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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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2,735 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,735
Hads: 6,335
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 404
Gots: 1,292 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 2,735 | Hads: 6,335
Photo of neobassman
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a stout that drinkers will love or hate, I imagine. It is easily the darkest, most alcoholic, and most assertive stout I tasted on a roundup of several domestic stouts, including several imperials. Upon opening the 12 oz bottle, I was immediately confronted by a Hershey's syrup smell. The pour was viscous and black, with a sinister, shiny, tan head - so far, so good. The head disappeared quickly albeit with substantial lacing. The taste, of course, is what will divide the audience. Imposing roasted malt flavor, more chocolate than coffee, with not much bitterness. There's a significant alcoholic presence, which is not surprising considering the 10.6% ABV. The taste is truly complex and continues to evolve on the tongue well past the swallow.

Each taste seemed to leave me with a different impression, from inticingly unique to wincingly harsh. For this reason I rated the drinkability lowest. I still don't quite know what to think, but I don't think I will rush out to buy a case to keep on hand. I would be really curious to see what this tastes like on tap - I suspect it is more appealing "live." So how does it compare to Guinness, the stout standard? I prefer it to Guiness for it's complexity and lack of Guinness's burnt, salty taste. However, it is "hard core" and like hardcore, perhaps too much of a good thing.

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

Poured from 12oz. Bottle into Sam Adams glass.

Poured a thick, black brown with a thick tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. Much lacing left on the glass. Very nice so far.

Smell is dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, malts.

Taste is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, chocolate pudding. Nice!

Mouthfeel is perfect for a stout, creamy and full.

Overall a very nce stout. A tad on the bitter side, but approriate for the style. Good job Brooklyn.

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Photo of redearth329
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Poured from a growler into a tall tumbler at 40 degrees.

A - Impenetrably black. Two fingers of dense, light brown head that quickly disappeared. Not really any lace sticking around to speak of.

S- Dark chocolate malt notes, a bit of coffee perhaps. After that some dark fruit notes; plum, mostly, also some black cherry. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol, but you have to be looking for it.

T- Really rich and well-balanced. Chocolate is present, but sweetness is matched by roasty bitterness. The alcohol content is not obvious.

M- Full bodied with very light carbonation. A bit of lingering astringent quality from the roasted malt bitterness.

As a side note, this beer cellars very well. I once kept some Brooklyn BCS for a year, and it was really mellow after that time and the fruit (plum, black cherry, etc.) notes really gained in complexity. The restaurant I where I was working at the time served a 3-year aged BCS which was even more amazing. It could easily go longer in the right conditions. If you're disciplined enough not to drink it all, it's definitely worth trying to cellar it for a while.

Pair it with a slice of New York Cheesecake.

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Photo of talkingpoints
3.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just brought home the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and was ready for that famed experience that the limited bottling implied. The pour was impressive as a dark chocolate filled my beer mug, the smell was pretty good with those hints of chocolate coming to bear. The taste, this part gets tricky. At first I thought it was exceptional on the mouth but then this taste of alcohol just overpowered the beer, which is weird since this is a chocolate stout. It was a decent stout but you couldn't drink more than one in a sitting. I will probably move on to something else for the winter without looking back.

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Photo of simpliciter
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - pours darkest brown into a tulip glass, with a thick head of tiny, tan bubbles that persist nicely.
s - burnt and bitter chocolate notes
t - what a chocolate stout should be. not sweet, but the chocolate notes provide a perfect counterbalance to the roasted/burnt malt.
m - surprisingly bright at the front, a comfortable mouthfeel that leaves a nice coating bitterness
d - for a cold, winter night? yes please.

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Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, opaque near-black. Thin and fleeting dark tan head.

Smells sweet and dark with strong chocolate and maybe some prunes behind it.

Dancing dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of fruit and of something dry and grassy; warming alcohol that helps dry out the finish to slightly bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors.

Big, thick, and chewy; thoroughly satisfying.

I'd have to call this my absolute favorite. I doubt I'd have more than one at a time, but with a beer this good, there's no need to.

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

Pours out black as oil, tops off with a 2 finger frothy dark brown head which lingers for a good minute and a half, leaving a nice lacy trail down to the stout.

Smells strongly of hops, a little alcohol, smells exactly like the inside of a brewery.

Wonderful full thick mouthfeel, bitter hoppy black coffee bite, no alcohol zing. Smooth and creamy. Not as chocolate as I thought it would be, the roasted malt flavor is dominant. Nice sipping beer. This is the 07-08 release.

I'll bet it gets better in a few months, I think I'll get another case to save. Glad I bought it.

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

Poured this one from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass. Brewed for the 07-08 Winter Season. Dark as night, zero translucence with a dark tan head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell of chocolate, coffee and cherries. Alcohol is definitely present in the nose as well with a hint of wood.

Taste is an excellent follow through with the smell. Chocolate and coffee are the primary flavors. Nuts and fruits come through as well. A bit of a heavy finish with bitter hops punctuating the experience. Alcohol is there, but certainly blends into the flavor so well that you might forget its there.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. A nice thick stout that holds well against its peers.

This beer is a sipper. At 10.6% ABV, it is deceptively smooth, rich and tame. Thank god I got a six pack.

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours deep black with little head,The smell of this stout is impressive but the taste eluded me.It reminded me of dark Chocolate cake batter,a strong coffee and everclear,the alcohol was straight up hot,making the drinkability poor,I will put a little age on this one and revisit after proper aging,I may have had a hot bottle

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Photo of Bulkman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black from a 12 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. As expected, only a thin caramel colored head is present, but does not fade as I drink it. Lacing is abundant against the walls of the glass, but falls rapidly with small clusters of bubbles remaining.

The aroma from this is incredible. Intense sweetness fills the nose with notes of fig, plums, honey, brown sugar, coffee & dark chocolate.

Taste is a carbon copy of the aroma - not much else to say about it, it is excellent.

This beer coats the tongue with a syrupy-sweet layer that hangs around for what seems like forever. As it gradually diminishes, a bitter aftertaste reveals itself.

10% ABV? It is so well hidden, I get no burn or anything in the nose to tell me it's there. Drinkability is outstanding; it would be easy to overindulge in this.

Amazing beer, looking forward to getting some more.

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Photo of Apatschinn
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

App. - Black in color with a brown finger-thick head that lasts a few minutes.

Smell - Straight up chocolate. Bittersweet but strangely faint. Aromas are hard to pin down right away.

Taste - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Glorious chocolate. Tastes like a Ghiradelli dark cocoa bar. Little to no alcohol flavor, which surprised me a bit.

Mouth. - Smooth. Not quite watery but not exceedingly thick either. Happy medium.

Over. - Great tasting beer. Perfect for people who enjoy chocolate! Would buy again in a heartbeat.

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

I have just acquired some of the 2003 version of this beer.

It pours a beautiful opaque black, and fills the immediate region with an aroma of chocolate and alcohol.

The taste starts off malty sweet with a strong chocolate component, followed quickly by a hit of roasted malt and an alcohol warmth. It finishes with an almost harsh bitterness, which suggests most strongly to me that this beer is young. This brew seems to be a bit heavier in the alcohol department, and I'm guessing that a bit of aging will help it immensely. Having had the 2002 version not very long ago, I know that this beer has the potential to be one of the best of stouts...

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Photo of silver1audi
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I'd like to say Hi to everyone.... I'm new here and fairly new to the craft beer scene, BA is great.

About this beer, I really enjoyed it. I picked up a 6 pack at Wegman's for $6.99 and broke into it as soon as I got home. It pours virtually black into a glass. It smells great; It actually smells a lot like dark chocolate. I don't even like dark chocolate and this beer made me want some! It tastes great too with a very strong flavor that is great late at night while relaxing after a long day.

I will definately buy this beer again, it's the type of beer that for me, a 6 pack will last a little while. Very enjoyable, but I would probably only have 1 or 2 of these in one setting. 6.99 wasn't that bad though for a beer like this, considering that Guiness costs over $8 for 6 beers. The only problem I have with it is it doesn't maintain much of a head.

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Photo of swhitt
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 06-07 bottle (part of a 6 pack). Poured dark and rich into a Duvel tulip. Black from top to bottom, completely opaque. Two fingers of foamy head on top.

Smells like dark chocolate with rich coffee malt.

First taste is dark, moreso than most chocolate stouts that I've tasted. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate are prominent, but there's definitely some coffee in this one. It's a biter brew, but it's tasty.

Drinkability is alright, but its bitter and it's 10.6% abv.

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Photo of rhythmguitartz88
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW this is a beer. I'll tell you what this beer and i had some good times together last weekend. But yea...down to buisness...the appearance was nice...dark dark brown, posibly black. It had a minimal head that was tan and about .25". The smell was nice, warm, sweet and full. The taste was fantastic. Warm malts with a creamy vanilla hint and there might have been some coffee thrown in and of course there was a nice sweet chocolate after taste. The moutfeel was very smooth without much bite to it and the drinkability was very nice; i had 2-esque in a tasting spree i had.

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Photo of Finkel
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has been named appropriately as the color is literally the same as crude oil. Furthermore, the consistency sort of looked like oil in the way it moved; there was some obvious viscosity. Still, it looked really good and was complimented with a thicker, pillow head. Bubbles were streaming up from the bottom of the glass - this one's highly carbonated.

This beer is complex. Hops, dark chocolate, espresso, and alcohol could be made out with only a few whiffs.

The taste was definitely chocolately with roasted flavors backing it up. However, a malty, bitter flavor was strong as well as the 10% ABV. The alcohol bled right through which was EXTREMELY disappointing. I definitely liked the taste but the alcohol killed it. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I couldn't finish my glass.

Typical of the style, this beer was on the thicker side, which also hurt it's drinkability rating for me.

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Photo of anth0ny
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brooklyn Black Chocolate pours deep black with a pinky finger of a brilliant cinnamon colored head. When the head is out it leaves a nice, thin landscape on top and a small frothy ring around the glass that hangs out til the end. Looks pretty dang good.

S - For me, I'm getting pretty much all chocolate/cocoa and some bourbon in the nose. Loving the aroma.

T - The taste is interesting. By interesting I mean an initial shock to the palette on every drink. Black chocolate is dominant, a little raisin, a bit of hops. Finishes bitter with a lot of booze. It's definitely a sipper and a warmer. You get the stout flavor in the aftertaste, with lingering coffee and malt.

M - Nice, heavy mouth with sufficient, balanced carbonation. Ice cold is the way to go, more chocolate and less booze. The warmer it gets you get more of a chocolate cough syrup.

O - This stout is power with flavor and punch. I'd say the alcohol is a bit too much, but without it, it wouldn't be the same. Also, it's a specific occasion type of drink. I had it now just chillin at home, not really the right scene for it. But I also had this on a more relaxed NYE in a hot tub and it was fantastic.

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Photo of redwolf1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of the Winter 2005-2006 edition for this beer. Black as black can be with a rich brown head about an inch thick after pouring. Very nice lacing around the glass. Deep and dark roasted malts, with strong whiffs of chocolate and coffee (you know, the kind you can dissolve a spoon in). Not as bitter or acidic as I was expecting though, which was a very good thing. Yet, there is a subtle harshness that transcends into the alcoholic warmth of the brew. Creamy after creamy sip hits you right at the back of the throat to let you know there's alcohol in this one. As for drinkability, this is clearly a sipping beer, one to be enjoyed sitting on the deck with your friends.

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Photo of Zippie9999
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm drinking a year old aged bottle purchased in CT back in March 2008. Aged exceptionally and highly recommend buying a six pack and storing a few to consume in a year or two.

A: Dark as a steer's tukas on a moonless prairie night. (The Big Lebowski)
S: Colombian coffee, chocolate, and underlying notes of toffee and vanilla.
T: Once again, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
M: Nice, silky, smooth, and full. Definitely mellows and smoothens up around the edges. ABV seems to be a little more pronounced due to aging.
D: Lovely. I want to age my other two for at least a year and see how they compare in 2010 and 2011. (Damn, I can't believe I'm typing decade numbers for the 2000's already!!!)

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Photo of jobyone
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted with 5 other Imperial Stouts. Pours black with creamy light brown head. The aroma is sweet caramel and some chocolate. The taste has definate notes of Alcohol along with the sweetness. Not much bitterness. Definately the sweetest stout of the night.

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Photo of Pedro07
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haven't had this one in a couple years, so it's high time for a another run at her!

A- Dark as the other side of the moon, and just as mysterious. Old motor oil comes to mind, industrial blackness. There is no head to save you now. You are at the mercy of Brooklyn...DRINK.

S- Woah, the first thing I smell, has a touch of booze to it. Deep, dark chocolates and roasted coffee notes singe the nose. Other notes waft around...bourbon?! It can't be, there shouldn't be. Dark, dark cerry-esque smells in the back? There is some sort of fruit present, call me crazy.

T- Yup, just as I remember it...dessert in a glass. There is a velvetiness to the chocolate taste that while not masking, actually evens out the dark-bitterness very well! That velvetiness continues on the second sip, and the beer is still quite chilled. I wonder when it warms a bit...eek! Roasted coffee, dark nuts and fruits come to mind with this beast.

M- Umm, if you've been reading you know I'm sensing a "velvety" character in this beer. Mouth-coating and all-encompassing.

D- A sipper by the book. Let this one warm slowly, more characters find their way into it's story and twist the plot so fiendishly. She's 10%...be aware.

Mr. Oliver, well done sir.

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Photo of GBalbin
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer with nothing of translucency. Foam: brown, dense and persistent. Aroma: roasted malt, very smell of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Creamy texture. Taste of coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Alcohol is properly inserted. Medium carbonation. Dry and bitter end.

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

Winter 2010-2011 vintage, poured from bottle into snifter. Notes from 1-1-2011. Beer warmed in bottle at room temperature for approximately 30-40 minutes prior to pouring.

A. Dark black. Transmits absolutely no light. Small, ¼ inch molasses head dissipates quickly. Insignificant lacing.

S. Sweet, chocolate, grape, cinnamon. Obvious alcohol presence.

T. Attack is heavy on alcohol. Potential chocolate gives way to strong, bitter coffee notes. Minimal sweetness. (Similar to Siberian Night.) Alcohol is obviously present, but mellows as it warms.

M. Smooth, creamy, gives way to carbonated feel that tingles on the tongue with the bitterness of the coffee. Lingers. As it warms, becomes more buttery in mouthfeel.

D. A definite sipper. Sits very heavily. Requires time and thought. Significant ABV limits drinkability to some extent.

A strong, smooth, great sipping stout.

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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
2.59/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out black thick and viscous. Poured from a bottle into my Duvel glass with Maybe a fingers width of reddish brown foam. It looked like tar or thick oil in my glass.
It smelled like burnt cereal.
All I could taste was burnt grain with a metallic after taste. It was so boozey and tasted like gasoline. I really do not like this RIS and regret I have another bottle to choke down but at least it's 10 percent and will cellar well. Maybe by next year it's taste will have improved and mellowed a bit. I could not taste chocolate at all.
I would never buy this again and will think twice about buying another Brooklyn beer.

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Photo of bnewall3
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Talk about a beer that masks the taste of alcohol, shits amazing esp for the way it smells. The 10% surprised me at first esp for the price(7.99 a 4 pk) and the aroma was slight coffee the rest alcohol, wasnt my favorite. Then I tasted it and it was smooth as can be, Touche Brooklyn you stumped me there. Or at least surprised me.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,735 ratings.