Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,716
Hads: 6,238
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 373
Gots: 1,224 | 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 Mehinaman
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was better than I had expected it to be. Truly excellent chocolate stout. Just like I like chocolate stouts in the regard that the chocolate flat comes through very clearly, but overall it's not too sweet. My wife brought this back on a recent trip from New York and I am very happy she did so (298 characters)

Photo of reds2harleys
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Underrated brew, excellent pour. Amazing color and flavor. I love Choclate Stouts in general and this one is superb. Choc flavor is just right, not overpowering. (162 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Growler

Appearance: Very dark brown bordering on black with a medium-sized dark beige head that gradually faded. A nice looking Imperial Stout.

Smell: Mild chocolate and mild roasted malt aromas. Not a bad nose but the nose is fairly mild.

Taste: The taste profile features moderate chocolate notes with some mild roast malt notes. The beer finishes with the semi-bitter chocolate notes . The beer has a very restrained alcohol presence.

Mouth-feel: On the heavy side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: A good non bal-aged Imperial Stout. Very nice bittersweet chocolate profile. (627 characters)

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought in Charleston during my honeymoon in June of 2010. I saved it at 53 degrees for this last 5 years to open after celebrating our 5 year anniversary. 12 oz bottle (label states 09-10 winter bottling) poured into a snifter on 07/08/2015. Knowing what I know now about aging beers, I would never have chosen a stout (except maybe Courage, but that wasn't made in 2010) to age for 5 years. Many imperial stouts can change in positive ways over 1-2 years, but very few can make it past 3-4 without developing off flavors that slowly erode anything positive about the flavor.

Pours black with no highlights, living up to its name. Pours with an impressive 2 fingers of coffee head. More than 5 years in the bottle and 10% alcohol and it still forms a head. Hopefully the flavor held up this well!

The aroma is subtle, with a hint of wet coffee grounds, bark, and a touch of alcohol sting. Not very inspiring.

The flavor is actually pretty impressive. Cherry-infused ultra dark chocolate shavings, salty chocolate sauce, burnt coffee, and darkly toasted bread crust come to mind. I was expecting much more of the meaty/salty grossness that shows up in stouts as they get too old (autolysis?) and was happy to find it is still restrained.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. Still carbonated, but heavy and thick. There is a little sweetness left and that helps a lot. Not dirty-water consistency like some older beers.

Conclusion: Knowing what I know now about the general principals of cellaring, I would have opened this when it was right about 3 years old, and judging by how it is now, I bet it would have been sublime. However, it is still pretty good. Not a bad way to celebrate 5 years of marriage! (1,706 characters)

Photo of 911CROFT
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into a conical 2/3 pint glass. Paid £3.50 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, pitch-black body that is unchanged when held to the light. A one-finger in height, dense, tan coloured, bubbly head slowly reduces to a thin collar around the edge of the glass, leaving behind small amounts of fine lacing.

Rich, dark, roasted malts and fresh-ground espresso dominate the nose. Noticeable in the background are dark molasses, bitter chocolate and alcohol. Upfront the taste leads with full-bodied, heavily roasted barley, chocolate malt and dark roasted coffee characters. Bittersweet chocolate and a delicate touch of caramel and vanilla sweetness follow. In the mouth it feels luxuriously smooth and creamy. The thick, robust and slightly oily body is complemented perfectly by a low, appropriate amount of carbonation that prevents it from becoming too filling. Smooth chocolate and tangy dark fruit linger on the palate throughout the finish, balanced perfectly by a slightly dry, bitter cocoa bite and alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a fantastic beer. Superbly well balanced, well crafted and indulgent, this is a treat to be sipped and savoured! Recommended. (1,179 characters)

Photo of jkermitj
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle in the lobby of the Peabody hotel, listening to a pretty good pianist playing Satin Doll while my wife window shops the hotel shops on our 46th anniversary. A very good beer but it might have something to do with the time and place (245 characters)

Photo of VicBorghiani
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the favorite's from BB. Pour on a 6oz plastic cup from the Brewery. Had this stout at least four times on the tour. There's a hint of chocolate to it .....great aroma indeed. This is a top notch beer and would highly recommend. (234 characters)

Photo of brap
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This chocolate stout retains bitter and earthy flavors. Not as "chocolaty" as some others I've tried recently, which I actually prefer. Spicy, meaty, and smokey. Think mole rather than Mars Bar. Not my favorite offering by Brooklyn Brewery. I absolutely adore Local 2 which is one of my favorite beers but this is certainly interesting and complex. (355 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3-13-15. Brandy Snifter. Bottle 2663 1333 (December 2013 release).

Appearance: Great smoke on popping the cap. Pours a deep black, totally opaque. Thin, tan cap fades to spotty islands of tan bubbles. Retains that tan skim down to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity, some alcohol. Malt. Grapey, smoky.

Taste: Savory, meaty, salty, bitter, medicinal.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, slick, no carbonation.

Overall: A year old. What a year. This is so big, so bold, and slightly unpleasant. Sip slowly. Perhaps because the snow has melted, I am not feeling this; I love the aroma, and don't care for the taste. I love BBCS [one of my favorite brews, period], but I think maybe it's better without the age! [Or at least a full year of age]. (761 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L:
-pours the darkest of brown with a creamy,khaki head
-no light coming through
S:
-chocolate,coffee,nutty,vanilla,tobacco
T:
-chocolate,syrup,molasses
-Plums,raisins and figs coming through as the Beer warms up
-strong coffee and mocha finish
F:
-medium-full body,low-medium carbonation
-not boozy at all
O:
A great Imperial Stout (332 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: a super rich and luxurious dark black color. like motor oil. head pours tan, and is about 2 fingers at first, but dies down to a thin film on top

s: a combination of dark and milk chocolate. sweet berries, roasted malts, some generic dark fruits, vanilla. ends with a smooth aroma of caramel

t: taste follows the nose. milk chocolate, huge malt sweetness, sweet raisins, plums and figs, toasted malts, molasses, a nice leathery flavor with some more chocolate (similar to what you'd get in an old ale), and the mildest alcohol tinge to help balance the sweetness

m: heavy. carbonation level is pretty high as well considering how heavy the mouthfeel is - thats not a criticism, just an observation

o: whoa. seriously impressed with this. its heavy, for sure. the taste is sweet, yet not overpowering. its malts and chocolate. its a sipper beer that will put meat on your bones. as said before: i'm impressed (926 characters)

Photo of Ferran
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 14-15.
Boníssima però gairebé sense gas ni espuma.
Tot i ser del mateix any, potser ha tingut problemes amb el transport.
Per tornar-ne a comprar i provar-la de guardar un temps. (189 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark. With dark tan head. Minimal lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, chocolate and dark malts? Taste is defintley strong, boozy mouthful. Almost tastes like a porter to me, chocolate and robust. Thick, hearty, full of flavor. Very strong... goes nice with Muenster cheese. (287 characters)

Photo of TBonez477
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, tan head

S: Alcohol forward, faint roast

T: Some sweetness up front, dark chocolate, then faint fruitiness along with alcohol heat. Finishes with roasted dark chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation

O: Can't wait to see how a year changes this one! (279 characters)

Photo of MatthewSDraper
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoy this beer. It's at a great price, looks, smells, and tastes great... It just works for me. Has become one of my favorites along with Founder Breakfast Stout. (172 characters)

Photo of dleigh
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I kept going back and forth between "wow, cool chocolate notes" and "meh, this is okay" while drinking this beer. Not quite sure why, but it just didn't jive with me. (166 characters)

Photo of moonboogie_n8
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

so many roasted & smoky chocolate-y flavors I don't know where to begin.
lots of body, nice deep tan head that laces nicely.
boozy without being crushing on the ABV. leaves a nice warmth in your gullet. easy to drink.

one of the better chocolate stouts I've tried, and a must try if you like deep complex chocolate or imperial stouts. (336 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
Pours pitch black, with about a finger of dark tan-brown head. Dissipates down to a thin layer of head.

Smell - 3.5/5
Strong chocolate smells along with a little alcohol smell. Perhaps a slight breadiness as well. The aroma is not sweet.

Taste - 4/5
Chocolate, slightly sweet. Cocoa, slightly fruity malts. Small alcohol taste is detectable.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body. Smooth. Little to no bitterness. Carbonation is light.

Overall - 4/5
This is a decent beer. The chocolate taste is nice. I would have liked a more complex smell and taste. And perhaps a tiny bit more carbonation. Otherwise, a good Russian Imperial Stout. (649 characters)

Photo of MTLDOG
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a perfect black with a light brown/dark khaki head. 1 finger, some lacing. The nose is dark chocolate. Not pure cocoa but rather strong 75-80% dark chocolate because there is a sweetness in there. Some coffee notes but I can only really describe that as a Vienna roasted burnt coffee. It tastes very assertive at first but really smooths out as you go. At first it seemed a bit boozy but I was drinking it a bit too cold. As it warmed the complexity of this beer really came out. Creamy mouthfeel, perfect gentle carbonation. Finishes a bit sweet and malty and not roasted and bitter enough for my taste of Russian imperial stouts. This was a very good beer and it has some potency too at 10% abv. (703 characters)

Photo of HansFranz1
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Lace: 140 plus SHV factor, creamy, chewable, delightful depth, strong Cocoa and espresso infusion, lack of turpid creates a wonderful dark beauty, pure Russian poetry in a glass. (178 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is cocoa, chocolate with faint espresso but not a lot of roast. Pours very dark brown to black under a vigorous, finely bubbled, persistent, lacy light tan cap. The palate has chocolate flavors from the malts blending with the added chocolate flavors over a variety of grain flavors and hints of caramel. It finishes with lingering bittersweet chocolate flavors. Very well balanced. The texture is very creamy, close to a nitro beer and is very full bodied to chewy. The carbonation is very fine and soft. (514 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Dark chocolate, licorice and slight coffee aroma. Maltiness is more light bodied with a stronger black licorice taste. You can detect some dark chocolate smoothness. Hints of coffee at the end. Not much of a roasted taste, which I come to expect from Imperial stouts. A little too much licorice for my taste as well. It does hide the alcohol very well. Probably could have used some more aging to bring out the chocolate taste better. (537 characters)

Photo of Mateer
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Presentation: From a 12 oz long neck from a 4 pack with date. Says the 2014-2015 season.

Appearance: Like it says...black. I can't even see through it when I hold it up to a light. Maybe a little brown. Superb lacing that remains in it's place. Moderate carbonation is present but it's hard to see because of the black.

Smell: Coffee and yeast, fresh bread like smell.

Taste: Dark robust coffee, dark bitter chocolate, burnt malt undertones, some sweetness (that is thankfully fleeting), and then hops are present towards the end to complement the coffee and dark chocolate.

Overall: This is one of my favorite stouts. High ABV with a prefect pairing of chocolate and coffee. A lot of times these double stouts or high ABV stouts have a sickly sweet taste and aftertaste that prevails. This one avoids that brewing mistake and gives you what you want from a stout...something to get through the frigid cold of winter. I highly recommend this brew! (955 characters)

Photo of beer488
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark pour with thin short lasting head. Roasted malt nose and dark chocolate. Sweet bitter taste. For a beginning beer drinker, this is kind of strong. A little chocolate, a lot of alcohol. (189 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into stout snifter. Dark brown to black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet to start with dark chocolate and vanilla flavors then switches to moderately bitter featuring coffee roasted malts, and anise. Alcohol is not masked. Medium body, creamy texture, medium-light carbonation, long bitter roasty finish with warming from the alcohol. (422 characters)

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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