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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,094
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 hopsleeroy
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this bottle.

Poured jet black and very viscous. Very little head retention and minimal lacy but still looks good. Smell of bitter chocolate and a faint smokey/coffee flavor. Taste is really fantastic. Taste is roast, dark chocolate right up front. It coats your mouth like a mik stout but doesn't have that overriding sweetness. As it warms, some type of fruitness is in there as well. Reminded me of dates that aren't overly sweet. Really nice touch. Lots of flavor but still very clean. A litte bit of fizzy carbonation that threw off some of the smoothness flavor. The alcohol starts to bite a little more at the end but in a pleasurable way. This is a treat!

Photo of saintwarrick
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been achin’ to try this and it does not disappoint. This brew lives up to the name as it is a solid black with a creamy tan head Aroma is milk chocolate, cereal, cocoa and molasses. Taste is tremendous; loads of dark bitter chocolate mixes in with a good bit of burnt coffee and cocoa. Very thick, more like chocolate syrup than hot cocoa. Alcohol is also prevalent but not distracting until it catches up to you.

A rare treat and another world-class brew from Brooklyn.

Photo of atrus138
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz brown bottle. No expiration date was found, but the ABV pretty much proved that it didn't need one. Pours straight up black with ruby highlights. Thin head, but a very dark brown. No real lacing. Smell offers a smack of alcohol with sweet malts, mostly chocolate with some dark fruit. Taste reminds me a lot of the chocolate-covered liquor-soaked cherry I got my betrothed a couple of Valentine's Days ago. Very sweet tasting and surprisingly fruity. The alcohol is a bit much and isn't very well masked. Mouthfeel is thin for an imperial stout, though is medium-bodied with higher than average carbonation.

This is a solid, if not outstanding, imperial stout. The fruity flavors really set this one apart. I'd be interested to see what a few years in the cellar would do to this.

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

At first I thought the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout came in a special black bottle... but I was wrong. To say this stout is dark is a complete understatement. This brew black hole black! When held up to the light absolutely no light passes through... This is then topped off with a rich dark tan head, which unfortunately dissipates quickly. Aroma is nice... nothing overpowering maybe some fruity notes. Taste is great. Dark chocolate is the obvious flavor; the high alcohol content is also prevalent. As the beer hits the front of the tongue maybe even a hit of sweet fruit notes. Mouth feel is ok, carbonation is high... The Black Chocolate Stout is the perfect desert, as the finish of this is probably the best I have experienced. The taste of chocolate will linger on the back of the tongue well after the beer is gone.

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

Thanks to LittleBreeze for the trade.

Pours jet black with little tan head. smell is of chocolate and alcohol. Taste is of some chocolate, alcohol, a little bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nice and thick, but could be thicker. Drinkability is a bit off, because of the high alcohol taste, I think this will be much better with some cellar time.

Photo of gunnerman
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, pours an impressive pitch black with a carmel colored head that leaves nice thick fat lace. Smell is very sweet I can smell a bit of smoke in there as well, like sweet smoked candy, the smell is very inviting and asks to be drank. The taste was a bit dissapointng, I drank this at a little colder than room temp. all I could really taste was a bit of a sweetness in there, like a tarty sweetness, I did not taste anything else, this could of been that it was very new and not yet settled, other than that I was a bit dissapointed.

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

A- Pours a deep, murky, black hue with a small coffee head which fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S- Very malty and smooth smelling with hints of chocolate.

T- Toffee, mocha, lighter than expected, hints of coffee but not overpoweringly so. Deep and rounded.

M- Not as thick as I would have expected, super carbonated.

D- A sipper for sure, but excellently decadent and rounded, good for desert.

Photo of Proteus93
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a thick, deep black. No light through this one, with a beautiful, rich, and thick brown head.

S: Chocolate up front, as expected. Very malty, very smooth and rich. A very nice smelling glass.

T: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate flavours. Some notes of dark fruits - raisin, specifically, and alcohol. Somewhat comparable to plump raisins, steeped in alcohol, and coated with a rich, dark chocolate (or perhaps Cassis filled chocolates).

M: Not as thick as the pour might suggest, but still quite rich. Not quite creamy, rather a bit oily, but not quite syrupy, either. - which I would think would make such a brew unpleasant. Very nice, soft carbonation for a little bit of life.

D: One to allow to warm, and really open up. Something similar to a fine chocolates or candies that you would want to enjoy in gentle moderation... a nice dessert treat.

Photo of sjohansen
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil. Black with a one finger head the color of the inside of a 3 Musketeers. The head dissipates quickly, leaving spotty wisps on top of the dark black brew. Very sparse and spotty lacing appears in places on the snifter.

The alcohol is prominent in the nose, it comes through as hints of rubbing alcohol. As it warms, the chocolate malts come through.

Sweet on the front and middle, finishes with a slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate, aftertaste a little sweeter then what preceded it. Slightly powerful, has the pepper taste of alcohol, but it is masked well with the strong malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky.

Always will be one of my favorite Imperial Stouts. Although it is high in alcohol, it’s very well balanced which makes for a complex taste that hides the power well. And it doesn’t disappoint by calling itself Black Chocolate Stout.

Photo of L4t3rg4t3r
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A thick black motor oil pour into my glass. With a nice tan head that fades in a few minutes.
Is it just me or does this beer sound really good as it pours?

Smell: Strong notes of black Chocolate with roasted malty undertones.

Taste: Heavy dark chocolate with just the right amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full, but not over the top. This is a fantastic sipper.

Drinkability: IMO this is a fantastic example of a Chocolate Imperial Stout and is one of my absolute favorite beers. I think that this is a real standout and is definitely worth trying for anyone.

The perfect nightcap after a long cold winter day. Cheers!

Photo of CrescentLake
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful pour, the head retention was immaculate and the color- wow- a tan-caramel/toffee hue. The body was a perfect consistency for a stout, slightly thick towards the end of the bottle, but an all around outstanding appearence. Not neccesarily down hill from there, but the pour definitely set my expectations pretty high. The smell was cacao and roasted coffee beans, but I could smell the alcohol...but in brooklyn's defense it is 10 and a half ABV. The taste was similar with some dark fruit notes, strong alcohol kick. Good mouthfeel, what you might expect from a solid imperial stout. Drinkability is average, you only need a couple of these bad boys to get you pretty tipsy, that is, if they don't put you to sleep first.
I did score a six pack from Whole Foods NYC on 24th St, on sale for $7.99 from it's typical $11.00... so with that in mind it's the best bang for your buck in NYC, if you can cash in on this deal.

Photo of slvrmon82
3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very heavy very dead of winter beer. Will warm you up almost right away.

A- Very dark heavy black. Very thick. Not a lot of light can penetrate it.

S - Smells of wonderful chocolate and toasted malts.

T - Lots of chocolate with lots of toasted malts. Tasty but to thick for me.

M - Really thick and really heavy with a little cream feel.

D - One to two is all I can ever drink at one time.

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

Pours out dark, dark, dark... well dark. Even the head is darker than your average beer. Aromas are rich dark fruit, alcohol, and chocolate/espresso. Taste is sweet and rich, with tons of fruitiness and roastiness. I'm getting coffee and chocolate, raisins, prunes, grapes, molasses, dates, apples and cherries. There's enough flavour that I almost didn't notice the astringency which is objectively fairly pronounced. Mouthfeel is creamy, with carbonation giving just a light prickliness. Drinkability is good, in moderation. Not sessionable, nor expected to be, but delicious and well worth trying.

Photo of younger35
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Received this brew from YonderWanderer and drseamsu in a BIF and Suicide Pool. This is my first brew from Brooklyn and can’t wait to try it. Drank from my Black Butte Pint Glass.

Appearance- Pours black as black allowing no light to pass, even around the edges. Very nice one finger dark tan head forms that is foamy and recedes fairly quickly. Excellent cap and collar are left behind an zero lacing.
Smell- Not as chocolaty as I was expecting but this is a Russian Imperial Stout. Chocolate is definitely present though along with loads of caramel. A bit of vanilla is lingering along in the background with lots of alcohol vapors. Not any fruit in the aroma which is a good thing (for me) because a lot of the Stouts I’ve had lately have been pretty hoppy.
Taste- Nice chocolate taste that is subdued a bit, more milk chocolate than pure cocoa. Like the nose there’s plenty of caramel and a bit of raw vanilla bean. Some concentrated dark roast coffee is evident and helps cut a bit of the sweetness. The alcohol is very pronounced and I wish it was toned down a bit. Obviously some time would help and luckily I have a couple more!
Mouthfeel- Ridiculously creamy, rich, smooth and silky. Nice mild carbonation that is exactly what I’m looking for in a RIS. Definitely the best trait of the brew IMO.
Drinkability- This brew doesn’t exactly fit my definition of a RIS (in my tiny brain anyway) but whatever it is, I think it’s pretty tasty. The alcohol definitely needs toned down or hidden a little better but I’m sure that’ll come. The soft chocolate and mild sweetness are pretty damn tasty. Big thanks again to YonderWanderer and drseamus!

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

Poured ultra black from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. very thin head. Smells of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee and alcohol.

Taste is good although not overly complex. Lots of chocolate, but the alcohol present in the smell doesn't come through in the taste at all, which makes this stout very drinkable, especially for 10%. Roasted malt flavor on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is top notch. Nice and thick, but goes down very smooth and easy.

Solid beer from Brooklyn. If you like chocolate, this one is for you.

Photo of beerking1
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours heavy, thick, and deep black with garnet notes and a very dark brown head of dense moose. Completely opaque, this is the black hole of beers. Aroma is strong dark, even burnt malt, with notes of the alcohol and some dark fruits (dates, figs, currants). Hintsof anise come through in the aroma as well. Flavor is more dark (burnt) malt, bitter chocolate, and some very slight sherry notes. Finish is pleasantly dry and dark, with subtle reminders of the alcohol. Body is thick and oily, but very smooth.

Photo of blakesell
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Winter 05-06 bottle right after they ramped up the alcohol, year old 12oz bottle poured into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Solid black with a thin head of tan foam. Lacing is like glue and leaves legs on the sides of the glass.

Smell- Chocolate and espresso with much roasty malts and some hop bitterness. A bit of lactose creaminess in the nose, but not too much. The bulk majority is the perception of milk chocolate.

Taste- Wow, everything that was previously great about this beer is now gone. The big chocolate flavour is now just a lingering memory. Alcohol burn and hop bitterness is most of what is left. The smooth creaminess is gone and now we have a very difficult to drink stout in our glass.

Mouthfeel- Sticky and cloying. Creaminess that should be there is hardly there at all. Bittering hops seem to have replaced this and make this much less of an enjoyable brew.

Drinkability- Nearly a drain pour. For some reason when they ramped up the alcohol they decided not to taste test the batch and this beer has suffered. This year's batch (06-07) is much better still having the big alcohol but retaining it's previous chocolate character.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a syrupy black color with a lace of head. Smell is very malty with lots of chocolate aroma. The taste is full of alcohol and quite bitter. I'm kinda disappointed with the taste though, because the label says chocolate and the smell of full of chocolate, so naturally you'd think the taste would lots of chocolate, not here though. You can only taste a little chocolate here. Mouthfeel burns a little, as it should with such high alcohol. Don't get me wrong this is one fine Russian Imperial Stout, but if you're hoping for chocolate flavor you might be disappointed.

Photo of 86sportster883
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout emerges from the bottle thick, motor oil black, and with a thin brown head that quickly recedes to a ring of fine bubbles. The smell is rich, roasty and enticing while the flavor is complex and rewarding. This is a very big beer and the 10% plus abv, although ever present, is well balanced by the chocolate & burnt malt flavors and the dry finish. This beer seemed medium bodied with a prickly fine carbonation that made the beer seem lighter. A nice after dinner sipping beer.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle says winter 07/08 so its rather fresh. It pours with a nice tanned head, good retention as well as lacing. Has a deep black color.

Smells of roasted malts, molasses, chocolates, burnt coffee (in a good way if thats possible) and some fruits.

The taste has lots of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Another great winter brew and another great beer from Brooklyn.

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

Served at cellar temp. Deep, dark, almost black body with a large, thick, dense, creamy, milk chocolate brown head. Great lacing. Roasted barley, licorice, herbal-medicinal alcohol, dark sweet sugary fruits, and coffee on the nose. Roasted coffee bitterness at first, and then rich, rummy-sweet fruits flanked by herbal, warming alcohol notes. Dark, bitter chocolate settles in and the coffee and chocolate bitterness increase in the warming, numbing finish. Full-bodied with a velvety smooth feel. Will have to age a few to see if the bitterness settles down some.

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

Pours a complete 3000 mile motor oil black. Smell is that of roasted malts, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is mainly of bitter chocolate mixed with a combination of roasted malts. A very strong alcohol taste is present. I wish they would have masked the alcohol a little better. Maybe next year. Mouthfeel is very full and thick. Very pleasing for a stout. Drinkability isn't the best because of the very apparent alcohol presence. A pretty good stout, and I'd try it again.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a thick, black body with a small, half inch head with ok retention. Slows to a small lacing along the top later on with some lacing along the sides of the glass, but not too much.

S: A nice, roasted smell with chocolate undertones. Reminded me of a chocolate liqueur chocolate ball.

T: A nice, roasted chocolate taste with a bitter, dark chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol was not too evident in the taste.

M: A thick, velvety mouthfeel. Almost like melted chocolate or chocolate syrup.

D: Ok drinkability. A little too thick to drink a lot of these in quick succession. A very good session beer.

Photo of enki
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured literally pitch black into a pint glass with a thick brown head; almost like espresso crema, which dissipated to a light brown ring around the glass, and some lacing.

Smelled like chocolate, malt, alcohol, and a bit of coffee on the pour. Not overwhelming at all.

The taste was (as my wife said), like a sledgehammer to the mouth. Molasses, DARK chocolate, coffee, dates, and alcohol. Sweet too, almost too sweet. This is a strong beer, and it tastes that way. Thick mouthfeel too. Somewhat overwhelming.

Overall, this is a good beer, but a little over the top for me. The mouthfeel and strength are more in line with a barleywine like Old Crustacean (although the flavor is obviously totally different); and this from a guy who generally likes dark beers.

On that note; this is by far the darkest and most opaque beer I have ever seen. I held it up to a lamp, and no light came through. I was so surprised that I went and got my ludicrously powerful LED emitter light (brightest thing you have ever seen; built the switching PSU myself to drive a luxeon emitter for all the electronics nerds out there) which I stuffed into an old plastic LED flashlight.

In comparison, a Guinness looks like a dark amber with that light behind it.

Insane; this light will leave you unable to see indoors for at least a minute if you look at it. Think about it ;)

edited: I have grown into some of these bigger beers, and this beer is a lot better than I gave it credit for.

Photo of Morey
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on-tap several times on my way home from work. Pours pitch black with a thin goldish-brown colored head that hangs around til' the bottom of the glass. Superb head retention!

Smells of semi-sweet chocolate (although no actual chocolate is used in brewing) alcohol, ripe figs, and coffee.

Alcohol content was bumped up to 10.6% this year, and it's noticeable. Strong flavor of roasted malts up front. Just a hint of hop flavor. This beer doesn't have the bitterness that many other RIS do, which I don't mind. There's a slight fruity flavor in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a fairly low carbonation.

A very nice IS for the price.

Morey's Bottom Line: Alcohol is noticeable, but it's OK as long as you're in the mood for a big beer. Definitely a good choice for a Stout during the winter months. It'll warm you up, that's for sure.

**NOTE** This beer ages really well. I recommend buying two 4packs....one for now, & one for the basement.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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