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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,731
Reviews: 2,650
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 932 | FT: 47
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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Photo of SStein
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a deep dark black, with about a finger head that quickly dissipates into slight lacing on the top.
The chocolate really shines in the smell,
Taste wise the chocolate is very forward, followed but subtle hop flavoring. This does a decent job of hiding the higher ABV, but you can still tell this beer has a kick especially as it warms.
This is a thinner stout and more carbonated than many of the stouts I have had.
Overall, well done and definitely work drinking.

SStein, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of BradleyR
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

BradleyR, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of markaberrant
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Blacker than black. Thin dark head turns to splotches and a ring. Sparse lacing.

S - boozy chocolate, raisin, licorice, with a hint of hops. Quite pungent.

T - Lots of sweet malt up front, a bit of hop flavour in the middle. Looonnnngggg and smooth roasty finish, with some hop bitterness lingering in the background. A roller coaster ride from start to finish.

M - Thick and creamy, as it should be.

D - I was enjoying the taste of this bad boy so much, I forgot all about the massive alcohol punch. Very well hidden.

Not overly roasty for a big stout, it mostly shows up in the aftertaste. Instead, it's an amazing balance of sweetness, hops and roast, all of which can be easily picked out. This goes down as smooth as a baby's bottom.

markaberrant, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of olympicgatorade
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

olympicgatorade, May 01, 2012
Photo of jurbanik
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

jurbanik, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Shnanign, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice stout that offers a lot. The appearance is a dark black with a coffee colored head. The smell is very sweet with lots of chocolate notes. The smell though is a bit more subtle with malt and more mellow flavors, before a semi sweet chocolate finishes off the taste. The mouthfeel is very nice, coating your cheeks. Overall very good.

WhiteHillsStore, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of factoide
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

factoide, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of DioS
4/5  rDev -3.6%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of ninner00
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ninner00, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of redleg411
5/5  rDev +20.5%

redleg411, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Durb777
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Durb777, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Vlaminck
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Vlaminck, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mcrawford, May 02, 2014
Photo of Sam-VW
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Sam-VW, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of trbergman
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Aggressive pour yields two fingers of tan-colored head that leaves plenty of lace on the way down. The beer is dark brown, not quite black, and completely opaque.

S - Chocolate, specifically a cocoa powder aroma, leads the way, but I'm struck by how much fruit there is in the nose -- most notably raisin and fig. Underlying the chocolate and fruit are notes of espresso and sherry. No hops detectable.

T - Plenty of chocolate on the palate, pleasantly sweet, with just enough roasted character and hop bitterness to keep the beer balanced. Fruit is there, but not as pronounced as the nose would indicate. Some flavors of coffee and sherry, as well as a bit of warming alcohol. Very cohesive and delicious.

M - Full bodied, no question. Viscous and smooth.

D - A worthy stout, one I'd certainly like to drink again.

trbergman, Nov 18, 2009
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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

diverite, Aug 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

mattyrubes, Jan 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Stumpy29er, Oct 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

VinsanityDiesel, Aug 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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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