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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,610
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 890 | FT: 50
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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 jdoherty
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on this year's model after rave reviews from everyone. I was not disappointed

A: Deep, dark jet black color on the pour. A little bit of thick brown head at the top which would leave its mark on my glass the whole way down. Opaque as opaque can be.

S: Chocalate and carmel is the strongest scent you get. There are coffee notes as well and a bit of alcohol because well...it is 10.5%

T: Thick taste of caramel and coffee, not as blatently chocalate as expected, but it was delightfully subtle. A lot like rauchbiers in the sense that you could get some burnt flavors as well.

M: The only way you could coat your mouth any thicker is with liquid hershey's chocalate. Its a mouthfeel you can savor for a long time

D: To be drank one at a time, save a couple, impossible to be chugged so you don't have to worry about jackass friends stealing it.

jdoherty, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Alkey
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle a thick black with some dark brown foam that dissipated quickly to a thin layer over top the beer. Smells of alcohol, dark chocolate, and a bit of sweetness. Taste of alcohol, unsweetened bitter chocolate, and some burnt flavors. The mouth feel was thick and creamy. I like this brew a lot but the high alcohol keeps me from enjoying a few of these at a time. A great winter warmer I'll have on those cold days.

Alkey, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Made in winter of '05-'06 - tasted in mid-November 2006.

Pours jet black with a thin tan head. The head thins to barely a covering, and leaves some trails of lacing.

The smell is of robust dark chocolate wrapped around dark fruits with coffee notes.

The taste is incredible. Semi-sweet, creamy dark chocolate and dark fruits. A bitterness that comes in the form of espresso beans offset some of the sweetness. Rich, robust chocolate-covered dark fruits remains in the foreground, while the coffee notes intermingle. It's full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make it smooth and not overly thick. A nice warming alcohol touch is noticeable, but does not interfere in the tastes, esp. considering the high abv.

It's silky smooth and, almost too, easy to drink. There's a nice, full, chocolatey, complex aftertaste.
This is a wonderful dessert/nightcap brew!

jwc215, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a jet black color with a fluffy, brown head. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer smells strongly of burnt malts. It has a sweet caramel aroma. I can smell some bittersweet chocolate also. A slight coffee aroma is present. If I look deep enough, I can ever so slightly smell the alcohol.

Wow. This beer is so smooth. It tastes of chocolate up front. Behind that I get a slight coffee flavor. It has a sweet calty flavor also. It also tastes of dark fruits. Plumbs, and raisins. It has a slight alcohol like taste also.

This beer goes down very smoothly, leaving a bitersweet chocolate aftertaste on my palate. It is low in carbonation, but perfect for the style.

This beer might make a good session beer, if you could watch out for the 10.5% ABV. It is so smooth, and the flavor is not overly agressive.

Overall: This is the Winter 05-06 release. Thanks to HimerMan for hooking me up. He also sent me the 03-04, and the 04-05 releases. I will be reviewing those as well, to see how this beer ages. I really liked this one, so I have high hopes.

OStrungT, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Blitheringidiot and TheDarkertheBetter for giveing me the chance to try this winter 04-05 Black Chocolate Stout.

Appearance: This beer poured a super dark black,no light can be seen through this whatsoever. The tannish bubblely head rose up just enough to cling the edges, creating a minimal amount of laceing and a few bubbley spots here and there.

Aroma: The aromas are most infused with dark chocolates, cocoa bean, fresh coffee grounds, vanilla extracts, a strong sweet bourbon is definitely there as well.

Taste: At first splash on my palate, its instant alcohol with a sudden change to dark chocolates intertwined with coffee. Some vanilla notes are all throughout the palate, and then the alcoholic fumes come right back. Perhaps some dark fruits in there as well? A very splendid delight indeed!!

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with low carbonation. Instant sweetness on the tongue followed by alcohol vapors. Leaves a nice sweetened film in my mouth to last. Super smooth, wonderful, overall this beer rocks!!

Drinkability: The best way to sum this beer up in one word is...Wow!! I am very impressed. This beer definitely exeeds most stouts by far and is on "Cheers2Beers" top 5 list!


cheers2beers, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a couple bottles in a recent trade with froggyfrog - thanks JE! Dated: Winter '05-'06. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Nearly black (extremely dark brown), a thick-looking pour resembling motor oil. Capped with a rusty/tan head, nearly 2 fingers-worth, which faded gradually to a film. A brown-ish film coated the glass, with nice lace banding

S: Rich chocolate malts, coffee, sweet fruit, maple, leather, tobacco, peat, hints of alcohol and a tinge of sour citrus and balsamic vinegar. Complex aroma - wow!

T: Malty dark-roasted coffee, chocolate fudge: those are the two main flavors I got. Robust flavor also includes some ripe & slightly sour cherries. Finish has some smoked wood and a tangy bittersweetness. Alcohol is well-masked. This is a rich RIS and a very well-balanced one.

M: Full body and mouthfeel. A smooth coating covers the whole mouth, not being too sticky; it envelopes the mouth with a warm smoky/roasted malt bittersweetness.

D: Simply an excellent beer. It was wonderful to try an example that had aged a year, bringing out the depth of the flavors and aroma. This one is going on my list of favorites...

msubulldog25, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The clerk at a great local beer store recommended this one to me the other day. At $1.55 for a 12oz. bottle I thought, WOW what a deal for 10.6% alcohol.
This beer poors jet black with a decent brown head that slowly fades away. Smell is fairly sweet with chocolate/roasted malt overtones.
Taste is very smooth with a dark chocolate sweetness to it, slightly syrupy and plenty of the dark roasted malt. Overall it is well balanced between sweetness and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick with plenty of alcohol packing a punch, although it is less than you would think. Finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a solid brew and a great value.

treedoctor5002, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of Neehan
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very near-black with a nice coffee foam head. Very nice. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, although it is more designed for aging. The high alcohol (10.6%) is a bit too dominant in the smell and taste and is the only thing (though very minor) to hold this back from being priceless. Still, this has a wonderful combination of coffee, chocolate, and burnt-nutty malts. Very complex and a wonderfully balanced mouthfeel. I'm very eager to see how this one ages.

Neehan, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a pleasant surprise tonight. Found this at my favorite BP for $2 a single. What a steal! First time trying this one. Label said 10.5% ABV, but you can not tell with all the chocolate malts. Bitter like Hershey's Special Dark, this one is an enjoyable and affordable RIS. Does not equal Bell's or Stone, but a worthy experience. Worth getting a good number of these and see how they age.

Backer2004, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of mobud
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Poured from bottle brewed for 2006-07 release

A: Oh boy, is this dark or what! Beautiful, dark roast color with a matching burnt head that lingered to the end.

Smell: Nice roast malt and chocolate notes that make you want to taste it. Slight alcohol smell that tells you that you are drinking a serious beer.

T: So many different flavors hit you that you don"t know where to start. First, a dark chocolate note, followed by the burnt malt, and then the warmth of the alcohol.

M: This beer is rich from the start. I felt a burn as I retained it, but enjoyed the complex nature of this beer.

D: I would (and will) get this beer again. I have always liked Brooklyn and the praise for this beer is deserved. The ABV and the rich nature are only good for one nice beer after dinner.

mobud, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of scott
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 06-07

This is the Scarlett Johansson of beers. Completely gorgeous, but so many layers to be revealed. From the exuberant foam pour to the nasty lacing that demands attention of it's brilliant web, your Grandmother's doiley is found here. So dark, one can almost imagine what non-existence would look like. Trust me, you will love this body.
Robust nose that supercedes innocuous burnt embers to reveal a completely subdued chocolate that becomes your new found master. Awesome.
My tongue is in a tizzy. Clean, yet malty. Burnt, yet exact. Garrett has pushed it, and found the masterpiece. This is beer bliss. The complexity won't allow you to be a dick about the details. This beer is Art. This beer is near perfect.
Very nice job, Sir...

scott, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of MaxxDaddy
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful jet black from the bottle with a somewhat thin, creamy tan head. I may have poured it too cold and the aroma was faint. Smelled like chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Tasted like chocolate at first, then coffee and a hint of nuttiness. Finished chocolatey and alcoholic. The mouth feel was very nice, oily and slick. This was my first impy, so it was quite an experience. As it warmed up, the aroma was more pronounced, but toward the alcohol side. Some people seem to be of the opinion that sitting on this for a bit is best. I agree with that camp. See you next year Brooklyn BCS.

MaxxDaddy, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is from a 12 oz Winter '06/'07 edition and the ABV% on the lable states 10.6 %. Poured into an oversize'ed wine chalice.

AP:Very deepest brown, nearly black thick and heavy looking. Created a very active mocha-brown colored head that dissipated to a scattered 1/8" covering rather quickly for the style, I like the head to stick around longer and be a bit fatter overall. Not great retention for a RIS.

Nose: Sweet maple sugar and dark roasted chocolate-like malt scent dominates, coffee bean, and cream with some minor alcohol detected in the nose.

Taste: A dark chocolaty>oaky>oaty>semi-bitter roasted coffee>leafy hop finish and a bite of alcohol as it goes down.

MF: a syruppy, slick and heavy feel (just like it should be!) Big Full body.

DA: I gotta admit, I was FEELIN' this after my second one...10.6%ABV is no joke, but since I love these monster stouts you KNOW I'm having another(too many)

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 12 oz bottle from '06. Nouseforotacon hooked me up with this spectacle of a beer.

A - Pours a black with a deep red center. Head is fluffy, smooth, and creamy chocolate colored. Looks delicious. spiderwebs hangs on the walls of my glass.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, powedered chocolate, fruity twinges, malty, slight hop hit, kind of grainy as well. Smells great.

T - Fruity, chocolate covered fruits, slightly roasted malt, bitter bite in the finish and is perfect, balances it all out perfectly. Delicious, I can only imagine this vint. a year from now.

M - Creamy and smooth with a balancing act of carbonation as well. perfection.

D - I could drink these until I black "chocolated" out (corny I know, but its true)

rsyberg01, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with this brew as Brooklyn Brewing just became available to us in Michigan earlier this year. This lovely brew pours out with a fantastic viscosity and a deep brown colour capped by a chocolate coloured head of good resilience. Lacing is decoratively hung making this thing look even more lovely still.

The nose is chocolate laden. It smells creamy and rich with a bit of roasted graininess layered beneath the sweet chocolate tones. This one smells like a dessert. A tiny bit of alcoholic flair gives this a slight feel of an expensive liqueer or whatever you call them.

The taste is nicley chocolate based. It is not overwhelmingly sweet or cloying. There is a nice bitterness that gives it a coffee sort of feel although not highly coffee flavoured. It has a bit of dairy creaminess and again, the grain textures from the six varieties of malt are evident as they were in the nose. A very nice roasted ambiance overlays the entirety of the flavour scape. This is just delightful. I am surprised at how delicate the thing is especially with the 10.6% abv. This is a deceptive little number.

The mouthfeel is a heavy medium. It has a great texture. A bit dry in the finish and quite smoothe early.

The drinkability is excellent for such a hard hitter. The flavours meld well together and there is not one thing that stands out as overdone or misplaced. This is very well crafted and it will surely be a yearly tradition in my household from now on. I am glad we have this at our disposal now. Also of note, this bottle was very well priced for something in this abv range.

SupaCelt, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of tommy78
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was finally able to try this beer on tap, and it is truly excellent. The appearance of the 06-07 version was a consistent chocolate colour. The smell is what makes this beer great. It had a more intense coffee aroma than the bottled version. In fact, I would go as far as saying it had a bite. The aroma definently drew me in. The taste matched the aroma: a combination of coffee malts and sweet cocoa. The mouthfeel is mostly smooth, with some kick to it. Given the high alcohol content, the drinkability is exceptional. I ended having three pints in one sitting, and I barely noticed it. It is worth the price of admission!

tommy78, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of nortmand
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black, with a dark brown, fluffy head.

Huge amounts of roast and chocolate in the nose. Ripe fruits and burnt coffe. Also some chocolate orange aromas there. Incredible.

Sweet milky chocolate up front. Somewhat sweet and roasty in the middle, with an emphasis on dark chocolate and ripe bananas. Leaves a perfectly balancing bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Huge body, and very delicious. Easily the best I've had from Brooklyn, very drinkable.

nortmand, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of swhitt
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 06-07 bottle (part of a 6 pack). Poured dark and rich into a Duvel tulip. Black from top to bottom, completely opaque. Two fingers of foamy head on top.

Smells like dark chocolate with rich coffee malt.

First taste is dark, moreso than most chocolate stouts that I've tasted. Flavors of bitter dark chocolate are prominent, but there's definitely some coffee in this one. It's a biter brew, but it's tasty.

Drinkability is alright, but its bitter and it's 10.6% abv.

swhitt, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of cproioi
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a beautiful black body with a dark tan head that stood rather proud. The aroma was full of chocolate and roasted malts with a nice backing of hops. The taste of this beer was huge first came a little hops flavor to wake the tounge up and then all the malts just rushed in giving it a huge flood of flavors. The flavor that came out mainly was of a bittersweet chocolate and some fusal alcohol note present in the taste. The stouts finish was a lingering dry one that left with a warming alcohol note that left me wanting another one. This was a wonderful beer that was served with Kentucky Chocolate Bourbon Balls and 80% Cocoa Dark Chocolates. The Bourbon Balls melded wonderfully with the stout.

cproioi, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz, brown bottle, dated Winter 06-07, into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Body was the color of very used motor oil. Head never developed, but a collar of graham-cracker-colored foam stayed for a few minutes then nothing of the head remained.

Smell was subdued. Chocolate covered raisins or maybe raisin bread. I could not pick up more.

Taste was mildly sweet. Not cloying. Cocoa. Bittersweet chocolate. Peppery. Malt and hop presence, yet primarily cocoa. Alcohol hints came out late, rather well hidden. Rich with a lingering bitterness in the finish. Interesting but not especially complex, but I will age this one and taste it later.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Fully bodied and filling. Mild carbonation.

Cresant, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, "limited bottling - Winter 06-07" printed on the neck label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a deep black color, completely opaque. The head forms a creamy brown and small, fading into some lacing that clings to half of the glass like a crescent moon.

Aroma: chocolate and rasted malts.

Taste: Reminds me of unsweetened chocolate completely throughout. The warming alcohol shows itself in the middle as well. The finish is bitter and chocolate, along with come caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thich and almost chewy, yet surprisingly smooth for such a high Alcohol content. There's very little carbonation to it at all, though, but that works well for all the flavoring.

Overall: Extremely complex, this one tasted great on a cold night. I have another bottle I'm going to let sit and try a year from now to compare.

FenwaySquid, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the 06-07 vintage; alcohol is also 10.6%
pours jet black with just a hint of light creaping in around the edges when it held up to a light, the head is just not there, if you swerll the beer it break out but quickly disapears.
the aroma is very dark; chocolate and roasted malts.
the flavor is dark and bitter, roasty, cocoa, malt, with a hint of butterscotch at the end.
pretty good stout, wounder how it ages, because its under $2 a bottle here.

plaztikjezuz, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of jhu1995
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05-06 edition of this beer, so it has some age to it. Pours a think black color with practically no head and very low carbonation. Mid-pour I tried to get a head going but nothing. Smell was chocolate with some roasted aromas - slightly smoky. Taste was chocolatey, with a bitter finish with some teeth in it. A really full-bodied beer that is surprisingly fairly easy to drink.

jhu1995, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of Calico
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I've had the '02-'03, the '03-'04, the'04-'05, the'05-'06, and this one (the '06-'07) in bottles. All of them impressed me.

The '06-'07 on tap, though... when I was pouring it at the Real Beer Expo in Rochester, it had a nice roasty chocolately slightly musty aroma, what I expect in a Russian Imperial Stout. I had it on tap more recently, though, and it has a very strong diacetyl note in the aroma. Quite jarring. Not what I'd expect. I should note it was served at way too cold a temperature, though.

Appearance: quite dark, marvelous head, good retention.

Smell: butterscotch dominates. I can barely make out some caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste: Was served too cool for me to really judge. I detect some roasty notes amid the maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Good and thick, as I'd expect. Full body, slightly syrupy feel coating tongue.

Drinkability: After one of these, I was drowsy. That does not normally happen to me after one beer. If a half-pint were an option at this particular pub, that's what I'd order.

Calico, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of dhchatfield
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review of this style of beer. 05/06, received as part of Birthday BIF (1), thanks to froggyfrog.

Poured at cellar temperature into my Sweetwater pint glass.

A - Black, pitch black. Like used motor oil. Like octopus ink. Like the absence of light. Really dark. Am I getting through to you?
Very little head. What little there was was a caramel brown.

S - Wow! No mystery with this one. C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E. The only other aroma I caught at first was a whiff of bourbon. As the glass lowers, a dark plum/cherry/molasses melange arises.

T - See the caps above. Also a strong coffee presence. The alcohol is there as well, to me more in the stomach than in the mouth or nose.

M - Smooth and creamy, we like smooth and creamy. Just enough bitterness to make you want to get more liquid on your tongue.

D - As a novice to this style, I'm not certain what makes a stout drinkable. As a lover of this particular beer however, there is no mystery whatsover.

An excellent beer. It's the coldest night of the year so far here in Northern Illinois. I have a nice fire going, it was my day off, and this is one fine way to spend the evening. I am looking forward to a Winter filled with beers of this style. I only hope I can match the impression this one has made on me.

dhchatfield, Nov 03, 2006
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,610 ratings.