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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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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 afksports
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying a year-old brew watching Brazilians dance on YouTube with my roommate and my neighbor when I'm supposed to be hanging with the woman. I'll have to note this in the man file.

That said, this dark brown to black body has a lovely lacing retention and clings to the glass, despite it's not so great head. The smell is pretty blasting, and nicely full of malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate, but also covered in booze. The taste is the same way, with booze present start to finish despite its well-crafted chocolately-profile. Hops kick in it too, working with the dark chocolate to bitter the finish.

Drinkability isn't its strong suite, but its tasty enough to return to, and the mouthfeel is about how big Russian stouts should normally feel.

Cheers to Mr. Oliver on this brew, one of the first I really enjoyed from Brazil. Err, from Brooklyn.

afksports, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of biophiliadude
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint

A: dark roast coffee, 1/8 inch head, patchy lacing

S: alcohol, chocolate cake, toffee

T: caramel, malt, toffee, waffles

M: smooth and creamy. Very Plesant

D: D: A delicious take on the RIS. Like a liquid chocolate cake, very smooth and a lot of flavors that changed slightly, some flavors exchanging prominence as my hands warmed up the glass. At almost 11% abv I can't think of a more agreeable "cold weather" beer. Highly Recommended!

biophiliadude, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Dark black in color with a tan head that provided nice lacing.

S= I smell the chocolate in this one but I also smell espresso beans which I like.

T= I taste bitter chocolate a little bit of fruit like prunes and the coffee flavor. It is also creamy in taste a little.

M= Thick full bodied beer pretty nice.

D= I would probably want to age this one a little more before I drink it again.

LiquidBread219, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz winter 06-07 bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl, thanks man. Obviously this was dark black. It smelled nice, chocolate. the taste was vinous sort of like Stone Russian. Fruity flavors, chocolate, a tad thin on the body for my taste but overall this was a nice easy to drink beer, especially since I split it with a friend. I have heard this is around $10 a six-pack which would make it an exceptional value if I had access to it.

12oz winter 08-09 bottle courtesy of vwcraig, thanks! Black as expected, really nice chocolate stout smell, nice taste of sweet fruit. This is good beer.

ArrogantB, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of trevorwideman
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to vanrassel for this bottle and the other one I'll try in a year or two...

Pours black as a foggy moonless night with a 1/2 inch lovely tan coloured head. Subsides slowly leaving some nice lacing. Intense aromatics! Dark fruity aromas that meld into herbal and medicinal aromas. Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts, brandy, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of alcohol. Wowee wow, and it's all there in full force, no subtlety here.

Taste is no less than the nose suggests, big and bold and brash and flavourful. Sour notes meld well with the bold roasted malt and dark chocolate/cocoa flavours. Fruitiness in the background, plums and raisins. Medicinal and herbal notes are prevalent as well. The flavours are there and they are amazing, but I find they don't meld together as much as they complement each other. Mouthfeel is about right, not overcarbonated, but enough to push the flavours around the mouth. Heavy heavy body as expected with a drying finish. More than one of these will knock you on your ass and make it hard to get up in the morning I'd think, but it goes down pretty well I'd say. I'm excited to see how this ages, well done Brooklyn.

Jan. 27, 2009 - Aroma is still intense as ever, but the carbonation and head have deadened quite a bit. Flavours are still balls-out with a slight hint of the papery edge that beers begin to get after a few years. Still a very enjoyable sipper though for a cold winter night.

trevorwideman, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of earthboundagain
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 batch of BCS. Poured into a snifter and tasted after 15 mins at room temp.

A- Well they got the black part right in the name. Decent head with some thin lacing.

S- Ok I get dark chocolate, dark fruits, espresso bean candy, and alcohol.

T- Ok we got some dark chocolate but not over sweet. Roasted malt is big with some dark fruit hiding in the background. Some coffee bitterness to balance the job, with a splash of good ole alcohol.

M- This beer is slick on the tongue, but very smooth. Carbonation is there, making this one easy to pour down your throat.

D- This one is easier to drink then most beers in its style. But do not be confused the alcohol is there and will creep up on you.

N- This is not as big and bold as some Imp stouts but it is an easier brew to have more then two at a time. This is no sipper but be careful or you may get smacked down. I will age this beer and see what a year does to it. 

earthboundagain, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of csmiley
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown, opaque color. Got a little less than an inch of head that stuck around for a while. Lacing was great. Picture perfect.

S - Chocolate comes across first but is quickly backed up by roasted malt. Espresso seems to round out the aroma profile.

T - Taste follows aroma. Chocolate - roasted malt - espresso. There is also a strong alcohol flavor. Pretty good balance considering the 10.6 %.

M - This one is really pushing the full bodied envelope. Carbonation is great.

D - It is big and strong. Proceeding with caution is a good idea. Having said that, I consider this beer to be really good...in moderation.

csmiley, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of DavidEddie
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07/08 bottle. A big thanks to JJ for this one!

Appearance - Inky jet black. Nice thick light brown head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Dark fruits, chocolate, burnt toast, and a bit of roasted coffee.

Taste - Dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, and dark malts. Flavors were bold but not obnoxious. Well balanced.

Mouth feel - Velvety and creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Too easy. Alcohol was not really to noticeable. I felt it almost had a Trappist ale quality to it, as was mentioned in a previous review. Highly recommend. Cheers!

DavidEddie, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of starkmarvelo
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout '11
Aged ~1yr (30 Sep 12)

A- Not much to look at. No head or lacing at all. Looks a lot like black coffee.

S- chocolate, dark fruit and alcohol sweetness.

T- bitter chocolate on the cold side, tons of dark fruit after it warms up. A lot of flavors hitting the palate, helped my the small bubbles, most are a sweet dark fruit flavor. Not much alcohol taste.

M- Surprisingly thin mouthfeel with moderate amount of carbonation.

O- tastes nothing like I remember. The dark chocolate flavors have faded and given way to a Complex dark fruit flavor. Given the thin mouth feel and the more fruity flavors that have developed, this could easily be mistaken for an Old Ale. Pretty good.

starkmarvelo, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of flannelman808
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The deepest Mars black with the most subtle ruby red highlight ever. This stuff is crazy opaque... Almost no light shines though (even on a tiny wine glass pour). It's topped with a tan head which has ok retention and pretty solid lacing.

S: Super duper rich milk chocolate bon bon (the legit french deal filled with chocolate mouse which is more dense than then our sun).

T: This stuff is crazy effing rich. Wow, I'm glad it's my dessert and I would recommend everyone else to look at it that way. Seemingly infinite layers of chocolate of varying cacao percentages. Hidden deeper, hop driven, bitter citrus peel (orange, lime) sneaks into the scene almost pushing the line between bitter and tart... awesome!

M: Devils food cake

O: This is truly a dessert beer. And it should make for the best vanilla beer float of all time. Sweet and bitter merge, finishing sweet (too much so but what the hell). A must try for lovers of the style!

flannelman808, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp. Deep, dark, almost black body with a large, thick, dense, creamy, milk chocolate brown head. Great lacing. Roasted barley, licorice, herbal-medicinal alcohol, dark sweet sugary fruits, and coffee on the nose. Roasted coffee bitterness at first, and then rich, rummy-sweet fruits flanked by herbal, warming alcohol notes. Dark, bitter chocolate settles in and the coffee and chocolate bitterness increase in the warming, numbing finish. Full-bodied with a velvety smooth feel. Will have to age a few to see if the bitterness settles down some.

alexgash, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with a large light brown creamy head that diminshed slowly with good lacing.

Heavy roasted chocolate malt aroma.

Medium to full body with a creamy texture.

Moderate bittersweet flavor with a moderate sweet finish of average duration.

This is a very good beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of counselor
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with an inviting creamy tan head. Smells of licorice, coffee, chocolate, deep, malty and slightly bitter. Smooth silky mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee, black roasted malts and hints of alcohol. A deep inviting beer that improvede as it warmed with more alcohol aromas and flavors of tobacco, raisin & toast. A very nice beer indeed.

counselor, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of LOCAL
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into goblet
08-09 release

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a small brown head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol nose.

Taste: wow, thats a lot of alcohol up front! Behind that there is tasty chocolate covered espresso bean.

Mouthfeel: This one hits the pallet kinda heavy and slightly syrupy. light to medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: With the ABV at 10% you can't have too many... ones gonna do it for me.

Overall: This is one for the cellar. I have 11 left and wanted to taste one fresh just to see what age will do to the rest. The cellar should work wonders on these bad boys. In time it has the makings of an extremely tasty, smooth, and creamy stout. I'll get back to this in 6 months or so for a check in.

LOCAL, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of wschmit
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010, 12 oz. into a Perfect Pint:

A: Pitch-black chocolate syrup body supports a creamy brown head that settles fairly quickly, leaving some sheets of lacing.

S: Pretty potent chocolate nose--about as strong as I've noticed--but without being sweet at all. A bit boozy and rum-like, with pleasantly burnt sugar notes. Very good.

T: The dryness is perfectly in line with the dark chocolate sensation. Otherwise, very solid roasted malt characteristic. It's just a bit too boozy tasting.

M: Smooth and round, but as mentioned, a touch alcoholic. Good carbonation for the style.

O: A great beer, one of those that really embodies a chocolate stout for me. Probably not world class, but definitely an exemplar, and not a bad value for the quality and the ABV. Everybody should drink this beer.

wschmit, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a very dark brown color, and has a small dark tan head. Very dark beer, no light is able to pass through it. The head also left decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - The smell is sweet and boozy. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. This beer smells pretty good.

T - Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate up front. There is a good sweetness to it which is balanced by a good amount of roastiness. There is also some alcohol presence that is noticeable.

M - This has a rich and creamy mouthfeel. It has a full body, and good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and has a slight warming quality.

D - I think this is a really drinkable beer. It has a full body, but it seems to go down a lot easy than some stouts. It doesn't have the rough bitterness that I have experienced with some other stouts, and also it masks its alcohol content quite well. I will definitely pick more of this up

JizackFH, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of bigaltemple
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bigaltemple, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Jim_Benz
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Jim_Benz, Jan 03, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kennymule, May 12, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$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.

Alextricity, Oct 27, 2013
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 05, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

StandupandStout, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of slimstout
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

slimstout, May 06, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

BigIrishman, Mar 28, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 10, 2008
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,561 ratings.