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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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5,614 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,614
Reviews: 2,646
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 317
Gots: 890 | FT: 51
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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 ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black as ink. It's like a black hole "no light escapes when held up to the light. Has a big creamy dark tan head. The heady aroma of alcohol rises from the galss as you pour. As the beer settles the aroma of chocolate comes to the front with a little hint of coffee in the back. The chocolate flavor gives way for an almost esspresso like coffee hit. Definitely a very, very tasty treat.
This bottle was marked " Winter '03-'04 ".

ybnorml, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Turbohio
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, it is black alright. Even when I hold it to the light, like you are not supposed to, it is still black. Very good for a moderately priced imperial stout.
The smell is so sticky it coats my nose. Coated with the aroma of coffee, espresso, dried fruits, I do not wonder why this style has remained named Imperial Stout.
Tasted like chewy chocolate coffee but without the tear on the stomach.
Mouthfeel: chewy in the Chewbacca sense.
Drinkability: If you like Imperial Stouts, drink up. This is a great buy, because it is served in a sixer not a 22oz. bomber.
Of all the types of beers I drink, I enjoy Imperial Stouts the most. This is the first Imperial Stout served from a 12oz bottle that compares on the level with the great 22oz bombers. Be it the over the top Avery’s or the dominating Stone and Rogue. Hello Brooklyn!

Turbohio, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks for grabbing this one for me Blake, I’ve been looking forward to it.

Classy looking bottle dated Winter ’04-’05. A really nice black pour, not even direct light penetrates. I get a nice sticky head composed of small bubbles with some big bubbles coming through the middle creating that oatmeal like look. The smell is nice, I pick up berries, dark chocolate, plum, roasty and scorched smells and a rum like alcohol aroma tickles my nostrils. This beer tastes even better then it smells. Again I pick up on the dark fruit flavors, espresso , charred malt, the alcohol character is definitely there…it’s more vinous then I first detected in the smell though. I don’t want to forget about the namesake chocolate,…to me I pick it up more as dry, dark cocoa powder…delicious. Bitterness clings to my lips which is another thing I love about a big stout. The alcohol comes out a lot more once it’s warm. The mouthfeel ain’t bad, but when it comes to big stouts I say the thicker the better and this one falls a little short of the very best big stouts I’ve had. An awesome beer, I really wish I had more than six of them

FormatKid, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of kbnooshay
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

well this is my favorite beer at the moment.Mmm soooo chocolately.

Nice tan head. The body is black as hell. Really nice thick creamy and smooth.
What I notice the most is of course the chocolatey burnt coffee flavors. More importantly is the warm tingle it gives you! First sip and BAM!!! Well maybe this is just me, but damn! It is a combination of all the wintery cocoaEY coffeish flavors that are o so delightful.

I happen to think it is very drinkable, especially on its own.
A great chillout beer.

This beer will make you happy in all the ways that matter. ALL!!

kbnooshay, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one recently, as a desert, while out to dinner with some friends. Served on-tap, it was presented in a tall, pilsner style glass, with a thick brown head. The color was absolute obsidian: complete and solidly black. The aroma is intensely coffee-like, with a serious chocolate malt character. As the beer warms, a bit of alcohol creeps into the smell, along with a subtle ripe-fruitness, which add a lot of depth and complexity. The beer is full, thick, and substantial. A big front-end malt sweetness is balanced with roasted flavors that come out in the mid-taste and finish. It’s a soft, creamy, and almost silky beer, with a hell of a lot of flavor. This is one beer to remember and seek out.

Suds, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of frazbri
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black body topped by a tall, creamy mocha head. Fruit and chocolate with a little raisin aroma. Chocolate, coffee, raisin and rumcake flavors. Creamy but with low carbonation.

This is a complex, tasty stout. Chocolate is the most noticable flavor aspect, but it doesn't dominate the beer. There are a plenty of fruit notes. It's a good mix of flavors. I could drink this on any fall or winter evening.

frazbri, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of talkingpoints
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just brought home the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout and was ready for that famed experience that the limited bottling implied. The pour was impressive as a dark chocolate filled my beer mug, the smell was pretty good with those hints of chocolate coming to bear. The taste, this part gets tricky. At first I thought it was exceptional on the mouth but then this taste of alcohol just overpowered the beer, which is weird since this is a chocolate stout. It was a decent stout but you couldn't drink more than one in a sitting. I will probably move on to something else for the winter without looking back.

talkingpoints, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass on 10/25/04. This is the winter '03-'04 bottling that I've been cellaring for a year.

Appearance: Black as pitch, black as coal, Black as my hard and evil soul. (Damn that's black.) The head is dark brown and lasting, though it does eventually degrade to a bit of sticky lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, sweet coffee, burnt toffee.

Taste: Slightly burnt flavor up front, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Though a sweetness is evident on the midpalate, the finish is dry and slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied, with a wonderful smoothness

Drinkability: Beautiful drinking after dinner. This smoothed out fabulously over the last year.

Hefe, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of heidelbeerg
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a limited bottling - winter ' 04-' 05 . Poured a pitch black color with a nice thick brown/tan head. Smell is dark cocoa with a burnt/smokey scent. Taste was smooth and loaded with dark malt, cocoa, dried fruit and again a burnt taste. Very noticeable presence of alcohol. You can feel it in your chest. Too much in my opinion. Mouthfeel was rich, thick and very satisfying. Drinkability could be better if the alcohol wasn't overbearing. I am glad I tried this one but will probably not get another this year.

heidelbeerg, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of taez555
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter 2003-2004 sampled in Oct 2004

This beer poured a PITCH black body with a very thick dark brown/tan head.

The nose was quite something. Alcohol, a rich unsweetened chocolate, cocoa powder, smoke, soft fruit, spice and even a touch of meat. What an interesting yet odd nose. Some soft roots smells along with the alcohol almost give it a belgian sort of flare. Sort of like a stout brewed with a trappist yeast. Interesting.

The taste was very thick, almost milkshake like. There’s up-front, burnt barley, taste. Nice big chocolate malt, a smooth milky texture mixed a touch of smoke. It’s what I would image it was would taste like if I was licking the inside of a chimney then chased that with an unsweetened chocolate bar and glass of milk. Really not much bitterness or hops in this baby. Just enough to give it some balance but for the most part this beer is dominated by the big burnt chocolate taste.

This is one of those “famous” beers that everyone raves about. Personally I don’t care for it. I can appreciate it and understand it, but… it’s just not by cup of tea (glass of beer) The flavors just don’t mix well and all of the positive aspects are canceled out by too much of an odd flavor mixed in. Dig brooklyn beer, garrett oliver is the man, but this beer… I’ll pass.

taez555, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black and brown body was capped by a decent sized brown head, which dissipated soon. The aroma was roasty with chocolate and caramel. There was also a wine like alcohol aroma present. The taste was intensely dry, with the dark roasted malt, dark skinned fruit, chocolate malt, and raisins vying for attention. The alcohol provided a spicy warming backdrop. A very good 2003-2004 bottle via a trade from BeerAdvocate spritdeus, and thankfully now available in Georgia for a much cheaper indulgence.

rajendra82, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of Citadel82
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ohh I like this beer! Rich, luscious, cake-like, bracing. Pours pitch black with a tight tan head and minimal but steady carbonation. Leaves fluffy tan lacing on the glass as it is consumed. Delicious malty aroma with hints of espresso and charcoal. The taste is rich and complex, figs, caramel and sweet malt followed by chocolate with a whisper of alcohol finishing with espresso. In a word divine. This is a stout to start your heart in the morning.

Citadel82, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter '03-'04 bottling.

Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is a great accompaniment to the cool weather. This is a beer that really does epitomize what a winter seasonal should be. If I had a fireplace I could imagine sitting by it, lounging back, and drinking a pint of this brew.

The brew pours a lovely near pitch-black color with some hints of sanguinous red to it. A dark tan foam forms, but thins out in a few moments after pouring. The smell heavily consists of the dark roasted aromas thanks to the burnt/black malts. Notes of espresso and some chocolate are noticable. There is a bit of carbonation in the beer, but not too much. The mouthfeel felt a bit sticky, adding to the "rich" persona of the brew. The flavor is thick and intense with notes of caramel early on followed by chocolate, but the dark roasted coffee notes were the most dominant. There is some alcohol presence noticable while tasting, but it does not take control of the brew. Mixed with the alcohol is a dark rum-like flavor. The finishes out with a dry, roasted bitterness which lingers into the aftertaste. There is a bit of alcohol burn in the end, making this brew quite warming.

The one thing I might say against this beer is that I would drink one bottle of it and it felt like it was enough. This certainly wasn't brewed for sessions. A sipping beer all the way, and one of the more intense stouts that I have sampled.

Beastdog75, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black no light threw this baby, dark tan head that falls quickly. Aroma is lots of chocolate malt with light expresso aroma touch of dark fruity boquet with citrusy hops. Taste is great lots of burnt roasted chocolate malt great chocolate flavor with light coffee flavors touch of dark fruit and nice hoppy flavor and bite. Good long aftertaste of sweetness and bitterness perfect mixture. Brooklyn did one hell of a job with this beer. Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Drinkability is good nice sweet some say a dessert beer but had no problem having a couple anytime dessert or lunch or breakfast hell anytime is a good time :)

mntlover, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque.

Fantastic, evil aroma with notes of mocha, deep dark chcocolate, peanut butter, coffee and roasted malt.

This is my ideal Imperial Stout as it had the ingredients that I usually desire. It had lots of deep rich malt notes rather than dark fruitiness that you find in some, yet I thought too much black malt was used in this one. Coffee, chocolate and mocha were present. For the style, this beer is alright.

Crosling, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil out of the bottle. Its basically the guy who says "You like those dark beers huh?"'s worst nightmare. Simply awesome appearance. Smell is roasted malt, chocolate and some alcohol. Taste is very smooth for a 8.5% ABV beer, though a tad sweet. Couldn't drink too many of these at once. Roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and a malty sweetness at the end. Very warming. Very pleasant aftertaste. One of the US imperial style stouts I've had.

ChrisBowers, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of bigbubba
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured black and oily, with a huge brown head. The aroma is great with lots of chocolate and roasted maltiness. The taste is also great. Chocolate and roasted flavors but not bitter. Malty but not too sweet. Well balanced and very drinkable. The mouthfeel is very good, and the alcohol level is just right.

bigbubba, Jul 28, 2004
Photo of wyllder
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OMG!!

Seriously, that was the first thing I wrote in my tasting notes for this.

Ok.. If I'm being forced to use words..

Pours storm-king black, with a small, milk-chocolate head.

The first hit on the palate is tangy & sweet with roasted malts. The tanginess fades out by the midsip and the roasted malts kick in, with the first hint of chocolate in the background. The aftertaste is like a mix of semi-sweet chocolate and yogurt: chocolatey and tangy all at once. There's also a bit of alcohol that comes through in the aftertaste, but it doesn't distract at all.

The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and nearly perfect. And drinkability is way too easy for 8.5%. I went through the bottle in the blink of an eye.

Damn, this is good stuff. I'm going to have find this on-tap one day.

Wyll-

wyllder, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of diablo14
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yet another beer i have been looking forward to tasting for some time (thanks again to malto). brooklyn stout wasnt as good as id hoped for, but still a very nice brew all the same. didnt have the flavor or complexity of the storm king i also tried, but wasnt as excessive in the hop department.

rich, dark looking stout with a tightly constructed tan colored head and wispy bubbles. smell was of dark cooking chocolate, with distinctive roasted coffee aromas down back. as with any US beer, always has that nostril clearing floral hops leading the band. taste was not as chocolatey, or sweet as i had hoped. this stout was actually quite robust and roasted, with chocolate, coffee, dried fruits and a small hint of dutch licorice rounding out the flavor. dry, bitter hops finish off the experience, but not as raspy as others in its class. i was overall expecting this to be alot smoother than it was, but its ballsy makeup did not offend my palate thats for sure. funny that this was kind of topsy turvy in its make up compared to other US beers ive tried.

very different to what i thought would lurk within its bottle, but still a fine drinking experience and one i would not pass up again in the future. up there with some of the worlds finest stouts without question.

diablo14, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, winter 02-03 vintage. Pours black and dense, with a minimal tiny bubble film/head. Nose of burnt malt and alcohol.. Large and lovely this beer is soft, subtle and smooth. also strong, flavorful and satisfying. Notes of burnt malt, expresso, motor oil, rocket fuel. this classy sipper has it all. Put a few bottles away for a year or two, its worth it.

Billolick, Jul 24, 2004
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4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a viscous jet black that no light can escape. A small chocolatey offwhite head appears about an quarter inch thick and laces the glass forever.

Smell: Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, burnt malts, and alcohol.

Taste: Initial burnt and roasted malts hit up front. This is followed by a smooth chocolate and more roasted malts. Coffee is also in the mix and a slight nutty flavor as well. This beer finishes with a nice hop bitterness and a warm alcohol. YUM!

Mouthfeel: This beer is thick and chewy and just sticks to the mouth its so damn good. What a pleasure on the tongue.

Drinkability: With all the complex flavors of malts this beer is exceptional.

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 14, 2004
Photo of faernt
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been looking forward to trying this beer. Imperial Stout is one of my favorite styles and Black Chocolate Stout is highly regarded. This is a '03-'04 vintage and I chilled it to about 60 degrees F. It pours into the chalice in a silky stream that gives up a 1/4" bronze head which subsides into a ring. The nose is slight. The taste is chocolate but rapidly delivers a surprise tang. The second taste and the tang is gone but the juiciness remains. This is an interestng sensation I don't often have. The result is a smooth mouthfeel.

The chocolatiness returns in the subsequent tastes and the mouthfeel is the silky sensation that matches the pour. I'm aware of the alcohol. This beer makes me curious.

I have other "go to " Imperial Stouts that are available locally that will keep me happy (Bell's Expedition, Rogue IS, North Coast Old Rasputin). This offering is similar to Victory Storm King. It's not the same as Storm King but it has the same attitude. I'll enjoy it again but I won't go out of my way to acquire it. I'm happy with my locally available Imperial Stouts. Thanks to francisweizen for the sample.

faernt, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of kegerator
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice offering.
Pours dark black with minimal tan head.
aroma on this one was all chocolate, slight slight hint of roasted coffee.
Tatse was all chocolate, great after dinner beer with desert or on its own.
not as complex as Storm King, but it was very nice but just didn't have the complexity.

kegerator, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice pitch black color with a little over an inch of tan foam. The head retention is fairly good as it sticks around for a few drinks and leaves a nice lace around the snifter as it is consumed. The aroma is reminiscent of Kahlua, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate and a slight hint of dark fruits. Taste is very much similar with a bitter sweet dark chocolate taste standing out front with roasted coffee and a slight earthy hop tone complementing it. The chocolate taste coats your mouth along with a nice full mouthfeel. This is another great example of a highly drinkable imperial stout. A great IS in every area, highly recommended.

meathookjones, Jul 05, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003/2004 release. Pours completely black with a coffee colored head that dissipated relatively quickly. Aroma has some hints of caramel, cherry, black licorice, and roasted malts - but the overall scent I pick up is that of dark chocolate liqueor. This brew coats the mouth like syrup & is bittersweet. More licorice & cherry in the flavor profile, but also, of course, loads of dark chocolate. Alcohol is significantly more upfront than I would have hoped, though the brew becomes more well-rounded as it warms. All kinds of heavily roasted/burnt malt throughout. Finishes a little dry with long lasting chocolate truffle, espresso, & dark cherry.

garthwaite, Jun 11, 2004
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,614 ratings.