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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,084 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,084
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,128 | 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 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.

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

12oz winter 06-07 bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl, thanks man. Obviously this was dark black. It smelled nice, chocolate. the taste was vinous sort of like Stone Russian. Fruity flavors, chocolate, a tad thin on the body for my taste but overall this was a nice easy to drink beer, especially since I split it with a friend. I have heard this is around $10 a six-pack which would make it an exceptional value if I had access to it.

12oz winter 08-09 bottle courtesy of vwcraig, thanks! Black as expected, really nice chocolate stout smell, nice taste of sweet fruit. This is good beer.

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

Winter 07-08 bottle.

A: Poured mostly black with some highlights of brown around the edges. A half finger of mocha head some some lacing.

S: Very sweet nose up front. Nice big chocolate right behind that with a mix of plums and some booze. The nose is much improved since this was fresh. A slight hint of hops at the end.

T: Really nice chocolate taste up front. A lingering sweetness is left behind. The roast and booze have faded and blended into the background. The chocolate is massive.

M: Very smooth and creamy.

D: Time has done wonders for this beer. I find it way to hot fresh but even with the 8 months or so on it now it gets so damn good. The booziness is gone. All the tastes have melded together nicely. Very well done.

Photo of Greggy
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Winter 07-08 Bottling

A- Pours a one finger beatiful brown head into my large snifter. I get some nice lacing on this one. The body is extremely black and thick as you could imagine. After about a minute, the head recedes down into a thin cap.

S- Very large and complex nose, very nice fruity hop edge, big chocolate, prune, sweet German chocolate cake. Very nice dark fruit, chocolate, and hoppy edge. Great Balance.

T- Starts out with the big dark fruit of prunes, a green apple sweetness, covered in caramel, and of course, chocolate, then finishes with a very nice fresh apple, and dry chocolate. I have never expected apple notes in my IMPY's but this is clearly there, to me.

M- Starts out with a nice acidic carbonation that tingles on the palette. Very reminiscent of lambics. The notes on the palette and the finish are excellent.

D- 10.6% is a big brew but the alcohol is extremely well hidden. There is an outstanding complexity to this one, and I will search out as much of this as I can. Garrett, you did an amazing job on this one.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured thick black with no head. smell was rich and alcohol. taste was more alcohol up front although as it warmed the chocolate flavor came out. started out at 46 degrees and warmed up to room temp. was far better at room temp. great carbonation and quite smooth. overall, this was great and i would drink again. perfect light chocolate aftertaste.

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

This beer pours a thick oily black color. The head is one inch in height, and dark tan in color. Lacing is long lasting and sticky. The aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and graham cracker. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of a slight alcohol burn in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with low carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. I could easily drink this over and over again.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A.Very dark, and pretty thick. Poured a little to aggressive yeilded a three finger dark head that dissapated rather quickly.
S.Chocolate maybe a little fudge. Lots of alcohol.
T.Lots of alcohol, I understand that its 10.6% but I have had stouts with the same abv and much less noticeable.Fudgy.
M.Lots of carbination for a RIS. Not to thick a little syrupy.
D.One 12oz is enough.

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

Bottle date is 2007/2008. Pours an opaque black, very thick, with a tan head that drops away quickly. Nose is a heap of chocolate, some coffee/espresso notes, and a little alcohol. You can definitely smell the strength of this beer. Mouthfeel is actually a little thin, despite the thickness of the beer when it's poured. Definite boozy notes. Serious chocolate taste, but the harshly bitter espresso flavors detract from it a bit. These should smooth out with a little age, hopefully.

Six month update: This one has blossomed fantastically now that it has a little age on it. The aggressive alcohol notes have faded, giving the espresso and chocolate flavors even more room to shine. Still not quite as thick as I like my big stouts to be, but it's drier than most, which is a fair compromise.

Photo of bennetj17
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, hint of light around the edges, thin foam is short-lasting leaving a pencil-thin ring. The aroma is interesting, sort of a lightly burnt fruit note (banana?) with some chocolate sweetness. I don't smell any alcohol though for 10.6%.

The flavor has a nice roastiness that builds through toward the finish. The chcolate sweetness is not overdone thankfully, although the alcohol is a bit potent. Light coffee notes start to come through more as it warms. The mouthfeel is quite light for the style, and it has a fairly sharp carbonation.

Well it took me long enough to finally try this beer, but unfortunately I wasn't missing out on that much. A solid beer all around, but for the style it can't compete with so many other greats.

Photo of daythree16
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, this one looks like motor oil. Completely black and very thick. It has just a hint of carbonation in the few bubbles that crop up.

A thin tan head arises when the glass is swirled. It smells like chocolate liqueur. Strong alcohol presence. The taste is fairly strong as well. It's mildly sweet like chocolate syrup with a bit of molasses. There are some dark fruit flavors present as well. It has a pretty good alcohol burn and a good bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is extremely thick. Almost like cough medicine (just the mouthfeel, not the taste) or syrup. Drinkability is not great, due to the high alcohol content and heaviness of the beer, but it is delicious.

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

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this!
Poured very thick, dark black with a brown creamy head that impressed me. Nose and taste of rich roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. It had a great malt ptofile and the strong ABV was well hidden. Excellent brew.

Photo of midweb23
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black color with a thick 2 inch head that leaves multiple lines of lacing.

S- Strong smell of chocolate and coffee.

T - A strong roasted malt flavor that leaves a slight chocolate aftertaste. You can really feek the high alcohol content which leaves your throat and chest warm.

M - Very thick and creamy.

D - A great brew for its style!

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours an abyss like black with a huge tan head. good head retention rate and great, sticky lacing.

S: Wow! Huge roasted malt aroma. big chocolate flavors, coffee and toffee. some bittersweet chocolate. some raisins as well.

T: some nice roasted malts, which brings out some serious chocolate, coffee, and some black currents and raisins.

M: full-bodied. mild carbonation level. very creamy.

D: amazing both fresh and aged. solid brew and well worth a try.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a plethora of cool extras from PEBKAC more than 6 months ago now... decided to crack one tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project... enjoyed from my Kasteel tulip.

Jet black brew of course... head looks creamy like foam atop an espresso.. but lasts alot long and leaves picture perfect spotty lace.

Aroma is impressive mix of chocolate and yeasty fruitiness.. cocoa and subtle coffee notes.. a little bit of mild sweet cherry.

Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee... fairly dry throughout... lingering finish is reminiscent of chocolate covered dried cherries.. a little nuttiness is also present... body is less than expected for a brew of this ABV, but it is still fairly viscous with just the right amount of carbonation.

A pretty class brew from a class act trader... Adam we must do it again.

Photo of kinger
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unique Imperial, well crafted. My first sampling was with the '04-'05 batch and I've been enjoying this every year since. Pours an incredibly thick jet black with a nice tan head, there is a medium amount of lacing that sticks to the glass. Rich velvety aroma of chocolate and red wine with other dark fruits and roasted nuts. This inviting scent is unique from the other imperial stouts I've had thus warranting the high score. Mouth feel is smooth and sweet. When fresh the sharp alcohol is dominant, but after some age the burn fades and you are presented with a tangy, dry creaminess. Black Chocolate is an applicable name for this one although the standard roasted dark malt and coffee flavors are present there is a nice blend of chocolate malt that seems to take over. This isn't milk chocolate either, dark dense sweet chocolate makes this beer a thing of beauty. Nutty with notes of raisins and sherry wine. Like the aroma this flavor stands out in a unique way. A year in the bottle does wonders for this complex brew. Big bonus points for being somewhat unique comparatively as well as being such a bargain. I stock up every season when this hits the shelves. //Additional notes and rating on 12-14-07 after enjoying a well aged bottle.

Photo of phattysbox
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Duvel goblet. Amazing 2 inch head (brown) that reduces slowly, nice lacing. Black as night.

Booze is first evident followed by bittersweet chocoloate and toasted malts. Taste is very boozy... But interestingly when this brew warmed up it had a completely different profile - alcohol profile melded more with the malts and the bittering hops and bitterness from malts came out more.

Very nice brew once it warmed up. Serve at cellar temp or warmer or the alcohol stings too much. Fantastic when you get to the last 1/4 of the glass!! Definitely seek out again

Photo of johnd513
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to JasonA for this one.

This beer pours dark black and smells of dark chocolate. The taste is smooth and creamy but is hot on the palate from the high abv which is also present. The drinkability is moderate because of the high upfront abv. Overall an excellent RIS. Not my favorite but its one ive been wanting to try for some time now and im glad I did.

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black...tan little tiny bubbles...

Smelled a bit like a red wine with chocolate...a touch of coffee...

The taste is very complex and strong, as the alcohol is everywhere. A nice almost cherry like accent to the chocolate with coffee overtones. An Old World charm...


Alcohol is to prevalent to drink many of these, though I don't believe that was ever the intention. Wait a minute! As I finish this one I start to wish for another!

This was an extra from a trade with sincereNc. Thanks Bro!

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