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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,856
Reviews: 2,666
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 987 | FT: 52
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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 3rdRowTailgater
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. It's BLACK, not dark brown, but BLACK. It's got a nice tan head that lasts and leaves great lacing on the glass.

It smells of roasted barley, sweet toasted malt and dark bittersweet chocolate.

Nice chocolate taste with malty sugars with a nice hop bitterness to balance the sweetness out. It's nice that it doesn't have a strong alcohol taste even though it comes in at 10% ABV.

Not too thin, not too thick, carbonation is right on. Definitely a nice stout, especially for a cold winter day.

Photo of ebby82
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep roasty black into a tulip glass with a fair amount of head. It's only slightly cold because it's been sitting in a room in my house.

The aroma is of toasted malts, very sweet, with some coffee as well.

The taste is fantastic. Deep, roasted malts, roasted coffee, with just the slightest presence of alcohol. The aftertaste is very much coffee, and there is certainly a chocolaty flavor as well, but not as much as a Rogue Chocolate, for instance.

It's thick, and slightly chewy, but so delicious that it doesn't really need to be a sipper. Easily one of my favorite stouts, and I was happy to get a case this year.

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

Got this beer from Starrdogg. Thanks man. I've had it before but never reviewed it.

Pours a deep black. Thin brown head but dissapated fast. Very little lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate. Little bit of dark fruit and toasted caramel sugars.

Tastes just as it smells. Nice roastyness with a nice butter chocolate taste. No fake chocolate like I expected (nesquick). Little bit of toasted sugars.

Mouthfeel is nice. Nice carb.

Overall a good beer but I don't know if it's top 100 in the world worthy. Id have it again if it was on tap or local to me.

Photo of TAMU99
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Used half to make a glaze for ham - delicious, couldn't let the rest go to waste!
Poured a black clear - dull red if light squeaks through. Thin, dark tan head left little lace. The scent is delicious. Chocolate and dark caramel, brownies and other baked delights. Taste is dark, bitter chocolate. Biting hops and a burnt or charcoal aftertaste. Pretty heavy mouthfeel - like a slavic man with an ushanka slapping you in the throat - with that smoke taste clinging to the back of the tongue for a little too long. Overall a powerful beer that I likely wouldn't choose to drink, however the cooking value is certainly higher than the taste lets on.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the bottle before, but this is a review of the tap version. Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a stemmed pokal glass.

Look: black body and I couldn't discern any highlights, which might've been helped by the darkness of the dark. Thin, less than a finger thick, mocha colored head sits at the top and retains quite well leaving a little lacing, but not a whole lot. Spot on for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Smell: sweet, roasted malt with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Nothing in the way of alcohol or hops in here.

Taste: follows the nose with sweet, chocolate malt and some coffee notes as well. This is probably as chocolatey as you can get without brewing with actual chocolate. There's a bit of alcohol bite in the finish but its not that strong and my mouth is left tasting chocolate after each sip.

Feel: medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, not much alcohol is obvious except a slight bite in the finish, and a chocolate inspired aftertaste lingers for awhile. Not as thick or chewy as I would like from a Russian Imperial though.

Drink: one of the more drinkable Russian Imperial Stouts out there. One could easily drink several of these in a night and would enjoy the experience, provided they survived it.

Overall, a very good beer. I haven't had it in a long time and have always had the bottled versions. I'm usually skeptical of big stouts on tap but this was quite good. I'm very happy with this beer. I highly recommend. Cheers.

Photo of pburland23
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Great Divide Brussels glass.

I've been drinking Black Chocolate Stout for about a decade now, but am just getting around to reviewing it.

Beer pours an almost opaque black with hints of a rubyish brown around the edge. The head is thin and camel colored. It's an attractive pour.

The smell is dominated by dark chocolate and intense coffee aromas. The taste features coffee upfront (very assertive coffee...espresso perhaps) and then finishes with a rich, dark chocolate taste.

It's a well carbonated imperial stout and the mouthfeel is thick and full. The drinkability is dangerous as this beer hides its 10% abv incredibly well.

Black Chocolate Stout is a winter tradition that has stood the test of time. I look forward to enjoying it for years to come. As an added bonus, I've decided to cellar a few bottles to see how this year's version evolves.

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

A-appears almost black with just a ring of tan head around the top

S-rich and malty, coffee, and chocolate. Smells somewhat sweet as well

T-very rich, bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate, a hint of malts to balance out the bitterness. Alcohol makes it spicy

M-full body, light carbonation, very thick

D-agree with other reviewers that age might make it better. I like the chocolate part of the beer and the full body but I'm not wowed by it

Photo of haazer
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a thick, 2 finger caramel/tan head. Good retention and lasts for awhile. The beer underneath rising up to diminish the head is complete darkness. All black, not a ray of light gets through.

S- The nose smells of an incredibly rich dark chocolate. Great roasty malts but not burnt. Loafs of bread come to mind, and nose finishes with vanilla hints. Smells great.

T- Flavor is dry roasted malts covered in dark chocolate. Alcohol is present with a spicyness to it. The tiniest bit of dark fruits hits me somewhere in the aftertaste.

M- Fairly creamy, a little on the lighter side of medium bodied. Some what drying but not over the top.

D- Would make for an excellent dessert beer. I think this might actually taste better when its cold. I let it warm for awhile and it lost a little bit I think, more chocolate flavor when it was right out of the fridge.

Photo of patreely12
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled for winter 10-11.

A - pours thick, the word "velvet" comes to mind. completely black. dark mocha head, about an inch or so. some nice soapy lacing.

S - bitter dark chocolate, but also some sweetness. some alcohol too. kind of smells like bailey's irish cream. very appealing, makes my mouth water.

T/M - chocolate up front, not a lot though, some coffee and roasted malts too. very creamy. washes out with a bite from the alcohol which is good (warms you right up). full bodied. mild, but pleasant aftertaste (like you've had a good chunk of bitter chocolate).

D - I found that my glass was empty before I knew it. Surprisingly drinkable for it's thickness and it's 10% ABV. But overall a very pleasurable beer. I'm glad that I picked this up whenI did, I would very much like to have this again.

Photo of dubinsky
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 09-10 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a complete pitch black, with a thick, creamy, dark tan two finger head that recedes quickly but leaves some amazing lace behind. Its almost not fair to call it lacing, cause its not very laced, more like a solid curtain on the sidewalls of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso and caramel malts dominate this beer. I've sat on this beer for over a year and i think thats is really mellowed out, at least from the smell. I'm not getting any booze in the aroma.

T - What can i say? A year does wonders. This is easily one of the best tasting RIS's that i have had to date. So mellow its not even funny. This is like drinking a 60% dark chocolate bar. Its dark, but still creamy. Amazing balance of dark chocolates, caramels, and coffee. There is ZERO alcohol burn. I bought a six pack of this beer and have been enjoying it every time, but this is the best i have had it to date.

M - Thick and creamy. Very smooth with excellently light carbonation. Very well balanced.

D - Besides Chokolat, this is the easiest Russian Imperial Stout i have had to date. This is so good that i dont want to drink it fast and am finding myself sipping it, not because its a sipper, but just cause i want this to last. I will try to trade for this years batch and sit on it as well. A wonderful dessert beer. Having this with chocolate brownies.

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

I look forward each winter for this classic RIS to be released, about time to review it.

Pours pitch black with a brown head that leaves good lacing.

Nose is alcohol & roasted chocolate malts. Alcohol is very pronounced.

Taste is chocolate, malts, some vanilla, alcohol is pretty pronounced, some slight bitterness on the way down.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation for a RIS.

Dangerously drinkable for the ABV

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

A: opaque black, great rocky, creamy, tan head
S: roasted malt, chocolate pudding, vanilla, very nice
T: probably one of the better RIS, burnt chocolate, roasted mid-tones, creamy, perfect bitter finish but not too bitter
M: creamy, moreish
D: very drinkable for its ABV, very satisfying

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

A- Pours with a one finger head. Pitch black with nary a hint of light shining through.

S- Rich roasty coffee, chocolate, smoke and alcohol. Vanilla, hints of cherry, wood, and even more chocolate come alive as it warms.

T- Cocolate covered espresso bean, hints of vanilla and ash on the finish. The alcohol hits harder when cold, seems to mellow and linger sweetly as it warms up.

M- Full bodied with a nice alcohol bite... instantly warms your insides up.

D- I love when fall rolls around so i can get my mits on this awesome stout! Perfect with grilled meat... or use it to make an adult ice cream float for dessert.

Photo of bens0n
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am enjoying this relatively fresh (Winter 10-11 batch)

This beer pours jet black with copious amounts of creamy, tan head. The head is a very dark tan color, almost brown, and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. This beer looks awesome.

On the nose you can pick up on some roasted notes from the malts and an ever-so-slight hint of chocolate. Smells pretty mild.

Flavor wise, the chocolate is definitely there. Its an unsweetened chocolate that lingers around for a while. Nothing extremely complex or unique about the flavor, but its just a very nice roasty tasting chocolate. Its on the thick side, with low carbonation, alcohol is not very prevalent, especially given the 10% ABV this thing packs; I am really surprised, its masked very well. Gets increasingly roasty and toasty as it warms, a good winter beer.

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

Poured into tulip. First thing I'm consuming today after a toothpasteless brush of the teeth. Dedication? Yes.

A- Looks and sounds heavy as it flows into the glass. Dark tan, creamy head sits ontop of pitch black. Can barely, (really) see some brown highlights. Looks very right.

S- Underneath a slightly sharp, hot alcohol, lies a real chocolate smell. A smooth, delicious, real cocoa powder chocolate milk. Cocoa oils/fats and all. Then underneath all of that I seem to be getting more vodka-like alcohol smell. It all blooms into a little bit of dark fruit as it warms. Something reminding me of marshmallow candy.

T- Definitely not as much chocolate here. More of a basic RIS taste. Almost no wateriness or metallic notes lke many other RIS which I really appreciate. Alcohol is still here and kicking though.

M- Very full, low carbonation. Not too sticky. For some reason, the first sip seemed super thick and velvety smooth but it all got thinner as I continued drinking. Oh well, now that I think about it... it's probably because of the head.

D- Good. Fun to drink.

Kind of disappointed about the lack of chocolate in the taste after such a promising smell. Still a very, very good beer. Especially if I could drink it regularly.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in snifter glass. Poured a midnight black color with a small tan head, leaving trace amounts of lacing. Smell is roasty, chocolate-y, and a bit fruity. Taste is pretty nice, some chocolate and roastiness, but seemed to have more earthiness from the hops than I liked. I think this would be eliminated with aging, and would increase my score. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Was a bit disappointed with this beer despite the hype surrounding this beer... I just expected more.

Photo of dragonWhale
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from the dismal depths, a dark frothy liquid appears. Murky at first, then murkier. The light dances away from the glass, afraid to enter the realm. Chocolate booze emanates. Delights. Entrances. I am a captive. Some roast beckons below.
The nose, however, deceives the tongue. A light creamy chocolate with no more giant alcohol molecules to back up the flavor. A bit rusty, slight metallic twinge to it. Damn, the taste is disappointing. I've had before and liked much more, but this review will reflect real life. Not memories. (year old bottle)

betting fresh is better

Update: 4/20/11
The last statement has been rendered foolish by the events of the day. 1997 BCS at the Blind Tiger event. Totally ridiculous. Black, very low carb, but next to none on the oxidation. Chocolate and roast aromas seductively lure me in. The flavor is smooth, only a touch sweet, and an absolute achievement in an aged imperial stout. Totally impressed by this beer with its age, and am adjusting my score upwards accordingly.

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

This was a bottle of 07-08 my bro whipped out for xmas week tasting.

Black appearance, not much head to it. Aroma was minimally chocolate.

Taste, a chocolate one trick pony, but seems to be more about the chocolate malt than any candy type of chocolate to it. Kind of a dry ending to it. It was definitely a good beer, but really nothing about it sets it apart, or allows for its inclusion in a top 10 (maybe even 20) imperial stout discussion.

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is very black with not much of a head, however a ring hung around throughout the experience.

The nose is very good. Dark fruits are very apparent with dark chocolate.

Taste begins with dark fruit; moves into a dark chocolate and finishes quite boozy. Feel the warmth in the chestI can see this mellowing if cellared.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick.

Due to the hight ABV this is certainly not a session brew and drinkability is having one of these every now and then.

11-1-2-12 - Cellared this one for a year and must say could have cellared a bit longer. The alocohol is still very prevelant and must say it has a somewhat freshness to it. The appearance was dark brown almost black with a chocolate head ring which hung around. The nose is of milk chocolate and dark fruit, prunes possibly. The taste is like a chocolaty expresso mix and the mouthfeel is a medium. Overall this is a solid stout. Was interested to see if the alcohol would mellow after a year and it didn't. Have to cellar another for a longer period to see how it mellows. Still a very good stout.

Photo of gdrydenc
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on tap @ Novare Res in Portland, ME on 1.12.11

A - First appeared to be black as night, but as it got lower and I could see the edges more, it was revealed to me that it was a dark burgundy. The head was about 3 fingers off the tap, but the bartender let it go down some, then served it to me with a solid 1.5 fingers of thick dark brown head. It was almost like mousse atop the beer.

S - For a beer apparently brewed without chocolate, this beer smells like chocolate. Bittersweet, like a nice 85% cacao chocolate bar.

T - If you melted dark chocolate and put alcohol in it, this is what it would taste like, I think. I am a huge chocolate lover, especially the dark variety, so this was unreal. I spent about 45 minutes with this one tulip, enjoying every sip.

M - Perfect. Light carbonation that perfectly accented the flavor.

D - Yikes, I was feeling just one of these. Afraid that if I had a couple, I couldn't even walk. That's the only qualm I have with this phenomenal beer.

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

poured into glsss very nicely leaving a three finger head.

strong aroma of coffee & chocolate.

taste was of coffee first but followed straight after by lots of chocolate taste.

for a 10% stout its easy to drink.

i would buy this again & would recomend it to all to try.

verdict: a great stout.

Photo of JMforman
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an 09-10 bottled stowed away for a year. The flavor profile is a bit different and more complex than this beer's younger siblings (as would be expected).

A- I figured that an extra year of bottle conditioning would give it a nice head, but there was almost nothing there. Decent lacing throughout though. The body is jet black and thick.

S- Dark fruit, chocolate, and must with a hint of espresso. Very pleasant smell.

T- Very boozy upfront, giving way to sweet dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a great deal of coffee.

M- Thick and creamy. Like drinking chocolate.


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

I'm enjoying a year-old brew watching Brazilians dance on YouTube with my roommate and my neighbor when I'm supposed to be hanging with the woman. I'll have to note this in the man file.

That said, this dark brown to black body has a lovely lacing retention and clings to the glass, despite it's not so great head. The smell is pretty blasting, and nicely full of malts, a bit of coffee and chocolate, but also covered in booze. The taste is the same way, with booze present start to finish despite its well-crafted chocolately-profile. Hops kick in it too, working with the dark chocolate to bitter the finish.

Drinkability isn't its strong suite, but its tasty enough to return to, and the mouthfeel is about how big Russian stouts should normally feel.

Cheers to Mr. Oliver on this brew, one of the first I really enjoyed from Brazil. Err, from Brooklyn.

Photo of al3
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Like BP should be drilling for it.

S - coffee, chocolate milk, don't detect much alcohol.

T&M - Sweet chocolate, Molasses, some dark berry dried fruit up front. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and some hops, slight alcohol bite and a dry finish. Full to med/full feel, fits the flavor.

D - Yeah

Label reminds me of cuban Cohibas with the dot pattern and I wish I had one to go with it. Flavor reminds me of Ten Fidy, but hoppier and with a dry finish. Overall, a great beer and will buy it again.

*Winter 10-11 bottling

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. This bottle is one year old.

A: Jet black with a one finger tan head. Decent retention, sticky rings of lacing.

S: Plum and cherries, mild alcohol, a slight hint of coffee, and some cake-like chocolate. Maybe a hint of leafy herbal hops.

T: Dark fruit esters own the palate first with tastes of candied cherries and plums. After that, malt rules the roost. Great depth of malt flavors. Rich chocolate cake, fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, faint smoke, and a slight woody/nuttiness. Maybe a faint tobacco-like herbal hop spiciness hidden within all this. Long finish of chocolate cake with a slight hint of smoke.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, and smooth.

D: Very drinkable, considering the style.

Notes: The breadth of malt flavors here is amazing. Great stuff. Maybe the best tasting RIS for the price and availability. This has been a regular in my "cellar" since my very early craft days. The extra time on this bottle brought out some acidity and alcohol that I don't remember being there when fresh. I also don't remember the leafy spiciness being there when fresh, but I haven't had a new bottle of this beer in a while. Age does add some extra dimension to this beer. I think it would even benefit from maybe another year.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,856 ratings.