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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,634 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,634
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 318
Gots: 893 | FT: 51
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of milesfan76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

milesfan76, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Destral
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Poors out quite dark, with a good 2 fingers of tan head. Thin layer remains and leaves light to moderate lacing until I finished.

Smell:
Tons of sweet chocolate and malt. This beer realy smells tasty.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
This is a very smooth beer, with the perfect level of fine carbonation.

Drinkability:
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.

Destral, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of PorterJunkie
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PorterJunkie, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(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.

metter98, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

OskarL, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of runner72
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

runner72, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jacobseyb, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bierenutz, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of MisterClean
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Abecall for pimping this bad boy.

A - Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of cappuccino colored head, which dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is little to none.

S - Medium coffee and chocolate.

T - Medium coffee, chocolate, and bittering hops. Finishes with some slight alcohol.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and sweet.

D - Could be sessionable, and great overall. Really enjoyed the coffee and chocolate.

MisterClean, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of TonyReaves
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first tried this a few years ago, it was my first 'big' beer. It was 10.6% abv back then, and I'd never seen a beer so strong. Fond memories. Tonight I'm drinking the 09-10 vintage.

This beer is so black. Even with my glass in front of a bright light, no light peeking through.

Smells like pure dark chocolate and coffee. I'm not getting any alcohol, just roastiness.

The alcohol comes through in the taste. It starts with a touch of milky sweetness before a boozy burn cuts through everything. Finishes roasty with some hop bitterness.

This is a smooth drink. A lot of alcohol, but easy to imbibe. Dangerous.

TonyReaves, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. 08-09 vintage per neck label. Thanks go to DrewOSU for leaving this one in my fridge!

Pours a thick, super dark, opaque brown with a gorgeously thick and dark tan head. Fantastic coating of the foam along the sides of my pint glass.

The nose is surprisingly lighter than I was expecting. I get sweet caramel, chocolate and faint hops.

Ahh, the taste is much larger than the nose. A gentle, sweet mix of milk chocolate, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee grounds collide in the front of the tasting. This is wonderfully smooth and not too sweet. I get a faint brushing of vegetable-like/hoppy bitterness on the finish with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation...

The mouthfeel is velvet and thick.

Very easy to sip and savor this one. Recommended!

beachbum1975, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes: 12/15/09

Thanks to mikey711 for this beer.

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black with a tan colored head, great retention, head is incredibly dense gobs of lacing, really a nice looking beer. 4.5

S: Chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, toffee, fairly boozey, some notes of whiskey, dark roasted malts, licorice, brown sugar and molasses. Nice. 4.0

T: Malty roasty, chocolate, definite hop bitterness, which complements the roast, alcohol, and chocolate. Definitely a workout for the tongue as this has a lot going on. Molasses and brown sugar. Nice lingering aftertastes. Excellent roastiness. A little young and hot may need to mellow a bit. 4.0

M: Thick, rich and velvety, almost creamy, warm booze, lots of lingering flavors. 4.0

D: Easy to drink, this one is still a little young will develop nicely. Strong flavors, good flavors, will let other bottles age. 4.0

pokesbeerdude, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of kbeals
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came as an extra in a trade with gn0sis.

A- Pours jet black with just a touch of brown head. Head dissipates rather quickkly but still leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of bitter chocolate, some coffee and hints of dark fruits. Very complex overall, the bitterness and sweetness balances out nicely. A bit of booze shows up as it warms.

T- Very similar to the smell but the bitterness shows up a little more than in the aroma. Still coffee and chocolate on the flavor, but none of the dark frutis show up. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Heavy body, very smooth. Maybe a tad thinner than what I was expecting but pretty good. Very little carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. The 10% is masked pretty well by the other flavors but does sneak up on you.

Thanks again Eric!

kbeals, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/20/10. On tap at MacGregor's.

A - poured black with a light tan 3/4" head that retained nicely as a thin cap. lots of lace. no light comes through. wow. 5.0

S- rich roasted and chocolate malt. touch of caramel and cream. 4.5

T- lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, followed by sweetness of caramel and toffee, finishes roasty and with a touch of coffee. 4.5

M- thick and rich but not viscous or slick. smooth CO2. 4.5

D- too good. doesn't taste like it's 10% at all. 5.0

DmanGTR, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle of 09 into a pint glass.

A- Black with a paper thin mocha head that fades instantly.

S- Mostly chocolate, but I'm getting some roasted malt action with a very slight touch of coffee.

T- A lot of slightly bitter dark chocolate. A slight pinch of coffee. There's also a tad bit of roasted malt in there, but the bitterness starts to overwhelm after awhile.

M- Its about the standard thickness for a RIS. Not overly syrupy, though. Good deal

D- This is strong, and the bitterness CAN get to be a little much. Regardless, its a damn fine beer that I'm sure would taste a lot better if it were 30 degrees cooler out. I like it. I don't love it...but I like it.

bigfnjoe, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black (very dark brown), moderate head, light lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa

T: Really smooth beer with a very pleasant bitter chocolate flavor. There is a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M: A tad thin, nice lingering aftertaste. 10.1% ABV is noticeable in the finish, though not necessarily unpleasant.

D: Great beer, and readily available.

Huhzubendah, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to trying this one (I've heard good things about it and keep seeing it every time I look at the beers of the world book whenever I'm in barnes and nobles) and must say I'm impressed. This one reminds me of Samuel Adams Imperial Stout, but without the anise taste, The beer poured deep chocolatey black with a thick dark tan head. Taste was that of a really dark chocolate. Has a velvety mouthfeel. It's goes down too easily. Smell is sinfully cocoay. About as good a stout as I've ever had.

hdofu, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of BigIrishman
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a two finger fluffy caramel colored head. To say there's a lot of lace is a serious understatement.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a nice malty and licorice background.

Taste: Smokey chocolate the finished very clean malty back. This is not Rogue, Youngs, or Southern tier, so don't expect yoo-hoo but expect a nice chocolate undertone.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet finishes very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable heavy stouts available (ie non milk/cream stout or dry irish stout).

Note: This is definitely "old reliable" for me, it's always on the shelf. This beer is also great for introducing people to heavy stouts.

BigIrishman, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Bulkman
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black from a 12 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. As expected, only a thin caramel colored head is present, but does not fade as I drink it. Lacing is abundant against the walls of the glass, but falls rapidly with small clusters of bubbles remaining.

The aroma from this is incredible. Intense sweetness fills the nose with notes of fig, plums, honey, brown sugar, coffee & dark chocolate.

Taste is a carbon copy of the aroma - not much else to say about it, it is excellent.

This beer coats the tongue with a syrupy-sweet layer that hangs around for what seems like forever. As it gradually diminishes, a bitter aftertaste reveals itself.

10% ABV? It is so well hidden, I get no burn or anything in the nose to tell me it's there. Drinkability is outstanding; it would be easy to overindulge in this.

Amazing beer, looking forward to getting some more.

Bulkman, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, black really, with a creamy tan head. Reduces to a ring, slight lace.

Deep charred malt and coffee and bitter chocolate aromas.

A real deep complex brew here. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and a kick off booze. Thick, rich, complex, and delicious. Easy to drink, even though this one packs a wallop. Haven't had this one in 10 years. Glad I revisited.

OtherShoe2, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Thick, dark cream foam that is very resilient and never totally goes away. The liquid is black as sin and totally opaque. Resembles black tar.

S: Has the buttery, toffee smell that I get when grinding roasted coffee beans. Has a hint of cocoa butter too. Just smells rich.

T: Rich, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and nuts. Sweet upfront with just a hint of bitterness at the end.

M: Creamy, rich, really thick, but smooth.

D: Whoa! This is certainly a sipper. Far too rich and thick to take a gulp. Actually, it's tough for me to finish a 12 oz bottle because it's just so rich. Much better than I expected, though. I would rather drink this in a half dose. It's like a really rich chocolate cake that tastes great, but you only want a small piece at a time. I can see it being better on a frigid winter night

jovy1097, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my duvel tulip.
A- huge head from a hard but steady pour, four fingers of coffee colored dense foam slowly fading to a very thick half inch cap. Lots of lace. Black black black, not a bit of light is getting passed this black hole. Nice legs.
S- very big nose gobs of heat and sweet. 86 percent dark chocolate and lots of blackberry and roast. Tootsie rolls come to mind.
T- chocolate liquor and sweet dark bread. Brandy soaked ripe berries. Some molasses and burt coffee. A nice nutty hint and a wisp of hops at the end. Very hot to start but calms down a bit with warming it kinda works for me thought
M- thick and viscous, syrupy and chewy but there is a nice fizzy carb that lightens it up and help keep it moving. Thins out a bit as it warms. Finishes with a smooth linger.
D- its hot to be sure but with some time on it the heat mellows out and becomes great. Green as this bottle I can't really see my self cracking another tonight. I've had far more drinkable big stouts in this abv range.

oglmcdgl, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger dark brown head on a black body. Very nice, just nothing outstanding and didn't have the greatest texture/lacing/dexterity

S: Dry dark chocolate dominates, like sticking your nose in a bag of dark chocolate chips. There is a roasted grain aroma as well, but that's an afterthought.

T: Pretty basic chocolate semi-dry. Not very roasty, no coffee. It just lacked complexity, and I get a bit of an odd flavor that I can't identify but it's distracting.

M: Light and smooth, this reminds me of Guinness.

D: Very good, but not so much that I would seek it out just for the drinkability.

mdwalsh, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the 'Butcher' restaurant/deli/meat market in New Orleans, they served it ice cold with a frosted whiskey sipping glass, which was unusual. I like the small glass for the beer, but frosted was strange. Fortunately I had to wait for the food so I let the beer warm up some and the glass defrost before drinking.

It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head... nothing special, but I know this isn't really the optimal glass for the beer. I think in a pint glass where the head could develop during a full pour this would be a better looking beer.

The smell is bitter chocolate, delicious. The taste is more of the same... it's still a little colder than it should be but I can taste the bitterness of the chocolate with hints of spice and a slight sting of alcohol. Definitely a good one.

As for drinkability, would I order another one? I didn't this time, but in the future, absolutely I'd go for another one of these.

theboozecruise, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice roasted malt-chocolate RIS, which out of the blue on an unexpected tap serving felt rather mighty.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. All that the table attendant was able to articulate was "Chocolate Stout" and added "Brooklyn" after asking if that was the brewery. Served into a pint shaker glass.

A - Black body, small dark brown-ruby edges with a small brown frothy head. Average retention with rich touches of lacing. I personally do not like pint-shaker glasses, and if at all possible I try to avoid them. But this is the best looking brew I have seen in one of these in a long while (Two-Hearted ale notwithstanding.)

S - Chocolate notes over roasted aroma and a touch of coffee, boozy hint.

T - Rich roasted flavor with chocolate highlights and a bitter finish capped by the alcoholic note.

M - Full body, creamy and thick feel with small but adequate carbonation.

D - A nice RIS, rich in character and a great sipper. A bit excessive on a pint glass and yet there was a second one coming.

Notes: Rich and reliable, a nice stout and a solid offering from Brooklyn, and quite a surprise on tap being rather rich and remarkable.

Daniellobo, Mar 23, 2010
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 5,634 ratings.