Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,716
Hads: 6,238
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 373
Gots: 1,225 | FT: 55
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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 arguemaniac
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: Having had this amazingly complex brew before, I decided to forgo using my usual pint glass and instead opted for a snifter in order to review this one.

Appearance: Utter and absolute darkness, this brew is entirely opaque (even held up against a light the color does not change). Also, a thick, creamy brown head (with some minor ruby hues) that sustains for quite a while. The viscous oiliness of this beer is also very impressive (it has that somwhat rare “coats the glass” quality).

Aroma: A number of aromas emanate from this brew: chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt fruit, alcohol hints, and even hop bitterness. Nicely earthy and complex.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Two basic, overall flavors dominate this brew: bitterness and roastiness (or, more accurately, a burnt flavor). The former comes from an array of the beer’s flavors such as bitter cocoa, hop flavor, alcohol bite, etc., while the latter stems from roasted coffee, burnt fruitiness, espresso, etc. All of these varying tastes complement to create a very rich and very complex brew. Also, the sweetness has a port-like character. In addition to all this, the finish is long and robust. The mouthfeel is exceptionally thick and oily, with a nice carbonation tang as well.

A number of words could be used to describe this truly outstanding beer – rich, robust, delicious, complex, earthy, etc., - but I think one simple word does it best: amazing. Easily my favorite stout, but also one of the best out of all the beers I’ve ever tasted, regardless of style. The one very minor drawback, IMHO, is that its richness makes it somewhat difficult to finish off more than one or two of these at a time (I been drinking the same glass of this stout for almost a half-hour and I’m still not done!), not to mention its alcohol kick (an 8.5% hammer). But, overall, no serious craft beer drinker can afford to not try this one. Highly, highly recommended!! (1,930 characters)

Photo of kaszeta
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally procured a 12 oz bottle (still looking for tap, they haven't had this one at recent festivals I've been to).

Pours with a deep black body and a nice light tan head that lingers. Smell is mostly hoppy, with some sweet malty notes and just a hint of cocoa (like opening a tin of cocoa powder).

Taste is mostly that of a darker stout, with some nice, creamy sweetness, a bit of bitterness, and just a hint of cocoa and chocolate creeping in around the edges. The chocolate taste is done quite well here, applied sparingly and not with a sledgehammer. Taste lingers, with more of a hops flavor than anything chocolate. Good, substantial mouthfeel. Delicious and drinkable

Quite good, and that's coming from a guy that doesn't usually like specialty beers. (768 characters)

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

Appearance: Black with tiny tiny little carbonation bubbles that run up the side of the glass. Small head that dissipates to a nice frothy/creamy, tanish brown covering with great lacing. Smell: Just great. Lots of chocolate malts with hints of coffee and I can smell the alcohol just a tad. Taste: Bitter and sweet. Taste like espresso beans with unsweetened chocolate liquor. A roasted flavor is present that I just can't quite figure out, but it is good. Mouthfeel: Creamy Drinkability: I will definately be drinking this one again, especially considering I have 3/4 case in the basement. (591 characters)

Photo of ski271
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black! I mean not a speck of light showing through. Head is small, brown, creamy and most-diminishing by the time you get a couple sips in. Good lacing coating the glass all the way down.

Smell: Sweet & malty. A wonderful chocolate aroma that is so rich and deep, accompanied by a light smell of freshly roasted dark coffee beans and an earthy, oak-like aroma. I can’t really describe it well, but it has a smell that is just so inviting and comforting.

Taste: Wow! Now that’s a fine imperial stout (but it’s classified as an American Double Stout?). Lightly hopped over a beefy, solid, roasted malt backbone. Flavors of dark chocolate and coffee are rather pronounced, along with smoke, molasses and a slight fruitiness like black cherries. The finish is medium-long in duration and lightly bitter with a hint of vanilla (or is that just my imagination?). There’s a slight warming sensation from the alcohol, but otherwise it is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, medium-full body (lightly syrupy but not as heavy as I expected), soft carbonation, and a crispness that comes from that very nice finish.

Drinkability: I tried to slowly enjoy this bottle but ended up plowing through the glass in a matter of minutes. One of the best beers I’ve been introduced to this year! I highly recommend seeking out a bottle of this. It is truly remarkable. (1,385 characters)

Photo of redmosquito
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque black, with red highlights, and a reddish brown head that quickly dissappeared. The aroma is full of roasted, coffee, nutty oak, caramel, hintsof chocolate and an almost sherry like aroma as it warms. The taste is smooth roasted malt with solid bitterness and a lingering chocolate finish. This beer isn't dry, but rather it's sweet and warming. An obviously well made beer, surprisingly on the light side of the style, but so well balanced that it will shine over it's alcohol laen peers. (496 characters)

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

This beer pours nice and dark. A thick tan foamy head forms and lasts for a relatively long time. The smell is firstly of wonderful chocolate roasted malts. But then slight hints of alcohol start to come through the malt and chocolate aroma. The taste follows a similar pattern: thick, chocolate and malty, very slight tinge of alcohol. This is definitely far better than average, and certainly worth trying. This should be searched out and savored. This is a fine beer which continues to grow on my palate. Enjoy. (514 characters)

Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation - 12 oz bottle with "Limited Bottling - Winter '04-'05" label on it. I am drinking it in the March of '05.

Appearence - Poars very dark. Small, but tight, tawny head that dissipates fairly fast but leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - light fusel alcohol aroma. faintly fruity odor that reminds me of currants or perhaps a brandy/port type beverage.

Taste - up front, is much like dark chocolate in its bitterness and slight fruity tartness, reminding me of rasberry, though I doubt they actually used rasberry in this brew. also some spicy alcohol notes. interesting in that it remains quite tart in the mouth but some hoppy bitterness clings to the lips. changes character quite a bit towards the end, revealing a lot of roasted malts and sweet notes. overall, quite complex and a nice warming feeling down the throat. nonetheless, this is not the best I have had, though that may owe to personal taste rather than anything inherent in the quality of the beer.

Mouthfeel - fairly mild carbonation. otherwise, nothing particularly special, although it certainly feels lighter bodied than its appearance would have suggested.

Drinkability - the tartness and the alcohol in this beer really catch up to you fast. Had this previously as part of a drinking "session" and did not appreciate it as much...nor did my stomach. i suggest it be drank in the same 'limited' way that it is bottled.

Final Notes - There is no reason not to try this beer and I very much enjoyed it. However, other imperial stouts are better, however, in particular I would recommend Weyerbacher's Heresy. (1,610 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from the winter of '04-'05 batch poured into a chalice.
I think this started out too cold 'cause the beverage distributor I got it from had it in the fridge. At first I didn't think it any different from Guinness, which is pretty good in my book. As it warmed its characteristics really started to break through.
People that do not like dark, somewhat bitter chocolate are NOT going to like this brew. People that dont like strong, black coffee are NOT going to like this brew. Both of these scents and flavors are prevalent in Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Bittersweet. The mouthfeel could stand to feel a little bit thicker but it has a decent viscous quality as it stands.
Beautiful black color, a mild head, sweet but not cloying.
This is really 8.5%?
After having one I believed it but I certainly couldn't detect it by taste.
It's good to see a fellow nyc borough producing something of this quality.
Cheers. (939 characters)

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

Limited Bottling – Winter ’03-‘04
purchased at Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, MD

Appearance – flat black; nice micronized, mocha cream-colored head; lace is solid but not of the highest level

Smell – monstrous chocolate and lively prunes are a great match; a bit of alcohol and a light bitter sense

Taste – sweet chocolate malts; prunes; subtle roasted tone; coffee aftertaste

Mouthfeel – this incarnation is a bit less thick and smooth as I have had from the BCS in the past but it is still a big contender; a bit oily; nice crisp and slightly bitter close

Drinkability – the flavors are big for me; as a chocolate connoisseur, the big chocolate flavor walks the walk; let it warm a bit and the flavors explode and the tremendous smoothness further emerges as does a fuller body

This one is nearly on my top shelf. (860 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with dark brown foamy head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised of chocolate with strong malt and some subtle coffee in the back. Taste is very enjoyable with some chocolate being easily noticeable with again strong malt and a coffee and bitter ending. Very fine beer for those last cold winter days… (341 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black with a two fingers of a thick beige head. Wonderful smell of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste starts off sweet and chocolaty, but finishes with a nice bitterness and a warming hint of alcohol. Beer is smooth from start to finish. Overall, a tremendous chocolate stout. (288 characters)

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

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er...

Limited 03/04 edition

This beer pours the blackest stout I have ever seen, with a medium-large dark brown head, exceptional retention and a few marks of lacing at the end. The aroma gives away some nice stout characteristics... starting with it's core of chocolate, and seconary characteristics of roasted malts and a dark-roasted coffee, one of the darkest!

The taste is very impressive, not only does it continue with the above aroma characteristics, it also has a hint of creme and vanilla embeded in the taste, very powerful and unique! The mouthfeel is also in its own class, the creamy taste characteristc seems to flow this beer straight through your mouth, leaving a smooth delivery. As this beer settles it's a very drinakble beer, I might have another since this beer attributes a lot, also the 8.5%abv is nowhere to be found, even right after the pour as some beers give off.

Final Thought: As you let this beer settle you notice a remarkable taste change... it's up there for stouts, period! (1,046 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage 04/05

Pours a totally (read: totally) black beer with an impressively high chocolate coloured foam on top that stays unbelievingly long.

Nose hits with choclate, dark malts and a lot of roasted tones which brings forth a lot of coffee and alcohol. Nice, smooth smell thats temptingly chocolatey. A touch of wine in there as well.

First sip brings a ton of dark, dark chocolate with a nice dark bitterness and soothing alcoholic presence. Burned and sour flavours comes in strong with dark chocolate. Anyone that has eaten chocolate over like 70% will know how this tastes. Some carbonation lifts this heavy lid to create a velvet like sweet chocolatey and wonderfull flavour that ends bitter, warming and somewhat dry.

This was mighty, heavy and long lasting. Took me over an hour to finish one bottle and i could match this up with any chocolate dessert anytime. 4 bottles will be laid down until next year, just wait and see ;) (949 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great stout. The appearance is black as night, and it smells of coffee and toffee. The taste also hints of dark roast coffee, as well as dark chocolate. The feel on the mouth is smooth. Really interesting, complex malt flavors. I found out after tasting that it is 8.5 ABV, and this also surprised me. The alcohol doesn't overpower the great flavors, and it could even be a good session brew. I very much enjoy this beer. A very good interpretation of a stout with chocolate malts- Very good, and worth a try! (519 characters)

Photo of soulfly967
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004-2005 edition.

Poured a deep, dark, evil black with a nice dark tan head that stuck around for a bit, leaving some lacing. The smell was dominated by coffe and chocolate notes. The taste was amazing, slightly sweet at first, then bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and coffee slowly fade into a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is excellent, creamy, thick and begging me to drink more! The drinkablility of this beer was great, I could so easily put down a few of these. Overall, this is one excellent beer and I cannot wait until I can get my hands on another case of this!

Note: I drank this one after seeing Soulfly and Morbid Angel in Cleveland, so that made it THAT much better! (691 characters)

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

Pours pitch black with a thick coffee colored head. Loads of coffee and chocolate in the aroma, along with some alcohol. Tastes of roasted espresso and dark chocolate with some alcohol warmth in the background. There is a slightly hoppy aftertaste before the hops are overwhelmed by the coffee flavors. Thick and syrupy, this is a very nice beer! The only knock against it's drinkability is that it would be pretty hard to drink more than a couple in one night! (461 characters)

Photo of ChowHound
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love an imperial stout, and this one at first glance and whiff appeared to be a winner. Very dark with a creamy looking tannish head. Aroma of soft chocolates, dried beef, and roasted nuts had my mouth watering. Carbonation was too low in my estimation, and the flavor, while rich with chocolate malts, was too sweet and the texture too thin for an imperial stout. Also, a very strong taste of alcohol was always present, not something I like in a beer. Nasty aftertaste as well. For all its reputation, this brewery should be putting out better beers. (554 characters)

Photo of isubsmith
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz bottle, "Winter 03-04 Bottling". Dense, opaque black. Minimal head, quickly dissipated. Excellent lacing.

Nose: Hmmm. Might that be .... Chocolate? Who would have thought... Lots of chocolate. Definate coffee notes as well. Some roasty smells, but pretty well masked by the chocolate.

Taste: Creamy, malty almost syrupy. Very smooth. More roasted malt taste than was in the nose. The alcohol is definately there.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with lots of body. Minimal carbonation. Very thick.

Overall: Very good. I am not a big chocolate stout drinker, but this was pretty tasty. Pretty drinkable. Definately recommended. (641 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I told myself I was going to let this one age--I really did. But I gave in, as usual.

This is probably the blackest beer I've ever seen. Deep, opaque, inescapable black.

Saucy smell. Very strong. Lots of malt and coffee and a hint of chocolate.

Incredibly powerful flavor. Deceptively simple upfront, rather MOR Imperial Stout flavor of strong alcohol malt and coffee, followed up quickly by a tremendously complex blend of coffee and roasted malt, making way to a deep, rich chocolate that warms you up and is dances all the way down into your stomach. Wonderful.

This is a surprisingly drinkable beer, and a beer that I'm sure would age well...if only you could keep yourself from drinking it. Try it warm. (722 characters)

Photo of TackleDummy
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer looks like used motor oil and leaves a very thin dark tan head.
The stout tastes sweet and chocolatey, and the roasted malts blend well with the alcohol. The beer is pretty thick and doesn't have a whole lot of carbonation, which is a good thing. It doesn't feel heavy on the way down, but after you finish the bottle you might get the feeling you should take a break before the second one.

If you can get your hands on some of this, give it a try. Black Chocolate Stout is just plain good. (503 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very deep black color with a thin tan head. The snifter glass I poured the beer into usually encourages foam development, so I was surprised by the how thin this was. The nose has deep chocolate and roast malt character with a hint of hard candy, and some alcohol hints on the finish. A light ring of lace develops as the head settles into the beer. Great chocolate richness up front in the flavor with more of an alcohol warming than I sense in other chocolate stouts. The hop lends an almost minty character to the flavor, amazing. Nice, velvety mouth feel and a good drinakbility. This may be the signature version of this style. Great job Garrett. (651 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lookin' good, boys. Nice black pour with a thick tan head that hangs around for a few minutes. Burnt malt, chocolate, coffee beans, and some fruity sweetness are all in the aroma. The taste has a lot of dark chocolate, but there's also lots of coffee flavors and burnt malt in there as well. Thick chewy mouthfeel complements the big flavor nicely. Drinkability is not so great. The beer is tasty, don't get me wrong, but I had a hard time finishing the whole bottle. I'd almost like to get this one in a 7 oz. nip so the sweetness wouldn't knock me around quite so much. (571 characters)

Photo of Dakotablue
4.95/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! I have had Brooklyn's offerings for the past 4 years available down here in Chapel Hill, but I had to sneak this one over the state border because of our 6% cap.

(2004-2005 offering) One of the strongest initial hits of aroma that I have ever encountered with any beer - heavy chocolate and burnt malt smell. Enough to make my mouth salivate. It is a very dark black color, no chance of seeing through this one. The head retention is about a 1/2 inch for a minute or two before slowly dissolving (dark brown head). The taste is a heavy espresso chocolate taste with undertones of noticable hops. The alcohol is well hidden for the first few seconds, but then rears its head on your palate. Leaves a bit of a dry mouthfeel, due what I believe largely the carbonation and the amount of tannins in the beer. Would LOVE to see this as a NITRO. I could drink this all night - definitely a top ten to 20 beer. Cheers to Brooklyn Brewery.

Now if I could actually get this at the store down here instead of making a 6 hour round trip to Virginia. You would think that NC would be a bit more lenient... (1,105 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a fancy looking bottle.

Pours out black with a dark tan head. One of the darkest colored heads I've ever seen. Looked like motor oil as it made the journey from the bottle to my glass. Burnt malts coupled with some moderate hops made up the aroma. Nice taste. Molasses, chocolate, and coffee are all present here. The alcohol presence could not go unnoticed though. And, honestly, it made it a little tough to drink. I enjoyed this beer, but I wouldn't be able to drink too many. Probably would be ideal for cellaring.

***Update*** (2/10/06) - I brought down the Smell and Mouthfeel each by 0.5. I just tried it again and it really just leaves a very bitter finish. A little tough to drink, but it still tastes pretty darn good. (739 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very thick pour with a nice black body and caramel head with decent retention. Nice roasty, fruity aroma with a hint that you're really going to taste the high alcohol. Couldn't be farther from the truth. Very smooth mouthfeel and an unbelievable chocolate flavor that all but hides the alcohol. Very drinkable for such a seemingly heavy beer. Slightly bitter with a pleasant complex after taste. Definitely in my top ten! (422 characters)

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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