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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,002
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 340
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 54
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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 blackheartbilly
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try it, poured a 12 OZ into a pint glass...gorgeous, sipping it as I write the review.

A: Very dark with a mocha colored head, 1 inch that quickly gave way to a tiny head.

S: Heavy roasted coffee followed with a heavy alcohol presence, didn't notice too much chocolate. Heavy malt, no hops what so ever.

T: Like a mix of Baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, with a coffee aftertaste. In that aftertaste there is the alcohol, which I think with this brew is like 10%, pretty heavy. Definitely a "dessert" beer. The alcohol is heavy but not in the same sense that it is in say, an Imperial Stout...

M: Extremely rich, like eating a cheesecake with fudge. Reminds me of a dessert mixed drink, heavy in alcohol and heavy in chocolate.

D: I think I will have these one at a time. Way to much alcohol to have "a few." Enjoy this brew after a meal, and be careful this beer will sneek up on you. An alcoholic dessert...

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

Pours black, as black should be.
A light head forms, a rather good looking beer.

The smell obviously gives off some chocolate and dark malts. Very pleasant to the nose.

This has a great smoothness on the tongue. This is a great texture, however personally, I think (especially with the abv) this could stand just a little more "chew".

The taste is a very balanced chocolate, nothing overpowering here, though more chocolate than some others who claim it in their name.

Goes down great, even with the potency, I could take down
3 pretty easily, without getting bored.

I still have some 03's and 04's, I'm really looking forward to.

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

Thanks to BA buddy/trader bonezx86 for this fine brew. I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a black body with a moderate dark chocolate head that receded quickly to a few bubbles on the surface and a ring around the collar. There was a decent lacing with thin lags that did not last long.

S: It emitted massive roasted and smokey malts, as well as chocolate and coffee.

T: Nice blend of several chocolate flavors including bakers, mike, and burnt. The roasted sweet dark malts add to the character and the gentile coffee bite lingers in the background; only coming to the front in the aftertaste. It is supprisingly not a clean a finish as I expected but more reminicent of a warm hot chocolate flavor that lingers after each sip. The alcohol is well hidden, warming rather than intruding on the experience.

M: It was full bodied but smooth, rich and creamy. It gives off a blend of flavors that entertain all areas of the mouth but does not finish as clean as I expected. Nice warm, sticky sweet finish.

D: This is a beer candy bar...full of sweet and bitter chocolates and a nice warm sticky body that is filling and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of sstackho
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston for around $2.70 or so. Pours a thick rich black with a small but rich brown head that doesn't stick around for long. Strong aroma of malt and molasses - you can almost smell the alcohol. Flavour is thick and rich - almost a bit syrupy. Not much in the way of chocolate.

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

I tried an 06-07 and a 07-08 side by side. Both were thick. Almost like a syrup and dark as night. I think the 06-07 was a bit thicker. It smelled like like roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste was very good. Dark chocolate and coffee with some molasses. It seemed to coat my mouth like a syrup would and gave me a nice warm feeling. I think, due to the 10% ABV, two in a sitting were enough for me.

Photo of clemtig76
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Greenville, SC. Pours like used 10W40 motor oil into my Sam Adams pint glass. Nice thick and creamy mocha colored head. Aroma is of molasses, coffee and alcohol. Taste is a wonderful blend of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and vanilla with a warming alcohol finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. At $8.99 a six, this one is a steal!

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

Limited bottling winter of 05-06.

A: Pours a viscous dark black cherry color with a thin cherry tan head.

S: Huge roasted malt and coffee dominate the nose. Underneath lies a beautiful complexity of sherry, dark licorice, and rum raisin.

T: Flavor is big dry roasted coffee, some alcohol, roasted malt and sherry wine hints. Some dry bittering hops in the finish. Big roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, dark licorice and sherry all combine in a beautiful example and complexity of flavors in this well rounded, balanced and full bodied beer.

M: Mouthful is creamy and full bodied, warm chocolate and some alcohol leaving a thick roasted malt coating on the tongue and a big alcohol bite that lingers.

D: Very rich, dark and comparable to the best of imperial russian stouts (rasputin). A rich treat in every sip.

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

Poured like motor oil, very thick looking. Impressive dark brown head, and straight black opaque color in the glass. Chocolatey aroma, with a hint of raisin-ish alcohol.
Strong flavor, as to be expected. You definitely get the alcohol bite, but it doesn't overpower the chocolatey smoothness. I get a bit of coffee bitterness and malty caramel and some more raisin on the tongue as well.
Can't really have more than one of these at a time, or it would knock me over, but it's still quite tasty.

Photo of esv
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fluid oz 10.6 ABV. Served to cold. From a cold fridge in a cold house. Last month's heating bill, $300.

Thick brown head off of a stiff pour into an over-sized snifter. Would you believe it is black? Darker than a black steer's tuchus on a moonless prairie night. The bulk of the head dissipated quickly with minimal lacing but the head was present till the end.

Raisins, ripe plums and alcohol in the nose. Wafts of chocolate becoming far stronger as the beer warmed.

Cigars, high alcohol and candy-sweetness hit the taste buds. Bitter chocolate and burnt malts rest squarely on the tongue. I can taste that crusty brown sweetness from a raisin and from the corner of the raisin box. The symphony of flavors round out nicely as the beer warms.

A swallow washes over your tongue and the mouthfeel continues to swell like a tsunami over the higher ground. You can't understand where it's all coming from and why it doesn't recede. Sticky, but not too, considering its royal lineage.

i love It.

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

This is by far my most favorite stout of all time. I remember the first night I tried it, it was love at first sip. I have since gone through two cases of it this winter and am cellaring a 6 pack for enjoyment and comparison next season.

Truly an epic beer to behold. It poured into my RIEDEL crystal snifter a perfect 10 waiting for tasting. There was a thick mocha head that slowly dissolved. The nose was very complex with notes of coffee, chocolate and toffee. The taste was outstanding, not overpowering, but a sublime chocolate and malty mix. Often when I tell people about this beer I try to compare to eating a handful of chocolate covered espresso beans. It's just that damn good. I want to try and mix his stout with a cherry or raspberry lambic and see how it turns out.

After it's all said and done, I would recommend this beer to anyone who wants to try a stout but is too afraid too. It is not overpowering at 10.6 % ABV, but a very mellow and warming liquid, worthy of a nightcap. Definitely a keeper!

Photo of markgugs
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006/07 vintage, poured from 12oz. bottle into a tulip snifter (consumed 2/12/08)

A: If you were submerged in a vat of this beer, I imagine it'd be akin to being blind, that's how dark this is. Pours like motor oil, with slight ruby edges, just about 100% opaque. A lovely 2-finger dark beige head rises up and begins to immediately leave decent lacing.

S: Smells like a steaming cup of hot chocolate, only it's cold. I detect sweet fig newtons, some roasted breads, plums & dates, and of course, rich chocolate and cocoa! As it warms, it takes on some minor sherry-like aromas as well.

T/M: Bam! Rich, rich chocolate and cocoa right up front, I'm talking huge, chunky chocolate flavors, rich like truffles. The roasted malts are right in your face, and as the beer warms, the dark fruits - raspberries & cherries mostly - begin to develop. An intoxicating bittersweet cocoa finishes things up. This beer is thick, viscous and chewy, with just the right amount of carbonation, just like a brilliant RIS should be.

D: This beer is awesome x 1,000. It's actually too easy to drink, a dangerous sign given the 10+% ABV. Go easy (but get some)!

Photo of BeerLover729
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black as the darkest night with a brown not tan, dark brown, head.

S: The smell is just mildly aromatic like a subtle dark chocolate with mildly detectable roasted barley notes.

T: Mmmm. Dark chocolate, with smooth not bitter or sharp coffee undertones. Complex but smooth and easy malt profile.

M: This beer is silky smooth and velvety soft with light but apparent carbonations and a heavy but not over powering body.

D: A little on the sweet side, but with the right pairings it goes down quite nicely. Great after dinner drink.

Notes: This beer is absolutely sensational in the right context. I love it a lot. Mine's from winter 07/08. Yum.

Photo of ajr24
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Foodery into the pint glass... Pours deep and opaque black with a medium dark tan head that'll shrink into a dark tan skin over the beer that leaves good lacing. Smells like a RIS, that's for sure- coffee, caramel, robust roasted malts. Tastes like dark chocolate, toffee and then the roasted malts hit. Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, even with the alcohol presence. I really wish I had bought more than one of these.

Photo of Absumaster
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to northyorksammy for this beer.
Appearance is deep black with an off-white small head.

Smell is roasted with coffee and pure chocolate. The roasted notes are subtle and the beer smells sweet.

Taste is roasted with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a light molasses taste. The alcohol is quite strong and balances the sweetness. Bitterness is a combination of maltbitterness and hops. No real hop aroma in the beer though. I am not sure I really really like this beer. It isn't really complex. Not that it is bad, but it doesn't stick out.

Photo of Gmann
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black color with an average brown head that dissipated into a light ring around the glass. The smell is of big roasted and chocolate malt, rubbing alcohol, damp wood, and vanilla. The taste starts off with pruney/wine grape flavors, followed by a wave of alcohol and a roasty chocolate. A nice procession of flavors that blend very well. Not much in the way of hop flavor. The feel is well bodied, fizzy yet has a creamy texture, and finishes slightly sticky and bitter with a small alcohol burn. A very good RIS. You can notice the alcohol but the flavors come around to mask it fairly well. I like that it comes in 6 packs.

Ages very well, drinkability goes up.

Photo of nasty15108
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking Brooklyn Beers for ages, but for some reason this one always escaped me. I have always been happy with the quality of Brooklyns brews and after researching Imperial Stouts I figured I had to give it a shot.
I got myself a sixpack of Winter 07-08 bottles and I have to say I was impressed. I like stout and I guess I drink it pretty regularly (usually opting for Young's Chocolate, Smith's Oatmeal or old reliable Guinness). The look, smell and taste of the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout were top notch. I drank it from a small brandy snifter (which I highly recommend)and I was was totally impressed. This is not a brew to be swilled while watching the game, (it is filling and strong) but to be enjoyed in small quantities, much like a fine brandy/cognac. I recommend it with dessert or by itself with a nice cigar.

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

Winter 07-08 Release

A: Pours jet black with a thick, creamy brown-tan head. Significant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasted malts and chocolate pleasantly fill the nose.

T: Sweet, roasted chocolate dominate.

M: Smooth and creamy when it hits the tongue with a nice smooth, silky finish.

D: Its high ABV does not lend itself normally to high drinkability but it just tastes so darn good! Ok, maybe one more...

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, marked Winter 07-08, into a tulip glass.

Appearance is thick, dark, and black. No light penetrates this brew, which pours with a small, creamy brown head that dissipates rather quickly and minor, pale brown lacing that rains down the sides of the glass.

Smell is primarily of alcohol, but the roasted and sweet malts do come through in the background. Chocolate, caramel/toffee, hints of coffee (although this could just be the roasted overtones).

Taste is where this beer really shines. The alcohol is very warming, and it's definitely prevalent in the flavor profile, but it's balanced well with the roasted malts. No bitterness, and the roasted flavors become stronger as the beer warms (as would be expected). In fact, so does the alcohol. The entire beer just becomes more intense as it warms. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich, creamy, and smooth. Flows all over the palette, with mild carbonation that's perfectly balanced with the texture. Exceptional.

Drinkability is good, but the alcohol definitely isn't hidden. An above-average imperial stout, an exceptional warming seasonal, and one of the better beers from Brooklyn.

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

I was SO happy when I wandered into Alibi's (Carlisle, PA) for an after-work treat and found this on tap! It was served in a 16 oz glass with a creamy tan head.

The beverage itself was pitch black and had a wonderful aroma of slightly over baked chocolate cake. The flavor, however, imparted more of a burning alcohol bite on the tongue than the smooth, sweet chocolate I was anticipating (at over 10%, I should have expected that, but the aroma threw me off.) It was more like a warming liquor than the crisp, hoppy beers I usually favor, but I really enjoyed every sip.

This certainly isn't a thin beer, but it wasn't so thick to be described as chewy or coating. The flavor perfectly filled my mouth and lingered on for some time, as did the lacing on the glass - from top to bottom, remnants of the caramel head lined the sides.

Photo of hwwty4
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a jet black liquid. This beer lets no light through. Jet black, with no head, and no lacing. Aroma is molasses and coffee with a bit of toffee. Taste is dark chocolate up front with coffee, dark fruits, molasses, vanilla and finishes with bakers chocolate. What I was amazed with is it hides the 11% alcohol better than any RIS I've drank to this point. Mouthfeel is great, full with an oily coating the lets your mouth soak in the beerdom. I will probably try to get a bottle of this in every trade I do with someone from NY. Great beer.

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

Appearance - Black with a toffee-colored cap of thick foam. The head retains fairly well, eventually dissipating into a crown.

Smell - Molasses and caramel, a bit of fresh roasted coffee and cocoa. Pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel - Full-bodied and bittersweet. The flavor shifts between rich, creamy dark chocolate and espresso. Wonderful complexity. The finish is a combination of toffee-like sweetness and bitter burnt bread, with the toffee flavors ultimately lasting a bit longer.

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

This poured black opaque into my glass, with a small dark brown head. I could smell it as soon as I cracked open the bottle, obviously there were chocolate tones, with some toffee, coffee, and malts as well. It tasted much like it smelled. Very sweet upfront, with a nice blend of chocolate and and coffee at the end. The alcohol was very noticeable as it went down and warmed me instantly.

Overall, this was a very good stout and was very glad I got to try it. It was even more enjoyable after coming in from the snow.

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

I tried the 20707-08 batch and I am quite impressed. It reminds me of Bison Chocolate Stout which is the best chocolate stout I've had to date and this beer falls into my #2 spot. Dark black in color with a very distinct, real chocolate taste upfront. A little bit bubbly on the tongue with a smooth aftertaste.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one was recommended to me by kbnooshay.

Pours almost completely opaque black with barely perceptible reddish-brown edges. Thick creamy tan head, good retention and sticky lacing all the way to the bottom.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with extremely light carbonation.

Robust roasted chocolate malt flavor; nicely hopped, but not overpowering like some Imperial Stouts. Insane ABV is well blended for the most part, but can be a touch harsh at times. Not for the faint of heart. Leaves a nice warming sensation in the back of the throat and down the esophagus. Perfect beer for cold Rochester Winter evenings.

This one's worth every penny. Looking forward to cellaring a few bottles.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super black beer with a small tan head that peaks out of the lagoon of dark liquor. That me trying to be poetic but basically saying its a pretty brew.
Smells of sweet chocolate malts, dark fruit and a little molasses. Delicious but a little light for my preference.
Taste is up there with some of my favorite beers. There is a complex layer of flavors that starts with roasted and chocolate malts. Followed by a nice hop bite with a dark fruit chaser and then... sweet Jesus, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The after taste is all chocolate and it lingers forever on your tongue and the sides of your mouth. There is also a nice warming of the pallet from the higher ABV, and it stays with your sip all the way down to your stomach. I think I am in love. I doubt I can wait and cellar this beer even though I know it will be even better after some age.

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