Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 2,717
Hads: 6,241
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.4%
Wants: 377
Gots: 1,226 | 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 pezoids
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

'03-'04 version.

Jet black in appearance with a large head of tan foam. The aroma is intense with dark sweet chocolate and the strong presence of alcohol. Also detected caramel, raisins and the scent of an old leather glove. The flavors are also strong and complex, with heavy roasted grain, coffee liqueur and a cordial-like sweetness. The beer finishes dry with a pleasant bitterness, but the alcohol is still a bit harsh and abrupt. This version could be a bit young yet and could do with some aging. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable. (538 characters)

Photo of lou91
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured rich, thick with a nice foamy head with thick bubbles struggling to surface. The scents are faint but definite alcohol and coffee hints. This is a beer that needs to warm and when it does it is a beautiful beer. Bitter like good cold coffee with strong bitter chocolate flavors. The mouthfeel is silky and creamy. The alcohol is there to remind you this is a big beer but not overbearing. Another excellent beer to taste with chocolate.

"05-06. Wow I can't believe that its been almost two years since I've tasted this. Not much to add except I need to review this one again a year later to let the flavors blend a bit better. Still damn tasty though. thanks Kmpitz for this bottle. (702 characters)

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

It pours a rich, dark chocolate brown, until the glass is full, when it becomes a light-proof black. There's a dense, creamy tan head, retaining well, then settling to a mottled, oily crust of tight bubbles. A fine veil of lacing slides slowly back to the pool on the sides of the glass.

There's a strong dark malt aroma, roasted in nature, and a very real chocolate presence. There's a sweetness that carries the whiff of alcohol, and a trace of hops fighting through the fog of grain.

A sip brings a sweet shot of roasted malt, tasting almost baked, like bread, with a nasal spritz of alcohol. There's espresso seasoned with dark chocolate, and an alcohol glow as it works its way down. There's an understated hops flavor that comes on slightly stronger at the very finish. Interestingly, also at the finish was a taste of what I could only identify as fine leather, like a good wallet, and while that may sound bizarre, I can tell you it was not at all unpleasant.

It's not as heavy as I expected, but well heavier than medium. It coats the mouth teasingly, lingering like a tasty oil, and finishing with the anticipated bitter hops tingle.

The hops play an especially understated role in this beer, but with the density of complexity of the malt component, the uneveness is actually a good thing, keeping it from becoming too busy. The high ABV comes through clearly, but that's a necessary by-product of the prodigious grain bill. In spite of the alcohol, I could easily have one or two more and still function happily. Well, OK, I wouldn't be operating any heavy machinery, but I would be wearing a simple satisfied grin. (1,643 characters)

Photo of budsboy
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark-as-night appearance, though the head disappointed a bit. An aggressive pour did bring up as much of the foamy as expected.

Sweet malty, sweet chocolate smell that make a sweet tooth's mouth water.

Fat, full taste with a nice mix of bitter and sweet. Robust flavor that sticks around and is welcome to spend the weekend. Alcohol warmth adds another layer.

Smooth, although Young's Double Chocolate has the edge here.

Great dessert. Fitting for a winter stout. (476 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with very little head and no visible lace. Carbonation was good. Chocolately aroma tempered somewhat with a roasted coffee and maybe some chicory notes ? Flavor was a little sweet upfront then overpowering rush of alcoholic malt flavors. Great mouthfeel and alcohol is present but not uncomfortable. Little bit on the sweet side but overall balance is very good. (379 characters)

Photo of BeefyMee
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yummy. Darkest head I've ever seen. The beer itself seems to be impenetrable to light.

Smell is somewhat muted but the taste is phenomenally rich. Chocolate and coffee right upfront. Alcohol comes through as well. I wish I could instantly age one of these but I guess I'll have to wait. (289 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter '03-'04 edition. Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Had an inpenetrable jet black color with a firm, lumpy mocha head that left little lace. Smell was a noseful of black malts, dark fruit, chocolate and alcohol aromas.
The taste was a plethora of roasted black malt, lightly sweetened with some black currant and prune notes. A hefty dose of baker's chocolate and a hard alcohol punch finished off each taste. There was a long bitter chocolate and burnt grain taste and a warming alcohol kick. The feel was full, rich, and chewy, with a dry finish.
A real potent brew that isn't afraid to show off the alcohol content inside. Drinkability took a minor hit as the prominant alcohol taste kept me from knocking this beer back in short order. Still, Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout is one of my top three favorite imperial stouts. A real winner. (853 characters)

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

Pitch black, motor oil pour, with a whipped, creamy tannish head, which will hold it's own throughout. Some chocolate malts, plums, dark roast coffee beans on the nose, quite pleasant. An incredible first impression beverage. Big bodied brew, almost syrupy up front; the initial twange is a combo of burnt/roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of alcohol noted. As she warms, the alchol is a bit more noticeable, a citric hop character comes through, dark fruit notes as well. Finishes with a smokey presence and bitter burnt malts; the burnt flavors are a bit overpowering to make this drinkable, but it is a beer to cherish. (639 characters)

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

The beer pours a thick black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is of chocolate and black malts. It's robust and hearty. The taste is great. It has a deep chocolate flavor with a good balance of black barley to add a crisp finish. The beer is thick and has an elevated abv taste you get along with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a great drinking stout. (417 characters)

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

Pours a beautiful ruby black with a dark brown head. Aroma is coffeeish. Taste is rich dark chocolate with espresso and black cherry overtones. Definitely chocolate taste but Perugina, not Hershey's. Strong on the tounge with a suprisingly dry and bitter finish. Great Stuff! (275 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Believe it or night, the pour was opaque, black as night. I detected some roasted notes as I took a whiff. Taste is heavy on the roasted notes as well, I must say I was a wee bit disapointed as my palate searched for the chocolate flavor I was promised. I did detect some of the alcohol, however. Very stoutlike, slightly dry, a lot of roasted flavor, but no chocolate? Come on! pat (382 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very ambitious beer.
Black with a nose of roasted, charred wood with blackened marshmallows. On the palate it endeavors a fizzy, lean but image-rich profile. There are earthy, musty notes of wet wool mittens, wood and iodine.
Burnt molasses turned into rum aged for a century in charred port barrels. Black rubber flip flops on hot asphalt. Too fizzy to establish a chocolate fruit flavor, there is an over-extracted coffee impression that remains from beginning to end. Tastes a little like chewed-up caffein pills. (519 characters)

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

A deep black color that is crowned by a brown head. This beer looks fairly viscous as I pour it into the glass.

There is definitely more of an aroma of chocolate than of roast malt and coffeee, thogh these aromas are here as well. Quite a bit of toasted biscuit aromas serve as a back drop to the chocolate.

Quite flavorful and malty. I get coffee notes in the middle and the finish is, surprise, all chocolate. Some what sweet, though this sweetness is quite subdued by all of the dark-malt flavors. The alcohol is farily hidden, though perhaps there is a hint of it in the finish. This beer fits perfectly right now in my hands, on this chilly desert night. As the beer sits in my glass a bit, I can pick up the alcohol in the aroma. This is quite good, quite enjoyable. Stellar, perhaps not, but I will be enjoying this one again. (840 characters)

Photo of Loki
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the wrapped neck label that reads ?Limited Bottling ? Winter 03-04?. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Brooklyn Black is a misnomer. Brooklyn "Void of Light" or "Black Hole" Chocolate Stout would be more appropriate. Light simply vanishes in the creamy void. The only light comes from the cocoa colored, cream head. Good lacing and great retention.

Smell: Simple, but effective. Overly roasted, almost burnt, not quite toasted malt with dark, unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Mythical, stuff borne of legends. This elixir enters the mouth as an invading horde of burnt malt and dark chocolate, quickly supressing all with its rich, thick, chewy body and flavors. As if a heat source in itself, it warms the mouth and body with alcohol and tastes as if someone had roasted the malt and melted the dark chocolate in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Thick, dominating and yet smooth and creamy. Solid and liquid all at the same time. Wonderous.

Drinkability: As long as your not driving it is suppurb. Fill this the body, mind, and soul with a warmness and bliss rarely found in a brew. (1,133 characters)

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

Since I am having this on tap and it is 2003, I am guessing this is from the '03 vintage. Solid black with no sign of light. The head is about 1/4 inch and is tan. Doesn't seem to be moving much, just a couple of bubbles here and there.

The smell is full of chocolate, malt and coffee. This is just what I expected. Upon tasting it seems different than last years. The hops seem a bit more present as well as the coffee. Once again, the alcohol is completely hidden.

Watch out, this one will get 'cha. (508 characters)

Photo of BrewDoctor
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12/13/03 - My lucky day! I was able to try this one on tap recently while visiting my wife's family in Long Island. After looking through a long list of beer's at Croxley's, I couldn't pass up this beauty.

Appearance: Black, dark and malty. However, the lighting at the bar did not allow me to really analyze the color The medium sized head was a dark mocha like espresso and remained in tact for the first few minutes.

Smell: A variety of rich roasted malts that say 'get ready, here I come' . The hop character was strong enough to rise through the malts.

Taste: Simple delicious! A symphony of roasted malt flavor, chocolate, and caramel to add a perfect level of sweetness. The alcohol flavor adds some spice, but it's not overpowering. It is relatively complex and leaves you savoring each distinct flavor. Like the smell, hops make a mild showing and add a great balance.

Mouthfeel & drinkability: A smooth, yet moderately powerful brew. There was light to medium carbonation which seemed to fit perfectly.

Overall: One of the best stouts I've ever had. Hands down, this is the best Brooklyn product I've tried to date. (1,141 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black. Very fine light mocha head.

Well-balanced, slightly bitter nose. Good dose of malt, chocolate leading the way. Overall its a bit subdued.

Nice in the mouth. Again, the balance is there. Chocolate leads the malt parade. Mouthfeel is good for the style, and the length is quite nice. A very good basic stout.

Tasted blind at the 12/14/03 St. Louis BA tasting. The above is my note prior to revealing the identity of the beer. Obviously, its not a basic stout, but it sure drinks like one. Don't know where they hid the alcohol. Not really up to Imperial standards in taste, but a very tasty brew. (617 characters)

Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical of the style, this beer pours jet black out of the bottle, with no light escaping through the liquid. There is a good amount of bubbly tan head, which recedes slowly in to a thin collar and a churning froth on top. The smell is quite odd to say the least. The only words that come to my mind when the smell hits my nose are salty raisinettes. There is very little scent of hops or malt because they are over powered by this off-chocolate fruity smell. The taste is more pleasant than the smell is. It is a smooth beer to drink, although it leaves a slightly chalky feel in the mouth. The taste is that of burnt malt and a little coffee and chocolate, hiding the hops underneath. The smell of this beer is strong enough to influence the initial taste as it hits your tongue. The aftertaste is very subtle roast coffee. Although there is alot of flavor to this beer, it is a bit unbalanced. Regardless, its not bad at all. (928 characters)

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

Presentation: Well I’ve been staring at this beauty for a few days now, over a week actually. It sat in my fridge looking like one of those expensive boxes of Chocolates. A tall thin 12 ounce bottle, the obverse label has an expensive looking black and gold label with some splashes of white. The wrapped neck label states that this is “Limited Bottling – Winter 03-04”. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Pitched Tar blackness fools the eye from a distance. Closer inspection reveals a true Black Body impervious to all but the stray Neutrino. A dark brown cocoa head smoothly forms once the nitrogenous turbiduous activity settles. A smooth looking 'milk colored with chocolate rice crispies' head slowly settles to a thin covering – Nice lacing with good conditioning.

Nose: Burnt, roasted and toasted malts mixed with dark Belgium unsweetened chocolates. Simple but impressive.

Taste: Imperious is a great word, which is often bounded about willy-nilly – but this Stout IS imperious. Massive roastness and lots of rich deep thick melted dark alcohol fused dark chocolates. Astringent finish that has a mild sweetness right at the end.

Mouthfeel: Has a mouthfeel bigger than I expected, it’s very thick and smooth on the oral senses. It sits in the mouth like a fresh fluffy flannelette blanket. Viscous and lube-oil like, the carbonation helps to spread the beer around the mouth and assists the Drinkability no end. Solid and Bold.

Drinkability: EyeChartBrew had a Six-Pack of this and shared it out amongst a few BA’s. I am not sure if I am more impressed with this huge act of kindness or the fact that I am ashamed to say that I need to the visit the homes of those who have yet to drink theirs so I can pinch them. This is a very smooth easy drinking Imperial Stout.

Overall: A present from San Diego’s own Cross-Eyed Mary. Well this time, Greg Koch, erm… I mean Todd Bissell a.k.a. Squire EyeChartBrew of the Hop-Burping province really parted with something special, and it’s very much appreciated. I always feel like the beer love comes North from San Diego way too often and is always one way – so I’m glad I found a good beer recently to reciprocate with during our next collective Beer Tasting – a 1999 Alesmith Grand Cru anyone? – better start soaking the Brats and blending the Cheese BigDog.

An excellent world class Stout - Wouldn’t it be great if tomorrow, for just one day, every Guinness tap around the world dispensed this. I swear Brooklyn would be inundated with requests for this Imperial Stout until their ears bled.

This was Bloody Marvelous – Many Thanks Todd!!! (2,649 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states, "Winter '03 - '04." I'm a little confused by one of the other statements on the bottle: "Brewed and bottled by the Brooklyn Brewery, Utica, N.Y." Utica!? What the hell?

Appearance: With some coaxing, I was able to produce a dark tan, one-finger head when I poured this viscous beer. It was jet black, and I mean jet black. The head was gone quickly, dissipating into just a few isolated patches of bubbles floating on the pure ebony liquid. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: A great smelling brew that had the very distinct odor of cocoa. Not pure chocolate, mind you, but powdered cocoa. This was strongest right after the pour, but then subsided to allow the other aromas to shine through and join in. There were the burnt smells of dark roasted malts, a sweetness that seemed to come more from the malt than the chocolate, dark bitter coffee, a light smokiness, and a hint of cream that only showed itself when the glass was agitated.

Mouthfeel: On the high-end of the medium-bodied specturm. There was quite a bit of tickle on the tongue, which surprised me, but not to the point that the beer felt rough. After I had been drinking this one for awhile, I definitely started to notice the tingle of the 8.5% alcohol.

Taste: Aside from a tart, somewhat astringent quality that pervaded the flavor from start to finish, this beer was chock full of dark malt flavors. The burnt, smoky taste of black roasted malts completely filled the mouth. I could only detect the slightest hint of chocolate malt in the mix, and that came across as dark, bitter chocolate. The finish was a continuation of the aforementioned dark malt flavors, combined with a good dose of hops. To me, the hops had an English quality to them and seemed slightly muddled in flavor.

This beer gave me the hat trick of the well-known chocolate stouts. In my mind, this beer, along with Rogue and Young's, is one of the big three chocolate stouts that permeates the American market. However, I have learned that this offering is nothing, and I repeat nothing, like the other two. While the others actually use chocolate in the brewing process, Brooklyn's is an representation of an imperial stout that uses chocolate (and other) malt only to create its flavor. Overall, a good beer, though there are other "big" stouts that I would rather drink.

Thanks Bruiser81! (2,364 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep black can't see any light coming through whatsoever with a nice sized tan head leaves nice even ring of lacing. Aroma: Dark roasts bring about hints of chocolate and seared fruit with alcohol notes around the edges this is a complex big imperial stout. Taste: Creamy chocolate tone quickly nulled by a streak of alcohol like a shot of liquer infused with cherries and other fruit notes this is one big beer here, nice and alluring just a bit overwhelming one glass at a time not a session by any means. Mouthfeel: Full bodied thick syrupy mouthfeel this a big stout. Drinkability: I am much more proned to a Young's Double Chocolate if I'm going after a chocolate character in my stout this one has alot more of everything alcohol, malts, and chocolate just may lack some balance with the searing alcohol burn in presents. (839 characters)

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

2003-2004 edition. 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep jet black color with 3 fingers of dark tan foam that cascaded a bit on a heavy pour. There is lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is very rich with cocoa, coffee, and caramel. A brilliant sweet aroma that fills the nose well. The taste starts with burnt malt and chocolate. Sweet, but not a bit cloying. Coffee and toffee are also present. The finish ends with a tad bit of hops. A very well balanced stout. The mouthfeel is very thick, yet silky smooth, just wonderful. The drinkability is fairly good for being 8.5%. I could sure enjoy at least a couple on this cold winter night. (671 characters)

Photo of pio
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

the brawney head was dark tan with a slight ruby/cranberry tinture. very foamy and staying, nicely aroused in the glass and leaving a great amount of clingy reminant lace. oh yeah and the liquid was black as anything could be. on to the great scent of this beer. hops that smell sweet like candy and candied fruit, cherries and a number of chocolate tones. milk chocolate, cocoa, creme de cacao and so on. on the taste, whoa, what alot of coco! people might think this has some coffee but it's not more than a hint, that is cocoa, dry dark chocolate. it's totally rocking and greatly dry, it just dries up the palate like mad. there are hints of cherries here on the palate as well. it's very warming and i didn't know what the abv was until now and i'm not amazed other than how well that was cloaked by chocolate on the nose and on the palate. quite a creamy mouthfeel, full bodied and very complimentary to the beer. the drinkability i rated in accordance to the idea that this is certainly a one at a time beer, a special time. i can't go putting one of these down because i feel like a beer. (1,096 characters)

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

Sampled courtesy of the Opthamologist Brewer from a 12 oz bottle marked "Winter '03 - '04" in a Guinness Imperial Pint.

Beer pours ebony black and as clear as a night dweller with a blindfold.

Head is low, brown-tan and gone in a flash.

Aroma is intensely roasty with an oily espresso character. that is both slick and harsh on the tongue. Nutty Chocolate tones like a broken and slighty burnt dark chocolate ganache round out the palate with just a hint of alcohol.

Flavor follows suit with a starting touch of roast and CO2.Coffee roasts start to pick up with a large molasses backing. Hard dark cocoa builds and takes over for the coffee before a final finish hop fights the remaining sweetness down. REsidual sweetness from the body remains on the lips long after beer is but a dry memory on the palate. (820 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The thick black body was crowned by a humongous beige head that lasted and laced with gusto. The engine oil look was matched by a feel like a very viscuous lubricant wanting to ease my pain. The smell of roasted grain and chocolate is very pronounced and the taste was a lovely blend of coffee and dark chocolate with an overlay of alcohol. Limited by its ABV, the drinkability can only be rated as moderate as this is very strong stout. Lovely, but with pronounced, muscular biceps. (483 characters)

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 2,717 ratings.