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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,759
Hads: 6,460
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 420
Gots: 1,385 | FT: 56
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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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Photo of azorie
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured it into a mug and waited for this one to warm up. I am reviewing my last one of 12 (3 4 packs)

A: black of course, with some creamy white head. No lacing I noticed.

S: at 51f, its boozy, coffee like hits the nose. Some caramel and chocolate also. Some dark fruit like currants, almost quad like. ok even at 60f not much changed.

T: lots of sharp black coffee and chocolate, with a nice burst of booze. no hops detected. Smooth, almost Bourbon like. Rich sweet candy like malt flavors.

M: a tad oily, low carbonation, medium to thin body.

O: I really enjoyed this beer, and since I am out of beer after this one, I hope there is still some left at the tw. I really think this ris is one of the best ever. So happy the local tw had a big pallet of these left. So I bought 2 cases!!! Merry xmas and Happy new year. lol

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stays true to its 'Black Chocolate' claim. Excellent bitter dark chocolate character, beautiful head retention, with a long chewy finish. Best beer I've had from Brooklyn!

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Photo of secondtooth
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, a lovely and sexy char-black appearance out of the bottle.
Large head of slowly-dissipating tan bubbles, and heavy, artful lacing.
Aroma is bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor is bold, creamy-smooth chocolate. There is a slight alcohol presence in the finish (not surprising as it's a 10%). One of the smoothest Imperial stouts I've ever tasted. Just delicious.

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Photo of matdot
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05-06 Picked from a Brooklyn Multi Pack.

Poured in a Tumbler with a two finger, thick chocolate color head. Wow, what an awesome color the head turns after being poured. Like a mix of heavy cream and dark chocolate.

Smell is the typical but pungent dark coffee roast. And the mouth feel is fantastic and smooth like silk.

Exceptional Imperial, and another classic from Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of claytron
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review inspired by a wonderful beer. I received this one in a seasonal pack from my liquor store. As a lover of dark beer the mere sight of the bottle made me want to try it and the alcohol content intrigued me even further. Pouring it from the bottle into the glass revealed a dark black brew. The head was almost non existent but a nice lacing is present.

The best thing about this beer in my opinion is it's drinkability. Each drink goes down extremely smooth as if it were a 5-7% beer. I would definitely pick this one up again in larger quantities.

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Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Release 2003 – 2004
The beer pours an atramentous color with a thick behemothic chocolate colored head that last longer than the winter’s In Maine, that’s for your benefit bennybrew “tee hee”. The aroma of fresh coffee, sweet chocolate, malt, citrus crisp and fresh, start is delightfully sweet, rich in malt, the top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is dynamically hopped, measured in its acidity, the aftertaste bittersweet chocolate dry and quite long lasting, a beer I wait for each year and always hate to see it go, I thank “UncleJimbo” for this bottle.

Release 2002 - 2003
As much as the Bell’s Expedition stout was devoid of head, this beer has a monumental head, creamy like whipped chocolate which is its color and as it evanesces, leaves behind a thick sheet of lace to smother the glass. The aroma of hot chocolate, sweet malt, hints of coffee and the toasted grains make this a quite sniffable brew, what a treat to this old honker. Sweet as chocolate fudge on the start, top thick and full to the palate, finish has a delightful amount of carbonation, the hops pertinent but not overpowering, bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste that lingers on the palate for hours. Delightful stout, and a must if your into the dark side.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love chocolate so i was all over this like a hot dog LOL.

appearance - Color is black, nice brownish tan head, watch it, i poured it too fast and it overflowed almost. Nice lacing, one of the best.

smell - is a mix of chocolate, malts, coffee, mmm nice.

taste - was like a mix of chocolate and roasted malts.

mouthfeel - Full bodied, little strong, ABV is 10% wow!

drinkability - This was the 06-07 bottle.Love this thing, I have one more left in my fridge, hope to go out find some more.

** Drank the 07-08 on tap , still yummy!

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Photo of Hefe
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass on 10/25/04. This is the winter '03-'04 bottling that I've been cellaring for a year.

Appearance: Black as pitch, black as coal, Black as my hard and evil soul. (Damn that's black.) The head is dark brown and lasting, though it does eventually degrade to a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt toffee.

Taste: Slightly burnt flavor up front, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Though a sweetness is evident on the midpalate, the finish is dry and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied, with a wonderful smoothness

Drinkability: Beautiful drinking after dinner. This smoothed out fabulously over the last year.

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Photo of karst
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is 1:40 pm and the thermometer just broke 60°F as my area meterologists updated with: "warm air advection much stronger than previously anticipated. Have already mixed above 900mb on the 12z ksgf sounding. With clouds now
out of the area and mixing up to about 850mb...have bumped highs
into the lower 60s across the southwest corner with 50s over
northern and eastern sections of the County Warning Area."
My oaks are budding out and my pines recently bent over by ice are errect and indicating a 10-15 mph southerly breeze. The kind of breeze that suggests the end of winter and the start of a new brewing season.

I remove Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout from the celler and put on Lynyrd Skynyrd CD and bring out an blank BJCP form

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
There's too many places I haven't seen
And if I stayed here with you, now
Things just wouldn't be the same
Well I'm as free as a bird now,
And a bird you can not change.

I swear to God, as I did this an American Eagle circled and flashed the unmistakable white tail and head in the strong midday sun light as I took in a beautiful beer on a beautiful day . .

Limited Bottling - Winter 06-07 hand carried from NY by homebrewing friend.
I complete my evaluation stingy with praise for aroma taste and body but enjoying it as its 10%+ABV make my spirits rise like the eagle on Spring's first southerly breeze.

My palate is satified as a Sharpshinned hawk dives for a thirteen lined ground squirrel that has recently brought its heartbeat up brom 5 beats/min to 350 as it
rides off the ground in the encircling tallons of the predator.

Like the birds of prey I swoop down on this RIS, fill my mouth and become intoxicated with the moment. Can't you smell that smell of roasted malt, chocolate, fruity esters and CH3CH2OH with chocolate taking the center stage of my 0.4L Rastal sniffer. The opaque dark Chocolate Stout topped with a fine bubbled rich brown head and lace with enough ABV to start to show some leg quickly kills the handsome head leaving only lace and a ring.

Rich deep and complex malts and moderately strong esters suggesting dark fruit combine in the flawless molten chocolate alcohol. The Stout answers the question of the song with a resounding YES - I will remember you tomorrow. Dry dark roasted malts with a nearly full mouthfeel and flawless alcoholic warmth is well carbonated allowing it to expand and fill the mouth. Just short of chewy mouthfeel it wants a bigger body especially as it efferescesses off its CO2 and warms bring on more complexity.

Sweet love! A Feeling of roasty, fruity and bittersweet (somewhat restrained Amercian version of RIS showing off hops and roasted malts) combine bitterness of Dark Chocolate's initial sweetness that transitions to lingering roastiness and hop bitterness that makes this a wonderful and classic example that is nearly flawless.

To all my buddies that have left before me ...

All that remains is the empty glass an a honeybee that has entered the open patio door as I look back into the cellar to find something to follow . . .
hmmm Robert The Bruce?

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Photo of angelogarcia3
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had the 2010 vintage black chocolate stout at Sapsuckers in Huntington, NY in a snifter glass. This very beautiful dark beer with a medium tan head had excellent lacing on the glass. The aromas of milk chocolate, sweetness, and liquor are very slight on the nose. The first sip tastes like dark chocolate, and chocolate liquor with a creamy, and slight bittersweetness on the tongue. An exceptional beer!

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Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is rich and velvety with hints of dark chocolate and what reminds me of bourbon. Taste is very sweet upfront with lots of malty goodness and a nice chocolate finish at the back of the throat. The alcohol doesn't show too much and the result is a rich, dark chocolate essence in the aftertaste. This is clearly a sipping beer.

For the style, I'd put it a notch above the McNeils Imperial Stout. This one just seems so much smoother.

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Photo of LuckySkuff
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll try to be succinct; I've honestly acted quite unwisely and have had three of these in the last two hours (quiet night at home, I'm allowed). Terrifically, absolutely delicious, and the ABV really sneaks up on ya - the mouthfeel is so rich and the body is so perfect, you can barely taste the alcohol.

Poured a dark black/brown hue with a little chocolate brown head. Very little to no carbonation to battle the pleasantly thick mouthfeel. Smells of tasty roasted malts, faint chocolate, mildly alcoholic; the taste is exactly what you'd expect - warming and creamy, and chocolatey. A lot like Bison Chocolate Stout, just a little richer and a bit more alcoholic. Easy to fall in love with.

As I said, this one goes down smooth, so be careful. Sorry to be so succinct; just try it if you haven't.

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Photo of Ruger
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a complete black probably the darkest beer I've ever had, thick lacing with a nice two inch head and strong retention.

S - Roasted melted chocolate, I don't get any coffee at all in this which doesn't really disappoint me. Seems like some dark fruits in the back too.

T - For 10% this is amazing can't taste the alcohol at all Starts off roasted malts with strong chocolate and finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

M - Heavy bodied really smooth, the beer sticks slightly to the mouth really pleasant with light carbonation.

O - By far the best RIS I've had.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed tulip glass

A: pours a completely concrete thick deep black with a full finger of milk chocolate brown head that is frothy like the head on chocolate milk and lingers beautifully, leaves a decent amount of spotty lacing on the glass
S: milk chocolate, smell is immediately reminiscent of malted milk balls, a tiny bit of whiskey and alcohol tinge, overall pleasing, strong on the chocolate
T: milk chocolate malts hit in the beginning then it hits with a bit of the imperial character with a slight alcohol bite and whiskey barrel like character but then, it really moves into a quality smokey chocolate finish which really lingers on the palate for a long time
M: gentle carbonation which hits just after the beginning of the sip and linger s through towards the end, leaves the mouth dry but with a nice flavor on it
O: a really incredible brew, tastes phenomenal, looks just as a good, just so well rounded and incredibly complex, i only have one bottle in storage now but im thinking im gonna need a case to really see what this brew can do many years (im thinking 20) down the road, too impressed

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/20/10. On tap at MacGregor's.

A - poured black with a light tan 3/4" head that retained nicely as a thin cap. lots of lace. no light comes through. wow. 5.0

S- rich roasted and chocolate malt. touch of caramel and cream. 4.5

T- lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, followed by sweetness of caramel and toffee, finishes roasty and with a touch of coffee. 4.5

M- thick and rich but not viscous or slick. smooth CO2. 4.5

D- too good. doesn't taste like it's 10% at all. 5.0

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Photo of dcajero
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A = Deep black with tobacco red highlights. Quarter inch head formed, thick and lingering.

S = Coffee, alcohol and maybe blackberries.

T = Coffee, cherries and licorice. Aftertaste is stronger licorice and sweetness builds.

M = Good body, almost an oily quality. Carbonation is not too strong.

D = Great feet up, end of the day brew. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of budgood1
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottling-winter '02-'03.
pours out pitch black...jet black...opaque...whatever term one may use to describe the inability of light to penetrate the glass. thick and dense tan head which sticks and stays. ample lacing. light, ripened fruits backed up by a mega black and chocolate malt aroma. olfactory nirvana! thick barley malt flavours...dark and sweetened chocolate with java notes...dark fruits in the background...this is a malted monster! hopping evident to balance out the profile...just amazing in complexity! high ABV blends in well with the malt load to add a welcome touch of booziness. full bodied like an imperial stout should be. mouthfeel is slightly rough and with velvety touches. wow, is this a killer brew! more belly warming booziness in the finish, with lots of choco notes in the aftertaste. a wintertime sipper i saved for spring. a stout worthy of it's reputation!
a huge thanks to frank4sail for the sample!!

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Photo of Madmax99
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a new experiance for me. I am familiar with the stouts, but this stout was unlike them all. I've had this beer numerous times in the past 2 weeks, both from bottle and from tap. Thats how good this is. Real potent. Not a beer that you will want to party with. It has a rich flavor that compliments red meat dishes. Brooklyn brewing company definitely has a winner with this chocolate stout.

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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05 - 06 Version. Much anticipated!!

A - 1" dense tan head. Absolute darkness. Black and no light will penetrate. The head retains for a little while at 1/4". Surprising nice lace left behind.

S - Rich, thick malt. Rum. Sweet fruit. Coffee. Alcohol.

T - Bitter chocolate. Caramel. Molasses. Coffee. Chocolate syrup. Malt. Smoke? Nuttiness. Earthy. Boozy flavor explosion in the finish. Complex.

M - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Syrup. Low carbonation. Long, long finish.

D - Outstanding!! Wonderful drinkability. The best RIS or Double Stout that I have ever had. Great right now!!!! Thank you xcjetta!

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'02-'03: wow, I read yen157's review and picked up a few of these at the beer store earlier. Its a wonderful stong stout with a nice choclate aftertaste with a strong flavor of burnt malts and some coffee taste in there. It poured a BEAUTIFUL fluffy head with a unique ruby tint that shined through the heavy lace it left on the glass. Its is dark, i mean really DARK, almost the color of tar or oil but that ruby tinted head makes it a very attractice beer. I didn't notice much of an alcohol taste immediatly, but once the beer warmed a little, it was evident no so much by the taste but the feelign of my noise. I did not detract from its drinkablility rating due to its heaviness; I assume that if you drinking this you like imperial stouts, but due to it's alcohol taste that i guess just comes along with a beer that's 10.6abv. Besides that, its a wonderful beer and if you're a strong stout lover you will love this, try it.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with no head whatsoever. Taste is fantastic, good malty roast with a ton of dark chocolate. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel that you expect in an imperial stout. The booze is a little hot right now but I don't mind. With a little age this would be a wonderful, smooth chocolate bomb. Need to get more while it's out

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Photo of SFNC
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one poured midnight black into a cut cafe glass. A finger size head of an intense mocha color formed and remained a ring on the edge of the glass for the entire 45 minute drinking period. The smell was of dark roast coffee, deep roasted malt and dark chocolate. The taste intensified those characteristics, plus added more chcolate depth with a subtle alcohol burn considering he 10% rating. Mouthfeel was smooth and viscous with slight carbonation, once again the alchohol was well hidden. This is the best offering that I've had from Brooklyn Brewery, a strong contender for my favorite Stout. World Class.

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Photo of gskitt
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Incredible opaque shade of black. No light passes through. Head is tan and thick and never really recedes.
S- Crazy good. Smells of sweet dark bitter chocolate. Molasses and roasted malt.
T- deep complex roasted malt flavors. Alcohol is present throughout. Has some bitterness, tastes of tar and the crust of brown bread as well.
M- The bitterness and alcohol permeate mouth and linger for a bit. Not unpleasant mouthfeel. Viscous.
D- 10% might get the best of some.
This is a well-brewed stout. I'm happy, it's easy for me to get.

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Photo of zeff80
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled winter 2005-06

A - Poured out a deep, dark black. No head to speak of and no lacing, either.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted like a dark chocolate candy bar and a good mix of roasted malt.

M - Soft and and creamy. It is fairly heavy.

D - This is an outstanding beer. Its flavors are amazing and it goes down so well.

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Photo of jifigz
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into a pint glass

This beer pours a dark and deep black color with a nice off white head that lingers for a long time. It is whatever temp my cellar is, so it is definitely not fridge cold which is a good thing in my opinion. That really helps beers be themselves. Anyways, the aroma is boozy, chocolatey, slightly bitter with a touch of wet dog. The flavor is great. It is rich and bold and smoky and chocolate and stove ash all rolled together. It comes in waves and changes on the tongue and remains quite complex. There is a hint of bitterness on the end, but mostly alcohol. The MF is a decently light for style but still quite perfect.

A great beer. I am usually not a huge fan of Brooklyn, but a good job on this one.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.