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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,012
Reviews: 2,705
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,081 | FT: 54
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Winter '09-'10
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours virtually black. It is topped with two inches of mocha head.

S - The aroma is molasses, licorice, and dark chocolate. Some alcohol comes through as it warms.

T - I get licorice and coffee initially. Roasted malt lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Full and smooth. Very little carbonation.

O - While it does taste better with a year and a half on it, BCS is still not one of my favorite RIS.

Photo of JayAre46
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

no idea what year this is from, assuming 10 maybe 09' 12 oz long neck black bottle poured into a ...a brooklyn tulip of course, pours black with little light penetration viewing the pour creating a deep brown, light tan 1 finger head that falls quickly but leaving its lace brilliantly behind, good stuff.

A - bold coffee aroma, roasted malts and a dark chocolate presence. rather simple and straight forward nothing strange to ruin, i like complexity but sometimes there is a sense of "trying to hard" like if one were to put cayenne in there stout, you know what im sayin...PUNK

T - chewy chocolatey greatness, this is a deep chocolate from the deep seas of planktonites, very raw chocolate, roasted malts are definitely here along with a subtle bitterness. this taste is really put together well and i love it, more bold coffee presence and the alcohol is present, in the end a great chocolate/coffee taste lingers.

M - im loving it like a fat kid loves french fries, CHEWY full body, very light carbonation. exceptionally smooth, makes me want to find out the brew date...

O - what a great beer, i will be stocking up on this one in the future, definitely recommend i would love to get a vanilla presence on this but other than that its amazzzzazing....back to the date BS there are 2 different codes on the bottle and quite frankly Gah Damnit just put the fuckin date i refuse to look up this code, fuck you i win. drink it, it's drinkable, highly.

Photo of brian44556
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Delirium Tremens snifter. Winter 10-11 dated bottle.

Pours a pitch black with a roasted almond colored head that leaves a great coat of lace behind with each drink. Smells of sweet chocolate, a small hop profile, and roasted toffee. Beer has a great smell to it. I taste an overwhelming amount of chocolate, very good amount of toffee, a slight taste of bitterness from the hops, and a slight touch of alcohol. Beer is very thick and very well carbonated. This beer is a great representation of the style. I enjoy the overwhelming chocolate flavor, and think this one will get better with age, but is drinking very well as is.

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

This beer is possibly the best "bottled" beer from Brooklyn - I think we all know that the non-contract draft beer coming out of the brewery is much better! This beer pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights. There's a nice, light tan/brown head around the rim of the glass, although no Belgian-lace is produced. The aroma is of a bittersweet chocolate and candyish malt, but without hops, which is OK for the style.

The flavor starts with alot of chocolate and roastiness followed by a clear alcohol, a bit of hop flavor, and eventually mellowing into very nice coffee notes. The finish stays on the pallet a bit and is somewhat sharp. The carbonation level is appropriate and the body is nice. There are no off-notes to speak of. Overall, a nice example of the style.

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

Poured from a bottle (Winter 10-11 date) out of the beer fridge at 45 degrees into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip).

A: Pours a dark chocolate color into the glass and forms a solid 1-finger tan-colored head which dissipates quickly. Lacing is adequate, but less than other RIS examples I have drank.

S: Smell is restrained, but a definite nose of hops and cocoa can be detected. Sweet, roasty malts provide some backbone. Alcohol seems well hidden. Much sweetness leads the way.

T: Heavy, over-the-top roasted malt hits the taste buds first and lingers. A very thick body carries the flavors. Once again, the alcohol is very well hidden. As the beer warms, the coffee flavors become more pronounced, as does the chocolate (and the alcohol). Later, the aftertaste kicks in with a hint of hoppy bitterness after the "roast" disappears.

M: Low carbonation suits the beer well without leaving it completely flat. Slightly oily character throughout the body and into the finish. Extremely creamy brew. Very much like a "spiked" chocolate malted milkshake.

O: A very hearty brew, almost too hearty. Chewy, but with extreme flavor and depth. A surprise, considering the high ABV, which eventually shows its strength in the second half of the glass with some noticeable burn and warmth. Not quite my favorite RIS, but definitely a nice option every once in a while. [EDIT: This is quickly becoming my favorite RIS due to its creamy maltiness.]

NOTE: The first bottle out of this 4-pack was ridiculously hot with nothing but alcohol aroma and flavor. So I tried another bottle and was shocked at the difference. I have no idea why the two bottles were so different. Maybe the next two will answer that question. [EDIT: The third bottle was very creamy and not at all hot. Very creamy, smooth, roasty brew here.

Photo of Treebs
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Pours a thick black that light will never pass through. A nice mocha head follows, about one finger. Leaving behind a slight lace, but not much.

S: What an aroma! Bitter, dark chocolate. Vanilla, molasses and light espresso coffee beans.

T: Semi-sweet bakers chocolate with big toasty malt backbone. Slight vanilla and chocolate chips present as well. Very light burn on the backend which ties this all together.

M: Thick and oily mouthfeel. Heavy body with little carbonation. Leaves a nice bitter chocolate finish on the tounge.

O: What a great RIS. The complexities of the chocolate, the big roasted malts and the slight heat tie together to make a very balanced drink.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Bordeaux glass.
Bottled in Winter '10/'11

Aroma: Deep, dark chocolate, molasses from dark roasted malt, and sweet dark dried fig. A hint of bourbon-like booze appears from the middle through the finish.

Appearance: Pitch black espresso, dark tan two-fingered head settles to a thin, spotty layer of foam. Very light lacing.

Flavor: Rich molasses sweetness up front. Hershey's Special Dark-like chocolate flavor and bitterness. Fruitiness is reminiscent of fortified wine, and is followed by a light smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thinner body than I'd desired, but not bad. Spicy heat from the alcohol warm the inside of the mouth and throat. Alcohol is prominent, but definitely not overwhelming.

Overall: A very solid showing by Brooklyn. I have to admit, I didn't read the small label on the neck of the bottle, and was hoping for the use of actual chocolate in this beer. The chocolate flavor, as the label says, however, comes strictly from the malt. At the end of the day, this beer is an artfully brewed, complex imperial stout, and I'm probably going to try to get my hands on another bottle and cellar it for a couple of years.

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

A- Pours a slick black, dark as night and totally opaque when held to light. A rough pour produces a respectable finger of light brown head that leaves great lacing.

S- Getting a pretty even mixture of dark fruits and chocolate. Prunes and figs come to mind. Definitely picking up on that 10% ABV with some sweet alcohol notes. The coffee and dark chocolate notes are definitely there but take a back seat.

T- So much going on here. From the get go there's a powerful fusion of coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits and alcohol. The coffee is almost charred and works perfectly with the dark chocolate. The alcohol produces some serious warmth. The finish drags on for ages with loads of bitter chocolate and roasted coffee.

M- Smooth but with good carbonation, full bodied. Leaves a great coating on the palate.

O- A damn solid stout, definitely a great choice for chilly nights.

Photo of mgoblue5743
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer for $2!! Ever since the pricedrop ($7.99/4pk), this has become a go to beer. It's a little thinner than the super rated RIS bottles, but it is also much sweeter. I see no reason to drop $12 on a bomber of Chocolate Yeti or Southern Tier when this beer is available on the shelves. Super high ABV is also well hidden; great local beer, highly recommended.

Photo of Jarpo
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from trade (thanks OrangeAmps).

A:Pours very dark with little to no head.

S:I wasn't getting much at all from the aroma of this one. Very very slight chocolate and licorice.

T:Where's the chocolate? I feel misled from the name of the beer. This was a pretty good imperial stout, but I was expecting more chocolate flavors. I felt the 10% alcohol was masked pretty well. I let the beer warm up a considerable amount which helped it open up a bit.

M:Very nice consistency on this one. Pretty thick with little carbonation.

O:I have three more of these to try so hopefully my palate is just having an off night. If the other bottles taste the same to me I definitely wouldn't seek this one out again.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours black, with almost no head. The smell, was very present and complex, with a nice roboust alchool smell, and choclate. The flavor was complex as well, first a strong alchool taste mixed it with a smokey malt like flavor is present, then finishes with the choclate flavor. Overall very good.

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

poured from a 12oz, 09-10 vintage.

pours a deep, dark brown; minimal lightly-tanned head, reduces to a thin film.

smell - excellent mix of oaky-earthy dryness, chocolate and alcohol, with just a hint of darker-fruit mingled in.

taste - there's a lot going on here. an initial sweet-dry attention getter, a bit of toasted malt and burnt sugar. the fullness of chocolate-malt is impressive, while the alcohol warms the tongue. not much hops presence, but it's not missed.

mouthfeel is exceptional, as good as i can remember. the carbonation and fullness make even the smallest sips noteworthy.

overall this is a tremendous beer. thanks for hooking me up, patrick (pgaveau)!

Photo of JamisonM
2.74/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: black as night rich looking mocha head pretty good looking beer for the style

S: I did not expect this much alcohol on the nose also getting some dark chocolate and some acidity also roasted notes are there as well.

T: Very highly roasted alcohol is there in the taste not masked too well not that much chocolate. Not a smooth beer at all. I can taste some hops as well.

M: Medium body with med carbonation

Overall: There is no chocolate in this beer except chocolate malt I think this beer is a bit misleading. Not too much chocolate taste to the beer either. I also find the beer too roasty for my tastes.

Photo of tewaris
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (2010-11 vintage) poured into a snifter. Thanks Dan!

First off, this is not a chocolate stout, but uses specially roasted malts to achieve chocolate notes, and I will rate it as a regular RIS. Moving on, BBCS pours dark and clear with a big espresso brown head that formed in cascades and stuck around for quite a while. The lacing was very good too. However, it didn't seem as dark and viscous as the beers it would be compared to.

The aroma reminds of Bell's Expedition more than any other stout because of its tartness. Roast is present too, and some soft alcohol --- a typical RIS aroma but at pleasantly high levels. Dark sugars and some charring are evident and welcome.

The taste can stand up against any other stout not brewed with actual coffee/chocolate additions, or barrel aging. Bittersweet, with a strong bias towards bitter, BBCS is like dark chocolate minus the flavors. Well, there's a strong resemblance in the aftertaste so the last sentence should be taken as a negligent comment. Starts displaying a molasses character with warmth, and is tart to begin with. Smoothly warming, with a long and bitter finish with medium roast character.

The mouthfeel is way silkier and richer than what I expected based on the relatively thin color. Carbonation level couldn't have been better either. Overall, I am very glad to drink this beer finally --- especially when I haven't had a RIS in days. This beer reminds me why I like the style in the first place. Highly recommended.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 4.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

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

A: Black pour with a big, creamy, light milky brown head. Lacing is wonderful and the retention is pretty good as well. 4

S: Lots of chocolate on the smell, hops and roasted malts display themselves as well. Perhaps a hint of booziness. 4

T: Starts off with the chocolate. Creamy, bitter, roasty chocolate. Next up is a faint hoppiness, followed by a dry coffee finish. The flavor is a tad sweet, but very well balanced. The flavors seem to evolve on the palate as you drink. 4.5

MF: Full and creamy body. Hardly any alcohol noticed and a very dry finish. 4.5

O: Very good representation of the style. It isn't a beer that tries to be anything more than a full RIS and it works. 4.5

Winter 10/11 bottling. Review will represent the numbers above, as that beer was enjoyed fresh.

A: The beer pours out semi-see-through black in color with a thin, brown head. The head never builds to anything more than a finger or so, and dissipates quickly, leaving only minimal lacing behind. 3.5

S: The aroma is full of booze and dark fruits. The fruits surprise and sort of concern me, as I don't remember this being a fruity beer fresh. Some roast remains, but the big hit of chocolate I remember seems to have been lost to the years. 3.5

T: The chocolate is not lost on the taste luckily. The dark fruits actually add to the complexity of the beer, dominating the taste after the dark chocolate has gone. The finish is roasty, with the lingering fruits, and boozy. The taste is interesting, but I can't say it has improved with age. 4

MF: A bit on the thin side with a noticeable reduction in carbonation. It still remains rather drinkable for how high the ABV is. 3.5

O: This wasn't all that great and I doubt I'll age more than the 3 or 4 I have left from this batch. I don't really see any aspect that improved with this beer over the years. This is still good, but it isn't great. Drink it fresh! 3.5

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a case of this in 09, and have been aging a few. Some of the flavors have mellowed into a nice smoothness. It still has a distinct bitter/sharpness to balance it out.

Black as night with some deep brown coffee colored highlights. The head is deep brown - burnt umber - very good retention.

Smells of rum, raisin, coffee, chocolate - yet everything seems to meld together into a sweet, strong perfume smell. Very nice.

Up front is heavy, woody grape wine like character followed by rum and raisin. Next is very nice coffee flavor; it finishes with round full chocolate coating. What is interesting is each flavor seems to have both bitter and sweet characteristics. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my new Brooklyn Brewery Tulip on 5/6/11.

Pours an oil black with a beautiful frothy light brown head that dissipates faster then most stouts leaving little lacing on the glass. When swirled it coats the glass in an oily resin.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate with a slight acidic coffee aroma in the background. Chocolate is very nice on the nose, great mix of bitter and sweet in this one.

Tastes of roasted malts and bittersweet dark chocolate. Acidic coffee flavor comes through at the end and in the after taste. This is well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very nice. A good tingling bite on the front and a moderate weight makes this easy to drink. Resin coats the mouth with a bitter acidic taste that makes you want to drink more.

Overall this is a really good stout. Well balanced taste with wonderful aromas and a mouthfeel that keeps you coming back for more. takes a hit for a lack of head retention and lacing but it does look pretty post pour before the head disappears. This is a god brew and look forward to having it in the future.

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

A - Jet black, pours a nice one finger head.

S - Chocolate dominance on the nose. Caramel and almost a cherry chocolate seeps through subtlety.

T - Great chocolate stout. Like the name implies, the chocolate takes the front seat and pulls through nicely. I've had this fresh and about a year old - taste great both ways but both totally different brews. Want a a balanced stout, age it 6 months. Looking for chocolate, drink fresh.

M - Medium carbonation with a slick feel

O - Love this beer. Bough a case and am happy that I did so.

Photo of getgetgettleman
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes of 3.12.11

Received this bottle from my friend Kaman in a 6 pack grab. 2010-11 Batch.

A = Velvet black color with visions of deep red. Strong 2 finger head. Liquor like lace. Good carbonation.

S = Chocolate, anise, and malted milk balls.

T = Roased malt, red velvet cake (minus the frosting) and malted chocolate milk balls.

M = Creamy on the front and back end. Strong black licorice, dry finish.

O = I am a big fan of chocolate stouts and this one rates up there. Very drinkable. I would proudly serve this to my best friends. This is the kind of craft beer that Brooklyn Brewery does well compared to some of their other concoctions.

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

Poured into a large wineglass. Limited bottling - Winter 10-11.

Appearance - Beautiful black completely opaque body. Big creamy dark brown head with great retention and decent lacing.

Smell - Full bodied coffee and chocolately malt up front, with a bit of nuttiness. Alcoholic finish.

Taste - Thin coffee up front. Strong alcohol in the body, finish, and aftertaste. Somewhat bitter coffee aftertaste. Kicks you in the mouth like an alcoholic double espresso.

Mouthfeel - Creamy head and medium body. Will numb your gums.

Overall - Good beer, but a little heavy on the alcohol. Which is actually pretty good if you're in the mood for that sort of thing. A bit unexpected, but after a couple of these I could see myself getting into the swing of it.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,012 ratings.