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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,441
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 282
Gots: 836 | 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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-20-2012 00:23:43 | More by Steimie
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-01-2013 02:51:41 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
Photo of Tyecko


4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-25-2014 18:51:34 | More by Tyecko
Photo of diablo14


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

yet another beer i have been looking forward to tasting for some time (thanks again to malto). brooklyn stout wasnt as good as id hoped for, but still a very nice brew all the same. didnt have the flavor or complexity of the storm king i also tried, but wasnt as excessive in the hop department.

rich, dark looking stout with a tightly constructed tan colored head and wispy bubbles. smell was of dark cooking chocolate, with distinctive roasted coffee aromas down back. as with any US beer, always has that nostril clearing floral hops leading the band. taste was not as chocolatey, or sweet as i had hoped. this stout was actually quite robust and roasted, with chocolate, coffee, dried fruits and a small hint of dutch licorice rounding out the flavor. dry, bitter hops finish off the experience, but not as raspy as others in its class. i was overall expecting this to be alot smoother than it was, but its ballsy makeup did not offend my palate thats for sure. funny that this was kind of topsy turvy in its make up compared to other US beers ive tried.

very different to what i thought would lurk within its bottle, but still a fine drinking experience and one i would not pass up again in the future. up there with some of the worlds finest stouts without question.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 13:17:17 | More by diablo14
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3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: black... yummy black, with a chocolate brown head. this beer is absolutely gorgeous, i only wish the head remained a while longer.

smell: the aroma consists strongly of bakers chocolate, but i picked up on a hint of alcohol that was a tad disconcerting.

taste: this beer changed drastically (in a good way) as it warmed. the bakers chocolate was evident through out, as was a taste of alcohol... the two cancelled each other out in my rating. the roasted malts hit harder as it warmed, and harder than i wished when combined with the taste of alcohol, but still was ok. it at least showed some complexity.

mouthfeel: thick and bitter, it makes the roof of my mouth tingle, and i don't think i like that, but i'll keep thinking about it.

drinkability: the alcohol taste and funny mouth tingling really impact this one, and although i will try it again, if i have the same/similar experience as i did this time, i don't think i'll want more than a sip after that. this too gets better as it warms though.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 03:18:12 | More by dbalsock
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-20-2014 04:22:35 | More by MooseBoose
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-09-2012 13:03:16 | More by jhhollier
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a big, tan head that laces.

Smells of sweet, caramel malt with a small roast character and chocolate and coffee notes...big biscuity smell.

Up front sweet, roast character with a creamy chocolate character with a sweet, bitter character that has some awesome coffee and alcohol and ends on a roasted note. Complex and damned tasty.

Full bodied with a lower carbonation...not heavy or cloying though.

A big, complex stout that I look forward to every year.

*Update: I tried this next to a one-year old bottle and the aged bottle had a huge coffee note in the finish that lasted forever. It also had a creamy taste and a much more muted hop character. It tasted less "bright" and more subtle. I liked both versions for their respective tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 00:06:35 | More by TenHornsProud
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-24-2013 16:02:22 | More by traviswhillier
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11-12 vintage.

A: A typical RIS pour ... black motor oil, light mocha colored head. Not much head retention though. Some light lacing.

S: Cherries, moderate roast, slight smoke, coffee and chocolate (duh..). Very vinous.

T: Dark fruit flavors initially, figs & cherries. Followed by an intense dry roastedness. Hot nuts and dark chocolate. Some moderate light pine hop bitterness at the end. Superb.

M: Another RIS sipper. Booze is apparent, but not distracting.

O: Some nice complexity. Still have one from last year being 'cellared'. Always look forward to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 06:54:10 | More by diamondc
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-26-2012 19:00:01 | More by Sachsenfreude
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

06-01-2012 12:38:34 | More by SickNukes
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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

06-12-2012 21:08:28 | More by dlin0sbb
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3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark black duh, with a great dark beige head. Smell is milky, some chocolate, hops, leaves a little to be desired on the nose . Tastes hoppier than I expected, a little dark coffee flavor, nice lactic chocolate taste that isn't too sweet. It's very smooth and leaves a delicious chocolate aftertaste in your mouth, great after dinner beer

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:16:35 | More by brewtus
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North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle with the wrapped neck label that reads ?Limited Bottling ? Winter 03-04?. No freshness date or strength listed.

Appearance: Brooklyn Black is a misnomer. Brooklyn "Void of Light" or "Black Hole" Chocolate Stout would be more appropriate. Light simply vanishes in the creamy void. The only light comes from the cocoa colored, cream head. Good lacing and great retention.

Smell: Simple, but effective. Overly roasted, almost burnt, not quite toasted malt with dark, unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Mythical, stuff borne of legends. This elixir enters the mouth as an invading horde of burnt malt and dark chocolate, quickly supressing all with its rich, thick, chewy body and flavors. As if a heat source in itself, it warms the mouth and body with alcohol and tastes as if someone had roasted the malt and melted the dark chocolate in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Thick, dominating and yet smooth and creamy. Solid and liquid all at the same time. Wonderous.

Drinkability: As long as your not driving it is suppurb. Fill this the body, mind, and soul with a warmness and bliss rarely found in a brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 18:02:53 | More by Loki
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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured black with a 1 inch dark chocolate head that had some staying power.. and laced the glass quite well for most of the beer.

smell was more subdued that i expected, but had tones of caramel and roasted malt with a slight floral nose.

taste was of roasted, but not too burnt, malt, maybe some licorice, brown sugar, and molasses. very well balanced IMO. There was very little hop flavor... this one was mostly thick and malty, just as i prefer.

the mouthfeel was creamy, thick, oily, and mouth coating, just as a RIS should be.

The 10.6 ABV was well disguised but it did warm you as you drank it.. goes down so well this one could get you in trouble.

I need to figure out how much of this i need to get ahold of to last me until next year.. man i wish this was local to me!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 10:05:02 | More by tayner
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

06-15-2013 00:05:04 | More by mtnwesdew
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-20-2014 12:58:21 | More by SourAddict
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-04-2012 01:56:28 | More by rolandboy
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-06-2013 09:36:48 | More by TheLevi4000
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-03-2013 14:23:38 | More by plinythederek
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 03:06:46 | More by m1ked
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11-28-2012 16:48:25 | More by rkcrozier
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District of Columbia

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

This flagship brooklyn brewery masterpiece is one of my favorite winter beers. Served from a bottle, it has a black, viscous color with great substance to the brew.

The beer smells and tastes of bitter chocolate and dark-roasted espresso bean, with the harshness of a heavy IPA and the smoothness of a wannabe irish dry, which happens to be a great combination.

Unlike its cousin, the smooth and welcoming Brooklyn Brown, this beer is just no holds barred, balls-out front with a classiness that is ahead of its time. There aren't too many stouts that would risk combining the bitterness of espresso bean and dark chocolate with the burnt dryness of a russian imperial and throw in some light cherry overtones and a wrenching 11% ABV.

A great winter brew for those looking for a substance-driven stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:44:56 | More by TLove
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

10-22-2013 06:52:30 | More by JDM44
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,441 ratings.