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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,075
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,122 | FT: 55
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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 NCBeernut
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle is labeled Winter 07-08. Looks nice. Pours black as night with a one finger dark tan head that recedes forming a thin layer that sticks around. Spotty lacing around the glass. So far so good. Smell is dominated by alcohol. Some burnt malts and chocolate. As for taste, disappointingly boring. Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate, prevalent alcohol...thats really about it. Nice velvety smooth mouthfeel with just a little bite at the end. Warming effect from the alcohol. I've had plenty of stouts that were better. I'm going to let this one age a bit. It begs for it.

Same Winter 07-08 bottling after 7-8 months at 65 F:

Alcohol has toned down a bit. Dark chocolate has really come in. Almost tastes like baker's chocolate. It seems this beer needs a couple years at least to peak. Knowing Garrett Oliver and food, maybe he just brewed this for rich dessert recipes.

Fresh Winter 08-09 bottling.

Have I really just developed that much more of a taste for these big RIS's or have they really worked on this recipe? I really like this better than last year's. Alcohol is much less dominant. Same big roasted flavors but more pronounced coffee and chocolate notes to complement it. Not bad at all. Score has been adjusted.

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

Decided to grab this beer on a whim while shopping at a local beer and wine emporium nearby. It was my first of any Brooklyn beer, and in result of drinking this masterpiece; I will be trying as many of their brewings in the near future.

A - The blackest of blacks. This beer looks like it could be used as an alternative fuel source for the winter months. It's head is espresso-like, very dark. It's a mighty fine brew to admire against the light (even though barely any light makes it through).

S - Roasted, toasted, and boasted with bold aromas. I'm getting mostly bitter-sweet chocolate, espresso notes, roasted malt, and perhaps a slight subtlety of fruitiness (cherry).

T - Absolutely wonderful, all around. It's not nearly as bitter as most stouts, and the alcohol isn't as up front as I expected it to be being so high of an ABV. Pretty much the same as the smell in the taste department, although a bit more sweetness comes through. Very nice.

M - The highlight of this beer is how smooth and creamy it is. It's like velvet on my tongue, with just a sight carbonated feel. Perfect.

D - As much as I'd like to say I'd like to session with this beer; I couldn't. It's just a little too strong and heavy to have more than a couple of these. But, it's perfect to have just one or two after dinner to relax on a cold night.

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

12oz bottle, Winter '07-'08, served in a pint glass.

A - black in color with a small brown head that became just a ring leaving small bits of lace.

S - bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma.

T - very good tasting stout, bittersweet chocolate flavor dominates with a slightly dry finish.

M - full bodied, rich, creamy brew.

D - sip, savour, and enjoy this fine stout.

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

Just found this in the back of a local liquor store -- labeled "Limited Bottling Winter '04-'05" I didn't even think this liquor store had been around that long. I, of course, don't have anything to compare this to as fresh, but let's see how it's held up however they've stored it.

A - Pours a super black color with absolute opaqueness -- the light to moderate head is an interesting brown that dissipates into a film floating on the black tar of the beer. Leaves a thick lacing when washed around the outside of the glass.

S- Chocolate and cherries. Sweet and malty - a little bit roasted, but no burn scent whatsoever. -- no alcohol smell as other reviewers have found. Don't smell much in the way of hops.

T/M - Creamy and sweet. Malty chocolate, but I also taste a lot of fruits -- cherries and prunes. Tastes really pretty good -- not a heavy coffee flavor or burned at all. Very smooth. The hops are very light, and they don't leave much impression except as a comparison with the heavy malt flavor.

D - Enjoy it -- it's a bit heavy to drink with food, but I'd love this after a day of skiing.

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

2007-08 batch, 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: One of the darkest stouts I've ever seen -- no light penetrates the blackness. Head is slight, and falls quickly to a tan lace.

S: Alcohol comes first, followed by hints of roasted coffee.

T: Better balance than the smell would suggest: coffee, a touch of sweet and a slight hit of alcohol -- subtle, given the ABV -- in the background.

M: Close to perfect: rich, thick and creamy. There's a definite substance to this beer.

D: How many can you have when the ABV is 10.6 percent? The answer: more than I should. It's that good.

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

Got this in a trade from limesmut.

Pours a nearly black color with a small head and a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is the only downgrade for this beer. Not a whole lot of chocolate or coffee etc. I can only smell the alcohol.

Taste, on the other hand, is outstanding. A perfect blend of dark chocolate and coffee. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Beer is very rich and thick.

I would have another one of these if it weren't Monday.

Overall, an excellent beer. Glad I was able to try it!

Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is rich and velvety with hints of dark chocolate and what reminds me of bourbon. Taste is very sweet upfront with lots of malty goodness and a nice chocolate finish at the back of the throat. The alcohol doesn't show too much and the result is a rich, dark chocolate essence in the aftertaste. This is clearly a sipping beer.

For the style, I'd put it a notch above the McNeils Imperial Stout. This one just seems so much smoother.

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
West Lakeview

06-07 Bottling

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours (gurgles actually) midnight black with zero light coming through the body. No light escapes this beer, it's a black hole in a glass. A one finger brown head came forth on the pour. The head was so dark there was a bit of purple tint to it. The head did recede rather quickly (not surprising due to the high abv.) to a skimming with a thick collar. Leaves drink lines after each sip. Looks like a stout should look.

The aroma is heavy upfront with dark chocolate and heavy in the middle with dark berries. Dark chocolate and a lactic creaminess show up first and, while they do fall to the back, are present throughout. In the middle comes a sweet dark berry character that compliments the chocolate and cream nicely. The middle reminds me of some of the better Baltic porters I've sampled. There's hints of roasted malts gliding through there.

Flavor goes right along with the nose on this beer. The drk chocolate is up front and in your face with a smooth bitterness. There is some heat on the finish that adds to the complexity and, in my opinion, rounds out the flavors nicely. Quality stout. I'm in between the 4 and 4.5 here for the flavor rating. After some contemplation it deserves the 4.5.

The mouthfeel of this beer is out of this world. Heavy bodied with a luxuriously velvety mouthfeel. I couldn't ask for more in a stout. The heat gets your cheeks warm after a few sips.

It's a little bit of a chilly night and this beer is going down way to easy. On a downright cold night I can't think of many things I'd rather drink than this beer.

Another great brew from Brooklyn. I'm going to head out and buy a case of the 06-07 and the 07-08 tomorrow. Can't wait for a vertical in a couple more years. I can imagine this beer changing a whole bunch over time.

Photo of gmcfarre
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgian chalice
Opened in honor of Garrett Oliver's NY Times editorial today (10/19/07)

A - Pours not unlike motor oil - a rich and incredibly dark, slow-moving ale. Color is of dark chocolate, nearly black with a thin layer of light brown head. This beer is opaque. Lacing is nice when tipped, but non-existent otherwise.

S - Scent is reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate and espresso beans. A slight hint of burning alcohol. Mild hop activity. A rich, sweetness develops in complement to the breaded malt flavor.

T - Dark chocolate (hence the beers name I suppose) with intense roasted espresso flavors whose bitterness is confusing: is it the coffee/dark chocolate flavors that leave the bitter aftertaste or is there a strong hop presence that I am missing? Sweet, dry breaded malt. A light touch of juicy, dark fruit, plums perhaps. A complex beer that doesn't disappoint.

M - Full bodied with a molasses effect on the tongue. Slightly drying and bitter aftertaste with a touch of alcoholic burn.

D - A strong beer that shows its power well into the 12 ounces. Incredibly delicious, and worth seeking out. Just make sure you enjoy it with a meal.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beer was purchased at Joe Canal's on Fire Rd. In Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. First time I've had this beer. Winter 07-08 Bottling.

Appearance: Rich, dark black color. Did not retain it's head well. Little to no visible carbonation.

Smell: Chocolatey just like its name. Also earthy.

Taste: Malty and chocolatey first taste. A little sweetness. Alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel; Very smoothe and velvety. Coats the tongue.

Drinkability: Spent too much time on this review and less time enjoying the beer. I think it's time for another.

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

Glugs out a motor oil black with minimal chocolate brown head. Smells of big chocolate, a minor hop, minimal coffee and the chocolate covered cherry alcohol scent. Taste is huge on chocolate, delicious. Cocoa, minimal coffee grounds and a bite at the finish. Some alcohol is apparent but not nearly as much as the ABV suggests. Smooth as silk in the mouth and a delight to taste. A sipper but in a very good way as you should savor this one. A little hot right now but with a little age this thing should be a classic.

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

dark as night with a thick, dark tan head that has okay retention and tons of lace. Smells of roasty malt and choco choco choco malt. Super faint hop scent. The lack of hops is ok by me. Not every beer has to be hopped up. Taste is dark, unsweetened chocolate, burnt toffee, roasted malt. Full body, but not a silky as I had hoped. Nice little bitter finish. Pretty darn good. High abv will get ya. Not my favorite imp stout, but not bad at all. I can't wait to see how this one will be at the end of the winter.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (07-08) into a tulip glass

A viscous, opaque body pours as dark as night and leaves a slowly forming, well-retained dark tan head. Lacing is impecable, nearly coating the tulip (doesn't happen very often). The aroma is obviously very malty, with dark chocolates dominating the smell. Notes of coffee, alcohol, and hoppy florals also present.

Great flavor to this one: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, some alcohol and hops as it warms, and fruity notes (dark cherry, mostly). Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, but leaves one hell of an alcoholic/dark chocolate bite to the finish. This is a standout brew, probably one of Brooklyn's best. I can't wait to see how the BCS ages.

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

12oz. bottle found on a random trip to CapitalAleHouse to meet up with the wife and her friends after work. Not on the menu, i think this just came into stock today! Though not entirely cold, i did let the bottle set on the counter for 30+min. before opening.

A-Jet black pour into my Chimay Goblet. Half-finger, tan head that lasted from the kitchen to the living room. Good deal of lacing painted on the glass for the remainder of the drink.

S-Um, chocolate. More chocolate, little bit of alcohol, and i think that i can catch some coffee. Did i mention some chocolate?

T-Chocolate. Smooth, not quite creamy, yet not strong in any sense of alcohol-taste. Deceptively strong, even knowing what the beer was capable of.

M-Not quite heavy, but a slight sweet lingering on the palate.

D-Already on #3 for the night (one at the bar a couple of hours ago, and just popped the third) i don't think i could handle much more. That being said, i like this just as much as i did last year, maybe even more so. I plan on aging a few of these for next year to compare and drink the remaining amount for as long as i can find them

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this brew! Cheers

This beer is a beautiful brew. Its appearance is great. It pours a pretty small head but its a nice color. The smell is decent with a strong alcohol smell. You can really note coffee, chocolate, and booze. The mouthfeel is full and powerful. This makes it a little hard to drink. Its definately better at warm temps.

Grab a few and age it. Its pretty nice

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

This is an 06-07 bottling edition; I got this one from BeerBeing from the "I Want THAT: round 3, BIF".

Pours dark and with a good finger worth of coffee colored foam. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, chocolate covered cherries, coffee, dry smell of cocoa, vinous characteristics from the alcohol, a very good aroma overall.

Tastes very similar to the aroma. Chocolate and coffee upfront with a nice roasted malt profile. A nice little complex mix of flavors going on here.

The aftertaste is dry with some cocoa and roasted bitterness. This one would definitely benefit by ageing and I can't wait to try my 05-06 beers.

****update 9/7/08****

I got this beer a while back from MrBURTON55, thanks.

This beer pours as dark as chocolate syrup and a half inch of tanned foam. Head doesn't retain for more than half a minute and then reduces to a ring. (4)

First I get a chocolate flavored liquor aroma with some strong anise and licorice. After I finish pouring I can smell a wonderful mixture of dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, dates, figs, cherry, dry prunes, vanilla, toast, chocolate malt, roasted barley, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and malted milk. There is also a subtle salty and meaty aroma, makes me think I might need a fork and knife to finish this one. Something just falls a bit short for me for a higher score but it is pretty solid. (4)

Nice roastiness upfront with a mixture of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh bread, toast, a bit of vanilla, licorice, raisins, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Very woodsy with some oak flavors in the finish and aftertaste. I also taste some cocoa in the finish. (4)

Syrupy feel initially but surprisingly there is still a good amount of carbonation that helps pick this one up in the finish. A good semi-dry finish helps balance this one out from being too sweet, nice roasted barley dryness. (4)

Alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the roasted profile so it is fairly easy to drink. (4)

I'm pretty satisfied at how this one has held up so far.

Photo of yngvar
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Vintage 2006. Pours with a little happy laughter and a big smile on my face. It (the beer, not my face) might have a little brownish hue, but it wouldn’t be fair to call the beer "Brown Chocolate Stout", as it really is as black as the original sin, and topped by a small but dense, tan head. At the very same moment the beer started to show itselves in the glass, heavy aromas escaped the glass, leaving coffee, dark chocolate, burnt and roasted malt, a vague note of dried fruits and even more chocolate, a bit sweet, in my nose. Even though it’s a lovely aroma, I wouldn’t say no to even more complexity. Maybe some hoppyness, which is quite distinctive in the flavor, but the alcohol that comes when sipping it, I’m happy to be without in the aroma. In addition to the elements of the aroma, and the fore-mentioned hops and alcohol, there’s some licorice as well when tasting it. It has a good dash of bitterness in the finish, especially from the hops, but also coffee-like bitterness from the burnt malt. It’s maybe a bit thin on the palate. Not that it is thin, but I expected it to be more chewier, yet it is quite sticky. The beer really suits the cold winter months, with its warming alcohol and lots of heavy flavors and aromas. Next time though, I’m hopefully having a cellared version, as I believe it could use to have its corners rounded a bit. Well, now the beer is gone, all that is left is some nice, tan lacings and some flavors in my mouth. And the memory, off course. By the way, are there some cigar or cigarette smoke as well? At least there was something in the last drop. (070908)

Photo of MrBen
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

About as good as it gets. I've enjoyed this brew for the past couple of years, and it just keeps impressing.

Pours totally black, somewhat thick, and tosses up a dark tan head. Smell hits hard with a tingle of dark roasted malts -- chocolate -- plus sweetness of raisins and other savory, dried fruits. Some toffee, coffee, nutty delight, and general toastiness. I have to dive in! Smooth mouthfeel, coating the piehole with massive maltiness.

Flavor is enormous. You just have to drink it slowly. Flavor of big malts take over, with a fantastic background of flinty, grainy black patent and choclate malts. Superb. Warmth from alcohol sneaks in once in a while, but the complete riot of tasty treats sits on top of any alcohol flavors and farts on their heads.

This is a giant among stouts and a titan among beers. It's up there in the ABV department, so sip carefully and respect the hell outta this amazing beer.

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first BA review, so here goes. 2007 vintage served in my DFH snifter. Poured an dark opaque brown with some ruby red highlights around the edges. Three-quarter inch mocha-colored head dissipated into an oily slick with some concentration around the bowl of the glass. Sheets of lacing with decent retention present during the tasting. Scent of chocolate, malt and molasses. Taste similar to nose with a touch of dark fruit. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with very little carbonation and a bit chalky at the finish. Alcohol was very well-hidden, but this brew definitely packs a punch after a couple. Nice go to RIS if you're looking for something with a little less viscosity.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. Winter '06-07 bottling. A: Pours a black tar, with a thick dark brown head that goes down aftrer a few minutes to a thin caked--on layer. Minimal lacing. S: Surprising citrus tones, a lot of chocolate and caramel, raisins and spice. Hops are pretty distant. T: Delicious mocha up front, a lot of roasted malts, coffee, caramel, with some darker fruit, red wine and citrus around the finish. You can feel the alcohol at the back of the throat but it's not overwhelming. Really wonderful. M: Thick, gooey, chewy. D: Even though you get a sense of the alcohol, it doesn't feel like a 10.6 abv at all. I could drink way too much of this way too fast. Good thing I only have one bottle.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 bottling

A - Pours a solid black with a 3 finger creamy brown head that leaves a skim of fluffy lace behind.

S - Boozy with a lot of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee.

T - Strong chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt and a touch of hops in the background. Slightly boozy.

M - Thick and creamy with a smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish that lingers.

D - Slightly boozy but very good. I was lucky enough to try a 5 year vertical a few months back and the 2 and 3 year old versions were sublime. I think this is a beer that needs a little time in the cellar.

Photo of zerofear13
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After a second tasting, I have decided to come back to re-review the much sought after chocolate stout. I picked up this brew at Community Beverage in Elmhurst, Queens. It doesn't seem to be widely available every where, but my store said it was stocked pretty much year-round, as I am not too far from Brooklyn, and am not too concerned as this brew was a) in the fridge, and b) meant to be aged.

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. A very deep black, with thin head that retains well, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smells very much of chocolate, roasted malts and hops, and coffee. Probably one of the best smelling beers I've ever smelt. The taste is a bit overwhelming. The 10.6% alcohol is not to be underestimated. The chocolate and coffee taste is delicious as an after taste, but not before you are rushed with the heat of the alcohol. Be warned, this brew is not for the faint of heart. Rather light for something labeled as an imperial stout, and goes down really smooth. Overall, I'd highly recommend this beer for a beer tasting, but probably wouldn't session with it, as it would take you out quick. Delicious, but strong brew!

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

Near black, brown swamp mud color. Aroma of Mocha a Java chino sort of drink. Black malt and chocolate, even fudge. A little bit of hops. Flavor is twangy, bittersweet chocolate with burnt fruits and smoke. Full bodied and boozy yet drinkable. Quite good.

Photo of yodaseo
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled in the winter of 06-07, the sexy looking black chocolate stout beckoned my name from the fridge. i withstood its calling for about 30 minutes before cracking it open and pouring what seemed to be an interminable head. impressive for a 10.6% beer. the smell was full of chocolate (obviously) and heavenly sweet malts. and as i enjoyed a big whiff of my pitch black brew, a wall of alcoholic fumes singed my nostrils and abruptly brought me back to reality. the first sip revealed the smooth and creamy taste, but the burning of my digestive tract soon became too distracting. this was infinitely less drinkable than the speedway. i feel that it needs to mask the brutal alcohol a bit more, or just scale down the abv. maybe a year or two in the cellar might have done the trick, but i only bought one bottle. i guess i'll never know...

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

I was a little confused on this one, expected a Chocolate Stout, but it's listed as a Russian Imperial on here. Let's see...pours a dark black with coffee colored head...that could go either way. Smell is dark and malty, hints of hops...that leans more towards Russian Imperial...here comes the true test. Coffee, malts, cocoa...and hops. Russian Imperial it is, haha. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with just a hint of an oily feel. Drinkability is good, especially for such a rich beer. I don't know that I'll pick this up again, but I wouldn't pass it up if offered one.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,075 ratings.