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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,759
Hads: 6,457
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 420
Gots: 1,383 | FT: 56
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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 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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of hillvt4me
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown with some red noted. Moderate light foamed bead. Some carbonation bubbles and good lacing.

S: bittersweet chocolate, turkish apricots and roast barley.

T: bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, malt, dark fruit and touch of herbalness.

M: Mild to moderately thick and creamy. Carbonation is balanced.

O: Solid; some added complexity would be a nice additive.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 263/13. Black as a starless night pour with a massive head and lasting lacing. Light nose of chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. Medium bodied with a slick creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation level is normal. The alcohol is not well hidden and dominates the flavor profile after the initial notes of chocolate. A slight medicinal taste is present along with a bit of licorice and hop bitterness. Finishes smoothly with a bit of sweetness followed by alcohol.

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Photo of RVigz
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The initial smell and taste of this beer is astounding. It has an opening taste of malty coffee/chocolate with a smooth body. The finish is a strong malty taste that pulls through the chocolate taste. The aftertaste is pretty strong on the malty taste so i would recommend some food in between to break up the malty taste. The smell of this stout cant be beat.

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Photo of beercat11
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have had this brew for the last 7 offerings(brewing seasons) and every year I look for the uniqueness of each yearly release if there is one.

This years version seems more balanced and a little more complex than most past years versions, I keep a journal with my thoughts and note them when I have my first few sips. I feel that's when the small nuances of each batch are the most impressed upon me. I have never been a big fan of this stout but it is local enough to me where it is priced pretty well at $6.99 a 4 pack. I have seen it at local markets for as much as $3 more.

It seems that this stout always has a character about it that turns me off. I find it on the back end. Up front it has that traditional RIS that's so prevalent for the style but I can't seem to get beyond the off flavors I get towards the end.

There are roasted malts and black licorice candy which you would typically expect in this style but the finish is just too frustrating for me. Some reviews complain about the lack of carbonation here but I think they are on to exactly what I am saying about the finishing flavors. This year I got an idea on how to fix this issue and I have to say I nailed it first try. I added some high end all natural organic vanilla extract, about a teaspoon full into a 12 ounce bottle. Wow! who would think that this 1 thing could change everything about this beer, up front and all the way home.

If this additional flavor was added to this beer at the brewer You would see much higher reviews I am sure. Most reviews are up there but not everyone is as picky and critical of a beer as a few others like me. Try it and see. Just make sure you use high quality extract. Cheers.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A - Pours near black with a dense finger+ of rich chocolate colored head, fantastic lacing and retention.

S - Decadent chocolate with a minimal underlying roastyness, great hazelnut like aromas, a bit boozy, perhaps a hint of raisin.

T - Lots of rich milk chocolate and sweet vanilla type flavors, roasty hazelnuts, alcohol and subtle dark fruits kick in towards the backend, minimally medicine-y. Aftertaste is like chocolate oak with a hint of booze/medicine.

M - Full bodied, more carbonated than expected but still little carbonation, it works very very w ell. Kind of a sipper, deliciously creamy, but I'm consuming around 45 degrees so its going down pretty quick.

O - Pleasantly boozy, I quite like it with ~1.5 years on it, I'd also like to try one aged 4-5 years to get a better grasp on this one without the boozy qualities. Happy with this one though

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Photo of TCMike
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is ultra dark brown.

The aroma is a little week, but of dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

Taste is similar, but more intense, and with a medium hop bite, and some molasses flavor. Heavy mouth-feel, and lowish carbonation. Lingering alcohol.

Very good!

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Photo of dacrza1
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

DATE TASTED: January 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint...OCCASION: snow day #1 of the young winter season--and the last day watching season one of Game of Thrones... APPEARANCE: I've read some critics suggest taking the "appearance" out of a beer's rating--and when rating this, I see why; pitch black body; intimidating thick brown head that froths; taking the black indeed--what else to say? beautiful... AROMA: robust chocolate; roasted hazelnut; nice, rich, balanced maltiness--an intense, densely packed aroma... PALATE: immediately warming, full-bodied presence; creamy, almost too smooth to be believed--or trusted, at 10% ABV; as the glass drains, friendlier and swifter to the throat...TASTE: strong malt backbone; chocolate, molasses and some roasted nutty suggestions--but all is sweet here, like a dessertif should be... OVERALL: a tour de force, and outside their collaborations with Schneider, my favorite Brooklyn offering....if price were no issue, this would be in heavy winter rotation in my beer fridge...

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Photo of lou50rp
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A great Imperial Russian Stout.
Dark almost black appearance with a dark tan head which does not last
Smell of dark fruit and dark chocolate, very inviting
Taste of dark fruits and dark chocolate, intermingling
Mouthfeel is syrupy and coating. perfect for a cold winter's night on the Baltic
Overall this is an excellent brew that will stand up to other Imperial Russian Stouts and is reasonably priced.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.