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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,503
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 296
Gots: 857 | 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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Photo of bigaltemple


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz. bottle/Winter 11-12

A - Pitch black in color. Creamy, three-finger tan head slowly settles to half-finger width that provides some moderate lacing.

S - Oh, this smells good. As advertised, dark malts, and bitter chocolate. Cocoa nibs, and mild hint of dark fruits.

T/M - Follows the nose well. Chocolate dominates with some sense of caramel. Coffee comes through as well. Finishes with a bit of bitterness that makes me want to have another drink. Would probably come across as too sweet if the carbonation wasn't right on. It really keeps this from being syrupy.

O - Really well done. Will gladly be looking for more of this one.

01-24-2012 02:14:07 | More by bigaltemple
Photo of Jim_Benz


4.11/5  rDev -1%

My wife and I each drank one bottle (2013) in tulips, served at cellar temp--around 58° F (or a little less).

Appearance--dark chocolate black topped by a one inch head of milk chocolate foam-- very appealing and rich-- the head dissipated in about two minutes, maintaining a rim around the edges throughout. I forget any distinctions about the lacing.

Smell--alcohol and dark chocolate, mostly bitter but rich and tempting.

Taste--same as the nose, like 80% cacao dark chocolate lightly (or barely) sweetened with grain alcohol. In fact, the flavor of the alcohol seems to play a major role in both taste and bittering. No real hints of coffee; not much taste of roasted grain outside of the chocolate flavor; hops indiscernable. Not incredibly complex but perfect in its own way. Very tasty and decadent. Dry and bitter on the finish, but somewhat cloying on the tongue without being particularly sweet in any way.

Mouthfeel--medium to full body, more carbonation than I expected, less creaminess. As it warmed and the carbonation lessened, it became a little smoother but not much.

Overall--a very good, very rich imperial stout that drank just like its name implied. The 10% ABV packed a punch, but it also provided a distinct flavor that accentuated the chocolate beautifully. I'm curious to see how this one ages--will it become more complex; will the alcohol/chocolate bitterness soften into something a bit mellower and roastier; will it develop a creamier body? I guess time will tell, but it'll be worth drinking either way.

01-03-2014 16:40:54 | More by Jim_Benz
Photo of kennymule


4.11/5  rDev -1%

A- Pour is black as night with slight head which quickly vanishes.
S- chocolate and coffee.
T- Sweet, almost too sweet, chocolate and roasted coffee and bitter finish. Quite a bit of alcohol on the finish as well.
M- Medium
O- I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but this is a pretty good one. At 10% I won't be slamming them down.

05-12-2013 17:00:44 | More by kennymule
Photo of Alextricity


4.11/5  rDev -1%

$2.19 single bottle poured into a shaker pint (the good glasses were dirty!)

Appearance: As to be expected for the style, pitch black. A pretty dark brown head sits on top, and is about a finger in height. Dies down fairly quickly. Some really nice lacing for the first half of the glass or so, which I wasn't really expecting. A pretty great looking beer. Carbonation is surprisingly high on this beer, and you can see quite a few bubbles streaming through.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roast, coffee... some of the usual suspects from such a beer. Surprisingly sweet aroma. This also has a tinge of alcohol in the aroma. Dark fruits come through a little bit as it warms, but not much.

Taste/feel: First thing I noticed was the carbonation -- it's actually pretty high, and I wasn't expecting that at all. There's a pretty full body, but it's not as thick as some other RIS's I've had. There's a bit of booze flavor, and a slight warmth. Alcohol isn't entirely well hidden, but I don't expect that in an Imperial Stout. The thing I like most about this beer is, well... a lot of things. First of all, like I said, I appreciate that it isn't syrupy thick/sweet. I get that in some of the critically acclaimed RIS's, and I don't like that too much. Additionally, although the smell isn't something you probably haven't smelled from another quality RIS, this is just that, a quality RIS. A lot of chocolate, coffee, and roast in this, and it makes me want to dive in. As much as I like this beer, I was expecting a bit of a chocolate bomb given the name. There's definitely a chocolate presence (especially in the aftertaste), but not as big as I figured there would be.

An excellent RIS that could easily be year round... the price is also damn hard to beat. One of the cheapest RIS's I've purchased, and nearly the best.

10-27-2013 02:32:41 | More by Alextricity
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a snifter, winter 2013-2014 vintage. This one is indeed dark, pitch opaque black with nary a ray of light passing through, with a halo of dark brown foam rimming the glass but otherwise no real head to speak of. Aroma is equal parts roasted, sweet, and floral/fruity, which is unexpected and quite pleasing. Some wood char and dark roast coffee jump out initially, with the latter carrying over onto the palate, burnt toffee, chocolate-covered raisins, and bright floral hops at the end of a sniff, really appreciating this latter element. The taste is well-rounded and mellow despite the bevy of dark malts and roasted grains advertized on the label, the alcohol is almost perfectly concealed (particularly considering this is an imperial stout!) and the flavors are aforementioned dark but smooth instant coffee, toffee, pancake batter, raisin, and baker's cacao mixed with milk. Just the barest tinge of ash at first, although this effect does emerge over time. Finishes quite sweet and here's where one does get a slight hint of alcohol. This is quite thick on the palate but the beer somehow goes down as lighter than it is. Careful or the high ABV will sneak up on you. This beer has won numerous awards and I can see (taste) why. Nothing to criticize here although some may want an Imperial stout to translate as hotter and more aggressive. Truthfully, there is something to be said for such an artful and skilled approach as this.

08-05-2014 02:54:30 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of slimstout


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Winter 09-10

Appearance: Thick, black (and still black when held up to light). Four-finger head.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, a lot of fruity scent (like plums), vanilla, booze.

Taste: The taste improves and grows richer as it warms. Dark chocolate (as might be expected), malt, booze, vanilla, caramel, toffee, prunes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated... much less than what I'd expect with the amount of head I poured. It's thick and fairly smooth. The mouthfeel also improves as it warms, it feels more smooth and mellow as it gets warmer, less sharp.

Drinkability: It's disappearing surprisingly fast.

05-06-2010 21:31:36 | More by slimstout
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a two finger fluffy caramel colored head. To say there's a lot of lace is a serious understatement.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a nice malty and licorice background.

Taste: Smokey chocolate the finished very clean malty back. This is not Rogue, Youngs, or Southern tier, so don't expect yoo-hoo but expect a nice chocolate undertone.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet finishes very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable heavy stouts available (ie non milk/cream stout or dry irish stout).

Note: This is definitely "old reliable" for me, it's always on the shelf. This beer is also great for introducing people to heavy stouts.

03-28-2010 21:59:05 | More by BigIrishman
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up a single bottle for 1.99...

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice...

A- Thick black opaque liquid. A nice tan head emerges after the pour leaving an incredible amount of lacing on my glass.

S- Smell was of chocolate, oak, and some vanilla. Some hops present in the nose as well.

T- Taste was very bitter. Hops, roasted malts of all types and flavors- chocolates, cocoa, coffee, and others. This is not for the faint at heart.

M- Mouthfeel was harsh and left a burning sensation for the duration of the entire consumption. Sticky and thick a long the tongue and lips.

D- This beer is a great treat with a dessert. Do not drink more of two of these in a sitting unless you plan on going to sleep. Highly tasty.

03-10-2008 00:49:54 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Photo of Chinon01


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance - Black. No light penetration. Thin, pretty, khaki, espresso, colored head. Spotty lacing.

Nose - Anise, milk chocolate, hazelnut, burnt sugar, mild roasted notes.

Taste - Similar to nose with noticeable bitterness creating coffee sensation. Some cherry and blue fruit and high acidity.

Mouthfeel - Suffers from acidity

Drinkability - Only decent due to style.

12-02-2008 00:11:58 | More by Chinon01
Photo of Erish


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: pitch black as advertised, espresso foam colored head, thick cap, very good lacing.

S: dark, sweet, bread-like malt, Germanic yeast funk, molasses, coffee and chocolate in the background, wisp of vanilla. I swear this smells just like a Dopplebock!

T: the funk flashes right up front, then a luxurious blackberry, cherry, plum, and malty sweetness hits, the middle starts with an alcohol burn, quickly followed by coffee, chocolate, molasses toasted oak, and licorice, the long finish features a lingering caramel sweetness, a smoked wood finish, and a gentle but persistent herbal and orange peel hop note. Smells like a Dopplebock, tastes like a great RIS should. The alcohol burn keeps this from getting a 5.

M: full-bodied, almost syrupy, moderate carbonation. Beware, this beer is a palate crusher!

D: There is so much that I love about this beer, but the alcohol taste is off-putting. The way it overwhelms the palate puts this beer in the realm of 2-hour sippers.

12-16-2010 02:37:55 | More by Erish
Photo of endincolorado


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance- Thick, black syrupy body with an impressive, dark tan head that settles slowly. Nice lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt is powerful, with a faint toast, dark chocolate, and a good hop-dryness to balance.

Taste- Dark chocolate is evident initially, followed by some very tasty toasted black malt, faint coffee and a great hop bitterness. Dark chocolate lingers on the palate along with a slight tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- full bodied, with a satisfying, creamy texture that complements the flavors well. Appropriate (not a whole lot) carbonation.

Drinkability- Heavy and bold, but a well-crafted brew. [with a nice price tag]

11-11-2009 23:04:27 | More by endincolorado
Photo of erikwibaeus


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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!

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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