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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,556
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 873 | 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 SusurusIgnoramus
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%

Dark dark dark, no light coming through, coffee and cream colored head that dissipates sooner than I would expect. Swirling brings it back, not a lot of lacing. There's sweet chocolate malt, and coffee nose, hint of bitterness, can smell the alcohol warmth
The bitter coffee taste is balanced by a mild sweetness. This gives way to hop bitterness and alcohol. It definitely earns the "Imperial" title. Mouthfeel is thick, but not overly so; smooth, and creamy. Substantial Slides down the throat slowly. Very pleasant.

It's too heavy to have a lot of, but it tastes so good I could see myself throwing back three or four before realizing what hit me. Then I would stand up, and the floor would hit me.

SusurusIgnoramus, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

Pours black with a nice dark brown head that disappears quickly leaving little if any lacing. Smells of alcohol and dark fruit with some light, sweet smokiness to it- nothing overpowering though, unlike some RIS's, but attractive nonetheless. The taste is also pretty mellow- moderate alcohol up front with more of a "twang" to the dark fruit that could be construed as oxidation, although I don't think it is. Maybe a little metallic as well. Since it's so mellow, it makes for an easy drinking beer. The lack of anything really "extreme" in the beer is nice to see in a RIS.. sort of bringing it back to basics, but it does show some of its flaws a little easier.

wiseguy142, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, 08-09 bottling, into a snifter.

Appears an opaque black with a half inch dark tan head. Sinks down to a spotty film and leaves some spotty lacing to go along with it.

Aroma has lots of chocolate, some coffee, rum soaked raisins, figs, and molasses.

Taste has lots of dark chocolate up front with the rum soaked raisin note right alongside it. Midway through some coffee-like roasted flavors come out and it becomes increasingly bitter with a nice hoppy flavor to finish it off.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, not as thick as some RIS but it's still quite nice.

Overall this is a very solid RIS. It's nice to have something this good that is easily attainable and doesn't require camping out and bottle limits to obtain.

roadhouse, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of kasper
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

2007-2008 Vinagte (Approx 1 year old)

A: Pours an oily dark brown; few shades shy of black. Creamy chocolate milk head, with grain lacing riding the sides of the glass like grains of sand.

S: Dark fruits, alcohol soaked dark chocolate raisins, hints of dark chocolate, but for the most part the dark chocolate aroma has aged into dark, dried fruits.

T: Really similar to the nose, but there's a roasted component and you definitely taste the alcohol. It's somewhat of a trademark of this brew. Slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Full, and moderately carbonated, somewhat oily.

D: I love this beer, but after aging a case I'm kinda interested to try the fresh 2008-2009, as the year-old lost a lot of the dark chocolate component. Either way, this is a monster, hearty brew that I never have more than one of in a sitting.

kasper, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

I had this last year and thought it was a bit hot but this year's ("winter 08-09") is much better.

Poured into a DFH snifter, nice one finger tan head. I drank this one over a period of about 40 minutes. Initially it smelt of roasted malts and chocolate. As it warmed up, the alcohol became more present, but even at its peak, the 10% was scarily well-hidden. Incredibly smooth, and became much more chocolate-y as it warmed. I'm not going to say that this beer is thin, but in comparison to some other stouts of similar ABV, it is thinner-feeling (which, IMO, adds to its drinkability).

I really enjoyed this, and for the price I found it at, you cant find a beer of this quality and high ABV that is comparable. I will have this on hand all winter for sure.

Ineedabeerhere, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -3.6%

08/09 release, pours an impenetrable black with hints of reddish brown at the edges w/ a modest brown cap which dissipates quickly leaving some broken lace in my ommegang chalice ; surprisingly mild smell , a coffee-like aroma mixed w/ faintly vinous wood & piney hop notes, very subtle date (?) and chocolate undertones ; more chocolate in the taste, as well the same strong woody flavor, citrusy hops and i'm going to say a vanilla midway, finish has a roasty bitterness and just a touch of alcohol in it ; a rich, full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and actually quite dry ; a very complex brew, definitely a sipper, but not too heavy, so you could have two to figure out the flavors...

animal69, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

Note: Winter 07-08 bottling...

A - Slight but impressive rich tan head, less than one fingers worth... Jet black color with slight but distinct carbonation... Nice lacing...

S - Banana... Rich creamy sweet chocolate... Malt... Toffee... Slightly nutty... Melted butter... Rich, complex, and utterly delightful to the senses...

T - Sweet chocolate... Bitter chocolate... Malt... Butter... Licorice... Nuts... Toffee... Sweet, sweet, sweet... Right to the brink of overdone, but note quite...

M - Sinfully rich, but still surprisingly light... Creamy... Burnt characteristics... Lush and thick... Oily... Very mild carbonation on the tongue... Ever so slightly tart...

D - Excellent brew... Almost too sweet... Rich... One and done due to the hgh ABV, but one I would revisit time and time again...

2009 - Very consistent year of year... Still a highlight of the late fall / early winter season...

philbe311, Oct 22, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

08/09 Release

Incredible beer.

Pours just pitch black with a nice tan head. A bit of a coffee flavor that seems to add some bitterness (I'm not a coffee drinker). Chocolate flavor is very evident which makes this beer go down way to quickly. The alcohol seems to sneak up on you after you've finished off the bottle and it packs a bit of a punch.

Overall just an excellent beer, really looking forward to having a few more when the snow starts to fall. Have a sixer of the 07/08 in the cellar, getting ready to compare how this has aged.

jpalarchio, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Wow - chocolate chocolate chocolate. Pours very, very dark, really dark brown head that lasts only a few sips :( Smells unbelievable - really strong aroma full of dark chocolate, sweet fruits, and some coffee. The smell is practically a meal on its own with this beer. Taste is similar to the smell, but actually not as interesting. Still great, though. Good carbonation for my tastes, but I think I may have liked it the general feel of the beer to be a little thicker. Alcohol is blended well, also. I just got a single bottle, and while I really do like this beer quite a bit, I'll probably end up buying an Old Rasputin pack over it, but that's just me. Try it out - the Bowery Whole Foods Beer Room has a TON of them in now.

prsguitarsr4me, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Grabbed a sixer of these from West Lakeview Liquors - my wife loves stouts and chocolate so it made sense.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumbnail of foam. Not as viscous and oily as some of the other stouts I've encountered.

S - I get more of a coffee flavor than chocolate, although there's certainly a hint of dark chocolate in there. There's also a hint of milky-cream as well.

T - This is where the real dark chocolate flavor comes out. There's also some roasted coffee taste. I'd probably rate this higher if I loved coffee or chocolate...

M - Lighter than I expected. Creamy and smooth.

D - I can't really taste the 10% too much, but I'd be on the floor after a handful of these.

A great brew - looking forward to trying other Brooklyn offerings.

MasterSki, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
4.4/5  rDev +6%

Purchased a 6 pack from Valley Discount Wine & Liqour in Waterbury, CT. Recommended by an employee there, so far positive reviews let see how it goes.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Good coloring, with a generous head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Espresso beans come to mind. Very rich smelling, deep cocoa malts appear on contact, a slight hint of butterscoth hops appears yet its very distant.

Taste: This one is like having your cup of Folgers with a kick in it, if only Starbucks can re-invent this into a coffee I'd drink it every morning. Again, a great coffee bean flavor with a kick of chocolate in the backdrop, this beer is enticing! Charcoal notes give away the alcohol taste you'd expect from a 10% ABV but it isn't too much. Nice balancing of flavors to alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation gives away to a bitter yet highly hopped aftertaste. Smooth, creamy and decadent. A nice feel for something with this high of a ABV.

Drinkability: This one is a slow sipper, yet very drinkable without the alcohol content flooring it to the wall. If you like coffee or mocha flavorings you'll easily be able to throw back 3 in a hour. This beer is a "creeper", easy to drink due to the suttleness of the flavors but it does it's work in the end. A great job by Brooklyn, easily one of their best brews! If you see this in your cooler, grab it, you won't be dissapointed.

thespaceman, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bought a single of this for $2.19 last week.

Let me preface this buy saying this is a damn good beer. It pours like motor oil with a nice tannish/white head. Smell is of chocolate malt and some alcohol notes. Taste is of the same but the alcohol taste is subdued. It definitely warms you for sure though and it's a definite sipper. The chocolate taste is very well present but not overdone so it makes for a great tasting beer. I enjoyed this one a lot.

oriolesfan4, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of drnknmnky
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Drank a winter 07/08 served in a tulip

A - Thick black color, light head settled on top.

S - roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, strong smells

T - Strong Dark chocolate and roasted malts. ligth coffee,

M - Hot beer, alcohol still seems to come through although its been aged almost a year. Good beer viscous.

D - alcohol comes through even after aging. good beer high 10.6 ABV gives a lower mark.

Good beer, its alcohol still comes through in aging. Waiting for the 08/09 winter release to do a side by side.

drnknmnky, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of lbkornlb14
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%

This beer had a great coffee smell, and taste, i held it up to a 100W bulb and couldnt see through it, I find beers of this nature, for me, hard to drink. They seem to be too much, and get dumped after 3/4's. I mean, if stouts/imperial stouts are your thing, youd probably love this, but I wasnt a fan, good job as always by Brooklyn but I would never get again.

lbkornlb14, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of waltonc
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is an afternoon delight. Dark sludgy appearance with tan fizz. Smells, as expected, like a lot of chocolate and serious roasted malt. The taste is similar, but not excessive chocolate. Any time I have a beer with "coffee" or "chocolate" or "creme brulee" in the title, I always worry that the flavors are going to go overboard. Thankfully that is not the case with this one. Very good overall, but not great.

waltonc, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of bushbeer75
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Brown Bottle Winter of 07-08 poured into a snifter and consumed at 50-58F

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout poured black [looks like a tootsie roll], as black can be with a small brown head that dissipated rather quickly but left some nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts and heavy chocolate and a little candy like sweetness with a bit of alcohol. Tastes are of roasted malts and big chocolate as the name of the Stout implies. Also flavors of espresso, dark toffee and a little burnt toast are present. Mouth feel is smooth and medium in body-lighter than one might expect from a brew this dark.

This is a very drinkable and flavorful stout. I highly recommend it!

bushbeer75, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance- Pours with a finger length head which is just slightly off color. Beer itself is entirely opaque.

Smell- Not much of a nose here, some light coffee notes buts thats about it.

Taste- Thick and smooth chocolate, almost like an alcoholic smoothie, its pretty good. Lingers on the tongue and the chocolate really comes out on aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thick, really gets around to the palate.

Drinkability- Super, nigh unparalleled.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

08-09 bottle

A- black body with a finger of sticky coffee colored lasting head. cant ask for much more.

S- roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a dash of hops.

T- fresh this tastes like a load of chocolate dumped into a glass of booze. much room for improvement with age. it has a hoppy finish as well.

M- rather thick and creamy. very smooth

D- at 10% abv the alcohol isnt as well hidden as many other beers in this style. i cant wait to see what this one turns into in a year or three. one was enough for the evening. ill check in on this one fairly often.

jwinship83, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Cellar-cool 12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a midnight-ebony body with a trace of deep garnet at the periphery, capped with a thick layer of fine-bubbled oily khaki-brown foam. The head retains at a broken sheet that leaves webby speckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell is chocolatey with a nice coffee backing, but a huge plummy, raisiny whiff of alcohol threatens to take over the aroma profile of the drink.

The taste features (or suffers from, depending on your perspective) the same dark-fruity alcoholic character as the nose, with charred malt, dusty cocoa and rich dark-roasted black coffee working hard to be known above the boozy, fortified-wine-style heat of this drink. Red apples macerated in dark rum notes emerge as the drink warms further. A nice earthy dryness denotes the finish.

Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, it seems to me that this year's edition Brooklyn's BCS has lots of potential and would benefit greatly from aging. Very boozy and hot right now with extremely limited drinkability as a result. I'll let the rest of the sixer age a while, give it a whirl again, and, if necessary, revise my review accordingly.

cvstrickland, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured into a snifter out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a very dark brown color with a huge tan brown head well over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating 1/4 inch thick several minutes after being poured and eventually to a this surface coating along with a medium sized tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lace. Robust aromas of deep roasted coffee, chocolate and malt along with a small hint of alcohol. Flavors of rich, sweet chocolate immediately hit my palate followed followed with some somewhat bitter roasted coffee. The sweet chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and the beer also becomes easier to drink as the beer warms a bit, with the taste of alcohol fading. Has a somewhat crisp, but mainly smooth, creamy, frothy mouthfeel with a full body and fairly mild carbonation. The most drinkable high gravity ABV stout I have ever had.


neenerzig, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

2008 installment just in and poured into Alpine mug...

Solid ginger/cinnamon (tight) 1-finger head topping an awesome jet-black body. Little visible carbonation but who would know? Wicked thick.

Oily, brown sugar/cinnamon scent topping deep, dark but mellow roasted malt. Loads of depth and hearty coffee and chocolate texture with grass/pine from hops on deep background.

Grassy hops emerge here with the overzealous (not a bad thing) roasted malt. This one rolls a little hot, though - maybe needs some warmth and time? Excellent, however.

This deal beats the palate like a rented goalie. Balance in overabundance is an understatement. Carbonation actually makes an appearance on the finish with warmth to cut the heft a bit. Finish is surprisingly clean and tight for something so blessedly huge.

A sipper. A very good sipper. Very very good. But it needs time.

IBUnit63, Oct 06, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from the bottle a dark molasses color with no head whatsoever. Not quite what I expected, but not a bad looking beer.

Smell is chocolate, a little coffee, some molasses.

Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter and a lot of dark maltiness and is that a bit of fruit I taste coming through. There's some chocolate in there somewhere, but not enough to live up to the name. However, that said this is still a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is probably the most lacking aspect of this beer. It's good and thick enough, but just a bit on the flat side. This doesn't kill the beer, but could use just a bit more carbonation.

This is a good solid stout, not perfect, but definitely one tasty brew. I would drink it over and over again.

Nowhereman529, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of trafordboy
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Roastiness, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Starts out with a slight tang amongst the roasted flavors, which quickly subsides to leave a big, roasted malt and chocolate taste with a decent (not huge) body to it. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it goes down, but doesn't ever come close to overpowering the roasted coffee/chocolate/burnt toast(?) flavors. A very nice brew that, with the addition of a bit more body, could be incredible.

trafordboy, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours black with decent tan head. Smelled of matls and smoke aroma. Tasted of roasted malts and chocolate, with some smokey flavor. Mouth is good but malts have a slight bitter finish to them, it smooths fast though and is very easy to drink. Big thing for me is no burn flavor in the malts or chocolate. Try it for sure.

nrpellegrini, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with MuenchenerKindl, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, 07-08 vintage, actually the second time I have this one, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Pretty much black, very little light going through, small 2/5 inch tan head that does not last long, pretty creamy, not much retention, no lacing
S-Caramel, other burned malts, roastiness, did I mention a ton of chocolate, small amount of coffee towards the end, and sweetness
T-Rich malts were the first thing that hit me, then I noticed there was a lot more coffee in the flavor than there was in the aroma, some booze and roastiness pulled together the finish, got sweeter with each sip it seemed like, cocoa and caramel were the two culprits for that, nicely balanced but one thing it needed more of is a dry backbone to battle the sweetness, overall very tasty though
M-Smooth, hot, roasty, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, medium to thick bodied, nice level of carbonation but seemed a bit strong, taste lingers nicely
D-Heavy on the stomach, barely got through my bottle, little sweet for my palate, over ten percent too and all of it is not hidden, still decent drinkability for its style

Only beer I have tried from this brewery along with their Schneider Weiss collaboration and I am sold, this stuff is real good, only beer with more chocolate is Southern Tier's Choklat in my opinion, would drink fairly regularly if it was available near me, recommended

Floydster, Sep 29, 2008
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,556 ratings.