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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,562 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,562
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 875 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of CBFanWish
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color was black with a moderate tan head. The smell was of chocolate and coffee. The taste was also of chocolate and coffee, but it was too much for me. All I tasted was the chocolate. It was kind of a musty feel. It also had a slight hint of coffee. It tasted like a "senior living community" smells. But it did go down pretty good.

CBFanWish, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of bbothen
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with a dark cocoa color head. Tiny tight bubbles in the head.

S - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, faint smoke, & slight booze.

T - Chocolate of course. Along with a nice balance of coffee/espresso & sweet malt. Has a nice bitter hop bite in the finish as well.

M - Medium & smooth. More carbonated than I expected. I like it, very nice feeling brew.

D - Good. 10+%, you could share the bottle with someone over a desert, or even better, as a desert after a nice meal.

An enjoyable brew. Good nightcap or desert beer. Nice work Brooklyn.

bbothen, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of sleuthdog
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2010-2011 poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Poured the color of dark, dark chocolate not allowing any light penetration at all with a scant half finger khaki color head. The head dissipated into nothing but a small ring. This beer appears so still and silent. Even swirling and agitating it really does not create any head.

Smell: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, slight coffee, and some alcohol.

Taste: An over abundance of bittersweet chocolate malts dominate with a bit of char. Fairly sweet for a RIS and interestingly a bitter snap at the back end of the swallow. The bitterness actually does linger after the swallow a little. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think I'd want this by the appearance and taste to be more chewy but that's not what you get here. It does work ok but actually I find myself drinking it a little too quickly due to the thin feel.

Overall: A nice RIS with a good balance of roast but the chocolate taste balances this out well making it seem somewhat sweet too.

sleuthdog, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of josefnewsong
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black...voluminous, cavernous tan head. lots of it, and lace
S - Dark Chocolate...many others but the dark chocolate is what really matters here, it is probably the best chocolate note I've ever smelled from a beer, a bit of dark fruit...there is a standard RIS smell behind it with the usual characteristics
T - Just as it smells with the key feature (aside from the chocolate) is the well-balanced nature of the brew. Just a bit on the sweet side with a good amt of bitterness and some alcohol thrown in the mix - but it is complemented so well that it never slaps you in the face. I swear I get a slight flavor of some sort of berry in the finish. unfortunately it seems to become more one-dimensional to me as it becomes room temp
M - just great...creamy, medium-bodied, smooth, slight carbonation...can't really ask for more
O - A great brew and for what it is it can be bought very cheaply...been a fan for a while but finally got the urge to review

josefnewsong, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | on-tap | 10.0% ABV | July 2011

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Glass: Snifter

Jet black, the abyss. A mocha crown—perfectly motionless—rings the periphery.

Iced coffee, dark chocolate.

Dark roasted coffee, espresso, brandy. There's a strong alcoholic presence and it leans towards bitterness, which is not for everyone.

Thick and luxurious, this is an incredibly pleasing liquid to swish around the your mouth.

It's a great Russian Imperial Stout, except in that the 10% ABV can clumsily peek through the otherwise well-composed exterior.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, and I have.

Served: July 30, 2011

BeerNemesis, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of baybassboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of visualmartyr
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

visualmartyr, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of kwkdmk
4/5  rDev -3.6%

kwkdmk, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of drmcleod10
4/5  rDev -3.6%

drmcleod10, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of MJR
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Imperial stout for lunch in June? Why not...

Winter '02-'03 Bottling...

Appearance: Pours a deep black that has a hint of brown when held up to a strong light. A reverse cascading effect gives way to a thick, brown head that slowly shrinks to a thin cap. A quick swirl brings it up again. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Small hints of alcohol and diacetyl hide undeneath a massive blanket of roasted malts and chocolate. The aroma is extremely rich with the usual dose of dark fruits, but they take a backseat to the chocolate malts. Hops are practically nonexistent in the nose of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is extremely rich and creamy with hefty doses of chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol is present from the first sip to the last swallow, but it doesn't really take the attention away from the grains. It merely provides a warming undercurrent and base for this brew to work it's magic. There's the usual assortment of burnt dark fruits: plum, raison, and black currant. There's a slight hop bitterness, but little-to-no aroma or flavor. Finishes with a burst of warming alcohol, which makes it seem like it's more than 8.5%abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich on the tongue, but a touch thinner than some of the other Imperials it's compared to. Still, there's a nice chewy quality that makes me delay each swallow as long as I can. Finishes with a blast of mouth-drying alcohol.

Drinkability: This is quite the drinkability Imperial stout. I would say that the slight thinness of body makes it more drinkable than some others, but the alcoholic flavor and mouthfeel give the impression of a stronger brew, so they sorta cancel each other out. It's a shame this brew isn't available in the Midwest, 'cause it's a damn good brew...

A big 'thank you' goes out to pbrian for sending me a few of these.

MJR, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of JohnnyK
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JohnnyK, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of kb2250
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

kb2250, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of dan027
4/5  rDev -3.6%

dan027, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

SourAddict, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of irish01980
4/5  rDev -3.6%

irish01980, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ThisMoonlife
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ThisMoonlife, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Baab200
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Baab200, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of VinsanityDiesel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

VinsanityDiesel, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one courtesy of MotoRacerX36, 06-07. Poured a deep coal black with the lightest hue of red when held up to the light and a thin but creamy dark beige head. Retention leaves a bit to be desired, but very beautiful lacing around the glass and an appealing crown.

Aroma is....not that I should be surprised, but overpoweringly cocoa. Espresso present as well, but noticeably devoid of any hoppiness.

The taste echoes the aroma rather well. Dark, rich chocolate with a strong somewhat burnt coffee taste following. Still no hops present, but the alcohol is definitely not trying to hide itself. Just the slightest hint of a sweet malty finish.

Very thick and creamy mouthfeel, velvety-smooth. The taste seems a little raw and unrefined, but nonetheless a good example of an imperial stout. I definitely won't be afraid to try it again, and it did hit the spot perfectly on a cold winter night like tonight.

Phocion, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of auroracrisis
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled into a snifter, Winter 09-10 bottling.

Pours infinitely black. I can't even see through the edges of the glass. One finger head that dissipates into a collar of foam.

The smell is licorice and toffee up front. A touch of cocoa beans and booze as well. Stale pumpernickel and a little caramel too. Seems to be a bit boozey for it's age though, the alcohol tingles your nose.

On the tongue we have muddled licorice, bakers chocolate, weak coffee, and booze. Caramel and a touch of peat or smoke as the beer warms. Alcohol too. Again, it seems a bit boozey for a beer that is almost 2 years old.

Thin for a stout. I'd say a light medium body, with moderate carbonation for the style. A little sticky, and some tingle from the alcohol.

Overall, this isn't the best Russian Imperial Stout. In fact, it's more of an American Double in my opinion. But, you get what you pay for. Okay chocolate and licorice flavor, and a nice amount of alcohol. It's not bad per say, but for my money I'd rather spend a dollar more and get a four pack of Founders Imperial Stout.

auroracrisis, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of DocJitsu
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque, nearly black color with a dull mocha/khaki head that has a hydrogen-infused appearance. The aroma is very nice. A lot of coconut and sorghum up front. After the beer settles a bit, a lot of sweet, milk chocoate emerges. Mouthfeel is not as viscous as it looks. Very creamy with some sting around the edges of the tongue from a carbonation/hop hot/alcohol combination. A lot of chocolate flavor, contrasted by the smokiness. The smokiness dissipates as the beer sits. There's a bit of ripe cherry in there as well. I like it very much.

DocJitsu, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Zimbo
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited bottling 10-11.

In the bottle there is a nice light dry roasty aroma with some richness and raisin. Poured it forms virtually no head. Jet black colour and obvious high booze shimmery hue this is surprisingly light bodied for the style. A bit hollow on the taste front as it lacks definition and fullness on the palate.
But just when you've virtually given up all hope more intense roasty complex meaty aromas creep up on you with a medicinal gauze quality which just makes it really quite delicious. Still, by the time this almost perfect nose comes to the forefront its almost too late to push this into the realm of excellent. Still, I could whiff this little baby all night.

Zimbo, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ObiWanKushnobi, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jeanphony, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Stumpy29er, Oct 20, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,562 ratings.