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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,865
Reviews: 2,669
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 993 | FT: 53
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of PartyBear
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid jet black body with a small creamy tan head, however, it fades quite quickly. Very light carbonation. Rich chocolately aroma, with dark heavy malts, slight smokiness, and loads of sweet dark fruit. There is lots of bitter chocolate from the start, alongside a strong coffee flavours, sweet dark malts and a slight hoppy kick in the finish. Thick and full in the body with an almost tar-like feel. Love this beer, one of the best chocolate stout available.

Photo of Onibubba
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 HoppedStoopid
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will be expanding upon this as I import my tasting notes from Brew Gene:
O: Overall the only tastes which dominate and ultimately hurt the Brooklyn RIS are its chief characteristics, bitter dark chocolate and alcohol. If you let this beer warm a few degrees as you savor its darkness and 10% ABV it becomes acrid/hot and almost undrinkable playing second fiddle to Stone's RIS. This must be enjoyed in a timely manner at serving temperature to fully appreciate its bitterness, high abv, and hop back bone.

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

Old Review: Poured from bottle into Westvleteren tulip. This is the winter 2011/2012 vintage. Less than a finger of dark mocha head thins out to almost nothing, leaving the glass looking like a cup of black coffee. I have to say the color is pretty much black, but if I look closely enough at the edge of the beer in the glass, I can make out some dark browns and reds. Smell consists of sweet coffee with loads of brown sugar, bitter chocolate, sweet floral notes, maltiness, maybe some molasses. For me, the taste is dominated by bitter chocolate and artificial coffee. There are hints of oatmeal, malt, and this metallic flavor that I'm not a fan of, probably just the bottle. Mouthfeel is rendered bitter and sharp as a result, unfortunate because I bet this is much better fresh, but do not know for sure. I give this a 4 overall, and hope to have a fresh bottle in the winter.

Re-reviewing this beer, 12-13 vintage. Poured into a Founders snifter. Huge dark tan three finger head, spills over. Recedes to a thin layer with some dark tan lacing. Almost black in color, looks like an amazing stout.

Aroma is rather subdued, not too different from what I remember last time. Nonetheless, roasted malt dominates, with chocolate and coffee notes to follow. Smell intensifies as beer warms.

For taste, re: smell. Though at first, chocolate is ever-so-slightly present. What I get most is malt, roasted malt, and more malt. Chocolate and coffee are very much secondary. As it warms, which I recommend, chocolate becomes much more noticeable and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel calms down too as a result of warming up a bit. Very smooth and sweet.

Overall, this is a very decent stout, but recommend enjoying after a bit of warming. Cheers.

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

Got this beer from a friend who brought them here from a trip to Boston.

A: Pitch Black with a thin bronze head and decent bit of lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Roast and a touch of booze. A nice dark chocolate as the name suggests.

T: Very chocolatey with a touch of cherry-like dark fruit. You can tell it's 10% alcohol but that almost is essential to the flavor and not cloying at all.

M: Full-bodied with more carbonation than I expected. Very nice.

D: Gonna be easy to drink. Especially being in such a small bottle. I'm very happy I got a chance to try this beer!

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

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | on-tap | 10.0% ABV | July 2011

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Glass: Snifter

Jet black, the abyss. A mocha crown—perfectly motionless—rings the periphery.

Iced coffee, dark chocolate.

Dark roasted coffee, espresso, brandy. There's a strong alcoholic presence and it leans towards bitterness, which is not for everyone.

Thick and luxurious, this is an incredibly pleasing liquid to swish around the your mouth.

It's a great Russian Imperial Stout, except in that the 10% ABV can clumsily peek through the otherwise well-composed exterior.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, and I have.

Served: July 30, 2011

Photo of intovert2438
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Pours out black as oil, tops off with a 2 finger frothy dark brown head which lingers for a good minute and a half, leaving a nice lacy trail down to the stout.

Smells strongly of hops, a little alcohol, smells exactly like the inside of a brewery.

Wonderful full thick mouthfeel, bitter hoppy black coffee bite, no alcohol zing. Smooth and creamy. Not as chocolate as I thought it would be, the roasted malt flavor is dominant. Nice sipping beer. This is the 07-08 release.

I'll bet it gets better in a few months, I think I'll get another case to save. Glad I bought it.

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

Pours jet black with a thin brown head.

Smells of bourbon... a bit sweet as well.

Tastes sweet and of roasted malts. Finishes with a bitter dark chocolate taste that lingers on the palette. Not the overwhelmingly chocolate flavor as I'd presumed based on the name, but it's definitely there.

Has the thick, chewy mouthfeel that you'd expect from an Imperial Stout. A good drink, but I think I'd be hard-pressed to have a second.

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

Out of a bottle this beer was a completely opaque black color. The head was one finger of maple brown foam. The retention was moderate, the lacing about the same. The aroma was a rich blend of caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, ripened fruit esters and hints of alcohol. The flavors were at first rather sweet, the caramel and toffee being up front. This then mellowed out and became more chocolate, coffee and roasted malt based. Hints of dark fruit peaked out in the middle along with some alcohol heat before leading to a long, bitter espresso finish. Complex, rich and well balanced but not overbearing for 10% (!). The mouthfeel was slightly above average, the soft carbonation perfect for the style, the body full. One of the better beers this brewery makes and worth the shot.

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

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle labeled winter 05-06

Drinking this beer out of a brooklyn snifter. served at about 45 degrees.

This beer pours a midnight black color with a 1/2 inch light coffee colored head. The head seems to disappear fairly quickly, but still leaving a thin layer above the liquid itself.

The nose is of chocolate currant and alchohol, also some other dark fruits.

Taste the chocolate very well, a sweet and bitter blend which seems to mask the alchohol on the tounge better than on the nose. There also seems to be a hint of sour tartness on the finish, leaving you with a slight pucker..The over all finish is smoothe and well balanced.

I would say this is a fairly full bodied stout, with great characteristics. Will drink again for sure.

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

A: Bottle is from the 2012-2013 winter brew. A hard pour into a chalice gives a nice two finger head, which is straight up brown. The beer itself is black as could be. Watching the head settle looks almost like a nitro pour. Beautiful.

S: Dried plums, alcohol, and chocolate of the baker's variety. Not much sweetness here. It promises to be quite tasty, as there are a bunch of underlying notes, but I can't can't pick them out. I did notice some roasted malts as it warms up.

T: Balanced and the alcohol matches well to the other flavors. Obviously, chocolate is the main flavor, but it's hard for me to discern the other flavors. it kinda just hits all at once, and I can't separate them. But, I like the way it tastes. I would give a higher score if I didn't feel like the flavors were mauling my tongue.

M: Smooth as any stout I've had, like a good oatmeal. Light carbonation, silky and full-bodied. Afterwards, though, it hangs around a bit longer than I like. Otherwise, It's about perfect.

O: A very good beer, and one that I have come to really enjoy. I will save a 4-pak in hopes that in about a year, maybe some sweetness will come through, or the subtle flavors will pull through a little stronger. And at 10%, it hides it extremely well.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy black color with a lace of head. Smell is very malty with lots of chocolate aroma. The taste is full of alcohol and quite bitter. I'm kinda disappointed with the taste though, because the label says chocolate and the smell of full of chocolate, so naturally you'd think the taste would lots of chocolate, not here though. You can only taste a little chocolate here. Mouthfeel burns a little, as it should with such high alcohol. Don't get me wrong this is one fine Russian Imperial Stout, but if you're hoping for chocolate flavor you might be disappointed.

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


12oz to standard pint, pours a deep black - completely opaque - foamy cream brown head with dense bubbles eventually fades to lacing.

smells of creamy chocolate, raisins, dark malts, sweetness, yeast

tastes of sweet alcohol, roasty malt, creaminess hiding behind, bitterness, light chocolate, raisins, good thickness, mmmm

mouthfeel is of a good weight, hot alcohol, sweetness, raisins, bitterness, roasty

tasty but i can imagine that this would only due better with time, can't wait to try cellaring.

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

Did a blind mini-vertical with an 06-07 (i'll call it the 06) and an 07-08 (i'll call it the 07). Individually based on the look of the beer, the smell of the beer, and the taste of the beer, I was able to identify the older vintage. It was a very significant difference.

The '06 had about half as much head as the '07; but both had ample mocha colored head atop a jet black body.

The aroma on the '07 had more yeast esters and especially a prominent banana aroma. The '06 had a more chocolaty aroma and was incredibly smooth.

Taste wise, they were closer than aroma. The '06 was very smooth with chocolate and roast malt character. The '07 was significantly more bitter and the alcohol was more present, but had the same chocolate and roast behind that.

The mouthfeel on both was very similar. Pretty heavy bodied with a long aftertaste.

Drinkability is weird to describe. In a way, i want to avoid drinking this to let it age. However, the older it gets, the better it tastes. Really a good RIS but it needs age to get there.

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

Drank a winter 07/08 served in a tulip

A - Thick black color, light head settled on top.

S - roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, strong smells

T - Strong Dark chocolate and roasted malts. ligth coffee,

M - Hot beer, alcohol still seems to come through although its been aged almost a year. Good beer viscous.

D - alcohol comes through even after aging. good beer high 10.6 ABV gives a lower mark.

Good beer, its alcohol still comes through in aging. Waiting for the 08/09 winter release to do a side by side.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 08-09 so last years version. Poured into a tulip. Nice half inch mocha head with tiny bobbles resting atop a pitch black body.

Nice chocolatey aroma dominates. A hint of cherry and dark fruit is also present. I got a nice whiff of vanilla after a couple sips as well.

The taste starts out very dry with a lot of roast. The finish is slightly sweet. Flavors of chocolate and mocha are noticed after several sips.

Great creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't disappoint at all.

Very drinkable. This is near the top of its class. This is the first RIS I ever had a few years ago, and I'm now wondering why I spent so much time and money searching out other options. Definitely want more.

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

Pours a rich black color with smaller tan/brown head. Smells of sweet apple and darker fruits raisins, plums, and a slight vanilla. tastes complex of raisins, dark chocolate, and charcoal. Finishes with an overpowering charcoal taste. Carbonation is a bit overpowering for this style, mild carbonation works better in a a stout, in my opinion. This one is a bit too dark for my taste, and should be noted. Although with a 10.6 alc my down sides are worth overlooking. and i would have another one if offered.

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

A - The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours into a chalice with the appearance of black coffee ... it produces a minimal brown head.

S - Alcohol, sweet malts, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup.

T - Wonderful "sweetish" roasted malts, alcohol, some black licorice and coffee flavors.

M - Medium-heavy with a velvety effervescence ... you know, the kind of bubbles that you don't taste at first because it's a thicker texture ... then you sense thousands of tiny, compact bubbles and fizz on "a delay."

D - For 10.50% abv, this is astonishingly balanced and dangerously easy to drink. Absolutely delicious.

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

'01-'02: Black body with big tan head, which too quickly disipated to a thin topping. Chocolate, liquorice, and alcohol in aroma. Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee tones in taste. Enough alcohol in taste to know this is not a session beer. It is a nice evening topper.

'02-03: To the above, I will add a big heaping of dark fruits, particularly raisins.

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

Let me start out by saying that this is my first imperial stout, my first chocolate stout, my first beer remotely like this. The first one of these I had I didn't really like. But it grew on me. Here is my review.

Marked for winter '05-'06.

This beer is very dark, nearly obsidian, but with some faint red hues. It pours into my tumbler with a modestly-sized creamy brown (as in brown sugar) head with lots of crazy lacing.

The nose is spicy, bitter chocolate and nutmeg.

The taste is bitter, bittersweet chocolate. This, mixed with the spiciness (nutmeg, cinammon flavors? maybe brown sugar too?) makes it like mexican chocolate. At the finish, the alcohol comes to the fore. It is warm and spicy -- the interaction of the spiciness of the alcohol and the spiciness of the actual flavors in the beer is interesting. Notes of caramel and some roastiness, too.

Low carbonation, very full body and very smooth.

This beer is so sweet that it leaves my lips feeling sticky (it is more of a richness than a sweetness). I don't get that with most beers I drink (granted, I've mostly drank paler beers).

This is a tasty beer. It took me a few to get acquainted with it, but in the end, very good. I like. I recommend. And it was good with Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, too. It's so rich that I can't give it very high marks for drinkability, but one is certainly good.

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

Bottled Winter 11-12

A- Poured a deep black. Two-finder chocolatey brown head with great retention and lacing. Overall, a fairly beautiful pour.

S- Deep chocolate roasts and burnt malts dominate. Maybe a hint of dark fruits in there. Sweet tinges throughout the scent. Chocolate is most dominant throughout.

T- Deep, deep burnt roasted malts dominate. Slight dark chocolate hints towards the middle. Alcohol flavor really kicks in towards the end.

M- Somewhat think and creamy, but not quite the level of most stouts. I'd like to see it a little thicker. Alcohol burn is there for sure. Adequate level of carbonation.

Overall, this brew is has a great presentation, but a taste and feel that isn't quite all there. Chocolate flavors from the scent aren't quite as prominent in the taste. A very solid beer in the end.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,865 ratings.