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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,163 | FT: 59
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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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Ratings: 6,130 | Reviews: 2,729
Photo of Lolli1315
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black with about a finger of tan head that retains decently. Lacing is great, sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts with frequent smells of dark chocolate. Medium alcohol smell on the finish. Alcohol is a little too apparent for me with the smell of roasted malts and chocolate not dominating enough.

T- Roasted malts and a slightly nutty taste come up front followed by an taste from alcohol. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a warming sensation from the alcohol. The bitter dark chocolate taste makes this beer interesting and in my opinion very refreshing for winter.

M- Chewy mouthfeel with nice carbonation that fits nicely with the beer style.

D- Only thing holding back this beer is the presence of an alcohol taste, but those who enjoy a RIS should find no complaints with that.

Notes: Certainly will buy some more of these for the winter season.

Photo of twilight
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, Nonick Pint Glass

Poured black as night, almost like the dark stuff our beergdreams are made of. Little to no head, giving way to a clear view into the darkness of the beer. It smells exactly like chocolate or dark patent malts. The roast is everpresent. The taste however, highlights this roasted smell. Imagine the darkest chocolate you've ever eaten mixed with coffee but without the bitterness. Until the end of the sip, when you have an aftertaste of the alcohol with a lingering roast. This is definitely a sipper, as it is full of flavor as well as a high ABV.

Photo of demcorhip
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good looking stout, almost one finger worth of head formed on the pour, very reminiscent of the crema atop some espresso. Retention isnt that great, it breaks down to leave a thin collar.

The nose is very interesting, nice roasted notes, has me thinking milk chocolate and espresso. Some fruity esters also present, black grape and plum like. Hint of nutty malts and some leafy hops also present.

Damn good stuff. Much like the nose, but there is a nice hint of anise and char near the finish. Creamy chocolate covered raisins, or perhaps chocolate covered grape bubblicious. Interesting and very tasty.

Good mouthfeel, full body, and nicely balanced. Once again im impressed.

This is pretty drinkable for a big beer. Their are hints at the ABV, but most of them come from the warming effect, which is welcome on the second last day of December. Somewhat restrained compared to other versions of the style, which helps its drinkability, as well as demonstrating the talent of the brewer. This one isnt hiding behind tonnes of molasses or hops. Certainly recommended. Also quite the bargain, relatively speaking.

Photo of mrjez
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of gbarron
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, neck states "Limited Edition - Winter '05-06.'

A - dark, oily, pitch black. Medium tan head starts out thick then withdraws but is reilient. Nice lacing.

S - rich, roasty, chocolatey, coffee aromas. Alcohol definitely there. Some malty sweetness. Little hop aroma if any.

T - strong flavors of black patent and roasted malts. Chocolately, coffee-ish. Aftertaste of grassy hops. Interesting notes of vanilla, oak, alcohol. Strong hop bitterness balances out the volume of roasty malt in this beer.

M - medium thick mouthfeel, sticks to your tongue. Carbonation a little tingly, seems a little too high but could just be this bottle.

D - very tasty brew. Don't know if I could drink many of these without filling up, not to mention the alcohol content.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black, as promised, with a frothy brown head.

semisweet chocolate and fresh coffee.Light floral hops. Slightly subdued.

Rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits. Undertones of citrus, burnt toast, cream and floral hops.

Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at Ancona`s in Ridgefield.

Appearance is black with a brown head, soon leaving a ring of bubbles on the top.

The smell has roasted malts and then some bittersweet chocolate. Also some coffee is present in its smell.

BBCS has a taste that includes more chocolate with a bit of vanilla, it really is very decadent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfect for a RIS. Its` drinkability is great, especially considering the abv. This is a perfect beer to pair with a rich dessert and conclude your evening.

Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/black brew with a small caramel colored head. Head fades away quickly but leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S- Strong chocolate aroma with a underlying alcohol tone.

T- Heavy presence of roasted malts followed by the chocolate then a semi-sweet/bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Warming effect of the alcohol follows quickly rising from the stomach to the back of the throat and then to the cheeks.

M- This is one big tasting beer. Heavy, creamy, and chewy, low in carbonation a meal in itself.

D- Probably not going to want more than one or two of these at any one sitting as the 10.0% ABV will stop you there. They do go down easy though.

Review is from the "winter 08-09" bottling. This beer ages well and is a little raw tasting when first purchased. After about a month the strong alcohol taste starts to fade in to the background behind the chocolate.. Pick up some extra and let it sit till next year.

Photo of Franz4
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2010/11 version, kept in fridge for 2 days but let set out for 1/2 hour before pouring. Reviewed 3-8-11, ratings reflect this version.

A- opaque, light tan 1 finger head settles quickly.

S- Chocolate notes with some additional dark fruit. ABV is detectable in the nose.

T- I'm getting lots of the tartness of the dark fruits again on the front end, seems to be more dominant here than in other RIS. These fade to a very nice chocolate near the finish.

M- full bodied, absolutely outstanding here. Seems to be silky soft with just a touch of carbonation that brings out the chocolate.

D- This seems to be a well-crafted beer, the body is absolutely amazing. I'm wondering if some age on the bottle would have mellowed some of the dark fruit a bit and brought out more chocolate and roastiness. I wish I would have grabbed 2 bottles, now I may have to hunt for one.

08/09 Version generously provided by DrDog, can't say enough about that guy. Reviewed 3/17/11

A- hasn't changed a bit, very nice.

S- Dark fruits are big in the nose again seems to be slightly less tart than the 10/11. Chocolate is present but muted.

T- Flavors seem to be better balanced with the age on it. Tartness is still there, but is balanced by the chocolate flavor.

M- still feels fantastic, very smooth, still the best part of this beer.

O- glad I was able to try this, if I was tempted to buy more of this I would definitely let it continue to age as the balance does improve.

Photo of beerinator
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- BLACK, creamy brown head.

Aroma- Sweet coffee bean smell, with a slightly burnt aroma. Like cold coffee beans.

Taste- Strong alcohol up front. Cold coffee taste, smoky. Full body, with slight lingering bitterness.

Notes- Great beer for coffee lovers who have healthy livers. Not a beer for session drinking. I could see myself enjoying this with a nice bowl of Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream.

Photo of angelmonster
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger chocolate head, body is pitch black. Head retention and lacing are good

Smell is of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. No hops are really detected and alcohol is faint

Taste is of roasted, burnt malt. Some bitter chocolate and hops are also there. After beer starts to warm the alcohol becomes alittle apparent and I also get some dried prune or other dark fruit

Mouth feel is good. Beer is medium bodied with a nice syrupy consistency. Carbonation is sufficient.

Drink ability was good. For 10 percent, its not too strong, but its best consumed in a small quantity. The one I have is still pretty young, need to age acouple to see if they improve over time

Photo of bmeehan
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn's Chocolate Stout is rich in a way you'd expect to to be, but smooth and understated in a way you wouldn't. The best way I can describe it is "it's just good." Do yourself a favor and try it if you haven't.

Photo of Onibubba
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To quote Blix, this beer is "Black as midnight, plack as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch..." Very little head to speak of, which settles into a patchwork of foam riding the black. Smell is roasty coffee beans and chocolate. Taste has none of that coffee smell, but the chocolate stands out. Also less of the bitterness I've come to associate with Imperial Stouts like Yeti and RIS. A very light carbonation had me hoping for a creamier mouthfeel, but it is a tad thin. The killer is the alcohol. Make no mistake, this stuff is HOT. The alcohol really asserts itself and takes away from both mouthfeel and drinkability.

This is a very tasty stout that just needs some time to mature and tame the alcohol (I hope). At around 7 bucks a sixer, this is an incredible bargain. I suggest buying a few for now and a few to put away for next year.

Photo of dmad50
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a major go-to for me during the winter months due to its pleasant taste and relative value.

Pouring my bottle into a snifter, the beer exhibits a tan head. The beer is nearly black in color. The mouthfeel matches this appearance with a heavy, think consistency. A slight dark chocolate can be noted along with a nice roasted flavor.

At $9 for a six-pack where I get it, this beer packs a nice taste the price.

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of MatthewWilde
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pours pitch black, no head to speak of, no internal carbonation, cannot comment on its translucency but really irrelevant

S: Cocoa powder, pure chocolate, also some coffee/espresso notes, fair traces of alcohol

T: Very similar to the nose, cocoa, espresso, alcohol to finish, but not too heavy, mild pepper notes as well

M: Very smooth and drinkable, just the right viscosity, not too heavy on the palate (even at 10% abv), not too lingering, mild espresso aftertaste

O: A great imperial stout, nice balance between espresso and cocoa elements, I'm still more of a People's Pint fan, but definitely a close second

Photo of kennylopez
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured year 11-12 bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: dark black in color with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: a heavy roasted malt character with a chocolate note that has a coffee hint.

Tastes: there is a light coffee taste over the sweet chocolate and roasted flavors. I get a cream taste in the middle that doesn't taste like a dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: there is a good carbonation in this brew with a little burn from the high ABV. but very enjoyable.

Overall: this is probably one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery that is readily available when it is in season, and I suggest hunt some out before its all gone. I will be getting more soon and next year as well.

Photo of murrayswine
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had hugely high expectations, but I'm afraid I ruined myself drinking Oak aged Yeti tonight.

Poured an ultra dark brown with now head whatsoever.

The smell is of black coffee, pruned, slight unsweetened chocolate and dark bread.

The taste is beautiful, huge coffee, slight nutty malt with a creamy caramel sense. all in all the only big blemish is the really slight body texture, I expect more from a Imp Stout.

Photo of jpiper
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once poured, my sifter becomes a solid, glossy ball of delight. It's extra-black with not a hint of light coming through - like a cue ball with a tall tan head. The head slowly recedes, leaving a thin layer and some foam on the edges of the glass.
The smell is delicious and inviting. There's tons and tons of chocolate, some roasted malt, raisins, and booze. The alcohol is pretty apparent - even on the nose. But it still makes me want to bury my nose into my snifter.
The flavor is very, very rich and pretty complex. It completely coats the mouth with warm, roasted malts. There's dark chocolate and coffee mainly, but other slightly roasted flavors. Also a little tartness in the front. There's a good bit of bitterness on the finish, which is accompanied by a warm maltiness and a boozy flavor.
Thick, smooth, and clingy. Not chewy, but somewhat heavy - not quite like drinking an 8 ball.
The booze contributes to making this a sipper, but there's not much else holding this back from being an extremely inviting sipper.
Quite a beer from Brooklyn. I've had it before, but am thoroughly impressed.

Photo of KKB
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like syrup as I pour it. Just about as close to being black as you can get without actually getting there. A nice tall...basically brown head. Looks tasty.

S - Delightful smell. Chocolate and coffee, charred malt, a little bit of licorice that could be brought on by the high ABV and thus the alcohol might be coming through in the nose a bit. Overall, very nice though.

T - I read a couple of my more respected reviewers before I set in on this beer, and one said that he thought the alcohol was too noticeable. I actually disagree, I think that the alcohol contributes to the flavor. The flavor is rather robust, even for a RIS. Coffee and chocolate dominate the palate. With chocolate definitely being the most prominent. Not much in the way of complexity, but sometimes simple is what you want. Tastes good brotha.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on, very rich, low carbonation, just the way that mama made it.

O - Overall this is good. I enjoy this and am not at all disappointed. Hooray for the Brooklyn Chocolate stout!

Photo of treedoctor5002
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clerk at a great local beer store recommended this one to me the other day. At $1.55 for a 12oz. bottle I thought, WOW what a deal for 10.6% alcohol.
This beer poors jet black with a decent brown head that slowly fades away. Smell is fairly sweet with chocolate/roasted malt overtones.
Taste is very smooth with a dark chocolate sweetness to it, slightly syrupy and plenty of the dark roasted malt. Overall it is well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick with plenty of alcohol packing a punch, although it is less than you would think. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a solid brew and a great value.

Photo of yeagerbm
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date- 2003-2004 season

Pulled this 6yo bottle out of the basement this evening to go with some homemade oyster stew I whipped up.

Pours BLACK with a thin tan head, not much carb remaining.

Smells like an old strong ale with notes of dried fruit, most of the roasty aroma is gone

Tastes like a nice roasty mixture of cold strong coffee, dry bittersweet cocoa and dried fruit

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with low carbonation.

Drinkability is fine for the style, very rich but good for sipping with some rich food. Overall very enjoyable.

Photo of HarleyGirl
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks nice being poured out of the bottle. Dark as night, with a nice tan head...I'd say about 1/3 of an inch.

S - Smells of sweetness for sure. Dark chocolatey roasted malt definitely. Smells promising.

T - Definitely a roasted chocolately kick in the mouth. Not a bad aftertaste.

M - Slightly thick mouthfeel....coats the mouth and throat slightly, not bad though.

D - This is a good beer. Personally I probably couldn't drink more than one, but that's just me. I'd call this a definite dessert beer in my book. Sweet brew....very sweet.

Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown with mahogany hues. very dark, almost black. small khaki colored head laces a bit.

smells of black chocolate, yah, but also licorice, dark roasted coffee, raisins, dark fruits.

tastes a bit of black chocolate, but more of a dark roasted coffee character is prevalent, and just like in the scent, there is some dark fruits and licorice. a bit of bitterness is there and alcohol is apparent. chocolate comes through more as the beer warms. a powdered hot cocoa flavor that dries the tongue.

mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to let you know it is there. nice.

drinks well now, but even better with age I would assume. alcohol is a bit hot, but not much more than expected.

Photo of DrewV
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (Winter 10-11 date) out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Pours a dark chocolate color into the glass and forms a solid 1-finger tan-colored head which dissipates quickly. Lacing is adequate, but less than other RIS examples I have drank.

S: Smell is restrained, but a definite nose of hops and cocoa can be detected. Sweet, roasty malts provide some backbone. Alcohol seems well hidden. Much sweetness leads the way.

T: Heavy, over-the-top roasted malt hits the taste buds first and lingers. A very thick body carries the flavors. Once again, the alcohol is very well hidden. As the beer warms, the coffee flavors become more pronounced, as does the chocolate (and the alcohol). Later, the aftertaste kicks in with a hint of hoppy bitterness after the "roast" disappears.

M: Low carbonation suits the beer well without leaving it completely flat. Slightly oily character throughout the body and into the finish. Extremely creamy brew. Very much like a "spiked" chocolate malted milkshake.

O: A very hearty brew, almost too hearty. Chewy, but with extreme flavor and depth. A surprise, considering the high ABV, which eventually shows its strength in the second half of the glass with some noticeable burn and warmth. Not quite my favorite RIS, but definitely a nice option every once in a while. [EDIT: This is quickly becoming my favorite RIS due to its creamy maltiness.]

NOTE: The first bottle out of this 4-pack was ridiculously hot with nothing but alcohol aroma and flavor. So I tried another bottle and was shocked at the difference. I have no idea why the two bottles were so different. Maybe the next two will answer that question. [EDIT: The third bottle was very creamy and not at all hot. Very creamy, smooth, roasty brew here.

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