1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

6,000 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 6,000
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,000 | Reviews: 2,702 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of paulozanello
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of DPhillips1027
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 oz bottle poured into snifter glass. 09 vintage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

S: Light roasted chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

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

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

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

Photo of mattsdenney
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fresh 2010-2011 poured into a pint glass.

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

Smell: Coffee w/ hints of alcohol.

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

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

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

Photo of hawks10
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Kinsman
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh '10-'11 bottle

Black Chocolate Stout, one of my favorite annual releases, however I'm regretting not setting aside one of last years bottles.

Appearance is pitch black with a no chance of any light permeating through. A moderate coffee colored head makes makes an all too brief showing but leaves behind a healthy looking lace.

Aroma is chock full of chocolate coffee goodness, like a good mocha. A slightly fusely alcoholic presence suggests that this one packs a punch.

Flavor is up front with a robust roasted barley flavor and chocolate malts. Taste is a bit hot with the alcohol, but this should settle down with time.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Overally this is a great imperial stout, with an attractive price point compared to many others on the market.

Photo of Kromes
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very deep pitch black with a thick brown colored head that dies down to a thin line. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet roasted barley and chocolate with a hint of fig, raisin and alcohol.

T: The initial taste is sweet fruit-like raisin and fig with some warm peppery alcohol. The chocolate and roasted barley bitterness show up in the finish along with the flavor and slow burn from the alcohol.

M: It is thick and velvety smooth and leaves the mouth warm and dry from the the alcohol.

D: Great aroma, flavor and feel to this beer...might be a little harsh due to the alcohol, but there is nothing better on a cold winter day by the fire.

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

nice roasty aroma with a touch of sweetness, flavor conveys some dark chocolate with a powdered chocolate like light harshness, some vanilla, roasted malts, alcohol that drinks like an 13% beer, not overpowering or bad just obvious. feels thick and smooth with alot of carbination.


Photo of Homebrew35
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Mike my HBS owner for sharing this one.
07-08 vintage.
Pours a nice mocha colored frothy head.
Dark black with some brown edges visible in the light.
Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruit(rum rasion, plum), vanilla, some roasty notes.
Tastes sweet and roasty, vanilla, coffee, rum. Full flavored full body.
Medium carbing. Drinks like an imperial stout, slowly but very smooth. I'm going to pick some of this up myself and stash it away for this winter.

Photo of NODAK
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is somewhat relaxed for style. Mostly of chocolate and some roasted notes. All in all though, pretty light.

Pours a black, thick hue in the glass with a fat dark brown head with decent lasting power.

Mouthfeel is very oily here. Carbonation pretty good for style. Taste has definite notes of chocolate and roasted malts in the body followed by a little bit of dark fruit. Finish has a bit of alcohol showing through, and has a lot of bittersweet chocolate. Some astringent bitterness from the roasted malts is there as well. As the beer warms, the alcohol really shows more.

This is definitely a chocolate forward, thick beer. For style, it is pretty drinkable and nice to drink until it warms some...then, not so much.

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

Hooray for Brooklyn!!! This chocolate stout is terrific. Total chocolate aroma. The taste is of you guessed its chocolate maybe lil espresso.The appearance is blackout.Doesn't have a long lasting head.O well Boo-hoo.I'm drinking it slowly and enjoying every bit of it.This is the second beer I've had by this brewery.And Im starting to like this a lot.

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

A-Deep, rich, black. One finger dark tan bubbly head.

S-Very roasty. Thick dark chocolate smell. Smells like a hunk of dark chocolate. Dark fruit scents as well. The 10% alcohol is hidden in the nose.

D-Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. A bit bitter. Molasses. A deep taste. A hint of vanilla. Good tasting stout.

M- Not the best feel i've gotten from a stout but still pretty good. Slick, slippery and somewhat viscous.

D-Very drinkable. Shocked to see that this is a 10% beer.

My favorite Brooklyn beer. Well worth a try.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 08-09 so last years version. Poured into a tulip. Nice half inch mocha head with tiny bobbles resting atop a pitch black body.

Nice chocolatey aroma dominates. A hint of cherry and dark fruit is also present. I got a nice whiff of vanilla after a couple sips as well.

The taste starts out very dry with a lot of roast. The finish is slightly sweet. Flavors of chocolate and mocha are noticed after several sips.

Great creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't disappoint at all.

Very drinkable. This is near the top of its class. This is the first RIS I ever had a few years ago, and I'm now wondering why I spent so much time and money searching out other options. Definitely want more.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1" head which quickly dissipated completely. Black as night. All the classic dark stout flavors are here - coffee, chocolate sweet malt. And in fact this is stronger in all categories than the average dark stout. I'd almost say this is Goose Island Bourbon County without the bite of the bourbon. Brooklyn always does a nice job with their higher end beers.

Photo of adam42381
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2010-11 Release.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy chocolate brown head. Nice lacing featuring very fine bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and a light hint of alcohol.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted malt up front followed by dried fruits in the middle and finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness and just the right amount of alcohol. Aftertaste of burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Slightly oily, but in a good way. Very smooth. Nice alcohol warmth as it goes down.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This is perfect to sip on a cold winter evening. The alcohol could easily sneak up on you if you went for more than one.

Overall: Perfect for a cold winter evening. I would highly recommend Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout to anyone.

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

black, tan head, some of the most excellent lacing i've seen from a stout. deep chocolate smell with a hint of roast chocolate. some alcohol is also present in the nose. booziness up front followed by some bitterness. aftertaste is a lot like one of those box candies that has some fruit inside. It has some slight chocolate in the taste, but to be honest, I get a lot more chocolate taste from many stouts that don't have "chocolate" in the name. I suppose this is a decent stout, but the bitterness and booziness are a little off putting and I was hoping for some more actual chocolate flavor. This is a fresh 10-11. Wondering if some age on it wouldn't improve this a bit.

Photo of Axic10
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. Winter 10-11 bottling.

Appearance: Pours pitch black thin layer of dark brown foam that quickly settles after the initial pour.

Smell: Deep dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, boozy aroma.

Taste: Heavy dark chocolate, roasted coffee, espresso with a slightly boozy finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.


Photo of orangesol
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours out pitch black with a small one finger brown head that leaves light lacing down the entire glass.

S - Dark, roasty aroma with a slightly sweet smell from the malts. Coffee and chocolate, obviously, dominate this one. A slight heat from the huge amount of alcohol comes thru once it warms a bit.

T - Dark chocolate dominates this one. Rich, roasty, malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and other sweet flavors from the malt. Chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits help mellow out the roasty flavor. One of the best readily available chocolate stouts on the market today.

M - Fairly creamy with medium-heavy body and flavor. Slightly dry finish with a roasty flavor. The huge amount of alcohol singes the pallet leaving it feeling quite hot.

D - Fairly high given the huge amounts of alcohol in this one. It is a sipper for sure but I could still go thru a couple of these with no problem.

Photo of Tabni
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 4-pack at Total Wines for only $6.49 (had a $1 Off coupon =} ) No born date, only numbers.

Appearance - Dark like old engine oil.
Smell - of chocolate. Great brew, period.
Taste/Mouthfeel - Warms up your throat easily. Great alcohol after taste.
Drink-ability - Full body, slow to drink due to it's richness. Thick beer, great for desserts and also for those cold nights.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Opened this bad boy, after work... and it was a delight!

Right when I opened this 12oz dark bottle of joy, the rich malt aromas and dark chocolate embers found their ways to my nostrils... the smell of heavenly coffee lingering. A caramel goodness and licorice finish was subtle.

The taste was thick and and smooth with a bitter bite, which was nice. The beer teasing... The ashy, almost chimney like flavors overwhelm the palate quickly to finish to a rich chocolate finish balanced with a malty smooth sweetness. There is also a warm feel to this beer that is also really enjoyable.

The 10% ABV is awesome.

This is a great beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle. Winter 10-11 Vintage.

A - Pretty vigorous purs lets out a dark oily black liquid with a nice 1 inch dark tan head that is almost brown. Very dense with tons of tiny bubbles stuck together. The head is very slow to recede and leaves some awesome brown sticky lacing as it moves slowly down the glass.

S - Aroma of sweet delicious chocolate malt as well as some nice caramel and brown sugar. Slight cinnamon hints as well as licorice. There i some awesome fruity and boozy esters as well that are warm and inviting. Nice milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes dominate.

T & M - Starts off with some nice sweet chocolate hints as well as some dark bitter chocolate. Very well struck balance between dark chocolate and milk chocolate. There are some nice burnt and roasted malt hints in the middle portion after the explosion of chocolate that give the sweetness a nice balance. There are also some good alcoholic esters that are warm as well as sweet. The sweetness can be interpreted as caramel s well as brown sugar but they are not to overwhelming either. A complex yet balanced beer. Mouthfeel is perfect with nice oily consistency but nothing overwhelming as well as perfect carbonation balance and boozy warmth.

D - Very high if not for the higher ABV. The ABV is not too overwhelming but can be felt and tasted as it warms.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep black out of the bottle with a small head and a real nice amount of creamy brown lacing.

S - Nice subtle chocolate smell. Toffee and caramel. Very solid.

T - Smooth tasting stout. Just a hint of the chocolate in the taste. Perfect amount in my opinion. You also get the nice throat warmth from the ABV. Coffee hints as well.

M - Nice and smooth. Warming stout. This is great for a cold winters night to put some fire in your belly.

D - Yes. Go for it.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,000 ratings.