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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,860
Reviews: 2,667
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 989 | FT: 52
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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 BlueHammer
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow is this a thick beer! It poured very dark opaque brown from the bottle with a thick dark tan head. It smells sweet and syrupy and malty. It has a balanced flavor, starting sweet and ending with a biting kick! The head fizzled to a thin layer, never quite disappearing and leaving a beautiful lacing on the glass. Very drinkable, it went down pretty fast without really noticing quite how fast!

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

Poured from bottle into snifter.

A: Opaque chocolate brown, almost black. One finger of tan head with good staying power. Once it dissipated, a solid ring of brown foam around the edge of the glass persisted, with little lacing.

S: Oh, man. Dark, rich chocolate hits first and dominates. Like very dark, very rich chocolate syrup. Not Hershey's. Something dark, bitter, and expensive.

T: Chocolatey, sweet, a little bitter in the finish. Dry and roasty. Completely decadent.

M: Full-bodied. A little syrupy.

D: I'm confused as to what I should put as a score for the drinkability. Would I have another? I don't think so, but that's because it's really strong and the first was so damn good. I couldn't do much more than sip this, but it was divine. An outstanding beer.

Photo of cbl2
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'05-'06 vintage. No best by date, though cellars well.


Pours a thick black with a reddish-brown head that settles rapidly. This ale is dark as night, and thick to boot.


Sweet plum/fig newton with chocolatey goodness that is tinged with a subtle caramel laced coffee aroma.


This beer has substance!!! Thick and chewy with an immediate plum sweetness that blossoms into an alcohol infused cocoa as it warms on the tongue. Coffee presence is apparent on the finish as is a touch of port. Better than previous years, this one is superb. I look forward to seeing how it improves with age.

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

05/06 bottling sampled on july 22/06 and compared with a 03/04.

pours a deep black colour with a thick dark brown head. the head lingers for a while and leaves lots of lace.

aroma is rich and roasty. chocolate and espresso come through strong. pretty much the same as the 03/04.

tastes similar to the 03/04, but a little more harsh. the alcohol is stronger and more noticeable. it's a bit sweeter too.

the mouthfeel is pretty good. the carbonation level is moderate and works well.

drinkability is decent. the alcohol presence is and high and overall it needs a little more time to mellow out and mesh together like the 03/04 has.

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

On tap at the Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery weizen glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, ain't no light gettin' through this sucker. A gorgeous, tan, creamy head that lingered to the bottom of the glass. What every stout should look like.

Smell: A sweet aroma of roasted chocolate.

Taste and mouthfeel: No hop flavor here, just plenty of roasted malts, which creates a flavor similar to a piece of really good bittersweet chocolate. Alcoholic bite comes across similar to a liqueur-flavored truffle and is slightly warming. Finish is vaguely smoky. Mouthfeel is superb: smooth, creamy and rich without being cloying.

Drinkability: Yeah, it's a sipper. A beer I could sip all night, 8.5 ABV be damned.

Notes: Just a big, bad, beautiful stout. Went great with the burger I had, though I'm sure it's even better with any chocolate dessert.

Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. (355 ml) bottle, at The Jolly Butcher, Frederikshavn, Denmark. "Limited bottling - Winter ’05 - ’06." ABV is 8.25%. Nearly black colour, very low tan head. Vinous aroma with strong notes of dark chocolate, plums, prunes and oak. Powerful flavour of strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate. Relatively sweet. Alcohol is evident, but not dominant. A great sipping beer!

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

Tried this one recently at the brewery. Right up front I'll say it, a fine beer, my absolute favorite from Brooklyn. Even had to take a few bottled versions home, same results.

Fantastic black beauty with deep brown head that virtually stuck to the sides of my glass. Looked and felt like I was drinking an ice cream float, only tasted much better.

Robust roasted malt hints overwhelm the nose right away, leading right into the taste, which was fenominal. Hard for me to separate the two since the olfactory sense is hard to divide into two with this one. Chocolate and black java are the key tastes. Dry hop after taste is very remarkable finishing touch.

This one is velvety smooth even creamy in the mouth. Not for the faint of heart, a heavy beer great in the fall and winter.

It's hard to hide that I'm a huge fan, so I'll admitt it, I'll have again and again and would recommend it to any fan of big stouts.

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1yr old aged bottle.

This is about as easily approachable an RIS as I've ever seen, slightly subdued compared to other example, but still a massive brew. Pours a deep black with a shortlived but creamy tan head. Nose is of cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans, some wafts of vague fruitiness as well. Taste is very similar, quite chewy and full. Alcohol is slightly distracting, but not very much so. Some dark fruit and brandy in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, just a tad light for an RIS, but respectably so! Drinkability is pretty high for the style, this went down fairly easily.


Photo of Brian700
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours dark black with a brownish head that sticks around for a while before settling out to a creamy ring around my glass.

The aroma is big on chocolate and roasted malt with some alcohol. There is a bit of molasses in there too.

The flavor is of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit with a nice alcohol warmth. You really notice the chocolate with the first few sips and then once you are used to it there is molasses and dark fruit that present themself.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend this one to anybody who likes big stouts.

Photo of trep
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from the bottle labeled '05-'06. Roughly 6 months old. Black like liquid coal with a chocolate chip cookie head that fades to a mere ring around the glass.

Very rich wine-like alcohol smell. Of course, roasted malt and other typical Impy stout aromas. Dark fruitiness smells fantastic and a little chocolate to be smelt as well.

Very smokey, with domination from the dark chocolate. Not as fruity as the aroma but still quite complex. Starts out rich and sweet, roasted malty with a hint of chocolate bittersweet. Fades eventually with a nice acidic transition to the juicy dark fruits. Finishes with a nice earthy smokiness and a bit of bitter.

Solid mouthfeel, not thick and heavy like I like my Imperial Stouts but still quite good. Carbonation is just right but the thickness is medium/full. Excellent drinkability for something so robust, complex and high in alcohol. Mm, this was heaven paired with a chocolate chip cookie from Max 'n Erma's.

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

Had it in a bottle and it pours slighlty less thick than syrup. It retains a dark-as-midnight color with a half-inch caramel head, which gives off a strong chocolate malt smell. After sticking my nose over the glass, I got a strong impression of coffee ice cream.
Drinkability was slow, as the alcohol hit me pretty quickly, and the beer was mighty thick. Cold, it tasted like bitter hops. As it warmed up, the lactose kicked in, but retained a strong bitterness. Most milky stouts I've had come off too sweet, but this one was like dark chocolate: thick, bitter, and black. Once fully room temperature, I could detect more sweetness, but overall, it was like a dark chocolate milkshake. Very enjoyable, and the taste of it lingers pleasantly on the tongue well after drinking it.

Photo of joeskirkie
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A used a snifter for the review. It is a different experience than a pint glass. It's thick, syrupy, and black, with a heavy light coffee colored head. It's quite simply gorgeous.

Aromas are so strong: dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel notes. They are a good preview of the taste. The alcohol has been noted alright. It warms you all the way through.

This is a heavy and filling beer. Couldn't have too many of these before I'd start to feel it's effects, or fall asleep. But it's a wonderfully pleasant experience.

Photo of BeerRun13
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly black with a little garnet on the sides up against a bright light. This one has a deep tan, creamy head that leaves great lacing.
Smells nice. A good combonation of dark burnt chocolate and roasted grains.
Definitely has that dark chocolate flavor but with a touch of minty bitterness. Good flavor.
Full bodied... Duh. Goes down nice.
Good drinkability. I'd say this one is a good desert beer.

Photo of BillyB
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Someone spiked my chocolate milk shake with whiskey!

Appearance is Black as night during a full eclipse.

Sweet chocalatey aroma like I've never smelled before. You'd think that Hershey brewed this beer instead of Brooklyn.

Taste is nothing short of amazing. Chocolate meets sharp alcohol in an amazing balance!

Mouthfeel is incredibly full and creamy.
Drinkability is up to you. It's a very big beer but I say bring it on! My friend had this on tap in his house and we worked on kicking it for a while. It was hard work but we did it.
Try it with a brownie and some vanilla ice cream.

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

Hot tuna this is a good beer! Rich, creamy, full, and loaded with goodness. Thick maltiness characterizes this well done beer. Prevalent taste of alcohol is not a detriment, but works well within the confines of this. Certainly a cold weather beer that I'm able to sneak in on a cool spring evening. Light hop flavor rides this, gives it a nice tinge towards balance. Hint of bitterness towards the back of the tongue.

Appearance is almost perfect, something that seems impossible to really attain. Pours black with a small, richly colored dark head. Smell is the only non-4.5 element. Basically "just" good, nothing more. Mouthfeel is rich, well done, meaty. Easy to drink this beer, very easy. Just not too many.

Photo of radshoesbro
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

winter 05-06 limited brewing.

a - pours as dark as they come with a small tan head that leaves incredible lace.

s - more inviting than just about any other beer i've yet had. a rustic dark chocolate malt smell that is slightly estringint.

t - obviously strong chocolate malts hit you immediately. sweetness of the malts almost completely cover the bitterness of the hops.

m - definately a heavy bodied brew, but the creaminess of the texture almost makes it feel as if it isn't as heavy as it is.

d - i'm drinking this one on a very hot/humid new england late spring day. it is perfect! this is beers answer to port. a nice strong beverage that you can have as desert.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle from 05-06 into a pint glass. The result? A motor oil-like, viscous liquid ventures forth. I'm talking used, black motor oil, not that clean, golden brown Pennzoil stuff, but rather the kind of oil that's seen its share of engine wear and tear for 5, 6 or maybe even 8 thousand miles as you make excuse after excuse for why you haven't changed your oil in awhile. A 1.5 finger mocha-colored chocolate milkshake-like head dissipates ever so slowly. As I sip it, chocolate lacing clings to the glass and shimmers in the light. Thick lacing clings to the side of the glass during the whole experience. Nice. Very nice.

Scent: I write down the following as I sniff in the essence of this brew: Raisins. Prunes. Licorice. Dark Chocolate. Malts. Slightly burnt coffee. Lots going on. I'm impressed.

Taste: At first it's all coffee, overpowering any other subtle nuanced flavors, but as it warms and I make my way down the glass, I keep thinking port -- which reminds me of raisins, prunes and maybe even figs. If you know a port lover who's not a beer drinker, have him/her try this. Anyhow, that chewy, raisiny malt flavor predominates, with a moderate bitterness finishing the assault. It's more like coffee bitter, though, than a hoppy one, and all in all, there's a decent balance between malt and bitterness, even if it doesn't remind me of a hoppy beer bitterness. A nice alcohol warmth finishes it off -- not the harsh burn of Listerine ethanol but rather the cozy heat of, say Jagermeister or [insert your favorite liquor here]. Here it is a fairly warm night in late May and I'm thinking this would be a perfect sipping companion by a winter fire. Oh well, I have a few more in the cellar; I'll try and do that one night next winter. . . .

The mouthfeel is about what you'd expect for an Imperial Stout: it's heavy with a slightly grainy feel predominating, but not in a bad way. I wonder if aging would help to mellow and mingle the flavors and give it a little more smoothness. Like I said, I'll find out next winter. . . .

As for drinkability: this is a heavy beer, in terms of being full-bodied, flavorful and high in alcohol. I like it a lot as a sipping beer, but honestly I couldn't see myself putting back more than one at a time, and thus I gave it a lower score for drinkability than other categories.

All in all it's a winner if you like Imperial Stouts. The only drawback is that despite the name, it's not all that chocolatey. After having quite a few Rogue Chocolate Stouts over the last couple weeks, there's a noticeable difference between the Rogue Chocolate Stout and the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout when it comes to chocolate flavor. This brew is not nearly as sweet, but it's more complex and ultimately just as rewarding.

Additional notes, 11/5/07:

Did a vertical this weekend, with the 05/06, 06/07 and new 07/08. The 05/06 was the most aromatic, but the consensus was the 06/07 tasted best -- there was a strong taste of black licorice in the 05/06, especially when it was cold; the 06/07 was more chocolatey; the 07/08 was bland when compared to its older brothers. . . which says a lot, as this is not a flavorless beer! The verdict/lesson: Age this for a year and then enjoy.

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

A: Oh wow, now this is a stout. Pours like motor oil. Its like a black hole, no light is getting thru this beer. Slow fading dark tan head sits a good half inch of the beer. As it falls it leaves a lace of webbing from the foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of roasted malts, black cherries and chocolate milk shake.

T: This stout engages the full palate of the tongue. Lots of roasted grains and coffee tastes. Bitter sweet chocolate flavors with an after taste of port and alcohol. Gentle milk chocolate lingers on the palate for minutes after

M: Velvety with the carbonation not very aparent.

D: Well certainly not a lot of chocolate taste going on. But a great stout non the less. What a wonderful winter warmer it would be considering it was this good in May.

Photo of KyleVick4
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

A: Hell yea it did the guiness waterfall cascade thing when I poured it. Very nice. Darkest of dark in color, with a thick tan head. Beautiful lacing all around the glass. Hellofa good looking RIS.

S: Smells of chocolate with some hints of coffee. Roasted malt is also dominant. Very strong aroma, but very good smells.

T: Delicious. Sweet, but not overly sweet. I like the fact that is has a deep dark chocolate taste and not much coffee taste. A good aftertaste of the dark chocolate is a nice addition also.

M: Superb for a RIS. Not heavy and motor oily but a good full bodied beer. Carbonation has been done correctly none of overcarbonated fizz attack, but enough so it does not taste syrupy. Im glad Brooklyn didnt do what many other brewers do and go off the deep end with a ultra thick beer. Bravo.

D: Very tastey and the alcohol is nicely hidden which means I am constantly returning to the glass for another sip. Am very glad I bought a six pack of this. I will drink it again and again and again.

Photo of benwiley
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

ok, heres the thing: this beer is tasty, but its just too damn much! not in the booze department either. its just that this thing is so monstrously, i dont know, chocolatey(?)! i mean, my favorite stout hands down is young's double chocolate, so you know that i LOVE that the sweet oatmeals all the way...but this thing...whoo, cmon. its just too much. im sorry.
lemme put it this way: while i was drinking this beer it was just sooo sweat and soo intense that i needed a sweet oatmeal cookie to eat while iw as drinkin it to keep it in check, as it were. not that i dont enjoy the whole cookie-beer thing but i mean, cmon...this thing was just too much.

Photo of nickg902
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

'05='06 bottling

A: Pours thick, black and creamy with a thick, dark cocoa brown head

S: The smell is of dark chocolate, roasted malts with a hint of mocha and coffee

T: Here is where this wins me over. Amazing dark chocolate flavor that is not too sweet. Hints of mocha and roasted malts comes through and balances this perfectly. Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste persists.

M: Smooth and creamy, perfect feel

D: Very tasty and not too sweet, definitely enjoyed as a desert beer watching the game.

This stout quickly moved towards the top of my list of stouts. I would definitely reccommend this beer, even to the uneducated. Next time I plan on buying a few and aging for a couple of months; I feel it can only get better with time

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05-06 bottle
Pours a thick, totally pitch black with dirty brown foam on top, sticks around for a while. Aromas of dark fruits, alcohol, a tad bit of coffee and chocolate, but mostly roasted matliness. Flavors are dominated by a smooth and yet slightly bitterness from the chocolate malts. Chocolate flavor is subtle, but the finish is super fresh cream creamy, mmmm, lingers a while. Alcohol finishes the twang of this delectable brew, just at the end. I had one of these back in December when it was fresh, and this one has already seen some mellowing in the 5 months. One of my favorite RISs, and I was fortunate to have a friend drive a 6er of this from NY as it's not available in these parts. I will hope to save one for next year to try, but that is very unlikely.

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

Sample courtesy of SS '05. Many thanks to beergeek279 and cupbeerman for all the fine bottles.

Version '05-'06
Aroma is rich and malty sweet with dark fruit and a vinous quality. Very nice intensity. Nice roast character.
Pours fairly heavy and thick. Thin but very dense head that is dark. Black and no light shines through. Heavy lacing.
Boy is the flavor nice on this. Heavy roast without excessive dryness. Again with nice dark fruit and a vinous quality (which seems curious with minimal aging). Moderate bitterness that is pleasant tasting and precedes an equally tasty dryness.
Just short of very heavy. Very nicely carbonated. Fine bubbles and not too many. Very warm in stomach.
This one hit the spot. It's been a while since I've drank a top 100 beer. To think how low on the list this one sits and to know how good it is is mind boggling in how many exceptional beers there are.

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

2003-2004 bottling. consumed April 2006.

high viscosity pour with low carbonation and only a few clinging bubbles. opaque. if I had to give color, it would be deep chocolate (high cocoa solids) brown, bordering on black.

very strong chocolate scent, with ethanol hits, and a motor-oil / truck exhaust element that reminds me of baltika. plum without the sweetness. and a bit of stinky high-fat cheese, or kelp. other than the chocolate, it's all somewhat muted though; probably the age. I was expecting more oxidation. there is some there, but it's well integrated(?) with the rest of the flavors

taste is the smoothest high-grade milk chocolate. never cloyingly sweet. it hits the tongue and hazes out the mind, revealing fuzzy outlines of chocolate and roasted malt, although the roastiness stays beneath the sweetness, and some bittering hops of unknown variety keep it in check. more chocolate than coffee, although as it warms a mocha comes out. esters? blackcurrant. buried beneath the chocolate, of course.

mouthfeel like silk. there's a consistent juicy malt thread that pulls everything to it and while the sensations of roasty astringency and bittering meander around the tongue, it comes back down to that dark malt which fades. incredible, really. like a narrator weaving a story in your palate.

drinkability? and how! it goes down almost a little too easy, and I'm actually starting to feel _full_ in my tummy from this, like a rich dessert. I also have a bottle of the 2004-2005, but based on how this one has held up, I think I'll save it for around this time next year. for the style I think the balance is just about perfect, as the youthful astringent and hoppy bite has peeled back revealing the deep dark brown chocolately soul of this brew. I will seek this out in the future.

a toast to Ben (dv8) who left me this sample. as good as this is, I bet Valhalla's is better.

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

Received in trade with fdrich29. (Thanks, Frank!)

Bottled Winter 04-05. (Beer consumed 4/24/06. Verbatim notes follow.)

A: Dark black body, thick and viscous fmoamy head dissipated to thin film.

S: Strongly malty aroma, notes of dry chocolate.

T: Strong dry malt flavor, slight astringency in aftertaste. Licorice, slight semi-sweet chocolate, hints of chocolate-covered cherries.

M: Thick, grainy mouthfeel. Foams nicely.

D: Scarily drinkable beer, wish I could get more.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,860 ratings.