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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,136
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | 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: 6,136 | Reviews: 2,730
Photo of johnd513
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to JasonA for this one.

This beer pours dark black and smells of dark chocolate. The taste is smooth and creamy but is hot on the palate from the high abv which is also present. The drinkability is moderate because of the high upfront abv. Overall an excellent RIS. Not my favorite but its one ive been wanting to try for some time now and im glad I did.

Photo of CamuMahubah
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black...tan little tiny bubbles...

Smelled a bit like a red wine with chocolate...a touch of coffee...

The taste is very complex and strong, as the alcohol is everywhere. A nice almost cherry like accent to the chocolate with coffee overtones. An Old World charm...


Alcohol is to prevalent to drink many of these, though I don't believe that was ever the intention. Wait a minute! As I finish this one I start to wish for another!

This was an extra from a trade with sincereNc. Thanks Bro!

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

Dark black color with mocha colored foam head that slowly dissipates. Some prickle that dissipates as well. I have smelled some characteristics of the nose in other imperial stouts. I can smell the chocolate malt but there is something in the nose that makes me think of an irish stout or red ale. Faint hints of smoke. Very lush and very thick mouthfeel. The malts are roasted pretty fully as I almost felt like I was eating roasted corn. Still some smoke at the finish and hints of coffee. The elusive scent presents in the flavor and continues to elude me. Perhaps it is the black malt alluded to on the label. Smoky finish and warm with alcohol. Very strong and powerful flavor. I would rate it B- on straight up flavor and all, but that is me.

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

The nose and the appearance were about the same all around. It smelled like black liquorish and looked like it as well. I didnt get a whole lot off the nose. It had a hot and just over the top malt aroma but not a whole lot past that. I pick up some tar smell. The tate for me as a little unbalanced. Most of what I taste is thick heavy malt and alcohol. This probably means I should have let this beer age a little but it was already a year and a half out. The finish is very sweet at first and then is wrapped up by dry bitter malt in the end. Didnt really pick up a whole lot of dark chocolate flavor.

Photo of perfectkaos
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in the mix a six pack case that has been plagued by old stale beer. this one is from last winter, but hopefully should have aged well.

reviewed from notes

pours very black with a big foamy black head.

smell is all coffee and chocolate. a hint of alcohol

big malty taste with chocolate dominance. alcohol is distinguishable.

a great desert beer. Brooklyn's best.

Photo of santa109
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at L'autre-oeil in Gatineau, QC.

A: Poured pitch black with 1 finger of tan head into a snifter.

S: Wow, chocolate is very dominant on the nose. It's hard to get passed it.

T: The taste follows along the aromas with dark chocolate with perhaps a bit of coffee. There is also a touch of alcohol but this very pleasing. The chocolate taste lingers on forever but was also not overpowering.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and an average amount of carbonation which suited the taste perfectly.

D: This stuff is dangerously good and addictive. Although the alcohol makes its presence felt, it didn't get in the way.

Overall, I was very impressed by this beer that I wanted to try for some time now. It was more subtle than other chocolate flavored stouts and it definately felt refined. This was the highlight of the evening.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout...

Appearance-Pitch black color, sticky fizz hits the sides of the glass, doesn't rise that high, but carbonation is still there.

Smell-A barrage of scents, chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops, alcohol notes, everything but the kitchen sink.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Lots of sweetness up front and then the flavors kick in, sticky malt adds a rich taste, chocolate flavor certainly dominates, decently smooth, probably would be even smoother if given more time to age.

Drinkability-great with the mint cake I paired it with, makes a nice night-cap drink. Very alcoholic, but that's expected for the style.

Overall-A very good RIS with great flavor, not necessarily out of this world and not my favorite, but it's a well done version of the style and certainly worth a try.

Photo of HopDerek
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter 2007-08 edition

Pours a smooth black with 1 finger of creamy coffee tan head, good retention and lacing. Smells of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt, alcohol, and a touch of coffee. Tastes of vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits like cherries and rum soaked raisins, smoke, and alcohol in the finish. Full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and creamy with lots of bitter sweetness, dark fruit notes, roastiness, and lots of alcohol presence. With there being more flavorful Russian Imperial Stouts that either mask the alcohol better or offer more in the flavor department, this is a RIS that I'll get if I see it and have no other desires offered, but I wouldn't race out to procure some.

Photo of thickerfreakness
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to geuzelover for this 06/07 bottle. I imagine that puts it right above 1.5 years old now. Been looking forward to trying this beer for a while.

Pours with a quarter inch mocha colored head. This beer is as dark black as they come. The head quickly fades to a small layer of foam and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Wow, the smell reminds me of an 05 Stone IRS I had a month ago. Just an absolutely decadent dark chocolate smell that draws me in every time I bring it to my nose. A little bit of vanilla, dark fruits, and roasted malts in there as well. I really just can't stop smelling this RIS.

The taste is similar to the smell but a little more muted. I would love to try this with a year or two more on it to see if the chocolate in the nose translates more in to the taste. Its a nice vanilla, chocolate, roasty, dark fruit taste with a slightly bitter finish still.

The mouthfeel is nice but not anything spectacular. I enjoyed it.

This is a really easy drinking RIS. Hardly any alcohol was apparent for me in this aged version. I have only had this aged bottle but I imagine it would be good at any age. A winner for sure.

Photo of gford217
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a big two-finger tan head that shows good retention and lacing. It's a very good looking brew.

S: The smell is pretty tame on this one with sweet roasted malts and chocolate dominating. There is also a definite licorice aroma there as well

T: Taste is mainly the big chocolately goodness with a hint of coffee and dark fruits. The roasted malts are in there as well and a faint hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with solid carbonation.

D: This is a very good chocolate stout which doesn't let the cocoa overpower the rest of the brew. Very nice.

Photo of BullCityB
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black, with a thin coffeeish head that is almost immediately gone. It's alright to look at, but I could have used a little more head.

The aroma is a little skimpy. It's got some dark chocolate, a little alcohol, and a little sourness from the roasted malts. Once again, it's ok, but not all that great. I expected something much bigger.

The flavor is better than the aroma. It's rich and chocolaty - well named. There's a touch of the dark fruitiness I love about big dark ales like this one, but it's quickly beaten down on the finish by bitter chocolate and espresso, in conjunction with a little alcohol as it warms up. Not much in the way of hop flavor at all, but that's ok, I like my Imperial Stouts a little less hoppy than most. It's not really dry, too big bodied for that, but it does not leave the drinker with a lot of sweetness.

It's smooth in the mouth, not a lot of carbonation here. I guess that explains the lack of head retention. Somewhat creamy, though not nearly as much as, oddly enough, a beer like Duvel.

I'm only going to give this a three on the drinkability scale because, to me, this beer isn't balanced. If it were served with a rich chocolate dessert, the two would compliment each other beautifully, the sweetness of the dessert being tamed by the espresso like bitterness of the ale. But, on it's own, it lacks the intensity of dark fruit flavors that I love in this style. The roast character dominates this beer from start to finish.

It's odd - in three days I've reviewed two Imperial Stouts. The first, a Belgian example, was, if anything, too fruity and not roasty enough. This, on the other hand, is the opposite. A little more fruitiness would go a long way towards balancing this beer and making it a great one, other than a merely good one.

Photo of bbothen
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with a dark cocoa color head. Tiny tight bubbles in the head.

S - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, faint smoke, & slight booze.

T - Chocolate of course. Along with a nice balance of coffee/espresso & sweet malt. Has a nice bitter hop bite in the finish as well.

M - Medium & smooth. More carbonated than I expected. I like it, very nice feeling brew.

D - Good. 10+%, you could share the bottle with someone over a desert, or even better, as a desert after a nice meal.

An enjoyable brew. Good nightcap or desert beer. Nice work Brooklyn.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent head and a nice lace. The aroma is of alcohol,chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is malts,chocolate,coffee,some hops and some bitterness.
The overall feel is syrupy,heavy and surprisingly creamy and smooth. I say surprisingly because it poured like oil and molasses. I envisioned it would stick to my throat. Well,it was carbonated correctly and the taste is pretty good as it warms.

Notes: Serve at cellar temp and this is a good beer to cellar so put a few away. I have to say that I have taken the same approach with this beer as with "Monster". Do not want to sip on them. The alcohol is just too strong. Some bottles taste burnt. I will wait.

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

Almost black with a decent head with some retention.

Smell is pleasant, roasted malt, chocolate and alchohol, but somewhat muted.

Dark chocolate definitely present in the taste, along with roasted malt and a very strong bite of alcohol in the finish, maybe too strong. Depth of flavor on this is a bit lacking for me, seems like they could do more with it.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth, coats the mouth nicely.

Heavy, but pleasant. Not the best RIS I've had, but enjoyable.

Photo of turbine2475
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EGledhill for this trade:
A - Pours opaque black that formed a dense mocha head that exploded out of the glass even after a careful pour. Head dissipated slowly leaving a spotty lace.
S - Smells of nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a surprisingly grainy back end.
T - The expected notes of chocolate and espresso but the grainy nature present in the nose gave way to a sweet taste that I can only quantify as a citrusy bourbon.
M - Smooth with a decent amount of carbonation and an alcohol burn.
D - Good beer. First beer I have had from this brewery, but I wouldn't mind trying more in the future.

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

A : Pours pitch black with a nice tan head that hangs around for a while

S : Sweet with chocolate. Not picking much else out of it

T : Strong flavor of bitter chocolate. The alcohol really shows through on the finish.

M : Smooth with good carbonation

D : Great chocolatey beer that I could drink lots of.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: very typical of an imperial stout just better with a gorgeous brown tinged head and lace

smell:sweet, rummy, raisins, vanilla and just a touch of perceivable chocolate

taste: Just a hint of vanillla, coffee, toast, caramel, there is something a bit like sour cherries or currants in there, it finishes with a dark roasted malt flavor. The over all flavor profile of the beer could be scene as similar to the flavor profile of a dark chocolate that is more lightly sweetened. I find no flaw in the taste of this beer.

mouthfeel: moderately carbonated, lacks the 15W50 consistency that I'm used to, but it isn't even close to watery and is in fact a bit oily. There is a a certain tannic astringency that almost reminds me of a particularly acidic cabernet sauvignon

drinkability: this stuff is really fun to drink but it's also rather filling. I think you could sit and analyze this shit all day long. That said it's filling and I don't see it playing well with others, except of course for specific deserts. So I'll knock just a bit off.

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

12 oz bottle
10.6% ABV
I tried this beer on February 29, 2008 at the 'Beer Bistro' in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured black with no head. The aroma was roasted malt, some coffee hints, dark cocoa, and some slight cherryish hints. The mouthfeel was smooth, full-bodied, and very little carbonation. The flavour was malty, chocolatey, with a little bit of hoppy bitterness.

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

note: This was th 05-06 vintage.

a: This was absolutely pitch blask. It poured with a small, dark mocha colored head.

s: Smells strongly of very dark chocolate. Also some aromas of dark fruits and nice touch of alcohol.

t: First impression is a strong taste of granular cocoa and dark chocolate. These are mildly bitter. There is some cherry flavor as well and a superbly warming alcohol finish.

m: Great texture and a fantastic bitter chocolate flavor that sticks around for a while.

d: This is an absolutely world class brew that can be had for the bargain price of around $40 per case.

Photo of SchmoTerp
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with thick, bumpy, tan head. This one dissipates somewhat slowly but looks very nice.

S - First smell of toffee, and figs. There is some chocolate, but not as much as you would expect given the name. Still...smells very nice and mellow.

T - Sweet, chocolatey, and with some distinct alcohol at the end...nice! Still, I think there could be a bit more to this one, even if it the taste were merely more pronounced.

M - Very smooth with just a tad of carbonation finishing off with the alcohol feel at the end.

D - All this combines to be one drinkable beer. This one makes for a great night cap on any evening. Will buy again.

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

Such an impressive drink, fits the profile of a BIG RIS to the point.

My favouriite aspect of this beer is by far the fact that there is no choclate in this at all, the flavor is derrived from the skill of alchemy and a brilliant interplay of malts.

The aroma is purley burnt oak, blackk choclate, and notes of a Robust, dark cigar.

That taste follow soon after, with the lingering bitterness of choclate bing presented by the choclate and roasted malts, most likely mingling with the english hops used in this guy (AWSOME).

This beer would easily be considered an excellent exapmle for what artisianship means in the world of craft brewing.

Photo of sfoley333
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle labeled 06-07 into New Belgium snifter. Poured a black coffee color with a finger thick tan head. Smell is a mixture of herbal anisel, sweet dark fruit, coffee and a slight chocolate scent. Taste does contain a chocolate bitter profile but not overdone, also a coffee flavor with a medium roast profile. The full body and moderate to low carbonation really heightens the drinkabilty. Overall a pretty damn good stout.

Photo of jayrod20
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolute onyx black with a generous two finger khaki colored head that leaves a thick lacing on the sides of the glass. This beer looks perfect, the creamy layer stays forever...what a great looking brew. First whiff, smell is pretty booze-like. Dark fruits follow of figs, raisins, dates, and grapes. Not as much chocolate in the nose as I was hoping, but there is some present. Taste begins with a big roasted barley flavor and a rich french roast coffee tingle. Smokey vanilla and wood with a hint of caramel malt as well. The chocolate finally makes an apperance in the dry aftertaste. Full, thick, and creamy mouthfeel with a subtle carbonation. Alcohol is clearly present in the nose, but it doesn't seem to appear at all in the taste.

Photo of joezak5
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; perfect pitch black with an overflowing dense cocoa head, excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Very rich bittersweet chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel: Huge full body, chewy with very little caronation feel, real subtle hoppiness on the edges.

Taste: Roasty and chocolately, mainly chocolately, bittersweet chocogoodness. That alone is impressive. It's fairly straightforward but what it focuses on is incredible. Mild and smooth roastiness on the finish.

Drinkability: Smooth and warming, this is a sip and savor stout. Huge lingering finish. this is one to enjoy in a recliner with a good movie.

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

Thanks to gford217 for this one. Poured from bottle into pint glass. Dark with almost no head. Smells like chocolate, malts, and a bit of alcohol. Taste has tons of chocolate, and a nice roasted bitterness, with a little alcohol peaking through. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Very easy to drink for a RIS. Overall this beer is very enjoyable.

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