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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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93
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6,136 Ratings
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91
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Ratings: 6,136
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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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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Ratings: 6,136 | Reviews: 2,730
Photo of Seabass1964
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Lupe
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ink black color, deep coffee colored head, and lots of lace that clings to the glass. Rich malt aroma with chocolate and espresso. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel--this is a big stout. Starts malt sweet with chocolate, cocoa, perhaps bitter sweet chocolate is a better description, and umm..chocolate. The middle is full, creamy, rich, thick, and hearty. Finishes dry, spicy and has some notes of espresso. The bitterness in this brew comes from the roasted malt, hop presence is not noticeable. Alcohol makes itself known as it warms you on the way down. Pretty damn drinkable for such a big and potent beer.

Photo of beerman207
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a nice tan head that hangs around a while leaving some light lacing behind

S- Malt, chocolate, some mild coffee, and alcohol in the nose. Could be better in this category but the taste makes up for it.

T- Roasted malt and nuts come through along with alcohol in the finish. Has dark chocolate present and is quite bitter which is pretty nice.

M- Great balance - has almost a chewy texture.

D- Definately has some alcohol presence but it's difficult not to with 10% abv. I could certainly go for another after this. Unfortunately, I only have one.

Photo of cdizinno
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pitch black with a dark tan colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Alcohol aroma is overpowering. Mostly roasted chocolate. Some malty caramel and roasted coffee smell.

T&M: Bitter chocolate with a chalky roasted coffee finish. Smooth and rough at the same time, if that makes any sense. Syrupy molasses up front with a dry alcohol after burn.

Decent stout. Not my favorite, but good.

Photo of Rojada1988
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle kept in fridge. Bottle dated on neck of bottle label that says limited bottling- Winter 07-08. Hope it's aged well. Given to me by a very generous person. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black as night letting no light through, with a very small amount of dark mocha colored head that quickly went away.

S- The usual suspects of dark roasted malts and dark roasted coffee. A little boozy. Little bits of dark chocolate coming through not much though.

T- Starts off with heavy flavors of dark roasted malts, and move on more chocolate flavor than the nose lets on. Finishes with a strong black coffee taste. The aftertaste is just like a chocolate covered expresso bean. Wonderful.

M- Just like a RIS should be. Smooth and highly drinkable at the 10% ABV. The flavors that stick to the palate are great. A mix of chocolate and coffee.

O- Wish I had a newer bottle of this to compare it to. I really enjoyed this one. Thinking now that I should have saved this one for those cold winter nights when a fire is burning in the fire place.

Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mintjellie
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2009-2010 bottling.

Black as tar and completely impenetrable to light, topped by a generous helping of crema-coloured foam that leaves the occasional spot sticking to the glass. Strong coffee aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate. Big coffee and chocolate flavour, lots of roast and char. Leaves a lingering acidity and bitterness behind, like a mouthful of French roast coffee or espresso. All these bitter and burnt flavours are accompanied by a touch of residual sweetness, creating a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet. There's just a trace of alcohol warmth at the back of the mouth. This was quite boozy when fresh, but time and a cool dark closet have tamed it. Full-bodied with a fine, velvety carbonation that helps to lighten it. It's odd how it can feel so full and so light at the same time. I love the mouthfeel of this beer, but can understand that someone looking for a heavy and substantial RIS might be disappointed by it. 9% ABV be damned, I'd be drining a second if I had any more left. Delicious beer.

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

08-09 version that I've been hanging onto since it was originally released. I've sampled this beer numerous times over the years but this is the first time I've reviewed.

Poured into a highball glass, this is espresso black with a tan foam on top. Good lacing and legs.

Dark cherry fruit in the nose with charcoal and a sweet chocolate also present.

Luscious chocolate, and caramel. Raisins, smoked wood. The medium-long finish leaves traces of tobacco.

Silky, medium-full textured with a moderate low level of carbonation. Hefty on the tongue.

An excellent winter sipper, this is layered, luscious, and complex. One of the first russian imperial stouts I sampled, to this day it remains a favorite.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz poured into MS tulip. 2010 vintage

A - Pitch black with very dark brown edging when held up to light. 2 fingers fluffy medium brown head

S - Chocolate, coffee, sweet malts

T - Bittersweet, almost like baking, chocolate, medium roasty coffee, some sweet malt, and alcohol

M - Medium-full body, alcohol heat and fairly creamy

D - A sipper but two would be easy. I think it will improve and maybe become more complex with some age on it.

Photo of mfl620ks
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of MystikCelt
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of EPseja
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature in a Duvel tasting glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark umber brown color with crimson highlights, leaving the bottle with a curious viscosity. The head is slow to rise but when it does, it puffs up to a full three fingers of cocoa colored micro-bubbled wonderment! As it *very slowly* subsides to an even carpet, the bubbles stick to the side of the glass with an incredible tackiness that eventually forms velour drapes of lacing. In the glass, there is no overlooking the opaque blackness from whence came that part of this beer's name. Absolutely fantastic!

S - As with the obvious "black" in the appearance, the chocolate nose is very strong in the smell. Also noticeable are hints of sweet pralines, molasses, a tinge of coffee, and a foreshadowing of the alcohol to come.

T - The chocolatey toasty malts jump out of the gate with serious conviction upon taking a swig. Dark, high cocoa percentage chocolate is the predominant taste in the middle. As this beer reaches the back of the throat, a pleasant bitterness dries up the mouth and a port-wine style alcohol becomes evident. The swallow is followed up with a sweet, but mild post-dark-chocolate cloying coupled with an interesting licorice-herbal essence.

M - This beer goes in with a serious viscosity that's ladened with a pleasant, tingly effervescence. In the mouth it transforms into a chewy whipped foam remesniscent of a light chocolate mousse. The finish is throat coating and big, leaving a light tingle on the bitter part of the palate as well as a warming alcohol in the belly. Oh so nice!

D - This is a fantastic and very satisfying beer -- without a doubt one of the best in the Brooklyn stable. What it lacks in taste and smell complexity (which isn't that much at all) it makes up for in superb look and feel. This beer should be a definite inclusion in everyone's winter beer stash.

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

A big gracias to Melbatoast98 for a sixer of this!

With the word "Black" in the name of this beer one has certain expectations as to how dark this should be. I don't feel let down after watching the liquid cascade into my glass like an obsidian waterfall. After it's settled a quarter inch of dense tan head sits atop the surface.A slight tilt of the glass reveals legs for days.

Nose is milky chocolate and syrupy burnt caramel. Taste would be very similar but there's a bit of sweetness that reminds me of the outside of a burnt marshmallow. This is silky smooth and the alcohol is almost totally masked. This is a damn fine stout, a definite pleaser.

Photo of biglite351
2.44/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - very dark, short but lasting foam.

S - very mild and not impressive.

T - chocolate and that is about it. Good, but like the smell, not impressive. It isn't bad, but it simply isn't as good as one would want.

M - rather tingly as if highly carbonated.

D - so so... I will pass in the future.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer is a thick black oil slick in my glass with a 1/4 inch tan head with oily looking spots of carbonation on the glass. Smells like rich dark chocolate and black licorice and a bit of steamed milk. The taste is rich, like a black forest cake, really alot of chocolate and roasted malts backed up by enough hops to balance it out. But it is a hot mess of a beer when un-aged. Really full mouthfeel, thick and lucious. However because it kinda hot and the alcohol is not well hidden I think it could use some refining.

Photo of sleuthdog
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2010-2011 poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Poured the color of dark, dark chocolate not allowing any light penetration at all with a scant half finger khaki color head. The head dissipated into nothing but a small ring. This beer appears so still and silent. Even swirling and agitating it really does not create any head.

Smell: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, slight coffee, and some alcohol.

Taste: An over abundance of bittersweet chocolate malts dominate with a bit of char. Fairly sweet for a RIS and interestingly a bitter snap at the back end of the swallow. The bitterness actually does linger after the swallow a little. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think I'd want this by the appearance and taste to be more chewy but that's not what you get here. It does work ok but actually I find myself drinking it a little too quickly due to the thin feel.

Overall: A nice RIS with a good balance of roast but the chocolate taste balances this out well making it seem somewhat sweet too.

Photo of pcsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dlello2
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours quite thick with a half finger of coffee-colored foam on top. Retention is nice with large bubbles remaining both in the middle of the glass and around the edges. Great alcohol lacing, ring of thick brown/red foam clings to glass forever.

S - Whoa. Quite strong. Heavy bourbon and chocolate. Smells thick and delicious (I'm a fan of distinct and boozy aromas). Alcohol.

T - First sip sent a chill down my spine--suppose that's from the alcohol. Not really getting any alcohol/bourbon taste suggested by the intense boozy smell. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is nice. While it's cold here I'm getting most of the chocolate taste well after the swallow. Some hops in the beginning, lots of malts and coffee in the middle. Definitely getting a touch of alcohol in there. Some earthiness, some dark fruits. Nothing unpleasant!

O - Really a nice beer. Looking so much forward to this a year or two down the line once the bite is gone. Regardless, such a good beer for roundabouts $2 a bottle (from a 4pk).

Photo of Jmick28
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 02-03 - It pours an opaque black with a light tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and some roasted coffee in the nose. It is oily and malty with a ton of choclate flavor and some roasted malts. Unless I am mistaken, there is a lot of choclate flavor in this beer for only using chocolate malt and no actual chocolate.

Photo of Neorebel
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night into my pint glass with a frothy, tan colored head. The roasted malt aroma is creamy, with hints of milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. A sharp, yet subtle sweetness is present in the background as well - could it be from the esters or perhaps from hops? As the extremely full bodied beer coats my mouth, pleasantly bitter dark chocolate flavors erupt at first, with a bit of raisin, giving way to a dry spicy finish. As I drink, the head clings to the side of the glass as it should. This beer really warms you up, but I wouldn't say it is not 'drinkable...' I put mine away rather quickly! I'll definitely get another six pack before the winter's out this year!

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

Poured from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a dark brown head.

S - Black coffee, brown sugar.

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, sugars, ending with a burst of alcohol giving away it's ABV.

M - Creamy, very little carbonation, silky, yet still just medium bodied.

Notes - This is a very good RIS. It's nice to taste the kid brother to Black Ops.

Photo of dannymo24
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,136 ratings.