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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,096
Reviews: 2,723
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 56
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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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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Very dark, black, with a thin light brown head reducing eventually to thick ring of bubbles around the glass and uneven bubbles.

S: Alcohol is the first thing that assaults the nostrils followed by some intense chocolate and coffee malt flavors. There is a sort of sweet smell given off as well, something like dates or figs. The overall impression is rather complex and interesting.

T: The smooth texture is foremost as the slippery fluid slides over the tongue and washes the palate with intense mocha flavors that are punctuated by the sharp alcohol bite. The finish is very long and with a bitter coffee linger and some significant warmth as gravity pulls it down.

M&D: The mouthfeel is absolutely silky and heavy at the same time. Tiny and light carbonation aids in bringing out the creaminess of this brew. Very warming. Very smooth. Very good.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Winter 2010 bottling.

A - Pours the expected midnight black, with a thin half-finger of mocha head that only sticks around for about 30 seconds before receding to a ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S - Loads of dark chocolate and roastiness. Hints of tobacco and leather. Quite nice, making me want to keep my nose in the glass.

T - Like someone liquified a dark chocolate candy. Lots of roast, coffee, sweetness around the edges, and dark, dark chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish, but none of the earthiness that I had expected from a RIS. But overall very nice.

M - Silky at times, but too much carbonation. It feels a little harsh, almost acidic.

D - The flavors are nice, but the carbonation and high abv bring this aspect of the beer down a bit. I might be able to have another but that'd be it.

O - A good beer at a great price. If this was available year-round I'd probably buy more of it as a decadent treat to have once in a while.

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 Heretic42
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Honus1
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Gemini6
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

A: As expected motor oil black with tan head slightly bigger than in typical RIS. Nice looking brew.

S: Some alcohol hotness apparent, as it warmed mostly sweet chocolate tones with a touch of dark fruitiness as well.

T & M: Roasty chocolate tones, full bodied. On the sweeter side of the RIS equation although there is some pleasant bitterness on the finish. Silky mouthfeel.

D: One of the more drinkable RIS that I've encountered. Very glad that I tried this brew.

Photo of Los1324
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of Johnny_Duck
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of diamondlie
3.9/5  rDev -6%

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.


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 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 MadCat
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip, though I think it might have been better in a pint glass. Winter 10-11 release. **Updates are Winter 11-12 in a pint glass, makes a difference.

Appearance: I will say very few beers are black, as you can usually see some color in the light, but this is black. Small brownish head, no lacing. **Updated, there is some lacing, not too much though

Smell: Coffee, roasty malt, with a hint of sweetness. **Update, good sweetness to it

Taste: Roasty malt, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, little bit of bitterness. **Update, this has respectable sweetness with balancing bitterness, this has a nice mocha flavor

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick, crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Easy drinking, doesn't taste like 10% abv.

Overall very good, but not as good as I remember it being. Probably will let the others age some and see if that makes a difference. And, good stout for the price. **Update, the flavor is great, as good as I remember, I'm putting three bottles in the cellar to see what age does to it.

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 BugTownPub
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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 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.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,096 ratings.