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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,136
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 6,136 | Reviews: 2,730
Photo of indiapaleale
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours black, dark black. Its thick, rich and black. I don't think light could get though this, it reminds me of crude oil. The head on this clings tightly to the side of the glass and is the color of espresso foam. This one also has the oily look on top of a high octane shot of coffee.

First whiff is alcohol but quickly followed malty sweetness, chocolate, licorice and very, very cooked, sweet apples. You can really really tell that this is a high alcohol beer, its kind of hard to disguise a beer thats almost 22 proof!

Tastes amazing. I can't imagine how much malt goes into this beer. How do you get such a dark beer that is so rich in taste and high in alcohol without dumping an absolutely ridiculous amount of malt into the mash. Wow!

After lots of small sips the head of this beer is still present. I love that. Each taste of this beer really shows its complexity. Its a strong bitter chocolate taste followed by an alcohol aftertaste one second and then some black coffee. Its incredible how much is packed into each little mouthful.

This is NOT some weak "chocolate-flavored" stout. This is a hardcore, pitch black, alcohol-enraged tribute to the Czar!

Photo of StargherKing
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little confused on this one, expected a Chocolate Stout, but it's listed as a Russian Imperial on here. Let's see...pours a dark black with coffee colored head...that could go either way. Smell is dark and malty, hints of hops...that leans more towards Russian Imperial...here comes the true test. Coffee, malts, cocoa...and hops. Russian Imperial it is, haha. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with just a hint of an oily feel. Drinkability is good, especially for such a rich beer. I don't know that I'll pick this up again, but I wouldn't pass it up if offered one.

Photo of decimator
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a Stella Artois goblet. ABV 10%.

A - Poured a nearly black opaque dark brown with a 2cm milk chocolate head. Head slowly reduces and there's good lacing.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, some toasted bread, some dark fruit, and some alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, dark chocolate, some toast, hint of fruit, bitter hops and some booze.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, syrupy, some heat in the finish.

O - A bit boozy but it's pretty well balanced. Easy to drink for sure.

Photo of bobsy
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a velvety black with a large creamy head that billowed to the top of the snifter, and elegantly dropped to a substantial film, leaving patchy sheets of lace. Truly a beautiful imperial stout, that ties in well with the wonderful label design, and emphasises the decadence of this beer. The aroma is also a killer, as nice chocolate notes jump out, but don't dominate, and are then joined by a light coffee roast, raisins, figs and alcohol. As with all imperials this becomes stronger as it warms, and asides from the evident alcohol it makes for a tempting drink.

With many chocolate themed beers, the chocolate is poorly done, because its over-emphasised and can often end up tasting like extract, even when its not. Not so with Brooklyn, where the dark chocolate is expertly integrated into a formidable imperial stout profile. Lots of dark roasted coffee, rich stone fruit and raisin mix in with some awesome dark chocolate. Its an incredibly drinkable concoction and the only detracting factor is a slightly apparent alcohol, which dies with age. Even with a year on it this beer is phenomenal, and more is gravy, but fresh is still commendable and a fine imperial stout. This is all aided by a full and slick mouthfeel which amps up the decadence and matches the flavours excellently.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is seen as a classic, and deservedly so. It has an immense reputation for it cellar potential, it's a darn site cheaper than a lot of other highly regarded imperial stouts, and it drinks like a doozy. Bobsy approved.

Photo of ElGuapo
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

boy oh boy is this black. dark as midnight with a good brown foam atop this one. lots of hops in the aroma to accompany the chocolate, dark malts, and coffee.

very rich and smooth with very little carbonation, this is just great to drink. there is not a lot of chocolate in the flavor, but there is a great presence of hops that makes it very interesting. coffee and burnt malts dominate the flavor. this is one fine stout.

Photo of akahn
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start out by saying that this is my first imperial stout, my first chocolate stout, my first beer remotely like this. The first one of these I had I didn't really like. But it grew on me. Here is my review.

Marked for winter '05-'06.

This beer is very dark, nearly obsidian, but with some faint red hues. It pours into my tumbler with a modestly-sized creamy brown (as in brown sugar) head with lots of crazy lacing.

The nose is spicy, bitter chocolate and nutmeg.

The taste is bitter, bittersweet chocolate. This, mixed with the spiciness (nutmeg, cinammon flavors? maybe brown sugar too?) makes it like mexican chocolate. At the finish, the alcohol comes to the fore. It is warm and spicy -- the interaction of the spiciness of the alcohol and the spiciness of the actual flavors in the beer is interesting. Notes of caramel and some roastiness, too.

Low carbonation, very full body and very smooth.

This beer is so sweet that it leaves my lips feeling sticky (it is more of a richness than a sweetness). I don't get that with most beers I drink (granted, I've mostly drank paler beers).

This is a tasty beer. It took me a few to get acquainted with it, but in the end, very good. I like. I recommend. And it was good with Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, too. It's so rich that I can't give it very high marks for drinkability, but one is certainly good.

Photo of B33R501
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best label in the business. simple, elegant, sexy, i call this "big sexy". this beer is black, big creamy mocha head, retension, lace.
big whiff of chocolate, tastes follows with a nice, slightly fruity finish. drinkable, should max at two though, im the knucklehead who drinks 3. well, this beer definitely has "hammerability". recommended.

Photo of bbeane
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured in to a 16oz tumbler. Small brown head, not quite one fingers thinckness. The actual brew is black. No light is seen when held up to the ceiling

S- Slight toasted aroma, but can definately smell the chocolate over top of it

T- Tastes good. Definate chocolate taste followed with a malty finish. Can't taste the 10% abv

M- Thick and chewy with very little carbonation. Can still feel the beer clinging to the inside of your mouth after swallowing

D- Doubt I could sit and drink them all night long, but definately would go for a second and third helping


Photo of butters_mcgee
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of macesq
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Winter 07-08 bottling...

A - Slight but impressive rich tan head, less than one fingers worth... Jet black color with slight but distinct carbonation... Nice lacing...

S - Banana... Rich creamy sweet chocolate... Malt... Toffee... Slightly nutty... Melted butter... Rich, complex, and utterly delightful to the senses...

T - Sweet chocolate... Bitter chocolate... Malt... Butter... Licorice... Nuts... Toffee... Sweet, sweet, sweet... Right to the brink of overdone, but note quite...

M - Sinfully rich, but still surprisingly light... Creamy... Burnt characteristics... Lush and thick... Oily... Very mild carbonation on the tongue... Ever so slightly tart...

D - Excellent brew... Almost too sweet... Rich... One and done due to the hgh ABV, but one I would revisit time and time again...

2009 - Very consistent year of year... Still a highlight of the late fall / early winter season...

Photo of devilben02
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I always look forward to this release. Pours a deep, dark brown (almost black) with a thin, medium-brown head. There is not much to the aroma, but what is there is full of bitter chocolate and coffee with a caramel sweetness and a bit of straight-up booze. The flavor is delightful, with the bitter chocolate being featured, and there is a bit of a spicy character (some combination of hops and alcohol). Full bodied, but silky-smooth. There is quite a bit of alcohol heat when fresh, but even then it give a nice warming feeling rather than burning. I'm definitely looking forward to trying this one again after some time in the cellar.

Photo of Kleber
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a very creamy tan head. Dissipated pretty quickly and left almost nothing on top.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. the 10%ABV is apparent.

A very smooth drink. The chocolate and alcohol dominate that taste without being overbearing. It finishes nicely without a real bitter chocolate taste you get from some chocolate stouts.

For being 10% and the alcohol being a major part of the aroma this drank fairly quickly and easily.
Straight up solid chocolate stout.

Photo of Fordknox
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of portia99
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jordan444
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of donspublic
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. Bottled on 9/10. Consumed on 10/23.

A - Black, somewhat viscous. Low carbonation. Moderate pour yielded less than a finger of a beige head which quickly dissipate. No heady lacing; small disparate splotchy foam left on sides of glass.

S - Mildly fragrant. Amaretto, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and something tart. Not boozy.

T - Most dominate aspect was the tartness of flavor; not unpleasant, but not common for this style. Dark chocolate not as dominant as expected considering the name. Also some roasted coffee. Completely hides ABV which is notable considering 10% ABV. Tart chocolate lasting flavor.

M - Crisp and tingles tongue. Lightly bodied for a stout... probably too light.

O - It's good, but considering other high quality choices available, it's average amongst the ranks of high quality craft beers.

Photo of BumpyAZ
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 266 3

A: Ink black with about 1 inch of tan foamy , lacey head with moderate retention.

S: Predominately dark chocolate, hints of roasted malt, maybe a pinch of dark fruit.

T: dark bakers chocolate, roasted malt, finishes with some coffee like bitterness

M: Thick and creamy, really coats the mouth. Slightly dry, minimal carbonation.

Photo of The_Dude_710
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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