasty with distinct chocolate overtones. (Dove dark chocolate??). taste is as of a stout with chocolate ine the back of the mouth, leavinfg an enjoyable mouthfeel. 8.5% tells me one is enough. A truly enjoyable beer.

tgbljb, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of elniko
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

A: As expected motor oil black with tan head slightly bigger than in typical RIS. Nice looking brew.

S: Some alcohol hotness apparent, as it warmed mostly sweet chocolate tones with a touch of dark fruitiness as well.

T & M: Roasty chocolate tones, full bodied. On the sweeter side of the RIS equation although there is some pleasant bitterness on the finish. Silky mouthfeel.

D: One of the more drinkable RIS that I've encountered. Very glad that I tried this brew.

elniko, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a complete 3000 mile motor oil black. Smell is that of roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is mainly of bitter chocolate mixed with a combination of roasted malts. A very strong alcohol taste is present. I wish they would have masked the alcohol a little better. Maybe next year. Mouthfeel is very full and thick. Very pleasing for a stout. Drinkability isn't the best because of the very apparent alcohol presence. A pretty good stout, and I'd try it again.

DrinkinBuddy, Jan 05, 2008
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,561 ratings.