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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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5,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 5201
Reviews: 2622
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%

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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 PeterParker

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as the ace of spades, appropriately. Small head that is swiftly fleeting.

Dark roastiness on the nose. A bit of bitter chocolate. It is what I think of as a deep stout smell. It's good. Can pick up a tad bit of Belgian-esque malts. Smells sweet.

Probably one of the most aptly named beers. Taste is predominantly dark dark chocolate. Like 90% cacao. Sweetens up on the tail end but dominated by the dark chocolate. Not overly complex but still really nice.

Coats the mouth and leaves a bittersweet cocoa aftertaste.

Overall this beer is great. I had this a few years ago and thought it was too boozey, now I don't even taste booze. I understand the hype now. Definitely one of the best, if not the best chocolate stout I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:26:18 | More by PeterParker
Photo of Mongrel


4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours just about black, with some chestnut highlights and a rich, dark tan head, British khaki if you will. Leaves pretty nice lacing. Sexy looking beer if poured right.

Smells roasty and a little sweet, with hints of dark fruit and char. It also has that inky espresso/licorice bitter aroma that I can never quite put my finger on.

Taste is bittersweet in the best way. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hint of coffee and more than a hint of licorice. Flavor delivery is sometimes really concentrated and sometimes softer, balanced by a mild oatmeal sort of element. A firm hop presence reinforces the coffee/chocolate bitterness and lends a cool veneer. Finishes dry, almost chalky, with just a touch of syrupy chocolate at the back of the throat. Very well balanced, with not a hint of alcohol.

I know some have complained about the mouthfeel, saying it's thin, but I think it's fine. Medium-full with a big hearty oatmeal center. It's like the comfort food of beers.

Overall, this beer is delicious and drinks entirely too easily for a 10% impy stout. And a steal at $8-9 a four-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:14:24 | More by Mongrel
Photo of Bone53


4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at around 50°F.

Appearance: Thick pour; Black with no light coming through. A frothy one finger tan head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Dark fruit and roasted malts. Not as much chocolate as I was anticipating, but it's there. A slight alcohol presence is there as well.

Taste: It starts off with dark fruit, chocolate in the middle, and roasted malts, almost like espresso, on the end that lingers on the palate. A slight alcohol burn that compliments the cold weather. Very enjoyable.

A heavy medium mouthfeel. Slightly creamy yet has an alcohol bite.

Overall: I still have plenty of RIS to try, but this is right next to or slightly behind my favorites so far (Expedition, Founders, Ten Fidy) and very affordable for the style. Not as choclatey as the title indicates, but rather has all the traditional RIS characteristics and they mold together nicely. Very well done and especially appetizing with this harsh winter we have been having. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 06:58:49 | More by Bone53
Photo of arizcards


4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from LetsPour.com for $6.25. Bottled in the Winter of 12/13.

Beer poured black with an ample tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Taste is dark baking chocolates, dark fruits, with an ample amount of hops to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall this is a brew that has American Stout written all over it but it has some Belgian influences with it's smooth dark fruit characteristics. Glad i had the opportunity to try this!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:36:39 | More by arizcards
Photo of ranger7


3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler.
Review from notes: December 30th, 2013.

A: Black. A thin tan head on top.

S: Chocolate and alcohol.

T: Toasted chocolate and malt. Somewhat bitter like dark chocolate.

M: Some carbonation, but pretty smooth.

O: Not too chocolatey, which is good, but there's nothing terribly special about this. Still a good Stout offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 21:33:13 | More by ranger7
Photo of JohnNasso

New York

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just had this at a restaurant with a hamburger; good combo. The waitress warned me that it was 10 abv, but it didn't come across that strong. Very tasty.
Very smooth, nice chocolate taste, but not overwhelming, good balance.
I'll have it again. Hopefully soon!

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 01:14:21 | More by JohnNasso
Photo of TheBullsHorn


3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has great amounts of dark chocolate bitterness coupled with the malty after-palate and higher alcohol levels come together to create an exemplary imperial stout. No need for oak-aging or added flavors, the beer lets the malts speak for themselves.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 06:52:55 | More by TheBullsHorn
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one-finger tan head.

S - Dark chocolates and roasted malts. A touch of booze is present.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of dark fruits. Booze is noticeable.

M - Full bodied with medium/high carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

O - A nice stout. On the boozy side with less chocolate than I expected. Still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:24:39 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

A: pours a dark near black with a one finger head of root beer colored foam that breaks quickly and leaves little behind but a tiny island of foam.

S: chocolate and dark fruits with some light coffee and roast.

T: chocolate, coffee and roasts up front with some dark fruits and a bit of booze on the back end.

M: medium body with a creamy feel. Good carbonation.

O: this came highly recommended by a few friends, and I see the potential but I think that perhaps this bottle was too young to get the best out of it. I have another that I will revisit in a year and re-review. It is a good RIS at this point, but not the one I think my friends are recommending.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 21:55:03 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of dougbotrob

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick head, darker-cream color, lasted about 3 minutes to settle down, then left with just a bit of lacing to look at. This is a-ok for me because I'm not drinking the lacing, i'm drinking the beer.
S: The nose is great but I embarrassingly have trouble placing it. There's the obvious chocolate and malt, and I want to say "dark fruit" but I don't mean black cherry or currant. I *think* I'm smelling figs but honestly it's been a while since I've smelled figs so I might be pulling that out of no where. In any case it smells dark and delicious and mostly like semi sweet chocolate.
T: Bittersweet chocolate (not the kind you want to eat, but the kind you bake with), coffee, more dark fruits- this makes me ask myself "what's the difference between dates and figs?"
M: Well carbonated, thick enough but certainly not syrupy, just what I want from a big stout.
O: It's a solid chocolate stout, not the best but definitely not the worst. I've bought it before and I'll definitely keep buying it in the future. I think it's worth the price, and also worth saving a few bottles each year for aging.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 07:13:22 | More by dougbotrob
Photo of hillvt4me


3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown with some red noted. Moderate light foamed bead. Some carbonation bubbles and good lacing.

S: bittersweet chocolate, turkish apricots and roast barley.

T: bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, malt, dark fruit and touch of herbalness.

M: Mild to moderately thick and creamy. Carbonation is balanced.

O: Solid; some added complexity would be a nice additive.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 01:03:04 | More by hillvt4me
Photo of tillmac62

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 263/13. Black as a starless night pour with a massive head and lasting lacing. Light nose of chocolate with a hint of dark fruit. Medium bodied with a slick creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation level is normal. The alcohol is not well hidden and dominates the flavor profile after the initial notes of chocolate. A slight medicinal taste is present along with a bit of licorice and hop bitterness. Finishes smoothly with a bit of sweetness followed by alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 20:57:11 | More by tillmac62
Photo of RVigz


3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The initial smell and taste of this beer is astounding. It has an opening taste of malty coffee/chocolate with a smooth body. The finish is a strong malty taste that pulls through the chocolate taste. The aftertaste is pretty strong on the malty taste so i would recommend some food in between to break up the malty taste. The smell of this stout cant be beat.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 02:39:29 | More by RVigz
Photo of beercat11

New York

3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I have had this brew for the last 7 offerings(brewing seasons) and every year I look for the uniqueness of each yearly release if there is one.

This years version seems more balanced and a little more complex than most past years versions, I keep a journal with my thoughts and note them when I have my first few sips. I feel that's when the small nuances of each batch are the most impressed upon me. I have never been a big fan of this stout but it is local enough to me where it is priced pretty well at $6.99 a 4 pack. I have seen it at local markets for as much as $3 more.

It seems that this stout always has a character about it that turns me off. I find it on the back end. Up front it has that traditional RIS that's so prevalent for the style but I can't seem to get beyond the off flavors I get towards the end.

There are roasted malts and black licorice candy which you would typically expect in this style but the finish is just too frustrating for me. Some reviews complain about the lack of carbonation here but I think they are on to exactly what I am saying about the finishing flavors. This year I got an idea on how to fix this issue and I have to say I nailed it first try. I added some high end all natural organic vanilla extract, about a teaspoon full into a 12 ounce bottle. Wow! who would think that this 1 thing could change everything about this beer, up front and all the way home.

If this additional flavor was added to this beer at the brewer You would see much higher reviews I am sure. Most reviews are up there but not everyone is as picky and critical of a beer as a few others like me. Try it and see. Just make sure you use high quality extract. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 20:10:20 | More by beercat11
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

A - Pours near black with a dense finger+ of rich chocolate colored head, fantastic lacing and retention.

S - Decadent chocolate with a minimal underlying roastyness, great hazelnut like aromas, a bit boozy, perhaps a hint of raisin.

T - Lots of rich milk chocolate and sweet vanilla type flavors, roasty hazelnuts, alcohol and subtle dark fruits kick in towards the backend, minimally medicine-y. Aftertaste is like chocolate oak with a hint of booze/medicine.

M - Full bodied, more carbonated than expected but still little carbonation, it works very very w ell. Kind of a sipper, deliciously creamy, but I'm consuming around 45 degrees so its going down pretty quick.

O - Pleasantly boozy, I quite like it with ~1.5 years on it, I'd also like to try one aged 4-5 years to get a better grasp on this one without the boozy qualities. Happy with this one though

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 19:08:45 | More by MacQ32
Photo of TCMike


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is ultra dark brown.

The aroma is a little week, but of dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

Taste is similar, but more intense, and with a medium hop bite, and some molasses flavor. Heavy mouth-feel, and lowish carbonation. Lingering alcohol.

Very good!

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 23:04:19 | More by TCMike
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

DATE TASTED: January 2, 2014... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint...OCCASION: snow day #1 of the young winter season--and the last day watching season one of Game of Thrones... APPEARANCE: I've read some critics suggest taking the "appearance" out of a beer's rating--and when rating this, I see why; pitch black body; intimidating thick brown head that froths; taking the black indeed--what else to say? beautiful... AROMA: robust chocolate; roasted hazelnut; nice, rich, balanced maltiness--an intense, densely packed aroma... PALATE: immediately warming, full-bodied presence; creamy, almost too smooth to be believed--or trusted, at 10% ABV; as the glass drains, friendlier and swifter to the throat...TASTE: strong malt backbone; chocolate, molasses and some roasted nutty suggestions--but all is sweet here, like a dessertif should be... OVERALL: a tour de force, and outside their collaborations with Schneider, my favorite Brooklyn offering....if price were no issue, this would be in heavy winter rotation in my beer fridge...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:20:30 | More by dacrza1
Photo of lou50rp


4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A great Imperial Russian Stout.
Dark almost black appearance with a dark tan head which does not last
Smell of dark fruit and dark chocolate, very inviting
Taste of dark fruits and dark chocolate, intermingling
Mouthfeel is syrupy and coating. perfect for a cold winter's night on the Baltic
Overall this is an excellent brew that will stand up to other Imperial Russian Stouts and is reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:51:28 | More by lou50rp
Photo of hopflyer


3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Julian date 2663. So bottled September 23, 2013

pours pitch black, small tan head. head retains throughout with minimal lacing.

aroma is light roast coffee and a bit of dark chocolate. Dominated by dark fruits though, fig, plum.

Coffee and dark fruits from the nose follow thru the initial taste. Not picking up much of the dark chocolate. Some bitterness and subtle resinous hops. Alcohol hidden well. Bitterness carries thru and doesn't really mellow out much and lingers more than I would like it to in the aftertaste. Some backstage black licorice too. Sambuca-like as it warms and booziness becomes apparent. Where's the dark chocolate?!

Very thick and sticky with moderate carbonation.

I think this is my first beer from Brooklyn and I'm underwhelmed. Was expecting a nice smooth chocolate stout. Instead it was more of a bitter liqueur. Not a bad beer but it's label doesn't match its contents according to my palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 19:49:12 | More by hopflyer
Photo of Bernoulli

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/4" head fades reasonably fast, but lacing is the thickest we've seen.

Completely opaque, deep brown verging on black.

Smells just like high quality dark chocolate.

At least as smooth as the Rogue to start, definitely high gravity, bitter coffee and chocolate are surprisingly not overwhelming, they must settle though because they're more noticeable as you go along (not-quite grainy at the bottom).

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 22:32:40 | More by Bernoulli
Photo of HalfFull


3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, 3/13. 12 oz. bottle from a recent winter release and poured into a globe glass. Pours an opaque black with a finger of deep mocha foam. Shows decent retention and lace, flattening out a bit by mid glass however.

Lots of roast, chocolate and a firm punch of alcohol on the aroma front. Booziness comes across as rummy and barrel like in nature which gives the beer an interesting depth.

Taste is a bit oily given the rummy character. Offers a rich malt profile yet a bit singular in nature. Rich chocolate notes yet without the bitterness or close of dark chocolate. Lighter on the roast than the arom might suggest and a touch of black cherry with warming. Feel is full and rich yet lacks the lingering chocolate one might expect.

Overall the lack of carbonation after the initial pour creates a lessened experience. Rich and boozy but a bit short in depth consideing it all. Vinous in nature like a fruit bomb of a zinfandel. Probably not worth the calories.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 05:11:49 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a taste off between Green Flash and a "standard" Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 10% ABV.

It's a very close contest, and letting these two warm all the way to 56 degrees. (I'm starting to think the best reviews include temperatures as well as glassware), GFDS wins by a small margin.

Green Flash Double Stout 4.5 vs Brooklyn Chocolate Stout 4.5


GFDS 4.75 - Close to perfect head, retention, lacing, body, color - into a 24 oz hand blown wine glass.

BBCS 4.5 - Very outstanding head, retention, lacing, body, color - into a 24 oz hand blown wine glass.

Smell: 4.25 4.25
GFDS - Wood fire in a seaside candy shop, with a pile of wet earth compost heaving outside.
BBCS - Wood fire in a candy shop, vats of syrup, fruit jam, dark chocolate.

GFDS - More wood charcoal, chocolate, more bitterness, more sea side smell. 4.5
BBCS - Peppery, roast, chocolate, licorice prominent, long lasting licorice and bitter finish, leaves in great place. 4.5


GFDS - tingly, more hops, medium body, more bitter, a little alcohol, long finish, leave in great place, creamy. 4.25 *better at 56 degrees.

BBCS - tingly, more malt, more char, more liquor like, even longer finish, creamier, leaves in a great place. 4.25

O: BBCS sweeter, more chocolatey, and more creamy. Without any false notes.

However, when I let them warm to 56 degrees over 2 hours, then GFDS wins for remaining more carbonated and vibrant at "Cellar temp" while BBCS settles a bit flat, and cold coffee- like.

Edge to GFDS.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:07:40 | More by Act25
Photo of Dad_of_Rad


3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark brown with milk chocolate head. Carbonation lingers.

S: Alcohol, bittersweet chocolate and roast. Touch of underlying dark fruit.

T: Boozy. Again, bittersweet chocolate, more coffee roast than in the aroma. Not as complex as a lot of RIS. Definitely like a straight up mocha with a small shot of whiskey or bourbon added.

M: Nice. Not necessarily creamy, but also not sticky. Carbonation helps to balance things out.

O: Solid. Very straight forward flavors, but well put together.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 03:04:02 | More by Dad_of_Rad
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a fluffy 2 finger caramel head that has very solid staying power.

S- Lots of roasted character with some lactose. Chocolate not as prevalent as I had hoped.

T- Follows nose quite well. Big roasted notes that seems to last for days. Accompanied with malt and unsweetened chocolate. Also has a little boozy kick to it. Fantastic balance, but nothing really seems to blow me away here. There does seem to be some complexity, but maybe I just prefer my chocolate stouts more straightforward with an abundance of sweet cocoa.

M- Silky, yet thick and creamy. Full body, but not at the cost of drinkability. Very rich.

O- Solid, but maybe a bit disappointed. I am a huge fan of Garrett Oliver and probably expected a bit too much as it is my first from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:58:42 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of Jim_Benz


4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

My wife and I each drank one bottle (2013) in tulips, served at cellar temp--around 58° F (or a little less).

Appearance--dark chocolate black topped by a one inch head of milk chocolate foam-- very appealing and rich-- the head dissipated in about two minutes, maintaining a rim around the edges throughout. I forget any distinctions about the lacing.

Smell--alcohol and dark chocolate, mostly bitter but rich and tempting.

Taste--same as the nose, like 80% cacao dark chocolate lightly (or barely) sweetened with grain alcohol. In fact, the flavor of the alcohol seems to play a major role in both taste and bittering. No real hints of coffee; not much taste of roasted grain outside of the chocolate flavor; hops indiscernable. Not incredibly complex but perfect in its own way. Very tasty and decadent. Dry and bitter on the finish, but somewhat cloying on the tongue without being particularly sweet in any way.

Mouthfeel--medium to full body, more carbonation than I expected, less creaminess. As it warmed and the carbonation lessened, it became a little smoother but not much.

Overall--a very good, very rich imperial stout that drank just like its name implied. The 10% ABV packed a punch, but it also provided a distinct flavor that accentuated the chocolate beautifully. I'm curious to see how this one ages--will it become more complex; will the alcohol/chocolate bitterness soften into something a bit mellower and roastier; will it develop a creamier body? I guess time will tell, but it'll be worth drinking either way.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 16:40:54 | More by Jim_Benz
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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