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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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5,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 5190
Reviews: 2620
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%

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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 Saltydog72

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in growler. First review and I am new to this but I enjoyed this dark beer with nice foamy head. Had chocolate and coffee smell and taste. A real lip smacker. Strong! Went great with my burger which is my favorite. A burger and beer....what is better?

Serving type: growler

12-18-2013 20:24:03 | More by Saltydog72
Photo of dapheet

South Carolina

4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Currently drinking stouts. Decided to revisit this one. High alcohol so watch out. Taste awesome. 4.5 stars. A must taste. This one went down quickly. Gonna go in the fridge now and grab a "Thunderstruck" from Highlands brewery, right up the road in Asheville.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 06:13:37 | More by dapheet
Photo of stercomm


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler I picked up at Whole Foods in a nice Allagash tulip glass

A - Very dark and inky with a short lived nice tan head that leaves a significant lacing along the glass

S - Coffee, hint of prunes, slight sweet chocolate, roasted malts, get a alcohol whiff as well.

T - - Lots going on here, semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, some hops, definite alcohol heat, malts, very complex.

M - Creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol.

O - Nice beer for a cold winter day such as today. the 10% ABV is a bit high for this palate but the overall taste came up for the it, good brew.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2013 20:11:47 | More by stercomm
Photo of reebtaerG


4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured in 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-poured a thick black color with a tan half finger head

S-aromas of coffee chocolate roast/burnt malt and spice

T-great flavors of coffee and chocolate even with hints of roast malt cinnamon

M-creamy feel with a little sticky palate

O-a great stout with a right balance of coffee and chocolate

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2013 19:02:36 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of jimmah120


4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, not seeing a date on it. poured into tulip

very dark look to it, not much head after a few minutes. smell is heavy on roasted malt and cocoa, with some coffee and dark fruit in there as well. taste is smooth and luscious, it goes down like chocolate milk. smooth smooth smooth dark chocolate with nary an alcohol burn... not too heavy, but silk-like.

seriously, this is smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:07:07 | More by jimmah120
Photo of dheacck11


4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super crazy pitch black darkness. Blots out light. little bit of oily lacing..

Smells rather sweet, lots of bourbon notes and some soft sweet chocolate and cocoa. Taste is VERY sweet chocolate all though out. really a nice flavor, some milky sweetness, some bitter dark cocoa biting, offset by some bourbon char and smoke hints. Potent feeling, surprisingly a little thinner than I would have wanted, but definitely full bodied.

Great RIS for the money and availability. Super drinkable on cold winter nights or with dessert. Better with a little more warmth, flavors seem to come out even more.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 00:31:40 | More by dheacck11
Photo of Stu_Grimson


3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- pitch black with no light coming through, caramel colored head that leave some lacing

S- didn't get as much as I expected but I got smokey malts with some caramel and chocolate

T- lots of smokey malt hit me right away, as it sits on my tongue I start to get more of the chocolate to finish

M- it had a thick feel but at the same time a lot of bubbling was going on and it was not as smooth and thick as I would have hoped for

O- a little over hyped if you ask me but it didn't fall flat on its face, overall a drinkable beer for 10% and a nice stout

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 00:00:23 | More by Stu_Grimson
Photo of delta490


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- poured a rich deep black with a creamy dark tan head. Head has decent retention and leaves some nice lacing

S- a little sickly. Just a bit of alcohol sweetness and maybe a hint of chocolate

T- earthy hops dominates and somewhat drowns out the robust malt initially. However the flavors meld better as the beer warms.

M- full and slightly slick

O- a very good, but not quite great stout. I would have wanted more roast malt to balance off the hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 22:19:58 | More by delta490
Photo of dar482

New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a creamy light tan head. It dissipates from a fluffy one to a one finger head. Creaminess sticks to the glass and leaves some some lacing.

The aroma has a milk chocolate and oatmeal stout aroma and a creaminess. Black coffee, almost like deep espresso, roasted chocolate malt. There’s a slight booziness in there too. Almost like Nesquick with the milkiness. There's also some Belgian quad deep rich fruits too.

The flavor has this semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a good roasted malt backbone. There’s a The middle has this uplifting bitterness of dark chocolate and a slight booze. The finish has roasted bitterness that climbs up from the middle. There’s definitely some alcohol and licorice in there. There’s a big lingering roasted smokiness that lingers. It really has a huge Russian Imperial stout flavor.

The mouthfeel falls a bit too quickly, but it does leave a great big strong finish on your tongue.

The beer is almost like an oatmeal stout, but huge and with bitter chocolate. It really is quite well rounded. I wouldn’t recommend this as a “chocolate” beer because it really isn’t. It instead is a roasty Russian Imperial.

(This is an update)
With a year, the beer still shows some booze on both the nose and flavor. Lots of coffee, some fudgey chocolate, dark raisins. The beer is quite robust and very heavy on the roast. Almost a grainy quality there too.

I French pressed a tablespoon of Intelligentsia Bourbon County 2013 coffee into it.

The aroma is just of fresh roasted coffee, like at a roaster or store. Obscenely coffee fresh.
The flavor follows with a bit of the base beer of dark chocolate and roasted malt, but then it's dominated by a beautiful woody, vanilla, dark cherry black coffee. The booze still comes through.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:46:49 | More by dar482
Photo of GorgonSed


3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Jet black and opaque. No light gets through at all. Head disappears quickly. Head is thin and light.

S -Chocolate, cherry, smoke and a bit of alcohol bite. Disappointing but I suppose it is a stout.

T - Chocolate cherry flavor hits hard and then mellows into smoke. Not much alcoholic bite to it at first, but it prickles the tongue after it sits. I was surprised to see it's 10% ABV.

M - About as thick as expected. Flavor lingers long after sipping.

O - I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. Haven't had great experience with Brooklyn Brewery but they've won me over here. Extremely surprised this is 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 02:16:10 | More by GorgonSed
Photo of alaimoa


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage a bit disappointed from what I remember fresh. Current pour is ok with head that quickly fades. Nose is alcohol forward, bit if spent coffee grinds, chocolate largely gone as far as sweet smell. Taste and feel are good but again taste is lacking from fresh version with a boozy sweetness that isn't bad but just lacking depth. Feel is thick

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 00:27:45 | More by alaimoa
Photo of DrinkNewport

Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We had this one about a year back, so it's interesting to see the palate-shift.

As the name suggests, it's a BLACK pour. No surprise there. There wasn't much head, which I'm beginning to learn isn't much of an indicator of anything when it comes to serious stouts.

The mild aroma lets the roasted malts come through.

This beer tastes less like chocolate and more like Marmite, with a hint of chocolate, which works.

Overall? A good beer that seems to be becoming more available. Try it, you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 08:37:50 | More by DrinkNewport
Photo of schepelz


3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into snifter

A - Almost jet black. Aggressive pour that led to one finger tannish head

S - Sweet roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, and some dark fruit/fig notes

T - Very sweet. Roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits. Lots of chocolate flavor the further I get into the glass. Getting a lot of the dark fruit flavors in this one. Figs, plums, raisins, etc. Very sweet but with a dry bitter finish

M - Medium body, much higher carbonation than I expected.

O - Overall a decent RIS.Will definitely enjoy as the months grow colder outside

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:45:09 | More by schepelz
Photo of BryanCarey


4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout is a very dark stout with a brown- colored head of foam and a nose of roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. Generous amounts of lacing are left as you drink and the physical appearance alone makes this beer stand out in a crowd.

But beauty of appearance is only the beginning. Take a sip and you will experience the delectable flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, caramel, smoke, even hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The body of the beer is thick and creamy, and the beer is bitter overall.

Dark, decadent, and delightful, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is still one of my old- time favorites and an excellent example of the Russian Imperial Stout style. Hundreds of craft breweries have created imperial stouts of their own over the past few years, but this is still one of my favorites from the older, more established craft breweries. I like the roasted malt and chocolate character and the bitterness, while obvious, isn’t offensive in any way and knows how to keep itself behaved.

I love chocolate and I love stout so Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is an easy winner in my book. I still love indulging in a few bottles from time to time and I still rank it among my favorites. Grab some for yourself and tantalize your senses.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 04:41:40 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This one pours brilliant black that allows no light to pass, not even from the 100 watt bulb over my head. The head is a thick and resilient tan that is extremely slow to settle.

The lacing appear to be extreme and more of a resilient clinging head that is coating the glass.

The nose is sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, cardamon and some alcohol with a subtle hint of hops.

The favor is far more dry and hoppy than I expected with the nose. I was expecting much more malt. That said, it is a pleasant surprise. The taste is subdued malt with strong stout overtones of the chocolate, coffee, caramel and toast that has a strong hopped flavor throughout the entire tasting. The bitter is strong but not overwhelming and is very pleasant with a nice IPA like finish.

The mouthfell is a bit watery considering the thick head, lacing and the fact it is a stout. But overall is more than acceptable.

Overall I really like it. It is finally cold enough outside that stouts are perfect. A nice dark beer that warms you up with alcohol that is not over strong and a great mix of flavors. This is good. I will definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:51:45 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of wiscokid920


4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Jet black oil. Nice two finger head that lingered and faded to lacy patches.

S- Fantastic dark chocolate, roasted malty sweetness, and smokey notes.

T- Superb dark chocolate/coffee bitterness that fades into a nice chocolate sweetness. The 10% ABV is present but masked phenomenally. As the beer warms, more and more of the chocolate and alcohol pokes through.

M- Full bodied, creamy and thick. Excellent.

O- One of my new favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. Nice dark chocolate bitterness then blends into milk chocolate and roasty malt sweetness. Definitely some heat at the back end but for a 10%'er it's well hidden esp for a fresh bottle. One of my new winter favorites

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:03:50 | More by wiscokid920
Photo of WheelsPSU

New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up the new 13-14 batch from of all places, Whole Foods in Union Square. At $8.99 for a four pack of a 10% ABV beer in NYC, I was pleased.

This poured a deep brown that bordered on muddy. Opaque just like an Imperial Stout should be. The head was subdued, a creamy beige color.

The smell produced dark chocolate, smoke, and roasted malts. It reminded me more of a roasted coffee smell than of anything overly sweet.

The taste had more malts and black coffee. But as the beer warmed the rich chocolate sweetness started to show.

Mouthfeel was creamy and thick. I almost felt like I got a hit of fruit at the finish. The high alcohol content was pretty well concealed too.

Even though the name is Black Chocolate Stout, I picked up a bunch of malts and coffee is the smell and flavor. But this beer truly shines , and the chocolate comes out, after it beer sits for a few minutes. I have the 12-13 batch from last year that I am waiting to open to compare the two. Well done, Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 13:06:41 | More by WheelsPSU
Photo of Richardbeerlover


3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

When a beer says chocolate I expect chocolate. This one has no chocolate taste whatsoever. Is it dark like chocolate? Yes. Does it smell like chocolate ? Very slightly. Does it taste like chocolate ? Not at all. No sweetness at all. Now if Brooklyn is trying to market this beer as "chocolate" based solely on the fact that this beer is dark like chocolate that is fine. But I was disappointed that there was not much chocolate taste at all especially compared to Young's or Smith's. Not sure why it's rated so highly.

The 10% ABV however is fantastic. You can taste the strength of the alcohol and is the redeeming quality of this beer for me.

Drank my second bottle a few weeks after my initial review. The chocolate is more prevalent now and so is the dark coffee flavor. A bit sweeter than I remembered. I'm liking this beer now! Still not as good as Samuel Smith's but really holds it's own in its own special way.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:46:35 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of Dayman766


4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Black and totally opaque, as you'd expect. Head disappeared as soon as it appeared.
S- Chocolate and dark fruits
T- Definite chocolate and coffee flavors with low, appropriate levels of bitterness. Certainly some of the 10% ABV showing towards the end, but I rather like how it develops - not jarring or distasteful.
M- One of the first things that struck me about this beer was its incredibly smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Seems to glide across your tongue.
O - This is a solid and accessible imperial stout and I look forward to the next one.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 03:03:40 | More by Dayman766
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Totally black with a passing thin tan head. hints of lace.

Dark chocolate nose with a bit of licorice?

Taste is mostly dark bitter chocolate with slightly under ripe plum through the middle. sweeter dark fruit finish with slight bitterness..Really nice!

Medium bodied with faint carbonation..Excellent! I really should indulge in this way more often than I have. Maybe cellar some too.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 21:42:29 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of redearth329


4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Poured from a growler into a tall tumbler at 40 degrees.

A - Impenetrably black. Two fingers of dense, light brown head that quickly disappeared. Not really any lace sticking around to speak of.

S- Dark chocolate malt notes, a bit of coffee perhaps. After that some dark fruit notes; plum, mostly, also some black cherry. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol, but you have to be looking for it.

T- Really rich and well-balanced. Chocolate is present, but sweetness is matched by roasty bitterness. The alcohol content is not obvious.

M- Full bodied with very light carbonation. A bit of lingering astringent quality from the roasted malt bitterness.

As a side note, this beer cellars very well. I once kept some Brooklyn BCS for a year, and it was really mellow after that time and the fruit (plum, black cherry, etc.) notes really gained in complexity. The restaurant I where I was working at the time served a 3-year aged BCS which was even more amazing. It could easily go longer in the right conditions. If you're disciplined enough not to drink it all, it's definitely worth trying to cellar it for a while.

Pair it with a slice of New York Cheesecake.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2013 02:29:06 | More by redearth329
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This one poured midnight black into a cut cafe glass. A finger size head of an intense mocha color formed and remained a ring on the edge of the glass for the entire 45 minute drinking period. The smell was of dark roast coffee, deep roasted malt and dark chocolate. The taste intensified those characteristics, plus added more chcolate depth with a subtle alcohol burn considering he 10% rating. Mouthfeel was smooth and viscous with slight carbonation, once again the alchohol was well hidden. This is the best offering that I've had from Brooklyn Brewery, a strong contender for my favorite Stout. World Class.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 01:08:12 | More by SFNC
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage

Appearance: Black as death, pours with virtually no head aside from a small, tan collar.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, graham cracker, faint dark fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate up front gives way to a roasted malt punch that subsides gently. You're left with chocolate, malt and that slight graham cracker/cookie I got in the nose. It all fades out nicely into a dry finish. Even with a year on it, there's still some booze at the end, but aside from that it drinks smooth as silk.

Mouthfeel: Heavy mouthfeel. Not quite Hunah or BCBS, but close. Silky, velvety smooth. There is ample carbonation to keep things interesting.

Overall: Not many points I could take away from this bad boy, aside from the booze at the end. Would love to taste a barrel aged version. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 05:52:26 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
Photo of artoolemomo


3.11/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up less than a finger's worth of head but has pretty good retention. The head is a dark beige/mocha while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Hints of sheeting extend from the surface of the beer. Lacing is okay.

Nose- There is chocolate there but it's very subtle. Slight hints of roasted malts. More milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Hope the flavor profile is more engaging than the aroma. If not, this is going to be one boring beer. Some milkiness and cream. Reminds me more of a dry or milk stout at the moment. Swirling shows the creaminess of the aroma even more.

Taste- Large roasted notes with some chocolate but huge coffee. The coffee and roasted malts are so prominent they give off very woody bitterness. This leads into a sour sweet note that reminds me of tart raisins (even a little bit of lemon?) If any of that sounds unappetizing, it's because it really isn't. Not to say that this is a bad beer; it just doesn't jive with my palate. Some heat but the coffee really overwhelms. Maybe the sour fruity ester of the finish is more like a red berry or pomegranate. Whatever it is, I don't like it. Reminds me a little bit of the Disorder Stout (Barley Brown's) I had yesterday. However, that didn't have this sour sweetness which tends toward being acrid because of its extended linger. Maybe it's too fresh but there is no way I'm splurging on this again. Does have some positive qualities but is pretty much average.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied. Slightly over carbonated. Somewhat gritty. Tiny slickness.

Drinkability- Definitely not sessionable. Probably a drain pour for many but I prefer to suck it up. I think I paid 7 bucks online and that is way too much.

Overall- I am curious whether this is too fresh or if this is infected. Very average beer that has enough redeeming qualities not to be considered poor. Would try it again if I found it on the cheap.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:20:19 | More by artoolemomo
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.25 - Dark brown almost black with a nice thick tan head on it, that leaves a nice lacing.

S - 3.75 - The smell is definitely dark chocolate and vanilla. There's a lot of sweet chocolately smells. Kind of leaves me wanting more though - missing the coffee/espresso/caramel/dark fruits that I usually look for in these imperial stouts.

T - 4.25 - Boom. What's missing in the smell comes out in the taste. I love the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Roasty malts. Espresso. Vanilla. Little bit of booziness.

M - 4.25 - Medium-Heavy mouthfeel. Nice thick chocolate milkshake in a beer feel. Alcohol mostly covered, but a little bit is there, as it should be in this kind of a beer. aftertaste is roasty coffee and chocolate. It definitely lives up to its name.

O - 4.25 - I like this beer. This is the 2nd out of the 4 pack. The 1st one didn't seem as good as this one. But god damn is it good :).

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 04:41:06 | More by ISmith87
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,190 ratings.