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 StoutHunter
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout in a trade, thanks a lot @Motozappa. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and I'm interested to see how it stacks up to some of the other stouts I have tried, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's got a clean, dark, and classy look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a half a fingers worth of tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish there was a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some roasted, slightly charred, sweet malt, and chocolate like aromas with the chocolate seeming to stick out the most and it has a bitter dark chocolate like aspect to it. Up next comes a little more sweetness with some dark fruit aromas and a noticeable alcohol aroma that's just a little boozy. This beer had a pretty good aroma, but I think it would be even better if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the chocolate still showing up and being showcased nicely, but this time it reminds me more of bitter baker's chocolate. Up next comes a light dark fruit flavor with a pretty noticeable amount of alcohol that tastes a little boozy, but it isn't too warming. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness followed by a roasted, sweet and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, but just like the aroma, I think it would be just a little better if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

M- A little smooth, slightly warming, rich, a little cloying, sticky, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but I wish it was just a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style and it stayed true to the name with the dark biter chocolate flavors being showcased in this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, sweet, sticky, rich, a little cloying, boozy and filling, but the taste did a good job at holding my attention so i think one bottle would be the perfect amount for me to sip on and enjoy, I think the sweetness and booze would start to wear on me if I had more than one. I think this would make for a good beer to enjoy on those cold and snowy days in the winter. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, it was pretty good and the chocolate flavors stuck out enough to make it true to it's name. What I like the least about this beer was how much the alcohol showed up, I think the 10% could have been hidden a little better. I would buy this beer again, it would be nice to keep a couple in the fridge for the winter and I would like to see how this beer ages overtime, maybe age will help tame some of that alcohol. I would recommend this to anyone who likes strong stouts, but it may be a little too intense for people who aren't real into the style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I did think that there were a couple aspects of this beer that could be improved upon, but other than that I still enjoyed and I wouldn't turn one down. It isn't my favorite Russian Imperial Stout, but it is now my favorite beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Good job guys, this was a pretty good Stout, keep up the solid work. (3,883 characters)

Photo of Apatschinn
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

App. - Black in color with a brown finger-thick head that lasts a few minutes.

Smell - Straight up chocolate. Bittersweet but strangely faint. Aromas are hard to pin down right away.

Taste - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Glorious chocolate. Tastes like a Ghiradelli dark cocoa bar. Little to no alcohol flavor, which surprised me a bit.

Mouth. - Smooth. Not quite watery but not exceedingly thick either. Happy medium.

Over. - Great tasting beer. Perfect for people who enjoy chocolate! Would buy again in a heartbeat. (527 characters)

Photo of SStein
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a deep dark black, with about a finger head that quickly dissipates into slight lacing on the top.
The chocolate really shines in the smell,
Taste wise the chocolate is very forward, followed but subtle hop flavoring. This does a decent job of hiding the higher ABV, but you can still tell this beer has a kick especially as it warms.
This is a thinner stout and more carbonated than many of the stouts I have had.
Overall, well done and definitely work drinking. (476 characters)

Photo of HoppedStoopid
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Will be expanding upon this as I import my tasting notes from Brew Gene:
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O: Overall the only tastes which dominate and ultimately hurt the Brooklyn RIS are its chief characteristics, bitter dark chocolate and alcohol. If you let this beer warm a few degrees as you savor its darkness and 10% ABV it becomes acrid/hot and almost undrinkable playing second fiddle to Stone's RIS. This must be enjoyed in a timely manner at serving temperature to fully appreciate its bitterness, high abv, and hop back bone. (517 characters)

Photo of Boggdogg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - excellent jet black color with light brown but small head and a thin layer of lacing.

S - the best part of this beer is the smell. The chocolates really shine here with a hint of hops. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

T - starts out sweet from maybe honey or something similar. Has a definite bitter dark chocolate flavor next and finishes with some hop tones. Great complexity in this brew.

M - full bodied thick feel. Finishes very dry.

O - outstanding beer. Very well brewed and high alcohol content. Highly recommended. (548 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Black as you can get. Poured a 1/2 finger head with aggressive pour. Good lacing.

S- Dark fruits, booze, and a little chocolate. Caramel and a touch of hop when you really dig in.

T- Strangely sweet. Almost sour at times. Dark fruits up front. Chocolate starts to emerge mid way, leading to bitter dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and some booze. Seems to have some spice going on as well.

M- Medium thick body. Creamy and viscous with super sharp carbonation. Drying.

O- Not the biggest fan of this one. Maybe I'll buy one to age for a year or two. (558 characters)

Photo of thezach
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure which has changed, my palate or this beer, but this is not the hot boozy mess that I remember it to be two years ago.

A: An excellent jet black pour with a rich tan head that quickly fades.

S: Roasty chocolate with a touch of booze that grows as the beer warms.

T: Rich, creamy, luscious chocolate, coffee roast, a bit of bitterness to balance.

M: As above, rich, creamy, full bodied and a bit sticky, but not so much so that I don't want to keep drinking it. Good body. There, but not too heavy.

O: I picked up a single today and am considering snagging a four pack for the remainder of the cold months (goodness, I hope they don't last, but if so, I'll be ready). (683 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch back small tan head very thin lacing

S: Boozy and chocolate

T: Starts with some dark chocolate and cocoa taste with some dark fruit in the back almost like raspberries. Moves onto a heavy roasted coffee like taste. Unlike the smell, alcohol is well hidden. mmm.

M: Full bodied. Thick. Yummy.

O: An extremely complex and delicious RIS. Could have been the year of age on it or a change in my taste, but this is much better than I remember it fresh last year. (514 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle with a jet black color and a very small, quickly dissipating tan head. Smells of chocolate, malts, and oaky bourbon. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, fruits, malts, and some bourbon. Has a full body feel and goes down smooth. This is an amazingly delicious beer. (281 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Pure black color headed by creamy foam. Brownish tan is lasting & leaves lacing on sides. Roasted malt & cocoa aromas with herbal hues. Bitter cocoa, hints of toffee & lavender at first sip. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous texture & subtle spicy to the palate. Bitterness grows up in the middle & lingers, attached to herbal infusion & creamy roasted maltiness, into the finish. Bitter cocoa on the aftertaste. ABV has been well camouflaged. Flavorful & nice drinkable!! (502 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this poured into a stout glass. After a few sips I decided this was my favorite beer I've tried to date from Brooklyn. Dark chocolate color to match both the flavor and the aroma. Generous tannish-brown head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee beans. Incredibly smooth mouthfeel and medium body for a stout. Obvious chocolate flavor, great winter after dinner beer. (364 characters)

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black beer with a one finger high, beige, head.
A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Licorice, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, dried fruit, plum, raisin, molasses and brown sugar.
Taste: Red berries, roasted malt, fudge, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, ash, vanilla and honey.
Body: Full body with crisp, light carbonation.

This is a great beer! (367 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled on September 12th, 2013. (2013-2014 release)

Appearance: Pours thick and as close to black as a beer can get. No light is getting through this one. Very thin tan head. Not the best lacing in the world. 3.75

Smell: Mocha latte. Sweet molasses. Chocolate. Subtle notes of sweet fruit.

Taste: Smooth chocolate up front. A bitterness of toasted, almost burnt grains kicks in. Notes of coffee develop very well in the finish. Minor notes of dark fruit, almost like a Fig Newton, kick in. For the most part the alcohol is pretty well masked, however, it does break through pretty well in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, no surprises there. The carbonation is low, but high enough to carry the bitter notes.

Overall: The chocolate flavor is phenomenal, though I am not wild about some of the supporting flavors though. The mocha flavors are spot on but the bitterness is really cranked up in this one. Almost sour notes of burnt toast develop. The alcohol is also to pronounced in the finish, but I suppose that's to be expected given it is a 20 proof beer. I really think this will develop well with a year or two on it. (1,179 characters)

Photo of JulioH
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Somewhat one of the lightest in texture, it is easy to drink and does not feel thick or heavy. It almost feels like a stout that could be had in pairs.

That said, this beer is heady. Be it the 10%, you can feel the alcohol go quickly to your head as you are sipping on it. It does have a nice carbonation though, reminding me of most Belgian ales, but of course, this is not a Belgian ale, so the carbonation is minimal yet present in miniscule bubbles.

This stout, however, is just a bitter coffee beer. There is no chocolate or any other ingredients, and it qualifies as a very traditional American stout. (626 characters)

Photo of KingSlayer
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours jet black full bodied liquid, light wont go trough, thick beige/tan brownish foam with lots of lacing, mild carbonation. permanent foam ring as beer is drank. requieres aggresive pouring.

S: wonderful bouquet, intense roasted sweet malts, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, dark burnt caramel, cookie dough. cant wait to taste it.

T: same as nose, wonderful taste, sweet, little bit salty end, bitternes is present but well rounded. mild bitter prolonged aftertaste.

M: full body, dense liquid, mild but adequate carbonation, silky, almost like chocolate milk.

O: delicious thick, silky, meal-like beer, excellent chocolate, caramel, coffee palate, 10% alcohol per volume, but masks it perfectly, can sip this all day in a cold winter, excellent brew.
one of my favourite stouts. (789 characters)

Photo of PeterParker
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as the ace of spades, appropriately. Small head that is swiftly fleeting.

Dark roastiness on the nose. A bit of bitter chocolate. It is what I think of as a deep stout smell. It's good. Can pick up a tad bit of Belgian-esque malts. Smells sweet.

Probably one of the most aptly named beers. Taste is predominantly dark dark chocolate. Like 90% cacao. Sweetens up on the tail end but dominated by the dark chocolate. Not overly complex but still really nice.

Coats the mouth and leaves a bittersweet cocoa aftertaste.

Overall this beer is great. I had this a few years ago and thought it was too boozey, now I don't even taste booze. I understand the hype now. Definitely one of the best, if not the best chocolate stout I've had. (745 characters)

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

Pours just about black, with some chestnut highlights and a rich, dark tan head, British khaki if you will. Leaves pretty nice lacing. Sexy looking beer if poured right.

Smells roasty and a little sweet, with hints of dark fruit and char. It also has that inky espresso/licorice bitter aroma that I can never quite put my finger on.

Taste is bittersweet in the best way. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hint of coffee and more than a hint of licorice. Flavor delivery is sometimes really concentrated and sometimes softer, balanced by a mild oatmeal sort of element. A firm hop presence reinforces the coffee/chocolate bitterness and lends a cool veneer. Finishes dry, almost chalky, with just a touch of syrupy chocolate at the back of the throat. Very well balanced, with not a hint of alcohol.

I know some have complained about the mouthfeel, saying it's thin, but I think it's fine. Medium-full with a big hearty oatmeal center. It's like the comfort food of beers.

Overall, this beer is delicious and drinks entirely too easily for a 10% impy stout. And a steal at $8-9 a four-pack. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at around 50°F.

Appearance: Thick pour; Black with no light coming through. A frothy one finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Dark fruit and roasted malts. Not as much chocolate as I was anticipating, but it's there. A slight alcohol presence as well.

Taste: It starts off with dark fruit, chocolate in the middle, and roasted malts, almost like espresso, on the end that lingers on the palate. A slight alcohol burn that compliments the cold weather. Very enjoyable.

A heavy medium mouthfeel. Slightly creamy yet has an alcohol bite.

Overall: I still have plenty of RIS to try, but this is right behind my favorites so far (Expedition and Founders) and very affordable for the style. Not as choclatey as the title indicates, but rather has all the traditional RIS characteristics and they mold together nicely. Very well done and especially appetizing with this harsh winter we have been having. Cheers! (957 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from LetsPour.com for $6.25. Bottled in the Winter of 12/13.

Beer poured black with an ample tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is dark baking chocolates, dark fruits, with an ample amount of hops to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a brew that has American Stout written all over it but it has some Belgian influences with it's smooth dark fruit characteristics. Glad i had the opportunity to try this! (538 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.
Review from notes: December 30th, 2013.

A: Black. A thin tan head on top.

S: Chocolate and alcohol.

T: Toasted chocolate and malt. Somewhat bitter like dark chocolate.

M: Some carbonation, but pretty smooth.

O: Not too chocolatey, which is good, but there's nothing terribly special about this. Still a good Stout offering. (367 characters)

Photo of JohnNasso
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just had this at a restaurant with a hamburger; good combo. The waitress warned me that it was 10 abv, but it didn't come across that strong. Very tasty.
Very smooth, nice chocolate taste, but not overwhelming, good balance.
I'll have it again. Hopefully soon! (261 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has great amounts of dark chocolate bitterness coupled with the malty after-palate and higher alcohol levels come together to create an exemplary imperial stout. No need for oak-aging or added flavors, the beer lets the malts speak for themselves. (257 characters)

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

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Dark chocolates and roasted malts. A touch of booze is present.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Booze is noticeable.

M - Full bodied with medium/high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - A nice stout. On the boozy side with less chocolate than I expected. Still very enjoyable. (384 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a dark near black with a one finger head of root beer colored foam that breaks quickly and leaves little behind but a tiny island of foam.

S: chocolate and dark fruits with some light coffee and roast.

T: chocolate, coffee and roasts up front with some dark fruits and a bit of booze on the back end.

M: medium body with a creamy feel. Good carbonation.

O: this came highly recommended by a few friends, and I see the potential but I think that perhaps this bottle was too young to get the best out of it. I have another that I will revisit in a year and re-review. It is a good RIS at this point, but not the one I think my friends are recommending. (703 characters)

Photo of dougbotrob
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick head, darker-cream color, lasted about 3 minutes to settle down, then left with just a bit of lacing to look at. This is a-ok for me because I'm not drinking the lacing, i'm drinking the beer.
S: The nose is great but I embarrassingly have trouble placing it. There's the obvious chocolate and malt, and I want to say "dark fruit" but I don't mean black cherry or currant. I *think* I'm smelling figs but honestly it's been a while since I've smelled figs so I might be pulling that out of no where. In any case it smells dark and delicious and mostly like semi sweet chocolate.
T: Bittersweet chocolate (not the kind you want to eat, but the kind you bake with), coffee, more dark fruits- this makes me ask myself "what's the difference between dates and figs?"
M: Well carbonated, thick enough but certainly not syrupy, just what I want from a big stout.
O: It's a solid chocolate stout, not the best but definitely not the worst. I've bought it before and I'll definitely keep buying it in the future. I think it's worth the price, and also worth saving a few bottles each year for aging. (1,101 characters)

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,716 ratings.