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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,440 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,440
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 282
Gots: 835 | FT: 49
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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 divineaudio


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

12oz into a snifter.

pours dark brown but looks black in the glass. forms a pinky of creamy brown head that calms to a thin film right away. spotty lacing here and there.

smells like pumpernickel, kinda musty, and with a bit of alcohol presence.

holy good g*d d*mn is this beer rich. it could almost pass for barrel aged if it weren't for the lack of bourbon/oak flavor. this brew starts off with a ton of roasted, almost burnt malt, then comes in with some tart, dark fruity notes. cherry maybe? bitter dark chocolate pops up then fades into a dry bittersweet finish. not as malt forward as i was expecting, and the alcohol is barely noticeable.

full bodied, kinda chewy and has a finer co2 profile. very slight alcohol warming going on.

very drinkable considering the 10%, but this will catch up to you quick. a must for any stout lover and certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 03:42:05 | More by divineaudio
Photo of morebeergood


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

Picked up a six pack for after Thanksgiving dinner. Poured into a pint glass, and the color seemed to be midnight black. One of the darkest beers that comes to mind. Very minimal head and carbonation. The smell was of roasted coffee. When this beer is served a bit on the cold side, the taste of bittersweet chocolate is prevalent. But as this beer warms up, the chocolate flavor mellows out a bit, to somewhere between cocoa and milk chocolate. At over 10% abv, I do not understand how easy this brew goes down. But that small part of my brain tells me not to have more than a couple. This beer is a perfect after dinner drink, or with dessert, or as dessert itself. This stout is by far my favorite offering from Brooklyn. I will look forward to it every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 00:10:55 | More by morebeergood
Photo of Scotchboy


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

2011 12oz bottle courtesy of schwaeh, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours pitch black with no light showing in the corners of the glass. The head starts dark tan but as you swirl it becomes two-tone with a deeper shade of brown. Great head lacing and alcohol feet.

S: Chocolate malt and alcohol esters, followed by a whiff of coffee and bitterness. There is a whisky-like quality to the nose, from the alcohol to the richness and sweetness, that I like.

T: Rich and drinkable. You can taste a little alcohol but there really isn't any heat. The sweetness comes through as milk chocolate, and the finish is bitter-sweet like a dark chocolate bar. There is some hop presence as well and it all meshes pretty nicely.

MF: Creamy and silky smooth, viscous and coating. Medium to full bodied.

O: Very good, glad I have another to age now. There are hints of dark fruit in both the nose and taste, which mixes very well with the chocolate and really covers up any bitterness. Overall a very rich and smooth RIS.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:03:44 | More by Scotchboy
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as a cloud covered midnight. No highlights, no gleaming no hint of light sneaking through anywhere. Some of the darkest beer I have ever seen. Creamy head measures about a finger and a half. Retention is rather decent and lacing exceptional.

Sweet caramel, chocolate and smooth roastiness. Pleasant boozy aroma I have grown to enjoy and expect from the style. If anything is lacking from the nose I would prefer to have a stronger roasted, charred malt presence.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malt flavors show first. Warming alcohol stops short of coming of as hot. Coffee flavors show up on the back end. While the hop characteristics are picked up the bitterness plays off the roasted characteristics providing more of a coffee like bitterness.

Full but not heavy body. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. My preference for the style is for a ever so slightly thicker body I feel that the body and flavor mesh remarkably well.

Fantastic brew, thank you to UA8 for supplying the opportunity to enjoy this one. I would love for this to be a winter staple but unfortunately it is not available in my area. Fine job and tremendous craftsmanship on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:04:28 | More by kzoobrew
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District of Columbia

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

Nice roasted malt-chocolate RIS, which out of the blue on an unexpected tap serving felt rather mighty.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. All that the table attendant was able to articulate was "Chocolate Stout" and added "Brooklyn" after asking if that was the brewery. Served into a pint shaker glass.

A - Black body, small dark brown-ruby edges with a small brown frothy head. Average retention with rich touches of lacing. I personally do not like pint-shaker glasses, and if at all possible I try to avoid them. But this is the best looking brew I have seen in one of these in a long while (Two-Hearted ale notwithstanding.)

S - Chocolate notes over roasted aroma and a touch of coffee, boozy hint.

T - Rich roasted flavor with chocolate highlights and a bitter finish capped by the alcoholic note.

M - Full body, creamy and thick feel with small but adequate carbonation.

D - A nice RIS, rich in character and a great sipper. A bit excessive on a pint glass and yet there was a second one coming.

Notes: Rich and reliable, a nice stout and a solid offering from Brooklyn, and quite a surprise on tap being rather rich and remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 05:28:12 | More by Daniellobo
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a rich, nearly opaque sable with a fairly thick tan head. Aroma is strong and inviting, like semi-sweet chocolate mixed with roast coffee. Flavor is chocolaty and has undertones of coffee and smoke, with a touch of hoppy bitterness. Texture is silky-smooth and has a good tingle. Lip-smacking and very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 01:51:18 | More by Cyberkedi
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New Hampshire

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

I had this beer on my 21st and thought it was the best beer I had ever had or will ever have...since then I've beefed up my beer resume and realized that while it's pretty good, its not the best.

That being said its s pretty good RIS. Its thick and complex a little chocolaty in the smell, but not overpowering in the taste. It has the little extra kick that a RIS should have over other stouts. It's a little more complex it has a little more of the undefinable substance that is needed in a RIS. The alcohol flavor is there (its 10% for crying out loud!)

One beer was plenty and the drinkibility suffers from the high ABV (but then again its a RIS, what did I expect).

Overall: Good to try, nice product, but with so many other RIS's out there, why stop here. Especially since I live 20 minutes from Portsmouth, the home of "Kate the Great"

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:31:42 | More by prattmeister14
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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