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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,563 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,563
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 307
Gots: 875 | FT: 48
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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 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
Photo of sjohansen
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Black with a one finger head the color of the inside of a 3 Musketeers. The head dissipates quickly, leaving spotty wisps on top of the dark black brew. Very sparse and spotty lacing appears in places on the snifter.

The alcohol is prominent in the nose, it comes through as hints of rubbing alcohol. As it warms, the chocolate malts come through.

Sweet on the front and middle, finishes with a slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate, aftertaste a little sweeter then what preceded it. Slightly powerful, has the pepper taste of alcohol, but it is masked well with the strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

Always will be one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Although it is high in alcohol, it’s very well balanced which makes for a complex taste that hides the power well. And it doesn’t disappoint by calling itself Black Chocolate Stout.

sjohansen, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Estarrio
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bewitching brew is pitch black and completely opaque. The medium, coffee color head retains quite well, with sticky, intricate lacings.

Sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel with hints of vanilla and toffee, this incredible brew smells like a festive holiday pudding.

The flavor is of sweet, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and burnt caramel with some buttery tones. There is a huge, chewy bread/yeast consistency that tapers off into a bitter aftertaste with hints of alcohol.

This is a heavy beer with ample carbonation, though not as creamy as I might like it to be.

This is a fine seasonal offering from Brooklyn Brewery that I've been eager to taste for some time. I think the flavors would benefit well from a bit a bit of aging, though it is still a tasty brew when fresh.

Estarrio, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Yet another example of an "old friend" beer that's somehow gone un-reviewed by me. Time to change that. To the max. It pours a straight jet black topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste is very similar, with the roasted malts taking center stage, followed by a strong chocolate powder contingent. The rest comes in in a nice dark melange in the finish. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, this probably the most readily drinkable widely-available stouts around. Get some!

TMoney2591, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheKingsofHops for hooking it up with a couple bottles of this.

A: A 2009-2010 bottle poured into my Cigar City snifter. The pour is a beautiful, viscous, jet black with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: This beer has a very intense nose. A lot of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, roasted malt, and some alcohol. Maybe a bit of maple syrup in there as well.

T: The taste features many of the same characters as the nose. A lot of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. The alcohol is there but not all that noticeable.

M: The body is quite full, as you would expect from an imperial stout. The carbonation also fits the style, as it is low.

D: The ABV is quite well hidden in terms of the taste, but it's quite apparent upon drinking a bottle. Still, the beer is quite tasty.

womencantsail, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of LtCracker20
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temp. About 6-7 months old. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A- Pours a black body with a nice 2-finger chocolate colored head that shows lasting power. Some nice lacing, too.

S- Dark, bittersweet chocolate. Almost none of the 10% abv comes through. A little oakiness to it as well with brings some vanilla aromas.

T- Just like the smell with a little more of the abv present in the finish. A wonderful flavor of chocolate with a hint of that oaky- vanilla flavor. Nice burnt coffee flavors as well.

MF- Big and creamy. Nice bold flavors that last and last on the palate. Only negative is that I think it might have too much carbonation, especially at this temp.

LtCracker20, May 31, 2011
Photo of magnj
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 months since I purchased it, probably older than that.

a - Big chunky head snuck up on me on the pour but faded quickly to a thin film. Body is really deep, one of the darkest I've seen with no hint of light even on the edges when held up to the sun or bright light. Lacing is incredible, creating a crust on the side of my glass.

s - Chocolate much like Rogue's Stout and Sam's Choco Bock. Otherwise rather mild, a bit toasty but nothing harsh or quite roasted.

t - Chocolate dominates but is not overdone. Toasty malts throughout, light coffee notes. Not too sweet, seems to be fairly low FG. Alcohol really not coming through but with a color like this it's pretty easy to assume it packs a punch. Hops flavor is minimal, maybe a bit of spice and citrus towards the end.

m/d - Sweet to style guidelines, drinkable but a sipper though I won't fault it for that, it is afterall an IRS.

magnj, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep black color with a rocky russet colored head that leaves lots of lace.

S- Deep dark malt and chocolate aromas dominate the nose. Alcohol is also fairly prominent.

T- Full roasted flavor with tons of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. A bit of burnt malt and molasses with some black licorice and roasted coffee beans. A slight sting of alcohol in the finish.

M- Full bodied with ok carbonation. A bit hot from the alcohol.

D- Easily one of my favorite Brooklyn beers so far. The alcohol was a bit strong but I know that this is a very fresh batch. I expect the alcohol to die down a bit with some age.

projectflam86, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Illinick
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'05-'06 cellared 15 months.
A: Pitch black with a creamed coffee colored head that retains as a medium-thinnish layer with sticky edges. Good, sticky lacing.
S: Vinous and port-like with syrupy raisin scents as well as some burnt espresso beans at the end of the quaff. Dark, unsweetened chocolate drives the nose. Some dark fruits peek in and out, but the chocolate and burnt coffee bean scents are the real winners. An alcohol aroma throughout.
T: The cellaring does wonders for this brew. It's powerful and tannic on the tongue with port-like flavors up front, syrupy raisins and slight wood following with strong burnt espresso beans in the finish and aftertaste. The dark unsweetened chocolate flavors drive the profile, sometimes in the back drop and sometimes in the forefront. Alcohol burn peeks through in the middle and puckers at the end. As it warms the chocolate and coffee flavors make their appearance felt further, with the port flavors dissipating slightly. The aftertaste is heavy on the burnt beans throughout.
MF: Syrupy and medium thick.
Overall: This brew ages among the best of them. If you like a fresh bottle of BCS, have some patience and cellar a few. Wait a year and enjoy this sipper for an hour or so. Complex, mature, and delicious, this cellared brew is a definite winner.

Illinick, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the '09-'10 winter batch.

A: pitch black with about a half finger of tan head; looks about how you'd expect.

S: dark, roasty malts; chocolate; hints of coffee; booze too.

T: rich malts and chocolate through and through. Boozy warmth thrown in for good measure. Delicious!

M/D: a creamy, full-bodied brew that feels great swishing around in the mouth. Relatively easy drinking here too, though it's definitely an imperial stout. A solid chocolate stout.

brystmar, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very dark coffee colored stout. The smell was not to strong gave off a bit off dark chocolate smell. The taste was that of dark chocolate and some fresh roasted coffee. This is definitely a beer that I would like to have again. I like this beer because the after taste was like you just finished eating some good chocolate. Great beer.

thedoubler55, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of terrabyte
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown or black with a small brown head.

Aroma has a very strong chocolate smell, followed by quite a bit of booze.

Flavor is strong in chocolate as well, with a slight amount of booze. There might be a hint of roasted chocolates, but suddenly the aftertaste takes your breath away with booze burning your lungs. It’s a toss-up whether or not the bitterness comes from the chocolate or coffee.

Mouthful is creamy and foamy.

Drinkability isn’t very high due to the alcohol taste sweeping away the chocolate flavor. If it’s going to be that strong, you’re going to want stronger flavors to catch up to it. Let alone try to mask some of it. On top of that, the flavor that was there was sort of rough and tough.

It should be noted that this beer was tasted right after trying a Goose Island Bourbon Stout. That’s hardly fair for Brooklyn. I did enjoy this beer, it’s much more affordable, and I’d be glad to have another.

terrabyte, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Maudite snifter. Inky black with standard kahaki colored head that dissipates quickly. (Not a surpise as this is a 2009 bottle)

Nose is a bit sweeter than I remember, replete with chocoloate and roasted malt notes. Dates?

Taste is drier than the aroma, but just a toucvh of sweetness. Chocolate notes, with a touch of alcohol heat, but nowhere near the 10% that it is.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not exceedingly so.

A consistent performer year after year...

ProudBeerSnob, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black color with a thick brown head and tons of beautiful lacing. Smells of rich dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, and aromatic malts. Tastes of delicious dark chocolate, mocha, coffee, caramel, plenty of sweet malts, and a little bit of tasty hops. Mouthfeel is very thick and oily. Drinkability is very nice.

TheKingofWichita, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of m1ked
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

m1ked, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of IronLover
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a thick dark beige head that reduces to a thin beige cap that leaves wet lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt and sweet dark chocolate aromas. Thick, viscous feel. Roasted and burnt malt flavors in the beginning, sweet chocolate in the middle and a lighly dry pine hop finish. Definitely a sipper. Not due to the higher alcohol content, but due to the intensity of the burnt malt flavor.

IronLover, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Genghis22
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very thick with about a quarter to half inch coffee brown head. Beer is absolutely jet black.

S - Smells like a great stout, with little hints of cocoa, but not overwhelmingly chocolately.

T - First sip is full of big typical stout flavor, with a sweet chocolate finish, but the aftertaste reveals a lot of coffee and a dry alcohol effect on the tongue.

M - This is a beer you can take a bite out of. Nice and thick, very chewy with low to medium carbonation.

D - This beer is highly drinkable, and at 10% quite potent as well. I feel like the title is a bit misleading though. The chocolate is only hinted, coffee flavors shine through much stronger.

Genghis22, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking Brooklyn Beers for ages, but for some reason this one always escaped me. I have always been happy with the quality of Brooklyns brews and after researching Imperial Stouts I figured I had to give it a shot.
I got myself a sixpack of Winter 07-08 bottles and I have to say I was impressed. I like stout and I guess I drink it pretty regularly (usually opting for Young's Chocolate, Smith's Oatmeal or old reliable Guinness). The look, smell and taste of the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout were top notch. I drank it from a small brandy snifter (which I highly recommend)and I was was totally impressed. This is not a brew to be swilled while watching the game, (it is filling and strong) but to be enjoyed in small quantities, much like a fine brandy/cognac. I recommend it with dessert or by itself with a nice cigar.

nasty15108, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black with only the slightest tinge of magenta with a creamy sepia head that leaves trailers. Prune, port and muscavado sugar on the nose with hints of blueberry, ash and wood.
Espresso grounds, liqourice root, raisin and tar lead into roasty dark sugars and a branch and understated dried orange rind hop end.
Burnt caramel finish and dry, slightly acidic roasty linger.
Full, sticky, chewy, smooth, not much burn.

Winter 11-12 version.

Big and bold, with all the RIS flavors in all the right places. Lean as opposed to some of the more sweet Imperial Stouts out there. Chocolate doesn't turn up much, in spite of the name. I somehow can't help but feel that there are so many monster examples of the style that this, being merely solid and an older recipe, suffers by comparison to what's come after.

My 800th review.

StJamesGate, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Winter '04-'05.

1" very creamy, coffee colored head with great retention. Condensed and thin lacing scattered throughout the glass. A deep and rich opaque black in color.

Chocolate syrup, vanilla, coffee, and hazlenut tones. A bit of an oat aroma, as well as the 8.5%abv coming through. Very chocolately and rich aromatics.

Dark chocolate and light hazlenut. A moderate, chewy maltiness accompanied by some mild dark fruit flavors: black cherry/plum. A moderate bite of hops giving somewhat of a dark tasting bitterness. A very pleasant coffee flavored aftertasteee. The alcohol flavor is very evident and takes away a bit from the stout's natural flavors.

Full bodied; smooth, semi-chewy mouthfeel. A very low amount of carbonation yet not syrupy.

Low in abv% for the style, yet the alcohol flavor is not hidden well. An old favorite of mine; definitely worth a try. IMO, probably Brooklyn's finest offering.

NEhophead, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of TheDinger
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pitch black pour with 1+ finger of dark tan head that stayed around for a while. Minimal lacing, but a beautiful beer. Smell is quite complex with coffee, molasses, raisin and some notes of vanilla and chocolate. Very favorable aroma following turkey dinner. Taste mostly followed the nose, but had a good bit of licorice on it. Was wanting more of the chocolate to come through. A little boozy, but too be expected with the 10% ABV. A pretty good balance otherwise. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a RIS. Thick and creamy a bit of silk with adequate carbonation. Overall- A can't say this beer was fantastic, but it is a very good sipper to close out a chilly evening. Wanted more chocolate and coffee and less licorice. Solid effort from Brooklyn and I would have no problems hitting another after some aging. Quite Tasty-

TheDinger, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dark body, black, almost opaque. A pretty good sized brown head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smells of some bitter chocolate and a little bit of alcohol. Roasted malt is also apparent.

Taste is lots of chocolate, some bitter chocolate. A touch of roasted malt, and maybe even a slight hop presence in the background. Very sweet and chocolately in the middle. Finishes with some alcohol. Leaves an aftertaste of dark chocolate.

The body is a touch below what I would expect for a beer of this size, but the carbonation is great. You do get a little bit of heat from the booze though.

This beer went down really easily. I was shocked to see the 10.60 ABV on this. Not to mention that a 6er is 10-11 bucks, which is a good price for a beer this big.
(EDIT: sold in 4 packs now).

Hojaminbag, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of cretemixer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to francisweizen for this offering from Brooklyn. Pours pitch black with a honey colored head. The head settles pretty quickly to a thin layer after a few minutes.
Aroma is all chocolate malt, well almost. I smell dark fruit and alcohol too.
Flavor has coffee notes and a nuttiness too. Bitter chocolate quality that is complimented by the sweet fruits. Very solid, well balanced stout. Nice alcohol warmth and a lingering bitter finish.
Nice full bodied beer with a good carbonation level. One very drinkable Imperial. Thanks again Francis.

cretemixer, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a solid black into my pint glass with just about an inch of brown head. Moderate retention and lacing.

S - Rich with toasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Notes of caramel, vanilla, espresso beans, and dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Very Nice!

T - Mostly sweet roasted malts at the front, caramel, bittersweet cocoa notes ( a little less than I was hoping for ), dried dark fruit, vanilla, with kind of a bitter coffee/hop combination of the back end with a little more alcohol present than I would prefer.

M - Pretty well balanced, a little lighter than I expected from the look of it, but smooth and creamy nonetheless.

D - Very enjoyable to drink, alcohol is a somewhat present as a reminder of the ABV, but I could enjoy a few without any problems.

StoneBrewFanatic, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of cjoc83
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a 4-pack purchased at Wegmans for $9.50. Pours like motor oil into a chalice, opaque black with a 2 finger slightly billowy milk chocolate head that sticks around for a few minutes before receding to a ring around the glass that leaves some pretty nice, albeit spotty, lacing.

Obviously big chocolate notes in the nose, along with the typical dark fruit notes of a RIS, some sweetness, a little alcohol.

Milk chocolate sweetness and brown sugar hit the tongue first, segueing nicely into rum soaked figs and raisins, molasses, and an earthy, floral hope note. Finishes with some bitter bakers chocolate and a small hop bite and slight heat, but for the abv, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Rich and chewy, low carbonation. Spot on for the style.

I picked up a 4-pack of this for the first time in a couple years, and I'm picking all types of things I wouldn't have noticed 2 years ago. Just goes to show how ever changing our palettes are when it comes to this thing of ours. A super solid RIS, very rich and creamy, great flavors all around. Next time I won't wait 2 years to buy this again.

cjoc83, Dec 12, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,563 ratings.