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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,162 | FT: 58
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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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Ratings: 6,130 | Reviews: 2,729
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.

Photo of Trilogy31
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter 10-11 bottle. Pours a midnight black with two fingers of dark khaki foam quickly giving way to thick lacing. Nose has roasted smoky peat notes, campfire, almost a acetic quality and some buried burnt coffee. No real sign of chocolate here. No real smoke on the taste, it does have some nice bittersweet chocolate, roasted and a very dry finish along with a high level of carbonation. I was waffling between trying something new or a breakfast stout, i wish i went with the latter.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan and SalukiAlum for each sending me a bottle of this!

Pours a pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades to a small cap. Very nice distinct rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Taste is of dark bittersweet chocolate, plums/prunes, roasty coffee, and slight soy sauce. There is a pleasant coffee/dark chocolate bitterness after each sip. There is also a slight acidity in the beer. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a very good RIS. I am glad I got a chance to try this one and that I have another bottle to drink later.

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

A: Pours a rich, dark brown, bordering on black. Head is tan and a nice size. Nice lacing as well.

S: A big roasty chocolate aroma comes through. A bit of alcohol is present as well, but not unpleasantly so.

T: Like the smell, lots of roasted malts and chocolate are in the taste. Sweet dark fruits are also there. Also, some bitterness and a little bit of alcohol, which blend well with the flavors.

M: Creamy, thick and smooth, with a surprising amount of carbonation. Nice.

D: Scarily drinkable for 10% ABV. Can barely taste the alcohol, and it blends well with the flavors. The taste is well balanced as well, not too sweet (as some chocolate stouts tend to be) and not too bitter.

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Slow to form 1/4" head. Jet opaque black in the glass.

S: Rich chocolaty cream, a little coffee with some subtle hop characteristics.

T: Cocoa, coffee, just a hint of bitterness to balance the malt.

M: Thick, rich, and a bit of alcohol towards the end.

O: Good example of the style. Nothing stands out, but I still found it enjoyable to sip.

Photo of EnemyWithin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008-2009 vintage into Duvel glass.

Appearance: 4.5
Opaque, dark drown-black body with dense, foamy brown 1 inch head. Nice lacing. As I drink a faint, incomplete of head remains on surface.

Smell: 4.5
Strong aroma of cocoa with notable presence of dark fruit and molasses malt. Addictive to smell.

Taste: 4
Initially, sweet chocolate malt that is overtaken by the more fruit, warming alcohol midway through with some mild bitterness. Great roasty finish with slight stickiness. Alcohol is notable, but not too over-powering. Good sipper beer.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickness with good coating of mouth. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Feels appropriate for such a stout.

Overall: 4.5
A very nice stout, especially to sipper during cold winter night. Quite drinkable. I enjoy the chocolate aspect and feels it softens the alcohol presence nicely. Overall, the alcohol is detectable, but not too overpowering. Enjoyable, but not a beer I have multiple in a sitting in most cases.

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

A - arrived as a jet black color with a frothy tan head.

S - chocolate and a bit of coffee and brown sugar.

T - As the name would imply, chocolate is the main attraction here. A healthy amount of bitter, roasty dark chocolate flavor with some coffee and brown sugar. In my opinion, the light sweetness is well-balanced by the roast and the hops. I wouldn't ask for more sweetness or for less. This stout is well-balanced overall with no real rough edges. A bit of booziness at the end if you sip it too fast, but this is to be expected from an imperial stout on tap.

M - nice body without being too heavy. I would be interested in trying a nitro version of this stout if such a thing actually existed.

Overall - this is a great, well-balanced stout. I can't say I'm too keen on the traditional flavor-hammer imperial stouts, so if you're a huge stout fan maybe you shouldn't take my review at face value. But I really like how Brooklyn BCS balances the chocolate flavor with everything else going on. Enjoy.

Photo of Shrews629
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown/black color with some very faint ruby highlights around the edges. A nice dark tan head that was smooth and creamy. However the head was not very large nor did it have a tremendously long retetnion time. Left some decent lacing though.

Smell - A sweet and burnt chocolate note seems to be the driving force of the aroma. Some additional burnt malt is in there also. A touch of coffee. A touch of dark fruits. Some burnt bread. No over abundance of alcohol in the smell either. Nicely balanced. Smells great.

Taste - The taste brings out more of the robust, sweet chocolate, burnt coffee and dark fruit. A minor flavoring of alcohol is present as well. Very, very well balanced. A little bit of milk flavoring also.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry and smooth and creamy. Slick feeling. The warming alcohol holds off until the last second then comes slowly and finishes strong. Covers the palate exceptionally well.

Drinkability - What a wonderful brew. A great smell, mouthfeel and of course an outstanding taste. This beer is very easy to drink and even more so during the Winter months. Watch out however, 10% ABV is quite a bit. I'm picking this up again next year for sure... and yes you should too.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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