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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,089
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 349
Gots: 1,133 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of sleuthdog
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2010-2011 poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Poured the color of dark, dark chocolate not allowing any light penetration at all with a scant half finger khaki color head. The head dissipated into nothing but a small ring. This beer appears so still and silent. Even swirling and agitating it really does not create any head.

Smell: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, slight coffee, and some alcohol.

Taste: An over abundance of bittersweet chocolate malts dominate with a bit of char. Fairly sweet for a RIS and interestingly a bitter snap at the back end of the swallow. The bitterness actually does linger after the swallow a little. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think I'd want this by the appearance and taste to be more chewy but that's not what you get here. It does work ok but actually I find myself drinking it a little too quickly due to the thin feel.

Overall: A nice RIS with a good balance of roast but the chocolate taste balances this out well making it seem somewhat sweet too.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this beer is a thick black oil slick in my glass with a 1/4 inch tan head with oily looking spots of carbonation on the glass. Smells like rich dark chocolate and black licorice and a bit of steamed milk. The taste is rich, like a black forest cake, really alot of chocolate and roasted malts backed up by enough hops to balance it out. But it is a hot mess of a beer when un-aged. Really full mouthfeel, thick and lucious. However because it kinda hot and the alcohol is not well hidden I think it could use some refining.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dlello2
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours quite thick with a half finger of coffee-colored foam on top. Retention is nice with large bubbles remaining both in the middle of the glass and around the edges. Great alcohol lacing, ring of thick brown/red foam clings to glass forever.

S - Whoa. Quite strong. Heavy bourbon and chocolate. Smells thick and delicious (I'm a fan of distinct and boozy aromas). Alcohol.

T - First sip sent a chill down my spine--suppose that's from the alcohol. Not really getting any alcohol/bourbon taste suggested by the intense boozy smell. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is nice. While it's cold here I'm getting most of the chocolate taste well after the swallow. Some hops in the beginning, lots of malts and coffee in the middle. Definitely getting a touch of alcohol in there. Some earthiness, some dark fruits. Nothing unpleasant!

O - Really a nice beer. Looking so much forward to this a year or two down the line once the bite is gone. Regardless, such a good beer for roundabouts $2 a bottle (from a 4pk).

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ark57
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 02-03 - It pours an opaque black with a light tan head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate and some roasted coffee in the nose. It is oily and malty with a ton of choclate flavor and some roasted malts. Unless I am mistaken, there is a lot of choclate flavor in this beer for only using chocolate malt and no actual chocolate.

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

Poured from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a dark brown head.

S - Black coffee, brown sugar.

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, sugars, ending with a burst of alcohol giving away it's ABV.

M - Creamy, very little carbonation, silky, yet still just medium bodied.

Notes - This is a very good RIS. It's nice to taste the kid brother to Black Ops.

Photo of RobDB
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of helios7
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

A big gracias to Melbatoast98 for a sixer of this!

With the word "Black" in the name of this beer one has certain expectations as to how dark this should be. I don't feel let down after watching the liquid cascade into my glass like an obsidian waterfall. After it's settled a quarter inch of dense tan head sits atop the surface.A slight tilt of the glass reveals legs for days.

Nose is milky chocolate and syrupy burnt caramel. Taste would be very similar but there's a bit of sweetness that reminds me of the outside of a burnt marshmallow. This is silky smooth and the alcohol is almost totally masked. This is a damn fine stout, a definite pleaser.

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

2006-2007 poured from 12oz into pint glass.

Nice dark head recedes fairly quick. Light barely penetrates the edges.

Smells has a bourbon, alcohol nose. Some burnt coffee malt coming through.

Taste has the dark malts shining through rather nicely. Hints of dark bitter chocolate, melds nicely with some slight hop bittering.

Mouthfeel seems pretty light considering the abundance a malt & alcohol

Drinkability is dangerously high, considering I only picked up 2 singles, the other will age for a year.

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

a: dark, black liquid night. tan medium sized head which decreases in size rather quickly

s: rich, creamy chocolate. slight boozy aroma.

t: immediate alcohol flavor followed by mix of roasted malts, coffee and creamy chocolate. Chocolate lingers until the end. Alcohol re-appears toward the end as well.

m: medium body. low carbonation

o: A solid RIS and a great value to boot. Looking forward to aging a couple of these. Still very smooth and drinkable fresh. Drinks a bit hot but did not bother me at all. A nice way to take the chill off a cold autumn evening.

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

08-09 version that I've been hanging onto since it was originally released. I've sampled this beer numerous times over the years but this is the first time I've reviewed.

Poured into a highball glass, this is espresso black with a tan foam on top. Good lacing and legs.

Dark cherry fruit in the nose with charcoal and a sweet chocolate also present.

Luscious chocolate, and caramel. Raisins, smoked wood. The medium-long finish leaves traces of tobacco.

Silky, medium-full textured with a moderate low level of carbonation. Hefty on the tongue.

An excellent winter sipper, this is layered, luscious, and complex. One of the first russian imperial stouts I sampled, to this day it remains a favorite.

Photo of LaChupacabra
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to vanrassel for this bottle and the other one I'll try in a year or two...

Pours black as a foggy moonless night with a 1/2 inch lovely tan coloured head. Subsides slowly leaving some nice lacing. Intense aromatics! Dark fruity aromas that meld into herbal and medicinal aromas. Bassett's Liquorice Allsorts, brandy, chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of alcohol. Wowee wow, and it's all there in full force, no subtlety here.

Taste is no less than the nose suggests, big and bold and brash and flavourful. Sour notes meld well with the bold roasted malt and dark chocolate/cocoa flavours. Fruitiness in the background, plums and raisins. Medicinal and herbal notes are prevalent as well. The flavours are there and they are amazing, but I find they don't meld together as much as they complement each other. Mouthfeel is about right, not overcarbonated, but enough to push the flavours around the mouth. Heavy heavy body as expected with a drying finish. More than one of these will knock you on your ass and make it hard to get up in the morning I'd think, but it goes down pretty well I'd say. I'm excited to see how this ages, well done Brooklyn.

Jan. 27, 2009 - Aroma is still intense as ever, but the carbonation and head have deadened quite a bit. Flavours are still balls-out with a slight hint of the papery edge that beers begin to get after a few years. Still a very enjoyable sipper though for a cold winter night.

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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours thick and viscous from the bottle; the darkest of browns, nearly black with a small, short-lived tan head.

S- Sweet malt and alcohol in the nose. Dark fruits, caramel, and toffee aromas abound; smells almost like a barleywine rather than a stout as the roasted malt is barely evident.

T- Very sweet and boozy upfront. Incredibly rich. Alcohol and rich caramel are the dominant flavors here. Roasted malt doesn't really even come into play until a charred flavor comes in on the finish.

M- Very thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is minimal.

D- Not great. I'll be able to finish the 12oz bottle, but that's it. This brew is thick, rich, and makes no attempt to hide its alcohol content. A sipper for sure.

An enjoyable beer but the alcohol is a little overpowering right now. It overshadows the roasted malt profile and makes it difficult to pick out too many subtle nuances. This is one that I can pretty much guarantee will get better with age. Good now, but could be great in a year or two.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. One previous review last year, before my tastes developed.

A - Pours a very dark black with a small brown head.

S - Powerful aromas of dark, unsweetened chocolate (similar to baking cocoa) and dark-roast coffee beans.

T - Strong blend of the coffee and cocoa, and as with the smell, no real sweetness or maltiness to it. I detect a slight hint of raspberries or black cherries...not enought to carry its own flavor, but it highlights the unsweetened chocolate very well.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, but not overly thick. Alcohol isn't overbearing, but is detectable as the warming sensation takes you.

D - The first time I tried this RIS, I didn't enjoy it...this was about 10 months ago. As I could tell my tastes were developing, I couldn't wait to try it again, and it was more than worth the wait. Would make for a wonderful addition to a session tasting and I plan on cellaring the rest of my case for enjoyment in the years to come.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of plfahey
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Pint on tap at the Happy Gnome, St. Paul, MN.

Appearance-Inky black darkness and totally opaque. Tall light brown head is dense and fluffy with good retention. Good lacing.

Aroma-Dark Cocoa powder and fudge brownies, with some fruity, plumlike esters. Slight hint of alcohol and vinous character. No hops.

Flavor-Sweet chocolate fudge up front is slowly overtaken, first by dark fruit esters, followed by drier bittersweet chocolate and light espresso flavors. Finishes semi-sweet, with faint hop flavors making an appearance. Aftertaste is fudgy, with a chocolate liqueur character. The chocolate seems to expand on the palate forever.

Mouthfeel-Thick and full, almost chewy, and yet velvety smooth on the palate. Moderate carbonation, with some nice alcohol warmth in the finish-the only real hint of the high alcohol content.

Overall-This beer is fantastic, and wears its age well. No hops remain (except for a hint in the flavor), but the malt and alcohol are very smooth and uber-chocolatey.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,089 ratings.