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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,134
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,167 | FT: 60
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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 TheDoorman
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007-08 Bottle. Aged one year.

Pours like motor oil. A forced pour is necessary for a development of a brownish head that dissipates slowely. The nose is one serious roasty malt bomb. You can tell this beer packs a serious punch. Alcohol is present from the pop of the bottle. Beer pours like silk from the glass to my mouth. Creamy, delightful, thick palate. A touch of effervesance, but carbonation is extremely low. The taste is roasty maltiness throughout. I can feel the alcohol after just a few sips for this review. This beer has some serious warmth too. Great for the winter.

The roasty malt sweetness really defines this beer throughout. A great RIS. I'd want this if I were stuck in Siberia. But one per night is the limit.

This beer is consistently reviewed as an elite-elite RIS. I feel it is somewhat unbalanced as the alcohol dominates in places, but overall, its an absolute pleasure to drink.

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

Appearance: Pours a thick motor oil black, with a quickly receding thin head, and not much lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and soy sauce.

Taste: A rich thick very tasty beer, best drunk slow until warmed to room temperature. The taste is all chocolate with a healthy dose of roasted barley. Dry in the finish which is good. But there is a touch of soy sauce flavor, not as bad as some doppels but noticeable. A very good beer and a good deal at 10 for a sixer.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy.

Drinkablity: I will drink this one again, it will definitely go into the rotation.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is damn, damn tasty and easy to drink.

A: Pours opaque black, no head , very itsy bitsy sticky brown lacing with good legs

S: Cocoa and malts

T: Pure chocolate deliciousness. Strong, sweet mikly dark chocolate, molasses, dark cherries, roasty malts, little smooth, smoky aftertaste but not harsh or bitter - very, very creamy smooth taste. There really is no hint of alcohol in the taste.

M: Pure heaven. Very light to nonexistent carbonation, there is no dryness or anything other than milky creaminess that lingers in the feel. There is a slight hint of alcohol burn a few moments after leaving the palate, which does not linger long. It's simple and it's delicious.

D: This is very drinkable. It's like drinking skim chocolate milk. I could drink this everyday, will definitely keep this one on my "to get" list and keep stocked in the fridge. Completely dig-a-licious.

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black, like dark chocolate, makes sense. Plenty of head with respective staying power with the body's color lending itself to the head

Aroma: Dark chocolate with fancy coffee aromas wandering around in there.

Taste: Delightful. Tastes like it smells, with alcohol nipping at the taste buds and the top palate. Warming all the way down. One of the best after-tastes of any beer. As it warms you notice the alcohol more but still remains enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Along with the 10.6% ABV getting your attention it doesn't distract you from the flavor and is somewhat soft.

Drinkability: It is a slightly heavy beer with tremendous flavor but for a beer meant for sipping it is suited for a casual drinking session within the limits of a six-pack.

Notes: I keep trying to cellar sixers of this tasty brew but as the winter progresses I find myself attracted to it and the next thing I know I only have a few left. Self control must be displayed around this brew as it gets better with age. This is by far my favorite beer of any beer I have ever reviewed or drank.

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

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an inky-black with a thick, rocky tan head into a chalice. The aroma was a wonderful blend of alcoholic esters and roasted malt. The taste was initially a bit hit of roasted malt with black currant undertones, finishing with a nice alcoholic warmness. This was my first ever keg of beer on my CO2 system - good times.

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

Appearance: Its name says it all, black chocolate. This beer is gorgeous, unbelievably dark with a thick and almost nutty brown colored creamy head. After the pour the head continued to grow and trace down the outside of my glass. I thought the head had great retention. The lace is the same warming brown and the thickness is measurable.

Smell: I get a strong aroma of burning chocolate with undertones of coffee. I can picture a Hersey's Special Dark candy bar. Not a sweet chocolate smell, but definitely has the bitter smell of dark chocolate.

Taste: The bitterness of the chocolate takes command of the palate. I also sense a nutty malt that is quite enjoyable. The coffee lingers on the tongue following the swallow, and the alcohol speaks loud and clear.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional, thick and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. After swallowing, my mouth is still coated. Good representation.

Drinkability: It may seem strange but I paired this beer with homemade oatmeal raisin cookies, and they meshed extremely well. I could and would drink this beer all night.

Photo of iceball585
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, thin tan cover that faded quickly to a thin ring

S- Dark chocolate, alcohol, black coffee, slight auroma of dark fruits

T- Coffee beans, dark chocolate, roasted black patent malts, barley, hint of raisens

M- Medium body, low carbonation, smooth, rich, bold, warming of alcohol throughout

D- Worth buying again and again

This is one great brew, but one a night is about all you need. The alcohol definitely strikes hard with this beer.

Photo of d0ggnate
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08-09 Bottling

A: Poured dark brown/black with mocha tan and frothy head layer. Thick cloud-like foam gives way to patchy islands amid and around the edge of my glass.
S: Clearly present chocolate malt aromas. Noticeable cold coffee smells.
T: Chocolate pushes through, but arrives bitter, almost like semi-sweet. Very delicious chocolate profile. Coffee is only noted, but can still be picked up lightly.
M: Slick and a bit creamy. Sharp flavor and distinct taste.
D: Very good beer. I am impressed more this time than the first I tasted it. I'm sure this would mellow deliciously with time aged. I'll seek more in the future and stash them for later sampling.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip. This is the 2008 vintage.

A = Dark mahogany with a dark chocolate meringue-like foamy head, good retention and medium lacing.

S = Deep aromas of semisweet chocolate, baking cocoa, light hints of burnt Sonora pine bark with a slight vanilla bean underneath.

T = Great balance with bitter dark chocolate mixing contrasting with fresh brewed French Roast coffee that has lots of cream and sugar. These flavors predominate up front in the mouth and into the midpalate where some lightly floral hops flavors appear in addition to the already present bitterness, nice long finish.

M = Heavy body, great moughtcoating, luscious creamy feel.

D = This is just an excellent beer, though strong enough that a bottle split between two after dinner may be all you need at a sitting. It is nonetheless one to come back to again and again.

Photo of dmad50
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a major go-to for me during the winter months due to its pleasant taste and relative value.

Pouring my bottle into a snifter, the beer exhibits a tan head. The beer is nearly black in color. The mouthfeel matches this appearance with a heavy, think consistency. A slight dark chocolate can be noted along with a nice roasted flavor.

At $9 for a six-pack where I get it, this beer packs a nice taste the price.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance - Pours inky black with a barely covering chocolate head that turns from a light froth to more of a real light, creamy covering. There isn't much of a head at all to lose, but what little there is stays throughout. Doesn't leave any lacing as I make my way through the glass. A bare 60W bulb can't even begin to penetrate through.

Smell - Some dark chocolate, but not in-your-face like I was expecting from the name. Sort of a dark fruit smell that I've found in other RIS's. Kind of reminds me of raisins/prunes/black cherries. There's some alcohol in the smell as well.

Taste - Wow. Now the name makes sense. While I didn't get a lot of chocolate in the nose, it was about all I could taste in the first sip. It's sort of what I might expect if I put really, really dark chocolate cocoa powder in my mouth. After that, alcohol cuts through pretty sharply, leaving my mouth dry and hot. That fruit taste comes through with the alcohol, but it's only there for a split second. The alcohol definitely blends in with the chocolate, though, even in the swallow. I can definitely see why people age this, and I'd fully expect it to get better.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth and kind of oily. As strange as it sounds, as it warms the feel turns a bit creamy. It doesn't leave as much of a coating as I expected, though.

Drinkability - One. It goes down fairly smooth, but the alcohol keeps it from being easier to drink. I can't imagine pouring myself a second one directly after. It's a big beer, though, and couldn't be further from the term "sessionable," which is fine. It being bigger is fine, and I personally can't imagine knocking off drinkability points for that. However, the strong alcohol taste does.

To sort of conclude, I like it, but it definitely feels like it needs aged. There's just too much alcohol present in the taste, and I've had RISs that were better.

Photo of Chinon01
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Black. No light penetration. Thin, pretty, khaki, espresso, colored head. Spotty lacing.

Nose - Anise, milk chocolate, hazelnut, burnt sugar, mild roasted notes.

Taste - Similar to nose with noticeable bitterness creating coffee sensation. Some cherry and blue fruit and high acidity.

Mouthfeel - Suffers from acidity

Drinkability - Only decent due to style.

Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted maltiness. Very, very smooth tasting beer in which the malty dark chocolate masks the high abv. This is a dangerously good beer that taste so smooth that you want to drink it down so fast. Highly recommended!

Photo of chaz410
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark color, not much head. Smell is faint at best, little chocolate and malt. Taste is thick with mocha and coffee. It's very pleasant. Little alcohol in relation to the abv it has. The mouthfeel is smooth and more crisp than I would imagen with the style and abv. Very drinkable and smooth with nice chocolate malts and caramel and mocha coffee but not overwhelmingly sweet.

Photo of aubuc1
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a goblet.

pours a pitch black with a thick tan head

smell is of roasted malt, coffee and bitter rich cherry

taste is rich. roasted cherry is predominant.

oily mouthfeel is a delight

very nice beer that is a winter treat.

i don't love ris alays due to my dislike of coffee, but this is a very good beer.

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.

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