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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,895
Reviews: 2,676
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,020 | FT: 54
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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 hero27
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Winter '05-'06.

Pure black...dark khaki head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolates, nutmeg, and more chocolate. Tastes blend together fairly well on a creamy texture and create a nice warming effect as well. Fairly thick and somewhat oily. At nearly 9%, this one displays no hint of alcohol in the taste. A rich, flavorful stout that deserves to be mentioned with some of the best. Definitely one to drink at room temp..or hell, leave it out in the sun for a while. I tried this around fridge temp to start and it was a disaster..the flavors wake up and start to party at 60 degrees.. It's a no-brainer to try this one if you find it.

Photo of artusory
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

’05-’06. Pours black with large creamy tan head, that gradually fades to a cover, nice lacing. Aroma is a simple blend of chocolate and roasted notes. Inital flavor has some bitter coffee and dark chocolate, this gives way to a sweet chocolates and some dark fruits. Texture is a bit on the syrupy side. A touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

Photo of Ego
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05-06 variety

dark and opaque, stout like silly... one finger of dark tan head fades out into a pangea and o-ring, light barely pentrates this sucker... nice. lace is also good, a consistent sheet of fine bubbles on a swirl up the glass and down with some stickiness

the malts shine, toasty, slight burnt, choc sweetness, raisenettes (do they still make those things?)... the nose is in line with the name of the beer, to a tee...

taste etc...
somewhat thick and creamy, leaves a trace on your lips, the carbonation makes it seem a touch thicker than it actually might be... the choc flavor is very apparent in the aftertaste along with some residual bitterness, the sweetness is abundant but not cloying or messing with the overall experience of this elixer, the carbonation is slightly more than other imp stouts I have been suckin on lately, and that isn't a bad thing. my personal preference is more coffee tones but this beer smells and tastes exactly what it should by the name on the label. nice warming sensation after a few sips of this. The alcohol doesn't prevent larger swigs so this isn't a total "sipper" like say the Goose Island Bourbon Stout.

a solid 4 across the board which = damn good beer. For my personal taste I would go elsewhere for my imp stout fix but that is because I prefer coffee over chocolate... starbucks over godiva... mariah over naomi.. ok, I'll stop...

Photo of jozols
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite brews. Lovely, dark cola color with hints of copper.Thick head. Aroma is sweet, almost woody, with hint of caramel, figs. Malty, full-bodied, with a nice long finish. I recommend serving it slightly chilled in a large wine glass or snifter -- it holds the aroma nicely.

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

A - Black, completely opaque. Not a lot of head

S - Smells like sweet toasted malt with strong chocolate overtones. Aroma of vanilla is also present

T - Taste is that of thick sweet malt. Kind of fudgey, oily is probably not a good description. The sweetness of the malt is balanced by an aftertaste of hops.

M - Very thick feel with good carbonation.

D - Taste and mouthfeel make this a highly drinkable brew. They got the sweetness just right. You could drink this beer while eating a desert. It would stand up to chocolate cake.

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


Black with a small soapy brown head that shrinks to an undying creamy ring and light cascading lace. Smells of burnt chocolate covered dark fruits, the alcohol is there but it blends well with the malt. Tastes like rich bittersweet chocolate with a slight underlying caramel. Fruit esters mingle with warm alcohol. Mouthfeel is substantial and smooth...this is a VERY warming stout.

Seems far less alcoholic than last years. This is one huge malty beer...an excellent and mighty Imperial Stout.

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

You can tell this is a thick beer as you pour it. It has the color and consistency of used engine oil that was way overdue to be changed. Very small head, but probably one of the darkest brown heads I've ever seen. Always a good sign. Very little lacing.

Strong aroma of mollasses or dark corn syrup and vanilla with some chocolate as well as almond liqueur (including the alcohol smell) and dark roasted malt. No hops that I can smell against all the sweet sugar.

The taste is generally in line with the aroma I described. Strong sweet mollasses to start with, dark chocolate, then some vanilla, some alcohol and then finishes with a strong, heavily roasted malt flavor that really sticks to your tongue. This is awesome.

This is as thick as heavy cream. Super thick and sticky. My lips are sticking together because of how sugary it is. The carbonation is there but I feel like it's all the malt that makes this so thick, not just the carbonation that makes it seem that way.

I could easily drink a few of these on a cold winter night. And I'd get a nice buzz with the 8.5% abv. And I'd like it. I love this stuff.

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

This review is for a bottle of the winter 05-06 release.

A: The beer pours thick and black but with little head and larger bubbles then other stouts I've had.
S: The smell is defiantly of chocolate, malt and alcohol. Which is fantastic since I'm a huge dark chocolate fan.
T: The taste does not disappoint. The first thing the hits you is the strong alcohol taste. I know this bothers some people but in this case it is perfectly balanced by the deep chocolate taste as well as the rich malts used in this brew. I also get a slight taste a raspberries I'm not really sure why but there it is.
M: This beer just feels fantastic going down it absolutely coats the inside of the mouth with a great creaminess and well quite frankly just makes me happy.
D: So I'm going back to buy some more of this brew to age as far and drinking more then one or two I probably could but it might be the start a disastrous evening.
Overall a fantastic brew that I plan on having again.

Photo of wcudwight
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque pitch black. Not a ray of light is getting through this baby. Nice tan colored head with some retention. And chocolate lacing covers the entire glass. Smell is of chocolate covered cherries and a faint alcohol smell. Taste is sweet chocolate up front, roasted coffee tasting malts through the middle, with a warming alcohol finish. Feels crisp and thick in the mouth with a nice alcohol tingle on the sides of the tongue. This is definately a sipping beer. The alcohol is very noticable but not so much so that the beer is undesireable. Overall a good beer from Brooklyn and I'm starting to like this style more.

Photo of kkipple
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is an impressively black stout with a red-brown head that froths up as you pour. If this beer isn't pitch black, it's darn close.

The smell is heavy; thick cocoa, malt, and alcohol hits the nose. There's a slight sweetness and the overall impression is that this is going to be a very filling beer...

First impressions? If Mackeson's XXX and an imperial stout had a child, it'd be Brooklyn Black. This is a thick, syrupy beer that has no shortage of flavor. It really really reminded me of Mackeson's concentrate. Chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, alcohol, and a slight astringent flavor dominate. This is an intensely flavorful, bittersweet stout. The alcohol really jumped out at me, but I have to admit the chocolate wasn't nearly as prominent as I hoped. (see Rogue Chocolate Stout)
The overall impression is of a Imperial Milk stout with a bit of chocolate added. Still, this is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel? Thick, heavy, warming. Rather smooth. The 8.5% is very present here.

Drinkable? At 300 calories per 12 oz serving (if correct) a pint of this is a meal in itself. This is a good sipping beer over a winters evening, but hardly a session brew.

Brooklyn Black is a very intense, tasty stout. Ultimately, the fact that it's a rather expensive seasonal brew works against it. Mackeson's is the "lite" version of this beer to me, and is available year round at half the price. Rogue Chocolate has a much more pleasing chocolate hit. I won't be buying this regularly, but by all means, try this if you like Imperial Stouts.

Photo of tastybeer
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black. Chocolate brown head and little patches of lace on the glass. Pours real thick too. Smell is loaded with sweet chocolate, cocoa, slightly roasted and a little buttery. Mouthwatering aroma. Tastes exeptionally smooth and velvety. Full roasted malts and both dark and milk chocolate floods the palate. Full body. Great mouthfeel. Coats the entire mouth making you drool for more. An extremely drinkable russian imperial. The only thing that hints at the high ABV is a subtle alcohol warming.

I wish I could drink these all the time.

Photo of AlexJ
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How is it possible that I have never reviewed this beer? It has sustained me and kept insanity at bay through many cold winters living in NE PA and CT.

Pours like black India ink, thick and viscous with great legs. A draft pour produces a thick, whipped brown froth that clings like Cool Whip, before settling down to a tight cap.

Aroma boasts of expertly toasted dark malts, liquified chocolate, booze-soaked raisins and plum, espresso, fruity licorice, and bittersweet fruity hops.

Flavor is creamy dark chocolate covered raisins melting in a hot cup of fresh espresso. Massive malt complexity, burnt caramel, licorice, English toffee, plum, and creamy vanilla creme brule'. It's perfectly balanced by plenty of pine, fruity citrus, and sweet floral hops. No trace of the strength. This year's version tastes like it's allready been aged it's so smooth.

Body is full, but not huge. Mouthfeel is like liquid silk with a creamy, slippery texture that is a joy to roll around your tongue. Infinately drinkable, a great food and dessert beer, and something I look forward to every year.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Summits in Sandy Springs, GA. It pours into the glass a very dark brown with a brown head that quickly fades. It has a deep rich smell that is dominated by chocolate and port-like aromas. The mouthfeel is heavy and flat, you know its in there. The taste is powerful and is dominated by chocolate with an "on again - off again" hoppyness to it. You can taste the presence of the alcohol, it comes off almost tasting like there is a shot of bourbon in the beer. Very interesting stout, I'm defiantly going to keep drinking this one.

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thin head that's gone in less than a minute. Aroma is rich malt, musty, red wine, elements of chocolate and heavy on the alcohol.

Taste is rich, strong patent malt and cocoa. Very dry, dusty, just a little red-winey. Not real hot, all the alcohol seems to be in the aroma. Not nearly as sweet as one would expect, nor as chocolatey as the name would imply.

Not real heavy on the palate, especially considering the style. Drinkability is helped by not being too extreme or too sweet. A good (but not great) impy stout....which, almost by definition, means it has fallen short.

Winter '05-'06 edition.

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

12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage, imperial pint.

BLACK. No transluscence of any kind. One finger head the color and density of espresso crema with good lacing and a ring that hung out for a long time.

Smell is espresso a creamy sweetness in the back. Big notes of bittersweet chocolate/cocoa too.

Taste is similar with a good hop finish that keeps this from getting crazy sweet. Some toffee in the taste too, which is nice.

Mouthfeel is heavy, but well carbonated and refreshing.

Drinkability is really good for an RIS with this alcohol content.

Damn fine beer, Brooklyn has another winner. No surprise there.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a black dense opaque body with a dark chocolate creamy thin head. It last for a good bit but then fades to a ring around the edge.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt has some chocolate and dark coffee notes. The finish is a nice black roasted grain aroma with some soft earthy qualities.

T-This beer has a rich dark malt flavor with some nice dry bitter notes and a creamy dark chocolate flavor aswell. The finish has a nice smooth hop bitterness that goes well in supporting the malt. There are some very faint notes of dark fruit like prunes or dates but without the sugary sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some creamy texture and a bit of fizz in the finish. No alcohol warmth noticed.

D- This beer is a nice stout with good complexity. It had nice depth in the malt and it was nice to taste some bitter hops to support the malt. Some imperial stouts tend to get thin or watery but this is big and hefty.

Photo of rodrot
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a beautiful jet black into my imperial pint glass, with a 1/4 inch tan head that never went away. The beer was totally opaque and I could not shine a light through it, basically the way a double/imperial stout should be. The aroma was of espresso, licorice, dark fruits, currant. The taste was very warming and complex, with notes of toffee, molasses and even a hint of dark rum. This brew was perfect for a cold evening in the NC mountains. The reason I scored the drinkability only slightly above average is because this beer is not for the faint of palate. At times I felt like I was drinking a mixed drink instead of a beer. I kept tasting dark rum and molasses, but I guess that's just me. I'll definitely buy me another six pack of this stuff to see how it changes after a year or two.

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

Thanks UncleFlip!

Bold and black. A small, dark tan head formed with little bubbles and then went away quickly. Some lacing, but a great looking syrupy beer.

Aroma is outstanding... milk chocolate, dark chocolate, cherries, sherry, vanilla, coffee, caramel.

Extra creamy on the palate. A slight hop edge on the back-end swallow and somewhat dry at points... but overall sweet, chocolatey with roasted malt toastiness. Hints of cola involved.


Photo of fromage
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely interesting for a 2x stout. Hardly got any fruit out of it, but no alcohol, so definitely drinkable.

Dark black with a moderate tan head that was soon nowhere to be seen--the usual.

Smell and taste were basically the same for me on this one: smoke, molasses, chocolate, expresso. Some slight strawberries on tasting. No hops that I could detect... Bitterness mostly from burnt and roasted malt. Aftertaste was slightly astringent and unpleasant at times.

Very full and satisfyingly chewy mouthfeel. Great drinkability for such a beer.

Photo of Enola
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is thick!!. May be the thickest I've had. It pours out the color of used oil. It had a minimal head on it that was tan in color. The smell is like a shot of whiskey with chocolate notes. The taste is upfront alcohol. Not subtle at all. The rubust alcohol almost overuns the chocolate flavor but you can pick it up a little. The mouthfeel powerfull at first then fades to a good whiskey like aftertaste. I could drink these again. I would not drink these in session. A good beer no doubt.

Photo of Hautacam
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a nice dark brown head above an almost black liquid in a pint glass. The head dropped to a collar. The beer itself looks like an espresso.
What a great smell...espresso again in the nose..very malty.
Complex flavor of espresso( ...a theme here ?), malt, chocolate....the semi-bitter kind....a hint of sugar with an amazingly heavy mouthfeel....like you should chew before swallowing...almost a greek coffee feel....like small particulates are suspended in there...this actually feels better than it sounds!
One of these is enough...it's pretty heavy stuff.
When they came out with this years ago, I used to buy cases so I could still have some after the season. This was the first time I had it on tap....seems about the same taste wise, but with a creamier
mouthfeel. Very good stuff !

Photo of redwolf1
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of the Winter 2005-2006 edition for this beer. Black as black can be with a rich brown head about an inch thick after pouring. Very nice lacing around the glass. Deep and dark roasted malts, with strong whiffs of chocolate and coffee (you know, the kind you can dissolve a spoon in). Not as bitter or acidic as I was expecting though, which was a very good thing. Yet, there is a subtle harshness that transcends into the alcoholic warmth of the brew. Creamy after creamy sip hits you right at the back of the throat to let you know there's alcohol in this one. As for drinkability, this is clearly a sipping beer, one to be enjoyed sitting on the deck with your friends.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Excellent appearance and smell -- coffee, chocolate, smokey roasts. PITCH BLACK color with a slight head. Great lacing on the pint glass I drank it from. STRONG, bitter taste. A nice beer to drink slowly and steadily. Couldn't do more than one or two of these in one sitting. Glad I tried it.

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

12oz single

2005/2006 release, hauled 1000 miles from raleigh by blackie

appearance: pours a black/deep chocolate brown color into snifter, a light chocolatey head forms but nothing substantial, not a whole lot in the way of lacing

smell: rich and roasty, sweet and creamy dark chocolate, mocha/espresso, faint alcohol, touch of dark fruit

taste: deep and rich, loads of roasted malts, sweet and creamy chocolate, espresso, alcohol is a little too noticable i think, figs, plum, cherrys soaked in alcohol, some very good things going on here but its tough for me to put it in the bells/founders/alesmith category...i'll hold on to my other bottle for a while probably

mouthfeel: a little on the thin side, but still silky and creamy

drinkability: quite drinkable, but the alcohol could be hidden better

been wanting to try this for a while...had a 6 pack in my hand in rehoboth beach last summer but i think i had already bought about 1000 dollars worth of beer on that trip so i put it back

Photo of medic25
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled the '05-'06 vintage. Dark black color with very little head or carbonation. The aroma is amazing; a chocolate/coffee blend. Taste is also mind-blowing. Very complex flavor; again dominated by the taste of chocolate and espresso, with just the right amount of alcohol. Goes down very smoothly for 8.5%. One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure of trying.

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