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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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5,867 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,867
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 326
Gots: 995 | FT: 53
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vehement pour into a snifter creates a haughty 3 finger head that floats atop a jet black body. Cocoa colored lacing adheres thickly to the glass.

Smells of mocha and espresso, with a hint of brandy soaked cherry. Very appetizing.

Roasted and chocolate malts wallop the palate, echoing the smell and adding a vague spiciness and possibly apricot and raspberry.

This beer is very smooth and rich, but the bitter bite at the end from the roasted malt keeps the finish dry and prevents it from being syrupy.

Can't taste the big 10.6 abv, delicious enough to have another. Great offering from Brooklyn.

Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very black and with one finger of dark tan suds.
Smell of coffee and chocolate with a yeast that burns the nose.
Taste is bitter chocolate with dark raspberry and cherry. The bitterness comes through at the end. Drys out the mouth
and makes you come back for more.
Kind of a dirty mouthfeel but in a nice way. This is a good beer from a great company.
You can't really tell the 10.6% here so this might be a good session beer if you were trying to pass out! Still a great beer.

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

Pours an absolutely pitch black, with a very small deep tan head that dissipates quite quickly, leaving very little lacing and large surfacing bubbles, almost like a tar pit. Smell is big and forward, with dark and bitter chocolate dominant. Almost burnt it's so dark, this stuff is the real deal. Taste is big and bold too, with huge chocolate taste mixed with blackcurrants and licorice, and the big ABV noticible in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick as all get out, and with noticible carbonation, and drinkability is pretty good, though tempered by the alcohol that starts to catch up by the end of the bottle. Nice stout, truly imperial and with great character.

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

Poured in the colour of well-used engine oil and smelling of alcohol, yeast, some coffee, and a load of chocolate. The taste was totally dominated by the chocolate with coffe or perhaps burnt ashes on top. The alcohol comes through as well. I like it when a (chocolate) stout is not too sweet so this one is definately a favourite. Having said that I think something more is needed to move it up a notch from good towards excellent.

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

Inky black, with a creamy but short, latte-colored head. Wonderful aromas of chocolate and pepper. Probably the best balance of chocolate and stout roastiness I know of, with a smooth, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol makes itself noticed in a subtle way -- this beer has convinced me that 10-12% is exactly right for this style. Not as intense overall as my very favorites, but on the right occasion, this might be the best choice.

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

Many thanks to mdagnew for this bottle

355ml bottle, served very slightly chilled in a Dobbelen wide bowled tulip

06/07 bottling, 10.6%abv

Pours with an almost pitch black, fairly thick and viscous body. Tight inch thick dark tan head, acres of thick stick lacing up and down the glass

Smell, thick rich dark chocolate (70%-80% cocoa), powdered drinking chocolate, vanillia pods, some eastern spice, slight hint of cinnamon and very slight hint of star anise. Rich sticky honey glazed dried fruit, chocolate steamed pudding. A few estery alcoholic vapours warm the nose, some brandy and sherry hints also.

Taste, crisp smooth roasted malt, super dark chocolate and espresso like bitterness. Some burnt sugar character, Fresh american hops, chocolate malt, slightly boozy rich bitterness with a finish of fresh vanilla and rich chocolate ice cream. Sweet esters of fresh fruit, prunes and raisins. Some aggressive chocolate tinged alcohol on the finish (similar to a good Irish whiskey like Redbreast 12), a slight vinous quality at the end also.

A big bold aggressive stout. The black chocolate is a fitting name as it really contains an awfully lot of rich dark chocolate aroma and flavour. There is enough alcohol present to highlight the fact that this is a big beer and thus drinkability suffers slightly, however the alcohol never detracts from the depth of flavour in this superb beer.

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

A - Blacker than black. Thin dark head turns to splotches and a ring. Sparse lacing.

S - boozy chocolate, raisin, licorice, with a hint of hops. Quite pungent.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front, a bit of hop flavour in the middle. Looonnnngggg and smooth roasty finish, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. A roller coaster ride from start to finish.

M - Thick and creamy, as it should be.

D - I was enjoying the taste of this bad boy so much, I forgot all about the massive alcohol punch. Very well hidden.

Not overly roasty for a big stout, it mostly shows up in the aftertaste. Instead, it's an amazing balance of sweetness, hops and roast, all of which can be easily picked out. This goes down as smooth as a baby's bottom.

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

A- stealthy black body, cannot see through when held up to light. 2 finger tan head, that reduces to leave a faint crown. Moderate lacing

S- lots of roasted malts, alcohol, rich coffee aroma, bitter dark chocolate, perhaps some brandy and christmas pudding, plums.

T- Roasted malts hit you first, with a bitter chocolatey middle, alcohol kicks in the end, maltiness lingers.

M- medium carbonation with full body. Goes down smooth.

D- A sipper for sure, the alcohol makes sure of that, but very smooth for the abv, rich complex roasted characters makes this very enjoyable, but only 1!

i enjoyed this along with chocolate chip cookies, made a nice addition and took the edge off the alcohol, adding a buttery creamy breadyness.

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

A- black body with thin brown head. Leaves plenty of lacing behind in the glass.--When held up to the light the body remains a deep ominous black color.

S- notes of alcohol, lots of chocolate, and toffee, roasted malt.--The bitter dark chocolate is the main character with some roasted malt backing too.

T- strong chocolate flavoring with hints of alcohol and toffee. Strong malt backing. Dark chocolate aftertaste.--The finish has a hint of alcohol and roasted malt bitterness. Lingering is lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt with hints of alcohol.

M- medium carbonation with thick body. Goes down smooth.

D- This is a slow drinker and one is definitely enough for awhile. Good experience and great brew.--A great example of an RIS that isn't too thick and really accents the chocolate flavor. Great job by Brooklyn.

--edited on 11-7-07

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

black with a small tan head with big bubbles in it. The head fades quickly. Not much for lacing.

Strong coffee smell, alcohol and a little chocolate.

Big taste of bitter chocolate and black coffee. Big alcohol taste as well. Hops are there too, but mostly a roasted taste.

Full bodied with a dry finish

one or two is good. sip this one! I thought the alcohol was a little too strong untill I had my second one which was much colder and that masked the alcohol taste better for me.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance: Pitch b;ack with a dark tan/yellow colored head about 1/4 inch thick head that quickly dissipated leaving a little foam around the outside

Smell: Scent of sweet espresso, heavily roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: Flavor is of very rich, extremely dark bittersweet chocolate and a linger flavor of espresso and roasted malt. Alcohol is extremely well masked

Mouthfeel: Very low carbonation, very smooth

Overall: Black chocolate is a great description for this stout, very dark unsweetened chocolate flavors as well as espresso flavors make this a complex treat. Alcohol is very well masked, this one is definitely a sipper however. For a buck 50 a bottle this beer is a steal.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter at cellar temperature. 2006 bottling.

A: Poured pitch black with a very thin head that immediately collapsed into a thin ring around the edge of the snifter. Very little lacing; none, really. Not surprising for the style, but not a particularly pretty beer.

S: Wow. Bitter chocolate is immediately present, with a slight spiciness, much like a Mexican drinking chocolate. Really remarkable.

T: Again, bitter cocoa, followed by dried fig and a deep molasses flavor, supported by just enough bitterness and carbonation to prevent it from becoming cloying. There is a very pleasant dry and bitter lingering finish that offsets the sweetness of the first impression. Absolutely wonderful; heaven in a glass.

M: This is a HUGE beer, and it fills the mouth and palate immediately. Despite its enormous presence, it avoids being sticky or unpleasantly coating.

D: This is a great sipping beer. One is plenty.

Overall: This is my favorite imperial stout. It is an immense beer that manages deftly to avoid the cloying chewiness of many other American attempts at the style. I wish I had the patience to see what years in the cellar would do to this beer, by I have trouble keeping a 6 pack around much longer than 5 months. Mr. Oliver has proven once again that he is a true grand master of the art of brew craft.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is much less chocolate-y than others with that word in their title, but that is not a bad thing. This is a stout with a bit of sour and oaky flavor, which make it quite unique.

Appearance is extremely dark with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is extremely caramel malty, with some chocolate and bourbon notes...the maltiness definitely comes before the chocolate. Flavor is somewhat sour and oaky, with some bourbon notes. Chocolate is definitely less pronounced than most beers that have the word "chocolate" in their description, but that's not a bad thing. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and yet astringent at the same time. This is a very interesting beer.

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

I keep liking all these stouts as you can see. This one I acquired from the Secret Bunny BIF (thanks Alkey). I remember drinking this back in my eastside days. It's pretty damn good.

This combines the best of the Russian Imperial Stout and the Sweet Stout to one particular thick and creamy tasty beer. It's thick and resiny, with a slight cappuccino head. Dark chocolate and espresso dominate the nose. Very full with little subtleties. The taste is quite filling - full of the chocolate and coffee flavors with some roasted malt and even a bite of vanilla.

This has become an East Coast classic. Worth looking for this one.

Photo of mountdew1
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

06-07 vintage poured into an imperial pint glass. Very dark brown, almost opaque black color with a nice rich brown head. Lacing that lasted the whole pint ringing the surface, as well as clinging to the sides. When I first poured I caught whiffs of coffee, chocolate, and yeast. Last sniffs picked up some sweetness, and still some chocolate. Initially very bitter and almost acidic. As it warmed up, either in the glass or my mouth I could definately pick out chocolate flavorings. The warmer it got, the more chocolate came out. Reminded me of a dark chocolate, and was slighty bitter like a good dark chocolate is. The bitterness/acidity lingered on the tounge and in the mouth too long for me to completely enjoy the beer.

Photo of smurphy77
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Sampled this beer at Tria and from the moment the server began the pour (from a good distance away) I could smell the complexity. Actually caught a whiff of bananas which didn't resurface again...

Foamy cappucino colored head when poured that dissipated relatively quickly. What was left was a very dark brown beer, almost but not quite black. First of all, I have to say that this beer is a mouthfull. The body is wonderfully thick without being the least bit syrupy. Strong accents of chocolate and coffee augment the rich roasted malt flavors. The high alcohol wasn't obvious to me. Fairly bitter aftertaste. Very nice interpretation of the style.

Photo of bigman147
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Imperial stout glass. Pours a dark black slightly syrupy. The head is full and thick fading a lingering creme like a great espresso. Lacing on the glass is wonderful.

S: Smells of roasted malts and slight coffee. Alcohol is present on the nose and tends to help offer up trace dried fruits (dates and cherries).

T: Taste of roasted malts with some chocolate. The sweetness tends to help balance the palate and help to create a creaminess that is not readily present. A sharp bitterness of coffee (caffeine) and carbonation. Slight alcohol burn in the throat makes you remember how high the alcohol content is. Its a pleasant warming though.

M: Creamy with good carbonation that has a sharp bite to it.

D: It is as drinkable as you can imagine from a 10%ABV Imperial Stout. I could imagine drinking one (maybe 2) 12oz bottles in a session but beyond that this beer would be hard to just sit and drink. I am impressed and pleasantly surprised.



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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a lovely deep black with the very slightest hint of ruby tinting towards the bottom of the glass. Massive and firm dark tan colored three finger head. As the head gradually recedes it leaves spotty chunks of lace on the glass.

S: Big aromas of bitter dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, cherries, and caramel.

T: The bitter chocolate strikes first, followed by cherrry, espresso, molassas, raisins, plums, figs, roasted malt, alcohol, toffee, and some bitter hops in the finish thrown in for good measure. The finish starts tart and bitter and ends up pretty sweet.

M: Big and bitter. Tart and fruity. Quite slick and sticky.

D: Very drinkable for the abv, but, look out! The alcohol sneaks up on you and all I can say is hydrate yourself (maybe eat a little something, too) between bottles of this.

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

Into a pint glass, pours a very dark black brown, dark tan head that recedes to a thin film, bubbly, lacing falls down in sheets, doesn't stick. The aroma dark and chocolaty, of course, molasses, roasted malts bequeathing coffee, and some of hopped bitterness.

The taste is long awaited, much appreciated. Dark, malty, good deal of chocolate going on but not a ton, which I can appreciate. The balance here in stouty goodness is marvelous, bittersweet, espresso coffee grounded great great great. The mouth is pretty damn smooth, a bit chewy, very full in body, lovely. This isn't quite my favorite big boy stout, but I'm so very glad I traded for a sixer of it. A classic, for sure. Much thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this one.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to vanrassel for this bottle and the other one I'll try in a year or two...

Pours black as a foggy moonless night with a 1/2 inch lovely tan coloured head. Subsides slowly leaving some nice lacing. Intense aromatics! Dark fruity aromas that meld into herbal and medicinal aromas. Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts, brandy, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of alcohol. Wowee wow, and it's all there in full force, no subtlety here.

Taste is no less than the nose suggests, big and bold and brash and flavourful. Sour notes meld well with the bold roasted malt and dark chocolate/cocoa flavours. Fruitiness in the background, plums and raisins. Medicinal and herbal notes are prevalent as well. The flavours are there and they are amazing, but I find they don't meld together as much as they complement each other. Mouthfeel is about right, not overcarbonated, but enough to push the flavours around the mouth. Heavy heavy body as expected with a drying finish. More than one of these will knock you on your ass and make it hard to get up in the morning I'd think, but it goes down pretty well I'd say. I'm excited to see how this ages, well done Brooklyn.

Jan. 27, 2009 - Aroma is still intense as ever, but the carbonation and head have deadened quite a bit. Flavours are still balls-out with a slight hint of the papery edge that beers begin to get after a few years. Still a very enjoyable sipper though for a cold winter night.

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

Ah, an exceptional Imperial. Not for the faint of palate, I drank one 12 oz. bottle per day for 6 days and found something new every time.

A pitch black body wears its russett brown head like a crown, which it wears for some time.

Burnt rye toast with New Dark Chocolate Nutella covers the smell pretty well (what can I say, it just came to me one day...dark chocolate nutella is popular in Germany for sure, yum.)

Upon tasting this brew I discovered that there was less burnt as there were roasted malts. Also, I noticed less chocolate in the taste.My nose had been deceived. Am I to believe that burnt and chocolate combined in mid-swig? I doubt it. It is the time spent pondering this conundrum that makes this beer truly great for me. The alcohol is pretty strong, though. What chocolate there is does a great job of masking it while tangy hops and roasted malts sit at opposite ends of the taste spectrum from alcohol. Malts and hops act as mediators with the chocolate kicking some ass in a 1-2 combination of flavor.

Thick and syrupy!

Like I said earlier these brews were enjoyed over a longer-than-average time span is exquisite, but due to a 10%+ ABV after 2 of these I could see the senses dulled enough to not get your money's worth for this beer. Truly a brew best enjoyed in moderation.

Photo of BDTyre
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I find American interpretations of imperial stouts tend to be hit-or-miss. They're either just right or seem to come off as over done.

This falls into the hit category. Abyss-black with a very thin deep tan head. Even held up to the light, there are no ruby hints.

Vinous, roasted malt smell with a strong presence of coffee and cocoa. Bitter, dark chocolate and coffee bean taste. Slight winey hints and barely detectable traces of hops.

Nice thick and chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is very light and only barely detectable. The only downpoints are that this is not as chocolatey as I had hoped for and as it warms it can become a bit on the bitter side. Drinkable, but with a powerful ABV.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: From a vigorous pour, nearly two fingers of dense, light brown head atop an impossibly black body, with no light whatsoever getting through. Looked pretty damn tasty.

S: Nice deep cocoa tones, with a slightly alcoholic and coffee-like smell also present. Seemed to be some sort of dark fruity aroma that lurked in the background as well.

T: The intro starts out unassumingly enough, with inviting roasted and burnt malt goodness, but yields quickly to a surprisingly sharp taste in the middle. An alcoholic and hoppy bite take over toward the end and deliver a smooth aftertaste that washes away most of the syrupy texture. This is an interesting and tasty twist, and this stout keeps it lively.

M: Carbonation level seems just right to suit this beer, and the mouthfeel transitions with the flavors, which is nice. At first a creamy and bubbly beast, its other characteristics slice right through and offer a crisp, pleasant aftertaste.

D: Because of the possibility of being bored with another run-of-the-mill stout, this one surprised me and did so with its unique flavor transition. Reminded me of other strong style stouts, but had its own flair, and for that, I give it a salute for keeping my tastebuds awake while masking the alcohol in a good way.

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

Vintage 2004 bottle.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a small brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of rich chocolate, roasted malts, black coffee, and some faint vanilla. The high alcohol helped carry the aroma brilliantly.

The flavor of the beer was full of intense flavors that transitioned well from one to another. Coffee - Chocolate - Rich roasted malts. The hops were there in good presence, but reasonably mellowed.

The mouthfeel was thick and slightly syrupy. It coated your mouth with a ton of flavor. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

This is a great beer and a very drinkable RIS. I wish this were available in my area. I'd love to grab some bottles for long-term cellaring.

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

This beer pours an amzing pitch black color with no light getting through. There is a nice 3/4 inch head that stays around for a few minutes until settling to a nice thin cost and ring that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The smell is of roasted barley malt, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, strong coffe or even a starbucks latte. There is a minimal aroma of green hops.

The taste is very complex with chocoalte, roasted malt, carmel malt, chocolate, strong coffe, baker's chocolate. Most of the bitterness (which is not high) seems to come from the roasted malt. There is only minimal hop bitterness showing through. In the middle there is a sweetness that is not to much on the pallete but seems to offer some balance to the other flavors. The finish is of semi-sweet choclate or dark choclate.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and extremly creamy

Drinkability is not that high as the alcohol on this one is quite high and well hidden. After one 12 ounce you are already strting to feel the buzz.

Overall: Excellent-This is a very complex flavored beer with a great mouthfeel and fantastic aroma. The taste while complex, does not seem to offer the level of hop/roasted bitterness I expect from a Russion Imperial Stout (storm King, Old Rasputin, etc.). The well hidden alcohol is both a positive and a negative. It is a positive because it is not as boozy as some in this style (Storm King) but it can sneak up on you quickly.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,867 ratings.