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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,135
Reviews: 2,730
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 352
Gots: 1,165 | FT: 59
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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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Ratings: 6,135 | Reviews: 2,730
Photo of Jarod
4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured into the glass black, no light penetrated the glass. Well carbonated and had to wait a few minutes until the head settled to the top. The head was a thick creamy dark beige brown color and lasted quite a long time. The aroma was of chocolate, chocolate, coffee, raisins, alcohol and some roasted chocolate. The taste was nice and creamy. Flavors of chocolate and coffee seemed to dance together throughout the mouthful, but I did notice that chocolate seemed to lead. I also noticed that during the ballet in my mouth the raisins and alcohol would try to cut in on the other two dancing and seemed to get in a step or two, first raisins, then alcohol, then raisins again before the other would ask for there partner back. At the end alcohol seemed to get the last dance with the chocolate. I personally loved this limited edition 02-03 beer. I am on the hunt for a few more to keep and cellar can I can imagine that this beer can only get better with time.

Photo of cichief
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 2006-07 vintage.

I have loved this beer since 1995. It pours jet black, with a beautiful brown head of foam. It smells sweet, of chocolate and coffee. The taste is powerful, sweet, but balanced, with espresso and chololate overtones, a little licorice in the finish. It is quite smoothe in the mouth, surprisingly little alcohol burn for a beer of this strength. At 10.6%, it is not a beer to be consumed in volume, but enjoyed sip by sip. A prize to be found.

Photo of Nipitato
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Jet black with a thin dark tan head. Opaque. This beer has legs.

S: The aroma just rushes out of my dimpled mug. Barleywine like. Massive caramel malt aroma. Plenty of chocolate character here. A strong citrus hop aroma as well.

T: A very smooth taste (after the gigantic nose I didn't know what to expect). Roasted grain character. Some dark chocolate notes enhanced by a tinged bitterness from hopping I presume. Port like-vinous. Boozy. Dark chocolate bitterness.

MF: All sorts of alcohol warming. Full bodied. Lightly carbonated . Velvety smooth.

D: This is a big boozy stout that is marvelously balanced.

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Lambocalrisien
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Sampled courtesy of the Opthamologist Brewer from a 12 oz bottle marked "Winter '03 - '04" in a Guinness Imperial Pint.

Beer pours ebony black and as clear as a night dweller with a blindfold.

Head is low, brown-tan and gone in a flash.

Aroma is intensely roasty with an oily espresso character. that is both slick and harsh on the tongue. Nutty Chocolate tones like a broken and slighty burnt dark chocolate ganache round out the palate with just a hint of alcohol.

Flavor follows suit with a starting touch of roast and CO2.Coffee roasts start to pick up with a large molasses backing. Hard dark cocoa builds and takes over for the coffee before a final finish hop fights the remaining sweetness down. REsidual sweetness from the body remains on the lips long after beer is but a dry memory on the palate.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a midnight black with a two finger tan head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam leaving lots of islands of residual lacing down the glass.

S. Lots of chocolate malt with caramel and some roasty bitterness.

T. Lots of bitter chocolate with roasty coffee/espresso character. More sweetness in the nose than comes across in the flavor. Little perceptible sweetness due to the bitter from both hops and roasted grains.

M. Full bodied with a high level of almost biting carbonation. The carbonation here takes a bit away from the mouthfeel for me; it makes me want to swallow rather than appreciate the flavor medley.

D. Surprisingly a bit hot even though it's almost a year out and not terribly high abv in the first place. Good, but not excellent. I'd like to try the OPS since I'm always interested in seeing how much bourbon can improve a beer like this. (Everyone knows that bourbon only improves a beer.)

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a case of this in 09, and have been aging a few. Some of the flavors have mellowed into a nice smoothness. It still has a distinct bitter/sharpness to balance it out.

Black as night with some deep brown coffee colored highlights. The head is deep brown - burnt umber - very good retention.

Smells of rum, raisin, coffee, chocolate - yet everything seems to meld together into a sweet, strong perfume smell. Very nice.

Up front is heavy, woody grape wine like character followed by rum and raisin. Next is very nice coffee flavor; it finishes with round full chocolate coating. What is interesting is each flavor seems to have both bitter and sweet characteristics. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Photo of craftbrew502
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kels
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finished off my evening at the Comet with one of these on tap, poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a short, tan head that fades immediately to a skim. Dark, viscous liquid provides no visibility.

Smell: Very present alcohol in the smell, accompanied by sweet cream, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very great balance of tastes come through, from creamy, bitter dark chocolate to the light, sweet, roasty malts. The bright hop finish is a little sharp, but it adds uniqueness to the beer compared to others of the same style. The feel is creamy at first, followed by a slight wet effervescence. The big alcohol definitely creeps out in the taste as it warms.

Drinkability: Phew - take it slow. I think of it as "naptime" beer, as in, I wanted to go to sleep as I finished drinking it.

Photo of jpmclaug
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Stone IRS snifter

A - a shade away from pitch black with a thin tan head that quickly disappeared

S - Smells like dark malt with a very faint hint of chocolate and an even fainter hint of alcohol

T - Tastes pretty normal for a stout with a little more chocolate flavors, slightly sweet at first, Hardly any aftertaste at all, really isn't as powerful as I was expecting

M - Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, the body might be the best part of this beer

D - Surprisingly easy to drink for its 10%, it doesn't have much complexity though and is surprisingly mediocre. I wouldn't say this is a bad beer but it just comes across as simple to me. Sometimes this is a good thing but I expect more from a RIS. If this was offered to me again I wouldn't have a problem drinking one but I won't be seeking this out again anytime soon.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black body with about 1 finger head that recedes quickly.

S: A rich aroma of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, & booze.

T: The taste follows the smell pretty well with notes of dark bitter chocolate & roasted malts. The middle is slightly sweet, and ends very boozy & dry.

M: Full body, light carbonation, smooth texture.

D: Very easy to drink, although it isn't the most amazing RIS I've ever had.

Photo of joeseppy
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a true RIS.

Aromatics of heavy malt, baking chocolate and burnt sugar. As it warms, some alcohol rising.

Roasted malt flavor and soft bitter cocoa. Some dark fruit especially prune. Some smoke.

Has a dry wooden finish and the bitterness lingers. Not so much sweet as it is roasted.

No chocolate cake batter here or any creaminess, but pretty hot. Will put a few in the cellar. This however paired fantastically with aged gorgonzola and fig jam.

Photo of Ropowers3
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jmryan8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Beastdog75
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter '03-'04 bottling.

Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is a great accompaniment to the cool weather. This is a beer that really does epitomize what a winter seasonal should be. If I had a fireplace I could imagine sitting by it, lounging back, and drinking a pint of this brew.

The brew pours a lovely near pitch-black color with some hints of sanguinous red to it. A dark tan foam forms, but thins out in a few moments after pouring. The smell heavily consists of the dark roasted aromas thanks to the burnt/black malts. Notes of espresso and some chocolate are noticable. There is a bit of carbonation in the beer, but not too much. The mouthfeel felt a bit sticky, adding to the "rich" persona of the brew. The flavor is thick and intense with notes of caramel early on followed by chocolate, but the dark roasted coffee notes were the most dominant. There is some alcohol presence noticable while tasting, but it does not take control of the brew. Mixed with the alcohol is a dark rum-like flavor. The finishes out with a dry, roasted bitterness which lingers into the aftertaste. There is a bit of alcohol burn in the end, making this brew quite warming.

The one thing I might say against this beer is that I would drink one bottle of it and it felt like it was enough. This certainly wasn't brewed for sessions. A sipping beer all the way, and one of the more intense stouts that I have sampled.

Photo of Phocion
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of kinger
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unique Imperial, well crafted. My first sampling was with the '04-'05 batch and I've been enjoying this every year since. Pours an incredibly thick jet black with a nice tan head, there is a medium amount of lacing that sticks to the glass. Rich velvety aroma of chocolate and red wine with other dark fruits and roasted nuts. This inviting scent is unique from the other imperial stouts I've had thus warranting the high score. Mouth feel is smooth and sweet. When fresh the sharp alcohol is dominant, but after some age the burn fades and you are presented with a tangy, dry creaminess. Black Chocolate is an applicable name for this one although the standard roasted dark malt and coffee flavors are present there is a nice blend of chocolate malt that seems to take over. This isn't milk chocolate either, dark dense sweet chocolate makes this beer a thing of beauty. Nutty with notes of raisins and sherry wine. Like the aroma this flavor stands out in a unique way. A year in the bottle does wonders for this complex brew. Big bonus points for being somewhat unique comparatively as well as being such a bargain. I stock up every season when this hits the shelves. //Additional notes and rating on 12-14-07 after enjoying a well aged bottle.

Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Hautacam
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a nice dark brown head above an almost black liquid in a pint glass. The head dropped to a collar. The beer itself looks like an espresso.
What a great smell...espresso again in the nose..very malty.
Complex flavor of espresso( ...a theme here ?), malt, chocolate....the semi-bitter kind....a hint of sugar with an amazingly heavy mouthfeel....like you should chew before swallowing...almost a greek coffee feel....like small particulates are suspended in there...this actually feels better than it sounds!
One of these is enough...it's pretty heavy stuff.
When they came out with this years ago, I used to buy cases so I could still have some after the season. This was the first time I had it on tap....seems about the same taste wise, but with a creamier
mouthfeel. Very good stuff !

Photo of rayjay
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

'05-'06 vintage. Dark and thick appearance. Rather oily body, with sharp funky plums and thick chocolate malts upfront. Vintage-tamed hops, although they still have quite a presence. Old-school russian imperial stout, it's no tame Samuel Smith, nor is it a wild Storm King. The mouthfeel is equal parts sludge and silk. Notable alcohol presence similar to red wine. Quite a luxury beer. Thanks to zrrbrrt for the trade. Cheers!

Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A thick, inky black body that blocks all light from passing through. Up top, there's over a finger of tan head that sticks around surprisingly long and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of dark, toasted malt character accompanied by some sweet chocolate and a fair share boozy notes. Clearly a Imperial Stout.

Flavor: A rich dark malt body featuring lots of bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and some dark fruit notes. There a nice alcohol component throughout, and it pairs wonderfully with the rest of the flavors. The aftertaste is boozy and toasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied and nicely creamy with good carbonation and plenty of heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Clearly a beer meant for a slow tempo, this is a perfect companion for dessert and conversation.

Verdict: I've been waiting to try this beer for many years, and I have to say I'm not disappointed. Black Chocolate Stout is a big Imperial Stout with lots of character, and also quite bargain. Now, to find a new white whale...

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark black with two fingers caramel brown foam lacing the glass. Smell is of dark malts and chocolate. Taste is of somewhat thick dark malty chocolate with a little bite to it. The plus 10% abv is well hidden and makes this very drinkable. A decent stout overall and i'm glad I got to try this one. Or a case and a half's worth.

Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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