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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,498 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,498
Reviews: 2,640
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 294
Gots: 854 | 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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AaronRed

New York

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%

'01-'02: Wow, this beer knocked me out! For a while, all I could taste and smell was alcohol. But after it warmed, the rich texture of the chocolate and malt became evident. This beer really warms the inside of your belly and is perfect for this time of year.
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'00-'01: What a brew! I saved a bottle from last year and it evolved into an even more spectacular beer. It's like velvet, but sweet and with a kick. You can't go wrong.

11-14-2001 21:43:15 | More by AaronRed
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours dark as a moonless night with a khaki coloured one finger head on top. Smell is of good espresso, bitter chocolate and maybe a touch of molasses. The flavour is nice and deep with coffee and dark chocolate notes taking over. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is silky smooth going down and eventually finishing dry, but not too dry. Drinkability is good after a few you will start to see things in a new light. Recommended- buy them and horde them as the supply is always short.

03-12-2004 17:23:02 | More by TinusTime
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

This beer is possibly the best "bottled" beer from Brooklyn - I think we all know that the non-contract draft beer coming out of the brewery is much better! This beer pours a very dark brown/black with ruby highlights. There's a nice, light tan/brown head around the rim of the glass, although no Belgian-lace is produced. The aroma is of a bittersweet chocolate and candyish malt, but without hops, which is OK for the style.

The flavor starts with alot of chocolate and roastiness followed by a clear alcohol, a bit of hop flavor, and eventually mellowing into very nice coffee notes. The finish stays on the pallet a bit and is somewhat sharp. The carbonation level is appropriate and the body is nice. There are no off-notes to speak of. Overall, a nice example of the style.

05-24-2011 00:59:35 | More by ExtraStout
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ScreamForMe

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 07:25:39 | More by ScreamForMe
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infi

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

09/10 release.

Poured into a snifter.

Smoothly pours out like a typical stout and releases a thin tan head that lingers for a few seconds. A total dark and opaque color in the glass with small amounts of rising and bubbling streams around. Nice spotty lacing throughout also. Aroma is beautifully roasted and full of sweet chocolate, malts, a bit of alcohol and surprisingly coated with cinnamon. Cinnabon in a glass essentially - really appealing on the nose to the point of intoxication. Such a beautiful fragrance resonating from the glass.

Taste is moderately roasted - not as potent as other RIS's I've had in the past. Begins with a nice malty presence then enters a cocoa and chocolate element and finally finishes on a slight bittersweet chocolate astringency and warmth from the 10% ABV, which was masked incredibly well. Not a whole lot of big appeal on the flavor component, but it's textbook RIS in terms of the actual flavors.

The mouthfeel is smooth, yet light-bodied with mild carbonation. A bit lacking in the overall feel for an RIS, but other than that it's easy drinking. Drinkability is fair - not as tasty and flavorful as I was hoping. Not really worthy to drink all four in a night's session, but probably best to set some off to add some age. Not bad, but not incredible.

10-30-2009 03:28:28 | More by infi
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wcintula

New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

A- Starting with the 'executive' looking black label ('09-'10)spangled with stars, I anticipated a badass beer. I poured this baby into a Sam Adams glass(what was available) and daaamn, that beer is fine. Nice black opaque body with an excellent thick head.

S- Sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. After you smell it, the beer pulls you in face first.

T- Awesome!!! Tastes like it smells. I tasted it in correctly the first time I tried it. When sipping I get a very metallic taste, but when you gulp it, your mouth is filled with sheer awesomeness.

M- A thicker feeling liquid with regular, not-too-prickly carbonation. Alcoholic dryness on the way down.

D- I drank the beer in less than 3 minutes. I'd consider that drinkable. I just wish I had another.

05-19-2010 13:54:14 | More by wcintula
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

I love stouts!

A: Deep black body topped with a 1+ fingered frothy head with solid retention. Good lacing to boot!

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, molasses with a surprisingly noticeable hop profile.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hops poke through and resonate in the aftertaste. Slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

O: Solid stout, and I'm very glad that I have three more to drink!

10-18-2011 22:14:28 | More by tjkinate
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mscott1975

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-30-2011 04:21:15 | More by mscott1975
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Vlaminck

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-30-2012 22:50:18 | More by Vlaminck
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bshiban

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27.7%

06-04-2013 00:09:13 | More by bshiban
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Devman171

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-25-2013 13:40:52 | More by Devman171
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n2pux

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-05-2014 17:41:45 | More by n2pux
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%

Oh, if this was on tap at any local pub, I'd never leave the place.

Pours pitch black, dark brown head, little lace. Faint aroma of sweet belgian sugars, maybe some plum, plenty of roasty aroma as well. Taste heavy of roasted malts and a porto like mouthfell. Dry finish, makes you want more.

I'd kill for the recipe. Good Stuff.

07-15-2007 01:50:02 | More by bloberglawp
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bs870621345

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottled 09-10 winter. Good stuff, very impressed.

Pours a dark brownish black, with a finger of mocha white head that fades quickly leaving almost no lacing.

Smell is very light, alcohol and chocolate. Expected of this style.

Taste is where this thing is awesome. Chocolate and caramel sweetness. Alcohol burn is there, but absolutely necessary. Roastiness is kept in check by the malty sweetness. Very balanced between bitter chocolate and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is oily and heavy. Light carbonation as per the style.

Drinkability is very high. At 10% it'd be tough but a 4 pack is not unthinkable in this situation.

A great beer overall.

07-18-2010 02:16:11 | More by bs870621345
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drh1382

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-17-2012 00:54:08 | More by drh1382
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

Poured into a room temperature imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Very little head at all, and I really cranked the pour. What head appeared was an attractive tan. Jet black otherwise, just like an Imperial Stout should be.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Toasted oats and dark chocolate notes and an unmistakable "sweet" smell. Promising.

-Taste 4.0: Front is sweet and there is a detectable taste of smoked grains. Middle is thick barley with a medium sweetness and a nice layer of cocoa and smokiness. Finish is more cocoa and nice bite of alkaline hops along with a slight sourness. Aftertaste is long and hoppy/chocolate. Very nice.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: This beer is woefully undercarbonated. It is nearly flat and this detracted from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 3.5: Very good Imperial Stout. Has a high ABV (10%), but this is unnoticeable in the taste. The mouthfeel of this beer really turned me off, but the taste was quite good. Don't know if I will purchase this again, as there are other, better Imperials within easy reach.

03-28-2012 04:15:51 | More by BeerDocT
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olbubba

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-02-2012 21:51:42 | More by olbubba
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-28-2013 23:13:23 | More by artemh
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osuskin

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-26-2014 22:25:09 | More by osuskin
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +6%

This bible black brew cascaded into my glass with a presence that foretold of the taste extravaganza to come.
It's tan brown head remined me of bread dough rising with a sculpturing that was a delight to behold at every ensuing sip.
The flavor was everything this beer's moniker heralded-- hops with a bitter start, toasted malt with other flavor spangles here and there-sweet maltiness comingled with a tad of coffee perhaps. The 10% ABV makes it self known both in the nose and flavor. (I haven't opened my 2nd bottle yet). The finish is a long lasting copy of the start and a neverending flavor that leaves me wondering when it is going to fade.. At last the finish fades a clean diffusion leaving my tastebuds tantalized for the next sip.
The mouthfeel was so cordial as if my palate claims "this is where I belong" -- the feeling of a heavy bodied all encompasing substance that fit so perfectly it makes me sorry to see the bottle and glass empty.
Drinkability is exceptional even with a 10% ABV-- maybe because of the flavor and mouthfeel, I didn't tend to noitce the alcohol's affect on my constitution.

12-24-2006 01:44:10 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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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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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle identifying it as '09 -'10 winter release, into a stemless wine glass. Poured black as nite almost like old used motor oil with very little carbonation. Pretty thick head that is disappears rather quickly. Scent of roasted chocolate, and malts, slightly burnt smell. The tasty mix of dark and sweet chocolates, roasted coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. It is very drinkable, alcohol is warming.

12-05-2009 17:43:15 | More by mtnbikerpa
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rdilauro

Connecticut

4.76/5  rDev +14.7%

WOW.... Thats one word to describe this stout. It is dark, it has a great aroma. Hints of chocolate and coffee with a touch of cinnamon.

Then the pour.... Dark dark dark through and through. Then slowly the white creamy head rises to the top. Not a lot, just enough to separate the dark from the cream.

The first sip. Its smooth, its delicious, you can taste the coffee more than the chocolate and it is smooothh The beer in your mouth is very full and the after taste lingers for a long time.

For a beer that is 10$ ABV, you would never realize it because it is so easy to drink

I gotta run out and buy several more 4packs.

09/2012
Second major tasting of this stout.. Same as before, loads of chocolate in the noise and in the taste. This years brew seems to be fuller and rounder than the 2011, which to me was even that much more enjoyable. The only negative, and its a very small negative, is that in this batch (2012), I seem to taste/feel more alcohol. Even at 10%, past years brews seem to have less of an alcoholic taste.
But then again, this could be just more beer tasting techniques and skills have been advancing.
Even so, a great STOUT!

11/13/12
Another Tasting: This one is getting better and better every time I taste it.. Its getting close to a 5 for me now

02/02/13
One more time. This time, I could feel the chocolate as well as smell and taste it I was anxious like a little boy in a candy stand waiting to unwrap the chocolate candy bar and bit into it. Well tonight, I was that little boy and boy did I enjoy this even more

09/23/13
Another tasting. Even more than before this stout has everything, I mean everything I ever wanted in a stout. The pour was beautiful. Deep rich black chocolate stout down into the glass, then topped with a 1 1/2 frothy amber cream head that stayed and stayed. Once my nose was inside the glass, I felt like a kid in a chocolate factory. The taste was superb, you would think at 10% ABV, there would be some burn here, but its smooth and smoother As I had more from my glass, I could detect the alcohol in the nose but still was not in the taste. The chocolate got richer and the beer kept on getting better.

09-24-2013 01:13:49 | More by rdilauro
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mattyrubes

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-07-2012 03:57:14 | More by mattyrubes
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Ba Review #243
Served On: 12/12/2012
Glassware: DFH Chalice
Labeled ABV: 10.0%
Date/ Code: Winter 2012-2013

This was a 4-pack I was lucky enough to find at Giant in York, PA.

Look: This beer was black as night and very viscous. A nice creamy brown head formed to my surprise. Lacing was everywhere.

Smell: Smooth chocolate and coffee notes. Toasty character with some toffee notes that came through.

Taste: First was creamy mocha with an earthy roasted malt kicking in around the middle. Than things were switched up with a short lived bitterness that lead into a smokey finish. The coffee returned in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was very full and smooth. No alcohol warmth to be found.

I found this to be a wonderful RIS. I’ve heard a few different people say this is actually contract brewed by Saranac. Regardless, it’s a nice winter treat.

12-12-2012 16:17:35 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,498 ratings.