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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,582 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,582
Reviews: 2,643
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 310
Gots: 884 | FT: 50
Brewed by:
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

danipp, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jkd03c, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of SteveO1231
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with black labeling winter 06-07. Pours a chocolate syrup thick blackness with an awesome foamy dark tan head. Aroma is full of chocolate, molasses, caramel, brown sugar, and coffee with a large nose of bourbon for a backbone. Full bodied with a slick, syrupy texture. Alcohol level is present as it numbs the tongue. Sweet caramel flavors and tons chocolate. Sweet, creamy, milk chocolate at first then a dry, dark, bittersweet, baker's chocolate. Large hint of like bourbon whiskey really finishes nicely with an espresso bitter tang and a big warming effect. Definitely a sipper but really a delicious beer.


SteveO1231, Dec 01, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

frogfan, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of titosupertramp
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pretty dark, but not entirely black. Dark brown around the edges. Thin head that goes away pretty quickly. Mocha in color.

S: Not much going on here until it gets almost to room temp. Once there, it starts to come alive a little. Chocolate, dark fruits. The alcohol is slightly present.

T: Same as with the nose, the taste really pops when it's been out of the bottle for about 45 minutes or so. Like the nose, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted tastes. Alcohol is there, but not in a distracting, burning way..more warming. Rich flavors. Pretty nice.

M: Smooth and a little thin, but not too bad. Dries the mouth a little more than I would expect.

D: Again, the alcohol is present, but in a good way. With that said, it still will slow you down a bit which is a good thing. You want to let this beer warm almost to room temperature to get the full benefits.

titosupertramp, Dec 31, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wo87810, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1yr old aged bottle.

This is about as easily approachable an RIS as I've ever seen, slightly subdued compared to other example, but still a massive brew. Pours a deep black with a shortlived but creamy tan head. Nose is of cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans, some wafts of vague fruitiness as well. Taste is very similar, quite chewy and full. Alcohol is slightly distracting, but not very much so. Some dark fruit and brandy in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, just a tad light for an RIS, but respectably so! Drinkability is pretty high for the style, this went down fairly easily.


Gaisgeil, Jun 28, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The pour is black. I'm talking jet black. There's no light getting through this bad boy at all. There is a very small amount of coffee colored head that fades fast leaving a few rings of soapy lacing.

Smell: Big on chocolate (huge shocker given the name, right?), with a bit of coffee and the slightest tinge of alcohol burn. This one has the makings of a big brew.

Taste: Like the smell, big on the chocolate. The alcohol tinge I picked up in the nose isn't really apparent in the taste. It's obvious you're drinking a big stout, but I think the booze is hidden fairly well for being 10%. There's a bit of coffee and some mild roasted malt going on in the back. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: A nice thick, viscous brew. Carbonation is light, which makes the beer very smooth going down. It has a great body and a good texture to it.

Drinkability: This is a big stout, there's no messing around with that. It's got some good flavor, nice texture, and is a very well done brew. I think the only thing that hurts this brew's drinkability is the 10%ABV...you just can't do too many of these in one night without having to bow down and pray to the gods of porcelain. That being said, I will be slowly sipping on this bad boy the rest of the night, and looking forward to cracking open another one tomorrow night.

krisandajt, Nov 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mcrawford, May 02, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Pop the Cap Winter Warmer Event, 1/31 at Tyler's.

Poured a very, very dark brown color with an overfoamed (from a faulty tap) beige head. The huge head to beer ratio doesn't get me down, though, because I've been waiting to taste this one for a long time.

Aroma was smooth, with chocolate peaking through here and there. Upon tasting, I found a very smooth brew with a soft finish full of bitter chocolate and earthy tones. I thought this was really drinkable for an imperial stout, though a touch thinner in the mouth than I had anticipated. It also had a nice crispness, thought it also meant the chocolate only stayed with me for a short time.

I had huge expectations for this beer, and it mostly lived up to them. All around, a smooth, subtle beer (especially for an imperial). Very good.

RockyTopHeel, Feb 01, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking label. 2007 vintage.

Pours thick and opaque with a brown cloud like head.

Booze, liquorice, coffee, but not too much chocolate in the nose.

Whoa. First thoughts upon tasting: Big, chocolate, and smooth. Starts sweet with plenty of dark chocolate then a hit of cherry and blackberry in the middle. Finishes with espresso, roasty, and liquorice flavors.

Full bodied big ass beer with a chewy texture. The finish is surprisingly light almost dry. Alcohol is quite apparent making this a sipper. Highly recommended .

bosco7, Nov 06, 2007
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

pest, Nov 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Rojada1988, Dec 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Svendozen, Sep 30, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a reason this is a top rated beer. It is everything a big, strong, imperial stout should be. Pours as black as possible with a huge cascading espresso colored head. Served at a lovely 65 degrees. 03-04 vintage.

Smells of chocolate, smoke, malts, chocolate, figs, chocolate....you get the idea. The taste is something to behold. Just a massive attack of dark burnt malt, creamy chocolate, oak, and alcohol. Hopped up like crazy but it works with all the dark stuff going on. I equate the taste to the realm of a single malt scotch. It should be sipped, savored, and revered.

Just incredible. The other 5 of these lovelys are going to the cellar for a while. Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup.

yankeeheel, Oct 02, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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