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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,140
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,170 | 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: 6,140 | Reviews: 2,730
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a finger length head which is just slightly off color. Beer itself is entirely opaque.

Smell- Not much of a nose here, some light coffee notes buts thats about it.

Taste- Thick and smooth chocolate, almost like an alcoholic smoothie, its pretty good. Lingers on the tongue and the chocolate really comes out on aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thick, really gets around to the palate.

Drinkability- Super, nigh unparalleled.

Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08-09 bottle

A- black body with a finger of sticky coffee colored lasting head. cant ask for much more.

S- roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a dash of hops.

T- fresh this tastes like a load of chocolate dumped into a glass of booze. much room for improvement with age. it has a hoppy finish as well.

M- rather thick and creamy. very smooth

D- at 10% abv the alcohol isnt as well hidden as many other beers in this style. i cant wait to see what this one turns into in a year or three. one was enough for the evening. ill check in on this one fairly often.

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

Cellar-cool 12-ounce bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a midnight-ebony body with a trace of deep garnet at the periphery, capped with a thick layer of fine-bubbled oily khaki-brown foam. The head retains at a broken sheet that leaves webby speckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell is chocolatey with a nice coffee backing, but a huge plummy, raisiny whiff of alcohol threatens to take over the aroma profile of the drink.

The taste features (or suffers from, depending on your perspective) the same dark-fruity alcoholic character as the nose, with charred malt, dusty cocoa and rich dark-roasted black coffee working hard to be known above the boozy, fortified-wine-style heat of this drink. Red apples macerated in dark rum notes emerge as the drink warms further. A nice earthy dryness denotes the finish.

Full-bodied and nicely carbonated, it seems to me that this year's edition Brooklyn's BCS has lots of potential and would benefit greatly from aging. Very boozy and hot right now with extremely limited drinkability as a result. I'll let the rest of the sixer age a while, give it a whirl again, and, if necessary, revise my review accordingly.

Photo of neenerzig
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter out of a 12 oz bottle. This beer pours a very dark brown color with a huge tan brown head well over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating 1/4 inch thick several minutes after being poured and eventually to a this surface coating along with a medium sized tan ring lining the inside of the glass. Pretty good lace. Robust aromas of deep roasted coffee, chocolate and malt along with a small hint of alcohol. Flavors of rich, sweet chocolate immediately hit my palate followed followed with some somewhat bitter roasted coffee. The sweet chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and the beer also becomes easier to drink as the beer warms a bit, with the taste of alcohol fading. Has a somewhat crisp, but mainly smooth, creamy, frothy mouthfeel with a full body and fairly mild carbonation. The most drinkable high gravity ABV stout I have ever had.


Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 installment just in and poured into Alpine mug...

Solid ginger/cinnamon (tight) 1-finger head topping an awesome jet-black body. Little visible carbonation but who would know? Wicked thick.

Oily, brown sugar/cinnamon scent topping deep, dark but mellow roasted malt. Loads of depth and hearty coffee and chocolate texture with grass/pine from hops on deep background.

Grassy hops emerge here with the overzealous (not a bad thing) roasted malt. This one rolls a little hot, though - maybe needs some warmth and time? Excellent, however.

This deal beats the palate like a rented goalie. Balance in overabundance is an understatement. Carbonation actually makes an appearance on the finish with warmth to cut the heft a bit. Finish is surprisingly clean and tight for something so blessedly huge.

A sipper. A very good sipper. Very very good. But it needs time.

Photo of Nowhereman529
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a dark molasses color with no head whatsoever. Not quite what I expected, but not a bad looking beer.

Smell is chocolate, a little coffee, some molasses.

Taste is a little sweet, a little bitter and a lot of dark maltiness and is that a bit of fruit I taste coming through. There's some chocolate in there somewhere, but not enough to live up to the name. However, that said this is still a tasty stout.

Mouthfeel is probably the most lacking aspect of this beer. It's good and thick enough, but just a bit on the flat side. This doesn't kill the beer, but could use just a bit more carbonation.

This is a good solid stout, not perfect, but definitely one tasty brew. I would drink it over and over again.

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!

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