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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,727
Hads: 6,285
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 16.14%
Wants: 398
Gots: 1,249 | FT: 54
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Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.
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.

Glass- Boston Lager perfect pint

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Photo of ER527
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, the taste is very underwhelming. The initial flavors are not there, the roasty finish and chocolate notes save it. The syrupy and thick mouthful was unique as it was slick at the same time. Interesting.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black into a snifter, with a one finger caramel head which fades very quickly.

Smell: Alcohol is present. The chocolate aroma almost has a hint of mint.

Taste: Very RISish. Has a hint of sweet milk chocolate taste upfront which fades to a dark, bitter chocolate flavor at the end. Alcohol again is present.

Feel: Fell bodied, as stout should be.

Overall: I'm not feeling very creative for this portion right now. Busy drinking.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a solid black with a fluffy two finger mocha head which dissipates fairly quickly however some of it remains as a collar until the end; moderate lacing.

The smell is chocolate, (duh), burnt and sweet malts, coffee and some dried fruits.

The taste follows the nose; the chocolate hits first, followed by the burnt malt, then coffee, then sweet malt then finishing with chocolate. The chocolate is present in the taste from beginning to end. It goes down creamy smooth; sweet but there are just enough hops present on the back end to prevent it from being too sweet. There is also a warming effect, maybe just a little alcohol taste is leaking through; I can't tell for sure.

Overall, it is chocolate and a Stout, try it with your favorite cheese.

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Photo of VTR
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass at a local taproom. S/Roasted Malts, chocolate, slight hints of vanilla, a little nutty, and maybe a little vanilla. T/It was the thickness that I expected of such a stout. I tasted the roasted malts and chocolate on the first sip. It was very bitter, but the bitterness subsided as it warmed and that is when the flavor really started to shine revealing small hints of vanilla with the roasted chocolate. O/I would definitely seek this out again. It was well worth the purchase.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pour is black as night with a huge head that eventually settles to 1 finger in size and caps the beer perfectly. The cap of the beer never recedes and leaves a good amount of lacing that leaves rings down most of the glass.

S: Smell is mainly bittersweet chocolate, with roasted malts and a faint presence of alcohol. Caramel and vanilla start to come out as the beer warms. There is also a bit of a nutty aroma with some toasty/smokiness.

T: Big, robust flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts with a touch of dry smokiness on the finish. Also caramel with a touch of brown sugar. No hint of hops or alcohol whatsoever.

M: Very smooth and slick on the palate with a full body and a low level of carbonation. Very drinkable for such a big beer, with alcohol masked very well for 10% ABV.

O: This is a solid, cheaply priced RIS that I look forward to every year. It isn't as outstanding as certain other imperial stouts, but it is a good beer that showcases the style well. Great aromas/flavors of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts, and at $10 a 4 pack you can't go wrong. One of my favorite offerings from Brooklyn Brewery that never disappoints. Everyone rants and raves about how well it ages, so I will have to age one and see for myself.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle.

Pours viscous and oil-like. Black gold. Forms a finger and a half of chewy, dark khaki and espresso-colored head. Persists well. Body is dark as the back of Forrest Whitaker's neck. 4.5

Smells of dark cherries and/or a cherry cordial. Dark chocolate for certain. Some sort of Xmas treat. 4.25

Learhery and tobacco-like, so I'm thinking it's barrel-aged. Not sure, but it seems that way. Dark cherry flavors continue true to the nose, blended with bitter dark chocolate and vanilla notes. A touch of earthy hops linger on the finish. 4.25

As the pour led me to believe, this is viscous, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is light and some hops give a touch of bitterness on the finish. 4.25

Damn great beer that probably deserves more love.

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Photo of Premo88
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into snifter
(winter 2014-15)

L: black motor oil coming out of bottle; a hard pour renders a huge, thick head of brown foam ... dark, almost reddish color to it ... sticks hard at top; liquid looks clear dark dark brown up to light; keeps a great collar

S: bourbon and vanilla ... dark chocolate, espresso, astringent coffee, too, but this smells like a bourbon barrel-aged brew ... lots of vanilla and bourbon; strangely as it warms, starts putting out a vodka/gin burn

T: thick dark malt notes of bitter chocolate, mocha latte, vanilla, a hint of wood/oak ... nothing is burnt, just very, very dark ... OK, maybe a *little* burnt, but it's bitter notes are smoothed out by all the vanilla and sweeter notes; mostly hides the alcohol ... mostly

F: thick, oily, slick at times, but it also comes across as relatively light ... the hard pour didn't sap it of too much carbonation, still full

O: great brew, but then I'm a sucker for the big stout ... this one amazes me in how much of the bourbon barrel-aged notes it has, especially the vanilla. shows a little bit of alcohol heat but for the most part it keeps the alcohol reined in.

good enough that I've bought another 4-pack to keep around until next winter to see how it ages. perhaps a bit lighter/sweeter than the average Russian Imperial (think milk chocolate/vanilla over semisweet chocolate/licorice), but still full of lots of dark malt goodness.

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Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate brown color with a rocky, firm and tan head and really awesome, sticky lacing. Aroma is very dark chocolately with a hint of coffee. Taste is upfront with the booze(10% ABV), but once you get past that, the chocolate(bittersweet) and light roasted coffee flavors come through. Mouthfeel is decent, with a little alcohol burn, but stilla little malt sweetness and smoothness, overall, not bad, but think it would be a little more enjoyable at maybe 7-8% ABV...

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Photo of kfh227
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've had alot of chocolates and I have to say that this is flat out, the best chocolate stout that exists. I'm also a fan of russian imperials so it's a WHAMMY for me.

I'll edit my post at a future date. Right now, it's not in my glass but it was this night so I wanted to atleast put my 2 cents forward. pay attention to the taste and overall most. I'll clean up the rest later but I gave guesstimates for now.

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Photo of uvachief
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft in a sniffer. Half a finger of head. Dissipated quickly. Deep dark chocolate color. Aromas of dark chocolate, cinnamon and coffee. Very little coffee. Maybe just roasted malts. Smooth abd creamy. Nice body. Finished clean. Chewy. Hides the alcohol burn well. Really excellent Russian imperial stout.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stays true to its 'Black Chocolate' claim. Excellent bitter dark chocolate character, beautiful head retention, with a long chewy finish. Best beer I've had from Brooklyn!

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review is of one-year aged version, rating is on original tasting on tap of 2014:
A: The 2013 pour is quite black, as I recall it from the origins taste. The head on this pour is minimal, but to the top. A swirl doesn't bring back much. Aged rating: 4.

S: the most distinguishable scent is licorice, but it's not necessarily the predominate scent. There is also a dark cherry or raspberry tartness, laced with alcohol, behind a lightly smokey and cola nose. It's actually kind of strange, and I don't get much chocolate, which I did recall getting in the original taste. Same rating.

T: an unsweetened chocolate comes through from underneath a woody beginning. A coffee bitterness also builds at this time. They all come together and the smoke from the smell makes an appearance. This whole flavor profile, as it plays out, is interesting. However, the whole time the tastes stay rather bitter. No rating change.

M: feel is a bit thinner than I'd like. The alcohol peaks through in some sips, but is mostly subdued. Carbonation is a tad flat. Aged rating: 3.5

O: I liked the fresher version better. I can't explain if the flatness changed the impression of flavors, or the flavors changed, but they are not what I recalled. Will need to re-try a fresh one and decide to really alter the ratings or not. Aged rating: 3.5.

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Photo of JasonHaviland
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011/2012 Edition into a snifter glass.

The age had definitely helped here as I prefer this aged version to the current release.

Pours silky smooth with perhaps the slightest bit of carbonation lost.

Chocolate and cinnamon on the nose and on the finish with a pleasant aftertaste and not too boozy for the 10% ABV. Highly recommend aging and trying side by side.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: [4.00] Aggressive pour yielded a 1/2 finger tan head. The bubbles are tight and look nice in the glass. The head settles back to about a 1/4 finger/ The beer is pitch black and looks syrupy when it pours. My decoder ring tells me this was made May 21, 14 (so almost 7 months old). The ABV is listed on the bottle (10.0%)

S: [3.50] Based on the name I expected chocolate up front. I got mostly dark fruits.

T: [4.25] The taste is great. Charcoal, bitter coffee, chocolate. The beer is sweet, despite the bitter coffee.

M: [4.75] This one shines on the mouthfeel. It is creamy and rich. The beer feels like velvet on the tongue. The carbonation feels like nitro carbonation (tiny bubbles).

O: [4.25] This is a really nice beer all around. It lacks chocolate on the nose, but the taste and mouthfeel are great. The mouthfeel is really silky and smooth. It has a great body. This beer is also readily available - which is a plus. The 10% ABV makes it more of a special occasion beer - than an every day beer.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,727 ratings.