Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,887
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,009 | FT: 53
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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 alcstradamus
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a creamy finger of head that camps out for a while and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is bakers chocolate up front with a nice roasted malt profile. The chocolate comes through very strong here. Some floral hoppiness as well. Only real knock is that there is a bit of a bright metallic element present.

First sip reveals a huge roasted malt profile. Some cocoa powder, burnt toast, resiny hops, marshmallow, a faint coffee bean bitterness.

The body here is full to medium and extremely creamy. If not for a tad bit of carbonation sting it would be perfect. Overall, I feel that this beer is a wonderful example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Just one or two more layers of complexity could have put it over the top. Still, definitely superior to the Black Ops in my opinion.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Craigory
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2012-2013 release, poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A-- Pours thick and black, with a one-finger mocha head. The head recedes pretty quickly, leaving a thin ring on top of the beer. There's just a wee bit of spotty lacing. Standard appearance for an RIS.

S-- Lots of bittersweet chocolate on the nose, along with some burnt malt and a little alcohol. Pretty sweet-smelling, overall.

T-- Typical roasted malt and slight alcohol astringency that you get with many RIS offerings, but with a good bit of chocolate to boot. Brooklyn does not, I believe, use any actual chocolate sources or flavorings; all the chocolate flavor is coming from the malts. A little bitterness lingers on the tongue when each sip is done.

M-- Medium bodied, moderate carbonation; with a beer this black and chocolate-y, I'd appreciate something a bit more thick and chewy. Still, it feels (as well as tastes) good.

O-- Not the best RIS out there, by far, but a nice winter seasonal. Amongst all the other stouts flooding the market this time of year (a good thing!), Brooklyn Black Chocolate does stand out by getting so much chocolate flavor out of the malts. It's also a great value, and pretty easy to get a hold of in my area.

Photo of flyingPharmacist
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a snifter...

Pours black with a lofty, frothy brown heads that stays pretty consistent. The smell is dominated by unsweetened dark chocolate, roasted malt, black coffee and hint of alcohol. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate and load of roasted malt, some coffee and a slight alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is thick smooth and silky, low carbinaton and a dry finish. This RIS can hang with the best, I really enjoyed the chocolate flavors in this beer, and that it wasn't sweet.

Photo of grub
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/06 bottling sampled on july 22/06 and compared with a 03/04.

pours a deep black colour with a thick dark brown head. the head lingers for a while and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is rich and roasty. chocolate and espresso come through strong. pretty much the same as the 03/04.

tastes similar to the 03/04, but a little more harsh. the alcohol is stronger and more noticeable. it's a bit sweeter too.

the mouthfeel is pretty good. the carbonation level is moderate and works well.

drinkability is decent. the alcohol presence is and high and overall it needs a little more time to mellow out and mesh together like the 03/04 has.

Photo of Danny1217
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with a brown head. Smells of sweet, roasted malts, dark fruits, and bitter chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell. Thick, viscous mouthfeel is complemented by rich, powerful flavors. Flavor is heavy and bitter, but finishes somewhat smooth and slightly sweet.

A very good imperial stout. The name might be slightly misleading, since the chocolate flavor isn't as obvious as some might think.

Photo of Andrew61923
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

Pours a deep black color, with a nice tan head.

Aromas are chocolate like, sweet, and a bit boozy from the alcohol.

This beer has a big malty quality to it. Lots of flavors from the dark malts, bitter chocolate, and roasted coffee. This is very rich. Beer has a definite alcohol and bitter hop kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very full bodied.

Drinkability is good. This is a very well made Russian Imperial Stout. Quite enjoyable.

Another bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl.

Photo of mralphabet
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass (09-10 on the neck)

A: Black as night with 2 fingers worth of dark tan head.. Settles to a wonder layer with a ring.. Lacing is great.... Great looking beer.

S: Sweet, sweet.... Chocolate and lots of roasted malt with a touch of licorice.

T: Wow, tastes like it smells. Very sweet with a hint of hops and alcohol burn in the finish.... Everything magnifies as it warms.

M: FULL BODIED !! very thick feeling, with a prickly carbonation at first, but settles as if warms, also their is a alcoholic dryness in the finish.

D: OK at 10% ABV this is a 1 session beer, just sit back and enjoy this thing.

Very enjoyable brew.. Look for this one.

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RblWthACoz for this one.

A: Pours an opaque black. A small tan head forms on top of the black liquid and sticks around. Good lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Maybe some sweet toffee aroma as well. A substantial hop presents, but it does not overpower the roasted malt.
T: Roasted malt again. Some coffee, and lots of bitter dark chocolate. Again a substantial hop twang. Though, unlike other RIS with lots of hops, it stays in the back and does not overpower.
M/D: A full body that is rich and creamy. Easy and smooth to drink. Deceptively easy to sip on for the alcohol.

A very good RIS. Give it a little more age and it might be perfect. Though it is great to drink as is.

Photo of Bruiser81
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been holding on to this one for a while now. Thanks to Fishbone for sending this one out.
I can't tell if its black or extremely dark brown, either way it looks delicious. Big thick creamy head the color of chocolate milk.
Aroma is pleasant but faint. Definate alcohol spices, roasted malt, and a sort of earthen smell. Maybe a bit of raisans as well.
Taste is very good. I expected more of a strong chocolate flavor. Instead its a very subdued unsweetened chocolate, hidden behind tons of roasted malt. A little bit of sweetness, almost with a dark fruit like quality. A small tinge of alcohol on the finish but it leaves a nice aftertaste.
It sure is going down quick. Real smooth and creamy, but I could only handle one of these babys at a time.

Photo of tatoodkelt
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/11/2010- from notes.

Brown 120z bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass. Limited Bottling Winter 09-10 on the neck label.

A- They arent kidding. Poured pitch black topped off with a half finger cocoa colored head that settled quickly to a thin skim. Looks pretty watery smooth.

S- A dark bakers chocolate, some alcohol and a little hint of molassas.

T- Just like the smell but stronger on the chocolate, lighter on the alcohol and well as a little coffee.

M- Medium to heavy, very smooth and slick.

D- Not as much of a sipper as some of the other RIS's that I've had. Went through this one quicker than I expected.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007-08 bottle, refrigerated and poured into a Duvel tulip. Purchased for 8.99 a 6-pack at the Village Pump in College Park, MD

A: Pitch black with a tan head

S: Chocolate, alcohol, dark malts. I want to say i smell dark fruits - figs being the biggest. Alcohol becomes prominent as the beer warms up.

T:Chocolate, alcohol.I can taste both, a sweet chocolate and a bitter chocolate. heavily roasted/burnt malts maybe? This burnt malt does add a lovely dimension to the beer and is the aftertaste.This years bottling seems a little hot right now. I'm going to give the rest of this 6-pack a few months at least.

M: Feels great.Mildly tingly while retaining the thick consistency on the tongue

D: Not as good as the 06-07 when i had it fresh, simply because the alcohol is a little harsh. Still, a very good sipper.

**Edit 10 Jan 2012**
I saved a few bottles of the 07-08 release, and am finally getting to revisit this beer. The nose is delectable, with a blend of dark and chocolate, a little licorice, some anise, a little vanilla, a little chalk. A little alcohol is apparent as well, lending a mildly fruity character to the nose. A little bit of sherry like oxidation is also present.
The palate is also very, very good, with a blend of licorice, anise, cocoa and coffee. Oxidation is moderate, with some sherry flavors. None of the cardboard that I'd feared (I guess Brooklyn knows how to package beers, eh?), though the finish is a little thin and lacking in depth. Fruitier on the finish than the nose would lead you believe. The carbonation is also a touch high, lending an acidic bite that works with the mild grainy acidity that's also present. This beer has aged very gracefully, I'm upping my score for the taste and overall impression from 3.5 to 4, smell from 4 to 4.5 and dropping the mouthfeel score from 4 to 3.5

**Edit 17 Jan 2014**

My last bottle of the 07-08 bottling. The nose does have a mild cereal/ cocoa puff character along with dusty cocoa, a touch of spice ( anise, pepper)some sherry, a touch of prunes. The palate is a blend of roasted grains, a touch of tartness/ grainy acidity, some cocoa, a little bit of earth, some spice. A little bit of fruit is also present, bit this seems to have dulled a little bit. Still, a very good straight up RIS. 3.5/3.5/4

Photo of throwitallaway
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark with almost no head. Smells like chocolate, malts, and a bit of alcohol. Taste has tons of chocolate, and a nice roasted bitterness, with a little alcohol peaking through. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very easy to drink for a RIS. Overall this beer is very enjoyable.

Photo of herman77
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a thick light tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Some dark fruits (prunes and dates?) with a hint of coffee and booziness.

T: Again, lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavors at first, then comes some dark fruit like sweetness (prunes come to mind again). Finishes a tad boozy with roasted malt bitterness that lingers. Some age on this and this would be very well melded together. It already tastes somewhat aged and this is this years version.

M: Fuller body, soft, yet a decent amount of carbonation.

O: Very solid RIS. Pretty easy drinking for the style. Decent price for a 4-pack as well and seems pretty easy to get.

Photo of Zimbo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited bottling 10-11.

In the bottle there is a nice light dry roasty aroma with some richness and raisin. Poured it forms virtually no head. Jet black colour and obvious high booze shimmery hue this is surprisingly light bodied for the style. A bit hollow on the taste front as it lacks definition and fullness on the palate.
But just when you've virtually given up all hope more intense roasty complex meaty aromas creep up on you with a medicinal gauze quality which just makes it really quite delicious. Still, by the time this almost perfect nose comes to the forefront its almost too late to push this into the realm of excellent. Still, I could whiff this little baby all night.

Photo of Torreon10
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stomioka
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06/07 bottling. Purchased at Tri-State Liquors in Brunswick, MD.

Pours a viscous black with a dark tan one finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap. The head stick around for a very long time, and leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Some hints of soy sauce and licorice are present as well as some dark fruits. There's definitely plenty going on in the aroma of this one.

Taste; lots of bittersweet chocolate at first, then coffee, licorice and a touch of that soy sauce I noticed in the aroma. A bit of rum soaked raisins is present, but over all the alcohol is a bit more tame than I was expecting. Could be due to that fact this has a few months on it.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a good drinkabilty. Although the alcohol wasn't very strong in the flavor, I can sure feel it.

Photo of fatmcb1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours black with a thick tan head. Great lacing, particularly for such a strong abv beer.

Tons of chocolate and roasted malt. This is very sweet. A hint of dark fruit is also noticeable.

Chocolate and roasted malt comes through in taste as well. A surprising hop backbone provides some bitterness. The alcohol provided a nice warming effect.

Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, as the style should be. It has medium carbonation.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black like oil out of the bottle. No light at all comes through. Dark khaki head on top that won't go away at all, and leaves beautiful silky lacing down the glass. The smell is of espresso, dark roasted malts that drip with caramel, and dark chocolate. Sweet and bitter smelling at the same time.

Tastes of espresso and the bitterness of unsweetened cooking chocolate dominate the flavor. Bitter like espresso in the back, but sweet and milky up front. Creamy, but not syrupy in the front, but crisp and zesty in the back. Definitely boozy, and at 10% it should be. But surprisingly, its not all that noticeable at first. Its masked by the delicious swirling of chocolate and espresso and dark-roasted malts to the point that it is only present in that zest at the back of the mouth. Surprisingly drinkable at 10%, this is a dangerous brew for any stout drinker and especially to those who found russian imperials to be their favorite. This is certainly a very good beer and I'm impressed. Between this and Old Rasputin, I may turn into a regular russian imperial stout drinker.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a thin caramel head that quickly disappears to a thin strip. The smell is that of malt, chocolate and coffee w/ a hint of alcohol. I'd really like the smell to be more present and bold, like the taste- but it's still good. The taste is really nice, with chocolate, coffee and malt and a tad too much alcohol taste for me. It is a 10% beer, but I'd like the alcohol taste to be a little more stealthy. Mouthfeel is great- very smooth and silky. Nice aftertaste, which lingers for a while. This is a strong beer w/ a high ABV, and I wouldn't drink more than a couple in a sitting. Really good beer, but the alcohol presence keeps it from being truly world class. Great beer though, and I pick it up and enjoy it often!

Photo of gbarron
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 isitsavage
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a snifter, winter 11-12. Black with about a finger or creamy brown head, faded pretty quickly, light lacing.

Intoxicating smell, a good swirl brings out a lot of chocolate that is difficult to pin down. Bottle says it is brewed with six types of dark chocolate, so I guess that is why the chocolate aroma is so complex. A lot of roast/toast in the nose too, some breadiness, very malty, slightly alcoholic.

First taste is quite bitter, chewy chocolate, malt, cream, and coffee notes stand out. After a few more sips it gets sweeter and quite smooth, both dark and milk chocolate, there is a very light hoppiness to it. The bitterness is very well balanced out now and only lingers at the end, light coffee, hops and alcohol, some burnt wood flavors. Very nice, complex.

Full bodied, slightly prickly, very smooth and drinkable. Doesn't really coat the mouth, lingers a bit and the bitterness keeps me sipping.

Very nice overall, and at the price it could be my go-to stout.

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