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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,847
Reviews: 2,662
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 984 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 06-07 vintage. 12 oz. bottle Poured into a tulip glass. This beer is black as black can be. A nice tan head that did not last too long.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate, ripe plums, raisins, and alcohol. This is one rich beer. Creamy Chocolate malt and coffee flavor gives way to dark fruits and warm alcohol as I work through the glass.

This is a full bodied, thick stout with minimal carbonation. A nice sipper to say the least.

Photo of BMoney575
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 3-2-07
Winter 06-07 bottling

Pours a pitch black with slight tan head that doesn't stick around. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smells of dark chocolate, molasses, with a good smokiness.

Taste is very good. Chocolate malt is very apparent, but without being sweet. Strong malt character with good smoke flavor. Only aged for about four months, so a good hoppy finish still remains.

Mouthfeel is also very good. Thick, chewy, this is a stout that doesn't disappoint.

Drinkability is good for an RIS, although the flavor reallt build on the palate.

Overall a very good example of a beer brewed with chocolate malt. Not overtly chocolaty and with alot of other flavors as well. This is a standard in my cellar.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful big head that looks fluffy and strong. Reminds me of the Rogue Chocolate Stout. The color is jet black and lets no light through whatsoever. Leaves a great lacing behind and the head doesn't fall and break away hardly at all. Smell is a little light. I smell a little bit of chocolate and some coffee. There's also some vanilla. There seems to be a bit of an off flavor, but maybe it's just in the smell. Nope, somthing's up with this beer, I can't taste any alcohol burn, but there is a burnt toast flavor that is in the aftertaste after some sweet flavors, and that's not great. It's a very burnt flavor mixed with a green characteristic, not a lot of chocolate I noticed. The mouthfeel was very good, something to remember, overall I will try this again in a year, I have more, and see how it's doing, but it's not too impressive right now.

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

A: Completely dark with a nice dark brown head that lingers for a while

S: Very strong malty chocolate aroma

T: Full of bitter sweet chocolate flavor, nice malts and roasted barley. Alcohol presence is mildly distinguishable.

M: Thick, rich, and full bodied

D: Great to sip on, one of my favorite brews for those cold winter nights

Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one courtesy of MotoRacerX36, 06-07. Poured a deep coal black with the lightest hue of red when held up to the light and a thin but creamy dark beige head. Retention leaves a bit to be desired, but very beautiful lacing around the glass and an appealing crown.

Aroma is....not that I should be surprised, but overpoweringly cocoa. Espresso present as well, but noticeably devoid of any hoppiness.

The taste echoes the aroma rather well. Dark, rich chocolate with a strong somewhat burnt coffee taste following. Still no hops present, but the alcohol is definitely not trying to hide itself. Just the slightest hint of a sweet malty finish.

Very thick and creamy mouthfeel, velvety-smooth. The taste seems a little raw and unrefined, but nonetheless a good example of an imperial stout. I definitely won't be afraid to try it again, and it did hit the spot perfectly on a cold winter night like tonight.

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

Good bye bells you will be sorely missed, in return hello Brooklyn with a strong start. Purchased this recently available brew at sam's. 
Batch Winter 06-07
I was told not to chill, but I did and then I let it sit out about fifteen, served just below room into a nonic, head rose and fell I will assume its my glass wear (got put in the dishwasher). Head is a dark kaki, gray color, with thin yet sticky lacing. The body is oily mahogany and completely opaque. Smell is robust, with great complex rich malt notes, hints of coffee on the outer edge rounded out by a well blended chocolate, and raison character, non of these are too pervasive, they simply add to a bigger better complex flavor. I get some toasted dark malts with hints of anise and as it warms up it becomes smokey, salty earthy and great, like a delicious piece of bark (if that makes sense). Taste is meaty and chewy, very nice complexity, subtle and hearty blend of taste sensation. IBU is in a very drinkable place, balanced well and aids in the flavor perfectly. I am crazy about this beer especially, because a sixer is about 10 bucks, its delicious and strong. I will definitely by this again.

Photo of BassAssassin
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

--2006 Vintage--

A: Nearly black in color with a thick, tan head. Head disappears quickly, however, it leaves nice lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Immediate scent of black licorice followed by burnt malt and hints of raisins. Faint, tea-like aroma of hops. Alcohol scent is well hidden.

T: Rich, complex malt dominates this brew. Taste is definitely on the sweet side. Roasted malt flavors shine through. Subtle hints of dried fruit and dark chocolate. Tea-like hop finish is perfect for this brew. Alcohol warmth is felt by mid glass. Its taste is well hidden, however.

M: Low level of carbonation lends a smooth mouthfeel to this beer. Thick and full bodied, just as an imperial stout should be.

D: A sipper for sure. This one is perfect for a cold winter's night. A sure bet year after year. This could possibly be my favorite beer.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11oz bottle in a classic Guinness style flared pint glass

This has been on my short list of beers to try for a while, and I finally get the chance.

Big nose of black, no, burnt coffee. Thick, traces of licorice, deep, molasses, ironically mild chocolate tones initially but they become more apparent as it warms, warm raisins, nuts, wood, deep malts yet soft, some alcohol sharpness and hop bitters dance.

Head was a crazy 2 fingers of lively, bouyant, tight mocha foam that settled to about a 1/4" of cover, lacing the sides in splotches. It poured thick, viscous, oily, the deepest ebony burnt umber-black, maybe some ruby port light peeking thru at the glass bottom.

Oh, this is luscious. Smooth, velvety is the best term to describe the feeling on the tongue. A surprising, subtle quality of dried pit fruits like cherry. This is a sipper. It commands a little time, earning my respect. Its very even up front as the sweetly bittered malts, no, a seriously dark baking chocolate, play with the hops, a nice molasses quality to it. It softens on the pallete, allowing the malts to shine thru, some tannins are noticable. The finish is a nice left hook of alcohol as it rises from the throat thru the nasal cavities, opening up my senses to more experiences as a nice sweetness rises up and comforts the mouth before it disappears in a nice, dried fruitlike finish that coats what is not alreadt numb in my mouth from the high ABV.

A surprisingly smooth Imperial Stout. I've head some that were more brutish & raw (GLBC Blackout) and I thoroughly enjoyed this. Matter of fact, I am craving another one so that I might enjoy it slower, more relaxed. Thats the word - relaxed. If you are looking for a Russian Imperial Stout that is "relaxed" check this out. An outstanding beer, and one that will definitely move off the short list of "got to try" and onto the short list of "must have every winter". Highly recommeded.

Photo of penguinjive7
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely pitch black color with a small, light brown head and minimal lacing.

Smells like dark, unsweetened chocolate, molasses and alcohol.

The first flavor to hit the tongue is espresso followed by the powerful unsweetened chocolate. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. A hint of bitterness towards the end along with a more burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel is definitely very full bodied, not not syrupy. Carbonation is perfect, and the combination is quite pleasing.

I definitely could not drink more than one of these at a time. This is a very heaving and mighty stout.

An excellent example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mighty in every way. One of the best I have had to date.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Opaque black.

Smell: Like espresso roasted coffee but with strong alcohol/solvent-like odors present

Taste: Heavy roasted flavor. More espresso in flavor than chocolate with a strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and warming.

Drinkability: A nice imperial stout with a lot of alcohol kick, but not the best I've tasted.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to jaxon53 for getting me this, been a long time coming!

Poured deep black as midnight with a huge creamy head the would not fade till the end. Thick gooey lace that stuck to and clouded up the glass. This looks thick like a milk shake, gottta love it. Smell was very nice big chocolate as you would expect but hints of alcohol as well. Caramel, sugar and vanilla round it very nicely, perfect dessert. This tatstes very yummy, deep dark chocolate flavors, with a slight alcohol warming, wonderful creamy feel. This is very nice. Dry finish, smooth and for 10.5% abv it is very drinkable. I only wish I was able to get more for the cellar, as I feel this will only improve with time! Great beer and glad I could try it.

Photo of Liquids
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour may have been nitro, but this beer took five minutes or more to settle and was like a third of a glass of beer and half head after the first poart of the pour...totally thick and creamy. The head was ultra brown. Thing of beauty. Smell was hoppy imperial stout, with that slightly stale aroma I notice in a lot of brooklyn stuff--floral hops in style, but more of dying flowers. Taste was full and similar to the aroma, add a roasty smooth malt flavor that was appealing and very drinkable, but as it warmed the stringing alcohol, and dying flowers poked through. It's not that the taste was bad, but big beers and stouts, other than alcohol, tend to have the taste (and score) bias due to the intensity of flavors compared to paler-malted brews. This doesn't mean they taste better, they just stand out more. Given the style, the flavor here was on par and average for a typically above-average style. This does not mean it tasted bad, it tasted delicious, it just lacked a certain something to put it over the top in the catergory, flavor wise. Mouthfeel was unmistakably full, and points given for the beer-head-mustache I had on the first sip. This beer slammed me on an empty-other-than-peanuts stomach, and I didn't totally realize it was 10% until too late. Half the glass was still full after about ten minutes, but I had to put her down for 20 minutes and sip slowly after that, as I started floating.

I've had better, but this is a good brew. Of note, I didn't like it in the bottle when I tried it last year, but I would get this on tap again, despite the generally 'middle of the road' ratings.

Photo of ahking
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Needless to say, this beer pours a jet black. A beautiful tan head appears then retreats to the outer ring. Aroma is pungent with raisins, licorice, prunes, and chocolate. Flavor is ripping with plum, raisin, anise, and a citrus burst in the finish. Can't believe someone could make a drink like this simply from roasted malts. There is cocoa in the middle, but it doesnt resound with chocolate as much as Bell's Expedtion stout. Likewise the hop bitterness is slightly less here, however, well balanced. There is a slight trail off in fullness as you swallow which makes this beer more moderate and drinkable. However, with the ABV as high as it is, you probably would not be able to drink a whole six pack in an evening. Rich and complex with an alcohol burn. Completely recommended and I am putting a couple bottles down to age. I could see a bottle of this really coming into its own after a year or two.

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

This beer poured utterly opaque into my pint glass with a dense, one-finger head that reduced to a resilient creamy ring. Nice aroma of dark chocolate (duh) black cherries, coffee grounds and roasted barley.

Dark chocolate is definitely apparent in the taste, but it's cut with a bitter coffee jolt right up front -- though it's not necessarily a bad thing. The coffee's bitter, but not burnt. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden, though it does contribute to a considerable warming effect as you go. The taste gets a little grainy as it warms, but overall this is an extremely smooth beer with a silky mouthfeel.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark tan/black with a frothy off white 1/4" head. Reverse carbonation is inviting

s: chocolate and coffee scents

t: acohol is strong on the nose but malt and chocolate flavors quickly overtake it

m: light on the mouth with a creamy aftertaste

d: excelent for an after dinner treat, I could not do more than 2 at a time.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 Vintage

This is a beer with great potential. Looks pitch black with a tan head. Has a rich dark chocolate aroma, this is the best part of the beer.

Taste has a slightly grainy quality, similar to heavily toasted triscuit, mellow flavor overall with a little sherry-like cocoa flavor. taste finished with the same rich cocoa from the aroma with fresh dark-roasted coffee. Alcohol isn’t completely hidden, and is still a little hot. Balancing bitteness, dry, similar to a red wine. Make no mistake this is a sipping beer.

Could use some aging. This is a beer with great potential, but the flavor feels like it is budding rather than flowering. buy a 6er and hide it your closet for a year or two. Its the only way IMO.

Photo of BlindPig
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin dark mocha head on a black body.
S- Really big rich chocolate aroma. Very light hints of grass hops.
T- Huge malt flavors flood the mouth. Chocolate, and light roasted malts. Hops are trying to balance out the malts and leave a nice medium bitterness on the tongue. This stays around with a nice chocolate flavor too. You get a nice warming from the alcohol.
M- Low carbonation but still a tad to high for such a rich beer. I think it could be a bit lower. Big full body which fits the beer perfectly.
D- I really like this stout. I think they got exactly what they were going for. I wouldn't mind one of these again at all.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From McKean & Charles in Waldoboro. Pours pitch black with thin brown head. Smells a bit like cocoa. Taste? Holy moly, a really rich taste of dark malt, unsweetend cocoa and some bitter cocoa in the finish. Nice mouthfeel, thicker than normal but really nice, solky smooth. Overall: damn great beer!! I gotta get more this week. This just might edge out Sam Smith's Imperial stout as a favorite!!

Photo of zeff80
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled winter 2005-06

A - Poured out a deep, dark black. No head to speak of and no lacing, either.

S - It smelled of roasted malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted like a dark chocolate candy bar and a good mix of roasted malt.

M - Soft and and creamy. It is fairly heavy.

D - This is an outstanding beer. Its flavors are amazing and it goes down so well.

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

Poured out like oil, very dark and thick, low head and low carbonation, nice stout. Beer gave a nice malt aroma, with some burnt chocolate as well. Same with the taste, although at times it seemed like this years high ultra high alcohol content affected it a little. Mouthfeel about what you would expect, thick and flat, some foam. Good beer, really warms you up this year.

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

On tap at a BW3 in Mishawaka, during the North Carolina/Duke basketball game (which I won a 25 cent bet on). Also, the US beat Mexico in soccer, 2-0.
Anyway, served in a pint glass, a beautiful opaque black with hints of brown and a small dark black head. Excellent so far. Nose is heavy roasted malts, sweet chocolate, and the slightest hint of sweet ethanol on warming. Taste is nice thick roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate, and lingering bitter chocolate in the finish. A little bit syrupy. Full mouthfeel, quite smooth. Drinkability is good, but watch out for that ABV. I had no idea this was over 10%, the alcohol is very well hidden. I would have guessed 6% or so.

Photo of russpowell
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours jet black with a fluffy 1.5 fingers deep mocha head. Alright lacing & good head retnetion

S: Some chocolate & iron. A little licorice as this warms

T: Chocolate & iron up front. Licorice, roasted malts & coffee surface as this warms. Finishes with a little chicory, warming boozy alcohol, dryness & bakers choclate, yum

MF: Rich & some smoothness with low carbonation

Drinks to damn easy, this is 10.6 abv? I think I can session on this until nap time

Photo of karst
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is 1:40 pm and the thermometer just broke 60°F as my area meterologists updated with: "warm air advection much stronger than previously anticipated. Have already mixed above 900mb on the 12z ksgf sounding. With clouds now
out of the area and mixing up to about 850mb...have bumped highs
into the lower 60s across the southwest corner with 50s over
northern and eastern sections of the County Warning Area."
My oaks are budding out and my pines recently bent over by ice are errect and indicating a 10-15 mph southerly breeze. The kind of breeze that suggests the end of winter and the start of a new brewing season.

I remove Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout from the celler and put on Lynyrd Skynyrd CD and bring out an blank BJCP form

If I leave here tomorrow
Would you still remember me?
For I must be travelling on, now,
There's too many places I haven't seen
And if I stayed here with you, now
Things just wouldn't be the same
Well I'm as free as a bird now,
And a bird you can not change.

I swear to God, as I did this an American Eagle circled and flashed the unmistakable white tail and head in the strong midday sun light as I took in a beautiful beer on a beautiful day . .

Limited Bottling - Winter 06-07 hand carried from NY by homebrewing friend.
I complete my evaluation stingy with praise for aroma taste and body but enjoying it as its 10%+ABV make my spirits rise like the eagle on Spring's first southerly breeze.

My palate is satified as a Sharpshinned hawk dives for a thirteen lined ground squirrel that has recently brought its heartbeat up brom 5 beats/min to 350 as it
rides off the ground in the encircling tallons of the predator.

Like the birds of prey I swoop down on this RIS, fill my mouth and become intoxicated with the moment. Can't you smell that smell of roasted malt, chocolate, fruity esters and CH3CH2OH with chocolate taking the center stage of my 0.4L Rastal sniffer. The opaque dark Chocolate Stout topped with a fine bubbled rich brown head and lace with enough ABV to start to show some leg quickly kills the handsome head leaving only lace and a ring.

Rich deep and complex malts and moderately strong esters suggesting dark fruit combine in the flawless molten chocolate alcohol. The Stout answers the question of the song with a resounding YES - I will remember you tomorrow. Dry dark roasted malts with a nearly full mouthfeel and flawless alcoholic warmth is well carbonated allowing it to expand and fill the mouth. Just short of chewy mouthfeel it wants a bigger body especially as it efferescesses off its CO2 and warms bring on more complexity.

Sweet love! A Feeling of roasty, fruity and bittersweet (somewhat restrained Amercian version of RIS showing off hops and roasted malts) combine bitterness of Dark Chocolate's initial sweetness that transitions to lingering roastiness and hop bitterness that makes this a wonderful and classic example that is nearly flawless.

To all my buddies that have left before me ...

All that remains is the empty glass an a honeybee that has entered the open patio door as I look back into the cellar to find something to follow . . .
hmmm Robert The Bruce?

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

Picked a 6 of this up over the holidays at the Sherbrooke Liquor Store while in Edmonton. Available down here in Calgary as well. My last bottle, time to review...

A deep dark opaque stout if there ever was one, well along the lines of the style. Tall creamy tan head that leaves lacing even as it recedes to a thickish creamy cap.

Rich creamy roasted malts on the nose, dark chocolate, licorice root, then getting into dark dried fruits like dates and raisins, turning vinuous with the alcohol presenting itself.

Surprisingly the flavour of this whammy of an Imperial Stout (at 10.6% abv) is fairly subtle. Roasted malt, some licorice, some dark chocolate, hints of esperesso, but it's all very contained.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied for the most part, and very velvety.

Incredibly drinkable stout, especially for what it is, and that is a tasty time-bomb waiting to go off--the alcohol content isn't really noticable until after a bottle has been downed, and you're reaching for another one already. And then the trouble becomes apparent. Best to share this with friends.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me thank the "Rebel" of the BA board for trading with me to get this beer.I drank this beer a little colder then room temp cause I was anxious to have it.Its a little ironic that im drinking a Stormking while I type my reply for a BCS.Ive been waiting to try this beer for atleast 4 months.Here it is

Very black body with a light brown head that was 1/2 in. thick.Some lacing but it dwindles on the glass as I drink it.

There is a very dark fruit smell to this beer and I do smell some phenols? I dont know if im using that word right.

Not as "stout" as other "RIS" The roasted taste isnt as prominant as other 'RIS" ive had in the past.I taste more fruit then choco. in the aftertaste .Plum taste is very evident.

The mouthful is a bit thin and the booze is evident and so is the fruitiness.

This is good but its very complex for me.All of the flavors seem to blend in together.I want to have this again but save some till my palate gets more intune with all different flavors.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,847 ratings.