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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,516 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,516
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 298
Gots: 860 | FT: 49
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of lured2fish


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

The beer pours a thick inky black color with a dark brown head. Very little retention, but nice lacing. The aroma is of bitter dark chocolate and black malts. It's a very robust and hearty beer. The taste is of a bittersweet dark chocolate. The beer is thick and has an elevated abv which contributes to a very well-rounded stout. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with decent carbonation. A very good and easy to drink stout.

01-17-2009 04:16:11 | More by lured2fish
Photo of taylor714914


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

A- Dark, very dark....black. No light coming through this brew! Pours with a finger and a half of chocolate milk colored head.

S- Roased Malts, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt sugar and a hint of alcohol.

T- Loads of flavor in this great beer. All of the smells come through in the taste. bittersweet chocolate, wood, big roasted malts, burnt sugar, hints of coffee, some hoppy bite, creamy bit of sweetness comes in and out of the flavor spectrum. Finishes with an ever so slight alcohol taste with bittersweet chocolate being the dominate flavor.

M- Smooth and oh so creamy, heavy body, medium carbonation. All in all, this comes together perfectly!

D- Good drinkability, especially due to the creaminess and great mouthfeel. I think 2 in 1 sitting would be enough for me though.

Overall a great beer, especially in these cold winter months in PA. For right at 40 bucks a case, it's hard to beat.

01-15-2009 23:29:43 | More by taylor714914
Photo of cleeze


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Now isn't this brew just straight up tasty!?!?!

Appearance was jet black with a nice frothy milk chocolate colored head. It also left some bad ass lacing.

Smell was very chocolatey! Also a lot of dark malts up in the mix as well.

Chocolate up front for sure. I love it. Followed by dark roasted malts. Great balance.

Very thick and full bodied! Can't wait to try BLACK OPS

01-15-2009 02:08:29 | More by cleeze
Photo of Mazeraski

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color with no tinting around the edges, along with a finger-width creamy dark tan head that dissipates sort of slow leaving a bit of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Big and slightly bittersweet dark chocolate hits the nose first, accompanied by a hint of floral hoppiness, roasted malt, caramel and molasses with perhaps a hint of cinnamon. As it warms the brew smells sweeter.

T - The molasses, caramel and dark chocolate combine initially for a smooth, chewy and savory first wave that washes over the palate. This is followed by a flashing bite of hops and thick roasted malt that leaves a slightly dry and bitter taste which disappears quickly and is replaced by a creaminess as a result of the initial wave of combined flavors.

MF - Full-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Also quite thick, smooth and creamy as a whole.

D - Taste-wise I'd say very drinkable however it suffers in this department from the high ABV and heaviness on the stomach.

Notes - Quite a good brew overall I would say. I like the fact that there's a bit of hops in the taste, although this detracts from it's smoothness a bit (despite the fact that I still think the hops add a bit of character and depth to it). Well-crafted and very delicious.

01-15-2009 01:06:41 | More by Mazeraski
Photo of donteatpoop


3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Dark dark brown, nearaly black; moderate cream colored head at the cap.

Chocolate and molases notes hit the nose.

The taste is dark chocolate, semi sweet molases and roasted malts.

Very full, heavy in the mouth. I almost want to sip this by the spoonfull it's so rich.

The richness is the only thing that makes me think I wouldn't drink more than one in a session.

Overall a great beer.

01-14-2009 09:34:00 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of discovolante65

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured into the Duvel glass fairly aggressive. Absence of light blackness flows from the bottle. Nice size head with a mocha color. Head dissipates within a minute or so leaving a nice thin
ring around the top.

Smell is dark/unsweetened chocolate. Little sweetness like a molasses smell to it as well. Slight alcohol presence as well.

Sweet chocolate taste that turns slightly bitter but blends with the malt and hops taste to balance out, finish is a little warm with alcohol. I taste something else in here that I cannot put my finger on. Prunes?

Thick and heavy, and that ain't a bad thing. Slight carbonation. Just the way a stout should be.

I think it is balanced very well, but only to a point. I enjoyed sipping this, but felt rushed after a short period of time due to the alcohol overpowering the rest of the flavors. That would be my only knock on this one.
It is definitely drinkable, I just need to enjoy it a little faster I guess. This is actually the second six of this I have purchased, so it's not like the alcohol is stopping me from buying more. I'm not sure about everywhere else, but you can't beat the taste, ABV, quality, and quantity for the price in RI/MA.

01-14-2009 00:30:27 | More by discovolante65
Photo of drgonzo3705


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Winter 08-09 Batch

A: Pours a jet black with a small mocha head that leaves pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice roasted dark chocolate smell. Not too overpowering but still enough to let you know its there.

T: Same dark chocolate taste with an underlying coffee flavor. Bit alcoholy.

M: Mmm my favorite kind of stout. Nice and thick. Good carbonation and a little bit of hops in there.

D: I would love to drink a lot more of this! This isn't the greatest stout ever but it definitely deserves its good marks.

I bought a 6 and laid 4 in the cellar. I've tried a year old BBCS but look forward to seeing how this beauty mellows with some more time.

01-13-2009 04:36:41 | More by drgonzo3705
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A - Black as night with a light brown head that fades quickly. Copious lacing throughout, but it doesn't last much longer than the head.

S - Dark chocolate first and foremost, along with roasted malt bitterness and dark fruit tones. A slight soy sauce aroma is present also. Alcohol definitely shines through as well.

T - A little smoky bite of roasted malt goodness at the front. As the carbonation settles around the tongue, bitter dark chocolate takes over. Black coffee, alcohol heat, and a slight fruitiness finish it off. This is a big, flavorful beer!

M - Thick, rich, and syrupy. Just enough carbonation to keep things lively.

D - Flavor wise, this is a very balanced and drinkable stout. If you're the type of person to down several RIS at a sitting, then this one should fit the bill. I personally enjoy savoring one bottle and that's about all I can handle due to the richness and ABV.

01-13-2009 03:16:26 | More by gabe23
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a jet black that allows not even the brightest of lights to penetrate. Very small tan head on this one. I poured as I always do, and this one gave me nothin'. Some weak spotty lacing. Smells of cocoa, bread, alcohol, and slight yeast.

Bam! This is one fine tasting brew! I could sip this all night...or afternoon, as is the case today. Powerful chocolate flavor, with some pumpernickel, dark fruits, and just a touch of alcohol bite. Mellowed bitterness and smooth as all get out. This is so creamy it just begs to be drunk, and drunk, and drunk...be careful though, this beer does not feel like 10.6% ABV, at all.

I grabbed a few of these, and I am pumped about putting some away to give a try next year, and the following year...if I can wait that long.

01-12-2009 18:55:57 | More by Onenote81
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a dark brown head.

S - Black coffee, brown sugar.

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, sugars, ending with a burst of alcohol giving away it's ABV.

M - Creamy, very little carbonation, silky, yet still just medium bodied.

Notes - This is a very good RIS. It's nice to taste the kid brother to Black Ops.

01-12-2009 00:25:27 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of karlf


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

I had this beer on tap yesterday and was extremely impressed. It was jet-black in color and poured with a nice creamy head to it. The smell was an incredibly strong dark chocolate scent and i hoped the taste would follow suit. A really smooth feel and a delicious dark chocolate after taste that slowly faded after each sip. Highly recommended.

01-11-2009 18:03:34 | More by karlf
Photo of Natural510


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jet-black pour with creamy, dark brown head which descends beautifully into a ring of brown lace on the side of the glass.
Smells of sweet chocolate, dark fruit such as plum & raisin, and a hint of coffee.
The flavors blend together very well, none being too predominant overall. There is plum, cocoa, molasses, coffee which are brought out by a deeply roasted malt and residual hop character.
Creamy and vibrant in the mouth; exactly what you expect from the style.
Extremely drinkable, for not only flavor reasons but the masking of the alcohol content. Many in this range carry a "hot" quality, but I can barely denote the difference between this Russian Stout and a regular milk stout as far as ABV is concerned.
A great treat on a cold winter day, and one of the best Imperial Stouts I've tried yet.

01-11-2009 13:30:41 | More by Natural510
Photo of Kallessin


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours VERY black with a thick tan head that holds firmly to the glass.

Lots of roasted malt with some sweet chocolate and coffee aromas. Slight fruitiness and alcohol in there.

Has a very sweet and roasted malt flavor. Bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits. I can pick up the alcohol only slightly, which is surprising. Some slight hops in the background, but very little.

Very smooth, full bodied and sticky. A slight warming sensation when swallowing.

It's very drinkable for a heavy beer and you don't realize it has a very high ABV.

01-10-2009 22:42:12 | More by Kallessin
Photo of Finkel


3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

This beer has been named appropriately as the color is literally the same as crude oil. Furthermore, the consistency sort of looked like oil in the way it moved; there was some obvious viscosity. Still, it looked really good and was complimented with a thicker, pillow head. Bubbles were streaming up from the bottom of the glass - this one's highly carbonated.

This beer is complex. Hops, dark chocolate, espresso, and alcohol could be made out with only a few whiffs.

The taste was definitely chocolately with roasted flavors backing it up. However, a malty, bitter flavor was strong as well as the 10% ABV. The alcohol bled right through which was EXTREMELY disappointing. I definitely liked the taste but the alcohol killed it. Maybe I got a bad batch or something, but I couldn't finish my glass.

Typical of the style, this beer was on the thicker side, which also hurt it's drinkability rating for me.

01-09-2009 21:44:34 | More by Finkel
Photo of bum732


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a thick syrupy black with a nice chocolate brown head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving behind some great lacing. Smells of strong chocolate, roasted ceder and raisins in the background. Tastes of very strong chocolate up front melding to a fig and raisin flavor ending with a nice roasty characteristic. Finishes sweet with a slight chalky taste. Chocolate has a great bitterness and doesn't taste artificial unlike other beers (see Harpoon's stout). Alcohol is pretty well hidden as well. Mouthfeel is very creamy with moderate low carbonation.

A great RIS. The chocolate in this works perfectly with the roasted malt. Plus for the price, you can't beat this deal. I just wish this was available year round!

01-09-2009 03:56:22 | More by bum732
Photo of hopdog


4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Tasted the winter '03-'04' bottle.

Poured black with a brown colored head. Very strong Chocolate smell with hints of coffee. Tastes of heavy Chocolate, light alcohol with hints of toffee. Nice bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed drinking this one.

Notes from: 5/31/04

01-07-2009 18:45:39 | More by hopdog
Photo of jpiper


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Once poured, my sifter becomes a solid, glossy ball of delight. It's extra-black with not a hint of light coming through - like a cue ball with a tall tan head. The head slowly recedes, leaving a thin layer and some foam on the edges of the glass.
The smell is delicious and inviting. There's tons and tons of chocolate, some roasted malt, raisins, and booze. The alcohol is pretty apparent - even on the nose. But it still makes me want to bury my nose into my snifter.
The flavor is very, very rich and pretty complex. It completely coats the mouth with warm, roasted malts. There's dark chocolate and coffee mainly, but other slightly roasted flavors. Also a little tartness in the front. There's a good bit of bitterness on the finish, which is accompanied by a warm maltiness and a boozy flavor.
Thick, smooth, and clingy. Not chewy, but somewhat heavy - not quite like drinking an 8 ball.
The booze contributes to making this a sipper, but there's not much else holding this back from being an extremely inviting sipper.
Quite a beer from Brooklyn. I've had it before, but am thoroughly impressed.

01-07-2009 03:43:28 | More by jpiper
Photo of yeastsipper


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Received as part of a trade with Blazer06. Enjoying a back to back tasting with the Terrapin Wake and Bake Stout on a cool night in the middle of nowhere Georgia. Notes from 12/29/08:

Beer pours black with legs that look like a dark red wine. An attractive looking beer.

I pick up, besides the obvious chocolate notes, notes of roasted coconut. This surprised me a bit, but this was repeatedly the dominant scent. There are also notes of raisins and red wine vinegar.

The chocolate flavor dominates. It is a somewhat bitter, dark chocolate, which I like. Roasted malt is prevalent on the back of the palate. Coffee flavors are more evident as the beer warms.

The mouthfeel is a little lite. Ideally, the beer would be a bit thicker, but I am reminded more of a porter than a stout. The alcohol warms the back of the throat.

The BCS is full of flavor, but the chocolate I was enjoying on the initial sips I enjoy less as the bottle nears its end.

All in all, a very solid beer. I would be happy to have more in my fridge (they are not available in CA) but I would not seek it out.

01-05-2009 22:10:44 | More by yeastsipper
Photo of BARFLYB


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter after a long day at the job. 08-09 bottling. Pretty fresh.

A- Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a very dark black. The liquid looks fairly thick and has some shiny slickness to it. This pour yielded a 1&1/2 finger light tan head that was packed tight and stayed throughout the session.

S- BBCS has a very roasty smell to it which gives off a bunch of flavors including chocolate(big surprise!)an array of malts and a bunch of dark fruits. The alcohol makes it self known and actually detracts from the other smells. I was a little off put by the initial smell but it improved with a little warming.

T- Sippin on BBCS the maltiness of this stout pretty much dominate the other flavors and the dark fruits are ever so present. Not as much chocolate as i would like. Some coffee is thrown into the mix. The hops come through in the end slightly, but make BBCS a slighty bitter tasting stout. The alcohol is present throughout the drink, but the chocolate comes out with warming.

M- This stout is quite thick and a bit creamy, very full-bodied, but rough around the edges. One and done for me. A nice warming effect from the alcohol. BBCS is quite slick and stays on the tounge for a bit.

D- The harshness of the alcohol and over abundance of dark fruits was a bit off putting and i would have trouble cracking open a second. I hope the chocolate comes out more with some age on it. Still, a nice RIS from an awesome brewery. I'm going to have to seek out this Black Ops now.

01-05-2009 20:51:24 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a dark black with dark tan head. No light passes through. It looks quite viscous and very appetizing.
The aroma is sweet, roasty, very raisiny and malty, like sweet, dark fruit. It is not very strong though, it could serve to be a bit stronger.
The taste is sweet. quite chocolatey- dark and milk. A raosted taste, especially in the aftertate. A lot like dark fruit, again.
A slight pinch of bitterness in the aftertaste, otherwise it is mostly sweet with a viscous, chewy mouth.
Its pretty great, very sweet, but not too much.

01-05-2009 07:07:05 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of righthereisay


3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

I was intrigued when I saw this on the menu (Mad Mex, Pittsburgh). I saw the alcohol content and thought why not. (best bang for the buck). I was with some annoying people and thought it could help.

I was a little dissappointed. I definitely tasted the alcohol. There was no way to hide that.

I did not taste chocolate (if I was supposed to).

It was not full bodied, which is why I gave this ranking.

Overall, it wasn't bad. It went fine with the Carnita Burrito (which is sensational for anyone ever going to Mad Mex)

Peace out.

01-03-2009 22:04:07 | More by righthereisay
Photo of darklordlager


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours an oil black, with no highlights when held up to the light. A good 1/3" dark tan foam layer formed after the pour.
Smell is of chocolate, booze, some dark fruits, a little bit of smoke.

Taste is BIG chocolate up front (big surprise), very sweet, almost overwhelming anything else. Finishes with an acidic/bitter flavour reminiscent of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and coats the tongue with each sip.

Drinkability-Limited by the sweetness of this brew, and the ABV.

Delicious, very sweet--definitely a dessert beer. Not all that complex, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

01-03-2009 21:56:00 | More by darklordlager
Photo of bkilpatr


3.9/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 01/02/09. Winter 08-09 version.

Pours nearly pitch black with about on finger of dense dark brown head. The head stayed around for nearly forever, and left some nice lacing around the glass. This is a very beautiful beer. Aroma is full of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate, with a hint of coffee.

Taste starts with heavily roasted malt and plenty of dark chocolate. Some caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, and hints of dark fruits and cherry. Slightly sweet up front with a nice bitter dark chocolate finish. A hint of hops in the finish as well. The alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste, but still noticeable. Overall, the taste is heavy on the roasted and bitter side.

Feel is smooth and creamy with ample carbonation. It's full-bodied and slightly heavy. Slight warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is decent for a heavy beer and the alcohol is fairly well-hidden.

Overall, a pretty tasty beer. A bit rough while fresh though and would probably benefit from a bit of age. Definitely worth a try though.

01-03-2009 04:48:10 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of scifan

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours pitch black from the bottle to form a small brown head that dissapates very quickly. Leaves some lacing after first few small sips. Not getting much on the nose but what I do smell is good. Lots of coffee, of course the chocolate come through quite well with a bit of alcohol also. Lots more flavor than the smell was giving me. Intense roasted barley, a bit of coffee, and chocolate flavors coming through together to please my palate to complete satisfaction. The only criticism would be the alcohol isn't well hidden but at over ten percent i guess it gets a little hard to hide. Overall a fantastic beer that i can't get a enough of while it is still here for us to enjoy this winter season.

01-03-2009 03:49:31 | More by scifan
Photo of matt062286


3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Appearance - pours very thick and black. Thick mocha colored head. Very nice lacing and decent head retention.

Smell - Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, caramel, a little bit of cherries, and alcohol. It smells great, reminds me of English chocolate, far superior to the chocolate in the states.

Taste - surprisingly not much chocolate initially. Tastes more of dark fruits and alcohol. A lot of higher ABV's have something to try and mask the alcohol but this one does not. The aftertaste on this one is of espresso and dark chocolate, which makes up for the average initial taste.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick, but not quite syrupy. Higher carbonation than expected.

Drinkability - The first one went down pretty easy, but the ones afterwards were much harder to drink. The 10% ABV and heavy body make this a one and done in most cases. Can't beat the price either, I got this for $10 for a 6 pack, compared to $15 around here for a sixer of Mad Elf which is only 1% higher.

01-03-2009 03:39:28 | More by matt062286
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