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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,379 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,379
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 277
Gots: 823 | FT: 48
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of misterjeb

South Carolina

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

This was one of the first chocolate stouts I've ever had. Poured into a 24 brandy snifter for the lazy swirl. Jet black with tan head.

Smells of yoohoo thin chocolate. Alcohol fumes - I like it.

Tastes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a creamy malt smooth finish, bitter lingers.

Drinkability good, short session this one and pair with dessert, its beddy bye time.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 00:38:13 | More by misterjeb
Photo of MbpBugeye


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

Ive had this one many times, I just havent gotten around to reviewing it. I actually havent had it to myself yet, its always been when I have been out with friends hanging out. Ive actually been known to drink this from the bottle on occasions where glasses werent available.

A- Nice tall, frothy khaki colored head leaves absurd lacing. Its more like a thick coating of primer that goes 3/4 of the way around the glass, only parting where I tilted the glass to drink. The head fades down, but remains a thin film with a thick pad in the center, supported by the laser etching in my glass. The beer is a super dark, opaque black.

S- Really great smelling as well. Its very raisiny. Much like chocolate covered raisins. Coffee and creme, charcoal and roast, brown sugar, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and a sting of alcohol.

T- More bitter than the nose suggests. This is from a huge roastiness. Big levels of charcoal, ash and roasted malts. After the initial wave of roast breaks, a dark fruit sweetness comes in toe with a strong essence of licorice. The licorice becomes stronger until the finish which yields a little bit of drying cocoa powdery chocolatiness.

M- Full bodied, slick, faintly sticky. Alcohol is perceivable but it is by no means challenging to the palate.

D- Im pretty glad I got multiples of this, but really one is enough. This is a rich beer and it makes a great dessert or night capper.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 17:29:33 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of ghengisflan


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

Appearance: Among the darkest, most opaque black colored beers around.

Smell: Not much of an aroma. There's an underwhelming hint of cocoa bitterness, but nothing beyond that.

Taste: It lives up to its name; there is plenty of chocolate and plenty of variety in that chocolate taste, along, of course, with lots of roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very rich but not too heavy or thick.

Overall: Probably my favorite chocolate stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:39:02 | More by ghengisflan
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks go to Dreadnaught33 for sending this one as an extra as a trade.

Appearance: Black Chocolate Stout pours out nearly pitch black with about a finger of mocha colored head. The head retention is decent, and a thin film of head sticks around. There is only a bit of lacing that results.

Smell: Roasted dark malts and bitter dark chocolate are very prevalent on the nose. I also get a bit of hot alcohol and hops on the back end. Nice strong aromas.

Taste: Roasted dark malts and baker's chocolate assault the palate first, very nice. A bit of alcohol heat and a surprising amount of hops are on the finish. Overall this beer is a bit one dimensional with all of the chocolate, but it is balanced pretty nicely. Solid.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between medium and heavy bodied, and very creamy in the mouth. It has quite a bit of very fine carbonation that makes it very smooth. Man, I wish I had access to this beer so I could stock up for the year. I wouldn't mind having it in the fridge all of the time. Very drinkable for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:50:18 | More by zhanson88
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Chocolate Stout 10%, poured from bottle into XL snifter.

A - 1 finger light tan colored head, that recedes leaving some lacing and bubbles around the glass. Looks very thick and delicious.

S - As advertised, black chocolate dominates the nose with some chocolate malt, burnt brown sugar, plums and raisins.

T - Follows the smell, with more of a malty presence. Warming sensation from the alcohol that is very pleasant.

M - Good carbonation, the taste lingers for a while. Very creamy.

O - A delicious imperial stout that is also relatively affordable. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:31:30 | More by gregy55902
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz bottle, "Winter 03-04 Bottling". Dense, opaque black. Minimal head, quickly dissipated. Excellent lacing.

Nose: Hmmm. Might that be .... Chocolate? Who would have thought... Lots of chocolate. Definate coffee notes as well. Some roasty smells, but pretty well masked by the chocolate.

Taste: Creamy, malty almost syrupy. Very smooth. More roasted malt taste than was in the nose. The alcohol is definately there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with lots of body. Minimal carbonation. Very thick.

Overall: Very good. I am not a big chocolate stout drinker, but this was pretty tasty. Pretty drinkable. Definately recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 03:00:40 | More by isubsmith
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky black color. Nice lace finishes clean down the glass
rich chocolaty taste. Slightly bitter, and some sour notes.
Medium bodied with a bitter finish.
This beer really exemplifies an American style imperial stout. This beer is one of the east coasts finest selections of consumable liquids In the short, hard, cold days of winter in New England.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 02:08:36 | More by deanhead
Photo of BierReise


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

Finally got a chance to sample this thanks to a trade. Limited bottling '03-'04. Dark as night with maybe a tinge of garnet at the edges while held up to bright light. An inch of tan head is settling down quickly. Sensational aroma of bitter sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of licorice. Creamy and delicate mouthfeel. Flavor is definitely semi-sweet chocolate with a dry finish. This is a very nice stout and deserved of its praise.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 19:43:21 | More by BierReise
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New York

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color with no tinting around the edges, along with a finger-width creamy dark tan head that dissipates sort of slow leaving a bit of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Big and slightly bittersweet dark chocolate hits the nose first, accompanied by a hint of floral hoppiness, roasted malt, caramel and molasses with perhaps a hint of cinnamon. As it warms the brew smells sweeter.

T - The molasses, caramel and dark chocolate combine initially for a smooth, chewy and savory first wave that washes over the palate. This is followed by a flashing bite of hops and thick roasted malt that leaves a slightly dry and bitter taste which disappears quickly and is replaced by a creaminess as a result of the initial wave of combined flavors.

MF - Full-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Also quite thick, smooth and creamy as a whole.

D - Taste-wise I'd say very drinkable however it suffers in this department from the high ABV and heaviness on the stomach.

Notes - Quite a good brew overall I would say. I like the fact that there's a bit of hops in the taste, although this detracts from it's smoothness a bit (despite the fact that I still think the hops add a bit of character and depth to it). Well-crafted and very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 01:06:41 | More by Mazeraski
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking out of a crystal beer mug. The beer poures black with a small brown head , which recedes rather quickly to a thin lacing.
The smell is a strong promise of rich chocolate taste, which is certainly fulfilled after tasting the beer. Very rich dark chocolate, bittersweet with hints of coffee. The roasted malts give a dominant character. The mouthfeel is a dry finish . A very drinkable beer for the cold season, especially with the combination of a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:42:07 | More by Hopfenpeter
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a two finger creamy chocolate milk colored head. Nice retention and lacing. The aroma has dark sweet chocolate, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste has chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and raisins. A sweet beer, with bitterness provided by the coffee taste. A nice flavored beer, and I almost gave the next highest mark for taste, but decided against it due to the alcohol heat. This should age very nicely.

There is a sticky, chalky feel to this beer. Full bodied, creamy, modest carbonation, and the alcohol is not well disguised, which is unfortunate. I like this beer quite a bit, and am glad to have the rest of the 4 pack to finish. At $7.99, this beer is a steal. I think I will age some of this. I think it will be really good with about a year on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:59:58 | More by hardy008
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New Jersey

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

The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout emerges from the bottle thick, motor oil black, and with a thin brown head that quickly recedes to a ring of fine bubbles. The smell is rich, roasty and enticing while the flavor is complex and rewarding. This is a very big beer and the 10% plus abv, although ever present, is well balanced by the chocolate & burnt malt flavors and the dry finish. This beer seemed medium bodied with a prickly fine carbonation that made the beer seem lighter. A nice after dinner sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 05:32:50 | More by 86sportster883
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into a snifter.

pours dark brown but looks black in the glass. forms a pinky of creamy brown head that calms to a thin film right away. spotty lacing here and there.

smells like pumpernickel, kinda musty, and with a bit of alcohol presence.

holy good g*d d*mn is this beer rich. it could almost pass for barrel aged if it weren't for the lack of bourbon/oak flavor. this brew starts off with a ton of roasted, almost burnt malt, then comes in with some tart, dark fruity notes. cherry maybe? bitter dark chocolate pops up then fades into a dry bittersweet finish. not as malt forward as i was expecting, and the alcohol is barely noticeable.

full bodied, kinda chewy and has a finer co2 profile. very slight alcohol warming going on.

very drinkable considering the 10%, but this will catch up to you quick. a must for any stout lover and certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 03:42:05 | More by divineaudio
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for after Thanksgiving dinner. Poured into a pint glass, and the color seemed to be midnight black. One of the darkest beers that comes to mind. Very minimal head and carbonation. The smell was of roasted coffee. When this beer is served a bit on the cold side, the taste of bittersweet chocolate is prevalent. But as this beer warms up, the chocolate flavor mellows out a bit, to somewhere between cocoa and milk chocolate. At over 10% abv, I do not understand how easy this brew goes down. But that small part of my brain tells me not to have more than a couple. This beer is a perfect after dinner drink, or with dessert, or as dessert itself. This stout is by far my favorite offering from Brooklyn. I will look forward to it every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 00:10:55 | More by morebeergood
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 12oz bottle courtesy of schwaeh, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours pitch black with no light showing in the corners of the glass. The head starts dark tan but as you swirl it becomes two-tone with a deeper shade of brown. Great head lacing and alcohol feet.

S: Chocolate malt and alcohol esters, followed by a whiff of coffee and bitterness. There is a whisky-like quality to the nose, from the alcohol to the richness and sweetness, that I like.

T: Rich and drinkable. You can taste a little alcohol but there really isn't any heat. The sweetness comes through as milk chocolate, and the finish is bitter-sweet like a dark chocolate bar. There is some hop presence as well and it all meshes pretty nicely.

MF: Creamy and silky smooth, viscous and coating. Medium to full bodied.

O: Very good, glad I have another to age now. There are hints of dark fruit in both the nose and taste, which mixes very well with the chocolate and really covers up any bitterness. Overall a very rich and smooth RIS.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:03:44 | More by Scotchboy
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as a cloud covered midnight. No highlights, no gleaming no hint of light sneaking through anywhere. Some of the darkest beer I have ever seen. Creamy head measures about a finger and a half. Retention is rather decent and lacing exceptional.

Sweet caramel, chocolate and smooth roastiness. Pleasant boozy aroma I have grown to enjoy and expect from the style. If anything is lacking from the nose I would prefer to have a stronger roasted, charred malt presence.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors show first. Warming alcohol stops short of coming of as hot. Coffee flavors show up on the back end. While the hop characteristics are picked up the bitterness plays off the roasted characteristics providing more of a coffee like bitterness.

Full but not heavy body. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. My preference for the style is for a ever so slightly thicker body I feel that the body and flavor mesh remarkably well.

Fantastic brew, thank you to UA8 for supplying the opportunity to enjoy this one. I would love for this to be a winter staple but unfortunately it is not available in my area. Fine job and tremendous craftsmanship on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:04:28 | More by kzoobrew
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District of Columbia

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

Nice roasted malt-chocolate RIS, which out of the blue on an unexpected tap serving felt rather mighty.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. All that the table attendant was able to articulate was "Chocolate Stout" and added "Brooklyn" after asking if that was the brewery. Served into a pint shaker glass.

A - Black body, small dark brown-ruby edges with a small brown frothy head. Average retention with rich touches of lacing. I personally do not like pint-shaker glasses, and if at all possible I try to avoid them. But this is the best looking brew I have seen in one of these in a long while (Two-Hearted ale notwithstanding.)

S - Chocolate notes over roasted aroma and a touch of coffee, boozy hint.

T - Rich roasted flavor with chocolate highlights and a bitter finish capped by the alcoholic note.

M - Full body, creamy and thick feel with small but adequate carbonation.

D - A nice RIS, rich in character and a great sipper. A bit excessive on a pint glass and yet there was a second one coming.

Notes: Rich and reliable, a nice stout and a solid offering from Brooklyn, and quite a surprise on tap being rather rich and remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 05:28:12 | More by Daniellobo
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a rich, nearly opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is strong and inviting, like semi-sweet chocolate mixed with roast coffee. Flavor is chocolaty and has undertones of coffee and smoke, with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Texture is silky-smooth and has a good tingle. Lip-smacking and very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 01:51:18 | More by Cyberkedi
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New Hampshire

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

I had this beer on my 21st and thought it was the best beer I had ever had or will ever have...since then I've beefed up my beer resume and realized that while it's pretty good, its not the best.

That being said its s pretty good RIS. Its thick and complex a little chocolaty in the smell, but not overpowering in the taste. It has the little extra kick that a RIS should have over other stouts. It's a little more complex it has a little more of the undefinable substance that is needed in a RIS. The alcohol flavor is there (its 10% for crying out loud!)

One beer was plenty and the drinkibility suffers from the high ABV (but then again its a RIS, what did I expect).

Overall: Good to try, nice product, but with so many other RIS's out there, why stop here. Especially since I live 20 minutes from Portsmouth, the home of "Kate the Great"

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:31:42 | More by prattmeister14
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with two finger light brown head, leaves a thin ring and a sheet of lace. Smell: lots of dark and bitter chocolate over a little roastiness, light notes of prune and booze. Taste: bitter, dark chocolate, roasted and more roasted, overripe dark fruit, finishes with a touch of spicy hops and drying bitter chocolate + roasty coffee. A nice ris with heavy emphasis on the chocolate, and still at a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 05:54:59 | More by babaracas
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a true RIS.

Aromatics of heavy malt, baking chocolate and burnt sugar. As it warms, some alcohol rising.

Roasted malt flavor and soft bitter cocoa. Some dark fruit especially prune. Some smoke.

Has a dry wooden finish and the bitterness lingers. Not so much sweet as it is roasted.

No chocolate cake batter here or any creaminess, but pretty hot. Will put a few in the cellar. This however paired fantastically with aged gorgonzola and fig jam.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:13:41 | More by joeseppy
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours just about black, with some chestnut highlights and a rich, dark tan head, British khaki if you will. Leaves pretty nice lacing. Sexy looking beer if poured right.

Smells roasty and a little sweet, with hints of dark fruit and char. It also has that inky espresso/licorice bitter aroma that I can never quite put my finger on.

Taste is bittersweet in the best way. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hint of coffee and more than a hint of licorice. Flavor delivery is sometimes really concentrated and sometimes softer, balanced by a mild oatmeal sort of element. A firm hop presence reinforces the coffee/chocolate bitterness and lends a cool veneer. Finishes dry, almost chalky, with just a touch of syrupy chocolate at the back of the throat. Very well balanced, with not a hint of alcohol.

I know some have complained about the mouthfeel, saying it's thin, but I think it's fine. Medium-full with a big hearty oatmeal center. It's like the comfort food of beers.

Overall, this beer is delicious and drinks entirely too easily for a 10% impy stout. And a steal at $8-9 a four-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:14:24 | More by Mongrel
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Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We had this one about a year back, so it's interesting to see the palate-shift.

As the name suggests, it's a BLACK pour. No surprise there. There wasn't much head, which I'm beginning to learn isn't much of an indicator of anything when it comes to serious stouts.

The mild aroma lets the roasted malts come through.

This beer tastes less like chocolate and more like Marmite, with a hint of chocolate, which works.

Overall? A good beer that seems to be becoming more available. Try it, you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 08:37:50 | More by DrinkNewport
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from LetsPour.com for $6.25. Bottled in the Winter of 12/13.

Beer poured black with an ample tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is dark baking chocolates, dark fruits, with an ample amount of hops to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a brew that has American Stout written all over it but it has some Belgian influences with it's smooth dark fruit characteristics. Glad i had the opportunity to try this!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:36:39 | More by arizcards
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New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up the new 13-14 batch from of all places, Whole Foods in Union Square. At $8.99 for a four pack of a 10% ABV beer in NYC, I was pleased.

This poured a deep brown that bordered on muddy. Opaque just like an Imperial Stout should be. The head was subdued, a creamy beige color.

The smell produced dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malts. It reminded me more of a roasted coffee smell than of anything overly sweet.

The taste had more malts and black coffee. But as the beer warmed the rich chocolate sweetness started to show.

Mouthfeel was creamy and thick. I almost felt like I got a hit of fruit at the finish. The high alcohol content was pretty well concealed too.

Even though the name is Black Chocolate Stout, I picked up a bunch of malts and coffee is the smell and flavor. But this beer truly shines , and the chocolate comes out, after it beer sits for a few minutes. I have the 12-13 batch from last year that I am waiting to open to compare the two. Well done, Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 13:06:41 | More by WheelsPSU
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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