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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,001
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 339
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 BullCityB
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black, with a thin coffeeish head that is almost immediately gone. It's alright to look at, but I could have used a little more head.

The aroma is a little skimpy. It's got some dark chocolate, a little alcohol, and a little sourness from the roasted malts. Once again, it's ok, but not all that great. I expected something much bigger.

The flavor is better than the aroma. It's rich and chocolaty - well named. There's a touch of the dark fruitiness I love about big dark ales like this one, but it's quickly beaten down on the finish by bitter chocolate and espresso, in conjunction with a little alcohol as it warms up. Not much in the way of hop flavor at all, but that's ok, I like my Imperial Stouts a little less hoppy than most. It's not really dry, too big bodied for that, but it does not leave the drinker with a lot of sweetness.

It's smooth in the mouth, not a lot of carbonation here. I guess that explains the lack of head retention. Somewhat creamy, though not nearly as much as, oddly enough, a beer like Duvel.

I'm only going to give this a three on the drinkability scale because, to me, this beer isn't balanced. If it were served with a rich chocolate dessert, the two would compliment each other beautifully, the sweetness of the dessert being tamed by the espresso like bitterness of the ale. But, on it's own, it lacks the intensity of dark fruit flavors that I love in this style. The roast character dominates this beer from start to finish.

It's odd - in three days I've reviewed two Imperial Stouts. The first, a Belgian example, was, if anything, too fruity and not roasty enough. This, on the other hand, is the opposite. A little more fruitiness would go a long way towards balancing this beer and making it a great one, other than a merely good one.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with a dark cocoa color head. Tiny tight bubbles in the head.

S - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, faint smoke, & slight booze.

T - Chocolate of course. Along with a nice balance of coffee/espresso & sweet malt. Has a nice bitter hop bite in the finish as well.

M - Medium & smooth. More carbonated than I expected. I like it, very nice feeling brew.

D - Good. 10+%, you could share the bottle with someone over a desert, or even better, as a desert after a nice meal.

An enjoyable brew. Good nightcap or desert beer. Nice work Brooklyn.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent head and a nice lace. The aroma is of alcohol,chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is malts,chocolate,coffee,some hops and some bitterness.
The overall feel is syrupy,heavy and surprisingly creamy and smooth. I say surprisingly because it poured like oil and molasses. I envisioned it would stick to my throat. Well,it was carbonated correctly and the taste is pretty good as it warms.

Notes: Serve at cellar temp and this is a good beer to cellar so put a few away. I have to say that I have taken the same approach with this beer as with "Monster". Do not want to sip on them. The alcohol is just too strong. Some bottles taste burnt. I will wait.

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

Almost black with a decent head with some retention.

Smell is pleasant, roasted malt, chocolate and alchohol, but somewhat muted.

Dark chocolate definitely present in the taste, along with roasted malt and a very strong bite of alcohol in the finish, maybe too strong. Depth of flavor on this is a bit lacking for me, seems like they could do more with it.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth, coats the mouth nicely.

Heavy, but pleasant. Not the best RIS I've had, but enjoyable.

Photo of turbine2475
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EGledhill for this trade:
A - Pours opaque black that formed a dense mocha head that exploded out of the glass even after a careful pour. Head dissipated slowly leaving a spotty lace.
S - Smells of nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a surprisingly grainy back end.
T - The expected notes of chocolate and espresso but the grainy nature present in the nose gave way to a sweet taste that I can only quantify as a citrusy bourbon.
M - Smooth with a decent amount of carbonation and an alcohol burn.
D - Good beer. First beer I have had from this brewery, but I wouldn't mind trying more in the future.

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

A : Pours pitch black with a nice tan head that hangs around for a while

S : Sweet with chocolate. Not picking much else out of it

T : Strong flavor of bitter chocolate. The alcohol really shows through on the finish.

M : Smooth with good carbonation

D : Great chocolatey beer that I could drink lots of.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: very typical of an imperial stout just better with a gorgeous brown tinged head and lace

smell:sweet, rummy, raisins, vanilla and just a touch of perceivable chocolate

taste: Just a hint of vanillla, coffee, toast, caramel, there is something a bit like sour cherries or currants in there, it finishes with a dark roasted malt flavor. The over all flavor profile of the beer could be scene as similar to the flavor profile of a dark chocolate that is more lightly sweetened. I find no flaw in the taste of this beer.

mouthfeel: moderately carbonated, lacks the 15W50 consistency that I'm used to, but it isn't even close to watery and is in fact a bit oily. There is a a certain tannic astringency that almost reminds me of a particularly acidic cabernet sauvignon

drinkability: this stuff is really fun to drink but it's also rather filling. I think you could sit and analyze this shit all day long. That said it's filling and I don't see it playing well with others, except of course for specific deserts. So I'll knock just a bit off.

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

12 oz bottle
10.6% ABV
I tried this beer on February 29, 2008 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured black with no head. The aroma was roasted malt, some coffee hints, dark cocoa, and some slight cherryish hints. The mouthfeel was smooth, full-bodied, and very little carbonation. The flavour was malty, chocolatey, with a little bit of hoppy bitterness.

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

note: This was th 05-06 vintage.

a: This was absolutely pitch blask. It poured with a small, dark mocha colored head.

s: Smells strongly of very dark chocolate. Also some aromas of dark fruits and nice touch of alcohol.

t: First impression is a strong taste of granular cocoa and dark chocolate. These are mildly bitter. There is some cherry flavor as well and a superbly warming alcohol finish.

m: Great texture and a fantastic bitter chocolate flavor that sticks around for a while.

d: This is an absolutely world class brew that can be had for the bargain price of around $40 per case.

Photo of SchmoTerp
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with thick, bumpy, tan head. This one dissipates somewhat slowly but looks very nice.

S - First smell of toffee, and figs. There is some chocolate, but not as much as you would expect given the name. Still...smells very nice and mellow.

T - Sweet, chocolatey, and with some distinct alcohol at the end...nice! Still, I think there could be a bit more to this one, even if it the taste were merely more pronounced.

M - Very smooth with just a tad of carbonation finishing off with the alcohol feel at the end.

D - All this combines to be one drinkable beer. This one makes for a great night cap on any evening. Will buy again.

Photo of GFSchwab
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Such an impressive drink, fits the profile of a BIG RIS to the point.

My favouriite aspect of this beer is by far the fact that there is no choclate in this at all, the flavor is derrived from the skill of alchemy and a brilliant interplay of malts.

The aroma is purley burnt oak, blackk choclate, and notes of a Robust, dark cigar.

That taste follow soon after, with the lingering bitterness of choclate bing presented by the choclate and roasted malts, most likely mingling with the english hops used in this guy (AWSOME).

This beer would easily be considered an excellent exapmle for what artisianship means in the world of craft brewing.

Photo of sfoley333
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle labeled 06-07 into New Belgium snifter. Poured a black coffee color with a finger thick tan head. Smell is a mixture of herbal anisel, sweet dark fruit, coffee and a slight chocolate scent. Taste does contain a chocolate bitter profile but not overdone, also a coffee flavor with a medium roast profile. The full body and moderate to low carbonation really heightens the drinkabilty. Overall a pretty damn good stout.

Photo of jayrod20
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute onyx black with a generous two finger khaki colored head that leaves a thick lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer looks perfect, the creamy layer stays forever...what a great looking brew. First whiff, smell is pretty booze-like. Dark fruits follow of figs, raisins, dates, and grapes. Not as much chocolate in the nose as I was hoping, but there is some present. Taste begins with a big roasted barley flavor and a rich french roast coffee tingle. Smokey vanilla and wood with a hint of caramel malt as well. The chocolate finally makes an apperance in the dry aftertaste. Full, thick, and creamy mouthfeel with a subtle carbonation. Alcohol is clearly present in the nose, but it doesn't seem to appear at all in the taste.

Photo of joezak5
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; perfect pitch black with an overflowing dense cocoa head, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Very rich bittersweet chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Huge full body, chewy with very little caronation feel, real subtle hoppiness on the edges.

Taste: Roasty and chocolately, mainly chocolately, bittersweet chocogoodness. That alone is impressive. It's fairly straightforward but what it focuses on is incredible. Mild and smooth roastiness on the finish.

Drinkability: Smooth and warming, this is a sip and savor stout. Huge lingering finish. this is one to enjoy in a recliner with a good movie.

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

Thanks to gford217 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark with almost no head. Smells like chocolate, malts, and a bit of alcohol. Taste has tons of chocolate, and a nice roasted bitterness, with a little alcohol peaking through. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very easy to drink for a RIS. Overall this beer is very enjoyable.

Photo of Patrick999
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paired with dessert at the Brooklyn dinner. Poured into a flute an inky black with a little head that died down quickly.

Smell? Intoxicating and exceptional. Chocolate-y, with rosewatery alcohol fumes. Undercurrent of pure vanilla.

Taste - Wow, this is liquid dessert. Sweet, of course, but not overbearingly sweet. Big bitter dark chocolate presence as well as some hop; I can't really tell to what extent the dark chocolate and hops are contributing the pleasant bitterness. Has that vanilla-latte undercurrent noted in the smell, reminds me of a fresh, hot oak-aged Yeti.

Feel - Inky, but we are dealing with nearly 11% here. There's enough carbonation.

Drinkability - while it's *very* good, to me drinkability on this one is quite limited. It was quite enjoyable, especially paired with a fruity dessert, but finishing off even a flute glass of it was tough sledding. It's just that big and bold; to me it very nearly crosses into DFH World Wide Stout terrirory.

Photo of david131
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review from the 06-07 bottling.

A-Very black, with just the slightest bit of light making its way through the edges when held to a light. The head is small and orange, but creamy looking with good retention. For close to 11% this is outstanding.

S- Wow, this has aged nicely. The chocolate aromas really come out along with some coffee and licorice and a dark fruit complex. Absolutely wonderful.

T- A massive amount of complexity without being overbearing. This is very tasty and complex. The alcohol is very well hidden, with only a slight warming aspect after the swallow. Time has done this wonders.

M- Very smooth, but maybe just a bit thin. The alcohol is still hidden to an amazing degree.

D- This is an absolutely amazing beer. Age has done this some good. This could quite possibly be the best value in the beer world.

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

This is the winter 07-08 release. Pours the standard stout black color with no light penetrating at all. Big brown head forms very easily and is regenerated quite well upon swirling. I learned to not drink this cold. As it warmed up the big roastiness and chocolate malt character came out very nice. The chocolate was not sweet but roasty, bitter... all barley. I wouldn't even want to put this in the category of a "chocolate beer" especially compared to many of the newer sweet chocolate beers that are coming out now, but just a plain old Russian Imperial Stout this is one great beer, maybe one of the top 2 RIS's I've had.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Very dark, black, with a thin light brown head reducing eventually to thick ring of bubbles around the glass and uneven bubbles.

S: Alcohol is the first thing that assaults the nostrils followed by some intense chocolate and coffee malt flavors. There is a sort of sweet smell given off as well, something like dates or figs. The overall impression is rather complex and interesting.

T: The smooth texture is foremost as the slippery fluid slides over the tongue and washes the palate with intense mocha flavors that are punctuated by the sharp alcohol bite. The finish is very long and with a bitter coffee linger and some significant warmth as gravity pulls it down.

M&D: The mouthfeel is absolutely silky and heavy at the same time. Tiny and light carbonation aids in bringing out the creaminess of this brew. Very warming. Very smooth. Very good.

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

This winter's release. It's probably about time to start getting into the half case I bought.

APPEARANCE: Pours inky black into my Delirium tulip. The head is only a small surface coating of latte and cream brown bubbles and immediately drops to a thin collar with a few rogue bubbles across the beer.

SMELL: Now this is a big time imperial stout. The aromas run the entire gamut from caramel to chocolate to massive amount of roast coffee with some dark fruits and licorice mixed in. The one other thing that's plainly apparent is alcohol.

TASTE: Far less roasty in the mouth (though some coffee flavors still shine through), but chocolate and dark fruits are definitely still there. Shockingly, the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

MOUTHFEEL: Carbonation is nicely low, but the body seems a tad thin, though it's really just splitting hairs at this point.

DRINKABILITY: Definitely drinks far easier than its 10.6% ABV would indicate. And I imagine it'll only get better with age.

Sure, this one has a few months on it already, but this is one heck of a beer, and it'll be drinking well for a while to come.

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

This beer pours dark! I am not well versed with stouts, so I can't say that I have ever experienced a beer this dark before! It was black - that had head that was so offset by the beer, and the head hung around.
The alcohol volume caught me by surprise, I knew I was in for quite a treat. The chocolate flavoring was faint and bold all at once. The alcohol aftertaste was there but didn't leave as much of an impression as the initial taste.
I think I may become a stout fan!

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

Big beer sent by limesmut in yet another good trade - many thanks!

Good Grief - look at the label and see this bad boy checks in at 10.6%, now we're talking serious beer! And yes, the pour cranks out a blackie beer with a tan marshmallow head. Top notch.

This is all about stout - big, black and full of roasted malts. Chocolate is there, but subtle and sneaky in the background. Herbal hops balance out the sweet maltiness. Even a pop of anise - com'on, this is RIS in a sheep skin! Edit - well, duh, see it's listed as such on BA.

Wow, great beer.

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

Pours opaque black with a small brown head. Smells of toasted chocolate malts with hints of coffee. Smooth and creamy, chocolate does not over power this beer, for there is in fact no chocolate used in the brewing process. A blending of (i believe) 6 different malts creates the subtle chocolate taste and aroma. This is a very balanced brew. Nice heavy mouth feel but by no means 'thick' with a pleasant roasty lingering finish. Watch that 10.6 ABV though because these babies are dangerously drinkable!

My most recent serving of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout was at a beer dinner hosted by none other than Garrett Oliver himself. The Black Chocolate Stout was paired with a slice of chocolate layer cake at the end of the 6 course meal. Excellent dinner, excellent beers!

Photo of hyland24
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer poured a creamy pitch black with absolutely no light shining through. It formed a 1 inch dark brown creamy head and left sticky brown lacing throughout the glass that stayed put.

The smell is strong with an initial blast of alcohol followed by a clear chocolate, roast malt combination followed by a heavy smoke finish.

The taste is awesome. The initial taste also starting with alcohol and roasted malt but allowing the smoke too creep up along with hints or espresso and coffee grinds. The alcohol taste stays true throughout due to the 10.6 ABV but does not overpower the sweet smoke and malt.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy and slightly thick. It leaves a sticky film all over the inside of the mouth and a warm alcohol feeling following the swallow. The beer is so sticky and sweet it leaves your lips feeling like you just drank hot chocolate(with a shot of whiskey). I highly recommend this beer to all but its definitely too strong to pound. Two or three of these will leave you warm, happy and full.

Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This imperial stout poured pitch black with a little bit of dark tan head. It smelled like burnt chocolate malt mixed with robust coffee. It tasted like milk chocolate and bitter coffee blended with earthy malt and a slight alcohol taste. It was very thick with no carbonation and a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a very powerful but balanced beer, so it was strong but very drinkable, just the way an imperial stout should be.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,001 ratings.