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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,525 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,525
Reviews: 2,641
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 299
Gots: 862 | 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 drabmuh


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage bottle. Beer is black with a thick brownish head that remains as you drink the beer leaving some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet, filled with alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate, very pleasing. Mouthfeel is thick with some solvent-like character on the back end of the throat followed by a roasted aftertaste. Drinkability is moderate, the warmth of the beer makes it a little hard to drink but it is surprisingly flavorful. I really like this beer. I don't get a whole lot of chocolate in the palate but overall the beer is well balanced.

10-10-2009 03:41:14 | More by drabmuh
Photo of TheViolator666


4/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz. bottle poured into stout glass.

Last had this straight out of the bottle 1 year ago. I believe this is the beer that made me fall in love with stouts.

A: Certainly is black. Opaque with a very nice two-finger light brown head. Thins out to small cap leaving decent lacing.

S: Smells of rich chocolate and chocolate malts. A bit of roasted and sweet malt as well.

T: Wonderful. Pretty sweet right off the bat, a bit raisiny but most dominant is the chocolate. Finishes with a nice warming alcohol sensation, definitely a great beer for a cold night. I'll have to get some more for when the snow falls. I would give this a 5 but the sweetness could be a little much.

M/D: Pretty creamy, a bit of an alcohol burn as mentioned. Low carbonation and a pleasant sweet aftertaste.

10-09-2009 00:24:23 | More by TheViolator666
Photo of BB1313


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

I don't know if I'm a prisoner of the moment but I really really enjoyed this one. The Winter 09-10 edition clocks in at 10%, not 10.6%. Anyways, this was great! I'm surprised I'm givin it such a high rating. It pours pitch black. The smell and flavors are on point, but the best part is how creamy it is. Tons of milk chocolate, dark chocolate. Great roastiness. I love it! Up there w/ the best stouts for sure. Lots of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted chocolate. Very easy drinking.

High quality, low price. Great stout!

10-07-2009 20:15:52 | More by BB1313
Photo of natasharai


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Appearance: Poured with a creamy tan head that dissipated leaving some lacing toward the top of my glass. The beer is black and lets no light through at all.

Smell: Sweet molasses , toffee, a little chocolate, roasted malt, some sweet dark fruit like dark cherry and plum. Small alcohol aroma toward the end, but not much considering it is 10.6% ABV.

Taste: Sweet toffee, molasses, very strong roasted malt flavor, sweet raisins, very small chocolate, slight smokey flavor, very small alcohol flavor toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium/thick body, medium amount of carbonation, very smooth, a small amount of dry feel from the strongly roasted malts, leaves mouth pretty sticky sweet.

Overall: Really good drinkability for the ABV. Very sweet and strong roasted malt are most prevalent. Very little chocolate, but this is about 8 months old. Very yummy stout though.

10-06-2009 03:14:06 | More by natasharai
Photo of MenamenaDooDoo


4.88/5  rDev +17.6%

Really beautiful pour, its as black as it promises with a nice tan head. The aroma is sweet with dark chocolate, a little coffee and roasted malt. The real victory here is the mouthfeel and taste. I love Imperial Stouts, but sometimes they can be over the top with the alcohol and its burns or warms the throat too much, while not providing enough flavor. The Brooklyn Brewery delivers!

10-03-2009 01:17:45 | More by MenamenaDooDoo
Photo of BarrelO


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Winter 09-10. 10% ABV.

A: Body is black as coal. Giant tan head fades to a thin film and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

S: Licorice, dark fruit, bitter chocolate, and a bit of tobacco.

T: A brutal assault of slightly sweet but mostly bitter chocolate. Kind of like biting into an 80% cacao chocolate bar. Aftertaste is smoky and fruity. Fairly noticeable alcohol.

M: Not as heavy as other examples of the style, but reasonably heavy.

D: It took me a while to get this beer, but now that I do, it's a very solid RIS. Definitely a cigar beer. I'd like to try it with some gourmet chocolate sometime.

10-03-2009 00:11:28 | More by BarrelO
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Dark black and syrupy with an espresso head on top. Head retention is very good as a thin but frothy head about a quarter of an inch thick remains on top of the beer. Lacing is excellent

S: Rich chocolate smell with some bitter roastiness. Also a little bit of fruitiness.

T: Dark chocolate sweetness balanced by a nice roasted bitter note. Also has some nice toffee and espresso notes.

M: Great creaminess with only a mild hint of alcohol.

D: This is a pretty heavy beer and one that sips nicely over a long period of time.

09-27-2009 23:47:44 | More by mikey711
Photo of digr


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

This is a beer from the 2008-09 winter bottling.

A- Pours a thick bodied stout with a slight thick brown head. Similar to some other Imperial style stouts. The carbonation waits until the end of the pour to raise the bubbles and head.

S - A nice smell - not strong, soft mild malty smell - almost like chocolate. Lives up to the name.

Taste - The taste is surprisingly mellow. LOTS of malty chewy goodness. No over the top burnt black patent flavor, which is a nice surprise. As the liquid warms the flavors evolve. There is a definite sweetness that rounds out the dark malt and roasted flavors. You can't really notice the hops, but they must be in there to add to the balance. Initial sip has some alcohol hotness - however by the second sip the overall balance covers that up. The aftertaste may be the best part - leaves the taste of the malts in between your teeth and on your tongue. Yummy.

M - Great mouthfeel as long as you like them chewy. Really - I like beers of substance and this one has it. It is almost like dessert, but a fine one at that. Thick but smooth like a well made mousse that slides down and coats you with velvet.

D - Ok so I started the with a 3.5 becuase it is so stong, but since the beer is now more than 50 % consumed it easy easy for me to drink. Not that one should drink too many of these at 10%ABV... But I think I could.

This is a beer from the 2008-09 winter bottling.
This may have added to its pleasantness since these types of beers take to maturation well.

This is the second time I had this beer, and I liked it even more the second time around. Great Job BB!

09-26-2009 03:40:58 | More by digr
Photo of astout

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

inky thick and black appearance with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates into a nice lace with good retention around the rim.

Plenty of sweet dried fruit; dates, figs, prunes along with an espresso chocolate aroma. Almost reminds me of a combination of glossette raisins and espresso.

Quite sweet on the palate with a lot of warming alcohol behind the espresso chocolate up front. Mid palate you got almost a chocolate zucchini loaf type sweetness and bready flavour. Finishes with a drier espresso and cooca nib profile with a slight hop presence showing through. Warms at the back of the throat all the way down to the chest, very nice winter warmer.

Creamy and thick syrupy texture with very little carbonation. Reminds of either the weight of creamy frothy espresso or real hot chocolate (probably as much do to the flavour as texture). Lingers pleasantly and seems to coat the whole mouth, along with the lingering cocoa notes helps the beer last forever.

Despite the weight and the alcohol I can see being able to drink a lot of this, and that definitely speaks to the way it carries the heavy array of sweetness, cocoa and booze. The slight hop presence and cocoa nib bitterness on the finish definitely help in relieving that. Overall surprisingly drinkable, perfect winter warmer.

09-22-2009 05:14:20 | More by astout
Photo of DawnL

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Brown lacing atop a jet black brew.

There isn't very much on the nose.

The palate has some cocoa and a wooden hops character. It doesn't seem to go with the style.

The finish is very bitter and not very chocolatey. There is a chalky character from the cocoa?

I found this brew rather disappointing.

09-16-2009 15:52:47 | More by DawnL
Photo of scootny

New York

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%

A beautiful black browness. Opaque with a generous head and good lacing. Sticky. A thin covering and a firm ring on the edge.

Sweet delicious chocolate malts. Sweet alcohol. Molasses and chewy dark breads. Imagine bottle of stout meets Godiva chocolate box.

Taste is just unreal. An alcoholic chocolate syrup that blossoms into a balanced though hot, stouty dark malt breadiness. Firm and multilayered hops give a good balance to the goings on in the glass. Cocoa and mocha fade into coffee here. There is a good lingering charcoal presence that cuts into the rather sweet body at the finish helping the hops to make a statement.

Feel is silky with a light syrupiness. Carbonation is smooth, balancing the high og and breaking up a thick, girthy brew.

This stuff is way to easy to put down. A growler is just so smooth compared to the bottled version, unless it is cellared. Nonetheless you can just about chug this one if you want but it would be such a waste. Savor this one folks. Not many are this well constructed.

08-25-2009 01:17:21 | More by scootny
Photo of Tomas77


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

'08-'09 bottle.

Appearance-Deep brown, black color. Opaque. One and a half finger foam head. Tannish brown and tight. Lasts throughout.
Aroma-Almost equal between chocolate and coffee but chocolate prevails. Coffee is subtle and mild. No burn't flavors in this brew that usually show up in many imperial stouts. Dark fruit and alcohol makes it more complex.
Flavor-Very complex. Coffee takes the lead this time ahead of chocolate with strong but smooth alcohol tones backing it up. For dark fruits I get raison. Very nice. Roasted bitter finish. I'm sure hops are involved but hard to tell with the roasted malts.
Mouthfeel-Full body. Velvety texture with smooth alcohol warmth to balance with the roasted malt bitterness.
Very good.

08-23-2009 02:32:34 | More by Tomas77
Photo of Anthony1


2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

poured into a snifter.

poured like oil. it was black and creamy. had a moderate head that was chocolate brown, lasted a short while, then melted into the beer.

smelled of dark roasted malts loaded with chocolate and coffee. chocolate was the definate leader of the pack with a close finish to the malt then the coffee.

the flavor was filled with bittersweet dark chocolate that was melted over a camp fire, smoke infused.

very full and very thick. was ok, but not a major fan of dark dark chocolate. was a bit hard to handle.

08-20-2009 16:39:20 | More by Anthony1
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

"Limited Bottling - Winter 07-08", 10.6%abv., served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: a force pour results in a 5cm thick creamy brown head sitting on top of a jet black body and semi-lively streams of fine bubbles.
S: sweeter than your (or my) usual RIS, the aroma is packed with sweet treacle, chocolates, with a touch of vanilla; equally pronounced is the input of American flowery hops that lifts up the body skilfully. As the froth retreats and given a good swirl, there're hints of sweet nuts and black prune jam, but not quite assertive to be able to challenge the thick malty and lively hoppy theme.
T: oily smooth, almost lubricating comes the foretaste, full of bitter-sweet chocolaty+treacle-ish malts to start off with, yet it's quickly surrounded by milk-cocoa-like sweet nuttiness that lingers pleasantly in the long but un-imposing aftertaste, while dry-ish roastiness, delicate black-prune jammy fruits and a faintly burned nutty edge are closely behind. The medium level of hop bitterness catches up in good time, along with the tarred malts, render an aromatic yet also slightly spicy/peppery finish.
M&D: more smooth and elegant than the 08-09 vintage tasted six months ago, this slightly more mature bottle shows a very good depth and marvellous drinkability. The lingering bitterness keeps my tongue really "busy" way after each sip is done - the depth of bitterness and aroma truly is remarkable. Not a very bold example for an American RIS, but a somewhat balanced and likable one.

* Tasting Date: 18/02/09
"Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09", at 10%abv., served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.
4 A: nearly black with a little brown hues when seen against light, coming with rather light carbonation and a well-lasting thin layer of tan froth.
4 S: thickly malty with lots of oily dark malts (with the roasted nutty edge), melted black sugar, a rich chocolate aroma, a light hint of winey sourness, and also plentiful hoppy scent of American flowery hops, while a layer of alc. seems to hover in the air... If the alc. edge could be milder, the aroma would've been more enticing and complex.
4.5 T: the initial sip shows rather fine and oily texture with very restrained level of carbonation, featuring semi-sweet jammy dark-fruits, bitter dark chocolates, and assertive malt syrup that show up pretty quiet and elegant on the palate, but then in no time a wave of deepening bitter hoppiness, burned walnuts, Chinese smoked black prunes with a faint touch of licorice-flavoured bitter chocolates expands freely, rendering a harmonious aftertaste where one can sense the balance reached b/w nuttiness, dried Chinese root herbs, bitterness from hops and roast malts, a dry-ish palate and a kick from sour grapey-fruits. Of course, the bitter elements would outlast the others, but only just...
4 M&4.5 D: medium-bodied, oily on the texture, richly flavoured but never too alcoholic to jeopardise the harmonious palate. All in all, I find this vintage more interesting and complex than my previous encounter, but this bottle is served less cool and also consumed well after the ale was poured (40 minutes) - maybe "decanting" actually helps to bring out the best?! Marvellous beer!

08-18-2009 18:42:06 | More by wl0307
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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Appearance- Almost menacing. Jet black with a fluffy brown head. Truly a thing of beauty.

Smell- Roasted with a hint of sweetness. Coffee and chocolate mostly with some dark fruit flavors lurking deep in the background.

Taste- Dark, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, with a bittersweet taste with roasted coffee flavors with a slightly hopped quality.

Mouthfeel- Warm and thick. Very full-bodied.

Drinkability- The alcohol can be a bit much at times but it ages exceptionally well as a result and mellows over time. Upon release it's pretty forceful and may scare away the faint of heart but after you've had a glass you'll never be the same. Definitely works well as an after dinner beer either with deserts or by itself. If you're a beer cocktail kind of person, drop a scoop of ice cream in and make a float.

08-17-2009 21:27:42 | More by apbarwood
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

I had an '07 and '08 side by side. They're two pretty different beers in my opinion. Score will be based on the '07.

A small tan head over a very dark brew, black with mahogany edges. Aromas are fruity, with dark berries and even banana. Not as much chocolate on the nose and no alcohol present. Flavors bring in chocolate with a bang! Tons of milk and dark chocolate. Still some dark berries in there, too. My favorite flavor profile in this beer though is the heavy oak/wood flavor that covers the palate. You would have thought this brew was barrel-aged. Some roasted espresso in there, too. The body is pretty thick, but still easy to drink as the alcohol is hard to find.

A slightly bigger head results from the pour on this one. Dark fruits are discernible, but not as present as the '07. Alcohol is much more noticeable on this one...it's actually pretty hot. There is chocolate and espresso in the flavor but it is not as clean, it actually gets lost in the alcohol. Thinner mouthfeel and a drying effect, which is something I did not experience in the '07.

Overall, a good beer that I would highly recommend. A bit of age does wonders for this stout. Thanks to Sanatar for contributing to this mini vertical!

08-05-2009 17:28:28 | More by washburnkid
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

A- Thick opaque black with smallish tan head that laces moderately.

S- Chocolate and molasses, sweeter than most. Not a whole lot of coffee, some alcohol.

T- Chocolate, alcohol, toffee, a bit of roasted malt on the finish. With time the chocolate has mellowed, giving way to a raisin/toffee/roasted flavor. Definitely a different beast than before. Alcohol still apparent. A bit spicy on the finish--almost oaky.

M- Creamy, but lighter than I had hoped for. Astringent finish.

D- Fresh on-tap or aged, this is a damn good beer. I think I prefer the aged bottle version, just because there are more interesting flavors present. Good stuff. Goes down smooth.

08-05-2009 03:15:36 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of jsg2220


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

Served: 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Dark purplish-black, 3/8" light brown head darkening towards the edges, holding it to the light brings out a reddish tint in the head and more purple.

S: Fruityness, mild roasted coffee, hint of alchohol, slight groung ginger.

T: Dried fruits then nutty and roasted - coffee ice cream - slight bitterness that spreads across the tongue

M: Light, lots of carbonation that bites at the tongue on the finish, slight alchohol warmth through the chest.

D: Well-balanced bigger stout, 10% ABV is not noticeable in the taste, no need to just sip this one.

etc: "bottled winter 08-09"

08-04-2009 15:25:18 | More by jsg2220
Photo of Zippie9999


4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

I'm drinking a year old aged bottle purchased in CT back in March 2008. Aged exceptionally and highly recommend buying a six pack and storing a few to consume in a year or two.

A: Dark as a steer's tukas on a moonless prairie night. (The Big Lebowski)
S: Colombian coffee, chocolate, and underlying notes of toffee and vanilla.
T: Once again, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
M: Nice, silky, smooth, and full. Definitely mellows and smoothens up around the edges. ABV seems to be a little more pronounced due to aging.
D: Lovely. I want to age my other two for at least a year and see how they compare in 2010 and 2011. (Damn, I can't believe I'm typing decade numbers for the 2000's already!!!)

08-01-2009 03:10:13 | More by Zippie9999
Photo of spartanfan


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle an opaque black with a dark tan head that leaves nice lacing behind. Nose is mostly of dark chocolate as the name implies, when cold it reminds me of chocolate icecream. Taste is overwhelmingly roasty with very nice taste of dark chocolate. There is a slight coffee aftertaste. The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden at 10%, and it has a nice full mouthfeel. This beer is quite drinkable considering the alcohol content, but i wouldn't want more than a couple.

07-28-2009 19:58:18 | More by spartanfan
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

From notes:

This beer pours motor oil black. Great chocolate (duh) and roasted malt aromas.

Taste follows the nose... bitter cocoa, coffee (expresso?), roasted malts. Caramelized honey sweetness. No real alcohol noted save for warming on the back end.

Thick, creamy, and delicious. A great RIS.

Great brew, all things considering. This is a masterly crafted brew. More, please! It's times like this I'm glad I live on the East Coast.

EDIT: Come back to bump my scores. I've had a lot of stouts since I reviewed this one and this one is easily one of my all-time favorites. Can't beat it.

07-28-2009 17:23:26 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Presentation: Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle. Black label with gold lettering... dated Winter 08-09

A: Poured opaque and thick with a three finger light caramel colored head. Though the head is course, retention is excellent. Upon dissipation, lacing along the glass is amazing. This is the type of lacing you only see in commercials of beer

S: A strong chocolate and molasses scent covers the alcohol well. A hint of dark fruit can be detected also, though this is fairly faint compared to the other rising odors.

T: Sweet molasses and dark fruit on opening, the milk chocolate becomes more apparent upon warming in my mouth. Aftertaste is of toasted malts. You smell the alcohol in this brew but I almost never really got the overwhelming alcohol flavor I expected which is definitely a plus. Though the flavors are moderately complex, there are certainly dominant tastes that come to the forefront of this beer.

M: Silky with low carbonation and deep bodied. What I expect and Imperial Stout to be.

D: I could cradle this one all night long.

07-27-2009 22:33:12 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

32oz growler from New Beer.

Began prepping for a little stout tasting tomorrow. Have plenty of this aging/dying in the basement, but I don't recall having one in a couple years actually. Don't drink too many stouts willingly. I'm trying to get the taste back for this style, but it's been pretty sticky out here with the on & off rain. Maybe not the best time for a growler of motor oil, but I'm not working tomorrow. :)

Pint glass pour. Inky black, with a tall, slowly receding, sandy tan head.

Smell is of baby powder(?) & really dark, rich chocolate. An indication of butter cookies & less noticeable macerated cherries come through. Butter is not something I recall. Nothing very intense, except for the expected alcoholic fumes.

Taste is creamy with lactose & more residual sweetness then I last remember. Not quite velvety though. That rides for a while before the middle-end, which turns quite bitter with roast & light coffee grounds. Finish is full of bitter, leafy greens & soy ink(think licking your fingers after thoroughly flipping through the NY Times). Carbonation is subtle, but I can feel it trying. Alcohol is so obvious. A very stout beer.

Tasted like a sweet stout to me. Not what I believe it is in the bottle(or it could of just been tweaked again), but I just might like this version a little better. Actually added 5oz to a little cake batter earlier, so I could be burping this up by the time I'm chewing on that. :D

07-23-2009 08:34:06 | More by PEBKAC
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Mini 08+09 Vertical 12-12-09
The one year aged 08 basically tastes and smells like a chocolate malt bomb, very bittersweet, alcohol is still pretty well hidden. The alcohol is still well hidden in taste but mouthfeel is flaming hot. Mouthfeel is actually pretty thick on this one, not sure what I was thinking back in the day, bumping it up to 4.0. The fresh 09 is much hoppier and aggressive than the one year aged 08. The 08 tasted like chocolate chips straight out of the bag. Definitely looking forward to aging this one.

Original Review 7-23-09 (4,4.5,4.5,3.5,4.5)
Found this one today at my local store, good find IMO, 2008. Poured pitch black into my pint glass with a dark tan one finger head that disappeared within a minute or two into a blanket on top of the beer. Light to medium lacing throughout the glass. Smelled of chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of alcohol and maybe a hint of fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some sweetness, smoke. Maybe a bit of coffee in the smell/taste too. Mouthfeel fell a bit short on this one, a bit on the light side for an imperial. Alcohol hidden very well, good carbonation and smooth feel. Drinkability is good here because the taste is very good and the beer doesnt feel too heavy, no alcohol notes either makes this stout go down good. Very happy that I found this beer 7+ months after its release in a cooler, definitely will buy and age this one in the next release.

07-23-2009 03:51:59 | More by cbutova
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12oz bottle poured into large Brooklyn Brewery snifter:

A: Pitch black, tiny dark mocha cap, not too lasting, but then again, the snifter was rather large.

S/T: Overwhelmingly chocolatey with good smoke. The malts have a very nice roasted quality. Secondary malts, like coffee and butterscotch provide good complements, but this one's all about the chocolate.

M: Not as heavy as I expected from the Imperial, but still respectable with a good, lasting finish.

D: I can have many of these without noticing the high ABV. I'd been expecting a bigger kick in the face, but it was solid, a nice nightcap beer, on its own and did not leave me wanting.

07-12-2009 06:31:30 | More by dudecandle
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,525 ratings.