Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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2,716 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,716
Hads: 6,238
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 374
Gots: 1,225 | FT: 55
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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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Reviews: 2,716 | Hads: 6,238
Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a super rich and luxurious dark black color. like motor oil. head pours tan, and is about 2 fingers at first, but dies down to a thin film on top

s: a combination of dark and milk chocolate. sweet berries, roasted malts, some generic dark fruits, vanilla. ends with a smooth aroma of caramel

t: taste follows the nose. milk chocolate, huge malt sweetness, sweet raisins, plums and figs, toasted malts, molasses, a nice leathery flavor with some more chocolate (similar to what you'd get in an old ale), and the mildest alcohol tinge to help balance the sweetness

m: heavy. carbonation level is pretty high as well considering how heavy the mouthfeel is - thats not a criticism, just an observation

o: whoa. seriously impressed with this. its heavy, for sure. the taste is sweet, yet not overpowering. its malts and chocolate. its a sipper beer that will put meat on your bones. as said before: i'm impressed (926 characters)

Photo of Ferran
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 14-15.
Boníssima però gairebé sense gas ni espuma.
Tot i ser del mateix any, potser ha tingut problemes amb el transport.
Per tornar-ne a comprar i provar-la de guardar un temps. (189 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark. With dark tan head. Minimal lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, chocolate and dark malts? Taste is defintley strong, boozy mouthful. Almost tastes like a porter to me, chocolate and robust. Thick, hearty, full of flavor. Very strong... goes nice with Muenster cheese. (287 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, tan head

S: Alcohol forward, faint roast

T: Some sweetness up front, dark chocolate, then faint fruitiness along with alcohol heat. Finishes with roasted dark chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation

O: Can't wait to see how a year changes this one! (279 characters)

Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy this beer. It's at a great price, looks, smells, and tastes great... It just works for me. Has become one of my favorites along with Founder Breakfast Stout. (172 characters)

Photo of dleigh
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept going back and forth between "wow, cool chocolate notes" and "meh, this is okay" while drinking this beer. Not quite sure why, but it just didn't jive with me. (166 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

so many roasted & smoky chocolate-y flavors I don't know where to begin.
lots of body, nice deep tan head that laces nicely.
boozy without being crushing on the ABV. leaves a nice warmth in your gullet. easy to drink.

one of the better chocolate stouts I've tried, and a must try if you like deep complex chocolate or imperial stouts. (336 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours pitch black, with about a finger of dark tan-brown head. Dissipates down to a thin layer of head.

Smell - 3.5/5
Strong chocolate smells along with a little alcohol smell. Perhaps a slight breadiness as well. The aroma is not sweet.

Taste - 4/5
Chocolate, slightly sweet. Cocoa, slightly fruity malts. Small alcohol taste is detectable.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body. Smooth. Little to no bitterness. Carbonation is light.

Overall - 4/5
This is a decent beer. The chocolate taste is nice. I would have liked a more complex smell and taste. And perhaps a tiny bit more carbonation. Otherwise, a good Russian Imperial Stout. (649 characters)

Photo of MTLDOG
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a perfect black with a light brown/dark khaki head. 1 finger, some lacing. The nose is dark chocolate. Not pure cocoa but rather strong 75-80% dark chocolate because there is a sweetness in there. Some coffee notes but I can only really describe that as a Vienna roasted burnt coffee. It tastes very assertive at first but really smooths out as you go. At first it seemed a bit boozy but I was drinking it a bit too cold. As it warmed the complexity of this beer really came out. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect gentle carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet and malty and not roasted and bitter enough for my taste of Russian imperial stouts. This was a very good beer and it has some potency too at 10% abv. (703 characters)

Photo of HansFranz1
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lace: 140 plus SHV factor, creamy, chewable, delightful depth, strong Cocoa and espresso infusion, lack of turpid creates a wonderful dark beauty, pure Russian poetry in a glass. (178 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is cocoa, chocolate with faint espresso but not a lot of roast. Pours very dark brown to black under a vigorous, finely bubbled, persistent, lacy light tan cap. The palate has chocolate flavors from the malts blending with the added chocolate flavors over a variety of grain flavors and hints of caramel. It finishes with lingering bittersweet chocolate flavors. Very well balanced. The texture is very creamy, close to a nitro beer and is very full bodied to chewy. The carbonation is very fine and soft. (514 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Dark chocolate, licorice and slight coffee aroma. Maltiness is more light bodied with a stronger black licorice taste. You can detect some dark chocolate smoothness. Hints of coffee at the end. Not much of a roasted taste, which I come to expect from Imperial stouts. A little too much licorice for my taste as well. It does hide the alcohol very well. Probably could have used some more aging to bring out the chocolate taste better. (537 characters)

Photo of Mateer
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: From a 12 oz long neck from a 4 pack with date. Says the 2014-2015 season.

Appearance: Like it says...black. I can't even see through it when I hold it up to a light. Maybe a little brown. Superb lacing that remains in it's place. Moderate carbonation is present but it's hard to see because of the black.

Smell: Coffee and yeast, fresh bread like smell.

Taste: Dark robust coffee, dark bitter chocolate, burnt malt undertones, some sweetness (that is thankfully fleeting), and then hops are present towards the end to complement the coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall: This is one of my favorite stouts. High ABV with a prefect pairing of chocolate and coffee. A lot of times these double stouts or high ABV stouts have a sickly sweet taste and aftertaste that prevails. This one avoids that brewing mistake and gives you what you want from a stout...something to get through the frigid cold of winter. I highly recommend this brew! (955 characters)

Photo of beer488
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour with thin short lasting head. Roasted malt nose and dark chocolate. Sweet bitter taste. For a beginning beer drinker, this is kind of strong. A little chocolate, a lot of alcohol. (189 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet to start with dark chocolate and vanilla flavors then switches to moderately bitter featuring coffee roasted malts, and anise. Alcohol is not masked. Medium body, creamy texture, medium-light carbonation, long bitter roasty finish with warming from the alcohol. (422 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: A finger of tan, long sustaining head poured from the bottle then slid into the pitch black beer leaving behind a trail of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Moderate sweet chocolate, cocoa and toffee aroma. no hops. Light alcohol/ethenol. roasty and ashy notes mild to moderate.

T: Dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate and slight roasted character. Middle malts with toast, cookies and sweet toffee. Sweetness overall is mellow and not clowing. Slight underlying nutty flavor. hop bitterness is mild. Balance is on the roast and chocolate malts.

M:Big round viscous body with a creamy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation and slight parching dryness on the tongue from the roasted malts. Medium alcohol warming.

O: A chocolate forward, creamy stout that paired great with a big piece of german chocolate cake. (811 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thin bubbly head that sticks around for a while. Medium carbonation, dark-brown essentially black. (3/3)
S: Light chocolate and sweet malt with a healthy amount of ethanol. (9/12)
T: Chocolate much more solid with a metallic middle and bitter coffee finish. (16/20)
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nothing special. (4/5)
O: It’s a strong chocolate stout, that’s for sure. Would have liked a little more chocolate or coffee to balance out the metallic taste and alcohol burn, but it’s certainly not a bad beer. Pair this guy with a sweet dessert or some dark meat, and it’ll take the edge off. (7/10)
39/50 (631 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: black black black with pinky size head that leaves in hurry
S: dark coffee beans dipped in dark chocolate
T: same as smell with little alcohol and malt finish
F: smooth and creamy
O: this is a great stout even if u do not like stouts this is a must try 10% of pure happiness (280 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing stout indeed. Super fragrant and tasty, dark chocolate and coffee play between a wonderful roasted malt backdrop. Plenty of alcohol warmth and a sweet, fudge finish make this simply wonderful. Super creamy, full body. One of the best stouts, and best values, available today. (286 characters)

Photo of auswild
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding stout indeed, although I certainly notice an inconsistency with the strength of the chocolate flavor from bottle to bottle. However, putting any imperfections aside, it's still a highly drinkable 10% ABV beer. (224 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage served into tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Look: Deep opaque black with ruby edges. Generous dark tan head develops with nice cascading effect, settling to a film with bubbles and lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasty, boozy, fruity

Taste: sweet roasted malt with fruity alcoholic twang, very mild bitterness towards the finish. Strong alcoholic signature.

Feel: Smooth mouthfeel, thick body

Overall: A very complete imperial stout, with a complex palate and a fine presentation. In the end, it may be a bit on the sweet side for my taste and the alcohol is more apparent than with some stouts of this strength. Overall, though, a really fine brew. (670 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

355ml bottle into a chalice glass - bottle dated Winter '14-'15

Look: Blacker than a black thing in hell at night. But blacker. Not much in the way of head, and what was there dissipated fairly quickly. The net result looks like a glass of pure, distilled, well, blackness.

Smell: More than a hint of alcohol, which is not entirely surprising given that the ABV is in double figures, but at the same time there's an underlying chocolate maltiness with more than a hint of dark fruit. That said, initial whiffs of alcohol aside this isn't a big smelling beer. What's there is nice, though.

Taste: Reminds me more of a coffee stout (along the lines of the Bad Seed Espresso stout I had earlier in the evening) than a chocolate stout along the lines of Sam Smiths. Even so, the coffee and chocolate taste combine to give something reminiscent of very dark dark chocolate (think 90% cacao-type stuff)

Feel: Heavy, yet smooth - not surprising given the ABV, though. This is one for kicking back and sipping - there's a nice transition from the coffee and chocolate tastes up front to the malty, alcoholic burn of the finish. Really quite exquisite.

Overall: I think I have a new favourite stout - for me, this one ticks all the boxes although some might find it a bit too bitter and astringent. Me? I think it's fantastic - just a pity it's harder to get than my other favourite (Sam Smiths Imperial Stout). If you see this, try it - it's great in a bottle, I'd love to try it on tap. (1,484 characters)

Photo of msf55
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and easy drinking RIS. 10% barely noticeable. Chocolate tasty but not overwhelming. If you're into this style give this one a try you won't be disappointed. (169 characters)

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. (215 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Dated "Winter '14-'15". 10% abv

Appearance- Coal black with a brown head that dissipates very fast.

Smell- Rich dark chocolate. Dark fruit in there as well reminisient of prunes. Smaller hints of coffee as well as sweet malt.

Taste- A rich sweetness meets the palate first. Deep, fresh chocolate notes abound. Quite nice. The chocolate rises through and through. A raison-like sweetness arrives as well. Finishes with a slight bitterness as well as a burn from the alcohol. Phenolic taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and quite heavy in body. The cream like consistancy coats the palate heavily.

Overall- This is a Winter sipping treat. Well done from all ends. Rich flavors persist throughout. The chocolate is fresh and pronounced. The high alcohol is appropriate for the style and season as well. I plan on ageing a bottle as well for a year +. Check this stout out! (925 characters)

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