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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 889 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Vlaminck, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Cook82, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of loverofthecraft
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

loverofthecraft, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of jdubjacket
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from limesmut.

Pours a nearly black color with a small head and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is the only downgrade for this beer. Not a whole lot of chocolate or coffee etc. I can only smell the alcohol.

Taste, on the other hand, is outstanding. A perfect blend of dark chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Beer is very rich and thick.

I would have another one of these if it weren't Monday.

Overall, an excellent beer. Glad I was able to try it!

jdubjacket, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of BryanCarey
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout is a very dark stout with a brown- colored head of foam and a nose of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. Generous amounts of lacing are left as you drink and the physical appearance alone makes this beer stand out in a crowd.

But beauty of appearance is only the beginning. Take a sip and you will experience the delectable flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, caramel, smoke, even hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The body of the beer is thick and creamy, and the beer is bitter overall.

Dark, decadent, and delightful, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is still one of my old- time favorites and an excellent example of the Russian Imperial Stout style. Hundreds of craft breweries have created imperial stouts of their own over the past few years, but this is still one of my favorites from the older, more established craft breweries. I like the roasted malt and chocolate character and the bitterness, while obvious, isn’t offensive in any way and knows how to keep itself behaved.

I love chocolate and I love stout so Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is an easy winner in my book. I still love indulging in a few bottles from time to time and I still rank it among my favorites. Grab some for yourself and tantalize your senses.

BryanCarey, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

brendaniel, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jcb7472, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Realale
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black. Very fine light mocha head.

Well-balanced, slightly bitter nose. Good dose of malt, chocolate leading the way. Overall its a bit subdued.

Nice in the mouth. Again, the balance is there. Chocolate leads the malt parade. Mouthfeel is good for the style, and the length is quite nice. A very good basic stout.

Tasted blind at the 12/14/03 St. Louis BA tasting. The above is my note prior to revealing the identity of the beer. Obviously, its not a basic stout, but it sure drinks like one. Don't know where they hid the alcohol. Not really up to Imperial standards in taste, but a very tasty brew.

Realale, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of bushbeer75
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Bottle Winter of 07-08 poured into a snifter and consumed at 50-58F

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout poured black [looks like a tootsie roll], as black can be with a small brown head that dissipated rather quickly but left some nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts and heavy chocolate and a little candy like sweetness with a bit of alcohol. Tastes are of roasted malts and big chocolate as the name of the Stout implies. Also flavors of espresso, dark toffee and a little burnt toast are present. Mouth feel is smooth and medium in body-lighter than one might expect from a brew this dark.

This is a very drinkable and flavorful stout. I highly recommend it!

bushbeer75, Oct 12, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pensfan0782, Dec 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, even though a seasonal brew, I was able to obtain at the end of May. Brewed in the 03-04 season. I pulled a recommendation from the Brother's top 50 and went to one of my favorite brew stores to purchase. This was the only one available on my list.

Pours the blackest, darkest beer I have yet to see. Even when held up to the light, it remains dark and there is no seeing through it. Like oil from the can. A nice frothy, light brown head forms at the top, about two fingers, but dissipates quickly. Leaves trace amounts of lace that really cling to the glass.

The aroma is definitely malty and chocolate flavored. It has a wine-like aroma also. The taste is fabulous at first tilt of the glass towards the mouth. The nose gets a hint of the malty aroma first and then the taste kicks in as soon as it hits the mouth. Malty, bitter chocolate flavor fills the mouth. Even with the high ABV, there is no distinct alcohol flavor, a salute to the brewer goes out.

Once swallowed, there is left a nice bitter aftertaste that is really subtle yet distinctive. This is a fantastic and extremely good Stout. I will buy again and I highly recommend it.

abcsofbeer, May 29, 2004
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MooseBoose, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Milkysunshine, Jan 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

danipp, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

hermit990, Feb 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

HopGrazer, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Corson, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of ToddT
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown/black brew with a small caramel colored head. Head fades away quickly but leaves some light lacing on the glass.

S- Strong chocolate aroma with a underlying alcohol tone.

T- Heavy presence of roasted malts followed by the chocolate then a semi-sweet/bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Warming effect of the alcohol follows quickly rising from the stomach to the back of the throat and then to the cheeks.

M- This is one big tasting beer. Heavy, creamy, and chewy, low in carbonation a meal in itself.

D- Probably not going to want more than one or two of these at any one sitting as the 10.0% ABV will stop you there. They do go down easy though.

Review is from the "winter 08-09" bottling. This beer ages well and is a little raw tasting when first purchased. After about a month the strong alcohol taste starts to fade in to the background behind the chocolate.. Pick up some extra and let it sit till next year.

ToddT, Jan 28, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mcc1654, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

pest, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of lightindarkness
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an imperial pint

A – Beer poured nearly light-proof deep dark color with a high thick caramel head. Lots of lace.

S – Heavily of malt. Chocolate overtones with smooth caramel, vanilla, roasted grains, whiffs of alcohol and burnt marshmallow.

T – Very smooth. Tobacco leaf with strong chocolate. Some alcohol taste present. Flavor deepens at the finish with herbs and roasted grains rising to a slight bitterness balanced with lightly sweet vanilla and chocolate. Not heavy on caramel or chocolate. Bitterness is smooth and subtle. Not syrupy. Fairly neutral balance with predominant middle tones.

M – Smooth with medium to light body for an RIS. Carbonation is pleasant. Sticky without being syrupy. Alcohol is very palatable.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol hides while the taste enhances with each sip. A complex deep beer without an overbearing feel or taste to the mouth or stomach.

lightindarkness, Dec 27, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 09-10 bottling

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a nice opaque black, ruby tinged around the edges with a nice foamy chocolate milkshake brown head.

The aroma has a nice bit of fresh hop scent with dark chocolate and caramel.

The flavor profile is very nice, full of dark roasted grains, dark chocolate syrup, brownies, creamy caramel, raisins and dark plums. There is a pleasant bitterness on the finish and the alcohol is very well hidden and mixed into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is full, smooth, nicely chewy and creamy with ample fine carbonation. The feel is a touch chalky as well.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is one of the tops in the RIS category and this past years brewing is no exception. Highly recommended and usually a good bargain for such a high quality beer as well.

BlackBearForge, Mar 02, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out into a New Belgium Chalice dark black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. I'd like seeing a bigger head out of this. I'm going to have to skip the smell because it's allergy season, but what I can smell is a hint of alcohol. That alcohol is very apparent in the mouthfeel. The taste of roasted cocoa comes out in the flavor rather quickly. It's very smooth if you can get over the alcohol burn on the tounge, which I don't mind. No strong spices are evident. Not too dry of a mouthfeel either.

whoneeds8, Oct 13, 2009
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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