Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,717
Hads: 6,241
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
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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 Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'01-'02: Pours black with a big and dense dark brown head. This baby's got some retention too. Laces nice rings all the way to the bottom of the glass. Roast and chocolate malt on the nose. Fairly light in body for an Imperial. Not a light body, but not full bodied by any means. I would say it is medium bodied. Nice roastiness in the taste. Slight coffee-like bitterness. And a little alcohol. This does not have the deep complexities or the body that an Imperial should have.




03-04:

Pitch Black. Small brown head with great retention. Lacing is excellent as well. Nice aroma of chocolate, burnt malts and cocoa. The taste is nice and chocolatey. Bittersweet. And a little fruity as well. Currants and dark cherries. Rum soaked raisins. Body is about meium. Highly drinkable. This beer is good, but doesn't have the guts of some of the Big Boys. Good brew though.

My ratings reflect the 03-04 version. (919 characters)

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

I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

First off, I've had this brew before, years ago, I remember loving it but it was at a time that I wasn't in to reviewing beers. So, here goes:

It pours from 12oz bottle(label says: Limited bottling-Winter 06-07) an absolutely pitch black with a very small head of foam, typical for the style. After a few minutes, the foam recedes to just a ring around half of my glass. Yep, one half has some foam, the other half has no foam at all.

The smell has big notes of chocolate,(duh) sweet and roasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol.

The taste is very chocolatey at first, overpowering everything else but...the next sips reveals roasted malt, toffee, some dark chocolate, raisin, plum, molasses...very complex. Just what I want and expect from a RIS. Yummy. It's medium bodied and the carbonation is lightly done and it finishes with that almost heavenly dark chocolate bitterness. I have to say, the alcohol definitely gives me some warming during and after the swallow but it doesn't interfere with the actual flavour at all. Great sipping brew, as it *should* be. Man, I love the style and this one carries the banner very nicely. I'm *so* glad I got a chance to try it again. Thanks again, John!

Bottom line: A very tasty and palate pleasing RIS that I can only highly recommend. My hat is off to Brooklyn Brewing. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a bottle of 07-08 my bro whipped out for xmas week tasting.

Black appearance, not much head to it. Aroma was minimally chocolate.

Taste, a chocolate one trick pony, but seems to be more about the chocolate malt than any candy type of chocolate to it. Kind of a dry ending to it. It was definitely a good beer, but really nothing about it sets it apart, or allows for its inclusion in a top 10 (maybe even 20) imperial stout discussion. (447 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.25.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a motor oil like black with amber edges. Small brownish head, that slowly fades away.

S - Chocolate, slightly fruity, and some floral tones.

T - Bitter chocolate, and coffee.

D - Very low carbonation and flat, oily. (296 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass oct10 2009

A pours black with a mocha head that has good retention and leaves decent lace after it falls to a 1/4in film.

S dark malt and coffee with some chocolate

T more espresso and I taste a little booze but not the 10% I see printed on the bottle. the chocolate is very dark and hard to miss, well done overall

M you may not need a knife and fork but it's no slouch in the thickness department

D yikes!! I could see this beer causing me problems if I had more of it too drink, it's so smooth I can't see how anyone could not like this beer

this is one of those beers you need try (629 characters)

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

Very dark brown that verges on being opaque. Nice big, tan head with fair head retention.

Big alcoholic stout here. Lots of roast and some nice dry cocoa. Interesting.

Lots of malt. A little sweet. Some roast. Plenty of bitter chocolate and coffee. A touch earthy. Alcohol.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Nice.

A solid stout. The chocolate flavours are good but the alcohol is a bit high and doesn't do it for me. (430 characters)

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The lot code is smudged on my bottle but it is from the 2009 batch. Sampled on November 8, 2009. The pour is a dark, opaque brownish-black with a fluffy tan head and a lot of lingering lacing. This has 10% ABV but you would not know it with the aroma. The smell is of mild chocolate malts and neutral hops. A full bodied mouthfeel dances on my tongue and down my throat. As for the taste, it is true to the enticing aroma. The chocolate malts are mild but enjoyable and the hops finish comfortably dry. I have to say kudos to the Brooklyn Brewery for this very pleasing stout and one that gives you a buzz without really knowing it. (660 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is rich and velvety with hints of dark chocolate and what reminds me of bourbon. Taste is very sweet upfront with lots of malty goodness and a nice chocolate finish at the back of the throat. The alcohol doesn't show too much and the result is a rich, dark chocolate essence in the aftertaste. This is clearly a sipping beer.

For the style, I'd put it a notch above the McNeils Imperial Stout. This one just seems so much smoother. (489 characters)

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

Not my first time drinking this beer, just my first time reviewing it.

Nice ring of dark tan foam rests on top of an almost black liquid. Brownies, brownies, brownies in my notstrils. Semi-sweet milk chocolate i believe with a soothing and inviting alcoholic warmth. Dry brownies, semi-sweet chocolate chips in watery cream. Evening blend coffee on the finish and also showcases the alcohol very well. Great nightcap, sipping beer. Just a lovely RIS. This beer deserves all of its accolades. (493 characters)

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

A: Black; no light coming through. Poured 2 finger chocolate head with excellent retention. Laced in globby fingers of lace.

S: Big roasted malts, burnt bitter coffee, chocolate. Finishes with dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Consistent with smell; roasted nad chocolate malts most dominant. Earthy bitter hop brought balance to the big malts. Finish was dry and full of warming alcohol.

M: Full body. Litte carbonation. Smooth, rich, creamy and soothing.

D: Let this one warm a bit and sip it slowly by the mouthfull; you'll be pleased. (537 characters)

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

Vintage 06-07, ABV 9.6%.

The beer pours slowly and completely silent. The liquid is black; the finger thick brown head slowly sinks down to a lid leaving some very nice lacing. Floating luxury…

The smell fills the entire room: Heavily roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and bitter almonds. Some notes of wood ageing and matured strong wine.

The almost overwhelming taste is strong, balanced and extravagant. Dry bitterness blends with creamy roasted chocolate/coffee/nut flavours. The aftertaste is surprisingly bitter with some notes of red wine, expensive chocolate and coffee liquor. And you know what? Not a trace of all that alcohol…

The carbonation is very strong. Lots of microscopic soft bubbles fill my mouth. The liquid is very smooth and creamy.

Great stuff, but it is a quite demanding brew, not one to gulp. (855 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the BBCS pours a dark brown/black color with a small (about a finger high) tan head. Lacing is good. It smells like chocolate, dark fruit (raisins and plums) and roasted malt. It tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of alcohol. It starts off sweet and then has a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and a bit syrupy. Drinkability is very good, it's nice and smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a very, very good beer. I'd definitely recommend it to others, it's a very nice brew. (531 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into Stone Ruination glass (kind of mini-pint glass). Dark black color with brown (chocolate milk colored) foamy head.

Smells fruity and malty. The first taste is sweet, with a nice bitter after-taste. The chocolate comes through in the after-taste mostly. You can taste some roasted malts too. But not too burnt, which would be gross. There's a lot of carbonation which adds to this beer's drinkability. That's a problem I have with many stouts, they're too flat. Not this one!

Recommended. This is very good stuff. (543 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a four-pack purchased at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened and dark chocolate. As it warms the chocolate aromas sweeten a bit.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Roasted malts with very light hints of coffee and much stronger hints of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the roasted malt flavors fade a bit leaving room for the chocolate flavors to take over and carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and won't have a problem polishing off the rest of the four-pack.

Overall this didn't taste quite as complex as it remember it tasting on-tap however it's still a very solid beer. Well worth a shot. (953 characters)

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

Sampled the 2004 version next to the 2010 version.

Pours black without being terribly thick with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing. Foam recedes much quicker on vintage edition.

Aromas begin with espresso and fudge brownies. Smells quite sweet with loads of chocolate and some roasted malt. Hints of anise and molasses in the most recent version. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there. In the vintage version you get a lot more dark cherry and coca cola notes as it warms.

The tastes directly reflect the nose of each. The recent version has an unstoppable coffee-chocolate presence. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue. The older vintage has that coca cola dark cherry syrupy sweetness. Finish has a less boozy/bitter presence than the newer version.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium to low carbonation. Both are quite solid in this department. Newer version is drier with more of a bitter/alcohol finish. Older one is a little sweeter and creamier.

Overall, I enjoyed this side by side tasting. You would have no idea that these are the same beers or even from the same brewery. Neither is a star for me but both are solid beers. I think I would probably imagine a vintage in-between these two would be the best. Probably a bottle with 2-3 years on it would be the best balance of flavor in my opinion. A solid beer either way that is often overlooked because it is so readily available. (1,519 characters)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a syrupy opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, roasted/toasted notes, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels very creamy. Most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. The alcohol is well hidden and there are also some light hops. The beer finishes with a bitter coffee aftertaste.

Drink - A delicious and flavourful chocolate beer that I am going to go buy some more of tomorrow. I like that fact that it isn't too over the top in the flavour department, leaving it highly drinkable. I'd like to have a few bottles cellared so I can taste it again with a few years on it. It's a great winter warmer or dessert beer - a must try (1,016 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Release 2003 – 2004
The beer pours an atramentous color with a thick behemothic chocolate colored head that last longer than the winter’s In Maine, that’s for your benefit bennybrew “tee hee”. The aroma of fresh coffee, sweet chocolate, malt, citrus crisp and fresh, start is delightfully sweet, rich in malt, the top full and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is dynamically hopped, measured in its acidity, the aftertaste bittersweet chocolate dry and quite long lasting, a beer I wait for each year and always hate to see it go, I thank “UncleJimbo” for this bottle.

Release 2002 - 2003
As much as the Bell’s Expedition stout was devoid of head, this beer has a monumental head, creamy like whipped chocolate which is its color and as it evanesces, leaves behind a thick sheet of lace to smother the glass. The aroma of hot chocolate, sweet malt, hints of coffee and the toasted grains make this a quite sniffable brew, what a treat to this old honker. Sweet as chocolate fudge on the start, top thick and full to the palate, finish has a delightful amount of carbonation, the hops pertinent but not overpowering, bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste that lingers on the palate for hours. Delightful stout, and a must if your into the dark side. (1,266 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This years batch

A - Pours a pitch black viscous color with an inch of tan/mocha head

S - Smells kind of muted but get smells of licorice, chocolate malts, and coffee

T - The alcohol really mutes most of the flavor but the roasted coffee and chocolate along with the burn undertone really cover the ABV well. It was overall creamy and smooth.

M - Heavy to medium. Better with age but a sipper.

D - Well I did get a case of this last year and it was a chore to finish. Now I just pick up a few bottles every now and again. This beer drinks great especially after a light porter or stout. Cheers! (599 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

This beer is black with hardly any brown in the light. The head is about 2 fingers of medium tan head with decent retention and a very nice creamy look. The lacing is strong.

The smells is very weak for a ris with only light notes of sweet chocolate detectable.

The taste is also weak just like the aroma. It tastes more like coffee than chocolate but thats all you get. I want more flavors and complexity here.

For a ris this is not very viscous or lasting.

The best thing I'd say about this beer is for its alcohol you can't taste it and I could crush it all day long. (635 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes 1/10/2011

A: chocolate and malts

Ap: black with a 2 finger mocha colored head, dissipated fairly quickly, left nice lacing on the glass

B/T: mild carbonation, thick, slightly oily on the tongue, but smooth

Af: chocolate, and the typical bitterness associated with chocolate, lingers on the tongue pretty well.

O: a delicious chocolate treat

Cheers!
The CPJ (382 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was about an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt and also a yeasty quality.

T: Well balanced flavor. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, barley and maybe mild hops. Very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a very drinkable. beer. It's well made and goes down easy. (519 characters)

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

12oz single

2005/2006 release, hauled 1000 miles from raleigh by blackie

appearance: pours a black/deep chocolate brown color into snifter, a light chocolatey head forms but nothing substantial, not a whole lot in the way of lacing

smell: rich and roasty, sweet and creamy dark chocolate, mocha/espresso, faint alcohol, touch of dark fruit

taste: deep and rich, loads of roasted malts, sweet and creamy chocolate, espresso, alcohol is a little too noticable i think, figs, plum, cherrys soaked in alcohol, some very good things going on here but its tough for me to put it in the bells/founders/alesmith category...i'll hold on to my other bottle for a while probably

mouthfeel: a little on the thin side, but still silky and creamy

drinkability: quite drinkable, but the alcohol could be hidden better

been wanting to try this for a while...had a 6 pack in my hand in rehoboth beach last summer but i think i had already bought about 1000 dollars worth of beer on that trip so i put it back (1,013 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006/07 vintage, poured from 12oz. bottle into a tulip snifter (consumed 2/12/08)

A: If you were submerged in a vat of this beer, I imagine it'd be akin to being blind, that's how dark this is. Pours like motor oil, with slight ruby edges, just about 100% opaque. A lovely 2-finger dark beige head rises up and begins to immediately leave decent lacing.

S: Smells like a steaming cup of hot chocolate, only it's cold. I detect sweet fig newtons, some roasted breads, plums & dates, and of course, rich chocolate and cocoa! As it warms, it takes on some minor sherry-like aromas as well.

T/M: Bam! Rich, rich chocolate and cocoa right up front, I'm talking huge, chunky chocolate flavors, rich like truffles. The roasted malts are right in your face, and as the beer warms, the dark fruits - raspberries & cherries mostly - begin to develop. An intoxicating bittersweet cocoa finishes things up. This beer is thick, viscous and chewy, with just the right amount of carbonation, just like a brilliant RIS should be.

D: This beer is awesome x 1,000. It's actually too easy to drink, a dangerous sign given the 10+% ABV. Go easy (but get some)! (1,144 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass. 09 vintage.

Pours a completely blacked out dark color with a billowy, graham cracker brown head. Leaves plenty of spotty, ringed lacing around the glass with nice retention.

Some roasted dark malts, molasses, toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Bittersweet dark chocolate right up front, with some caramel and molasses swirls. Heavily roasted malt provides the backbone, with hints of coffee beans. Truffle-like sweetness pierces through, with some firm alcohol warmth. Finishes with a touch of hoppy bitterness and boozy heat.

Somewhat thinner feel than you might expect, with plenty of stickyness. Fairly smooth, creamy touches and decent drinking, although the 10% is still fairly apparent even with a year of age on it. Definitely a solid chocolate imp stout, but not the best. (851 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007-08 bottle, refrigerated and poured into a Duvel tulip. Purchased for 8.99 a 6-pack at the Village Pump in College Park, MD

A: Pitch black with a tan head

S: Chocolate, alcohol, dark malts. I want to say i smell dark fruits - figs being the biggest. Alcohol becomes prominent as the beer warms up.

T:Chocolate, alcohol.I can taste both, a sweet chocolate and a bitter chocolate. heavily roasted/burnt malts maybe? This burnt malt does add a lovely dimension to the beer and is the aftertaste.This years bottling seems a little hot right now. I'm going to give the rest of this 6-pack a few months at least.

M: Feels great.Mildly tingly while retaining the thick consistency on the tongue

D: Not as good as the 06-07 when i had it fresh, simply because the alcohol is a little harsh. Still, a very good sipper.

**Edit 10 Jan 2012**
I saved a few bottles of the 07-08 release, and am finally getting to revisit this beer. The nose is delectable, with a blend of dark and chocolate, a little licorice, some anise, a little vanilla, a little chalk. A little alcohol is apparent as well, lending a mildly fruity character to the nose. A little bit of sherry like oxidation is also present.
The palate is also very, very good, with a blend of licorice, anise, cocoa and coffee. Oxidation is moderate, with some sherry flavors. None of the cardboard that I'd feared (I guess Brooklyn knows how to package beers, eh?), though the finish is a little thin and lacking in depth. Fruitier on the finish than the nose would lead you believe. The carbonation is also a touch high, lending an acidic bite that works with the mild grainy acidity that's also present. This beer has aged very gracefully, I'm upping my score for the taste and overall impression from 3.5 to 4, smell from 4 to 4.5 and dropping the mouthfeel score from 4 to 3.5

**Edit 17 Jan 2014**

My last bottle of the 07-08 bottling. The nose does have a mild cereal/ cocoa puff character along with dusty cocoa, a touch of spice ( anise, pepper)some sherry, a touch of prunes. The palate is a blend of roasted grains, a touch of tartness/ grainy acidity, some cocoa, a little bit of earth, some spice. A little bit of fruit is also present, bit this seems to have dulled a little bit. Still, a very good straight up RIS. 3.5/3.5/4 (2,296 characters)

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,717 ratings.