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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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6,083 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,083
Reviews: 2,722
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 348
Gots: 1,128 | FT: 55
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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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Photo of elliott1184
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattyrubes
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of dlin0sbb
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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

Poured a opaque black, very syrup like as it pours into the glass. A small beige to caramel colored head forms, but slowly dissolves away. A deep chocolate aroma almost smacks the nose out of the glass, there are sweet malt scents and dried fruit aromas blending in at the end. That chocolate stands out in the flavor as well, and attacks the palate, then slowly the malt comes foward, with a smack of bitterness right at the end. A thick and syrupy feel, very heavy on the palate. This is a very good beer, with a very good aroma and strong flavor, make this a joy to drink.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black color with mocha colored foam head that slowly dissipates. Some prickle that dissipates as well. I have smelled some characteristics of the nose in other imperial stouts. I can smell the chocolate malt but there is something in the nose that makes me think of an irish stout or red ale. Faint hints of smoke. Very lush and very thick mouthfeel. The malts are roasted pretty fully as I almost felt like I was eating roasted corn. Still some smoke at the finish and hints of coffee. The elusive scent presents in the flavor and continues to elude me. Perhaps it is the black malt alluded to on the label. Smoky finish and warm with alcohol. Very strong and powerful flavor. I would rate it B- on straight up flavor and all, but that is me.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in the bottle before, but this is a review of the tap version. Had on tap at TJ Finleys in Bay Shore, NY. Served in a stemmed pokal glass.

Look: black body and I couldn't discern any highlights, which might've been helped by the darkness of the dark. Thin, less than a finger thick, mocha colored head sits at the top and retains quite well leaving a little lacing, but not a whole lot. Spot on for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Smell: sweet, roasted malt with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Nothing in the way of alcohol or hops in here.

Taste: follows the nose with sweet, chocolate malt and some coffee notes as well. This is probably as chocolatey as you can get without brewing with actual chocolate. There's a bit of alcohol bite in the finish but its not that strong and my mouth is left tasting chocolate after each sip.

Feel: medium to full bodied, lightly carbonated, not much alcohol is obvious except a slight bite in the finish, and a chocolate inspired aftertaste lingers for awhile. Not as thick or chewy as I would like from a Russian Imperial though.

Drink: one of the more drinkable Russian Imperial Stouts out there. One could easily drink several of these in a night and would enjoy the experience, provided they survived it.

Overall, a very good beer. I haven't had it in a long time and have always had the bottled versions. I'm usually skeptical of big stouts on tap but this was quite good. I'm very happy with this beer. I highly recommend. Cheers.

Photo of Brown120
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of allboutbierge
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'02-'03: wow, I read yen157's review and picked up a few of these at the beer store earlier. Its a wonderful stong stout with a nice choclate aftertaste with a strong flavor of burnt malts and some coffee taste in there. It poured a BEAUTIFUL fluffy head with a unique ruby tint that shined through the heavy lace it left on the glass. Its is dark, i mean really DARK, almost the color of tar or oil but that ruby tinted head makes it a very attractice beer. I didn't notice much of an alcohol taste immediatly, but once the beer warmed a little, it was evident no so much by the taste but the feelign of my noise. I did not detract from its drinkablility rating due to its heaviness; I assume that if you drinking this you like imperial stouts, but due to it's alcohol taste that i guess just comes along with a beer that's 10.6abv. Besides that, its a wonderful beer and if you're a strong stout lover you will love this, try it.

Photo of SupaCelt
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with this brew as Brooklyn Brewing just became available to us in Michigan earlier this year. This lovely brew pours out with a fantastic viscosity and a deep brown colour capped by a chocolate coloured head of good resilience. Lacing is decoratively hung making this thing look even more lovely still.

The nose is chocolate laden. It smells creamy and rich with a bit of roasted graininess layered beneath the sweet chocolate tones. This one smells like a dessert. A tiny bit of alcoholic flair gives this a slight feel of an expensive liqueer or whatever you call them.

The taste is nicley chocolate based. It is not overwhelmingly sweet or cloying. There is a nice bitterness that gives it a coffee sort of feel although not highly coffee flavoured. It has a bit of dairy creaminess and again, the grain textures from the six varieties of malt are evident as they were in the nose. A very nice roasted ambiance overlays the entirety of the flavour scape. This is just delightful. I am surprised at how delicate the thing is especially with the 10.6% abv. This is a deceptive little number.

The mouthfeel is a heavy medium. It has a great texture. A bit dry in the finish and quite smoothe early.

The drinkability is excellent for such a hard hitter. The flavours meld well together and there is not one thing that stands out as overdone or misplaced. This is very well crafted and it will surely be a yearly tradition in my household from now on. I am glad we have this at our disposal now. Also of note, this bottle was very well priced for something in this abv range.

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

this is the 06-07 vintage; alcohol is also 10.6%
pours jet black with just a hint of light creaping in around the edges when it held up to a light, the head is just not there, if you swerll the beer it break out but quickly disapears.
the aroma is very dark; chocolate and roasted malts.
the flavor is dark and bitter, roasty, cocoa, malt, with a hint of butterscotch at the end.
pretty good stout, wounder how it ages, because its under $2 a bottle here.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter '05-'06

My first impression is that it's not nearly as impressive as the 04-05 batch.

The same nice black body with thick head, but this one settled down much quicker than the previous batches'.

Nose is baker's chocolate with a bit of fruityness that I am just not a fan of. It's a nice nose, but a bit funky homebrew character.

Taste is full, rich, bakers' chocolate and a slightly bit toasty. Bold flavors up front but a slightly green-tasting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick and shallowly-carbonated, and drinkability is OK for a beer this big, but I've had much better. As an Imperial Russian Stout, it's just OK.

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

Murky black color. Nice lace finishes clean down the glass
rich chocolaty taste. Slightly bitter, and some sour notes.
Medium bodied with a bitter finish.
This beer really exemplifies an American style imperial stout. This beer is one of the east coasts finest selections of consumable liquids In the short, hard, cold days of winter in New England.

Photo of Rojada1988
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of dannymo24
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of treznor
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Very dark, black, with a thin light brown head reducing eventually to thick ring of bubbles around the glass and uneven bubbles.

S: Alcohol is the first thing that assaults the nostrils followed by some intense chocolate and coffee malt flavors. There is a sort of sweet smell given off as well, something like dates or figs. The overall impression is rather complex and interesting.

T: The smooth texture is foremost as the slippery fluid slides over the tongue and washes the palate with intense mocha flavors that are punctuated by the sharp alcohol bite. The finish is very long and with a bitter coffee linger and some significant warmth as gravity pulls it down.

M&D: The mouthfeel is absolutely silky and heavy at the same time. Tiny and light carbonation aids in bringing out the creaminess of this brew. Very warming. Very smooth. Very good.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter. Winter 2010 bottling.

A - Pours the expected midnight black, with a thin half-finger of mocha head that only sticks around for about 30 seconds before receding to a ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S - Loads of dark chocolate and roastiness. Hints of tobacco and leather. Quite nice, making me want to keep my nose in the glass.

T - Like someone liquified a dark chocolate candy. Lots of roast, coffee, sweetness around the edges, and dark, dark chocolate. Some alcohol in the finish, but none of the earthiness that I had expected from a RIS. But overall very nice.

M - Silky at times, but too much carbonation. It feels a little harsh, almost acidic.

D - The flavors are nice, but the carbonation and high abv bring this aspect of the beer down a bit. I might be able to have another but that'd be it.

O - A good beer at a great price. If this was available year-round I'd probably buy more of it as a decadent treat to have once in a while.

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of swetsastonic
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Honus1
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of wspscott
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in tulip (winter 07-08 edition)

A: completely black with a caramel colored head that disappears quickly leaving a little lace.
S: A mix of chocolate and burnt/roasted flavors with some sweetness in the background
T&M: Feels thick/rich with a little alcohol burn. A little astringent on the tongue. The dark chocolate flavor really comes through.
D: This is a great dessert beer. It goes down a little too easy, I am ready to reach for a second one. Highly recommended.

(original scores 4,4.5,4,4,4.5)

*** 09/10 version on 4/22/10
12oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: pours with a thick creamy dark tan 4-finger head that drops to a thick film on the surface leaving a bunch of lace, completely black, lets no light through.
S: Chocolate dominates, sweetness, dark/dried fruits
T: Lots of roasty malts along with dark bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness, along with a hint of alcohol warmth.
M: Very creamy and rich, mouth coating, slightly astringent.
D: This is an awesome desert beer, a great example of the style. For such a big beer, there is not much alcohol presence which makes for a very easy drinking beer, very dangerous and highly recommended. Glad I have more in the basement.
(new scores 4,4,4,4,4.5)

Photo of elniko
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

A: As expected motor oil black with tan head slightly bigger than in typical RIS. Nice looking brew.

S: Some alcohol hotness apparent, as it warmed mostly sweet chocolate tones with a touch of dark fruitiness as well.

T & M: Roasty chocolate tones, full bodied. On the sweeter side of the RIS equation although there is some pleasant bitterness on the finish. Silky mouthfeel.

D: One of the more drinkable RIS that I've encountered. Very glad that I tried this brew.

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

Winter 10-11 batch. A friend recommended this one to me, and if there's one thing I love it's a good stout.

A: nice pour, solid opaque black with a small cascade of bubbles leading up to a half finger of tan head. The head doesn't last that long and it leaves behind some slight lacing.

S: Big aroma on this. Coffee, chocolate and deeply roasted malts. Smells like a stout should.

T: Chocolate malts, deep roasty flavor, espresso. Big surprise is the alcohol, which comes through far too much in my opinion. I don't know that I've had a 10% ABV stout before but it doesn't hide it as much as a would have hoped and seems a bit incongruous. I can see how that might be a nice warming touch on a winter night, though.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied for how it looks, light on the carbonation.

O: A really good stout. Obviously if you're drinking stouts you don't plan on having too many, but the 10% makes sure of that. Certainly hits on all the high notes with the coffee, chocolate and heavily roasted malts. Nice balance and easy to drink.

Photo of Los1324
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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