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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,130
Reviews: 2,729
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,163 | FT: 59
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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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Ratings: 6,130 | Reviews: 2,729
Photo of scarletfire79
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a thick ink black. nice head, very nice looking in the glass. aromas of coffee, roasted chocolate sweetness, slight alcohol, malty burntness. the taste is amazing. very smooth, roasted and sweet, thick yet smooth, very well balanced. slight alcohol taste running through, but overall very drinkable. definitly the first of it's kind that i can taste the chocolate aspect loud and clear. there might be better russian imperial stouts out there, but not from brooklyn!

Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was about an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt and also a yeasty quality.

T: Well balanced flavor. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, barley and maybe mild hops. Very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a very drinkable. beer. It's well made and goes down easy.

Photo of ljbrisson
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous, chocolate black into a pint glass with cocoa, thin head which quickly reduces to a thin cap and leaves grainy lacing. Aroma is espresso, chocolate, burnt toast, berries. Mouthfeel is slick, medium-bodied, a little rough due to medium carbonation. Taste is roasted malts, black coffee, bitter chocolate, toffee up front, then a bit of hops and finishes with a strong alcohol warmth. As it warms the alcohol becomes almost overwhelming. Drinkability is moderate due mostly to the prevalence of the alcohol. This is frequently compared to Storm King; for the record I consider the latter a superior brew.

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

wow, 1142 reviews as of this writing. guess I'm late to the party on this one. I picked up one of these brewed for the 08/09 winter season beers. Rich black brew with a chocolate side note but dominated by a roasty note. tasty and one I think might cellar nicely. worth a try if you are like me and haven't gotten to this yet.

Photo of marcpal
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Single 12oz bottle purchased and poured into a goblet.

A: Vigorous pour leads to a tar black body with a creamy off white head that lasts as it warms down some. Filmy, chunky lacing behind it, like skeleton hands. Awesome looking beer.

S: You smell front and center the chocolate, a bitter chocolate scent and some type of nuttiness.

T: Strong coffee and alcohol and not much of the bitterness I detected in the aroma. The coffee undertones are both smooth and subtle. Vanilla starbucks coffee with boatloads of alcohol burn.

M: Pours and coats the mouth like NyQuil and a film is left in the mouth.

D: Not great but tasty. The alcohol is very out there and makes you take it slow and steady. The alcohol is too detectable, past the point of warming.

This is the most chocolate bar like RIS Ive ever tasted. If thats your bag and want to feel like eating a rich chocolate bar, this is your beer. A few friends swear by this and the Storm King but I find neither worth writing St Petersburg about.

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

A- Absolute Pitch black, brown head that disappears quickly. It pours out in viscous manner, like a watered down syrup.

S- A rich, vibrant malt smell with a dark chocolate nose melded in.

T- Rich is the only way to describe it. You want to serve this beer at a little colder than room temperature to get the chocolate notes on your palate. The malt comes through and when it hits the back of your tongue, the chocolate comes through. A fair amount of alcohol warmth, but it's not overpowering. It's just there to remind you that you're drinking a RIS.

M- For having as high of a abv that this beer has, it's remarkably light on the tongue. No carbonation felt on the tongue, but the flavor lingers for a long while.

D- You don't want to sit down and drink a whole 6-pack of this by yourself. It's a dessert beer. Perfect with vanilla ice cream or a light fruit sorbet.

A huge recommendation for this beer is to serve it at around room temperature to get the full chocolate experience!

Photo of chefdaddy18042
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very tasty Russian Imperial Stout. It poured out with a very subtle head. Almost seasoned to have the characteristics of chocolate and deep tones of espresso.
The drinkability surprised me. It had a great and easy palatability, but the 10% caught me off guard. The alcohol is barely detected,which is different thatn most beers with higher ABV's.
Delicate sweetness is evenly distributed throughout the beer.
Overall, i truly do enjoy this beer...more so once in a while rather than often. Treat it more like the name suggests it to be....chocolate

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

A: A pitch black beer, no light coming through. Had a decent brown head that quickly disappears. Good lacing.

S: A little bit of chocolate, espresso and alcohol scents. Much more predominant as it warms up a bit.

T: An excellent combination of chocolate, coffee, espresso coffee, caramel and alcohol. Blends really well together and the alcohol, although noticeable, is not overpowering.

M: A full body beer. Thick, creamy and slick. The taste of chocolate is left on your tongue and mouth.

D: The ABV is 10%, so it is not a session beer, but it is a phenomenal beer to drink.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade on this

A- Black body with a frothy brown head almost reminiscent of chocolate milk.

S- Chocolate dominates but is accompanied by rich roasted malts and hints of caramel.

T- Chocolate flavor comes in first but is swiftly backed up by a roased malt flavor. A very slight alcohol warming note quickly follows a light caramel sweetness quietly fighting against a pleasantly earthy hop bitterness which carries through the end.

M- Wonderfully viscous, my lips are sticky.

D- If you can get this and want some stuff from New Glarus, BeerMail me (if my trading budget allows).

For me, Imperial Stouts are hit or miss. This one is a friggin grand slam. Assertive yet balanced, simply sublime.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a snifter. Nice inch of malty brown head with a beautiful lace. Dark as night coffee color.

S. No strong smell at all. A bit of chocolate and some slight alcohol and thats about it.

T. Very wonderful. Layers of mocha, chocolate malt, cocoa powder and grains. A flash of hop adds a long standing bitterness. The alcohol in the smell is non-existent in the taste. Finishes a bit sweet. Still a lot of depth, layers and deliciousness.

M. Flawless. Outlandishly creamy and smooth. Full bodied but not too filling.

D. If nothing mattered, I would drink this like water. That would be out of control though, and so would you if you drank too much of this. A must try.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Alcohol content, according to the label, is 10.0% ABV, compared with the 10.6% as stated here.

Inky black in color; opaque, with no trace of light coming through. A small, somewhat creamy head of espresso foam appears for a brief period before settling to a thin cap, leaving behind a few traces of lacing on the walls of the vessel.

The nose is highly reminiscent of a barleywine, with notes of figs, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a bit of booziness. Wonderfully sweet and powerfully inviting.

Body is full, with a mouthfeel bordering on syrupy but just holding off, with a palate full of sweet dark chocolate, dark fruits, bitter black coffee and slight hop bitterness, and a nice warming alcohol presence that carries through into the finish and down the throat.

Deceptively drinkable, this stout's high alcohol content is hidden very well, and the delicious bittersweet flavors and nice balance leave one pining for another. This is a nice, warming beer for a cold evening--just the right beer for a night like this one.

Photo of Grafter
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this in to a tulip glass, and it pours a deep black color with a small tan head. The beer has strong aromas of coffee, vanilla, and a light aroma of chocolate. On first taste the beer is a heavy coffee, burnt malt and slightly sweet, as this warms up the chocolate really shines through. This is a very drinkable excellent RIS but a little heavy to have more then one of.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 08-09 bottle sampled 11/8/2008
Pours a solid black with a fluffy mocha head that sticks around for a bit before attaching itself to the sides of the glass. Aromas of alcohol, chocolate, toffee, and some roast. Taste of bitter roast and hop up front then some alcohol and then a bit of ash. Lingering ash and roast bitterness in the aftertaste. Sticky and creamy mouthfeel. Thick body with light carbonation. Great stout with lots of potential, but fresh it seems a bit alcohol hot. Would like to see this with a couple years in the cellar.

Winter 08-09 bottle sampled 3/13/2011
Pours a solid black color with a smallish mocha head that slowly dissipates to a ring on top. Smells like chocolate, lots of dark and milk chocolate, caramel, faint herbal hops and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet chocolaty with caramel, faint dark dried fruits, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is really smooth compared to fresh, it seems the flavors have had time to get happy happy together. The alcohol is still present, but not as overpowering and adds to the whole experience. Syrupy, creamy mouthfeel, medium to thick body, light carbonation. Great brew that ages wonderfully.

Winter 09-10 bottle sampled 9/30/2012
Pours a dark chocolate with a decent tan head that leaves a little bit of lace on the way down. Smells of chocolate, caramel, and roast with a hint of wet cardboard and ash. There's still a bit of alcohol in the nose. The flavor is caramel and milk chocolate up front that melts into some roast and ethanol then finishes with a bit of ash, earth, roast, and chalk that linger on the palette long after every sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet slick almost syrupy mouthfeel. I enjoy this beer every year and my experience always seems to be a bit different.

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

Poured pretty thick. Not viscous to the point of being oil sludge, its a pitch black, nicely fluid brew that displayed only a little of dark tan head. An odd, spotty, multi-hued film remained, adding to the oily impression.

From the bottle I could very definitely detect dark chocolate on the nose, but also some creamy notes. The pour revealed a distinct spicy alcohol aroma.

Tastes of dark chocolate, of course, and that flavor remains throughout, though with evolving levels of bitterness and other flavors (especially as the glass warms). Dark fruits. Coffee bittering. Enter hops? The dry finish, combined with an alcohol spice and kick that hovers near - but does not get to the point of - astringency, left me feeling parched. Definite alcohol warming sensation.

Somewhat thick and creamy, this is a heavy and heady brew that will knock you on your ass, but taste damn good doing so. A warming digestive of a beer, very nice for sipping on a cold night.

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

Extremely dark body, black, almost opaque. A pretty good sized brown head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Smells of some bitter chocolate and a little bit of alcohol. Roasted malt is also apparent.

Taste is lots of chocolate, some bitter chocolate. A touch of roasted malt, and maybe even a slight hop presence in the background. Very sweet and chocolately in the middle. Finishes with some alcohol. Leaves an aftertaste of dark chocolate.

The body is a touch below what I would expect for a beer of this size, but the carbonation is great. You do get a little bit of heat from the booze though.

This beer went down really easily. I was shocked to see the 10.60 ABV on this. Not to mention that a 6er is 10-11 bucks, which is a good price for a beer this big.
(EDIT: sold in 4 packs now).

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

Appearance - Pours black in color. A good deal of head and nice lacing.

Aroma- Burnt caramel. Chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Thick like sweet tea

Flavor- Bitter Chocolate finishes off sweet. Bitterness comes back and lingers

Overall- Very good. Great with chocolate cake and or french vanilla ice cream.

Additional Notes- One of my favorite winter seasonal beers.

serving type: bottle

Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Winter '08-'09 pours an inky black with a chocolate milk colored head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is dark chocolate and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the thick side, but could be thicker. The flavor is heavy on dark chocolate up front with a coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, this is a sipping beer. I like it. Recommended.

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

Thanks jwc215 for this one!
Pours almost black in colour with thin dark brown head. Smell - roasted malt with chocolate backround. Taste - alcohol hits at first, then roastiness kicks in with chocolate and caramel notes. I think more chocolate would be nice but it's only my opinion. It's pretty balanced beer, even though alcogol is very noticable, thick and silky. I wish it had less alcohol as it gives the beer lack of drinkability, but overall it is a good stout and I'd love to try it on tap.

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to RblWthACoz for this one.

A: Pours an opaque black. A small tan head forms on top of the black liquid and sticks around. Good lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Maybe some sweet toffee aroma as well. A substantial hop presents, but it does not overpower the roasted malt.
T: Roasted malt again. Some coffee, and lots of bitter dark chocolate. Again a substantial hop twang. Though, unlike other RIS with lots of hops, it stays in the back and does not overpower.
M/D: A full body that is rich and creamy. Easy and smooth to drink. Deceptively easy to sip on for the alcohol.

A very good RIS. Give it a little more age and it might be perfect. Though it is great to drink as is.

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

Part of a full case, 07-08, generously provided by LittleBreeze. Markedly improved from the fresh version.

Impenetrable pitch black, with a small dark tan head that holds very well, and leaves a lot of lacing on its way down with the beer.
Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, lots of chocolate, coffee, a lot less hops than the fresh version; it has lost some of that abrasiveness.
Nearly full bodied, smooth and creamy, a deep, strong if not complex taste, with exceptionally well hidden alcohol, with loads of sweet chocolate, unsweetened coffee to balance it with some roasted notes, some earthiness and spiciness.
A marked improvement over the fresh version, a great example of RIS; a great winter brew, and quite cheap comparing to its peers.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "LIMITED BOTTLING- WINTER 08-09" printed on the top.

A- Deep brown/black, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with just barely a finger of dark brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Coffee and vague hints of chocolate hit first, followed by the alcohol scent. Throughout consumption, alcohol odor becomes more prominent. Interestingly (perhaps), the now empty bottle smells like a delicious dark chocolate.

T- Dark coffee/espresso on the front, then a bit of cocoa on the end. Bare minimum of sweetness noted. Alcohol presence is conspicuous, though it mellows considerably as the beer warms .

M- Full, smooth, creamy, oily, thick....pretty much exactly what I want in a stout.

D- Another "one glass slow-sipper" of a beer.

Future outlook: I can get this stuff for considerably cheaper than comparable brews, and it gets pretty good marks on aging, so I imagine that I will be scooping some more of this up soon.

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

Thanks to jac5084 for sharing these last night while we were brewing. Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a very dark brown, pretty much black. There is some brown hints around the edges when held up to light though, making me guess that this is on the lighter side for a RIS. A decent one finger head that quickly dissipates and doesn't lace.

S: For a beer called "Black Chocolate Stout," I am not discerning much chocolate in the nose...well, not more than any other RIS. There are some hints of chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and some vinegary scent noticeable.

T: Slightly disappointing with this one, but perhaps that is because I set my standards through the roof. The chocolate was only on par with other stouts, and the roast and bitterness really didn't cut it either. The vinegary aspect showed up as well. This masked the alcohol magically though, so that's a plus.

Overall, expectations were high for this one, and afterwords I was disappointing slightly. However, this is not a bad RIS, just not one in the upper tier.

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

A Dark black in color, half finger darker of chestnut brown foamy head that dissolves to a ring. No light coming through.

S Smell of creamy oatmeal, and some sweetness coming through . Slight hints of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a sample of black licorice all come to the nose.

T Really creamy malty onset, followed by some sweet and bitter chocolate, and definitely tastes of strong licorice. Moderately light carbonation, and good bitterness at the end which leaves a nice after taste on the palate.

All in all, a very pleasant surprise. Definitely more of a desert. Brooklyn Brewery really offers some really good and interesting stuff, and if you come across this stuff definitely give it a shot.

Photo of Mauerhan
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thank you to turbine aka jerimiah for this awesome beer.

pours midnight black. with a one finger chocolate brown head. medium lacing. head lasts for a few minutes then falls.

smell is nothing but a symphony of chocolate and roasted malts. i wish they made soap that smelled like this. this smell can be summed up in one simple word. heaven. seriously new yorkers know how to do a chocolate RIS.

taste blows me away. a nice balance between the malt and the chocolate. very sweet but also very smooth. i dont get ANY alcohol. which shocks me. seeing as it is in the double digits.

mouthfeel is awesome. this is smooth, creamy, lush, and many other adjectives that describe something comforting. its like it wants to rock me to sleep.

drinkable is an understatement. this beer is AWESOME

Photo of SusurusIgnoramus
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark dark dark, no light coming through, coffee and cream colored head that dissipates sooner than I would expect. Swirling brings it back, not a lot of lacing. There's sweet chocolate malt, and coffee nose, hint of bitterness, can smell the alcohol warmth
The bitter coffee taste is balanced by a mild sweetness. This gives way to hop bitterness and alcohol. It definitely earns the "Imperial" title. Mouthfeel is thick, but not overly so; smooth, and creamy. Substantial Slides down the throat slowly. Very pleasant.

It's too heavy to have a lot of, but it tastes so good I could see myself throwing back three or four before realizing what hit me. Then I would stand up, and the floor would hit me.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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