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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,742 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 5,742
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 328
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to blitz134 for the brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice small tan creamy head which quickly leaves, but leaves a few islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sligthly licoricey, sweet roasted malts, some hops hovering around, and lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is awesome of sweet roasted malts, and chocolate, the finish is clean. Nice warming effect in the throat. Medium body, well rounded brew. This is a very nice RIS from Brooklyn, very very tasty. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in trade with kmpitz2, thanks for the opportunity. 04-05 bottling.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed an partial skim of bubbles over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Bubbles seem to just swirl around, not really any growth or diminishing of head, with light lacing that falls very slowly. Aroma is tanninish creamy black malts, with some hops character as well. Taste is a duel of dark sweetness and bitterness, with the bitterness losing until the hops come on and even up the score. Vinous fruitiness pops up throughout, and alcohol warming quickly takes effect. Mouthfeel is so easy it seems almost thin, and drinkability is very high once you get a little bit of the warmth going on. A little age doesn't hurt this one.

ppoitras, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of biegaman
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07-08 Vintage - sampled 14/03/09

Raven black with negligible (where any) highlighting; there are no concessions when it comes to opaqueness, which really, is only appropriate given the persuasive suggestions in its name. Equally personifying to its title, a surprisingly ample level of cocoa butter is lathered atop. It appears creamy and fully capable of enduring the entire tasting.

I know it isn't, but this smells bourbon-barrel aged to me. Then again, for a product that must contain literally hundreds of aromas I don't think I could be considered wrong for imagining any of the flavours that are found swirling around my consciousness. On that note, I'll also add espresso, Zambuca, nuts, dark berries, and again, a whole bunch of aromatic wood essences normally traced back to the inside cavities of a well-worn barrel.

Attention flavour technicians: study this beer. It offers such a myriad of flavours that it can be difficult to identify exactly what the taste is foremost, especially when not every flavour comes to fore with every sip. I would place the most prominent feature - chocolate - as being a cross between a dark, bitter, heavy concentrate of cocoa and a sweetened milk chocolate with the balance, perhaps, just in slight favour of the former.

Due to the prominence of very biscuity, almost cookie-dough like malts the beer embodies an English confection, something to be had alongside afternoon tea. With its rich, unyielding bitter persona, however, I'm reminded more of an Italian digestif espresso and tiramisu dessert. It's also as rich as a French or Belgian truffle. The more North American staple of a bittersweet milk chocolate is also tasted. Altogether, it's hard to determine the inspiration for this Black Chocolate Stout, but as far as the 'chocolate' is concerned, it's covered its bases.

Instantly, I can see the appeal of cellaring. Not only can I sense the beer has all the might and character capable of enduring years of aging, I feel it might stand to use a couple more. This batch, brewed last winter, still has enough warming to carry one through a cold winter's night. Fortunately, it's strength is more than equaled by complexity and this remains decadently rich with long-lasting notes of bourbon, truffles, and vanilla.

Chocolate has been drank since its discovery, some 2000 years ago (it was not until 1849 that the first solid chocolate went on sale). To the ancient Mayans, chocolate was used as an aphrodisiac, it was given to warriors prior to battle, it was a unit of currency and was an important part of religious rituals. It is a product that has long been associated with powerful psychoactive, erotic, and commercial properties. So on that note, I'll leave you with the words of international confectionery historian Tim Richardson...

"... and when we have gobbled the chocolate we become calm and sated, almost as if we are a different person, although the craving can return again quite quickly. Perhaps this repeated sensual cycle, from extreme enjoyable stimulation to employable satiation to relaxed serenity, is one reason why sex and chocolate are so readily linked. As with sex, the desire for chocolate ca be sudden and overwhelming."

... and so too can the desire for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout!

biegaman, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of rab53
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -3.6%

KAF, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is from "Winter 10-11". Consumed on 10/20/11.

Pours a very dark black with a reddish hue and 1/4" of brown head that fades after a little while. The smell has notes of dark fruit, anise, licorice, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol esters and faint chocolate. The taste is anise and licorice up front then a blast of roasted malts and coffee followed by faint chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and full bodied.

This is a well blended, very rich, delicious beer. The alcohol is noticeable but only adds to the overall enjoyability of the beer. All the flavors mesh well. I'll definitely have another one of these as the days get colder.

tdm168, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

olradetbalder, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Undated 12 oz bottle, believed to be 2012 vintage, served in a snifter.

A rather vigorous pour raised a decent head but htis soon reduced to a thin partial top coat. The body looks thick and black.

Aroma: a nice blend of dark malts and alcohol esters.

Flavor: rich, dark malts without more than a hint of burnt grain. High ABV rather obvious yet mixes nicely with the other flavor components; still it is more tha a little boozy. Marginally a 4.

Feel: full bodied, and then some. Slight alcohol burn makes me think this would be a great candidate for barrel aging.

O: an imperial stout indeed, aromatic and flavorful. Improves with warming, and 15 minutes out of the refrigerator was not enough.

chinchill, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

dmorgan310, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dead black hue with a 2 finger pillowy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was a strong upfront coffee and chocolate aroma. Good toasted grain element as well.

The taste consisted of a sweet chocolate and caramell ballanced by a solid coffee and burnt grain. Not overly sweet. ABV was hid well.

The mouthfeel was heavy and chewy.

Overall a very drinkable imperial. ABV is hidden well.

plaid75, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured black in color with a half inch, dense, tan head covering the top of the beer. The head settled down to a thin covering where it left some great lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows some very good chocolate flavors to it. It has both a roasty bitterness and a milk chocolaty flavor to it at the same time. Smooth and balanced aroma to it overall.

The taste has a lot of good dark, bitter-sweet chocolate flavor coming through. Some roasted, slightly burnt flavors come through more towards the finish. It has a sweetness to it though that really helps balance it out some. The chocolate is very nicely done, the bitterness and sweetness of it really comes together nicely.

The mouthfeel is on on the thicker side, but probably middle of the pack for imperial stouts. Carbonation is also moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, it has some great flavors to it and was a very tasty beer for an after dinner drink tonight.

billab914, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

sendbeer, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Limited bottling winter of 05-06.

A: Pours a viscous dark black cherry color with a thin cherry tan head.

S: Huge roasted malt and coffee dominate the nose. Underneath lies a beautiful complexity of sherry, dark licorice, and rum raisin.

T: Flavor is big dry roasted coffee, some alcohol, roasted malt and sherry wine hints. Some dry bittering hops in the finish. Big roasted coffee, burnt chocolate, dark licorice and sherry all combine in a beautiful example and complexity of flavors in this well rounded, balanced and full bodied beer.

M: Mouthful is creamy and full bodied, warm chocolate and some alcohol leaving a thick roasted malt coating on the tongue and a big alcohol bite that lingers.

D: Very rich, dark and comparable to the best of imperial russian stouts (rasputin). A rich treat in every sip.

beerthulhu, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ShanePB
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '11-'12, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep black body with a bit of dark brown around the top edges and on the pour. Mocha colored head with tight bubbles and a very creamy nature to it. Lots of sticky lacing and a spotty cap make up a seriously great looking RIS.

S: Dark roasted chocolate malts, caramel, bitter dark chocolate cocoa nibs, slightly roasted coffee beans and touches of vanilla towards the back end. Not too rich or sweet, very dark and roasted in nature.

T: Milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans again coat the mouth. Mid palate is some powdered chocolate, and finishing somewhat sweet with an added honey-like flavor to it. Well balanced, not overboard in any certain aspects. All in all a very well done beer.

M: Well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles giving this a thinner feel on the palate. It's not watery but certainly could be a bit thicker for the style. A weak point of the beer but it does somehow retain a certain creaminess to it.

I remember having the same impression last year with this beer; very solid, relatively inexpensive and dangerously drinkable. I have a bottle from last year in the cellar and plan to do a mini-vertical once next years batch comes out. It looks to be a good cellar candidate but we'll see how these hold up over time.

ShanePB, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Zaphog, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +20.5%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of liamt07
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

liamt07, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a plethora of cool extras from PEBKAC more than 6 months ago now... decided to crack one tonight as my ongoing cellar clearing project... enjoyed from my Kasteel tulip.

Jet black brew of course... head looks creamy like foam atop an espresso.. but lasts alot long and leaves picture perfect spotty lace.

Aroma is impressive mix of chocolate and yeasty fruitiness.. cocoa and subtle coffee notes.. a little bit of mild sweet cherry.

Flavor is dark chocolate and coffee... fairly dry throughout... lingering finish is reminiscent of chocolate covered dried cherries.. a little nuttiness is also present... body is less than expected for a brew of this ABV, but it is still fairly viscous with just the right amount of carbonation.

A pretty class brew from a class act trader... Adam we must do it again.

JohnGalt1, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with hazelnut highlights around the edges, with a thin, foamy, sparsely covered biege head. Aromas are rich, with dark chocolate and booze in the forefront. Good roasted, coffee, and slightly meaty characteristics in the nose, as well. Flavors are bold, with a dark roasting feel overall, and a rich, chocolatey backbone throughout. Alcohol characteristics sharpen the palate a bit, with rich, dark molasses and slight licorice flavors. The aftertaste is mostly roasted and chocolatey, with a steady bitterness that curbs the booze content in the mouthfeel. The beer is rich and smooth, with a slight lacing left along the glass. The beer has a drying finish that ends short, leaving a slight slick feeling in the periphery of the palate. Great beer.

GarthDanielson, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Viggo, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,742 ratings.