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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,609 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 2,645
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 316
Gots: 889 | FT: 50
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mtnwesdew
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

mtnwesdew, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of BILF
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of diverite
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

diverite, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of rkcrozier
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

rkcrozier, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the winter 09-10 Black Chocolate Stout, 12 oz. bottle. Purchased 4 bottles, of this beer, as it should improve over the next year or two from what I've heard.

The beer poured a very dark black, almost completely opaque, with a thin, nutty brown head which dissipated rather quickly. The beer exhibited almost no lacing. Aromas of deep roasted malts, not quite burnt, a hint of chocolate and molasses, and maybe some raisin. On the front is the taste of heavy roasted malt, some coffee bitterness, and a hint of caramel or toffee. The finish was really where the dark chocolate flavors stood out compared to the other malt flavors. Not too much hop presence throughout, but a nice full body with decent carbonation. The high alcohol percentage went almost unnoticed until the back end, where it was well balanced by the chocolate notes. This made it a very drinkable beer in my opinion, although the alcohol and heavy body would dissuade me from drinking much more of it in one session.

This was overall a great beer, although there was not as much chocolate flavor as I was expecting. The roasted, almost burnt malt flavors definitely override most of the chocolate.

goldbot, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of HoneyLamb
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle was purchased from Shangy's in Emmaus, PA in December 2011.

This stout pours as a very dark black with a small tan head (single finger of head even with a hard pour).

Smells of dark chocolate and vanilla...ummm!

Flavor began with hints of bitterness and roasted malt and lots of dark chocolate. Finished dry, but very compatible with my palate.

Seemed to taste better as the stout warmed in the pilsner glass. Carbonation was not too much for my taste.

A delicious beer that I look forward to aging to see if the tastes/flavors mature.

HoneyLamb, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of quine
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a rich, dark brown, bordering on black. Head is tan and a nice size. Nice lacing as well.

S: A big roasty chocolate aroma comes through. A bit of alcohol is present as well, but not unpleasantly so.

T: Like the smell, lots of roasted malts and chocolate are in the taste. Sweet dark fruits are also there. Also, some bitterness and a little bit of alcohol, which blend well with the flavors.

M: Creamy, thick and smooth, with a surprising amount of carbonation. Nice.

D: Scarily drinkable for 10% ABV. Can barely taste the alcohol, and it blends well with the flavors. The taste is well balanced as well, not too sweet (as some chocolate stouts tend to be) and not too bitter.

quine, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Guden
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bottle from Winter 11-12 (so a little over a year old)

A- Deep black with no light shining through. Head is a chocolate color and starts big before falling to a thin layer, leaving a thick wall of foam on the sides of the glass.

S- Deep dark chocolate. Some dark fruit (blackberry and plum) comes in the mix along with a little caramel. A tinge of booze barely shows itself, seems to be even less than when fresh.

T- Incredibly smooth and light up front with luscious dark chocolate middle mixing with burnt toast and other roasty flavors on the end. A bit of fruit shows as it warms but the alcohol isn't detectable in the taste despite the 10% ABV. Very complex.

M- Fairly thick and creamy. A bit milkshake like with low carbonation, a bit too low for my tastes.

D- A nice imperial stout with very strong chocolate flavor. The age seems to have played nicely with the flavors. Still the chocolate is a bit strong to the point where I wouldn't immediately reach for another.

Guden, Mar 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

TubbyDullard, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GetTheYayo, Dec 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

crownrl28, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of brewtus
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

brewtus, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jhhollier, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

B967ierhunter177, Jun 05, 2012
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%

Fordknox, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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).

ianjsullivan, Jan 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

MaineMike, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Dools9
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St Sebastiaan Tulip, 11-12 bottling.

A: Motor oil black, produced a finger of brown khaki head that receded to a skim.

S: Dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocloate, raisins, figs, plums. Faint espresso aroma.

T: Not overly chocolatey, some coffee/espresso smoke, dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, sweet mollases, figs, and some sour tang. Touch of alcohol in flavor but hidden enough to not detract from flavor.

M: Full bodied, very smooth, very little carbonation, a bit filling. Alcohol is there but not overwhelming, some warmth going down.

O: Very nice RIS, rich, tasty and maybe the most affordable RIS 4 pack at 7.99.

Dools9, Mar 25, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Brooklyn snifter

A- Black with a half finger brown head. Retains well with a wall of lacing.

S- Mocha, slight mellow booze ( which intensifies with temp rise) but very well concealed.

T- Strong coffee, bitter, a hint of chocolate. The chocolate presence is there.

M- Thick and velvety. A tingle of light carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. Finishes slightly dry/bitter for a good balance.

O- The first thing I thought of, was that this was no where near the chocolate stouts I have had in the past. But then I read and realized that this chocolate stout (unlike others) doesn't actually use chocolate in it's recipe. Then I was struck by how well selected the blend of malts is, in imitating the chocolate flavor. Props to Brooklyn.

BWED, Mar 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

KWMiles, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

hmmmbeer10, Apr 06, 2014
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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