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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,008
Reviews: 2,704
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
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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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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black just like it says on the label ;) tan, slow developing head. Looks pretty sticky pasted to the sides of the glass just like I like.

S: big on the nose. Huge choc and roasted malt, def some boozyness going on in their. Burning the nose hairs a little.

T: Choc and grain, roasted malt. Dark choc almost bitter. Some roasty nuttyness and a hint of alcohol. Finishes more mild then expected, does not stick to the pallet like I thought. I was expected really big all the way through but its does not sit for too long, which is suprising and a little disapointing. Sticks some, just not quite as much as I would like.

M: pretty good up front but the middle and finish is just a little thin. Still good just not quite as thick and chewy as you think its going to be. I think I have been drinking beers that are way too big the last few months, only saying its a pinch thin cause Im comparing it to other Russian Imperial's like DL. But yea, still good!

D: well...for 10% its a sipper I think. But its good. Its a nice beer. Good job Oliver. I would be curious to see what you would throw together for a dessert item to pair it with.

Photo of PatYoda
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a bit of foam around the edge of the glass. Leaves a few bubbles of lacing as I drink.

The smell is superb - deep rich chocolate and ripe dark fruit intermingle with sugary molasses and caramel. Vanilla too. Not much detectable alcohol here, unlike in the taste.

The taste doesn't bring quite as much to the table as the smell. The rich chocolate is somewhat subdued here compared to the smell, but it's still there. Same story for the wonderful fruit found in the aroma. Also the alcohol is a bit strong in this bottle. I've found some slight bottle to bottle variability among the same six pack, with this bottle being about in the middle in terms of quality, so this is what I'll go by. The taste adds a mild roasted quality which rounds things out nicely. A minute amount of hop bitterness is detected in the finish, plenty enough along with the roasted character to make sure this doesn't turn into a sugar bomb.

The mouthfeel is thin for the style, not quite as mouth coating as I would prefer. Overall I liked it, but would take Rogue Chocoate Stout over this any day.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. This beer is good looking beer. Black in color, hence the name, with some dark brown highlights that you really have to look for. It's pretty dense looking This beer has a dark tan colored head that goes away pretty quickly and very little lacing to it. The smell is very good. Smells of bitter chocolate and coffee along with some burned malts. The hops make themselves known after the beer sits for a bit and warms up a little as well as a touch of alcohol. The taste is also very good but a little more intensified, everything is a little bit stronger, with the exception of maybe the burned malts. Starts off with the bittersweet chcolate and coffee. Once it's about room temperature it really has an excellent, well balanced flavor. The hops and alcohol balance extremely well with the chocolate and coffee and the more subtle burned malts. The mouthfeel is good, very full bodied. There's a bit of a bite from the alcohol, none from the carbonation though. Starts smooth and finishes pretty clean at the end. This beer's pretty drinkable for a beer with such a high abv. Solid Brew from a solid brewery, glad I got it again and took the time to review it.

Photo of throwitallaway
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gford217 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark with almost no head. Smells like chocolate, malts, and a bit of alcohol. Taste has tons of chocolate, and a nice roasted bitterness, with a little alcohol peaking through. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very easy to drink for a RIS. Overall this beer is very enjoyable.

Photo of gabe23
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - Black as night with a light brown head that fades quickly. Copious lacing throughout, but it doesn't last much longer than the head.

S - Dark chocolate first and foremost, along with roasted malt bitterness and dark fruit tones. A slight soy sauce aroma is present also. Alcohol definitely shines through as well.

T - A little smoky bite of roasted malt goodness at the front. As the carbonation settles around the tongue, bitter dark chocolate takes over. Black coffee, alcohol heat, and a slight fruitiness finish it off. This is a big, flavorful beer!

M - Thick, rich, and syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

D - Flavor wise, this is a very balanced and drinkable stout. If you're the type of person to down several RIS at a sitting, then this one should fit the bill. I personally enjoy savoring one bottle and that's about all I can handle due to the richness and ABV.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours quite thick with a half finger of coffee-colored foam on top. Retention is nice with large bubbles remaining both in the middle of the glass and around the edges. Great alcohol lacing, ring of thick brown/red foam clings to glass forever.

S - Whoa. Quite strong. Heavy bourbon and chocolate. Smells thick and delicious (I'm a fan of distinct and boozy aromas). Alcohol.

T - First sip sent a chill down my spine--suppose that's from the alcohol. Not really getting any alcohol/bourbon taste suggested by the intense boozy smell. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is nice. While it's cold here I'm getting most of the chocolate taste well after the swallow. Some hops in the beginning, lots of malts and coffee in the middle. Definitely getting a touch of alcohol in there. Some earthiness, some dark fruits. Nothing unpleasant!

O - Really a nice beer. Looking so much forward to this a year or two down the line once the bite is gone. Regardless, such a good beer for roundabouts $2 a bottle (from a 4pk).

Photo of infi
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09/10 release.

Poured into a snifter.

Smoothly pours out like a typical stout and releases a thin tan head that lingers for a few seconds. A total dark and opaque color in the glass with small amounts of rising and bubbling streams around. Nice spotty lacing throughout also. Aroma is beautifully roasted and full of sweet chocolate, malts, a bit of alcohol and surprisingly coated with cinnamon. Cinnabon in a glass essentially - really appealing on the nose to the point of intoxication. Such a beautiful fragrance resonating from the glass.

Taste is moderately roasted - not as potent as other RIS's I've had in the past. Begins with a nice malty presence then enters a cocoa and chocolate element and finally finishes on a slight bittersweet chocolate astringency and warmth from the 10% ABV, which was masked incredibly well. Not a whole lot of big appeal on the flavor component, but it's textbook RIS in terms of the actual flavors.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet light-bodied with mild carbonation. A bit lacking in the overall feel for an RIS, but other than that it's easy drinking. Drinkability is fair - not as tasty and flavorful as I was hoping. Not really worthy to drink all four in a night's session, but probably best to set some off to add some age. Not bad, but not incredible.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 02-08-2013
Freshness: 2012-2013 Vintage
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from the Bottle Shop, Franklin TN

A: Black and opaque beer, with a tan head of a finger. Head retention is low and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Aromas have dark chocolate and roasted malts, plus vanilla and some tannin. A hint of dark cherry fruits.

T: Starts with a coffee-like bitterness and bittersweet chocolates. Also has some wood/oak flavors. Fairly dry and not as sweet as I expected.

M: Thick and creamy mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry with a bittersweet chocolate and French roast aftertaste, with a hit of alcohol.

O: Seems to represent the style very well, but at the same time did not seem remarkable enough to make me want to go and purchase more.

Photo of phisig137
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled winter 2005, this beer pours a thick black, that let's only the slightest amount of light through at the corners. A small mocha head emerges and disappate quickly, with a fair amount of lacing.

A: Malty sweetness, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Very rich and giving nose.

F: Very nice balance between the chocolate flavors and the malt. The end palate is strickly bitter chocolate, with a slight amount of bittering hops.

M: Very low carbonation, and a thick viscosity make this a bit of a sipper. Fantastic flavors that linger. Another sip is not needed, but anticipated.

D: Very good but dangerous. This beer hides it's alcohol very well, despite a slight amount of warming towards the end of the glass.

I'll be interested to see what one or two years in the cellar do for this one... updates to come!

Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to Brooklyn Brewery for brewing this bad boy and making it available for a song (less than $2 each!).

A -- Black as death. Milk chocolate head of about 3/4 inch fades to an appealing pond scum.

S -- Aroma of a boozy, chocolate pound cake slathered with Hershey's Syrup.

T -- Big, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and butter from the get-go. Booze pops out toward the finish, and closes with a roasty finish.

M -- Think and chewy, no doubt, but a slight letdown against the huge mix of intense flavors. Points subtracted for a mouthfeel that struggles live up to its dynamic taste.

D -- A leg up on other Imperial Stouts, as I could actually drink two of these in one sitting.

Overall a kick-ass IS for its huge flavor, drinkability and value.

Photo of chuckd123
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had 4 of these out of 12oz bottles now. A very good example of the style. Poured into a pint glass today, and was dark-as-night black with a dark tan/brown head, about 1.5 fingers worth. Not much lacing to speak of, but no surprise there.

Smell is 3 things at once; chocolate first, malt second and alcohol third. Nicely balanced, but these three stand out. Very inviting smell, pretty much what you would expect of the style.

Taste is similar to the smell in that you notice the same three things, in that order. Chocolate doesn't overpower as I expected, but is somewhat balanced with the malt. Slight alcohol burn comes on shortly after swallowing, but at 10%, you'd expect that to some extent.

Mouthfeel is not the most impressive part of this beer, but it's smooth & creamy and the alcohol gives it somewhat of a warming feel.

Drinkability is about average. For one, I don't think many of us expect to session a 10% stout, but this is one I wouldn't have more than maybe 2 of in a sitting.

Overall a very good beer from Brooklyn, and worth trying this winter.

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty Russian Imperial Stout. It poured out with a very subtle head. Almost seasoned to have the characteristics of chocolate and deep tones of espresso.
The drinkability surprised me. It had a great and easy palatability, but the 10% caught me off guard. The alcohol is barely detected,which is different thatn most beers with higher ABV's.
Delicate sweetness is evenly distributed throughout the beer.
Overall, i truly do enjoy this beer...more so once in a while rather than often. Treat it more like the name suggests it to be....chocolate

Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these from West Lakeview Liquors - my wife loves stouts and chocolate so it made sense.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumbnail of foam. Not as viscous and oily as some of the other stouts I've encountered.

S - I get more of a coffee flavor than chocolate, although there's certainly a hint of dark chocolate in there. There's also a hint of milky-cream as well.

T - This is where the real dark chocolate flavor comes out. There's also some roasted coffee taste. I'd probably rate this higher if I loved coffee or chocolate...

M - Lighter than I expected. Creamy and smooth.

D - I can't really taste the 10% too much, but I'd be on the floor after a handful of these.

A great brew - looking forward to trying other Brooklyn offerings.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours as black as can be, letting zero light through and with a frothy mocha head. smells like a white russian to be honest, milky and boozy, sweet. has an interesting chocolate taste to it, very very rich, and bittersweet at the end. my brother described it as "if hershey's special dark was even more special". there really is no other way to describe the chocolate in this beer, its s interesting. insanely strong beer that doesnt hide it particularly well, but i dont think it makes apologies for that. mouthfeel was heavyish, hard to drink a lot of beers with such little carbonation and heavy bodies, but a great holiday sipper.

edit: best consumer fresh, or relatively fresh. we opened a bottle from 2008 last night and it was way past its prime, thinned out and lacking the depth that makes this a classic. dont forget about this one in the cellar.

Photo of doughanson78
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black with some light coming through the edges. One finger mocha colored head with great retention and good lacing.

S: Huge roasted and burnt malts. Some light Dark chocolate notes. A touch of dark roasted coffee. This just smells black.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate upfront. Big roasted malts. Light coffee notes with a touch of bitterness. Finishes with a slightly charred malt flavor and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium full body. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess. Alcohol sting in back of mouth and throat.

O: A good RIS. Nothing special except I guess it's easy to get and fairly cheap on the East Coast. Could use some age.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark molasses color with no head whatsoever. Not quite what I expected, but not a bad looking beer.

Smell is chocolate, a little coffee, some molasses.

Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter and a lot of dark maltiness and is that a bit of fruit I taste coming through. There's some chocolate in there somewhere, but not enough to live up to the name. However, that said this is still a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is probably the most lacking aspect of this beer. It's good and thick enough, but just a bit on the flat side. This doesn't kill the beer, but could use just a bit more carbonation.

This is a good solid stout, not perfect, but definitely one tasty brew. I would drink it over and over again.

Photo of jgagne
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a opaque black body, with a nice thick light brown creamy head.

S- very strong dark chocolate notes at the nose. Suttle hints of pine and citrus.

T-Very impressive balance of chocolate and coffee. Very deep toasty flavor. Flavor resembles more of a coffee stout instead of chocolate stout. Impressive.

M- light body considering style. Wish it was heavier. Although it he weight isn't ideal it does not take away from the beer.

O- Really enjoyable beer. Wonderful balance and delectable flavor. Great beer for a great price. Easily my favorite Brooklyn.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch molten lava, a superbly creamy tope-able head...Anise, and dark bitter malts on the nose, also dark cherries and pit fruit. Yes! A brilliant smattering of bitter dark cocoa, black licorice, and a background of bittersweet red cherry juice. It offers a medium body with creamy textures and subtle small bubble carbonation.
Overall, very well done.

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

I have not had many chocolate stouts and this was an amazing first beer for the style for me.

A: The beer is almost solid black. If you put it up to the light then you can see the dark brown, but it literally looks black. The head is a lighter brown color.

S: The beer has a strong espresso and chocolate scent. Also you can smell the malt as well. I would seriously buy a candle that had this smell to it.

T: Amazing taste. The notes of choc, espresso, and vanilla go VERY well together. The strong alcohol content really compliments the espresso flavor. Personally I love the higher alcohol content beers so this one really does it for me. Cannot stress the espresso enough.

M: The chocolate taste goes down very smooth. However the higher alcohol content gives the beer a little more bite than I would prefer.

D: While I love the higher %, it makes the beer harder to drink overall. I would only be able to have 1 or 2 of these and I would not want any more beer. This beer would be amazing as paired with a chocolate dessert, and finished with a strong black coffee.

Serving: Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Must serve cold!!

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

A big thanks to Drazzamatazz who sent out this special beer. Cheers!

To preface, I do have last years at home (this beer is the current year). However, I found it fitting to drink this tonight so here goes!

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with an utter dark chocolate (pun intended) color. Over two fingers of dark mocha head is achieved with a moderate pour, that dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving nice looking lacing.

Smell - Heavy bittersweet cocoa. To be honest, it reminds me somewhat of the aroma from SA Chocolate Bock. Roasted malts, coffee, and slight hops come through.

Taste - Similar to the nose, though honestly, more chocolate. This is much more chocolaty than I remember last year when I had it (I'll have to revisit it when I am home next week). Smokiness ensues the initial chocolate flavor, followed by slight bitter hops. Quite easy to drink if I say so myself.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower to moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - A bit sweeter than I remember. Great having it on this 40 degree Southern California night. But one and done. Granted, at 10% that isn't a bad thing...and on that note I taste almost no alcohol presence whatsoever (even with it being so young). A great Christmas beer. Cheers!

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

A: cappuccino colored head lingers for a long time. Jet black. Completely opaque.

S: smells like a dove dark chocolate bar. Maybe a little tobacco.

T: good full taste. Super smooth. The chocolate is a little too light. Nice and creamy though.

M: fairly chewy. Has a quick finish and leaves a nice semisweet aftertaste.

O: not a bad imperial stout. Wouldn't mind having it again and it is worth a try, but not something I will scout for.

Photo of JDeming
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Pours a jet black with a two fingers of a thick beige head. Wonderful smell of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste starts off sweet and chocolaty, but finishes with a nice bitterness and a warming hint of alcohol. Beer is smooth from start to finish. Overall, a tremendous chocolate stout.

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

Reviewed in a Duvel snifter with a 6 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle.

A rather hard pour produces a black body that opaque along with a tan billowy head that isn't chunky, but flat.

Aromas of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, not really any hop aromas.

Tasted is bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Initially sweet and and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well. The alcohol heat builds with warmth. I would love this aged, but right now it drinks a bit rough.

Mouthcoating is tremendous. Full bodied and chewy.
After recently having Sexual Chocolate, this beer is not quite as big and full, but they are similiar beers. Aging about a year or so does them well.

Photo of erikwibaeus
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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