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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,634 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,634
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 318
Gots: 893 | FT: 51
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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Photo of velosuds
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
Photo of whatthehull
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
Photo of danipp
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

danipp, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
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
Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

bulldogg915, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of sloejams
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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3/5  rDev -27.7%

dheldman, Sep 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Vlaminck, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of loverofthecraft
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

loverofthecraft, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of CBFanWish
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
Photo of bbothen
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
Photo of josefnewsong
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
Photo of BeerNemesis
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
Photo of baybassboy
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

baybassboy, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Stumpy29er, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

SourAddict, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jbdpsu82, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

plinythederek, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of MJR
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An Imperial stout for lunch in June? Why not...

Winter '02-'03 Bottling...

Appearance: Pours a deep black that has a hint of brown when held up to a strong light. A reverse cascading effect gives way to a thick, brown head that slowly shrinks to a thin cap. A quick swirl brings it up again. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Small hints of alcohol and diacetyl hide undeneath a massive blanket of roasted malts and chocolate. The aroma is extremely rich with the usual dose of dark fruits, but they take a backseat to the chocolate malts. Hops are practically nonexistent in the nose of this beer.

Taste: The flavor is extremely rich and creamy with hefty doses of chocolate and roasted malts. The alcohol is present from the first sip to the last swallow, but it doesn't really take the attention away from the grains. It merely provides a warming undercurrent and base for this brew to work it's magic. There's the usual assortment of burnt dark fruits: plum, raison, and black currant. There's a slight hop bitterness, but little-to-no aroma or flavor. Finishes with a burst of warming alcohol, which makes it seem like it's more than 8.5%abv.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich on the tongue, but a touch thinner than some of the other Imperials it's compared to. Still, there's a nice chewy quality that makes me delay each swallow as long as I can. Finishes with a blast of mouth-drying alcohol.

Drinkability: This is quite the drinkability Imperial stout. I would say that the slight thinness of body makes it more drinkable than some others, but the alcoholic flavor and mouthfeel give the impression of a stronger brew, so they sorta cancel each other out. It's a shame this brew isn't available in the Midwest, 'cause it's a damn good brew...

A big 'thank you' goes out to pbrian for sending me a few of these.

MJR, Jun 06, 2003
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

dan027, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jcb7472, Jun 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jeanphony, Oct 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

irish01980, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of ThisMoonlife
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ThisMoonlife, Nov 15, 2013
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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