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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 2,646
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 890 | FT: 51
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of alexgash
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp. Deep, dark, almost black body with a large, thick, dense, creamy, milk chocolate brown head. Great lacing. Roasted barley, licorice, herbal-medicinal alcohol, dark sweet sugary fruits, and coffee on the nose. Roasted coffee bitterness at first, and then rich, rummy-sweet fruits flanked by herbal, warming alcohol notes. Dark, bitter chocolate settles in and the coffee and chocolate bitterness increase in the warming, numbing finish. Full-bodied with a velvety smooth feel. Will have to age a few to see if the bitterness settles down some.

alexgash, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black color with a large light brown creamy head that diminshed slowly with good lacing.

Heavy roasted chocolate malt aroma.

Medium to full body with a creamy texture.

Moderate bittersweet flavor with a moderate sweet finish of average duration.

This is a very good beer.

tmoneyba, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of counselor
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pitch black with an inviting creamy tan head. Smells of licorice, coffee, chocolate, deep, malty and slightly bitter. Smooth silky mouthfeel. Tastes of coffee, black roasted malts and hints of alcohol. A deep inviting beer that improvede as it warmed with more alcohol aromas and flavors of tobacco, raisin & toast. A very nice beer indeed.

counselor, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of LOCAL
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into goblet
08-09 release

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a small brown head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol nose.

Taste: wow, thats a lot of alcohol up front! Behind that there is tasty chocolate covered espresso bean.

Mouthfeel: This one hits the pallet kinda heavy and slightly syrupy. light to medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: With the ABV at 10% you can't have too many... ones gonna do it for me.

Overall: This is one for the cellar. I have 11 left and wanted to taste one fresh just to see what age will do to the rest. The cellar should work wonders on these bad boys. In time it has the makings of an extremely tasty, smooth, and creamy stout. I'll get back to this in 6 months or so for a check in.

LOCAL, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of wschmit
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010, 12 oz. into a Perfect Pint:

A: Pitch-black chocolate syrup body supports a creamy brown head that settles fairly quickly, leaving some sheets of lacing.

S: Pretty potent chocolate nose--about as strong as I've noticed--but without being sweet at all. A bit boozy and rum-like, with pleasantly burnt sugar notes. Very good.

T: The dryness is perfectly in line with the dark chocolate sensation. Otherwise, very solid roasted malt characteristic. It's just a bit too boozy tasting.

M: Smooth and round, but as mentioned, a touch alcoholic. Good carbonation for the style.

O: A great beer, one of those that really embodies a chocolate stout for me. Probably not world class, but definitely an exemplar, and not a bad value for the quality and the ABV. Everybody should drink this beer.

wschmit, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a very dark brown color, and has a small dark tan head. Very dark beer, no light is able to pass through it. The head also left decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - The smell is sweet and boozy. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. This beer smells pretty good.

T - Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate up front. There is a good sweetness to it which is balanced by a good amount of roastiness. There is also some alcohol presence that is noticeable.

M - This has a rich and creamy mouthfeel. It has a full body, and good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and has a slight warming quality.

D - I think this is a really drinkable beer. It has a full body, but it seems to go down a lot easy than some stouts. It doesn't have the rough bitterness that I have experienced with some other stouts, and also it masks its alcohol content quite well. I will definitely pick more of this up

JizackFH, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of bigaltemple
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle/Winter 11-12

A - Pitch black in color. Creamy, three-finger tan head slowly settles to half-finger width that provides some moderate lacing.

S - Oh, this smells good. As advertised, dark malts, and bitter chocolate. Cocoa nibs, and mild hint of dark fruits.

T/M - Follows the nose well. Chocolate dominates with some sense of caramel. Coffee comes through as well. Finishes with a bit of bitterness that makes me want to have another drink. Would probably come across as too sweet if the carbonation wasn't right on. It really keeps this from being syrupy.

O - Really well done. Will gladly be looking for more of this one.

bigaltemple, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Jim_Benz
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My wife and I each drank one bottle (2013) in tulips, served at cellar temp--around 58° F (or a little less).

Appearance--dark chocolate black topped by a one inch head of milk chocolate foam-- very appealing and rich-- the head dissipated in about two minutes, maintaining a rim around the edges throughout. I forget any distinctions about the lacing.

Smell--alcohol and dark chocolate, mostly bitter but rich and tempting.

Taste--same as the nose, like 80% cacao dark chocolate lightly (or barely) sweetened with grain alcohol. In fact, the flavor of the alcohol seems to play a major role in both taste and bittering. No real hints of coffee; not much taste of roasted grain outside of the chocolate flavor; hops indiscernable. Not incredibly complex but perfect in its own way. Very tasty and decadent. Dry and bitter on the finish, but somewhat cloying on the tongue without being particularly sweet in any way.

Mouthfeel--medium to full body, more carbonation than I expected, less creaminess. As it warmed and the carbonation lessened, it became a little smoother but not much.

Overall--a very good, very rich imperial stout that drank just like its name implied. The 10% ABV packed a punch, but it also provided a distinct flavor that accentuated the chocolate beautifully. I'm curious to see how this one ages--will it become more complex; will the alcohol/chocolate bitterness soften into something a bit mellower and roastier; will it develop a creamier body? I guess time will tell, but it'll be worth drinking either way.

Jim_Benz, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of kennymule
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pour is black as night with slight head which quickly vanishes.
S- chocolate and coffee.
T- Sweet, almost too sweet, chocolate and roasted coffee and bitter finish. Quite a bit of alcohol on the finish as well.
M- Medium
O- I'm not a huge fan of stouts, but this is a pretty good one. At 10% I won't be slamming them down.

kennymule, May 12, 2013
Photo of Alextricity
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.19 single bottle poured into a shaker pint (the good glasses were dirty!)

Appearance: As to be expected for the style, pitch black. A pretty dark brown head sits on top, and is about a finger in height. Dies down fairly quickly. Some really nice lacing for the first half of the glass or so, which I wasn't really expecting. A pretty great looking beer. Carbonation is surprisingly high on this beer, and you can see quite a few bubbles streaming through.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roast, coffee... some of the usual suspects from such a beer. Surprisingly sweet aroma. This also has a tinge of alcohol in the aroma. Dark fruits come through a little bit as it warms, but not much.

Taste/feel: First thing I noticed was the carbonation -- it's actually pretty high, and I wasn't expecting that at all. There's a pretty full body, but it's not as thick as some other RIS's I've had. There's a bit of booze flavor, and a slight warmth. Alcohol isn't entirely well hidden, but I don't expect that in an Imperial Stout. The thing I like most about this beer is, well... a lot of things. First of all, like I said, I appreciate that it isn't syrupy thick/sweet. I get that in some of the critically acclaimed RIS's, and I don't like that too much. Additionally, although the smell isn't something you probably haven't smelled from another quality RIS, this is just that, a quality RIS. A lot of chocolate, coffee, and roast in this, and it makes me want to dive in. As much as I like this beer, I was expecting a bit of a chocolate bomb given the name. There's definitely a chocolate presence (especially in the aftertaste), but not as big as I figured there would be.

An excellent RIS that could easily be year round... the price is also damn hard to beat. One of the cheapest RIS's I've purchased, and nearly the best.

Alextricity, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 355 ml bottle into a snifter, winter 2013-2014 vintage. This one is indeed dark, pitch opaque black with nary a ray of light passing through, with a halo of dark brown foam rimming the glass but otherwise no real head to speak of. Aroma is equal parts roasted, sweet, and floral/fruity, which is unexpected and quite pleasing. Some wood char and dark roast coffee jump out initially, with the latter carrying over onto the palate, burnt toffee, chocolate-covered raisins, and bright floral hops at the end of a sniff, really appreciating this latter element. The taste is well-rounded and mellow despite the bevy of dark malts and roasted grains advertized on the label, the alcohol is almost perfectly concealed (particularly considering this is an imperial stout!) and the flavors are aforementioned dark but smooth instant coffee, toffee, pancake batter, raisin, and baker's cacao mixed with milk. Just the barest tinge of ash at first, although this effect does emerge over time. Finishes quite sweet and here's where one does get a slight hint of alcohol. This is quite thick on the palate but the beer somehow goes down as lighter than it is. Careful or the high ABV will sneak up on you. This beer has won numerous awards and I can see (taste) why. Nothing to criticize here although some may want an Imperial stout to translate as hotter and more aggressive. Truthfully, there is something to be said for such an artful and skilled approach as this.

CalgaryFMC, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of StandupandStout
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%

StandupandStout, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of slimstout
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 09-10

Appearance: Thick, black (and still black when held up to light). Four-finger head.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, a lot of fruity scent (like plums), vanilla, booze.

Taste: The taste improves and grows richer as it warms. Dark chocolate (as might be expected), malt, booze, vanilla, caramel, toffee, prunes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated... much less than what I'd expect with the amount of head I poured. It's thick and fairly smooth. The mouthfeel also improves as it warms, it feels more smooth and mellow as it gets warmer, less sharp.

Drinkability: It's disappearing surprisingly fast.

slimstout, May 06, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a two finger fluffy caramel colored head. To say there's a lot of lace is a serious understatement.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a nice malty and licorice background.

Taste: Smokey chocolate the finished very clean malty back. This is not Rogue, Youngs, or Southern tier, so don't expect yoo-hoo but expect a nice chocolate undertone.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet finishes very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable heavy stouts available (ie non milk/cream stout or dry irish stout).

Note: This is definitely "old reliable" for me, it's always on the shelf. This beer is also great for introducing people to heavy stouts.

BigIrishman, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle for 1.99...

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice...

A- Thick black opaque liquid. A nice tan head emerges after the pour leaving an incredible amount of lacing on my glass.

S- Smell was of chocolate, oak, and some vanilla. Some hops present in the nose as well.

T- Taste was very bitter. Hops, roasted malts of all types and flavors- chocolates, cocoa, coffee, and others. This is not for the faint at heart.

M- Mouthfeel was harsh and left a burning sensation for the duration of the entire consumption. Sticky and thick a long the tongue and lips.

D- This beer is a great treat with a dessert. Do not drink more of two of these in a sitting unless you plan on going to sleep. Highly tasty.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black. No light penetration. Thin, pretty, khaki, espresso, colored head. Spotty lacing.

Nose - Anise, milk chocolate, hazelnut, burnt sugar, mild roasted notes.

Taste - Similar to nose with noticeable bitterness creating coffee sensation. Some cherry and blue fruit and high acidity.

Mouthfeel - Suffers from acidity

Drinkability - Only decent due to style.

Chinon01, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Erish
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: pitch black as advertised, espresso foam colored head, thick cap, very good lacing.

S: dark, sweet, bread-like malt, Germanic yeast funk, molasses, coffee and chocolate in the background, wisp of vanilla. I swear this smells just like a Dopplebock!

T: the funk flashes right up front, then a luxurious blackberry, cherry, plum, and malty sweetness hits, the middle starts with an alcohol burn, quickly followed by coffee, chocolate, molasses toasted oak, and licorice, the long finish features a lingering caramel sweetness, a smoked wood finish, and a gentle but persistent herbal and orange peel hop note. Smells like a Dopplebock, tastes like a great RIS should. The alcohol burn keeps this from getting a 5.

M: full-bodied, almost syrupy, moderate carbonation. Beware, this beer is a palate crusher!

D: There is so much that I love about this beer, but the alcohol taste is off-putting. The way it overwhelms the palate puts this beer in the realm of 2-hour sippers.

Erish, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of endincolorado
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Thick, black syrupy body with an impressive, dark tan head that settles slowly. Nice lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt is powerful, with a faint toast, dark chocolate, and a good hop-dryness to balance.

Taste- Dark chocolate is evident initially, followed by some very tasty toasted black malt, faint coffee and a great hop bitterness. Dark chocolate lingers on the palate along with a slight tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- full bodied, with a satisfying, creamy texture that complements the flavors well. Appropriate (not a whole lot) carbonation.

Drinkability- Heavy and bold, but a well-crafted brew. [with a nice price tag]

endincolorado, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of erikwibaeus
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this beer is one you just have to try to understand. Even tough its an R.I.S. its not. Brooklyn has taken great mestures to make this beer open for the big public. The -09 version is well balanced but perhaps the character R.I.S. is usually more rugged than this brew. Almost milky in the nose i see this beer as one that you can serve to the avrage joe and he will understand but perhaps not like (depending on taste ofcourse).
My conclusion is that its got a pretty high drinkability and the taste is perfect. But as i said, i kinda miss the rugged feeling.

erikwibaeus, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of towersfall
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black color with a beautiful biege/tan-ish head. It took the head a minute or two to disappear as well.

Smell: Smells of bitter chocolate and dark fruit with a small hint of coffee.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and mocha are apparent with a slight hint of fruit. My god does this have a bitter chocolate after taste

Mouthfeel: Thick molasses and syrupy texture with a heavy overall body.

Drinkability: A little tough to drink but it is a very impressive winter beer. Very much enjoyed the strong taste as it is something I don't down often. Will reccomend to others and will probably go back to this next winter.

towersfall, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of tviz33
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a snifter.

A- Pours a viscous black body topped by a single finger of light brown head that recedes in about two minutes to a very thin cap, leaving behind some lacing.

S- Not a whole lot here, but there is definitely some chocolate, back by some coffee and a faint bit of alcohol.

T- The taste is far greater than the smell indicated. Chocolatey but not overdone. It is quite malty and there's a smokey component to it as well. It finishes with subtle dark fruit notes and a bite from the alcohol. That said, the alcohol is well-hidden compared to the last 10.0% beer I had (Ballast Point Victory at Sea).

M- The feel of this is very creamy. It does of good job of not being too stick and slick as it just glides across the palette.

O- A very solid representation of the style.

tviz33, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of xzqrut
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out like oil, very dark and thick, low head and low carbonation, nice stout. Beer gave a nice malt aroma, with some burnt chocolate as well. Same with the taste, although at times it seemed like this years high ultra high alcohol content affected it a little. Mouthfeel about what you would expect, thick and flat, some foam. Good beer, really warms you up this year.

xzqrut, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of dciBA
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured ultra black from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. very thin head. Smells of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

Taste is good although not overly complex. Lots of chocolate, but the alcohol present in the smell doesn't come through in the taste at all, which makes this stout very drinkable, especially for 10%. Roasted malt flavor on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is top notch. Nice and thick, but goes down very smooth and easy.

Solid beer from Brooklyn. If you like chocolate, this one is for you.

dciBA, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of cdViking
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade with Hurricane (Scott). Thanks.

Poured into pint glass, thick opaque black with wonderful looking chocolatey head that unfortunately dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate, malt and booze. Taste is decadent chocolate with a roast coffee back taste and a nice, boozy aftertaste. Nice and thick with good amount of carbonation that pleased the palate. Definitely a rich drink that I don't think I could frequently consume. Very enjoyable though.

cdViking, May 02, 2009
Photo of Tifore
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours from the bottle like a syrupy motor oil. Very very dark brown to basically black in color with a thick viscosity. A very small 1/2 finger head with a deep tan color develops and fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Very upfront smelling. Lots of chocolate and coffee right off the bat with some lingering carmel and roasted malts. Toffee notes as well. Smells robust and very thick tasting.

T - Tastes immediately of bittersweet chocolate and spent coffee rinds but quickly turns sweet with the carmel and toffee notes coming in. That lingers for a while and then you are left with a slight boozieness that is well accepted by me. Its not over the top, just lets you know its there in the back of your throat.

M - Very smooth on the tounge and full tasting. Pretty syrupy as well with a good amount of carbonation that holds up to the big flavors of the beer.

D - Very drinkable. I'm glad I have a few of these in the cellar and that its still for sale at my local bottle shop. I will likely be grabbing a 4 pack to enjoy while its fresh over these cold winter months.

Tifore, Dec 26, 2010
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