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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,845
Reviews: 2,662
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 983 | FT: 51
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of brown head, which recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Dark, smoky malts up front followed by a blast of dark/semi-sweet chocolate. There are some hops on the end, providing a light piny aroma. The alcohol shows up in the aroma as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are roasted malts up front followed by dark chocolate and some bitter coffee flavors. The hops kick in, providing a piny flavor towards the end. The finish is of bitter coffee and some alcohol warmth.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and somewhat creamy, though the carbonation and bitterness provide a bite on the finish.

O: Overall, a pretty good RIS. Nothing spectacular, but very cheap and better than many RISs much more expensive. Definitely should be a staple in the imperial stout fan's fridge during the winter.

Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the '09-'10 winter batch.

A: pitch black with about a half finger of tan head; looks about how you'd expect.

S: dark, roasty malts; chocolate; hints of coffee; booze too.

T: rich malts and chocolate through and through. Boozy warmth thrown in for good measure. Delicious!

M/D: a creamy, full-bodied brew that feels great swishing around in the mouth. Relatively easy drinking here too, though it's definitely an imperial stout. A solid chocolate stout.

Photo of JerseyKirk
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was my first imperial stout so my review might be a little bit off due to the higher alcohol content.

A: Poured a rich dark mocha 3 finger head. Deep rich black malt. Ultra dark. Head retention is great for such high alcohol content. Lasted long with excellent lacing. By the end the top of the glass still held laced head.

S: Dark chocolate, dark malt, little bit of alcohol. I really like how sweet the dark chocolate smells. Deep rich cocoa that lasts.

T: Deep rich cocoa and dark malts. Alcohol is definitely there and warming. The finish lingers with espresso and cocoa. Not bitter at all. Alcohol flavor really reduces the grade.

M: Creamy but not as much as Guinness. There is a full bodied almost thick and chewy feel but not entirely there. The more is swish it around in my mouth the thicker and more enjoyable the feel is.

D: Although some stouts I really enjoy, this isn't one of them. Making something high alcohol without blending it more the alco flavor is too paramount. The beer flavor should be the high note not the low note against the alcohol. Maybe its me I love the chocolate and espresso notes but the alcohol doesn't make me want to have another.

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

2010, 12 oz. into a Perfect Pint:

A: Pitch-black chocolate syrup body supports a creamy brown head that settles fairly quickly, leaving some sheets of lacing.

S: Pretty potent chocolate nose--about as strong as I've noticed--but without being sweet at all. A bit boozy and rum-like, with pleasantly burnt sugar notes. Very good.

T: The dryness is perfectly in line with the dark chocolate sensation. Otherwise, very solid roasted malt characteristic. It's just a bit too boozy tasting.

M: Smooth and round, but as mentioned, a touch alcoholic. Good carbonation for the style.

O: A great beer, one of those that really embodies a chocolate stout for me. Probably not world class, but definitely an exemplar, and not a bad value for the quality and the ABV. Everybody should drink this beer.

Photo of bboelens
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip
No batch number, at the top of the bottle it says: limited bottling winter 10-11

A-Pours a thick black gorgeous molasses with a huge dark tan 1.5" head, that lasted a good 3 minutes before becoming a thin head and left small amounts of lacing behind.

S-Wonderful, Rich dark malt, strong coffee and chocolate presence with a definite but not too strong alcohol presence.

T-Now this is an RIS, The malt and chocolate come into the foreground and punch you in the mouth and then rich notes of espresso and dark fruits followed immediately by a medium alcohol finish.

M-Thick and creamy, a low carbonation keeps it just right.

D-This is one of the best examples I've had of an RIS, although there's a solid amount of alcohol this beer is incredibly drinkable, easy to finish one, maybe a little too easy, well I'm not driving anywhere guess I'll have another.

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

Brooklyn brewery black chocolate stout.
A= a dark black coffee hue with touches of truffle brow when held to the light.
S= smells of fine dark chocolate(bitter sweat),fresh ground espresso beans.
T= black coffee,high end dark bitter sweet chocolate,fresh cream.

A very good pareing of chocolate and a fine stout but not as sweet as rouge chocolate stout.

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

2009 Vintage. 12 oz bottle into my Bruges Zot chalice.

The beer pours an inky black color with just a wisp of tan foam. No light penetrates the dark depths of this stout The foam recedes leaving a tan ring which sticks around for the duration. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa. Taste follows. Huge chocolate and coffee notes backed up by roasted malt sweetness and dark frluit. Very nice. The finish is pure coffee, and mild hop bitterness. Feel is thick and viscous which is perfect for this beer. Low carbonation lends a very satisfying creamy texture which is just exquisite. No trace of the 10% ABV is detectable making this brew dangerously drinkable. I am really enjoying this one. Highly recommended!

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

A - Pours a thick, dark black with tan one finger head with good lacing.

S - Nice amount of sweet dark chocolate and cocoa. Also smell some dark fruits like prunes.

T - A very strong, forward taste. At the beginning, it's a lot of that dark fruit, especially raisins. As the beer fills the mouth, you get a good helping of that dark chocolate and roasted coffee. I thought the taste was very complex.

M - It's a good, full bodied beer that coats the throat as you drink. Just a twinge of burn from the alcohol and a bit of carbonation.

D - It's perfect for a chilly night. Nice and warming. Very drinkable. Well done.

Photo of jmfc8237
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass with a 1 inch dark tan head. Large carb bubbles line the sides of the glass with medium head retention. Sticky matted lacing clings to the walls of the glass as it warms. Completely opaque black color and just the slightest drop of light coming through in the bottom of the glass revealing a dark ruby port color.

Cocoa and dark fruit like raisins and burnt dates are on the nose. Deeply complex ash and chocolate malts are abundant.

Taste was intense and lovely with dark fruit and chocolate pronounced throughout. I did notice a slightly soapy taste in the aftertaste however. As it warmed up the taste faded. Little bitterness except framing up the balance is present. A lovely representation of this style.

Deeply intense and warming as you swish this over your taste buds it's defiantly a winner. Cheers

Photo of erikwibaeus
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this beer is one you just have to try to understand. Even tough its an R.I.S. its not. Brooklyn has taken great mestures to make this beer open for the big public. The -09 version is well balanced but perhaps the character R.I.S. is usually more rugged than this brew. Almost milky in the nose i see this beer as one that you can serve to the avrage joe and he will understand but perhaps not like (depending on taste ofcourse).
My conclusion is that its got a pretty high drinkability and the taste is perfect. But as i said, i kinda miss the rugged feeling.

Photo of mintjellie
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2009-2010 bottling.

Black as tar and completely impenetrable to light, topped by a generous helping of crema-coloured foam that leaves the occasional spot sticking to the glass. Strong coffee aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate. Big coffee and chocolate flavour, lots of roast and char. Leaves a lingering acidity and bitterness behind, like a mouthful of French roast coffee or espresso. All these bitter and burnt flavours are accompanied by a touch of residual sweetness, creating a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet. There's just a trace of alcohol warmth at the back of the mouth. This was quite boozy when fresh, but time and a cool dark closet have tamed it. Full-bodied with a fine, velvety carbonation that helps to lighten it. It's odd how it can feel so full and so light at the same time. I love the mouthfeel of this beer, but can understand that someone looking for a heavy and substantial RIS might be disappointed by it. 9% ABV be damned, I'd be drining a second if I had any more left. Delicious beer.

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

09-10 Bottling

Poured Black Black. With dark tan 2.5 finger head. And left some serious lacing throughout.

A= Smells sweet, with a fruity smell - dark fruits. and roasty.

T=Dark fruits is pretty dominate upfront. Then Im getting the sweetness from the malts, not getting as much chocolate as I remember from a few months back. Slight bitter finish as from dark chocolate though.

M=nice medium to full. nice and creamy.

Overall - this is pretty good, I remember it being much better about 3 months ago though. so let that be a lesson to me. 1 year is perfect.

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

Poured from 2010-2011 12 oz bottle into Newcastle pint glass.

Appearance: Black as night with a nice 1 finger brown head that dissipates within about 30 seconds.

Smell: Faint chocolate - not quite as much as I had expected. Bittersweet chocolate I believe.

Taste: There's the chocolate. Tons of chocolate with some bitterness up front. Back end is where the alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin to medium. Medium carbonation as well.

Drinkability: Definitely not a bad beer, but there are other examples of this style that I'd prefer. Great initial taste but the alcohol really comes through after. Still, I paid around $8.00 for the 4-pack, so it's a solid beer for the money.

Photo of ZorPrime
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bunch of this beer in trades with ritzkiss and liamt07. A couple of 2010-11 vintage and also a bottle of the 2009-10 and 2008-09 vintage. Rating is for the 2010-11 vintage.

Vintage 2010-11: Very dark black color beer. Nice head. Brown color head. Intense aroma of chocolate with some raisin notes. Coffee too as it warms. I get also the licorice. In the mouth, this beer is creamy. Awesome! Warms too. Taste wise it is licorice, coffee. Not much chocolate in this one. Drinks so easily! Needs to be drank slowly to discover all the different aspect of the beer as it warms.

Thanks ritzkiss and liamt07. A very good beer!

Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle in the Salthouse pub in Galway, Ireland. Poured into a Gouden Carolus goblet (which we later "borrowed").

A: Tan head of pathetic retention. Sheer black. The retention is forgiveable given the ABV.

Sm: Chocolate, toffee, alcohol. Caramel. A moderately strong scent overall.

T: Chocolate from build through to the finish. Open lacks the cream it needs. Alcohol is certainly present, but not unpleasant. Body is well built and balanced. Finish is nice. Tones of roasted barley are subtly supportive of the body.

Mf: The smoothness carries the alcohol across the palate, whilst the dryness lets the flavour come through. Well executed, particularly for a beer of this style.

Dr: Hides its ABV dangerously well. If it were half the price, I'd get it every night. Elsewise, it's just a treat for every once 'n' then. Here's a beer that boldly tries to be unique, and succeeds. Bravo.


11/02/13: I picked this up at me local HEB grocery and wanted to re-review (with truncated notes) since my palate has changed in the last two and a half years. 10% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle. Expectations are high. Served into an Avery snifter.

Served cold and allowed to warm. Side-poured with standard vigor.

Paired with Lindt milk chocolate.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a quarter finger head of khaki colour that recedes entirely inside of ten seconds, leaving no lacing behind.

Body colour is an opaque solid jet black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks as it should. Quite within style conventions. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Bitter dark chocolate, dark malts, chocolate malt, faint roasted barley, cream, light caramel, and burnt sugars. Maybe black strap molasses. Some very welcome pecan as well as a hint of vanilla. It does have some buried dark fruit on the back end which I'm glad isn't too prominent: grape, fig, dates. Seems sweet; there's little bitterness here.

No yeast, hops, or alcohol character is detectable. I'm really looking forward to trying this. A bold assertive aroma of mild strength.

T: Straightforward milk and dark chocolate. I wish it the chocolate was more multidimensional, but it's pretty one note. Dark malts, chocolate malts, cocoa. The roast is too buried. Molasses. Very reticent hints of grape and fig. Caramel. Complementary burnt sugars. Enjoyable pecan. A hint of vanilla. The subtlety of the flavour profile leaves it feeling more simple than it actually is; it's well balanced and nicely put together, but not quite gestalt. Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour. Sweet but not overly so.

No yeast, hops, or alcohol come through substantially.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Should be creamier. Unrefreshing. Somewhat acidic. Has a very light acridity akin to espresso. Decent body and thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Would be better softer. Suits the flavour profile generally well.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

Dr: Drinkable for the ABV but I think it'd do well with some age. I'll happily kill the 4 pack I picked up and look forward to setting some down to cellar. A solid brew from Brooklyn and an important one historically.

Pairs well with chocolate.

Low B

03.30.14: truncated notes.

A: Pours a nice tan head with some richness. It recedes fully inside 2 minutes. Body is an opaque jet black.

Sm: Sweet. Milk chocolate, faint roast, dark malts, chocolate malts. True to its namesake. The chocolate has depth and character. I do pick up on a kiss of licorice, which isn't great to my personal tastes. Cream.

Wisps of rum, sugarcane, and even coconut are barely perceptible. It's an understated but highly enjoyable aroma of mild strength. Not boozy, yeasty, or hoppy. Sweetness is near perfect.

T: Milk chocolate dominates, but it isn't as sweet as the aroma suggested. There is ample sweetness on the open, which is soon balanced nicely by some cacao bitterness and faint roasted barley. I do notice a bit of coconut, but luckily no licorice. It's not a hoppy, yeasty, or boozy flavour profile by any means, and I find it well-balanced and very enjoyable. Varied dark malts fill out the body nicely.

It's simpler than I remember it, but still remarkably cohesive and well-built. Nice depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, silky, and wet, with light touches of coarseness and dryness from the roast. Well-executed overall. A biteen overcarbonated, perhaps. Texture complements the taste well.

Dr: A sipper, but a mighty enjoyable one. A well-executed stout from Brooklyn which I imagine I'll be picking up every year. It'd be interesting to see where it goes with age, as well. I'd recommend this to friends. Worth cellaring, and absolutely a must-try for stout fans. Hides its high ABV well. The 12 oz format is perfect for this beer; a greedier brewery would try to push bombers on us for a higher price per ounce. A winter treat.


Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this several times but just haven't put up a review for it yet. Vintage 2010-2011. Do have to admit that this beer gets much better with age though.

Pours a dark black color with a great sized tan head, fades at a slow rate, when held up to the light barely a hint of light can penetrate around the edges.

Smell has a nicely crafted aroma of chocolate and roasted malt, it doesn't smell fake or sweet but a nice dark chocolate type aroma, touch of dark fruit in the nose as well.

Taste is a mix of roasted malt and chocolate malt, coffee-like bitterness, not much of a hop presence which is not surprising, the strength is very evident with a slight burn on the tongue and a warming sensation in the belly, definitely needs some time to smooth out, creaminess is decent, slight dark fruit on the sides, carbonation is spot on, full-bodied yet not cloying which is a fine line to walk.

One of the best examples of a RIS, right up there with Old Rasputin. The fact that this beer is widely available during the winter months is also quite the achievement.

Photo of ms11781
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Winter 2010-11 on bottle. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

An aggressive pour produces a one finger light brown head that quickly reduces to a thin tan ring around the glass. The beer itself is as black as black can be. Even when held up to light there is a hint of dark brown where the foam meets the liquid but it's all black. Each sip leaves a good bit of foamy lacing that doesn't stick to the sides, but does take a good amount of time to drip back down the glass to meet the head.

The nose yields a huge dose of bitter chocolate right out of the gate. Roasted coffee and dark malts are here as is a surprising amount of dark fruit. There is some vanilla and some smokiness as well. It's rounded out by an alcohol presence just strong enough to burn the nostrils a tad when inhaled deeply.

Tons of flavors in the taste. Actually starts off with a bit of sweetness, some dark fruit and a touch of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate and some roasted coffee come in before a huge dose of roasted, or to be more exacted charred malt makes for a bitter finish. There is also a fair amount of booze in the finish, but it's warm in the back of the throat and is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is interesting. It feels rich, creamy and smooth yet at the same time the ample carbonation makes it feel pretty light for the style. Enjoying the fact that a stout can feel this full without actually being so.

Drinkability is outstanding for a beer of such a high ABV. Most likely a one and done but it's possible to have a couple if spaced out correctly. A very enjoyable experience and a beer I'd love to see again with some age on it.

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

This pours black with a nice two finger tan head that dissipates into an island and a ring with no lacing. On the nose there is dark chocolate and espresso, pretty standard, but lurking under are some figs or other dark fruit that kind of set this apart within the genre for me. In the mouth the chocolate asserts itself most with the dark fruit and espresso coming in underneath, maybe some caramelized sugar too. There is a prickly mouthfeel that works really well with the big body. For a big stout this is quite drinkable, a very good example of the style with some nice stuff going on behind the ubiquitous coffee/chocolate.

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

2010/2011 bottle picked up in New Orleans 12/10. Poured into IRS tulip

A- jet black with a 3 finger light tan head that leaves sticky moderate lacing the whole way

S- sugared roasted plum, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a light booze heat

T- semi sour dark fruit leads, followed by chocolate and coffee bitterness

M- Medium/full body with a slight oily feel. Moderate carbonation leads to silky smoothness

D- Very easy to drink for the abv. I have enjoyed a few during a session, although I want to leave some to keep aging

My first tasting of this was from the 2009/2010 batch, and DAMN it was amazing. I have started to stockpile this beer to enjoy thru the years

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

Winter 10-11 Bottling

A: Pitch black, fairly viscous. Agressive pour yielded a thick solid brown head with a few bubbles noticeable on the surface. Sticks around for awhile too. Spotty lacing. Nice!

S: Definite booziness on the nose, burnt malts, molasses, dark chocolate.

T: This is a big beautiful stout! Lots of booze, dark dry cocoa, molasses, burnt, roasty malts, fig.

M: Medium bodied, adequate carbonation, great smooth, mouthfeel.

D: At 10% it'd be hard to session, but this is a tasty brew and for the price (I think I was told it's $2/12oz) you can't go wrong.

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

Rhettroatcive East Coast Series (respect to the man)....

I'll keep this brief since i'm writing retrospectively.

A -Great color, great head. Retention is a little fleeting, and the lacing is acceptable, although nothing outstanding.

S - Superb expressions of (surprise surprise) chocoalte - bittersweet to be precise. Vanilla lends a creamy note, and hops flutter floral impressions in the background

T - Pretty good. Nice expressions of espresso bean and dark chocolate. The vanilla also presents itself well while remembering its place on the backseat. Finally, the roasted malts own the back palate for a biting finish.

M - This one's a bit of a contradiction. A distinct creaminess imparted by the brew, but the high carbonation and a slightly hollow profile results in its dilution, and a thinner-than-expected overall mouthfeel almost leaves it in the upper-end porter range.

D/O - A decent chocolate stout. It was slightly disappointing to not see greater emphasis on the chocolate notes, and a more substantial mouthfeel would have really taken this brew to another level. Although BBCS cant punch like the big boys in its category, it's definitely worth a try. Assuming the price point is reasonably assigned, I'd have no qualms returning to this one as a lighter end to an evening.

Photo of Franz4
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2010/11 version, kept in fridge for 2 days but let set out for 1/2 hour before pouring. Reviewed 3-8-11, ratings reflect this version.

A- opaque, light tan 1 finger head settles quickly.

S- Chocolate notes with some additional dark fruit. ABV is detectable in the nose.

T- I'm getting lots of the tartness of the dark fruits again on the front end, seems to be more dominant here than in other RIS. These fade to a very nice chocolate near the finish.

M- full bodied, absolutely outstanding here. Seems to be silky soft with just a touch of carbonation that brings out the chocolate.

D- This seems to be a well-crafted beer, the body is absolutely amazing. I'm wondering if some age on the bottle would have mellowed some of the dark fruit a bit and brought out more chocolate and roastiness. I wish I would have grabbed 2 bottles, now I may have to hunt for one.

08/09 Version generously provided by DrDog, can't say enough about that guy. Reviewed 3/17/11

A- hasn't changed a bit, very nice.

S- Dark fruits are big in the nose again seems to be slightly less tart than the 10/11. Chocolate is present but muted.

T- Flavors seem to be better balanced with the age on it. Tartness is still there, but is balanced by the chocolate flavor.

M- still feels fantastic, very smooth, still the best part of this beer.

O- glad I was able to try this, if I was tempted to buy more of this I would definitely let it continue to age as the balance does improve.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a gorgeous three finger frothy, bubbly, mocha head.

S: Lots of dark chocolate, espresso, milky creaminess, and some lingering dark fruits (cherries, raisins). Alcohol is strong on the nose.

T: Very similar to smell. Dark chocolate and espresso upfront, with dark/candied fruits and molasses (or roasted malts) in the middle. Boozy warming finish, but relatively well hidden considering the ABV. Slight smokiness. Overall quite complex, and quite delicious!

M: Well rounded viscosity with a bit of creaminess. Lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting, but still very pleasant. Mild carbonation.

D: Definitely drinkable. Even considering the ABV, the alcohol is hidden well enough to sip a few over the course of an evening. One of my favourite imperial stouts.

Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nearly pitch black with a slight tan head and no real lacing to speak of. Smells of coffee, chocolate, burnt malt, faint alcohol and overall very clean. Taste is roasty, chocolaty, big malt up front, mild lingering bitterness with a bittersweet finish. Good weight, slightly aggressive carbonation, creamy and quite smooth. Drinks very well great after dinner drink, ABV is noticable from time to time but feels nowhere near 10%

Photo of Landfill21
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my flying dog glass and pours into a dark black color that lets no light through. Has a two fingernail head that follows the beer through the session.

Smells of nuts chocolate and malt.

HJas a nice chocolate taste, you can taste a little amount of carbonation.

Has a interestingly light mouthfeel and a medium drinkibility.

I would recommend this beverage to a stout lover.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,845 ratings.