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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,560 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,560
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 875 | FT: 49
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of seaoflament
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an 06-07 bottling edition; I got this one from BeerBeing from the "I Want THAT: round 3, BIF".

Pours dark and with a good finger worth of coffee colored foam. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, dry smell of cocoa, vinous characteristics from the alcohol, a very good aroma overall.

Tastes very similar to the aroma. Chocolate and coffee upfront with a nice roasted malt profile. A nice little complex mix of flavors going on here.

The aftertaste is dry with some cocoa and roasted bitterness. This one would definitely benefit by ageing and I can't wait to try my 05-06 beers.

****update 9/7/08****

I got this beer a while back from MrBURTON55, thanks.

This beer pours as dark as chocolate syrup and a half inch of tanned foam. Head doesn't retain for more than half a minute and then reduces to a ring. (4)

First I get a chocolate flavored liquor aroma with some strong anise and licorice. After I finish pouring I can smell a wonderful mixture of dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, dates, figs, cherry, dry prunes, vanilla, toast, chocolate malt, roasted barley, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and malted milk. There is also a subtle salty and meaty aroma, makes me think I might need a fork and knife to finish this one. Something just falls a bit short for me for a higher score but it is pretty solid. (4)

Nice roastiness upfront with a mixture of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh bread, toast, a bit of vanilla, licorice, raisins, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Very woodsy with some oak flavors in the finish and aftertaste. I also taste some cocoa in the finish. (4)

Syrupy feel initially but surprisingly there is still a good amount of carbonation that helps pick this one up in the finish. A good semi-dry finish helps balance this one out from being too sweet, nice roasted barley dryness. (4)

Alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the roasted profile so it is fairly easy to drink. (4)

I'm pretty satisfied at how this one has held up so far.

seaoflament, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of yngvar
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Vintage 2006. Pours with a little happy laughter and a big smile on my face. It (the beer, not my face) might have a little brownish hue, but it wouldn’t be fair to call the beer "Brown Chocolate Stout", as it really is as black as the original sin, and topped by a small but dense, tan head. At the very same moment the beer started to show itselves in the glass, heavy aromas escaped the glass, leaving coffee, dark chocolate, burnt and roasted malt, a vague note of dried fruits and even more chocolate, a bit sweet, in my nose. Even though it’s a lovely aroma, I wouldn’t say no to even more complexity. Maybe some hoppyness, which is quite distinctive in the flavor, but the alcohol that comes when sipping it, I’m happy to be without in the aroma. In addition to the elements of the aroma, and the fore-mentioned hops and alcohol, there’s some licorice as well when tasting it. It has a good dash of bitterness in the finish, especially from the hops, but also coffee-like bitterness from the burnt malt. It’s maybe a bit thin on the palate. Not that it is thin, but I expected it to be more chewier, yet it is quite sticky. The beer really suits the cold winter months, with its warming alcohol and lots of heavy flavors and aromas. Next time though, I’m hopefully having a cellared version, as I believe it could use to have its corners rounded a bit. Well, now the beer is gone, all that is left is some nice, tan lacings and some flavors in my mouth. And the memory, off course. By the way, are there some cigar or cigarette smoke as well? At least there was something in the last drop. (070908)

yngvar, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of MrBen
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

About as good as it gets. I've enjoyed this brew for the past couple of years, and it just keeps impressing.

Pours totally black, somewhat thick, and tosses up a dark tan head. Smell hits hard with a tingle of dark roasted malts -- chocolate -- plus sweetness of raisins and other savory, dried fruits. Some toffee, coffee, nutty delight, and general toastiness. I have to dive in! Smooth mouthfeel, coating the piehole with massive maltiness.

Flavor is enormous. You just have to drink it slowly. Flavor of big malts take over, with a fantastic background of flinty, grainy black patent and choclate malts. Superb. Warmth from alcohol sneaks in once in a while, but the complete riot of tasty treats sits on top of any alcohol flavors and farts on their heads.

This is a giant among stouts and a titan among beers. It's up there in the ABV department, so sip carefully and respect the hell outta this amazing beer.

MrBen, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first BA review, so here goes. 2007 vintage served in my DFH snifter. Poured an dark opaque brown with some ruby red highlights around the edges. Three-quarter inch mocha-colored head dissipated into an oily slick with some concentration around the bowl of the glass. Sheets of lacing with decent retention present during the tasting. Scent of chocolate, malt and molasses. Taste similar to nose with a touch of dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with very little carbonation and a bit chalky at the finish. Alcohol was very well-hidden, but this brew definitely packs a punch after a couple. Nice go to RIS if you're looking for something with a little less viscosity.

Jwale73, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Winter '06-07 bottling. A: Pours a black tar, with a thick dark brown head that goes down aftrer a few minutes to a thin caked--on layer. Minimal lacing. S: Surprising citrus tones, a lot of chocolate and caramel, raisins and spice. Hops are pretty distant. T: Delicious mocha up front, a lot of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, with some darker fruit, red wine and citrus around the finish. You can feel the alcohol at the back of the throat but it's not overwhelming. Really wonderful. M: Thick, gooey, chewy. D: Even though you get a sense of the alcohol, it doesn't feel like a 10.6 abv at all. I could drink way too much of this way too fast. Good thing I only have one bottle.

PlaywrightSam, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 bottling

A - Pours a solid black with a 3 finger creamy brown head that leaves a skim of fluffy lace behind.

S - Boozy with a lot of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

T - Strong chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt and a touch of hops in the background. Slightly boozy.

M - Thick and creamy with a smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish that lingers.

D - Slightly boozy but very good. I was lucky enough to try a 5 year vertical a few months back and the 2 and 3 year old versions were sublime. I think this is a beer that needs a little time in the cellar.

brewcrew76, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a second tasting, I have decided to come back to re-review the much sought after chocolate stout. I picked up this brew at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, Queens. It doesn't seem to be widely available every where, but my store said it was stocked pretty much year-round, as I am not too far from Brooklyn, and am not too concerned as this brew was a) in the fridge, and b) meant to be aged.

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A very deep black, with thin head that retains well, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smells very much of chocolate, roasted malts and hops, and coffee. Probably one of the best smelling beers I've ever smelt. The taste is a bit overwhelming. The 10.6% alcohol is not to be underestimated. The chocolate and coffee taste is delicious as an after taste, but not before you are rushed with the heat of the alcohol. Be warned, this brew is not for the faint of heart. Rather light for something labeled as an imperial stout, and goes down really smooth. Overall, I'd highly recommend this beer for a beer tasting, but probably wouldn't session with it, as it would take you out quick. Delicious, but strong brew!

zerofear13, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Near black, brown swamp mud color. Aroma of Mocha a Java chino sort of drink. Black malt and chocolate, even fudge. A little bit of hops. Flavor is twangy, bittersweet chocolate with burnt fruits and smoke. Full bodied and boozy yet drinkable. Quite good.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of yodaseo
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in the winter of 06-07, the sexy looking black chocolate stout beckoned my name from the fridge. i withstood its calling for about 30 minutes before cracking it open and pouring what seemed to be an interminable head. impressive for a 10.6% beer. the smell was full of chocolate (obviously) and heavenly sweet malts. and as i enjoyed a big whiff of my pitch black brew, a wall of alcoholic fumes singed my nostrils and abruptly brought me back to reality. the first sip revealed the smooth and creamy taste, but the burning of my digestive tract soon became too distracting. this was infinitely less drinkable than the speedway. i feel that it needs to mask the brutal alcohol a bit more, or just scale down the abv. maybe a year or two in the cellar might have done the trick, but i only bought one bottle. i guess i'll never know...

yodaseo, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of StargherKing
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little confused on this one, expected a Chocolate Stout, but it's listed as a Russian Imperial on here. Let's see...pours a dark black with coffee colored head...that could go either way. Smell is dark and malty, hints of hops...that leans more towards Russian Imperial...here comes the true test. Coffee, malts, cocoa...and hops. Russian Imperial it is, haha. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with just a hint of an oily feel. Drinkability is good, especially for such a rich beer. I don't know that I'll pick this up again, but I wouldn't pass it up if offered one.

StargherKing, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of TuckerCarlson
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a thick, opaque near-black. Thin and fleeting dark tan head.

Smells sweet and dark with strong chocolate and maybe some prunes behind it.

Dancing dark chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of fruit and of something dry and grassy; warming alcohol that helps dry out the finish to slightly bitter dark chocolate and coffee flavors.

Big, thick, and chewy; thoroughly satisfying.

I'd have to call this my absolute favorite. I doubt I'd have more than one at a time, but with a beer this good, there's no need to.

TuckerCarlson, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a few bottles of this at the garden.

A-pours a very rich dark brown with a small but fluffy mocha head. good lacing for a Russian Imperial Stout

S-Dark chocolate, espresso and roasted malt are present as is a nice dose of the alcohol. When you stick your nose in it you get some dried red fruits.

T-That sweet chocolate taste hits you at first spreading wonderfully over the tongue follwed by a roasted coffee like malt. As it goes down your chest it warms you and you can feel the alcohol which isnt in the taste too much. A nice underlying bitterness is there which nicely balances the sweetness from the malt.

M-In a word-chewy. If someone would ask me how a beer is chewy, i would direct them here. Some carbonation is there to cut through the thickness but this is spot on for the style

D-This is one dangerous brew, the taste is so powerful i dont know how many i could have but it is really good.

sleazo, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh, if this was on tap at any local pub, I'd never leave the place.

Pours pitch black, dark brown head, little lace. Faint aroma of sweet belgian sugars, maybe some plum, plenty of roasty aroma as well. Taste heavy of roasted malts and a porto like mouthfell. Dry finish, makes you want more.

I'd kill for the recipe. Good Stuff.

bloberglawp, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle labeled, Winter 06-07, into a pint glass. This Imperial Stout poured a totally opaque black with a nice big dark tan head that resulted from an aggressive pour. The head slowly faded away, leaving behind a thick, heavy lacing around the glass. The aroma of this stout was very lightly roasted malts and some chocolate. I was expecting quite a bit more out of the aroma. The flavor did not dissapoint , however. It was made up of nice roasted malts, chewy bittersweet chocolate, licorice, and a bit of molasses. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied. Very thick and chewy, with miniamal carbonation. This was a very nice beer that I would like to revisit at some point in time.

mdm46410, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to begin by saying that I had a bottle of this at a friend's house and it was obvious that it had been sitting in the back of his fridge for at least a year I would say. That being said, this brew looked incredible when I poured it into my mug. Solid coffee black, but the head was disappointing, perhaps due to the age of this bottle. The smell was very different, not as overwhelming as I would have thought but I picked up roasted pecans and a lot of prune. You could detect a high alcohol content. The first sip comes on as heavy and coats the tongue with a bit of coffee and a heavy raisin flavor. There is a liquor feel and the carbonation faded pretty quickly (in this old bottle). I get a little charcoal at the finish but I am surprised to miss the chocolate. This seems to be all about the raisin/prune idea and it seems like some prominent chocolate flavor would really tone this down more to my liking, but I didn't get that here. Again, perhaps a fresher bottle would have done the trick. A few friends gave it a try and everyone found it to be a taste experience. Not really up my alley too much, though.

Durge, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of bark
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 06-07, ABV 9.6%.

The beer pours slowly and completely silent. The liquid is black; the finger thick brown head slowly sinks down to a lid leaving some very nice lacing. Floating luxury…

The smell fills the entire room: Heavily roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and bitter almonds. Some notes of wood ageing and matured strong wine.

The almost overwhelming taste is strong, balanced and extravagant. Dry bitterness blends with creamy roasted chocolate/coffee/nut flavours. The aftertaste is surprisingly bitter with some notes of red wine, expensive chocolate and coffee liquor. And you know what? Not a trace of all that alcohol…

The carbonation is very strong. Lots of microscopic soft bubbles fill my mouth. The liquid is very smooth and creamy.

Great stuff, but it is a quite demanding brew, not one to gulp.

bark, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Let me first start by saying that this beer is one I've been after since I started surching for something better in beers nearly 6 years ago. And Brooklyn beers final made it to Indiana.

Make no mistake this is how beer should look, 3 fingers of chocolate brown head, thick and foamy, sits on top of a beautiful ink black body. Leaves nice lace. Nose is of rich roasted malts, and dark cordial chocolates = like a bakery meets a chocolatier. Enters the mouth sweet like Godiva. The cordial hints come thru on the way to a nice long dark chocolate/burnt malt bitter. Alchol is slightly up-front. Nice belly warmer. Mouthfeel stays long with toasty malt and dark chocolate bitter. I will be buying lots more of this as long as it stays available.

SPLITGRIN, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

06/07 bottling. Purchased at Tri-State Liquors in Brunswick, MD.

Pours a viscous black with a dark tan one finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap. The head stick around for a very long time, and leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and coffee. Some hints of soy sauce and licorice are present as well as some dark fruits. There's definitely plenty going on in the aroma of this one.

Taste; lots of bittersweet chocolate at first, then coffee, licorice and a touch of that soy sauce I noticed in the aroma. A bit of rum soaked raisins is present, but over all the alcohol is a bit more tame than I was expecting. Could be due to that fact this has a few months on it.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety smooth mouthfeel, and a good drinkabilty. Although the alcohol wasn't very strong in the flavor, I can sure feel it.

RedHaze, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vehement pour into a snifter creates a haughty 3 finger head that floats atop a jet black body. Cocoa colored lacing adheres thickly to the glass.

Smells of mocha and espresso, with a hint of brandy soaked cherry. Very appetizing.

Roasted and chocolate malts wallop the palate, echoing the smell and adding a vague spiciness and possibly apricot and raspberry.

This beer is very smooth and rich, but the bitter bite at the end from the roasted malt keeps the finish dry and prevents it from being syrupy.

Can't taste the big 10.6 abv, delicious enough to have another. Great offering from Brooklyn.

illidurit, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very black and with one finger of dark tan suds.
Smell of coffee and chocolate with a yeast that burns the nose.
Taste is bitter chocolate with dark raspberry and cherry. The bitterness comes through at the end. Drys out the mouth
and makes you come back for more.
Kind of a dirty mouthfeel but in a nice way. This is a good beer from a great company.
You can't really tell the 10.6% here so this might be a good session beer if you were trying to pass out! Still a great beer.

peabody, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of Mandrake
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely pitch black, with a very small deep tan head that dissipates quite quickly, leaving very little lacing and large surfacing bubbles, almost like a tar pit. Smell is big and forward, with dark and bitter chocolate dominant. Almost burnt it's so dark, this stuff is the real deal. Taste is big and bold too, with huge chocolate taste mixed with blackcurrants and licorice, and the big ABV noticible in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick as all get out, and with noticible carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good, though tempered by the alcohol that starts to catch up by the end of the bottle. Nice stout, truly imperial and with great character.

Mandrake, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in the colour of well-used engine oil and smelling of alcohol, yeast, some coffee, and a load of chocolate. The taste was totally dominated by the chocolate with coffe or perhaps burnt ashes on top. The alcohol comes through as well. I like it when a (chocolate) stout is not too sweet so this one is definately a favourite. Having said that I think something more is needed to move it up a notch from good towards excellent.

JanM, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Flyer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Inky black, with a creamy but short, latte-colored head. Wonderful aromas of chocolate and pepper. Probably the best balance of chocolate and stout roastiness I know of, with a smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol makes itself noticed in a subtle way -- this beer has convinced me that 10-12% is exactly right for this style. Not as intense overall as my very favorites, but on the right occasion, this might be the best choice.

Flyer, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to mdagnew for this bottle

355ml bottle, served very slightly chilled in a Dobbelen wide bowled tulip

06/07 bottling, 10.6%abv

Pours with an almost pitch black, fairly thick and viscous body. Tight inch thick dark tan head, acres of thick stick lacing up and down the glass

Smell, thick rich dark chocolate (70%-80% cocoa), powdered drinking chocolate, vanillia pods, some eastern spice, slight hint of cinnamon and very slight hint of star anise. Rich sticky honey glazed dried fruit, chocolate steamed pudding. A few estery alcoholic vapours warm the nose, some brandy and sherry hints also.

Taste, crisp smooth roasted malt, super dark chocolate and espresso like bitterness. Some burnt sugar character, Fresh american hops, chocolate malt, slightly boozy rich bitterness with a finish of fresh vanilla and rich chocolate ice cream. Sweet esters of fresh fruit, prunes and raisins. Some aggressive chocolate tinged alcohol on the finish (similar to a good Irish whiskey like Redbreast 12), a slight vinous quality at the end also.

A big bold aggressive stout. The black chocolate is a fitting name as it really contains an awfully lot of rich dark chocolate aroma and flavour. There is enough alcohol present to highlight the fact that this is a big beer and thus drinkability suffers slightly, however the alcohol never detracts from the depth of flavour in this superb beer.

cypressbob, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of markaberrant
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Blacker than black. Thin dark head turns to splotches and a ring. Sparse lacing.

S - boozy chocolate, raisin, licorice, with a hint of hops. Quite pungent.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front, a bit of hop flavour in the middle. Looonnnngggg and smooth roasty finish, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. A roller coaster ride from start to finish.

M - Thick and creamy, as it should be.

D - I was enjoying the taste of this bad boy so much, I forgot all about the massive alcohol punch. Very well hidden.

Not overly roasty for a big stout, it mostly shows up in the aftertaste. Instead, it's an amazing balance of sweetness, hops and roast, all of which can be easily picked out. This goes down as smooth as a baby's bottom.

markaberrant, Jun 02, 2007
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,560 ratings.