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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,868
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 326
Gots: 995 | FT: 53
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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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, with a dark tan to brown head. In the aroma, chocolate, roasty malts, and a hint of alcohol. In the taste, roasty malt and chocolate. A bigger body and bitter mouthfeel, with a semi dry chocolate, roasty malt aftertaste. Nice chocolate flavor, and a big body. Hides the alcohol quite well.

Photo of bassmantin
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with a moderate brown/tan head. Very appealing. Smells of roasted nut and chocolate flavors.

Taste is very intense, with strong alcohol flavor throughout, especially in the aftertaste. The taste is rich in chocolate and very sweet up front, but it soon gives way to the overpowering alcohol taste.

Overall: Somewhat intriguing taste but intensity hurts drinkability.

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

Aroma is chocolate mixed in with some alcohol. Absolutely opaque with a light brown head. Mouthfeel is nice, not too aggressive. Alcohol shows up at the back of the throat but it's all malt and chocolate before that. Very nice drink. Definitely allow it to warm up before drinking----my last sip was much better than the first. Brooklyn does it again---good job!

Photo of morebeergood
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack for after Thanksgiving dinner. Poured into a pint glass, and the color seemed to be midnight black. One of the darkest beers that comes to mind. Very minimal head and carbonation. The smell was of roasted coffee. When this beer is served a bit on the cold side, the taste of bittersweet chocolate is prevalent. But as this beer warms up, the chocolate flavor mellows out a bit, to somewhere between cocoa and milk chocolate. At over 10% abv, I do not understand how easy this brew goes down. But that small part of my brain tells me not to have more than a couple. This beer is a perfect after dinner drink, or with dessert, or as dessert itself. This stout is by far my favorite offering from Brooklyn. I will look forward to it every year.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle '07 release poured into a goblet at 45F.

Nice looking beer, near black with a creamy espresso brown head. Excellent lacing.

The nose is of chocolate, molasses, sweet roasted malts, coffee, molasses and delicate floral hops.

The taste is again strong with sweet chocolate and roasty malts. There is a coffe presence surrounded by a slight bittering hop character, fudge, caramel and dark pitted fruit.

Full body and nice mouthfeel that silks over the palate. A complex, but very well balanced beer that can be enjoyed anytime. With a 10.6% ABV, this one will age quite well for many years to come.

Photo of elmore
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: I came upon this gem at a local store, not a huge fan of stouts, but couldn't pass this up - poured at room temperature from a bottle into a snifter with a thin tan head that rapidly disappeared - minimal lacing as I drank.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, toffe with a tinge of booziness.

Taste: similar to smell great chocolate taste, but not too sweet like some chocolate stouts, nice little alcohol sting.

Mouthfeel: A little less creamy than I like a stout to be. Moderate carbonation, which is good for the style.

Drinkability: Very good for the style and alcohol content.

A very good imperial stout. I will definitely be buying more. I beleive it is only a winter release, which is fine because I think this will cellar very well.

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

Poured in to a pint glass; pitch black in color with a small head that disappeared after a minute or two. Aroma has coffe, toffee, caramel, and hints of alcohol. When cold, tastes mostly of smoky coffee and some mellow chocolate. As it warms, the chocolate flavor comes more to the front, yum. Mouth feel is good, with active carbonation. Wow, at 10% my first one is starting a buzz. Delicious to drink alone, or even better with rich chocolate cake. Rich, but drinkable, although not many at one time for me. One of the best 2 or 3 Imperial Stouts I've had thus far.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle, like motor oil, thick, black, viscous. Dark tan head, good retention. Wonderful aroma of chocolate and coffee, with a whiff of alcohol. This is a rich, full, strong stout. Dark chocolate, molasses, heavy, viscous and a delight to drink on its own. One of the best imperial stouts I've ever had.

Photo of EStreet20
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

07-08 vintage, trying it fresh

12 ounce bottle poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass.

A - An inky black brew. A hard pour forms a nice near one finger dark tan head.

S - Big aromas here. Some alcohol cutting through a smell that has a vinous, wine-like kick of fruits smell mixed with chocolate.

T - Delicious taste of roasted dark malt. Dark chocolate flavor comes through with alcohol making a bit of a presence here. Finish is very roasted with an alcohol tinge aftertaste.

M - As always, Brooklyn had a achieved a nice full feel with their BCS. Also has some tiny carbonation dancing around that is present but not overdone.

D - Another year of a very interesting, well sipping Black Chocolate stout from Brooklyn. Nice to sit and sip on a cold night or to have with dessert.

Photo of clayrock81
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this black chocolate stout on black Friday (sorry, I had to put that line in). Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and this picked me up during this cold Virginia winter (I've spent the last 2 years in Florida, 50 degrees in Nov. is cold to me).
No head whatsoever, as this is midnight black color. Imagine Coke SYRUP - a good sign from a stout.
Upon smell there are hints of chocolate and coffee, and upon that first taste the malt kicks in. You can definitely realize the high ABV, which makes it slightly less sweet and smooth compared to Rogue's Chocolate Stout (which I think the ABV is in the 6 or 7 range), but is not as thick or leaves that somewhat malty, bitter aftertaste like an Old Rasputin does (which is still a very good beer). I think the reviewer before me, or the person in front of him mentioned how the high ABV limits the drinkability and I concur. I have had one after leftovers and I might have a second one, if that. This is a very good beer, more on the stout side than chocolate, so if you're looking for something very sweet you might want to pass. But if you are a beer lover, you'll have to pick this up and just have a nice glass (preferably after a meal so the 10.6% doesn't hit you) to warm you up during winter.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle (Winter 07-08 Vintage) into a pint glass. Paired with Sweet Potato Pie. I saved this one for Thanksgiving Desert. The rest of the 6 pack went into the black hole that is my cellar.

A. A beautiful beer. Dark motor oil black with a durable 2 finger head. Can't see through this brew no matter how much light you put behind it. Curtain like lacing that endures throughout the entire pint glass.

S. Dark chocolate and coffee malts. A bit more muted than some others I have recently tried. Still a good balanced RIS.

T. A little more bitter than most. Chocolate, coffee and mild finishing hops. The alcohol warmness is still there. Hopefully this will mellow with the aging.

M. Very smooth, creamy and viscous brew.

D. As with most high gravity beers the abv limits the drinkability. A couple more of these and I would be howling at the moon. Still this beer is readilly available in our market and I will hoard some so I can enjoy it in the next months.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Deep black color with s smaller head of deep brown foam. Medium low levels of carbonation, and some notes of lace in the glass.

S: Strong notes of coffee, cocoa beans, dark malts, earthy grains and moss. Somewhat sweet, but not cloying. Nice.

T: Very palateable for a RIS; notes of dark malts are enhanced by a powerful dark chocolate flavor. Mild molasses flavor with touches of smokey wood.

M: Hearty. Full. I think I drank a brick. Very dense, slightly sticky. Well rounded.

D: Average. This isn't an everyday or even every week beer. But when looking for a powerful "winter's eve" stout, this should do the trick nicely.

Photo of brantadid
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a two finger, tan head. Two minutes passed before the head diminished. Terrific lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer.

Smelled slightly of chocolate. Lots of sweetness from figs and raisins. Some toasted malts.

Tasted of chocolate and sour dark fruit. Raisins. Bitterness on the back palate.

Lower carbonation and thin mouthfeel. I thought it would have a heavier mouthfeel.

Nice beer. I will drink more.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with a thin brown head which quickly dissipates. Black with deep red highlights. Aromas of dark roast coffee, brandy, cocoa, plums... very inviting.

Taste migrates from sweet to roasty and finishes with a heavy hand of warming alcohol. Certainly a sipper. Thick mouthfeel amplifies the roasty chocolate flavors. Complex dark fruit flavors along with more of that dark coffee.

Remarkably smooth for a imperial stout, but could use some aging before consumption. (This is a 2007 bottle). I've got a couple of these stashed from last year that I'll have to check out soon.

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

07/08 bottle. A big thanks to JJ for this one!

Appearance - Inky jet black. Nice thick light brown head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Dark fruits, chocolate, burnt toast, and a bit of roasted coffee.

Taste - Dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, and dark malts. Flavors were bold but not obnoxious. Well balanced.

Mouth feel - Velvety and creamy. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Too easy. Alcohol was not really to noticeable. I felt it almost had a Trappist ale quality to it, as was mentioned in a previous review. Highly recommend. Cheers!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Winter '07-08 version.

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. What a great RIS that's easily available in the Syracuse area.

Photo of holzmann
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours pitch black with minimal head (I suppose I expected more of a creamy head on top). The color definitely lets you know what you are getting into. It has a very nice chocolaty nose, however this is accompanied by a fairly strong alcoholic smell, that almost gives this brew a cheap character. Feels full bodied on the tongue and has a strong, yet not overwhelming chocolate taste that finishes with smooth notes of dark, almost bitter, chocolate.
My initial thoughts were that calling this a "beer" is a bit of a stretch. So much of the experience that this brew provides makes me think "chocolate barley wine?" Overall, great taste, but this one definitely does not kick back easily.

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

With a calculated amount of agitated pouring this magnificent concoction of six varieties of chocolate- sports a full head that will fill your big Duvel glasses. A completely black opaque liquid wont let any light through the glass. Looks like black velvet bliss.

A nose of sweet caramels I often associate with Trappist ales and a distinct aroma of cacao.

A super smooth mouth feel is complimented with a superb balance of the supple texture with the perfect touch of dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Brilliantly balanced.

Without even a mention for ‘The Brewmaster’s Table’; this beer is another reason why Garrett should run for president.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black, very dark black motor oil looking stuff pours out of the bottle, topped by a medium dark brown head that fades (probably due to the alcohol content). Smell is mostly roasted dark malts with a good helping of booze--could use some aging to get rid of the alcohol smell (and taste).

Taste is pretty boozy, bitter malt (not much hops). There is some chocolate in there, but not in the forefront. I don't know what would happen with this if it aged (i actually broke the bottle that i was aging, bottom fell out of the cardboard four pack). I would hope that the booze would die down and let the chocalate shine through with the malt--that woudl be nice.

Mouthfeel is perfect--not too thick but medium high with enough carbonation to liven it up. Too strong for me to consider very drinkable. Very good candidate for aging, should mellow out a bit. Very good value. Buy a couple and lay them down for a couple years.

Photo of armock
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a light brown head

S - Sweet malts caramel an of course chocolate

T - The smells carried on over to the taste caramel and chocolate

M - Very smooth and creamy

D - This brew has a great taste and is very smooth easy to drink just gets a little filling after a few

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

Looked interesting, so I bought a single bottle. It poured a motor oil black with a thin brown head.

The smell was soft and full of roasted malt body and chocolate/coffee aroma. The taste had a full body and a soothing chocolate taste as well. I was really surprised by this one. Chocolate tastes were dominant into the aftertaste as well, and the hop profile was medium/low. Carbonation was low, and consistency was nice and thick. I was impressed by how well the high alcohol content merged with the flavor. Much better than others of the style that I've tried.

Wow. I Wasn't expecting a truly authentic chocolate flavor. This was a well-balanced, hearty, stout. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would reccomend it to others. This would make a good winter warmer indeed. Drinkability is good, although it probably should be kept to reason instead of "pounding".

Photo of bigeyedfish
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 07-08 poured into a pint glass.

Pours an absolutely jet black(maybe the classic black bottle has something to do with it, but at least to me, this looks like shear squid ink) with a pretty decent size head that is almost a light orange; it's the closest that a beer has come to looking like a Halloween Oreo. Pretty intimidating looking beer. The head dissolves at a steady but not alarming rate leaving a pretty much solid, glass encircling lacing.

Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate. Probably should have expected that with the name of the beer (hereee's your sign) but this is worth re-emphasizing. It smells like a ton of chocolate. There's some coffee in there as well, and i'm afraid to say it, but there's a slight hint of cooked ground beef. I'm not sure if I like it or not, and I'm not sure if the only reason I smell it is I've spent a good two minutes smelling this beer; I'm just saying this is probably one of the more interesting stouts, at least on the nose, that there are.

Milk chocolate, then an orange slice and a shot of espresso, in that order. There is a ton going on in this beer, and to be honest, I'm not sure just one review will do it justice. There is even some chocolate fudge ice cream bars going on deep in the finish that is really nice. And now there's even some citrus fruit going on. Yeah, this is one beer with a ton going on with it. And now the citrus fruit I had is now coconut/pina colada. And now I've got some banana. Frozen banana...from a chocolate stout? I believe so. Wow. Really nice mid-palate, that's where I'm getting a lot of the banana/coconut/pina colada, really nice finish with the chocolate absolutely exploding. This is a beer I could drink an entire case of and still not get everything. Let's move on before I lose my mind.

Well, let's see what we've got going on in the mouthfeel. There's a lot going on, it pretty much grips the entire palate. Each region has a different flavor going on(the mid and side have the banana/coconut, the rear palate has the chocolate/espresso intensification, the front of the palate has milk chocolate which then switches to coffee which then switches to a combination of the mid/side palate flavors and the rear palate/finish flavors. So in short, yeah, this feels pretty good. Smooth as anything, an absolute epic in each sip with more going on than an episode of Lost.

Drinkability, well, yeah, it's almost 11% ABV, so it can't be that high. It's a sipping beer that almost defines sipping beers. There's so much going on that the enjoyment of one of them is as much enjoyment as two or three of any other beer(with the added bonus that the alcohol is almost equivalent to the aforementioned beer that you drink two/three of). There's a lot going on, and it only gets more complex as it gets warmer. But with it's high ABV, and the time it takes to drink one, it's hard to imagine drinking more than one in a night; this compares with any of the great, complex after dinner beers and is something that the thought of aging brings delusions of grandeur. Probably the most complex fresh beer I've ever had and an absolute winter staple from now on.

Photo of garcia2a
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The cold weather is now welcome, Mr. Oliver's magic brew has landed.

Pours out with an opaque ruby-brown tone and a thin lacy head. Just enough residual malts and sugars for the beer to rim the glass when swirled. Very faint carbonation, just enough to catch your attention for a moment.

The smell was once again magnificent. Pronounced hints of malt, grain and chocolate. The first sip of this year's was slightly different than the past few years. This beer was a bit sweeter, as I surmised from the rimming. The sweet and the chocolate gave this a very crisp finish, probably the crispest I can remember, although I have a 95-96 bottle in the cellar.

Mouthfeel was great, as the grains and the chocolate really gave the old taste buds a workout. The sweetness added an interesting dimension.

This is a highly drinkable brew that I believe will improve with age. Have a few this year and put the rest away til 2012.

Photo of fank2788
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at The Spot in Bethel, CT
Very nice appearance deep black with great lacing on the glass. Pretty typical on the nose nothing great but it hits all the major points chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts with spicy hops underneath. The taste is nice fairly sweet but well balanced by bitter hops not a typical american RIS it is much more subtle in the hoppiness, which I like. The mouthfeel is nice also, mine was served too cold but as it warmed the fullness and smoothness of this beer began to come through. Drinkability is good also the 10+ abv is well hidden here in a balanced beer, I've had better but this isn't bad

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

Pours a great dark black with good head and decent lacing. Has a slight chocolate scent, along with a bit of roasted grains, but it's not very strong. Taste has little (bitter) chocolate, little roasted grains, and little of anything beyond the heavy alcohol. Goes down all right for an imperial, a little rough. Nice to try, but nothing outstanding in it.

EDIT/UPDATE: Much better. Don't know if I had a bad batch, my taste buds are craft beer better, or something else, but I've really enjoyed this beer much more. Nice chocolate and stout tones without being too alcohol hot.

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