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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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5,199 Ratings

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Ratings: 5199
Reviews: 2622
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%

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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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Photo of Paul68

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead on a Brooklyn Brewery promotion night.
poured a deep black color with very little head that faded very quickly and with no lacing. had a malty smell with coffee and chocolate. this batch on tap was very syrupy and had very little carbonation.
i really have liked this beer every time i drink it from the bottle. this was my first time drinking this on tap. it wasn't bad, i just think it could of been better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2008 00:09:57 | More by Paul68
Photo of DVTO2


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

The first time I tried this I got a quick thumbs up from my local retailer and brought it home to compliment my chile. The chile was hot enough that I didn't really taste the alcohol and I couldn't understand why my ears seemed to be flushed after only one glass of beer. It wasn't until I read other reviews that I learned it has a hefty 10.5% alcohol content - this is definitely a sipping beer.

The beer is dark and pours nicely into the glass with a full light chocolate head. The brew lives up to it's name as chocolate dominates the tasking notes from start to finish. In all honesty, I would probably rate the beer a bit higher if it had less alcohol, maybe just because I'd feel freer to drink more than one. Tonight I'm snowed in and am not going to bother plowing the driveway, so I can drink with confidence. However, I do think the alcohol detracts from the taste just a tad, enough to keep it out of the exceptional catagory. The brothers seemed to split on their impression of this beer. I'm in between - it won't be my first choice but I will recommend it to some of my beer loving friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 00:18:18 | More by DVTO2
Photo of KYbrewgal


4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as the winter night, with ruby highlights.

Sweet roast with some alcohol phenols, chocolate and rich caramel, and a whiff of dark berries.

Heavy roast (burnt), heavy sweet caramel

Full without being chewy.

Could easily ask for another.

Goes really well with ancho chili chocolate and a nice fire.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 02:47:51 | More by KYbrewgal
Photo of EbPhrygian


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The weather's getting a little warmer, but still I thought this would be a good choice for mid-March. Starting to become intrigued by the stout style in general, and particularly self-proclaimed "chocolate" varieties. Poured from a 12-ounce bottle (labeled: Bottling-Winter 09-10) into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a very dark [opaque] brown with one-finger mocha head. Retention is limited to a few small bubbles around the edge. This is a certainly a pretty beer to look at, as it is a lovely color.

Smell: Fairly strong aroma overall. Not much chocolate in the nose, but I'm anticipating that to be more of a property of taste. An earthy woodiness

Taste: Medium-bodied. Rather lengthy taste profile that begins with an earthy, woody bitterness. Gives way to a malty, roasted taste of creamy mocha coffee and finally finishes with a strong milk chocolate after-effect. All the while, a subdued hop quality is noticeable, too. Only as the beer warms slightly can I begin to taste the alcohol, so the 10% ABV is masked very well. Black Chocolate Stout is so satisfying to drink the whole way through.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant and smooth, not syrupy or overly sweet like I might have expected. Here I can savor the nice balance of [low] carbonation, bitterness, and sweetness

Drinkability: High, and probably its best attribute. Not that anyone should want to throw back several of these, but there's absolutely nothing getting in the way of finishing at least one, and this has been a problem for me when sampling other beers of this style. This beer is complex but easy to appreciate.

Notes: When I bought this four-pack of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout I was deciding between it and the somewhat similar Southern Tier Choklat, which was only available in a bomber size, wasn't refrigerated, and was very overpriced. I think I made the right choice...

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 03:32:51 | More by EbPhrygian
Photo of jrsully77


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

Dark and rich, brown haze covers the thick head.

Roaster Malts and Dark chocolate

Great, this is in the top three of imperial stouts. It is thick but unlike most chocolate stouts this gives you just the dark chocolate taste not the milk chocolate.

Heavy, just like an imperial stout should be.

If you like Imperial Stouts you will love this beer. Since this is an imperial stout it can catch you with the high ABV and weight.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 19:30:52 | More by jrsully77
Photo of Invisoclam


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

Overall pretty good, for some reason the alcohol was a bit too pronounced for my palate, it seemed to get in the way of the beer. Otherwise not bad nice and dark, Chocolate flavor.
I may give this one another try at another time if in the mood to give second chances.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 20:47:52 | More by Invisoclam
Photo of KingHefey

Ontario (Canada)

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

2010/2011 winter bottling into a glass.

A: the darkest of browns with half a finger of tan head. Very little lace.

S: burnt sugar and bitter chocolate fill the nose. Coffee beans and roasted malts make a nice presence. You can smells the high alcohol content... in a good way.

T: A very malty dark chocolate start, coffee is next followed by booze and again finishes with the dark chocolate, like a 90% cacao.

M: good carbonation and the creaminess stays on the tongue. A nice bite from the high ABV on the back of the tongue.

D: A fantastic beer to finish a good night. One and done in almost all cases, like a piece of dark chocolate. That being said, I think the brewer did exactly what he set out to do, imitating a square of very dark chocolate in an RIS.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 00:41:12 | More by KingHefey
Photo of pistola


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

Ok the first one I tried was right out of the bottle. I expected a strong tasting stout (which it is) but this beer is much more than that. first sip a bit bitter but with much character. after that, it was love at second pull. I savored each sip really looking for good or not so good. Well, this stout does not disappoint. Rich Chocolate mixed with barley and malt. A serious treat of a stout. Alcohol taste to me was not overbearing at all. Goes down very smooth but beware!! This brew packs a wallop. I had 4 bottles in about 2 hours or so and you will feel it. Have to many and your not going anywhere!! At least not me. A great cold weather brew. At $7.99 a 4 pack, it is well worth it. I wont drink it all the time, but treat myself now and then. I like it!!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 17:25:47 | More by pistola
Photo of Jim_Benz


4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My wife and I each drank one bottle (2013) in tulips, served at cellar temp--around 58° F (or a little less).

Appearance--dark chocolate black topped by a one inch head of milk chocolate foam-- very appealing and rich-- the head dissipated in about two minutes, maintaining a rim around the edges throughout. I forget any distinctions about the lacing.

Smell--alcohol and dark chocolate, mostly bitter but rich and tempting.

Taste--same as the nose, like 80% cacao dark chocolate lightly (or barely) sweetened with grain alcohol. In fact, the flavor of the alcohol seems to play a major role in both taste and bittering. No real hints of coffee; not much taste of roasted grain outside of the chocolate flavor; hops indiscernable. Not incredibly complex but perfect in its own way. Very tasty and decadent. Dry and bitter on the finish, but somewhat cloying on the tongue without being particularly sweet in any way.

Mouthfeel--medium to full body, more carbonation than I expected, less creaminess. As it warmed and the carbonation lessened, it became a little smoother but not much.

Overall--a very good, very rich imperial stout that drank just like its name implied. The 10% ABV packed a punch, but it also provided a distinct flavor that accentuated the chocolate beautifully. I'm curious to see how this one ages--will it become more complex; will the alcohol/chocolate bitterness soften into something a bit mellower and roastier; will it develop a creamier body? I guess time will tell, but it'll be worth drinking either way.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 16:40:54 | More by Jim_Benz
Photo of Dad_of_Rad


3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown with milk chocolate head. Carbonation lingers.

S: Alcohol, bittersweet chocolate and roast. Touch of underlying dark fruit.

T: Boozy. Again, bittersweet chocolate, more coffee roast than in the aroma. Not as complex as a lot of RIS. Definitely like a straight up mocha with a small shot of whiskey or bourbon added.

M: Nice. Not necessarily creamy, but also not sticky. Carbonation helps to balance things out.

O: Solid. Very straight forward flavors, but well put together.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:04:02 | More by Dad_of_Rad
Photo of bleedsblu


4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night, creamy tan head very small but not a distraction.

Smell: Smells of chocolate, very nice.

Taste; Feels thick and hints of chocolate, slightly bitter but not overwelming, ends with chocolate notes.

Mouthfell: Again feels thick and very balanced on the tongue.

Overall: I like this beer, waith let me take another sip, ok, I like it well balanced low bitterness, with strong hints of chocolate, and with a ABV of 10% its not your Mcdonalds shake

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 23:39:30 | More by bleedsblu
Photo of bunn4funn

North Carolina

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

This beer pours into my snifter a dark inviting black, with no trace of light and a thick creamy head.minimal lacing for mr if any at all Looks beautiful though.

The aroma is none other than....you guessed it chocolate! There is also a hint of alcohol and the malty goodness that is to come.

The taste is knock you out chocolate with malts in the middle and a nice warming effect from the alcohol. Not overpowering but just as the name suggest a black chocolate stout.

The mouthfeel was id say medium but i do dring a lot of double stouts. Great though i thought it was going to be a bit more watery but i was plesently surprised to find that is was at a happy medium

Drinkabilty is high but i only scored it a 4.0 because after 3 or 4 your spent

Overall i had waited for this brew and the wait was well worth it. A damn fine brew from brooklyn that i will find myself going back to when i need a lil break from the doubles

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 13:43:43 | More by bunn4funn
Photo of LuckySkuff

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll try to be succinct; I've honestly acted quite unwisely and have had three of these in the last two hours (quiet night at home, I'm allowed). Terrifically, absolutely delicious, and the ABV really sneaks up on ya - the mouthfeel is so rich and the body is so perfect, you can barely taste the alcohol.

Poured a dark black/brown hue with a little chocolate brown head. Very little to no carbonation to battle the pleasantly thick mouthfeel. Smells of tasty roasted malts, faint chocolate, mildly alcoholic; the taste is exactly what you'd expect - warming and creamy, and chocolatey. A lot like Bison Chocolate Stout, just a little richer and a bit more alcoholic. Easy to fall in love with.

As I said, this one goes down smooth, so be careful. Sorry to be so succinct; just try it if you haven't.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 07:05:23 | More by LuckySkuff
Photo of jozols

New York

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

One of my favorite brews. Lovely, dark cola color with hints of copper.Thick head. Aroma is sweet, almost woody, with hint of caramel, figs. Malty, full-bodied, with a nice long finish. I recommend serving it slightly chilled in a large wine glass or snifter -- it holds the aroma nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 01:09:40 | More by jozols
Photo of tsmthrs


3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling from a '05-'06 bottle courtesy of dmeadows.

Pours a deep black with little to no visible light with a creamy tan head that quickly fades and leaves some lacing.

Aroma-roasted malts, coffee and some earthy tints. I sense no smell of chocolate. Alcohol more evident as it warms.

Taste- very malty with mostly coffee tones, some fruityness. Still no chocolate is noticable to me

Feel- Very creamy, almost oily, up front with a little carbonation, then the hops and alcohol take over at the finish.

Drinkability-This is a good beer, but the finish is just too sharp for me to drink more than a few. But definately an a great after dinner beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2007 06:50:11 | More by tsmthrs
Photo of Phormula


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

Decided to grab this beer on a whim while shopping at a local beer and wine emporium nearby. It was my first of any Brooklyn beer, and in result of drinking this masterpiece; I will be trying as many of their brewings in the near future.

A - The blackest of blacks. This beer looks like it could be used as an alternative fuel source for the winter months. It's head is espresso-like, very dark. It's a mighty fine brew to admire against the light (even though barely any light makes it through).

S - Roasted, toasted, and boasted with bold aromas. I'm getting mostly bitter-sweet chocolate, espresso notes, roasted malt, and perhaps a slight subtlety of fruitiness (cherry).

T - Absolutely wonderful, all around. It's not nearly as bitter as most stouts, and the alcohol isn't as up front as I expected it to be being so high of an ABV. Pretty much the same as the smell in the taste department, although a bit more sweetness comes through. Very nice.

M - The highlight of this beer is how smooth and creamy it is. It's like velvet on my tongue, with just a sight carbonated feel. Perfect.

D - As much as I'd like to say I'd like to session with this beer; I couldn't. It's just a little too strong and heavy to have more than a couple of these. But, it's perfect to have just one or two after dinner to relax on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 04:50:24 | More by Phormula
Photo of midweb23


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

A - Dark black color with a thick 2 inch head that leaves multiple lines of lacing.

S- Strong smell of chocolate and coffee.

T - A strong roasted malt flavor that leaves a slight chocolate aftertaste. You can really feek the high alcohol content which leaves your throat and chest warm.

M - Very thick and creamy.

D - A great brew for its style!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 00:28:14 | More by midweb23
Photo of bc2208

New York

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The six pack is just so inviting, I was excited to try this.

Pour: Pours a thick black abyss, with a dark tan head. Could have used more out of the head, which dissipated rather quickly, but no complaints.

Aroma: Massive malty smell - robust coffee and dark chocolate smells, few other nutty and roasted malt flavors in there.

Taste: Exactly as anticipated. Very well balanced taste - chocolate reigns up front, roasted finish, and a sweet coffee aftertaste. Flavors are strong but not overpowering. This beer is high in alcohol but it's hidden well. Great for a long, relaxing sipper.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation isn't too strong, but present enough to distinguish this from Kahlua!

Drinkability: Y'know, it's hard to see drinking more than 3 of these, but at 10% ABV there's not much need. I'm looking forward to another already.

This is a top beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 06:07:04 | More by bc2208
Photo of karlf


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap yesterday and was extremely impressed. It was jet-black in color and poured with a nice creamy head to it. The smell was an incredibly strong dark chocolate scent and i hoped the taste would follow suit. A really smooth feel and a delicious dark chocolate after taste that slowly faded after each sip. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 18:03:34 | More by karlf
Photo of lured2fish


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

The beer pours a thick inky black color with a dark brown head. Very little retention, but nice lacing. The aroma is of bitter dark chocolate and black malts. It's a very robust and hearty beer. The taste is of a bittersweet dark chocolate. The beer is thick and has an elevated abv which contributes to a very well-rounded stout. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with decent carbonation. A very good and easy to drink stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 04:16:11 | More by lured2fish
Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured almost an opaque black

Smell: dark chocolate, fruit, alcohol smell pretty strong

Taste: rich chocolate and coffe flavors, sweet, bitter, this is a beautiful beer

Mouthfeel: smooth, alcohol tinglyness

Drinkability: it tastes good, very enjoyable, but also very clearly alcoholic

This is a great imperial stout, I was very surprised that it came in a 6pack for $10 considering the quality and the style.

...but the alcohol flavor is very present. It is 10% alcohol you know.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 04:22:23 | More by Nedjimb0sTavern
Photo of badmandy


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep black, with a dark brown head. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and dark malt. Very smooth, little carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable and warm up front, nice bitter finish. Overall the word "thick" comes to mind, a great one -off in my opinion. Not a beer I could drink more than one of, but the one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:59:28 | More by badmandy
Photo of prattmeister14

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on my 21st and thought it was the best beer I had ever had or will ever have...since then I've beefed up my beer resume and realized that while it's pretty good, its not the best.

That being said its s pretty good RIS. Its thick and complex a little chocolaty in the smell, but not overpowering in the taste. It has the little extra kick that a RIS should have over other stouts. It's a little more complex it has a little more of the undefinable substance that is needed in a RIS. The alcohol flavor is there (its 10% for crying out loud!)

One beer was plenty and the drinkibility suffers from the high ABV (but then again its a RIS, what did I expect).

Overall: Good to try, nice product, but with so many other RIS's out there, why stop here. Especially since I live 20 minutes from Portsmouth, the home of "Kate the Great"

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:31:42 | More by prattmeister14
Photo of drouss48

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a few 12oz bottles from Bert. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Gorgeous 1.5 finger dark tan head. Beautiful lacing throughout.

S: Not over powering in the least, as with most stouts. Mild bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts were present.

M: My favorite part of drinking this beer. Smooth, full bodied, almost creamy. Enjoyed every sip.

T: At the front of your tongue you get the malts, right away. There were several layers of malts all working together wonderfully. In the middle to you get the slight hint of alcohol, just to let you know its there. The back of the mouth and aftertaste is of chocolate, toffee...but not too sweet. Perfectly balanced.

There is no way I would have ever guessed this was a 10+% beer. The smoothness/taste of this beer could be very, very dangerous...in a good way!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 12:50:02 | More by drouss48
Photo of Cabadrin


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lord, this is a powerful stout. All of the chocolate appears in the aftertaste. After the intial tasting, it's like eating a dark chocolate bar and having the bitter, thick aftertaste sitting on your tongue.

Pouring from a chilled (45 degree) bottle into a pint glass, there's practically no head and only a thin layer of foam which quickly dissipates. The color is a deep, dark black, with no brown coming through the edges. There's a very slight lacing up the glass, but not much to look at. The taste is great - bitter but full for the first taste, then it fades to a thick chocolate aftertaste for many minutes afterwards. This is definitely something you want to savor during and after a meal, and especially with something that's rich in flavor, like a steak or a thick fall vegetable spread. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:14:17 | More by Cabadrin
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