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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 liamt07
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle picked up at the LCBO, seasonal release. Into an oversized wine glass. Winter 2010-2011 vintage.

Pitch black in the pour, with a finger and change of dark tan head with a reddish tinge to it. Falls to a fat collar around the edges and leaves some magnificent lace. Awesome. Aroma is some coffee grain, dark bitter chocolate and some roasty malt. Everything is well balanced and integrated here. Can't smell the booze, but I knew it was coming. Roasty chocolate notes and booze hit the tongue and throat first, with some molasses-like sweetness following. A drying coffee finish tops it off. Body is thick full and creamy, and the booze is here, but not overpowering. Would definitely smooth out given some time, glad I've got a 4-pack of this stuff. A sipper at 10%, but that's expected. 5/45/45/4/4

Edit: Revisiting this one after a year in the cellar, still 2010-2011 vintage. Still gorgeous as fuck. Loads of molasses, brown sugar, bitter coffee and espresso. Great sweetness and balance. Almost liqueur-like flavours. No alcohol and a lovely, creamy feel. Downright brilliant; amazing what time does to this. Sadly my last bottle of this vintage. 5/45/45/45/5

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 27 October 2010, bottle says "Winter 09-10," temperature is 50ºF, pours black into Sierra Nevada XXX snifter with caramel-colored 2-finger creamy head, and lacing that sticks to the glass and doesn't go away for a while. This is a must-have winter stout for the East Coast....sorry West Coast, you already have enough legends out there, we get to have one now!

There is so much going on with the aroma. Myriad aromas are wrapped up in a blanket of oak. The first prevalent aroma is maple, as if you smelled maple syrup poured onto pancakes. Lastly the roasted malts show up, but don't completely cover the hotness of the alcohol. The taste is the same except for the touch of bittersweet chocolate that is mild enough not to mess with the maple. DRINK THIS BEER.

Be back in 5 years when I can do a 5-year vertical review, expecting the alcohol to become a little more mild over time.

Photo of exanimo
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When does feeling overcome taste?
This is the exact question I ask myself over and over whilst drinking this year's (10-11) Brooklyn Brewery "Black Chocolate Stout".

About a year ago I came across a case of Voodoo Brewery's "Big Black Voodoo Daddy" in Philadelphia and still have some sitting in my basement. Everytime I drink that beer I think to myself that it is THE epitome of what a stout should be. But when people ask me what my favorite stout is, it's always the same answer; "Brooklyn Brewery's 'Black Chocolate Stout'".

As I pour this year's installment, I think I've figured out why; It's the FEELING that rests within the bottle rather than just taste.

I first tried Brooklyn's interpretation of the imperial stout back in the Winter of 2007, that very same bottle still resides on top of my dresser. It was a special year for me because I had just started getting into beer and was sharing an apartment with my best friends, one of those years you just don't want to forget. Before this stout the only stout I had ever drank was Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout, an incredibly smooth and mild work of art. But Brooklyn came along that winter and showed me that there was much, much more to a stout that I had enjoyed it with many dinners along with my friends.

3 years and several "Big Black Voodoo daddy"'s later I look at the pitch black stout sitting in my pint glass with very little light brown head. I'm reminded of the first time pouring it into a glass in the apartment, putting it to our exposed bulb in the kitchen and exclaiming how little light showed through it.

I close my eyes and take a big whiff of it, the conversations with my pals come back to me along with the familiar boozeyness. Booze, Sweet malts, chocolate, charcol along with subtle coffee and wood notes. Nothing too spectacular. But the thickness of this beer on the lips and in the mouth is wonderful, one of my favorite things about it.

While I may love this feeling, I sit back after tasting and am pretty unimpressed with the overall flavor. It's not bad by a long shot, but after having many other impressive stouts it's just .. meh.
With a strong booze and dark chocolate flavor with a bitter bite to the finish it's a harsher (in a good way) stout for sure, but has no real depth to it..

..Even though the alcohol content is 10% it hits me harder than other 10+ beers for some unknown reason, and after finishing a bottle it put me right in the mood for one of those cold winter nights in my freezing apartment with my friends.

For me, the feeling, the warmth of the booze, and the memories are the saving grace of this beer. It pushes it beyond the just the flavor and beyond ratings .. It just puts me in a good state of mind.

Photo of gopens44
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - All kinds of pitch black. No light making it through even the edges on this one. The head was pretty fluffy, and receded to a thin layer of bubbles.

S - Lots of coffee and barley.

T - Bitter with coffee and chocolate notes. There was some sweetness in the back end that reminded me of molasses.

M - Creamy, smooth and not overly carbonated. Good finish with only a touch of bitterness lingering around on the tongue.

D - Not my favorite RIS, but I'll continue to mix this in with my "go to" favorites since it's a seasonal dig.

Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

As I popped the cap on this gold and black ornate bottle there was a copious amount of hissing and carbonation gas escaping from the neck of the bottle. On the pour I decided to go straight on then back off and tilt because the bottom of my glass has a shark etched in on the bottom of the glass which will create a steady stream of bubbles and a larger head. This baby pours a jet black with a beautiful mocha colored head that is very thick almost coming to the rim of the glass. As I hold it up to the lamp there is no light passing through and just a tiny flow of bubbles from top to bottom and in the swirl there is a fair amount of viscosity clinging to the walls.

Smell:

Perfect! This is what I think of when I think of big imperial stouts, just loads of chocolate and roasty coffee grinds are swirling around my glass. A touch of brown sugar and raisin sweetness balances out all the dark ashy aromas that want to take front and center.

Taste:

It doesn't get much better than this. Right off the bat, I am getting the sweetness and not just cloying sweetness but rather balanced dessert styled flavors. Although there is no real chocolate in this beer it really mimics dark Belgian bakers chocolate and coffee with some caramel thrown in. If I had to describe it, I would say that it's creamy and medium on the palate not showing the high alcohol at all, almost like carbonated chocolate milk or brownie mix. In the finish you are left with some of the slight bitterness from the hops and the burnt malts that makes it appear dry. Ahh this is the complete dessert beer in a bottle or even a wonderful night cap to a cold evening.

Drinkability:

Overall, this was a knockout beer. I have been waiting for this one for quite some time to hit my local store and I am sure Al was getting tired of me calling him every week. In my opinion Brooklyn really does not make super wild extreme beers but they make so many styles to a tee and this one being no exception. I am glad that I have three more to enjoy over the next few months and I will be saving at least one for next year to see how it does with a little bit of time on it. I would say that you should not miss getting this beer. Seriously, go out now and look for it because it will go quickly and you will regret it. Well until next time....

Photo of perrymarcus
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours your standard jet-RIS-black with a really nice finger-plus of a creamy, mocha toned head... very respectable retention and outstanding walls of lacing. presentation: simply A+... well done, exactly what i look for.

in the nose i get a ton of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a subdued dark fruity note or two in the background. great aroma.

taste is good but slighty disappointing, though on the latter count mostly considering the build-up of its appearance and smell... flavor mostly follows the nose though has some bitterness to it. alcohol is present, but although others have noted it excess, i feel it's relatively tame considering the 10% ABV.

moutfeel: not bad, but for an RIS (an arena teeming with worthy foes), a bit - a bit - on the watery side; doesn't have the velvety-ness i look for. adequate carbonation... decent drinkability, more a sipper than something you'd want a few of, but a beer i'll definitely seek out again (especially considering its very reasonable price).

Photo of soze47
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. 2010 selection.

Appearance: Black as the night. To poach from another recent reviewer, a khaki froth on top. I'm not getting much head on a somewhat aggressive pour.

Aroma: I get a big charcoal scent up front, along with the expected chocolate and espresso notes. Unlike others in the style, this seems to be a little stiffer in the nose and very wham bam. The smokey/charred quality to this gives the chocolate tones a somewhat unique character.

Taste: Dark chocolate and smoke qualities are powerful off the bat. Not bitter, which is a big credit to the malt. Sweetness is great here. There are some rather dark chocolate and charcoal forces in play, but it is balanced off nicely. The lingering characteristics are pleasant too with the bitterness coming forward to keep the sweetness from being too oppressive. Remarkable that there isn't more heat from the booze on this one.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. It isn't thick or viscous, which is somewhat unique for the style. Considering the robust ride of the flavor, my tongue isn't too tired either.

Drinkability: For the style, very high. Not a trace of boozy heat or full feeling that comes from other Imperial or double stouts. A great year-round nightcap that would even be do-able on a summer night.

Overall- This one really grew on me as I drank it and had a chance to ponder all of its unique attributes. At first, it seems like many other chocolate double stouts, but it really has some great qualities that separate it from others. It has a low booze presence, light body, and nice smokey/charcoal quality that makes this a great option for the style.

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

*Review of Winter 08/09 release*

Warmed to ~50 degrees, this stout pours a jet black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head, leaving some nice lacing. Wonderful chocolate scents come through immediately, along with some coffee and dark fruits. Wow, this tastes really good, with the sweet and bitter chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Thick and creamy in the mouth, with very little heat (if any). I really like this stout with some age on it. This is my first experience with a 2 yr old BCS, and will continue to stash some of these away on a yearly basis.

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

Ive had this one many times, I just havent gotten around to reviewing it. I actually havent had it to myself yet, its always been when I have been out with friends hanging out. Ive actually been known to drink this from the bottle on occasions where glasses werent available.

A- Nice tall, frothy khaki colored head leaves absurd lacing. Its more like a thick coating of primer that goes 3/4 of the way around the glass, only parting where I tilted the glass to drink. The head fades down, but remains a thin film with a thick pad in the center, supported by the laser etching in my glass. The beer is a super dark, opaque black.

S- Really great smelling as well. Its very raisiny. Much like chocolate covered raisins. Coffee and creme, charcoal and roast, brown sugar, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and a sting of alcohol.

T- More bitter than the nose suggests. This is from a huge roastiness. Big levels of charcoal, ash and roasted malts. After the initial wave of roast breaks, a dark fruit sweetness comes in toe with a strong essence of licorice. The licorice becomes stronger until the finish which yields a little bit of drying cocoa powdery chocolatiness.

M- Full bodied, slick, faintly sticky. Alcohol is perceivable but it is by no means challenging to the palate.

D- Im pretty glad I got multiples of this, but really one is enough. This is a rich beer and it makes a great dessert or night capper.

Photo of geryeb624
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my DFH Signature Glass. Winter 2010-11 bottling.

A- A brown-tinged dark black with a thin tan head, actually an impressive amount for a 10% ABV RIS. Fades into a tan slick of foam and a ring around the edge.

S- Slightly boozy with big hits of chocolate and some roasted malt and dark fruit. Not much coffee aroma, which I'm used to in RIS. Smells sweet for the style.

T- Not nearly as sweet in taste, with bitter roasted malts and some bittersweet chocolate and coffee dominating. None of the fruit from the aroma comes through in the taste, which I'm actually glad about. This is a chocolate coffee bomb, which I love.

M- Smooth and a bit chewy, but thin for the style. Nicely carbonated, avoids that motor-oil feel some high-ABV stouts can get, which wouldn't work here.

D- Insanely drinkable for its ABV. Goes down easy, and isn't too hot or boozy. Very nice stuff.

This is really good stuff IMO. A very nice, pretty easy-drinking RIS I'm glad to have around for the winter. Not quite up to Old Raspy, but darn good. Gonna lay some down for a year or two and see what happens I think, I'd like to try it and see if it gets a bit sweeter, more chocolatey.

Photo of KAP1356
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz., Winter 2010-2011 release bottle into a snifter...

A - Poured an extremely dark brown. Alomost black but not quite there yet. A nice one finger mocha colored head formed and recedes to a lacing of the same color.

S - Nice roasted malt aroma with lots of sweet chocolate in the nose. A nice hop presence is noted as well. There is the slightest hint of coffee and licorice there too.

T - Taste seems to follow the nose, but with much more of a roasted character present. Slightly charred/burnt finish and a nice hop presence as well. The chooclate is sweet and really takes center stage here. Slightly bozzy taste, but not one that is offensive.

M - A little watery for what I feel an RIS should be. Overall though, nice medium body and a smooth carbonation on the palate.

D - Quite drinkable even though it is 10%. The alcohol is noticable, but it gives you the kind of warmth you would want on a cold winter night.

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

Bottle poured into a Weizen Glass (pilsner like glass)

A = nice black rich look with beautiful tan head, about 1/2 inch. Did not remain, but didn't care. Didn't notice much lacing, but there was some.

S = chocolate, alcohol, sweet, rich, and hint of hops for me.

T - My first thought was "creamy", and a beautiful subtle chocolate somewhere between a sweet milk chocolate and a gourmet rich bitter chocolate, so it was very good for me. This still tasted like a "beer" with a nice backup hops, and deep flavored malt that was sweet, but not too sweet. The alcohol was there, and warming, but be careful because it was not too noticeable but present. The mystery was the sweetness, but the dryness and Chocolaty aftertaste which remained. usually sweet, and dry do not go together in my many years of homemade wine. I love a chocolate/coffee/toffee stout/porter, and have had many, this ranks up there with the Founders breakfast stout, but a touch sweeter and dryer.

M = great, creamy, carbonated very well, not prickly, just right for a beer.

D = well, I had this beer, and then a Trappistes rochefort 10, and then one more black choc stout. I am not sure I would want a third due to the richness/ABV, but I am seriously thinking about going to get one more. 10%abv, the trappistes 11.3ABV, Another BCS 10%, and contemplating another 10% is difficult, but I might just go down and get one more. I think a four pack of the 10/11 is fine with the % ABV.

I recommend this, but have to say that I would have a hard time deciding which is best between a heavy seas peg leg stout, a founders breakfast stout, a flying dog gonzo imperial porter, and a great lakes edmund fitzgerald porter. Those other three are some of my favorites, so at least this is in the same ballpark. I'd probably rank in order the following:
founders breakfast stout and great lakes stout = same
peg leg imperial stout, and this beer the same, perhaps I like the peg leg a touch more. the ABV is very high and keeps me from drinking extra in this beer, where I can comfortably enjoy and extra peg leg without the high ABV.

I hope this helps. Get this since it is limited... since the ABV is high, save one for six months or a year down the road and see what you think about it as it ages some.

Photo of mfunk9786
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the beers I look forward to every year. Even though they've gone to four-packs, Brooklyn prices this very reasonably, and a $45 case isn't hard to come by. It's worth every penny, this is one of the best beers on the planet. Drinking a fresh Winter '10/'11 bottle. It's as tasty as I ever remember it being. Not as roasty and big as '08/'09, not as thin-tasting as '09/'10 (judging from my notes, anyway) but a lot more drinkable and delicious.

A: Ink-black with a light brown head. Definitely a big-looking beer, intimidating you with its look. I don't know what the heck is going on with this beer though, because the look is a lot bigger than the final product ends up being. And I mean that as a compliment!

S: Smells of baker's chocolate and faraway espresso. Definitely not a coffee flavored beer, but smells of the roasty character that coffee stouts usually carry, only without the coffee.

T: Tastes beautiful. The best balance of any beer I've had. There are other beers that are more drop-dead delicious, but they abandon their beer character for sweet chocolate-milk deliciousness. And there are other beers that are stronger and more bitter (Storm King, for example), but they give up some of this sweet, tasty drinkability for that. This is the perfect blend of chocolate, roast, and dark anise/dark fruit/hop character. The perfect beer, taste-wise.

M: Smooth and tasty with just enough chocolate sweetness and bitter hop finish. The 10% alcohol is dangerously imperceptible.

D: Maybe the most drinkable Russian Imperial Stout out there. The heightened dark chocolate character makes it more drinkable than most beers of this style, and the fact that it isn't a coffee stout or the fact that it's missing a lot of bitterness is something that can be counted in its favor, as it makes it a very unique beer that I haven't ever experienced a duplication of. Sure, there are other amazing stouts out there, but this is a delicious interpretation of a RIS that I hope never goes out of rotation at Brooklyn Brewery. I buy several 4-packs a year and will continue to do so.

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

Appearance: The beer had a dark tan head a finger high that stuck around for a bit with an aggressive pour. The body was a dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit it.

Smell: The smell was of chocolate, molasses, alcohol, and a bit of coffee.

Taste: There were definite roast qualities, but chocolate really took the center of the stage. There was hoppy bitterness, but it was in perfect balance. Residual sweetness and coffee flavor were both present. There was an alcoholic presence, but it was not offensive in the least.

Mouthfeel: The beer was full bodied, but the carbonation was on the higher end of the style which seemed to work perfectly to keep the beer full bodied, but not feeling like motor oil on the tongue.

Drinkability: This beer is surprisingly drinkable and just an overall treat. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the price was quite reasonable as well.

Photo of hophead247
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost motor oil black , with a creamy tan head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, floral hops, some toasted dark malt and some tobacco. Taste is medium bodied, very little carbonation with flavors of dark chocolate, some dark pitted fruits, tobacco, and some alcohol presence. Finish remains a light tobacco and dark chocolate aftertaste that slowly disappears. The alcohol warmth has a nice finish. Very well done...

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

I poured this into a snifter.

A: Pours black as night in the dead of winter, with a tinge of carbonation and a frothy off-white head to boot.

S: Definitely getting milky chocolateiness, along with prunes, and malty roastiness. The cocoa builds even more as the beer warms.

T: Sweet and somewhat boozy, but the chocolate nibs candy-coat the alcohol granules making the drink enjoyable. The Willamette hops definitely give this one a very earthy flavor - maybe too much even....I'm kind of missing the wonderful cinnamon-like aftertaste that I commonly associate with RISs. Still, this is a damn tasty chocolate drink!

M: I wish this thing weren't so dang sweet, but I have a gut feeling that Brooklyn was going for more of a dessert type of brew with this one, so I'll give it a pass somewhat. On the plus side, the sweetness DOES kill the bitterness. I actually don't find this one bitter at all.

D: The 10% ABV is definitely detectable, but I enjoyed the session. I have always in the past, and will always continue to look forward to the winter release of this beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours opaque black with a big fluffy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted malts, slightly tart dark fruits, chocolate, anise.

The flavor is roasted malts, slightly lactic chocolate, dark fruits with a bit of a tart / sour twang, a little black licorice and bourboney alcohol. It has a pretty big charred bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation, slightly watery.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. It's pretty well balanced. A bit too much on the alcohol and bitterness for me, and the slight sour was a bit weird, but that didn't bring it down much. I wish I could get this more often.

Photo of teromous
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Completely opaque black color in the glass, pours a cola color out of the bottle. There is a khaki brown color in the head, which is very thin (not even 1/2 a finger).

S: Smells of chocolate and very little else. It's not very strong but the scent is there without needing to completely submerge the nose.

T: It tastes very chocolaty, and roasty. There is very little bitterness, and no offending alcohol burn (10% ABV). I can pick up some of the alcohol flavor the more I drink it, but it's hardly noticeable in the blend of roasted grains and chocolate flavor. I need to especially note that it is blended very well together. The beer as a whole is very complete.

M: It definitely feels present in the mouth. There is very little bitterness, so it's very easy to follow up with another drink. It's not quite as creamy or smooth as other stouts I have tasted.

D: As mentioned numerous times before, it is not very bitter and the alcohol isn't as present as many other high ABV beers in the same class. This is a coy beer, and it is easy to get "pulled under" the weight of the high alcohol content. It is very easy to drink, and I would recommend it to those who enjoy stouts, or are simply looking for a single beer they can drink at the end of the day to unwind.

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

appearance-a deep tan head that had good retention left some lace on the glass and dark brown if not black, a nice shade for this style .

smell- a rich dark chocolate and burnt black coffee aroma along with some brown sugar .

taste- more of the that dark chocolate and burnt black coffee ,it`s was bitter although had a sweet side to balance it some brown sugar and nut meg i think.

mouthfeel- a thick and powerful feel may be on account of the high alcohol level .

i found this to be an enjoyable beer ,i wouldn`t recommend drinking too many in one sitting but i would have this beer again..

Photo of depechemode1983
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark tan head with moderate retention and moderate lacing around the glass. Black in color kind of like a root beer.

Smell - Burnt coffee scent right after opening the bottle. Its very aromatic. Slight sour scent in the background.

Taste - Alcohol is present and very strong. Semi sweet dark chocolate comes to mind. Sour raspberries in the after taste and a burnt flavor resides well after the first drink.

Mouth Feel - Velvety smooth almost the same feel on the palate as milk only with slight carbonation.

Drinkability - Its a very well put together beer although I cant see myself drinking too many of these. Considering the ABV and the potent taste. A sipper for sure.

Notes - All in all a very enjoyable beer. One of the better Russian Imperial Stouts Ive had. Its definitely worth a try.

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

Winter 10-11 Release..

Pours ultra dark with half finger tan head. This dissipated quickly leaving a nice ring of carbonation around the glass with a moderate amount of lacing. This is rather fresh for BCS so there's a bit of bitter hop profile especially in the aftertaste. Aroma is roasted coffee, toasty malts, barley and coffee.. bit of a metallic tinge which isn't all too pleasant, but its not prevalent. There isn't a lot of complexity I'd say right now. It's rather green and kind of sour? Taste is mostly roasted malt, coffee and tobacco. Boozy. Hop bitterness is really starting to coat my tongue as the glass empties. Mouthfeel is about right. Very full and creamy. Drinkability is okay but I wouldn't have a second right now, this needs some age.

If you're a coffee aficianado and know how coffee tastes when you brew it below the proper temp this BCS is very similar. Very "green" tasting with a bit of sourness and bitterness.

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

Of all the places that I could have enjoyed a Brooklyn Black Chocloate Stout, I purchased and consumed a bottle at Pub Garagem 23, located in the 20,000 inhabitant town of Ivoti - RS (Brazil), because Brooklyn distribution is weird and I can´t get it in SoCal. On to the beer:

Actually, I did want to try this beer on-tap on a trip to Boston three years ago, but the pub I went to tapped out of it before my arrival. Finally, I can take notes on this one. This is black with a capital B with a tanned head of rich thickness and impressive retention. Interesting nose we got here; fruity, smoked chocolate malts, and a hint of BBQ sauce. The taste goes more in the chocolate direction than the aroma; chocolate malts hit, some toasted action, and a light drizzle of smoke. Its alcohol is hidden well underneath my favorite part of the ride, the thick, creamy mouthfeel BCS provided.

My curiosity of BCS has been fullfilled. It´s worth trying out, even if you´re 6,000 miles away from home.

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

I have not had many chocolate stouts and this was an amazing first beer for the style for me.

A: The beer is almost solid black. If you put it up to the light then you can see the dark brown, but it literally looks black. The head is a lighter brown color.

S: The beer has a strong espresso and chocolate scent. Also you can smell the malt as well. I would seriously buy a candle that had this smell to it.

T: Amazing taste. The notes of choc, espresso, and vanilla go VERY well together. The strong alcohol content really compliments the espresso flavor. Personally I love the higher alcohol content beers so this one really does it for me. Cannot stress the espresso enough.

M: The chocolate taste goes down very smooth. However the higher alcohol content gives the beer a little more bite than I would prefer.

D: While I love the higher %, it makes the beer harder to drink overall. I would only be able to have 1 or 2 of these and I would not want any more beer. This beer would be amazing as paired with a chocolate dessert, and finished with a strong black coffee.

Serving: Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Must serve cold!!

Photo of cds3717
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Oil slick black. I love it!

S: Chocolatey, Malty, Coffee, Roasty

T: Reminded me of a chocolate covered raspberry on my first sip. Excellent chocolate, roasty characteristics with a slight sherry and vanilla quality. A slight mint maybe in the aftertaste?

M: Surprisingly not as thick as it looks, but still pretty full bodied. Has enough carbonation that it kind of offsets the stickiness.

D: Im trying really hard to drink it slow because of the ABV. It's difficult.

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

Poured into a pint class a solid black color with a nice off white 1 inch head. It had decent retention and some lacing that followed.

There was some strong aroma of roasted malts and a very strong lingering of chocolate.l Notes of caramel, vanilla, espresso, and fruit.

The flavor of this brew is pretty good. Its very complex. There is all kinds of flavors that hit up front. The roasted malts and the cocoa hits you at first, but then they slide in with a bit of almost a dried fruit that give it a bittersweet and tart flavor after the sweetness of the malts and sugars in the brew. There are some other flavors present in there as well. Some caramel and spices that help tingle those taste buds. The finish has a bit of a alcohol hit, that doesn't hurt the brew to much...but is almost to much if you aren't drinking this as after dinner brew.

This is decently drinkable beer. Some might have some issues from the heaviness and the higher ABV might be to much for some people who aren't used to these Russian Imperial Stouts. Still a good brew. Very creamy which helps give a few more points in the rating systems.

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