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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,002
Reviews: 2,702
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 339
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 54
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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 beeroclock
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep dark black, little to no head, no lacing, just black as night. Smells of chocolate and coffee, maybe some nuts. tastes are muddled, but definitely too much of the burnt coffee present with the taste and dominant in aftertaste. Some chocolaty alcohol in there, but the burnt coffee is too much for me. I gave away 3 of my 6 pack.

Photo of gkatsoris
2.87/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The head alone is what sells it; 2-3 fingers high, and it will not fall. The head is a nice chestnutty brown, and the beer; Black. I mean no light penetrates this beer, scary.

S: Kinda alcoholy. Slightly nutty. Honestly not much there.

T: Hints of chocolate, very alcoholy, and again not much there.

M: Very creamy. Not much carbonation. The beer coats the tongue nicely. Goes down very smooth.

D: I kinda think this beer will be sooo much better in 6 mo to a year. I just hope I can keep them in the closet for that long.

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

I popped the cap on the bottle and my nose was treated to the wonderful scent of chocolate and caramel malts. The aroma of this brew is great! The pour produced a dark brown, almost black liquid with a one finger medium brown head with some lacing.

The first sip was pretty darn good with good mouthfeel. The after taste is a bit harsh with the sting of too much alcohol. The heavy alcohol taste pretty much ruined this brew for me. If they backed off a bit, this would be excellent.

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

Appearance is dark black with an almost perfect dark tan head. Aroma is strong chocolate and dark malts. Taste is of dark chocolate and heavy barley.A little bit of sugar and full body makes it go down extremely smooth. Drinkability gets a small hit because there is an alcohol sting that comes out a bit too much.

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

Pours a thick, thoroughly opaque jet black. Fairly thin deep-mocha head that diminishes to a ring pretty quickly -- I expected more of a head, but I also gave it a somewhat gentle pour.

The nose is a welcoming array of roasty, coffee-like malts, pungent fruitiness and the scent of alcohol.

The taste is brilliant -- dark coffee, bittersweet chocolate, buttery toffee, dark, ripe fruits, and the slightest trace of bitterness at the end that fades into a coffee-grounds sensation on the back of the tongue, leaving the alcohol taste at the rear roof of the mouth. Wonderful complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy -- little carbonation to speak of, just all-out satiny smoothness.

Exceptionally drinkable as an evening sipper, especially at its power level.

Definitely one of the superior Imperial stouts I've had.

Photo of Domingo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the Imperial stouts I've been trading for lately.
Pours a murky black color and coats the glass like few others do. No light's getting through this one, although you can get a little bit of a chestnut color around the edges. It has a decent amount of brown head for a boozier beer, and it's actually got pretty impressive lacing, too.
Smell's like bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, and I'm even picking up a little bit of a smoky scotch type scent.
Tastes like what it claims. Semisweet chocolate and roasted nuts. A little bit of liquorice, too. The finish starts off sweet, but ends completely dry. It's almost like you just took a sip of coffee. I normally like the sweeter stouts, but because this one has a finish that's both sweet and then dry, it's an exception.
Mouthfeel is standard per the style, if not a little thicker than normal.
Drinking one of these is no problem, but I'm not sure if I could have more than 1-2. As this beer warms, the alcohol comes out a little more.
Pretty solid Imperial stout. I'd say it's middle of the pack, BUT considering my opinion of the style - that's still wonderful.

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

Pours midnight black with ruby red light making it through only at the edges. Thick cappuccino-colored head that fades to leave persistent lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate. The alcohol comes through in the aroma. There’s also a slight dark fruit, sherry like aroma on the nose. Fine dark chocolate comes through in the flavor, along with some expresso. Mouthfeel is very smooth and full of body. I look forward to this beer each Winter.

Photo of Ig0r
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured the bottle a deep brown head shot up and then disappeared almost completely. The color is deep, absolutely opaque black. The smell is slightly sweet with a bit of coffee bitterness. It feels a bit thinner than expected, but the mild carbonation gives it a nice smoothness. Chocolate is apparent with a slightly sour finish. The flavor is well-balanced with the higher alcohol content. It really coats the mouth and provides a lasting, smooth bitterness.

It is snowing vigerously as I am writing this, so the stout gives a welcome foil to the bitter cold outside. I didn't know what to expect when I got it, but this is really what I like to find in a stout.

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

I've read many raves about this beer here and was excited to see it at my local Whole Foods. A bit pricey at ~$10.50 a six-pack, but let's see if it's worth it.

As you would expect, this is a totally black beer. It's so dark, even its head looks like milk chocolate. Impressive.

It smells sweet and strongly of alcohol, like chocolate and coffee soaked in rum.

The taste is sweet and even smoky with a nice warming from the alcohol flavors in the swallow. This isn't a dry stout at all. It's quite creamy.

It has a wonderfully creamy body that just glides over my palate. Wow.

Overall this is an excellent beer, another winner from Brooklyn, who have yet to make a beer that isn't good. This is a great beer from one of the best breweries in the nation. Buy some while you can since it's seasonal.

Photo of DrummerDan
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I was really looking forward to my first sip of this year’s BBCS on draft until the chap next to me said it was ‘thin.’

When my glass was set in front of me, I immediately noticed a fruit smell and then a flavored coffee aroma. Not a definitive flavor but a cloudy coffee smell. The head was reasonable and had a nice creamy tone. My first sip tasted fantastic but yes it did indeed ‘feel’ thin. The alcohol is not pronounced, which did make it easier to down the entire pint. As it warmed it should have gotten tastier but the thinness was more obvious than it was cold. Overall okay, but I’ll try the bottled version when I get a chance.

Photo of cabsandking
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured like straight black oil with not much of a head, some tan surface lace. Sweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a touch of dark fruits, and slight alcohol esters. Dry, roasted espresso, burnt malts, slightly tart fruits, prune, and quite a big bittering and fruity hop addition that maintains a good balance. Alcohol moves in midway through and is a bit hot, gets in the way of the fainter notes and pulls out a chalky astringent. The finish is bitter cocoa powder and chalky, with some anise notes. As it warms the alcohol does back off a bit and reveals some vinous characters. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly thin for the style and for what it appeared to pour, not bad at all though. Carbonation suffers from aggressive alcohol.

Photo of becktone
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eye: Black in color, motor oil, what can you expect...this, yes. Head is poor; tan in color it has very little retention, formation, and doesn't look like it is promising any lacing....this brew provides some decent lacing.

Nose: Alcohol is evident. Dark fruit and roasted dark grains make up the majority of this brew's aroma profile also small hints of chocolate malts. Not much more than that, overall the aroma is pretty good, though I wish that it were a bit more potent, more room filling.

Tongue: Not as complex as the Bell's Expedition which I just drank a few minutes ago, however it still has a large variety of flavors. Chocolate flavor doesn't come through as much until the aftertaste of the beer, it really shines there. Alcohol is detectable. Roasted flavors are also here, though they don't seem to be all that strong. This beer's flavor is more well rounded than the Bell's, whereas the Bell's was a bunch of different flavors providing depth this brew seems to have but one flavor, with little depth-much of the different flavors associated with the style combined into one blanket flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium on the palate though it seems to me that it is leaning towards the lighter side of medium...the higher levels of carbonation in this beer reinforce my opinion. Finish is dry and leaves a chocolate flavor in the mouth with an alcohol associated flavor in the air. This is a brew I'll drink but won't be excited to buy again. I much prefer the Bell's Expedition over this one. Don't get me wrong its a great beer, but the flavor is not up my alley.

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

Pours a rich black color with smaller tan/brown head. Smells of sweet apple and darker fruits raisins, plums, and a slight vanilla. tastes complex of raisins, dark chocolate, and charcoal. Finishes with an overpowering charcoal taste. Carbonation is a bit overpowering for this style, mild carbonation works better in a a stout, in my opinion. This one is a bit too dark for my taste, and should be noted. Although with a 10.6 alc my down sides are worth overlooking. and i would have another one if offered.

Photo of hellcatsjg
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black, not seeing any light coming through. Finger of brown head forms after a hard pour.

Smell: Alcohol is at the forefront, along with sweet chocolate and vanilla aromas. There is a bit of an oaky smell as well.

Taste: Sweet and chocolatey at first. This gives way to a malty flavor that transitions to a slight alcohol flavor which sticks around after each swallow. Leaves a nice bit of alcohol warmth as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. Coats the mouth well but is not overpowering or too sticky. Very nice.

Drinkability: As with many Imperial Stouts, this beer suffers in this category just because it is very heavy. Within the style, however, this beer has a lot of good flavor without being too heavy. Definitely worth seeking this one out during the winter release each year.

Photo of biking4beer
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

07-08 Vintage
12 oz bottle enjoyed on a cool winter day after hitting the slopes in Breckenridge.

Pours a pitch black with a nice brown head. Good lacing.

First whiff brings the obvious to the nose. Chocolate. Roasted malts. A hint of some bitter baker's chocolate. Even a touch of pine, or is that the blue spruce I just put up for a Christmas tree?

Milk Chocolate up front on the palate. Some bitter dark chocolate too. Is there lactose in this one? It has a slightly milky taste and feel. The taste ends on a tart/sour note that is slightly unpleasant. There is also too much hop bitterness in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. Thick and creamy. Perfect carbonation.

This is a good beer, but I feel the latest incarnation is still a bit green. I have no doubt this well become a finer beer over time. If you have plenty to spare, try one now and save the rest. If you only have a couple, set them away for at least a year.

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

Got this in a trade from limesmut-thanks for sending it my way.

Pours a beautiful pitch black with a brown 1 finger head that sticks around mostly for the entire drink with some nice lacing on the side of the glass

Chocolately dark aroma with a bit of burnt coffee taste, but not too strong.

Malty, chocolatey, and with a bit of sweetness & bitterness comes through the taste. Relatively well balanced with only a bit of alcohol kicking in-nothing too much. Very thick and tasty.

I didnt drink this with anything to eat, but I could imagine that it would be nice to go with a dessert. Very drinkable and smooth to enjoy for such high ABV.

This was a great beer and I will jump at the chance to try another.

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

This review reflects 2 tastings from the same 6 pack a couple months apart.
1st tasting
A:Very dark, nearly opaque with faint brown tones. Tan Head.
S: Some roasted smell, boozy
T: Lots of alcohol in the taste. Hints of roasted malt with some bitterness.
M: Light carbonation with thick, smooth mouthfeel
D: Very drinkable, don’t notice effects of EtOH but the taste of it is WAY too prominent. Some age should mellow the alcohol and let the other flavors shine.

2nd tasting
A: Same as 1st. Initially a little cold so minimal head
S: Less boozy in the nose. Roasted malt aroma still predominant.
T: Alcohol much less noticeable, even after just 2 months. Roasted flavors and chocolate are very evident now. This has become very nice.
M: Same as 1st. Very smooth
D: Much more drinkable now that the alcohol flavor has subsided. This is already become a much better beer, and I hope will continue to evolve over time. I can’t wait to try another in a couple months.

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

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into my sniffer glass. Pours a dark black with no light penetrating.

S- Red grapes and coffee. Slight alcohol on the nose.

T- Strong grape and prune flavors that give way to coffee grinds flavor. Very tasty and complex flavor.

M- Not overly carbonated. Flavors and sensations across your entire tongue.

D- This is one that is great in moderation. Intense in flavor and alcohol. Delicious one I look forward to when is begins to get cold.

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

Winter 07-08 version. Poured very black with an impressive dark-mocha head of different shaped bubbles, quite dense, about a half finger on pouring. The head eventually flattened across the surface of the glass to reveal numerous centres of rapid, small bubble carbonation, a good sign indeed. Good lacing.

Smells very rich, aromatic strong coffee with flashes of hazelnut, slightly Frangelico. The taste is bitter dark chocolate predominant, aromatic coffee, rich and powerful, with a strong roasted malt finish. Very full bodied, dense mouthfeel yet a creamy and buttery texture. I got distracted prior to opening the bottle and it warmed a bit, so the high alcohol content was quite pronounced. However, it did not detract from delightful taste experience. This beer was still a major treat, great with dessert, or to have as dessert, something to savour.

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

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous dark brown (practically black) color. Head is off white and a generous two fingers. Retention and lacing were top notch.

Smell: Initially it has a very rich, dark chocolaty malt smell. Blends very well with an expresso aroma. Neither really overpowers. But, clearly chocolate and espresso are the primary features. It has some slight dark fruit notes and a bit of a toasted smell to it.

Taste: Again, dark chocolate and an espresso-coffee taste are the main features. They are blended extremely well. It does have a bit of a vanilla taste that I didn't pick up on the nose. Dark fruit flavors round it out, as well as a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium to thick bodied. Carbonation is very good. It's strong at 10.6%, but very drinkable nonetheless. Clearly not a session beer, but very smooth and easy to drink. Overall, this is a fantastic beer. Highly recommended.

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

Appearance: Pitch black (of course). The head is brown with tints of purple in it, comes in relatively sturdy, and sticks around on the edge of the glass. There are even bubbles around in the middle of the glass.

Smell: Roasty and burnt. I can pick up some black cherry maybe, and some milk chocolate and even dark chocolate. There is a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Alcohol is there, and somewhat strong, but not in an overbearing way. The dark malts balance it out very well. There is bitterness at the end, comprised of malts and alcohol. Dark candied fruit stays with you as the beer warms you from within. There is maybe a subtle chocolate flavor, with a hint of nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Very dense and solid. Carbonation can hardly be felt, and might actually be the sensation of alcohol on the tongue. There is a slick feeling sticking to the roof of my mouth. It is dried out a bit at the end, but only on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is very enjoyable. I especially enjoyed it after dinner, just sitting around and sipping gently here and there. Try it with some chocolate cake, or even a yellow cake - sweet foods bring out a rum-like character.

In case all this isn't enough, according to the receipt, this cost less than the average craft six pack, at $7.99 (+tax and deposit). If that's right, Brooklyn is leaving money on the table, this is totally worth more. Simply stated: if you see this beer, buy it!

Photo of Biscuit033
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with two finger brown head with nice lacing.

S: Spruce and pine hops upfront, sweet malts and hints of dark coffee.

T: Spruce, chocolate, smoky malts, pine, toffee, molasses, and licorice. There is a lot of flavors in this beer and all are delicious.

M: Smooth and creamy and thick like syrup with a long warm, bitter and clean finish.

D: This a beer that I would never turn down. The alcohol is evident but balanced well by all of the other flavors. This is a great sipper for after dinner.

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

Bottle which says Winter 06 / 07and has been stored in my cellar for a bit shy of one year.

Impenetrable gloss black in my pint glass topped with a foamy taupe head (2 fingers) which slowly recedes leaving hints of lace.

The scent is immediately roasted grains and soft bitter chocolate.

Taste is much the same. Smooth and creamy with a long finish of soft cocoa dust. I find a faint hint of molasses in there as well. The 10.6% ABV listed on the bottle, if correct, is hidden remarkably well. Hop presence is minimal, though of course this bottle has aged for as much as a year.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rather full, though not thick.

Drinkability is very high.

Very nice smooth subtle RIS.

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

05-06 Bottling. Thanks Joey - you're the man!

Pours a dark black with a 1/2 finger tan head that quickly dies but leaves some lacing.

The smell! I got some chocolate from a few feet away when opening. Smelling more closely gives me dark chocolate and dark fruits. Nice!

The taste is a wonderful blend of flavors - dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts, dark fruits - with a beautiful roasted finish. This is a most excellent RIS indeed. I love the coffee and chocolate in this one - would make for a great dessert pairing.

Mouthfeel is rich with just enough carbonation to keep it from cloying. Very well done.

Drinkability I would say is very good on this.

Highly recommended. Definitely one of the better imperial stouts out there! I'd put a few ahead of this, but this definitely gives the best of the best a run for their money.

Photo of thartman
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served up a Winter 07-08 vintage in an English Pint Glass. The color was black with a thin, light brown head. There were nice sticky lacings on the glass.

I noticed a smell of dark chocolate and cherries, somewhat sweet smelling.

The taste was complex, bitter like espresso coffee and unsweetened chocolate, roasted barley and malts, and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. There is a definite alcohol hit on the back of the throat. The flavor is bold and there is medium body..., and it mellows a bit as it comes up to room temperature, a very nice cold weather winter beer. I think I'll stash a couple away for next season.

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