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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,433
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 279
Gots: 832 | FT: 49
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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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
Photo of kmsimon

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
Photo of noeldundas

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
Photo of slk22


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
Photo of scottoale


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
Photo of stulowitz


4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter ´05-´06 edition. I´ve been cellaring this one for awhile!

A - Pitch black with thick brown head.

Sm - Espresso, liquorish, molasses and dark chocolate.

T - Acrid and burnt start that goes to coffee, dates, figs, dark bread and finally finishes with a long chocolate aftertaste. Alcoholic warmth on the way down.

M - Full body.

D - Awesome. I like ´em both fresh and aged. I enjoyed this one with a dark chocolate Easter egg. Sublime!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 23:05:36 | More by stulowitz
Photo of Monkeyknife


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

Poured from the bottle a rich opaque black with quarter-inch of creamy mocha head. Sticky lacing all around the glass.

Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, dark cherries, and hot booze.

Tastes of dark ripe fruit upfront followed by a medley of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. A big espresso flourish with every sip. The 10% alcohol is present but doesn't overwhelm.

Medium-to-full bodied, smooth and creamy, and lightly carbonated.

I really enjoyed this RIS from the folks at Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 21:25:05 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of atpben


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

I first had this beer at the Dinosaur Bar-b-q in Rochester on tap. I was recently able to pick one up in New York.

Pours pitch black with a nice brown head. Aroma of mostly dark chocolate and some coffee. Incredible tasting, fairly smooth, little on the bitter side but goes down easy. Gets better as you warm it up. I had a second one with creme brulee and it was awesome. I love this beer. I am glad we will be seeing this beer in Texas soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 01:51:08 | More by atpben
Photo of badmandy


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

Poured into a pint glass.

Deep black, with a dark brown head. Tastes of chocolate, coffee and dark malt. Very smooth, little carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable and warm up front, nice bitter finish. Overall the word "thick" comes to mind, a great one -off in my opinion. Not a beer I could drink more than one of, but the one is enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:59:28 | More by badmandy
Photo of photomike


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received in a great trade with MtGoat. My first!

Pours a VERY deep black into my chalice, with a one cm head even on an aggressive pour. Was still quite cold when I poured it though. Tan swirls form on the top in a pretty manner...you can blow these around, and it's actually kinda fun. Some lacing, but not a ton. Little tiny patches.

Smell (even after letting it warm) is big time licorice. More licoricey than any beer I've smelled to date. A good deal of a black coffee/espresso here too.

Taste is more coffee and very dark chocolate than licorice, but there is a good deal of that here as well. The alcohol is very prominent, as is significant bitterness. Complex and tasty, but rather harsh on the palate...seemingly unbalanced. Needs some age on it.

Mouthfeel is rather clean, but the alcohol burns a bit. There is a bit of a puckering caused by the bitterness, which I think is causing some of the "sour" comments by some BA's. I don't think there's really any sourness going on here, but the mouthfeel is somewhat like that from a sour beer.

This is not very drinkable for the style, it is really busting up my palate, and not in the best way. The 10% shows, and this beer is a sipper for sure. Will not reach for a second.

In fact, I'm gonna throw my second in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 07:18:15 | More by photomike
Photo of olmatty


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained thru trade with Critterbeer. Thanks Brother.

Appearance- Pours a fluffy, two-finger tan head with excellent lacing and retention, beer is opaque black.

Smell- Roasty malts and warm alcohol.

Taste- Chunky dark chocolate, roasty espresso coffee, sweet molasses, bitter hops and a long lasting bitter finish. Great with a cigar.

Mouthfeel- A mouthcoating and chunky brew you could take a bite of.

Drinkability- Delicious and oh so full bodied, yet the 10% ABV will diminish how many you'll be able to enjoy, though enjoy you will.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 06:15:35 | More by olmatty
Photo of deanhead


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

Murky black color. Nice lace finishes clean down the glass
rich chocolaty taste. Slightly bitter, and some sour notes.
Medium bodied with a bitter finish.
This beer really exemplifies an American style imperial stout. This beer is one of the east coasts finest selections of consumable liquids In the short, hard, cold days of winter in New England.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 02:08:36 | More by deanhead
Photo of mirish72


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

This pours jet black, with little to no lacing. You can smell the chocolate & coffee in the pour and the taste matches the smell. Overall I found the aftertaste a little bitter, more coffee than chocolate. Definitely packs a punch with the 10% ABV. Not the finest I have tasted, but well worth trying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 18:52:38 | More by mirish72
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