Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 5,890
Reviews: 2,676
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,011 | FT: 53
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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 kajerm
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours like the Exxon Valdez, black and viscous. After a second, a delayed tan head materializes and stabilizes at about half a finger.

Initially, it was way too cold and all I could smell was chocolate. As the beer warmed up, it became much more complex, with layered chocolate, some black malt, vanilla, molasses, and a little bit of coffee.

Tastes like it smells, but even more chocolaty and with some phenols and alcoholic spiciness that complement the flavor and body nicely.

Mouthfeel is heavy and slick. Everything about this beer makes me think of crude oil-- in a good way.

Drinkability: no.

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

My wife got me a case for Christmas, and figuring I finally downed the last bit of it, I thought it was time to say how damn good it was. Obviously, I was selective about drinking it...I wanted it to last.

Poured into a nice big mug. Minimal tan head which subsided quickly. A bit of tan lacing as you go. Smells of chocolate, naturally, and some coffee as well. Tastes of dark roasted malt, some chocolate and espresso undertones. It feels a little thick in the mouth, but not annoyingly so. Goes down nice and easy.

Overall, an oustanding stout, on par with the best of them. I will mourn the case, and look forward to next year!

Photo of kms910
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a barely there tan head which didn't last enough lace the glass. At first I was disappointed but shouldn't have been given the ABV

S - I would have to agree with the other ratings definitely some dark fruits (raisin or prunes) followed by of course chocolate.

T - More of espresso than coffee with a hint of chocolate and alcohol

M - Warm but dry, due to the alcohol content

D - The finish was dry with a lasting espresso roast into the aftertaste. The alcohol gives a warm feeling after consumption.

If you can still get your hands on a bottle I would savor it and bring it out later in the year.

Photo of tatterdash
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with a milk-chocolate coloured brown head that laces and retains very well, very nice start. Aroma of dark chocolate, burnt toast, coffee, definitely good Imperial Stout aroma. Taste was an intense dark chocolate, coffee, chocolate liquor, roasted cocoa beans, very flavourful and considering my tongue is still numb from the Thomas Hardy's I just had this beer's flavour has definitely eclipsed it. Mouthfeel was velvety smooth, ABV present but well blended. This is death by chocolate, simply fantastic.

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

Had this on tap this winter and decided to pick up a six-pack before they were gone. Poured into a snifter this brew is as black as coal with a huge billowy coffee colored head. It leaves a nice lacing with each sip.

Smells of dark chocolate, alcohol, and just a hint of dark fruits. Tastes just like dark chocolate. Definte perception of alcohol and a slight coffee finish. This is very filling in the mouth and quite smooth and easy to drink considering the high abv. Very tasty but I feel it was more enjoyable on tap. Then again what isn't?

Photo of Duster72
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown/black with a one finger chocolately color head. Aroma is predominantly chocolate with a hint of roasty malt. Taste is a nice blend of cocoa with some roast coffee finish. Mouthfeel is very full and you definitely feel the alcohol. Very drinkable, IMO. I could probably drink two or three which would be more than enough for me. Excellent dessert beer.

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Soft tan head pours one finger thick and quickly dissolves into a micro bubble ring aroung the edges of the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Burnt grain. Dark fruit. Alcohol.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate dominate the front end of this brew. Hops flash in quickly and are taken over by an astrigent malt character. Sweetness of dark fruit is swallowed by more chocolate. Beer finishes with a strong warming alcohol.

M: Smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A decent Imperial Stout with a nice chocolate taste. I am hoping this beer will mellow with age because right now it lacks balance. Recommended.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter '05-'06

My first impression is that it's not nearly as impressive as the 04-05 batch.

The same nice black body with thick head, but this one settled down much quicker than the previous batches'.

Nose is baker's chocolate with a bit of fruityness that I am just not a fan of. It's a nice nose, but a bit funky homebrew character.

Taste is full, rich, bakers' chocolate and a slightly bit toasty. Bold flavors up front but a slightly green-tasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick and shallowly-carbonated, and drinkability is OK for a beer this big, but I've had much better. As an Imperial Russian Stout, it's just OK.

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

Pours out like Pennzoil, with a little bit of light brown head. Can't see anything through it. The aroma is of dark chocolate, a little licorice, some alcohol. The flavor is nice, loaded with cholocate, cocoa, licorice, dark toast, and coffee. The bitter finish hangs around in the mouth. The alcohol is present, too, and lends itself toward a fermented cranberry note too. Overall, very yummy. Appropriately, it's very creamy and chewy, nicely carbonated. It's easy to drink, as it's so delicious, but the alcohol becomes more obvious as time goes on, so I couldn't pack these in. I would no qualms about returning to this beer, though, either.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of espresso foam colored head that quickly dissipates into a foam ring at the edges, and there is some spotty lacing. Body is black.

Smell - roasted malts, maltbread with almost burned crust, apples, figs, and some medicinal alcohol.

Taste - mostly the same as the smell, with the addition of chocolate throughout, and strong fusel alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, smooth, low carbonation, semi-dry.

Drinikibilty - this is good, but not great. High abv also limits sessionability.

Photo of Boppar
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has consistently blown me away every time I have tried it. I had been holding off on a review until I was sure that I could do it justice, but after tonight, which was my fifth tasting, I think I've got a good idea.

So tonight, from a 12 oz 2006-07 release, it pours a gorgeous obsidian black with about a finger and a half of leather-colored head. The head remained for about four minutes or so, before receding into lace. This is really surprising given the 10.6% ABV.

The smell. Oh man. Molasses, rum, vanilla, ripe cherries, and booze.

As for the taste, it has a gorgeous chocolate taste. Not overly chocolatey. Not cloying. Not artificial chocolate. Just good, dark chocolate. But it is so much more than that. Well-defined and well-balanced notes of molasses, dark rum, and plums are also at the forefront. Vanilla and possibly anis dance around my palate.

Delicious mouthfeel. Just the right amount of heavy, slick body for a Russian Imperial. Viscous, meaty, and velvety smooth, it goes down super-easy for 10.6% ABV.

As far as drinkabiity, you're not going to play Beirut with this. But that would be blasphemy anyway.

Outstanding.

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

Winter 06-07 edition.

Comes in the 330ml black bottle and logo, and indeed the Brooklyn beers are fairly plain in appearance. And then coming in the equally unimpressive style of their six pack, I wasn't expecting much. That is, IF I didn't know of the reputation of this stout. The neck label gives a little blurb about imperial stouts.

The beers pours into my snifter a SOLID ebony, with only hints of ruby or dark brown near the edges. This is no faux-black beer. The head is substantial and more red than brown. Absolutely impenetrable colour and a rich red head makes for a lovely looking elixir. Good lacing as icing on the cake.

The smell is ambrosial: first and foremost is a strong licorice/sweet rum aroma. The alcohol is definitely popping its head out of this one, but it's masked nicely by hints of blackcurrant, maple, and massive hits of strong black espresso. Dusty malts here, almost like sniffing pepper. But besides all this are the dark fruits of dried prune, plum, and plenty of red grape. Coming in later as the beer warms even more are some lactose, sweet-cream aromas.Yes, wine-like. But damn better than any red I've tried. Absolutely full of all the maltiness an imperial should have, and more. Near-perfect.

The fullness of the beer hits before the taste does. This is a syrupy, velvety, full feel alright. Adorable. It hits that perfect balance between being cloying, and being cloud-like on the tongue. The malts tower above any other taste like Zeus above the gods. Wow, dry and dusty, almost tannin-like aftertaste. Tons of coffee similarities, and red-grapes. The chocolate was not so detectable to me as the full on mocha/espresso tastes. A great deal of salinity here too, from the roasted malts. But unlike some imperials, this one does it in balance...I'm not left gagging for water after each sip. But the finish definitely shouts "fresh coffee beans." Nice.

The beer will deceivingly catch up to you pretty quick, so easy does it. The beer is easy to drink, but it IS filling. Oddly enough I found the saltiness of the malts caught up with me forcing me to stop. Still, this is one hell of a stout, and the alcohol is masked ever so nicely in the taste. World class.

Paired well with a roast beef sandwich and a slice of brie, incidentally.

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

From the 2006-07 vintage.

I have loved this beer since 1995. It pours jet black, with a beautiful brown head of foam. It smells sweet, of chocolate and coffee. The taste is powerful, sweet, but balanced, with espresso and chololate overtones, a little licorice in the finish. It is quite smoothe in the mouth, surprisingly little alcohol burn for a beer of this strength. At 10.6%, it is not a beer to be consumed in volume, but enjoyed sip by sip. A prize to be found.

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

Pitch black with light brown head. It didn't foam up much, but it laced the glass well.
The smell was mostly chocolate... lots of it, sweet caramel maltiness, and a slight prickle of alcohol.
The taste was incredible. It had this awesome strong bittersweet chocolate taste. Very far from cloying, yet it was almost like drinking a dark chocolate bar especially with the thickness.
The mouthfeel was very full, heavy, extremely rich, velvet.
And as far as drinkability goes, I could drink the whole sixpack but I think I would get full after two - so rich. I couldn't detect the alcohol because the chocolate was so rich. (If you think about the price for a sixer of 10% beer it's as cheap as a 30 rack of macro.)

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

Bottle courtesy of HogTownHarry- mucho gracias. This is one great looking stout- pours out like satan’s blood. Dark as hades. The flavour is sublime- great roasted chocolate flavour. Smooth mouthfeel. 10.6%? Can’t believe it? Really seems like a session stout- one that would put you under the table after a few. Hop’s are detectable at the finish for some balance, although this beer isn’t overly sweet some there must be more hops there than I think. Overall a great stout.

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

Appearance - The tap poured a jet black color into my pint. There was a creamy brown light head,

Aroma - The roasted malts, chocolate, espresso are the major notes here. In the background are some blackcurrant notes, anise, and vanilla traces, and lastly some alcohol traces.

Taste – There is a strong roasted malt bitterness, major smoked chocolate notes. The espresso, peppery hops, and anise complete the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and creamy full bodied brew. Coats the mouth with roasted chocolates.

Drinkability - Wow can't taste that 10%. Great stout.

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

Pours like used oil from a diesil engine..black and thick..deep tan head..great lacing.

smells of coffee, chocolate and booze..not surprising given the 10% ABV..oh those Russians!

taste is well...boozy with some nice chocolate and expresso highlites..but IMO the alcohol content seems to over-ride the flavour here.

Very chewy as to be expected, but the carbonation level seemed a bit high compared to other stouts I've sampled

a definite dessert beer and a good one at that..will put the other 5 in the cellar to sample a few years from now.

tried one from the cellar and wow! after a year the beer has mellowed by a factor of 5 at least. The inital blast of booziness is replaced by a richer, smoother overall taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage

Pours a deep black color, with a nice tan head.

Aromas are chocolate like, sweet, and a bit boozy from the alcohol.

This beer has a big malty quality to it. Lots of flavors from the dark malts, bitter chocolate, and roasted coffee. This is very rich. Beer has a definite alcohol and bitter hop kick on the finish.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very full bodied.

Drinkability is good. This is a very well made Russian Imperial Stout. Quite enjoyable.

Another bottle courtesy of MuenchenerKindl.

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.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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