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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,998 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,998
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 54
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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 frazbri
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black body topped by a tall, creamy mocha head. Fruit and chocolate with a little raisin aroma. Chocolate, coffee, raisin and rumcake flavors. Creamy but with low carbonation.

This is a complex, tasty stout. Chocolate is the most noticable flavor aspect, but it doesn't dominate the beer. There are a plenty of fruit notes. It's a good mix of flavors. I could drink this on any fall or winter evening.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black, with chocolate colored pillow of thick foam on top. Smell of burnt fruit and bitter chocolate. Leaves a good lacing on the glass. First sip is of espresso and burnt malt. Its very good. A smooth mouthfeel that becomes a nice warm feel as the alchohol comes thru as it warms. Very drinkible even with the high ABV. A dangerous brew, but very tasty.

Photo of mweso2000
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-pitch black with a three finger tan head that dissipates and clings to the glass.

Smell-Chocolaty malt aroma with hints of coffee and alcohol.

Taste-Starts of sweet then hints of chocolaty malt hit the senses with a slight bitterness. Finishes off with again with sweetness.

Mouthfeel-Very smooth with medium carbonation. Good mix of sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability¬¬¬-This is not a beer that you would have more than two at a time. It is on the sweet side and the 10% abv while well hidden will hit you. This is beer that you want to pair with dessert. Overall very good and would buy again.

Photo of illidurit
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vehement pour into a snifter creates a haughty 3 finger head that floats atop a jet black body. Cocoa colored lacing adheres thickly to the glass.

Smells of mocha and espresso, with a hint of brandy soaked cherry. Very appetizing.

Roasted and chocolate malts wallop the palate, echoing the smell and adding a vague spiciness and possibly apricot and raspberry.

This beer is very smooth and rich, but the bitter bite at the end from the roasted malt keeps the finish dry and prevents it from being syrupy.

Can't taste the big 10.6 abv, delicious enough to have another. Great offering from Brooklyn.

Photo of McDiddyPop
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Brooklyn stemware.

This one looks pretty dangerous. Thick black with brownish tint. A sturdy pour produced 2 fingers of dense mocha colored head that receded to a cap of foam with tremendous lacing.

Smell is sweet milk chocolate up front. Some dark fruits. Roasted grains. Alcohol peeks in as it gets warmer but isn't overbearing.

Taste starts off very sweet on the front of the tongue. Dark fruity sweetness reminiscent of a nice belgian quad. Good rich dark and milk chocolates with a well-balanced roastiness at the sides of the tongue. A bit of warmth in my throat.

Good carbonation. Thick and rich. Coats my mouth and leaves in its wake a semi-dry roasted chocolate finish. Highly enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV.

I'm gonna have to get a bunch to age. This one is a beauty.

Photo of Philvillani
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ralphus
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like a good imperial stout every now and again so I was pleased to see that Brookly's was coming to the LCBO.

Poured jet black with a large tan colored head. It dissipated to a solid cap and left sheets of lacing behind. Very nice. The smell is all dark sour fruits, alcohol and chocolate malts. It's good but not as good as the taste which is a big dose of chocolate, coffee and malts. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is spot on I think.. velvety smooth and goes down far too fast for a beer of this strength. This aids drinkability.. you could have another before the full potency even hits you.


Photo of BeerRun13
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly black with a little garnet on the sides up against a bright light. This one has a deep tan, creamy head that leaves great lacing.
Smells nice. A good combonation of dark burnt chocolate and roasted grains.
Definitely has that dark chocolate flavor but with a touch of minty bitterness. Good flavor.
Full bodied... Duh. Goes down nice.
Good drinkability. I'd say this one is a good desert beer.

Photo of SchmoTerp
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with thick, bumpy, tan head. This one dissipates somewhat slowly but looks very nice.

S - First smell of toffee, and figs. There is some chocolate, but not as much as you would expect given the name. Still...smells very nice and mellow.

T - Sweet, chocolatey, and with some distinct alcohol at the end...nice! Still, I think there could be a bit more to this one, even if it the taste were merely more pronounced.

M - Very smooth with just a tad of carbonation finishing off with the alcohol feel at the end.

D - All this combines to be one drinkable beer. This one makes for a great night cap on any evening. Will buy again.

Photo of thartman
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a Winter 07-08 vintage in an English Pint Glass. The color was black with a thin, light brown head. There were nice sticky lacings on the glass.

I noticed a smell of dark chocolate and cherries, somewhat sweet smelling.

The taste was complex, bitter like espresso coffee and unsweetened chocolate, roasted barley and malts, and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. There is a definite alcohol hit on the back of the throat. The flavor is bold and there is medium body..., and it mellows a bit as it comes up to room temperature, a very nice cold weather winter beer. I think I'll stash a couple away for next season.

Photo of ghengisflan
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of tewaris
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (2010-11 vintage) poured into a snifter. Thanks Dan!

First off, this is not a chocolate stout, but uses specially roasted malts to achieve chocolate notes, and I will rate it as a regular RIS. Moving on, BBCS pours dark and clear with a big espresso brown head that formed in cascades and stuck around for quite a while. The lacing was very good too. However, it didn't seem as dark and viscous as the beers it would be compared to.

The aroma reminds of Bell's Expedition more than any other stout because of its tartness. Roast is present too, and some soft alcohol --- a typical RIS aroma but at pleasantly high levels. Dark sugars and some charring are evident and welcome.

The taste can stand up against any other stout not brewed with actual coffee/chocolate additions, or barrel aging. Bittersweet, with a strong bias towards bitter, BBCS is like dark chocolate minus the flavors. Well, there's a strong resemblance in the aftertaste so the last sentence should be taken as a negligent comment. Starts displaying a molasses character with warmth, and is tart to begin with. Smoothly warming, with a long and bitter finish with medium roast character.

The mouthfeel is way silkier and richer than what I expected based on the relatively thin color. Carbonation level couldn't have been better either. Overall, I am very glad to drink this beer finally --- especially when I haven't had a RIS in days. This beer reminds me why I like the style in the first place. Highly recommended.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

Photo of bobhits
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time buying a brooklyn bottle, had plenty on tap.

Under 8 bucks for a 4 pack of a big stout? STEAL of the century.

Pours a lovely black cream with a coco cream head.

As expected not much aroma. Burnt malt, coco, roast barely I believe, a touch of hops.

Sweet enough, burnt and roasted flavors, and a nice hop bitte4r finish. The sweet hoppy finish is exceptional. No fruity flavors really come through like some of the other big hoppy beers. Yet this one isn't really dry.

Well carbinated, creamy, yet finishes rather dier than expected for those characteristics.

Photo of jlpepper13
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from an antique traditional German Pilsner glass.

A: Pours out coffee black and relatively thick with full finger of brown head resting at the top. Some lacing remains after head comes down to a sliver but not a whole lot.

S: VERY strong smell of sweet sweet chocolate that overpowers anything else that could be present. A light tinge of spicyness that I can't quite ID. Not sure what causes this aroma but love it.

T: Again, sweet chocolate prevails. Slight coffee notes comes through as it sits and coats your mouth. Burned dark chocolate creeps up in the back palate that persists from drink to drink.

M: Light to moderate body. Low carbonation that really lets the chocolate soak in. Very slight alcohol burn that is barely noticeable. Leaves you with a dry mouth feel that demands that another sip is taken.

O: Tasty desert stout that is easy to enjoy. Has decent body ,as a stout should, without being overly filling. Love the chocolate taste though it makes it easy to forget that this beer is up to 10% ABV. Super rich and sweet but dries you out at the end.

Photo of abar22
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short on-tap review on the BlackBerry

A - What would you would expect from an RIS; black body, frothy tan head, and solid lacing.

S - Very fragrant. Chocolate and hops are dominant.

T - Malty at first then a burst of hops. Roasted malts and chocolate in the semi dry finish.

M - Mild carbonation. A bit thin...

D - Falls in line with other RISs. Slightly thinner body may help out the drinkability.

Photo of vacax
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 2009-2010 release. Pours dark brown with one finger of light brown head. Fair retention and little lacing. Smells of chocolate malts, chocolate cake, dark fruits, grapes, and a touch of heat. Tastes generally sweet chocolate malts with dark fruits and wine grapes. Bittersweet cocoa on the midpalate with loads of bready malts. Finish has more cocoa and some bitter roast. Full bodied with a medium carbonation. Overall drinkability is pretty high, full flavored and good tasting, but not extreme. I could imagine having a couple of these, and buying it a couple times a year if it were available.

Photo of StormKing47
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at my local establishment, reviewed from my napkin notes since I refuse to carry my book around when I'm out just to hang out with friends, and away we go...

A- Pours a faint black bordering on dark brown. It already looks like its a little thin, but we'll hold judgement on that one for later. It's accompanied with a dark brown head that is full of a steady stream of bubbles, very appealing, but I have seen better looking stouts.

S- Right away I am greeted with the oh so familiar dark chocolate sweetness accompanied with a burnt malt background. The roastiness of the malts are very pleasant and with further warming I am picking up very faint hop smells that add a touch of citrus, reminiscent of a chocolate covered orange slice. Very enjoyable.

T- Damn, a smack of boozy alcohol right away and a great dark chocolate sweetness to cool the booze burn down. I am also picking up a fruity finish along with the sweetness from the hops that is very interesting and surprising from a big stout. Loving the chocolate finish the whole way through the sipping!

M- Extremely warming from the high abv and definitely coating. A bit chewy which is expected from this style and is very palatable. It's a thick, syrupy, chewy blend that I thoroughly enjoyed.

D- It's definitely able to be finished by yourself, but the abv is not hidden well and it could become annoying as it warms because the heat comes out more and more. The chocolatey delight saves this one and makes it very pleasant.

A nice seasonable brew to enjoy that is great for the cold weather and is readily available at most places. Enjoy!

Photo of chadspivey
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to gpcollen for the opportunity...winter 2006.

A: yup, it's black. very small head that becomes just a ring in seconds... the head is light brown.

S: whoa! I believe this one might have some alcohol in it. definitely can smell the dark chocolate, also grapes, prunes, other dark fruits. Smells really complex.

T: tip of the tounge is apples. Turns bitter in the middle, and finishes with a smooth, not too strong, chocolatey, kinda dark fruity taste. can definitely taste some alcohol here, but it belongs.

M: very smooth mouthfeel, really nice. kinda thick, like a stout should be. Almost perfect. I can't find anything wrong with this mouthfeel, but to be perfect, it would really have to stand out.

D: not so drinkable. I mean, not bad for the alcohol percenge, but I probably wouldn't drink another, not even for free. It's not a bad beer at all, don't get me wrong, but one's enough for me.

From the look of the label, I would never think this to be an excellent beer. hmmm... they deceived me...
With a beer this good, I guess they don't need a fancy, or cool label.

Photo of bmwats
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Dark brown or black. Pours about a half finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles quickly, but leaves a little blanket of bubbly carbonation on the surface. Leaves some nice beer ring lacing behind as you drink it down. Head eventually deteriorates completely.

S: Dark roasted coffee malt, dark chocolate, with just a little peat.

T: Peaty, roasted malt. Bittersweet chocolate. Not much else.

M: Hearty, robust body. Strong alcohol palette. Peaty aftertaste lingers long and hard. Not as dry a finish as you'd expect, given the alcohol.

D: Very good slow sipping brew.

Atmosphere is very good. Deep, dark, intimidating appearance. A great nose characterizes this brew. Flavor is robust and malty with the bittersweet chocolate (as the name implies). Overall, this is a great quaff.

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black just like it says on the label ;) tan, slow developing head. Looks pretty sticky pasted to the sides of the glass just like I like.

S: big on the nose. Huge choc and roasted malt, def some boozyness going on in their. Burning the nose hairs a little.

T: Choc and grain, roasted malt. Dark choc almost bitter. Some roasty nuttyness and a hint of alcohol. Finishes more mild then expected, does not stick to the pallet like I thought. I was expected really big all the way through but its does not sit for too long, which is suprising and a little disapointing. Sticks some, just not quite as much as I would like.

M: pretty good up front but the middle and finish is just a little thin. Still good just not quite as thick and chewy as you think its going to be. I think I have been drinking beers that are way too big the last few months, only saying its a pinch thin cause Im comparing it to other Russian Imperial's like DL. But yea, still good!

D: well...for 10% its a sipper I think. But its good. Its a nice beer. Good job Oliver. I would be curious to see what you would throw together for a dessert item to pair it with.

Photo of PatYoda
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a bit of foam around the edge of the glass. Leaves a few bubbles of lacing as I drink.

The smell is superb - deep rich chocolate and ripe dark fruit intermingle with sugary molasses and caramel. Vanilla too. Not much detectable alcohol here, unlike in the taste.

The taste doesn't bring quite as much to the table as the smell. The rich chocolate is somewhat subdued here compared to the smell, but it's still there. Same story for the wonderful fruit found in the aroma. Also the alcohol is a bit strong in this bottle. I've found some slight bottle to bottle variability among the same six pack, with this bottle being about in the middle in terms of quality, so this is what I'll go by. The taste adds a mild roasted quality which rounds things out nicely. A minute amount of hop bitterness is detected in the finish, plenty enough along with the roasted character to make sure this doesn't turn into a sugar bomb.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style, not quite as mouth coating as I would prefer. Overall I liked it, but would take Rogue Chocoate Stout over this any day.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer is good looking beer. Black in color, hence the name, with some dark brown highlights that you really have to look for. It's pretty dense looking This beer has a dark tan colored head that goes away pretty quickly and very little lacing to it. The smell is very good. Smells of bitter chocolate and coffee along with some burned malts. The hops make themselves known after the beer sits for a bit and warms up a little as well as a touch of alcohol. The taste is also very good but a little more intensified, everything is a little bit stronger, with the exception of maybe the burned malts. Starts off with the bittersweet chcolate and coffee. Once it's about room temperature it really has an excellent, well balanced flavor. The hops and alcohol balance extremely well with the chocolate and coffee and the more subtle burned malts. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied. There's a bit of a bite from the alcohol, none from the carbonation though. Starts smooth and finishes pretty clean at the end. This beer's pretty drinkable for a beer with such a high abv. Solid Brew from a solid brewery, glad I got it again and took the time to review it.

Photo of throwitallaway
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
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 gabe23
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Black as night with a light brown head that fades quickly. Copious lacing throughout, but it doesn't last much longer than the head.

S - Dark chocolate first and foremost, along with roasted malt bitterness and dark fruit tones. A slight soy sauce aroma is present also. Alcohol definitely shines through as well.

T - A little smoky bite of roasted malt goodness at the front. As the carbonation settles around the tongue, bitter dark chocolate takes over. Black coffee, alcohol heat, and a slight fruitiness finish it off. This is a big, flavorful beer!

M - Thick, rich, and syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

D - Flavor wise, this is a very balanced and drinkable stout. If you're the type of person to down several RIS at a sitting, then this one should fit the bill. I personally enjoy savoring one bottle and that's about all I can handle due to the richness and ABV.

Photo of dlello2
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours quite thick with a half finger of coffee-colored foam on top. Retention is nice with large bubbles remaining both in the middle of the glass and around the edges. Great alcohol lacing, ring of thick brown/red foam clings to glass forever.

S - Whoa. Quite strong. Heavy bourbon and chocolate. Smells thick and delicious (I'm a fan of distinct and boozy aromas). Alcohol.

T - First sip sent a chill down my spine--suppose that's from the alcohol. Not really getting any alcohol/bourbon taste suggested by the intense boozy smell. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is nice. While it's cold here I'm getting most of the chocolate taste well after the swallow. Some hops in the beginning, lots of malts and coffee in the middle. Definitely getting a touch of alcohol in there. Some earthiness, some dark fruits. Nothing unpleasant!

O - Really a nice beer. Looking so much forward to this a year or two down the line once the bite is gone. Regardless, such a good beer for roundabouts $2 a bottle (from a 4pk).

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