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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,998
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,075 | 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 patreely12
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.65/5  rDev +12%
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
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a balloon glass. Bottle was cellared since October '09.

Big fluffy mocha head on the pour. Looks like a nice dollap of chocolate mousse. Actually makes me want some Jell-O chocolate mousse. Remember when Bill Cosby did Jell-O ads? I miss that old bastard... and Jell-O pudding pops, but I digress...

Nose is very nice: lots of dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, espresso, and some bitter earthiness, like when you slide head first into second base and get a face full of dirt... and then the ump says, "You're out!" I know that feeling, I know that taste, and it is here, mildly.

Taste is of bitter roasted malts, some coffee, dark chocolate, figs, molasses, and unabashed awesomeness. Brazen, yes, but I like that - a beer that loves itself but cares nothing for you. Like an ex-girlfriend that verbally beats you down but does circus tricks in bed so you keep knocking on that door every Saturday night. It's okay, embrace it, savor it, and pour yourself another glass.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy going. The roasted malt bitterness is strong in the taste but it doesn't linger in the mouth - very easy to give this one the Listerine swish.

Overall I liked this one a lot, though I'm not sure this makes my list of top-tier imperial stouts. The bitterness was a bit distracting at times. Also not sure if aging this for a year made much of a difference - kind of like waiting another year to ask a certain girl to prom, but she doesn't develop like you hoped. C'est la vie!

Photo of Vierenner
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just an okay beer -- it lacks the "wow" factor present in many other stouts I've tried. I taste a slightly sour fruitiness with each sip ... or maybe it's the hops -- either way that doesn't work for me. Kind of bland. This beer leaves me unsatisfied.

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

Reviewed from notes 1/10/2011

A: chocolate and malts

Ap: black with a 2 finger mocha colored head, dissipated fairly quickly, left nice lacing on the glass

B/T: mild carbonation, thick, slightly oily on the tongue, but smooth

Af: chocolate, and the typical bitterness associated with chocolate, lingers on the tongue pretty well.

O: a delicious chocolate treat


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

Black, as promised, with a frothy brown head.

semisweet chocolate and fresh coffee.Light floral hops. Slightly subdued.

Rich dark chocolate, roasted coffee and dark fruits. Undertones of citrus, burnt toast, cream and floral hops.

Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, sugar, caramel, and dark chocolate. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this was quite the excellent brew. There were no sharp intrusive flavors present at all which made this one very easy drinking. Had a very nicely well balanced flavor and good aroma as well. This one is a definite must try.

Photo of gabedivision
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Sam Adams snifter glass. Pours pitch black opaque swirls with a frothy brown head that stains all ends of the glass. The smell is amazing, smells like sweet roasted coca beans, with a hint of coffee. The taste is exceptional, dark milky feeling in the mouth. This beer screams drinkability, however, you can probably only have one or two or you will loose the ability to do anything else. This beer is fantastic from start to finish.

Photo of SnowGoon99
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours an opaque black with a dark tan head that's almost brown. Head doesn't last very long and there's no lacing down the glass. Aromas that come through are roastiness, chocolate, and dark rum. In a blind taste test you could've sworn it was a liquor.

Flavors that come through include roastiness with more of the dark rum but with more alcohol than the nose. Can definitely tell this is a big beer. Notes of toast, chocolate and espresso are also apparent. A lot of levels to this beer. Mouthfeel is awesome. Really couldn't have done any better. But due to all the flavors and the alcohol content this is definitely a sipping beer. Not very easily drinkable.

Overall this is an incredible beer. It just has so many layers in the nose and on the tongue that it's just awesome. Only criticisms would be the head retention and the drinkability factor. But both of those are negligible next to the flavor and aroma.

Photo of spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a syrupy opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, roasted/toasted notes, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels very creamy. Most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. The alcohol is well hidden and there are also some light hops. The beer finishes with a bitter coffee aftertaste.

Drink - A delicious and flavourful chocolate beer that I am going to go buy some more of tomorrow. I like that fact that it isn't too over the top in the flavour department, leaving it highly drinkable. I'd like to have a few bottles cellared so I can taste it again with a few years on it. It's a great winter warmer or dessert beer - a must try

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