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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

5,634 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,634
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 318
Gots: 893 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of busterthecat
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into oversized tulip glass.

A- Pours dark caramel, black when in the glass. Slight light brown lacing gracing the edge of glass.

S- Burnt chocolate, roasted toffee. some coffee and sweet figs. some alc is present. slight musk of wet lumber.

T- Bitter coffee abounds, bitter sweet chocolate that increases as warms. Some roasted and dark malts present. was hoping for more body for this IRS.

M- Coffee bitterness is mild and lingering. The feel is pleasant and dry. Could be a bit fuller.

D- Alc well hidden for 10% abv. A good sipper. want to see how it ages.

busterthecat, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a thick dark beige head that reduces to a thin beige cap that leaves wet lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt and sweet dark chocolate aromas. Thick, viscous feel. Roasted and burnt malt flavors in the beginning, sweet chocolate in the middle and a lighly dry pine hop finish. Definitely a sipper. Not due to the higher alcohol content, but due to the intensity of the burnt malt flavor.

IronLover, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a review for their 2010 edition. This might be the first beer that, year to year, I noticed changes in - in flavor and body.

Gotta drink this at damn near room temp. Finding this out with a lot of ('high gravity') brews.

Ranks among the blackest beers around. Often starts with a swell of foamy mocha head (if poured well) only to collapse under the weight. Can't recall significant lacing from any of the 174 bottles of this I've consumed. The blackness wins me over.

Heavy booze should be the first thing you detect. When warm, a stark and enticing blend of dark bitter roast - somewhat coffee-ish - and some thin molasses and black licorice waft noseward. A little tough to tell if some of the bitterness comes from the hops, but it's pleasant all the same.

The flavor is what you might expect and hope for from a well-crafted, workman-like RIS - this 2010 is not the best I remember. Much of what I described in the aroma hold at a similar moderate intensity in the taste, with the light yet rich molasses sweetness and, of course, ethyl coming to the fore. Wouldn't say there's true 'chocolate' notes in there, and that's something that seems to vary year to year.

Luckily, despite the dominating presence of alcohol, it never stings or burns (even in the finish) and the smooth and thinly velvety malt base helps balance it all out wonderfully. A digestif or special treat is the best way to enjoy this. Can't beat the price, either.

Bouleboubier, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of paxkey
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured bottle into pint glass.
very black. 3 finger brown head. sticky lacing.
sweet chocolaty aroma.
yeast malt and spices. faint alcohol smell. nothing overt for a 10% beer.
super bitter tasting with a sweet coffee finish.
the bitterness covers most of the alcohol. but still a slow drinking beverage.
a pleasant winter warmer.
continues to bring a burnt roast flavor. a little too sweet overall which brings down the drinkability.

paxkey, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of bobhits
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time buying a brooklyn bottle, had plenty on tap.

Under 8 bucks for a 4 pack of a big stout? STEAL of the century.

Pours a lovely black cream with a coco cream head.

As expected not much aroma. Burnt malt, coco, roast barely I believe, a touch of hops.

Sweet enough, burnt and roasted flavors, and a nice hop bitte4r finish. The sweet hoppy finish is exceptional. No fruity flavors really come through like some of the other big hoppy beers. Yet this one isn't really dry.

Well carbinated, creamy, yet finishes rather dier than expected for those characteristics.

bobhits, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz single today from the Lebanon Health Food Store, Lebanon NH, for $2.09. Winter 09-10 version, so it's +/- a year old, code 2729 1003 stamped on the bottle. Served cold in a chilled goblet.

The eyes see:
A hard pour of this thick oily brew gives minimal head, just a thin tan meniscus at the beer-glass interface. Tiny little threads of lace.

The nose smells:
Semi-sweet and unexpectedly fruity... candied cherries and dark cooca... like dark chocolate cordial cherries. Also some lighter berry fruits, strawberry or raspberry, and a little boozy warmth.

The mouth says:
Tastes pretty similar to the smell. Dark chocolate with a ton of fruity cherry and berry aspects, simultaneously dry and sweet, plus some pretty subtle alcohol pepper and heat. Feel is thick and resinous. The taste has a bit of sweetness but the feel is totally dry. A little bit of vanillin, charred malt, and coffee also are present.

Like chocolate cake soaked in cherry liquor.

This is definitely a very classy brew, big and huge. The fruits are a little unexpected though... not simply because their presence, but rather because their strength.

BeerNinja007, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of nickthegun12
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night is the appearance! with a nice tan head..

smells of chocolate malt....dark malts...a little roasted character...

the taste is a silky chocolate texture that goes on forever! almost no alcohol taste...

the feel is as silky as they come...

i could def drink this all night...but the alcohol would catch up after like two!

nickthegun12, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of mweso2000
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-pitch black with a three finger tan head that dissipates and clings to the glass.

Smell-Chocolaty malt aroma with hints of coffee and alcohol.

Taste-Starts of sweet then hints of chocolaty malt hit the senses with a slight bitterness. Finishes off with again with sweetness.

Mouthfeel-Very smooth with medium carbonation. Good mix of sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability¬¬¬-This is not a beer that you would have more than two at a time. It is on the sweet side and the 10% abv while well hidden will hit you. This is beer that you want to pair with dessert. Overall very good and would buy again.

mweso2000, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of king75
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- is a dark black with an inch of creamy chocolate head.

S-Can make out chocolate, a little coffee and some heavy malt, can smell the booze in this one. Smells great overall.

T-Can make out the chocolate, but has a bit of a bitter bite at the end like a good dark chocolate, can taste some coffee and malts as well. The only reason I gave it this low of a taste rating is because of the sweetness. It is really good, but it is definitely a sipper because of the sweetness.

M- Extremely smooth with a medium body and finishes with a nice little bitter bite. Has a great feel to it.

D- Is very drinkable, but you are not going to throw this one back quickly due to the sweetness.

Notes: this would make a great desert beer to finish off a good meal.

king75, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate and malts. Taste is like the smell, malts, chocolate, some alcohol, pretty good. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

tone77, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pitch black, decent light brown head and lacing.
S: chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark dried fruit and boozy rum.
t: all of the above. Full Sweet dark roasty malts are mostly balanced out by roastiness underlying bitterness and alcohol.
M. Full bodied round and smooth.
D: a sipper. Booziness detracts overall.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of cbak999
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very little head quickly fades to none. Beer is opaque black...motor oil black and seems almost silky as poured into a glass.

S - all chocolate and booze. Hints of licorice.

T - Coffee dominates the chocolate. Also notice raisins.

D - very drinkable for 10%. Very smooth and creamy on the tongue. Once of these packs a lot of punch. Great for a cold night!

cbak999, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Dark black in color with a tan head that provided nice lacing.

S= I smell the chocolate in this one but I also smell espresso beans which I like.

T= I taste bitter chocolate a little bit of fruit like prunes and the coffee flavor. It is also creamy in taste a little.

M= Thick full bodied beer pretty nice.

D= I would probably want to age this one a little more before I drink it again.

LiquidBread219, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one earlier tonight at the Yellow Brick Pizza Oven in Columbus.
A: Black with a thin collar and film.
S: Chocolate with rum and molasses, caramel, and wood barrel and vanilla, with slightly bright earthy hops underneath.
T: Sticky sweet and everything you'd expect from the smell with a dry oatmeal finish, strong alcohol with bourbon/rum/sherry characteristics.
M: Sticky with mild carbonation.
D: OK, but one 12 oz is enough, especially with the strong alcohol presence.

ne0m00re, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of shredsofautumn
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer pours a color that would reflect that of an oil change being performed on a lawnmower that has not been used in 3 seasons. Deep black, the small 1 finger head on a gentle pour shows a deep mocha/cappuccino color. The head reduces quite rapidly to show off this black beauty in its full body and character.

Smell- Tons of Dark 85% cacao chocolate, Toffee, Espresso, The smell of opening a box of fresh raisins, Some Sherry, Quite a bit of Molasses.

Taste- Raisin & Chocolate start upon entering the mouth. Upon the "Kentucky Chew", I taste quite a large amount of Espresso & Molasses. The Finish is a bitter Leathery, Black coffee taste. The alcohol bite shows through and warms the esophagus, bringing with it a lasting table wine-esque warmth that seems to last and last.

Mouthfeel- Warm & Coating. Feels Maple Syrup- like in texture, yet goes down like water. Nothing bitter stays in the mouth, only its palette coating characteristics of Coffee & Chocolate.

Drinkability- A delicious meal in a glass. I could down several of these, but would wind up acting like a fool as a result. It's a beer of distinct character & body (russian imperial stout comes to mind, as this is what i would call it in every way), and is a beer to be savored fireside as you ward off the winter and work to stay warm until Spring comes. This beer is a quality Seasonal that I look forward to Year-Round, though living in Massachusetts, (due to its slow selling nature), it's usually available all year round. Love it!

shredsofautumn, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

We pour a syrupy brew that is the deepest brown in color, and entirely opaque. It maintains a one and a half finger light brown head. This dissipates down to leave a layer of foam right on top of the beer, with coloring in the center lighter than on the edges. Thick lacing appears down the sides as this occurs. Whiffs reveal heavy malt character intertwined with bittersweet dark chocolate. There is also the suggestion of dried cherries. The taste begins with a light malty flavor with hints of vanilla. This is swept away by leathery bitterness that could be lent from either the roasted or chocolate malts, or any hops added to balance out the complex grain bill. The flavors that dominate into the aftertaste are certainly lent from bitter chocolate and roasted grain. Through the end of the sip there is also the warming palpation of alcohol. The mouth is left dry, despite the creamy full body of the beer and lack of any strong carbonation. The drinkability is stifled a bit by the borderline offensive aftertaste and the high abv.

Overall, what we liked most about this beer was the rich and delicious creaminess of the mouthfeel coupled with the stark appearance and aromas. This brew delivers all of the flavors it promises and then some. After drinking it, our mouths are almost comparable to the feel of just having consumed a bite of 100% cocoa which, while tasty, can become overwhelming.

TheBrewo, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured cold from the tap near black with a nice full finger long lasting tan head with nice retention.

subtle aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee in the wayback.

coffee and dark chocolate up front, mildly bittersweet, a
bit of an acidic tang after - alcohol heat also follows.

mildly bitter, big bodied, smooth.

drinkable - no not really

robwestcott, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a very dark brown color, and has a small dark tan head. Very dark beer, no light is able to pass through it. The head also left decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - The smell is sweet and boozy. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. This beer smells pretty good.

T - Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate up front. There is a good sweetness to it which is balanced by a good amount of roastiness. There is also some alcohol presence that is noticeable.

M - This has a rich and creamy mouthfeel. It has a full body, and good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and has a slight warming quality.

D - I think this is a really drinkable beer. It has a full body, but it seems to go down a lot easy than some stouts. It doesn't have the rough bitterness that I have experienced with some other stouts, and also it masks its alcohol content quite well. I will definitely pick more of this up

JizackFH, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of oregone
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very prodigious head of tan atop a deep brown/black body. Two fingers of head that really stick it out leaving residual up the side of the glass at least a half inch and in the glass until near the end.
S: Smells like cocoa. Straight up. Like expected and as should be. Not hot chocolate, actual decent cocoa powder. Some malt, and distinguished heat.
T: Baking chocolate. Bitter chocolate flavors that are right up my alley, but as the sole driving force of the beer lack complexity. A thoroughly satisfying taste experience, but not great.
M: Carbonation (rare) is a bit much on this for a heavy stout. Great richness, but the crispness intrudes on the expected richness of a great stout. Very good, and very characterful though.
D: Excellent drinkability. Could absolutely sip on a few of these in a night.

EDIT: WTF! This is 10%? Just bumped the drinkability to 5 for the fact that... well see above!

oregone, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of mbusster88
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Jet black body with dark tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Not much carbonation evident, as you cannot see anything through this.

S: Really deep dark chocolate smell. Definitely a bitter dark chocolate and not so much of a milk chocolate. Get some trace aroma of alcohol but not large amounts.

T/M: Taste is right away of bitter chocolate that is very rich and smooth. Then get some alcohol on the back of the tongue, but not an overwhelming amount. Ends very nice and smooth with not apparent dryness.

D: Really like the flavors in this beer. Great robust style and chocolate notes here. I can see how this one would benefit from some age, but does not necessarily require it!

mbusster88, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Transatlantic
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter glass

A - Looks and pours about how burnt motor oil would pour. Thick, blacker than black, and with a thin tan head.

S - Right upfront, you are hit with a strong roasted coffee and dark black chocolate smell. Floral type hops kindly creep in through undertones.

T - Thick roasted coffee, a bar of dark chocolate slowly melting, and a splash of bourbon in a mug is the perfect summarized explanation for the taste. This is about all you need to know.

M - Very thick and very creamy full bodied beer. The taste sticks to you at a medium rate.

D - As a thick imperial stout, you'll have no problem sipping this guy down. If you're grabbing for another bottle, be careful is all I say.

Beautiful beer!

Transatlantic, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Brewfanatic55
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a four-pack from Village Street Market in Somersworth, NH. Enjoyed two of them for Thanksgiving and decided I'd crack another one open this evening.

Nice pour, dark espresso undertones with a thick and rich half a fingers head.

Taste overall is immediately as the bottle states, Black Chocolate. Coffee/Mocha is there as well along with a slight hint of alcohol. Very traditional yet interesting Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall the complexity is there; bitter, roasty and medium/moderate mouthfeel. Terrific stout. Drinkability wise it's a great way to end the day. Always been a cold weather favorite...

Brewfanatic55, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown color, almost black. There was a one finger mocha head that has decent retention with some slight lacing.

S - Some sweet and powdery milk chocolate with some slight hints of dark fruit. Very nice.

T - Some sweet coco up front followed by some raisin notes with a touch of bitter chocolate. a little bit of a boozy taste evens it out.

M - Way too much carbonation. Takes away from the flavors.

D - A little disappointed but I had high expectations. Still a decent stout but I don't need another.

LairdChisholm, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is warming. delicious, and bubbly.

It poured black with no head, a milk chocolate ring, and no lace. The flavor had strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee up front with a dark fruit-flavored finish. As it settled and warmed, dark fruit flavor pushed to the front. The feel was bubbly, with a sting left on the tongue. It was not creamy or smooth.

BCS is a nice, if too highly-carbonated, cold weather beer; warming yet easy to drink with great dark fruit notes that overpower and exceed the chocolate first impression.

MetalHopHead6, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of PicoPapa
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. "Limited Bottling. Winter 10-11". Pours a viscous black with a small, frothy head. Minimal lacing. Almost looks like a tall glass of dark espresso. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Great big flavor of dark, bitter chocolate. Some lesser flavors of the roasted malts and a bit of a coffee aftertaste. This beer is drinkable in regard to it's high abv isn't noticeable, but it isn't overly drinkable due to the big chocolate flavor. A glass of water would go along nicely with this beast.

PicoPapa, Nov 27, 2010
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 5,634 ratings.