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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,092 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,092
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,136 | FT: 56
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Photo of halo21
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured out this blackest-of-the-black liquid into my Duvel glass, capped off by a creamy, thick, tan head, that provided lacing the whole time I was drinking this, which I nursed for a good amount of time. No light can shine through this beer at all; opaque as can be!

Smell:A very aromatic beer, with french roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, and a hint of yeast esters and heat. One of the best smelling foods on earth

Taste:A flavorful stout, pretzel upfront and full of roast - coffee and malt - and baker's chocolate. Complex earth notes, that warms up to sweeter tones of dried fruit, esters and heat. Full flavored and rich.

Mouthfeel:A heavy bodied brew, with creaminess from the head and a smooth milk body.

Drinkability/Palitability:Medium - it is a beer that goes down well as a nightcap. Not something session-able, but the one bottle is easy to consume.

Notes: This is an exemplary example of an Imperial Stout. A great dessert beer paired with chocolate. I got back into Brooklyn Brewery's offerings as I am reading Garret Oliver's book "The Brewmaster's Table". Oliver is the brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a snifter, it poured black with a finger of brown head that retained fairly well, and laced well too. Big big bittersweet chocolate nose, with cocoa powder, coffee, earthiness, and anise as well. The flavor was like someone chilled a melted Hershey's Dark bar; huge dark chocolate flavor, progressing to a semi-dry cocoa powder/coffee finish. Combining this with the thick velvet smooth body yielded the ultimate dessert drink experience. I only wish I had some creamy dessert to pair it with. An excellent example of the style.

Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B

A - Black body with a tan head

S - Chocolate and roasted malt

T - Milk chocolate and some hop bitterness

M - Alcohol is well hidden with the sweetness. Very smooth but slightly on the thin side

D - Low carbonation and thin mouthfeel makes this one pretty easy to drink

Photo of bs870621345
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 09-10 winter. Good stuff, very impressed.

Pours a dark brownish black, with a finger of mocha white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is very light, alcohol and chocolate. Expected of this style.

Taste is where this thing is awesome. Chocolate and caramel sweetness. Alcohol burn is there, but absolutely necessary. Roastiness is kept in check by the malty sweetness. Very balanced between bitter chocolate and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is oily and heavy. Light carbonation as per the style.

Drinkability is very high. At 10% it'd be tough but a 4 pack is not unthinkable in this situation.

A great beer overall.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall 2009 bottling. Hoping this has lost a little of its heat.

A: Deep dark brown, with a decent tan head that forms a nice collar and is easy to revive.

S: Hefty dose of semi-sweet chocolate malt and black licorice. Also smells slightly earthy with a touch of roasted malt and some ethanol.

T: Dark chocolate brownie, with licorice and a light earthiness. Moderate sweetness balanced by roasted malt so that it's neither charred nor syrupy. Finish is long and slightly bitter.

M: Medium to thick body with good thickness and fairly high carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

Has lost a little of its alcohol bite from this winter, along with a little chocolate. This is still a little on the hot side for a 10% beer, but it's an awesome RIS for the price and one of a handful of beers that I'll buy a case of each year.

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

Poured from a bottle into a a tulip glass at a local pub.

A - Pours an opaque black colour, with a thin layer of head which exhibited little retention and left no lacing.

S - Scents were largely chocolate malts, espresso beans, marshmallows, some molasses and definitely an alcohol scent.

T - The taste was much like the scent with chocolate and coffee, but also revealed some nuttiness, roasted almonds and burnt wood. The alcohol was noticeable on the finish as well.

M - Pretty smooth with light carbonation. Felt nice on the tongue and wasn't overly thick, which was nice.

D - Overall, pretty tasty. I couldn't take down more than one of these at a time, but definitely worth a try. I've had some more flavourful stouts, which were more drinkable, but I'm inclined to think that it's largely the noticeable alcohol that acts as a bit of a turnoff for me.

Photo of SteveS1
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 4 for my birthday, great gift.

Look: Pitch black, dark brown head, great lacing and good retention.

Smell: Chocolate and dark fruits. Sweet dates, but bitter dark chocolate. Well balanced and not overly fruity.

Taste: Opens with sweet fruits- cherries and plum, but quickly darkens into roasted malts. Bitter dark chocolate going down, with a roast coffee aftertaste.

Of course, that could be said about any RIS, so what makes this one different? Unlike the overt sweetness of Southern Tier's Choklat or even the smooth mocha of Portsmouth's Kate, this beer throws around a bitter baker's chocolate to offset the sweet nose. Less of an alcohol taste than an Old Rasputin, and no less satisfying.

Feel: Medium bodied and creamy. Low on carbonation, but not a milkshake either.

Drink: This one is a sipper, though I've had a fair amount of sips for this review. Don't let the high alcohol content scare you off, as the bitter chocolates will force a little self-moderation. Delicious through and through.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Dec 2007 (07-08 version).

Large thick brown cocoa colored head. Pours like black gold, Texas tea. Opaque. All light is obscured by this beer. Moderately carbonated, I think. Aroma is of dark chocolate, coffee, scorched earth. Taste is similar, very roasted, espresso, dark chocolate, raisins. Lots of warming alcohol but not too hot. Becomes sweeter as it warms, moving towards milk chocolate from bittersweet chocolate. Heavy body. Substantial mouthfeel.


Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is nice with a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is milk and bitter chocolate. I also get some nice pine hop bitterness in the flavor and a little bit of alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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

2009 vintage. Pours a deep, dark black, opaque with just a suggestion of mocha colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa powder and freshly brewed espresso. Flavors of dark chocolate, bitter chocolate and maybe some coffee. Alcohol, although present, is not that noticeable. Nicely done.

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black just like it says on the label ;) tan, slow developing head. Looks pretty sticky pasted to the sides of the glass just like I like.

S: big on the nose. Huge choc and roasted malt, def some boozyness going on in their. Burning the nose hairs a little.

T: Choc and grain, roasted malt. Dark choc almost bitter. Some roasty nuttyness and a hint of alcohol. Finishes more mild then expected, does not stick to the pallet like I thought. I was expected really big all the way through but its does not sit for too long, which is suprising and a little disapointing. Sticks some, just not quite as much as I would like.

M: pretty good up front but the middle and finish is just a little thin. Still good just not quite as thick and chewy as you think its going to be. I think I have been drinking beers that are way too big the last few months, only saying its a pinch thin cause Im comparing it to other Russian Imperial's like DL. But yea, still good!

D: well...for 10% its a sipper I think. But its good. Its a nice beer. Good job Oliver. I would be curious to see what you would throw together for a dessert item to pair it with.

Photo of zaq37
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours BLACK and I mean freaking night time black. No head, what little head it has is dark brown and sticks to the edge of the glass and fades quickly.

S - You can really smell the chocolate, smells like a dark chocolate with a lot of malt.

T - The taste is incredible; very rich, strong, and smooth. Long aftertaste of chocolate, each drink had it's own characteristics, some ended chocolaty and some with a fruity notes.

M - You cannot taste the alcohol, it's very smooth. almost no burn at all.

D - Drinkability is top notch, i could drink this beer all day.

Overall - exceptional beer, love the malty chocolate flavors and sweetness. would recommend to anyone!

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

The Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout is an incredible beer. Here are the details.

Appearance: This stout was black with ever so slight tinges of red on the bottom of the glass. Some brown but not much. Almost pure black. There was no head on this beer and like most stouts, when you look at it from the top it looks like an espresso. There was great lacing on this beer that reminded me of swirling a wine glass.

Aroma: The aroma was wonderful. I got a nice roasted chocolate scent mixed with deep-roasted coffee. I could pick up the malt also and some nuttiness. This beer had a slight swaf of sweetness. And whoa, I could smell the 10.1% ABV on this beer.

Taste: Wow. This beer has a fantastic taste. Though this is a chocolate stout, I picked up the deep-roasted coffee first. However, as I swallow a nice cocoa flavor coates the pallete. The chocolate is not a sweet chocolate but a semi-sweet cocoa. The coffee and chocolate are very well balanced with one not overpowering the other. The beer finishes with a hint of bitterness but it's the perfect amount. This beer blends everything together in perfect harmony. This is a full-body beer with a creamy mouth feel. This beer is dangerously easy to drink at 10.1% (which is a compliment).

Overall: What a wonderful beer. I enjoy stouts and this is likely one of the best stouts I've had.

Photo of Spica66
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely black. One finger head that retained perfectly.

S: After a few minutes in the glass (warming up significantly) I got the chocolate malt smell that I was expecting. Before that, really no smell at all (and no, this wasn't tasted at the end of the night).

T: Very rich dark malt taste. Slightly hoppy. Very slight alcohol burn. Very nice tasting beer.

M: Very smooth and creamy.

D: No problem finishing my glass!

I am going to put the remaining pair of these into the cellar to see what happens...

Photo of klikger
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008-2009 bottle poured into a snifter

A - Jet black, with a thin, brown head that shrinks quickly, leaving behind lacing which sticks well.

S - Dark chocolate, bourbon, prunes

T - Raisins and roasted grains are evident first and followed by a touch of vanilla and a jolt of espresso, each of which grow more pronounced as the beer warms. The back end consists of loads of dark, tart chocolate and a hint of smoke, leaving an excellent, bitter aftertaste. A little heat on the end becomes more prevalent as time passes.

M - Really complex and somewhat contradictory at different times - big & chewy without being overly thick, some sips seemed to border on thin. Likewise, it mostly reminded me of a creamy, dark chocolate milkshake in consistency, but a sip here or there felt syrupy, as well.

D - The alcohol hurts a little, and the bitter helps a lot. I'd drink two, but not three.

I've had Black Ops, which I enjoyed quite a bit, but I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. I'll be seeking this out and suggest that you do as well, especially if you prefer your chocolate to be on the dark side.

Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from a 4pk poured into a chalice

appearance - beer pours a nearly jet black color with a thick, fluffy mocha colored head

aroma - smells like cocoa, chocolate, roasted coffee

taste - coffee, dark chocolate, malts, vanilla bean

mouthfeel - pretty thin beverage for the style, lightly carbonated, bitter finish on this one, booze is prominent (but it is over 10%, so understandable)

drinkability - this is one to sip, I don't think I will have another today, though

Photo of Reaper16
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks, FernMaster!
12oz bottle - 2009 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark cola brown. Lighter brown at the edges. It isn't inspiring me to write anything else about its body. An incremental spread of tan foam tops the beer off. A swirl of agitation yields no increase in the head. Lacing? Not really.

The aroma is very malty, as one would guess. Deep malt with a bit of, like, port running through it. Some nice chocolate tones, too; more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Not very roasty. This smells pretty good, if unusual from the impy stouts I tend to drink.

Black Chocolate Stout is unusual on the palate, too. This isn't a bitter, roasty stout. It is malty and smooth and fairly clean. Much more malted barley flavor than chocolate. Coffee just isn't there. Ghosts of dark fruits that link up with the port smell. Some cardboard flavor shows up... this and the port quality make me think there is some oxidization going on. Anyways, different? Yes. Good? Almost.

Way too thin for an Imperial Stout. This is super-light. Oddly thin. It isn't satisfying. The only reason that this doesn't get a 1.0 is because the light flavors of the beer go well with the mouthfeel. But I am rating to style, so... The drinkabilty is consequently good. This is a stout that you want to polish off a few of in a session (though at 10% ABV you shouldn't).

I suppose that I am disappointed by this beer. It isn't to my taste. It is decent enough but if this were available locally to me then I wouldn't be rushing out to buy a 4-pack when it comes out each year.

Photo of CHickman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a 1 finger creamy light brown chocolate milk-like head that lasts a while; good lacing that slides down the glass. A very nice beer to look at and admire.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, sweet malt, faint hops, vanilla, toffee and mild spices; the aroma is like a sweet coffee treat or hot chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, sweet caramel, faint hops, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, burnt wood, some mild spices which gives a slight hop nip towards the dry end; nice smoky flavor mixed with the sweet malts. This is an extremely flavorful beer that hides the alcohol well and really goes down easy. The beer ends dry and smoky with peat, charcoal and roasted malt in the crisp finish. Very tasty and enjoyable; it's light for a stout, or at least feels light and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, very mild to no carbonation and a shake like creamy feel on the tongue; this went down smooth and had an overall nice smoky flavor.

A great stout that I've enjoyed many times in the past and will seek out again. Very tasty and I recommend drinking this as a nightcap or desert beer.

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

Thanks to cvstrickland for sending this out my way. This was an 08-09 BCS.

lacing around the glass, little head, DARK.

chocolate smells swirl around the glass.

sweet smooty roasted tastes, rich, heavy, warming smooth chocolate tastes.

Great beer. Thanks Chuck.

Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at a dive bar somewhere in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Didn't really even know the name of the place at the time.
A-- Black, basically completely. Some light seeps through at the bottom. Even the head is a deep, deep tan.
S-- Has a chocolate scent. It comes through.
T-- Very rich, sour chocolate taste. Kind of a chestnut undertone. The chocolate comes through toward the end. A bit too alcohol taste.

Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The tan head forms up nicely and stands proud as if to say, "I am Brooklyn, and Brooklyn is Stout." Black does not even begin to describe this brew. It's advanced darkness that seeks light (lite) of the world and swallows it whole. The nose is as fruity and toasty as the first taste is. The body isn't too heavy and it leaves a good fruit flavour that I love from a good stout and only comes out in the best of chocolates. Good beer all around, a must buy if ya got it.

Photo of axeman9182
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip yields a beer that is absolute black with a good sized milk chocolate cap. Head retention and lacing are both well above average for the style. The nose is intoxicating, chocolate covered expresso beans. The taste isn't quite as balanced unfortunately, as the rich dark chocolate notes dominate and any coffee flavor is merely an afterthought. Appropriately low carbonation for the style, and the body is almost perfect, full and impossibly creamy. This beer is ridiculously drinkable, tasty and a great mouthfeel with no alcohol heat, which is impressive for a 10%+ beer (note, I've learned to take this beer out of the fridge about 20 minutes before I'm going to drink it, if you drink it at fridge temperatures there will be some boozy heat to it). I still see why this is the beer that made me love craft brews.

Photo of wcintula
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Starting with the 'executive' looking black label ('09-'10)spangled with stars, I anticipated a badass beer. I poured this baby into a Sam Adams glass(what was available) and daaamn, that beer is fine. Nice black opaque body with an excellent thick head.

S- Sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. After you smell it, the beer pulls you in face first.

T- Awesome!!! Tastes like it smells. I tasted it in correctly the first time I tried it. When sipping I get a very metallic taste, but when you gulp it, your mouth is filled with sheer awesomeness.

M- A thicker feeling liquid with regular, not-too-prickly carbonation. Alcoholic dryness on the way down.

D- I drank the beer in less than 3 minutes. I'd consider that drinkable. I just wish I had another.

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

Winter 09-10

Appearance: Thick, black (and still black when held up to light). Four-finger head.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, a lot of fruity scent (like plums), vanilla, booze.

Taste: The taste improves and grows richer as it warms. Dark chocolate (as might be expected), malt, booze, vanilla, caramel, toffee, prunes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated... much less than what I'd expect with the amount of head I poured. It's thick and fairly smooth. The mouthfeel also improves as it warms, it feels more smooth and mellow as it gets warmer, less sharp.

Drinkability: It's disappearing surprisingly fast.

Photo of Lukecook
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into pint glass, bottle marked winter 09-10

A- black in color with a nice one finger light mocha color head.

S- chocolate, licorice, and a bit of booze.

T- Chocolate and roasted coffee flavours dominate, mild licorice, mild alchol in the finish.

M- full bodied and very creamy.

D- This is a great beer, alchol is just right for warming you up on a cold day.

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