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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,561 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,561
Reviews: 2,642
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 875 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 Firkin-Bunghole
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 fluid ounce bottle into glass, winter 11/12 bottling

Appearance-Black with nice 2 finger dark brown foam that only slowly recedes

Smell-Dark chocolate aroma, roasted malts

Taste-A great RIS. The flavors of dark chocolate & roastiness meld together really well. For being 10% ABV surprised that the alcohol is pretty well masked.

Mouthfeel-Full-bodied, good amount of carbonation.

Overall-For quality/price this beer is a win-win. If I would ever purchase a case of beer this would be it. Saving my last 2 bottles from 11-12 to age and compare to next years release. Thanks to Brooklyn Brewery for making an awesome brew.

Firkin-Bunghole, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark black cola color with a one finger khaki colored head which recedes quickly but leaves a nice ring around the glass. There is also a nice sticky lace. The aroma is of dark chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a roastiness. The taste follows suit for the most part with a dark chocolate taste up front and a hint of milk chocolate before a roastiness and slight coffee flavor finish off the beer. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth. Overall this is a very good beer.

goblue3509, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

TonyTalon, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of moskal
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

moskal, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of hlaus
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

hlaus, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of wighty
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

wighty, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Bobheed
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Viscous black with a one finger tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice ring

S: Lots of roasted malts and baking chocolate. A little bit of alcohol detectable as well

T: I got the baking chocolate immediately, followed my tons of roasted and woody notes. At the end I also got a hint of molasses and a little alcohol

M: Very heavy and thick with very good carbonation. I was surprised at not picking up an alcohol bite after the smell and taste.

Overall I quite liked this one. I would get it more often if it was available in my area

Bobheed, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of Zaso
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Zaso, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Pours pitch black, no head to speak of, no internal carbonation, cannot comment on its translucency but really irrelevant

S: Cocoa powder, pure chocolate, also some coffee/espresso notes, fair traces of alcohol

T: Very similar to the nose, cocoa, espresso, alcohol to finish, but not too heavy, mild pepper notes as well

M: Very smooth and drinkable, just the right viscosity, not too heavy on the palate (even at 10% abv), not too lingering, mild espresso aftertaste

O: A great imperial stout, nice balance between espresso and cocoa elements, I'm still more of a People's Pint fan, but definitely a close second

MatthewWilde, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sabitu, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of tvv375ia
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-dark brown/black with about a finger of head that fades to a small cap

S-some roast coffee, chocolate and dark fruits but nothing that really stands out

T-more of the same as the smell but stronger presence here with some dark chocolate bitterness

M-thick creamy body with good light carbonation

O-good balanced beer, I wish it had a stronger smell to lead you to some more flavors but I will try again next time I get the chance to purchase some more

tvv375ia, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Callmecoon, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of kevgod
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

kevgod, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of WankelEngine
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pour is dark, opaque black with maybe just a hint of purple. A tan colored head of two and a half fingers decays to a foamy cap leaving moderate spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is deep and malty. Dark roasted malt and chocolate. In the background I get faint notes of dark fruits, figs.

T: The first thing I taste is a semi-bitter chocolate. With this is a wide range of other dark malt flavors; black and roasted. There is mild coffee flavor, but chocolate is the theme. This beer actually has a fruity, sweet side to it. Plum, fig, and raisins round out the bitterness from the dark malts. The finish is fairly bitter, with a lingering pine/chocolate flavor.

M: Thick like oil. Coats the mouth and is a little sticky. Carbonation is mild but small and effervescent. Alcohol is very well hidden.

O: A well balanced but chocolate forward imperial stout. The girlfriend doesn't find it as chocolatey as I do. Given that this beer doesn't seem to have any actual chocolate added to it, the chocolate flavor comes entirely from the malts and is well done.

WankelEngine, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of brownbear_19
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

brownbear_19, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

cantfindme, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had some Black Chocolate in a nonic pint. A tip o' the cap to one, Geneseohawk.

Appearance- Nice one-finger width of a dense and rum raisin -colored foam has great retention. No lace, but no matter. The body is certainly true to it's namesake, no highlights escaping here.

Smell- A sweet and roasty nose, almost combined, it is very hard to pick out which one is dominating the other. I certainly smell figs, some tobacco, dark chocolate. There is a dash of alcohol warmth that gets through but just barely, and not off-putting.

Taste- The palate copies the nose well, but there is more char here because of the long, roasty finish. The figs and tobacco are back again at the front of the drink, with a little bit of dark chocolate for good measure. There is a little bourbon booziness in the stout as well, thanks to the 10% abv. This is a very nice touch, a thoroughly enjoyable drink.

Mouth feel- This has a nice medium body, and is not nearly as slick as I thought it was going to be. It is very creamy and the bubbles really make the beer fill the mouth up. Also a pretty dry finish that does a good job of keeping the roasty finish around for a long time.

Overall- Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a great beer. The nose is great, but I felt like I had to try to hard to enjoy it, wasn't pouring out of the glass. The boozy kiss and sweet qualities make it a pleasure to drink, and the feel is a gift that keeps on giving.

Pintofbrown, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of jculler82
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jculler82, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint. Winter 11-12 version.

A - Pours a midnight black with about an inch of light brown head. The head retains nicely and it leaves a great lacing down the glass.

S - Mostly dark fruits; plum, cherry, raisin. Some dark chocolate, but it lacks the roasty, complex aroma I am looking for in an RIS.

T - The fruits are prominent, but there is a big baker's chocolate bite/bitterness as well. It is quite balanced as it starts with a tart black cherry sweetness and transitions to a chocolate and woody bitter finish. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end that reminds me this is a double digit ABV'er. Very good flavor.

M - I have had this on tap a few times and found it to be too thin and undercarbonated. The bottled version, however, has a full body and the carbonation suits the style. Enjoyable.

O - I saw this one on sale as they were trying to clear stock to make room for spring seasonals. I enjoyed it all winter long and was not let down on this mild spring evening. The flavors are complex and balanced. It is one of the lowest priced 10%+ ABV beers out there and a very satisfactory RIS.

NoLeafClover44, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Cattafin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Cattafin, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of adamjthompson00
4/5  rDev -3.6%

adamjthompson00, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with wild abandon into a pint glass to reveal a pitch black body with huge coffee coloured head looking like a caramel mousse.

Rich deep aroma's of chocolate and brandy, boozy goodness all round with roasts.

Chocolate liquor tasting deep rich dark chocolate without veering into overbearing bitterness or coffee tastes.

Solid mouthfeel with being heavy perfect carbonation.

Damn good, damn damn good.

EmperorBevis, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A winter '11-'12 bottle poured into a tulip. 1.5 finger khaki head on a pitch black body. This thing is a great looking RIS.
Lots of the namesake chocolate aroma abounds. There is a definite alcohol presence and a slight roastyness. Dark fruity/raisin thing going on as well.
Chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit flavors with quite a bit of bitterness at the end. A lot less chocolate than I would have expected.
Nice amount of carbonation to move this big body along.

MattSweatshirt, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mikepcarney, Apr 02, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,561 ratings.