Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,892
Reviews: 2,676
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,014 | 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 Graham5161986
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a jet black with a nice 2 1/2 finger creamy, tan, head - good retention and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: Dark chocolate, ripe fruit (raisins, plums, cherries)

T: chocolaty up front with a soury-sweet fruity tang and a subtle mocha flavour on the finish Nice and complex, very intriguing. the 10.6% ABV is hidden very well.

M: thick and creamy with a good kick of carbonation and a silky smooth finish.

D: This is a great beer. It has a really nice bouquet of complex scents and flavours and has a higher ABV than most popular stouts. Even still, it is very drinkable, and despite it's thick and creamy body, I could definitely put 2 or 3 of these down in one sitting.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a dark tan/brown head. Nose is strong with roasted bean qualities and a bit of alcohol on there as well. Hoooieeee! Man. The first time this thing hit my tongue, I did a little dance on over to my sister to try who has recently got into stouts (cuz she read some magazine article that stout is good for women cuz it has a lot of iron in it...well...whatever it takes). Flavor is smooth and even, though she says it is kind of bitter on the end. I personally don’t think it is bitter, I just think it is robust. Feel? Like silk. The first sip was amazing. Definitely drinkable, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. I am always weary of trying to uber-hyped beers, but this one delivers. I guess it is good I will be living in Brooklyn shortly. Killer. Try it.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (limited botting winter 07-08) poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: A fairly virorous pour yeilds quite an impressive head four inches at first then cascades beautifully into a two inch fluffy coffee colored masterpiece of a head that stays a cap for the length of the tasting. A jet black beauty with suprisingly sticky lace. Very inviting, almost seductive when the glass is paired with the bottle.

S: Chocolate for sure (so the name fits) but is not as overpowering as in other beers, there is a sweet plum and prune dark fruitiness here that almost takes over the chocolate aromas.

T/MF: A bitter sharpness strikes the tongue like baker's chocolate and stays on for quite a while, just a very bitter chocolate taste (i suppose this is why is is called BLACK chocolate stout), really hardly anything that the nose would have indicated. The brew is thick and heavy on the tongue and the alochol heat is very easy to sense as it just hammers away at the taste and leaves the tongue ragged and a bit dry. The taste is sort of difficult to distinguish as the heat from the alochol covers it up a bit; dried fruit like plums and raisins come out a bit near the finish and the chocolate character becomes a bit more pronounced in the long and drawn out aftertaste but the beginning and middle of the beer are sort of lost on me.

D: Really sort of disapointed in this one, I mean it is nice and complex and I do enjoy that warming alcohol sensation but this beer left me wanting a bit more and compared to other beers of this style there are a number I would reach for before grabbing this one.

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

12oz bottle into an imperial pint

A – Beer poured nearly light-proof deep dark color with a high thick caramel head. Lots of lace.

S – Heavily of malt. Chocolate overtones with smooth caramel, vanilla, roasted grains, whiffs of alcohol and burnt marshmallow.

T – Very smooth. Tobacco leaf with strong chocolate. Some alcohol taste present. Flavor deepens at the finish with herbs and roasted grains rising to a slight bitterness balanced with lightly sweet vanilla and chocolate. Not heavy on caramel or chocolate. Bitterness is smooth and subtle. Not syrupy. Fairly neutral balance with predominant middle tones.

M – Smooth with medium to light body for an RIS. Carbonation is pleasant. Sticky without being syrupy. Alcohol is very palatable.

D - This is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol hides while the taste enhances with each sip. A complex deep beer without an overbearing feel or taste to the mouth or stomach.

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark black color with a nice tan head with very good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol soaked fruits.

T- The taste is dark roasted malts with a long bitter and boozy finish that warms the stomach from the high ABV.

M- The mouthfeel is thick and smooth on the palate.

D- This is definitely a sipper, the drinkability suffers from the high ABV.

Overall, this is a pretty solid chocolate stout that is recommended.

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark brown in color with a nice medium brown head.

S - Lighter chocolate smell than most chocolate stouts.

T - Rich chocolate taste with slight bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is my favorite chocolate stout.

Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent black color from the bottle with a thick caramel brown head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Really strong aroma of heavy roasted malts, light hops, and even a little alcoholic aroma to it. The taste is excellent! Strong earthy malts combine for a complex malty chocolatey flavor with an aftertaste that is kind of chocolatey and a little bit alcoholic. The mouthfeel is good, especially of something of high alcoholic content. Amazingly it is very drinkable and I had a few of these before I called it a night. Great beer for this time of year when it gets cold here in New England.

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

'05-'06 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick coffee-colored head into an oversized goblet. the body was black and poured like motor oil. left a light sheet and ring throughout. this baby looked niiiice.
s - deep, dark, powerful chocolate aroma with a hint of dark fruits like raisins.
t - roasted chocolate and coffee, very malty and rich brew.
m - chewy and thick, wonderful mouthfeel.
d - what a great sipper this is. as good a beer for dessert on a cold night that i can think of.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle at G.W. Tavern, Washington Depot, Conn.

A: Poured a jet black cocoa color with a nice covering of tan foam. There is a slight ruby shine when held to the light, but this thing is so deep and dark, it's almost scary.

S: Smells of deep roasted chocolate and caramel malts with a smoky charcoal characteristic.

T: Sweet, warming chocolate malt flavor. Very deep and interesting imperial stout. The use of sweet chocolate malts goes great with the chicken pot pie I had, but would be better served as a dessert beer.

M: Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, but not too heavy that it's a chore to put down.

D: I had two with dinner, and I have a feeling this would go great with dessert, or even as dessert. The ABV is up there, and it's a heavy brew that might blow out your palate for anything else, but it's worth it to have a couple of these.

Great winter brew and a delicious variation on the style. Brooklyn, you have impressed me yet again.

Photo of jdg204
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After passing up a shot at this hard to find winter offering last year, I scooped a 6'er up as soon as I found one. It was my second Brooklyn offering of the week and let's just say, I'm becoming a quick fan.

Appearance - A thick, syrupy brew pours pitch black with beautiful coffee color head.

Smell - Very nice dark roasted chocolate smell with a bit of liquor undertone.

Taste - Very interesting balance, first comes across as a nice high cacao dark chocolate (especially the roasted undertone) mixed with a bit of hops. Then you get into a bit of bourbon/vanilla undertone which really gives this a nice sipping quality, similar to a barleywine.

Mouthfeel - The roasted flavor leaves a wonderful aftertaste, leaving the mouth quite satisfied. Take your time on this one to give your tastebuds a chance to savor, I recco a tulip glass for slow sipping.

Drinkability - Second straight winner from Brooklyn and maybe the best RIS I've had yet. The biggest difference, they didn't overdue it with the hops and they let the roasted malt do the talking. I've finally found a competitor worthy of Storm King, I'll have to do some comparisons with West Coast brews now to see if this really is the champ. This brew lives up to the hype, grab it if you get a chance!

Photo of jeonseh
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and opaque with a thin head that leaves a bit of lacing down the glass. The head is a mocha color with a slight red tint.

The smell is a lot of carmeleized sugar mixed in with chocolate; A lot of sweetness coming off this guy.

Taste is actually kinda a sweet, a good mix of toffee, dark chocolate,caramel and coffee....actually feel like i can taste pure sugar in this too, which is nice buy almost makes it overly sweet. At the end, get a bit of the sugar sweetness that fades away into a bitterness that almost numbs the mouth; really no hint of the high alcohol other than that

Mouthfeel is kinda thick and leaves a nice coating on the tongue; overall very little carbonation in this one and a mix between being either thick or thin within the mouth.

Overall, a good beer to enjoy maybe with dessert but not one that I would go back to repeatedly; I feel as if it is overly sweet and can't get past the sugar me, it's not chocolate that dominates but just pure cane sugar.

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

Pours a dark brown almost black with soft ruby accents. A small brown head started the beer off, but quickly dissipated and left minimal lacing on the glass. The nose is as expected by the title of the beer. I get alot of bitter chocolate with plenty of roasted malt and coffee. I also can barely smell some alcohol coming through as well. The taste is robust and full of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and espresso. I also get a good dose of rum soaked raisins as well. I don't get much hop flavoring even though the grain bill says it has fuggle hops for flavoring. The mouthfeel on this beer is my favorite aspect. It is thick and coating, but still somehow remains a certain silky smoothness that is really remarkable. This has a high ABV, but the drinkability is really a nice surprise on this beer.

Overall I think this is above average for the style and such a well made beer. I can't wait a year to taste the ones I've saved from this year.

Photo of williamherbert
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007-08 version...

Look is black with only a hint of brown. Enormous, puffy cocoa-brown head. Thick gobs of brown lace.

Roasted but also sweet. Robust dark coffee aroma. Hints of dark chocolate. Smells dark and thick, burnt and harsh. There is a touch of dark grape smell.

Blast of burnt malt, chocolate layer on top. Heavy strong coffee with a shot of strong whiskey alcohol flavor.. Alcohol flavor gives a sharp bite akin to a barleywine.

Feels thick and oily. Leaves a sharp, alcoholic film. It's a hard swallow. It's not a smooth, creamy stout. It's harsh, strong and full of alcohol.

Photo of Slynger
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a mocha head.
The smell is somewhat faint considering the ABV. Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is of the same semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts along with some bitter coffee. Really not as much to this one as I had hoped.
Mouthfeel is full but not overly smooth, creamy, or chewy.
I was really not that impressed by this one. Not as complex as it could be for the style or ABV. Not bad, but slightly over-rated in my opinion.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite as hyped on this one as others are. I may have gotten an older bottle.

Poured to a used motor oil black with medium-thick dark brown head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Aroma was some baker’s chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice, but too muted to tell much. Mouthfeel okay with a medium body, but not spectacular and the flavor was drowned out by the taste of the 10.6% alcohol coming thru.

Not bad, just not as good as I was expecting.

Photo of beeroclock
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark black, little to no head, no lacing, just black as night. Smells of chocolate and coffee, maybe some nuts. tastes are muddled, but definitely too much of the burnt coffee present with the taste and dominant in aftertaste. Some chocolaty alcohol in there, but the burnt coffee is too much for me. I gave away 3 of my 6 pack.

Photo of gkatsoris
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The head alone is what sells it; 2-3 fingers high, and it will not fall. The head is a nice chestnutty brown, and the beer; Black. I mean no light penetrates this beer, scary.

S: Kinda alcoholy. Slightly nutty. Honestly not much there.

T: Hints of chocolate, very alcoholy, and again not much there.

M: Very creamy. Not much carbonation. The beer coats the tongue nicely. Goes down very smooth.

D: I kinda think this beer will be sooo much better in 6 mo to a year. I just hope I can keep them in the closet for that long.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I popped the cap on the bottle and my nose was treated to the wonderful scent of chocolate and caramel malts. The aroma of this brew is great! The pour produced a dark brown, almost black liquid with a one finger medium brown head with some lacing.

The first sip was pretty darn good with good mouthfeel. The after taste is a bit harsh with the sting of too much alcohol. The heavy alcohol taste pretty much ruined this brew for me. If they backed off a bit, this would be excellent.

Photo of Poser
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark black with an almost perfect dark tan head. Aroma is strong chocolate and dark malts. Taste is of dark chocolate and heavy barley.A little bit of sugar and full body makes it go down extremely smooth. Drinkability gets a small hit because there is an alcohol sting that comes out a bit too much.

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

Pours a thick, thoroughly opaque jet black. Fairly thin deep-mocha head that diminishes to a ring pretty quickly -- I expected more of a head, but I also gave it a somewhat gentle pour.

The nose is a welcoming array of roasty, coffee-like malts, pungent fruitiness and the scent of alcohol.

The taste is brilliant -- dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, buttery toffee, dark, ripe fruits, and the slightest trace of bitterness at the end that fades into a coffee-grounds sensation on the back of the tongue, leaving the alcohol taste at the rear roof of the mouth. Wonderful complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy -- little carbonation to speak of, just all-out satiny smoothness.

Exceptionally drinkable as an evening sipper, especially at its power level.

Definitely one of the superior Imperial stouts I've had.

Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the Imperial stouts I've been trading for lately.
Pours a murky black color and coats the glass like few others do. No light's getting through this one, although you can get a little bit of a chestnut color around the edges. It has a decent amount of brown head for a boozier beer, and it's actually got pretty impressive lacing, too.
Smell's like bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, and I'm even picking up a little bit of a smoky scotch type scent.
Tastes like what it claims. Semisweet chocolate and roasted nuts. A little bit of liquorice, too. The finish starts off sweet, but ends completely dry. It's almost like you just took a sip of coffee. I normally like the sweeter stouts, but because this one has a finish that's both sweet and then dry, it's an exception.
Mouthfeel is standard per the style, if not a little thicker than normal.
Drinking one of these is no problem, but I'm not sure if I could have more than 1-2. As this beer warms, the alcohol comes out a little more.
Pretty solid Imperial stout. I'd say it's middle of the pack, BUT considering my opinion of the style - that's still wonderful.

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

Pours midnight black with ruby red light making it through only at the edges. Thick cappuccino-colored head that fades to leave persistent lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate. The alcohol comes through in the aroma. There’s also a slight dark fruit, sherry like aroma on the nose. Fine dark chocolate comes through in the flavor, along with some expresso. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full of body. I look forward to this beer each Winter.

Photo of Ig0r
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured the bottle a deep brown head shot up and then disappeared almost completely. The color is deep, absolutely opaque black. The smell is slightly sweet with a bit of coffee bitterness. It feels a bit thinner than expected, but the mild carbonation gives it a nice smoothness. Chocolate is apparent with a slightly sour finish. The flavor is well-balanced with the higher alcohol content. It really coats the mouth and provides a lasting, smooth bitterness.

It is snowing vigerously as I am writing this, so the stout gives a welcome foil to the bitter cold outside. I didn't know what to expect when I got it, but this is really what I like to find in a stout.

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

I've read many raves about this beer here and was excited to see it at my local Whole Foods. A bit pricey at ~$10.50 a six-pack, but let's see if it's worth it.

As you would expect, this is a totally black beer. It's so dark, even its head looks like milk chocolate. Impressive.

It smells sweet and strongly of alcohol, like chocolate and coffee soaked in rum.

The taste is sweet and even smoky with a nice warming from the alcohol flavors in the swallow. This isn't a dry stout at all. It's quite creamy.

It has a wonderfully creamy body that just glides over my palate. Wow.

Overall this is an excellent beer, another winner from Brooklyn, who have yet to make a beer that isn't good. This is a great beer from one of the best breweries in the nation. Buy some while you can since it's seasonal.

Photo of DrummerDan
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to my first sip of this year’s BBCS on draft until the chap next to me said it was ‘thin.’

When my glass was set in front of me, I immediately noticed a fruit smell and then a flavored coffee aroma. Not a definitive flavor but a cloudy coffee smell. The head was reasonable and had a nice creamy tone. My first sip tasted fantastic but yes it did indeed ‘feel’ thin. The alcohol is not pronounced, which did make it easier to down the entire pint. As it warmed it should have gotten tastier but the thinness was more obvious than it was cold. Overall okay, but I’ll try the bottled version when I get a chance.

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