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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,136
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 6,136 | Reviews: 2,730
Photo of CampusCrew
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I felt liek a king drinking this out of snifter.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth. Was beautiful

smell: loaded hops, and heavy chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Very Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: probably one of the best stouts I have ever had.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black enough that no light gets through with a frothy tan head and excellent lacing.

Smell is boozy with chocolate and caramel out front. Vanilla is present as well.

Taste is similar to smell though the booze isn't as up front and overpowering as I had expected. Coffee and other dark roasty malt is present. Hop bitterness is minimal and seems relegated to the chocolate.

Mouth is thin/medium and carbonation is medium. I would have prefered a thicker and flatter drink.

Drinkability, as far as RIS goes this is great for the value and a great beer.

Photo of Nedjimb0sTavern
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured almost an opaque black

Smell: dark chocolate, fruit, alcohol smell pretty strong

Taste: rich chocolate and coffe flavors, sweet, bitter, this is a beautiful beer

Mouthfeel: smooth, alcohol tinglyness

Drinkability: it tastes good, very enjoyable, but also very clearly alcoholic

This is a great imperial stout, I was very surprised that it came in a 6pack for $10 considering the quality and the style.

...but the alcohol flavor is very present. It is 10% alcohol you know.

Photo of roopy40
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This baby pours jet black in color and leaves a frothy white cumulus cloudscape. The bubbles in the head are like tiny beads. I thought of the scrubbing bubbles from the Dow commercial and happy little bubbles dancing around my glass. The lacing is sticky and leaves rings like the circles of the inside of a tree trunk all the way down the glass.

Smell - Count Chocula, java notes and dark roasted malt.

Taste - Smooth chocolate, coffee flavors, a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Shimmering, slippery, delicious chocolate with a warming, sweet finish. Carbonation is just right. Body is bold, but not overly.

Drinkability - One of the best I've ever had. Could possibly use more body and smoothness, but at 10% ABV and for the price, this is an unbeatable RIS.

Overall - I love this beer and purchase it regularly. I don't think there is any issue with the ABV and there being too much alcohol in the taste. I will continue to drink this wonderful chocolate excursion and suggest it to others.

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

An outstanding beer at an outstanding price, pours very dark with great lacing, smells a bit like chocolate, a bit like coffee, and disquises some hops in there, and finishes almost a bit sweet. Taste is bitter chocolate with a bit of a kick, it does not hide the high alcohol content. Feels a bit heavy or creamy, and is sure to improve with age. Buy some for now and some for later. Easy to enjoy and drink slowly.

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

2008 vintage.

A: Pours a jet-black color with a large, stiff, creamy milk-chocolate colored head that retains excellently and really lays down some nice lacing on my glass. Retention is slightly under expectations, but that's a most minor complaint.

S: Big time roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee aromas. A hint of molasses-like sweetness, but not a lot else. Added strength and complexity would help things here.

T&M: Yummy. Big time roasted chocolate flavor, some coffee, a hint of black currant, molasses, and vanilla. Bitterness comes in very nicely on the finish and mellows out some of the sweetness. This really is a great beer! I've heard many complaints of the alcohol being too hot, but I really only noticed it slightly on the finish, and it wasn't a detriment to the experience in the least bit. Body is medium, a lot thinner than others in the RIS style, but the carbonation is also measured, which gives it SOME smoothness. I'd prefer a bit more silkiness and a bigger body, but it works in its present form.

D: Definitely THE most drinkable RIS I've had, which is dangerous. The ABV can sneak up on you, and it's really easy to drink so you've got to watch it! Still, this an unbeatable beer for the value and I'm glad I've sequestered the rest of the 6 pack in my cellar--it gives me something to look forward to next year.

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

pours a clear brown without any noticeable redness into a standard Guinness glass. < 1 cm of head which disappears within a minute. a deep brown-black with small bubbles in the rim of head which remains.

aroma is very malty with just a little raisin. maybe licorice? chocolatey-ness is apparent to the nose after having had a taste.

taste-wise it has a little of the amazing burnt copper/oatmeal of a the St. Ambroise stout and a little cherry wood which follows. alcohol is not noticeable. later sips have something sharp, like a citrusy cheese at the beginning. i find that it gets nuttier as it warms.

mouthfeel is coating but not syrupy, about 2/3 of the way to a Palo Santo Marron but stickier than an Old Rasputin.

not too boozy. i could drink a couple of these and dont find it too much of a sipper!

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz 2008-2009 bottle

a-pitch black. as black as tar. at room temp has 1/4" head. chilled has no head i prefer it at room temp.

s-coffee...roasted coffee and burnt toast but in a great way

t-charred bitter hops and wonderful chocolate malt..warming from the abv..but a very well balanced beer

n-the best use of chocolate malt ive seen to date...this is my next favortie ris next to the duck rabbits rabid duck...i wish i had more

d-i can only stomach 3 of these at the time...although i gave it a 5 on drinkability due to the fac that this is such a great beer..ive had several sixers of this this year so far and i dont think i can get enough until the rabid duck returns

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

Got this in a recent trade with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

Bottled in the Winter of 2007-2008. Poured into a New Belgium wine glass-type-thing (closest thing I have to a snifter).

Appearance: Pours out with the color and consistency of motor oil. Creamy brown head sticks to the top and clings to the sides of the glass as it slowly dies down. Looks gorgeous when swirled!

Smell: Sharp vanilla extract, bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and burnt sugar. Cool yet pronounced. Bourbon notes come out more as it warms. Very rich and enjoyable.

Taste: Chocolate malt greets the taste buds first, followed by smooth vanilla, caramel and burnt sugar, wood, and finally big, bad, bourbon. Bourbon and burnt sugar hang around in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and full-bodied. Light carbonation allows for a bit of creamy-smoothness as well. Coats the mouth very well, and produces a nice amount of warming in the mouth and belly. Finishes dry, but bourbon and sweet notes hang around and are very pleasant.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. I (Nick) only had about 7-8oz; the remainder went to wiseman/roommate Zach. This beer reminded me of Bourbon County Stout: really thick, syrupy, and high in ABV with big, bold flavors throughout. I wouldn't ever drink anymore than one bottle of either beer, but I'd enjoy the nice, long sesh. All in all, I'd prefer something a bit more like Old Rasputin when it comes to drinkability. Still, very, very good.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a challis at E&O Tap on the West Side of Providence RI
A -Pours super dark brown/black. Tan head turns to a skim. Nice course lacing
S - Not too much initially..a little cold. As it warms I start to get the sweet malts
T - Sweet, some coffee followed by dark chocolate. The dark chocolate lingers as an aftertaste and then I get some dark fruit.
M/F - Full bodied and smooth. Beautifully carbonated.
D - This was a delicious after dinner drink. I was happy to try it on tap.

Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a moderately dark head. The head retention was a bit short, but plenty of lacing was left on the glass. Beautiful.
S: Chocolatey sweetness (of course!), almost like a glass of chocolate milk.
T: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of sticky sweetness all come together as a luscious treat. A little bitterness helps to even it out.
M: A perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied, and not quite as thick as other RIS examples, which I find to be a good thing.
D: For a RIS, this is quite drinkable. I mean I wouldn't have more than two in a night, but I could find myself craving this. And for the price, it can't be beat.

Photo of Rupertlikesbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

picked this up for the first time today. work let out early so...might as well get some tastings in. haha.

appearance is dark as dark can be. pitch black with very faint red outline when held to the sun. looks like concentrated coke. has a thin tan head. i might not have poured it too well but it had about a half inch on it at first and now its about an 1/8th of an inch.

smell is sweet, chocolaty and roasty with a hint of raisin and molasses.

taste is nice. chocolaty, bitter sweet start with a hop finish. has a bit of a raisin or prune taste coming trough but it could be my imagination.

mouth feel is nice. full and thick with good carbonation to help break it up. alcohol content causes slight warming on the back of the throat.

it is drinkable in the sense that i enjoyed drinking it. high alcohol content and nature of the brew make it hard to drink more than one. great dessert beer or one to sit and just sip and enjoy.

Photo of KeefD
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a vertical tasting of this (review below) and now have come into possession of a sixer of 08-09 bottles. Review scores reflect fresh bottles, as I felt this beer didn't age well.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a nice tan colored head and decent lacing. Aroma is of dark rum-soaked fruits, a little bit of roastiness, very light coffee, but barely any chocolate notes and strange underlying burnt rubber note. Taste is sweet, chocolate comes out more in the flavor than in the nose, but is still subdued, lots of roasted malts, some dark fruits, raisins in particular, a bit of molasses. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, fairly smooth, light carbonation bite on the finish. Perhaps I was wrong in my original thinking. Maybe this beer does age better than I had expected. Alcohol isn't noticeable, but the flavors are just too sweet and fruity. I like my stouts dry and on the chocolate side. For a "chocolate stout" there isn't much chocolate in the flavor. Good, but I've had much better imperial stouts as of late.


OLD REVIEW, 3.8 Overall

review from notes, '05-07 vertical

After all were tasted I enjoyed the 06/07 vintage the best. Felt like this beer didn't age particularly well. Chocolate notes became less prominent with age and alcohol became surprisingly more prevalent. The younger/newer bottles had more chocolate/dark fruit/sweet flavors. 06/07 review:

Dark brown, almost black, ruby highlights

Smell: Dark fruit, chocolate, roasty

Taste: Roasted barley, light chocolate, very light coffee,

Mouthfeel: Alcohol is a little more hidden than older ones, creamy texture, fuller bodied. Easy to drink, tasty fresher

Photo of jkendrick
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black with large pillowy head after an aggressive pour. The head recedes more slowly than I would have thought leaving nice lacing.

Aroma: There is not a strong smell coming from this. I don't smell too much chocolate and the alcohol is definitely evident in the nose. Mostly malt with some hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and with a moderate amount of carbonation. I would like it to be just a touch thicker.

Taste: The cocoa is there in the taste right up front. It is a dry bitter chocolate. It is bitter, but I think that is from the chocolate more than a strong hops presence. The alcohol is very evident and warms in the finish. I would have liked the alcohol to be a little more well-hidden.

Overall impression: This is a good chocolate stout, but could stand to have the alcohol a bit more hidden. That said, whereas many chocolate stouts have a desserty character, this is a chocolate stout for grown ups!

Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to Brooklyn Brewery for brewing this bad boy and making it available for a song (less than $2 each!).

A -- Black as death. Milk chocolate head of about 3/4 inch fades to an appealing pond scum.

S -- Aroma of a boozy, chocolate pound cake slathered with Hershey's Syrup.

T -- Big, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee and butter from the get-go. Booze pops out toward the finish, and closes with a roasty finish.

M -- Think and chewy, no doubt, but a slight letdown against the huge mix of intense flavors. Points subtracted for a mouthfeel that struggles live up to its dynamic taste.

D -- A leg up on other Imperial Stouts, as I could actually drink two of these in one sitting.

Overall a kick-ass IS for its huge flavor, drinkability and value.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the last bottle that I bought from this past years release.

It looks nice really. Perfectly black with a nice brown head that sits on top. The head kind of fades to just a few rings and swirls of bubbles. There's a tiny bit of lacing and bubbles cascade down as you drink. The smell is decent, you get a hint of alcohol with some chocolate and roasted malts. The taste was kind of harsh, even a few months after I first purchased it. I remember thinking it was nice and sweet at first with a nice taste of chocolate, and its still there, but after finding lots of other imperial stouts, I realize that this one doesn't quite make it to the top. There's an intense bitterness and burn from the alcohol and the dark roasted malts. It's kind of smooth, but I get this feeling that's like eating a slimy fruit or something. I can't actually tell whether this beer is thick or thin. It actually drinks rather quickly, and I enjoy it, but it could be better. Try it some time.

Photo of Nesued
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle on a cold wintery day in South Carolina (yes, we have those).

Appearance - Deep brown/black pour. A slight head formed upon the intial pour and resolved to a 1-finger remain. A bit of lacing formed after letting the beer sit for a few minutes to warm. No light passed through this black hole and the mild carbonation can barely be seen.

Smell - Candy sweet malt nose with the appearance of a coffee/chocolate nose. The roasted aroma is present here, along with a brief bit of a hop nose (not much).

Taste - Big coffee/caramel initial offering, a good smooth middle, and a slight hop bite at the end. A good roasty malt entry continues on the second sip. The alcohol is present in the middle of the taste and quickly leaves no trace by the end.

Mouthfeel - Suprisingly big for what I was expecting. There is a bit of a chewy body to this beer that is fed by the carbonation. It does weigh on you and is a good sipper.

Drinkability - No more than one a night on this offering. I good presentation and interpretation of the style. I would think aging this would have some merit. I may give that a try. Sure, I'd have this again.

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

Bottle into snifter. My first ever Brooklyn beer, and it did not dissapoint.

Black. Almost has highlights, creamy mocha head, lots of activity, lacing never quits.

Boozy, molasses, licorice. At first more boozy than anything, but this mellows. Some malty sweetness and bitter chocolate eventually become more pronounced. Has long legs.

Boozy again, at the start, but this fades into complex blend of bitter chocolate, molasses, and roasted malt. Smooth, balanced, rich. Mild lingering bitterness. Far more complex than the nose.

Nicely restrained carbonation, thick creamy coating, full bodied, smooth, with a hint of warming.

This is a creamy, rich delicacy that is hard for me to nurse. This is an exceptional beer.

Photo of bowersdm
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

A - beautiful appearance. The typical RIS look - black with a 2.5cm head.

S - chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate

T - chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, some hops in the end, and more alcohol, maybe some coffee too (or it could have been roasted malt)

M - velvety smooth, perfect carbonation

D - A good beer to have on hand for those cold winter days.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade and just to tell anyone that is reading this, I am drinking both a 2007 and 2008. I am comparing both of them, and so far they are both incredibly tasty.

The appearance is just stunning. It pours like silk, just this great smooth 'motor oil' type liquid pours so so smooth. Both brews came to a two finger head that was the color of light chocolate. It left a really weird lacing that is sticky and spread all over the sides of the glass.

The smell is great, something that I have started to expect from a good stout. The latest 2008 smells sweeter than the 2007. Really smells like chocolate and liquior, I also get a slight spice in this brew.

The taste is pretty good. Now, the older brew has a ABV of 10.6% and the new has 10% ABV. Again, I am thinking that the new is tastier. It has more life and the malts are more vibrant, they bounce and dance on the tongue more than the aged. Overall good.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are common for a RIS. Really great on the tongue and really great on the overall drinkability. Deff. a dessert beer and one for the end of the night. This is third or fourth in my quest for perfect chocolate stouts. Would buy again, but not if there was a Rogue Chocolate there also.


Photo of lured2fish
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a thick inky black color with a dark brown head. Very little retention, but nice lacing. The aroma is of bitter dark chocolate and black malts. It's a very robust and hearty beer. The taste is of a bittersweet dark chocolate. The beer is thick and has an elevated abv which contributes to a very well-rounded stout. The mouthfeel is excellent. It is a full bodied beer with decent carbonation. A very good and easy to drink stout.

Photo of taylor714914
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, very dark....black. No light coming through this brew! Pours with a finger and a half of chocolate milk colored head.

S- Roased Malts, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt sugar and a hint of alcohol.

T- Loads of flavor in this great beer. All of the smells come through in the taste. bittersweet chocolate, wood, big roasted malts, burnt sugar, hints of coffee, some hoppy bite, creamy bit of sweetness comes in and out of the flavor spectrum. Finishes with an ever so slight alcohol taste with bittersweet chocolate being the dominate flavor.

M- Smooth and oh so creamy, heavy body, medium carbonation. All in all, this comes together perfectly!

D- Good drinkability, especially due to the creaminess and great mouthfeel. I think 2 in 1 sitting would be enough for me though.

Overall a great beer, especially in these cold winter months in PA. For right at 40 bucks a case, it's hard to beat.

Photo of cleeze
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now isn't this brew just straight up tasty!?!?!

Appearance was jet black with a nice frothy milk chocolate colored head. It also left some bad ass lacing.

Smell was very chocolatey! Also a lot of dark malts up in the mix as well.

Chocolate up front for sure. I love it. Followed by dark roasted malts. Great balance.

Very thick and full bodied! Can't wait to try BLACK OPS

Photo of Mazeraski
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Middle Ages imperial pint glass.

A - Pours a pitch black color with no tinting around the edges, along with a finger-width creamy dark tan head that dissipates sort of slow leaving a bit of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Big and slightly bittersweet dark chocolate hits the nose first, accompanied by a hint of floral hoppiness, roasted malt, caramel and molasses with perhaps a hint of cinnamon. As it warms the brew smells sweeter.

T - The molasses, caramel and dark chocolate combine initially for a smooth, chewy and savory first wave that washes over the palate. This is followed by a flashing bite of hops and thick roasted malt that leaves a slightly dry and bitter taste which disappears quickly and is replaced by a creaminess as a result of the initial wave of combined flavors.

MF - Full-bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Also quite thick, smooth and creamy as a whole.

D - Taste-wise I'd say very drinkable however it suffers in this department from the high ABV and heaviness on the stomach.

Notes - Quite a good brew overall I would say. I like the fact that there's a bit of hops in the taste, although this detracts from it's smoothness a bit (despite the fact that I still think the hops add a bit of character and depth to it). Well-crafted and very delicious.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark dark brown, nearaly black; moderate cream colored head at the cap.

Chocolate and molases notes hit the nose.

The taste is dark chocolate, semi sweet molases and roasted malts.

Very full, heavy in the mouth. I almost want to sip this by the spoonfull it's so rich.

The richness is the only thing that makes me think I wouldn't drink more than one in a session.

Overall a great beer.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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