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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,452
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 284
Gots: 838 | FT: 49
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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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

06-12-2012 21:08:28 | More by dlin0sbb
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-24-2013 16:02:22 | More by traviswhillier
Photo of diamondc


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

11-12 vintage.

A: A typical RIS pour ... black motor oil, light mocha colored head. Not much head retention though. Some light lacing.

S: Cherries, moderate roast, slight smoke, coffee and chocolate (duh..). Very vinous.

T: Dark fruit flavors initially, figs & cherries. Followed by an intense dry roastedness. Hot nuts and dark chocolate. Some moderate light pine hop bitterness at the end. Superb.

M: Another RIS sipper. Booze is apparent, but not distracting.

O: Some nice complexity. Still have one from last year being 'cellared'. Always look forward to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 06:54:10 | More by diamondc
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-26-2012 19:00:01 | More by Sachsenfreude
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

06-01-2012 12:38:34 | More by SickNukes
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-12-2014 16:34:17 | More by CaptainPancakes
Photo of brewtus


3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark black duh, with a great dark beige head. Smell is milky, some chocolate, hops, leaves a little to be desired on the nose . Tastes hoppier than I expected, a little dark coffee flavor, nice lactic chocolate taste that isn't too sweet. It's very smooth and leaves a delicious chocolate aftertaste in your mouth, great after dinner beer

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:16:35 | More by brewtus
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the wrapped neck label that reads ?Limited Bottling ? Winter 03-04?. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Brooklyn Black is a misnomer. Brooklyn "Void of Light" or "Black Hole" Chocolate Stout would be more appropriate. Light simply vanishes in the creamy void. The only light comes from the cocoa colored, cream head. Good lacing and great retention.

Smell: Simple, but effective. Overly roasted, almost burnt, not quite toasted malt with dark, unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Mythical, stuff borne of legends. This elixir enters the mouth as an invading horde of burnt malt and dark chocolate, quickly supressing all with its rich, thick, chewy body and flavors. As if a heat source in itself, it warms the mouth and body with alcohol and tastes as if someone had roasted the malt and melted the dark chocolate in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Thick, dominating and yet smooth and creamy. Solid and liquid all at the same time. Wonderous.

Drinkability: As long as your not driving it is suppurb. Fill this the body, mind, and soul with a warmness and bliss rarely found in a brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 18:02:53 | More by Loki
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured black with a 1 inch dark chocolate head that had some staying power.. and laced the glass quite well for most of the beer.

smell was more subdued that i expected, but had tones of caramel and roasted malt with a slight floral nose.

taste was of roasted, but not too burnt, malt, maybe some licorice, brown sugar, and molasses. very well balanced IMO. There was very little hop flavor... this one was mostly thick and malty, just as i prefer.

the mouthfeel was creamy, thick, oily, and mouth coating, just as a RIS should be.

The 10.6 ABV was well disguised but it did warm you as you drank it.. goes down so well this one could get you in trouble.

I need to figure out how much of this i need to get ahold of to last me until next year.. man i wish this was local to me!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 10:05:02 | More by tayner
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-15-2013 00:05:04 | More by mtnwesdew
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-07-2012 02:15:10 | More by sabitu
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-04-2012 01:56:28 | More by rolandboy
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-06-2013 09:36:48 | More by TheLevi4000
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-03-2013 14:23:38 | More by plinythederek
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:06:46 | More by m1ked
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11-28-2012 16:48:25 | More by rkcrozier
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District of Columbia

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

This flagship brooklyn brewery masterpiece is one of my favorite winter beers. Served from a bottle, it has a black, viscous color with great substance to the brew.

The beer smells and tastes of bitter chocolate and dark-roasted espresso bean, with the harshness of a heavy IPA and the smoothness of a wannabe irish dry, which happens to be a great combination.

Unlike its cousin, the smooth and welcoming Brooklyn Brown, this beer is just no holds barred, balls-out front with a classiness that is ahead of its time. There aren't too many stouts that would risk combining the bitterness of espresso bean and dark chocolate with the burnt dryness of a russian imperial and throw in some light cherry overtones and a wrenching 11% ABV.

A great winter brew for those looking for a substance-driven stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:44:56 | More by TLove
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-29-2013 02:52:40 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-22-2013 06:52:30 | More by JDM44
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-08-2014 01:54:04 | More by WiserBud
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

'01-'02: Wow, this beer knocked me out! For a while, all I could taste and smell was alcohol. But after it warmed, the rich texture of the chocolate and malt became evident. This beer really warms the inside of your belly and is perfect for this time of year.
'00-'01: What a brew! I saved a bottle from last year and it evolved into an even more spectacular beer. It's like velvet, but sweet and with a kick. You can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2001 21:43:15 | More by AaronRed
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the fall 2006 release. Pours an inky black color with a lacy tan head. Smell of roasted malt with chocolate overtones.

Taste is heavenly with hints of roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate, no cloying sweetness. Alcohol is hidden very well. Creamy lush mouthfeel with a lingering taste. Love it, this is the best BBCS I've had yet, absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 18:41:17 | More by LarryV
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark as a moonless night with a khaki coloured one finger head on top. Smell is of good espresso, bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of molasses. The flavour is nice and deep with coffee and dark chocolate notes taking over. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is silky smooth going down and eventually finishing dry, but not too dry. Drinkability is good after a few you will start to see things in a new light. Recommended- buy them and horde them as the supply is always short.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 17:23:02 | More by TinusTime
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 07:25:39 | More by ScreamForMe
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New York

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

09/10 release.

Poured into a snifter.

Smoothly pours out like a typical stout and releases a thin tan head that lingers for a few seconds. A total dark and opaque color in the glass with small amounts of rising and bubbling streams around. Nice spotty lacing throughout also. Aroma is beautifully roasted and full of sweet chocolate, malts, a bit of alcohol and surprisingly coated with cinnamon. Cinnabon in a glass essentially - really appealing on the nose to the point of intoxication. Such a beautiful fragrance resonating from the glass.

Taste is moderately roasted - not as potent as other RIS's I've had in the past. Begins with a nice malty presence then enters a cocoa and chocolate element and finally finishes on a slight bittersweet chocolate astringency and warmth from the 10% ABV, which was masked incredibly well. Not a whole lot of big appeal on the flavor component, but it's textbook RIS in terms of the actual flavors.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet light-bodied with mild carbonation. A bit lacking in the overall feel for an RIS, but other than that it's easy drinking. Drinkability is fair - not as tasty and flavorful as I was hoping. Not really worthy to drink all four in a night's session, but probably best to set some off to add some age. Not bad, but not incredible.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:28:28 | More by infi
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,452 ratings.