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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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5,202 Ratings

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Ratings: 5202
Reviews: 2622
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%

Brewed by:
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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 danielplainview


5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - motor oil pitch black. Nice tan head.

Smell - dark chocolate. a bit of raisin as well. unique and complex as you would want from the style.

Taste - dark chocolate taste and roasted coffee with slight caramel and dark fruit again that might be my favorite part of this beer) . Roasted malt up front then ends with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and silky on the palate, with that nice hop bite at the end. Nice hangtime that really lets some of the complex flavors come through on the palate.

Drinkability - Drinkability is far, far too good for a beer of this weight and Alcohol content. I am partial to the style and this is my favorite example. CHEERS!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2010 22:25:47 | More by danielplainview
Photo of Torps

New York

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter 10-11 Release..

Pours ultra dark with half finger tan head. This dissipated quickly leaving a nice ring of carbonation around the glass with a moderate amount of lacing. This is rather fresh for BCS so there's a bit of bitter hop profile especially in the aftertaste. Aroma is roasted coffee, toasty malts, barley and coffee.. bit of a metallic tinge which isn't all too pleasant, but its not prevalent. There isn't a lot of complexity I'd say right now. It's rather green and kind of sour? Taste is mostly roasted malt, coffee and tobacco. Boozy. Hop bitterness is really starting to coat my tongue as the glass empties. Mouthfeel is about right. Very full and creamy. Drinkability is okay but I wouldn't have a second right now, this needs some age.

If you're a coffee aficianado and know how coffee tastes when you brew it below the proper temp this BCS is very similar. Very "green" tasting with a bit of sourness and bitterness.

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 22:49:44 | More by Torps
Photo of jzeilinger


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black as coal! Opaque with a creamy, toffee colored head. NO light is passing through this baby!

S - Bittersweet chocolate, deep roasted malt, molasses, and cream. The aroma is not as bold and aggressive as what I would have thought.

T - Deep roasted bitter chocolate, toasted malts, coffee, and vanilla cream. The flavor is consistent throughout the entire sip with coffee and bitter chocolate dominating. There's a small amount of a booze-like finish.

M - I'm surprised, this has a very thin body for the type of beer. Very smooth on the tongue, a little watery.


Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 05:23:51 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of Thorpe429


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black without being terribly thick with a nice mocha head and a bit of lacing. Smells quite sweet with loads of chocolate and some roasted malt. Hints of anise and molasses. Taste isn't quite as complex and full of depth as the nose, and adds a bit of alcohol, which doesn't take too much away from the mouthfeel given the style and abv. Very nice and drinkable, and much better with some age on it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 21:33:05 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of DNICE555


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B

A - Black body with a tan head

S - Chocolate and roasted malt

T - Milk chocolate and some hop bitterness

M - Alcohol is well hidden with the sweetness. Very smooth but slightly on the thin side

D - Low carbonation and thin mouthfeel makes this one pretty easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 00:51:51 | More by DNICE555
Photo of CHickman

New York

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

Pours opaque black with a 1 finger creamy light brown chocolate milk-like head that lasts a while; good lacing that slides down the glass. A very nice beer to look at and admire.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, sweet malt, faint hops, vanilla, toffee and mild spices; the aroma is like a sweet coffee treat or hot chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, sweet caramel, faint hops, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, burnt wood, some mild spices which gives a slight hop nip towards the dry end; nice smoky flavor mixed with the sweet malts. This is an extremely flavorful beer that hides the alcohol well and really goes down easy. The beer ends dry and smoky with peat, charcoal and roasted malt in the crisp finish. Very tasty and enjoyable; it's light for a stout, or at least feels light and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, very mild to no carbonation and a shake like creamy feel on the tongue; this went down smooth and had an overall nice smoky flavor.

A great stout that I've enjoyed many times in the past and will seek out again. Very tasty and I recommend drinking this as a nightcap or desert beer.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2010 18:01:09 | More by CHickman
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at a dive bar somewhere in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Didn't really even know the name of the place at the time.
A-- Black, basically completely. Some light seeps through at the bottom. Even the head is a deep, deep tan.
S-- Has a chocolate scent. It comes through.
T-- Very rich, sour chocolate taste. Kind of a chestnut undertone. The chocolate comes through toward the end. A bit too alcohol taste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2010 23:28:50 | More by Amalak
Photo of TCgoalie


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/30/10

This beer presents itself as pitch black, a nice tan head, very pretty, with good lacing.

Roasted coffee and milk chocolate are predominant in the smell. There is some sweet toffee coming through...I think there is more, but the bar is impeding my olfactory glands.

Rich coffee and chocolate take over this brew. It is a pleasant combination to my palate. There is also a roasty taste throughout with a pinch of toffee sweetness. The roasted coffee taste seems to be the signature of this beer.

This is full bodied with a smooth quality and subtle hop finish. It leaves my mouth nice and sticky making swallowing more difficult than usual.

I would say this is average drinkability for a 10% brew. Normal RIS drinkability...definitely the best Brooklyn Brewing Co. beer I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 21:06:57 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of metter98

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2009-10 vintage)
A: It's very dark black with just a few brown bubbles covering edges of the glass on the surface.
S: There's a moderate aroma of chocolatey malts and dark, roasted coffee beans.
T: There's a very rich flavor of dark chocolate malts that is very well balanced by the bitterness in the hops, the taste of which particularly comes out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: For an imperial stout, the beer is shockingly very drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden. This is one of my all-time favorites and I wish I had enough storage space so I could age this stuff; it's interesting to watch the flavor develop over the years—it seems to peak if you age it for three years.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 15:02:48 | More by metter98
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/20/10. On tap at MacGregor's.

A - poured black with a light tan 3/4" head that retained nicely as a thin cap. lots of lace. no light comes through. wow. 5.0

S- rich roasted and chocolate malt. touch of caramel and cream. 4.5

T- lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, followed by sweetness of caramel and toffee, finishes roasty and with a touch of coffee. 4.5

M- thick and rich but not viscous or slick. smooth CO2. 4.5

D- too good. doesn't taste like it's 10% at all. 5.0

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 13:17:28 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Nice roasted malt-chocolate RIS, which out of the blue on an unexpected tap serving felt rather mighty.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. All that the table attendant was able to articulate was "Chocolate Stout" and added "Brooklyn" after asking if that was the brewery. Served into a pint shaker glass.

A - Black body, small dark brown-ruby edges with a small brown frothy head. Average retention with rich touches of lacing. I personally do not like pint-shaker glasses, and if at all possible I try to avoid them. But this is the best looking brew I have seen in one of these in a long while (Two-Hearted ale notwithstanding.)

S - Chocolate notes over roasted aroma and a touch of coffee, boozy hint.

T - Rich roasted flavor with chocolate highlights and a bitter finish capped by the alcoholic note.

M - Full body, creamy and thick feel with small but adequate carbonation.

D - A nice RIS, rich in character and a great sipper. A bit excessive on a pint glass and yet there was a second one coming.

Notes: Rich and reliable, a nice stout and a solid offering from Brooklyn, and quite a surprise on tap being rather rich and remarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 05:28:12 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of silentbob44


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

At my local bar, this has been on-tap all winter, much to my delight.

A- Very dark, but not as opaque like some stouts that I've had in the past. When held to light it still shines through. The head is not pronounced and dissapates almost completely in about 10-15 mins.

S- Very strong and robust. You can smell a bit of the chocolate, along with a bit of the alcohol, though it is more masked by the other flavorings.

T- Primarily chocolate. Very dark chocolate, with an intensity that really masks the alcoholic content surprisingly, which makes this beer very unique. Smooth on the way down, but still can taste the alcoholic content.

M- High carbonation but smooth. Not as abrasive as other stouts.

D- Sip. Really only sip, though the smoothness is tempting for the imbiber to indulge too fast. May want to wait a bit before reaching for another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2010 13:12:53 | More by silentbob44
Photo of afausser


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

Appearance: Pours a thick, opaque, pitch black ink, with a decently sized tan head and nice lacing.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate, with nice dark malt flavors. Smells predominantly of the chocolate, but there are also sweet molasses notes.

Taste: Chocolate again, with roast coffee and a bit of toast/burnt bready malt notes. There's a slight bitter coffee and hops aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated (maybe slightly too much, though?) and warm going down. It's amazing that the ABV doesn't show through more given the high carbonation for the style.

Drinkability: Getting down more than one glass of anything at 10% is quite an accomplishment--this one is very smooth and delicious, and goes down decently easily.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 19:54:49 | More by afausser
Photo of jampics2


3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer #4 of my 2010 Winking Lizard Beer Tour.

This great looking beer was brought to me in a chalice. Black body and small head. Looks great!

Smell is OK. Not too heavy on the roast, molasses, chocolate. VERY noticeable alcohol in the scent. Caustic ethanol singes my nose. WTF, how is this SO hot?

Thankfully the taste wasn't as bad as the nose indicated. Dark malt, chocolate patent, nice overall flavor profile. Unfortunately, as this warms, a very strong taste of vodka in the aftertaste. This needs to chillax for a few years, but almost annoyingly hot in its young form.

Nice mouthfeel. Perfect carb and nice density.

If it wasn't as hot, I would rate this MUCH higher. Still lots of classic tastes and overall profile, but needs to cool its jets.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2010 16:48:28 | More by jampics2
Photo of BruMeister

New York

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

An excellent beer in my opinion. This beer is one to be respected due to it's high ABV (10.1%). Not an easy one to follow, so I usually make this one the last of the evening. The hops nicely round out the maltiness of this full bodied Imperial Stout. I have the good fortune to have it available on tap at two of my favorite bars.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 23:02:25 | More by BruMeister
Photo of ronhocker


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

Had this on tap at the local option in Chicago.

The appearance was as expected, very used motor oil dark brown. Head stayed around nicely, which is not common for this type of beer in my experience.

The smell of chocolate and malt is very present.

The taste was so very smooth. No bitterness from the dark malts, no astringency, no hop bitterness. It is almost like complex chocolate milk! Usually when a stout gets this smooth, it starts to taste like water. Somehow this one has in your face malt and chocolate flavor, while maintaining a very smooth taste.

Overall this was one of the best RISs I've ever had for my palette, and I've had both Dark Lord and Surly Darkness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 23:20:31 | More by ronhocker
Photo of jdense


4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pour Farm, New Bedford, MA., 12/15/09.

Black opaque body, brown head, slow dissipation, really nice lacing. Chocolate dominates the nose, with hints of vanilla, bready malt, but the hops are pretty well hidden. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla dominate the syrupy taste profile, this is certainly one of the most chocolately beers I've tried. Chewy mouthfeel but alcohol heat impedes drinkability. Certainly a sipper, probably great with a good cigar by the fireplace. I grabbed a 4-pack of bottles, and will probably cellar to see if the alcohol mellows over time. Well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 14:10:04 | More by jdense
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

2009 release, on-tap 12/13/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter-sweet flavor of dark chocolate. Then a faint but complementary flavor of dark fruit flavor comes in. The roasted malt character is very hearty and there's no trace of the 10.10% ABV. The hops presence is very mild as you would expect from this kind of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, although there are other big stouts that I would pick first, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 01:59:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of PangaeaBeerFood

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Went to the Brooklyn Brewery last night specifically to try this highly regarded beer. Unfortunately, the bartender told me they no longer serve Black Chocolate at Happy Hour because, at 10% ABV, it was making the place too roudy too fast. Lucky for me, the second bar I went to down the road, Barcade, had this on tap.

Poured into a 10 ounce wine glass, it looks as expected. Blacker than the blackest black, with a thin mocha colored head. Very syrupy that clings to the glass when swirled and slowly slips down the sides.

The smell is great. Reminds me of a really good Irish Coffee. The dark roasted aromas come through at first with the alcohol really making itself known at the end. Very very rich and decadent scent, which is exactly what I want (because it's goddamn freezing outside tonight). Very inticing.

The taste is not at all what I expected. Fairly low on the bitterness scale and much drier and less sugary than most 10+% ABV beers. It is very smooth and creamy on the palate initially. That being said, because there is less residual sugar and bitterness, the alcohol is VERY present at the finish. You can taste it and feel it warming the inside of your body as you swallow. It is so rich, with flavors of dark espresso and bitter chocolate that are so complex. I'm finding new things with every sip. Great on a cold winter night, but alcohol is way more present than other beers in it's class. As the beer warmed, by the end, the alcohol was a bit overwhelming. Very hot for the last 2 ounces or so. Too hot, they were difficult to finish.

The mouthfeel was great. Very thick with a winely mouthcoating effect and light carbonation, which, like the rest of the beer, gives you the impression that it's even stronger than it is. I love it though, and it is so appropriate for the cold weather.

Drinkability is average, at best. With the dominance of the alcohol in this beer, I could enjoy one 10 ounce glass, but wanted something less intense for my next beer.

Overall, this is a beer that shows INCREDIBLE potential. The flavors are so complex and rich with simultaneously less sweetness and less bitterness than other Imperial Stouts I've had, which gives you time to appreciate every nuance. That being said, the alcohol was just too dominating. Since this is being served at a bar down the block from the brewery in December, chances are this beer is as fresh as fresh could be. A beer this bold needs more time to let the booze integrate and mellow. I'm going to try to find myself a four-pack of this and cellar it. I'll have one every few months and see how the flavors develop. If I had to guess, 6 months down the road this will be fantastic, and by next christmas it will be heavenly, but now it's just too hot.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 18:24:34 | More by PangaeaBeerFood
Photo of OneDropSoup


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip a solid black with a finger of fluffy mocha head. Left webbed, tapestry-like lacing.

Is this chocolate? At first I smell nothing but passion fruit -- if blindfolded, I would've guessed this was Sam Adams Imperial White. The chocolate shows up later on, but the fruit smell is still really dominant. Whuh?

The taste is the same story, at least at first: peach, passion fruit, but then with a roasty, almost astringent follow-up. It seemed to skip the chocolate altogether & go straight to the burnt flavor! As it warms, some booze creeps in, then a kind of buttery flavor, then subtle chocolate (there it is!), some dark fruit skin.

Mouthfeel is thick & oily, but also on the tannic, acidic end of things. This one's sticking to my tongue & not letting go.

This was a big, complex beer, but a little more challenging than I would have liked, not as comforting as I'd like a chocolate stout to be. May I was looking for the wrong thing, but I hardly got any chocolate out of it, more the peripheral sensations. I wonder if this would be better aged to mellow it out some, in which case tap is not really the venue. One was plenty.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2009 12:31:48 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, deep dark black with a suprising 1 finger, light brown head. Minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of dark roasted cocoa, slightly sweet, burnt and smokey. Taste is a rich semi-sweet cocoa, slightly burnt and smokey with a mellowed out dark fruit background. The high ABVs peek through in the end. Silky and creamy with a touch of excess carbonation. Very good beer, slightly too burnt in charachter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 13:50:38 | More by rfgetz
Photo of david18

New York

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

Brooklyn is a surprisingly good brewery and one that's often overlooked by me. They brew perfectly to style and also offer A LOT of unique/extreme beers. The Black Chocolate Stout has a perfect combination of malt and alcohol and the right amount of hops to keep it at the Russian stout level rather than the more extreme American Imperial Stout.

Aroma is great, flavor is very dark grainy with a definitely chocolate overtone, great carbonation, mouthfeel is also great.

I hope they have this around all winter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 22:22:38 | More by david18
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one on-tap after enjoying it in the bottle a bunch of times. Look was solid if not great - might have been the glassware. Pitch black with a tiny tan head that left no real lacing. Chocolate, roasted malt and fruit in the nose. A very tasty beer - lots of deep chocolate and roasted malt with a nice hint of cherry and dried fruit in there. Body is full and delicious, perfect for the style. Very nice, overall.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 02:32:21 | More by soupyman10
Photo of abar22


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short on-tap review on the BlackBerry

A - What would you would expect from an RIS; black body, frothy tan head, and solid lacing.

S - Very fragrant. Chocolate and hops are dominant.

T - Malty at first then a burst of hops. Roasted malts and chocolate in the semi dry finish.

M - Mild carbonation. A bit thin...

D - Falls in line with other RISs. Slightly thinner body may help out the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2009 22:59:18 | More by abar22
Photo of DawnL

New York

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown lacing atop a jet black brew.

There isn't very much on the nose.

The palate has some cocoa and a wooden hops character. It doesn't seem to go with the style.

The finish is very bitter and not very chocolatey. There is a chalky character from the cocoa?

I found this brew rather disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2009 15:52:47 | More by DawnL
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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