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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,501
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 296
Gots: 856 | 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 Reaper16


3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

Thanks, FernMaster!
12oz bottle - 2009 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark cola brown. Lighter brown at the edges. It isn't inspiring me to write anything else about its body. An incremental spread of tan foam tops the beer off. A swirl of agitation yields no increase in the head. Lacing? Not really.

The aroma is very malty, as one would guess. Deep malt with a bit of, like, port running through it. Some nice chocolate tones, too; more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Not very roasty. This smells pretty good, if unusual from the impy stouts I tend to drink.

Black Chocolate Stout is unusual on the palate, too. This isn't a bitter, roasty stout. It is malty and smooth and fairly clean. Much more malted barley flavor than chocolate. Coffee just isn't there. Ghosts of dark fruits that link up with the port smell. Some cardboard flavor shows up... this and the port quality make me think there is some oxidization going on. Anyways, different? Yes. Good? Almost.

Way too thin for an Imperial Stout. This is super-light. Oddly thin. It isn't satisfying. The only reason that this doesn't get a 1.0 is because the light flavors of the beer go well with the mouthfeel. But I am rating to style, so... The drinkabilty is consequently good. This is a stout that you want to polish off a few of in a session (though at 10% ABV you shouldn't).

I suppose that I am disappointed by this beer. It isn't to my taste. It is decent enough but if this were available locally to me then I wouldn't be rushing out to buy a 4-pack when it comes out each year.

06-02-2010 04:25:50 | More by Reaper16
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours opaque black with a 1 finger creamy light brown chocolate milk-like head that lasts a while; good lacing that slides down the glass. A very nice beer to look at and admire.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, sweet malt, faint hops, vanilla, toffee and mild spices; the aroma is like a sweet coffee treat or hot chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, sweet caramel, faint hops, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, burnt wood, some mild spices which gives a slight hop nip towards the dry end; nice smoky flavor mixed with the sweet malts. This is an extremely flavorful beer that hides the alcohol well and really goes down easy. The beer ends dry and smoky with peat, charcoal and roasted malt in the crisp finish. Very tasty and enjoyable; it's light for a stout, or at least feels light and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, very mild to no carbonation and a shake like creamy feel on the tongue; this went down smooth and had an overall nice smoky flavor.

A great stout that I've enjoyed many times in the past and will seek out again. Very tasty and I recommend drinking this as a nightcap or desert beer.

05-31-2010 18:01:09 | More by CHickman
Photo of Murchmac


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to cvstrickland for sending this out my way. This was an 08-09 BCS.

lacing around the glass, little head, DARK.

chocolate smells swirl around the glass.

sweet smooty roasted tastes, rich, heavy, warming smooth chocolate tastes.

Great beer. Thanks Chuck.

05-30-2010 21:04:07 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

I had at a dive bar somewhere in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Didn't really even know the name of the place at the time.
A-- Black, basically completely. Some light seeps through at the bottom. Even the head is a deep, deep tan.
S-- Has a chocolate scent. It comes through.
T-- Very rich, sour chocolate taste. Kind of a chestnut undertone. The chocolate comes through toward the end. A bit too alcohol taste.

05-28-2010 23:28:50 | More by Amalak
Photo of RobertTh3Texian


4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

The tan head forms up nicely and stands proud as if to say, "I am Brooklyn, and Brooklyn is Stout." Black does not even begin to describe this brew. It's advanced darkness that seeks light (lite) of the world and swallows it whole. The nose is as fruity and toasty as the first taste is. The body isn't too heavy and it leaves a good fruit flavour that I love from a good stout and only comes out in the best of chocolates. Good beer all around, a must buy if ya got it.

05-26-2010 15:31:00 | More by RobertTh3Texian
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +6%

An aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip yields a beer that is absolute black with a good sized milk chocolate cap. Head retention and lacing are both well above average for the style. The nose is intoxicating, chocolate covered expresso beans. The taste isn't quite as balanced unfortunately, as the rich dark chocolate notes dominate and any coffee flavor is merely an afterthought. Appropriately low carbonation for the style, and the body is almost perfect, full and impossibly creamy. This beer is ridiculously drinkable, tasty and a great mouthfeel with no alcohol heat, which is impressive for a 10%+ beer (note, I've learned to take this beer out of the fridge about 20 minutes before I'm going to drink it, if you drink it at fridge temperatures there will be some boozy heat to it). I still see why this is the beer that made me love craft brews.

05-24-2010 03:11:13 | More by axeman9182
Photo of wcintula

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

A- Starting with the 'executive' looking black label ('09-'10)spangled with stars, I anticipated a badass beer. I poured this baby into a Sam Adams glass(what was available) and daaamn, that beer is fine. Nice black opaque body with an excellent thick head.

S- Sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. After you smell it, the beer pulls you in face first.

T- Awesome!!! Tastes like it smells. I tasted it in correctly the first time I tried it. When sipping I get a very metallic taste, but when you gulp it, your mouth is filled with sheer awesomeness.

M- A thicker feeling liquid with regular, not-too-prickly carbonation. Alcoholic dryness on the way down.

D- I drank the beer in less than 3 minutes. I'd consider that drinkable. I just wish I had another.

05-19-2010 13:54:14 | More by wcintula
Photo of slimstout


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Winter 09-10

Appearance: Thick, black (and still black when held up to light). Four-finger head.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, a lot of fruity scent (like plums), vanilla, booze.

Taste: The taste improves and grows richer as it warms. Dark chocolate (as might be expected), malt, booze, vanilla, caramel, toffee, prunes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated... much less than what I'd expect with the amount of head I poured. It's thick and fairly smooth. The mouthfeel also improves as it warms, it feels more smooth and mellow as it gets warmer, less sharp.

Drinkability: It's disappearing surprisingly fast.

05-06-2010 21:31:36 | More by slimstout
Photo of Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

poured into pint glass, bottle marked winter 09-10

A- black in color with a nice one finger light mocha color head.

S- chocolate, licorice, and a bit of booze.

T- Chocolate and roasted coffee flavours dominate, mild licorice, mild alchol in the finish.

M- full bodied and very creamy.

D- This is a great beer, alchol is just right for warming you up on a cold day.

05-06-2010 15:49:39 | More by Lukecook
Photo of FreshHawk


4.4/5  rDev +6%

A - Pitch black color throughout with a large, thick, creamy, light sandy tan head. Very good retention which settles into a thick, creamy layer of lacing.

S - Fairly typical RIS smell with lots of dark malt. Dark chocolate is the most prominent of the stout flavors, but there are hints of coffee, dark fruit, just a little vanilla, and a bit of alcohol.

T - A lot of dark and semi-sweet chocolate throughout. Initially there is also some coffee and a touch of date and some other general dark fruit. Some sweet and some bitter flavors mix together. Mid sip a touch of alcohol and tartness comes out, but the dark malt and chocolate are still quite prevalent. It finishes similar to the start only slightly sweeter chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate, malty slightly sweet and bitter taste lingers on the tongue for a little while.

M - Medium to full body with a bit below average carbonation. Velvety smooth and creamy that goes down quite easy. Just slightly warming, especially considering the ABV.

D - Quite a drinkable stout and makes a nice dessert or night time sipper. Well balanced and has a nice assortment of flavors. The body also really helps the drinkability. Alcohol is definitely present, but it isn't that strong, especially given the ABV.

Notes: Vintage Winter 09-10. A very nice, chocolate forward stout. It isn't as chocolaty as Young's Chocolate Stout, but the chocolate malt is front and center. Good solid example of the style and made for a nice beer to sip to finish the night. Right on the cusp of being an amazing beer; it's not quite there but it is a very good beer that I would love to drink again.

05-06-2010 01:25:21 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of silentjay


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

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

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


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

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


4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

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)

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


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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


4.65/5  rDev +12%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

(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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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!

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


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

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


4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

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