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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,133
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 353
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Very dark, black, with a thin light brown head reducing eventually to thick ring of bubbles around the glass and uneven bubbles.

S: Alcohol is the first thing that assaults the nostrils followed by some intense chocolate and coffee malt flavors. There is a sort of sweet smell given off as well, something like dates or figs. The overall impression is rather complex and interesting.

T: The smooth texture is foremost as the slippery fluid slides over the tongue and washes the palate with intense mocha flavors that are punctuated by the sharp alcohol bite. The finish is very long and with a bitter coffee linger and some significant warmth as gravity pulls it down.

M&D: The mouthfeel is absolutely silky and heavy at the same time. Tiny and light carbonation aids in bringing out the creaminess of this brew. Very warming. Very smooth. Very good.

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

This winter's release. It's probably about time to start getting into the half case I bought.

APPEARANCE: Pours inky black into my Delirium tulip. The head is only a small surface coating of latte and cream brown bubbles and immediately drops to a thin collar with a few rogue bubbles across the beer.

SMELL: Now this is a big time imperial stout. The aromas run the entire gamut from caramel to chocolate to massive amount of roast coffee with some dark fruits and licorice mixed in. The one other thing that's plainly apparent is alcohol.

TASTE: Far less roasty in the mouth (though some coffee flavors still shine through), but chocolate and dark fruits are definitely still there. Shockingly, the alcohol is nowhere to be found.

MOUTHFEEL: Carbonation is nicely low, but the body seems a tad thin, though it's really just splitting hairs at this point.

DRINKABILITY: Definitely drinks far easier than its 10.6% ABV would indicate. And I imagine it'll only get better with age.

Sure, this one has a few months on it already, but this is one heck of a beer, and it'll be drinking well for a while to come.

Photo of Jayli
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark! I am not well versed with stouts, so I can't say that I have ever experienced a beer this dark before! It was black - that had head that was so offset by the beer, and the head hung around.
The alcohol volume caught me by surprise, I knew I was in for quite a treat. The chocolate flavoring was faint and bold all at once. The alcohol aftertaste was there but didn't leave as much of an impression as the initial taste.
I think I may become a stout fan!

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

Big beer sent by limesmut in yet another good trade - many thanks!

Good Grief - look at the label and see this bad boy checks in at 10.6%, now we're talking serious beer! And yes, the pour cranks out a blackie beer with a tan marshmallow head. Top notch.

This is all about stout - big, black and full of roasted malts. Chocolate is there, but subtle and sneaky in the background. Herbal hops balance out the sweet maltiness. Even a pop of anise - com'on, this is RIS in a sheep skin! Edit - well, duh, see it's listed as such on BA.

Wow, great beer.

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

Pours opaque black with a small brown head. Smells of toasted chocolate malts with hints of coffee. Smooth and creamy, chocolate does not over power this beer, for there is in fact no chocolate used in the brewing process. A blending of (i believe) 6 different malts creates the subtle chocolate taste and aroma. This is a very balanced brew. Nice heavy mouth feel but by no means 'thick' with a pleasant roasty lingering finish. Watch that 10.6 ABV though because these babies are dangerously drinkable!

My most recent serving of Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout was at a beer dinner hosted by none other than Garrett Oliver himself. The Black Chocolate Stout was paired with a slice of chocolate layer cake at the end of the 6 course meal. Excellent dinner, excellent beers!

Photo of hyland24
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This beer poured a creamy pitch black with absolutely no light shining through. It formed a 1 inch dark brown creamy head and left sticky brown lacing throughout the glass that stayed put.

The smell is strong with an initial blast of alcohol followed by a clear chocolate, roast malt combination followed by a heavy smoke finish.

The taste is awesome. The initial taste also starting with alcohol and roasted malt but allowing the smoke too creep up along with hints or espresso and coffee grinds. The alcohol taste stays true throughout due to the 10.6 ABV but does not overpower the sweet smoke and malt.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy and slightly thick. It leaves a sticky film all over the inside of the mouth and a warm alcohol feeling following the swallow. The beer is so sticky and sweet it leaves your lips feeling like you just drank hot chocolate(with a shot of whiskey). I highly recommend this beer to all but its definitely too strong to pound. Two or three of these will leave you warm, happy and full.

Photo of Pencible
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This imperial stout poured pitch black with a little bit of dark tan head. It smelled like burnt chocolate malt mixed with robust coffee. It tasted like milk chocolate and bitter coffee blended with earthy malt and a slight alcohol taste. It was very thick with no carbonation and a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a very powerful but balanced beer, so it was strong but very drinkable, just the way an imperial stout should be.

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

It pours black, dark black. Its thick, rich and black. I don't think light could get though this, it reminds me of crude oil. The head on this clings tightly to the side of the glass and is the color of espresso foam. This one also has the oily look on top of a high octane shot of coffee.

First whiff is alcohol but quickly followed malty sweetness, chocolate, licorice and very, very cooked, sweet apples. You can really really tell that this is a high alcohol beer, its kind of hard to disguise a beer thats almost 22 proof!

Tastes amazing. I can't imagine how much malt goes into this beer. How do you get such a dark beer that is so rich in taste and high in alcohol without dumping an absolutely ridiculous amount of malt into the mash. Wow!

After lots of small sips the head of this beer is still present. I love that. Each taste of this beer really shows its complexity. Its a strong bitter chocolate taste followed by an alcohol aftertaste one second and then some black coffee. Its incredible how much is packed into each little mouthful.

This is NOT some weak "chocolate-flavored" stout. This is a hardcore, pitch black, alcohol-enraged tribute to the Czar!

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

Special thanks to RblWthACoz for the Beers!!

Pours black with excellent dense creamy head. Great retention with nice lacing.

Nice aroma of malt, licorice and alcohol.

Exceptional balance for a 10.6% alcohol!! Molasses & licorice up front with alcohol & bitter chocolate finish.

If you are a brewer and looking for mouthfeel, try to imitate this beer. Exceptional mouthfeel!! Very smooth and velvety. Did I say exceptional?? Exquisite is more like it!

I am not sure how many of these I could drink but I'm sure a six-pack would go down great!!

Excellent!! I love this beer.

Thanks again to RblWthACoz for the excellent trade!!

Photo of MerkinMan
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: BLACK. Thin brown head. Elegant bottle.

S: Faint hop aroma. Alcohol notes. Not much malty smell

T: Kaboom! A rich malty stout with some chocolate tones along with an almost leathery aftertaste (not bad leathery, mind you). This is very complex. More aroma hops would be nice, but overall a nice tasting beer.

MF: Nice rich body that thins out on the tongue

D: A very drinkable stout. I will buy more.

Photo of Tolann
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks wasach for the trade on this one! Already I can tell I'm going to enjoy it! I hope my high expectations don't let me down.

A - Very dark black/brown in color. Seems opaque. Pours like almost like motor oil and looks kinda syrupy. I poured real slow and didn't get much head on it. The little bit I did see was more of a brownish foam and far from white. It's what I'd expect of an RIS.

S - I'm getting more chocolate than roast. It's not overly sweet like the syrupy appearance may lead you to think. I think more of a semi-sweet chocolate rather than a dark chocolate or milk chocolate.

T - I'm almost afraid to taste it. It took me too long to finally open. I don't want it to be gone. What if my nose is too stuffy and I don't get all it has to give? OK...
Wow. Not too sweet super good RIS. Chocolate I think is more in the smell than the taste. Little bit of sharpness on the sides of my tongue. More roasts come out now in the taste as well. There's a bitterness at the back of my tongue I don't know how to describe.

M - Little bit of carbonation bite; I like that. Booze kinda hangs and warms your breath. Little dryness in the aftertaste. Medium body. Taste hangs and warms the back of your mouth and your throat.

D - The alcohol feel will slow drinking this down. Don't know I could have more than 1 or 2 of these on a wild nite (note the ABV and you'd need a 'wild nite' to have more than 1).

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

A: Deep brown-black body with a moderate tan head.. long lasting head.. good carbonation.

S: Yumm.. chocolate! lots of rich chocolate powering through..

T: Chocolate malts clearly dominate.. nice balance with the hops.. very sweet... slightly bitter finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Fiull bodied.

D: Smooth and sweet. Heavyness and sweetness hold back the repeatability of the beer.

Photo of bilyboy65
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pilsner style glass.

A: Poured smoothly only causing a thin 1 finger width head that was a dark tan color. It The head seemed to remain for the entire glass. The carbonation could be scene dancing in the head. The beer was almost a black color. Could not see through it.

S: Instantly from the pour the chocolate aroma hits your nose. Smells very sweet.

T: The chocolate malts come together nicely to achieve almost perfect balance. Causing the beer to be not to sweet. The chocolate malts are complimented nicely by the hinting of hops to bring out the taste. The only drawback on the taste was a kinda bitter after taste. It isn't strong, but enough to taint the ending.

M: Very smooth to the tongue. Not a lot of carbonation. Actually seems to have a lot more characteristics of a nitro beer.

D: This is very sweet. Goes down very easy. Some may find this beer hard to drink more then a few because of how sweet it is.

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

Bottle courtesy of davehoward
Black, oily pour with a nice brown head that lasts for a bit. Smell is nicely rich, dark roastiness, and some dark chocolate as well. Alcohol is well hidden in the nose, I thought. Taste is dark roast, and a noticeable amount of acidity and light tartness giving it a uniqueness from other Imperial Stouts. A bit of a prickly carbonated mouthfeel at first, which subsides later. Slightly thick mouthfeel, with a dry dark chocolate finish. Just a hint warming. Ever so slightly tart, dark chocolate flavor as it warms. Overall a really good imperial stout that I would like to try again, especially aged to see how it differs. Thanks a lot for the bottle, Dave!

Photo of Lothar666
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A very cautious pour kinda screwed this one up for me- I have seen better pours yield much better results with this beer as far as head is concerned. Other aspects still did not disapoint.Body was midnight black and let no light shine through- head was thin and dark brown and creamy but receeded quickly, leaving a sticky coffee colored lacing on the sides of my goblet.

S- Smell is dark roasted malts, bitter bakers chocolate and a hint of espresso, backed by powerful hops and the sweet aroma of strong alcohol.

T- Dark roasted malts, dark rich bitter chocolate and black coffee. Well balanced by uber hoppiness like an imperial stout should be, the aftertaste is all bitter dark bakers chocoalte and roasted coffee acidity. Very complex for an RIS. Lovely.

M- Rich, full bodied, smooth and creamy with a slight acidic touch from the strong coffee and the alcohol. As is always the case in a good imperial stout, this one coats the tongue and throat, leaving a slick, oily feeling in the mouth long after the initial sip.

D- So smooth and delicious that the strong ABV does not hurt the drinkability at all, requiring caution lest intoxication sneak up on you after only a couple. The powerful delicious flavors are still something that demands this beer be a slow sipper lest they go to waste, but each sip leaves the mouth craving another.

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.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,133 ratings.