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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,722 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 2,722
Hads: 6,255
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 381
Gots: 1,236 | FT: 54
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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: 2,722 | Hads: 6,255
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)

Photo of leantom
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Taken from notes. Been a day since I consumed the beer. Here goes:

A: Pitch black, nice head and lacing. Good.

S: Lots of dark fruit, some coffee bitterness and chocolate as well but these are less pronounced. Raisins, prune, coffee. OK, but the scents were actually somewhat muted - i.e., they weren't very powerful.

T: Good, but nothing special. Lots of dark fruit - such as prunes, raisins, and plum - followed by some coffee bitterness that lingers as the back of the tongue. Not very chocolatey, at least relative to other beers. Good, but not very good.

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: Good beer. Pretty solid, but there are definitely better options. (674 characters)

Photo of ilthik
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout was this year's (2014) best chocolate stout. A proper, full bodied stout in its own right, it had just the right amount chocolate taste to make it the perfect after dinner drink with dessert. (224 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours and oily jet black, generates a finger and a half of dark burnt caramel colored head which quickly dissipates down to a film. Little to no lacing.
S - Interesting and unexpected, dark chocolate and milk, almond, cherry and marzipan, light banana, dark fruits and some spices like nutmeg or cinnamon.
T - I wish the taste matched the smell. A strange and out of place sourness mixes with the initial carbonation bite, dark bitter sweet chocolates and roasty malts fade in well into the development, but I can't get passed the funky sourness right at the beginning, has no place in a stout like this.
O - The developmental Flavors and aftertaste are amazing, but this beer let me down and wasn't near the legendary stout I had hoped it was. The funky sourness at the beginning was a major turn off. Going to cellar my other three and see if aging helps. Otherwise, the beer is painfully average.
V - So far, the value is pretty low. (944 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this rockin' Imperial Stout pours a thick dark black with a thick, very dense brown head. Nose of dark sweet chocolate, rich malts, and strong alcohol. Flavors are intense chocolate and coffee flavors, thick and coating, yet light and drinkable with a trademark smoothness. Moderate carbonation makes this one of the better winter Imperial Stouts out there. Finishes wet and chewy with a solid lightly bitter roasted malt quality with a light hops background.

OUTSTANDING! (516 characters)

Photo of Beerando
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uncharacteristic but good stout. Very nice dark color with a little more than a finger of mocha brown head. Has a citrus-y smell that blends into the taste. Besides a hint of citrus, there are coffee and chocolate hints as well. The feel is initially smooth going to low to moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, just a bit confusing for a supposed chocolate stout. Maybe my pour? Will try again when I can. (414 characters)

Photo of LarryMyers
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I have always wanted to try this beer and finally got one in a beer exchange. I am very disappointed since the beer I got seems to be very flat. Smell is good, look is like used motor oil with no head at all, and the taste is like the apperance...flat. I will try this beer again and revise my review when I get a good bottle. (329 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding RIS. Cracked open a bottle from 2012, was hot back upon release but has mellowed into an exceptional blend of chocolate and roasted notes. A little smoke caps this off. Comes together wonderfully, and lives up to the fantastic, jet black appearance from the bottle pour. Mouthfeel is suitably decadent - this is a high quality confection in a glass. (364 characters)

Photo of m_hall
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip... color is black and completely opaque, crowned by a thin tan head that left light lacing.

Aroma is fairly subtle, coffee, roasted malts, a faint trace of alcohol.

Flavor is rich and complex- the promised bittersweet cocoa notes are right up front. Moving in after are notes of toast and espresso and molasses, finishing with a slightly nutty dryness with slight herbal hop notes. All flavors are very balanced, with nothing being too dominant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich without being syrupy, and lightly carbonated. A pleasure to drink.

An excellent RIS overall. Not as challenging and distinctive as Oskar Blues Ten-FIDY, but definitely with a broader appeal. Perfect for wintertime. (737 characters)

Photo of Beerwolf666
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There are way too many reviews for this Beer~and much of them are way better then I could ever put into words...let me just say that this is AMAZING,and beyond better than any other Russian Imperial Stout I have ever tried,Dark Chocolate,super roasted french coffee,slight cherry flavor,black as Midnight,and so full of flavor....superb in every way,top notch,stellar,and if you like this style of Beer~you MUST try it,...words cannot convey just how tasty this brew is...10/10 & An A+ in my book any day ~cheers! (513 characters)

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,722 ratings.