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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,517
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 298
Gots: 860 | FT: 49
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Winter 06-07 edition.

Comes in the 330ml black bottle and logo, and indeed the Brooklyn beers are fairly plain in appearance. And then coming in the equally unimpressive style of their six pack, I wasn't expecting much. That is, IF I didn't know of the reputation of this stout. The neck label gives a little blurb about imperial stouts.

The beers pours into my snifter a SOLID ebony, with only hints of ruby or dark brown near the edges. This is no faux-black beer. The head is substantial and more red than brown. Absolutely impenetrable colour and a rich red head makes for a lovely looking elixir. Good lacing as icing on the cake.

The smell is ambrosial: first and foremost is a strong licorice/sweet rum aroma. The alcohol is definitely popping its head out of this one, but it's masked nicely by hints of blackcurrant, maple, and massive hits of strong black espresso. Dusty malts here, almost like sniffing pepper. But besides all this are the dark fruits of dried prune, plum, and plenty of red grape. Coming in later as the beer warms even more are some lactose, sweet-cream aromas.Yes, wine-like. But damn better than any red I've tried. Absolutely full of all the maltiness an imperial should have, and more. Near-perfect.

The fullness of the beer hits before the taste does. This is a syrupy, velvety, full feel alright. Adorable. It hits that perfect balance between being cloying, and being cloud-like on the tongue. The malts tower above any other taste like Zeus above the gods. Wow, dry and dusty, almost tannin-like aftertaste. Tons of coffee similarities, and red-grapes. The chocolate was not so detectable to me as the full on mocha/espresso tastes. A great deal of salinity here too, from the roasted malts. But unlike some imperials, this one does it in balance...I'm not left gagging for water after each sip. But the finish definitely shouts "fresh coffee beans." Nice.

The beer will deceivingly catch up to you pretty quick, so easy does it. The beer is easy to drink, but it IS filling. Oddly enough I found the saltiness of the malts caught up with me forcing me to stop. Still, this is one hell of a stout, and the alcohol is masked ever so nicely in the taste. World class.

Paired well with a roast beef sandwich and a slice of brie, incidentally.

03-18-2007 05:52:43 | More by Cwrw
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2010 version.

The Black Chocolate Stout pours motor oil black into the glass. Astoundingly for a beer that pours this dark, the Head formed from this pour was substantial, about an inch thick and colored mocha brown. This head dissipates but forms thick lacing on the inside of the glass.

This beer has aromas of roasted malt and milk chocolate. There are hints of espresso and dried fruit. Also upon swirling a more bitter chocolate can be discerned.

Roasted malt invades the tastebuds as this beer is ingested. The dominating flavor, however, is a bittersweet chocolate. The finish is coated in bitter chocolate with the mildest hint of raspberry. There is the presence of alcohol taste, but it is not overwhelming.

This Brooklyn brew is more carbonated than I was anticipating, but is actually nice for a beer with this much body. The finish coats the tongue allowing the flavors to linger on for eternity.

I really like this beer. I feel that maybe with a full year or two of age, this beer will be even better. Kudos to Brooklyn Brewery. This RIS is pretty fantastic.

04-24-2011 06:08:52 | More by BamaViper1
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Live tasting bottle into Duvel Tulip...

Appearance; pours a viscous black color with less than a finger of mocha colored head. When held to light, only the very top fraction of a millimeter appears a cola colored brown... This is a black beer. Retention is non-existent and lacing follows suit.

Smell; roasty malts, coffee, chocolate and slight notes of soy... Hints of dark fruit, raisins and prunes...

Taste; coffee, chocolate and roasty malt flavors jump right out, notes of smoke and slight soy bitterness creep in as well as the slightest notes of dark fruits such as raisins and prunes...

Mouthfeel; smooth and oily, goes down exceptionally smoothly, coats the mouth, and definitely on the full side of full body, but not as thick or chewy as say Ten Fidy...

Overall; this is a damn good beer, and has all of the qualities I can appreciate in a solid Imperial Russian Stout. Doesn't taste a hint of 10%, even just a few degrees above cellar temps... I would absolutely seek this one out again, and would like to thank Peacehammer for gifting me this one!!

02-16-2012 07:24:55 | More by Thingus
Photo of masterhomebrewer


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Props to Brooklyn Brewery for brewing this bad boy and making it available for a song (less than $2 each!).

A -- Black as death. Milk chocolate head of about 3/4 inch fades to an appealing pond scum.

S -- Aroma of a boozy, chocolate pound cake slathered with Hershey's Syrup.

T -- Big, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and butter from the get-go. Booze pops out toward the finish, and closes with a roasty finish.

M -- Think and chewy, no doubt, but a slight letdown against the huge mix of intense flavors. Points subtracted for a mouthfeel that struggles live up to its dynamic taste.

D -- A leg up on other Imperial Stouts, as I could actually drink two of these in one sitting.

Overall a kick-ass IS for its huge flavor, drinkability and value.

01-20-2009 00:47:56 | More by masterhomebrewer
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

In a goblet:

Thick head over deep brown. Looks viscous, lacing for days. Smells fantastic: vanilla, tons of chocolate, and coffee, which are all present in the taste. Excellent coffee finish rounds out wonderful chocolate sweetness. Great body, great carb. Drinkability slightly lowered by hotness and level of coffee, but it's still above average for an RIS.

Overall: What an awesome beer! Really hope I can find it on tap sometime. Aging some for later, I'd bet this beer will only get better with time. Excellent RIS.

02-22-2009 21:28:49 | More by schroederm
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Deep brown-black body with a moderate tan head.. long lasting head.. good carbonation.

S: Yumm.. chocolate! lots of rich chocolate powering through..

T: Chocolate malts clearly dominate.. nice balance with the hops.. very sweet... slightly bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Fiull bodied.

D: Smooth and sweet. Heavyness and sweetness hold back the repeatability of the beer.

03-16-2008 00:08:04 | More by callmemickey
Photo of Urbancaver


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark reddish brown. A small amount of light brown head but doesn't seem highly carbonated. Smells strongly of chocolate which is great and some lighter roasty hints off the malt. Tastes strong. Tons of dark chocolate and roast. The malts hit you hard and the alcohol content is huge. Some dark fruitiness as well. A big beer that rally needs time to cool off. Slid thick mouthfeel but too potent to be highly drinkable

01-30-2011 03:18:23 | More by Urbancaver
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours an oil black, with no highlights when held up to the light. A good 1/3" dark tan foam layer formed after the pour.
Smell is of chocolate, booze, some dark fruits, a little bit of smoke.

Taste is BIG chocolate up front (big surprise), very sweet, almost overwhelming anything else. Finishes with an acidic/bitter flavour reminiscent of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and coats the tongue with each sip.

Drinkability-Limited by the sweetness of this brew, and the ABV.

Delicious, very sweet--definitely a dessert beer. Not all that complex, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

01-03-2009 21:56:00 | More by darklordlager
Photo of marburg


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Blacker than the sight of a rural midnight from under a blindfold. Big brown head. Very aromatic -- chocolate, coffee beans, and black cherries with a light hint of alcohol. Sweet and almost fruit up front -- like a chocolate covered cherry with sweet liquor inside. Big alcoholic finish with a lot of bittersweet notes. A very tasty beer but definitely not one I could consume in mass quantities.

04-24-2003 17:15:08 | More by marburg
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

This pours a thick black with a good amount of foam topping it.
(At its strength my six ounce pour was a steal for $2!)

Toffee-espresso roast aromas dance around, and pair off with a roasty dark chocolate flavor along with some heavy coffee notes. There’s a noticeable alcohol booziness (whiskey? Bourbon? Barrel aged?) that hangs around. It has a dry finish. A thick beer, yet easily drinkable.

12-29-2011 18:23:12 | More by elNopalero
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

12 ounce bottle from the winter of '04-'05 batch poured into a chalice.
I think this started out too cold 'cause the beverage distributor I got it from had it in the fridge. At first I didn't think it any different from Guinness, which is pretty good in my book. As it warmed its characteristics really started to break through.
People that do not like dark, somewhat bitter chocolate are NOT going to like this brew. People that dont like strong, black coffee are NOT going to like this brew. Both of these scents and flavors are prevalent in Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Bittersweet. The mouthfeel could stand to feel a little bit thicker but it has a decent viscous quality as it stands.
Beautiful black color, a mild head, sweet but not cloying.
This is really 8.5%?
After having one I believed it but I certainly couldn't detect it by taste.
It's good to see a fellow nyc borough producing something of this quality.

03-11-2005 20:01:30 | More by ommegangpbr
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Winter 09-10 bottle. 10% abv.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours about a finger of tan head. Fades to a thinner layer, but leaves some really nice lace walls. Color pours a dark copper brown, but in the class it is completely black.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa right off the top. Some cherries, raisins, roasted malts. The aroma is very sweet, almost like candy. There is also some bitter hops in the background. I am really enjoying the aroma of this one.

Taste: Very roasted and toasty in a good way. It is a cold winter night and this beer is keeping me warm. Lots of rich coffee and caramel malty flavors. The grassy hops are a lot more present in the taste. Some light tart cherries are present along with a hint of molasses. Again, a sweet taste, but not as sweat as the aroma. It is almost a delicate RIS and I like it for that.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Pretty full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I drank it near cellar temp which was a good idea. I got a lot of flavors and it seemed to be a more unique RIS. I really liked it and can't wait to see what a year will do to this one. Fairly drinkable as well.

02-10-2010 03:00:15 | More by mothman
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Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer pours black as ink. It's like a black hole "no light escapes when held up to the light. Has a big creamy dark tan head. The heady aroma of alcohol rises from the galss as you pour. As the beer settles the aroma of chocolate comes to the front with a little hint of coffee in the back. The chocolate flavor gives way for an almost esspresso like coffee hit. Definitely a very, very tasty treat.
This bottle was marked " Winter '03-'04 ".

11-08-2004 00:56:20 | More by ybnorml
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A- black body with thin brown head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.--When held up to the light the body remains a deep ominous black color.

S- notes of alcohol, lots of chocolate, and toffee, roasted malt.--The bitter dark chocolate is the main character with some roasted malt backing too.

T- strong chocolate flavoring with hints of alcohol and toffee. Strong malt backing. Dark chocolate aftertaste.--The finish has a hint of alcohol and roasted malt bitterness. Lingering is lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt with hints of alcohol.

M- medium carbonation with thick body. Goes down smooth.

D- This is a slow drinker and one is definitely enough for awhile. Good experience and great brew.--A great example of an RIS that isn't too thick and really accents the chocolate flavor. Great job by Brooklyn.

--edited on 11-7-07

05-15-2007 23:33:19 | More by PittBeerGirl
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz bottle poured into Duvel goblet. Amazing 2 inch head (brown) that reduces slowly, nice lacing. Black as night.

Booze is first evident followed by bittersweet chocoloate and toasted malts. Taste is very boozy... But interestingly when this brew warmed up it had a completely different profile - alcohol profile melded more with the malts and the bittering hops and bitterness from malts came out more.

Very nice brew once it warmed up. Serve at cellar temp or warmer or the alcohol stings too much. Fantastic when you get to the last 1/4 of the glass!! Definitely seek out again

08-02-2008 16:49:07 | More by phattysbox
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Bottle: Winter 11/12

A- Pours a dark black opaque color, big frothy 2 fingers worth of brown head, dissipates slowly, sticky lacing, attractive looking stout.
S- The aroma is bitter chocolate upfront, roasted malts, nice roasted coffee notes.
T- The taste is really bitter upfront, roasted malts, roasted coffee notes, licorice, bitter chocolate, cocoa.
M- Big mouth feel, viscous, coats the palate, smooth drinking, bitter finish.
O- This is a Solid beer, nice bitter chocolate taste, perfect winter beer, really enjoyable.

10-21-2011 00:22:25 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz. bottle winter 05-06 edition

Pours a deep black with a minimal light brown head and no lacing. Smells of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts with what was almost a smoky flavor at the finish. Nice mouthfeel, its was somewhat creamy and velvety. Good drinkability, not my favorite RIS but an enjoyable brew.

10-16-2006 23:16:50 | More by mnj21655
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

I'm very much looking forward to this one having heard good stuff about it, so here we go. Upon the pour I am greeted with a torrent of thick, dark brown, foamy liquid, settling in the glass well with a nice tall head, sticking to the sides well.
It smells good, really good. Chocolate is coming through very strongly, as well as malts and alcohol.
The taste hits you rather hard at first with a malty bitterness, but then the chocolate comes through and tones it down a notch, and it goes down smoothly, bitterness coming through again slightly after you swallow, which is a nice touch, providing a crisp, dry finish, and a lovely warm feeling in your belly. If you don't like bitterness too much though, rest assured it dissipates as it warms up.
The mouthfeel is always important on a stout I always feel, as if they are too watery it can sometimes let the taste down a bit. This does a good job, however I personally prefer the really thick, Black Albert types, but comparing the two is unfair, as this is not a small craft brewed beer. This one is very good though.
Overall, this is a top notch drink, outstanding even, considering it is a mass produced stout. A lovely dark, creamy taste with a bitter kick, this one will surely warm you up on a cold night.

02-09-2011 15:06:05 | More by CwrwAmByth
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South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

This was one of the first chocolate stouts I've ever had. Poured into a 24 brandy snifter for the lazy swirl. Jet black with tan head.

Smells of yoohoo thin chocolate. Alcohol fumes - I like it.

Tastes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a creamy malt smooth finish, bitter lingers.

Drinkability good, short session this one and pair with dessert, its beddy bye time.

12-21-2008 00:38:13 | More by misterjeb
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Ive had this one many times, I just havent gotten around to reviewing it. I actually havent had it to myself yet, its always been when I have been out with friends hanging out. Ive actually been known to drink this from the bottle on occasions where glasses werent available.

A- Nice tall, frothy khaki colored head leaves absurd lacing. Its more like a thick coating of primer that goes 3/4 of the way around the glass, only parting where I tilted the glass to drink. The head fades down, but remains a thin film with a thick pad in the center, supported by the laser etching in my glass. The beer is a super dark, opaque black.

S- Really great smelling as well. Its very raisiny. Much like chocolate covered raisins. Coffee and creme, charcoal and roast, brown sugar, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and a sting of alcohol.

T- More bitter than the nose suggests. This is from a huge roastiness. Big levels of charcoal, ash and roasted malts. After the initial wave of roast breaks, a dark fruit sweetness comes in toe with a strong essence of licorice. The licorice becomes stronger until the finish which yields a little bit of drying cocoa powdery chocolatiness.

M- Full bodied, slick, faintly sticky. Alcohol is perceivable but it is by no means challenging to the palate.

D- Im pretty glad I got multiples of this, but really one is enough. This is a rich beer and it makes a great dessert or night capper.

10-22-2010 17:29:33 | More by MbpBugeye
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

11-25-2012 19:39:02 | More by ghengisflan
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Big thanks go to Dreadnaught33 for sending this one as an extra as a trade.

Appearance: Black Chocolate Stout pours out nearly pitch black with about a finger of mocha colored head. The head retention is decent, and a thin film of head sticks around. There is only a bit of lacing that results.

Smell: Roasted dark malts and bitter dark chocolate are very prevalent on the nose. I also get a bit of hot alcohol and hops on the back end. Nice strong aromas.

Taste: Roasted dark malts and baker's chocolate assault the palate first, very nice. A bit of alcohol heat and a surprising amount of hops are on the finish. Overall this beer is a bit one dimensional with all of the chocolate, but it is balanced pretty nicely. Solid.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between medium and heavy bodied, and very creamy in the mouth. It has quite a bit of very fine carbonation that makes it very smooth. Man, I wish I had access to this beer so I could stock up for the year. I wouldn't mind having it in the fridge all of the time. Very drinkable for the ABV.

01-29-2011 02:50:18 | More by zhanson88
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Black Chocolate Stout 10%, poured from bottle into XL snifter.

A - 1 finger light tan colored head, that recedes leaving some lacing and bubbles around the glass. Looks very thick and delicious.

S - As advertised, black chocolate dominates the nose with some chocolate malt, burnt brown sugar, plums and raisins.

T - Follows the smell, with more of a malty presence. Warming sensation from the alcohol that is very pleasant.

M - Good carbonation, the taste lingers for a while. Very creamy.

O - A delicious imperial stout that is also relatively affordable. Recommended!

11-09-2011 02:31:30 | More by gregy55902
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: 12oz bottle, "Winter 03-04 Bottling". Dense, opaque black. Minimal head, quickly dissipated. Excellent lacing.

Nose: Hmmm. Might that be .... Chocolate? Who would have thought... Lots of chocolate. Definate coffee notes as well. Some roasty smells, but pretty well masked by the chocolate.

Taste: Creamy, malty almost syrupy. Very smooth. More roasted malt taste than was in the nose. The alcohol is definately there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with lots of body. Minimal carbonation. Very thick.

Overall: Very good. I am not a big chocolate stout drinker, but this was pretty tasty. Pretty drinkable. Definately recommended.

02-18-2005 03:00:40 | More by isubsmith
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Murky black color. Nice lace finishes clean down the glass
rich chocolaty taste. Slightly bitter, and some sour notes.
Medium bodied with a bitter finish.
This beer really exemplifies an American style imperial stout. This beer is one of the east coasts finest selections of consumable liquids In the short, hard, cold days of winter in New England.

04-02-2009 02:08:36 | More by deanhead
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