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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,077 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,077
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,122 | FT: 55
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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 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.

Photo of maedhros09
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage served into tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Look: Deep opaque black with ruby edges. Generous dark tan head develops with nice cascading effect, settling to a film with bubbles and lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasty, boozy, fruity

Taste: sweet roasted malt with fruity alcoholic twang, very mild bitterness towards the finish. Strong alcoholic signature.

Feel: Smooth mouthfeel, thick body

Overall: A very complete imperial stout, with a complex palate and a fine presentation. In the end, it may be a bit on the sweet side for my taste and the alcohol is more apparent than with some stouts of this strength. Overall, though, a really fine brew.

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

A real beer, the 03-04 version. Chocolate dark brown color and small brown head. Alcohol comes through in the drink, so slow down! Very noticeable chocolate and roasted malt. Made to age some. Thought a bit much carbonation, which held back on mouthfeel. Great dessert. Five and a half-years later, the roast and so-forth, not as thick as the new breed of RIS, still a great desert or dessert beer.

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

Winter '09-'10 vintage. 12 oz bottle served at 48* into a snifter.

A: This pours black as night with a finger of tan head that hold well and leaves a trail down the glass.

S: Notes of chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits rise from the glass.

T: The taste is an excellent blend of bitter chocolate, figs, raisins, and some coffee.

M: It's thick, sticky, and creamy.

D; This is relatively easy to drink for 10%

BBCS is what Bell's Expedition attempted to do but failed.

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

One of my favorite special occasion beers. Pours dark brown in color and opaque. Aroma is a richly blend of hops, coffee, chocolate and vinous notes. Taste is sweet, malty and delicious. There's good roasted malt character and it is chocolately without having chocolate in it. Pretty neat stuff. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and hearty. This sipper goes down easily, with a pleasant warmth from the alcohol which is very well hidden in this gem.

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

Winter 05-06 edition.

Body is absolutely black. One thin finger of light tan head.

Smell is bitter dark chocolate. black licorice, dark fruit. Intense on the nose, it's impressive.

Flavor is very bitter and intense. Dark roasted malt, with bitter hops on the finish. Licorice and dark fruit shows up again. Not a one-dimensional RIS, this is firing on all cylinders.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, rich but not chewy.

Drinkability is OK. It's a mouthful, high ABV and very intense flavor. One will do it for me tonight. But I'll be back...

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

Pours a rich, deep dark black with a suprising 1 finger, light brown head. Minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of dark roasted cocoa, slightly sweet, burnt and smokey. Taste is a rich semi-sweet cocoa, slightly burnt and smokey with a mellowed out dark fruit background. The high ABVs peek through in the end. Silky and creamy with a touch of excess carbonation. Very good beer, slightly too burnt in charachter.

Photo of OneEye78
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of HabiMendes
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is an absolutely black beer, with a super retained beige neck. The expresso/chocolate aroma hides very well the stunning alcoholic content of 10%. In terms of taste, we have a full-bodied beer that should emanate expresso and (dark) chocolate - exactly what we have here. The low carbonation pairs with a good hoppy presence to balance the toasted malt. The end is dry, hoppy, and brings the feeling of having an expresso. Very appropriate that what it proposes to be.

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

1yr old aged bottle.

This is about as easily approachable an RIS as I've ever seen, slightly subdued compared to other example, but still a massive brew. Pours a deep black with a shortlived but creamy tan head. Nose is of cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans, some wafts of vague fruitiness as well. Taste is very similar, quite chewy and full. Alcohol is slightly distracting, but not very much so. Some dark fruit and brandy in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, just a tad light for an RIS, but respectably so! Drinkability is pretty high for the style, this went down fairly easily.


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

Fresh '10 batch. $7.99 for the 4-pack.

Pours an opaque black. A head doesn't want to form without some coaxing, but what does is a light chocolate brown.

The aroma is not particularly strong, but consists of coffee, some alcohol, and that hint of raisin that suggest molasses.

The taste is of black coffee with dark chocolate. There is an assertive hop bitterness, which, to my pleasure, is not too piney or citrusy. I also swear there's a hint of saltiness down the sides of my tongue. The finish is dry and bitter like baker's chocolate. The alcohol is pretty well-masked, but makes itself known. Swirling the beer in my mouth, and therefore warming it quite a bit, sweetens things a bit, and pronounces the chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but could be a little bit smoother. This beer is deceivingly drinkable; at 10.1% alcohol, it might be best to make this a sipper.

Photo of Andrew61923
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 11-12 bottle poured into Sierra Nevada tulip after sitting out of fridge for 20 minutes.

A: Poured a viscous black with a plentiful khaki head to the brim of the tulip. Head dissipated slowly leaving minimal lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit and raisin with some bitter chocolate, which I expected to get more of. Got some of the faint alcohol presence when I searched for it.

T: Almost liquid bitter chocolate. Not picking up on the raisin as much on the palette thankfully, though I got more of it as the beer warmed more.

M: Very smooth, but definitely thick and one for sipping. Coats the palette well and leaves you waiting for the next sip.

O: Sat on this for a little over a year and it was worth the wait. I definitely prefer it with some age on it and I'm excited to have the two year old bottle in my cellar in the near future.

Photo of Long813
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Pitch black body with two fingers of hard mocha head. Decent retention and great lacing. Pours much better head than most stouts.

S: Dominant dark chocolate notes, some vanilla, roasted coffee is well placed. Alcohol is faint, but apparent.

T: Bitter chocolate, espresso beans, mixture of roasted malts. Very slight hints of hops in the background

M: Heavy bodied with very low carbonation. It's very thick, rich and smooth in the mouth making a creamy texture. Roasted/dark malts leave a pleasant bitterness and the alcohol makes an appearance on the way down.

D: This is a great stout which has a nice blend of coffee and chocolate. There is more alcohol apparent in this than others I've had, but it's not off putting. Over all it's a great beer and I'm glad I found this.

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

Purchased at the food emporium in NYC.

Pour is a classic stout body, very dark skinned and opaque with little visible carbonation and a tan head much worthy of the cocoa-ish style its meant to portray.

smell is probably the best thing. it's definetly chocolatey, but rather like hershey's dark chocolate moreso than perhaps a cote d'or. semi-synthetic feel but i grant them it's a fine example because pulling off the chocolate feel isn't an easy task i'm sure).

the taste, instead, isn't chocolatey enough. nonetheless it's a dark roasted malt and coffee feel all over, very deep and bitter nonetheless palatable and certainly consonant with the style. props, however, a bit lacking on the chocolate (i'm personally biased since i've had the xocoan birracao).

full bodied nonetheless, for us cocoa drinkers this is quite a decent experience. kudos to brooklyn, impressed twice in one afternoon.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black with about a finger of tan head that retains decently. Lacing is great, sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts with frequent smells of dark chocolate. Medium alcohol smell on the finish. Alcohol is a little too apparent for me with the smell of roasted malts and chocolate not dominating enough.

T- Roasted malts and a slightly nutty taste come up front followed by an taste from alcohol. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a warming sensation from the alcohol. The bitter dark chocolate taste makes this beer interesting and in my opinion very refreshing for winter.

M- Chewy mouthfeel with nice carbonation that fits nicely with the beer style.

D- Only thing holding back this beer is the presence of an alcohol taste, but those who enjoy a RIS should find no complaints with that.

Notes: Certainly will buy some more of these for the winter season.

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

12 oz. bottle, Nonick Pint Glass

Poured black as night, almost like the dark stuff our beergdreams are made of. Little to no head, giving way to a clear view into the darkness of the beer. It smells exactly like chocolate or dark patent malts. The roast is everpresent. The taste however, highlights this roasted smell. Imagine the darkest chocolate you've ever eaten mixed with coffee but without the bitterness. Until the end of the sip, when you have an aftertaste of the alcohol with a lingering roast. This is definitely a sipper, as it is full of flavor as well as a high ABV.

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

A good looking stout, almost one finger worth of head formed on the pour, very reminiscent of the crema atop some espresso. Retention isnt that great, it breaks down to leave a thin collar.

The nose is very interesting, nice roasted notes, has me thinking milk chocolate and espresso. Some fruity esters also present, black grape and plum like. Hint of nutty malts and some leafy hops also present.

Damn good stuff. Much like the nose, but there is a nice hint of anise and char near the finish. Creamy chocolate covered raisins, or perhaps chocolate covered grape bubblicious. Interesting and very tasty.

Good mouthfeel, full body, and nicely balanced. Once again im impressed.

This is pretty drinkable for a big beer. Their are hints at the ABV, but most of them come from the warming effect, which is welcome on the second last day of December. Somewhat restrained compared to other versions of the style, which helps its drinkability, as well as demonstrating the talent of the brewer. This one isnt hiding behind tonnes of molasses or hops. Certainly recommended. Also quite the bargain, relatively speaking.

Photo of mrjez
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, neck states "Limited Edition - Winter '05-06.'

A - dark, oily, pitch black. Medium tan head starts out thick then withdraws but is reilient. Nice lacing.

S - rich, roasty, chocolatey, coffee aromas. Alcohol definitely there. Some malty sweetness. Little hop aroma if any.

T - strong flavors of black patent and roasted malts. Chocolately, coffee-ish. Aftertaste of grassy hops. Interesting notes of vanilla, oak, alcohol. Strong hop bitterness balances out the volume of roasty malt in this beer.

M - medium thick mouthfeel, sticks to your tongue. Carbonation a little tingly, seems a little too high but could just be this bottle.

D - very tasty brew. Don't know if I could drink many of these without filling up, not to mention the alcohol content.

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

Black, as promised, with a frothy brown head.

semisweet chocolate and fresh coffee.Light floral hops. Slightly subdued.

Rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits. Undertones of citrus, burnt toast, cream and floral hops.

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

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at Ancona`s in Ridgefield.

Appearance is black with a brown head, soon leaving a ring of bubbles on the top.

The smell has roasted malts and then some bittersweet chocolate. Also some coffee is present in its smell.

BBCS has a taste that includes more chocolate with a bit of vanilla, it really is very decadent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfect for a RIS. Its` drinkability is great, especially considering the abv. This is a perfect beer to pair with a rich dessert and conclude your evening.

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

A- Dark brown/black brew with a small caramel colored head. Head fades away quickly but leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S- Strong chocolate aroma with a underlying alcohol tone.

T- Heavy presence of roasted malts followed by the chocolate then a semi-sweet/bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Warming effect of the alcohol follows quickly rising from the stomach to the back of the throat and then to the cheeks.

M- This is one big tasting beer. Heavy, creamy, and chewy, low in carbonation a meal in itself.

D- Probably not going to want more than one or two of these at any one sitting as the 10.0% ABV will stop you there. They do go down easy though.

Review is from the "winter 08-09" bottling. This beer ages well and is a little raw tasting when first purchased. After about a month the strong alcohol taste starts to fade in to the background behind the chocolate.. Pick up some extra and let it sit till next year.

Photo of Franz4
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2010/11 version, kept in fridge for 2 days but let set out for 1/2 hour before pouring. Reviewed 3-8-11, ratings reflect this version.

A- opaque, light tan 1 finger head settles quickly.

S- Chocolate notes with some additional dark fruit. ABV is detectable in the nose.

T- I'm getting lots of the tartness of the dark fruits again on the front end, seems to be more dominant here than in other RIS. These fade to a very nice chocolate near the finish.

M- full bodied, absolutely outstanding here. Seems to be silky soft with just a touch of carbonation that brings out the chocolate.

D- This seems to be a well-crafted beer, the body is absolutely amazing. I'm wondering if some age on the bottle would have mellowed some of the dark fruit a bit and brought out more chocolate and roastiness. I wish I would have grabbed 2 bottles, now I may have to hunt for one.

08/09 Version generously provided by DrDog, can't say enough about that guy. Reviewed 3/17/11

A- hasn't changed a bit, very nice.

S- Dark fruits are big in the nose again seems to be slightly less tart than the 10/11. Chocolate is present but muted.

T- Flavors seem to be better balanced with the age on it. Tartness is still there, but is balanced by the chocolate flavor.

M- still feels fantastic, very smooth, still the best part of this beer.

O- glad I was able to try this, if I was tempted to buy more of this I would definitely let it continue to age as the balance does improve.

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

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