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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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5,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 5199
Reviews: 2622
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of HoppedStoopid


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will be expanding upon this as I import my tasting notes from Brew Gene:
O: Overall the only tastes which dominate and ultimately hurt the Brooklyn RIS are its chief characteristics, bitter dark chocolate and alcohol. If you let this beer warm a few degrees as you savor its darkness and 10% ABV it becomes acrid/hot and almost undrinkable playing second fiddle to Stone's RIS. This must be enjoyed in a timely manner at serving temperature to fully appreciate its bitterness, high abv, and hop back bone.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2014 05:52:59 | More by HoppedStoopid
Photo of Boggdogg


4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - excellent jet black color with light brown but small head and a thin layer of lacing.

S - the best part of this beer is the smell. The chocolates really shine here with a hint of hops. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

T - starts out sweet from maybe honey or something similar. Has a definite bitter dark chocolate flavor next and finishes with some hop tones. Great complexity in this brew.

M - full bodied thick feel. Finishes very dry.

O - outstanding beer. Very well brewed and high alcohol content. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:38:01 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of tmm313


3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Black as you can get. Poured a 1/2 finger head with aggressive pour. Good lacing.

S- Dark fruits, booze, and a little chocolate. Caramel and a touch of hop when you really dig in.

T- Strangely sweet. Almost sour at times. Dark fruits up front. Chocolate starts to emerge mid way, leading to bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and some booze. Seems to have some spice going on as well.

M- Medium thick body. Creamy and viscous with super sharp carbonation. Drying.

O- Not the biggest fan of this one. Maybe I'll buy one to age for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:53:37 | More by tmm313
Photo of thezach


3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure which has changed, my palate or this beer, but this is not the hot boozy mess that I remember it to be two years ago.

A: An excellent jet black pour with a rich tan head that quickly fades.

S: Roasty chocolate with a touch of booze that grows as the beer warms.

T: Rich, creamy, luscious chocolate, coffee roast, a bit of bitterness to balance.

M: As above, rich, creamy, full bodied and a bit sticky, but not so much so that I don't want to keep drinking it. Good body. There, but not too heavy.

O: I picked up a single today and am considering snagging a four pack for the remainder of the cold months (goodness, I hope they don't last, but if so, I'll be ready).

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 04:49:44 | More by thezach
Photo of Givemebeer


4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch back small tan head very thin lacing

S: Boozy and chocolate

T: Starts with some dark chocolate and cocoa taste with some dark fruit in the back almost like raspberries. Moves onto a heavy roasted coffee like taste. Unlike the smell, alcohol is well hidden. mmm.

M: Full bodied. Thick. Yummy.

O: An extremely complex and delicious RIS. Could have been the year of age on it or a change in my taste, but this is much better than I remember it fresh last year.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 00:42:19 | More by Givemebeer
Photo of brutusmuktuk


4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle with a jet black color and a very small, quickly dissipating tan head. Smells of chocolate, malts, and oaky bourbon. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, fruits, malts, and some bourbon. Has a full body feel and goes down smooth. This is an amazingly delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:45:26 | More by brutusmuktuk


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Pure black color headed by creamy foam. Brownish tan is lasting & leaves lacing on sides. Roasted malt & cocoa aromas with herbal hues. Bitter cocoa, hints of toffee & lavender at first sip. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous texture & subtle spicy to the palate. Bitterness grows up in the middle & lingers, attached to herbal infusion & creamy roasted maltiness, into the finish. Bitter cocoa on the aftertaste. ABV has been well camouflaged. Flavorful & nice drinkable!!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 11:08:38 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of MarkQ617


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a stout glass. After a few sips I decided this was my favorite beer I've tried to date from Brooklyn. Dark chocolate color to match both the flavor and the aroma. Generous tannish-brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee beans. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and medium body for a stout. Obvious chocolate flavor, great winter after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 02:57:10 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of Chiefy770


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled on September 12th, 2013. (2013-2014 release)

Appearance: Pours thick and as close to black as a beer can get. No light is getting through this one. Very thin tan head. Not the best lacing in the world. 3.75

Smell: Mocha latte. Sweet molasses. Chocolate. Subtle notes of sweet fruit.

Taste: Smooth chocolate up front. A bitterness of toasted, almost burnt grains kicks in. Notes of coffee develop very well in the finish. Minor notes of dark fruit, almost like a Fig Newton, kick in. For the most part the alcohol is pretty well masked, however, it does break through pretty well in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, no surprises there. The carbonation is low, but high enough to carry the bitter notes.

Overall: The chocolate flavor is phenomenal, though I am not wild about some of the supporting flavors though. The mocha flavors are spot on but the bitterness is really cranked up in this one. Almost sour notes of burnt toast develop. The alcohol is also to pronounced in the finish, but I suppose that's to be expected given it is a 20 proof beer. I really think this will develop well with a year or two on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 00:27:56 | More by Chiefy770
Photo of JulioH


3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Somewhat one of the lightest in texture, it is easy to drink and does not feel thick or heavy. It almost feels like a stout that could be had in pairs.

That said, this beer is heady. Be it the 10%, you can feel the alcohol go quickly to your head as you are sipping on it. It does have a nice carbonation though, reminding me of most Belgian ales, but of course, this is not a Belgian ale, so the carbonation is minimal yet present in miniscule bubbles.

This stout, however, is just a bitter coffee beer. There is no chocolate or any other ingredients, and it qualifies as a very traditional American stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 06:20:03 | More by JulioH
Photo of KingSlayer


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours jet black full bodied liquid, light wont go trough, thick beige/tan brownish foam with lots of lacing, mild carbonation. permanent foam ring as beer is drank. requieres aggresive pouring.

S: wonderful bouquet, intense roasted sweet malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, dark burnt caramel, cookie dough. cant wait to taste it.

T: same as nose, wonderful taste, sweet, little bit salty end, bitternes is present but well rounded. mild bitter prolonged aftertaste.

M: full body, dense liquid, mild but adequate carbonation, silky, almost like chocolate milk.

O: delicious thick, silky, meal-like beer, excellent chocolate, caramel, coffee palate, 10% alcohol per volume, but masks it perfectly, can sip this all day in a cold winter, excellent brew.
one of my favourite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:47:16 | More by KingSlayer
Photo of PeterParker

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as the ace of spades, appropriately. Small head that is swiftly fleeting.

Dark roastiness on the nose. A bit of bitter chocolate. It is what I think of as a deep stout smell. It's good. Can pick up a tad bit of Belgian-esque malts. Smells sweet.

Probably one of the most aptly named beers. Taste is predominantly dark dark chocolate. Like 90% cacao. Sweetens up on the tail end but dominated by the dark chocolate. Not overly complex but still really nice.

Coats the mouth and leaves a bittersweet cocoa aftertaste.

Overall this beer is great. I had this a few years ago and thought it was too boozey, now I don't even taste booze. I understand the hype now. Definitely one of the best, if not the best chocolate stout I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:26:18 | More by PeterParker
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 Bone53


4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at around 50°F.

Appearance: Thick pour; Black with no light coming through. A frothy one finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Dark fruit and roasted malts. Not as much chocolate as I was anticipating, but it's there. A slight alcohol presence is there as well.

Taste: It starts off with dark fruit, chocolate in the middle, and roasted malts, almost like espresso, on the end that lingers on the palate. A slight alcohol burn that compliments the cold weather. Very enjoyable.

A heavy medium mouthfeel. Slightly creamy yet has an alcohol bite.

Overall: I still have plenty of RIS to try, but this is right next to or slightly behind my favorites so far (Expedition, Founders, Ten Fidy) and very affordable for the style. Not as choclatey as the title indicates, but rather has all the traditional RIS characteristics and they mold together nicely. Very well done and especially appetizing with this harsh winter we have been having. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 06:58:49 | More by Bone53
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
Photo of ranger7


3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.
Review from notes: December 30th, 2013.

A: Black. A thin tan head on top.

S: Chocolate and alcohol.

T: Toasted chocolate and malt. Somewhat bitter like dark chocolate.

M: Some carbonation, but pretty smooth.

O: Not too chocolatey, which is good, but there's nothing terribly special about this. Still a good Stout offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:33:13 | More by ranger7
Photo of JohnNasso

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just had this at a restaurant with a hamburger; good combo. The waitress warned me that it was 10 abv, but it didn't come across that strong. Very tasty.
Very smooth, nice chocolate taste, but not overwhelming, good balance.
I'll have it again. Hopefully soon!

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 01:14:21 | More by JohnNasso
Photo of TheBullsHorn


3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has great amounts of dark chocolate bitterness coupled with the malty after-palate and higher alcohol levels come together to create an exemplary imperial stout. No need for oak-aging or added flavors, the beer lets the malts speak for themselves.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 06:52:55 | More by TheBullsHorn
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Dark chocolates and roasted malts. A touch of booze is present.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Booze is noticeable.

M - Full bodied with medium/high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - A nice stout. On the boozy side with less chocolate than I expected. Still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:24:39 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a dark near black with a one finger head of root beer colored foam that breaks quickly and leaves little behind but a tiny island of foam.

S: chocolate and dark fruits with some light coffee and roast.

T: chocolate, coffee and roasts up front with some dark fruits and a bit of booze on the back end.

M: medium body with a creamy feel. Good carbonation.

O: this came highly recommended by a few friends, and I see the potential but I think that perhaps this bottle was too young to get the best out of it. I have another that I will revisit in a year and re-review. It is a good RIS at this point, but not the one I think my friends are recommending.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 21:55:03 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of dougbotrob

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick head, darker-cream color, lasted about 3 minutes to settle down, then left with just a bit of lacing to look at. This is a-ok for me because I'm not drinking the lacing, i'm drinking the beer.
S: The nose is great but I embarrassingly have trouble placing it. There's the obvious chocolate and malt, and I want to say "dark fruit" but I don't mean black cherry or currant. I *think* I'm smelling figs but honestly it's been a while since I've smelled figs so I might be pulling that out of no where. In any case it smells dark and delicious and mostly like semi sweet chocolate.
T: Bittersweet chocolate (not the kind you want to eat, but the kind you bake with), coffee, more dark fruits- this makes me ask myself "what's the difference between dates and figs?"
M: Well carbonated, thick enough but certainly not syrupy, just what I want from a big stout.
O: It's a solid chocolate stout, not the best but definitely not the worst. I've bought it before and I'll definitely keep buying it in the future. I think it's worth the price, and also worth saving a few bottles each year for aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 07:13:22 | More by dougbotrob
Photo of hillvt4me


3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown with some red noted. Moderate light foamed bead. Some carbonation bubbles and good lacing.

S: bittersweet chocolate, turkish apricots and roast barley.

T: bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, malt, dark fruit and touch of herbalness.

M: Mild to moderately thick and creamy. Carbonation is balanced.

O: Solid; some added complexity would be a nice additive.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:03:04 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 263/13. Black as a starless night pour with a massive head and lasting lacing. Light nose of chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. Medium bodied with a slick creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation level is normal. The alcohol is not well hidden and dominates the flavor profile after the initial notes of chocolate. A slight medicinal taste is present along with a bit of licorice and hop bitterness. Finishes smoothly with a bit of sweetness followed by alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 20:57:11 | More by tillmac62
Photo of RVigz


3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The initial smell and taste of this beer is astounding. It has an opening taste of malty coffee/chocolate with a smooth body. The finish is a strong malty taste that pulls through the chocolate taste. The aftertaste is pretty strong on the malty taste so i would recommend some food in between to break up the malty taste. The smell of this stout cant be beat.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:39:29 | More by RVigz
Photo of beercat11

New York

3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have had this brew for the last 7 offerings(brewing seasons) and every year I look for the uniqueness of each yearly release if there is one.

This years version seems more balanced and a little more complex than most past years versions, I keep a journal with my thoughts and note them when I have my first few sips. I feel that's when the small nuances of each batch are the most impressed upon me. I have never been a big fan of this stout but it is local enough to me where it is priced pretty well at $6.99 a 4 pack. I have seen it at local markets for as much as $3 more.

It seems that this stout always has a character about it that turns me off. I find it on the back end. Up front it has that traditional RIS that's so prevalent for the style but I can't seem to get beyond the off flavors I get towards the end.

There are roasted malts and black licorice candy which you would typically expect in this style but the finish is just too frustrating for me. Some reviews complain about the lack of carbonation here but I think they are on to exactly what I am saying about the finishing flavors. This year I got an idea on how to fix this issue and I have to say I nailed it first try. I added some high end all natural organic vanilla extract, about a teaspoon full into a 12 ounce bottle. Wow! who would think that this 1 thing could change everything about this beer, up front and all the way home.

If this additional flavor was added to this beer at the brewer You would see much higher reviews I am sure. Most reviews are up there but not everyone is as picky and critical of a beer as a few others like me. Try it and see. Just make sure you use high quality extract. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 20:10:20 | More by beercat11
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