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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,723 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,723
Reviews: 2,648
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 329
Gots: 925 | 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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Photo of MrKennedy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, winter 11-12 vintage. Thanks to ADZA for this extra! Poured into a Brooklyn tulip.

Pours oily. Jet black, with no light able to permeate through. Nice two-finger, small bubble head of foam on top with good retention. No lacing.

Smells of chocolate, if course, belgian chocolate, brownish and cocoa. Turns a little one dimensional over time, but great to start with.

Complex chocolate taste with a mix of dairy, dark and Belgian interwoven very well.

Silky smooth and oily mouthfeel early. Some warmth and finishes with a nice roasted bitterness that leaves you contemplating the beer, but keen for another sip after a little bit.

Does everything it says and almost all you want. It's big, its chocolatey, but its very good and well worth trying. Only question is why it took me almost 6 years to revisit. Thanks Adam for an enjoyable refresher course!

MrKennedy, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of king75
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- is a dark black with an inch of creamy chocolate head.

S-Can make out chocolate, a little coffee and some heavy malt, can smell the booze in this one. Smells great overall.

T-Can make out the chocolate, but has a bit of a bitter bite at the end like a good dark chocolate, can taste some coffee and malts as well. The only reason I gave it this low of a taste rating is because of the sweetness. It is really good, but it is definitely a sipper because of the sweetness.

M- Extremely smooth with a medium body and finishes with a nice little bitter bite. Has a great feel to it.

D- Is very drinkable, but you are not going to throw this one back quickly due to the sweetness.

Notes: this would make a great desert beer to finish off a good meal.

king75, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of JohnG190
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JohnG190, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of T-34-85
4/5  rDev -3.6%

T-34-85, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of battlekow
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm having a mini-vertical here, tasting the 04/05 and 05/06 simultaneously. I think I got these bottles from autumnaldave a long, long time ago, and it's time they were drunk.

Appearance-wise, they're obviously very similar. Attractive creamed coffee heads and stout black bodies.

The 04 actually smells stronger than the 05 to me. Getting my nose right in the former, I get a melange of chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt and alcohol spice. Raising my nose a bit from the glass, the chocolate really floats above all else magnificently. The latter seems more muted.

They taste markedly different. The initial taste on the 04 reminds me of chocolate licorice with some anise and transitions into a delicious, mellow roasted finish. A slight hint of burnt cereal remains long after you've swallowed. The 05 lacks the dark chocolate spike at the beginning; its initial taste is more straight fruitiness. Similar finish to the 04. This seems more like a traditional RIS. Both have a bit of a sour tang, but it's more pronounced in the 05. Overall, I think the 04 has a bit of a "fuller" flavor than the 05.

The mouthfeel on both is outstanding, nice and gooey. I'm having a very easy time drinking the 04, less so the 05.

My overall rating will have to be a synthesis of the two years, which I would break down independently as:

04/05: Appearance: 4, Smell: 4.5, Taste: 4.5, Mouthfeel: 4, Drinkability: 4.5

05/06: Appearance: 4, Smell: 3.5, Taste: 3.5, Mouthfeel: 4, Drinkability: 3.5

battlekow, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev -3.6%

alalvarez75, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Givemebeer
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
Photo of C_S
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of xgrigorix
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Winter '03-'04 edition.

Pitch black! Seems to actually absorb light, like a black hole. Huge, dense, dark tan head sits proudly atop, like a crown. Amazing head retention. Thick sheets of lace are left behind as the head slowly recedes.

Dense & rich aromas of coffee, tons of dark chocolate, a hint of alcohol, & a bit of dark fruit.

Bitter roast coffee, dark chocolate, & raisins all quickly pass over the tongue. A dryish finish with a touch of orangey hops. A rich chocolate flavour linger for ages. Big, rich, & full bodied. Gentle carbonation.

xgrigorix, Nov 21, 2003
Photo of depechemode1983
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark tan head with moderate retention and moderate lacing around the glass. Black in color kind of like a root beer.

Smell - Burnt coffee scent right after opening the bottle. Its very aromatic. Slight sour scent in the background.

Taste - Alcohol is present and very strong. Semi sweet dark chocolate comes to mind. Sour raspberries in the after taste and a burnt flavor resides well after the first drink.

Mouth Feel - Velvety smooth almost the same feel on the palate as milk only with slight carbonation.

Drinkability - Its a very well put together beer although I cant see myself drinking too many of these. Considering the ABV and the potent taste. A sipper for sure.

Notes - All in all a very enjoyable beer. One of the better Russian Imperial Stouts Ive had. Its definitely worth a try.

depechemode1983, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Portertime
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After hearing rave reviews about this brew I had to try it.

Appearance: pours a baker's chocolate brown with a pillowy, milk chocolate head.

Smell: toasty mocha notes with big 85% cocoa Godiva bar scents and a gingerbread finish

Taste: very roasty and malty. Velvety smooth with a fresh made s'mores quality like singed marshmellows and melted dark chocolate.

This is a truly complex beer with wonderful after dinner chocolate goodness and a 10% ABV to boot. Cheers!

Portertime, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 vintage.

A: Pours a jet-black color with a large, stiff, creamy milk-chocolate colored head that retains excellently and really lays down some nice lacing on my glass. Retention is slightly under expectations, but that's a most minor complaint.

S: Big time roasted barley, chocolate, and coffee aromas. A hint of molasses-like sweetness, but not a lot else. Added strength and complexity would help things here.

T&M: Yummy. Big time roasted chocolate flavor, some coffee, a hint of black currant, molasses, and vanilla. Bitterness comes in very nicely on the finish and mellows out some of the sweetness. This really is a great beer! I've heard many complaints of the alcohol being too hot, but I really only noticed it slightly on the finish, and it wasn't a detriment to the experience in the least bit. Body is medium, a lot thinner than others in the RIS style, but the carbonation is also measured, which gives it SOME smoothness. I'd prefer a bit more silkiness and a bigger body, but it works in its present form.

D: Definitely THE most drinkable RIS I've had, which is dangerous. The ABV can sneak up on you, and it's really easy to drink so you've got to watch it! Still, this an unbeatable beer for the value and I'm glad I've sequestered the rest of the 6 pack in my cellar--it gives me something to look forward to next year.

BamaBeerBuff, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of ATXRyan
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ATXRyan, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of WMEugene
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Rich, velvety black color with a thin brown head and nice lacing. An attractive stout.

S - Deep, dark chocolate. Smells like one of those fancy dark chocolate bars. Nice hints of roasted malts as well. If you like the smell of chocolate, you will be in heaven.

T - Flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A bit of alcohol in the taste as well. Hints of coffee/espresso in the background.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a nice level of carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish and alcohol heat in the aftertaste.

O - The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a delightful winter seasonal and is a must-have if you love (dark) chocolate. The dark chocolate flavors are delightful and it's aroma is fantastic.

WMEugene, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of aliving1
5/5  rDev +20.5%

aliving1, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

YobroitsJoe, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

CasanovaCummins, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of JesseLara
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

JesseLara, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of jkd03c
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jkd03c, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Brian700
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours dark black with a brownish head that sticks around for a while before settling out to a creamy ring around my glass.

The aroma is big on chocolate and roasted malt with some alcohol. There is a bit of molasses in there too.

The flavor is of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit with a nice alcohol warmth. You really notice the chocolate with the first few sips and then once you are used to it there is molasses and dark fruit that present themself.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend this one to anybody who likes big stouts.

Brian700, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jtransel, May 17, 2014
Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

mater, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of RWACKO
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

RWACKO, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of timjim1327
5/5  rDev +20.5%

timjim1327, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of PSUDREW
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my new favorite stout. I am actually rather surprised, while this feels like a stout in your mouht, it doesn't feel that way in your belly. this is highly drinkable, IMO.

Pours a dark, rich brown, very thick, very creamy, with a nice creamy, tan head. desert in a glass. Smells like roasted mocha (yeah, I know...) very nice.

It is appropoe that chocolate is the main taste in this bear. yeah there is malt, and some hops, but the chocolate definately shines through here, mixed with a spice, roasted malt flavor. Other people have mentioned this, and it is true, the chocoalte is overpowering, but it is still done in a nice way.

If you get the cahnce, get some for desert and serve with a nice creamy cherry pie...mmm

PSUDREW, Apr 20, 2004
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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