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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,735 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,735
Hads: 6,336
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 405
Gots: 1,293 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A real beer, the 03-04 version. Chocolate dark brown color and small brown head. Alcohol comes through in the drink, so slow down! Very noticeable chocolate and roasted malt. Made to age some. Thought a bit much carbonation, which held back on mouthfeel. Great dessert. Five and a half-years later, the roast and so-forth, not as thick as the new breed of RIS, still a great desert or dessert beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan and SalukiAlum for each sending me a bottle of this!

Pours a pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades to a small cap. Very nice distinct rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Taste is of dark bittersweet chocolate, plums/prunes, roasty coffee, and slight soy sauce. There is a pleasant coffee/dark chocolate bitterness after each sip. There is also a slight acidity in the beer. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a very good RIS. I am glad I got a chance to try this one and that I have another bottle to drink later.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009-10 limited bottling.

Pours black with nice dark khaki tan head and pours with a viscous quality.

Nose is clean, fresh, with an assertive sweet sugar carmel sweet coffee and sweet black chocolate character;

Medium bodied to full in the mouth-character and mouthfeel actually seems to improve is swirled a bit or kept in the mouth " a bit" before swallowing.

Flavors are assertive bright semi sweet black coffee and black chocolate. Full roasted grain flavors that are more sweet coffee/sweet bright acidic espresso that chocolate. Appealing and inviting.

Finish follows flavor but more of a chocolate character develops, to an end palate of espresso bitter. Nice stout with a "sweet and fruity" basic character. 03/11

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 finger tan frothy head with lots of lacing on a jet black body with no light passing though. So as I smelled this one I was waiting for chocolate which is definitly there but I was pleasantly surprised by the cola aroma that I got. Vanilla and earthy notes are there too. The flavor is mostly a robust roasted malt with chocolate notes, mostly in the finish. Not as dynamic as the aroma but very smooth as drinkable. Mild hops as well. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall a highly drinkable russian imperial stout, the booze are well hidden.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2009-10 vintage)
A: It's very dark black with just a few brown bubbles covering edges of the glass on the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of chocolatey malts and dark, roasted coffee beans.
T: There's a very rich flavor of dark chocolate malts that is very well balanced by the bitterness in the hops, the taste of which particularly comes out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: For an imperial stout, the beer is shockingly very drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. This is one of my all-time favorites and I wish I had enough storage space so I could age this stuff; it's interesting to watch the flavor develop over the years—it seems to peak if you age it for three years.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours as black as can be, letting zero light through and with a frothy mocha head. smells like a white russian to be honest, milky and boozy, sweet. has an interesting chocolate taste to it, very very rich, and bittersweet at the end. my brother described it as "if hershey's special dark was even more special". there really is no other way to describe the chocolate in this beer, its s interesting. insanely strong beer that doesnt hide it particularly well, but i dont think it makes apologies for that. mouthfeel was heavyish, hard to drink a lot of beers with such little carbonation and heavy bodies, but a great holiday sipper.

edit: best consumer fresh, or relatively fresh. we opened a bottle from 2008 last night and it was way past its prime, thinned out and lacking the depth that makes this a classic. dont forget about this one in the cellar.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a beautiful black color with a brown head. The head left a pretty good lacing down the glass after each sip. The smell of the see had a nice hoppy chocolate aroma to it. The taste is rich with dark chocolate and bitter burnt toast. The aftertaste had a hoppy bitterness too adding to the flavor. The mouthfeel of this beer had a pretty good thickness and the feel was pretty oily. Overall this beer was pretty freaking good.

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Photo of brentk56
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release 04-05

Appearance: Pours a dark, muddy black color with a small mocha head that leaves some splashes of lacing

Smell: Bitter chocolate and coffee notes dominate, along with prunes and a hint of alcohol; slightly smokey

Taste: Very complex. Starts out with the roasted malt flavors, lots of chocolate and coffee then, the prunes; after a few seconds the first wave of bitterness takes over; then you get a burst of alcoholic warmth which stays with you as the chocolate, sweeter this time, returns in the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with a modest amount of carbonation

Drinkability: This is so rich and alcohol-laden that it is hard to drink the whole bottle. Forget about a second.

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

Enjoyed on Nitro-tap at Pazzo's Pizza Pub. Although I have drank my share of this beer in the past, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to have it in it's nitro-fused version. The beer is delivered to the bar with a heavily viscous black with a tan, mousse-like froth resting at the top of the glass. Tough to fight through the foam and obtain that first sip. Meanwhile, filling aromas of highly roasted malt, espresso, malty / nutty scents, and an unusual lactose fill the round out the olfactories. Flavors of espresso, cocoa powder, and an underlying sweet maltiness set the base for the brew, the show some light caramel, vanilla, pecan, and light esters of dates, figs, and grapes. The nitrous seems to mellow the flavors considerably, while giving a sharp tart taste -- akin to lactic acid. The mouthfeel, while initially very creamy, later resides to normal levels and is as easy to drink as any other versions of the beer. Always a fantastic beer, but the Nitro-tap did not hold the luster that I had anticipated.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black without being terribly thick with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing. Smells quite sweet with loads of chocolate and some roasted malt. Hints of anise and molasses. Taste isn't quite as complex and full of depth as the nose, and adds a bit of alcohol, which doesn't take too much away from the mouthfeel given the style and abv. Very nice and drinkable, and much better with some age on it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with dark brown foamy head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised of chocolate with strong malt and some subtle coffee in the back. Taste is very enjoyable with some chocolate being easily noticeable with again strong malt and a coffee and bitter ending. Very fine beer for those last cold winter days…

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

Appearance - Black with a toffee-colored cap of thick foam. The head retains fairly well, eventually dissipating into a crown.

Smell - Molasses and caramel, a bit of fresh roasted coffee and cocoa. Pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel - Full-bodied and bittersweet. The flavor shifts between rich, creamy dark chocolate and espresso. Wonderful complexity. The finish is a combination of toffee-like sweetness and bitter burnt bread, with the toffee flavors ultimately lasting a bit longer.

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

355ml bottle. The most recent release - winter 2008/2009, a nice potential prep for tonight's New Year's festivities.

This beer pours an opaque black hole, with ever so slight trapped cola edges and one fat finger of light brown head, which leaves some nicely threatening storm front lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells strongly of semi-sweet baker's chocolate, roasted caramel malt, toffee pudding, weak coffee, a soft musty hoppiness, and bristling alcohol - a lot like those boozy chocolates at one's family gatherings this time of year. The taste is bittersweet gritty chocolate, toasted bready caramel malt, salty toffee, black coffee, a not so strange perception of boozy wood, more musty leafy hops, and a sidling alcohol warmth.

The carbonation is quite low, but not so sedate as to shirk its structural duties, which include, amongst others, contributing to the generally smooth and creamy mouthfeel. It finishes fairly sweet, the chocolate, malt, and alcohol all mixing and matching, simmering, yet nothing is overwhelming.

A very tasty strong stout, but not one for cycling through the four pack in one sitting. The chocolate is deftly rendered as well, so this is also a stellar accompaniment to any of my Mom's care package of Christmas confections.

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Photo of zeff80
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled winter 2005-06

A - Poured out a deep, dark black. No head to speak of and no lacing, either.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted like a dark chocolate candy bar and a good mix of roasted malt.

M - Soft and and creamy. It is fairly heavy.

D - This is an outstanding beer. Its flavors are amazing and it goes down so well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ink black with the barest sliver of ruby at the edges. BBCS is as close to absolute black as it's possible to get... without quite getting there. The expansive crown is dark tan in color and appears sticky enough to have some staying power. There's isn't much lace, though small ragged sheets are seen.

The aroma is redolent of sweet dark roasted malt, with the usual RIS overlay of chocolate and black coffee. The former is more prominent than the latter. Hops don't make much of an olfactory splash.

My first impression of the flavor is that the alcohol is more evident than it should be. It isn't masked well at all. There's plenty of bittersweet chocolate, which is nice. It's like drinking a melted Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bar mixed with espresso and vodka. Too bad it's a little too raw and burnt/charred.

This beer doesn't have the power, the depth or the complexity of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout. Masking the alcohol more completely would go a long way toward letting the flavor profile free to do its thing. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. No complaints there.

I don't know if cellaring this relatively fresh Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout will soften it a little, but I'll give it a try since I have five bottles left to drink.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep,dark black with a nice almond colored head that leaves great lacing,the aroma is very coffeeish and slightly bitter sweet.A real nice complesx beer starts out somewhat earhty and coffeish with a dried fruit flavor comin thru and a hint of dryness in the finish.Very complex,a masterpiece of a beer.

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

Much thanks to jaxon53 for getting me this, been a long time coming!

Poured deep black as midnight with a huge creamy head the would not fade till the end. Thick gooey lace that stuck to and clouded up the glass. This looks thick like a milk shake, gottta love it. Smell was very nice big chocolate as you would expect but hints of alcohol as well. Caramel, sugar and vanilla round it very nicely, perfect dessert. This tatstes very yummy, deep dark chocolate flavors, with a slight alcohol warming, wonderful creamy feel. This is very nice. Dry finish, smooth and for 10.5% abv it is very drinkable. I only wish I was able to get more for the cellar, as I feel this will only improve with time! Great beer and glad I could try it.

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

A - One and a half fingers of medium brown head on an opaque black body. The head sticks around for a while and eventually settles into a think film, leaving a nice ring of lace.

S - Aromas of coffee and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate in the background with a hint of raisins and sherry. Some slight herbal hop aromas in the background.

T - Dark caramel up front with chocolate and raisins. Moderate hop bitterness in the middle with some spicy hop flavors. Coffee comes in during the finish and lingers along with charcoal, tobacco and medium malt bitterness.

M - Thick body, medium carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - A very enjoyable stout with an extraordinary dark chocolate character. The lingering flavor is a dead accurate imitation of lindt 75% chocolate. This is a rare beer that is more than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheKingsofHops for hooking it up with a couple bottles of this.

A: A 2009-2010 bottle poured into my Cigar City snifter. The pour is a beautiful, viscous, jet black with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: This beer has a very intense nose. A lot of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, roasted malt, and some alcohol. Maybe a bit of maple syrup in there as well.

T: The taste features many of the same characters as the nose. A lot of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. The alcohol is there but not all that noticeable.

M: The body is quite full, as you would expect from an imperial stout. The carbonation also fits the style, as it is low.

D: The ABV is quite well hidden in terms of the taste, but it's quite apparent upon drinking a bottle. Still, the beer is quite tasty.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

('05-'06 release)

Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.

Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.

Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this before, but never reviewed it, and I'm a fan. It's readily available around here, but I also got it as an extra from Lunch as both a good beer to drink and a joke since he was sending a bunch of Bourbon County Stout, and I kept referring to it as BCS, since they have the same initials, and I opened the box with those on top, hilarity ensued.

A: Pours a nice 1.5 finger dark brown head that fades semi slowly. It's pitch black with no light coming through.

N: Lots of dark malts first hit, accompanied by lots of roasted malts and chocolate. It adds that familiar dark malt fermented booze aroma that is nice in a good strong stout. Some light sweet aromas dance out with some rich dark fruits. The roasted malt quality is very nice.

T: Starts with lots of dark rich chocolate and creamy tastes. It has a taste of dark chocolate melted with a little cream and brown sugar. Lots more roasted malt flavors come through and add a nice flavor. Some sweet malts, caramel, and heavy fermented sugars that turned into some boozy flavors, warming alcohol and that overall strong Belgian ale like experience. The stouty flavor adds a slight charred earthy roast flavor for more goodness. Some lighter dark fruits come through, almost a fig or plum. It has a nice warming fruit and sweetness on the front of the tongue that sits there and makes you feel warm and tingly.

M: Semi thick, little warming alcohol and good carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter, part being a nice hop addition I think, and also a strong bitter quality from the charred earthy scorched roasted malt flavor, stout like. It's pretty dry on the finish as well. THe slight warming alcohol sticks around for a bit that is surrounded with a thick syrupy chocolate malt flavor that sticks to the mouth. It also has this succulent finishing flavor I can't put my finger on, but it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a dark black with a little over a finger width of creamy tan head. This retains into a fantastic looking creamy layer that left thick swathes of lace all over the sides of the glass. The aroma is lush is dark chocolate, coffee, burnt bitterness, fresh hops, citrus, and a little heat.

The taste is deep with chocolate sweetness and roasted tones. Finishes with a lingering combo of burnt tones, hop bitterness, and dry heat. The mouthfeel is a heavy medium with a slick, creamy feel. Alcohol is present but adds to the body, providing it with warmth and some extra beef.

This perennial holiday favorite from Brooklyn doesn't disappoint. With deep chocolate notes, a rich, roasty body, and alcohol warmth, it's perfect for Wintertime sipping.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Yet another example of an "old friend" beer that's somehow gone un-reviewed by me. Time to change that. To the max. It pours a straight jet black topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste is very similar, with the roasted malts taking center stage, followed by a strong chocolate powder contingent. The rest comes in in a nice dark melange in the finish. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, this probably the most readily drinkable widely-available stouts around. Get some!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter '00-'01, which makes this roughly a year old at this point. This beer is possibly the best "bottled" beer from Brooklyn - I think we all know that the non-contract draft beer coming out of the brewery is much better! This beer pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights. There's a nice, light tan/brown head around the rim of the glass, although no Belgian-lace is produced. The aroma is of a bittersweet chocolate and candyish malt, but without hops, which is OK for the style. The flavor starts with alot of chocolate and roastiness followed by a clear alcohol, a bit of hop flavor, and eventually mellowing into very nice coffee notes. The finish is really wonderful! The carbonation level is appropriate and the body is nice. There are no off-notes to speak of. Overall, a very nice example of the style, although I distinctly remember prior year's samples as having a bit more malt and a somewhat smoother character. I hope this will mellow a bit, but I also fear it may pick up some innapropriate oxidative flavors.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big and rich and hot.

First sip is good-- full of flavors, strong and Sharp like green apple, green mango. Rich chocolate flavor, lots of roasted malt. On the winey side. Quite alcoholic tasting. While the body is fairly rich, it is more of a boozy than beery taste.

For an Imperial Stout this seems like a less than noble attempt. Might be just the thing, though, with some good cheese and pretzels.

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