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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,555 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,555
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 873 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Milkysunshine, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

HopGrazer, Mar 21, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

A- Dark brown/black brew with a small caramel colored head. Head fades away quickly but leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S- Strong chocolate aroma with a underlying alcohol tone.

T- Heavy presence of roasted malts followed by the chocolate then a semi-sweet/bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Warming effect of the alcohol follows quickly rising from the stomach to the back of the throat and then to the cheeks.

M- This is one big tasting beer. Heavy, creamy, and chewy, low in carbonation a meal in itself.

D- Probably not going to want more than one or two of these at any one sitting as the 10.0% ABV will stop you there. They do go down easy though.

Review is from the "winter 08-09" bottling. This beer ages well and is a little raw tasting when first purchased. After about a month the strong alcohol taste starts to fade in to the background behind the chocolate.. Pick up some extra and let it sit till next year.

ToddT, Jan 28, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Brown Bottle Winter of 07-08 poured into a snifter and consumed at 50-58F

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout poured black [looks like a tootsie roll], as black can be with a small brown head that dissipated rather quickly but left some nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts and heavy chocolate and a little candy like sweetness with a bit of alcohol. Tastes are of roasted malts and big chocolate as the name of the Stout implies. Also flavors of espresso, dark toffee and a little burnt toast are present. Mouth feel is smooth and medium in body-lighter than one might expect from a brew this dark.

This is a very drinkable and flavorful stout. I highly recommend it!

bushbeer75, Oct 11, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

A 12oz bottle each of the 08-09, 09-10, and 10-11 vintages. Poured into large snifters.

Appearance (3): Black with dark brown around the edges. About a finger and a half of head on each of them except the '10 strangely. Must have been the pour. The cream colored head reduces to just a ring around the outside and a patch in the middle. No lacing.

Aroma (4): The '10 is solvent and roasty. The '09 is chocolatey and still boozy sweet. The '08 is very chocolatey and mocha. Most of the booziness has faded away fortunately.

Taste (4.5): The '10 is a very intense charred chocolate and almost oaky flavor. The piney and earthy hop flavor is very strong in the finish as well, although not terribly bitter. Very intense flavors as I've come to expect. The '09 is much less solvent and creamy with strong chocolate and mocha coffee flavors. A vanilla or oak flavor lingers a bit and there is a still a little bit of the pine hops in the finish. The '08 is even more smooth and creamy with the chocolate taking center stage with a bit of a burnt, roasted edge to it. Surprisingly, a lot of that pine flavor still sticks around. There's some strong vanilla notes here without the oakiness. Great, full flavors all around but especially the ones with some age on them which are less solvent and sweet, letting the abundance of dark malts shine.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium carbonation, which is a bit more than many in the style, and medium to full bodied. Sweet but not cloying. Usually very harsh and astringent, but the vintage versions are creamy and smooth as they progress.

Drinkability (2.5): Definitely a sipper. I wouldn't recommend drinking more than two of these. Not to mention it's pretty sweet and boozy fresh. You wouldn't know the older vintages were 10% though.

grover37, Jan 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mcc1654, Dec 09, 2011
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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%

2012 vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch back small tan head very thin lacing

S: Boozy and chocolate

T: Starts with some dark chocolate and cocoa taste with some dark fruit in the back almost like raspberries. Moves onto a heavy roasted coffee like taste. Unlike the smell, alcohol is well hidden. mmm.

M: Full bodied. Thick. Yummy.

O: An extremely complex and delicious RIS. Could have been the year of age on it or a change in my taste, but this is much better than I remember it fresh last year.

Givemebeer, Mar 15, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle into an imperial pint

A – Beer poured nearly light-proof deep dark color with a high thick caramel head. Lots of lace.

S – Heavily of malt. Chocolate overtones with smooth caramel, vanilla, roasted grains, whiffs of alcohol and burnt marshmallow.

T – Very smooth. Tobacco leaf with strong chocolate. Some alcohol taste present. Flavor deepens at the finish with herbs and roasted grains rising to a slight bitterness balanced with lightly sweet vanilla and chocolate. Not heavy on caramel or chocolate. Bitterness is smooth and subtle. Not syrupy. Fairly neutral balance with predominant middle tones.

M – Smooth with medium to light body for an RIS. Carbonation is pleasant. Sticky without being syrupy. Alcohol is very palatable.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol hides while the taste enhances with each sip. A complex deep beer without an overbearing feel or taste to the mouth or stomach.

lightindarkness, Dec 27, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Winter 09-10 bottling

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a nice opaque black, ruby tinged around the edges with a nice foamy chocolate milkshake brown head.

The aroma has a nice bit of fresh hop scent with dark chocolate and caramel.

The flavor profile is very nice, full of dark roasted grains, dark chocolate syrup, brownies, creamy caramel, raisins and dark plums. There is a pleasant bitterness on the finish and the alcohol is very well hidden and mixed into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, nicely chewy and creamy with ample fine carbonation. The feel is a touch chalky as well.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is one of the tops in the RIS category and this past years brewing is no exception. Highly recommended and usually a good bargain for such a high quality beer as well.

BlackBearForge, Mar 02, 2010
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

dannyhead, Sep 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Oboogie, Dec 05, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

aszatk01, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MADPolo, Jan 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Stagga_Lee, Jul 22, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured out into a New Belgium Chalice dark black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. I'd like seeing a bigger head out of this. I'm going to have to skip the smell because it's allergy season, but what I can smell is a hint of alcohol. That alcohol is very apparent in the mouthfeel. The taste of roasted cocoa comes out in the flavor rather quickly. It's very smooth if you can get over the alcohol burn on the tounge, which I don't mind. No strong spices are evident. Not too dry of a mouthfeel either.

whoneeds8, Oct 13, 2009
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Jet black oil. Nice two finger head that lingered and faded to lacy patches.

S- Fantastic dark chocolate, roasted malty sweetness, and smokey notes.

T- Superb dark chocolate/coffee bitterness that fades into a nice chocolate sweetness. The 10% ABV is present but masked phenomenally. As the beer warms, more and more of the chocolate and alcohol pokes through.

M- Full bodied, creamy and thick. Excellent.

O- One of my new favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. Nice dark chocolate bitterness then blends into milk chocolate and roasty malt sweetness. Definitely some heat at the back end but for a 10%'er it's well hidden esp for a fresh bottle. One of my new winter favorites

wiscokid920, Nov 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jkd03c, Jun 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz. brown bottle with black labeling winter 06-07. Pours a chocolate syrup thick blackness with an awesome foamy dark tan head. Aroma is full of chocolate, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and coffee with a large nose of bourbon for a backbone. Full bodied with a slick, syrupy texture. Alcohol level is present as it numbs the tongue. Sweet caramel flavors and tons chocolate. Sweet, creamy, milk chocolate at first then a dry, dark, bittersweet, baker's chocolate. Large hint of like bourbon whiskey really finishes nicely with an espresso bitter tang and a big warming effect. Definitely a sipper but really a delicious beer.


SteveO1231, Dec 01, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

frogfan, Nov 02, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Pretty dark, but not entirely black. Dark brown around the edges. Thin head that goes away pretty quickly. Mocha in color.

S: Not much going on here until it gets almost to room temp. Once there, it starts to come alive a little. Chocolate, dark fruits. The alcohol is slightly present.

T: Same as with the nose, the taste really pops when it's been out of the bottle for about 45 minutes or so. Like the nose, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted tastes. Alcohol is there, but not in a distracting, burning way..more warming. Rich flavors. Pretty nice.

M: Smooth and a little thin, but not too bad. Dries the mouth a little more than I would expect.

D: Again, the alcohol is present, but in a good way. With that said, it still will slow you down a bit which is a good thing. You want to let this beer warm almost to room temperature to get the full benefits.

titosupertramp, Dec 31, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jtransel, May 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wo87810, Nov 22, 2011
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