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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,441
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 282
Gots: 836 | FT: 49
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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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Photo of ChadQuest


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

nice roasty aroma with a touch of sweetness, flavor conveys some dark chocolate with a powdered chocolate like light harshness, some vanilla, roasted malts, alcohol that drinks like an 13% beer, not overpowering or bad just obvious. feels thick and smooth with alot of carbination.


Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 21:21:09 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of Homebrew35


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Mike my HBS owner for sharing this one.
07-08 vintage.
Pours a nice mocha colored frothy head.
Dark black with some brown edges visible in the light.
Smells of dark chocolate, dark fruit(rum rasion, plum), vanilla, some roasty notes.
Tastes sweet and roasty, vanilla, coffee, rum. Full flavored full body.
Medium carbing. Drinks like an imperial stout, slowly but very smooth. I'm going to pick some of this up myself and stash it away for this winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 15:49:38 | More by Homebrew35
Photo of NODAK


3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is somewhat relaxed for style. Mostly of chocolate and some roasted notes. All in all though, pretty light.

Pours a black, thick hue in the glass with a fat dark brown head with decent lasting power.

Mouthfeel is very oily here. Carbonation pretty good for style. Taste has definite notes of chocolate and roasted malts in the body followed by a little bit of dark fruit. Finish has a bit of alcohol showing through, and has a lot of bittersweet chocolate. Some astringent bitterness from the roasted malts is there as well. As the beer warms, the alcohol really shows more.

This is definitely a chocolate forward, thick beer. For style, it is pretty drinkable and nice to drink until it warms some...then, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:08:38 | More by NODAK
Photo of BrewStoutMagic


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

Hooray for Brooklyn!!! This chocolate stout is terrific. Total chocolate aroma. The taste is of you guessed its chocolate maybe lil espresso.The appearance is blackout.Doesn't have a long lasting head.O well Boo-hoo.I'm drinking it slowly and enjoying every bit of it.This is the second beer I've had by this brewery.And Im starting to like this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 02:17:01 | More by BrewStoutMagic
Photo of VelvetExtract


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

A-Deep, rich, black. One finger dark tan bubbly head.

S-Very roasty. Thick dark chocolate smell. Smells like a hunk of dark chocolate. Dark fruit scents as well. The 10% alcohol is hidden in the nose.

D-Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. A bit bitter. Molasses. A deep taste. A hint of vanilla. Good tasting stout.

M- Not the best feel i've gotten from a stout but still pretty good. Slick, slippery and somewhat viscous.

D-Very drinkable. Shocked to see that this is a 10% beer.

My favorite Brooklyn beer. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:58:44 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 08-09 so last years version. Poured into a tulip. Nice half inch mocha head with tiny bobbles resting atop a pitch black body.

Nice chocolatey aroma dominates. A hint of cherry and dark fruit is also present. I got a nice whiff of vanilla after a couple sips as well.

The taste starts out very dry with a lot of roast. The finish is slightly sweet. Flavors of chocolate and mocha are noticed after several sips.

Great creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't disappoint at all.

Very drinkable. This is near the top of its class. This is the first RIS I ever had a few years ago, and I'm now wondering why I spent so much time and money searching out other options. Definitely want more.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:34:26 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1" head which quickly dissipated completely. Black as night. All the classic dark stout flavors are here - coffee, chocolate sweet malt. And in fact this is stronger in all categories than the average dark stout. I'd almost say this is Goose Island Bourbon County without the bite of the bourbon. Brooklyn always does a nice job with their higher end beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 08:46:20 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of adam42381


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

Winter 2010-11 Release.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a motor oil black with a 1 finger creamy chocolate brown head. Nice lacing featuring very fine bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and a light hint of alcohol.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted malt up front followed by dried fruits in the middle and finishing with a nice hoppy bitterness and just the right amount of alcohol. Aftertaste of burnt toast.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Slightly oily, but in a good way. Very smooth. Nice alcohol warmth as it goes down.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This is perfect to sip on a cold winter evening. The alcohol could easily sneak up on you if you went for more than one.

Overall: Perfect for a cold winter evening. I would highly recommend Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:21:57 | More by adam42381
Photo of Blanco


3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

black, tan head, some of the most excellent lacing i've seen from a stout. deep chocolate smell with a hint of roast chocolate. some alcohol is also present in the nose. booziness up front followed by some bitterness. aftertaste is a lot like one of those box candies that has some fruit inside. It has some slight chocolate in the taste, but to be honest, I get a lot more chocolate taste from many stouts that don't have "chocolate" in the name. I suppose this is a decent stout, but the bitterness and booziness are a little off putting and I was hoping for some more actual chocolate flavor. This is a fresh 10-11. Wondering if some age on it wouldn't improve this a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 02:08:52 | More by Blanco
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a snifter. Winter 10-11 bottling.

Appearance: Pours pitch black thin layer of dark brown foam that quickly settles after the initial pour.

Smell: Deep dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, boozy aroma.

Taste: Heavy dark chocolate, roasted coffee, espresso with a slightly boozy finish. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth.


Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:25:56 | More by Axic10
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours out pitch black with a small one finger brown head that leaves light lacing down the entire glass.

S - Dark, roasty aroma with a slightly sweet smell from the malts. Coffee and chocolate, obviously, dominate this one. A slight heat from the huge amount of alcohol comes thru once it warms a bit.

T - Dark chocolate dominates this one. Rich, roasty, malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and other sweet flavors from the malt. Chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits help mellow out the roasty flavor. One of the best readily available chocolate stouts on the market today.

M - Fairly creamy with medium-heavy body and flavor. Slightly dry finish with a roasty flavor. The huge amount of alcohol singes the pallet leaving it feeling quite hot.

D - Fairly high given the huge amounts of alcohol in this one. It is a sipper for sure but I could still go thru a couple of these with no problem.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-04-2010 19:55:04 | More by orangesol
Photo of Tabni


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 4-pack at Total Wines for only $6.49 (had a $1 Off coupon =} ) No born date, only numbers.

Appearance - Dark like old engine oil.
Smell - of chocolate. Great brew, period.
Taste/Mouthfeel - Warms up your throat easily. Great alcohol after taste.
Drink-ability - Full body, slow to drink due to it's richness. Thick beer, great for desserts and also for those cold nights.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 16:32:41 | More by Tabni
Photo of StevenBilodeau


4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Opened this bad boy, after work... and it was a delight!

Right when I opened this 12oz dark bottle of joy, the rich malt aromas and dark chocolate embers found their ways to my nostrils... the smell of heavenly coffee lingering. A caramel goodness and licorice finish was subtle.

The taste was thick and and smooth with a bitter bite, which was nice. The beer teasing... The ashy, almost chimney like flavors overwhelm the palate quickly to finish to a rich chocolate finish balanced with a malty smooth sweetness. There is also a warm feel to this beer that is also really enjoyable.

The 10% ABV is awesome.

This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:51:35 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle. Winter 10-11 Vintage.

A - Pretty vigorous purs lets out a dark oily black liquid with a nice 1 inch dark tan head that is almost brown. Very dense with tons of tiny bubbles stuck together. The head is very slow to recede and leaves some awesome brown sticky lacing as it moves slowly down the glass.

S - Aroma of sweet delicious chocolate malt as well as some nice caramel and brown sugar. Slight cinnamon hints as well as licorice. There i some awesome fruity and boozy esters as well that are warm and inviting. Nice milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes dominate.

T & M - Starts off with some nice sweet chocolate hints as well as some dark bitter chocolate. Very well struck balance between dark chocolate and milk chocolate. There are some nice burnt and roasted malt hints in the middle portion after the explosion of chocolate that give the sweetness a nice balance. There are also some good alcoholic esters that are warm as well as sweet. The sweetness can be interpreted as caramel s well as brown sugar but they are not to overwhelming either. A complex yet balanced beer. Mouthfeel is perfect with nice oily consistency but nothing overwhelming as well as perfect carbonation balance and boozy warmth.

D - Very high if not for the higher ABV. The ABV is not too overwhelming but can be felt and tasted as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 00:53:41 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of GallowsThief


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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep black out of the bottle with a small head and a real nice amount of creamy brown lacing.

S - Nice subtle chocolate smell. Toffee and caramel. Very solid.

T - Smooth tasting stout. Just a hint of the chocolate in the taste. Perfect amount in my opinion. You also get the nice throat warmth from the ABV. Coffee hints as well.

M - Nice and smooth. Warming stout. This is great for a cold winters night to put some fire in your belly.

D - Yes. Go for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 22:50:03 | More by GallowsThief
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 psdriscoll


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the poster child for chocolate stouts. It pours jet black with a slight head that is a lighter shad of black. The aroma is chocolate and alcohol, a beautiful combination. The carbonation is slight but present. The initial taste is alcohol but is quickly replaced by the chocolate. The 10% is a warmer for the fall/winter months. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 01:13:57 | More by psdriscoll
Photo of gregshead


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

A: Jet Black with a finger and a half of khaki colored head that dissipates slowly.

S: Rich espresso and dark chocolate waft through my nose.

T: Deep malt/espresso and dark chocolate blended in with that roasted grain core. Some heat/burn at the end.

M: Smooth thick feel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A very well made beer. A drinkable RIS. Heat is a little more noticeable than I might prefer considering this beer is neither barreled or bourbon barreled.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 05:30:49 | More by gregshead
Photo of yuriruley


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

2010-11 bottle from a trade with THECPJ.

Appearance - black had a tan head that hung around, but not very big, and moderate lacing.

Smell - had a fruit smell along with chocolate and malt.

Taste - The taste is pretty good, the chocolate isn't as intense as I thought it might be, some green apple and other fruity flavors in the background. The malts aren't as robust as some beers of similar style giving it a more mellow flavor.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, carbonation was just right, was a little thinner than I expected, but not too thin.

Drink - Very pleasant to drink, don't even notice the alcohol at all.

Pretty solid beer, glad I got to try this finally. Would definitely buy it if it were available to me, but sadly it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:52:34 | More by yuriruley
Photo of bierguru


3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -
jet black lacing is brown and yes i said lacing there is no head but a far amount of lacing

S -
vanilla, i get some sweetness guessing its that, chocolate coffee
T -
bitter sweet chocolate, dates or some or dark fruit, big bold flaover of toasted malts, slight alcohol taste on the backend

M -
fairly thick and heavy on the tongue as well as dryness in the mouth

D -
great stout has become one of my favorites however more then then one at a time i feel would be to much not becasue of the abv but because of its big bold roasted flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 05:36:49 | More by bierguru
Photo of musicforairports

New York

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

Pours black. Very large head this disappears somewhat quickly; lacing looks nice as first but also dissipates. Before the head recedes, this looks like a good, serious stout.

Smells like cocoa, roasted malt and chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate.

Tastes rich. The chocolate is not overwhelming at all, and it's not very sweet considering it has chocolate in the name. It's a dry, bitter chocolate flavor that blends in well with the usual stout flavors. A bit of alcohol on the end, but less than you might think; what at first struck me as an alcohol bite was in fact bittersweet chocolate. As it warms, the flavors blend even better.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, but not as thick as I might expect a 10 percent alcohol RIS to be.

Imperial Stouts aren't my favorite, but this is a great example of the style. Glad to have this so widely available around for the winter season.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 05:00:10 | More by musicforairports
Photo of mjurney


4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, can't see through the beer. Very creamy brown head, lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Dark fruit, molasses, some roasted malts, a little sweet chocolate.

Dark fruit and mild roasted malts up front, I could dectect some burnt caramel in the taste. There's chocolate in the middle of my palate, along with molasses. Alcohol is present, but not overwhalming.

Very complex and full.

Very smooth finish, leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. It's a sipper beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 07:33:56 | More by mjurney
Photo of mcnabb0001

New Jersey

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

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Pours pitch black like motor oil with a big tan fluffy head. Leaves good lacing with ever sip.

S - dark chocalate smell mixed with fruity raisin

T - BIG dark chocalate taste and I mean BIG, some roasted coffee with slight caramel and dark fruit. Roasted malt up front then ends with a slight hop bitterness. Alcohol is present but not overpowering for 10%ABV.

M - Very smooth and silky on the palate, with that nice hop bite at the end.

D - Definitely not a session beer but a good sipping beer couldn't have more than two at a sitting. Overall one of the best RIS I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 23:50:23 | More by mcnabb0001
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle picked up at the LCBO, seasonal release. Into an oversized wine glass. Winter 2010-2011 vintage.

Pitch black in the pour, with a finger and change of dark tan head with a reddish tinge to it. Falls to a fat collar around the edges and leaves some magnificent lace. Awesome. Aroma is some coffee grain, dark bitter chocolate and some roasty malt. Everything is well balanced and integrated here. Can't smell the booze, but I knew it was coming. Roasty chocolate notes and booze hit the tongue and throat first, with some molasses-like sweetness following. A drying coffee finish tops it off. Body is thick full and creamy, and the booze is here, but not overpowering. Would definitely smooth out given some time, glad I've got a 4-pack of this stuff. A sipper at 10%, but that's expected. 5/45/45/4/4

Edit: Revisiting this one after a year in the cellar, still 2010-2011 vintage. Still gorgeous as fuck. Loads of molasses, brown sugar, bitter coffee and espresso. Great sweetness and balance. Almost liqueur-like flavours. No alcohol and a lovely, creamy feel. Downright brilliant; amazing what time does to this. Sadly my last bottle of this vintage. 5/45/45/45/5

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 14:42:00 | More by liamt07
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 27 October 2010, bottle says "Winter 09-10," temperature is 50ºF, pours black into Sierra Nevada XXX snifter with caramel-colored 2-finger creamy head, and lacing that sticks to the glass and doesn't go away for a while. This is a must-have winter stout for the East Coast....sorry West Coast, you already have enough legends out there, we get to have one now!

There is so much going on with the aroma. Myriad aromas are wrapped up in a blanket of oak. The first prevalent aroma is maple, as if you smelled maple syrup poured onto pancakes. Lastly the roasted malts show up, but don't completely cover the hotness of the alcohol. The taste is the same except for the touch of bittersweet chocolate that is mild enough not to mess with the maple. DRINK THIS BEER.

Be back in 5 years when I can do a 5-year vertical review, expecting the alcohol to become a little more mild over time.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:31:03 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,441 ratings.