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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,011 Ratings
THE BROS
91
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Ratings: 6,011
Reviews: 2,705
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,080 | 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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Photo of Duvel
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mvdillman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shroompod
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006-2007 poured from 12oz into pint glass.

Nice dark head recedes fairly quick. Light barely penetrates the edges.

Smells has a bourbon, alcohol nose. Some burnt coffee malt coming through.

Taste has the dark malts shining through rather nicely. Hints of dark bitter chocolate, melds nicely with some slight hop bittering.

Mouthfeel seems pretty light considering the abundance a malt & alcohol

Drinkability is dangerously high, considering I only picked up 2 singles, the other will age for a year.

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

08-09 version that I've been hanging onto since it was originally released. I've sampled this beer numerous times over the years but this is the first time I've reviewed.

Poured into a highball glass, this is espresso black with a tan foam on top. Good lacing and legs.

Dark cherry fruit in the nose with charcoal and a sweet chocolate also present.

Luscious chocolate, and caramel. Raisins, smoked wood. The medium-long finish leaves traces of tobacco.

Silky, medium-full textured with a moderate low level of carbonation. Hefty on the tongue.

An excellent winter sipper, this is layered, luscious, and complex. One of the first russian imperial stouts I sampled, to this day it remains a favorite.

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of epyon396
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of trevorwideman
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to vanrassel for this bottle and the other one I'll try in a year or two...

Pours black as a foggy moonless night with a 1/2 inch lovely tan coloured head. Subsides slowly leaving some nice lacing. Intense aromatics! Dark fruity aromas that meld into herbal and medicinal aromas. Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts, brandy, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of alcohol. Wowee wow, and it's all there in full force, no subtlety here.

Taste is no less than the nose suggests, big and bold and brash and flavourful. Sour notes meld well with the bold roasted malt and dark chocolate/cocoa flavours. Fruitiness in the background, plums and raisins. Medicinal and herbal notes are prevalent as well. The flavours are there and they are amazing, but I find they don't meld together as much as they complement each other. Mouthfeel is about right, not overcarbonated, but enough to push the flavours around the mouth. Heavy heavy body as expected with a drying finish. More than one of these will knock you on your ass and make it hard to get up in the morning I'd think, but it goes down pretty well I'd say. I'm excited to see how this ages, well done Brooklyn.

Jan. 27, 2009 - Aroma is still intense as ever, but the carbonation and head have deadened quite a bit. Flavours are still balls-out with a slight hint of the papery edge that beers begin to get after a few years. Still a very enjoyable sipper though for a cold winter night.

Photo of vtfan77
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours thick and viscous from the bottle; the darkest of browns, nearly black with a small, short-lived tan head.

S- Sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits, caramel, and toffee aromas abound; smells almost like a barleywine rather than a stout as the roasted malt is barely evident.

T- Very sweet and boozy upfront. Incredibly rich. Alcohol and rich caramel are the dominant flavors here. Roasted malt doesn't really even come into play until a charred flavor comes in on the finish.

M- Very thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is minimal.

D- Not great. I'll be able to finish the 12oz bottle, but that's it. This brew is thick, rich, and makes no attempt to hide its alcohol content. A sipper for sure.

An enjoyable beer but the alcohol is a little overpowering right now. It overshadows the roasted malt profile and makes it difficult to pick out too many subtle nuances. This is one that I can pretty much guarantee will get better with age. Good now, but could be great in a year or two.

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

A big gracias to Melbatoast98 for a sixer of this!

With the word "Black" in the name of this beer one has certain expectations as to how dark this should be. I don't feel let down after watching the liquid cascade into my glass like an obsidian waterfall. After it's settled a quarter inch of dense tan head sits atop the surface.A slight tilt of the glass reveals legs for days.

Nose is milky chocolate and syrupy burnt caramel. Taste would be very similar but there's a bit of sweetness that reminds me of the outside of a burnt marshmallow. This is silky smooth and the alcohol is almost totally masked. This is a damn fine stout, a definite pleaser.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. One previous review last year, before my tastes developed.

A - Pours a very dark black with a small brown head.

S - Powerful aromas of dark, unsweetened chocolate (similar to baking cocoa) and dark-roast coffee beans.

T - Strong blend of the coffee and cocoa, and as with the smell, no real sweetness or maltiness to it. I detect a slight hint of raspberries or black cherries...not enought to carry its own flavor, but it highlights the unsweetened chocolate very well.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, but not overly thick. Alcohol isn't overbearing, but is detectable as the warming sensation takes you.

D - The first time I tried this RIS, I didn't enjoy it...this was about 10 months ago. As I could tell my tastes were developing, I couldn't wait to try it again, and it was more than worth the wait. Would make for a wonderful addition to a session tasting and I plan on cellaring the rest of my case for enjoyment in the years to come.

Photo of I2uss
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of plfahey
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Pint on tap at the Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN.

Appearance-Inky black darkness and totally opaque. Tall light brown head is dense and fluffy with good retention. Good lacing.

Aroma-Dark Cocoa powder and fudge brownies, with some fruity, plumlike esters. Slight hint of alcohol and vinous character. No hops.

Flavor-Sweet chocolate fudge up front is slowly overtaken, first by dark fruit esters, followed by drier bittersweet chocolate and light espresso flavors. Finishes semi-sweet, with faint hop flavors making an appearance. Aftertaste is fudgy, with a chocolate liqueur character. The chocolate seems to expand on the palate forever.

Mouthfeel-Thick and full, almost chewy, and yet velvety smooth on the palate. Moderate carbonation, with some nice alcohol warmth in the finish-the only real hint of the high alcohol content.

Overall-This beer is fantastic, and wears its age well. No hops remain (except for a hint in the flavor), but the malt and alcohol are very smooth and uber-chocolatey.

Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Psychmusic
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Andonato
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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

Poured a opaque black, very syrup like as it pours into the glass. A small beige to caramel colored head forms, but slowly dissolves away. A deep chocolate aroma almost smacks the nose out of the glass, there are sweet malt scents and dried fruit aromas blending in at the end. That chocolate stands out in the flavor as well, and attacks the palate, then slowly the malt comes foward, with a smack of bitterness right at the end. A thick and syrupy feel, very heavy on the palate. This is a very good beer, with a very good aroma and strong flavor, make this a joy to drink.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color with mocha colored foam head that slowly dissipates. Some prickle that dissipates as well. I have smelled some characteristics of the nose in other imperial stouts. I can smell the chocolate malt but there is something in the nose that makes me think of an irish stout or red ale. Faint hints of smoke. Very lush and very thick mouthfeel. The malts are roasted pretty fully as I almost felt like I was eating roasted corn. Still some smoke at the finish and hints of coffee. The elusive scent presents in the flavor and continues to elude me. Perhaps it is the black malt alluded to on the label. Smoky finish and warm with alcohol. Very strong and powerful flavor. I would rate it B- on straight up flavor and all, but that is me.

Photo of MooseBoose
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the bottle before, but this is a review of the tap version. Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a stemmed pokal glass.

Look: black body and I couldn't discern any highlights, which might've been helped by the darkness of the dark. Thin, less than a finger thick, mocha colored head sits at the top and retains quite well leaving a little lacing, but not a whole lot. Spot on for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Smell: sweet, roasted malt with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Nothing in the way of alcohol or hops in here.

Taste: follows the nose with sweet, chocolate malt and some coffee notes as well. This is probably as chocolatey as you can get without brewing with actual chocolate. There's a bit of alcohol bite in the finish but its not that strong and my mouth is left tasting chocolate after each sip.

Feel: medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, not much alcohol is obvious except a slight bite in the finish, and a chocolate inspired aftertaste lingers for awhile. Not as thick or chewy as I would like from a Russian Imperial though.

Drink: one of the more drinkable Russian Imperial Stouts out there. One could easily drink several of these in a night and would enjoy the experience, provided they survived it.

Overall, a very good beer. I haven't had it in a long time and have always had the bottled versions. I'm usually skeptical of big stouts on tap but this was quite good. I'm very happy with this beer. I highly recommend. Cheers.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a case of this in 09, and have been aging a few. Some of the flavors have mellowed into a nice smoothness. It still has a distinct bitter/sharpness to balance it out.

Black as night with some deep brown coffee colored highlights. The head is deep brown - burnt umber - very good retention.

Smells of rum, raisin, coffee, chocolate - yet everything seems to meld together into a sweet, strong perfume smell. Very nice.

Up front is heavy, woody grape wine like character followed by rum and raisin. Next is very nice coffee flavor; it finishes with round full chocolate coating. What is interesting is each flavor seems to have both bitter and sweet characteristics. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'02-'03: wow, I read yen157's review and picked up a few of these at the beer store earlier. Its a wonderful stong stout with a nice choclate aftertaste with a strong flavor of burnt malts and some coffee taste in there. It poured a BEAUTIFUL fluffy head with a unique ruby tint that shined through the heavy lace it left on the glass. Its is dark, i mean really DARK, almost the color of tar or oil but that ruby tinted head makes it a very attractice beer. I didn't notice much of an alcohol taste immediatly, but once the beer warmed a little, it was evident no so much by the taste but the feelign of my noise. I did not detract from its drinkablility rating due to its heaviness; I assume that if you drinking this you like imperial stouts, but due to it's alcohol taste that i guess just comes along with a beer that's 10.6abv. Besides that, its a wonderful beer and if you're a strong stout lover you will love this, try it.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with this brew as Brooklyn Brewing just became available to us in Michigan earlier this year. This lovely brew pours out with a fantastic viscosity and a deep brown colour capped by a chocolate coloured head of good resilience. Lacing is decoratively hung making this thing look even more lovely still.

The nose is chocolate laden. It smells creamy and rich with a bit of roasted graininess layered beneath the sweet chocolate tones. This one smells like a dessert. A tiny bit of alcoholic flair gives this a slight feel of an expensive liqueer or whatever you call them.

The taste is nicley chocolate based. It is not overwhelmingly sweet or cloying. There is a nice bitterness that gives it a coffee sort of feel although not highly coffee flavoured. It has a bit of dairy creaminess and again, the grain textures from the six varieties of malt are evident as they were in the nose. A very nice roasted ambiance overlays the entirety of the flavour scape. This is just delightful. I am surprised at how delicate the thing is especially with the 10.6% abv. This is a deceptive little number.

The mouthfeel is a heavy medium. It has a great texture. A bit dry in the finish and quite smoothe early.

The drinkability is excellent for such a hard hitter. The flavours meld well together and there is not one thing that stands out as overdone or misplaced. This is very well crafted and it will surely be a yearly tradition in my household from now on. I am glad we have this at our disposal now. Also of note, this bottle was very well priced for something in this abv range.

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

this is the 06-07 vintage; alcohol is also 10.6%
pours jet black with just a hint of light creaping in around the edges when it held up to a light, the head is just not there, if you swerll the beer it break out but quickly disapears.
the aroma is very dark; chocolate and roasted malts.
the flavor is dark and bitter, roasty, cocoa, malt, with a hint of butterscotch at the end.
pretty good stout, wounder how it ages, because its under $2 a bottle here.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,011 ratings.