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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,611
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 890 | FT: 50
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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 AlexJ
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How is it possible that I have never reviewed this beer? It has sustained me and kept insanity at bay through many cold winters living in NE PA and CT.

Pours like black India ink, thick and viscous with great legs. A draft pour produces a thick, whipped brown froth that clings like Cool Whip, before settling down to a tight cap.

Aroma boasts of expertly toasted dark malts, liquified chocolate, booze-soaked raisins and plum, espresso, fruity licorice, and bittersweet fruity hops.

Flavor is creamy dark chocolate covered raisins melting in a hot cup of fresh espresso. Massive malt complexity, burnt caramel, licorice, English toffee, plum, and creamy vanilla creme brule'. It's perfectly balanced by plenty of pine, fruity citrus, and sweet floral hops. No trace of the strength. This year's version tastes like it's allready been aged it's so smooth.

Body is full, but not huge. Mouthfeel is like liquid silk with a creamy, slippery texture that is a joy to roll around your tongue. Infinately drinkable, a great food and dessert beer, and something I look forward to every year.

AlexJ, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Summits in Sandy Springs, GA. It pours into the glass a very dark brown with a brown head that quickly fades. It has a deep rich smell that is dominated by chocolate and port-like aromas. The mouthfeel is heavy and flat, you know its in there. The taste is powerful and is dominated by chocolate with an "on again - off again" hoppyness to it. You can taste the presence of the alcohol, it comes off almost tasting like there is a shot of bourbon in the beer. Very interesting stout, I'm defiantly going to keep drinking this one.

TheEclecticGent, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head that's gone in less than a minute. Aroma is rich malt, musty, red wine, elements of chocolate and heavy on the alcohol.

Taste is rich, strong patent malt and cocoa. Very dry, dusty, just a little red-winey. Not real hot, all the alcohol seems to be in the aroma. Not nearly as sweet as one would expect, nor as chocolatey as the name would imply.

Not real heavy on the palate, especially considering the style. Drinkability is helped by not being too extreme or too sweet. A good (but not great) impy stout....which, almost by definition, means it has fallen short.

Winter '05-'06 edition.

assurbanipaul, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of veggiemafia
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage, imperial pint.

BLACK. No transluscence of any kind. One finger head the color and density of espresso crema with good lacing and a ring that hung out for a long time.

Smell is espresso a creamy sweetness in the back. Big notes of bittersweet chocolate/cocoa too.

Taste is similar with a good hop finish that keeps this from getting crazy sweet. Some toffee in the taste too, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is heavy, but well carbonated and refreshing.

Drinkability is really good for an RIS with this alcohol content.

Damn fine beer, Brooklyn has another winner. No surprise there.

veggiemafia, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a black dense opaque body with a dark chocolate creamy thin head. It last for a good bit but then fades to a ring around the edge.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt has some chocolate and dark coffee notes. The finish is a nice black roasted grain aroma with some soft earthy qualities.

T-This beer has a rich dark malt flavor with some nice dry bitter notes and a creamy dark chocolate flavor aswell. The finish has a nice smooth hop bitterness that goes well in supporting the malt. There are some very faint notes of dark fruit like prunes or dates but without the sugary sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some creamy texture and a bit of fizz in the finish. No alcohol warmth noticed.

D- This beer is a nice stout with good complexity. It had nice depth in the malt and it was nice to taste some bitter hops to support the malt. Some imperial stouts tend to get thin or watery but this is big and hefty.

rhoadsrage, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a beautiful jet black into my imperial pint glass, with a 1/4 inch tan head that never went away. The beer was totally opaque and I could not shine a light through it, basically the way a double/imperial stout should be. The aroma was of espresso, licorice, dark fruits, currant. The taste was very warming and complex, with notes of toffee, molasses and even a hint of dark rum. This brew was perfect for a cold evening in the NC mountains. The reason I scored the drinkability only slightly above average is because this beer is not for the faint of palate. At times I felt like I was drinking a mixed drink instead of a beer. I kept tasting dark rum and molasses, but I guess that's just me. I'll definitely buy me another six pack of this stuff to see how it changes after a year or two.

rodrot, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks UncleFlip!

Bold and black. A small, dark tan head formed with little bubbles and then went away quickly. Some lacing, but a great looking syrupy beer.

Aroma is outstanding... milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cherries, sherry, vanilla, coffee, caramel.

Extra creamy on the palate. A slight hop edge on the back-end swallow and somewhat dry at points... but overall sweet, chocolatey with roasted malt toastiness. Hints of cola involved.


Fugazme, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of fromage
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely interesting for a 2x stout. Hardly got any fruit out of it, but no alcohol, so definitely drinkable.

Dark black with a moderate tan head that was soon nowhere to be seen--the usual.

Smell and taste were basically the same for me on this one: smoke, molasses, chocolate, expresso. Some slight strawberries on tasting. No hops that I could detect... Bitterness mostly from burnt and roasted malt. Aftertaste was slightly astringent and unpleasant at times.

Very full and satisfyingly chewy mouthfeel. Great drinkability for such a beer.

fromage, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is thick!!. May be the thickest I've had. It pours out the color of used oil. It had a minimal head on it that was tan in color. The smell is like a shot of whiskey with chocolate notes. The taste is upfront alcohol. Not subtle at all. The rubust alcohol almost overuns the chocolate flavor but you can pick it up a little. The mouthfeel powerfull at first then fades to a good whiskey like aftertaste. I could drink these again. I would not drink these in session. A good beer no doubt.

Enola, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a nice dark brown head above an almost black liquid in a pint glass. The head dropped to a collar. The beer itself looks like an espresso.
What a great smell...espresso again in the nose..very malty.
Complex flavor of espresso( ...a theme here ?), malt, chocolate....the semi-bitter kind....a hint of sugar with an amazingly heavy mouthfeel....like you should chew before swallowing...almost a greek coffee feel....like small particulates are suspended in there...this actually feels better than it sounds!
One of these is enough...it's pretty heavy stuff.
When they came out with this years ago, I used to buy cases so I could still have some after the season. This was the first time I had it on tap....seems about the same taste wise, but with a creamier
mouthfeel. Very good stuff !

Hautacam, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of redwolf1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of the Winter 2005-2006 edition for this beer. Black as black can be with a rich brown head about an inch thick after pouring. Very nice lacing around the glass. Deep and dark roasted malts, with strong whiffs of chocolate and coffee (you know, the kind you can dissolve a spoon in). Not as bitter or acidic as I was expecting though, which was a very good thing. Yet, there is a subtle harshness that transcends into the alcoholic warmth of the brew. Creamy after creamy sip hits you right at the back of the throat to let you know there's alcohol in this one. As for drinkability, this is clearly a sipping beer, one to be enjoyed sitting on the deck with your friends.

redwolf1, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excellent appearance and smell -- coffee, chocolate, smokey roasts. PITCH BLACK color with a slight head. Great lacing on the pint glass I drank it from. STRONG, bitter taste. A nice beer to drink slowly and steadily. Couldn't do more than one or two of these in one sitting. Glad I tried it.

oldirtycaffrey, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single

2005/2006 release, hauled 1000 miles from raleigh by blackie

appearance: pours a black/deep chocolate brown color into snifter, a light chocolatey head forms but nothing substantial, not a whole lot in the way of lacing

smell: rich and roasty, sweet and creamy dark chocolate, mocha/espresso, faint alcohol, touch of dark fruit

taste: deep and rich, loads of roasted malts, sweet and creamy chocolate, espresso, alcohol is a little too noticable i think, figs, plum, cherrys soaked in alcohol, some very good things going on here but its tough for me to put it in the bells/founders/alesmith category...i'll hold on to my other bottle for a while probably

mouthfeel: a little on the thin side, but still silky and creamy

drinkability: quite drinkable, but the alcohol could be hidden better

been wanting to try this for a while...had a 6 pack in my hand in rehoboth beach last summer but i think i had already bought about 1000 dollars worth of beer on that trip so i put it back

dirtylou, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of medic25
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the '05-'06 vintage. Dark black color with very little head or carbonation. The aroma is amazing; a chocolate/coffee blend. Taste is also mind-blowing. Very complex flavor; again dominated by the taste of chocolate and espresso, with just the right amount of alcohol. Goes down very smoothly for 8.5%. One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of trying.

medic25, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty opaque black, some red on the edges, thick tan head, good retention and some nice lace. Smell is fucking powerful, cherries, coffee, chocolate, some alcohol, insane roast. Taste is some sour cherries up front, which disappears by the end of the glass, roasted coffee and chocolate, some alcohol, and a roasty chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was medium to thick bodied, with medium carbonation, lots of alcohol warming. The alcohol is a little hot but otherwise really nice. Thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of mzwolinski
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 03-04 edition, reviewed January 2006

Pours opaque, black and thick looking, with a thinnish dark tan head that quickly fizzes away into nothingness. The aroma is surprisingly sweet and chocolatey -- it's amazing that they can accomplish this with malts alone! Flavors hits with a huge roasted malt flavor right from the start. It becomes a bit sweeter mid-palate, with something of a milky texture on the tongue, and finally blends (ever-so-smoothly) into a roasty and moderately hopped finish, leaving a nice tingly feeling on the tongue. Subtle in its graduations of flavor, this is a surprisingly complex beer that has stood the test of time well, without sacrificing anything in the way of drinkability. Yummy.

mzwolinski, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle At The Washington House tasting Poured a thick black with red tints. Had a dark head. Aroma of malty chocolate, carmel and raisins. Taste is pretty smooth with slight sweet finish. A very good stout. I like the Brooklyn products and this is one of there best.

Birdiebeagle, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Winter 05-06 offering. Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a large, widemouthed wine glass. Possibly due to the glass shape, not sure, but the beer poured rather lackluster. A thick, motor oil consistency, pitch black, very small cappucino head that leaves almost immediately. I was hoping for a little more head retention and size, but glassware could be to blame for this.

Wonderful smell. Raisins, figs, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, dried plums. The main aromas that stick out in my nose are the chocolate and coffee with a strong consideration for the alcohol aroma. I would like the alcohol to be a little more subdued in the aroma to allow the other flavors to shine and make their presence felt. I hesitate to sample this one with that huge alcoholic nose.

Chocolate is huge in the taste. The alcohol follows behind very nicely. Alcoholic aroma is the bite and the taste is the bark; not bad. Sticky sweetness is in there as well. I fear this will become too sweet and alcoholic as it warms.

Sticky mouthfeel. Cloying as well. Drinkability is a hard one for me to decide on. I think this one missed the mark a bit overall.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter glasss from a bottle.

The beer pours a dark opaque black with a huge dark tan head. The head doesn't hold too well or lace too well but it is a nice looking beer. The beer smells of roasted dark chocolate malts. And that is the taste also. There is also a significant dryness attched to the beer. There is a fantastic thickness with a good carbonation. Overall this is definitely a beer that I would love to have every year during the winter.

MSchae1017, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'05-'06: Black beer with a mocha head composed of fine bubbles. Extended, spotty lacing and good retention. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma, a bit of nuttiness and significant alcohol. Bitter chocolate flavour throughout, with plenty of malt sweetness and roast. Plenty of bitterness, which lingers into the finish along with the chocolate character and a mild cherry flavour. Silky texture with a roasted dryness and fine carbonation. It had a fair bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Quite tasty overall and it would go great with dessert.

DrJay, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark black topped by about one finger of creamy brown head that clings nicely to the glass. Rich aroma of dark, earthy malt, with notes of peat, dark chocolate, and soy sauce. Palate up front is an odd, slightly unpleasant blend of soy sauce and dark chocolate. A transition to rich sweetness comes next, with notes of milk chocolate and prunes coming out. Finish is rich and chocolatey, with nice warming from the alcohol. Body is thick, smooth, rich, creamy, and as close to perfect as you can get. An enjoyable, if strange, experience. Perhaps my bottle was a bit lightstruck.

ElGordo, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of wingnutter
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as coal in the glass, and smells like an Imperial Stout - chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, coffee.

Mocha and raisins/figs come through in the flavor. Very tasty. The ABV gives it a nice warming effect. Theres a candy sweetness underneath.

Glad I got to try this one, as it's not available locally. Great winter warmer.

wingnutter, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of Riggsy
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours jet black into glass, brown head fades quickly to the sides.

Smell: Roased malts, with hints of chocolate and coffee

Taste: The dark malt really shines through here with complementary flavors of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Very smooth

Drinkability:The alcohol conent of this make it a sipper. Make it the last one of the night and savor it.

Riggsy, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the '05-'06 version...
Appears black with a light brown hue when held to the light. Fluffy head slowly fades and leaves scattered lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, chocolate malts, fudge brownie, black grape, along with a mild hop profile that comes through.
Taste is of the same aromas with that mild hoppiness that seems to be citrusy with a touch of mint.
Mouthfeel is creamy with roasted sugary notes sticking to the tongue and swarming the palate with it's smooth richness.
Drinkability- A delicious dessert brew.

weeare138, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of evh883
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Outstanding! I can't wait for the winter months to roll around each year so I can get myself a case of this to savor. As black and opaque as possible when put up to light, its appearance has a light brown head that follows the pour and gives great lacing. It has a strong aroma of coffee and deeply roasted malts. The flavor follows that up with more coffee, roasted and burnt notes and also has a very strong hoppiness. A tiny taste of alcohol is there too. The beer feels like oil in your mouth with carbonation that compliments it perfectly. Overall, this is probably the best beer I have ever had and it is an absolute must for anyone that likes craft beers!

evh883, Dec 29, 2005
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