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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,517
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 299
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of PrAndo


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

I find this beer to be like a candy bar for adults.

The name of the beer really says a lot about how I expereince the beer.

Black. It certainly is that, it is darn near opaque and appears as if someone has filled your glass with tar. Fortunately for us though, the flavor beats tar in a landslide.

Chocolate. Yup, maybe even coffee type flavors too. I find it rich and decadant as a flourless chocolate cake. It's got that dense, deep flavor to it that you really need to think about as you enjoy it.

Stout. Wonderful brown-ish head while carrying that great stout "dryness" in terms of mouthfeel. It's roasty and perfect for a cold winter night.

12-12-2008 02:27:05 | More by PrAndo
Photo of scruffwhor


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Not my first time drinking this beer, just my first time reviewing it.

Nice ring of dark tan foam rests on top of an almost black liquid. Brownies, brownies, brownies in my notstrils. Semi-sweet milk chocolate i believe with a soothing and inviting alcoholic warmth. Dry brownies, semi-sweet chocolate chips in watery cream. Evening blend coffee on the finish and also showcases the alcohol very well. Great nightcap, sipping beer. Just a lovely RIS. This beer deserves all of its accolades.

12-11-2008 05:56:56 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Rerate - 12 oz. bottle from winter '05-'06
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours thick and black with a small brown head. Good lacing and retention. The aroma is a little sweet-- chocolate and salmiakki are present. It is thick and chewy in the mouth. There flavor has mellowed and has a little port wine quality. The salty licorice flavor is up front and the dry chocolate flavor comes at the end of the flavor. Well bittered and well balanced. This improves a lot by sitting around in the cellar!
(rated May 14, 2008)

Previous review (Jan 22, 2007):
This pours frighteningly black. It is a black that the Hubble telescope could not penetrate. It has a brown head that is very slight but can be brought back to life with a little wiggle of the glass. It has the smell of coffee, but not a dark roast. It smells more like Folger's or something. The aroma scatters from there: banana, bubble gum, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol, Coke syrup and... a first aid. The latter is something I could have used after drinking three of these. It has a moderately acidic and salty flavor. It's not the saltiness of sodium chloride. It's more like ammonium chloride. It is full and syrupy with a lively carbonation. The bitter aftertaste persists... as does the hangover. This beer is to be treated with respect.

12-11-2008 04:56:03 | More by yesyouam
Photo of PatronWizard


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Extra in a BIF from do-gooder mikereaser. Thanks! Then a week later, a mini-vert in a trade from do-nothing Egledhill. With three bottles in my possession, I can safely drink one. Or two. Or three. Review is of an '07-08.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha head of moderate retention. Ok.

Smell of blended malt flavors. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate chocolate.

Thick as the L.A. smog cover. Taste leans toward the dark side of chocolate. Other stuff in their too but I just wanna drink it. Can't taste the alcohol but you can sense it with the force. Actually I'm sensing it without using the force. Warming brings about some cocoa flavor and maybe, just maybe, a hint of black licorice.

Just a bit on the rought side; dryness. Not a deterrent for sure, but an imperfection.

Overall: glad I have more

12-10-2008 19:36:34 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of LOCAL

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz bottle into goblet
08-09 release

Appearance: Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a small brown head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, and slight alcohol nose.

Taste: wow, thats a lot of alcohol up front! Behind that there is tasty chocolate covered espresso bean.

Mouthfeel: This one hits the pallet kinda heavy and slightly syrupy. light to medium carbonation. Slight creaminess.

Drinkability: With the ABV at 10% you can't have too many... ones gonna do it for me.

Overall: This is one for the cellar. I have 11 left and wanted to taste one fresh just to see what age will do to the rest. The cellar should work wonders on these bad boys. In time it has the makings of an extremely tasty, smooth, and creamy stout. I'll get back to this in 6 months or so for a check in.

12-10-2008 02:14:18 | More by LOCAL
Photo of saradad


4.4/5  rDev +6%

The first thing I noted was the smell of alcohol immediately upon opening the bottle. Pouring this into the glass releases more of the alcohol and then the chocolate just seems to overwhelm it completely. The head forms dark tan over an opaque "used, burnt motor oil" colored body. The scent now is all roasted chcolate and sugar or caramel. The taste is a chocolate-lovers dream with a slight fruit note on the side of the tongue (cherry? or maybe more of amaretto?) the alcohol is there but subdued. The mouthfeel is very full, like a mouth full of whipped cream (the real stuff, not the crap in plastic tubs!!) and the finish is dry in the mouth with a chocolate aftertaste having a stronger alcohol presence. The drinkability is very good but at over 10%ABV restraint must be shown. I put some of these back to age and hope to try them later. Will let y'all know if my cellar doesn't ruin'em

12-07-2008 03:13:07 | More by saradad
Photo of palma

New York

4.15/5  rDev 0%

Aged 2005-2006 bottle.
Very dark black body. Silky looking. Minimal head. this is a cellared bottle just over three years old.

nose is extremely sweet. serious chocolate, raisin, coconut, maybe some cherry. espresso with 5 sugars. minimal hop aroma present.

taste is very chocolate with a significant fruitiness intermingled. raisin and plum. alcohol noticeable and works well with the sweetness. semi-dry at the end. lingering hidden licorice.

slick mouthfeel going down. an ever-noticeable stickiness all over the top of the glass throughout the session due to the high residual sugar content.

very enjoyable. I would recommend aging this beer at least a year. It's too raw brand new. This beer ages extremely well. It will mellow out more and more each year

12-06-2008 05:46:37 | More by palma
Photo of cnally


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

I sampled some of this at a tasting and thought, what a great winter beer! so I just had to pick some of dat up.

pitch black is not expressive enough to describe the coloring. a tan head dissipates but not completely. majestic.

scents of oak and mocha, coffee. but there is a slight sourness- can't describe what it is exactly.

flavor is massive and majorly chocolately. bigg malty flavors going on. burnt raspberries. really balanced. alcohol flavor warms the belly.

heavy, heavy beer. not for the faint of heart here.

really tasty and balanced, for a stout actually flavored mildly. the perfect cold weather beer. but the high alcohol and heavy feel keep this from being absolutely 'drinkable.'

12-06-2008 01:51:29 | More by cnally
Photo of TheDoorman

New York

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

2007-08 Bottle. Aged one year.

Pours like motor oil. A forced pour is necessary for a development of a brownish head that dissipates slowely. The nose is one serious roasty malt bomb. You can tell this beer packs a serious punch. Alcohol is present from the pop of the bottle. Beer pours like silk from the glass to my mouth. Creamy, delightful, thick palate. A touch of effervesance, but carbonation is extremely low. The taste is roasty maltiness throughout. I can feel the alcohol after just a few sips for this review. This beer has some serious warmth too. Great for the winter.

The roasty malt sweetness really defines this beer throughout. A great RIS. I'd want this if I were stuck in Siberia. But one per night is the limit.

This beer is consistently reviewed as an elite-elite RIS. I feel it is somewhat unbalanced as the alcohol dominates in places, but overall, its an absolute pleasure to drink.

12-06-2008 01:39:06 | More by TheDoorman
Photo of Stonebreaker


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Appearance: Pours a thick motor oil black, with a quickly receding thin head, and not much lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and soy sauce.

Taste: A rich thick very tasty beer, best drunk slow until warmed to room temperature. The taste is all chocolate with a healthy dose of roasted barley. Dry in the finish which is good. But there is a touch of soy sauce flavor, not as bad as some doppels but noticeable. A very good beer and a good deal at 10 for a sixer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy.

Drinkablity: I will drink this one again, it will definitely go into the rotation.

12-05-2008 23:45:57 | More by Stonebreaker
Photo of cindiwindi1025


4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

This is damn, damn tasty and easy to drink.

A: Pours opaque black, no head , very itsy bitsy sticky brown lacing with good legs

S: Cocoa and malts

T: Pure chocolate deliciousness. Strong, sweet mikly dark chocolate, molasses, dark cherries, roasty malts, little smooth, smoky aftertaste but not harsh or bitter - very, very creamy smooth taste. There really is no hint of alcohol in the taste.

M: Pure heaven. Very light to nonexistent carbonation, there is no dryness or anything other than milky creaminess that lingers in the feel. There is a slight hint of alcohol burn a few moments after leaving the palate, which does not linger long. It's simple and it's delicious.

D: This is very drinkable. It's like drinking skim chocolate milk. I could drink this everyday, will definitely keep this one on my "to get" list and keep stocked in the fridge. Completely dig-a-licious.

12-05-2008 23:10:35 | More by cindiwindi1025
Photo of MagyarPuska


4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

Appearance: Black, like dark chocolate, makes sense. Plenty of head with respective staying power with the body's color lending itself to the head

Aroma: Dark chocolate with fancy coffee aromas wandering around in there.

Taste: Delightful. Tastes like it smells, with alcohol nipping at the taste buds and the top palate. Warming all the way down. One of the best after-tastes of any beer. As it warms you notice the alcohol more but still remains enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Along with the 10.6% ABV getting your attention it doesn't distract you from the flavor and is somewhat soft.

Drinkability: It is a slightly heavy beer with tremendous flavor but for a beer meant for sipping it is suited for a casual drinking session within the limits of a six-pack.

Notes: I keep trying to cellar sixers of this tasty brew but as the winter progresses I find myself attracted to it and the next thing I know I only have a few left. Self control must be displayed around this brew as it gets better with age. This is by far my favorite beer of any beer I have ever reviewed or drank.

12-05-2008 06:25:54 | More by MagyarPuska
Photo of pershan


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an inky-black with a thick, rocky tan head into a chalice. The aroma was a wonderful blend of alcoholic esters and roasted malt. The taste was initially a bit hit of roasted malt with black currant undertones, finishing with a nice alcoholic warmness. This was my first ever keg of beer on my CO2 system - good times.

12-04-2008 19:59:52 | More by pershan
Photo of ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

Appearance: Its name says it all, black chocolate. This beer is gorgeous, unbelievably dark with a thick and almost nutty brown colored creamy head. After the pour the head continued to grow and trace down the outside of my glass. I thought the head had great retention. The lace is the same warming brown and the thickness is measurable.

Smell: I get a strong aroma of burning chocolate with undertones of coffee. I can picture a Hersey's Special Dark candy bar. Not a sweet chocolate smell, but definitely has the bitter smell of dark chocolate.

Taste: The bitterness of the chocolate takes command of the palate. I also sense a nutty malt that is quite enjoyable. The coffee lingers on the tongue following the swallow, and the alcohol speaks loud and clear.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional, thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. After swallowing, my mouth is still coated. Good representation.

Drinkability: It may seem strange but I paired this beer with homemade oatmeal raisin cookies, and they meshed extremely well. I could and would drink this beer all night.

12-04-2008 14:10:12 | More by ncstateplaya
Photo of iceball585

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin tan cover that faded quickly to a thin ring

S- Dark chocolate, alcohol, black coffee, slight auroma of dark fruits

T- Coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted black patent malts, barley, hint of raisens

M- Medium body, low carbonation, smooth, rich, bold, warming of alcohol throughout

D- Worth buying again and again

This is one great brew, but one a night is about all you need. The alcohol definitely strikes hard with this beer.

12-04-2008 01:36:07 | More by iceball585
Photo of d0ggnate


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-09 Bottling

A: Poured dark brown/black with mocha tan and frothy head layer. Thick cloud-like foam gives way to patchy islands amid and around the edge of my glass.
S: Clearly present chocolate malt aromas. Noticeable cold coffee smells.
T: Chocolate pushes through, but arrives bitter, almost like semi-sweet. Very delicious chocolate profile. Coffee is only noted, but can still be picked up lightly.
M: Slick and a bit creamy. Sharp flavor and distinct taste.
D: Very good beer. I am impressed more this time than the first I tasted it. I'm sure this would mellow deliciously with time aged. I'll seek more in the future and stash them for later sampling.

12-03-2008 05:30:52 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of Traquairlover


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip. This is the 2008 vintage.

A = Dark mahogany with a dark chocolate meringue-like foamy head, good retention and medium lacing.

S = Deep aromas of semisweet chocolate, baking cocoa, light hints of burnt Sonora pine bark with a slight vanilla bean underneath.

T = Great balance with bitter dark chocolate mixing contrasting with fresh brewed French Roast coffee that has lots of cream and sugar. These flavors predominate up front in the mouth and into the midpalate where some lightly floral hops flavors appear in addition to the already present bitterness, nice long finish.

M = Heavy body, great moughtcoating, luscious creamy feel.

D = This is just an excellent beer, though strong enough that a bottle split between two after dinner may be all you need at a sitting. It is nonetheless one to come back to again and again.

12-02-2008 23:43:42 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of dmad50


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

This beer is a major go-to for me during the winter months due to its pleasant taste and relative value.

Pouring my bottle into a snifter, the beer exhibits a tan head. The beer is nearly black in color. The mouthfeel matches this appearance with a heavy, think consistency. A slight dark chocolate can be noted along with a nice roasted flavor.

At $9 for a six-pack where I get it, this beer packs a nice taste the price.

12-02-2008 01:48:11 | More by dmad50
Photo of HitokiriNate85


3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance - Pours inky black with a barely covering chocolate head that turns from a light froth to more of a real light, creamy covering. There isn't much of a head at all to lose, but what little there is stays throughout. Doesn't leave any lacing as I make my way through the glass. A bare 60W bulb can't even begin to penetrate through.

Smell - Some dark chocolate, but not in-your-face like I was expecting from the name. Sort of a dark fruit smell that I've found in other RIS's. Kind of reminds me of raisins/prunes/black cherries. There's some alcohol in the smell as well.

Taste - Wow. Now the name makes sense. While I didn't get a lot of chocolate in the nose, it was about all I could taste in the first sip. It's sort of what I might expect if I put really, really dark chocolate cocoa powder in my mouth. After that, alcohol cuts through pretty sharply, leaving my mouth dry and hot. That fruit taste comes through with the alcohol, but it's only there for a split second. The alcohol definitely blends in with the chocolate, though, even in the swallow. I can definitely see why people age this, and I'd fully expect it to get better.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and kind of oily. As strange as it sounds, as it warms the feel turns a bit creamy. It doesn't leave as much of a coating as I expected, though.

Drinkability - One. It goes down fairly smooth, but the alcohol keeps it from being easier to drink. I can't imagine pouring myself a second one directly after. It's a big beer, though, and couldn't be further from the term "sessionable," which is fine. It being bigger is fine, and I personally can't imagine knocking off drinkability points for that. However, the strong alcohol taste does.

To sort of conclude, I like it, but it definitely feels like it needs aged. There's just too much alcohol present in the taste, and I've had RISs that were better.

12-02-2008 01:26:35 | More by HitokiriNate85
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance - Black. No light penetration. Thin, pretty, khaki, espresso, colored head. Spotty lacing.

Nose - Anise, milk chocolate, hazelnut, burnt sugar, mild roasted notes.

Taste - Similar to nose with noticeable bitterness creating coffee sensation. Some cherry and blue fruit and high acidity.

Mouthfeel - Suffers from acidity

Drinkability - Only decent due to style.

12-02-2008 00:11:58 | More by Chinon01
Photo of corby112


4.9/5  rDev +18.1%

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted maltiness. Very, very smooth tasting beer in which the malty dark chocolate masks the high abv. This is a dangerously good beer that taste so smooth that you want to drink it down so fast. Highly recommended!

12-01-2008 08:15:33 | More by corby112
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a super dark color, not much head. Smell is faint at best, little chocolate and malt. Taste is thick with mocha and coffee. It's very pleasant. Little alcohol in relation to the abv it has. The mouthfeel is smooth and more crisp than I would imagen with the style and abv. Very drinkable and smooth with nice chocolate malts and caramel and mocha coffee but not overwhelmingly sweet.

12-01-2008 01:41:37 | More by chaz410
Photo of aubuc1


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

pours a pitch black with a thick tan head

smell is of roasted malt, coffee and bitter rich cherry

taste is rich. roasted cherry is predominant.

oily mouthfeel is a delight

very nice beer that is a winter treat.

i don't love ris alays due to my dislike of coffee, but this is a very good beer.

11-30-2008 23:02:59 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Dodo2step


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- pours a thick viscous creamy dark chocolate opaque color. A beautiful burnt nut brown head with a nice spotchy lacing.

S- cocoa and espresso beans. Also some dark fruit rounds it out but it is faint.

T- a dark chocolate flavor with the added bitterness. Light on the malts as well. very well hop/malt balanced. Espresso and prunes or raisins are the other tastes.

M-full bodied and very creamy. A very smooth and heavy beer.

D- This bad boy is high in ABV but this is a good brew. I could do two or three of these in a day. A nice winter beer for when it is snowing out. Instead of hot chocolate grab this bad boy.

11-30-2008 22:50:36 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6%

I poured a 12 ounce botttle into a SA pint glass. It pours jet black with a fluffy tan head. The head leaves quickly, leaving pleasant streaks of lacing. The smell is more muted than I would have hoped. There are hints of chocolate and coffee, but they are faint. The overiding scent is alcohol. The flavor is good. It is a mix of alcohol, chocolate and coffee. The finish is of lingering alcohol. The beer is full bodied and hides the generous 10% abv well. A solid RIS, but it left me wanting more.

11-30-2008 22:23:18 | More by bonkers
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