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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,722
Hads: 6,257
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 384
Gots: 1,237 | FT: 54
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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 AltBock
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle that was vintage winter of '04-'05. Although a year old, this beer ages well.

Appearance: Poured a thick black color that reminded me of motor oil. It was so thick you couldn't see through the beer. The head on it was about an inch thick and tan in color. A small amount of foam lasted the entire duration of drinking pleasure.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of sweet caramel, roasted coffee beans, that was all wrapped around in an roasted dark chocolate background. A nice treat!

Taste: Let's just say that they're telling the truth on the label. The tastes in this were dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, sweet caramel, and of course, dark chocolate. After being overwhelmed with these fine flavors, there was a pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Another nice treat!

Mouthfeel: A big, powerful, full bodied beer that didn't bother to hide that 8.5% alcohol content. Although full-bodied, this beer goes down nice and smooth.

Drinkability: An excellent beer at an afforable price. I got a six-pack of vintage Black Chocolate Stout for only $7.99. Due to the thickness of this beer, it's good once in a while, not really an everyday drink. If you see this beer, GET IT! You won't be disappointed. (1,228 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled through the efforts of Newbie BIF.

Release 2004 – 2005 making this about 1 year old.

Pours an impenetrable black stout with a thick reddish brown head.

Smells of kahlua, smoke, coffee, chocolate and coffee. Chocolate and fruitiness ride the alcohol scent that makes my brain and nose say coffee liqueur.

Taste is a big hit of chocolate and coffee in the very first sip. Nice chest warming sensation from the alcohol level. Brown sugar makes an appearance as does fruit and toffee. Long lasting bitter after taste from the hops and dark malts but I am unable to identify exactly what this is very smoothly mixed. After 4 mouthfuls this smooths out and becomes just pure ambrosia to drink.

Milkshake thick and creamy probably the best mouthfeel I have experienced to date.

Drinkability is pure peace of heaven here. The only fault here is that the smell could be a bit more complex but it is debatable that it is not possible in a brew this strong. I have found a new favorite beer after drinking this. Now I just have to figure out how to get some more in California! (1,093 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well it's looking like a day of stouts and I just happened to have a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on hand, so I figured what the hell.

Body is pitch black with a thick, creamy tan head. The smell is absolutely amazing with strong waves of chocolate fudge.and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, malts, bitterness and strong coffee. The mouthfeel is quite smooth.

I found this to be a wonderful beer to sip away at while keeping an eye on the football scores. Highly recommended. (482 characters)

Photo of silver1audi
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I'd like to say Hi to everyone.... I'm new here and fairly new to the craft beer scene, BA is great.

About this beer, I really enjoyed it. I picked up a 6 pack at Wegman's for $6.99 and broke into it as soon as I got home. It pours virtually black into a glass. It smells great; It actually smells a lot like dark chocolate. I don't even like dark chocolate and this beer made me want some! It tastes great too with a very strong flavor that is great late at night while relaxing after a long day.

I will definately buy this beer again, it's the type of beer that for me, a 6 pack will last a little while. Very enjoyable, but I would probably only have 1 or 2 of these in one setting. 6.99 wasn't that bad though for a beer like this, considering that Guiness costs over $8 for 6 beers. The only problem I have with it is it doesn't maintain much of a head. (871 characters)

Photo of beerkeeper
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found a bottle of 02 in my cellar. poured into a glass still maintained a substantial head the nose still has a nice roasty chocolate presence, but one gets a bit of sourness intermingled. in the mouth one still gets a good dose of carbonation, but these beer has passed its peak. the sourness on the nose comes through on the palate and coats the side of the mouth while the chocolate malts slide over the tounge. the aftertaste is much better than the initial flavoring, leaving behind a roasty flavor.
just came back to this beer after 30 odd minutes the noose got stronger but hte palate definitly fell apart. this beer works much better as a two year old (660 characters)

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

2004/05 version

Pours black as expected with a thin head. Looks tasty. Smell is chocolate/coffee and tons of toasted malt with a slight alcohol overtone. Taste has a strong chocolate edge as expected with a mocha feel to it. Very smooth and creamy on the tongue with a noticable alcohol warming on the way down. Strong brew that lives up to expectations. Highly recommended. (377 characters)

Photo of Puddleglum
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice experience. I was happy I had chosen this even though it was a little early in the year for me to indulge in an imperial stout. The color was black as pitch although the head was not very impressive. It did lace down the side of the glass nicely though. The smell was, as is to be expected, that of chocolate, coffee, sweet brown notes of all varieties as well as burnt and toasted malt. Yum! The taste pulled through with all the flavor the smell let on. The carbonation was a little low but this stout went down easy. Give it a spin if you have the chance. (574 characters)

Photo of HopHeadKen
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I Like Stouts ! and I especially want to thank Steelreign for this trade ! !

Small Pfftt when the cap comes off, and it pours BLACK with a thin dark tan head, quickly fading to an island of thin lacing and a ring about the edge of the glass.
I have to look hard in bright light to find the traces of deep amber on the fringe.

No sediment in the bottle, so it is unlikely that this is bottle conditioned.

This is a stout, so I automatically drink it at cellar temperature, which is about 70 deg in early September in Indiana.

Smell is roasty carmel malt; First taste is SMOOTH - roasty sweet carmel malt with a well blended subtle hop bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Throughout the rest of the glass this remains smooth and sweet, chocolate and plum with carmel and molasas. And something that I often find in stouts is a coffee flavor, but I do not get that here.

Nice mouthfeel, just the right amount of viscosity without being syrup (not thin); with warming alcohol on the tongue.

I wish I had a case of this ! Very nice. . . (1,062 characters)

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

Poured an opaque color with a large (I underestimated and overflowed the glass) very dark tan head and nice lacing. Sweet, slightly roasty chocolate aroma with a hint of alcohol. Smooth creamy texture with a thick chocolate taste. Leaves a slight twang on the tip of your tongue. Head lasts throughout. (302 characters)

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

Appearance: Murky black with the look of used motor oil as it pours from the bottle. Yikes. No light is coming through this bad boy. The head is a tan chocolate color with excellent retention.

Smell: Chocolate (surprise!), roastiness, candy sugar sweetness, and a mild sandy scent.

Taste: Rich and dry chocolate flavor backed by toasty licks of syrup sweetness. Moderate bitterness in the ending with floral and chocolate aftertaste. Very tasty though not terribly complex. The ending is thin and short and lacking the punch and flavor with which the flavor opens.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, creamy.

Drinkability: This is a good beer with a rich and toasty smooth flavor. It is well balanced without any alcohol flavor that I could taste. Slightly warming. Definatley a dessert beer unless you eat chocolate cake for dinner. (841 characters)

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? (989 characters)

Photo of jmc44
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2004-2005 Brew
Pours a very dark black. Dark tan head, which dissipates quite quickly for a stout; that was the major disappointment.

Aroma is light; noticable is scent of chocholate and a bit of nuts.

Very strong chocolate taste to start. Aftertaste of roasted nuts.


Overall, an excellent beer. (329 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is black with a large brown head.

Aroma is malty sweet and chocolaty.

Taste is of alcohol and chocolate malt. It’s much stronger in flavor than the aroma implies.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit syrupy.

This beer is one for sipping, it's alright but nothing spectacular. (302 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onyx opaque hues as dark as Darth Vader's cloak, topped off with a spumescent khaki desert sand head that is clinging to the tulip, leaving sticky lace painted to the glass.

Initially scents of toffee and toasted malts. Boozy when warmed.

First swigs: Cocoa and dry Bisquick flavors. Esters of awl-kee-hawl and lightly floral. Some baker's chocolate. Dry ephemeral aftertaste. Some lingering boozy notes.

Full bodied, you bet, with lip smackin' stickiness.

Last swigs: Not as chocolately as last years version, but still keeping the rating digits. More of a cocoa stout.

A BROOKLYN Winter 2003 offering as per the label notes, this chocolate stout escaped from a 12 oz. browner to a pitch tar black pour with tan halo lace and scant head, probably due to the respectable ABV.

Cherries and mocha almond scents meet plenty of prescent awl-kee-hawl scents.

Dark stouts-aplenty roasts, esters that become more pronounced with increasing warmth. A bitterness that equates to a slight vegetable Earthiness a la buiscuit and red bell pepper.

Oily, buttery, solid & bisk body. A good drinkability factor due to the eccentric complexity of BROOKLYN'S Stout.

Last swigs: Good chocolate stout. Period.

Beer is good. Happy dark, chocolatey, stouty beering. (1,301 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite an experience with my first Brooklyn Brewery beer. Pours intensely dark (motor oil darkness) with a large dark tan head that holds longer than I thought it would. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted grains, and a little fruit like whole strawberries. Taste has a really strong deep dark Belgian chocolate flavor. Quite nice. Espresso looms large and so does a roasted nut flavor. Sharp acidic twang toward the finish. Body is lucious and thick. Almost Expedition levels. Alcohol is well hidden but I'm still surprised it doesn't reach the double digits with the warming sensations and thickness of this beer. With about 4 ounces left I brought out the Ben and Jerry's Vanilla Ice Cream and these two matched beautifully. Really a great accompaniment to dessert. Great beer all around. (790 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I pour a beer, and I smell a wine like smell, it's going to be something special. Few beers I've tried have smelled that way, and when they do, man, they rate high.

This poured perfectly black with a slight head that left a bit around the glass. It's black. No light came through. Outstanding. Smelling this was wonderful, with winey notes, dark malt, and chocolate. Damn. Then, for mouthfeel, I had a hard time rating this beer because I kept swallowing. All I can say is, wow. It will make you drink rather than swish.

Taste: What can I say. I'm wowed by this. There are so many different flavors, perfectly balanced, this is outstanding. Dark roasted malt, deep chocolate flavor and winey alcoholic notes.

The bonus, the first stout I'll give a 5 for drinkability. This would be a beer I could enjoy with food, with good friends, over a good video , anything. Highly reccommended when it's available. It doesn't suffer from the "bottled stout" syndrome. The flavors are fresh tasting as any. I want to sample other Brooklyn beers now. Bravo. (1,060 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice, thick black with a small head that shrank to a ring and stayed that way. There's only a few dots of lace.

The smell is very good, with chocolate highlighting the dark malt base. The taste is chocolate up front, then malt takes over, while chocolate and hops take over the finish. The mouthfeel is strong and appealing while the drinkability is good for the strong content. (398 characters)

Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter '04-'05 vintage.

Poured black with a khaki head that descended to 1/8".

Scent of sweet black licorice, vanilla & molasses. And, oh yes, chocolate. Alcohol is apparent also.

Flavors are sweet and robust. Bitter dark chocolate with soft coffee notes. Pointed notes of charred toffee bathed in powdered sugar. Very liqueur-like.

Mouthfeel is very soft with perfect fine carbonation. Medium bodied, which made this a fine partner to a warm summer night. Nice dry finish to counterweigh its inherent sweetness.

Drinkability is very good. Not a stout to knock you off your feet. Very refined and articulate.

Overall a great version of a style that sometimes tends to be a bit heavy-handed. I drank this at cellar temp. which seemed to me very fitting for this ale. Would gladly incorporate this into my winter repretoire. Great stout from a great brewery. (874 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black color-Theres no way any light is getting thru this sucker. Small head and a slight trace of lacing. Low aroma-slight licorice and roasted malt comes thu for the most part. Big roasted malt flavor. Nice grainy and burnt flavor. Hints of anise,licorice and treacle. Very slight trace of sweetness. Nice body-very full and quite bold. A freakin killer beer. One of the best going. Whether its your first or last of the day-impressive all over! (459 characters)

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

Pours like some kind of motor oil. Really dark and viscous. Thick mouthfeel, definitely a plus. Dark chocolate and espresso notes combine to make a really tasty beer. An extremely drinkable beer for the amount of alcohol, but 8.5% probably makes this a nightcap kind of a beer for me. Gave a couple of these away but the rest of the six pack isn't going to last very long. (372 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release 2003 – 2004

Appearance: Deep mahogony in color, no light passes through, with a medium dark tan head, which retains well, and excellent, thick creamy lacing.

Aroma: Profound, rich aroma of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate, lesser notes of dark fruit, very pleasing and potent.

Taste: Rich and deep bitter chocolate taste from start to finish, this lingers on and on and on, very pleasntly, though. Late in the taste, there is a warming alcohol note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, syrupy, and very full, little carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: A superb beer, probably best enjoyed in cold weather, although there is precious little of that or beers like this in Central Texas.

Thanks to HardTarget for this most excellent treat. (762 characters)

Photo of horndecker
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was brewed in the winter of 03-04.

Blackest night, inky, with the occasional purple tinge around the edges. It has a coffee-brown, fine foamy head which is short and short-lived, but the carbonation is there, ready for action with each sip.

The smell is all bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt, a hint of prunes or raisins. Pretty fabulous.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Ruthlessly chocolatey, with a bit of coffee-ish bitterness, warming alcohol, silky smooth and creamy like a milkshake. Each sip fills your mouth with a fine foam that roils up and dances around your tongue. The aftertaste is cocoa powder and rum cake.

Had this with vanilla ice cream. Yes yes. (679 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter 03/04
A: Black, really black, laughing at light black. Head was initially 3/4", dark tan color. Not so good now, seemed to fade away too quickly.
S: Dark malts, rich chocolate aroma, some coffee smells but not much. This smells like they used more hops than the other stouts I've been drinking the last two days.
T: Bitter dark chocolate taste. Again, more aggressive hops than I expected (yum). Burnt coffee taste. If there's malts here to be tasted, they are escaping me. Aftertaste lingers and lingers.
M: Full bodied without being too heavy. Strong alcohol feel. Real strong.
D&N: No doubt about it, this is a big beer. A bit stronger (alcohol wise) than I'd expect, so no drinking a few of these, one is quite enough, but I'm really enjoying it. (762 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap, this beer is black. The tan head is towering and the lace is thick and persistent.

Roasted malt aroma, coupled with hints of coffee and a heaping load of chocolate. Very faint hop smell at the end.

Warming sweet malts, with a slightly bitter coffee flavor and a lot of chocolate again. Cappucino and earthy flavors permeate. A bit chewy at the end.

Smooth as hell. Thick and creamy, this one eats other stouts. Very drinkable even at the high alcohol, it's hidden so well. Delicious to say the very least. (526 characters)

Photo of maybrick
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was sampled from the 1999 - 2000 12 ounce bottle. Wow, what can you say save for "damn this is the real deal." This is one of my favorite beer styles. It pours balc, black, balck, so black in fact there was no light being able to penetrate the liquid.

The aroma was of chocolate, malts, and just a touch of smoke and hop.

The taste is incredible. It is very powerful and I assume as this was cellared well for five years it has blended and mellowed. This is a wonderful beer and if you can find it - buy it. (520 characters)

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,722 ratings.