Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,888
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,009 | FT: 53
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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 beerinator
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- BLACK, creamy brown head.

Aroma- Sweet coffee bean smell, with a slightly burnt aroma. Like cold coffee beans.

Taste- Strong alcohol up front. Cold coffee taste, smoky. Full body, with slight lingering bitterness.

Notes- Great beer for coffee lovers who have healthy livers. Not a beer for session drinking. I could see myself enjoying this with a nice bowl of Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream.

Photo of angelmonster
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. No hops are really detected and alcohol is faint

Taste is of roasted, burnt malt. Some bitter chocolate and hops are also there. After beer starts to warm the alcohol becomes alittle apparent and I also get some dried prune or other dark fruit

Mouth feel is good. Beer is medium bodied with a nice syrupy consistency. Carbonation is sufficient.

Drink ability was good. For 10 percent, its not too strong, but its best consumed in a small quantity. The one I have is still pretty young, need to age acouple to see if they improve over time

Photo of VikingBeer
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 BeerRun13
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly black with a little garnet on the sides up against a bright light. This one has a deep tan, creamy head that leaves great lacing.
Smells nice. A good combonation of dark burnt chocolate and roasted grains.
Definitely has that dark chocolate flavor but with a touch of minty bitterness. Good flavor.
Full bodied... Duh. Goes down nice.
Good drinkability. I'd say this one is a good desert beer.

Photo of dmad50
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a major go-to for me during the winter months due to its pleasant taste and relative value.

Pouring my bottle into a snifter, the beer exhibits a tan head. The beer is nearly black in color. The mouthfeel matches this appearance with a heavy, think consistency. A slight dark chocolate can be noted along with a nice roasted flavor.

At $9 for a six-pack where I get it, this beer packs a nice taste the price.

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pours pitch black, no head to speak of, no internal carbonation, cannot comment on its translucency but really irrelevant

S: Cocoa powder, pure chocolate, also some coffee/espresso notes, fair traces of alcohol

T: Very similar to the nose, cocoa, espresso, alcohol to finish, but not too heavy, mild pepper notes as well

M: Very smooth and drinkable, just the right viscosity, not too heavy on the palate (even at 10% abv), not too lingering, mild espresso aftertaste

O: A great imperial stout, nice balance between espresso and cocoa elements, I'm still more of a People's Pint fan, but definitely a close second

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these from West Lakeview Liquors - my wife loves stouts and chocolate so it made sense.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumbnail of foam. Not as viscous and oily as some of the other stouts I've encountered.

S - I get more of a coffee flavor than chocolate, although there's certainly a hint of dark chocolate in there. There's also a hint of milky-cream as well.

T - This is where the real dark chocolate flavor comes out. There's also some roasted coffee taste. I'd probably rate this higher if I loved coffee or chocolate...

M - Lighter than I expected. Creamy and smooth.

D - I can't really taste the 10% too much, but I'd be on the floor after a handful of these.

A great brew - looking forward to trying other Brooklyn offerings.

Photo of kennylopez
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured year 11-12 bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: dark black in color with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: a heavy roasted malt character with a chocolate note that has a coffee hint.

Tastes: there is a light coffee taste over the sweet chocolate and roasted flavors. I get a cream taste in the middle that doesn't taste like a dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: there is a good carbonation in this brew with a little burn from the high ABV. but very enjoyable.

Overall: this is probably one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery that is readily available when it is in season, and I suggest hunt some out before its all gone. I will be getting more soon and next year as well.

Photo of thartman
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a Winter 07-08 vintage in an English Pint Glass. The color was black with a thin, light brown head. There were nice sticky lacings on the glass.

I noticed a smell of dark chocolate and cherries, somewhat sweet smelling.

The taste was complex, bitter like espresso coffee and unsweetened chocolate, roasted barley and malts, and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. There is a definite alcohol hit on the back of the throat. The flavor is bold and there is medium body..., and it mellows a bit as it comes up to room temperature, a very nice cold weather winter beer. I think I'll stash a couple away for next season.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours as black as can be, letting zero light through and with a frothy mocha head. smells like a white russian to be honest, milky and boozy, sweet. has an interesting chocolate taste to it, very very rich, and bittersweet at the end. my brother described it as "if hershey's special dark was even more special". there really is no other way to describe the chocolate in this beer, its s interesting. insanely strong beer that doesnt hide it particularly well, but i dont think it makes apologies for that. mouthfeel was heavyish, hard to drink a lot of beers with such little carbonation and heavy bodies, but a great holiday sipper.

edit: best consumer fresh, or relatively fresh. we opened a bottle from 2008 last night and it was way past its prime, thinned out and lacking the depth that makes this a classic. dont forget about this one in the cellar.

Photo of murrayswine
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had hugely high expectations, but I'm afraid I ruined myself drinking Oak aged Yeti tonight.

Poured an ultra dark brown with now head whatsoever.

The smell is of black coffee, pruned, slight unsweetened chocolate and dark bread.

The taste is beautiful, huge coffee, slight nutty malt with a creamy caramel sense. all in all the only big blemish is the really slight body texture, I expect more from a Imp Stout.

Photo of doughanson78
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black with some light coming through the edges. One finger mocha colored head with great retention and good lacing.

S: Huge roasted and burnt malts. Some light Dark chocolate notes. A touch of dark roasted coffee. This just smells black.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate upfront. Big roasted malts. Light coffee notes with a touch of bitterness. Finishes with a slightly charred malt flavor and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium full body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess. Alcohol sting in back of mouth and throat.

O: A good RIS. Nothing special except I guess it's easy to get and fairly cheap on the East Coast. Could use some age.

Photo of KKB
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like syrup as I pour it. Just about as close to being black as you can get without actually getting there. A nice tall...basically brown head. Looks tasty.

S - Delightful smell. Chocolate and coffee, charred malt, a little bit of licorice that could be brought on by the high ABV and thus the alcohol might be coming through in the nose a bit. Overall, very nice though.

T - I read a couple of my more respected reviewers before I set in on this beer, and one said that he thought the alcohol was too noticeable. I actually disagree, I think that the alcohol contributes to the flavor. The flavor is rather robust, even for a RIS. Coffee and chocolate dominate the palate. With chocolate definitely being the most prominent. Not much in the way of complexity, but sometimes simple is what you want. Tastes good brotha.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on, very rich, low carbonation, just the way that mama made it.

O - Overall this is good. I enjoy this and am not at all disappointed. Hooray for the Brooklyn Chocolate stout!

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clerk at a great local beer store recommended this one to me the other day. At $1.55 for a 12oz. bottle I thought, WOW what a deal for 10.6% alcohol.
This beer poors jet black with a decent brown head that slowly fades away. Smell is fairly sweet with chocolate/roasted malt overtones.
Taste is very smooth with a dark chocolate sweetness to it, slightly syrupy and plenty of the dark roasted malt. Overall it is well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick with plenty of alcohol packing a punch, although it is less than you would think. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a solid brew and a great value.

Photo of yeagerbm
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date- 2003-2004 season

Pulled this 6yo bottle out of the basement this evening to go with some homemade oyster stew I whipped up.

Pours BLACK with a thin tan head, not much carb remaining.

Smells like an old strong ale with notes of dried fruit, most of the roasty aroma is gone

Tastes like a nice roasty mixture of cold strong coffee, dry bittersweet cocoa and dried fruit

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with low carbonation.

Drinkability is fine for the style, very rich but good for sipping with some rich food. Overall very enjoyable.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark molasses color with no head whatsoever. Not quite what I expected, but not a bad looking beer.

Smell is chocolate, a little coffee, some molasses.

Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter and a lot of dark maltiness and is that a bit of fruit I taste coming through. There's some chocolate in there somewhere, but not enough to live up to the name. However, that said this is still a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is probably the most lacking aspect of this beer. It's good and thick enough, but just a bit on the flat side. This doesn't kill the beer, but could use just a bit more carbonation.

This is a good solid stout, not perfect, but definitely one tasty brew. I would drink it over and over again.

Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown with mahogany hues. very dark, almost black. small khaki colored head laces a bit.

smells of black chocolate, yah, but also licorice, dark roasted coffee, raisins, dark fruits.

tastes a bit of black chocolate, but more of a dark roasted coffee character is prevalent, and just like in the scent, there is some dark fruits and licorice. a bit of bitterness is there and alcohol is apparent. chocolate comes through more as the beer warms. a powdered hot cocoa flavor that dries the tongue.

mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to let you know it is there. nice.

drinks well now, but even better with age I would assume. alcohol is a bit hot, but not much more than expected.

Photo of DrewV
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (Winter 10-11 date) out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Pours a dark chocolate color into the glass and forms a solid 1-finger tan-colored head which dissipates quickly. Lacing is adequate, but less than other RIS examples I have drank.

S: Smell is restrained, but a definite nose of hops and cocoa can be detected. Sweet, roasty malts provide some backbone. Alcohol seems well hidden. Much sweetness leads the way.

T: Heavy, over-the-top roasted malt hits the taste buds first and lingers. A very thick body carries the flavors. Once again, the alcohol is very well hidden. As the beer warms, the coffee flavors become more pronounced, as does the chocolate (and the alcohol). Later, the aftertaste kicks in with a hint of hoppy bitterness after the "roast" disappears.

M: Low carbonation suits the beer well without leaving it completely flat. Slightly oily character throughout the body and into the finish. Extremely creamy brew. Very much like a "spiked" chocolate malted milkshake.

O: A very hearty brew, almost too hearty. Chewy, but with extreme flavor and depth. A surprise, considering the high ABV, which eventually shows its strength in the second half of the glass with some noticeable burn and warmth. Not quite my favorite RIS, but definitely a nice option every once in a while. [EDIT: This is quickly becoming my favorite RIS due to its creamy maltiness.]

NOTE: The first bottle out of this 4-pack was ridiculously hot with nothing but alcohol aroma and flavor. So I tried another bottle and was shocked at the difference. I have no idea why the two bottles were so different. Maybe the next two will answer that question. [EDIT: The third bottle was very creamy and not at all hot. Very creamy, smooth, roasty brew here.

Photo of jgagne
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a opaque black body, with a nice thick light brown creamy head.

S- very strong dark chocolate notes at the nose. Suttle hints of pine and citrus.

T-Very impressive balance of chocolate and coffee. Very deep toasty flavor. Flavor resembles more of a coffee stout instead of chocolate stout. Impressive.

M- light body considering style. Wish it was heavier. Although it he weight isn't ideal it does not take away from the beer.

O- Really enjoyable beer. Wonderful balance and delectable flavor. Great beer for a great price. Easily my favorite Brooklyn.

Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cappuccino colored head lingers for a long time. Jet black. Completely opaque.

S: smells like a dove dark chocolate bar. Maybe a little tobacco.

T: good full taste. Super smooth. The chocolate is a little too light. Nice and creamy though.

M: fairly chewy. Has a quick finish and leaves a nice semisweet aftertaste.

O: not a bad imperial stout. Wouldn't mind having it again and it is worth a try, but not something I will scout for.

Photo of joecast
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big black beer which pours not too thick and not too thin. Hefty dark brown head forms initially hen subsides to a thin lace.

Obvious chocolate influence in he aroma but plenty of roast for that stout heft and a bit of char and alcohol in the background.

Well rounded with lots of dark malt character. A bit grainy at times and some alcohol in the finish but generally a really fitting desert beer.

Photo of Boggdogg
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - excellent jet black color with light brown but small head and a thin layer of lacing.

S - the best part of this beer is the smell. The chocolates really shine here with a hint of hops. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

T - starts out sweet from maybe honey or something similar. Has a definite bitter dark chocolate flavor next and finishes with some hop tones. Great complexity in this brew.

M - full bodied thick feel. Finishes very dry.

O - outstanding beer. Very well brewed and high alcohol content. Highly recommended.

Photo of portia99
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (Winter 12-13 vintage) poured into a Brooklyn snifter. Had this so many times...can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet.

A - Pours an opaque black color with dark, molasses brown highlights around the edges. A short cap of somewhat fizzy head lingers briefly and dies to a small mocha collar...lacing is sparse around the edge of the glass.

S - Roasty, coffee, a bit boozy, some dark fruits, bakers chocolate and cocoa. The cocoa and dark fruits are the biggest contributors in the aroma here.

T - Quite roasty in character. Tons of black coffee and burnt grains. Some astringency and charcoal and dark fruits. Bitter chocolate and cocoa.

M - Full bodied. Lots of char and a fair amount of astringency. Chocolate is very much part of the profile, but I wouldn't call it the dominant feature. Carbonation is mid-level and a touch tingly. Dry cocoa powder feel in the body comes thru more as the beer warms up a bit.

O - Very good imperial stout...a classic for sure. I've had so many outstanding imperial stouts lately that this doesn't stand out from the crowd that much. Still very good, but perhaps "showing its age" as its been around a while and some of the other IRS's out there seem to appeal a bit more to me. I would never complain about having this, and would gladly have another - just doesn't stand out from the crowd anymore - at least to me.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a one finger greyish brown head.

S: Smell is definitely a bit faint, but what's there is really good. A sweet aroma with some chocolate, light roasted coffee and some raisin skin.

T: Opens with a big, roasted chocolatey note. Rich notes of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Some anise, espresso, and a nice touch of oats on the finish. A nice, velvety mouthfeel works really well with the flavors here. Really good.

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