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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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5,613 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 2,646
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 317
Gots: 890 | FT: 51
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 Fish113d
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I opened this bottle and poured it into my brand new goblet, it poured and left a nice edge of head, which clung to the glass after I tasted it.

However before tasting, I noticed a nice robust dark malty chocolate-T smell eminating from the glass. I also got a hint of mochachino coffee from it. Upon tasting, the carbonation really came through, which I found weird considering I drank it at room temperature. However, the chocolate came through nicely w/ a bit of a smokey roasted malty taste, which really made me happy! This beer is very drinkable, and one of my favorite by Brooklyn....actually, I think Brooklyn is one of my favorite breweries...the cease to make anything I don't enjoy. Happy drinking!

Fish113d, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A real beer, the 03-04 version. Chocolate dark brown color and small brown head. Alcohol comes through in the drink, so slow down! Very noticeable chocolate and roasted malt. Made to age some. Thought a bit much carbonation, which held back on mouthfeel. Great dessert. Five and a half-years later, the roast and so-forth, not as thick as the new breed of RIS, still a great desert or dessert beer.

Sammy, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 02-03 - It pours an opaque black with a light tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and some roasted coffee in the nose. It is oily and malty with a ton of choclate flavor and some roasted malts. Unless I am mistaken, there is a lot of choclate flavor in this beer for only using chocolate malt and no actual chocolate.

ark57, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited Bottling—Winter ’02 – ‘03
Pours ink black in color with a foamy thick tan colored head that fades into a heavy lace. Noticeable alcohol in the nose with notes of black currant, roasted malts and an aroma similar to a raisiny port. Full in body and quite smooth and creamy in texture. Taste begins with rich chocolaty malts and espresso along with some fruity notes of ripe prunes. A bit of black liquorish then makes an appearance with a touch of acidic hop resins and finally some winey notes in the end. A thoroughly enjoyable imperial stout, though I think some additional aging will help it to mellow a bit more. Purchased from Vintage Cellar.

Morris729, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with a thin tan head. Aroma is strongly chocolate with a bit of coffee. Flavor is incredible. Bittersweet chocolate and expresso. Finish is coffee bitter with a cocoa flavor. Great beer with a chocolate flavor that doesn't go overboard.

Sixpack595, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of proc
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely fantastic.

Pours out to a jet black in the glass with a brown, caramel colored head that looks good enough to eat. The aroma is that of chocolate, coffee/expresso and malt. The taste is superb, with chocolate and roasted malt exploding in the mouth, with the swallow giving off hints of a dark chocolate and a light licorice. Damn. This is a good beer.

proc, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of deejaydan
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I originally picked this up in a beer trade with Davo...

Wow, this beer tastes like... the best thing I could compare it to would be Hershey's Special Dark. If I didn't know any better, I would swear that the added cocoa or some sort of real chocolate into the mash.

Pours dark as midnight. Nice, lasting head, great lacing. Smells like a bitter to semi sweet chocolate bar.

This is definately in my top 5 of all of the beers I have EVER tasted. Now, I have to find a homebrew recipe for it :)

deejaydan, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium, doughy, brown head. Absolutely opaque, black beer. No highlights. Thick, sheety lacing. The nose is rich, buttery chocolate. Bitter chocolate in the front turns tangy for the thick, chocolatey middle. Some fruit in there, too. Quite bitter on the finish, with a powdery cocoa effect. Some green peas and alcohol. This is a very good chocolate stout in a field of many good contenders.

kbub6f, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark as a moonless night with a khaki coloured one finger head on top. Smell is of good espresso, bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of molasses. The flavour is nice and deep with coffee and dark chocolate notes taking over. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is silky smooth going down and eventually finishing dry, but not too dry. Drinkability is good after a few you will start to see things in a new light. Recommended- buy them and horde them as the supply is always short.

TinusTime, Mar 12, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2003-2004 vintage. 12 oz bottle served at cellarish temperatures in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Obsidian black topped by a smallish dark brown head that's rather short-lived. A thin ring of bubbles was all that was left after about a minute. Still, that ring was sufficient to leave small wisps of lace as I greedily imbibed this elixir.

Smell: Powerful roasted malt aromas. Thick dark chocolate and hearty espresso. Mild notes of prune-like fruit.

Taste: Bittersweet like a teenage gothling imagines their soul to be. Chicory-laced black coffee earthy and bitter dark chocolate aftertastes. Umbrally dark prune notes.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy with hearty aftertastes aplenty. Hits the spot.

Drinkability:
Black as night,
Sweet as love,
Strong as death.
Nummilicious. I know of no one who has had this that didn't like this beer, and I've been handing it out to neophytes (or at least people that wouldn't consider themselves overly knowledgeable). Worthy of buying by the case. I hope there will be one left in a week and a half...

ManekiNeko, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of Gritsak
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark dark brown, almost a solid black with a thick and creamy brownish tan head

smells of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee...a really nice smell IMO

taste is very smooth, with hints of chocolate and coffee...the alcohol is hidden pretty well but comes out a little at the end, but not overpowering.

mouthfeel is pretty heavy, thick and creamy

pretty damn good stuff...the chocolate flavor really comes out and combined with the smoothness, makes it a good beer in my book

Gritsak, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice color with good initial head which dissipated for me. The taste is quite deep with many good overtones. "Deep" is the best word that I can come up with. Appropriately for the style, I find this very good. For an imperial stout this is really drinkable. Quite a beer.

GeoffFromSJ, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black hue. Opaque. The russet head is simply gorgeous; it reached a modest finger in height before slowly collapsing to a half finger then to a soapy cap. There was no lacing, disappointing. Still this is a damn pleasant looking stout. The nose is dry with deep chocolate notes and well-rounded roasted malts, vague hints of alcohol toward the back. The potency is good, it doesn’t really punch you in the nose but it is strong enough to say, “hey, jackass… drink me!” I am a good listener. The palate is much more complex then the aromas indicated. I am surprised at the fruitiness upfront, notes of cherries really standout and they dance a sexy dance with the roasted malts. Burning alcohol is blunt in the middle; the malt is quite dry now. In the finish a mellow suggestion of coffee and chocolate develops, as does some sweetness. This is offset by spicy alcohol. The hoppiness is as subtle as Storm King is blunt. Overall the taste is very good but I can’t help thinking more burnt malt is needed, maybe even a little more hops. And, in all honestly, it does fall apart at the end. Medium-full in body, at times it did creep awfully close to medium, which I don’t think is appropriate for this beer, the carbonation is modest and very natural. The mouthfeel is sufficient. It is drinkable as a nightcap; the biting alcohol is too much for me. Maybe my sample is too young (’03-’04 edition) but I wanted to try it now! I believe there are better Imperial Stouts on the market but this one is worthy of your attention but maybe not its lofty reputation.

Thanks Bierman9!

bditty187, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of PartyHatjo
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2003-2004 Edition
This beer pours a very dark brown--nearly as black as an oil. Very viscous for a beer. The head was about a half an inch of dark tan creamy goodness, but dissipated very quickly to a monolayer of head.

The aroma is inherently roasted malt, with no hint of hops at all--it's chocolatey and somewhat burnt.

The taste is roasty-malty with hints of chocolate, raisins and prune. There is a slight tang that lingers on the back of the tongue. The bitter aftertaste is a welcome after the somewhat sweet initial flavor.

This beer is very smooth. It practically rolls off the tongue. Carbonation is high enough to break out new flavors, yet not so much that it crackles in your mouth.

For a higher alcohol beer, this is one that I can take a few of.

PartyHatjo, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003-2004 edition.
The beer is a very deep, murky umber, pretty much black, topped with a thick, dusky olive hued khaki froth. The head dies out to a thick film, but keeps for the remainder of the glass.
The aroma is hugely roasty, with a mellowing smoothness that blends everything seamlessly. The malt is slightly husky, with loads of chocolate and coffee. A bit of burnt toffee sweetness, with a touch of charred wood and smoke. A thin layer of fig and prune esters are spread over the malt, with a dash of date and light chicory. As the beer warms, a bittersweet baker's chocolate becomes readily apparent, consuming the air within the snifter. Very mild alcohol, mostly masked by the burnt, roasty malt.
The flavor starts immediately with mellow, bittersweet chocolate malt, a bit of chicory adding a woodiness that pervades throughout. Pleasant esters are spread over the malt, lending a gentle fruitiness that hints at prune, fig, banana, and black cherry. A touch of blackberry into the finish, meeting mild, balancing english hops. The bitterness is mostly derived from the heavy roastiness, a charred woodiness and black coffee stretching out the finish. A slight alcoholic twang in the swallow. Coffee and chocolate linger in the aftertaste.
A very nice year. I missed last year's version, but this year seems much smoother that I recalled from previous versions. Surprisingly easy drinking for such a massive beer, with an excellent bittersweet chocolate flavor.

UnionMade, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of bigjohn
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003-2004 Edition
I have never tried it before this year, and I must say I was highly impressed. This is one of the best stouts that I have sampled. It is flavorful and smooth, and in my opinion, right up there with Storm King. In fact, I would almost prefer this to the storm king because it is far more drinkable in my opinion. The beer is extremely dark, it is opaquely black when held up to the light, not allowing any to pass through, with the faintest red tinges around the edges. The taste is excellent, and the alcohol is extremely well disguised in my opinion. Overall, I would say that this is one of my favorite brews. In my region (New Jersey) it is quite easy to find, but I would recommend others who cannot find it locally to seek it out through a trade or other arrangement because it is certainly worth it.

bigjohn, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle of this year's batch. Pours a dark, almost completely black liquid with a tan foamy head. Looks good so far. Smells of chocoalte and almost black licorice. Stron hops, cjocolate and almost like aprune taste. I could really feel the higher alcohol presence. Good mouthfeel, maybe a touch thin. Probably couldn't have more than one or two of these. Still a good imperial stout. I had some success cellaring last year's batch and it turned out very well, although I didn't review it. Anyway, don't pass this one up.

Bierguy5, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of GnomeKing
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This seasonal gives me a reason to appreciate winter, even though I hate the cold and snow. The beer has a strong, pleasant smell of malt. It leaves minimal lacing as you sip mouthful after tasty mouthful.

There's a sharp, hoppy aftertaste, followed by a second aftertaste that is malty and sweet. The first taste gives the impression that the beer is simple by the standards of stouts, but the complexity comes out in the after taste. The head is thick and creamy. It's surprisingly drinkable for a beer with 8.5 ABV.

GnomeKing, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured motor oil black with just a slight ruby highlight. The head was brown and huge, lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was huge roasted and chocolate. Just a slight hint of alcohol and plenty of fruitiness. A complex assortment of aromatics.

The flavor was smooth with plenty chocolate. In the background is intense bitterness to balance the malt. Also some dark fruit in the flavor.

The finish was dry bittersweet chocolate. The body was full.

A complex, very enjoyable brew.

12 ounce bottle. Vintage '03-'04.

GCBrewingCo, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ink black with the barest sliver of ruby at the edges. BBCS is as close to absolute black as it's possible to get... without quite getting there. The expansive crown is dark tan in color and appears sticky enough to have some staying power. There's isn't much lace, though small ragged sheets are seen.

The aroma is redolent of sweet dark roasted malt, with the usual RIS overlay of chocolate and black coffee. The former is more prominent than the latter. Hops don't make much of an olfactory splash.

My first impression of the flavor is that the alcohol is more evident than it should be. It isn't masked well at all. There's plenty of bittersweet chocolate, which is nice. It's like drinking a melted Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bar mixed with espresso and vodka. Too bad it's a little too raw and burnt/charred.

This beer doesn't have the power, the depth or the complexity of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout. Masking the alcohol more completely would go a long way toward letting the flavor profile free to do its thing. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. No complaints there.

I don't know if cellaring this relatively fresh Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout will soften it a little, but I'll give it a try since I have five bottles left to drink.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of rabidawg
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

02-03 bottling

Appearance: Syrupy black with slight carbonation. Small tan head that slowly settled to nothing. Sticky, spotty lacing with vinous tearing.

Smell: Dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Hops noticeable but in the background.

Taste: Soft and creamy, with heavy espresso and chocolate malt. Noticeable alcohol kick, with hops just peeking through in this aged version's finish.

rabidawg, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Winter Warmer offering from Brooklyn Brewery.
Onyx color, with a thick robust head small but great color. The alcohol was present in the aroma with chocolate and roasted coffee. Tasted said coffee and hints of burnt chocolate with a nice afterburn of caramel malts and alcohol. The mouthfeel was decent but not as thick as I like. Thank you I'll have another.

Ahhdball, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Pop the Cap Winter Warmer Event, 1/31 at Tyler's.

Poured a very, very dark brown color with an overfoamed (from a faulty tap) beige head. The huge head to beer ratio doesn't get me down, though, because I've been waiting to taste this one for a long time.

Aroma was smooth, with chocolate peaking through here and there. Upon tasting, I found a very smooth brew with a soft finish full of bitter chocolate and earthy tones. I thought this was really drinkable for an imperial stout, though a touch thinner in the mouth than I had anticipated. It also had a nice crispness, thought it also meant the chocolate only stayed with me for a short time.

I had huge expectations for this beer, and it mostly lived up to them. All around, a smooth, subtle beer (especially for an imperial). Very good.

RockyTopHeel, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'03-'04 bottling.
Pours a dark brown to black. Opaque black in the glass. Nice brown head.
Aroma shows plenty of roasty malt and coffee. Some chocolate and alcohol as well. A bit of earthiness.

Taste shows an imperial stout with plenty of roasty bitterness. Roasted malt and coffee are predominant. Alcohol is pretty evident. Slight chocolate notes. Solid balance. An overall earthy character.

Solid body and mouthfeel, but not as thick as lots of other imperial stouts.
Drinkability knocked down a notch due to the prevalent roasty bitterness and alcohol.

Overall, a good imperial stout, although I prefer my imperial stouts sweeter than this one.
Big thanks to TwelveVoltMan for the bottle!

PhantomVodoo, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of Mangus
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle, PA last night with my wife's uncle. He treated me to a celebratory beer(s) in honor of our son who was born a little over 2 weeks ago.

The waitress brought me a black, light-tight beverage with a nice tan head. It looks thick and rich.

Smells are roasted malt with definite dark chocolate and coffee overtones.

The first sip brought a rich, creamy, smooth, roasted molasses flavor. The second sip was gloriously chocolate and coffee-like and left a lingering sweet tickle on the sides of my tongue. This is one awesome beer!

I wouldn't suggest having this beer with a meal. Instead, have it all by itself and enjoy each delicious mouthful.

Mangus, Jan 24, 2004
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,613 ratings.