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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 889 | FT: 50
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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

mquinn919, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jurbanik, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one courtesy of MotoRacerX36, 06-07. Poured a deep coal black with the lightest hue of red when held up to the light and a thin but creamy dark beige head. Retention leaves a bit to be desired, but very beautiful lacing around the glass and an appealing crown.

Aroma is....not that I should be surprised, but overpoweringly cocoa. Espresso present as well, but noticeably devoid of any hoppiness.

The taste echoes the aroma rather well. Dark, rich chocolate with a strong somewhat burnt coffee taste following. Still no hops present, but the alcohol is definitely not trying to hide itself. Just the slightest hint of a sweet malty finish.

Very thick and creamy mouthfeel, velvety-smooth. The taste seems a little raw and unrefined, but nonetheless a good example of an imperial stout. I definitely won't be afraid to try it again, and it did hit the spot perfectly on a cold winter night like tonight.

Phocion, Feb 27, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ninner00, Feb 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Durb777, Nov 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Svendozen, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

WckdVbz, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of trbergman
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Aggressive pour yields two fingers of tan-colored head that leaves plenty of lace on the way down. The beer is dark brown, not quite black, and completely opaque.

S - Chocolate, specifically a cocoa powder aroma, leads the way, but I'm struck by how much fruit there is in the nose -- most notably raisin and fig. Underlying the chocolate and fruit are notes of espresso and sherry. No hops detectable.

T - Plenty of chocolate on the palate, pleasantly sweet, with just enough roasted character and hop bitterness to keep the beer balanced. Fruit is there, but not as pronounced as the nose would indicate. Some flavors of coffee and sherry, as well as a bit of warming alcohol. Very cohesive and delicious.

M - Full bodied, no question. Viscous and smooth.

D - A worthy stout, one I'd certainly like to drink again.

trbergman, Nov 18, 2009
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my sister-in-law for bringing out from Ohio to share at Christmas.

A-Pours a virtually black hue with a two finger, creamy tan head with good retention and ample lacing. A very nice appearance.

S-Deep, dark chocolate and toasted malts, coffee, and alcohol.

T-Basic RIS flavor profile, but not as complex as others in this style. Alcohol is also present in the taste a bit more than normal, although very warming.

M-Smooth, but much too thin for the style.

D-Good for a RIS, but not great. A plus is that it is bottled in 12 ounces.

velosuds, Dec 28, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A - Deep sludgy opaque black/brown, one finger brown head and so head lacing

S - very robust, nutty, lots of malts both dark and bittersweet, tons of earth, wood and soil, some of the darkest chocolate I have smelled in a stout, bourbon vanilla, bready yeast, sexy smooth and everything smells so wonderfully toasted

T - Chocolate, nuts, bread yeast, sugar, bourbon, wood, vanilla, molasses, soil, sweet and bittersweet malts, cherry, a floral hop, maybe currants, slight red wine and maybe a slight hint of whatever they put in coke and pepsi

M - Full body, well balanced, nice complexity, low acidity and a wonderful dry but oh so yummy finish

D/O - More dry than most stouts, still very refreshing, not at all overwhelming but nice and complex, love the nuttiness and roastedness. For the novice and advanced crafter alike

Final thoughts - Second brew I have had from BB, nice 10% ABV and just tastes so good. Great right out of the fridge and hours later

whatthehull, Apr 27, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of Black Chocolate Stout was similar to what I imagine the night sky would bleed. It had a huge frothy head and there is lace that is still sticking to the top of my glass. It smelled big and malty with some serious sweet aromas. The taste was like slowly mulled chocolate with a tad bit of bitterness to contrast the sweet caramel and chocolate taste although there was not too much in the way of coffee tastes. Overall a very drinkable stout especially for its high alcohol content.

GreatPondBrewer, May 11, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

RWACKO, Nov 29, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bulldogg915, Apr 14, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch back small tan head very thin lacing

S: Boozy and chocolate

T: Starts with some dark chocolate and cocoa taste with some dark fruit in the back almost like raspberries. Moves onto a heavy roasted coffee like taste. Unlike the smell, alcohol is well hidden. mmm.

M: Full bodied. Thick. Yummy.

O: An extremely complex and delicious RIS. Could have been the year of age on it or a change in my taste, but this is much better than I remember it fresh last year.

Givemebeer, Mar 15, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I keep liking all these stouts as you can see. This one I acquired from the Secret Bunny BIF (thanks Alkey). I remember drinking this back in my eastside days. It's pretty damn good.

This combines the best of the Russian Imperial Stout and the Sweet Stout to one particular thick and creamy tasty beer. It's thick and resiny, with a slight cappuccino head. Dark chocolate and espresso dominate the nose. Very full with little subtleties. The taste is quite filling - full of the chocolate and coffee flavors with some roasted malt and even a bite of vanilla.

This has become an East Coast classic. Worth looking for this one.

sloejams, Apr 19, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

aszatk01, Nov 13, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color was black with a moderate tan head. The smell was of chocolate and coffee. The taste was also of chocolate and coffee, but it was too much for me. All I tasted was the chocolate. It was kind of a musty feel. It also had a slight hint of coffee. It tasted like a "senior living community" smells. But it did go down pretty good.

CBFanWish, Jan 17, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pitch black with a dark cocoa color head. Tiny tight bubbles in the head.

S - Smells of sweet chocolate, coffee, faint smoke, & slight booze.

T - Chocolate of course. Along with a nice balance of coffee/espresso & sweet malt. Has a nice bitter hop bite in the finish as well.

M - Medium & smooth. More carbonated than I expected. I like it, very nice feeling brew.

D - Good. 10+%, you could share the bottle with someone over a desert, or even better, as a desert after a nice meal.

An enjoyable brew. Good nightcap or desert beer. Nice work Brooklyn.

bbothen, Jun 08, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black...voluminous, cavernous tan head. lots of it, and lace
S - Dark Chocolate...many others but the dark chocolate is what really matters here, it is probably the best chocolate note I've ever smelled from a beer, a bit of dark fruit...there is a standard RIS smell behind it with the usual characteristics
T - Just as it smells with the key feature (aside from the chocolate) is the well-balanced nature of the brew. Just a bit on the sweet side with a good amt of bitterness and some alcohol thrown in the mix - but it is complemented so well that it never slaps you in the face. I swear I get a slight flavor of some sort of berry in the finish. unfortunately it seems to become more one-dimensional to me as it becomes room temp
M - just great...creamy, medium-bodied, smooth, slight carbonation...can't really ask for more
O - A great brew and for what it is it can be bought very cheaply...been a fan for a while but finally got the urge to review

josefnewsong, Oct 29, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | on-tap | 10.0% ABV | July 2011

Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
Glass: Snifter

Jet black, the abyss. A mocha crown—perfectly motionless—rings the periphery.

Iced coffee, dark chocolate.

Dark roasted coffee, espresso, brandy. There's a strong alcoholic presence and it leans towards bitterness, which is not for everyone.

Thick and luxurious, this is an incredibly pleasing liquid to swish around the your mouth.

It's a great Russian Imperial Stout, except in that the 10% ABV can clumsily peek through the otherwise well-composed exterior.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, and I have.

Served: July 30, 2011

BeerNemesis, Jul 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Stumpy29er, Oct 20, 2012
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,609 ratings.