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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 tyee
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a black, black beer that I was excited to see hitting the Chicago market. It poured completely black with a a short tan head. The smell was coffee, sweetness and soy sauce. The taste was coffee, burnt malts and a little bit of chocolate. The mouth feel was frothy. This beer tasted young and was kind of a mess. I found the carbonation to be quite high for a RIS. The 10.6% alcohol was noticable.Overall, I found this harsh and difficult to drink. Maybe a couple of years in the cellar will do it good.

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

Pours a midnight black with some brown highlights and a short brown head that dissappears almost immediately and leaves only very spotty lacing. The smell is quite complex with dark malt, coffee, licorice, and a touch of soy sauce. The taste is a little more subtle and very smooth. Starts slightly sweet with a hint of soy, some sweet malt, coffee and a touch of sour roastiness. The flavor finishes with a prolonged licorice bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little light, but very smooth and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable- the high abv is not noticed at all, and the smoothness facilitates the drinkability.

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

I love chocolate so i was all over this like a hot dog LOL.

appearance - Color is black, nice brownish tan head, watch it, i poured it too fast and it overflowed almost. Nice lacing, one of the best.

smell - is a mix of chocolate, malts, coffee, mmm nice.

taste - was like a mix of chocolate and roasted malts.

mouthfeel - Full bodied, little strong, ABV is 10% wow!

drinkability - This was the 06-07 bottle.Love this thing, I have one more left in my fridge, hope to go out find some more.

** Drank the 07-08 on tap , still yummy!

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

Holy crap.

Did I just drink an Imperial stout in ten minutes? Damn, what a fine beer. Thanks Muenchenerkindl. Brooklyn just started distributing to Indy and I'm pretty excited.

It pours black-on-black-on-black-on-black. Wow. This is one dark beer. With a bubbly latte head.

It smells like dark, roasted malts. Not terribly sweet and fairly faint.

The taste, on the other hand, is a wonderful mix of sweet malts and roasted malt. It is exceedingly chocolatey. It is really like a fine piece of dark chocolate in my mouth. Delicious.

The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and wonderful. I love it. Thick, not cloying, and delicious.

Drinkanility. Oh yeah. Delicious.

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

Pours black with amber reddish hints, The head is light tan and pretty small with good retention. The occasional strand of lace clings to the glass. The aroma is roasty with bitter chocolate, caramel and a small amount of soy sauce.

The taste is full of black patent malt and roasted barley, with a good amount of chocolately malt flavor to balance their astringency. Hop bitterness is quite pronounced, Im guessing these are English hops. As the beer warms alcohol heat and some soy show up, but are never overpowering. the mouthfeel is thick but on the lighter side for an imperial stout. The finish is long bitter and chocolatey.

This is a tastey rich stout. Worth a try.

Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the blackest beers I have ever seen. Aroma is just what you'd expect, chocolate and lots of it. The taste is pretty much that of the darkest chocolate I can possibly imagine. This is one that takes a little while to drink, but very enjoyable. Goes great with a chocolate dessert, especially chocolate cake.

Photo of tsmthrs
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampling from a '05-'06 bottle courtesy of dmeadows.

Pours a deep black with little to no visible light with a creamy tan head that quickly fades and leaves some lacing.

Aroma-roasted malts, coffee and some earthy tints. I sense no smell of chocolate. Alcohol more evident as it warms.

Taste- very malty with mostly coffee tones, some fruityness. Still no chocolate is noticable to me

Feel- Very creamy, almost oily, up front with a little carbonation, then the hops and alcohol take over at the finish.

Drinkability-This is a good beer, but the finish is just too sharp for me to drink more than a few. But definately an a great after dinner beer.

Photo of malcontent
4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06-07 version

Foreboding black mass of a body with a lush tan head. Even after the head has died down, tantalizing lacing lingers.

Obvious chocolate scent isn’t as aggressive as one might imagine. Tobacco and unexpected hop scent blend with a creamy, lactic quality in the nose. There is an alcohol quality that, while usually something I enjoy in a strong beer, takes away from the aroma here…barely.

Wow! Richer (don’t read “better”) than the 05-06. Luxurious cocoa taste with hints of caramel, marshmallow, coffee and smoke. Decadent.

Slight alcohol feel on the tip of the tongue is all that holds the mouthfeel back from perfection. It is creamy, thick and holds on to the palate which is great as the flavors are outstanding. While I couldn’t drink more than two (I’m stopping at one) the drinkablility for the style is phenomenal. A treat I look forward to every year.

Photo of lehows
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a solid and thick black color with a very small tan head that faded away. Left no lacing. Nose was of sweet dark chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malt. Flavors hits you with a sharp alcohol tinged sweetness, chocolate, coffee, dark alcohol-soaked fruits. Alcohol is very pronounced. Drinkability is still high considering the ABV. A good beer to kick back during winter and relax with.

Photo of Damian
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a transparent black (thick like motor oil) with a small frothy film of mocha-colored bubbles which quickly disappeared.

Smell was sweet and complex, yet not particularly pleasant. Deep, roasted malts, port wine and soy sauce came through strong along with notes of raisins, brown sugar and a distinct oakiness.

Taste was sharp and biting. Port was once again noticeable up front before the huge alcohol bite kicked in. As the alcohol subsided, notes of brown sugar, dried fruits, burnt malts and salty licorice became apparent. Some hoppiness was noticeable on the swallow, which continued into the finish. The aftertaste was a mix of potent hops and deep, roasted malts, with a noticeable alcohol warming in the throat.

Medium-heavy bodied with a frothy, pillowy mouthfeel. The amount of carbonation was quite excessive and stung my palate.

This is a harsh and rather difficult to drink beer (even for this style). Worst of all, I could not detect any hint of chocolate in this so-called "Black Chocolate Stout."

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

A - Pours opaque black with a full finger dark brown head that fades quickly with little lacing.
S - Earthy "dark chocolate" over a malted roast aroma with a hint of the alcohol.
T - Primarily dark chocolate flavor with an ever so subtle hop texture then finishes with the alcohol.
M - Not a very complex mouth feel; very smooth.
D - Quite drinkable... the 10.6 tracks warmth all the way down.

One to look forward to every season!

Photo of mdagnew
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from GapWines, Belfast... 06-07 bottling...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Creamy brown head poured quite thick and fizzy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, chocolate mixed with strong espresso coffee, some blackcurrent/blackberry notes, leathery, woody, light liquorice, some vanilla traces, some tar, spicy hops, treacle/burnt sugar, some alcohol traces...

Taste – Strong roasted malt bitterness, some smokey notes, definite black coffee, creamy dark chocolate, peppery hops, faint liquorice, some nutty sweetness, treacle..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable - hardly noticed the 10.6%..

Overall - An outstanding stout... probably my second favorite after Rogue Imperial...

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

06-07 bottling
Appearance: Obviously completely black, tiny bit of chocolate brown head that almost completely dissolves away. Sticky lacing barely visable.

Smell: Smell is tons of roasted malts, chocolate, dark coffee, a little alcohol.

Taste: Awesome. This is hands down one of the best. Tons of the roasted malts come together to form the chocolate flavor. Its a little sweet with an alcohol kick at the end. A little smoky also. Mouthfeel is excellent, nice and thick. Nice strong aftertaste that wasnt too bitter.

Definately one of my top favorites of all styles.

Photo of rdickey
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Source: 12 oz capped bottle. 06-07 bottling.

Appearance: Pours very dark, almost black, into my Chimay goblet. How much more black could it be? None… none more black. One-finger tan head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty goodness – chocolate and some dried fruit.

Taste: Wow. Dark chocolate and coffee – mostly bitter but some sweetness sneaks through.

Mouthfeel: Very nice – smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Perfect for a winter brew – it’s 20 degrees in NYC today and this goes down very nicely. The high ABV warms you – and warns you – but you’re not going to listen because it’s just that good.

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

Winter 06-07 Bottle to Tulip Glass (no freshness date)

Chocolatey Alcohol Scent. Tan head with great retention/lacing. Taste and mouthfeel are remarkable. Love the sweet alcohol taste with a hint of bitterness. A more drinkable version of the World Wide Stout.

4.5's across the board.

Photo of Gatch
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man this stuff is good. 10.6%, what? Really can't taste it, it's just a subtle spiciness at the end.

Pitch black. One of the darkest I've seen in the pour, not in the glass. It looks like any other stout, but that's expected. Big medium brown head.

Smell was of malt and molasses with a hint of chocolate.

So smooth. The chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee complimented each other so well.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were great. The chocolate and roasted malt stayed on the palate for a while after. After a few of these, you would be feeling pretty good. I need to pick up a few to age although nothing needs to be subdued because the flavors are not overwhelming as it is. Love this Imperial Stout.

Update 4/12/13: been five years since I've had this...second bottle of a 4-pack purchased at the end of 2012. 10.0% ABV. Definitely improved as far as depth of flavor but the body is still relatively light and easy drinking. Nose is quite strong, full of roasted malt, wood, and dark chocolate. Sweet but balanced and a great finish. A seriously good beer at a seriously good price.

9/7/13: Third bottle of the 4-pack from the Winter 12-13 bottling. Pours magnificently. Beautifully thick, creamy, frothy, medium brown head with plenty of lace and great retention. Nose is all roasted and chocolaty malt with a bit of spicy booze. Flavor and feel is so thick. Robust, roasty, charred, almost dark-earth-like. Seriously dark, deeply roasted malts and a bit of sweetness. Booze is very faint and contributes a warming sensation. This stuff is seriously delicious. But I must say...still a little hotter than I expected. I'm hoping the last bottle, which will be saved until the end of this year, will have the smoothness, sweetness, and lack of booze that I've been hoping for.

4th and final bottle of 4-pack consumed on 1/14/14. Now well over a year old. Gorgeous pour. Huge, frothy, sticky, medium brown head. Super mellow with massive malt, chocolate, and wood flavors. Nose and taste are spectacular. Still some booze present but it's only complementary at this point. Incredibly smooth with proper carbonation and a fantastic finish. As expected, this is the best bottle yet.

Photo of quasimoto
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black color, cant see through it. The head is frothy fingers worth, and leaves lace. Looks good.

S - Strong notes of chocolate start off this beer. There is a slight background of roasted coffee, molasses, and a slight alcohol presence.

T - Starts out with a strong coffee grain flavor, and some alcohol. It all covers the chocolate flavor.

M - Big and viscous. The alcohol warms up the mouth feel. There is some bitterness, but it blends with the alcohol.

D - I'd give it a year. This was brewed for winter 2006, so I'm going to age the rest.

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

Poured an absolute obsidian black, like a black-hole: no light escapes, I held my glass up in front of the Sun and saw an eclipse. Dark espresso-froth head that collapsed slowly into a thin layer (just above the event-horizon :o) . Aroma was rich and balanced, dark chocolate and a hint of oranges. Tastes creamy and rich, mouth puckering, with a bitter chocolate/orange twang at the finish.

I love my coffee strong and black, but I can't touch caffeine after 3pm if I want to sleep at night. A glass of this stout is like a mug of espresso that you can have at bedtime. Very nice!

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

2006-2007 poured from 12oz into pint glass.

Nice dark head recedes fairly quick. Light barely penetrates the edges.

Smells has a bourbon, alcohol nose. Some burnt coffee malt coming through.

Taste has the dark malts shining through rather nicely. Hints of dark bitter chocolate, melds nicely with some slight hop bittering.

Mouthfeel seems pretty light considering the abundance a malt & alcohol

Drinkability is dangerously high, considering I only picked up 2 singles, the other will age for a year.

Photo of edskirk3
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now I have the 2006 - 2007 vintage.

I must say, I much prefer this beer fresh over when it is aged. I want my chocolate malt flavors and aromas to be in-your-face, not mellowed. Drinking Black Chocolate Stout is always a delicous experience. I really love this beer, as I tell everyone within hearing distance.

Photo of number1bum
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch-black, as dark as can be, with a nice coffee-colored creamy looking foam head - looks spectacular and maintains a bit of lacing. Smell is all malt - roasted, chocolate and a bit of coffee. I can smell the alcohol in this, as well. Taste is much the same, lots of malt sweetness, and a tad bit of fruit, as well - raisin and prune. Slick and creamy.

My biggest problem with this beer is the ever presence of alcohol, particularly in terms of taste. It's a big beer at over 10% but I just don't feel like it's hidden very well. It's especially present when cold, but even as the beer warms I still get more alcohol on my palate than I'd like.

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

In the pantheon of Russian Imperial stouts, this one certainly ranks right up there. A dark, dark brown with a thick mocha colored head. Aroma was predominately chocolate, but the coffee was noticeable. Very chocolate taste, intense and chewy. Smooth, alcohol not particularly noticeable. This could be a problem, except that the beer is so rich you're not going to want to drink a lot at one sitting.

Photo of karengarys
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very dark, rich and thick - black in color stopping all forms of light.

Smells of chocolate and alcohol.

Taste is very rich. Chewable. I like that.Malt, chocolate, and alcohol. Then, a few oddities I pick up: Rasins and hair spray? There is some dark fruity thing lingering in the background, and the alcohol is a bit stinging, reminding me of... hair spray... The hair spray isn't all that apparent, but it did make me drop my drinkability rating down a bit.

Mouthfeel is rather creamy, pleasent for a brew of this gravity.

Finish is edgey, leaving that hair spray around.

If you see this, give it a try. It has a nice hefty flavor worth experienceing.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK... so here you go.... this is a LIVE REVIEW. I just bought this six pack from one of my favorite beer stores... Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH... great beer selection. I purchased this for a little gathering we're having at the house this Saturday.

But, I decided to crack one open tonight to give it a try. I review this as I sit at my computer.... so this is AS IT HAPPENS!

It poured out nicely into my pint glass. I started it about half way down the side of the glass to prodce a perfect 1" head but it didn't seem like it was going to cooperate, so I stood the glass straight up and oops.... wound up with about two inches. But it has settled down now to a nice 3/4 inch already leaving a nice thick lacing behind. Black as the night with a thick frothy tan head.

The aroma is rich with a creamy maltiness with definite chocolate and coffee. Can't wait to taste!

Oh WOW!.... nice taste! low carbonation. And WOW!... very bold malt. Hoppiness is present just to let you know this beer is the boss. The alcohol adds a good flavor. Nice coffee follow through as the dark chocolate and a woody taste are all dancing around in my mouth!

Mouthfeel is excellent! It leaves my mouth coated with the woody taste long after I swallow. And a thin film is left in my mouth.

Drinkability.... WELL.... I really like this beer! It's not one for mass consumption... because it'll put you in your place! I'll be having two maybe three tomorrow when guests are here over the course of the evening. IF I can save that many back for myself!

EXCELLENT BEER if you're into a dark rich, thick stout like this!

Photo of Hornet2003
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2006/07 purchased from Brewery Creek in Vancouver.

Appearance: Completely black. Pours with a decent sized head. It fades away after a couple minutes to leave a thick, nectary apperance.

Smell: Wow. This beer has so much chocolate malt character. A slight bit of fruitiness is present as well. I almost didn't want to drink it after smelling because the aroma was so delicious.

Taste: Slightly sweet, rich, malty, roasty. Definate chocolate and coffee notes Everything you could want froma stout. This one is pretty high in alc. but it is pretty well hidden. It brings a sweetness and fruitiness to the beer, but does not taste alcoholy.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is low-mid range in intensity, just perfect for the style. As it goes down, there is a slight alcohol burn that brings a warming and pleasant feeling to the mouth.

Drinkability: Because the alcohol is so well hidden and the flavors are so dynamic, this is a really drinkable stout. The alcohol's effects can sneak up on you(put me to sleep, damnit!), but this is definately a 2, possibly 3 bottle(12oz) in a night Imperial Stout.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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