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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,378
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 277
Gots: 823 | FT: 48
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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 PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark opaque black. Two fingers of brown head rise with decent retention leaving some moderate lacing.

S - Lots of butter initially. Chocolate, coffee, and hits of wood appear as well. Alcohol is slightly evident.

T - As great as the nose and much less bitter than others of the style. Initially there's a huge buttery and chocolate flavor followed up by a hint of coffee. A woody character kicks in followed by more chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter from roasted malts and the alcohol slowly creeps up from behind throughout the aftertaste.

M - Creamy, thick, and moderate carbonation. Less carbonation may have let loose more complexities.

D - One of the more easy drinking RIS's I've had; though the flavor is very intense and alcohol is more than evident. One is certainly enough.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 08:27:30 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of ckeegan04


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night with no light coming through even when held up to the light. Thick creamy brown head that hardly fades at all. SHeets of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is a little weaker than expected from an RIS. Hints of chocolate and a little toffee sweetness.

T - A touch sweet up front before a roasted chocolate flavor comes through. Some bitterness shows its head but is very mild. Finishes very sweet.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly smooth and creamy. A great RIS but at 11% abv the drinkability gets knocked down 1/2 a point.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 04:28:05 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of ArrogantB


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

12oz winter 06-07 bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl, thanks man. Obviously this was dark black. It smelled nice, chocolate. the taste was vinous sort of like Stone Russian. Fruity flavors, chocolate, a tad thin on the body for my taste but overall this was a nice easy to drink beer, especially since I split it with a friend. I have heard this is around $10 a six-pack which would make it an exceptional value if I had access to it.

12oz winter 08-09 bottle courtesy of vwcraig, thanks! Black as expected, really nice chocolate stout smell, nice taste of sweet fruit. This is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 14:58:41 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 07-08 bottle.

A: Poured mostly black with some highlights of brown around the edges. A half finger of mocha head some some lacing.

S: Very sweet nose up front. Nice big chocolate right behind that with a mix of plums and some booze. The nose is much improved since this was fresh. A slight hint of hops at the end.

T: Really nice chocolate taste up front. A lingering sweetness is left behind. The roast and booze have faded and blended into the background. The chocolate is massive.

M: Very smooth and creamy.

D: Time has done wonders for this beer. I find it way to hot fresh but even with the 8 months or so on it now it gets so damn good. The booziness is gone. All the tastes have melded together nicely. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 00:23:57 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Greggy


4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Winter 07-08 Bottling

A- Pours a one finger beatiful brown head into my large snifter. I get some nice lacing on this one. The body is extremely black and thick as you could imagine. After about a minute, the head recedes down into a thin cap.

S- Very large and complex nose, very nice fruity hop edge, big chocolate, prune, sweet German chocolate cake. Very nice dark fruit, chocolate, and hoppy edge. Great Balance.

T- Starts out with the big dark fruit of prunes, a green apple sweetness, covered in caramel, and of course, chocolate, then finishes with a very nice fresh apple, and dry chocolate. I have never expected apple notes in my IMPY's but this is clearly there, to me.

M- Starts out with a nice acidic carbonation that tingles on the palette. Very reminiscent of lambics. The notes on the palette and the finish are excellent.

D- 10.6% is a big brew but the alcohol is extremely well hidden. There is an outstanding complexity to this one, and I will search out as much of this as I can. Garrett, you did an amazing job on this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 03:09:00 | More by Greggy
Photo of hooliganlife


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured thick black with no head. smell was rich and alcohol. taste was more alcohol up front although as it warmed the chocolate flavor came out. started out at 46 degrees and warmed up to room temp. was far better at room temp. great carbonation and quite smooth. overall, this was great and i would drink again. perfect light chocolate aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 04:29:04 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a thick oily black color. The head is one inch in height, and dark tan in color. Lacing is long lasting and sticky. The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and graham cracker. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of a slight alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. I could easily drink this over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 23:44:21 | More by KarlHungus
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A.Very dark, and pretty thick. Poured a little to aggressive yeilded a three finger dark head that dissapated rather quickly.
S.Chocolate maybe a little fudge. Lots of alcohol.
T.Lots of alcohol, I understand that its 10.6% but I have had stouts with the same abv and much less noticeable.Fudgy.
M.Lots of carbination for a RIS. Not to thick a little syrupy.
D.One 12oz is enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 02:35:00 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of trill


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

Bottle date is 2007/2008. Pours an opaque black, very thick, with a tan head that drops away quickly. Nose is a heap of chocolate, some coffee/espresso notes, and a little alcohol. You can definitely smell the strength of this beer. Mouthfeel is actually a little thin, despite the thickness of the beer when it's poured. Definite boozy notes. Serious chocolate taste, but the harshly bitter espresso flavors detract from it a bit. These should smooth out with a little age, hopefully.

Six month update: This one has blossomed fantastically now that it has a little age on it. The aggressive alcohol notes have faded, giving the espresso and chocolate flavors even more room to shine. Still not quite as thick as I like my big stouts to be, but it's drier than most, which is a fair compromise.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 21:16:51 | More by trill
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, hint of light around the edges, thin foam is short-lasting leaving a pencil-thin ring. The aroma is interesting, sort of a lightly burnt fruit note (banana?) with some chocolate sweetness. I don't smell any alcohol though for 10.6%.

The flavor has a nice roastiness that builds through toward the finish. The chcolate sweetness is not overdone thankfully, although the alcohol is a bit potent. Light coffee notes start to come through more as it warms. The mouthfeel is quite light for the style, and it has a fairly sharp carbonation.

Well it took me long enough to finally try this beer, but unfortunately I wasn't missing out on that much. A solid beer all around, but for the style it can't compete with so many other greats.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 06:40:43 | More by bennetj17
Photo of daythree16


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, this one looks like motor oil. Completely black and very thick. It has just a hint of carbonation in the few bubbles that crop up.

A thin tan head arises when the glass is swirled. It smells like chocolate liqueur. Strong alcohol presence. The taste is fairly strong as well. It's mildly sweet like chocolate syrup with a bit of molasses. There are some dark fruit flavors present as well. It has a pretty good alcohol burn and a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely thick. Almost like cough medicine (just the mouthfeel, not the taste) or syrup. Drinkability is not great, due to the high alcohol content and heaviness of the beer, but it is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 18:20:45 | More by daythree16
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this!
Poured very thick, dark black with a brown creamy head that impressed me. Nose and taste of rich roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. It had a great malt ptofile and the strong ABV was well hidden. Excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 14:42:41 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of midweb23


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

A - Dark black color with a thick 2 inch head that leaves multiple lines of lacing.

S- Strong smell of chocolate and coffee.

T - A strong roasted malt flavor that leaves a slight chocolate aftertaste. You can really feek the high alcohol content which leaves your throat and chest warm.

M - Very thick and creamy.

D - A great brew for its style!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 00:28:14 | More by midweb23
Photo of paulthebeerguru


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

A: snifter. pours an abyss like black with a huge tan head. good head retention rate and great, sticky lacing.

S: Wow! Huge roasted malt aroma. big chocolate flavors, coffee and toffee. some bittersweet chocolate. some raisins as well.

T: some nice roasted malts, which brings out some serious chocolate, coffee, and some black currents and raisins.

M: full-bodied. mild carbonation level. very creamy.

D: amazing both fresh and aged. solid brew and well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 20:00:40 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a plethora of cool extras from PEBKAC more than 6 months ago now... decided to crack one tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project... enjoyed from my Kasteel tulip.

Jet black brew of course... head looks creamy like foam atop an espresso.. but lasts alot long and leaves picture perfect spotty lace.

Aroma is impressive mix of chocolate and yeasty fruitiness.. cocoa and subtle coffee notes.. a little bit of mild sweet cherry.

Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee... fairly dry throughout... lingering finish is reminiscent of chocolate covered dried cherries.. a little nuttiness is also present... body is less than expected for a brew of this ABV, but it is still fairly viscous with just the right amount of carbonation.

A pretty class brew from a class act trader... Adam we must do it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2008 07:06:57 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of kinger


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

Unique Imperial, well crafted. My first sampling was with the '04-'05 batch and I've been enjoying this every year since. Pours an incredibly thick jet black with a nice tan head, there is a medium amount of lacing that sticks to the glass. Rich velvety aroma of chocolate and red wine with other dark fruits and roasted nuts. This inviting scent is unique from the other imperial stouts I've had thus warranting the high score. Mouth feel is smooth and sweet. When fresh the sharp alcohol is dominant, but after some age the burn fades and you are presented with a tangy, dry creaminess. Black Chocolate is an applicable name for this one although the standard roasted dark malt and coffee flavors are present there is a nice blend of chocolate malt that seems to take over. This isn't milk chocolate either, dark dense sweet chocolate makes this beer a thing of beauty. Nutty with notes of raisins and sherry wine. Like the aroma this flavor stands out in a unique way. A year in the bottle does wonders for this complex brew. Big bonus points for being somewhat unique comparatively as well as being such a bargain. I stock up every season when this hits the shelves. //Additional notes and rating on 12-14-07 after enjoying a well aged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 20:19:01 | More by kinger
Photo of phattysbox

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel goblet. Amazing 2 inch head (brown) that reduces slowly, nice lacing. Black as night.

Booze is first evident followed by bittersweet chocoloate and toasted malts. Taste is very boozy... But interestingly when this brew warmed up it had a completely different profile - alcohol profile melded more with the malts and the bittering hops and bitterness from malts came out more.

Very nice brew once it warmed up. Serve at cellar temp or warmer or the alcohol stings too much. Fantastic when you get to the last 1/4 of the glass!! Definitely seek out again

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 16:49:07 | More by phattysbox
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to JasonA for this one.

This beer pours dark black and smells of dark chocolate. The taste is smooth and creamy but is hot on the palate from the high abv which is also present. The drinkability is moderate because of the high upfront abv. Overall an excellent RIS. Not my favorite but its one ive been wanting to try for some time now and im glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 01:56:45 | More by johnd513
Photo of CamuMahubah


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

Black...tan little tiny bubbles...

Smelled a bit like a red wine with chocolate...a touch of coffee...

The taste is very complex and strong, as the alcohol is everywhere. A nice almost cherry like accent to the chocolate with coffee overtones. An Old World charm...


Alcohol is to prevalent to drink many of these, though I don't believe that was ever the intention. Wait a minute! As I finish this one I start to wish for another!

This was an extra from a trade with sincereNc. Thanks Bro!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 06:38:36 | More by CamuMahubah
Photo of Ragingbull


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

Dark black color with mocha colored foam head that slowly dissipates. Some prickle that dissipates as well. I have smelled some characteristics of the nose in other imperial stouts. I can smell the chocolate malt but there is something in the nose that makes me think of an irish stout or red ale. Faint hints of smoke. Very lush and very thick mouthfeel. The malts are roasted pretty fully as I almost felt like I was eating roasted corn. Still some smoke at the finish and hints of coffee. The elusive scent presents in the flavor and continues to elude me. Perhaps it is the black malt alluded to on the label. Smoky finish and warm with alcohol. Very strong and powerful flavor. I would rate it B- on straight up flavor and all, but that is me.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:33:33 | More by Ragingbull
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3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose and the appearance were about the same all around. It smelled like black liquorish and looked like it as well. I didnt get a whole lot off the nose. It had a hot and just over the top malt aroma but not a whole lot past that. I pick up some tar smell. The tate for me as a little unbalanced. Most of what I taste is thick heavy malt and alcohol. This probably means I should have let this beer age a little but it was already a year and a half out. The finish is very sweet at first and then is wrapped up by dry bitter malt in the end. Didnt really pick up a whole lot of dark chocolate flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 02:56:13 | More by RoBotGod
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in the mix a six pack case that has been plagued by old stale beer. this one is from last winter, but hopefully should have aged well.

reviewed from notes

pours very black with a big foamy black head.

smell is all coffee and chocolate. a hint of alcohol

big malty taste with chocolate dominance. alcohol is distinguishable.

a great desert beer. Brooklyn's best.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 20:11:02 | More by perfectkaos
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured pitch black with 1 finger of tan head into a snifter.

S: Wow, chocolate is very dominant on the nose. It's hard to get passed it.

T: The taste follows along the aromas with dark chocolate with perhaps a bit of coffee. There is also a touch of alcohol but this very pleasing. The chocolate taste lingers on forever but was also not overpowering.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and an average amount of carbonation which suited the taste perfectly.

D: This stuff is dangerously good and addictive. Although the alcohol makes its presence felt, it didn't get in the way.

Overall, I was very impressed by this beer that I wanted to try for some time now. It was more subtle than other chocolate flavored stouts and it definately felt refined. This was the highlight of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 20:50:02 | More by santa109
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout...

Appearance-Pitch black color, sticky fizz hits the sides of the glass, doesn't rise that high, but carbonation is still there.

Smell-A barrage of scents, chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops, alcohol notes, everything but the kitchen sink.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Lots of sweetness up front and then the flavors kick in, sticky malt adds a rich taste, chocolate flavor certainly dominates, decently smooth, probably would be even smoother if given more time to age.

Drinkability-great with the mint cake I paired it with, makes a nice night-cap drink. Very alcoholic, but that's expected for the style.

Overall-A very good RIS with great flavor, not necessarily out of this world and not my favorite, but it's a well done version of the style and certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 20:56:14 | More by TheDeuce
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter 2007-08 edition

Pours a smooth black with 1 finger of creamy coffee tan head, good retention and lacing. Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and a touch of coffee. Tastes of vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits like cherries and rum soaked raisins, smoke, and alcohol in the finish. Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy with lots of bitter sweetness, dark fruit notes, roastiness, and lots of alcohol presence. With there being more flavorful Russian Imperial Stouts that either mask the alcohol better or offer more in the flavor department, this is a RIS that I'll get if I see it and have no other desires offered, but I wouldn't race out to procure some.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 20:51:09 | More by HopDerek
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