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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,002
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 54
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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 JWD
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- this beer was dark brown almost black which lead me top believe that this was going to be great.

S- it was basic and i did not find any chocolate undertones.

T- once again i was disappointed for such a higlt rated brew, i thought it was ok.

m- thin the exact opposite of what the appearance would suggest.

d- very easy to drink due to the thin body and not excessive flavor, ok but not great and i hope their black ops is better..

Photo of cliffnorm
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - black in color with a light to decent head. thick looking!

Smell - This is as roasty. The malts and smells of chocolate are of the "super-dark" type. I can actually pick up several types of chocolate and coffee aromas. this beer shows a lot of depth in character.

Taste - This is like drinking a dark chocolate drink and callng it a beer. It is so dark and so chocolaty, it's unbelievable. This one definitely lives up to its name.

Mouthfeel - This beer is full in the mouth, was very big with an amazing smoothness. lipsmacking!

Drinkability - enjoy the flavors all on their own. This is incredible. but for kicks, have some chocolate with... it will wow you

Comments - very good but strong beer.... I love very good but strong beers! its a winter winner!!!!

Photo of hatrix
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

08-09 winter bottle out of a 6pack.
Pitch black with a tan head and incredible lacing. Smell has a bit of alcohol in there which I would expect, but I didn't pick up the alcohol in the taste. Very powerful and tastey. I may have to get another 6er to age.

Photo of JRed
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black abyss of a beer with brownish head that dissipates rather quickly. A enticing aroma of chocolate, roast, hints of vanilla, and caramel. Light in body but cumbersome in carbonation; it stings the palate a bit. Flavors of chocolate, wood, alcohol, roast, and coffee notes. The alcohol is masked pretty well but this beer has a carbonated water feel to it rather than milky as I prefer. A stout worth trying but not one of the best.

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

Poured this one from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass. Brewed for the 07-08 Winter Season. Dark as night, zero translucence with a dark tan head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell of chocolate, coffee and cherries. Alcohol is definitely present in the nose as well with a hint of wood.

Taste is an excellent follow through with the smell. Chocolate and coffee are the primary flavors. Nuts and fruits come through as well. A bit of a heavy finish with bitter hops punctuating the experience. Alcohol is there, but certainly blends into the flavor so well that you might forget its there.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. A nice thick stout that holds well against its peers.

This beer is a sipper. At 10.6% ABV, it is deceptively smooth, rich and tame. Thank god I got a six pack.

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

12 oz limited bottling 08-09 edition into my Kona Brewing pint glass paired with homemade chocolate pudding.

A- Black Chocolate Stout pours completely black with large dark brown head that flowed over the sides of the pint glass due to an overly aggressive pour. Tons of lacing is left on the sides of the glass after each sip.
S- Dark chocolaty roasted malts, light hops and more dark fruit than I expected.
T- The taste is what you'd expect from the smell. Roasted chocolate malts and dark fruits. The hops are present at the end and in the lingering bitter aftertaste.
M- Thick and creamy. The 10% abv is not particularly noticeable
D- Very high for a RIS.

I found this on sale at my local beer store for 8.99 a six pack which in my opinion is great for a RIS. It may not measure up to the best Russian Imperial's Stouts out there but for the price its a steal. I plan on going back soon to stock up.

Photo of SeanRedd
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale sits flat out of a wide mouth. Head left a long time ago, the lacing thin but reliable. Light scent of milk chocolate. Small sip reveals light chocolate, minimal carbonation to spicy, dark chocolate and a crisp body. A fairly light, sharp body for such a heavy brew. Barley and hops blend into a cocoa, slightly tangy at times, roasted foundation. A boozey burn hides behind the cooked bean. A slow sipper, simple yet to be respected.

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

12 oz brown bottle with a nicely designed label. Poured into a pint glass, the beer is an opaque black with a massive and clingy tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

The nose is of plums, raisins, molasses and roasted malts. There is also some bakers chocolate and coffee notes.

The taste is sweet, rich and roasty. Lots of dark fruit backed with hints of espresso, coco and dark brown sugar. The alcohol hovers in the background, but never becomes obtrusive. The chocolate is definitely subordinate in the taste profile.

The mouth is thinner than I expected for a beer this big. This is a wonderful beer to have on this cold snowy evening. While not a session beer (its 10%!), it is VERY drinakable. Well done!!

Photo of BWH3
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A jet black inky stout with a 2 finger layer of cocoa colored head that dies down after a minute or two to leave a solid lacing. Love swirling this because the beer just clings to the glass and slowly drizzles back into the glass. The smell is vanilla, chocolate, alcohol heat, and the fire charred paper. The Taste steps it even further. The dominant sweet flavor is chocolate. The bitterness is rich, strong, and dries off the sweetness from the palate. The alcohol is spicy and warms the belly. The combination of the vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol heat create an rich festive holiday treat.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with one finger of dark tan head and good lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and prunes. A very nice scent with well masked alcohol.

Taste of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, and some alcohol. Finishes with lingering roasted malts and cocoa powder. A rich and intense flavor with nicely warming alcohol, truly exceptional for the price.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth with a slight bit of carbonation.

Photo of JayNH
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours black with almost no head

S- Burnt chocolate, gives off a solid alcohol smell that overwhelmes the nose.

T- burnt coffee, a little chocolate, hops, some alcohol warmth. Slightly sweet but overall well balanced.

M- Smooth, thick and creamy.Carbonation tingles the tongue.

D- These go down smooth. Very well balanced, IMHO. The ABV gives these some zip so probably best as a sipper.

Photo of Brew33
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 08-09 batch.
I was looking forward to this beer and ended up unimpressed. It is pitch black with some ruby highlights. Thin tan head, some lacing.

Smelled of some roasted/choclate malts but mostly biting alcohol aroma.

I was pleased that the taste didn't mirror the strong Alcohol aroma. Chocolate malt sweetness, slight smokiness. A little alcohol heat. Not nearly as complex or roasty as I had hoped. Just middle of the road. Low carbonation. Light creaminess. Not great.

I would drink it again but nothing exciting. I missed a lot of the notes other BA's tasted in this beer. Blah...

Photo of thain709
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black...and I mean pitch black...leaves a very little light brown head...not much lacing

S - The alcohol really comes through...some notes of chocolate and roasted malts

T - Once again the alcohol is very present...but the balance of malts, chocolate/coffee, and very little hops is outstanding

M - Smooth, rich, and creamy

D - This beer only gets better as it gets warmer...although the alcohol is there it's still very drinkable! I'm happy I finally got my hands on a bottle and I'll be going back for another!

Photo of xfactor9600
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick black color. Didn't get much foam, which was surprising

S: Chocolate

T: A hopsy taste with a chocolate after taste. Not bitter as I had expected.

M: Smooth, but perhaps too little carbonation.

D: A nice experience. What I was looking for out of this type of beer.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/26/08. On tap at Blind Tiger, vintage 2005. Pours black with a small dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of rich roasted malt and coffee. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, roast, with a bitter chocolate finish. Wow, this beer has a very rich and creamy palate! The age has smoothed this beer out and it is not bitter at all. It has a nice sweetness that is not too overpowering. Extremely drinkable, smooth, and delicious! Definitely age this if you can!
8/4/8/5/16 (4.1/5)

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

Pours like a good imperial stout, that is, like motor oil. Totally opaque, decent dark tan head when poured into Murphy's stout glass. Aroma is kind of tangy, with licorice and malt, along with a bit of alcohol.

Taste is awesome, though I do think it could be bit more smooth. First impression is very bold, strong, and somewhat alcoholic. Aftertaste is great, deep roast and dark chocolate. Overall, tangy and pretty bitter, just like a good piece of chocolate. Luscious, heavy mouthfeel, which coats the mouth and then some. Some carbonation, but ultimately not a whole lot. Great lacing. Not very "drinkable" since it's 10% and really heavy, but my overall impression of the beer is that it's delicious and outstanding. Well done, Brooklyn Brewery.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Black opaque color. Not a whole lot of head, even with an aggressive poor. Average retention, some lacing.

3.5 S: Chocolate malt. Dark crystal malts. Not much else.

3.5 T: Deep malt backbone. Some chocolate, a bit of nuttiness. Good hop flavor, but a little unbalanced due to lack of bitterness.

4.0 M: Full bodied. Very smooth and a little undercarbonated.

3.5 D: Alright, but not my cup of tea (or beer I suppose). A little boring in terms of flavor.

This beer is rediculously similar to my brown ale (which was the first beer I ever made). If anyone likes this beer a lot, beer mail me for the recipe.

Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- this was one sexy pour. Jet black with a thick milk chocolate head. Head sticks around forever
smell- dark chocolate malts and some dark fruits
taste- same as the smell but with a bit of coffee also
mouthfeel- full body good carbonation creamy and silky smooth
drinkability- a very good chocolate stout will get this one again

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

This was one of the first chocolate stouts I've ever had. Poured into a 24 brandy snifter for the lazy swirl. Jet black with tan head.

Smells of yoohoo thin chocolate. Alcohol fumes - I like it.

Tastes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is a creamy malt smooth finish, bitter lingers.

Drinkability good, short session this one and pair with dessert, its beddy bye time.

Photo of fitzy21
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black, with a very small head and it retains till the drink is gone. the lace around the glass melts back into the drink and creates a small head

Smell: roasted malts, sweet chocolate smell, very inviting to drink. a hint of coffee.

Taste: at first, alcohol comes on very strong and hard to notice the roasted malt and chocolate. as the beer sits and breathes, the chocolate comes out. very sweet as I first sipped and as it roamed around my mouth, hints of bitterness of the chocolate came through. after taste was bitter with a hint of coffee

Mouth feel: creamy, with a silky touch on the tongue. moves around easily and slightly coats the tongue and cheeks before it moves on

Drinkability: can't see finishing a whole 6 pack of this in one setting. 2-3 would be fine. very enjoyable to drink. this beer gets better as you drink it.

i can't wait to see how it ages, got 3 of them cellaring right now...

Photo of DVTO2
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I tried this I got a quick thumbs up from my local retailer and brought it home to compliment my chile. The chile was hot enough that I didn't really taste the alcohol and I couldn't understand why my ears seemed to be flushed after only one glass of beer. It wasn't until I read other reviews that I learned it has a hefty 10.5% alcohol content - this is definitely a sipping beer.

The beer is dark and pours nicely into the glass with a full light chocolate head. The brew lives up to it's name as chocolate dominates the tasking notes from start to finish. In all honesty, I would probably rate the beer a bit higher if it had less alcohol, maybe just because I'd feel freer to drink more than one. Tonight I'm snowed in and am not going to bother plowing the driveway, so I can drink with confidence. However, I do think the alcohol detracts from the taste just a tad, enough to keep it out of the exceptional catagory. The brothers seemed to split on their impression of this beer. I'm in between - it won't be my first choice but I will recommend it to some of my beer loving friends.

Photo of chuckd123
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had 4 of these out of 12oz bottles now. A very good example of the style. Poured into a pint glass today, and was dark-as-night black with a dark tan/brown head, about 1.5 fingers worth. Not much lacing to speak of, but no surprise there.

Smell is 3 things at once; chocolate first, malt second and alcohol third. Nicely balanced, but these three stand out. Very inviting smell, pretty much what you would expect of the style.

Taste is similar to the smell in that you notice the same three things, in that order. Chocolate doesn't overpower as I expected, but is somewhat balanced with the malt. Slight alcohol burn comes on shortly after swallowing, but at 10%, you'd expect that to some extent.

Mouthfeel is not the most impressive part of this beer, but it's smooth & creamy and the alcohol gives it somewhat of a warming feel.

Drinkability is about average. For one, I don't think many of us expect to session a 10% stout, but this is one I wouldn't have more than maybe 2 of in a sitting.

Overall a very good beer from Brooklyn, and worth trying this winter.

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

My first try at a chocolate stout. Picked this up in a six pack for ~$10.

A: Inch and a half amber head turning brown from an aggressive pour just bellowing over the top of a pint glass. Head sticks around forever and resembles chocolate mousse at first.

S: Chocolate. Malt comes through as the head begins to dissipate.

T: Chocolate at first, then the malts really come through with coffee and nutty flavors. Finishes incredibly sweet.

M: Flavor sticks around for a while. Mild carbonation, can't tell it's 10.6% ABV.

D: The taste has a lot of subtleties that keeps me lifting the glass. Probably wouldn't want more than one in a sitting, but makes for an enjoyable sipper.

Photo of Spidey13
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black Chocolate Stout pours a deep, dark black with a small brown head. On the nose, there is a lot of roast and coffee notes. A bit of alcohol and chocolate and a good amount of dark fruit.

The taste have quite a bit of dark chocolate flavors, roastiness. A lot of bitterness and astringency on the back, which reminds me a lot of dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick and a bit creamy with low carbonation.

Though the thick mouthfeel and high alcohol make this a slow drinker, it is quite tasty.

Photo of f0gg
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a DARK black with small layer of head on top. Amazing chocolate smell with a hint of malt and coffee. Great mix of chocolate and coffee flavor that has a bit of a bitter taste to it. Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and seems to stay with you with a coffee aftertaste. This is not a beer to drink quickly its something to sit down with relax and enjoy for a little bit. One of my favorite beers that I have had recently and would definately purchase again.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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