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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,426 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,426
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 829 | 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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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09-10 Vintage.

A: Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head - initially one finger and eventually dissipates to a smallish ring. Lots of foamy lacing.

S: Roasted malts, dark fruits, cherries, burnt coffee, and some alcohol. I also smell the chocolate, but it's much more subtle than I expected. Pretty standard aroma for a sweet stout I'd say.

T: Espresso and mocha most apparent along with some sweet dark fruits. Bitter chocolate on the finish. It's pretty good, but doesn't really taste significantly different than lots of other sweet RIS I've had. As with the nose I was expecting a more distinct chocolate.

M: Very smooth, creamy feel and a nice full body. This beer really shines in this respect. Alcohol hidden fairly well, but you definitely feel the warming effects.

D: A pretty good RIS. However, for a limited release the emphasizes chocolate in its name I was a little disappointed. I'll probably drink one more for a second opinion and then cellar the other two for a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 05:55:31 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of towersfall

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a black color with a beautiful biege/tan-ish head. It took the head a minute or two to disappear as well.

Smell: Smells of bitter chocolate and dark fruit with a small hint of coffee.

Taste: Bitter chocolate and mocha are apparent with a slight hint of fruit. My god does this have a bitter chocolate after taste

Mouthfeel: Thick molasses and syrupy texture with a heavy overall body.

Drinkability: A little tough to drink but it is a very impressive winter beer. Very much enjoyed the strong taste as it is something I don't down often. Will reccomend to others and will probably go back to this next winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 04:47:14 | More by towersfall
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09-10 vintage

poured into my sam smith quasi fluted glass,more or less void of light. great lacing and nice persistent head.

nose has some roasted notes,dark fruit,dark chocolate.almost somewhat tart.

taste is somewhat chocolatey/coffee-ish,dark fruit notes. bit of alcohol warming in the finish. pretty good.

mouthfeel is pretty fullbodied, but slightly thing comparatively to some other russian imperial stouts.still pretty drinkable,the big abv is hidden fairly well.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:44:24 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of scottg


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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

pours a jet black which lets no light through when held to the light with a 1/2 finger tan head leaving lacing that slides back to the beer. Chocolate, stone fruit, cherry and alcohol aromas. Chocolate and vanilla flavors up front with some lemon rind/espresso bitterness in the middle ending with milk chocolate and dark chocolate flavors. Full body, medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Great drinkability, the variety of chocolate flavors generated is fanatastic.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 22:54:05 | More by scottg
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3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle bought at Beltway Fine Wine

Pours just about pitch black with a thin layer of mocha head on top that settles down pretty quickly.

Smell consists of a dark fruit presence upfront, with some mild chocolate and coffee notes sitting in the background.

Taste is not actually as chocolate-y as I had anticipated; burnt coffee tends to be a more dominating flavor, along with a molasses and brown sugar character. A mild bitter chocolate note comes through on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a Russian Imperial Stout, but there is still a full quality to the beer.

This is a decently drinkable beer, overall. The ABV is certainly concealed well, but I can't help but feel like there are other RIS's I'd be inclined to pick instead. I enjoyed the bottle I had, but I might leave the remaining bottles in the cellar to see how they do with some age on them.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 18:27:47 | More by kurp001
Photo of generallee

New York

4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Snifter glass. The bottle reads "Limited Bottling - Winter 09-10" and I sampled it on 11-4-2009.

Appearance: The color is jet black and definitely opaque. It raises a tall tan head that is thick, creamy and hangs on very well. It slowly fades down to a tight cap of foam that makes lots of splotchy lacing on the glass.

Smell: For a big 10% beer there is very little suggestion of its alcoholic strength. I get more roasted barley and grain brown sugar and molasses. Light notes of alcohol just seek into the background.

Taste/Palate: I'm hit with a big rich sweetness up front with notes caramel, brown sugar and molasses. Next comes gooey dark bitter chocolate brownies and deep roasted barley and grain notes. Solid herbal/leafy hops finishes thing of along with a gentle warming alcohol. The palate has a good full body with a slick texture and just enough carbonation to keep things from getting cloying or to syrupy.

Notes: This is a truly outstanding BIG beer. I wish I had some really good plain New York cheese cake with fresh red raspberries to pair with this wonderful beer. Well, for tonight this beer is its own dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 00:42:34 | More by generallee
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:06:46 | More by m1ked
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3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
bottle to glass

black as could be with a tiny brown head that kept a collar all the way down, leaving a few spots of lace. smell is of dark fruits and alcohol.

alcohol is prevalent, bitter and sweet, roasted malts, like burnt wood. flavors open up a bit more when it warms up. slick and full going down. not a bad RIS but probably not the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:28:56 | More by vdread
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, deep black with very fine bubbles rising to create a nice thick light brown head. Smells of espresso, dark chocolate, small hint of raisin, fig dark fruit, but very minimal, just the way I like it. Very bold, but mellow. The sweet darkness engulfs your mouth. The chocolate malt is evident with a bitter faintly hoppy finish. It has a very commanding presence on the palate, but no where near overbearing. Notes are mainly coffee, raisin and fig. The finish leaves some smoke and fruit. This is a full bodied beer, black velvet!
This beer is a high-wire balancing act. Not too heavy, but it is a deep dark menacing beast. Packs a punch at 10% but it is so velvety smooth and delicious it's hard to put down.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 02:08:53 | More by Lldeegan
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black with about a finger of tan head that retains decently. Lacing is great, sticks all the way down the glass.

S- Dark roasted malts with frequent smells of dark chocolate. Medium alcohol smell on the finish. Alcohol is a little too apparent for me with the smell of roasted malts and chocolate not dominating enough.

T- Roasted malts and a slightly nutty taste come up front followed by an taste from alcohol. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate and a warming sensation from the alcohol. The bitter dark chocolate taste makes this beer interesting and in my opinion very refreshing for winter.

M- Chewy mouthfeel with nice carbonation that fits nicely with the beer style.

D- Only thing holding back this beer is the presence of an alcohol taste, but those who enjoy a RIS should find no complaints with that.

Notes: Certainly will buy some more of these for the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 23:24:01 | More by Lolli1315
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was planning on sitting on this bad boy but everytime I looked at my beer stash this one begged to be drank.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is black as night. Maybe a slight tint of brown can be seen when holding it directly in front of a lamp. A careful pour gives me about a half inch of light brown head that dissipates leaving lace rings all around the rim.

The aroma is roasted coffee beans, burnt malt, dark chocolate with maybe a hint of dark fruit from the high abv.

The flavor is a fantastic mix of rich coffee dark and milk chocolate and toasted bread. This is spot on RIS. The dry bitter coffee blended with the chocolate make for a perfect balance of flavor. The high ABV can hardly be detected at all.

Medium to full body. A touch slick for my tastes. A decent amount of carbonation.

A mighty fine RIS in my book. A sipper for sure but I wouldn't mind have a few of these on a cold Wisconsin night. Too bad it's next to impossible to get round these parts.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 00:26:02 | More by beerwolf77
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New York

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

A - gentler than normal pour resulted in 2-finger thick khaki-colored head that lingered for nearly 15 minutes, leaving heavy robust lacing in its wake. This beer is truly black as night, even when held directly in front of a light bulb there was no lightening whatsoever around the corners of the tumbler.

S - Robust alcohol aroma is primary, with secondary notes of chocolate, fermented citrus, roasted malts, coffee, and tangy molasses. Interesting.

T - A bit sharp and biting at first with a strong mix of roasted malts and chocolate competing for primacy with smoke, black cherry and coffee. As I travel farther down the glass the alcohol relocates and softens the bite backwards to a mere barbecue-esque, molasses driven tang in the throat. Its like eating a bouyant chocolate steak.

M - very nice combination of creamy texture and carbonation. lays right across the top of the tongue, but isnt afraid to bust out in bubbles if jostled enough.

D - surprisingly sessionable for the style. no doubt it is a beer sandwich, but I could have two or so rather than 1, as is the case with an Old Raspy.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 07:08:52 | More by NYCWheatFanSC
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Gayle Sayers shaker glass.

The beer pours out very dark brown and opaque., with a fairly substantial tan head. As you tilt and rotate the glass, you can see the beer has just a little bit of "legs" to it.

In the aroma dark chocolate predominates, along with some roasted notes, and a small touch of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is medium to full with moderate carbonation. The beer tastes like dark chocolate and roasted grains initially, followed by a substantial bitter/roasty bite.

This is very easy to drink for a Russian imperial stout. It does not seem anywhere close to a 10% beer. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 02:37:55 | More by westweasel
Photo of Riccymon


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a sinister-looking black with a mere quarter-inch of brown head. Smell seems a little on the subdued side, though there is a rich chocolate aroma, a little roasty malt, and a small cherry note.

The chocolate flavor is improved upon as I sip-- it becomes a bitter but tasty mixture of coffee and chocolate. After a few sips, I recognize hops accompanying the chocolate-malt goodness, and the presence of alcohol just makes itself known at the end of each sip, but only slightly so.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy up until the hop flavor lays down on the tongue with a drying effect. I found BCS a nice RIS, but it didn't necessarily stand out above the rest, at least while fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:58:27 | More by Riccymon
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Night time black. Half an inch of foam, looking like milk diluted with a bit of chocolate.

This is a very aromatic brew. I began getting notes from the opening. Very malty, roasty, slightly bitter with alcohol hints. Chocolate rounds out the finish.

Coffee and some sort of dark fruits are the first tastes. Slight hop bitterness, roasted malts, and bitter dark chocolate end it all.

It's medium to full, with a nice coating feel.

Fairly drinkable. It's a pretty good brew all in all, not something I would load up on. Glad I tryed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 22:41:43 | More by EgadBananas
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3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz into a goblet - the 2009 version (10.0%)

A - Very dark, opaque. Just maybe, in the right light, some amber highlights. Head formation is more of a quick film than a foam, sitting there with a few bubbles. Certainly has the viscous look of a stout.

S - Malts are the most dominant characteristic. A two-row dominated beer, but I can detect some caramel and chocolate malt notes. Roasted barley, of stout fame, is very light, hardly perceptible.

T - Starts off with a malt sweetness, but it is immediately overcome by a hopping - unknown which kind, and a very biting alcohol hit. Viscous - biting - grabbing. Amazing amount of phenolic tones throughout this beer. Stouts should be very capable of hiding alcohol - this beer is not. The roasted barley comes through after that, with some almost acidic, cold coffee press type flavors. Aftertaste is the real bittersweet chocolate I was hoping for, slowly dissipating on the taste buds.

M - Moderate body - not off the charts either way for a RIS. Certain seems more driven by carbonation than by a developed beer body. Leaves behind a very oily, clinging film that only reenforces the flavors - which in this case was not good.

D - Nothing drinkable here. The near acidic old coffee flavors combined with the whammy of alcohol in both flavor and consumption make this nothing near a session beer, let along a 2 beer evening from a four pack.

I am going to age my other 3 from the 4 pack to see if 2009 settles down. In this state, I wouldn't want to drink another again. Very disappointing considering it comes from someone I admire so much, Garrett Oliver.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:12:43 | More by katan
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4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil black with a very small head, tiny tan bubbles around the edge of the glass. Smells fruity boozy malty chocolatey and sweet. Great hop presence, great mouthfeel I am putting the last two of this four pack in the cellar to age. Drinkability I have to give a 4 because I wanted a second but fear what would happen if I drank all four.

Great job by Brooklyn Brewery, I really enjoy their brown but have not had this before. Now just waiting for Monster to come out. Perhaps a trip to the brewery is due....

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:34:44 | More by alpinebryant
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer didn't live up to they hype IMO. Appearance was common RIS with a slight gold dust effect in the head. Nose was was chocolate, booze and roasted barley. The taste was nice and trying to be complex but not too much to this stout overall. Chocolaty, somewhat bitter, medium hop presence for the style, some alcohol in the finish. Tasted like it could really benefit from a year or two in the cellar. Needs time to mellow, too fresh maybe. Considering it's only .6 points away from the Rasputin's average score-I don't agree. Not near as well crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 00:23:50 | More by natelocc787
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New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

09/10 release.

Poured into a snifter.

Smoothly pours out like a typical stout and releases a thin tan head that lingers for a few seconds. A total dark and opaque color in the glass with small amounts of rising and bubbling streams around. Nice spotty lacing throughout also. Aroma is beautifully roasted and full of sweet chocolate, malts, a bit of alcohol and surprisingly coated with cinnamon. Cinnabon in a glass essentially - really appealing on the nose to the point of intoxication. Such a beautiful fragrance resonating from the glass.

Taste is moderately roasted - not as potent as other RIS's I've had in the past. Begins with a nice malty presence then enters a cocoa and chocolate element and finally finishes on a slight bittersweet chocolate astringency and warmth from the 10% ABV, which was masked incredibly well. Not a whole lot of big appeal on the flavor component, but it's textbook RIS in terms of the actual flavors.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet light-bodied with mild carbonation. A bit lacking in the overall feel for an RIS, but other than that it's easy drinking. Drinkability is fair - not as tasty and flavorful as I was hoping. Not really worthy to drink all four in a night's session, but probably best to set some off to add some age. Not bad, but not incredible.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 03:28:28 | More by infi
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3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a RIS should. Dark brown to black with a slight cinnamon colored head. Moderate lacing.

The smell is definitively dark chocolate and roasted malt, but is subdued and not as strong as most RIS.

The chocolate is center stage in the taste, but not overdone. There's a light bitterness and roasted malt in the middle. The aftertaste is a bit sour, which is a little odd in a stout. I did notice that as this warms that sourness is replaced with much more bitterness and a coffee aftertaste.

Creamy, thick, and mild carbonation.

Drinkability is above average for such a high abv. Alcohol is barely detectable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:48:08 | More by Vonerichs
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New Hampshire

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

I had this beer on my 21st and thought it was the best beer I had ever had or will ever have...since then I've beefed up my beer resume and realized that while it's pretty good, its not the best.

That being said its s pretty good RIS. Its thick and complex a little chocolaty in the smell, but not overpowering in the taste. It has the little extra kick that a RIS should have over other stouts. It's a little more complex it has a little more of the undefinable substance that is needed in a RIS. The alcohol flavor is there (its 10% for crying out loud!)

One beer was plenty and the drinkibility suffers from the high ABV (but then again its a RIS, what did I expect).

Overall: Good to try, nice product, but with so many other RIS's out there, why stop here. Especially since I live 20 minutes from Portsmouth, the home of "Kate the Great"

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 01:31:42 | More by prattmeister14
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm initially concerned that it's almost finished pouring without forming a head, when, toward the end, I get a beautiful cascade effect forming a near-perfect one finger head. This just off-white head never fades to less than half a finger and leaves a patchy sheet of lacing over a black brew that lets in almost no light.
The aroma is first like sniffing cocoa powder out of the can, then some roasted coffee notes come through with some dark fruits underneath.
The chocolate lingers all the way through the sip underneath a dominant malt flavor involving a combination of various malts in near-perfect sync. A hops presence is noted that adds balance without taking away from the chocolate, and the dark fruits sit just beneath it all. Alcohol is evident the entire way, sometimes overcoming the flavors in the sip and especially toward the end.
Some may consider the feel a little thin for the style, and it may be; it is, however, thick and rich and well-complimented by a little bit of a crisp feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 04:13:56 | More by Brenden
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 10.0%. "Limited Bottling - Winter 09-10"

Appearance: Brown head on a black body. Good retention considering the abv.

Smell: Molasses and licorice.

Taste: Very roasty. Bit of licorice. Has a nice amount of bitterness throughout. Dark bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 12:28:01 | More by BierFan
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New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a nice little ice cream cone colored head that fades slowly with time. smells of raisins, prunes and other dried fruits. heavy on alcohol from the nose also. tastes like bitter black coffee, dark malts, obviously chocolate, and roasty. as it goes down you dont taste the alcohol per se, but it does tingle the gums and throat a little and that bitter black coffee transforms into a smooth mocha taste. overall a very complex and delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 05:43:14 | More by caresville
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Notes.

A: Pitch black, viscous, opaque. Short head on the pour with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma through all the deep burnt malts. Lots of bitter chocolate with a bit of coffee in the back.

T/M: Strong alcohol on top. Loads of bitterness. chocolate stillholds it's own through all of this. Some sweet malts as well. Body is about full and the carbonation is on the lower side.

D: Very drinkable RIS and ages quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:44:52 | More by pwoods
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,426 ratings.