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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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93
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6,094 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,094
Reviews: 2,723
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,136 | FT: 56
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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 Onibubba
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To quote Blix, this beer is "Black as midnight, plack as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch..." Very little head to speak of, which settles into a patchwork of foam riding the black. Smell is roasty coffee beans and chocolate. Taste has none of that coffee smell, but the chocolate stands out. Also less of the bitterness I've come to associate with Imperial Stouts like Yeti and RIS. A very light carbonation had me hoping for a creamier mouthfeel, but it is a tad thin. The killer is the alcohol. Make no mistake, this stuff is HOT. The alcohol really asserts itself and takes away from both mouthfeel and drinkability.

This is a very tasty stout that just needs some time to mature and tame the alcohol (I hope). At around 7 bucks a sixer, this is an incredible bargain. I suggest buying a few for now and a few to put away for next year.

Photo of dmad50
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a major go-to for me during the winter months due to its pleasant taste and relative value.

Pouring my bottle into a snifter, the beer exhibits a tan head. The beer is nearly black in color. The mouthfeel matches this appearance with a heavy, think consistency. A slight dark chocolate can be noted along with a nice roasted flavor.

At $9 for a six-pack where I get it, this beer packs a nice taste the price.

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pours pitch black, no head to speak of, no internal carbonation, cannot comment on its translucency but really irrelevant

S: Cocoa powder, pure chocolate, also some coffee/espresso notes, fair traces of alcohol

T: Very similar to the nose, cocoa, espresso, alcohol to finish, but not too heavy, mild pepper notes as well

M: Very smooth and drinkable, just the right viscosity, not too heavy on the palate (even at 10% abv), not too lingering, mild espresso aftertaste

O: A great imperial stout, nice balance between espresso and cocoa elements, I'm still more of a People's Pint fan, but definitely a close second

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

Poured year 11-12 bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: dark black in color with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: a heavy roasted malt character with a chocolate note that has a coffee hint.

Tastes: there is a light coffee taste over the sweet chocolate and roasted flavors. I get a cream taste in the middle that doesn't taste like a dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: there is a good carbonation in this brew with a little burn from the high ABV. but very enjoyable.

Overall: this is probably one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery that is readily available when it is in season, and I suggest hunt some out before its all gone. I will be getting more soon and next year as well.

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

I had hugely high expectations, but I'm afraid I ruined myself drinking Oak aged Yeti tonight.

Poured an ultra dark brown with now head whatsoever.

The smell is of black coffee, pruned, slight unsweetened chocolate and dark bread.

The taste is beautiful, huge coffee, slight nutty malt with a creamy caramel sense. all in all the only big blemish is the really slight body texture, I expect more from a Imp Stout.

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

Appearance
4.5
Once poured, my sifter becomes a solid, glossy ball of delight. It's extra-black with not a hint of light coming through - like a cue ball with a tall tan head. The head slowly recedes, leaving a thin layer and some foam on the edges of the glass.
Smell
4.5
The smell is delicious and inviting. There's tons and tons of chocolate, some roasted malt, raisins, and booze. The alcohol is pretty apparent - even on the nose. But it still makes me want to bury my nose into my snifter.
Taste
4
The flavor is very, very rich and pretty complex. It completely coats the mouth with warm, roasted malts. There's dark chocolate and coffee mainly, but other slightly roasted flavors. Also a little tartness in the front. There's a good bit of bitterness on the finish, which is accompanied by a warm maltiness and a boozy flavor.
Mouthfeel
4
Thick, smooth, and clingy. Not chewy, but somewhat heavy - not quite like drinking an 8 ball.
Drinkability
3.5
The booze contributes to making this a sipper, but there's not much else holding this back from being an extremely inviting sipper.
Overall
4.15
Quite a beer from Brooklyn. I've had it before, but am thoroughly impressed.

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

A - Looks like syrup as I pour it. Just about as close to being black as you can get without actually getting there. A nice tall...basically brown head. Looks tasty.

S - Delightful smell. Chocolate and coffee, charred malt, a little bit of licorice that could be brought on by the high ABV and thus the alcohol might be coming through in the nose a bit. Overall, very nice though.

T - I read a couple of my more respected reviewers before I set in on this beer, and one said that he thought the alcohol was too noticeable. I actually disagree, I think that the alcohol contributes to the flavor. The flavor is rather robust, even for a RIS. Coffee and chocolate dominate the palate. With chocolate definitely being the most prominent. Not much in the way of complexity, but sometimes simple is what you want. Tastes good brotha.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on, very rich, low carbonation, just the way that mama made it.

O - Overall this is good. I enjoy this and am not at all disappointed. Hooray for the Brooklyn Chocolate stout!

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clerk at a great local beer store recommended this one to me the other day. At $1.55 for a 12oz. bottle I thought, WOW what a deal for 10.6% alcohol.
This beer poors jet black with a decent brown head that slowly fades away. Smell is fairly sweet with chocolate/roasted malt overtones.
Taste is very smooth with a dark chocolate sweetness to it, slightly syrupy and plenty of the dark roasted malt. Overall it is well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick with plenty of alcohol packing a punch, although it is less than you would think. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a solid brew and a great value.

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

Bottle Date- 2003-2004 season

Pulled this 6yo bottle out of the basement this evening to go with some homemade oyster stew I whipped up.

Pours BLACK with a thin tan head, not much carb remaining.

Smells like an old strong ale with notes of dried fruit, most of the roasty aroma is gone

Tastes like a nice roasty mixture of cold strong coffee, dry bittersweet cocoa and dried fruit

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with low carbonation.

Drinkability is fine for the style, very rich but good for sipping with some rich food. Overall very enjoyable.

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

A - Looks nice being poured out of the bottle. Dark as night, with a nice tan head...I'd say about 1/3 of an inch.

S - Smells of sweetness for sure. Dark chocolatey roasted malt definitely. Smells promising.

T - Definitely a roasted chocolately kick in the mouth. Not a bad aftertaste.

M - Slightly thick mouthfeel....coats the mouth and throat slightly, not bad though.

D - This is a good beer. Personally I probably couldn't drink more than one, but that's just me. I'd call this a definite dessert beer in my book. Sweet brew....very sweet.

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

pours a deep brown with mahogany hues. very dark, almost black. small khaki colored head laces a bit.

smells of black chocolate, yah, but also licorice, dark roasted coffee, raisins, dark fruits.

tastes a bit of black chocolate, but more of a dark roasted coffee character is prevalent, and just like in the scent, there is some dark fruits and licorice. a bit of bitterness is there and alcohol is apparent. chocolate comes through more as the beer warms. a powdered hot cocoa flavor that dries the tongue.

mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to let you know it is there. nice.

drinks well now, but even better with age I would assume. alcohol is a bit hot, but not much more than expected.

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

Poured from a bottle (Winter 10-11 date) out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Pours a dark chocolate color into the glass and forms a solid 1-finger tan-colored head which dissipates quickly. Lacing is adequate, but less than other RIS examples I have drank.

S: Smell is restrained, but a definite nose of hops and cocoa can be detected. Sweet, roasty malts provide some backbone. Alcohol seems well hidden. Much sweetness leads the way.

T: Heavy, over-the-top roasted malt hits the taste buds first and lingers. A very thick body carries the flavors. Once again, the alcohol is very well hidden. As the beer warms, the coffee flavors become more pronounced, as does the chocolate (and the alcohol). Later, the aftertaste kicks in with a hint of hoppy bitterness after the "roast" disappears.

M: Low carbonation suits the beer well without leaving it completely flat. Slightly oily character throughout the body and into the finish. Extremely creamy brew. Very much like a "spiked" chocolate malted milkshake.

O: A very hearty brew, almost too hearty. Chewy, but with extreme flavor and depth. A surprise, considering the high ABV, which eventually shows its strength in the second half of the glass with some noticeable burn and warmth. Not quite my favorite RIS, but definitely a nice option every once in a while. [EDIT: This is quickly becoming my favorite RIS due to its creamy maltiness.]

NOTE: The first bottle out of this 4-pack was ridiculously hot with nothing but alcohol aroma and flavor. So I tried another bottle and was shocked at the difference. I have no idea why the two bottles were so different. Maybe the next two will answer that question. [EDIT: The third bottle was very creamy and not at all hot. Very creamy, smooth, roasty brew here.

Photo of mikey711
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Dark black and syrupy with an espresso head on top. Head retention is very good as a thin but frothy head about a quarter of an inch thick remains on top of the beer. Lacing is excellent

S: Rich chocolate smell with some bitter roastiness. Also a little bit of fruitiness.

T: Dark chocolate sweetness balanced by a nice roasted bitter note. Also has some nice toffee and espresso notes.

M: Great creaminess with only a mild hint of alcohol.

D: This is a pretty heavy beer and one that sips nicely over a long period of time.

Photo of tzieser
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Wow. This is probably the strongest stout I've ever had. This is also one of the nicest looking ones as well...

Pours a pitch black color-- no seeing through this one. The head looks outstanding-- insanely dark coco powder color. The glass looks identical to a glass of espresso. Smells of strong roasted malts and alcohol. Maybe some bitter chocolate in the back.

Tastes much like the smell description. Incredibly malty up front-- the roasted flavor is great. The alcohol flavor is disguised well, but you can definitely feel it going down.

I can't see having more than a couple of these... just too much for my stomach to handle.

I'm gonna save a bottle of this stuff for long-term storage. Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

Photo of Kaiser81
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received via trade from Mora2000.
Also received as an extra from rmaia when he just decided to ship me a beer for no reason other than it being on my Wants List.

I am beginning to fight a cold, so taste/smell scores might be slightly off.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Stone IRS tulip glass (finally get to use it with a stout!)

A - pours a black color with a fingers worth of mocha head. It hangs around nicely for a few minutes. As I drink it, there is some light lacing on the glass, and the head settles to a nice ring that sits atop the beer.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits - probably plums/prunes stands out the most. There is just a touch of molasses in there as well. Stupid stuffy nose is not letting get as much as I want of this!

T - The dark fruit hits the pallet immediately, but it is followed up very nicely by the roated malts and then the dark chocolate on the finish that really lingers for a bit. Truly a great example of a stout.
As it warms up, the chocolate really comes out as the dominant flavor. It changes from a dark chocolate to just a touch of milk chocolate...a tad bit sweeter and less bitter than when cold.

M - Heavy body with nice and light carbonation.

D - I could easily have another. If they released this in CA, I'd be all over it. It'd pair very well with a chocolate dessert

Photo of tabhill
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured down the center of the glass but only produced a half inch of beige head that only lasted a few minutes. No carbonation bubbles or lacing.

S- dark chocolate with some faint fruity/sweet notes.

T- big chocolate/espresso/alcohol flavor up front followed by a sweetness that gets more pronounced as the beer warms up

M- refreshingly smooth mouthfeel, not overly "chewy"" or heavy and doesn't leave much of a residual film on the tongue. Just enough bitterness to cancel out any syrupy feel. Very little carbonation was present but it didn't feel flat.

O- excellent beer, the sweetness wasn't overpowering and added to the taste. more carbonation would be appreciated

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

Well, it is black alright. Even when I hold it to the light, like you are not supposed to, it is still black. Very good for a moderately priced imperial stout.
The smell is so sticky it coats my nose. Coated with the aroma of coffee, espresso, dried fruits, I do not wonder why this style has remained named Imperial Stout.
Tasted like chewy chocolate coffee but without the tear on the stomach.
Mouthfeel: chewy in the Chewbacca sense.
Drinkability: If you like Imperial Stouts, drink up. This is a great buy, because it is served in a sixer not a 22oz. bomber.
Of all the types of beers I drink, I enjoy Imperial Stouts the most. This is the first Imperial Stout served from a 12oz bottle that compares on the level with the great 22oz bombers. Be it the over the top Avery’s or the dominating Stone and Rogue. Hello Brooklyn!

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

At first I thought the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout came in a special black bottle... but I was wrong. To say this stout is dark is a complete understatement. This brew black hole black! When held up to the light absolutely no light passes through... This is then topped off with a rich dark tan head, which unfortunately dissipates quickly. Aroma is nice... nothing overpowering maybe some fruity notes. Taste is great. Dark chocolate is the obvious flavor; the high alcohol content is also prevalent. As the beer hits the front of the tongue maybe even a hit of sweet fruit notes. Mouth feel is ok, carbonation is high... The Black Chocolate Stout is the perfect desert, as the finish of this is probably the best I have experienced. The taste of chocolate will linger on the back of the tongue well after the beer is gone.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a one finger greyish brown head.

S: Smell is definitely a bit faint, but what's there is really good. A sweet aroma with some chocolate, light roasted coffee and some raisin skin.

T: Opens with a big, roasted chocolatey note. Rich notes of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Some anise, espresso, and a nice touch of oats on the finish. A nice, velvety mouthfeel works really well with the flavors here. Really good.

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.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,094 ratings.