1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,725 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,725
Reviews: 2,649
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 329
Gots: 925 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,725 | Reviews: 2,649 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mullinger1980
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Mullinger1980, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of siege06nd
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage

A. A lovely oil slick black with about a finger of dark brown head that slowly effervesces to a light tan. Retention is pretty good at half a finger. Lacing is absolutely gorgeous and truly coats the glass. A classic looking stout here.

S. Perfect. Coffee roast, dark chocolate, mild vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and some very very subtle hop presence. Beautiful bouquet.

T. More baking chocolate, coffee bean, dark fruit, caramel, and a little stronger zesty hop presence. Finish is slightly drying with hops and a little booze. Near-perfect balance between sweet, roasty, and dry here. Wow.

M. Creamy is exactly how I would describe this. Luscious, decadent, and smooth as a Hershey Kiss, this beer has some perfectly integrated flavor and drinks amazingly.

O. Nearly perfect, without the mildly boozy finish, it likely would have been. This is a spectacular stout and should in no way be penalized for its ample quantity and wide distribution. In fact, it should be praised for absolutely hitting it out of the park on such a broad scale. One of the best imperial stouts I have had.

siege06nd, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of RMoeNay
4/5  rDev -3.6%

RMoeNay, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of mtsmith1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mtsmith1, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of playingtrack3
5/5  rDev +20.5%

playingtrack3, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Sturdley
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Sturdley, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, very black. Pours thick and still. No carbonation to speak of. Head is a dark tan and starts off thick and creamy, but drops to a tiny collar almost immediately. Completely still.

Smell: Mega roasted. Char and burnt malts in abundance. Leather and dark cocoa. Some sweeter chocolate malts. Black patent. Sweetness is high. Seriously roasted. Meat ends. High alcohol. Some lingering caramel malt sweetness. Almost like teriyaki jerky. Very sweet. Plums and cherries. Dark fruit and wet leather. Coffee beans.

Taste: Leather, char, and jerky up front. So much leather. Dark fruit, as in plums and cherries pull through. Some nice layers of cocoa, baker's chocolate, and sweeter chocolate. It's all there. Burnt and roasted like crazy. Cooked and then some. Mild dusting of citrus. How'd that get there? Punches of old coffee. So burnt. Alcohol smacks with a burn.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full, and creamy. It drinks like a burnt dream.

Overall: I've tried this beer once a year for 4 years. It's always tasted like burnt meat ends to me. This isn't a bad thing, but it's not a good thing either. It's like someone took a blowtorch to some malts and bottled it with chocolate.

Goblinmunkey7, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev -3.6%

IPAFrankieH, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with a brown head. Smells of sweet, roasted malts, dark fruits, and bitter chocolate. The taste is similar to the smell. Thick, viscous mouthfeel is complemented by rich, powerful flavors. Flavor is heavy and bitter, but finishes somewhat smooth and slightly sweet.

A very good imperial stout. The name might be slightly misleading, since the chocolate flavor isn't as obvious as some might think.

Danny1217, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of mklunk
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

mklunk, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

dextermcgurk, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of POTABLE83
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

POTABLE83, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Rekrule, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of kingslotty
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

kingslotty, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter 11-12 bottling

Appearance.- moderate pour gave an inch of foam which dies down to a minimal ring around the edges within a few minutes. Not the absolute darkest beer but solid black unless held to the light.

Smell- dark fruits. Fig, prune, and raisin. Finishes out with roasted malts coming through a little.

Taste- initial taste is prune, raisin, fig, and plum. Strong chocolate bitterness with a bit of coffee. Finishes again with dark fruit and alcohol sourness.

Mouthfeel- nice thick body with good carbonation keeping it smooth. The finish is light leaving me feeling like its lacking. The alcohol presence in the finish isn't good.

Overall- this beer tastes much much better with 6 months on it than it did fresh. Fresh I'd give it a 2 overall but now it's a 3.5. This beer isn't too bad for the price I guess but I won't really be to disappointed if I don't have it next year.

dumptruck81, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of pin
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

pin, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Focusf111, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of wilkinswesley
4/5  rDev -3.6%

wilkinswesley, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of jtb0608
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

jtb0608, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip. Winter 11-12 bottling.

Appearance: entirely black, letting through no light at all. Head is a finger of dense brown foam. Fantastico.

Smell: thick, sweet malt aroma with a lot of fruity character. There are dark cherry, raisin and date aromas, with plenty of chocolate when you search deeper. Amazingly, this dark-as-night brew is free of harsh, tannic smells and vegetal hop aromas. Deep, but clean ... wonderful!

Taste: big right off the bat with lots of bitterness and a hint of sourness. The coffee and general roastiness of the malt come through much more heavily in the flavor than in the aroma. There's a harshness to the flavor that is completely absent in the aroma. It is decent, but as the aroma is just so heavenly I am a tiny smidge disappointed.

Mouthfeel: big, huge body with a good carbonation. It's very silky on the tongue with a giant creaminess to boot ... excellent!

Overall: this is a great beer, but it is a bit on the harsh side, flavor-wise. If this tasted a bit more like it smelled, or was a little bit cleaner on the palate, it would really be world-class.

flagmantho, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of PermanentWaves
4/5  rDev -3.6%

PermanentWaves, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Devi0us, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jlang2012, Jun 27, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,725 ratings.