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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,520 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,520
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 299
Gots: 861 | FT: 49
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 titosupertramp


3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Pretty dark, but not entirely black. Dark brown around the edges. Thin head that goes away pretty quickly. Mocha in color.

S: Not much going on here until it gets almost to room temp. Once there, it starts to come alive a little. Chocolate, dark fruits. The alcohol is slightly present.

T: Same as with the nose, the taste really pops when it's been out of the bottle for about 45 minutes or so. Like the nose, chocolate, dark fruits, roasted tastes. Alcohol is there, but not in a distracting, burning way..more warming. Rich flavors. Pretty nice.

M: Smooth and a little thin, but not too bad. Dries the mouth a little more than I would expect.

D: Again, the alcohol is present, but in a good way. With that said, it still will slow you down a bit which is a good thing. You want to let this beer warm almost to room temperature to get the full benefits.

12-31-2010 18:06:25 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of wo87810


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-22-2011 19:50:40 | More by wo87810
Photo of wisegreensoul

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-01-2014 15:07:01 | More by wisegreensoul
Photo of Gaisgeil


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

1yr old aged bottle.

This is about as easily approachable an RIS as I've ever seen, slightly subdued compared to other example, but still a massive brew. Pours a deep black with a shortlived but creamy tan head. Nose is of cocoa and dark roasted coffee beans, some wafts of vague fruitiness as well. Taste is very similar, quite chewy and full. Alcohol is slightly distracting, but not very much so. Some dark fruit and brandy in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is great, just a tad light for an RIS, but respectably so! Drinkability is pretty high for the style, this went down fairly easily.


06-28-2006 07:54:22 | More by Gaisgeil
Photo of whoneeds8


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured out into a New Belgium Chalice dark black with a thin tan head. Minimal lacing. I'd like seeing a bigger head out of this. I'm going to have to skip the smell because it's allergy season, but what I can smell is a hint of alcohol. That alcohol is very apparent in the mouthfeel. The taste of roasted cocoa comes out in the flavor rather quickly. It's very smooth if you can get over the alcohol burn on the tounge, which I don't mind. No strong spices are evident. Not too dry of a mouthfeel either.

10-13-2009 22:47:41 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of krisandajt


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: The pour is black. I'm talking jet black. There's no light getting through this bad boy at all. There is a very small amount of coffee colored head that fades fast leaving a few rings of soapy lacing.

Smell: Big on chocolate (huge shocker given the name, right?), with a bit of coffee and the slightest tinge of alcohol burn. This one has the makings of a big brew.

Taste: Like the smell, big on the chocolate. The alcohol tinge I picked up in the nose isn't really apparent in the taste. It's obvious you're drinking a big stout, but I think the booze is hidden fairly well for being 10%. There's a bit of coffee and some mild roasted malt going on in the back. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: A nice thick, viscous brew. Carbonation is light, which makes the beer very smooth going down. It has a great body and a good texture to it.

Drinkability: This is a big stout, there's no messing around with that. It's got some good flavor, nice texture, and is a very well done brew. I think the only thing that hurts this brew's drinkability is the 10%ABV...you just can't do too many of these in one night without having to bow down and pray to the gods of porcelain. That being said, I will be slowly sipping on this bad boy the rest of the night, and looking forward to cracking open another one tomorrow night.

11-28-2009 02:23:48 | More by krisandajt
Photo of RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Tasted at the Pop the Cap Winter Warmer Event, 1/31 at Tyler's.

Poured a very, very dark brown color with an overfoamed (from a faulty tap) beige head. The huge head to beer ratio doesn't get me down, though, because I've been waiting to taste this one for a long time.

Aroma was smooth, with chocolate peaking through here and there. Upon tasting, I found a very smooth brew with a soft finish full of bitter chocolate and earthy tones. I thought this was really drinkable for an imperial stout, though a touch thinner in the mouth than I had anticipated. It also had a nice crispness, thought it also meant the chocolate only stayed with me for a short time.

I had huge expectations for this beer, and it mostly lived up to them. All around, a smooth, subtle beer (especially for an imperial). Very good.

02-01-2004 01:05:03 | More by RockyTopHeel
Photo of bosco7


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Nice looking label. 2007 vintage.

Pours thick and opaque with a brown cloud like head.

Booze, liquorice, coffee, but not too much chocolate in the nose.

Whoa. First thoughts upon tasting: Big, chocolate, and smooth. Starts sweet with plenty of dark chocolate then a hit of cherry and blackberry in the middle. Finishes with espresso, roasty, and liquorice flavors.

Full bodied big ass beer with a chewy texture. The finish is surprisingly light almost dry. Alcohol is quite apparent making this a sipper. Highly recommended .

11-06-2007 03:43:13 | More by bosco7
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

11-17-2011 05:20:31 | More by pest
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-30-2013 00:54:57 | More by Los1324
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-12-2013 05:19:53 | More by danipp
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-02-2012 00:22:49 | More by Nutwood
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-21-2013 00:08:43 | More by Baab200
Photo of yankeeheel


4.63/5  rDev +11.6%

There is a reason this is a top rated beer. It is everything a big, strong, imperial stout should be. Pours as black as possible with a huge cascading espresso colored head. Served at a lovely 65 degrees. 03-04 vintage.

Smells of chocolate, smoke, malts, chocolate, figs, chocolate....you get the idea. The taste is something to behold. Just a massive attack of dark burnt malt, creamy chocolate, oak, and alcohol. Hopped up like crazy but it works with all the dark stuff going on. I equate the taste to the realm of a single malt scotch. It should be sipped, savored, and revered.

Just incredible. The other 5 of these lovelys are going to the cellar for a while. Thanks to JahNoth for the hookup.

10-02-2003 00:57:27 | More by yankeeheel
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-16-2013 02:19:44 | More by pastramionrye7
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-12-2012 20:21:00 | More by yossarian14
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-13-2012 00:45:27 | More by aszatk01
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-28-2013 00:26:35 | More by Duesler
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

08-26-2014 21:33:09 | More by jordanimal
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

This is the winter 09-10 Black Chocolate Stout, 12 oz. bottle. Purchased 4 bottles, of this beer, as it should improve over the next year or two from what I've heard.

The beer poured a very dark black, almost completely opaque, with a thin, nutty brown head which dissipated rather quickly. The beer exhibited almost no lacing. Aromas of deep roasted malts, not quite burnt, a hint of chocolate and molasses, and maybe some raisin. On the front is the taste of heavy roasted malt, some coffee bitterness, and a hint of caramel or toffee. The finish was really where the dark chocolate flavors stood out compared to the other malt flavors. Not too much hop presence throughout, but a nice full body with decent carbonation. The high alcohol percentage went almost unnoticed until the back end, where it was well balanced by the chocolate notes. This made it a very drinkable beer in my opinion, although the alcohol and heavy body would dissuade me from drinking much more of it in one session.

This was overall a great beer, although there was not as much chocolate flavor as I was expecting. The roasted, almost burnt malt flavors definitely override most of the chocolate.

12-22-2009 22:53:18 | More by goldbot
Photo of quine


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Pours a rich, dark brown, bordering on black. Head is tan and a nice size. Nice lacing as well.

S: A big roasty chocolate aroma comes through. A bit of alcohol is present as well, but not unpleasantly so.

T: Like the smell, lots of roasted malts and chocolate are in the taste. Sweet dark fruits are also there. Also, some bitterness and a little bit of alcohol, which blend well with the flavors.

M: Creamy, thick and smooth, with a surprising amount of carbonation. Nice.

D: Scarily drinkable for 10% ABV. Can barely taste the alcohol, and it blends well with the flavors. The taste is well balanced as well, not too sweet (as some chocolate stouts tend to be) and not too bitter.

04-22-2011 04:13:16 | More by quine
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-22-2012 02:43:50 | More by TubbyDullard
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

06-24-2014 14:21:54 | More by Brutus627
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-13-2012 02:28:08 | More by vbiliyar
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-29-2013 02:52:40 | More by Bloodbuzz99
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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