Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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93
outstanding

6,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,220
Reviews: 2,746
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,215 | FT: 56
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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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Ratings: 6,220 | Reviews: 2,746
Photo of Shanerockey
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer to have on a Friday night listening to jazz

Photo of MrMonotone69
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer

Photo of auswild
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding stout indeed, although I certainly notice an inconsistency with the strength of the chocolate flavor from bottle to bottle. However, putting any imperfections aside, it's still a highly drinkable 10% ABV beer.

Photo of maedhros09
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage served into tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Look: Deep opaque black with ruby edges. Generous dark tan head develops with nice cascading effect, settling to a film with bubbles and lacing around the edges.

Smell: Roasty, boozy, fruity

Taste: sweet roasted malt with fruity alcoholic twang, very mild bitterness towards the finish. Strong alcoholic signature.

Feel: Smooth mouthfeel, thick body

Overall: A very complete imperial stout, with a complex palate and a fine presentation. In the end, it may be a bit on the sweet side for my taste and the alcohol is more apparent than with some stouts of this strength. Overall, though, a really fine brew.

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

355ml bottle into a chalice glass - bottle dated Winter '14-'15

Look: Blacker than a black thing in hell at night. But blacker. Not much in the way of head, and what was there dissipated fairly quickly. The net result looks like a glass of pure, distilled, well, blackness.

Smell: More than a hint of alcohol, which is not entirely surprising given that the ABV is in double figures, but at the same time there's an underlying chocolate maltiness with more than a hint of dark fruit. That said, initial whiffs of alcohol aside this isn't a big smelling beer. What's there is nice, though.

Taste: Reminds me more of a coffee stout (along the lines of the Bad Seed Espresso stout I had earlier in the evening) than a chocolate stout along the lines of Sam Smiths. Even so, the coffee and chocolate taste combine to give something reminiscent of very dark dark chocolate (think 90% cacao-type stuff)

Feel: Heavy, yet smooth - not surprising given the ABV, though. This is one for kicking back and sipping - there's a nice transition from the coffee and chocolate tastes up front to the malty, alcoholic burn of the finish. Really quite exquisite.

Overall: I think I have a new favourite stout - for me, this one ticks all the boxes although some might find it a bit too bitter and astringent. Me? I think it's fantastic - just a pity it's harder to get than my other favourite (Sam Smiths Imperial Stout). If you see this, try it - it's great in a bottle, I'd love to try it on tap.

Photo of myouman
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Like a barrel of stout was condensed into one bottle

Photo of MJGOOSE
3.29/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very dark stout. You can smell the malt before the first sip. Overall a good sipping beer.

Photo of msf55
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and easy drinking RIS. 10% barely noticeable. Chocolate tasty but not overwhelming. If you're into this style give this one a try you won't be disappointed.

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

It's a very delicious stout, and given the price, it's more than well worth it.

Photo of Joeyphunk
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at pint room, carmel. Not a true 90 beer...

Photo of ruzzal
3.31/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Varied per bottle. I've loved it and hated it. Need better quality control. Don't know that it is worth the risk.

Photo of bmeehan
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brooklyn's Chocolate Stout is rich in a way you'd expect to to be, but smooth and understated in a way you wouldn't. The best way I can describe it is "it's just good." Do yourself a favor and try it if you haven't.

Photo of PA-hunter
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. Dated "Winter '14-'15". 10% abv

Appearance- Coal black with a brown head that dissipates very fast.

Smell- Rich dark chocolate. Dark fruit in there as well reminisient of prunes. Smaller hints of coffee as well as sweet malt.

Taste- A rich sweetness meets the palate first. Deep, fresh chocolate notes abound. Quite nice. The chocolate rises through and through. A raison-like sweetness arrives as well. Finishes with a slight bitterness as well as a burn from the alcohol. Phenolic taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and quite heavy in body. The cream like consistancy coats the palate heavily.

Overall- This is a Winter sipping treat. Well done from all ends. Rich flavors persist throughout. The chocolate is fresh and pronounced. The high alcohol is appropriate for the style and season as well. I plan on ageing a bottle as well for a year +. Check this stout out!

Photo of leantom
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Taken from notes. Been a day since I consumed the beer. Here goes:

A: Pitch black, nice head and lacing. Good.

S: Lots of dark fruit, some coffee bitterness and chocolate as well but these are less pronounced. Raisins, prune, coffee. OK, but the scents were actually somewhat muted - i.e., they weren't very powerful.

T: Good, but nothing special. Lots of dark fruit - such as prunes, raisins, and plum - followed by some coffee bitterness that lingers as the back of the tongue. Not very chocolatey, at least relative to other beers. Good, but not very good.

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: Good beer. Pretty solid, but there are definitely better options.

Photo of ilthik
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout was this year's (2014) best chocolate stout. A proper, full bodied stout in its own right, it had just the right amount chocolate taste to make it the perfect after dinner drink with dessert.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours and oily jet black, generates a finger and a half of dark burnt caramel colored head which quickly dissipates down to a film. Little to no lacing.
S - Interesting and unexpected, dark chocolate and milk, almond, cherry and marzipan, light banana, dark fruits and some spices like nutmeg or cinnamon.
T - I wish the taste matched the smell. A strange and out of place sourness mixes with the initial carbonation bite, dark bitter sweet chocolates and roasty malts fade in well into the development, but I can't get passed the funky sourness right at the beginning, has no place in a stout like this.
O - The developmental Flavors and aftertaste are amazing, but this beer let me down and wasn't near the legendary stout I had hoped it was. The funky sourness at the beginning was a major turn off. Going to cellar my other three and see if aging helps. Otherwise, the beer is painfully average.
V - So far, the value is pretty low.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter, this rockin' Imperial Stout pours a thick dark black with a thick, very dense brown head. Nose of dark sweet chocolate, rich malts, and strong alcohol. Flavors are intense chocolate and coffee flavors, thick and coating, yet light and drinkable with a trademark smoothness. Moderate carbonation makes this one of the better winter Imperial Stouts out there. Finishes wet and chewy with a solid lightly bitter roasted malt quality with a light hops background.

OUTSTANDING!

Photo of Getalegup
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As it warms the flavor improves.

Photo of Beerando
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uncharacteristic but good stout. Very nice dark color with a little more than a finger of mocha brown head. Has a citrus-y smell that blends into the taste. Besides a hint of citrus, there are coffee and chocolate hints as well. The feel is initially smooth going to low to moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, just a bit confusing for a supposed chocolate stout. Maybe my pour? Will try again when I can.

Photo of LarryMyers
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I have always wanted to try this beer and finally got one in a beer exchange. I am very disappointed since the beer I got seems to be very flat. Smell is good, look is like used motor oil with no head at all, and the taste is like the apperance...flat. I will try this beer again and revise my review when I get a good bottle.

Photo of Barnoloid
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding RIS. Cracked open a bottle from 2012, was hot back upon release but has mellowed into an exceptional blend of chocolate and roasted notes. A little smoke caps this off. Comes together wonderfully, and lives up to the fantastic, jet black appearance from the bottle pour. Mouthfeel is suitably decadent - this is a high quality confection in a glass.

Photo of m_hall
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip... color is black and completely opaque, crowned by a thin tan head that left light lacing.

Aroma is fairly subtle, coffee, roasted malts, a faint trace of alcohol.

Flavor is rich and complex- the promised bittersweet cocoa notes are right up front. Moving in after are notes of toast and espresso and molasses, finishing with a slightly nutty dryness with slight herbal hop notes. All flavors are very balanced, with nothing being too dominant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich without being syrupy, and lightly carbonated. A pleasure to drink.

An excellent RIS overall. Not as challenging and distinctive as Oskar Blues Ten-FIDY, but definitely with a broader appeal. Perfect for wintertime.

Photo of seib
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth and full of flavor

Photo of Beerwolf666
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

There are way too many reviews for this Beer~and much of them are way better then I could ever put into words...let me just say that this is AMAZING,and beyond better than any other Russian Imperial Stout I have ever tried,Dark Chocolate,super roasted french coffee,slight cherry flavor,black as Midnight,and so full of flavor....superb in every way,top notch,stellar,and if you like this style of Beer~you MUST try it,...words cannot convey just how tasty this brew is...10/10 & An A+ in my book any day ~cheers!

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

Came up on a list of high rated beers and I knew that I needed to try this one.

A - Dark black color. Fluffy tan colored head with light lacing.

S - Strong roasty aroma with burnt characteristics and some dark cocoa. There is some alcohol and coffee tones after the roasted notes.

T - Very similar to the smell; much of the burnt roastiness at the front along with the coffee and some dark cocoa. The roasted bitterness is strong and predominant. It took me off guard since I was expecting more chocolate and not so much "Black". It's good but it seems that the roasted, burnt character is the primary flavor with some chocolate, coffee, and caramel afterwards.
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M - Full mouth-feel. Medium carbonation. The roasted bitterness lingers on the palate but it does have the highest carbonation of a RIS that I've ever had so it attempts to balance the thickness.

Overall, this is a good imperial stout. I wouldn't seek this out again just because there are so many other more delicious RIS's out there. I know that someone else may prefer this take on the style more than a sweeter more caramel or coffee inspired beer but I do not. I would suggest you spend your money elsewhere like on an Old Rasputin or if you can find it a delicious Ten Fidy.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,220 ratings.