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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,517 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,517
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 299
Gots: 860 | 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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TubaManJack

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Fresh Bottle and one for cellering for next year.

Appearance - Wow its quite thick and black as night. A great brown head that is retained. The opaqueness is impressive and ready to suit the style.

Smell - Yes this is delightful. The mocha body and licorice is really impressive. There is not a whiff of the solvent abv which is detected in many of the other RIS.

Taste - The flavor is rounded out and full of chocolate malt and really smooth. Its pretty straight forward but well executed.

Mouthfeel- Mmm light carbonation with a touch of its round body. Its buttery and velvety.

Overall this a great seasonal and an awesome RIS modification.

12-17-2012 03:40:41 | More by TubaManJack
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MaineMike

Maine

3/5  rDev -27.7%

02-18-2012 06:20:10 | More by MaineMike
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KWMiles

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-09-2012 22:04:59 | More by KWMiles
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ThrashMaster

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-09-2013 16:20:52 | More by ThrashMaster
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Baab200

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-21-2013 00:08:43 | More by Baab200
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hmmmbeer10

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-06-2014 18:02:58 | More by hmmmbeer10
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goz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Jet black pour, with small hot chocolate looking head. Aroma had roasted malt and an alcohol kick to it. Taste was initially roasted coffe, bitter chocolate - quickly turning to a tongue coating dark chocolate sweetness that lasts and lasts and lasts. Although the alcohol is in the aroma it sneaks up on you in the brew.
My second tasting of this wasn't quite as enjoyable as the first. The aroma was more astringent, and the alcohol aroma and feel in the mouth was much stronger and less pleasant.

01-14-2003 11:00:21 | More by goz
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-21-2013 13:43:46 | More by JohnnyK
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-29-2013 02:52:40 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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Pug

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-26-2014 02:09:18 | More by Pug
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plinythederek

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-03-2013 14:23:38 | More by plinythederek
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

This beer pours a dark-as-night black color with a moderate head. The smell is hard to tease out, but is much like alcohol and dark malts. Just a hint of something sour, although I am really not sure what it is... The taste is very special. It takes a little while for it to develop on the tongue, but its mostly like the same dark malts with just a hint of hops. The aftertaste is overwhelmingly like coffee, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Many sweet notes as well, but I cant place where they would come from. This is a terrific beer, and well worth seeking out.

12-03-2006 00:11:05 | More by Toddv29424
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musicforairports

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours black. Very large head this disappears somewhat quickly; lacing looks nice as first but also dissipates. Before the head recedes, this looks like a good, serious stout.

Smells like cocoa, roasted malt and chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate.

Tastes rich. The chocolate is not overwhelming at all, and it's not very sweet considering it has chocolate in the name. It's a dry, bitter chocolate flavor that blends in well with the usual stout flavors. A bit of alcohol on the end, but less than you might think; what at first struck me as an alcohol bite was in fact bittersweet chocolate. As it warms, the flavors blend even better.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, but not as thick as I might expect a 10 percent alcohol RIS to be.

Imperial Stouts aren't my favorite, but this is a great example of the style. Glad to have this so widely available around for the winter season.

10-31-2010 05:00:10 | More by musicforairports
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

ST: 12oz poured into a chalice.

A: Black with a very thin raggedy dark brown head (swirling the beer a few times does bring that beautiful brown head back). It leaves nice spotted lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate cake or milt (of course), roasted malt, smoke and coffee.

T: Gentle smoke up front rolls into roasted malt and coffee in the middle. By the end, strong chocolate (bitter, not sweet), alcohol, some roasted coffee bean, and smoke take over the finish and stay there (a very nice long finish).

M: Heavy, creamy in the middle, though the finish is drier (the hops balance out the beer).

D: High abv and heavy body does not make this a beer to be consumed in large amounts.

Overall: An excellent winter beer. This is not the first time I have had Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout, but I never reviewed the beer until now. This stout is heavy, complex, and full of flavor. Even better, it is balanced well. I buy this every winter, and it has not disappointed me (except for when they changed from a six-pack to a four-pack).

01-25-2011 22:37:21 | More by ianjsullivan
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SolomonGrundy

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Another stout today, so awesome! Pours inky dark black, a small finger of dark tan head dissipates into a tiny rim of foam, not much lacing. Aromas are alternately sweet, then dry. Lots of dark chocolate notes as would be expected. Some hints of spiciness is in there, too. Maybe clove and licorice. Not super exciting so far, but good. Flavor is very unique. Super robust, very tangy right upfront. Lots of sweet chocolate malt, roasty roast-o goodness provides a sharp tang. This melds into a middle that strikes me as sweet, but only for an instant. This rides a nice long wave into what appears to be Hershey's Hot Cocoa mix. Mouth is wonderfully creamy and velvety. Finish is also super long and breaks into some hoppy hop bitterness and some of the cocoa notes. Great, complex and unique flavors roll around in this and the 10%ABV is wonderfully masked. Probably expensive, but this was a trade so I have no idea. I'll assume middle range price. Not sure you could sit through more than two of these as it is such a rich brew, but I would try on Turkey Day while watching football. I'll bet this tastes awesome with pecan pie, or even pumpkin pie/cheescake.

What I Like most: The beautiful, unique and complex flavor profile.

What I like least: The average pour and appearance.

Verdict: Awesome, robust unique ale. Must find if you can.

11-23-2010 01:08:57 | More by SolomonGrundy
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brewtus

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%

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

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

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27.7%

09-12-2013 15:43:14 | More by neorunner
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jdklks

Nevada

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

Decent looking RIS. A little too light for my taste and barely any head with an aggressive pour. What there is of carbonation is a light brown mixed with tan. A lighter black bordering on dark brown, with dark amber edges. When backlit, nearly half the body is transparent. The smell is good, but not as pungent as I like it to be. Lots of roasted and chocolate malts. Some black licorice perhaps, and some sweetness. A hint of hoppiness as well.

This one is a letdown. I'm not impressed at all. Very average RIS. The chocolate is much too bitter and seems to compete with the hop profile on that account. The beer is too roasty all the way through, not allowing for any sweetness to add complexity. Super dry all the way through. Some tobacco notes. Not very complex, and not very interesting.

The mouthfeel is thicker than it looks, and even a little bit more carbonated than the lack of head would allow you to believe. It's decent, but leaves the palate and the tongue really dry. For drinkability I've averaged the taste and mouthfeel scores, because both contribute to how much I would drink of this beer, and neither is particularly outstanding. I'm disappointed, I really thought I would like this one. Oh well, on to the next!

02-16-2010 06:05:42 | More by jdklks
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-10 Winter Vintage. 12 oz bottle.

Pours jet black with a gorgeous tan head that looks almost as comfortable to sleep in as my queen sized bed. Black. Aromas are rising out of my glass and hitting my nose from feet away. Smell is exceptional. As this beer ages the boozy smell dissipates rather quickly I have noticed. A very deep dark and fruity aroma develops next to the chocolate aroma that is most prevalent. Everyone knows chocolate and fruit pair extraordinarily well, so this one is smelling out of this world. Sweet chocolate pairs up with some plum and sweet cherries. Considering this is my favorite Brooklyn brew, its hard to review it subjectively, especially considering the quality I am reviewing here. Everything about this beer is world class, especially the taste. Huge chocolate and burnt sugar flavor. Good dark fruit character. Super creamy mouthfeel makes this beer even more luxurious. Really a homerun for Brooklyn. Watch yourself with this beer, as it will catch up to you even after one. Quite a big stout, with a flavor and aroma that would make you want more...but beware.

12-13-2009 06:31:14 | More by kiddynamite920
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thespaceman

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +6%

Purchased a 6 pack from Valley Discount Wine & Liqour in Waterbury, CT. Recommended by an employee there, so far positive reviews let see how it goes.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Good coloring, with a generous head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Espresso beans come to mind. Very rich smelling, deep cocoa malts appear on contact, a slight hint of butterscoth hops appears yet its very distant.

Taste: This one is like having your cup of Folgers with a kick in it, if only Starbucks can re-invent this into a coffee I'd drink it every morning. Again, a great coffee bean flavor with a kick of chocolate in the backdrop, this beer is enticing! Charcoal notes give away the alcohol taste you'd expect from a 10% ABV but it isn't too much. Nice balancing of flavors to alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation gives away to a bitter yet highly hopped aftertaste. Smooth, creamy and decadent. A nice feel for something with this high of a ABV.

Drinkability: This one is a slow sipper, yet very drinkable without the alcohol content flooring it to the wall. If you like coffee or mocha flavorings you'll easily be able to throw back 3 in a hour. This beer is a "creeper", easy to drink due to the suttleness of the flavors but it does it's work in the end. A great job by Brooklyn, easily one of their best brews! If you see this in your cooler, grab it, you won't be dissapointed.

10-18-2008 22:26:42 | More by thespaceman
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -20.5%

This beer pours black, period, with an 1/8" tan head and lacing throughout. The aroma is dark roast with dark bakers chocolate and a faint hint of smoke. The flavor is dark chocolate with milk chocolate, coffee, and raisin notes. Very complex. The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a biting, medicinal bite in the finish. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a very good beer, recommended!

06-05-2012 01:09:42 | More by B967ierhunter177
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diablo14

Australia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

07-26-2004 13:17:17 | More by diablo14
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

I had yet to try anything from Broolyn when I stubled upon a cache of Brooklyn Beers on special at a bar. I carefully selected this double with no predispositions and gave it what I would call a very fair test. Here were my findings.
It poured very dark, absolutely opaque, with a somewhat fizzy dark tan head. I use the term fizzy to distinguish it from the faomy head some people might be expecting from a Murphy's/Guiness style.
There was little lacing left behind after the head dissapated.
The smell was very intense; roasted malts and chocolate assault the nose. Also alcohol, and some coffee.
The taste was certainly chocolaty, once again with plenty of roasted malts, coffee, possibly some subtle fruits.
You can definitely taste the alcohol, but it is masked well with a good balance of ingredients and tastes. It finishes smooth and defintiely warms you up. Brooklyn, I'm impressed.

11-24-2005 18:14:11 | More by sinistrsam
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UA8

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

A- This stuff swallows light its so dark a thick chocolate milkshake head resides on top.

S- Super caramel malts dominate he nose with a a hint of cocoa and alcohol warmth.

T- Leads with smooth and rich malts of caramel and semi sweet bakers chocolate. finishes warm with alcohol.

M- Smooth, luxurious, and warming.

D- I would have to say I really enjoy this beer and what a value. 8.50 for a six pack of 10% beer that's super tasty. Its posses and interesting character in that the alcohol isn't overly present on the palate yet it warms your chest. This will be the first beer I'm going to try aging I'll post updates.

09-27-2008 21:42:12 | More by UA8
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wnh

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Consumed 12.29.2010.

Pours an opaque inky black topped by a dense dark tan head with pretty good staying power. Looks like an imperial stout ought to look.

Dense and delicious, inviting nose. Aromas of creamy milk chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malt, caramel, mixed berries, vanilla. Alcohol is present but not distracting. Perhaps a bit of evergreen hoppiness in the background.

Thick and rich and creamy on the palate. Flavors of mildly bitter dark chocolate, earthy roasted malt, warm alcohol, moderately hoppy, burnt grain, butter caramel. Packed and dense and tasty. Oily and mouthcoating and just barely drying. A bit of an herbal/medicinal note on the finish hints at more hops.

Has an English rather than American feel as imperial stouts go. Balanced and nuanced but flavor-packed. Surprisingly hoppy for the style, quite nice for a change. A fantastic beer.

08-26-2011 21:40:51 | More by wnh
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,517 ratings.