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: 1,223 | 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 edchicma
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost black with beautiful creamy brown head. Smells of malt, smoke and alcohol...nicely blended. Taste is strong on alcohol, but tempered well with a nice malty, chocolate-smoky flavor. Mouthfeel was good, but high alcohol content reminded you to sip. For a high abv, extremely drinkable....a definite strong stout all should try. (338 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is a reason this is a top rated beer. It is everything a big, strong, imperial stout should be. Pours as black as possible with a huge cascading espresso colored head. Served at a lovely 65 degrees. 03-04 vintage.

Smells of chocolate, smoke, malts, chocolate, figs, get the idea. The taste is something to behold. Just a massive attack of dark burnt malt, creamy chocolate, oak, and alcohol. Hopped up like crazy but it works with all the dark stuff going on. I equate the taste to the realm of a single malt scotch. It should be sipped, savored, and revered.

Just incredible. The other 5 of these lovelys are going to the cellar for a while. Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup. (706 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, the remnant of a case I picked up in Eastern PA in mid-February 2003.

This is more like it...

Pitch black. Pours a thick brown head that quickly swells to 2 inches and then recedes to 1/4 inch. Lacing is evident.

Aroma is complex. Nutty and chocolatey, bitter and sweet. Hint of bananas and cream.

Taste lives up to the smell. Sweet nutty chocolate gives way to bitter roasted malt. Hint of nutmeg. Big beer. Lingers on the back of the tongue. One of the better stouts I have tasted. (508 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Dark, muddy brown bordering on blackness. Good sized tan froth on top.
Roasy, mocha nose. Not quite Imperial, but good nonetheless.
Flavor is full, but somewhat limited, breadth-wise. Chocolate hits up front, then stays away. Roasty twags of Black malt appear. Just minor suggestions of the burnt dark fruits and anise that I adore in the style. Turns woodier and nuttier late. Just enough green-ish hops for dryness.
Well-structured body, but could use some additional heft.
Not an overly complex Imperial, but a nice stout. (541 characters)

Photo of hyuga
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick coffee black with an equally thick cocoa brown head. Heavy roasted overtones mixed with the perfect amount of chocolate sweetness in the aroma. Very thick and creamy in your mouth, as it should be. Heavily roasted and chocolaty sweet at the same time. Hops are present, leaving a leafy aftertaste near the back. Extremely enjoyable beer, very highly recommended. A different take on the style, but right up there with the best of them. Thanks again to francisweizen for this and the other Brooklyn brews! (510 characters)

Photo of Ellbert
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Wonderful dark brown/black color that I look for in an Imperials Stout. Wonderful brown head that is huge and settles after a while to a nice layer on the brew. It sticks to the glass like no ones buisiness.

Smell: Very caremelly and alcoholic. Can smell roasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Very complex. Same taste as the smell with more roastiness and chocolate. Alcohol lingers in the background to give you a sublte spicy bite at the end of your taste.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. It is nice and thick and has a wonderful consitency. Not too suryp like. Nice carbonation breaking throught the thickness.

Drinkability: This is unusually drinkable. The 8.5% will knock your socks off if you have a few but you don't notice it much when you drink it. This is dangerously delicious and drinkable. (817 characters)

Photo of beerinator
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- BLACK, creamy brown head.

Aroma- Sweet coffee bean smell, with a slightly burnt aroma. Like cold coffee beans.

Taste- Strong alcohol up front. Cold coffee taste, smoky. Full body, with slight lingering bitterness.

Notes- Great beer for coffee lovers who have healthy livers. Not a beer for session drinking. I could see myself enjoying this with a nice bowl of Breyer's Vanilla Ice Cream. (409 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep,dark black with a nice almond colored head that leaves great lacing,the aroma is very coffeeish and slightly bitter sweet.A real nice complesx beer starts out somewhat earhty and coffeish with a dried fruit flavor comin thru and a hint of dryness in the finish.Very complex,a masterpiece of a beer. (311 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color. Large tan head. Aroma is choclately and malty. A full-bodied stout. Roasted chocolate malts, slightly sweet. Coffee and toffee, anise, plums and cherries flavors, but it really chocolaty. Some hop bite. Very nice stout. Well balanced. Smooth and roasty. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (359 characters)

Photo of TheDM
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an opaque black colored body with a large creamy head. It had a strong coffee aroma. It also had a strong alcohol flavor with strong coffee notes. I am hoping the chocolate referred to the color and not the flavor because I did not get any chocolate in the flavor. (280 characters)

Photo of SlowTwitch
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is not a dark beer, this is a BLACK beer. This stygian brew had a very interesting head that at first appeared to be a rust color, but slowly transformed into a creamy walnut color as I continued to pour. I was amazed at how dark this beer actually is. It is almost completely aphotic when held to a light. Perhaps the best embodiment of a stout that I have ever seen.

This beer has a subtly spicy smell, dominated by chocolate (obviously) and coffee. A powerful scent that was noticed (positively) by other drinkers sitting nearby.

It clings stubbornly to the side of the glass when swirled, not quite like a New England Maple Syrup would be, but close enough where the ebony color is still easily noticeable when the glass is placed down again.

This beer is more like a food than a beverage. The chocolate flavor melts into a molasses type taste and mouthfeel, with a very mild hopiness to balance out the forceful, yet not overdone, roasted malt. I can taste what I can only identify as the ever so carefully blackened exterior of a steak in the malt. I am left with a continued flavor of spicy molasses after finishing this mouthful of beer. An experience not unlike eating a rich, moist piece of chocolate cake.

This is a beer best enjoyed in limited quantities. It is a complex beer that lingers pleasantly and can be enjoyed long after having been swallowed. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is not really a thirst quenching beer, but could be easily used as a meal or dessert unto itself. (1,512 characters)

Photo of euskera
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This brew is a choc-o-holics delight. The chocolate malts are intense and delicious. Explodes on the palate to deliver a smoky, malty mouthfeel that is exquisite. Just enough alcohol in the back to perk up the taste buds, but not too much. Hops are well defined, but not too spicy. Bravo.. (289 characters)

Photo of Stingray5
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, winter '02 - '03. Poured blacker than black with a huge, long lasting tan head. Grassy, earthy aromas are complimented by bitter chocolate and fruity malt. Thick, low carbonated mouthful is followed by sticky sweet malt heaven. Slight port qualities. Hints of prunes. Finish is dry with an alcohol warmth that feels even bigger that its 8.5%, and a long lasting bitterness. This here's a STOUT, baby. I put 3 in the cellar, we'll see how it is in a year or two.


Much like last year's, but I think it needs a little more time to mellow. Very hi-octane in the alcohol, and the bitter chocolate notes aren't as defined. Yet... (643 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one of the finest representatives of this style available! The beer pours black as night, and a smallish, coffee and roasted malt smelling caramel head ensues and then dissipates quickly. Malt, malt and more malt!! Simply unreal flavor overwhelms the mouth, bursting with chocolate and all things roasted, malty goodness. The finish is all malt with a slight hop kick. Not bitter in the least. Just a sumptuous mouthfeel, and the drinkablilty is supreme with this one, although just make sure you aren't driving after a few of these! I will absolutely seek this out again (and again...). (600 characters)

Photo of rastaman
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice one. Lots of chocolatey roasty malts. The palate is bittersweet, with some sweet chocolate at the start and then a bitter roasty, almost ashy finish. Lots of coffee and choc, with a very long finish. Everything appeared to be in its right place in this beer, really good stuff. (284 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

originally sampled on 24 October 2002. Poured w/ virtually no head. Jet black, slightly bitter on the palate w/ coffee and chocolate flavors. Definitely let this one get slightly warmer than most. I'd like to try this one again, after I'd let it get to 50ish degrees. this one sat on the counter 10 min before opening (317 characters)

Photo of mike1290
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Luckily I work in Brooklyn so that I can stock up on this brew when it's released. Pours black as night and as the name suggests. Smell is of chocolate (obviously), coffee and also a slight fruity edge. Medium consistency made thicker by extreme chilling. At first the taste is quite overpowering and may turn off most people. Extreme chocolate and roasted flavors with a sweet alcohol laden finish. Realistically you can only drink 2, maybe three max in one sitting due to the severe character. Good choice. (508 characters)

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

An Imperial stout for lunch in June? Why not...

Winter '02-'03 Bottling...

Appearance: Pours a deep black that has a hint of brown when held up to a strong light. A reverse cascading effect gives way to a thick, brown head that slowly shrinks to a thin cap. A quick swirl brings it up again. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Small hints of alcohol and diacetyl hide undeneath a massive blanket of roasted malts and chocolate. The aroma is extremely rich with the usual dose of dark fruits, but they take a backseat to the chocolate malts. Hops are practically nonexistent in the nose of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is extremely rich and creamy with hefty doses of chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol is present from the first sip to the last swallow, but it doesn't really take the attention away from the grains. It merely provides a warming undercurrent and base for this brew to work it's magic. There's the usual assortment of burnt dark fruits: plum, raison, and black currant. There's a slight hop bitterness, but little-to-no aroma or flavor. Finishes with a burst of warming alcohol, which makes it seem like it's more than 8.5%abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich on the tongue, but a touch thinner than some of the other Imperials it's compared to. Still, there's a nice chewy quality that makes me delay each swallow as long as I can. Finishes with a blast of mouth-drying alcohol.

Drinkability: This is quite the drinkability Imperial stout. I would say that the slight thinness of body makes it more drinkable than some others, but the alcoholic flavor and mouthfeel give the impression of a stronger brew, so they sorta cancel each other out. It's a shame this brew isn't available in the Midwest, 'cause it's a damn good brew...

A big 'thank you' goes out to pbrian for sending me a few of these. (1,846 characters)

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

2002 Vintage
Black Chocolate Stout pours like it's name, opaque chocolate black with a brown frothy head that leaves a nice lace on the glass. The aroma is mocha latte with a dash of port wine and a hint of toasted grain. Taste starts with plenty of mocha and coffee flavors upfront and then moves on to include flavors of raisins, black malt, toasted grain and alcohol. The finish is smooth with toffee and dried fruits flavors played off against bitter black malt and the first hint of floral and citrus hops. Aftertaste is a pleasant lingering mocha flavor with just a hint of hop and roasted grain. Mouthfeel is creamy with warmth and attitude along with a medium-heavy body.
Overall a very complex and enjoyable chocolate stout. It's big, it's full, it's rich, and it will put a smile on your face. My only change would be to pull back just a bit on the black malt and roasted barley to give the chocolate malts a wee bit more control of the flavor profile. Not enough to make it sweet like a milk stout mind you but just enough to round off the astringent edge. But now I'm just being picky. (1,099 characters)

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

Dark brown as it pours but settles solid black in the glass with a pencil width high head of tight creamy foam of light leathery brown color, much like light chocolate, which is fitting for this stout. Some strings and spots of lace.
Smell is nose smacking gorgeous goodness of very sweet and rich chocolate with a nice dark fruit mixing in there of bananas, dark cherries, and starfruit. One great whiffer!
Taste is more scruptious sweet chocolate, moderately twinged and tanged at first, a bit hefty and dark, touch of burntness, smooths out leaving traces of dark fruits and a super nice thick luscious drying sense. Some sweet tingly senses introduced as well in this flavor packed punch of a stout. Its not to complex, but its fulfilling in a simple sense and tone. Rockin' good! Feel is pretty heavy and full, lightly sweet hold at the start, goes smooth, creamy, and boldly drying and tingly into the finish.
This is a supurb stout and highly enjoyable and I recommend it highly. I am very, very unlucky though, as it is not available here in Minnesota. Hopefully it will cross over the Mississippi some day soon, really soon. Those of you who can readily pick this stuff up, you don't know how lucky you are. Awesome stuff! (1,234 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black with a mocha-colored froth, like motor oil with 200,000 miles since the last change. Softly sweet chocolate malt aroma. Assertive dark-roasted malt bitterness jumps immediately to the back of the tongue - concentrated, cooked-down chocolate, coffee, prune and charcoal flavors dominate. Alcohol actually breaks things up a bit and the finish softens with a slight sourness. A well crafted imperial stout that could easily be raw, but manages to integrate the concentrated flavors quite nicely. (512 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottling-winter '02-'03.
pours out pitch black...jet black...opaque...whatever term one may use to describe the inability of light to penetrate the glass. thick and dense tan head which sticks and stays. ample lacing. light, ripened fruits backed up by a mega black and chocolate malt aroma. olfactory nirvana! thick barley malt flavours...dark and sweetened chocolate with java notes...dark fruits in the background...this is a malted monster! hopping evident to balance out the profile...just amazing in complexity! high ABV blends in well with the malt load to add a welcome touch of booziness. full bodied like an imperial stout should be. mouthfeel is slightly rough and with velvety touches. wow, is this a killer brew! more belly warming booziness in the finish, with lots of choco notes in the aftertaste. a wintertime sipper i saved for spring. a stout worthy of it's reputation!
a huge thanks to frank4sail for the sample!! (935 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of Black Chocolate Stout was similar to what I imagine the night sky would bleed. It had a huge frothy head and there is lace that is still sticking to the top of my glass. It smelled big and malty with some serious sweet aromas. The taste was like slowly mulled chocolate with a tad bit of bitterness to contrast the sweet caramel and chocolate taste although there was not too much in the way of coffee tastes. Overall a very drinkable stout especially for its high alcohol content. (494 characters)

Photo of Maestro
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is the best stout I have had in a long time. The nose is quite tame but the hops and roasted malts come through. The head is two fingers that fades to less than one finger and lasts throughout the beer. The first taste is quite malty and has some sweet notes that almost allude to a milk stout. The faintest bit of chocolate is present alongside a coffe taste. The alcohol is disguised by the big flavors in this beer. It is hard to believe that she clocks in at 8.5% As you move through the beer there is a chewy, bread characteristic to the beer. A nice lacing is left on the pint glass and it retains the rich tan color from the head. The carbonation is perfect for this beer. As you get to the end of the pint the hops start to show through with a drying bite and the alcohol starts to warm your belly. This is definitely not a stout for the faint at heart. In fact, I think this is the best imperial stout I have ever had. And it makes a great 50th review.

P.S. Finishes quite smoothly. (1,004 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Utterly absorbent pitch black. Uniform dark russet head settles into a taut layer that leaves sparse, lazy foam trails. Robust, enveloping combination of chocolate malt, smooth, warm, licorice laced alcohol and mellow dark caramel malt nearly saturates the nose. The aroma mellows slightly, allowing both light diacetyl, pruneish dark fruit and molasses to surface and add additional depth. Enticingly complex aromawise. Snap of date like sweetness in flavor is hastily tapered by a concomitant barrage of assertive hop bitterness and deeply burnt, carbonaceous roasted barley. Hints of tart, smokey black malt emerge along with pronounced, yet well rounded cocoaish chocolate mid palate. Subdued citric hop character merges with the pruneish undertone after a long deliberation brightening the overall character late. Fairly well attenuated, with a mouthfeel a notch shy of dextrinous and full. Finishes surprisingly clean, with mild notes of molasses and milk chocolate dried abrupty by clean roasted unmalted barley. Although it lacks the complexity and brute malt character of some other imperials, Black Chocolate possesses unique finesse and superlative drinkability. Worthy of cellaring. Delicious! (1,205 characters)

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