Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,892
Reviews: 2,676
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
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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 weller1js
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a opaque dark brown, but an orange hue refracts along the edges of the glass; light carbonation, tan foam, with a very light bubbly filmy viscocity lacing the glass.

smell: rich, oaked chocolate scent, bittersweet carmel undertones, slight hint of coffee.

taste: bold and rich oaky flavor infused with a sensation of chocolate, the bitter hops enhance the maltiness and complement the chocolate notes, lasting into the finish, relenting slightly for a more sweet lingering in the aftertaste; the taste of the alcohol is present, but does not overpower the experience.

mouthfeel: I typically don't review mouthfeel, but the bitter sensation provides a noteable feel throughout the palate.

drinkability: a great example of an imperial stout, from the well-bodied malts to the appropriateness of the balance of oaks, chocolate, and bitter notes; the abv is where it should be but the intensity of the alcohol could potentially offend a palate, very drinkable but not many drinkable.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - solid black, 1 finger of dark head left thin cover with some lacing
S - semi sweet chocolate, vanilla, and definite alcohol
T - similar to the nose with some nuttiness and earthy hops
D - thick and chewy to start, moving to a distinct alcohol bite that thins it out
D - the chocolate is integrated well, the alcohol is a little dominate leaving this not the most drinkable, but to be expected at 10% ABV, worth a sample

Photo of dogfishandi
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

winter 08-09 bottle - 2008
served at cellar temperature poured into pint glass. pours absolutely opaque black, with a wonderful looking mocha colored head that seems to erupt out of nowhere, maybe cause you cant see the bubbles its so black. off the pour the head was full and creamy, slowly residing to a thin layer over the whole top that lasted just about till the end. some very nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass as well. all around picture perfect appearence for a imp. stout.

such a wonderful complex aroma to this one. right off the first smell you know this is going to be a big heavy stout. there is a nice dark fruit smell, such as raisons, prunes, dates blended with some very dark chocolate aromas. heavy malts as well as some alcohol are definately apparent as well. a little bit of a solvent smell is noticeable as well. it seems like there is much more going on here that i cant quite find words for.

the taste is just as complex as the aroma. big heavy mouthfeel going on makes this one a sipper. nice and chewy. first you taste the dark fruits followed by some alcohol and then your left with thick dark dark chocolate taste that lingers and changes to a chalky kind milk/dark chocolate mix. a huge range of chocolate in this.

when takin slow this can be a very enjoyable beer, but if you abuse it, it will hurt you. if you dont like big heavy stouts, then this is not for you, but if your like me and im guessing you are, this is one of the best imperial stouts out there, and its avaliabilty is extremely wide. i put some in the back of my cellar and i look forward to see how it turns out after a year or two, maybe longer.

winter 09-10 bottle - 3/16/2009
12oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a stella artois glass. pours thick like motor oil, dark deep black. very nice creamy mocha colored head. nice lacing and some decent retention.

wonderful aroma, you know its gonna be big. heavy roasted malts, big alcohol, dark fruits, asnd a hint of some dark chocolate.

its all there in the taste. huge thick chewy mouthfeel. low carbonation. leaves a creamy chalky texture on the palate. in the taste you get some big roasted malts and alcohol, followed by some dark fruits and finishs with a range of chocolate flavors. leaves you longing for more. just like i remeber it. one is enough for the night. a good way to start off the night as well.

winter 10-11 - 11/19/2010
pour usual thick viscous oil black with frothy dark caramel colored head. taste is so devine, much creamier and fruity than the o9-10 i had days ago. this years even taste less harsh alcohol wise. lots of ripe dark dried fruits and tons of dark chocolate roasted malt goodness.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer is a thick black oil slick in my glass with a 1/4 inch tan head with oily looking spots of carbonation on the glass. Smells like rich dark chocolate and black licorice and a bit of steamed milk. The taste is rich, like a black forest cake, really alot of chocolate and roasted malts backed up by enough hops to balance it out. But it is a hot mess of a beer when un-aged. Really full mouthfeel, thick and lucious. However because it kinda hot and the alcohol is not well hidden I think it could use some refining.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very dark coffee colored stout. The smell was not to strong gave off a bit off dark chocolate smell. The taste was that of dark chocolate and some fresh roasted coffee. This is definitely a beer that I would like to have again. I like this beer because the after taste was like you just finished eating some good chocolate. Great beer.

Photo of Sneers
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh '10 batch. $7.99 for the 4-pack.

Pours an opaque black. A head doesn't want to form without some coaxing, but what does is a light chocolate brown.

The aroma is not particularly strong, but consists of coffee, some alcohol, and that hint of raisin that suggest molasses.

The taste is of black coffee with dark chocolate. There is an assertive hop bitterness, which, to my pleasure, is not too piney or citrusy. I also swear there's a hint of saltiness down the sides of my tongue. The finish is dry and bitter like baker's chocolate. The alcohol is pretty well-masked, but makes itself known. Swirling the beer in my mouth, and therefore warming it quite a bit, sweetens things a bit, and pronounces the chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but could be a little bit smoother. This beer is deceivingly drinkable; at 10.1% alcohol, it might be best to make this a sipper.

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

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at Ancona`s in Ridgefield.

Appearance is black with a brown head, soon leaving a ring of bubbles on the top.

The smell has roasted malts and then some bittersweet chocolate. Also some coffee is present in its smell.

BBCS has a taste that includes more chocolate with a bit of vanilla, it really is very decadent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfect for a RIS. Its` drinkability is great, especially considering the abv. This is a perfect beer to pair with a rich dessert and conclude your evening.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Black with brown edges on the on the pour with a few fingers of mocha head. Moderate lacing at first but it slowly dissipates.

Dark chocolate, mild coffee aromas. Bit of alcohol in the background. Sweetness is mild, but when stretched it comes across as a mild cherry aroma.

Strong chocolate flavors, dark chocolate with a nice bittersweet edge. Hops provide a good balance to this deep beer. Earthy hops ground the deep chocolate notes.

Alcohol gives a nice bite, but is rather well hidden. At 10%, this is probably a one time deal for the night.

Carbonation is a bit heavy, along with the mouth feel being kinda watered down. Would of wished it to be more creamy, but good none the less.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Wegman's in Warrington, Pennsylvania
Purchase Price - $8.99/4pk
Served in a Dogfish Head Signature Glass

A - Dark, opaque (almost black) color. Very little head but a nice, brownish, cream colored ring around the edge. Nice lacing left on glass on the glass as I drink it down.

S - First aroma is that of coffee. The alcohol is also very noticable right after pouring. As it warms up, the other flavors (malts, chocolate) begin to make an apperance.

T - Nice combination of coffee, molasses, and a smokey (burnt malts?) taste. The chocolate taste is noticable but not as much as I would have expected from the name. Alcohol is right up front during the first sips. After it warms up, the alcohol is noticeable although not as much.

M - Nice amount of carbonation. Not overly heavy but since it is a stout, a naturally thicker feel on the tongue.

D - This is a really good stout. Not a session beer by any means but a beer to be enjoyed slowly. I tastes even better as I let it warm up.

Overall - A hit with me. IPA's are still my favorite but a nice, dark stout is always a good thing to offset that hoppiness that I enjoy. This is a well balanced beer that I will be purchasing again. A pleasant surprise since I purchased it without reading any of the previous BA reviews.


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

Had this on tap at Bar Louie last night. One of my favs, I just finally got around to reviewing this.

Came to the bar in a tall thin glass, pitch black with a minimal milk chocolate colored head. Instant roasted coffee aroma.

Tastes of roasted coffee beans, tobacco and an slight hint of chocolate on the finish. Moutfeel is full and creamy, yet with some nice carbonation. Sticky sweet on the tongue. The tobacco becomes more present as the beer warms.

Simply delicious. I look forward to this every year. The alcohol warms your insides as you make your way thru this monster. Very complex and well balanced, one of my favorite stouts of all time.

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

Pour from bottle into a wine glass.

A - Deep black, with maybe a little bit of brown. This is about as dark as beer gets! Very little head.

S - Rich cocoa aroma, mixed with clean maltiness. I'm picking up on a bit of the alcohol as well.

T - Chocolate, coffee, and toffee notes. There's some warming from the alcohol as it goes down, not surprising for the ABV. Very well balanced and smooth. Very little roasty bitterness.

M - Creamy, silky mouthfeel, with noticeable carbonation.

D - Way too drinkable for the ABV!

This brew is everything I expected and more. I'll be tucking a couple of these away to revisit in a few months to see how it ages. Perfect for a cold winter's evening next to the fire!

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

poured into a pint glass.


very dark. basically black. a little bit of brown head that dissipates rather quickly.


smells awesome. Nice sweet chocolate...a little roastiness and a touch of coffee. Perhaps a little dark fruit in there. Like chocolate covered raisins.


great as well. sweet chocolate with a touch of molasses and coffee. a little boozy and bitterness in there as well.


medium to full bodied. perfect carbonation. A little bitter/dry finish in there. perhaps a little alcohol burn in there but nothing too bad.


fairly high. great tasting but the booziness might be a little too much to have a couple of these. Plus it being a seasonal beer you better stock up. Be a great sipping beer when the weather gets cold here.

Photo of zoso1967
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark as night with a mocha colored head. This beer is just about as black as they come. The head fades quickly and leaves just spots of lace.

The aroma is quite sweet with plenty of fruity notes. There is a definite alcohol component that goes along with rich cocoa and some coffee. I am quite surprised at how malt forward this aroma is, with sweet raisin and dark cherry notes trumping the chocolaty and roasty ones.

The flavor has a wonderful balance between all the flavor components. Sweet caramel and dark fruit hit the palate first. Then rich dark chocolate and some vanilla. As I swallow the flavor transforms to reveal dark roasty malts and some juicy hop character. There is much less alcoholic warmth in the flavor, but it is definitely still present.

The mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, and it has a pretty spiky carbonation to it. The beer finishes much drier than I had expected and leaves a good amount of bitter roasted malt and hops flavors on my tongue.

This is a sipper of a stout and a pretty nice one at that. I let it warm quite a bit to see what other flavors it might bring out, but it pretty much tasted the same. This would be much better if it did not show the ABV so easily, but it is still one of Brooklyn's better offerings.

Photo of readbaron
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky black with a small amount of tan head that quickly dissipates into a thin lacing with decent retention

Smells of maltiness and chocolate with hints of molasses and coffee.

Tastes outstanding - smooth, creamy, chocolatey and a hint of bitterness. Alcohol comes through. Finishes well - definitely retains the chocolate and coffee flavors after each sip.

Exceptional mouthfeel - perfectly carbonated, nicely viscous - but not too heavy, creamy, smooth.

Dangerously drinkable considering its abv.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with ABV on the bottle. Poured pitch black, with a nice tan/coffee head. Head retention is not very good, but should be expected from brews with 10% ABV. Aroma is predominantly dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is exceptional. Gets even better as the beer warms up, the ABV is not felt as much. Silky smooth stout, the taste is dark chocolate with a perfect blending of coffee and some roasted malty after taste. The mouthfeel, as i said earlier, is truly exceptional and so is the drinkability. It is an excellent stout from Brooklyn Brewery, which every stout lover must most certainly have. Highly, highly recommended.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/09/10

Winter 09/10 bottle

A:Pours a jet black with a fingers worth of tan head that falls fairly quick, decent lacing
left on the glass

S:Nose picks up basic RIS aromas, a little bit of coffee and a lot of chocolate with some
sweetness in there as well. Pretty inviting

T:Sweetness up front and in the middle followed up by coffee and chocolate coating the
palate afterwards leaving a coat across the palate.

M:Goes a little down here but not that much, body is slightly thinner than expected from
the look and could possibly loose a little carbonation. There is also quite a bit of warmth
for the alcohol down the chest which is not horrible but could mellow out just a bit more.

D:Pretty nice drink on this with just a slight bit of burn in the chest. Flavors are developing
quite nicely and seem to be on the right track with a little more age to them. A pretty good
RIS that I will be trying again in a few months to see how its developing.

Photo of gskitt
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Incredible opaque shade of black. No light passes through. Head is tan and thick and never really recedes.
S- Crazy good. Smells of sweet dark bitter chocolate. Molasses and roasted malt.
T- deep complex roasted malt flavors. Alcohol is present throughout. Has some bitterness, tastes of tar and the crust of brown bread as well.
M- The bitterness and alcohol permeate mouth and linger for a bit. Not unpleasant mouthfeel. Viscous.
D- 10% might get the best of some.
This is a well-brewed stout. I'm happy, it's easy for me to get.

Photo of paulozanello
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black opaque color with small mocha head that recedes fairly quickly leaving good lacing.
Aroma is chocolate, molasses, roasted malts and some alcohol. It could be stronger.
Taste is very malty with chocolate, caramel and molasses upfront. This has a strong alcohol finish and it is very warming as you swallow it. Aftertaste is very mild for an imperial stout.
Mouthfeel is creamy and mooth as far as texture goes. The alcohol is a bit excessive though.
Overall a good beer for the winter but there are better ones out there.

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

I am drinking out of a crystal beer mug. The beer poures black with a small brown head , which recedes rather quickly to a thin lacing.
The smell is a strong promise of rich chocolate taste, which is certainly fulfilled after tasting the beer. Very rich dark chocolate, bittersweet with hints of coffee. The roasted malts give a dominant character. The mouthfeel is a dry finish . A very drinkable beer for the cold season, especially with the combination of a good meal.

Photo of Magpie14
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: heavy brown and black hues fall into murky darkness. Crowned with creamy mocha foam. A small smattering of sticky lace can be found in a few locations. Overall lacing is rather meager

S: nose is chockfull of malts. Some cocoa and coffee is present as well. Very dark and heavy in the nose. This heaviness includes a splash of alcohol and some fruits of the darker variety. Whiff after whiff and yet no hops detected

T: the predominant flavor is a tonnage of heavily roasted malts. Some bitter coffee grounds, dark chocolate shavings, and a pinch of brown sugar gather force with warming. I have noticed a slight astringency popping up laden with dark fruits (in the realm of prunes and figs).
Overall I find this beer raw in character, not very refined in some ways. A blunt force of dark cocoa, alcohol, coffee and malts

M: good standing here with smooth and slick notes all around. The body is pretty heavy. Pausing between drinks for a minute or more leads to a persistent grain alcohol zing on the tongue

D: it works. I don't mind this brew. Not a top choice for the style and probably wont grace my fridge door again. In any event, a good-natured brew

Photo of DPhillips1027
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark black reminds me of used motor oil only thinner, nice creamy brown head that fades quickly a little lacy on the glass.

Smell: Strong coffee & molasses with a whiff of alcohol and a hint of something lightly burnt.

Taste: Slightly carbonated with a rush of rich dark roasted coffee with bitter dark chocolate overtones, followed by the slow burn of the alcohol, finishes with the lingering taste of burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: A little to light for the flavor profile. Slightly watery expected a little thicker beer.

Drinkability: Definitely a winner year after year. Have cellared them for a year and seems to mellow a little a great choice after supper on a cold Ohio night.

Photo of xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass. 09 vintage.

Pours a completely blacked out dark color with a billowy, graham cracker brown head. Leaves plenty of spotty, ringed lacing around the glass with nice retention.

Some roasted dark malts, molasses, toffee, dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Bittersweet dark chocolate right up front, with some caramel and molasses swirls. Heavily roasted malt provides the backbone, with hints of coffee beans. Truffle-like sweetness pierces through, with some firm alcohol warmth. Finishes with a touch of hoppy bitterness and boozy heat.

Somewhat thinner feel than you might expect, with plenty of stickyness. Fairly smooth, creamy touches and decent drinking, although the 10% is still fairly apparent even with a year of age on it. Definitely a solid chocolate imp stout, but not the best.

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

A: Black as black can be. Topped with a two finger coffee icecream colored head. Not super thick and disappears quickly.

S: Light roasted chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

T: More smokiness then I was expecting. Light chocolate notes. Not nearly enough to be called a "chocolate stout". Finishes sweet with roasted coffee bean notes.

M: lots of carbonation. Pretty smooth almost creamy on the tongue. Not alot of alcohol presence.

Overall: A pretty run of the mill stout. Your basic chocolate coffee roasted maltiness. I have yet to be impressed with anything from Brooklyn Brewery. I ve heard great things about this. It's good beer for sure but nothing I would waste time searching for.

Photo of mattsdenney
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2010-2011 poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep black with a thick brown, bubbly head.

Smell: Coffee w/ hints of alcohol.

Taste: Noticeable alcohol taste at first followed by dark chocolate malt. Each sip gets better and I begin to notice stronger hints of coffee. No sweetness but I guess that's indicative of the style.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, and smooth. Little to no carbonation.

Drinkability: I must admit I haven't sampled many Imperial Stouts. I enjoyed this beer and look forward to testing it again (along w/ others).

Photo of hawks10
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle - 3 bottles tasted side by side, 2010, 2009 & 2008 vintages...

Appearance for all is the same. Black with one finger of light brown head which dissipates leaving a bit of lacing. = 4.0 for all three...

Smell: 3.5 overall
2010 - Semi-sweet dark chocolate with some dark fruit character. A bit of a weird, off-putting sweet boozy alcohol scent. Not very good = 3.0
2009 - More of a strong chocolate presence than the 2010. Semi-sweet with a bit of coffee/roasted aromas. Slight booze presence, but much more manageable than the 2010. = 4.0
2008 - Less sweet and more roasted than the other 2. Rather muted though, like the other 2. A bit roasted with some slightly sweet dark fruits. = 3.5

Taste: 3.0 overall
2010 - A bland shot of dark chocolate with very muted sweetness. No dark chocolate, coffee or roasted bitterness. Slightly boozy and completely lacking any depth or strong flavor. = 3.0
2009 - Bland, like the 2010. Flavors a muted and muddled. Nothing pops or stands out. Sweet with a lot of booze in the finish. Not a hint of coffee or roasted bitterness. Not quite as sweet as 2010, but a bit boozier. = 3.0
2008 - Sweet but also somewhat bland. Flavors seems to mesh a bit better in this one and have a bit more pop and depth than the other 2. Some dark fruits and some roasted characters, but still somewhat muted. = 3.5

Feel: 3.5 overall
2010 - Thinner than expected. Smooth with low carbonation. A bit of a lingering off-putting fusel alcohol burn. = 3.0
2009 - Same as 2010 but less of the alcohol burn = 3.5
2008 - Same as 2009 = 3.5

2008 was the best but all were disappointing. Flavors were bland and relatively non-existent...

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,892 ratings.