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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,094
Reviews: 2,723
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,137 | FT: 56
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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 Dodo2step
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- pours a thick viscous creamy dark chocolate opaque color. A beautiful burnt nut brown head with a nice spotchy lacing.

S- cocoa and espresso beans. Also some dark fruit rounds it out but it is faint.

T- a dark chocolate flavor with the added bitterness. Light on the malts as well. very well hop/malt balanced. Espresso and prunes or raisins are the other tastes.

M-full bodied and very creamy. A very smooth and heavy beer.

D- This bad boy is high in ABV but this is a good brew. I could do two or three of these in a day. A nice winter beer for when it is snowing out. Instead of hot chocolate grab this bad boy.

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

I poured a 12 ounce botttle into a SA pint glass. It pours jet black with a fluffy tan head. The head leaves quickly, leaving pleasant streaks of lacing. The smell is more muted than I would have hoped. There are hints of chocolate and coffee, but they are faint. The overiding scent is alcohol. The flavor is good. It is a mix of alcohol, chocolate and coffee. The finish is of lingering alcohol. The beer is full bodied and hides the generous 10% abv well. A solid RIS, but it left me wanting more.

Photo of Buebie
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate black friday then with a Black chocolate stout!

Bottle courtasy of Finnman, thank you.

This is a winter 07 bottle, I have an 06' bottle that I'll be hanging onto for a few more years.

Poured from the 12oz brown bottle into an oversized snifter. Served at 45 degrees. Dark brown 2 inch head sits atop the beer. Black in color with no light penetration.
Sticky long streaking clumps of lace drapeing my glass. Retention is grand with a nice quarter inch layer and assorted bubbles.

Aroma is of chocolate grains, liquid chocolate extract, molasses, dark roasted coffee beans, chocolate cake batter with an eggy white flour aroma. Some alcahol notes at the nose.
Absolutly perfect in the aroma department.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a slick inky texture. Some carbonation up front, quickly melting away to smoother softer texture.
Molasses in the flavor mix, with hints of brown sugar, roasted coffee, its sweet at first. Becoming bitter with chocolate flavors and notes of lingering bitter grassy hops. Alcahol warming throughout, not at all boozy, just a warming sensation.

This is definatly a sipper and not at all a sessionable brew. Its thick, heavy and filling. Two of these would take me to drunk town in no time. Its an exceptional brew and a perfect example of a chocolate ris. Mouthfeel is not as thick and creamy as others I've had and there is a bit more carbonation up front then I'd hope for. Aside from these things it is a terrific beer.

Photo of misterdmac
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, what a treat this is.

Pours not-quite-black, with a creamy coffee colored 1-finger head fading into a nice web of lace.

Nose is of sweet toasty malts, lightly roasted coffee, and milky chocolate sweetness. I was anticipating more bitterness but she has a sexy sweetness in the aroma.

That sexiness carries right over to the tongue. Darker chocolate right up front, with a bitter roasty finish. Alcohol warmth is ever so slight, this is just a fantastic drink for a winter evening.

The body was lighter than I expected for a 10+ beer. Silky carbonation and velvety warmth. Drinkable enough to share a pitcher with one buddy at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville the next night. But after around 32 ounces of this stuff, I was ready to mix things up.

Overall, this is just a great reason to look forward to winter. Stay righteous.

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

Yum. I look forward to this one every winter. Beats the hell out of the overpriced, over spiced, Anchor holiday offerings.

Pours black as coal...not really, but you get my drift. Nice mocha colored head and a lingering lace in the glass. Do a sniff and you'll detect a little French roast coffee, a little cocao, and a bunch of banannas. The mouthfeel is yummy and the alcohol kick is apparent, especially if you've just had a crap stout like LaBatts prior to popping this baby. What you taste is exactly what you expect from the "swirl and smell" maneuver. Just check every review here at BA for this one and you'll get the idea. There's lots of agreement, and all us BA's can't be wrong.

On the downside, I wish the folks at Brooklyn gave this baby a label a little less slick and cosmopolitan looking. It doesn't belong on a RIS. Looks more like a Starbuck's Caffe Latte Malt Liquor.

Photo of TLove
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This flagship brooklyn brewery masterpiece is one of my favorite winter beers. Served from a bottle, it has a black, viscous color with great substance to the brew.

The beer smells and tastes of bitter chocolate and dark-roasted espresso bean, with the harshness of a heavy IPA and the smoothness of a wannabe irish dry, which happens to be a great combination.

Unlike its cousin, the smooth and welcoming Brooklyn Brown, this beer is just no holds barred, balls-out front with a classiness that is ahead of its time. There aren't too many stouts that would risk combining the bitterness of espresso bean and dark chocolate with the burnt dryness of a russian imperial and throw in some light cherry overtones and a wrenching 11% ABV.

A great winter brew for those looking for a substance-driven stout.

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

Pours thick and viscous, with a head the color of cocoa powder. Lacing sticks around the glass. Jet black, this beer looks alive, with good carbonation. Smells strongly of chocolate, but not overpoweringly so. Also Hints at coffee and ever-so-slight fruit (banana?) to follow.

The initial taste is indeed coffee, though well in balance with the malt sweetness. Chocolate comes through more on the back palate, as the beer is on its way down. Pretty no hop profile that I can detect, which is just fine by me given the style. As the beer is warming, the sweet chocolate profile comes out more and the coffee takes a back seat. BCS coats the palate, and the chocolate taste lingers, though just enough to hint at what you just experience without being overpowering. There really isn't much of a "burnt" characteristic either, which is a pleasant surprise for me. If anything, while hard to put into words, this reinforces the "live" feeling my nose and eyes get as well.

Most surprising for me is the drinkibility. This is a very drinkable beer. It's carbonated enough to keep it from feeling stale, and the alcohol presence, while detectable, is subdued enough to make drinking easy. Some cellaring time can only reinforce this. Kudos to Garrett and the BB crew for an immensely enjoyable RIS.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This RIS pours an oil slick black with a pillow like light tan head which patiently subsides to just a thin lacing.

The aroma pours from the head of the beer. The immediate scent is of overripe bananas, but after allowing the beer to settle the more traditional sweet chocolate and roasted malt aromas are apparent.

The flavor offers a very impressive sweet chocolate and smokey malt combination that is very pleasant. There is just a slight alcohol bite at the finish, but is masked well by the sweet chocolate malt that is more pronounced as the beer warms.

This medium to heavy brew is slightly chewy, creamy, and a bit hearty, yet easy to drink.

Yet another slow sipper for a quiet evening, this beer is completely satisfying to all of the senses, and warms the body.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black, motor oil tar black to be exact. Head is creamy and active. Leaves a fair amount of thick lacing. Smell is immediately alcoholic/medicinal, I'm sure it will cure what ails me! Taste is heavenly, chocolate malt abounds! Not quite as extreme as say Young's Double Chocolate but still very good. Mouthfeel is creamy and chewy. Sticks to the palate very well to remind you you've just drank a very incredible beer. Drinkability is extremely high. This is a very proper Imperial Stout. These guys know what they are doing for sure. Highly recommended.

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

pours how a stout should. opaque. ruby tone at the edges. with an aggressive pour has quite a head with no retention. brown ivory tint. a mellow volume stout. not that thick. good malt. smell is booze, malt, chocolate with a light bitter hop hint. heavier than expected. very hoppy style, but this may be due to the interaction of the hop bitter and the bitter of the chocolate. gives the alcohol a presents which is good but not in the warm port like manner. not metallic in any form. not so much onion like either. great beer. found it for 1.75 in williamsburg corners store. wow to that.

Photo of eagles22
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours pitch black with a 2 finger tan head..the head stays atleast 3or4 minutes. incredible lacing down through the glass

smell: dark chocolate, heavy roasted malts, little vanilla also caramel

taste: dark chocolate, coffee and dark malts...little bite at first in the after taste but finishes sweet and smooth

mouthfeel: chewy, very moist and after taste you get alittle bite but ends sweet and leaves you wanting more

drinkability: for a 10% brew i could easily put down a 6 pack just watching a football game or something its drinkable to me...one of my favorite RIS

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

Words alone cannot describe this beer. You must drink it to understand. This is my favorite beer by which all other beers are compared. I have tasted maybe 150-200 different beers, but although some come close, none have matched what I want in a beer more than this.

Vague tasting notes? Yes, but although I don't have the vocabulary necessary to give a detailed review, I can say it honestly is a great brew.

Photo of tzieser
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Wow. This is probably the strongest stout I've ever had. This is also one of the nicest looking ones as well...

Pours a pitch black color-- no seeing through this one. The head looks outstanding-- insanely dark coco powder color. The glass looks identical to a glass of espresso. Smells of strong roasted malts and alcohol. Maybe some bitter chocolate in the back.

Tastes much like the smell description. Incredibly malty up front-- the roasted flavor is great. The alcohol flavor is disguised well, but you can definitely feel it going down.

I can't see having more than a couple of these... just too much for my stomach to handle.

I'm gonna save a bottle of this stuff for long-term storage. Can't wait to see how this one turns out!

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am away from my castle so this was poured into an oversized wine glass. The rich silky head is a deep tan. The beer is actually much thinner than I would have imagined. I love the dark coffee and chocolate aromas. Toasted malts and rich deep chocolate fill the nose. I can detect a light hint of alcohol as well. Upon first taste I can tell this beer is well hopped and deeply roasted. I don't get as much chocolate as many other people have mentioned. I get lots of coffee. The Chocolate is definately evident in the nose, but not in the flavor (to me). I love the hop character of this one. I have alway enjoyed the RIS style because it gives you the stout flavors with plenty of hops and alcohol to boot.

Photo of scarletfire79
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a thick ink black. nice head, very nice looking in the glass. aromas of coffee, roasted chocolate sweetness, slight alcohol, malty burntness. the taste is amazing. very smooth, roasted and sweet, thick yet smooth, very well balanced. slight alcohol taste running through, but overall very drinkable. definitly the first of it's kind that i can taste the chocolate aspect loud and clear. there might be better russian imperial stouts out there, but not from brooklyn!

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was about an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt and also a yeasty quality.

T: Well balanced flavor. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, barley and maybe mild hops. Very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a very drinkable. beer. It's well made and goes down easy.

Photo of ljbrisson
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous, chocolate black into a pint glass with cocoa, thin head which quickly reduces to a thin cap and leaves grainy lacing. Aroma is espresso, chocolate, burnt toast, berries. Mouthfeel is slick, medium-bodied, a little rough due to medium carbonation. Taste is roasted malts, black coffee, bitter chocolate, toffee up front, then a bit of hops and finishes with a strong alcohol warmth. As it warms the alcohol becomes almost overwhelming. Drinkability is moderate due mostly to the prevalence of the alcohol. This is frequently compared to Storm King; for the record I consider the latter a superior brew.

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

wow, 1142 reviews as of this writing. guess I'm late to the party on this one. I picked up one of these brewed for the 08/09 winter season beers. Rich black brew with a chocolate side note but dominated by a roasty note. tasty and one I think might cellar nicely. worth a try if you are like me and haven't gotten to this yet.

Photo of marcpal
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 12oz bottle purchased and poured into a goblet.

A: Vigorous pour leads to a tar black body with a creamy off white head that lasts as it warms down some. Filmy, chunky lacing behind it, like skeleton hands. Awesome looking beer.

S: You smell front and center the chocolate, a bitter chocolate scent and some type of nuttiness.

T: Strong coffee and alcohol and not much of the bitterness I detected in the aroma. The coffee undertones are both smooth and subtle. Vanilla starbucks coffee with boatloads of alcohol burn.

M: Pours and coats the mouth like NyQuil and a film is left in the mouth.

D: Not great but tasty. The alcohol is very out there and makes you take it slow and steady. The alcohol is too detectable, past the point of warming.

This is the most chocolate bar like RIS Ive ever tasted. If thats your bag and want to feel like eating a rich chocolate bar, this is your beer. A few friends swear by this and the Storm King but I find neither worth writing St Petersburg about.

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

A- Absolute Pitch black, brown head that disappears quickly. It pours out in viscous manner, like a watered down syrup.

S- A rich, vibrant malt smell with a dark chocolate nose melded in.

T- Rich is the only way to describe it. You want to serve this beer at a little colder than room temperature to get the chocolate notes on your palate. The malt comes through and when it hits the back of your tongue, the chocolate comes through. A fair amount of alcohol warmth, but it's not overpowering. It's just there to remind you that you're drinking a RIS.

M- For having as high of a abv that this beer has, it's remarkably light on the tongue. No carbonation felt on the tongue, but the flavor lingers for a long while.

D- You don't want to sit down and drink a whole 6-pack of this by yourself. It's a dessert beer. Perfect with vanilla ice cream or a light fruit sorbet.

A huge recommendation for this beer is to serve it at around room temperature to get the full chocolate experience!

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty Russian Imperial Stout. It poured out with a very subtle head. Almost seasoned to have the characteristics of chocolate and deep tones of espresso.
The drinkability surprised me. It had a great and easy palatability, but the 10% caught me off guard. The alcohol is barely detected,which is different thatn most beers with higher ABV's.
Delicate sweetness is evenly distributed throughout the beer.
Overall, i truly do enjoy this beer...more so once in a while rather than often. Treat it more like the name suggests it to be....chocolate

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

A: A pitch black beer, no light coming through. Had a decent brown head that quickly disappears. Good lacing.

S: A little bit of chocolate, espresso and alcohol scents. Much more predominant as it warms up a bit.

T: An excellent combination of chocolate, coffee, espresso coffee, caramel and alcohol. Blends really well together and the alcohol, although noticeable, is not overpowering.

M: A full body beer. Thick, creamy and slick. The taste of chocolate is left on your tongue and mouth.

D: The ABV is 10%, so it is not a session beer, but it is a phenomenal beer to drink.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade on this

A- Black body with a frothy brown head almost reminiscent of chocolate milk.

S- Chocolate dominates but is accompanied by rich roasted malts and hints of caramel.

T- Chocolate flavor comes in first but is swiftly backed up by a roased malt flavor. A very slight alcohol warming note quickly follows a light caramel sweetness quietly fighting against a pleasantly earthy hop bitterness which carries through the end.

M- Wonderfully viscous, my lips are sticky.

D- If you can get this and want some stuff from New Glarus, BeerMail me (if my trading budget allows).

For me, Imperial Stouts are hit or miss. This one is a friggin grand slam. Assertive yet balanced, simply sublime.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a snifter. Nice inch of malty brown head with a beautiful lace. Dark as night coffee color.

S. No strong smell at all. A bit of chocolate and some slight alcohol and thats about it.

T. Very wonderful. Layers of mocha, chocolate malt, cocoa powder and grains. A flash of hop adds a long standing bitterness. The alcohol in the smell is non-existent in the taste. Finishes a bit sweet. Still a lot of depth, layers and deliciousness.

M. Flawless. Outlandishly creamy and smooth. Full bodied but not too filling.

D. If nothing mattered, I would drink this like water. That would be out of control though, and so would you if you drank too much of this. A must try.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Alcohol content, according to the label, is 10.0% ABV, compared with the 10.6% as stated here.

Inky black in color; opaque, with no trace of light coming through. A small, somewhat creamy head of espresso foam appears for a brief period before settling to a thin cap, leaving behind a few traces of lacing on the walls of the vessel.

The nose is highly reminiscent of a barleywine, with notes of figs, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a bit of booziness. Wonderfully sweet and powerfully inviting.

Body is full, with a mouthfeel bordering on syrupy but just holding off, with a palate full of sweet dark chocolate, dark fruits, bitter black coffee and slight hop bitterness, and a nice warming alcohol presence that carries through into the finish and down the throat.

Deceptively drinkable, this stout's high alcohol content is hidden very well, and the delicious bittersweet flavors and nice balance leave one pining for another. This is a nice, warming beer for a cold evening--just the right beer for a night like this one.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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