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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,441
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 282
Gots: 836 | 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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Photo of merryjoulton


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black with a gorgeous creamy chocolatey brown head. Smell is chocolate, roasty malts, subtle hops, vanilla, spices and cream. Taste is very roasty and deep, the bitter black chocolate is evident and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is not too rich or creamy, but substantial. Drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:05:08 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of SPRichard

New Jersey

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

2008-2009 vintage that was purchased in Oct 2008 and consumed in June of 2009

thick inky black color with a coffee colored head....doesn't stay around too long but settles to a thin foam cap with some spotty lace

dark roasted malts with minimal hop...nice combination of chocolate, smoke and coffee

bitter chocolate up front followed by roasted coffee malt...very mellow bitterness with a hint of smoke and bitterness more as it warms up giving it a sense of roasted coffee

creamy and super smooth with just the right amount of carbonation leading to a perfect body for the style

i had one of these when i first purchased back in Oct and it was way too hot...the 7 months of age on it really mellowed it out and the alcohol is non-existent....bitterness is very moderate....excellent a beer with a high ABV....still a sipper but time really turned this into something much more drinkable

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:13:16 | More by SPRichard
Photo of nrbw23


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with dark tan head. Head has good retention and leaves lacing on the glass. Head forms a ring of foam on top of the brew.

S- Strong aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of dark caramel and I really can't pick up any hops. Just a bit of alcohol here too.

T- Taste of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. Some drinks taste really sweet while others maybe a little bitter. Quite a bit going on here and complex.

M- Medium to full in body and low carbonation.

D- A very solid brew and a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 21:45:49 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A - poured from a 355ml bottle into a goblet. Opaque black with mocha toned head.

S - plums and molasses, hint of coffee

T - very much like a tart dark chocolate (80%+ coca)

M - smooth with light carbonation on first sip, dry bitter finish

D - a great sipping beer, great for a single serving

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 02:54:47 | More by Grunewald
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer glass. 2008 release 10.0% ABV

A - pours pitch black with one finger of brown head

S - chocolately, roasted malts (not burnt)

T - dark, malty sweetness, with a nice astringency to finish out the beer

M - silky smooth, lightly carbonated, very viscous mouthfeel.

D - alcohol is really hidden well, this beer drinks very smooth.

A top notch RIS. I usually buy a sixer or two of this each year.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 03:14:46 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of tigg924


2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, black, with a light cocoa looking head

Smell: burnt malt, sugar, and dark chocolate

Taste: chocolate syrup, burnt malt, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet, dry, full bodied, chalky

Drinkability: One is enough for me, especially with the high ABV. To me this drinks way more like a Baltic Porter than a RIS. It is very sweet, but not in a good way and the alcohol is too pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 14:25:58 | More by tigg924
Photo of dancinwillie


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

Bottle reads winter 08-09. Poured into the only clean glass I had, a goblet. Black when pouring, black in the glass. Darkish tan creamy head, with light tan around the edge.

A lot going on in the nose. Chocolate, both sweet and bitter, seem to dominate. A small dose of vanilla also. A little toasted scent underneath.

Chocolate in great measure. Milk, dark, and bittersweet. Some vanilla, some caramel. A wonderful roasted flavor underneath. Some light hopping, slightly bitter, and no guess as to the variety. I don't notice any alcohol bite, no fusels, but a pretty good warming in my chest. Once this hits the back end of my tongue, it tastes almost exactly like a moist devil's food cake.

Incredibly smooth, medium long sweet finish. I have 3 more of these delicious beers, thanks to JoeMayo for the trade, and I think I'll save them for a rainy day. To emulate Mr. Oliver, I'll think I'll try and pair this with some food. Perhaps with a chicken with mole sauce from my local Mexican joint, and I'll have another one for dessert! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 02:22:28 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of DannyS

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A rich, inky black with a coffee brown head that settles quick but leaves a nice foam collar and lots of sticky, spotty lacing.

S - Lots of dark, roasted malts with a very subtle hop character, backed up by chocolate, coffee and a hint of smokiness.

T - The rich, bitter chocolate comes through, backed up well by the roasty coffee malts. It's surprisingly mellow on the bitterness, finishing cleaner that most RIS's, yet still lghtly bitter and smoky. The bitterness comes through more as it warms up, taking on more roasted coffee characteristics.

M - Velvety smooth with just enough carbonation to give it an absolute perfect body and weight for the style. Lovely.

D - The bitterness stays moderate throughout drinking, and the alcohol is hidden very well. Great drinkability for such a big beer.

Overall - For everyday drinking, I'm a pale ale/lager/hefe guy. But sometimes, you just want a big bold stout to sip and savor. Another great beer from the magic man in Brooklyn. Thank you, Garret Oliver.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 02:23:07 | More by DannyS
Photo of bcdees47


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

Appearance is opaque black with a lingering, creamy brown head and some lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts, along with some alcohol. This one tastes of bitter, dark chocolate and has a definite roasted character, some malt sweetness on the front of the palate and a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, very full bodied.

Drinkability: more on the bitter than the sweet side, and quite strong for a chocolate stout. Perhaps a dessert beer to complement a sweeter dish.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 00:40:52 | More by bcdees47
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New York

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

A: Pours black, tan head disappears very quickly.

S: Strong alcohol and dark chocolate.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate. Smoky, burnt coffee. Warming, because of the alcohol. A bit malty. Really delicious and smoky.

M: Big taste, full and warm.

D: A sipper. Big alcohol taste, but really delicious if you're into imperial stouts.

Overall, a really good beer. I've been into stouts lately and I really enjoy this one, it's strong, but not too bitter or alcoholic. Not the best, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 04:34:52 | More by kmsimon
Photo of 05Harley

New Hampshire

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

Bottled during the Winter 07-08

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $42.99/case

I enjoy this beer on a regular basis and so as a
stout fan I chose this for my first review.

Appearance: Pours black with no light penetration. The name says it all. Tan head initially but dissipates quickly. Some lacing present but more of a sticky appeal.

Smell: Heavy smell of delicious bitter chocolate, yum.

Taste: A rich bitter chocolate taste. More on the dry side in my opinion. If you looking for sweet, look elsewhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little carbonation.

Dinkability: Highly drinkable. I prefer it on the cool side at a temperature of 50 degrees. Closer to 60 degrees and I get a slight alchohol burn which is no surprise at 10%. I love this beer.

What's nice is I can buy this localy in NH, Maine and Mass. This is one of my "go to" beers I always have in the house and recommend it to all stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 00:37:28 | More by 05Harley
Photo of infestaxion


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

This year's vintage.

A - Pours viscous and black with a nice dark brown head that doesn't hang around very long.

S - Sweet chocolate and alcohol.

T - The chocolate is bittersweet in the taste. Roasted malt accompanies a slight caramel flavor. Finish is bitter alcohol if that makes any sense.

M - Smooth, medium body with nice carbonation. The aftertaste hangs around for a while.

D - The alcohol in the taste doesn't really do anything to take away from the enjoyment of this beer. Goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 22:20:35 | More by infestaxion
Photo of Bananaman


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn, a great imperial stout that became an instant favourite.

Almost pitch-black color with a slightly beige head.

Smells nicely of burnt coffee, chocolate and some cascadeish hop tones.

The taste is superior to the smell in this one, really wonderful taste of fudge, caramell, coffee and of course chocolate. The cascade hops (or similar American hops) makes this one stand out. Great mouthfeel.

A great imperial stout, but there are lots of better imperial stous out there!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 15:47:24 | More by Bananaman
Photo of Mdog


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, big head for a strong beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate, some booze.

Taste: Starts with dark chocolate and some sweetness. Aftertaste is deep roasted coffee.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, and nicely priced for a big stout.

Another beer brought back from Chicago, this is a tasty big stout that delivers on the dark chocolate in its name.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 18:06:47 | More by Mdog
Photo of yeagerbm


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

Bottle Date- 2003-2004 season

Pulled this 6yo bottle out of the basement this evening to go with some homemade oyster stew I whipped up.

Pours BLACK with a thin tan head, not much carb remaining.

Smells like an old strong ale with notes of dried fruit, most of the roasty aroma is gone

Tastes like a nice roasty mixture of cold strong coffee, dry bittersweet cocoa and dried fruit

Mouthfeel is creamy and full with low carbonation.

Drinkability is fine for the style, very rich but good for sipping with some rich food. Overall very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 23:08:15 | More by yeagerbm
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

black. a fizzy, tan head with large bubbles that settles to a thin layer with moderate lacing, and the smallest trace of it lasts throughout.

aroma of some dark fruit, plums figs and currants, alcohol and bitter chocolate.
mouthfeel that is unexpectedly lighter than you'd think.

it's rich and bitter like a good dark chocolate. there is warming sense from the alcohol, but it isn't out of proportion. a raisin, plum like flavour.

the finish starts bitter and ends with chocolate notes.

i bought a few extra bottles that will try to go unnoticed until next winter, when they are needed most!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 22:03:48 | More by noeldundas
Photo of srandycarter


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black, off white, tan head, big head. Stays awhile. Lots of cling to the lace.

S - Cocoa, coffee and toasty malt.

T - Big flavor. Deep rich dark malt mingled with chocolate and coffee.

M - On the heavy side, very coating, good carb and great balance, considering the hugeness.

D - One big, bad ass beer. I love it, but not two.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 06:02:08 | More by srandycarter
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger

New York

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

Single poured into a 12 oz tumbler. Pitch black in color, fast dissipating caramel head and no lacing. Smells are of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is pretty pungent, chocolate in the front with the malt and a little ABV push in the back. Slick on the palate, moderate carbonation making the experience lively. Great sipper and a rep of the style. Will come back soon. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 05:49:07 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
Photo of cdViking


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

Received in trade with Hurricane (Scott). Thanks.

Poured into pint glass, thick opaque black with wonderful looking chocolatey head that unfortunately dissipates quickly. Smells of chocolate, malt and booze. Taste is decadent chocolate with a roast coffee back taste and a nice, boozy aftertaste. Nice and thick with good amount of carbonation that pleased the palate. Definitely a rich drink that I don't think I could frequently consume. Very enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:27:41 | More by cdViking
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic. Thanks, jnn4v!

Jet black pour. Rich chocolatey head doesn't retain well, but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Big chocolate aroma, full of roasted malts. Some alcohol heat in the nose.

Starts out sweet, bittersweet chocolate. A touch of hops, and then a very roasty coffee finish. Heat in the middle. I like it...I think.

Very thick, rich feel. Completely coats the inside of the mouth. The texture is the highlight of the beer.

Very hard to drink more than one of these. I enjoy it, but it's a boozy sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 06:14:16 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of HarleyGirl

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks nice being poured out of the bottle. Dark as night, with a nice tan head...I'd say about 1/3 of an inch.

S - Smells of sweetness for sure. Dark chocolatey roasted malt definitely. Smells promising.

T - Definitely a roasted chocolately kick in the mouth. Not a bad aftertaste.

M - Slightly thick mouthfeel....coats the mouth and throat slightly, not bad though.

D - This is a good beer. Personally I probably couldn't drink more than one, but that's just me. I'd call this a definite dessert beer in my book. Sweet brew....very sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 21:14:19 | More by HarleyGirl
Photo of Coorskid33

Rhode Island

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

A~ Minimal head in my pour. Probably me. Poured like maple syrup. Dark as night. Looked like the glass was painted black.

SM~ Smelled just like the bottle said it would. Chocolate maltyness, lil smokey but mostly malt. Very pungent.

T~ This taste just like a milkshake all grown up. Very sweet and filling. Strong lingering aftertaste.

MF~ Thick and syrupy. Sticks to your teeth and your mouth & even throat.

D~ I would drink more than 1 if I could. This is a tough but sweet brew. I call it a desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:25:02 | More by Coorskid33
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a tan/brown head with a hint of red. Head dissipated quickly and had medium lacing. Aroma is pronounced, but not overpowering. Chocolate is noticeable first, then roasted malt, burnt marshmallow, and a bit of coffee. Chocolate takes precedent, but aroma is well-balanced and very inviting. Taste follows the aroma with chocolate coming through first, followed by an ester sweetness, soft notes of roasted malt, a bit of burnt marshmallow, coffee, with more chocolate in the finish. This beer is thick, full-bodied, and smooth. Velvety. While very enjoyable, this beer is a bit heavy and 10% ABV prevents me from having more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 02:21:50 | More by slk22
Photo of ffejherb


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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 4/14/09.

A - Poured an oily black body with a finger's width of creamy tan head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and yielded thick, decorative lacing around the glass.

S - Milk and semi-sweet chocolate, licorice and earthy bitter notes. Some vanilla creeps in, giving the nose an almost bourbon-esque character. However, the alcohol presence is pretty subtle in the aroma overall.

T - Aside from the obvious chocolate presence, I also sense hints of licorice, dark fruit and vanilla. The sweetness then segues into a slight sour character paired with an earthy bitter hop profile, which lasts into the finish. Some alcohol notes creep into the mix, adding a bit of warmth in the midst of all the sweet and bitter chocolate notes.

M - Medium to full-bodied with soft carbonation and a slick, oily texture resulting in a pretty chewy mouthfeel. Finishes with a slight astringency and tinge of alcohol warmth on the palate.

D - I enjoyd this more than when I originally had this perhaps two years ago. Maybe it's because I've been on a big stout kick lately. Either way, this is a pretty bangin' RIS that wears its drinkability on its sleeve. At 10.6%, this remains extremely drinkable throughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:43:46 | More by ffejherb
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle-limited bottling-winter'05-'06 on neck and main label with a bottling code printed on the bottle: 5279 0221701. Poured into my Chimay chalice a very dark brown with a small cocoa-brown cap.

The smell is sweet and chocolate-like with notes of dark fruit, licorice and coffee. Plenty of alcohol comes through as it warms...smells potent and delicious.

The taste is delicious and rather potent that starts off sweet. Loads of chocolate, prune, fig, molasses, black licorice, oats and wheat, with a big backing of the still present alcohol. Very tasty indeed.

The body is a little thinner than expected, the carbonation is spot on. A good smooth mouthfeel with a nice warming from the high ABV. An excellent RIS that reminds me alot of GI BCS in the taste dept. Another great offering from Brooklyn and a big thanks to Aaron for hooking me up!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 00:37:01 | More by scottoale
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