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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,723 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,723
Reviews: 2,648
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 329
Gots: 925 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 davidfoley
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Limited Bottling - Winter 09/10

Appearance - Burnt Caramel, Ruby, Amber, colour. Good smoke from bottle. Little head retention. Light carbonation.

Smell - Oranges, Coffee, Sweet Malt, Whiskey, Kinder chocolate

Taste - Well balanced, tangy with dark rich coffee and chocolate flavors. Hints of rhubarb, banana, blackberry and raisin. Smooth, mild bitterness with some tangy malt in the after taste. Quite sweet and fruity with burnt overtones. Moderate alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - Good beer, love the coffee and chocolate over tones. Moderate weight, maybe 4 pints would be the limit. Really like it, would have more of this

davidfoley, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Justin23060
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown head which disipates but clings. Little to no light gets through this (just a very slight red around the edge). Chocolate dominates smell. Taste is mostly smokey/roasty at first then chocolate and coffee. When drunk by itself alcohol is masked well. With food, however, alcohol becomes a bit much. Its bitterness is all from the roastiness but the sweetness is well balanced too. Mouthfeel is quite creamy. One is enough for me 'cause its pretty heavy.

As an aside... the bottle says Brooklyn Brewery, Utica, NY. That means its really contract brewed by Matt Brewing, the makers of Saranac... Further proving the kind of quality stuff they produce.

Justin23060, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a nice pitch black color with brown head that fades fairly quickly

S: Chocolate with some big time malt

T: Chocolate is subtle and the alcohol is very well hidden

M: Almost perfect, but a little high on the carbonation

D: I'd probably drink all 4 if it wasn't 10%

BEERMILER12, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of heebes
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle

Pours jet black with little to no head, some tan foam quickly dissipates. The nose is strong roasted malt, chocolate and phenol. Taste is heavy bitter flavours of dark chocolate, sweet toasted malts. Leaves a dry mouthfeel in the finish, heavy mouthfeel. Very easy to sip on, impressively drinkable. A great way to bring in the winter season.

heebes, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of chickenflea
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured black with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Tasted better as it warmed. Primarily milk chocolate flavor with a subtle bitter finish. Mouthfeel was creamy. Body was medium heavy. A good stout, but too much burn on the finish.

chickenflea, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, resembling a dark dark BROWN borderline black, 1.5 finger head of light brown chestnut quality bubbles. Manages to leave a consistent ring throughout drinking.

Nose and bouquet has a faint malt/yeast but also a good anisette front on it, faint cocoa on the back but not much, very balanced nose.

Taste and mouthfeel is wet, very light bodied giving way to cigarettes and ashes. Alcohol is still present and not hidden giving way to some heat on the finish. If you put chocolate on the label, I should be able to taste/smell it first... so where is it? Also some carbonation in the palate.

Drinkability... Depending on your palate your going to find things you may enjoy, its easy drinking even at this ABV.

smakawhat, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at TJs in Paoli into a snifter tasting glass. 2010 batch.

A: A jet black with no light coming through. Nice sticky lacing with a minimal light brown cream colored head.

S: Wow, I get a large pop of chocolate on the nose of this tap version. Also notes of roasted malt, burnt coffee, and some slight earthy hops.

T: The chocolate just jumps out in the tap version, so much more so than the bottle. Roasted malt with darker flavors then come in with the burnt coffee, dark chocolate, some caramel and toffee sweetness and some bitter earthy woody hops. The alcohol is present, but blends with the nice bitter finish. Good beer, I like this better than bottle.

M: Full, creamy at first which turns bitter, alcoholic but welcomed, carbonation is perfect.

Overall I enjoyed this so much more from tap than bottle. Its less alcoholic and much smoother. A very solid RIS for a great price. This beer is growing on me for sure.

Kadonny, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of mikeg67
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Poured black with a huge, brown, long lasting head. Great aroma is of dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and some bready notes. Full smooth body with dark fruit sweetness is balanced by espresso coffee, lots of burnt grain and alcohol as well. Finish is huge and dry. Great beer.

mikeg67, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
2.45/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours black in color with a 1 finger coffee brown head with ok retention

The scent is of dark chocolate with dark fruit.

The taste was incredibly sour at first, bad batch? After the sourness passed I tasted some dark chocolate and notes of coffee, the high alcohol was hardly noticeable.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was not a very good beer due to the incredible sourness, I probably had a bad batch, if I see this somewhere else I will have to retry.

BeerCon5, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellared one year.

Pours very dark with a deep tan head that is quite dense.
Deep roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and burnt malts.
Hop bouquet as expected was sutle.
Definitely big roasted maltiness here. Hints of burnt malts, smoke, cofee and chocolate. Hops are less intrusive after a year but a nice bitter bit is present.
A thick full bodied beer that is smooth with a good alcohol warming on finish.
A fair amount of alcohol and the style in general would prevent me from having more then maybe two.

micromaniac129, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of ChugginOil
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a fingers worth of mocha colored head. The lacing is clinging onto the edges with every turn of the glass. Looks great!

S- Wow. A deep & rich malt is first experienced followed by a some sweet chocolate and possibly some dark fruits. The scent of alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T- Super roasty. Rich coffee, molasses, roasty malts, and of course, chocolate. This one is pretty complex in flavor but seems to keep a decent balance between flavors. I expected a bit more of chocolate prominent tastes but it still makes for a tasty brew. Along with the bitterness on the end there seems to also be a bit of smokiness involved as well. After the great flavors dim, the powerful 10%ABV shows it's face.

M- This one covers the palate pretty well and makes for a pretty full feel. Moderate carbonation also contributes to the quality of the mouthfeel

D- The alcohol content is pretty well masked by the complexity of this brew which makes it dangerously drinkable.
Pretty good stout. Ill be aging a few and comparing them with next years.

ChugginOil, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Genuine
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here goes my first RIS - Not sure what to expect but lets dive in!

Poured beautiful black in color, which no light can pass through even when back lit, and sat on top was a dark khaki head that stayed around for quite a while and left sheets of lace down the glass.

Smell - Hints of chocolate, deep malts, some booze...the nose on this tells me that the 10% is definitely going to be noticable...we'll see.

Taste - WOW! I think I've finally found my favorite stout! I can't believe that this is 10%...it is incredibly hidden that I don't notice it one bit. I would have to say I didn't think it was over 6%. This beer is incredible....taste dark roasted maltyness comes over the palate, with perfect coffee notes coming through, just enough hopes to finish the operation. The hops are not over whelming in this and I don't consider this bitter at all. What a wonderful balance for a stout!

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, carbonation is just enough...there doesn't need to be anymore. The beer is great when you get near the end of the glass and most of the carbonation has receded.

Drinkability - It is amazingly drinkable at 10%...dangerously so. I could have a few of these without any problem whatsoever. This is such a great winter brew for winding down a cold winter night. I will definitely be purchasing more of this for when those nights come around. This is the stout that I've been searching for and I'm glad I've found a stout that I like a lot. The combination of the roasted malts, coffee and toffee aftertaste that lingers like the perfect cup of coffee in the morning. Great job BBC!!

Genuine, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-black, thin tan head...almost non existent

S-smells like bittersweet chocolate and a bit boozey as well. Fairly strong and very sweet. Dark roasted malts in there as well.

T-hits with a blast of dark roasted malts and some chocolate undertones. this quickly fades in to a short lasting weird tanginess. the after-taste is very strong with dark roasted malts. its coupled with a classic RIS bitterness.

M-medium carbonation with a great creaminess to it

D-its very thick bodied and filling. i'm not sure if the flavor is glorious enough for the high ABV to make it very drinkable

AdamBear, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Winter 2010 bottling.

A - Pours the expected midnight black, with a thin half-finger of mocha head that only sticks around for about 30 seconds before receding to a ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S - Loads of dark chocolate and roastiness. Hints of tobacco and leather. Quite nice, making me want to keep my nose in the glass.

T - Like someone liquified a dark chocolate candy. Lots of roast, coffee, sweetness around the edges, and dark, dark chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish, but none of the earthiness that I had expected from a RIS. But overall very nice.

M - Silky at times, but too much carbonation. It feels a little harsh, almost acidic.

D - The flavors are nice, but the carbonation and high abv bring this aspect of the beer down a bit. I might be able to have another but that'd be it.

O - A good beer at a great price. If this was available year-round I'd probably buy more of it as a decadent treat to have once in a while.

djmichaelk, Dec 06, 2010
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
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