Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,727
Hads: 6,285
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 398
Gots: 1,249 | FT: 54
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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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Photo of mpedara429
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured out an opaque dark brown. Nearly black in color. There was only a thin layer of head but it is probably because the surface tension from the thickness of this beer that broke it's fall.

S: It smells like a wonderful piece of dessert. Sort of like a rum soaked chocolate cake.

T: A little bit of a boozy bite, but other than that the dark chocolate is prominent with an earthy hop backdrop.

M: Medium heavy body that is very sticky. Light carbonation.

O: The boozy bite is slightly off-putting but the rest works pretty well. The clarity of chocolate flavor in this is pretty solid.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is blacker than night and looks smooth as butter.

Smells like chocolate, only chocolate, not complaining.

Taste matches smell, chocolate and lots of it! A good brew to go along with some cheescake!

Mouthfeel is lush and like drinking melted chocolate bars, but enough booze to power through the sweet.

Overall a great offering from Brooklyn, I wonder what a couple of years in the cellar will do to this, well that's my plan!

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is an excellent beer and a true classic, but I have a hard time giving this beer over a 4.0 considering the quality of current beer offerings.

For a "chocolate beer," this is, again, a classic of the style, but modern chocolate offerings are bigger, bolder, and offer more chocolate.

To style, this beer captures the right right flavor, smell, and texture profiles. What it lacks is innovation, when compared to what's currently out there

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : black color with tan foamy head.
Smell : dark chocolate and dried fruit aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted chocolate malt and woodenness flavors, with vinous notes.
Overall : a nice beer in the style Imperial Stout.

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Photo of brurevu
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I found this Winter ‘09-’10 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout in the back of the fridge that I didn't even know was there…. I mean I was aging it, right? Being an Imperial Stout I wasn’t too concerned about the 4 years or so of age, but I did have to let it thoroughly warm up before I could appreciate it. It poured pitch black with a surprisingly decent khaki head. The aroma was of sweet deep dark fruits and semi-sweet chocolate that definitely leaned to the sweeter side over roasted notes. The taste was also heavy on the smooth dark fruits and chocolate. There was still a bitterness present on the finish but not as overbearing as I remember the fresh version. The Black Chocolate Stout unsurprisingly was still a full on chocolate assault but it had moved away from the bitter chocolate to a sweeter fruitier flavor. It had definitely smoothed out the edges and made for a decadent drinking experience.

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Photo of BumpyAZ
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 266 3

A: Ink black with about 1 inch of tan foamy , lacey head with moderate retention.

S: Predominately dark chocolate, hints of roasted malt, maybe a pinch of dark fruit.

T: dark bakers chocolate, roasted malt, finishes with some coffee like bitterness

M: Thick and creamy, really coats the mouth. Slightly dry, minimal carbonation.

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

Appearance: Black as night, creamy tan head very small but not a distraction.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, very nice.

Taste; Feels thick and hints of chocolate, slightly bitter but not overwelming, ends with chocolate notes.

Mouthfell: Again feels thick and very balanced on the tongue.

Overall: I like this beer, waith let me take another sip, ok, I like it well balanced low bitterness, with strong hints of chocolate, and with a ABV of 10% its not your Mcdonalds shake

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Photo of toppoop
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours nice and dark forming a very small head which ran away quick. No doubt has the look of other great stouts.
S - chocolate dominates the nose.
T - dark chocolate up front tasted great. The finish is more dark chocolate and burnt coffee with a touch of charred wood.
M - coats the palate well and lingers for some time after a sample.
O - above average stout that should age well.

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Photo of lochef81
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my next in a line of RIS I've been tasting before the brutal michigan winter finally winds down. The pour is quite handsome with a near black body and dark tan head. The head lasts well into the pour and when it does give way it leaves a very nice film and silky tan lacing. The nose is a little unremarkable with subtle notes of dark chocolate (duh), coffee, burnt sugar, and rroasted prunes, figs, and dates. The mouthfeel is coating and slightly sticky., but strictly in the best of ways. The flavor greatly triumphs over the aroma. It is a deep and rich blend of Belgian dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, burnt fruits, and deeply roasted malts. This is an incredibly robust and delicious beer. While not my favorite Russian Imperial, this is without a doubt, a stout that I would come back to anytime. The beautiful bitterness of coffee and burnt sugar last in the mouth for hours after the beer is finished. Well done!

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from winter 11-12

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: on the nose we have bitter dark chocolate, slight roast malt, and a hint of espresso. lots of chocolate on the nose though
T: taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight burnt sugar, more chocolate, and coffee. Swallow brings more chocolate, some roasted malt, coffee, and some slight charred wood flavor
M: sinfully smooth and velvety with a full mouthfeel. Carbonation is there but struggles to burst through the viscous brew and the beer has a drying finish
O: This beer is fantastic. It has smoothness, complexity and good flavors. It aged gracefully and drinks divinely. It just doesn't get much better.

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Photo of tonyf55
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance (3.5): Midnight black and opaque with a dark sandy head that settles into a persistent half-finger on top of the beer. On style, but not incredible.

Aroma (3): Toasty and burnt up front with lingering roast coffee and a light spiciness (perhaps hops pushing through?). The alcohol is very forward and overshadows the other aromas to an extent.

Taste (4): No real "chocolate" flavour, but hits of molasses and a big caramel sweetness. Some minor dark fruit in the background - a nice touch. Again, the alcohol punches through and really is a dominant force between all the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4): Slick, oily and creamy. A nice medium to full body that coats the pallet and lasts long after a sip. The alcohol leaves a nice numbness on the pallet that is both a strong reminder of the beer's potency but also a prep for the next sip.

Overall (4): A BIG beer that will be aged in my cellar for a while. The hotness of the alcohol begs for it to be aged, and I imagine this will be fantastic given a few months to a year (or two). A great sipper that I look forward to having again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout in a trade, thanks a lot @Motozappa. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and I'm interested to see how it stacks up to some of the other stouts I have tried, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's got a clean, dark, and classy look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a half a fingers worth of tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish there was a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some roasted, slightly charred, sweet malt, and chocolate like aromas with the chocolate seeming to stick out the most and it has a bitter dark chocolate like aspect to it. Up next comes a little more sweetness with some dark fruit aromas and a noticeable alcohol aroma that's just a little boozy. This beer had a pretty good aroma, but I think it would be even better if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the chocolate still showing up and being showcased nicely, but this time it reminds me more of bitter baker's chocolate. Up next comes a light dark fruit flavor with a pretty noticeable amount of alcohol that tastes a little boozy, but it isn't too warming. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness followed by a roasted, sweet and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, but just like the aroma, I think it would be just a little better if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

M- A little smooth, slightly warming, rich, a little cloying, sticky, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but I wish it was just a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style and it stayed true to the name with the dark biter chocolate flavors being showcased in this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, sweet, sticky, rich, a little cloying, boozy and filling, but the taste did a good job at holding my attention so i think one bottle would be the perfect amount for me to sip on and enjoy, I think the sweetness and booze would start to wear on me if I had more than one. I think this would make for a good beer to enjoy on those cold and snowy days in the winter. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, it was pretty good and the chocolate flavors stuck out enough to make it true to it's name. What I like the least about this beer was how much the alcohol showed up, I think the 10% could have been hidden a little better. I would buy this beer again, it would be nice to keep a couple in the fridge for the winter and I would like to see how this beer ages overtime, maybe age will help tame some of that alcohol. I would recommend this to anyone who likes strong stouts, but it may be a little too intense for people who aren't real into the style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I did think that there were a couple aspects of this beer that could be improved upon, but other than that I still enjoyed and I wouldn't turn one down. It isn't my favorite Russian Imperial Stout, but it is now my favorite beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Good job guys, this was a pretty good Stout, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Apatschinn
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

App. - Black in color with a brown finger-thick head that lasts a few minutes.

Smell - Straight up chocolate. Bittersweet but strangely faint. Aromas are hard to pin down right away.

Taste - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Glorious chocolate. Tastes like a Ghiradelli dark cocoa bar. Little to no alcohol flavor, which surprised me a bit.

Mouth. - Smooth. Not quite watery but not exceedingly thick either. Happy medium.

Over. - Great tasting beer. Perfect for people who enjoy chocolate! Would buy again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of SStein
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a deep dark black, with about a finger head that quickly dissipates into slight lacing on the top.
The chocolate really shines in the smell,
Taste wise the chocolate is very forward, followed but subtle hop flavoring. This does a decent job of hiding the higher ABV, but you can still tell this beer has a kick especially as it warms.
This is a thinner stout and more carbonated than many of the stouts I have had.
Overall, well done and definitely work drinking.

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Photo of HoppedStoopid
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Boggdogg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of thezach
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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).

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.94/5  rDev +19%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
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!!

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black beer with a one finger high, beige, head.
A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Licorice, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruit, plum, raisin, molasses and brown sugar.
Taste: Red berries, roasted malt, fudge, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, ash, vanilla and honey.
Body: Full body with crisp, light carbonation.

This is a great beer!

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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.

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Photo of JulioH
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,727 ratings.