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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this black chocolate stout on black Friday (sorry, I had to put that line in). Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass and this picked me up during this cold Virginia winter (I've spent the last 2 years in Florida, 50 degrees in Nov. is cold to me).
No head whatsoever, as this is midnight black color. Imagine Coke SYRUP - a good sign from a stout.
Upon smell there are hints of chocolate and coffee, and upon that first taste the malt kicks in. You can definitely realize the high ABV, which makes it slightly less sweet and smooth compared to Rogue's Chocolate Stout (which I think the ABV is in the 6 or 7 range), but is not as thick or leaves that somewhat malty, bitter aftertaste like an Old Rasputin does (which is still a very good beer). I think the reviewer before me, or the person in front of him mentioned how the high ABV limits the drinkability and I concur. I have had one after leftovers and I might have a second one, if that. This is a very good beer, more on the stout side than chocolate, so if you're looking for something very sweet you might want to pass. But if you are a beer lover, you'll have to pick this up and just have a nice glass (preferably after a meal so the 10.6% doesn't hit you) to warm you up during winter.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Sports Page in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black. One inch of dark brown head. Tree ring like lace down the glass.

Smells like dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Tastes very similar. Apparently there is no chocolate added to this beer, which is incredible, because it has an insanely rich chocolate flavor. Guess the malts are really good. Some vanilla as well.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel- not the thickest imperial stout ever, but still pretty solid. Low carbonation.

Brooklyn's best beer, I think. Such deep flavor, for a great price.

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

I got this one in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

First off, I've had this brew before, years ago, I remember loving it but it was at a time that I wasn't in to reviewing beers. So, here goes:

It pours from 12oz bottle(label says: Limited bottling-Winter 06-07) an absolutely pitch black with a very small head of foam, typical for the style. After a few minutes, the foam recedes to just a ring around half of my glass. Yep, one half has some foam, the other half has no foam at all.

The smell has big notes of chocolate,(duh) sweet and roasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol.

The taste is very chocolatey at first, overpowering everything else but...the next sips reveals roasted malt, toffee, some dark chocolate, raisin, plum, molasses...very complex. Just what I want and expect from a RIS. Yummy. It's medium bodied and the carbonation is lightly done and it finishes with that almost heavenly dark chocolate bitterness. I have to say, the alcohol definitely gives me some warming during and after the swallow but it doesn't interfere with the actual flavour at all. Great sipping brew, as it *should* be. Man, I love the style and this one carries the banner very nicely. I'm *so* glad I got a chance to try it again. Thanks again, John!

Bottom line: A very tasty and palate pleasing RIS that I can only highly recommend. My hat is off to Brooklyn Brewing.

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

A: Black; no light coming through. Poured 2 finger chocolate head with excellent retention. Laced in globby fingers of lace.

S: Big roasted malts, burnt bitter coffee, chocolate. Finishes with dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Consistent with smell; roasted nad chocolate malts most dominant. Earthy bitter hop brought balance to the big malts. Finish was dry and full of warming alcohol.

M: Full body. Litte carbonation. Smooth, rich, creamy and soothing.

D: Let this one warm a bit and sip it slowly by the mouthfull; you'll be pleased.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass oct10 2009

A pours black with a mocha head that has good retention and leaves decent lace after it falls to a 1/4in film.

S dark malt and coffee with some chocolate

T more espresso and I taste a little booze but not the 10% I see printed on the bottle. the chocolate is very dark and hard to miss, well done overall

M you may not need a knife and fork but it's no slouch in the thickness department

D yikes!! I could see this beer causing me problems if I had more of it too drink, it's so smooth I can't see how anyone could not like this beer

this is one of those beers you need try

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is cocoa, chocolate with faint espresso but not a lot of roast. Pours very dark brown to black under a vigorous, finely bubbled, persistent, lacy light tan cap. The palate has chocolate flavors from the malts blending with the added chocolate flavors over a variety of grain flavors and hints of caramel. It finishes with lingering bittersweet chocolate flavors. Very well balanced. The texture is very creamy, close to a nitro beer and is very full bodied to chewy. The carbonation is very fine and soft.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a syrupy opaque black/brown colour with a very large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, coffee, roasted/toasted notes, slightly metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and feels very creamy. Most of the taste consists of chocolate, coffee and malts. The alcohol is well hidden and there are also some light hops. The beer finishes with a bitter coffee aftertaste.

Drink - A delicious and flavourful chocolate beer that I am going to go buy some more of tomorrow. I like that fact that it isn't too over the top in the flavour department, leaving it highly drinkable. I'd like to have a few bottles cellared so I can taste it again with a few years on it. It's a great winter warmer or dessert beer - a must try

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Photo of dar482
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a creamy light tan head. It dissipates from a fluffy one to a one finger head. Creaminess sticks to the glass and leaves some some lacing.

The aroma has a milk chocolate and oatmeal stout aroma and a creaminess. Black coffee, almost like deep espresso, roasted chocolate malt. There’s a slight booziness in there too. Almost like Nesquick with the milkiness. There's also some Belgian quad deep rich fruits too.

The flavor has this semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a good roasted malt backbone. There’s a The middle has this uplifting bitterness of dark chocolate and a slight booze. The finish has roasted bitterness that climbs up from the middle. There’s definitely some alcohol and licorice in there. There’s a big lingering roasted smokiness that lingers. It really has a huge Russian Imperial stout flavor.

The mouthfeel falls a bit too quickly, but it does leave a great big strong finish on your tongue.

The beer is almost like an oatmeal stout, but huge and with bitter chocolate. It really is quite well rounded. I wouldn’t recommend this as a “chocolate” beer because it really isn’t. It instead is a roasty Russian Imperial.

(This is an update)
With a year, the beer still shows some booze on both the nose and flavor. Lots of coffee, some fudgey chocolate, dark raisins. The beer is quite robust and very heavy on the roast. Almost a grainy quality there too.

I French pressed a tablespoon of Intelligentsia Bourbon County 2013 coffee into it.

The aroma is just of fresh roasted coffee, like at a roaster or store. Obscenely coffee fresh.
The flavor follows with a bit of the base beer of dark chocolate and roasted malt, but then it's dominated by a beautiful woody, vanilla, dark cherry black coffee. The booze still comes through.

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

'05-'06: Black beer with a mocha head composed of fine bubbles. Extended, spotty lacing and good retention. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma, a bit of nuttiness and significant alcohol. Bitter chocolate flavour throughout, with plenty of malt sweetness and roast. Plenty of bitterness, which lingers into the finish along with the chocolate character and a mild cherry flavour. Silky texture with a roasted dryness and fine carbonation. It had a fair bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Quite tasty overall and it would go great with dessert.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not my first time drinking this beer, just my first time reviewing it.

Nice ring of dark tan foam rests on top of an almost black liquid. Brownies, brownies, brownies in my notstrils. Semi-sweet milk chocolate i believe with a soothing and inviting alcoholic warmth. Dry brownies, semi-sweet chocolate chips in watery cream. Evening blend coffee on the finish and also showcases the alcohol very well. Great nightcap, sipping beer. Just a lovely RIS. This beer deserves all of its accolades.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the BBCS pours a dark brown/black color with a small (about a finger high) tan head. Lacing is good. It smells like chocolate, dark fruit (raisins and plums) and roasted malt. It tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of alcohol. It starts off sweet and then has a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and a bit syrupy. Drinkability is very good, it's nice and smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a very, very good beer. I'd definitely recommend it to others, it's a very nice brew.

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-13 vintage.

Aggressive pour yields an opaque black with garnet highlights and a dense 2" cappuccino head that dissipates very slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Dark fruits...bruised cherry, plum, and raisin begin the aroma, with alcohol, chocolate, roast malt, chocolate, and toasted nuts adding to the profile. Coffee notes emerge.

Chocolate erupts on the palate, accompanied by dark fruits at the base, and ending slightly roasty and a touch dry. Dark cherry, dates, and figs are fairly pronounced, with light notes of coffee balancing.

Body is thick, almost syrupy, with low carbonation. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Much more dark fruit than I recall. Good, complex flavor profile. A touch hot, but will age well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This years batch

A - Pours a pitch black viscous color with an inch of tan/mocha head

S - Smells kind of muted but get smells of licorice, chocolate malts, and coffee

T - The alcohol really mutes most of the flavor but the roasted coffee and chocolate along with the burn undertone really cover the ABV well. It was overall creamy and smooth.

M - Heavy to medium. Better with age but a sipper.

D - Well I did get a case of this last year and it was a chore to finish. Now I just pick up a few bottles every now and again. This beer drinks great especially after a light porter or stout. Cheers!

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

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date, but was just released.

(A)- Pours pitch black and produced a decent brown head that quickly dissipated down to bubbles. Left behind some bits of lacing here and there.

(S)- Lots of roasted chocolate with a coffee twist. Some raisin in the background.

(T)- Tons of rich & layered cocoa and dark chocolate that oozes molasses & raisin bread.

(M)- Rather smooth for the style. Where is the 10.6%abv? Great balance and carbonation level. This explodes with flavor in the mouth and slides down the throat easily.

(D)- A great stout that has a fitting name. Great chocolate flavors all over the place. People say that this ages well. . . it might, but tastes great right now! Deceptively drinkable, but I will feel it later. Let this warm up a bit, it only gets better.

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

Vintage 06-07, ABV 9.6%.

The beer pours slowly and completely silent. The liquid is black; the finger thick brown head slowly sinks down to a lid leaving some very nice lacing. Floating luxury…

The smell fills the entire room: Heavily roasted malts, black coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa and bitter almonds. Some notes of wood ageing and matured strong wine.

The almost overwhelming taste is strong, balanced and extravagant. Dry bitterness blends with creamy roasted chocolate/coffee/nut flavours. The aftertaste is surprisingly bitter with some notes of red wine, expensive chocolate and coffee liquor. And you know what? Not a trace of all that alcohol…

The carbonation is very strong. Lots of microscopic soft bubbles fill my mouth. The liquid is very smooth and creamy.

Great stuff, but it is a quite demanding brew, not one to gulp.

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

Pours a pretty opaque black, some red on the edges, thick tan head, good retention and some nice lace. Smell is fucking powerful, cherries, coffee, chocolate, some alcohol, insane roast. Taste is some sour cherries up front, which disappears by the end of the glass, roasted coffee and chocolate, some alcohol, and a roasty chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was medium to thick bodied, with medium carbonation, lots of alcohol warming. The alcohol is a little hot but otherwise really nice. Thanks DrJay!

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Photo of markgugs
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006/07 vintage, poured from 12oz. bottle into a tulip snifter (consumed 2/12/08)

A: If you were submerged in a vat of this beer, I imagine it'd be akin to being blind, that's how dark this is. Pours like motor oil, with slight ruby edges, just about 100% opaque. A lovely 2-finger dark beige head rises up and begins to immediately leave decent lacing.

S: Smells like a steaming cup of hot chocolate, only it's cold. I detect sweet fig newtons, some roasted breads, plums & dates, and of course, rich chocolate and cocoa! As it warms, it takes on some minor sherry-like aromas as well.

T/M: Bam! Rich, rich chocolate and cocoa right up front, I'm talking huge, chunky chocolate flavors, rich like truffles. The roasted malts are right in your face, and as the beer warms, the dark fruits - raspberries & cherries mostly - begin to develop. An intoxicating bittersweet cocoa finishes things up. This beer is thick, viscous and chewy, with just the right amount of carbonation, just like a brilliant RIS should be.

D: This beer is awesome x 1,000. It's actually too easy to drink, a dangerous sign given the 10+% ABV. Go easy (but get some)!

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Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

'01-'02: Pours black with a big and dense dark brown head. This baby's got some retention too. Laces nice rings all the way to the bottom of the glass. Roast and chocolate malt on the nose. Fairly light in body for an Imperial. Not a light body, but not full bodied by any means. I would say it is medium bodied. Nice roastiness in the taste. Slight coffee-like bitterness. And a little alcohol. This does not have the deep complexities or the body that an Imperial should have.




03-04:

Pitch Black. Small brown head with great retention. Lacing is excellent as well. Nice aroma of chocolate, burnt malts and cocoa. The taste is nice and chocolatey. Bittersweet. And a little fruity as well. Currants and dark cherries. Rum soaked raisins. Body is about meium. Highly drinkable. This beer is good, but doesn't have the guts of some of the Big Boys. Good brew though.

My ratings reflect the 03-04 version.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes on 3.25.11

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a motor oil like black with amber edges. Small brownish head, that slowly fades away.

S - Chocolate, slightly fruity, and some floral tones.

T - Bitter chocolate, and coffee.

D - Very low carbonation and flat, oily.

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Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is rich and velvety with hints of dark chocolate and what reminds me of bourbon. Taste is very sweet upfront with lots of malty goodness and a nice chocolate finish at the back of the throat. The alcohol doesn't show too much and the result is a rich, dark chocolate essence in the aftertaste. This is clearly a sipping beer.

For the style, I'd put it a notch above the McNeils Imperial Stout. This one just seems so much smoother.

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

This was a bottle of 07-08 my bro whipped out for xmas week tasting.

Black appearance, not much head to it. Aroma was minimally chocolate.

Taste, a chocolate one trick pony, but seems to be more about the chocolate malt than any candy type of chocolate to it. Kind of a dry ending to it. It was definitely a good beer, but really nothing about it sets it apart, or allows for its inclusion in a top 10 (maybe even 20) imperial stout discussion.

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

Black/brown pour with a brown head. Real good with the chocolate and grape type fruit aromas. Roasted malt and chocolate present throughout. Roasted coffee with a clean bite at the finish. Alcohol let's you know it's there, but not overpowering. By far, Brooklyn's best offering.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was about an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt and also a yeasty quality.

T: Well balanced flavor. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, barley and maybe mild hops. Very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a very drinkable. beer. It's well made and goes down easy.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007-08 bottle, refrigerated and poured into a Duvel tulip. Purchased for 8.99 a 6-pack at the Village Pump in College Park, MD

A: Pitch black with a tan head

S: Chocolate, alcohol, dark malts. I want to say i smell dark fruits - figs being the biggest. Alcohol becomes prominent as the beer warms up.

T:Chocolate, alcohol.I can taste both, a sweet chocolate and a bitter chocolate. heavily roasted/burnt malts maybe? This burnt malt does add a lovely dimension to the beer and is the aftertaste.This years bottling seems a little hot right now. I'm going to give the rest of this 6-pack a few months at least.

M: Feels great.Mildly tingly while retaining the thick consistency on the tongue

D: Not as good as the 06-07 when i had it fresh, simply because the alcohol is a little harsh. Still, a very good sipper.

**Edit 10 Jan 2012**
I saved a few bottles of the 07-08 release, and am finally getting to revisit this beer. The nose is delectable, with a blend of dark and chocolate, a little licorice, some anise, a little vanilla, a little chalk. A little alcohol is apparent as well, lending a mildly fruity character to the nose. A little bit of sherry like oxidation is also present.
The palate is also very, very good, with a blend of licorice, anise, cocoa and coffee. Oxidation is moderate, with some sherry flavors. None of the cardboard that I'd feared (I guess Brooklyn knows how to package beers, eh?), though the finish is a little thin and lacking in depth. Fruitier on the finish than the nose would lead you believe. The carbonation is also a touch high, lending an acidic bite that works with the mild grainy acidity that's also present. This beer has aged very gracefully, I'm upping my score for the taste and overall impression from 3.5 to 4, smell from 4 to 4.5 and dropping the mouthfeel score from 4 to 3.5

**Edit 17 Jan 2014**

My last bottle of the 07-08 bottling. The nose does have a mild cereal/ cocoa puff character along with dusty cocoa, a touch of spice ( anise, pepper)some sherry, a touch of prunes. The palate is a blend of roasted grains, a touch of tartness/ grainy acidity, some cocoa, a little bit of earth, some spice. A little bit of fruit is also present, bit this seems to have dulled a little bit. Still, a very good straight up RIS. 3.5/3.5/4

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