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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,430 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,430
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 830 | FT: 48
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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 babaracas


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with two finger light brown head, leaves a thin ring and a sheet of lace. Smell: lots of dark and bitter chocolate over a little roastiness, light notes of prune and booze. Taste: bitter, dark chocolate, roasted and more roasted, overripe dark fruit, finishes with a touch of spicy hops and drying bitter chocolate + roasty coffee. A nice ris with heavy emphasis on the chocolate, and still at a decent price.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 05:54:59 | More by babaracas
Photo of joeseppy


4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a true RIS.

Aromatics of heavy malt, baking chocolate and burnt sugar. As it warms, some alcohol rising.

Roasted malt flavor and soft bitter cocoa. Some dark fruit especially prune. Some smoke.

Has a dry wooden finish and the bitterness lingers. Not so much sweet as it is roasted.

No chocolate cake batter here or any creaminess, but pretty hot. Will put a few in the cellar. This however paired fantastically with aged gorgonzola and fig jam.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:13:41 | More by joeseppy
Photo of Mongrel


4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours just about black, with some chestnut highlights and a rich, dark tan head, British khaki if you will. Leaves pretty nice lacing. Sexy looking beer if poured right.

Smells roasty and a little sweet, with hints of dark fruit and char. It also has that inky espresso/licorice bitter aroma that I can never quite put my finger on.

Taste is bittersweet in the best way. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hint of coffee and more than a hint of licorice. Flavor delivery is sometimes really concentrated and sometimes softer, balanced by a mild oatmeal sort of element. A firm hop presence reinforces the coffee/chocolate bitterness and lends a cool veneer. Finishes dry, almost chalky, with just a touch of syrupy chocolate at the back of the throat. Very well balanced, with not a hint of alcohol.

I know some have complained about the mouthfeel, saying it's thin, but I think it's fine. Medium-full with a big hearty oatmeal center. It's like the comfort food of beers.

Overall, this beer is delicious and drinks entirely too easily for a 10% impy stout. And a steal at $8-9 a four-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:14:24 | More by Mongrel
Photo of DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We had this one about a year back, so it's interesting to see the palate-shift.

As the name suggests, it's a BLACK pour. No surprise there. There wasn't much head, which I'm beginning to learn isn't much of an indicator of anything when it comes to serious stouts.

The mild aroma lets the roasted malts come through.

This beer tastes less like chocolate and more like Marmite, with a hint of chocolate, which works.

Overall? A good beer that seems to be becoming more available. Try it, you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 08:37:50 | More by DrinkNewport
Photo of arizcards


4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from LetsPour.com for $6.25. Bottled in the Winter of 12/13.

Beer poured black with an ample tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is dark baking chocolates, dark fruits, with an ample amount of hops to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a brew that has American Stout written all over it but it has some Belgian influences with it's smooth dark fruit characteristics. Glad i had the opportunity to try this!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:36:39 | More by arizcards
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up the new 13-14 batch from of all places, Whole Foods in Union Square. At $8.99 for a four pack of a 10% ABV beer in NYC, I was pleased.

This poured a deep brown that bordered on muddy. Opaque just like an Imperial Stout should be. The head was subdued, a creamy beige color.

The smell produced dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malts. It reminded me more of a roasted coffee smell than of anything overly sweet.

The taste had more malts and black coffee. But as the beer warmed the rich chocolate sweetness started to show.

Mouthfeel was creamy and thick. I almost felt like I got a hit of fruit at the finish. The high alcohol content was pretty well concealed too.

Even though the name is Black Chocolate Stout, I picked up a bunch of malts and coffee is the smell and flavor. But this beer truly shines , and the chocolate comes out, after it beer sits for a few minutes. I have the 12-13 batch from last year that I am waiting to open to compare the two. Well done, Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 13:06:41 | More by WheelsPSU
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark with a nice small tan head.
S - Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted.
T - Builds on the smell with semi-sweet chocolate, some smoke and dark fruit. dark roast coffee.
M - Full body and moderate carbonation, dessert like
O - Nice Stout fitting for after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:10:01 | More by patpbr
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep,dark black with a nice almond colored head that leaves great lacing,the aroma is very coffeeish and slightly bitter sweet.A real nice complesx beer starts out somewhat earhty and coffeish with a dried fruit flavor comin thru and a hint of dryness in the finish.Very complex,a masterpiece of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 01:48:21 | More by oberon
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Oct 2013. Picked up from an off-licence in Ripon. Brewed in the winter of 2010/11, so it's been maturing for a while; mmm....

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep jet black hue, though revealed as a dark brown when held to the light. Produces a decent head of creamy brown foam that remains for a few minutes before subsiding to a frothy surface layer. Aroma of rich, sweet malt with notes of dried fruit, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, burnt grain and coffee. A warming whiff of booze in the background. Intense and delicious.

Tastes of rich roasted malt with a fruity character and a dry, bitter finish. Notes of dried fruit, chocolate, molasses, burnt grain and coffee. Slightly sweet, and possesses a spicy, astringent quality. Quite bitter upon swallowing, with a warm alcoholic note. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with tingly carbonation and great body. Very dry, with considerable astringency that dries the palate. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt and booze.

Wow - one of Brooklyn's classics. A fantastic brew with tons of flavour and character. Rich, sweet, fruity malt with distinct chocolate and coffee notes. I think what impresses me most is that this beer doesn't actually contain any chocolate; the flavour is the result of superb malt selection. I love the smooth mouthfeel. Excellent - add this to your list of must-try beers!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 00:50:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of Thrasher


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'01-'02: This is the first time I've tried it so I can't compare to previous years. Initial taste is alcoholic, although other flavors quickly surround it upon subsequent sips. Great mouthfeel, heavy but not sluggish; sticky, but not cloying. Head did not last as long as I would have liked. Overall satisfying, though, and I would very much like to shelf it and taste it again down the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2002 21:35:56 | More by Thrasher
Photo of slk22


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a tan/brown head with a hint of red. Head dissipated quickly and had medium lacing. Aroma is pronounced, but not overpowering. Chocolate is noticeable first, then roasted malt, burnt marshmallow, and a bit of coffee. Chocolate takes precedent, but aroma is well-balanced and very inviting. Taste follows the aroma with chocolate coming through first, followed by an ester sweetness, soft notes of roasted malt, a bit of burnt marshmallow, coffee, with more chocolate in the finish. This beer is thick, full-bodied, and smooth. Velvety. While very enjoyable, this beer is a bit heavy and 10% ABV prevents me from having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:21:50 | More by slk22
Photo of Mavajo


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is absolute black with a moderate tan/brown head. Lacing is moderate, spotty.

Nose is of roasted caramel malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste is primarily of chocolate with some coffee, and layered with dark caramel malts. Sweet, not particularly bitter. Alcohol taste is noticeable, but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, slightly creamy with a good amount of carbonation. This brew is very approachable and the alcohol is not nearly as overpowering as in many other imperial stouts. It's filling, as to be expected, so that tempers the drinkability.

All in all, a very enjoyable brew and one of my favorites of the style to date. Plan to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 21:44:47 | More by Mavajo
Photo of hooliganlife


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured thick black with no head. smell was rich and alcohol. taste was more alcohol up front although as it warmed the chocolate flavor came out. started out at 46 degrees and warmed up to room temp. was far better at room temp. great carbonation and quite smooth. overall, this was great and i would drink again. perfect light chocolate aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 04:29:04 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of morimech


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle is the 07-08 vintage.

Pours very dark almost solid black with one inch of dense mocha colored head. The head did not have the greatest retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Rich aroma of roasted and chocolate malt. Hints of dark fruit, coffee, and brown sugar. Alcohol is barely noticed.

The flavor was not as robust as the aroma but it still is quite good. More coffee than chocolate. Bittersweet throughout. Faint whisps of smoke. Hints of cherries and dark fruit. Alcohol remarkably is kept in check and does not get in the way of the malt flavor.

Big and bold in body. Very nice texture. Silky and smooth.

For such a big, high ABV stout it is remarkably drinkable. My bottle had a couple of years to age, and it aged well.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 17:44:56 | More by morimech
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured utterly opaque into my pint glass with a dense, one-finger head that reduced to a resilient creamy ring. Nice aroma of dark chocolate (duh) black cherries, coffee grounds and roasted barley.

Dark chocolate is definitely apparent in the taste, but it's cut with a bitter coffee jolt right up front -- though it's not necessarily a bad thing. The coffee's bitter, but not burnt. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden, though it does contribute to a considerable warming effect as you go. The taste gets a little grainy as it warms, but overall this is an extremely smooth beer with a silky mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 22:19:02 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Bung


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black/brown pour with a brown head. Real good with the chocolate and grape type fruit aromas. Roasted malt and chocolate present throughout. Roasted coffee with a clean bite at the finish. Alcohol let's you know it's there, but not overpowering. By far, Brooklyn's best offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 03:19:59 | More by Bung
Photo of BeanBone


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A thick, inky black body that blocks all light from passing through. Up top, there's over a finger of tan head that sticks around surprisingly long and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of dark, toasted malt character accompanied by some sweet chocolate and a fair share boozy notes. Clearly a Imperial Stout.

Flavor: A rich dark malt body featuring lots of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and some dark fruit notes. There a nice alcohol component throughout, and it pairs wonderfully with the rest of the flavors. The aftertaste is boozy and toasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and nicely creamy with good carbonation and plenty of heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Clearly a beer meant for a slow tempo, this is a perfect companion for dessert and conversation.

Verdict: I've been waiting to try this beer for many years, and I have to say I'm not disappointed. Black Chocolate Stout is a big Imperial Stout with lots of character, and also quite bargain. Now, to find a new white whale...

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 16:16:51 | More by BeanBone
Photo of jsanford


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09 Vintage, poured into my Stone IRS tulip

A - Inky black with a very thin, quickly receding off-white head. Leaves a tiny bit of sheeting, but overall kinda underwhelming. I was hoping for a huge head on this one.

S - Dark, sweet malts, roasted coffee and black chocolate.

T - Same as the nose, but I'm certainly getting a nice amount of vanilla that really smooth the edges on this one. Faintest hint of a hop presence in the finish. ABV is very well hidden.

M - Medium to medium-thin bodied with a very silky mouthfeel. Carbonation is sharp and bubbly.

D - I look forward to this one every year. Delicious beer, great value, it cellars phenomenally well, and the bottle is cool as hell.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 04:13:27 | More by jsanford
Photo of Bierguy5


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle of this year's batch. Pours a dark, almost completely black liquid with a tan foamy head. Looks good so far. Smells of chocoalte and almost black licorice. Stron hops, cjocolate and almost like aprune taste. I could really feel the higher alcohol presence. Good mouthfeel, maybe a touch thin. Probably couldn't have more than one or two of these. Still a good imperial stout. I had some success cellaring last year's batch and it turned out very well, although I didn't review it. Anyway, don't pass this one up.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 03:36:04 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of daythree16


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, this one looks like motor oil. Completely black and very thick. It has just a hint of carbonation in the few bubbles that crop up.

A thin tan head arises when the glass is swirled. It smells like chocolate liqueur. Strong alcohol presence. The taste is fairly strong as well. It's mildly sweet like chocolate syrup with a bit of molasses. There are some dark fruit flavors present as well. It has a pretty good alcohol burn and a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely thick. Almost like cough medicine (just the mouthfeel, not the taste) or syrup. Drinkability is not great, due to the high alcohol content and heaviness of the beer, but it is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 18:20:45 | More by daythree16
Photo of Brent


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a mocha-colored froth, like motor oil with 200,000 miles since the last change. Softly sweet chocolate malt aroma. Assertive dark-roasted malt bitterness jumps immediately to the back of the tongue - concentrated, cooked-down chocolate, coffee, prune and charcoal flavors dominate. Alcohol actually breaks things up a bit and the finish softens with a slight sourness. A well crafted imperial stout that could easily be raw, but manages to integrate the concentrated flavors quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2003 07:20:04 | More by Brent
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler into a proper Brooklyn tulip. It's black and the head is chunky and brown and doesn't want to dissipate. Holding this glass in my hand is like holding a big black pearl. From the nose, I'm getting faint tones of chocolate, leather, and a tiny bit of booze.

The taste follows the nose. It's very smooth, malt-forward, and semi-sweet, and there is not much bitterness at all. The predominant flavor is chocolate and it hits you coming and going. There is just a touch of that burnt flavor that characterizes RISs, but it is buried under the chocolate. There are also dark fruit notes at mid-palate and a faint warming alcohol presence on the finish, but it's reasonable given that this baby is 10% abv. The mouthfeel is firm and slightly creamy.

This beer is an RIS that drinks like an American Double Stout. I have had it many times and it is one of my favorite winter seasonals. It is very easy to get, it is reasonably priced (especially growlers), and it is absolutely delicious. I don't know why I waited so long to review it.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2012 22:57:13 | More by deadonhisfeet
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New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to my Cigar City snifter; bottling date of October 9, 2011 (Julian code: “2521 1023”) printed on the neck of the bottle in yellow ink.

Appearance (4.0): Fine-grained head the color of coffee ice cream expands slowly to two solid fingers, fading far MORE slowly to a solid half-finger. Lacing on the side leaves a sheet on the far side of the glass. The body itself is black, and . . . black. Nice looking RIS.

Smell (4.0): Apparently, the name of this beer is descriptive: dark chocolate. Like 80+% cocoa kind of dark. And, that’s about it, but it certainly fits the bill for what the beer’s advertising.

Taste (4.0): Chocolate starting dark and bitter but mellowing and becoming richer towards mid-palate; very modest coffee note finishes out the malt profile, and the finish shows some grassy hops adding a nice, understated, balancing bitterness. There’s an astringent coffee note that lingers, no doubt partially from the grassy hops. Whatever yeast is in here is buried pretty far deep into the bottle, but that’s okay. No alcohol to speak of.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Not the MOST viscous beer in the world, but it’s still very smooth on the tongue, especially with this velvety carbonation—just like in the head, incredibly fine-grained. Body itself is medium-full. I suppose it could be thicker, but this smoothness with that body is and excellent combination. The mouthfeel is like that Irving Berlin song, “You’re Just in Love”: a rubdown with a velvet glove.

Overall (4.5): I might have liked something like this to be a little fuller, just a hint sweeter, maybe a bit of oat happening in here to anchor some more intense chocolate / coffee action, and I can always use a little more head (that’s what she—no, I said), but damn this is a good beer. Those would go more along with an American Double / Imperial Stout, anyway. If someone asked me what I was drinking and said “Black Chocolate Stout” and gave them a taste, there’d be no question as to why it’s named so. This is an excellent, excellent beer, and at this price point ($7.99/ 4-pack) there’s no question that this is one of the best values around. Really great.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 04:44:48 | More by fmccormi
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled on September 12th, 2013. (2013-2014 release)

Appearance: Pours thick and as close to black as a beer can get. No light is getting through this one. Very thin tan head. Not the best lacing in the world. 3.75

Smell: Mocha latte. Sweet molasses. Chocolate. Subtle notes of sweet fruit.

Taste: Smooth chocolate up front. A bitterness of toasted, almost burnt grains kicks in. Notes of coffee develop very well in the finish. Minor notes of dark fruit, almost like a Fig Newton, kick in. For the most part the alcohol is pretty well masked, however, it does break through pretty well in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, no surprises there. The carbonation is low, but high enough to carry the bitter notes.

Overall: The chocolate flavor is phenomenal, though I am not wild about some of the supporting flavors though. The mocha flavors are spot on but the bitterness is really cranked up in this one. Almost sour notes of burnt toast develop. The alcohol is also to pronounced in the finish, but I suppose that's to be expected given it is a 20 proof beer. I really think this will develop well with a year or two on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 00:27:56 | More by Chiefy770
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is very black with not much of a head, however a ring hung around throughout the experience.

The nose is very good. Dark fruits are very apparent with dark chocolate.

Taste begins with dark fruit; moves into a dark chocolate and finishes quite boozy. Feel the warmth in the chestI can see this mellowing if cellared.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick.

Due to the hight ABV this is certainly not a session brew and drinkability is having one of these every now and then.

11-1-2-12 - Cellared this one for a year and must say could have cellared a bit longer. The alocohol is still very prevelant and must say it has a somewhat freshness to it. The appearance was dark brown almost black with a chocolate head ring which hung around. The nose is of milk chocolate and dark fruit, prunes possibly. The taste is like a chocolaty expresso mix and the mouthfeel is a medium. Overall this is a solid stout. Was interested to see if the alcohol would mellow after a year and it didn't. Have to cellar another for a longer period to see how it mellows. Still a very good stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 18:57:58 | More by TheSeeker61
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,430 ratings.