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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,093
Reviews: 2,723
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,136 | FT: 56
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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 Goliath
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an extra in my first trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve, it was great.

Pours black and completely opaque with two fingers of rich mocha colored head sitting on top of the glass. The head slowly receeds to leave a thin layer around the glass and a thin coating on top of the beer.

The aroma of this beer is fairly strong with chocolate taking the lead. Notes of roasted malt and a slight bitterness are also present, but a strong alcohol scent leads the more subtle flavors.

The taste is big. Roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate steal the show to be followed by a slight bit of alcohol. This beer is really quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is full and fairly thick with an adequate level of carbonation for the style. This carbonation mellows through the experience to eventually create a warm, thick, still stout.

Drinkability is fairly low in terms of strength of alcohol and amount of flavor. However I've rated drinkability as good due to the fact that it's smooth drinking, and the alcohol I've noted does not interupt the drinking experience. Quite nice.

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

Picked up a single bottle for 1.99...

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice...

A- Thick black opaque liquid. A nice tan head emerges after the pour leaving an incredible amount of lacing on my glass.

S- Smell was of chocolate, oak, and some vanilla. Some hops present in the nose as well.

T- Taste was very bitter. Hops, roasted malts of all types and flavors- chocolates, cocoa, coffee, and others. This is not for the faint at heart.

M- Mouthfeel was harsh and left a burning sensation for the duration of the entire consumption. Sticky and thick a long the tongue and lips.

D- This beer is a great treat with a dessert. Do not drink more of two of these in a sitting unless you plan on going to sleep. Highly tasty.

Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Black and beautiful with small-to-medium tan head and some lacing. Not bad on the head and lace for 10.5% ABV.

S: Mostly bittersweet chocolate domination with a bit of burnt coffee grounds in there too.

T: Loads of chocolatey goodness with some faint coffee and dark fruit (Raisinette?) touches and quick jab of hops bitterness to smooth everything out. While there's a lot of chocolatey goodness, there's quite a bit more going on too.

M: Very smooth without feeling overly syrupy. Good balance of sweetness and dryness in this big-bodied brew.

D: Very drinkable because of the mix of sweetness, fruitiness, hops bitterness, and smoothness, but I would love to try this in the bottle owing to the service of this one being way too cold.

Photo of oconman
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a fine vintage used motor oil (no really that's a good thing), black and just about opaque. Fine dark bubbles, a good solid head the color of milk chocolate that has good staying power. The aroma is mostly roast malt and some chocolate, with very little hop, and that tannic aroma like a sherry.

The flavor is intense, of course, but the strong alcohol isn't evident, except the warming power is there as the sip is swallowed. Body is slightly thin for so much flavor. The roasty, coffee and malty flavor, with strong hop bitterness to balance, isn't so much chocolate except in the lingering soft texture on the tongue. One of the best chocolate/coffee stouts I've had, but actually not the very best.

Photo of andrewt960
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me start off by saying I am one of many who didn't fall in love with this beer. Perhaps it was the hype. I read so many positive posts and talked to my beer guy, thought it was going to be gold in a bottle.
A- Poured a dark black, with a nice head that faded quickly. The head was chocolate brown in color that had minimal lacing. I was very excited to taste based on looks.
S- Smelled of hazy chocolate in the distance, however more roasted malts, and of alcohol.
T- The taste was a bit surprising in the sense that it had a lot less chocolate that I had anticipated. I wasn't expecting chocolate milk, but it was totally over powered by the strong alcoholic smell.
M- It wasn't bad in the mouth, but the alcohol was too strong. Laced the mouth and stuck around in the throat.
D- I think if I was more into sipping, which this beer is intended for, it may be nicer. I didn't chug it, but I may have sipped too frequently to let my pallet adjust. I have 5 more to try and get it right.
Overall, I think I'll stick with the hoppy kick that I've been on, and leave this behind.

Footnote- The second was nicer, a klittle more gentle, and enjoyed a little more.

Photo of jph424
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a $7.99 mix a six at Mac's.

A - Black black with a small light brown head

S - Different than I expected. Cherry, caramel, and alcohol.

T - I taste sour cherries, some brown sugary sweetness, alcohol, and some really dark chocolate hints.

M - Terrific! Full bodied silky smooth with light carbonation.

D - A terrific sipper but certainly not a beer to drink all night.

I am going to pick up another and lay it down for a year or so as this one is really fresh and I think this could use a little aging.

Photo of Paul68
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead on a Brooklyn Brewery promotion night.
poured a deep black color with very little head that faded very quickly and with no lacing. had a malty smell with coffee and chocolate. this batch on tap was very syrupy and had very little carbonation.
i really have liked this beer every time i drink it from the bottle. this was my first time drinking this on tap. it wasn't bad, i just think it could of been better.

Photo of aromatorio
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Unfortunately, not sure if it's from beerhandy or markgugs, because I got both boxes at the same time... Thanks either way!

This beer pours oily black. Not syrupy. The head is probably the darkest mocha color I've encountered so far. It's is tight on the bottom but fluffier at the top. Fades away after a minute, lacing floats on for another minute or two more. Taste is shockingly chocolate. I have some 85% cacao dark chocolate, and this tastes almost identical. The chocolate flavors are so overwhelming that I can barely discern any malt underneath, and I'm too blown away to note any hops. Mouthfeel is smooth, but like the pour, thinner than I thought. Where's the alcohol? Drinkable? Sure, it goes down well, but for me you must partake of chocolate in moderation.

Photo of Redwood21
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: wow hotty here! black ink and a dark sticky head, retention could be better but its so lovely

S: my sister says "smells like beer" i love it though, not strong but with some ester and dark fruit and raisin smell. not much chocolate or other things in it

T:very enjoyable. there isnt much chocolate here but roasted malts are here for sure. i do not detect much hop presence other than a slight bittering effect there is certainl some ester in the taste as well.

M/D: an altogether very good beer, the chocolate label at least for me was a bit overstated but regardless i really enjoyed the beer, and maybe i just could not detect the chocolate malts or whatever it was

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

Pours a very dark opaque brown, not a lot of head but what there is hangs in there. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, malt, with hops in the background. No single flavor sticks out at you, and in fact the flavor could have been a bit more intense, but the coffee was a bit more pronounced than the chocolate. Could have use a wee bit more carbonation, maybe. Overall, nice and smooth, very drinkable.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2007 version

A: Pours a very dark black under an inch worth of brown head. Spotty lace and good retention. Very good looking beer.

S: Smells of a certain sweet creaminess, a little bit of chocolate and a little nutty. I'm not getting a lot of roast character and the chocolate that is there is not very big.

T: Again, I'm getting more of a creamy character with some roasted malt and chocolate in the back. No hint of alcohol except for the maybe the slightest warmth. A medium sort of chocolate lingers around in the mouth.

M/D: Mouthfeel is really nice. Full bodied, velvety and smooth, carbonation is light to medium. Drinkability is OK on this one, 10.60% takes away from it obviously, but it's still easy drinking.

I think I had a bottle from the same 6 pack maybe 4 months ago. At the time, the alcohol content was felt big time in aroma and taste. This one has really changed in a short time.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served up iblack with dark brown, cooca powder colered head. Head drops to very little, a film.
Smell is malt, hops, chocolate, a hint of smoke.
Taste is creamy, chocolate,vanilla, smoke, toffee and alcohol.
Smooth, creamy, rich, full bodied, slightly warming.
Very good, a well above the crowd porter.

Photo of Douglas14
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. wow.

This beer is absolutely incredible. I have been drinking the BCS's over the past couple of months, whenever I could find them (pretty easy to come by in Manhattan) and promised myself to save the last BCS for this review.

It pours a shiny, deep, dark black color with a thick tan head that resides pretty soon and leaves little lacing. It smells of sweet dark fruits, malted barely, coffee, caramel, and chocolate...not just one type but many different varieties of chocolate. The taste is more roasted, with malts, coffee, dark fruits, oak and chocolate coming through - there is burnt chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, and even chocolate syrup. Hardly any hops noticeable over the intense sweetness of this beer. It has a silky yet thick body with a perfectly balanced amount of carbonation.

Truly one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts...it saddens me knowing that if I am convinced this is the last BCS I can find that I will have to wait until next year for another.

Please do yourself a favor and buy a sh*t load of this beer and drink it (not all at once, obviously)...you will thank me.

Bottled Winter 2007-2008
~55-60 degrees range of drinking temp

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

The 07-08 version pours a dark as hell, basically black colour with a booming tan head that falls over the glass a bit from my overly harsh pour. It dissolves to a medium sized lace and leaves a good amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a mix of slightly roasted malt, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, a bit of coffee and a heavier than expected dose of alcohol.

Flavour is quite similar to the aroma: dark fruit leads the way in each sip before blending with a more subtle chocolate flavour. Alcohol blends in mid way and sticks with you for through the finish of each sip. Granted this is a high alcohol beer, but the alcohol presence could have been hidden a bit more for my liking. It just cuts into the other flavours a bit too much. Mouthfeel is full bodied and, once again because of the alcohol, is a bit too "hot" at times.

This is a very good beer that's on the cusp of top tier for the style but just falls a touch short here and there in my opinion. I'd like to try it after it's mellowed a bit with some aging. Still, it's a nice on to try as is.

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

Appearance: Opaque, very nearly black hue, with a one finger tan head that stays to the end.

Smell: Roasted chocolate and caramel malts.

Taste: Roasted cocoa, raisin, licorice all hit in rapid succession, with a low alcohol bite and the hops are barely present.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and tart. The roasted malt and alcohol leave a dry finish.

Drinkability: Wonderful RIS. Brooklyn's always been a solid brewery as far as I'm concerned, and this is one of their more excellent selections. Too much will land you in oblivion, but it's a great ride.

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

07-08 bottling.

This is one of the best looking stouts I've ever seen. Absolutely opaque black with a viscous body. The head is really thick, especially considering the style, and has a cocoa powder hue. Leaves some thick lacing which is, at parts, scattered and decorative, and at others, totally solid. Aroma is pretty heavy on the dried fruits and chocolate, which I love together. Some coffee helps to support this along with some apropos alcohol. Little bit of soft earthy hops in the background. As with the aroma, the flavor is big on chocolate, of course, and raisins, reminding me of chocolate-covered raisins, naturally. There is also some smooth tobacco interwoven here, which reminds me of some more European-leaning stouts. The roastiness is not that pronounced, but works as an accent. Hops are a little harder to find in the flavor, but they lend some hints of earth and herbs somewhere close to the finish. Finishes sweet. I find that this has a wonderful balance of sweetness, alcohol warmth, and mild lactic acidity from the black malt. Mouthfeel is thick, chewy, and smooth as velvet (or velour). Drinkability is overall pretty solid, but the sweetness can put the brakes on having more than one of these.

Photo of blackheartbilly
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to try it, poured a 12 OZ into a pint glass...gorgeous, sipping it as I write the review.

A: Very dark with a mocha colored head, 1 inch that quickly gave way to a tiny head.

S: Heavy roasted coffee followed with a heavy alcohol presence, didn't notice too much chocolate. Heavy malt, no hops what so ever.

T: Like a mix of Baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, with a coffee aftertaste. In that aftertaste there is the alcohol, which I think with this brew is like 10%, pretty heavy. Definitely a "dessert" beer. The alcohol is heavy but not in the same sense that it is in say, an Imperial Stout...

M: Extremely rich, like eating a cheesecake with fudge. Reminds me of a dessert mixed drink, heavy in alcohol and heavy in chocolate.

D: I think I will have these one at a time. Way to much alcohol to have "a few." Enjoy this brew after a meal, and be careful this beer will sneek up on you. An alcoholic dessert...

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

Pours black, as black should be.
A light head forms, a rather good looking beer.

The smell obviously gives off some chocolate and dark malts. Very pleasant to the nose.

This has a great smoothness on the tongue. This is a great texture, however personally, I think (especially with the abv) this could stand just a little more "chew".

The taste is a very balanced chocolate, nothing overpowering here, though more chocolate than some others who claim it in their name.

Goes down great, even with the potency, I could take down
3 pretty easily, without getting bored.

I still have some 03's and 04's, I'm really looking forward to.

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

Thanks to BA buddy/trader bonezx86 for this fine brew. I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a black body with a moderate dark chocolate head that receded quickly to a few bubbles on the surface and a ring around the collar. There was a decent lacing with thin lags that did not last long.

S: It emitted massive roasted and smokey malts, as well as chocolate and coffee.

T: Nice blend of several chocolate flavors including bakers, mike, and burnt. The roasted sweet dark malts add to the character and the gentile coffee bite lingers in the background; only coming to the front in the aftertaste. It is supprisingly not a clean a finish as I expected but more reminicent of a warm hot chocolate flavor that lingers after each sip. The alcohol is well hidden, warming rather than intruding on the experience.

M: It was full bodied but smooth, rich and creamy. It gives off a blend of flavors that entertain all areas of the mouth but does not finish as clean as I expected. Nice warm, sticky sweet finish.

D: This is a beer candy bar...full of sweet and bitter chocolates and a nice warm sticky body that is filling and a pleasure to drink.

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

12oz single bottle purchased from Clarendon Wines in Boston for around $2.70 or so. Pours a thick rich black with a small but rich brown head that doesn't stick around for long. Strong aroma of malt and molasses - you can almost smell the alcohol. Flavour is thick and rich - almost a bit syrupy. Not much in the way of chocolate.

Photo of nbrown
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried an 06-07 and a 07-08 side by side. Both were thick. Almost like a syrup and dark as night. I think the 06-07 was a bit thicker. It smelled like like roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste was very good. Dark chocolate and coffee with some molasses. It seemed to coat my mouth like a syrup would and gave me a nice warm feeling. I think, due to the 10% ABV, two in a sitting were enough for me.

Photo of clemtig76
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle purchased at Whole Foods in Greenville, SC. Pours like used 10W40 motor oil into my Sam Adams pint glass. Nice thick and creamy mocha colored head. Aroma is of molasses, coffee and alcohol. Taste is a wonderful blend of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and vanilla with a warming alcohol finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel. At $8.99 a six, this one is a steal!

Photo of beerthulhu
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited bottling winter of 05-06.

A: Pours a viscous dark black cherry color with a thin cherry tan head.

S: Huge roasted malt and coffee dominate the nose. Underneath lies a beautiful complexity of sherry, dark licorice, and rum raisin.

T: Flavor is big dry roasted coffee, some alcohol, roasted malt and sherry wine hints. Some dry bittering hops in the finish. Big roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, dark licorice and sherry all combine in a beautiful example and complexity of flavors in this well rounded, balanced and full bodied beer.

M: Mouthful is creamy and full bodied, warm chocolate and some alcohol leaving a thick roasted malt coating on the tongue and a big alcohol bite that lingers.

D: Very rich, dark and comparable to the best of imperial russian stouts (rasputin). A rich treat in every sip.

Photo of weasbri
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured like motor oil, very thick looking. Impressive dark brown head, and straight black opaque color in the glass. Chocolatey aroma, with a hint of raisin-ish alcohol.
Strong flavor, as to be expected. You definitely get the alcohol bite, but it doesn't overpower the chocolatey smoothness. I get a bit of coffee bitterness and malty caramel and some more raisin on the tongue as well.
Can't really have more than one of these at a time, or it would knock me over, but it's still quite tasty.

Photo of esv
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fluid oz 10.6 ABV. Served to cold. From a cold fridge in a cold house. Last month's heating bill, $300.

Thick brown head off of a stiff pour into an over-sized snifter. Would you believe it is black? Darker than a black steer's tuchus on a moonless prairie night. The bulk of the head dissipated quickly with minimal lacing but the head was present till the end.

Raisins, ripe plums and alcohol in the nose. Wafts of chocolate becoming far stronger as the beer warmed.

Cigars, high alcohol and candy-sweetness hit the taste buds. Bitter chocolate and burnt malts rest squarely on the tongue. I can taste that crusty brown sweetness from a raisin and from the corner of the raisin box. The symphony of flavors round out nicely as the beer warms.

A swallow washes over your tongue and the mouthfeel continues to swell like a tsunami over the higher ground. You can't understand where it's all coming from and why it doesn't recede. Sticky, but not too, considering its royal lineage.

i love It.

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