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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

5,527 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,527
Reviews: 2,641
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 300
Gots: 863 | 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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LarryV

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6%

This review is for the fall 2006 release. Pours an inky black color with a lacy tan head. Smell of roasted malt with chocolate overtones.

Taste is heavenly with hints of roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate, no cloying sweetness. Alcohol is hidden very well. Creamy lush mouthfeel with a lingering taste. Love it, this is the best BBCS I've had yet, absolutely delicious.

10-16-2006 18:41:17 | More by LarryV
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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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m1ked

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Pours a near black with brown edges. A very thin tight bubbled and transient cafe colored skim, that quickly transforms into a tight ring around the edge.

S- A light coffee, boozey, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, woody aroma. Nothingtoo strong here.

T- Definetly starts with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, a woodiness, a bitter coffee with a caramel sweetness with a smokey hint throughout. There is a certain tanginess in there that I don't love.

M- There is a certain creaminess, a clear etoh burn, and a bittersweet finish. Not as heavy or chewy as I anticipated- actually kind of light bodied for a 10% RIS

D- I really enjoy this style of beer. This isn't in my top 5 RIS's, I would reach for this one again & again.

11-04-2009 03:06:46 | More by m1ked
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

This flagship brooklyn brewery masterpiece is one of my favorite winter beers. Served from a bottle, it has a black, viscous color with great substance to the brew.

The beer smells and tastes of bitter chocolate and dark-roasted espresso bean, with the harshness of a heavy IPA and the smoothness of a wannabe irish dry, which happens to be a great combination.

Unlike its cousin, the smooth and welcoming Brooklyn Brown, this beer is just no holds barred, balls-out front with a classiness that is ahead of its time. There aren't too many stouts that would risk combining the bitterness of espresso bean and dark chocolate with the burnt dryness of a russian imperial and throw in some light cherry overtones and a wrenching 11% ABV.

A great winter brew for those looking for a substance-driven stout.

11-25-2008 01:44:56 | More by TLove
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getkrunkhoe

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-12-2014 22:21:30 | More by getkrunkhoe
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lucas1801

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-23-2013 10:04:22 | More by lucas1801
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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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hermit990

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-13-2014 04:24:54 | More by hermit990
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drmcleod10

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-04-2014 02:08:05 | More by drmcleod10
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WiserBud

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

05-08-2014 01:54:04 | More by WiserBud
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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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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +4.6%

This one pours brilliant black that allows no light to pass, not even from the 100 watt bulb over my head. The head is a thick and resilient tan that is extremely slow to settle.

The lacing appear to be extreme and more of a resilient clinging head that is coating the glass.

The nose is sweet, caramel, dark chocolate, cardamon and some alcohol with a subtle hint of hops.

The favor is far more dry and hoppy than I expected with the nose. I was expecting much more malt. That said, it is a pleasant surprise. The taste is subdued malt with strong stout overtones of the chocolate, coffee, caramel and toast that has a strong hopped flavor throughout the entire tasting. The bitter is strong but not overwhelming and is very pleasant with a nice IPA like finish.

The mouthfell is a bit watery considering the thick head, lacing and the fact it is a stout. But overall is more than acceptable.

Overall I really like it. It is finally cold enough outside that stouts are perfect. A nice dark beer that warms you up with alcohol that is not over strong and a great mix of flavors. This is good. I will definitely drink it again.

11-15-2013 00:51:45 | More by AtrumAnimus
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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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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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olbubba

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

California

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

Bottle from IP trade with SF Fan Jake

A: Pours a black with a brown khaki one finger head.

S: This is the downside, the aroma is terrible. Similar problem that I have with aged Green Flash Double Stout. Wet cardboard, and off aromas. Just bad.

T: Thankfully the taste isn't effected too much by the terrible aroma. Tons of Roasty notes, chocolate and slight hop finish similar to Old Raspy.

M: Full bodied, plenty of carbonation for you belgian fans, and a slight bitter dry finish that isn't there in most stouts. Chocolate sweetness lingers as well.

O: Decent beer that I would love to try fresh. Think aging isn't kind to the aroma on this one.

03-02-2013 05:14:17 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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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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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
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,527 ratings.