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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,441
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 282
Gots: 836 | FT: 49
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of silentjay


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

pours a deep brown with mahogany hues. very dark, almost black. small khaki colored head laces a bit.

smells of black chocolate, yah, but also licorice, dark roasted coffee, raisins, dark fruits.

tastes a bit of black chocolate, but more of a dark roasted coffee character is prevalent, and just like in the scent, there is some dark fruits and licorice. a bit of bitterness is there and alcohol is apparent. chocolate comes through more as the beer warms. a powdered hot cocoa flavor that dries the tongue.

mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to let you know it is there. nice.

drinks well now, but even better with age I would assume. alcohol is a bit hot, but not much more than expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:51:25 | More by silentjay
Photo of TCgoalie


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/30/10

This beer presents itself as pitch black, a nice tan head, very pretty, with good lacing.

Roasted coffee and milk chocolate are predominant in the smell. There is some sweet toffee coming through...I think there is more, but the bar is impeding my olfactory glands.

Rich coffee and chocolate take over this brew. It is a pleasant combination to my palate. There is also a roasty taste throughout with a pinch of toffee sweetness. The roasted coffee taste seems to be the signature of this beer.

This is full bodied with a smooth quality and subtle hop finish. It leaves my mouth nice and sticky making swallowing more difficult than usual.

I would say this is average drinkability for a 10% brew. Normal RIS drinkability...definitely the best Brooklyn Brewing Co. beer I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 21:06:57 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of Petrislav


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours deep black - dark coffee, topped with a light caramel frothy head

S: Tons of different roasts, heavy, coffee, slight hint of sweet

T: Bright hops, roasts, bittersweet chocolate, malt, caramel

M: Full bodied, nice bit of carbonation, lingering taste

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:04:58 | More by Petrislav
Photo of jneiswender


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cool but not cold.

A-motor oil black body and a chocolate ice cream head.

S-grain, roast, minerals

T-smoky, grainy husk, somewhat burnt

M-very full, incredibly thick

D-somewhat coarse. style is fitting but I thought it was a "dark chocolate" stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 15:25:37 | More by jneiswender
Photo of popery


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 08-09. Incredible beer. Pours black with a small light brown head. Lots of chocolate, roast and caramel in the aroma. The flavor is rich with even more chocolate, berries, brown sugar, caramel and roast. Very soft carbonation that fits the flavor well. I dearly wish that Brooklyn would distribute it to my state.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 06:40:12 | More by popery
Photo of HopNuggets


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz Winter 09-10 bottle code 2609 1554 into my Dogfish Snifter.

A - Poured a deep black that didn't let any hint of light through it. Solid 1.5 finger coffee color head that dissipated to a solid 1/8 inch head covering the surface. Easily stirred back up to a solid 1/4 inch head.

S - Drinking this one about 3 months after my first from this batch and the aroma has change sufficiently. The first time I drank this it was very fresh and there was a huge chocolate presence from what I recall. I remember being hugely surprised at what a chocolate scent there was. Now there is some dark chocolate upfront with roast coffee and maybe a hint of brown sugar.

T - Dark chocolate with roasted coffee some sweet dried dark fruits, possibly some prune.

M - Light carbonation and light on the palette for a big stout. Still a bit hot at 3 months since the last time but it has definitely been subdued quite a bit and mellowed out.

D - Very good for a 10% ABV stout. More drinkable 3 months since the first time I drank it. I can't wait to see what it taste like at 9 months and 1 year as I still have 2 in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 00:46:02 | More by HopNuggets
Photo of wspscott


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in tulip (winter 07-08 edition)

A: completely black with a caramel colored head that disappears quickly leaving a little lace.
S: A mix of chocolate and burnt/roasted flavors with some sweetness in the background
T&M: Feels thick/rich with a little alcohol burn. A little astringent on the tongue. The dark chocolate flavor really comes through.
D: This is a great dessert beer. It goes down a little too easy, I am ready to reach for a second one. Highly recommended.

(original scores 4,4.5,4,4,4.5)

*** 09/10 version on 4/22/10
12oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: pours with a thick creamy dark tan 4-finger head that drops to a thick film on the surface leaving a bunch of lace, completely black, lets no light through.
S: Chocolate dominates, sweetness, dark/dried fruits
T: Lots of roasty malts along with dark bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness, along with a hint of alcohol warmth.
M: Very creamy and rich, mouth coating, slightly astringent.
D: This is an awesome desert beer, a great example of the style. For such a big beer, there is not much alcohol presence which makes for a very easy drinking beer, very dangerous and highly recommended. Glad I have more in the basement.
(new scores 4,4,4,4,4.5)

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:00:09 | More by wspscott
Photo of milesfan76


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

In April they still have bottles of this at University Pizzeria in Youngstown. No complaints here. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black. Very, very black. About a three finger darkish-tan head that sticks around a while.

S: Malts and chocolate. Quite pleasing.

T: As the beer's name might suggest, the first thing I notice is the chocolate. Dark chocolate. Very nice. Malts and a little bit of hops.

M: Syrupy, but not too syrupy. Carbonation just right.

D: If not for the 10.10% I could drink this all day long.

I'll always have a soft spot for Brooklyn Brewery, as their Brown Ale was one of my earliest ventures into the craft beer world, and this beer is definitely their masterpiece. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 23:37:43 | More by milesfan76
Photo of Destral


4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors out quite dark, with a good 2 fingers of tan head. Thin layer remains and leaves light to moderate lacing until I finished.

Tons of sweet chocolate and malt. This beer realy smells tasty.

The Black Chocolate Stout has a very nice balance of chocolate sweetness and roasted coffee bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable, if at all. As this warms up the chocolate really starts to shine.

This is a very smooth beer, with the perfect level of fine carbonation.

I could drink these all night if I could buy them in Las Vegas. Its incredibly smooth and the alcohol is hidden so well. Reminded me a bit of the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, which is only half the alcohol!

This is one of my new favorite stouts. I hope to get my hands on more.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 03:12:07 | More by Destral
Photo of PorterJunkie


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark with small light brown head. The smell of hops, chocolate and malt hit your nose almost immediately. Goes down smooth with slight tones of hops, chocolate and weak bitterness at the end. Not to much of a heavy aftertase and alcohol is well hidden. Definitely worth every penny spent.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 18:53:04 | More by PorterJunkie
Photo of metter98

New York

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

(2009-10 vintage)
A: It's very dark black with just a few brown bubbles covering edges of the glass on the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of chocolatey malts and dark, roasted coffee beans.
T: There's a very rich flavor of dark chocolate malts that is very well balanced by the bitterness in the hops, the taste of which particularly comes out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: For an imperial stout, the beer is shockingly very drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. This is one of my all-time favorites and I wish I had enough storage space so I could age this stuff; it's interesting to watch the flavor develop over the years—it seems to peak if you age it for three years.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 15:02:48 | More by metter98
Photo of OskarL


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

Pours a black color with a brown head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate, cocoabeans, coffee with some sweet notes.

Tastes pretty much like the nose but with some roasted malts and ripe fruits. It finishes with bitter chocolate and a warming alcohol. The body is full with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 01:38:10 | More by OskarL
Photo of runner72


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

Serving in a 12 oz bottle.

A - very dark, with a slight amber hue under light. light brown head about 2 fingers, laces the glass

S- very nice. you can smell the chocolate, slight phenolic smell from the high ABV.

T - smooth, malty taste. you can taste chocolate up front, the alcohol taste kicks in at the end but fairly subtle.

M - smooth, malty feel. carbonation is good

D - very drinkable for such a high ABV.

Excellent stout!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 01:18:55 | More by runner72
Photo of jacobseyb


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a blackish brown with a slight tannish head. Smells of bitter chocolates and roasted/burnt malts. Taste is similar with slightly more chocolate flavors. Good feel with light carbonation, very smooth and thick body. A food drinking Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:35:21 | More by jacobseyb
Photo of bierenutz


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

This Winter 08/09 vintage bottle was a freebee, thanks to Nathan and cheers.
A-Pours dark brown near black color looking alot like motor oil with a 2 finger mocha brown head and leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S-Sweet carmels, coffee and, of course, chocolates are up front followed more by malts and hops as it warms.
T-Chocolate and toasted malt predominate with a nice coffee blend. The afternotes are almost purely alcohol, malt and hops.
M-Creamy and thick with some bite from the hops and alcohol.
D-Nice sipping beer, (well worth the price...just kidding) although could use a little more aging to address the alcohol afternotes.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 23:38:13 | More by bierenutz
Photo of MisterClean


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Abecall for pimping this bad boy.

A - Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of cappuccino colored head, which dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is little to none.

S - Medium coffee and chocolate.

T - Medium coffee, chocolate, and bittering hops. Finishes with some slight alcohol.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and sweet.

D - Could be sessionable, and great overall. Really enjoyed the coffee and chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 22:41:18 | More by MisterClean
Photo of TonyReaves


3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first tried this a few years ago, it was my first 'big' beer. It was 10.6% abv back then, and I'd never seen a beer so strong. Fond memories. Tonight I'm drinking the 09-10 vintage.

This beer is so black. Even with my glass in front of a bright light, no light peeking through.

Smells like pure dark chocolate and coffee. I'm not getting any alcohol, just roastiness.

The alcohol comes through in the taste. It starts with a touch of milky sweetness before a boozy burn cuts through everything. Finishes roasty with some hop bitterness.

This is a smooth drink. A lot of alcohol, but easy to imbibe. Dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 06:41:43 | More by TonyReaves
Photo of beachbum1975


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. 08-09 vintage per neck label. Thanks go to DrewOSU for leaving this one in my fridge!

Pours a thick, super dark, opaque brown with a gorgeously thick and dark tan head. Fantastic coating of the foam along the sides of my pint glass.

The nose is surprisingly lighter than I was expecting. I get sweet caramel, chocolate and faint hops.

Ahh, the taste is much larger than the nose. A gentle, sweet mix of milk chocolate, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee grounds collide in the front of the tasting. This is wonderfully smooth and not too sweet. I get a faint brushing of vegetable-like/hoppy bitterness on the finish with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation...

The mouthfeel is velvet and thick.

Very easy to sip and savor this one. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 01:11:42 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: 12/15/09

Thanks to mikey711 for this beer.

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black with a tan colored head, great retention, head is incredibly dense gobs of lacing, really a nice looking beer. 4.5

S: Chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, toffee, fairly boozey, some notes of whiskey, dark roasted malts, licorice, brown sugar and molasses. Nice. 4.0

T: Malty roasty, chocolate, definite hop bitterness, which complements the roast, alcohol, and chocolate. Definitely a workout for the tongue as this has a lot going on. Molasses and brown sugar. Nice lingering aftertastes. Excellent roastiness. A little young and hot may need to mellow a bit. 4.0

M: Thick, rich and velvety, almost creamy, warm booze, lots of lingering flavors. 4.0

D: Easy to drink, this one is still a little young will develop nicely. Strong flavors, good flavors, will let other bottles age. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 00:37:14 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came as an extra in a trade with gn0sis.

A- Pours jet black with just a touch of brown head. Head dissipates rather quickkly but still leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of bitter chocolate, some coffee and hints of dark fruits. Very complex overall, the bitterness and sweetness balances out nicely. A bit of booze shows up as it warms.

T- Very similar to the smell but the bitterness shows up a little more than in the aroma. Still coffee and chocolate on the flavor, but none of the dark frutis show up. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Heavy body, very smooth. Maybe a tad thinner than what I was expecting but pretty good. Very little carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. The 10% is masked pretty well by the other flavors but does sneak up on you.

Thanks again Eric!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 01:34:26 | More by kbeals
Photo of DmanGTR


4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/20/10. On tap at MacGregor's.

A - poured black with a light tan 3/4" head that retained nicely as a thin cap. lots of lace. no light comes through. wow. 5.0

S- rich roasted and chocolate malt. touch of caramel and cream. 4.5

T- lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, followed by sweetness of caramel and toffee, finishes roasty and with a touch of coffee. 4.5

M- thick and rich but not viscous or slick. smooth CO2. 4.5

D- too good. doesn't taste like it's 10% at all. 5.0

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 13:17:28 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of 09 into a pint glass.

A- Black with a paper thin mocha head that fades instantly.

S- Mostly chocolate, but I'm getting some roasted malt action with a very slight touch of coffee.

T- A lot of slightly bitter dark chocolate. A slight pinch of coffee. There's also a tad bit of roasted malt in there, but the bitterness starts to overwhelm after awhile.

M- Its about the standard thickness for a RIS. Not overly syrupy, though. Good deal

D- This is strong, and the bitterness CAN get to be a little much. Regardless, its a damn fine beer that I'm sure would taste a lot better if it were 30 degrees cooler out. I like it. I don't love it...but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:03:14 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black (very dark brown), moderate head, light lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa

T: Really smooth beer with a very pleasant bitter chocolate flavor. There is a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M: A tad thin, nice lingering aftertaste. 10.1% ABV is noticeable in the finish, though not necessarily unpleasant.

D: Great beer, and readily available.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 03:00:51 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of hdofu


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

I finally got around to trying this one (I've heard good things about it and keep seeing it every time I look at the beers of the world book whenever I'm in barnes and nobles) and must say I'm impressed. This one reminds me of Samuel Adams Imperial Stout, but without the anise taste, The beer poured deep chocolatey black with a thick dark tan head. Taste was that of a really dark chocolate. Has a velvety mouthfeel. It's goes down too easily. Smell is sinfully cocoay. About as good a stout as I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:15:54 | More by hdofu
Photo of BigIrishman

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a two finger fluffy caramel colored head. To say there's a lot of lace is a serious understatement.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a nice malty and licorice background.

Taste: Smokey chocolate the finished very clean malty back. This is not Rogue, Youngs, or Southern tier, so don't expect yoo-hoo but expect a nice chocolate undertone.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet finishes very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable heavy stouts available (ie non milk/cream stout or dry irish stout).

Note: This is definitely "old reliable" for me, it's always on the shelf. This beer is also great for introducing people to heavy stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:59:05 | More by BigIrishman
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