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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,868 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,868
Reviews: 2,670
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 326
Gots: 995 | FT: 53
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 C_S
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of loverofthecraft
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brian700
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours dark black with a brownish head that sticks around for a while before settling out to a creamy ring around my glass.

The aroma is big on chocolate and roasted malt with some alcohol. There is a bit of molasses in there too.

The flavor is of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit with a nice alcohol warmth. You really notice the chocolate with the first few sips and then once you are used to it there is molasses and dark fruit that present themself.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer and I highly recommend this one to anybody who likes big stouts.

Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of PSUDREW
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my new favorite stout. I am actually rather surprised, while this feels like a stout in your mouht, it doesn't feel that way in your belly. this is highly drinkable, IMO.

Pours a dark, rich brown, very thick, very creamy, with a nice creamy, tan head. desert in a glass. Smells like roasted mocha (yeah, I know...) very nice.

It is appropoe that chocolate is the main taste in this bear. yeah there is malt, and some hops, but the chocolate definately shines through here, mixed with a spice, roasted malt flavor. Other people have mentioned this, and it is true, the chocoalte is overpowering, but it is still done in a nice way.

If you get the cahnce, get some for desert and serve with a nice creamy cherry pie...mmm

Photo of Vengeance526
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a small brown head that fades away quickly without leaving much lacing.

Amazing aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, dark fruit and a hint of cinnamon.

I found the taste a little hard to rate. Taste starts off peppery with mild chocolate, vanilla and oak, with a spicy, slightly alcoholic finish. Not bad at all, but for me, the taste just didn't live up to the excitement of the aroma.

Smooth mouthfeel, perhaps a little thin, but not bad. I typically wouldn't drink more than one of these in a night but I will come back for more on another day. This one was reviewed fresh, but I've had it at one year and found it to be a bit better. I'll probably hang on to most of the remaining bottles for a little while and see how it changes this year.

Photo of BILF
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ndekke39
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a Christmas gift from a good friend! 12 oz bottle that says it's the Winter 2006-2007 edition. 10.6% ABV

A: Dark, oily black. Tan head. Rather viscous. Very little retention. Looks exactly as you would expect an Imperial Stout to look.

S: Heavy chocolate (as expected), caramel, molasses, alcohol.

T: A little sweet and syrupy. Dominated by the dark chocolate. Ends with a nice bitter swoop, like a bite of bitter chocolate. Nice interplay between the chocolate and the alcohol.

M: Thick and creamy, with a sharp bite from the alcohol.

D: Sip it slowly because of the high ABV%. I drank this while playing card games with friends - perfect complement to socializing with taking this one in and enjoying it. The character changes nicely as the brew warms to room temperature.

Photo of Phocion
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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 nasty15108
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been drinking Brooklyn Beers for ages, but for some reason this one always escaped me. I have always been happy with the quality of Brooklyns brews and after researching Imperial Stouts I figured I had to give it a shot.
I got myself a sixpack of Winter 07-08 bottles and I have to say I was impressed. I like stout and I guess I drink it pretty regularly (usually opting for Young's Chocolate, Smith's Oatmeal or old reliable Guinness). The look, smell and taste of the Brooklyn Chocolate Stout were top notch. I drank it from a small brandy snifter (which I highly recommend)and I was was totally impressed. This is not a brew to be swilled while watching the game, (it is filling and strong) but to be enjoyed in small quantities, much like a fine brandy/cognac. I recommend it with dessert or by itself with a nice cigar.

Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally got around to trying this one (I've heard good things about it and keep seeing it every time I look at the beers of the world book whenever I'm in barnes and nobles) and must say I'm impressed. This one reminds me of Samuel Adams Imperial Stout, but without the anise taste, The beer poured deep chocolatey black with a thick dark tan head. Taste was that of a really dark chocolate. Has a velvety mouthfeel. It's goes down too easily. Smell is sinfully cocoay. About as good a stout as I've ever had.

Photo of abrand
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle vintage winter 2009-10 poured into a snifter.

The pour is jet black with a very small quick fading tan head that leaves nothing behind. The nose is made up of roasted malts, espresso, toffee, and chocolate. Not overpowering but very pleasant. Taste is amazing. No alcohol is on the palate with plenty of dark chocolate and a bitter malty finish. Very easy drinking stout. Mouthfeel is quite viscous. Overall this is a great stout. I wish I had some fresh to see how the chocolate has faded over the couple years this has been cellaring.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Essentially black, nice creamy light brown head, looks like a good stout, but pretty normal

S: Lots of big roasted malt and a dose of molasses, hops aren't left out lending a nice spicy warmness

T: Big bittersweet chocolate flavor, roasted malt notes, not real sweet like I expected though, mostly roasted malt with the addition of hops adding a flavor enhancement and some more bitterness, especially in the finish, definitely very spicy

M: Thinner than some dark stouts, more porter like almost

D: Not to high, sipping beer, not super creamy like I would have liked

Notes: A good stout. Not syrupy sweet like I thought it would be. It has more bittersweet chocolate notes than sweet notes. Definitely interesting and definitely worth trying if you like stouts.

Photo of ricke
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008/2009. Serving date: 2009-02-16. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 355 ml bottle with freshness date printed on the bottle (best before December 2011).

Appearance: The pour is black, just one step away from being opaque, with a surprisingly small (half a finger) light brown head that settles quickly and leaves basically no lacings.

Smell: Mostly dark chocolate. Although it has less sweet aromas than many other imperial stouts, there are still some notes of blackcurrants and faint vanilla here. Gentle hops and a good deal of roasted barley finish things off.

Taste: Big flavors of dark chocolate hit the palate and stays on right to the very end of the finish. The chocolate flavors are definitely on the bitter end, leaning towards cocoa, but every now and then notes of sweeter chocolate appear as well. The taste of roasted barley is also quite immense and it blends beautifully with the chocolate. Some fruity flavors (plums?) and maybe some vanilla are to be found as well, somewhere among the chocolate and roasted barley. But still, the sweetness in this one is really restrained. From a few sips, I get a slight acidic flavor, but this might be the bitterness from the chocolate and the roasted grain that's playing a trick on me. The alcohol, although well hidden, provides a pleasant twang before the finish, which is quite bitter and contains some restrained, yet distinct, hops and long roasted flavors. Not the most complex imperial stout, but still a delightful beer with it's astonishing chocolaty character.

Mouthfeel: Quite a lot of carbonation considering the style, but thanks to a full body it manages to come out rather smooth.

Drinkability: I've had this beer quite a few times, and I'm always amazed by the fact that it's made solely from malt, hops, water and yeast, and no chocolate additives. How one can make ingredients such as these to taste this good is quite astonishing. However, although it's a rather bold and edgy imperial stout with it's emphasis primarily on chocolate and roasted flavors, it still lacks some complexity. But it's still, highly highly recommended.

Photo of mnrider
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle. Winter 09-10

A: Pours a darkness not unlike a black hole. The thin head looks like hot chocolate. The light lacing leaves chocolate streaks down the glass.

S: Very malty with chocolate. Smells like the beers label.

T/M: One of the smoothest RIS i've had to date. Malts are amazingly tasty. Chocolate is ample and really makes this beer special. The 10% ABV is hidden very well. However it does become more noticeable as the beer warms. The bitterness is minimal.

D: Excellent brew. Very enjoyable. I will be looking forward to this beer every year. I may even store a few away, to see how it ages.


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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of 9InchNails
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is completely jet black. The head is almost dark brown. Some lacing. Looks good.

Dark chocalate, cherries, vanilla, toffee and booze. Very sweet aroma.

Tastes really good. Booze is almost completely masked by the flavors. Toffee, cherries, chocalate are all there. Really tasty, not as boozy as Imperial Stouts that I have had.

Body is medium. Quite smooth. Not as carbonated. Slight alcohol burn on the way down. Doesn't leave the mouth dry. Feel good.

Drink ability is good for a ten percent ABV. Feels smooth goes down easy for a sipper. I am gonna crack another one open though... and sip it.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,868 ratings.