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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,503
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 296
Gots: 857 | 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 jpro

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured from a bottle (Winter 09-10) into a snifter - appears to be completely black, perfectly obsidian and opaque; head is pretty small but is a nice light brown. Aroma is chocolate (duh!), with some hints of currants and molasses. The taste of sweet, dark chocolate gives way to a dry roastiness and finishes with a touch of alcohol and bitterness - pretty complex and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and velvety smooth. Fairly drinkable for the style.

02-15-2010 01:35:22 | More by jpro
Photo of zimm421


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a dark, completely solid black, with a good tan head, that never completely dissipates, and leaves great lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts with some coffee, but the dark chocolate scents dominate the nose. Nothing too overpowering, but has a nice nose too it. The taste follows the nose fairly well with the dark, bittersweet chocolate dominating, and coffee and roasted malts hiding in the background. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, and fits well with the rest of the flavors.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth, but does have a decent amount of carbonation. This finishes with a good alcohol burn, and you can feel it go down your throat, and warm you as you drink. This is also very drinkable, as it goes down very smooth and the flavors go together so well. Mix this together with some chocolates, and flavors that come together are simply incredible.

02-14-2010 01:02:57 | More by zimm421
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

A solid looking inky black RIS with a deep tan head that left quickly. The nose of the beer is incredibly complex with mainly a fruity sweet alcohol coupled with chocolate, molasses, black currants and some notes coffee. Initially the beer strikes the palate with a strong molasses flavour which evolves into a slightly sweet aftertaste and a bitter aftertaste on the palate. Not as complex as the nose, nor as inviting, but still quite enjoyable. Covers the mouth thickly and lingers. Lightly carbonated. Makes an enjoyable sipper on a Friday in winter.

02-13-2010 01:10:09 | More by kjyost
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -12%

A: Evil looking black liquid with a small tan head that disappears, leaving moderate lacing. Above average looking RIS.

S: Mild, bitter chocolate notes. Some malt as well. Sweet, sugary aromas are barely perceivable, but it's there nonetheless.

T: Smoky/sweet maltiness and some bitter chocolate. Caramel and coffee finish. Decent RIS, but nothing earth shattering. They should probably put the word "chocolate" in really small print, because other than chocolate malts that were probably used, there is no substantial chocolate taste to this brew. Just mild bitter chocolate notes.

M: Chalky and less than moderately carbonated. Not as filling as it appears. Which is a good thing.

D: Surprisingly drinkable, even with a 10% + abv. Alcohol is completely hidden, which means to me that this one is brewed with balance in mind. Deceiving brew, good balance, but lacking a bit in taste. Would probably be a good introduction to someone attempting to get into stouts.

02-12-2010 01:31:35 | More by irishking1977
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Reviewed in a Duvel snifter with a 6 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle.

A rather hard pour produces a black body that opaque along with a tan billowy head that isn't chunky, but flat.

Aromas of roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, not really any hop aromas.

Tasted is bittersweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Initially sweet and and bitter on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable in the finish. Perhaps a hint of smokiness as well. The alcohol heat builds with warmth. I would love this aged, but right now it drinks a bit rough.

Mouthcoating is tremendous. Full bodied and chewy.
After recently having Sexual Chocolate, this beer is not quite as big and full, but they are similiar beers. Aging about a year or so does them well.

02-11-2010 21:02:28 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of alkemy


4.4/5  rDev +6%

Dark opaque brown pour with a darkish tan head. Dark burnt orange highlighting on the edges of the glass when held to light. Lots of sweet malt in the nose. Dark fruits like raisin, fig, and cherry. The scent gives off the aroma of a high ABV brew. I've got to honest here, I didn't get any chocolate aromas until after I had a drink. I get a sour cherry note first and a lingering coffee/espresso last. In between there is some roasty burnt goodness and more of the dark fruits...maybe a touch of prune juice. Alcohol is supremely well hidden. This is very smooth and rich. I really dig the taste...probably because it's a slightly different interpretation of the style.

02-11-2010 02:02:13 | More by alkemy
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

A: An incredibly dark brown, with big, thick, frothy, tan head that leaves behind great brown rings of lacing.

S: Big chocolate aroma, followed by some major boozy notes.

T: Huge flavor of chocolate and malt, just great. Nice roasted flavor, a hint of coffee backing, more mocha, I guess. Can't say enough positive things about this. Slight after taste of booze at the end, in a good way.

M: A great full body, excellent creaminess. The high ABV is masked incredibly well.

D: It doesn't get much better than Brooklyn BCS. Incredibly enjoyable, watch out for the 10%+ ABV. Sit down on a cold day and drink away.

02-10-2010 17:57:16 | More by mostpoetsdo
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

Been trying this one for a while. Decided to do the official review...

A: Perfectly pitch black with a tiny mocha head that quickly fades.

S: Smells good. I get chocolate, raisin, and oakiness upfront. Not as strong of a scent as I'd like, but a great scent once I get a handle on it.

T: Good taste. Hops upfront with a hint of subtle chocolate on the backend. Good brew.

M: A hint too much carbonation for my taste, but still decent.

D: Goes down fairly easy. Hops make it a little heavy upfront, but otherwise good.

All in all, this is a good easy-to-attain brew. If you're looking for a dark brew that is easy to drink and still get a nice buzz, then this is definitely your beer. Awesome to get a 4 pack and cherish on your taste buds.

02-10-2010 03:03:40 | More by steve8robin
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Winter 09-10 bottle. 10% abv.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours about a finger of tan head. Fades to a thinner layer, but leaves some really nice lace walls. Color pours a dark copper brown, but in the class it is completely black.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa right off the top. Some cherries, raisins, roasted malts. The aroma is very sweet, almost like candy. There is also some bitter hops in the background. I am really enjoying the aroma of this one.

Taste: Very roasted and toasty in a good way. It is a cold winter night and this beer is keeping me warm. Lots of rich coffee and caramel malty flavors. The grassy hops are a lot more present in the taste. Some light tart cherries are present along with a hint of molasses. Again, a sweet taste, but not as sweat as the aroma. It is almost a delicate RIS and I like it for that.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Pretty full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I drank it near cellar temp which was a good idea. I got a lot of flavors and it seemed to be a more unique RIS. I really liked it and can't wait to see what a year will do to this one. Fairly drinkable as well.

02-10-2010 03:00:15 | More by mothman
Photo of TommyW


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

A- Black body with a thin tan head.

S- Quick whiff of alcohol with a nice profile of chocolate malt and a faint roasted aroma.

T- Roasted malt with a big profile of chocolate malt, the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering; there is a very faint smokey/burnt taste as well. Has a dryer finish with a lingering notes from the chocolate malt.

M- Creamy, smooth and very full.

D- Definitely a top-notch RIS; great with some Stilton blue. I kept half of my four-pack back for aging; i'm expecting good things.

02-08-2010 14:41:08 | More by TommyW
Photo of Richardberg

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A - poured into a pint glass. Thick and absolutely jet black regardless of lighting. No head at first but as the pour settled a small, dense, dark brown foam appeared. Didn't last very long or leave any lacing though.

S - dark chocolate syrup, hint of black cherry

T - strong character of roasty boozy malts. bitter side is more coffee-like than chocolaty. has some syrupy sweetness counterbalancing things, though, and even a slight fruitiness toward the end. definitely finishes bitter though.

M - thick, heavy, sticky...in short, decadent. A little more creaminess (a la oatmeal stouts) would make it "perfect" (to my personal preference), albeit outside the RIS standard. As a straight up style exemplar, its feel is darn near perfect.

D - the ABV is definitely noticeable but there's nothing gratuitous about the strength. Just the right match for this depth of flavor, without becoming hard to finish. Wouldn't have more than one, but that's not the point.

02-08-2010 03:40:26 | More by Richardberg
Photo of morimech


4.15/5  rDev 0%

My bottle is the 07-08 vintage.

Pours very dark almost solid black with one inch of dense mocha colored head. The head did not have the greatest retention before settling to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Rich aroma of roasted and chocolate malt. Hints of dark fruit, coffee, and brown sugar. Alcohol is barely noticed.

The flavor was not as robust as the aroma but it still is quite good. More coffee than chocolate. Bittersweet throughout. Faint whisps of smoke. Hints of cherries and dark fruit. Alcohol remarkably is kept in check and does not get in the way of the malt flavor.

Big and bold in body. Very nice texture. Silky and smooth.

For such a big, high ABV stout it is remarkably drinkable. My bottle had a couple of years to age, and it aged well.

02-07-2010 17:44:56 | More by morimech
Photo of kirkpjr


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Thick syrupy pour. One finger of light brown head forms at the top of the glass.

S: Sweet roasted malts dominate the smell. Chocolate comes through as well. Alot of stuff going on here. Notes of sweet dark fruits.

T: Mmmm, dark chocolate flavors with the traditional roasted barley. Not as dominate of stout flavor as others I've had with the same ABV. I couldn't really detect the alcohol at all. Rich sweet flavors with a minimal hop bite in the finish.

M: Creamy and thick. Feels like a dessert going down.

D: Tough to say I would want more than one of these in a sitting. Nice beer on a cold rainy night though.

02-07-2010 02:38:10 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of drifter29


4.4/5  rDev +6%

Just finished shoveling 2 feet of snow and settled in to sample 2 bottles (thanks Ned)

A - Pours almost black with a firm, tan head that lingers

S - Malty and earthy

T - Smooth and creamy up front with a strong malty finish

M - Great texture and body

D - Not a session beer but a great accent to a steak

02-06-2010 19:34:22 | More by drifter29
Photo of HopHead29


4.15/5  rDev 0%

poured into nonic vintage winter 2008-2009

Pours pitch black with super dark tan head. leaves a few rings of lacing.

smell is of dark chocolate and firewood

Taste, big time hot chocolate taste. lots of chocolate and very warming alcohol. with a bitter finish

02-06-2010 05:55:46 | More by HopHead29
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A , pours an opaque almost jet black, with a massive 2+ finger width coffee colored head, that was very bubbly. Decent retention that dissipated to a thick film. Moderate lacing.

Smell: A , Strong milk chocolate and coffee aromas. Wonderful aroma.

Taste: A- , The initial sip is packed in with flavor. Strong expresso character with an earthy malt balance. After the initial sip the malt characters being to take over giving an earthy, grassy taste to the beer. The milk chocolate I expected from the smell never really comes outs, but as the beer warms in hand the roasted flavors begin to come out, and the dark chocolate characters strengthen to balance out the unpleasant grassy accents that dominated earlier in the drink. This beer definately gets better as it warms. The coffee flavors finally come back towards the end of the drink, and the alcohol that was masked very well also shows towards the very end. Finishes very strong, which was a pleasant surpirse.

Mouthfeel: A, medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation, and a smoothness towards the end that I really enjoyed.

Drinkability: A , it does a good job of hiding the ABV and is very drinkable despite the strong complex flavors.

Overall this is a very good beer. Not my favorite RIS but its up there. Definately worth a try, and I will be sure to try this one again in the future.

02-06-2010 02:48:01 | More by zac16125
Photo of beeragent


3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a dark brown forming a 1/2 inch mocha head. Medium lacing on the glass.

S - Roasted malts and cocoa dominat the nose, with a very noticeable alcohol aroma throughout, as to be expected of an IRS.

T - Roasted malts and chocolate malts mixed coat the palate. Very thick. The chocolate malts do not come through the mix nearly enough though. The alcohol content becomes very apparent in the finish. As far as IRS's go, this one does not hide the alcohol as well as others. Very delicious flavor overall.

M - Heavy bodied with a bit more carbonation than expected. Very smooth considering the carbonation and abv.

D - Not the best IRS available but still highly enjoyable. Great flavor and smooth thick body. I thought there would be more of a chocolate malt presence in the taste, but IMO the roasted malts dominated the flavor. Defintely worth trying though.

02-04-2010 19:39:10 | More by beeragent
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from bottle into tulip at 'garage' temperature, which was still a bit too cool for this one, definitely better once warms up a bit.

Aggressive pour created espresso cloud with lacing that dotted the glass throughout. Smells of coffee, and deeply roasted almost burnt malt. Hints of dark chocolate, but neither chocolate nor coffee is overwhelming here, more dark roasted malt, which I prefer over the Founders Breakfast Stout, which is more overt with coffee and chocolate.

Good mouthfeel, more carbonated than expected, and noticeable alcohol, definitely a one-per for me. Really enjoyed sipping it though and again, gets better as it warms up.

02-03-2010 01:45:34 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of teovaldi


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a jet black with a small one finger light brown head and impressive lacing.

Smells of dark chocolates and coffee.

Tastes of creamy coffee and bitter dark chocolate.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with good carbonation that balances out the thickness.

The drinkability is good considering the high abv, but it's a bit sweet and boozy for my tastes to have more than 1.

02-01-2010 20:53:45 | More by teovaldi
Photo of jjhbrfdds


2.6/5  rDev -37.3%

Pours deep black with little head,The smell of this stout is impressive but the taste eluded me.It reminded me of dark Chocolate cake batter,a strong coffee and everclear,the alcohol was straight up hot,making the drinkability poor,I will put a little age on this one and revisit after proper aging,I may have had a hot bottle

01-31-2010 23:20:19 | More by jjhbrfdds
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New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -60.2%

Had this at Alto Cinco in Syracuse, NY in 2007, but took notes. It was a decent looking RIS, pitch black with brown head, and the aromas of chocolate and coffee were a bit enticing. However, the taste and smell suffered a lot, it was WAAAYYY too rich and tasted like a chocolate cake that fell short, mouthfeel is just way too heavy and this beer is unthinkable and undrinkable.

01-31-2010 23:08:31 | More by tjd112
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4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

A = Deep black with tobacco red highlights. Quarter inch head formed, thick and lingering.

S = Coffee, alcohol and maybe blackberries.

T = Coffee, cherries and licorice. Aftertaste is stronger licorice and sweetness builds.

M = Good body, almost an oily quality. Carbonation is not too strong.

D = Great feet up, end of the day brew. I'll be back for more.

01-31-2010 19:11:28 | More by dcajero
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

a: Rich very black color. Creamy dark head which has lasting power

s: burnt (in a very good way) coffee, nice roasty malt, fruity and alcohol

t: a lot like the smell, with a little more chocolate. Alcohol noticeable, but again ... in a good way.

m: medium thick creamy. carbonation is about on par with other stouts.

This was the first time I tried this stout and it will be in my fridge again and again.

01-31-2010 17:43:00 | More by tag0519
Photo of Beertracker


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Brooklyn BCS pours up with a lively carbonation that creates a incredibly inviting tannish-mocha colored head that completely envelops the opaque brownish black body. Simply marvelous! The heavily chocolate aroma is quite complex with notes of rich toffee, toasted walnuts, cocoa nibs & plenty of coffee/espresso notes. A touch of fruity cherry-vanilla & a noticeable warmth add to the overall complexity. This one just gets better as it warms in hand. The smooth flavor starts off with an initial rush of caramel & chocolate sweetness that gives way to a solid roasted graininess with coffee & espresso notes marked by a light underlying bitterness. This one continues to grow on the palate, but dries out slightly towards the bittersweet, warming finish. This medium-full bodied Imperial Stout has long been one of my favorites. I've had this one many times before, but it still continues to impress. Garrett Oliver's BBCS is a hallmark of consistant quality which others can only dream. "Imperialism at its strongest!" Please Sir, may I have another?

Skål! Beertracker

01-31-2010 07:48:46 | More by Beertracker
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pours an opaque pitch black color with deep garnet highlights when held to light. The head is thick, dense, creamy, stick, and retains fairly well.

S: Roasty and toasty notes right off the bat. Nice chocolate, lactose, coffee, and hops to balance. Very pleasant, and when it warms, a waft of alcohol is noticeable

T: Similar to the nose...definitely on the maltier side, with a slight hop presence but not too weak. Chocolate- bittersweet and milk chocolate flavors. Lactose is fairly noticeable along with coffee and dark fruit hints. Strong alcohol across the palate when the beer warms

MF/D: Pretty viscous, creamy, carbonation is high, lingering sweet/chocolate/lactose finish

One of my favorites from the brewery

01-31-2010 00:12:40 | More by scottyshades
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