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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,007 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 6,007
Reviews: 2,704
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,080 | FT: 54
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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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Photo of CortexBomb
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

06-07 Edition.

Pour stout black, no head at all though, only a light trace. Only the lightest lacing. I have to knock its score here, because I expect either head or heavy lacing in my Imperial stouts and this one was not impressive in either department. Smell is roasted malts, Belgian like notes as well...plums...interesting.

Flavour, softly roasted malts give way to major dark fruit effects, sweet dark fruit effects at that...figs...sugar, and, of course, chocolate. This is a really unique flavour for a stout, quite depthy. Alcohol is most noticeable on the finish, a light warming, some flavour of it peeking out.

Mouth on this, it's ok. This isn't a big, imperial thickness, and its hop action is nothing special either. It is relatively full though. Drinkability, really good for a beer of this size. This is as easy to drink as a standard oatmeal stout with 1/3 of the alcohol...easily one of the best in its style at this.

Overall: I like this beer quite a bit, I was prepared to be disappointed after pouring it because of the lacklustre appearance, but everything else about this beer was either decent or quite good. I find the combination of Belgian dark fruit flavours and traditional stout are quite unique...

Photo of Arenbeer
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BeerMasterD for this brew!

A- Pours a solid jet black with a nice 1 finger light brown head that's insanely fluffy and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

S- Sweet roasted nose with a great chocolate background that combines with an almost wood, vanilla notes and slight alcohol.

T- Dark roasted malts and barley with a great almost chalky bittersweet dark chocolate flavor in the background. Little alcohol sting in the finish that creates a decent fullness in the body.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a decent bitter dryness in the finish.

Love this beer, it's so delicious and so well balanced. Brooklyn really knew what they were doing with this one.

SkÅL!

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

Extra in a BIF from do-gooder mikereaser. Thanks! Then a week later, a mini-vert in a trade from do-nothing Egledhill. With three bottles in my possession, I can safely drink one. Or two. Or three. Review is of an '07-08.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head of moderate retention. Ok.

Smell of blended malt flavors. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate chocolate.

Thick as the L.A. smog cover. Taste leans toward the dark side of chocolate. Other stuff in their too but I just wanna drink it. Can't taste the alcohol but you can sense it with the force. Actually I'm sensing it without using the force. Warming brings about some cocoa flavor and maybe, just maybe, a hint of black licorice.

Just a bit on the rought side; dryness. Not a deterrent for sure, but an imperfection.

Overall: glad I have more

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 aepb1
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black body with a small tan head

S- Dark chocolate and coffee, some fruit in there too

T- Dark and roasty chocolate malts and some coffee bitterness. Very full-flavored. Some alcohol warming

M- Smooth and creamy, full-bodied

D- A very drinkable full-bodied 10% abv and an awesome mouthfeel

Photo of BugTownPub
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Bromine
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of msanborn
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of yen157
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'02-'03: I've waited months for this to come out. Finally, it's here. Available from October through March, this is a real treat if it's available in your area. This beer poured ink black with a nearly cardboard-brown head. It smelled of chocolate, burnt grains, malt, and strangely enough, strawberries. As for flavors, it had a charcoal (probably from black patent malt), chocolate, malt, and alcohol. It had a burnt toast / charcoal aftertaste. The bitterness from the hops combined well with the bitter and slightly sour taste from the blackened grains. Excellent! Once again, this beer will top my list for the coming months.

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 surlytheduff
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010/2011 bottle, drank from a snifter. The beer poured a deep brown to black, with a head that filled all available space in the glass (about 3 fingers). The head receded fairly quickly and left a light streaky film.

The smell was sweet and chocolatey, with a subtle hint of rubbing alcohol. There was a mellow roasted malt aroma as well. Just barely a hint of coffee.

The taste was pretty choco-centric. Behind the chocolate again was the roasted malts, followed a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin and well carbonated with a dry finish. It was a good, but not really outstanding RIS.

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Winter 11-12 version.

A - Pours a midnight black with about an inch of light brown head. The head retains nicely and it leaves a great lacing down the glass.

S - Mostly dark fruits; plum, cherry, raisin. Some dark chocolate, but it lacks the roasty, complex aroma I am looking for in an RIS.

T - The fruits are prominent, but there is a big baker's chocolate bite/bitterness as well. It is quite balanced as it starts with a tart black cherry sweetness and transitions to a chocolate and woody bitter finish. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end that reminds me this is a double digit ABV'er. Very good flavor.

M - I have had this on tap a few times and found it to be too thin and undercarbonated. The bottled version, however, has a full body and the carbonation suits the style. Enjoyable.

O - I saw this one on sale as they were trying to clear stock to make room for spring seasonals. I enjoyed it all winter long and was not let down on this mild spring evening. The flavors are complex and balanced. It is one of the lowest priced 10%+ ABV beers out there and a very satisfactory RIS.

Photo of Heretic42
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JALIEN
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TonyJ815
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmryan8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

'01-'02: Sampled: On tap, pint glass

Aroma: Roastiness, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Starts out with a slight tang amongst the roasted flavors, which quickly subsides to leave a big, roasted malt and chocolate taste with a decent (not huge) body to it. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it goes down, but doesn't ever come close to overpowering the roasted coffee/chocolate/burnt toast(?) flavors. A very nice brew that, with the addition of a bit more body, could be incredible - albeit less "I'll have another, thanks!" drinkable.

Me being me, I had the bartender give me a 5 oz. glass and mixed this half-and-half with Middle Ages Druid Fluid barleywine. THAT rounded the flavor out.

Photo of SDG1070
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

a: dark, black liquid night. tan medium sized head which decreases in size rather quickly

s: rich, creamy chocolate. slight boozy aroma.

t: immediate alcohol flavor followed by mix of roasted malts, coffee and creamy chocolate. Chocolate lingers until the end. Alcohol re-appears toward the end as well.

m: medium body. low carbonation

o: A solid RIS and a great value to boot. Looking forward to aging a couple of these. Still very smooth and drinkable fresh. Drinks a bit hot but did not bother me at all. A nice way to take the chill off a cold autumn evening.

Photo of mooseo
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Brez07
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev -12%
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 scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,007 ratings.