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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

6,083 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,083
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,127 | FT: 55
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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 MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these from West Lakeview Liquors - my wife loves stouts and chocolate so it made sense.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumbnail of foam. Not as viscous and oily as some of the other stouts I've encountered.

S - I get more of a coffee flavor than chocolate, although there's certainly a hint of dark chocolate in there. There's also a hint of milky-cream as well.

T - This is where the real dark chocolate flavor comes out. There's also some roasted coffee taste. I'd probably rate this higher if I loved coffee or chocolate...

M - Lighter than I expected. Creamy and smooth.

D - I can't really taste the 10% too much, but I'd be on the floor after a handful of these.

A great brew - looking forward to trying other Brooklyn offerings.

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured a jet black with a dark mocha head; very little retention or lacing. Aroma of brownies! and dark malts. Roasty taste, dark malts and bittersweet chocolate, with hints of coffee and a pervading booziness. About medium in body, perhaps just a little too on the thin side for the style, but still pretty good, and definitely quite drinkable. Probably the best beer I've had from Brooklyn.

Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage bottle. Beer is black with a thick brownish head that remains as you drink the beer leaving some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet, filled with alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate, very pleasing. Mouthfeel is thick with some solvent-like character on the back end of the throat followed by a roasted aftertaste. Drinkability is moderate, the warmth of the beer makes it a little hard to drink but it is surprisingly flavorful. I really like this beer. I don't get a whole lot of chocolate in the palate but overall the beer is well balanced.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

In a taste test by a panel of experts (me, myself, and I) between
3 "chocolate stouts", Young's came on top as the chocolatiest, but this mamma jamma was deemed the superior stout!
Rich mocha flavor wafts out of the bottleneck from the moment the cap snaps off! Oh, this is going to be good!
The color is as black as strap molasses, with a rich bubbling, simmering, dark brown, puddingish head. THIS is STOUT! Already, it seems like a glass of melted chocolate!
Aroma is gorgeous! Sublime! Soft, creamy, yet intense with cocoa, like sticking your face deep into a bag of the stuff, but still, somehow, subtle.
Mouthfeel is powerful, thick, viscous, chewy. When people speak of smoothness as a supreme adjective for any sort of beverage, I reply that I like roughness now and then. (I am, after all, the inventor of The Gilded Platypus, a cocktail contrived of tequila, Yukon Jack, Irish Mist, and sweet vermouth!) This is what I'm talking about! There are several hurdles for the palate to play with, little bites and burps and gurgles, all the things that make beer drinking my favorite hobby.
Many flavors mingle in the mouth, many associations gather in the mind, but largely the feeling is of a burnt cognac, a hot dark rum, and licoriceleatherespressoetceterainto infinity...
Many waves crash again and again on the palate, many happy moments occur as the rough dealings of the day are forgotten and I am lost in this wondrous, darkly beautiful, and frankly ass-kickin' stout!
Thanks, UncleJimbo, I think I liked this one!

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 09-10 bottling. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black color with about a finger of tan head. Decent lacing and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, but smells somewhat mellowed out. Also smells of roasted malts and a little bit of coffee, but not was much as other people seemed to have smelled.

t - Tastes strongly of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The coffee comes out a lot more in the taste than the smell. Tiny hints of alocohol and bitterness in the aftertaste.

m - Pretty thick and creamy. Full bodied with low carbonation.

d - I really like this beer; it's one of my favorite Brooklyn beers. Looks great and has a wonderfull full chocolate taste to it. Thought the smell was a little mellow but that could be because it's not March and this is from the 09-10 Winter release. Great stout that I will certainly be trying again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $2.19 last week.

Let me preface this buy saying this is a damn good beer. It pours like motor oil with a nice tannish/white head. Smell is of chocolate malt and some alcohol notes. Taste is of the same but the alcohol taste is subdued. It definitely warms you for sure though and it's a definite sipper. The chocolate taste is very well present but not overdone so it makes for a great tasting beer. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Made in winter of '05-'06 - tasted in mid-November 2006.

Pours jet black with a thin tan head. The head thins to barely a covering, and leaves some trails of lacing.

The smell is of robust dark chocolate wrapped around dark fruits with coffee notes.

The taste is incredible. Semi-sweet, creamy dark chocolate and dark fruits. A bitterness that comes in the form of espresso beans offset some of the sweetness. Rich, robust chocolate-covered dark fruits remains in the foreground, while the coffee notes intermingle. It's full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make it smooth and not overly thick. A nice warming alcohol touch is noticeable, but does not interfere in the tastes, esp. considering the high abv.

It's silky smooth and, almost too, easy to drink. There's a nice, full, chocolatey, complex aftertaste.
This is a wonderful dessert/nightcap brew!

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle in the Salthouse pub in Galway, Ireland. Poured into a Gouden Carolus goblet (which we later "borrowed").

A: Tan head of pathetic retention. Sheer black. The retention is forgiveable given the ABV.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, alcohol. Caramel. A moderately strong scent overall.

T: Chocolate from build through to the finish. Open lacks the cream it needs. Alcohol is certainly present, but not unpleasant. Body is well built and balanced. Finish is nice. Tones of roasted barley are subtly supportive of the body.

Mf: The smoothness carries the alcohol across the palate, whilst the dryness lets the flavour come through. Well executed, particularly for a beer of this style.

Dr: Hides its ABV dangerously well. If it were half the price, I'd get it every night. Elsewise, it's just a treat for every once 'n' then. Here's a beer that boldly tries to be unique, and succeeds. Bravo.

3.98

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11/02/13: I picked this up at me local HEB grocery and wanted to re-review (with truncated notes) since my palate has changed in the last two and a half years. 10% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle. Expectations are high. Served into an Avery snifter.

Served cold and allowed to warm. Side-poured with standard vigor.

Paired with Lindt milk chocolate.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a quarter finger head of khaki colour that recedes entirely inside of ten seconds, leaving no lacing behind.

Body colour is an opaque solid jet black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks as it should. Quite within style conventions. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Bitter dark chocolate, dark malts, chocolate malt, faint roasted barley, cream, light caramel, and burnt sugars. Maybe black strap molasses. Some very welcome pecan as well as a hint of vanilla. It does have some buried dark fruit on the back end which I'm glad isn't too prominent: grape, fig, dates. Seems sweet; there's little bitterness here.

No yeast, hops, or alcohol character is detectable. I'm really looking forward to trying this. A bold assertive aroma of mild strength.

T: Straightforward milk and dark chocolate. I wish it the chocolate was more multidimensional, but it's pretty one note. Dark malts, chocolate malts, cocoa. The roast is too buried. Molasses. Very reticent hints of grape and fig. Caramel. Complementary burnt sugars. Enjoyable pecan. A hint of vanilla. The subtlety of the flavour profile leaves it feeling more simple than it actually is; it's well balanced and nicely put together, but not quite gestalt. Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour. Sweet but not overly so.

No yeast, hops, or alcohol come through substantially.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Should be creamier. Unrefreshing. Somewhat acidic. Has a very light acridity akin to espresso. Decent body and thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Would be better softer. Suits the flavour profile generally well.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV but I think it'd do well with some age. I'll happily kill the 4 pack I picked up and look forward to setting some down to cellar. A solid brew from Brooklyn and an important one historically.

Pairs well with chocolate.

Low B

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03.30.14: truncated notes.

A: Pours a nice tan head with some richness. It recedes fully inside 2 minutes. Body is an opaque jet black.

Sm: Sweet. Milk chocolate, faint roast, dark malts, chocolate malts. True to its namesake. The chocolate has depth and character. I do pick up on a kiss of licorice, which isn't great to my personal tastes. Cream.

Wisps of rum, sugarcane, and even coconut are barely perceptible. It's an understated but highly enjoyable aroma of mild strength. Not boozy, yeasty, or hoppy. Sweetness is near perfect.

T: Milk chocolate dominates, but it isn't as sweet as the aroma suggested. There is ample sweetness on the open, which is soon balanced nicely by some cacao bitterness and faint roasted barley. I do notice a bit of coconut, but luckily no licorice. It's not a hoppy, yeasty, or boozy flavour profile by any means, and I find it well-balanced and very enjoyable. Varied dark malts fill out the body nicely.

It's simpler than I remember it, but still remarkably cohesive and well-built. Nice depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, silky, and wet, with light touches of coarseness and dryness from the roast. Well-executed overall. A biteen overcarbonated, perhaps. Texture complements the taste well.

Dr: A sipper, but a mighty enjoyable one. A well-executed stout from Brooklyn which I imagine I'll be picking up every year. It'd be interesting to see where it goes with age, as well. I'd recommend this to friends. Worth cellaring, and absolutely a must-try for stout fans. Hides its high ABV well. The 12 oz format is perfect for this beer; a greedier brewery would try to push bombers on us for a higher price per ounce. A winter treat.

B

Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Near black color where only the faintest of light can pass on the edge. Leaves a moderate head and minimal webby lace.

Not a harsh smell, much closer to a dark chocolate. As an aroma, it seems more like a porter.

Rich bodied with decent carbonation. This beer is full flavored with darker dry malts, unsweetened chocolate, faint bitter hop. I don't taste any alcohol warmth. Great aftertaste that begs for black forest cake with sour cherries.

Photo of WesWes
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a thick black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is of chocolate and black malts. It's robust and hearty. The taste is great. It has a deep chocolate flavor with a good balance of black barley to add a crisp finish. The beer is thick and has an elevated abv taste you get along with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a great drinking stout.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is nice with a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is milk and bitter chocolate. I also get some nice pine hop bitterness in the flavor and a little bit of alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black color that is crowned by a brown head. This beer looks fairly viscous as I pour it into the glass.

There is definitely more of an aroma of chocolate than of roast malt and coffeee, thogh these aromas are here as well. Quite a bit of toasted biscuit aromas serve as a back drop to the chocolate.

Quite flavorful and malty. I get coffee notes in the middle and the finish is, surprise, all chocolate. Some what sweet, though this sweetness is quite subdued by all of the dark-malt flavors. The alcohol is farily hidden, though perhaps there is a hint of it in the finish. This beer fits perfectly right now in my hands, on this chilly desert night. As the beer sits in my glass a bit, I can pick up the alcohol in the aroma. This is quite good, quite enjoyable. Stellar, perhaps not, but I will be enjoying this one again.

Photo of GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08/11/05- Received bottles in trade from Connecticutpoet and Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2004-05 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Super black pour, chocolate colored dirty brown 1/2 inch head and nice lacing. Pours out like goop.

Smell- Ranks right up there with any double or imperial stout I have had. Huge super dark chocolate and roasted malt nose.

Taste- Damn, this shit is good. Mega roasted malt, nuts and any other malted flavor you can think of. Smooth and I mean smooth dark chocolate flavor. Maybe a touch of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel- Oh so close from being perfect. Just a touch too much carbonation to be as smooth as it could possibly be. Super creamy and goes down with the greatest of ease. Do they have this on cask??

Drinkability- So glad I still have one of these left. Think I will toss it in the cellar and forget about it for a year or two. Can't imagine it getting much better than it already is, but what if it does?

Photo of wrightst
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I left the marks high, because over the years this is one of my "dimes"; a ten out of ten. A consistently perfect beer, and my only 10 in the RIS category.
However, this year my crew and I think they changed the recipe. The hops are less balanced, and there is a slightly more pronounced bitterness to the beer. I'd mark it lower, but that's what happens when you tinker with perfection.

Still, this year a tan, lacy head, with chocolate and coffee in the nose and tongue. Strong alcohol without the burn. You really can't tell how high it is by taste alone. No flavors fighting for the front row. 55 IBU, give or take, balances well with the alcohol and the signature black and chocolate malts, and those hops don't drown out the roast. Again, balanced.
I'd have made it a little sweeter, but then I don't win any prizes. Still trying to clone this one.

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of orangesol
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours out pitch black with a small one finger brown head that leaves light lacing down the entire glass.

S - Dark, roasty aroma with a slightly sweet smell from the malts. Coffee and chocolate, obviously, dominate this one. A slight heat from the huge amount of alcohol comes thru once it warms a bit.

T - Dark chocolate dominates this one. Rich, roasty, malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and other sweet flavors from the malt. Chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits help mellow out the roasty flavor. One of the best readily available chocolate stouts on the market today.

M - Fairly creamy with medium-heavy body and flavor. Slightly dry finish with a roasty flavor. The huge amount of alcohol singes the pallet leaving it feeling quite hot.

D - Fairly high given the huge amounts of alcohol in this one. It is a sipper for sure but I could still go thru a couple of these with no problem.

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased the 2003 version. It pours a black color with a light brown head. There is large bubbles and nice lacing on the glass. The aromas are big on chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. The roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all through the flavor, with the chocolate lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is very noticable and warms your insides. Very enjoyable, but the noticable alcohol makes this a bit less than good for drinkability.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 9/15/2010(over 2 years). Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, earth, and light coffee. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, raisin, prune, toast, molasses, earth, and light coffee. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, prune, raisin, char, roast, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Good depth and balance of flavors; no cloying on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. Good depth, complexity, and balance of flavors; fairly smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable to sip on slowly.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

335ml brown bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Almost jet black body, only when held to a powerful light source can any reddy hue be found. The deeply dark tanned head soon fell away to just a collar, which is always a shame in my eyes: I love the head to stay on the beer, no matter which style you are talking about. This beer (according to the neck label) is a limited bottling-winter 09-10: best before oct 2012, reviewed June 2011.

The chocolate in the taste didn't show it's self a great deal in the smell, being hidden by by other malty aromas. Chocolate rules the flavours, the alcohol is also very evident within the mouthfeel and taste, but the chocolate dominates overall.

Rich and warming, the alcohol content doesn't add a great deal for me, it is just a bit to prominent for my tastes.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,083 ratings.