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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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Ratings: 5,728
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 329
Gots: 927 | FT: 47
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of xzqrut
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out like oil, very dark and thick, low head and low carbonation, nice stout. Beer gave a nice malt aroma, with some burnt chocolate as well. Same with the taste, although at times it seemed like this years high ultra high alcohol content affected it a little. Mouthfeel about what you would expect, thick and flat, some foam. Good beer, really warms you up this year.

xzqrut, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at a BW3 in Mishawaka, during the North Carolina/Duke basketball game (which I won a 25 cent bet on). Also, the US beat Mexico in soccer, 2-0.
Anyway, served in a pint glass, a beautiful opaque black with hints of brown and a small dark black head. Excellent so far. Nose is heavy roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and the slightest hint of sweet ethanol on warming. Taste is nice thick roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate, and lingering bitter chocolate in the finish. A little bit syrupy. Full mouthfeel, quite smooth. Drinkability is good, but watch out for that ABV. I had no idea this was over 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden. I would have guessed 6% or so.

shivtim, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours jet black with a fluffy 1.5 fingers deep mocha head. Alright lacing & good head retnetion

S: Some chocolate & iron. A little licorice as this warms

T: Chocolate & iron up front. Licorice, roasted malts & coffee surface as this warms. Finishes with a little chicory, warming boozy alcohol, dryness & bakers choclate, yum

MF: Rich & some smoothness with low carbonation

Drinks to damn easy, this is 10.6 abv? I think I can session on this until nap time

russpowell, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of karst
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is 1:40 pm and the thermometer just broke 60°F as my area meterologists updated with: "warm air advection much stronger than previously anticipated. Have already mixed above 900mb on the 12z ksgf sounding. With clouds now
out of the area and mixing up to about 850mb...have bumped highs
into the lower 60s across the southwest corner with 50s over
northern and eastern sections of the County Warning Area."
My oaks are budding out and my pines recently bent over by ice are errect and indicating a 10-15 mph southerly breeze. The kind of breeze that suggests the end of winter and the start of a new brewing season.

I remove Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout from the celler and put on Lynyrd Skynyrd CD and bring out an blank BJCP form

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
There's too many places I haven't seen
And if I stayed here with you, now
Things just wouldn't be the same
Well I'm as free as a bird now,
And a bird you can not change.

I swear to God, as I did this an American Eagle circled and flashed the unmistakable white tail and head in the strong midday sun light as I took in a beautiful beer on a beautiful day . .

Limited Bottling - Winter 06-07 hand carried from NY by homebrewing friend.
I complete my evaluation stingy with praise for aroma taste and body but enjoying it as its 10%+ABV make my spirits rise like the eagle on Spring's first southerly breeze.

My palate is satified as a Sharpshinned hawk dives for a thirteen lined ground squirrel that has recently brought its heartbeat up brom 5 beats/min to 350 as it
rides off the ground in the encircling tallons of the predator.

Like the birds of prey I swoop down on this RIS, fill my mouth and become intoxicated with the moment. Can't you smell that smell of roasted malt, chocolate, fruity esters and CH3CH2OH with chocolate taking the center stage of my 0.4L Rastal sniffer. The opaque dark Chocolate Stout topped with a fine bubbled rich brown head and lace with enough ABV to start to show some leg quickly kills the handsome head leaving only lace and a ring.

Rich deep and complex malts and moderately strong esters suggesting dark fruit combine in the flawless molten chocolate alcohol. The Stout answers the question of the song with a resounding YES - I will remember you tomorrow. Dry dark roasted malts with a nearly full mouthfeel and flawless alcoholic warmth is well carbonated allowing it to expand and fill the mouth. Just short of chewy mouthfeel it wants a bigger body especially as it efferescesses off its CO2 and warms bring on more complexity.

Sweet love! A Feeling of roasty, fruity and bittersweet (somewhat restrained Amercian version of RIS showing off hops and roasted malts) combine bitterness of Dark Chocolate's initial sweetness that transitions to lingering roastiness and hop bitterness that makes this a wonderful and classic example that is nearly flawless.

To all my buddies that have left before me ...

All that remains is the empty glass an a honeybee that has entered the open patio door as I look back into the cellar to find something to follow . . .
hmmm Robert The Bruce?

karst, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of IronDjinn
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a 6 of this up over the holidays at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store while in Edmonton. Available down here in Calgary as well. My last bottle, time to review...

A deep dark opaque stout if there ever was one, well along the lines of the style. Tall creamy tan head that leaves lacing even as it recedes to a thickish creamy cap.

Rich creamy roasted malts on the nose, dark chocolate, licorice root, then getting into dark dried fruits like dates and raisins, turning vinuous with the alcohol presenting itself.

Surprisingly the flavour of this whammy of an Imperial Stout (at 10.6% abv) is fairly subtle. Roasted malt, some licorice, some dark chocolate, hints of esperesso, but it's all very contained.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied for the most part, and very velvety.

Incredibly drinkable stout, especially for what it is, and that is a tasty time-bomb waiting to go off--the alcohol content isn't really noticable until after a bottle has been downed, and you're reaching for another one already. And then the trouble becomes apparent. Best to share this with friends.

IronDjinn, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me thank the "Rebel" of the BA board for trading with me to get this beer.I drank this beer a little colder then room temp cause I was anxious to have it.Its a little ironic that im drinking a Stormking while I type my reply for a BCS.Ive been waiting to try this beer for atleast 4 months.Here it is

Very black body with a light brown head that was 1/2 in. thick.Some lacing but it dwindles on the glass as I drink it.

There is a very dark fruit smell to this beer and I do smell some phenols? I dont know if im using that word right.

Not as "stout" as other "RIS" The roasted taste isnt as prominant as other 'RIS" ive had in the past.I taste more fruit then choco. in the aftertaste .Plum taste is very evident.

The mouthful is a bit thin and the booze is evident and so is the fruitiness.

This is good but its very complex for me.All of the flavors seem to blend in together.I want to have this again but save some till my palate gets more intune with all different flavors.

MmmIPA, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of mstudley
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Limited Bottling - Winter 06-07

Not much I can add to what's already been said. Fantastic beer. It's like Old Rasputin and Rochefort 10 had a baby :) I could drink cases of this. Could do with a better nose but whatever, great overall. The 10.6% makes this a good candidate for ageing, if you can resist drinking it now.

mstudley, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle Winter 06-07

Appearance: Extremely opaque black. Beautiful creamy tan (almost brown) head that leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Heavy fruity alcohol and dark chocolate. Medium roasted espresso.

Taste: Big, thick beer. Dark roasted chocolate, almost syrupy at times, is front and center. Booze soaked cherries throughout. Huge lingering notes of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Amazing. Smooth and lush. Coats your mouth and glides off the tongue.

Drinkability: Suffers a bit with the high abv (10.6%) but very smooth and tasty.

Overall: An extremely delicious stout. I have had this many times over the years and have finally decided to get into the reviewing game. I think this year's version is a little heavier on the alcohol fruitiness then the roasted malts of years past. Still very tasty, a sipper, for sure.

ColForbinBC, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Illinick
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'05-'06 cellared 15 months.
A: Pitch black with a creamed coffee colored head that retains as a medium-thinnish layer with sticky edges. Good, sticky lacing.
S: Vinous and port-like with syrupy raisin scents as well as some burnt espresso beans at the end of the quaff. Dark, unsweetened chocolate drives the nose. Some dark fruits peek in and out, but the chocolate and burnt coffee bean scents are the real winners. An alcohol aroma throughout.
T: The cellaring does wonders for this brew. It's powerful and tannic on the tongue with port-like flavors up front, syrupy raisins and slight wood following with strong burnt espresso beans in the finish and aftertaste. The dark unsweetened chocolate flavors drive the profile, sometimes in the back drop and sometimes in the forefront. Alcohol burn peeks through in the middle and puckers at the end. As it warms the chocolate and coffee flavors make their appearance felt further, with the port flavors dissipating slightly. The aftertaste is heavy on the burnt beans throughout.
MF: Syrupy and medium thick.
Overall: This brew ages among the best of them. If you like a fresh bottle of BCS, have some patience and cellar a few. Wait a year and enjoy this sipper for an hour or so. Complex, mature, and delicious, this cellared brew is a definite winner.

Illinick, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of tyee
2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a black, black beer that I was excited to see hitting the Chicago market. It poured completely black with a a short tan head. The smell was coffee, sweetness and soy sauce. The taste was coffee, burnt malts and a little bit of chocolate. The mouth feel was frothy. This beer tasted young and was kind of a mess. I found the carbonation to be quite high for a RIS. The 10.6% alcohol was noticable.Overall, I found this harsh and difficult to drink. Maybe a couple of years in the cellar will do it good.

tyee, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with some brown highlights and a short brown head that dissappears almost immediately and leaves only very spotty lacing. The smell is quite complex with dark malt, coffee, licorice, and a touch of soy sauce. The taste is a little more subtle and very smooth. Starts slightly sweet with a hint of soy, some sweet malt, coffee and a touch of sour roastiness. The flavor finishes with a prolonged licorice bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little light, but very smooth and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable- the high abv is not noticed at all, and the smoothness facilitates the drinkability.

Georgiabeer, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love chocolate so i was all over this like a hot dog LOL.

appearance - Color is black, nice brownish tan head, watch it, i poured it too fast and it overflowed almost. Nice lacing, one of the best.

smell - is a mix of chocolate, malts, coffee, mmm nice.

taste - was like a mix of chocolate and roasted malts.

mouthfeel - Full bodied, little strong, ABV is 10% wow!

drinkability - This was the 06-07 bottle.Love this thing, I have one more left in my fridge, hope to go out find some more.

** Drank the 07-08 on tap , still yummy!

auxiliary, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of shbobdb
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Holy crap.

Did I just drink an Imperial stout in ten minutes? Damn, what a fine beer. Thanks Muenchenerkindl. Brooklyn just started distributing to Indy and I'm pretty excited.

It pours black-on-black-on-black-on-black. Wow. This is one dark beer. With a bubbly latte head.

It smells like dark, roasted malts. Not terribly sweet and fairly faint.

The taste, on the other hand, is a wonderful mix of sweet malts and roasted malt. It is exceedingly chocolatey. It is really like a fine piece of dark chocolate in my mouth. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and wonderful. I love it. Thick, not cloying, and delicious.

Drinkanility. Oh yeah. Delicious.

shbobdb, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with amber reddish hints, The head is light tan and pretty small with good retention. The occasional strand of lace clings to the glass. The aroma is roasty with bitter chocolate, caramel and a small amount of soy sauce.

The taste is full of black patent malt and roasted barley, with a good amount of chocolately malt flavor to balance their astringency. Hop bitterness is quite pronounced, Im guessing these are English hops. As the beer warms alcohol heat and some soy show up, but are never overpowering. the mouthfeel is thick but on the lighter side for an imperial stout. The finish is long bitter and chocolatey.

This is a tastey rich stout. Worth a try.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the blackest beers I have ever seen. Aroma is just what you'd expect, chocolate and lots of it. The taste is pretty much that of the darkest chocolate I can possibly imagine. This is one that takes a little while to drink, but very enjoyable. Goes great with a chocolate dessert, especially chocolate cake.

atsprings, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of tsmthrs
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling from a '05-'06 bottle courtesy of dmeadows.

Pours a deep black with little to no visible light with a creamy tan head that quickly fades and leaves some lacing.

Aroma-roasted malts, coffee and some earthy tints. I sense no smell of chocolate. Alcohol more evident as it warms.

Taste- very malty with mostly coffee tones, some fruityness. Still no chocolate is noticable to me

Feel- Very creamy, almost oily, up front with a little carbonation, then the hops and alcohol take over at the finish.

Drinkability-This is a good beer, but the finish is just too sharp for me to drink more than a few. But definately an a great after dinner beer.

tsmthrs, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06-07 version

Foreboding black mass of a body with a lush tan head. Even after the head has died down, tantalizing lacing lingers.

Obvious chocolate scent isn’t as aggressive as one might imagine. Tobacco and unexpected hop scent blend with a creamy, lactic quality in the nose. There is an alcohol quality that, while usually something I enjoy in a strong beer, takes away from the aroma here…barely.

Wow! Richer (don’t read “better”) than the 05-06. Luxurious cocoa taste with hints of caramel, marshmallow, coffee and smoke. Decadent.

Slight alcohol feel on the tip of the tongue is all that holds the mouthfeel back from perfection. It is creamy, thick and holds on to the palate which is great as the flavors are outstanding. While I couldn’t drink more than two (I’m stopping at one) the drinkablility for the style is phenomenal. A treat I look forward to every year.

malcontent, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of lehows
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid and thick black color with a very small tan head that faded away. Left no lacing. Nose was of sweet dark chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malt. Flavors hits you with a sharp alcohol tinged sweetness, chocolate, coffee, dark alcohol-soaked fruits. Alcohol is very pronounced. Drinkability is still high considering the ABV. A good beer to kick back during winter and relax with.

lehows, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of Damian
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a transparent black (thick like motor oil) with a small frothy film of mocha-colored bubbles which quickly disappeared.

Smell was sweet and complex, yet not particularly pleasant. Deep, roasted malts, port wine and soy sauce came through strong along with notes of raisins, brown sugar and a distinct oakiness.

Taste was sharp and biting. Port was once again noticeable up front before the huge alcohol bite kicked in. As the alcohol subsided, notes of brown sugar, dried fruits, burnt malts and salty licorice became apparent. Some hoppiness was noticeable on the swallow, which continued into the finish. The aftertaste was a mix of potent hops and deep, roasted malts, with a noticeable alcohol warming in the throat.

Medium-heavy bodied with a frothy, pillowy mouthfeel. The amount of carbonation was quite excessive and stung my palate.

This is a harsh and rather difficult to drink beer (even for this style). Worst of all, I could not detect any hint of chocolate in this so-called "Black Chocolate Stout."

Damian, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours opaque black with a full finger dark brown head that fades quickly with little lacing.
S - Earthy "dark chocolate" over a malted roast aroma with a hint of the alcohol.
T - Primarily dark chocolate flavor with an ever so subtle hop texture then finishes with the alcohol.
M - Not a very complex mouth feel; very smooth.
D - Quite drinkable... the 10.6 tracks warmth all the way down.

One to look forward to every season!

jjayjaye, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from GapWines, Belfast... 06-07 bottling...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Creamy brown head poured quite thick and fizzy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, chocolate mixed with strong espresso coffee, some blackcurrent/blackberry notes, leathery, woody, light liquorice, some vanilla traces, some tar, spicy hops, treacle/burnt sugar, some alcohol traces...

Taste – Strong roasted malt bitterness, some smokey notes, definite black coffee, creamy dark chocolate, peppery hops, faint liquorice, some nutty sweetness, treacle..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable - hardly noticed the 10.6%..

Overall - An outstanding stout... probably my second favorite after Rogue Imperial...

mdagnew, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of nriech
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

06-07 bottling
Appearance: Obviously completely black, tiny bit of chocolate brown head that almost completely dissolves away. Sticky lacing barely visable.

Smell: Smell is tons of roasted malts, chocolate, dark coffee, a little alcohol.

Taste: Awesome. This is hands down one of the best. Tons of the roasted malts come together to form the chocolate flavor. Its a little sweet with an alcohol kick at the end. A little smoky also. Mouthfeel is excellent, nice and thick. Nice strong aftertaste that wasnt too bitter.

Definately one of my top favorites of all styles.

nriech, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of rdickey
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source: 12 oz capped bottle. 06-07 bottling.

Appearance: Pours very dark, almost black, into my Chimay goblet. How much more black could it be? None… none more black. One-finger tan head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty goodness – chocolate and some dried fruit.

Taste: Wow. Dark chocolate and coffee – mostly bitter but some sweetness sneaks through.

Mouthfeel: Very nice – smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Perfect for a winter brew – it’s 20 degrees in NYC today and this goes down very nicely. The high ABV warms you – and warns you – but you’re not going to listen because it’s just that good.

rdickey, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of nase
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 06-07 Bottle to Tulip Glass (no freshness date)

Chocolatey Alcohol Scent. Tan head with great retention/lacing. Taste and mouthfeel are remarkable. Love the sweet alcohol taste with a hint of bitterness. A more drinkable version of the World Wide Stout.

4.5's across the board.

nase, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Gatch
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this stuff is good. 10.6%, what? Really can't taste it, it's just a subtle spiciness at the end.

Pitch black. One of the darkest I've seen in the pour, not in the glass. It looks like any other stout, but that's expected. Big medium brown head.

Smell was of malt and molasses with a hint of chocolate.

So smooth. The chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee complimented each other so well.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were great. The chocolate and roasted malt stayed on the palate for a while after. After a few of these, you would be feeling pretty good. I need to pick up a few to age although nothing needs to be subdued because the flavors are not overwhelming as it is. Love this Imperial Stout.

Update 4/12/13: been five years since I've had this...second bottle of a 4-pack purchased at the end of 2012. 10.0% ABV. Definitely improved as far as depth of flavor but the body is still relatively light and easy drinking. Nose is quite strong, full of roasted malt, wood, and dark chocolate. Sweet but balanced and a great finish. A seriously good beer at a seriously good price.

9/7/13: Third bottle of the 4-pack from the Winter 12-13 bottling. Pours magnificently. Beautifully thick, creamy, frothy, medium brown head with plenty of lace and great retention. Nose is all roasted and chocolaty malt with a bit of spicy booze. Flavor and feel is so thick. Robust, roasty, charred, almost dark-earth-like. Seriously dark, deeply roasted malts and a bit of sweetness. Booze is very faint and contributes a warming sensation. This stuff is seriously delicious. But I must say...still a little hotter than I expected. I'm hoping the last bottle, which will be saved until the end of this year, will have the smoothness, sweetness, and lack of booze that I've been hoping for.

4th and final bottle of 4-pack consumed on 1/14/14. Now well over a year old. Gorgeous pour. Huge, frothy, sticky, medium brown head. Super mellow with massive malt, chocolate, and wood flavors. Nose and taste are spectacular. Still some booze present but it's only complementary at this point. Incredibly smooth with proper carbonation and a fantastic finish. As expected, this is the best bottle yet.

Gatch, Jan 15, 2007
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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