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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,076
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,122 | FT: 55
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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 animal69
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/09 release, pours an impenetrable black with hints of reddish brown at the edges w/ a modest brown cap which dissipates quickly leaving some broken lace in my ommegang chalice ; surprisingly mild smell , a coffee-like aroma mixed w/ faintly vinous wood & piney hop notes, very subtle date (?) and chocolate undertones ; more chocolate in the taste, as well the same strong woody flavor, citrusy hops and i'm going to say a vanilla midway, finish has a roasty bitterness and just a touch of alcohol in it ; a rich, full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and actually quite dry ; a very complex brew, definitely a sipper, but not too heavy, so you could have two to figure out the flavors...

Photo of philbe311
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Winter 07-08 bottling...

A - Slight but impressive rich tan head, less than one fingers worth... Jet black color with slight but distinct carbonation... Nice lacing...

S - Banana... Rich creamy sweet chocolate... Malt... Toffee... Slightly nutty... Melted butter... Rich, complex, and utterly delightful to the senses...

T - Sweet chocolate... Bitter chocolate... Malt... Butter... Licorice... Nuts... Toffee... Sweet, sweet, sweet... Right to the brink of overdone, but note quite...

M - Sinfully rich, but still surprisingly light... Creamy... Burnt characteristics... Lush and thick... Oily... Very mild carbonation on the tongue... Ever so slightly tart...

D - Excellent brew... Almost too sweet... Rich... One and done due to the hgh ABV, but one I would revisit time and time again...

2009 - Very consistent year of year... Still a highlight of the late fall / early winter season...

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

08/09 Release

Incredible beer.

Pours just pitch black with a nice tan head. A bit of a coffee flavor that seems to add some bitterness (I'm not a coffee drinker). Chocolate flavor is very evident which makes this beer go down way to quickly. The alcohol seems to sneak up on you after you've finished off the bottle and it packs a bit of a punch.

Overall just an excellent beer, really looking forward to having a few more when the snow starts to fall. Have a sixer of the 07/08 in the cellar, getting ready to compare how this has aged.

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow - chocolate chocolate chocolate. Pours very, very dark, really dark brown head that lasts only a few sips :( Smells unbelievable - really strong aroma full of dark chocolate, sweet fruits, and some coffee. The smell is practically a meal on its own with this beer. Taste is similar to the smell, but actually not as interesting. Still great, though. Good carbonation for my tastes, but I think I may have liked it the general feel of the beer to be a little thicker. Alcohol is blended well, also. I just got a single bottle, and while I really do like this beer quite a bit, I'll probably end up buying an Old Rasputin pack over it, but that's just me. Try it out - the Bowery Whole Foods Beer Room has a TON of them in now.

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

Grabbed a sixer of these from West Lakeview Liquors - my wife loves stouts and chocolate so it made sense.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumbnail of foam. Not as viscous and oily as some of the other stouts I've encountered.

S - I get more of a coffee flavor than chocolate, although there's certainly a hint of dark chocolate in there. There's also a hint of milky-cream as well.

T - This is where the real dark chocolate flavor comes out. There's also some roasted coffee taste. I'd probably rate this higher if I loved coffee or chocolate...

M - Lighter than I expected. Creamy and smooth.

D - I can't really taste the 10% too much, but I'd be on the floor after a handful of these.

A great brew - looking forward to trying other Brooklyn offerings.

Photo of thespaceman
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6 pack from Valley Discount Wine & Liqour in Waterbury, CT. Recommended by an employee there, so far positive reviews let see how it goes.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Good coloring, with a generous head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Espresso beans come to mind. Very rich smelling, deep cocoa malts appear on contact, a slight hint of butterscoth hops appears yet its very distant.

Taste: This one is like having your cup of Folgers with a kick in it, if only Starbucks can re-invent this into a coffee I'd drink it every morning. Again, a great coffee bean flavor with a kick of chocolate in the backdrop, this beer is enticing! Charcoal notes give away the alcohol taste you'd expect from a 10% ABV but it isn't too much. Nice balancing of flavors to alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation gives away to a bitter yet highly hopped aftertaste. Smooth, creamy and decadent. A nice feel for something with this high of a ABV.

Drinkability: This one is a slow sipper, yet very drinkable without the alcohol content flooring it to the wall. If you like coffee or mocha flavorings you'll easily be able to throw back 3 in a hour. This beer is a "creeper", easy to drink due to the suttleness of the flavors but it does it's work in the end. A great job by Brooklyn, easily one of their best brews! If you see this in your cooler, grab it, you won't be dissapointed.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single of this for $2.19 last week.

Let me preface this buy saying this is a damn good beer. It pours like motor oil with a nice tannish/white head. Smell is of chocolate malt and some alcohol notes. Taste is of the same but the alcohol taste is subdued. It definitely warms you for sure though and it's a definite sipper. The chocolate taste is very well present but not overdone so it makes for a great tasting beer. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Photo of drnknmnky
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank a winter 07/08 served in a tulip

A - Thick black color, light head settled on top.

S - roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, strong smells

T - Strong Dark chocolate and roasted malts. ligth coffee,

M - Hot beer, alcohol still seems to come through although its been aged almost a year. Good beer viscous.

D - alcohol comes through even after aging. good beer high 10.6 ABV gives a lower mark.

Good beer, its alcohol still comes through in aging. Waiting for the 08/09 winter release to do a side by side.

Photo of lbkornlb14
2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer had a great coffee smell, and taste, i held it up to a 100W bulb and couldnt see through it, I find beers of this nature, for me, hard to drink. They seem to be too much, and get dumped after 3/4's. I mean, if stouts/imperial stouts are your thing, youd probably love this, but I wasnt a fan, good job as always by Brooklyn but I would never get again.

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

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is an afternoon delight. Dark sludgy appearance with tan fizz. Smells, as expected, like a lot of chocolate and serious roasted malt. The taste is similar, but not excessive chocolate. Any time I have a beer with "coffee" or "chocolate" or "creme brulee" in the title, I always worry that the flavors are going to go overboard. Thankfully that is not the case with this one. Very good overall, but not great.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Bottle Winter of 07-08 poured into a snifter and consumed at 50-58F

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout poured black [looks like a tootsie roll], as black can be with a small brown head that dissipated rather quickly but left some nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malts and heavy chocolate and a little candy like sweetness with a bit of alcohol. Tastes are of roasted malts and big chocolate as the name of the Stout implies. Also flavors of espresso, dark toffee and a little burnt toast are present. Mouth feel is smooth and medium in body-lighter than one might expect from a brew this dark.

This is a very drinkable and flavorful stout. I highly recommend it!

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a finger length head which is just slightly off color. Beer itself is entirely opaque.

Smell- Not much of a nose here, some light coffee notes buts thats about it.

Taste- Thick and smooth chocolate, almost like an alcoholic smoothie, its pretty good. Lingers on the tongue and the chocolate really comes out on aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thick, really gets around to the palate.

Drinkability- Super, nigh unparalleled.

Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08-09 bottle

A- black body with a finger of sticky coffee colored lasting head. cant ask for much more.

S- roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a dash of hops.

T- fresh this tastes like a load of chocolate dumped into a glass of booze. much room for improvement with age. it has a hoppy finish as well.

M- rather thick and creamy. very smooth

D- at 10% abv the alcohol isnt as well hidden as many other beers in this style. i cant wait to see what this one turns into in a year or three. one was enough for the evening. ill check in on this one fairly often.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cellar-cool 12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a midnight-ebony body with a trace of deep garnet at the periphery, capped with a thick layer of fine-bubbled oily khaki-brown foam. The head retains at a broken sheet that leaves webby speckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell is chocolatey with a nice coffee backing, but a huge plummy, raisiny whiff of alcohol threatens to take over the aroma profile of the drink.

The taste features (or suffers from, depending on your perspective) the same dark-fruity alcoholic character as the nose, with charred malt, dusty cocoa and rich dark-roasted black coffee working hard to be known above the boozy, fortified-wine-style heat of this drink. Red apples macerated in dark rum notes emerge as the drink warms further. A nice earthy dryness denotes the finish.

Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, it seems to me that this year's edition Brooklyn's BCS has lots of potential and would benefit greatly from aging. Very boozy and hot right now with extremely limited drinkability as a result. I'll let the rest of the sixer age a while, give it a whirl again, and, if necessary, revise my review accordingly.

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

Poured into a snifter out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a very dark brown color with a huge tan brown head well over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating 1/4 inch thick several minutes after being poured and eventually to a this surface coating along with a medium sized tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lace. Robust aromas of deep roasted coffee, chocolate and malt along with a small hint of alcohol. Flavors of rich, sweet chocolate immediately hit my palate followed followed with some somewhat bitter roasted coffee. The sweet chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and the beer also becomes easier to drink as the beer warms a bit, with the taste of alcohol fading. Has a somewhat crisp, but mainly smooth, creamy, frothy mouthfeel with a full body and fairly mild carbonation. The most drinkable high gravity ABV stout I have ever had.


Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 installment just in and poured into Alpine mug...

Solid ginger/cinnamon (tight) 1-finger head topping an awesome jet-black body. Little visible carbonation but who would know? Wicked thick.

Oily, brown sugar/cinnamon scent topping deep, dark but mellow roasted malt. Loads of depth and hearty coffee and chocolate texture with grass/pine from hops on deep background.

Grassy hops emerge here with the overzealous (not a bad thing) roasted malt. This one rolls a little hot, though - maybe needs some warmth and time? Excellent, however.

This deal beats the palate like a rented goalie. Balance in overabundance is an understatement. Carbonation actually makes an appearance on the finish with warmth to cut the heft a bit. Finish is surprisingly clean and tight for something so blessedly huge.

A sipper. A very good sipper. Very very good. But it needs time.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark molasses color with no head whatsoever. Not quite what I expected, but not a bad looking beer.

Smell is chocolate, a little coffee, some molasses.

Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter and a lot of dark maltiness and is that a bit of fruit I taste coming through. There's some chocolate in there somewhere, but not enough to live up to the name. However, that said this is still a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is probably the most lacking aspect of this beer. It's good and thick enough, but just a bit on the flat side. This doesn't kill the beer, but could use just a bit more carbonation.

This is a good solid stout, not perfect, but definitely one tasty brew. I would drink it over and over again.

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

Roastiness, chocolate, and hints of alcohol. Starts out with a slight tang amongst the roasted flavors, which quickly subsides to leave a big, roasted malt and chocolate taste with a decent (not huge) body to it. The alcohol becomes more pronounced as it goes down, but doesn't ever come close to overpowering the roasted coffee/chocolate/burnt toast(?) flavors. A very nice brew that, with the addition of a bit more body, could be incredible.

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

Pours black with decent tan head. Smelled of matls and smoke aroma. Tasted of roasted malts and chocolate, with some smokey flavor. Mouth is good but malts have a slight bitter finish to them, it smooths fast though and is very easy to drink. Big thing for me is no burn flavor in the malts or chocolate. Try it for sure.

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

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with MuenchenerKindl, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, 07-08 vintage, actually the second time I have this one, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Pretty much black, very little light going through, small 2/5 inch tan head that does not last long, pretty creamy, not much retention, no lacing
S-Caramel, other burned malts, roastiness, did I mention a ton of chocolate, small amount of coffee towards the end, and sweetness
T-Rich malts were the first thing that hit me, then I noticed there was a lot more coffee in the flavor than there was in the aroma, some booze and roastiness pulled together the finish, got sweeter with each sip it seemed like, cocoa and caramel were the two culprits for that, nicely balanced but one thing it needed more of is a dry backbone to battle the sweetness, overall very tasty though
M-Smooth, hot, roasty, and slightly sweet mouthfeel, medium to thick bodied, nice level of carbonation but seemed a bit strong, taste lingers nicely
D-Heavy on the stomach, barely got through my bottle, little sweet for my palate, over ten percent too and all of it is not hidden, still decent drinkability for its style

Only beer I have tried from this brewery along with their Schneider Weiss collaboration and I am sold, this stuff is real good, only beer with more chocolate is Southern Tier's Choklat in my opinion, would drink fairly regularly if it was available near me, recommended

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

Bottle@home, 2006 vintage

A: Black with almost no head.

S: Espresso, Chocolate, Roasted malts

T: Bitter coffee, Cocoabeams, Salt, Prunes and a wee hint of soy

M: Very dry and bitter with salty notes to it. A sting of alcohol as it goes down. Warming. Thin liquid.

A good imperial stout but it still lacks some body i think. This vintage version is a whole lot more balanced than the fresh oned i tried some time ago. Recommended (esp aged!).

Photo of stumac
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I must say that this is one of the best stouts ever created...

it pours black as night. no other colors. small creamed coffee color head. very slight lacing. the nose is cocoa beans, roasted chocolate malts, alocohol, toffee. As I took my first sip, I realized that it had a super thick body! I taste notes of roasted coffee beans, very chewy, a little bit too much alcohol taste, roasty roasty malty finish, stickyness is left on your lips for later. This a meal in a bottle, brother!

Photo of UA8
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This stuff swallows light its so dark a thick chocolate milkshake head resides on top.

S- Super caramel malts dominate he nose with a a hint of cocoa and alcohol warmth.

T- Leads with smooth and rich malts of caramel and semi sweet bakers chocolate. finishes warm with alcohol.

M- Smooth, luxurious, and warming.

D- I would have to say I really enjoy this beer and what a value. 8.50 for a six pack of 10% beer that's super tasty. Its posses and interesting character in that the alcohol isn't overly present on the palate yet it warms your chest. This will be the first beer I'm going to try aging I'll post updates.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark opaque black. Two fingers of brown head rise with decent retention leaving some moderate lacing.

S - Lots of butter initially. Chocolate, coffee, and hits of wood appear as well. Alcohol is slightly evident.

T - As great as the nose and much less bitter than others of the style. Initially there's a huge buttery and chocolate flavor followed up by a hint of coffee. A woody character kicks in followed by more chocolate. Finish is slightly bitter from roasted malts and the alcohol slowly creeps up from behind throughout the aftertaste.

M - Creamy, thick, and moderate carbonation. Less carbonation may have let loose more complexities.

D - One of the more easy drinking RIS's I've had; though the flavor is very intense and alcohol is more than evident. One is certainly enough.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night with no light coming through even when held up to the light. Thick creamy brown head that hardly fades at all. SHeets of lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is a little weaker than expected from an RIS. Hints of chocolate and a little toffee sweetness.

T - A touch sweet up front before a roasted chocolate flavor comes through. Some bitterness shows its head but is very mild. Finishes very sweet.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly smooth and creamy. A great RIS but at 11% abv the drinkability gets knocked down 1/2 a point.

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