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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,865 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 5,865
Reviews: 2,669
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 993 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of Brez07
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a '09-10 version of this. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Dark with a 1 finger tan head. Fairly good lacing throughout

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and a touch of alcohol at the end

T: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee/expresso, malt and a hint of vanilla

M: Creamy and full. Very smooth

D: Very good. The alcohol is masked very well - I wouldn't have known this was a 10% beer without the label. This will be a new go-to for me during the winter months

Photo of greenmonstah
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a dark brown, nearly black. A bit of light comes through on the edges. Half a finger of brown head with poor retention. Alcohol lacing, which I always love to see, is present.

S - Sweet chocolate. Booze. Some sweet,dark fruitiness. Roasted malts.

T - Some sweetness, very boozy. Some hop in the middle is nice. Only a hint of the dark fruit from the nose. Wonderful chocolate finish. Warming alcohol taste left in the mouth.

M - Thick. coats the mouth and is a bit cloying. Boozy warmth is divine.

D - A fine tasting beer, but the booziness is a bit much. Not much effort was put into masking the alcohol of this 10% imperial, and it suffers a bit for it.

Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AaronBurr
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of baiser
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle, like motor oil, thick, black, viscous. Dark tan head, good retention. Wonderful aroma of chocolate and coffee, with a whiff of alcohol. This is a rich, full, strong stout. Dark chocolate, molasses, heavy, viscous and a delight to drink on its own. One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had.

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

12oz bottle in tulip (winter 07-08 edition)

A: completely black with a caramel colored head that disappears quickly leaving a little lace.
S: A mix of chocolate and burnt/roasted flavors with some sweetness in the background
T&M: Feels thick/rich with a little alcohol burn. A little astringent on the tongue. The dark chocolate flavor really comes through.
D: This is a great dessert beer. It goes down a little too easy, I am ready to reach for a second one. Highly recommended.

(original scores 4,4.5,4,4,4.5)

*** 09/10 version on 4/22/10
12oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: pours with a thick creamy dark tan 4-finger head that drops to a thick film on the surface leaving a bunch of lace, completely black, lets no light through.
S: Chocolate dominates, sweetness, dark/dried fruits
T: Lots of roasty malts along with dark bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness, along with a hint of alcohol warmth.
M: Very creamy and rich, mouth coating, slightly astringent.
D: This is an awesome desert beer, a great example of the style. For such a big beer, there is not much alcohol presence which makes for a very easy drinking beer, very dangerous and highly recommended. Glad I have more in the basement.
(new scores 4,4,4,4,4.5)

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

Dark opaque brown pour with a darkish tan head. Dark burnt orange highlighting on the edges of the glass when held to light. Lots of sweet malt in the nose. Dark fruits like raisin, fig, and cherry. The scent gives off the aroma of a high ABV brew. I've got to honest here, I didn't get any chocolate aromas until after I had a drink. I get a sour cherry note first and a lingering coffee/espresso last. In between there is some roasty burnt goodness and more of the dark fruits...maybe a touch of prune juice. Alcohol is supremely well hidden. This is very smooth and rich. I really dig the taste...probably because it's a slightly different interpretation of the style.

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

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep impenetrable black with a dark brown head about a finger thick that clings to the side of the glass and leaves a ring around the center.

Aroma: Huge chocolate and roasted notes with a slight coffee and vanilla aroma peaking through.

Taste: This is all about he chocolate and roasted notes. There is not much complexity but that is fine.

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with medium carbonation and a slightly boozy finish.

Overall: One of my favorite seasonal beers and for the price you can't beat it. It also makes a really tasty cake.

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Redwood21
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: wow hotty here! black ink and a dark sticky head, retention could be better but its so lovely

S: my sister says "smells like beer" i love it though, not strong but with some ester and dark fruit and raisin smell. not much chocolate or other things in it

T:very enjoyable. there isnt much chocolate here but roasted malts are here for sure. i do not detect much hop presence other than a slight bittering effect there is certainl some ester in the taste as well.

M/D: an altogether very good beer, the chocolate label at least for me was a bit overstated but regardless i really enjoyed the beer, and maybe i just could not detect the chocolate malts or whatever it was

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

12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle is one year old.

A - Black as night with a small tan head.

S - Rich milk chocolate, roasted malt, a hint of vanilla, lactose and a touch of booze.

T - Roasted burnt malts blended with delicious dark and sweet milk chocolate. Hints of dark fruit, vanilla and earthy hops, which lend a light bitterness and balance to the beer. Alcohol is slightly evident.

M - Silky smooth and creamy, medium-full body. Warming alcohol.

O - An all around excellent chocolate stout. Very complex and flavorful. This is probably my favorite Brooklyn Brewery offering.

Photo of KGarrett
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TEAMHOLT
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bckayaalp
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of swetsastonic
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

07-08 Vintage:

Pours an opaque, rich black color with some light brown frothy, creamy head that sits on top. A fair amount of lacing sticks around on this one, and comes back with every swirl. Smell is of roasted malt, and some hints of chocolate. Taste is bitter at first then a sweet middle before the rich finish of dried fruit, and some dark chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeeling. I seem to have enjoyed this one more so than the year old version.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed in a Duvel snifter with a 6 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle.

A rather hard pour produces a black body that opaque along with a tan billowy head that isn't chunky, but flat.

Aromas of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, not really any hop aromas.

Tasted is bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Initially sweet and and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well. The alcohol heat builds with warmth. I would love this aged, but right now it drinks a bit rough.

Mouthcoating is tremendous. Full bodied and chewy.
After recently having Sexual Chocolate, this beer is not quite as big and full, but they are similiar beers. Aging about a year or so does them well.

Photo of SykDoc
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of brdc and stoutsnipas, thank you gentlemen. Poured like a black motor oil into a flute, it is opaque when held to the light. A 3 inch tan head forms that quickly recedes to a lattice-like lacing.

The aroma was subtle and included the dark chocolate/malt sweetness, we all know and love. It also included a mild hint of dark cherries. Minimal coffee is present.

The taste was quite complex and included the dark chocolate and coffee, but also a nice caramel and peppery mix that is very good. The bitter components and hops are present but not overwhelming.

The mouthfeel displayed a medium body with a high carbonation. The finish is silky and ends dry on the tongue.

Overall, I think this is a very good imperial stout and will definitely keep my eyes open for this and other Brooklyn beers. The alcohol is nicely hidden and not so strong that you can't handle more than one.

Photo of tut2528
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich dark chocolate color, with about 1 finger worth of head formation that does not linger and leaves a very mild lacing

S: huge sweet molasses, huge chocolate, and roasty malt. Dark raisins/plums are present and alcohol is very well hidden. The chocolate resembles a fudge character.

T: Huge roasty malt and cocoa with an excellent balance of raisins, molasses and sugar. I also get some tart cherry in the after taste creating more complexity and uniqueness.

O: this one is has nice complexity, and yet nicely balanced. Alcohol is very well hidden in both the nose and the taste. I find this one very appealing and drinkability is extremely high.

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

Winter 10-11 batch. A friend recommended this one to me, and if there's one thing I love it's a good stout.

A: nice pour, solid opaque black with a small cascade of bubbles leading up to a half finger of tan head. The head doesn't last that long and it leaves behind some slight lacing.

S: Big aroma on this. Coffee, chocolate and deeply roasted malts. Smells like a stout should.

T: Chocolate malts, deep roasty flavor, espresso. Big surprise is the alcohol, which comes through far too much in my opinion. I don't know that I've had a 10% ABV stout before but it doesn't hide it as much as a would have hoped and seems a bit incongruous. I can see how that might be a nice warming touch on a winter night, though.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for how it looks, light on the carbonation.

O: A really good stout. Obviously if you're drinking stouts you don't plan on having too many, but the 10% makes sure of that. Certainly hits on all the high notes with the coffee, chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Nice balance and easy to drink.

Photo of Bubbalito
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of alaimoa
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage a bit disappointed from what I remember fresh. Current pour is ok with head that quickly fades. Nose is alcohol forward, bit if spent coffee grinds, chocolate largely gone as far as sweet smell. Taste and feel are good but again taste is lacking from fresh version with a boozy sweetness that isn't bad but just lacking depth. Feel is thick

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,865 ratings.