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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,867 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,867
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 326
Gots: 995 | FT: 53
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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 pmarlowe
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009-2010 bottling. Served in tulip glass.

A: Pours almost black with about a half finger of light tan foam. Solid sheets of lacing.

S: Blast of melted chocolate, some roasted nuts.

T: Chocolate and roasted malty goodness. Dry. Nice backbone of acidity ties the flavors together, really good stuff. Lingering finish of cocoa and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium-light bodied, good carbonation. Coats the mouth nicely.

O: I could drink this all night and not get tired of it. Dangerous at 10%. Not hugely complex, but very enjoyable.

Photo of Tripphop
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep brown color, carbonation is intense, voluminous tan mousse shoots to the top of the glass and a big froth sits on top for minutes. Smells is puny, weak burnt sugar and stale coffee. Flavor is better, surprisingly light bodied for 10%, but still leaves me wanting more. Dark fruits and chocolate candies are present, but not intense. Great value beer, not a prize, but great to have around.

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

Appearance. Pours a viscous black with over a finger of tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell. Black liquorish, molasses, and sweet, smoky tobacco. A little booze and chocolate syrup.

Taste. Sweet toasty malt, burnt sugar, tobacco, dark chocolate. Grassy, herbal hop presence. Some coffee and caramel in the end. Alcohol present for sure.

Mouthfeel. Full body and just a little sticky. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall. Kinda boozy and just a bit too sweet and sticky for me.

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

2011 12oz bottle courtesy of schwaeh, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours pitch black with no light showing in the corners of the glass. The head starts dark tan but as you swirl it becomes two-tone with a deeper shade of brown. Great head lacing and alcohol feet.

S: Chocolate malt and alcohol esters, followed by a whiff of coffee and bitterness. There is a whisky-like quality to the nose, from the alcohol to the richness and sweetness, that I like.

T: Rich and drinkable. You can taste a little alcohol but there really isn't any heat. The sweetness comes through as milk chocolate, and the finish is bitter-sweet like a dark chocolate bar. There is some hop presence as well and it all meshes pretty nicely.

MF: Creamy and silky smooth, viscous and coating. Medium to full bodied.

O: Very good, glad I have another to age now. There are hints of dark fruit in both the nose and taste, which mixes very well with the chocolate and really covers up any bitterness. Overall a very rich and smooth RIS.

Photo of BamaViper1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2010 version.

The Black Chocolate Stout pours motor oil black into the glass. Astoundingly for a beer that pours this dark, the Head formed from this pour was substantial, about an inch thick and colored mocha brown. This head dissipates but forms thick lacing on the inside of the glass.

This beer has aromas of roasted malt and milk chocolate. There are hints of espresso and dried fruit. Also upon swirling a more bitter chocolate can be discerned.

Roasted malt invades the tastebuds as this beer is ingested. The dominating flavor, however, is a bittersweet chocolate. The finish is coated in bitter chocolate with the mildest hint of raspberry. There is the presence of alcohol taste, but it is not overwhelming.

This Brooklyn brew is more carbonated than I was anticipating, but is actually nice for a beer with this much body. The finish coats the tongue allowing the flavors to linger on for eternity.

I really like this beer. I feel that maybe with a full year or two of age, this beer will be even better. Kudos to Brooklyn Brewery. This RIS is pretty fantastic.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter 10-11 bottle. Pours a midnight black with two fingers of dark khaki foam quickly giving way to thick lacing. Nose has roasted smoky peat notes, campfire, almost a acetic quality and some buried burnt coffee. No real sign of chocolate here. No real smoke on the taste, it does have some nice bittersweet chocolate, roasted and a very dry finish along with a high level of carbonation. I was waffling between trying something new or a breakfast stout, i wish i went with the latter.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan and SalukiAlum for each sending me a bottle of this!

Pours a pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades to a small cap. Very nice distinct rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Taste is of dark bittersweet chocolate, plums/prunes, roasty coffee, and slight soy sauce. There is a pleasant coffee/dark chocolate bitterness after each sip. There is also a slight acidity in the beer. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a very good RIS. I am glad I got a chance to try this one and that I have another bottle to drink later.

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

A: Pours a rich, dark brown, bordering on black. Head is tan and a nice size. Nice lacing as well.

S: A big roasty chocolate aroma comes through. A bit of alcohol is present as well, but not unpleasantly so.

T: Like the smell, lots of roasted malts and chocolate are in the taste. Sweet dark fruits are also there. Also, some bitterness and a little bit of alcohol, which blend well with the flavors.

M: Creamy, thick and smooth, with a surprising amount of carbonation. Nice.

D: Scarily drinkable for 10% ABV. Can barely taste the alcohol, and it blends well with the flavors. The taste is well balanced as well, not too sweet (as some chocolate stouts tend to be) and not too bitter.

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

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Slow to form 1/4" head. Jet opaque black in the glass.

S: Rich chocolaty cream, a little coffee with some subtle hop characteristics.

T: Cocoa, coffee, just a hint of bitterness to balance the malt.

M: Thick, rich, and a bit of alcohol towards the end.

O: Good example of the style. Nothing stands out, but I still found it enjoyable to sip.

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

2008-2009 vintage into Duvel glass.

Appearance: 4.5
Opaque, dark drown-black body with dense, foamy brown 1 inch head. Nice lacing. As I drink a faint, incomplete of head remains on surface.

Smell: 4.5
Strong aroma of cocoa with notable presence of dark fruit and molasses malt. Addictive to smell.

Taste: 4
Initially, sweet chocolate malt that is overtaken by the more fruit, warming alcohol midway through with some mild bitterness. Great roasty finish with slight stickiness. Alcohol is notable, but not too over-powering. Good sipper beer.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickness with good coating of mouth. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Feels appropriate for such a stout.

Overall: 4.5
A very nice stout, especially to sipper during cold winter night. Quite drinkable. I enjoy the chocolate aspect and feels it softens the alcohol presence nicely. Overall, the alcohol is detectable, but not too overpowering. Enjoyable, but not a beer I have multiple in a sitting in most cases.

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

A - arrived as a jet black color with a frothy tan head.

S - chocolate and a bit of coffee and brown sugar.

T - As the name would imply, chocolate is the main attraction here. A healthy amount of bitter, roasty dark chocolate flavor with some coffee and brown sugar. In my opinion, the light sweetness is well-balanced by the roast and the hops. I wouldn't ask for more sweetness or for less. This stout is well-balanced overall with no real rough edges. A bit of booziness at the end if you sip it too fast, but this is to be expected from an imperial stout on tap.

M - nice body without being too heavy. I would be interested in trying a nitro version of this stout if such a thing actually existed.

Overall - this is a great, well-balanced stout. I can't say I'm too keen on the traditional flavor-hammer imperial stouts, so if you're a huge stout fan maybe you shouldn't take my review at face value. But I really like how Brooklyn BCS balances the chocolate flavor with everything else going on. Enjoy.

Photo of Shrews629
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown/black color with some very faint ruby highlights around the edges. A nice dark tan head that was smooth and creamy. However the head was not very large nor did it have a tremendously long retetnion time. Left some decent lacing though.

Smell - A sweet and burnt chocolate note seems to be the driving force of the aroma. Some additional burnt malt is in there also. A touch of coffee. A touch of dark fruits. Some burnt bread. No over abundance of alcohol in the smell either. Nicely balanced. Smells great.

Taste - The taste brings out more of the robust, sweet chocolate, burnt coffee and dark fruit. A minor flavoring of alcohol is present as well. Very, very well balanced. A little bit of milk flavoring also.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry and smooth and creamy. Slick feeling. The warming alcohol holds off until the last second then comes slowly and finishes strong. Covers the palate exceptionally well.

Drinkability - What a wonderful brew. A great smell, mouthfeel and of course an outstanding taste. This beer is very easy to drink and even more so during the Winter months. Watch out however, 10% ABV is quite a bit. I'm picking this up again next year for sure... and yes you should too.

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

Poured 12oz into Tremens snifter.

A- Pours dark black, with no light coming in or out. Very nice khaki head. Creamy and holds very well.

S- Nice bittersweet aroma from this. Roasted malts overcome the bitter chocolate notes in nose.

T- Up front the roasted malts mix with subtle sweet chocolate flavors. Bitterness starts to overtake in the middle through the end. Chocolate settles off pretty quick too, still very smooth drink.

M- Full body. Low carbonation, almost none. Creamy mouth feel.

O- Good beer here. Nothing really jumps out at me though. Chocolate flavors weren't as present as I was hoping for. Solid, but nothing overwhelmingly special.

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

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence. Poured into a tulip glass and was, as usual for the WL, too cold. After warming the glass in my hands for a few minutes, I swirled and got down the business of reviewing.

Pours a dark brown/black, with a 1/4" tan head that is sloooow to reduce.

Smells of burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of bitter flitting in and around these aromas. Tough to say if it is a dark chocolate bitter, or a coffee bitter.

Has a bitter-sweet start, with decent black coffee bitter and a decent amount of alcohol. Sweetens as you drink more, and remains smooth throughout.

Very full-bodied, and becoming more so as it warms. The alcohol also begins to mellow as it warms.

Easy drinking and smooth, I think this is one of Brooklyn's finest offerings. I would definitely have this again and recommend it if you're looking to enjoy a good stout.

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

A: Pitch black, motor oil consistency, very faint whispy head forms, then recedes.
S: Raisin, plum, alcohol, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel
T: Strong raisin flavor up front, alcohol seems to be shining through fairly well. A slight astringency mingles with a touch of roasted malt and chalky bakers chocolate. Caramel sweetness is wrapped up in a moderately bitter finish, followed by a boozy warmth as the sip is finished.
M: Smooth, slightly viscous, with moderate carbonation
O: A solid beer, fairly sweet, seemed lacking on the chocolate forward characteristics that I was hoping for in this after-dinner brew.

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

A: Pours a dark black with a light brown foam.

S: Roasted notes. Lots of chocolate. Some coffee...some cherry noted.

T: Bitter roasted flavors up front. As it warms the chocolate becomes much more noted. A bittersweet chocolate taste predominates. A bit more sweet than would be optimal. The alcohol peeks through once in a while. A lingering bitter chocolate flavor coats the mouth.

M: Medium-thick on the mouth....A few swirls creates a creamy head. Rich & thick.

O: Drinkability is good. I considered this one over again and liked it more the second time. Initially....the sweetness is just shy of cloying but stays within reason. Later...you get the balance here and the flavors work together like a liquid chocolate cake. I raised my points and will try this again, in comparison to my standards of Old Raspy & Storm King.

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

12 ounce bottle vintage winter 2009-10 poured into a snifter.

The pour is jet black with a very small quick fading tan head that leaves nothing behind. The nose is made up of roasted malts, espresso, toffee, and chocolate. Not overpowering but very pleasant. Taste is amazing. No alcohol is on the palate with plenty of dark chocolate and a bitter malty finish. Very easy drinking stout. Mouthfeel is quite viscous. Overall this is a great stout. I wish I had some fresh to see how the chocolate has faded over the couple years this has been cellaring.

Photo of London1985
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what can i say....

I picked this up from Utobeer in London's Borough Market today (March 26th 2011) and had to review it as it took me by complete surprise....

I was expecting just an 'ok' stout from this as my perception of the Brooklyn Brewery is kind of along the lines of mass produced beers so i didnt have high hopes for this.

However, when i opened and poured this, i was captivated by how dark and luscious it looked. It had the blackness to match its name and a lovely aroma.

It goes down very smooth and leaves an addictive film of alcohol and roasted coffee/chocolate flavours on your palatte like all good stouts should.

It has a beautiful lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

To cut it short, i wasnt expecting to drink the best ever stout i had with this.... but i also wasnt expecting such a wonderfully crafted and flavorful drink that goes down so smooth and is so pleasent on the nose and palatte.

Well done Brooklyn Brewery... you have produced an exceptional stout when compared to its price.

Photo of Darwin1975
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice look. Thick, dark brew. Nice head.

S- Chocolate, coffee

T- Real Chocolate, moca taste. Rich

M- Coats the mouth nice, but does not linger. Easy on the palate.

Overall- Great stout. Would love to try this on draft. Wish I had more time to enjoy this.

Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Winter 10-11
Poured a deep brown-black with an inch of tan froth. Fair amount of lacing.

Alcohol is faintly on the nose behind wonderful aromas of chocolate coffee ice cream, maybe with some brownies in it after swirllin' in my snifter. quite refreshing

Taste is upfront sweet chocolate followed by some coffee bitterness, slight twinge of alcohol.

Very well put together beer, it earns my respect and than-some. I paid 6.99 for a four pack I respect that even more.

Photo of raszputini
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a tulip glass. Pours jet black with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is light with mild notes of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is pretty intense. These malts are BURNT, but not in a bad way. The chocolate and coffee tone it down a little, but this is still a pretty intense brew, as it should be. Mouth is moderately thick, but not chewy and somewhat sticky. This is my favorite Brooklyn product so far

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle into tulip, from notes.
A: A jet black body, with a tan head that has good formation and retention. Lacing is left in layered patterns. Carbonation is not present in the body. Very typical for a RIS.

S: The aroma comes off very clean, with a big roasted body and subtle hints at chocolate. Sweetness is found in the nose as well. Overall aroma is standard and nothing really breathtaking.

T/M: On the front, this has a nice sweet roasted character, with high interplay of malts and bittering hops. Chocolate doesn't really come through till the beer warms up and bit. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves with a silky coat.

O: Can't really see the huge attraction to this brew, although it is really good, I find it to get lost with a lot of other RIS. Chocolate really is not showcased as I would have thought from the name.

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.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,867 ratings.