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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,556
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 873 | FT: 49
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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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Photo of Stingray5
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

12oz, winter '02 - '03. Poured blacker than black with a huge, long lasting tan head. Grassy, earthy aromas are complimented by bitter chocolate and fruity malt. Thick, low carbonated mouthful is followed by sticky sweet malt heaven. Slight port qualities. Hints of prunes. Finish is dry with an alcohol warmth that feels even bigger that its 8.5%, and a long lasting bitterness. This here's a STOUT, baby. I put 3 in the cellar, we'll see how it is in a year or two.


Much like last year's, but I think it needs a little more time to mellow. Very hi-octane in the alcohol, and the bitter chocolate notes aren't as defined. Yet...

Stingray5, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%

Wow, this is one of the finest representatives of this style available! The beer pours black as night, and a smallish, coffee and roasted malt smelling caramel head ensues and then dissipates quickly. Malt, malt and more malt!! Simply unreal flavor overwhelms the mouth, bursting with chocolate and all things roasted, malty goodness. The finish is all malt with a slight hop kick. Not bitter in the least. Just a sumptuous mouthfeel, and the drinkablilty is supreme with this one, although just make sure you aren't driving after a few of these! I will absolutely seek this out again (and again...).

steelreign, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of rastaman
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A nice one. Lots of chocolatey roasty malts. The palate is bittersweet, with some sweet chocolate at the start and then a bitter roasty, almost ashy finish. Lots of coffee and choc, with a very long finish. Everything appeared to be in its right place in this beer, really good stuff.

rastaman, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

originally sampled on 24 October 2002. Poured w/ virtually no head. Jet black, slightly bitter on the palate w/ coffee and chocolate flavors. Definitely let this one get slightly warmer than most. I'd like to try this one again, after I'd let it get to 50ish degrees. this one sat on the counter 10 min before opening

jcalabre, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of mike1290
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

Luckily I work in Brooklyn so that I can stock up on this brew when it's released. Pours black as night and as the name suggests. Smell is of chocolate (obviously), coffee and also a slight fruity edge. Medium consistency made thicker by extreme chilling. At first the taste is quite overpowering and may turn off most people. Extreme chocolate and roasted flavors with a sweet alcohol laden finish. Realistically you can only drink 2, maybe three max in one sitting due to the severe character. Good choice.

mike1290, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

An Imperial stout for lunch in June? Why not...

Winter '02-'03 Bottling...

Appearance: Pours a deep black that has a hint of brown when held up to a strong light. A reverse cascading effect gives way to a thick, brown head that slowly shrinks to a thin cap. A quick swirl brings it up again. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Small hints of alcohol and diacetyl hide undeneath a massive blanket of roasted malts and chocolate. The aroma is extremely rich with the usual dose of dark fruits, but they take a backseat to the chocolate malts. Hops are practically nonexistent in the nose of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is extremely rich and creamy with hefty doses of chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol is present from the first sip to the last swallow, but it doesn't really take the attention away from the grains. It merely provides a warming undercurrent and base for this brew to work it's magic. There's the usual assortment of burnt dark fruits: plum, raison, and black currant. There's a slight hop bitterness, but little-to-no aroma or flavor. Finishes with a burst of warming alcohol, which makes it seem like it's more than 8.5%abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich on the tongue, but a touch thinner than some of the other Imperials it's compared to. Still, there's a nice chewy quality that makes me delay each swallow as long as I can. Finishes with a blast of mouth-drying alcohol.

Drinkability: This is quite the drinkability Imperial stout. I would say that the slight thinness of body makes it more drinkable than some others, but the alcoholic flavor and mouthfeel give the impression of a stronger brew, so they sorta cancel each other out. It's a shame this brew isn't available in the Midwest, 'cause it's a damn good brew...

A big 'thank you' goes out to pbrian for sending me a few of these.

MJR, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of purplehops
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

2002 Vintage
Black Chocolate Stout pours like it's name, opaque chocolate black with a brown frothy head that leaves a nice lace on the glass. The aroma is mocha latte with a dash of port wine and a hint of toasted grain. Taste starts with plenty of mocha and coffee flavors upfront and then moves on to include flavors of raisins, black malt, toasted grain and alcohol. The finish is smooth with toffee and dried fruits flavors played off against bitter black malt and the first hint of floral and citrus hops. Aftertaste is a pleasant lingering mocha flavor with just a hint of hop and roasted grain. Mouthfeel is creamy with warmth and attitude along with a medium-heavy body.
Overall a very complex and enjoyable chocolate stout. It's big, it's full, it's rich, and it will put a smile on your face. My only change would be to pull back just a bit on the black malt and roasted barley to give the chocolate malts a wee bit more control of the flavor profile. Not enough to make it sweet like a milk stout mind you but just enough to round off the astringent edge. But now I'm just being picky.

purplehops, Jun 02, 2003
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4.65/5  rDev +12%

Dark brown as it pours but settles solid black in the glass with a pencil width high head of tight creamy foam of light leathery brown color, much like light chocolate, which is fitting for this stout. Some strings and spots of lace.
Smell is nose smacking gorgeous goodness of very sweet and rich chocolate with a nice dark fruit mixing in there of bananas, dark cherries, and starfruit. One great whiffer!
Taste is more scruptious sweet chocolate, moderately twinged and tanged at first, a bit hefty and dark, touch of burntness, smooths out leaving traces of dark fruits and a super nice thick luscious drying sense. Some sweet tingly senses introduced as well in this flavor packed punch of a stout. Its not to complex, but its fulfilling in a simple sense and tone. Rockin' good! Feel is pretty heavy and full, lightly sweet hold at the start, goes smooth, creamy, and boldly drying and tingly into the finish.
This is a supurb stout and highly enjoyable and I recommend it highly. I am very, very unlucky though, as it is not available here in Minnesota. Hopefully it will cross over the Mississippi some day soon, really soon. Those of you who can readily pick this stuff up, you don't know how lucky you are. Awesome stuff!

tavernjef, May 22, 2003
Photo of Brent
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Poured pitch black with a mocha-colored froth, like motor oil with 200,000 miles since the last change. Softly sweet chocolate malt aroma. Assertive dark-roasted malt bitterness jumps immediately to the back of the tongue - concentrated, cooked-down chocolate, coffee, prune and charcoal flavors dominate. Alcohol actually breaks things up a bit and the finish softens with a slight sourness. A well crafted imperial stout that could easily be raw, but manages to integrate the concentrated flavors quite nicely.

Brent, May 20, 2003
Photo of budgood1
4.65/5  rDev +12%

bottling-winter '02-'03.
pours out pitch black...jet black...opaque...whatever term one may use to describe the inability of light to penetrate the glass. thick and dense tan head which sticks and stays. ample lacing. light, ripened fruits backed up by a mega black and chocolate malt aroma. olfactory nirvana! thick barley malt flavours...dark and sweetened chocolate with java notes...dark fruits in the background...this is a malted monster! hopping evident to balance out the profile...just amazing in complexity! high ABV blends in well with the malt load to add a welcome touch of booziness. full bodied like an imperial stout should be. mouthfeel is slightly rough and with velvety touches. wow, is this a killer brew! more belly warming booziness in the finish, with lots of choco notes in the aftertaste. a wintertime sipper i saved for spring. a stout worthy of it's reputation!
a huge thanks to frank4sail for the sample!!

budgood1, May 17, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

The color of Black Chocolate Stout was similar to what I imagine the night sky would bleed. It had a huge frothy head and there is lace that is still sticking to the top of my glass. It smelled big and malty with some serious sweet aromas. The taste was like slowly mulled chocolate with a tad bit of bitterness to contrast the sweet caramel and chocolate taste although there was not too much in the way of coffee tastes. Overall a very drinkable stout especially for its high alcohol content.

GreatPondBrewer, May 11, 2003
Photo of Maestro
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer is the best stout I have had in a long time. The nose is quite tame but the hops and roasted malts come through. The head is two fingers that fades to less than one finger and lasts throughout the beer. The first taste is quite malty and has some sweet notes that almost allude to a milk stout. The faintest bit of chocolate is present alongside a coffe taste. The alcohol is disguised by the big flavors in this beer. It is hard to believe that she clocks in at 8.5% As you move through the beer there is a chewy, bread characteristic to the beer. A nice lacing is left on the pint glass and it retains the rich tan color from the head. The carbonation is perfect for this beer. As you get to the end of the pint the hops start to show through with a drying bite and the alcohol starts to warm your belly. This is definitely not a stout for the faint at heart. In fact, I think this is the best imperial stout I have ever had. And it makes a great 50th review.

P.S. Finishes quite smoothly.

Maestro, Apr 28, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Utterly absorbent pitch black. Uniform dark russet head settles into a taut layer that leaves sparse, lazy foam trails. Robust, enveloping combination of chocolate malt, smooth, warm, licorice laced alcohol and mellow dark caramel malt nearly saturates the nose. The aroma mellows slightly, allowing both light diacetyl, pruneish dark fruit and molasses to surface and add additional depth. Enticingly complex aromawise. Snap of date like sweetness in flavor is hastily tapered by a concomitant barrage of assertive hop bitterness and deeply burnt, carbonaceous roasted barley. Hints of tart, smokey black malt emerge along with pronounced, yet well rounded cocoaish chocolate mid palate. Subdued citric hop character merges with the pruneish undertone after a long deliberation brightening the overall character late. Fairly well attenuated, with a mouthfeel a notch shy of dextrinous and full. Finishes surprisingly clean, with mild notes of molasses and milk chocolate dried abrupty by clean roasted unmalted barley. Although it lacks the complexity and brute malt character of some other imperials, Black Chocolate possesses unique finesse and superlative drinkability. Worthy of cellaring. Delicious!

marc77, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Blacker than the sight of a rural midnight from under a blindfold. Big brown head. Very aromatic -- chocolate, coffee beans, and black cherries with a light hint of alcohol. Sweet and almost fruit up front -- like a chocolate covered cherry with sweet liquor inside. Big alcoholic finish with a lot of bittersweet notes. A very tasty beer but definitely not one I could consume in mass quantities.

marburg, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%

What a gorgeous beer this is. Pours dark black with a big tan head. Looks like a stout should. I think the word chocolate might through some people off. In fact, I remember a Michael Jackson book that mentioned this achieving it's chocolatey taste with the use of malts. So I don't believe this actually contains chocolate. The aroma is a lot roastier and robust than expected. This is a stout that I expected to be sweet, but the taste is a more dry chocolate taste. I personally would not consider comparing this to Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Although they have similar names, this is a very different beer.

dmarch, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of longpondbeerman
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours like the label says: deep and dark--read: black. There a light chocolate brown head and negligible lace after all is said and done. The smell is a little like soy sauce with a hint of hoppy chocolate. The taste was definitely better than the smell--a good, intricately thick imperial stout robustness with a backdrop of musty, hard chocolate. A bit sweet for me on the aftertaste. I like this winter seasonal, though it is not one of my all time favorites.

longpondbeerman, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

I have heard so much about this beer, and was finally able to get my hands on a single at one of my beer shopping haunts.

Pours like oil out of a crankcase. Like all good thick stouts the head does not form as much as it emerges, almost having to wriggle up through the viscous black body of the beer. Very little light passes through this beer, and the head is a gorgeous cappuccino brown that lingers with good lacing.

Aroma is slightly malty, with nuts and sweet chocolate.

Round, chewy, creamy and bittersweet mouthfeel. This is one beer that you will be tempted to chew for several minutes. Incredible mouthfeel.

Full chocolate taste, sparkly and delicious.

Not the kind of beer that you could have several of, but a wonderful imperial stout.

Darkale, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%

Looks great...Dark black in color...terriffic dark tan head

Aroma was unsweetened chocolate and molasses

Taste...ummm...there aint much chocolate here...bitter miniscule hint of chocolate and alcohol...

Mouthfeel and drinkability are ok...

Bottom line...there are better chocolate beers out there that you can actually taste it...like rogue's...I will NOT buy brooklyn chocolate stout again

stegmakk, Apr 11, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%

In a taste test by a panel of experts (me, myself, and I) between
3 "chocolate stouts", Young's came on top as the chocolatiest, but this mamma jamma was deemed the superior stout!
Rich mocha flavor wafts out of the bottleneck from the moment the cap snaps off! Oh, this is going to be good!
The color is as black as strap molasses, with a rich bubbling, simmering, dark brown, puddingish head. THIS is STOUT! Already, it seems like a glass of melted chocolate!
Aroma is gorgeous! Sublime! Soft, creamy, yet intense with cocoa, like sticking your face deep into a bag of the stuff, but still, somehow, subtle.
Mouthfeel is powerful, thick, viscous, chewy. When people speak of smoothness as a supreme adjective for any sort of beverage, I reply that I like roughness now and then. (I am, after all, the inventor of The Gilded Platypus, a cocktail contrived of tequila, Yukon Jack, Irish Mist, and sweet vermouth!) This is what I'm talking about! There are several hurdles for the palate to play with, little bites and burps and gurgles, all the things that make beer drinking my favorite hobby.
Many flavors mingle in the mouth, many associations gather in the mind, but largely the feeling is of a burnt cognac, a hot dark rum, and licoriceleatherespressoetceterainto infinity...
Many waves crash again and again on the palate, many happy moments occur as the rough dealings of the day are forgotten and I am lost in this wondrous, darkly beautiful, and frankly ass-kickin' stout!
Thanks, UncleJimbo, I think I liked this one!

feloniousmonk, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance - Midnight on a moonless night in a deep cave. Amazing lace without any head.
Aroma - Holy chocolate.
Taste - Chocolate on heavy frame with firm bitterness that develops
Mouth - Huge rich creamy. How can a beer be chewy, but creamy? Alcohol noticeable.

When I first rated this beer, I thought it was just too rich and powerful. Now I think it is just right.

Naerhu, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of SamuraiJack
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%

Thanks to Fishbone, I get to write a review of an old favorite of mine. For a long time, this was my benchmark for American Imperial Stouts. Now that I've tried more stouts - and in particular some of the West Coast Imperials and Chocolates - I have to say that I don't know if I would categorize this beer as a true "Imperial" (though it's also not a traditional Chocolate Stout either). It, like the Storm King Stout, is its own beast. And, again like the Storm King, what a phenomonal beast it is!!!
In this case, the bottle was from the Winter '02/'03 batch. It's still a bit raw, and should improve over the next six months.
The initial pour shows a enormous tan and creamy head on top of beer of the deepest and darkest black. The head slowly diminishes to a quite thick and sticky lace. Aromas are of malted chocolate balls, toasty grain, alcohol and a hint of espresso. As good as the appearance is, the smell may even be better.
Initial tastes are sweet and chocolaty - a rich almost "fudge-like" flavor that could be cloying in some beers, but is balanced by the crisp (and somewhat unexpected) carbonation, alcohol bite and the slight undercurrent of hops. The finish is of a tart and nearly bitter chocolate-malt that is dry and lingers seemingly forever.
This is a great stout. Like the Storm King, I don't imagine anyone seeing it as a session beer. But as a treat - this is a wonderful one.

SamuraiJack, Mar 26, 2003
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2.65/5  rDev -36.1%

Package: 12-ounce bottle. Winter 2002-2003 vintage.

Appearance: Looks like black mud as it pours out of the bottle. Thick. Black. Thick tan head. So thick not even Superman can see through this beer.

Smell: Strong alcohol and chocolate aroma. Somewhat bready as well.

Taste: Very bitter and alcohol flavor up front. Tangy almost lemon-like zesty flavor is also present. There is an “odd” flavor that is present in the middle of the flavor timeline that I do not like but I can’t quite identify what it is. I just don’t like how it mixes with the other flavors. Chocolate malt flavor is also present. Roasted and burnt espresso aftertaste. Strong hop bitterness also present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and extremely chewy.

Drinkability: Super strong bitterness and alcohol flavor detracts from the drinkability.

Comments: For me it was not as good as it looked. I enjoyed the chocolate malt and espresso flavors but that “odd” flavor is just not my thing. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

Denali, Mar 25, 2003
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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz longneck bottle, Limited "Winter '02-'03"

Pitch black pour with a brown medium whipped head that diminishes rather quickly to a thin lacey layer. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso and some alcohol. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee/espresso, light raison and some alcohol make this beer. Light carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel along with its diverse flavors make this a good beer to savor and drink.

Running4beer, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This stout poured black with good, light brown foam that left a coat down the glass. The smell was very modest: caramel malt. The taste was dominated by burnt, roasted malt, but there was some sweetness and some bitter chocolate taste coming through, especially as the beer warmed. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with modest carbonation, and a sweetish aftertaste. The drinkability was good.

After having just tasted this beer from a bottle, I was very anxious to sample it on tap (assuming it would be even better), but unfortunately, this is one case where the bottle was better. After talking to some people, I have heard that there are consistency problems with this beer, and perhaps I got a very good bottled batch, and an average keg batch.

Anyway, it was still good, just not as good as the bottle.

UncleJimbo, Mar 22, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Black as night. Very small head accumulated, but some stuck around. The toffee colored head gave way to very thin lace. Nose was a smoky coffee with bits of dark chocolate. You might smell the alcohol at first, with a light fruit and phenolic backgroun. Hard to not say this but this beer is somewhere in the range of a doppelbock, because I detected an ounce of that wheaty but fruity type of roast profile. Indeed after an opening and a swirl or two the fruitiness of the hops comes through, as well as on the tongue.

First hit of taste was a creaminess in taste and texture, and then begins with dark chocolate and ends with coffee. A chalky bitterness at first, then you taste more of a fruit behind the bitterness, as well as the high alcohol. Had a long finish that (incessantly) turned me back to the chocolate taste and smoky, fruity, earthy coffee nose the first taste began with, all of which was supported by the bitterness in the back mouth.

You can feel the warmth in your stomach. The malts are so nicely roasted: enough to impart dark chocolate color and dark chocolate esters, but delicately enough to make a mature taste that is not too chocolatey. Good use of classic and current hops (East Kent Goldings, Cascade, Willamette) to undergird it all and not make it an overly malt experience (they do use 6 different malts). It may be becoming a larger production beer due to Matt, but that nose and long and complex stout experience is something to behold and enjoy every winter – sounds redundant, but eat some dark chocolate with it, like sno-caps, I'm serious!!!

After many sessions with this beer, lemme tell ya: let this one open up in a snifter, and swirl it around – a great way to end a colder day.

nomad, Mar 05, 2003
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