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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 2,646
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 317
Gots: 890 | FT: 51
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of bashiba
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black with mahogony highlights and 3 inches of thick dark brown head.

Smell is huge, big strong bitter chocolate and coffee mixing in with strong sweet alcohol flavors.

Taste after the huge smell is suprisingly smooth. Not as strong in flavor as in odor, but very tasty. Big dark bitter chocolate flavors mixing in with sweet alcohol and a touch of charred oak barrel bourban flavors with hints of burnt malts and coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick.

Wow what a great beer. Very drinkable and tasty, plus a steal at the $8 I paid for a six pack. As good as many stouts I normally pay double that for.

bashiba, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2005-06 vintage. Purchased a case in November and I am sampling one of these tonight, at cellar temperature.

Served in a *really* oversize brandy snifter after dinner at midnight on 3/2/06.

Appearance- Look at the color of this head... it is brown, not tan. On a good pour, the crown stands three fingers high on a pitch black viscous liquid. Even after several minutes, the foam is still unbroken... a maze of lacing lurks behind, stuck like tape to the sides of my glass.

Smell- The most dense, concentrated, intense display of aromas I've yet to experience in a Russian Imperial Stout. I'm getting blackstrap molasses, chocolate, booze, and alcohol... yes, the last two are the same but not really... this is a strong mother of a beer.

Taste- Intense, driving exhibition of the darkest, stongest, most bitter chocolate... combined with molasses and fudge, and of course, alcohol. As flavorful and brutally domineering as this beer is, I would guess that a year or two in the cellar would benefit the flavor integration.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Downplayed by the intense flavors, the mouthfeel serves as a soft backdrop to the beer's character. Unassuming and soft, it allows the transgression of heavy malt and chocolate to its eventually bitter hoppy finish... this is a sipper, make no mistake. I suggest a pairing with dessert, chocolate cheescake maybe, and don't rush it. Savor every moment.

yelterdow, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original review on 3/31/03 4.5
I love a good, dark beer; this seems like the ultimate choice. It did not disappoint. It pours out thick and syrupy, no splashing. A tan, creamy head with pretty good staying power. It's taken me an hour to get to these final few ounces and there's still some trace foam around the edge of the glass. I started this too cold, let it get closer to room temp. It's always part of the experience to have a sip or two when it's cold, then nurse it along so you can taste how it develops as it warms up.

Tasted cold, the primary sensation is the chocolate malts, the surprising and pleasant carbonation, and the hop kick which I don't find as prevalent in stouts. There's a lot to taste, looking forward to this one as it warms up!

These last couple ounces, the beer's close to 60 degrees by now, there's maybe a slight buttery presence, the mouthfeel is smoother (maybe due in part to the decreased bubbles by now), a little more cloying to me (raison), and the aftertaste of espresso, hops, and a touch of smoke hangs on for a good 15 seconds afterwards. If I started this beer out at 55 degrees or so, it would take me an hour to drink it anyway. As much as I enjoy a good beer tasting, this one would really be an ideal candidate if you drink a 4 or 6 ounce sample. It can take a bit just priming your palate to get into the depth of this beer, the sampling could take 20 minutes (but it'd be a fine 20 minutes). Glad I bought a few of these...

From the 02-03 bottling season. 3.80

Appearance - pours out thick and black, a deep mocha head color is thin and fades rather quickly but holds at a partial covering and laces pretty well. 4.5

Aroma - a heady nose of chocolate, rum, and raisin. Fantastic. 5.0

Taste - much of the balance has left this beer, what's left is extremely smoky, charred, and bittersweet. Vinous flavors mix with the charcoal taste, most of the chocolate and coffee has disappeared. On the swallow, most burnt flavor, and finally some roasty espresso flavors peek through. The aftertaste eventually shows some chocolate, but it's a wait. 3.0

Mouthfeel - good as ever. Thick, viscous, coating, subdued carbonation. 4.5

Drinkability - better when fresh, IMO. This shows some better balance as it warms but for my palate, this beer's best days were some two years ago. 2.5

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of bossmanjg
2.63/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the first Imperial Stout that I have had, and feel that I may want to stay away from this style of beer.

Appearance: It poured black, aesthetically not bad for a stout beer.

Smell: A mixture of chocolate, some vanilla with hints of coffee. And the part that I think turned me away was the alcohol scent. It was just too strong for me. I don’t feel that beer should smell like the alcohol.

Taste: The taste was strong on the chocolate, more bitter dark chocolate that milk.

Mouth feel: Average, kinda watery.

Drinkability: This is, for me at least, not a session beer. I can’t see myself drinking this brew on any occasion.

I guess you can’t like al the styles of beer…. Too bad for me right…

And as always remember the immortal words:

“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.”

~Benjamin Franklin

bossmanjg, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of TongoRad
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off- this is a serious looking beer, from the viscous dense black liquid to the rocky brownish head sitting on top of it.

Numerous strong elements hit your nose simultaneously- coffee, spices, figs and dates, caramel, cocoa, maybe some heavy cream, and a platform of alcohol to give it an overriding maturity.

The palate, however, is a bit problematic. Unfortunately the bitterness, roasty astringency and alcohol cross the line into unbalance. Just a touch more residual malt would have done a world of good.

This beer came from the second sixer that I bought this season. Past years have been wonderful, hopefully next year will bring this beer back to its past glories.

TongoRad, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of atozymurgy
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The last of a six-pack I bought about a month ago (stored in cellar). Here goes...

Pours jet black, with a tiny and short-lived coffee colored head. Just a little lacing left after 30 seconds. This is less than I'd like in a stout.

Powerful roasted barley in the nose, almost too powerful, but it still allows other aromas to get through. There's plenty of black patent there too, and hints of chocolate. No hops in the nose - some aroma hops might balance the roastiness, and wouldn't have been inappropriate in this style, IMO.

This beer gets better in the mouth. Roasted barley's still strong, but there's a pleasant sweetness that offsets it. Rich and chocolatey. There's not quite enough hop bitterness to balance the sweetness and roastiness, but almost.

Mouthfeel is really full and chewy. There's a bit of a bite from the carbonation that's not quite right for the style, just a little too fizzy and not creamy enough. Still, a pleasant body, with a tiny hint of alcohol warmth in the swallow.

Overall, quite a good stout. IMO, it would be better with a tad less roasted barley, and just a little more hop in the flavor and aroma. I'll be getting this again next year!

atozymurgy, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of mattpetti
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Of the winter seasonal beers that come out each year this one is one of my favorites. Pours pitch black with a small off brown tinted head. Smelled like roasted malts, lots-o-chocolate, the bittersweet kind. I picked up on a bit of smokeyness as well, but that just could have been me. Taste was amazing. I had no idea that this was an imperial stout. There is so much chocolate and creamy flavor to this beer (yet not nearly overwhelming) that it astounds the senses. Very little carbonation and lack of excessive bitterness gives this beer an amazing mouthfeel. Coating upon coating fills your mouth. This beer is incredibly drinkable. I had 2 of them and was feeling content to having a third, but then the alcohol kicked in alittle. On that note you taste none of the 8.5 percent. This beer kicked ass. If you can still get your hands on some go for it, it is well worth it.

mattpetti, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of bignick
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2005/2006 bottle:

This is some rich and wonderful stuff. It pours pitch black with a mediocre head. It has the typical rough chocolate/coffee smell of a great RIS (ie: Stone, Victory, Yeti, Thumbsucker, etc). However, once this beer hits the lips, it is just bliss. The deeply complex, but not overwhelming chocolate taste is incredible. It reminds of the scene from the movie Old School in which the character played by Will Ferrell take a sip of his beer and yells "it tastes so good when it hits the lips", or something like that. This beer is very full-bodied, but it is so smooth and delicious that I could keep throwing it back all night.

bignick, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Imperial Stout reminds me a lot of the Sam Smith's version of the style. Pours pitch black, with a dark tan/brown head. The aroma smells of burnt chocolate and dried fruit. The flavor has the chocolate in attendance, but also some bubblegum and a ton of roasted malt bitterness settling on the back of the tongue. This is a very thick, substantial beer, that rubs along the mouth with a phenolic scrubbing feeling. Not a mouthfeel for the faint of heart, but that's par for the course with this style of beer. This sipping beer is a sumptuous treat that has "dessert course" written all over it. It's not the best exmple of the style I've had, but it's very good. Recommended.

geexploitation, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a Brooklyn variety pack. It is the 2005/2006 batch.

Poured a nearly black glassfull to drink with a chocolate fondue after dinner at a friends.

Not a lot of head, and only slight lacing as I drank the beer.

Aromas of chocolate, dark coffee and some burnt toffee. Nice aroma.

Tasted very good. Not too sweet, more like bittersweet cocoa and french roast coffee. Alcohol content very well hidden. A nice compliment to the chocolate fondue.

Moderately thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Nice beer to have with dessert. Couldn't 'drink a lot of these in a row, but one of them at a time with dessert is nice way to savor this beer.

doppelmeup, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, neck states "Limited Edition - Winter '05-06.'

A - dark, oily, pitch black. Medium tan head starts out thick then withdraws but is reilient. Nice lacing.

S - rich, roasty, chocolatey, coffee aromas. Alcohol definitely there. Some malty sweetness. Little hop aroma if any.

T - strong flavors of black patent and roasted malts. Chocolately, coffee-ish. Aftertaste of grassy hops. Interesting notes of vanilla, oak, alcohol. Strong hop bitterness balances out the volume of roasty malt in this beer.

M - medium thick mouthfeel, sticks to your tongue. Carbonation a little tingly, seems a little too high but could just be this bottle.

D - very tasty brew. Don't know if I could drink many of these without filling up, not to mention the alcohol content.

gbarron, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful gingerbread head sits atop a pitch black body, looks perfect, leaves nice lacing on the glass, to boot.

Smell: Rich, woody, dark chocolate smell, with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Sweet and mellow, then strong and sharp with lots of bitter chocolates, and a sharpness enhanced by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich, a very fitting mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A very good beer that lives up to the hype, and the name Black Chocolate. Thanks to Blackie for the opportunity.

TastyTaste, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of adowney523
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter '05-'06 12 oz. Bottle

Appearance is black with a tan head that remained throughout. Chocolate and sweetness dominate the smell. Initial taste is full of chocolately malt. The alcohol comes through in the end.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. A nice after-dinner beer, but I think I can only handle one of these at a time.

adowney523, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a medium tan head with a little bit of retention. Lots of thin webby lacing. Cooking chocolate smell with hints of alcohol. Sweet coffee malt taste with alcohol taste and thin feel. This is a huge letdown. I've been looking forward to this for quite some time. Not terrible for an RIS but not great at all.

timtheenchanta, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of orfeu
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter '05-'06 bottling. Black sludge with burnt sugar tan froth, rocky and thick. Phenomenal webbed sheets of lacing. Aroma of chocolate mousse spiked with bourbon, sugared espresso with vanilla whipped cream. Oil slick texture with medium body. Incredible alcohol-infused mocha flavor, all chocolate and coffee ice cream booziness. It's nearly impossible to believe that there is no actual chocolate in this stuff. Tongue-numbing buzz. Shocking drinkability for the sheer size of the flavor profile and showy alcohol presence. The paradigm of class -- I'm in awe.

orfeu, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: black... yummy black, with a chocolate brown head. this beer is absolutely gorgeous, i only wish the head remained a while longer.

smell: the aroma consists strongly of bakers chocolate, but i picked up on a hint of alcohol that was a tad disconcerting.

taste: this beer changed drastically (in a good way) as it warmed. the bakers chocolate was evident through out, as was a taste of alcohol... the two cancelled each other out in my rating. the roasted malts hit harder as it warmed, and harder than i wished when combined with the taste of alcohol, but still was ok. it at least showed some complexity.

mouthfeel: thick and bitter, it makes the roof of my mouth tingle, and i don't think i like that, but i'll keep thinking about it.

drinkability: the alcohol taste and funny mouth tingling really impact this one, and although i will try it again, if i have the same/similar experience as i did this time, i don't think i'll want more than a sip after that. this too gets better as it warms though.

dbalsock, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Winter '05-'06.

Pure black...dark khaki head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolates, nutmeg, and more chocolate. Tastes blend together fairly well on a creamy texture and create a nice warming effect as well. Fairly thick and somewhat oily. At nearly 9%, this one displays no hint of alcohol in the taste. A rich, flavorful stout that deserves to be mentioned with some of the best. Definitely one to drink at room temp..or hell, leave it out in the sun for a while. I tried this around fridge temp to start and it was a disaster..the flavors wake up and start to party at 60 degrees.. It's a no-brainer to try this one if you find it.

hero27, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of artusory
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

’05-’06. Pours black with large creamy tan head, that gradually fades to a cover, nice lacing. Aroma is a simple blend of chocolate and roasted notes. Inital flavor has some bitter coffee and dark chocolate, this gives way to a sweet chocolates and some dark fruits. Texture is a bit on the syrupy side. A touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

artusory, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05-06 variety

dark and opaque, stout like silly... one finger of dark tan head fades out into a pangea and o-ring, light barely pentrates this sucker... nice. lace is also good, a consistent sheet of fine bubbles on a swirl up the glass and down with some stickiness

the malts shine, toasty, slight burnt, choc sweetness, raisenettes (do they still make those things?)... the nose is in line with the name of the beer, to a tee...

taste etc...
somewhat thick and creamy, leaves a trace on your lips, the carbonation makes it seem a touch thicker than it actually might be... the choc flavor is very apparent in the aftertaste along with some residual bitterness, the sweetness is abundant but not cloying or messing with the overall experience of this elixer, the carbonation is slightly more than other imp stouts I have been suckin on lately, and that isn't a bad thing. my personal preference is more coffee tones but this beer smells and tastes exactly what it should by the name on the label. nice warming sensation after a few sips of this. The alcohol doesn't prevent larger swigs so this isn't a total "sipper" like say the Goose Island Bourbon Stout.

a solid 4 across the board which = damn good beer. For my personal taste I would go elsewhere for my imp stout fix but that is because I prefer coffee over chocolate... starbucks over godiva... mariah over naomi.. ok, I'll stop...

Ego, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of jozols
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews. Lovely, dark cola color with hints of copper.Thick head. Aroma is sweet, almost woody, with hint of caramel, figs. Malty, full-bodied, with a nice long finish. I recommend serving it slightly chilled in a large wine glass or snifter -- it holds the aroma nicely.

jozols, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, completely opaque. Not a lot of head

S - Smells like sweet toasted malt with strong chocolate overtones. Aroma of vanilla is also present

T - Taste is that of thick sweet malt. Kind of fudgey, oily is probably not a good description. The sweetness of the malt is balanced by an aftertaste of hops.

M - Very thick feel with good carbonation.

D - Taste and mouthfeel make this a highly drinkable brew. They got the sweetness just right. You could drink this beer while eating a desert. It would stand up to chocolate cake.

CDBeerDisappear, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Black with a small soapy brown head that shrinks to an undying creamy ring and light cascading lace. Smells of burnt chocolate covered dark fruits, the alcohol is there but it blends well with the malt. Tastes like rich bittersweet chocolate with a slight underlying caramel. Fruit esters mingle with warm alcohol. Mouthfeel is substantial and smooth...this is a VERY warming stout.

Seems far less alcoholic than last years. This is one huge malty beer...an excellent and mighty Imperial Stout.

wedge, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of johnniemarg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You can tell this is a thick beer as you pour it. It has the color and consistency of used engine oil that was way overdue to be changed. Very small head, but probably one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen. Always a good sign. Very little lacing.

Strong aroma of mollasses or dark corn syrup and vanilla with some chocolate as well as almond liqueur (including the alcohol smell) and dark roasted malt. No hops that I can smell against all the sweet sugar.

The taste is generally in line with the aroma I described. Strong sweet mollasses to start with, dark chocolate, then some vanilla, some alcohol and then finishes with a strong, heavily roasted malt flavor that really sticks to your tongue. This is awesome.

This is as thick as heavy cream. Super thick and sticky. My lips are sticking together because of how sugary it is. The carbonation is there but I feel like it's all the malt that makes this so thick, not just the carbonation that makes it seem that way.

I could easily drink a few of these on a cold winter night. And I'd get a nice buzz with the 8.5% abv. And I'd like it. I love this stuff.

johnniemarg, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of jorjoria
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for a bottle of the winter 05-06 release.

A: The beer pours thick and black but with little head and larger bubbles then other stouts I've had.
S: The smell is defiantly of chocolate, malt and alcohol. Which is fantastic since I'm a huge dark chocolate fan.
T: The taste does not disappoint. The first thing the hits you is the strong alcohol taste. I know this bothers some people but in this case it is perfectly balanced by the deep chocolate taste as well as the rich malts used in this brew. I also get a slight taste a raspberries I'm not really sure why but there it is.
M: This beer just feels fantastic going down it absolutely coats the inside of the mouth with a great creaminess and well quite frankly just makes me happy.
D: So I'm going back to buy some more of this brew to age as far and drinking more then one or two I probably could but it might be the start a disastrous evening.
Overall a fantastic brew that I plan on having again.

jorjoria, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque pitch black. Not a ray of light is getting through this baby. Nice tan colored head with some retention. And chocolate lacing covers the entire glass. Smell is of chocolate covered cherries and a faint alcohol smell. Taste is sweet chocolate up front, roasted coffee tasting malts through the middle, with a warming alcohol finish. Feels crisp and thick in the mouth with a nice alcohol tingle on the sides of the tongue. This is definately a sipping beer. The alcohol is very noticable but not so much so that the beer is undesireable. Overall a good beer from Brooklyn and I'm starting to like this style more.

wcudwight, Jan 30, 2006
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,613 ratings.