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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,723
Hads: 6,261
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 387
Gots: 1,239 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 oelergud
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WoW what a beer!
Like pouring the blackest night into your glass
the head is a creamy brown, doesn't last long but looks great.
The smell is strong and robust, alcohol and chocolate very apparent, I thought I could detect a hint of almond/marzipan which probably isn't there but it's the closest I can get to it.
Sweet and thick, this brew goes down easy, little to no acid or bitterness shows itself until you let the after taste manifest, the alcohol gives the stout a good kick making the beer have a strong presence about it. Good chocolate taste throughout.
Only regret I have about this beers drinkability is the high alcohol % which makes is hard to indulge without getting drunk off your ass

Oelergud - Cheers!


Been storing this bottle in the fridge for about 6 months.
Beautiful black brew with a chocolate head, doesn't stay long though and almost no lace. Impossible to determine level of carbonation as absolutely no light gets through this beer.
Smell is semisweet chocolate, strong spice, alcohol and earth.
Very apparent alcohol tones in the taste but overpowered by the rich chocolate flavors, swirling earth and dark roasted coffee beans.
Subtle hops underneath the malts struggling to be noticed
Thick and full body, almost syrupy, creamy and leaving a nice sweet coating on the tongue. Each swallow sends waves of warmth through your being. Strong robust and demanding attention and respect, this is still one hell of a beer.


04-05, 11/12/04

Black tar goodness slowly oozing out of the bottle, beautiful effect on the edge of the beer as bubbles go up and down, tan creamy head decent retention and great lace leaving rings after each draw.
Strong roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and alcohol makes up the nose. strong malts overwhelm the hops.
Taste is liquid dark chocolate with an alcoholic charge pinning the tongue to the ground. Rich and powerful maltiness and some faint hops dominate the aftertaste which is smooth and lasting quite long.
Mouthfeel is perfect stout thick, chewable indeed.
What can I say I havent said before, great brew, great stout, deliciousness in a bottle!

-Oelergud (2,177 characters)

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

This was the first beer I had when I first visited NY in June 2001. I'm still drinking it, and I still joke that it impressed me enough to get me to move out here.

This beer has the expected dark chocolate color and a thin head the color of swiss milk chocolate that fades quickly, but leaves a chocolate ring on the glass. The taste is outstanding, the strength of the chocolate flavor is perfect, with a sharp hint of the 8.5% ABV underneath. Goes down smooth, with a bit of a coffee aftertaste (a bit too much, which detracts a little from the drinkability as you'll want a glass of water afterwards.) Ranks up there with the best IMO. (641 characters)

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

Maybe my new favorite stout. I am actually rather surprised, while this feels like a stout in your mouht, it doesn't feel that way in your belly. this is highly drinkable, IMO.

Pours a dark, rich brown, very thick, very creamy, with a nice creamy, tan head. desert in a glass. Smells like roasted mocha (yeah, I know...) very nice.

It is appropoe that chocolate is the main taste in this bear. yeah there is malt, and some hops, but the chocolate definately shines through here, mixed with a spice, roasted malt flavor. Other people have mentioned this, and it is true, the chocoalte is overpowering, but it is still done in a nice way.

If you get the cahnce, get some for desert and serve with a nice creamy cherry pie...mmm (737 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple for Easter while out of town. A real treat is was. It poured, much to my surprise almost flat, then toward the end of the pour a show of chocolate brown arose from the dark bottom to cascade to a nice, soft, full one inch head. The aroma of dark chocolate and roasted malts greet the nose. The taste follows the same route but with rich detail. This is a heavy player among beers but the mouthfeel, though sharp with dark chocolate, is pleased. Drinkability is good for the higher abv. Overall a good annual treat. I'll look forward to next years batch. (574 characters)

Photo of DaveGood
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep dark black with a nice head. The head slowly diminished, leaving a nice lacing that remained for the duration. The aroma was filled with roasted malts and chocolate. The taste was true to the aroma as it was also a nice combination of dark roasted malts and a dark chocolate. The drawback here is that the chocolate taste is overwhelming and it takes away from any of the other flavors that are hidden in there. The mouthfeel was relatively thick and heavy but the drinkability was good. Overall, this would make an excellent desert beer but I couldn't see drinking a couple of these over the course of an evening. (638 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been holding on to this one for a while now. Thanks to Fishbone for sending this one out.
I can't tell if its black or extremely dark brown, either way it looks delicious. Big thick creamy head the color of chocolate milk.
Aroma is pleasant but faint. Definate alcohol spices, roasted malt, and a sort of earthen smell. Maybe a bit of raisans as well.
Taste is very good. I expected more of a strong chocolate flavor. Instead its a very subdued unsweetened chocolate, hidden behind tons of roasted malt. A little bit of sweetness, almost with a dark fruit like quality. A small tinge of alcohol on the finish but it leaves a nice aftertaste.
It sure is going down quick. Real smooth and creamy, but I could only handle one of these babys at a time. (757 characters)

Photo of david23
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poors a deep black with a ruby highlight. Tha roated malt gives this a fantastic aroma . Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. The chocolate and coffe flavor make this perfect for a dessert ar an accompaniment for a good Cohiba. The 02-03 bottle is quite high in A.B.V. and is evident but subdued by the rich flavor. Finishes with an almost capucinno flavor. Best enjoyed in a tulip glass with a good friend or sitting by the fire, Probably the finest Imperial I've ever had. (469 characters)

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

03-04 12oz poured with minimal head of a dark brown, and no lacing. Pure black body which no light (well, a 20W halogen) could penetrate. Swirl released rich roasted malt aromas and a bit of alcohol. Body is smooth a medium-full for the style, with a gentle carbonation. Malts upfront, chocolate and roasted flavors, developing with a slight hop profile on the way down, and a nutty chocolate aftertaste, alcohol becoming more apparent as the glass drains. A very strong stout flavorwise, but too single-minded to amaze. (520 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Winter 03-04'
Made with 2-row English Malt, Wheat Malt, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Black Barley, and Roasted Barley. East Kent Goldings, Cascade, and Willamette hops.
Alcohol: 8.5% by volume.

Pours out completely opaque with nary any highlights when held to a halogen lamp, forming a rocky dark-tan head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, perfect for the style. Aroma is complex, but not as rich as I would expect, with notes of sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, a hint of light-roast coffee and with swirling, alcohol, prunes, and a faint vegetal hoppiness. As it warms, it takes on more barley-wine characteristics, with prominent dark fruits, esters, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium-soft with a dense body. Taste begins much the same as aroma, but the middle and finish are completely different. The middle is predominated by a semi-ruddy English hop flavor and a disconcerting level of metal off-taste, then the finish has a pronounced herbal alcohol twang, an acrid tone of oxidized black patent astringency, alcoholic esters, vanilla and grain husk (exactly in that order). Pronounced chalkiness on the lips, most likely secondary to mineralifaction (is that a word?) of their water source.

I was really looking forward to this brew based upon the other reviews here. While fervently complex, sadly, it doesn't hold a candle to my other favorite stouts (Shakespeare, Kalamazoo, Rasputin). The off-flavors are simply too much and severely limit it's drinkability. I would pass on this one. Fermented with a different yeast, this might be a winner. I expect much more of my stouts. (1,630 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'01-'02: Pours black with a big and dense dark brown head. This baby's got some retention too. Laces nice rings all the way to the bottom of the glass. Roast and chocolate malt on the nose. Fairly light in body for an Imperial. Not a light body, but not full bodied by any means. I would say it is medium bodied. Nice roastiness in the taste. Slight coffee-like bitterness. And a little alcohol. This does not have the deep complexities or the body that an Imperial should have.


Pitch Black. Small brown head with great retention. Lacing is excellent as well. Nice aroma of chocolate, burnt malts and cocoa. The taste is nice and chocolatey. Bittersweet. And a little fruity as well. Currants and dark cherries. Rum soaked raisins. Body is about meium. Highly drinkable. This beer is good, but doesn't have the guts of some of the Big Boys. Good brew though.

My ratings reflect the 03-04 version. (919 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost a jet black with dark brown highlights beneath a massive three-finger dirty tan head. It is simply beautiful! Roasted chocolate and tangy hops bluster out this heavenly aroma. The taste is again the roasted chocolate with a smokey undertone and balanced with slightly tangy hops and a dry powdery cocoa finish. This is a medium bodied brew that finishes with an warming alcohol end.

Notes: Although a very solid chocolate stout, but pales in comparison to Roque's version. Thanks nonetheless to kbub6f for the opportunity! (538 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snagged a 6-pack of the 03-04 edition of this at Jungle Jim's outside of Cincinnati. I've been wanting to try this beer for awhile now so I was pretty pumped when I found it. I'm glad that it didn't dissapoint. It pours a jet black with a 1 finger tan foam head. Smell is very rich and full of roasted malts. Taste is super rich too, malts all around. A few hints of dark fruits (I'm thinking plum) also pop up. Mouthfeel viscous but the taste sticks around so that helps a little bit. Drinkability isn't the highest on these beasts, about 1 a night is all i can handle. I'll surely be having his more in the future. Only if they had a distributor in Indiana. (659 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looking forward to this for a long time. Winter '03-'04. I wish I could have found an aged one. Pours black as the night itself. Small tan head that quickly....disappears? I have it at a good stout temperature. I wonder why there's no head? Anyway.
Smell: Oooooh that's nice. No hop bitterness in the nose. Faint alcohol over rich chocolate. Really pungent malt smell.
Taste: Smooth. Dark chocolate. Quite sour. No discernible hop character over the heavy chocolate malt. The label mentions imperial stouts. This seems very boderline. Very bitter aftertaste in a very different way. Not hop bitterness but more like...unsweeted baker's chocolate bitterness.
Mouthfeel is a little thin for me, especially for a limited edition winter stout. Lack of head and hops really disappoints me. Usually it takes me a long time to wash a glass that had an imp stout in it. My roomates bitch at me because I bring down pint glasses with week old sticky Storm King lace crusted from top to bottom. This beer's microscopic head didn't even stick on the sides. I guess drinkability might be ok, but I really can't see myself wanting another. Sorry, Brooklyn but I feel let down. I'll promise to try some other offerings, but to me, the flagship ran aground. (1,247 characters)

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

Thanks to Malto for this sample. This is a 01/02 bottle

Big and dark this beer has a vinous nose that shows the age in the cellar for this example. The interesting thing about this beer is that
it starts off intense and hoppy and slides into a smooth chocolate comfort zone. It's almost as chocolatey as Rogue Chocolate but this beer is malt only no adjuncts. I want to eat cheescake and smoke a Romeo y Juliet with this great beer. Storm King might be more intense but this is one of the great classy big beers in the world. (530 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I opened this bottle and poured it into my brand new goblet, it poured and left a nice edge of head, which clung to the glass after I tasted it.

However before tasting, I noticed a nice robust dark malty chocolate-T smell eminating from the glass. I also got a hint of mochachino coffee from it. Upon tasting, the carbonation really came through, which I found weird considering I drank it at room temperature. However, the chocolate came through nicely w/ a bit of a smokey roasted malty taste, which really made me happy! This beer is very drinkable, and one of my favorite by Brooklyn....actually, I think Brooklyn is one of my favorite breweries...the cease to make anything I don't enjoy. Happy drinking! (718 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A real beer, the 03-04 version. Chocolate dark brown color and small brown head. Alcohol comes through in the drink, so slow down! Very noticeable chocolate and roasted malt. Made to age some. Thought a bit much carbonation, which held back on mouthfeel. Great dessert. Five and a half-years later, the roast and so-forth, not as thick as the new breed of RIS, still a great desert or dessert beer. (398 characters)

Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 02-03 - It pours an opaque black with a light tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and some roasted coffee in the nose. It is oily and malty with a ton of choclate flavor and some roasted malts. Unless I am mistaken, there is a lot of choclate flavor in this beer for only using chocolate malt and no actual chocolate. (332 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited Bottling—Winter ’02 – ‘03
Pours ink black in color with a foamy thick tan colored head that fades into a heavy lace. Noticeable alcohol in the nose with notes of black currant, roasted malts and an aroma similar to a raisiny port. Full in body and quite smooth and creamy in texture. Taste begins with rich chocolaty malts and espresso along with some fruity notes of ripe prunes. A bit of black liquorish then makes an appearance with a touch of acidic hop resins and finally some winey notes in the end. A thoroughly enjoyable imperial stout, though I think some additional aging will help it to mellow a bit more. Purchased from Vintage Cellar. (660 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with a thin tan head. Aroma is strongly chocolate with a bit of coffee. Flavor is incredible. Bittersweet chocolate and expresso. Finish is coffee bitter with a cocoa flavor. Great beer with a chocolate flavor that doesn't go overboard. (257 characters)

Photo of proc
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic.

Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a brown, caramel colored head that looks good enough to eat. The aroma is that of chocolate, coffee/expresso and malt. The taste is superb, with chocolate and roasted malt exploding in the mouth, with the swallow giving off hints of a dark chocolate and a light licorice. Damn. This is a good beer. (366 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I originally picked this up in a beer trade with Davo...

Wow, this beer tastes like... the best thing I could compare it to would be Hershey's Special Dark. If I didn't know any better, I would swear that the added cocoa or some sort of real chocolate into the mash.

Pours dark as midnight. Nice, lasting head, great lacing. Smells like a bitter to semi sweet chocolate bar.

This is definately in my top 5 of all of the beers I have EVER tasted. Now, I have to find a homebrew recipe for it :) (504 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium, doughy, brown head. Absolutely opaque, black beer. No highlights. Thick, sheety lacing. The nose is rich, buttery chocolate. Bitter chocolate in the front turns tangy for the thick, chocolatey middle. Some fruit in there, too. Quite bitter on the finish, with a powdery cocoa effect. Some green peas and alcohol. This is a very good chocolate stout in a field of many good contenders. (392 characters)

Photo of TinusTime
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark as a moonless night with a khaki coloured one finger head on top. Smell is of good espresso, bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of molasses. The flavour is nice and deep with coffee and dark chocolate notes taking over. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is silky smooth going down and eventually finishing dry, but not too dry. Drinkability is good after a few you will start to see things in a new light. Recommended- buy them and horde them as the supply is always short. (486 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003-2004 vintage. 12 oz bottle served at cellarish temperatures in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Obsidian black topped by a smallish dark brown head that's rather short-lived. A thin ring of bubbles was all that was left after about a minute. Still, that ring was sufficient to leave small wisps of lace as I greedily imbibed this elixir.

Smell: Powerful roasted malt aromas. Thick dark chocolate and hearty espresso. Mild notes of prune-like fruit.

Taste: Bittersweet like a teenage gothling imagines their soul to be. Chicory-laced black coffee earthy and bitter dark chocolate aftertastes. Umbrally dark prune notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with hearty aftertastes aplenty. Hits the spot.

Black as night,
Sweet as love,
Strong as death.
Nummilicious. I know of no one who has had this that didn't like this beer, and I've been handing it out to neophytes (or at least people that wouldn't consider themselves overly knowledgeable). Worthy of buying by the case. I hope there will be one left in a week and a half... (1,062 characters)

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

pours a dark dark brown, almost a solid black with a thick and creamy brownish tan head

smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee...a really nice smell IMO

taste is very smooth, with hints of chocolate and coffee...the alcohol is hidden pretty well but comes out a little at the end, but not overpowering.

mouthfeel is pretty heavy, thick and creamy

pretty damn good stuff...the chocolate flavor really comes out and combined with the smoothness, makes it a good beer in my book (490 characters)

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,723 ratings.