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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,739 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,739
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 326
Gots: 933 | FT: 47
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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Ratings: 5,739 | Reviews: 2,650 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A real beer, the 03-04 version. Chocolate dark brown color and small brown head. Alcohol comes through in the drink, so slow down! Very noticeable chocolate and roasted malt. Made to age some. Thought a bit much carbonation, which held back on mouthfeel. Great dessert. Five and a half-years later, the roast and so-forth, not as thick as the new breed of RIS, still a great desert or dessert beer.

Sammy, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -27.7%

t0rin0, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +20.5%

spycow, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mjtiernan and SalukiAlum for each sending me a bottle of this!

Pours a pitch black with a huge 3 inch dark chocolate colored head that fades to a small cap. Very nice distinct rings of lace around the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, and dark fruits. Taste is of dark bittersweet chocolate, plums/prunes, roasty coffee, and slight soy sauce. There is a pleasant coffee/dark chocolate bitterness after each sip. There is also a slight acidity in the beer. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, this is a very good RIS. I am glad I got a chance to try this one and that I have another bottle to drink later.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Jan 14, 2012
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.

Thorpe429, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009-10 limited bottling.

Pours black with nice dark khaki tan head and pours with a viscous quality.

Nose is clean, fresh, with an assertive sweet sugar carmel sweet coffee and sweet black chocolate character;

Medium bodied to full in the mouth-character and mouthfeel actually seems to improve is swirled a bit or kept in the mouth " a bit" before swallowing.

Flavors are assertive bright semi sweet black coffee and black chocolate. Full roasted grain flavors that are more sweet coffee/sweet bright acidic espresso that chocolate. Appealing and inviting.

Finish follows flavor but more of a chocolate character develops, to an end palate of espresso bitter. Nice stout with a "sweet and fruity" basic character. 03/11

GRG1313, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +20.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Release 04-05

Appearance: Pours a dark, muddy black color with a small mocha head that leaves some splashes of lacing

Smell: Bitter chocolate and coffee notes dominate, along with prunes and a hint of alcohol; slightly smokey

Taste: Very complex. Starts out with the roasted malt flavors, lots of chocolate and coffee then, the prunes; after a few seconds the first wave of bitterness takes over; then you get a burst of alcoholic warmth which stays with you as the chocolate, sweeter this time, returns in the finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and viscous with a modest amount of carbonation

Drinkability: This is so rich and alcohol-laden that it is hard to drink the whole bottle. Forget about a second.

brentk56, Apr 08, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on Nitro-tap at Pazzo's Pizza Pub. Although I have drank my share of this beer in the past, I couldn't pass up an opportunity to have it in it's nitro-fused version. The beer is delivered to the bar with a heavily viscous black with a tan, mousse-like froth resting at the top of the glass. Tough to fight through the foam and obtain that first sip. Meanwhile, filling aromas of highly roasted malt, espresso, malty / nutty scents, and an unusual lactose fill the round out the olfactories. Flavors of espresso, cocoa powder, and an underlying sweet maltiness set the base for the brew, the show some light caramel, vanilla, pecan, and light esters of dates, figs, and grapes. The nitrous seems to mellow the flavors considerably, while giving a sharp tart taste -- akin to lactic acid. The mouthfeel, while initially very creamy, later resides to normal levels and is as easy to drink as any other versions of the beer. Always a fantastic beer, but the Nitro-tap did not hold the luster that I had anticipated.

BEERchitect, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with dark brown foamy head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised of chocolate with strong malt and some subtle coffee in the back. Taste is very enjoyable with some chocolate being easily noticeable with again strong malt and a coffee and bitter ending. Very fine beer for those last cold winter days…

Phyl21ca, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ink black with the barest sliver of ruby at the edges. BBCS is as close to absolute black as it's possible to get... without quite getting there. The expansive crown is dark tan in color and appears sticky enough to have some staying power. There's isn't much lace, though small ragged sheets are seen.

The aroma is redolent of sweet dark roasted malt, with the usual RIS overlay of chocolate and black coffee. The former is more prominent than the latter. Hops don't make much of an olfactory splash.

My first impression of the flavor is that the alcohol is more evident than it should be. It isn't masked well at all. There's plenty of bittersweet chocolate, which is nice. It's like drinking a melted Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bar mixed with espresso and vodka. Too bad it's a little too raw and burnt/charred.

This beer doesn't have the power, the depth or the complexity of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout. Masking the alcohol more completely would go a long way toward letting the flavor profile free to do its thing. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. No complaints there.

I don't know if cellaring this relatively fresh Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout will soften it a little, but I'll give it a try since I have five bottles left to drink.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 finger tan frothy head with lots of lacing on a jet black body with no light passing though. So as I smelled this one I was waiting for chocolate which is definitly there but I was pleasantly surprised by the cola aroma that I got. Vanilla and earthy notes are there too. The flavor is mostly a robust roasted malt with chocolate notes, mostly in the finish. Not as dynamic as the aroma but very smooth as drinkable. Mild hops as well. Full bodied and moderate carbonation. Overall a highly drinkable russian imperial stout, the booze are well hidden.

kylehay2004, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to jaxon53 for getting me this, been a long time coming!

Poured deep black as midnight with a huge creamy head the would not fade till the end. Thick gooey lace that stuck to and clouded up the glass. This looks thick like a milk shake, gottta love it. Smell was very nice big chocolate as you would expect but hints of alcohol as well. Caramel, sugar and vanilla round it very nicely, perfect dessert. This tatstes very yummy, deep dark chocolate flavors, with a slight alcohol warming, wonderful creamy feel. This is very nice. Dry finish, smooth and for 10.5% abv it is very drinkable. I only wish I was able to get more for the cellar, as I feel this will only improve with time! Great beer and glad I could try it.

mikesgroove, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TheKingsofHops for hooking it up with a couple bottles of this.

A: A 2009-2010 bottle poured into my Cigar City snifter. The pour is a beautiful, viscous, jet black with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: This beer has a very intense nose. A lot of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, roasted malt, and some alcohol. Maybe a bit of maple syrup in there as well.

T: The taste features many of the same characters as the nose. A lot of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. The alcohol is there but not all that noticeable.

M: The body is quite full, as you would expect from an imperial stout. The carbonation also fits the style, as it is low.

D: The ABV is quite well hidden in terms of the taste, but it's quite apparent upon drinking a bottle. Still, the beer is quite tasty.

womencantsail, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a beautiful black color with a brown head. The head left a pretty good lacing down the glass after each sip. The smell of the see had a nice hoppy chocolate aroma to it. The taste is rich with dark chocolate and bitter burnt toast. The aftertaste had a hoppy bitterness too adding to the flavor. The mouthfeel of this beer had a pretty good thickness and the feel was pretty oily. Overall this beer was pretty freaking good.

Knapp85, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

('05-'06 release)

Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.

Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.

Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 15, 2005
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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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