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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,517 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,517
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 298
Gots: 860 | FT: 49
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%

12oz bottle. Poured black with a huge, brown, long lasting head. Great aroma is of dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and some bready notes. Full smooth body with dark fruit sweetness is balanced by espresso coffee, lots of burnt grain and alcohol as well. Finish is huge and dry. Great beer.

12-08-2010 21:10:21 | More by mikeg67
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -41%

Pours black in color with a 1 finger coffee brown head with ok retention

The scent is of dark chocolate with dark fruit.

The taste was incredibly sour at first, bad batch? After the sourness passed I tasted some dark chocolate and notes of coffee, the high alcohol was hardly noticeable.

Full bodied, smooth and creamy, low carbonation.

This was not a very good beer due to the incredible sourness, I probably had a bad batch, if I see this somewhere else I will have to retry.

12-08-2010 19:48:05 | More by BeerCon5
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

Cellared one year.

Pours very dark with a deep tan head that is quite dense.
Deep roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and burnt malts.
Hop bouquet as expected was sutle.
Definitely big roasted maltiness here. Hints of burnt malts, smoke, cofee and chocolate. Hops are less intrusive after a year but a nice bitter bit is present.
A thick full bodied beer that is smooth with a good alcohol warming on finish.
A fair amount of alcohol and the style in general would prevent me from having more then maybe two.

12-08-2010 14:48:13 | More by micromaniac129
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

A- Pours pitch black with a fingers worth of mocha colored head. The lacing is clinging onto the edges with every turn of the glass. Looks great!

S- Wow. A deep & rich malt is first experienced followed by a some sweet chocolate and possibly some dark fruits. The scent of alcohol is pretty well hidden.

T- Super roasty. Rich coffee, molasses, roasty malts, and of course, chocolate. This one is pretty complex in flavor but seems to keep a decent balance between flavors. I expected a bit more of chocolate prominent tastes but it still makes for a tasty brew. Along with the bitterness on the end there seems to also be a bit of smokiness involved as well. After the great flavors dim, the powerful 10%ABV shows it's face.

M- This one covers the palate pretty well and makes for a pretty full feel. Moderate carbonation also contributes to the quality of the mouthfeel

D- The alcohol content is pretty well masked by the complexity of this brew which makes it dangerously drinkable.
Pretty good stout. Ill be aging a few and comparing them with next years.

12-08-2010 06:58:27 | More by ChugginOil
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Genuine

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Here goes my first RIS - Not sure what to expect but lets dive in!

Poured beautiful black in color, which no light can pass through even when back lit, and sat on top was a dark khaki head that stayed around for quite a while and left sheets of lace down the glass.

Smell - Hints of chocolate, deep malts, some booze...the nose on this tells me that the 10% is definitely going to be noticable...we'll see.

Taste - WOW! I think I've finally found my favorite stout! I can't believe that this is 10%...it is incredibly hidden that I don't notice it one bit. I would have to say I didn't think it was over 6%. This beer is incredible....taste dark roasted maltyness comes over the palate, with perfect coffee notes coming through, just enough hopes to finish the operation. The hops are not over whelming in this and I don't consider this bitter at all. What a wonderful balance for a stout!

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, carbonation is just enough...there doesn't need to be anymore. The beer is great when you get near the end of the glass and most of the carbonation has receded.

Drinkability - It is amazingly drinkable at 10%...dangerously so. I could have a few of these without any problem whatsoever. This is such a great winter brew for winding down a cold winter night. I will definitely be purchasing more of this for when those nights come around. This is the stout that I've been searching for and I'm glad I've found a stout that I like a lot. The combination of the roasted malts, coffee and toffee aftertaste that lingers like the perfect cup of coffee in the morning. Great job BBC!!

12-08-2010 05:08:47 | More by Genuine
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

A-black, thin tan head...almost non existent

S-smells like bittersweet chocolate and a bit boozey as well. Fairly strong and very sweet. Dark roasted malts in there as well.

T-hits with a blast of dark roasted malts and some chocolate undertones. this quickly fades in to a short lasting weird tanginess. the after-taste is very strong with dark roasted malts. its coupled with a classic RIS bitterness.

M-medium carbonation with a great creaminess to it

D-its very thick bodied and filling. i'm not sure if the flavor is glorious enough for the high ABV to make it very drinkable

12-07-2010 04:17:50 | More by AdamBear
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djmichaelk

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12oz bottle into a snifter. Winter 2010 bottling.

A - Pours the expected midnight black, with a thin half-finger of mocha head that only sticks around for about 30 seconds before receding to a ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S - Loads of dark chocolate and roastiness. Hints of tobacco and leather. Quite nice, making me want to keep my nose in the glass.

T - Like someone liquified a dark chocolate candy. Lots of roast, coffee, sweetness around the edges, and dark, dark chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish, but none of the earthiness that I had expected from a RIS. But overall very nice.

M - Silky at times, but too much carbonation. It feels a little harsh, almost acidic.

D - The flavors are nice, but the carbonation and high abv bring this aspect of the beer down a bit. I might be able to have another but that'd be it.

O - A good beer at a great price. If this was available year-round I'd probably buy more of it as a decadent treat to have once in a while.

12-06-2010 18:09:40 | More by djmichaelk
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busterthecat

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a 12oz into oversized tulip glass.

A- Pours dark caramel, black when in the glass. Slight light brown lacing gracing the edge of glass.

S- Burnt chocolate, roasted toffee. some coffee and sweet figs. some alc is present. slight musk of wet lumber.

T- Bitter coffee abounds, bitter sweet chocolate that increases as warms. Some roasted and dark malts present. was hoping for more body for this IRS.

M- Coffee bitterness is mild and lingering. The feel is pleasant and dry. Could be a bit fuller.

D- Alc well hidden for 10% abv. A good sipper. want to see how it ages.

12-06-2010 17:45:16 | More by busterthecat
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Black in color with a thick dark beige head that reduces to a thin beige cap that leaves wet lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt and sweet dark chocolate aromas. Thick, viscous feel. Roasted and burnt malt flavors in the beginning, sweet chocolate in the middle and a lighly dry pine hop finish. Definitely a sipper. Not due to the higher alcohol content, but due to the intensity of the burnt malt flavor.

12-06-2010 17:06:28 | More by IronLover
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

This is a review for their 2010 edition. This might be the first beer that, year to year, I noticed changes in - in flavor and body.

Gotta drink this at damn near room temp. Finding this out with a lot of ('high gravity') brews.

Ranks among the blackest beers around. Often starts with a swell of foamy mocha head (if poured well) only to collapse under the weight. Can't recall significant lacing from any of the 174 bottles of this I've consumed. The blackness wins me over.

Heavy booze should be the first thing you detect. When warm, a stark and enticing blend of dark bitter roast - somewhat coffee-ish - and some thin molasses and black licorice waft noseward. A little tough to tell if some of the bitterness comes from the hops, but it's pleasant all the same.

The flavor is what you might expect and hope for from a well-crafted, workman-like RIS - this 2010 is not the best I remember. Much of what I described in the aroma hold at a similar moderate intensity in the taste, with the light yet rich molasses sweetness and, of course, ethyl coming to the fore. Wouldn't say there's true 'chocolate' notes in there, and that's something that seems to vary year to year.

Luckily, despite the dominating presence of alcohol, it never stings or burns (even in the finish) and the smooth and thinly velvety malt base helps balance it all out wonderfully. A digestif or special treat is the best way to enjoy this. Can't beat the price, either.

12-06-2010 04:57:37 | More by Bouleboubier
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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

poured bottle into pint glass.
very black. 3 finger brown head. sticky lacing.
sweet chocolaty aroma.
yeast malt and spices. faint alcohol smell. nothing overt for a 10% beer.
super bitter tasting with a sweet coffee finish.
the bitterness covers most of the alcohol. but still a slow drinking beverage.
a pleasant winter warmer.
continues to bring a burnt roast flavor. a little too sweet overall which brings down the drinkability.

12-06-2010 02:59:46 | More by paxkey
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

First time buying a brooklyn bottle, had plenty on tap.

Under 8 bucks for a 4 pack of a big stout? STEAL of the century.

Pours a lovely black cream with a coco cream head.

As expected not much aroma. Burnt malt, coco, roast barely I believe, a touch of hops.

Sweet enough, burnt and roasted flavors, and a nice hop bitte4r finish. The sweet hoppy finish is exceptional. No fruity flavors really come through like some of the other big hoppy beers. Yet this one isn't really dry.

Well carbinated, creamy, yet finishes rather dier than expected for those characteristics.

12-06-2010 02:34:09 | More by bobhits
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Got this 12oz single today from the Lebanon Health Food Store, Lebanon NH, for $2.09. Winter 09-10 version, so it's +/- a year old, code 2729 1003 stamped on the bottle. Served cold in a chilled goblet.

The eyes see:
A hard pour of this thick oily brew gives minimal head, just a thin tan meniscus at the beer-glass interface. Tiny little threads of lace.

The nose smells:
Semi-sweet and unexpectedly fruity... candied cherries and dark cooca... like dark chocolate cordial cherries. Also some lighter berry fruits, strawberry or raspberry, and a little boozy warmth.

The mouth says:
Tastes pretty similar to the smell. Dark chocolate with a ton of fruity cherry and berry aspects, simultaneously dry and sweet, plus some pretty subtle alcohol pepper and heat. Feel is thick and resinous. The taste has a bit of sweetness but the feel is totally dry. A little bit of vanillin, charred malt, and coffee also are present.

Like chocolate cake soaked in cherry liquor.

This is definitely a very classy brew, big and huge. The fruits are a little unexpected though... not simply because their presence, but rather because their strength.

12-06-2010 02:24:28 | More by BeerNinja007
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Black as night is the appearance! with a nice tan head..

smells of chocolate malt....dark malts...a little roasted character...

the taste is a silky chocolate texture that goes on forever! almost no alcohol taste...

the feel is as silky as they come...

i could def drink this all night...but the alcohol would catch up after like two!

12-05-2010 01:20:01 | More by nickthegun12
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance-pitch black with a three finger tan head that dissipates and clings to the glass.

Smell-Chocolaty malt aroma with hints of coffee and alcohol.

Taste-Starts of sweet then hints of chocolaty malt hit the senses with a slight bitterness. Finishes off with again with sweetness.

Mouthfeel-Very smooth with medium carbonation. Good mix of sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability¬¬¬-This is not a beer that you would have more than two at a time. It is on the sweet side and the 10% abv while well hidden will hit you. This is beer that you want to pair with dessert. Overall very good and would buy again.

12-04-2010 19:30:15 | More by mweso2000
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king75

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

A- is a dark black with an inch of creamy chocolate head.

S-Can make out chocolate, a little coffee and some heavy malt, can smell the booze in this one. Smells great overall.

T-Can make out the chocolate, but has a bit of a bitter bite at the end like a good dark chocolate, can taste some coffee and malts as well. The only reason I gave it this low of a taste rating is because of the sweetness. It is really good, but it is definitely a sipper because of the sweetness.

M- Extremely smooth with a medium body and finishes with a nice little bitter bite. Has a great feel to it.

D- Is very drinkable, but you are not going to throw this one back quickly due to the sweetness.

Notes: this would make a great desert beer to finish off a good meal.

12-04-2010 17:24:03 | More by king75
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate and malts. Taste is like the smell, malts, chocolate, some alcohol, pretty good. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

12-04-2010 16:38:10 | More by tone77
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -6%

A: pitch black, decent light brown head and lacing.
S: chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark dried fruit and boozy rum.
t: all of the above. Full Sweet dark roasty malts are mostly balanced out by roastiness underlying bitterness and alcohol.
M. Full bodied round and smooth.
D: a sipper. Booziness detracts overall.

12-04-2010 06:45:53 | More by MrMcGibblets
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cbak999

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A - very little head quickly fades to none. Beer is opaque black...motor oil black and seems almost silky as poured into a glass.

S - all chocolate and booze. Hints of licorice.

T - Coffee dominates the chocolate. Also notice raisins.

D - very drinkable for 10%. Very smooth and creamy on the tongue. Once of these packs a lot of punch. Great for a cold night!

12-03-2010 01:21:35 | More by cbak999
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A= Dark black in color with a tan head that provided nice lacing.

S= I smell the chocolate in this one but I also smell espresso beans which I like.

T= I taste bitter chocolate a little bit of fruit like prunes and the coffee flavor. It is also creamy in taste a little.

M= Thick full bodied beer pretty nice.

D= I would probably want to age this one a little more before I drink it again.

12-02-2010 06:33:59 | More by LiquidBread219
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Had this one earlier tonight at the Yellow Brick Pizza Oven in Columbus.
A: Black with a thin collar and film.
S: Chocolate with rum and molasses, caramel, and wood barrel and vanilla, with slightly bright earthy hops underneath.
T: Sticky sweet and everything you'd expect from the smell with a dry oatmeal finish, strong alcohol with bourbon/rum/sherry characteristics.
M: Sticky with mild carbonation.
D: OK, but one 12 oz is enough, especially with the strong alcohol presence.

12-02-2010 04:34:02 | More by ne0m00re
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shredsofautumn

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6%

Appearance- This beer pours a color that would reflect that of an oil change being performed on a lawnmower that has not been used in 3 seasons. Deep black, the small 1 finger head on a gentle pour shows a deep mocha/cappuccino color. The head reduces quite rapidly to show off this black beauty in its full body and character.

Smell- Tons of Dark 85% cacao chocolate, Toffee, Espresso, The smell of opening a box of fresh raisins, Some Sherry, Quite a bit of Molasses.

Taste- Raisin & Chocolate start upon entering the mouth. Upon the "Kentucky Chew", I taste quite a large amount of Espresso & Molasses. The Finish is a bitter Leathery, Black coffee taste. The alcohol bite shows through and warms the esophagus, bringing with it a lasting table wine-esque warmth that seems to last and last.

Mouthfeel- Warm & Coating. Feels Maple Syrup- like in texture, yet goes down like water. Nothing bitter stays in the mouth, only its palette coating characteristics of Coffee & Chocolate.

Drinkability- A delicious meal in a glass. I could down several of these, but would wind up acting like a fool as a result. It's a beer of distinct character & body (russian imperial stout comes to mind, as this is what i would call it in every way), and is a beer to be savored fireside as you ward off the winter and work to stay warm until Spring comes. This beer is a quality Seasonal that I look forward to Year-Round, though living in Massachusetts, (due to its slow selling nature), it's usually available all year round. Love it!

12-02-2010 02:22:35 | More by shredsofautumn
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

We pour a syrupy brew that is the deepest brown in color, and entirely opaque. It maintains a one and a half finger light brown head. This dissipates down to leave a layer of foam right on top of the beer, with coloring in the center lighter than on the edges. Thick lacing appears down the sides as this occurs. Whiffs reveal heavy malt character intertwined with bittersweet dark chocolate. There is also the suggestion of dried cherries. The taste begins with a light malty flavor with hints of vanilla. This is swept away by leathery bitterness that could be lent from either the roasted or chocolate malts, or any hops added to balance out the complex grain bill. The flavors that dominate into the aftertaste are certainly lent from bitter chocolate and roasted grain. Through the end of the sip there is also the warming palpation of alcohol. The mouth is left dry, despite the creamy full body of the beer and lack of any strong carbonation. The drinkability is stifled a bit by the borderline offensive aftertaste and the high abv.

Overall, what we liked most about this beer was the rich and delicious creaminess of the mouthfeel coupled with the stark appearance and aromas. This brew delivers all of the flavors it promises and then some. After drinking it, our mouths are almost comparable to the feel of just having consumed a bite of 100% cocoa which, while tasty, can become overwhelming.

12-01-2010 04:07:07 | More by TheBrewo
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

poured cold from the tap near black with a nice full finger long lasting tan head with nice retention.

subtle aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee in the wayback.

coffee and dark chocolate up front, mildly bittersweet, a
bit of an acidic tang after - alcohol heat also follows.

mildly bitter, big bodied, smooth.

drinkable - no not really

11-29-2010 19:09:42 | More by robwestcott
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JizackFH

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A - This one pours a very dark brown color, and has a small dark tan head. Very dark beer, no light is able to pass through it. The head also left decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - The smell is sweet and boozy. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. This beer smells pretty good.

T - Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate up front. There is a good sweetness to it which is balanced by a good amount of roastiness. There is also some alcohol presence that is noticeable.

M - This has a rich and creamy mouthfeel. It has a full body, and good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and has a slight warming quality.

D - I think this is a really drinkable beer. It has a full body, but it seems to go down a lot easy than some stouts. It doesn't have the rough bitterness that I have experienced with some other stouts, and also it masks its alcohol content quite well. I will definitely pick more of this up

11-29-2010 09:40:01 | More by JizackFH
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93 out of 100 based on 5,517 ratings.