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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,442 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,442
Reviews: 2,635
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 282
Gots: 836 | 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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-03-2012 17:24:52 | More by ryancl
Photo of JoeAmerican77


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch molten lava, a superbly creamy tope-able head...Anise, and dark bitter malts on the nose, also dark cherries and pit fruit. Yes! A brilliant smattering of bitter dark cocoa, black licorice, and a background of bittersweet red cherry juice. It offers a medium body with creamy textures and subtle small bubble carbonation.
Overall, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 23:03:21 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of jono0101


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-24-2013 17:38:15 | More by jono0101
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-07-2012 18:39:00 | More by towlea25
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-26-2014 22:25:09 | More by osuskin
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-06-2013 00:58:38 | More by brett606
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-09-2013 15:58:47 | More by Brewer1980
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a Brooklyn variety pack. It is the 2005/2006 batch.

Poured a nearly black glassfull to drink with a chocolate fondue after dinner at a friends.

Not a lot of head, and only slight lacing as I drank the beer.

Aromas of chocolate, dark coffee and some burnt toffee. Nice aroma.

Tasted very good. Not too sweet, more like bittersweet cocoa and french roast coffee. Alcohol content very well hidden. A nice compliment to the chocolate fondue.

Moderately thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Clean finish.

Nice beer to have with dessert. Couldn't 'drink a lot of these in a row, but one of them at a time with dessert is nice way to savor this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 02:09:36 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of erz316


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle into guinness tulip pint glass. nice bottle, very sexy.

A - a good pour, beer seems decently thick, or so it seems. two finger medium dark tan head, with a very appealing rocky texture across. not as creamy as it could be. the head leaves great sticky lace all over the glass. the body is pitch black no light getting through the center. but even when not held up at the light, one can see that the beer is a dark cola colour at the bottom. head lasts a good amount of time.

S - nose is mostly dark roasted malt and yeast. surprisingly close to guinness, though this beer is ice cold, so the nose might take a hit. yeah not really much beside the roasted malt notes. I can get a bit of yeast and coffee but not much else.

T - good ris for such a good price, sometimes those whom one thinks are mediocre really come out and impress sometime (what the hell am I writing? Der Alte ist so high dude!). the initial taste is a definite yeasty buzz feeling along with this delicate chocolate bitter and coffee roatstiness. birkinau. oh man, im gone. at times there is a distinct sweetness like that dark chocolate: reluctant to be sweet, and what the fuck is jason bourne doing? god, just let me get on with this review. the aftertaste is malty and a bit of choco. its a good beer, but having had some of the best, I am not convinced it deserves the half mark further.

MF&D - it looked good, tasted alright, went down quite well. a good bargain for a decent russian beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 04:15:58 | More by erz316
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a Stella Artois goblet. ABV 10%.

A - Poured a nearly black opaque dark brown with a 2cm milk chocolate head. Head slowly reduces and there's good lacing.

S - Lots of dark chocolate, some toasted bread, some dark fruit, and some alcohol.

T - Brown sugar, dark chocolate, some toast, hint of fruit, bitter hops and some booze.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, creamy, syrupy, some heat in the finish.

O - A bit boozy but it's pretty well balanced. Easy to drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:52:04 | More by decimator
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter. Assuming this is the Winter 10/11 release.

Pours the deep, inky blackness of good imperial stouts, completely opaque and darker than night. Very minute tan head that leaves some sticky, spotty lacing. A wonderful looking beer by all accounts. Smell is initially roasted malts, with a touch of sweet caramel and maybe just a slight tinge of alcohol. As you sniff it some more, the underlying dark chocolate becomes more evident, the aroma of cocoa mingling with the rest of the scents to provide an enticing smell.

Taste is just like the smell, with roasted malts kicking things off along with some very slight notes of caramel and vanilla. The dark chocolate then takes over, providing a taste that's full of bittersweet cocoa and some figgy fruity nuances. There's also a bit of coffee in the flavor as well, providing some of the mild bitterness; it's almost like an espresso taste, but not quite. As the brew warms, there's a slight bit of alcoholic heat at the end, but it's still pretty subdued. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with minimal carbonation and a medium body. Finish is a bit less dry than I was expecting. Silky smooth sipping experience.

Drinkability is really rather good, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. Oh yeah, you're gonna feel the 10% ABV, but it's a pleasant and tasty way there, so you're definitely not gonna mind the ride. I'd love to see what this is like with a few years on it to mellow the flavors out and add a few levels of sophistication.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 04:38:01 | More by r0nyn
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-26-2014 02:09:18 | More by Pug
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-01-2013 00:30:39 | More by Achoo_Bacca
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-20-2014 21:22:11 | More by AWB3
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New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle which says Winter 06 / 07and has been stored in my cellar for a bit shy of one year.

Impenetrable gloss black in my pint glass topped with a foamy taupe head (2 fingers) which slowly recedes leaving hints of lace.

The scent is immediately roasted grains and soft bitter chocolate.

Taste is much the same. Smooth and creamy with a long finish of soft cocoa dust. I find a faint hint of molasses in there as well. The 10.6% ABV listed on the bottle, if correct, is hidden remarkably well. Hop presence is minimal, though of course this bottle has aged for as much as a year.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rather full, though not thick.

Drinkability is very high.

Very nice smooth subtle RIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 02:19:40 | More by sethmeister
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-16-2011 17:17:44 | More by volta
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is warming. delicious, and bubbly.

It poured black with no head, a milk chocolate ring, and no lace. The flavor had strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee up front with a dark fruit-flavored finish. As it settled and warmed, dark fruit flavor pushed to the front. The feel was bubbly, with a sting left on the tongue. It was not creamy or smooth.

BCS is a nice, if too highly-carbonated, cold weather beer; warming yet easy to drink with great dark fruit notes that overpower and exceed the chocolate first impression.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 22:18:04 | More by MetalHopHead6
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-31-2013 22:21:01 | More by Beergelden
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-04-2014 04:31:50 | More by Saudereth
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 edition.

Comes in the 330ml black bottle and logo, and indeed the Brooklyn beers are fairly plain in appearance. And then coming in the equally unimpressive style of their six pack, I wasn't expecting much. That is, IF I didn't know of the reputation of this stout. The neck label gives a little blurb about imperial stouts.

The beers pours into my snifter a SOLID ebony, with only hints of ruby or dark brown near the edges. This is no faux-black beer. The head is substantial and more red than brown. Absolutely impenetrable colour and a rich red head makes for a lovely looking elixir. Good lacing as icing on the cake.

The smell is ambrosial: first and foremost is a strong licorice/sweet rum aroma. The alcohol is definitely popping its head out of this one, but it's masked nicely by hints of blackcurrant, maple, and massive hits of strong black espresso. Dusty malts here, almost like sniffing pepper. But besides all this are the dark fruits of dried prune, plum, and plenty of red grape. Coming in later as the beer warms even more are some lactose, sweet-cream aromas.Yes, wine-like. But damn better than any red I've tried. Absolutely full of all the maltiness an imperial should have, and more. Near-perfect.

The fullness of the beer hits before the taste does. This is a syrupy, velvety, full feel alright. Adorable. It hits that perfect balance between being cloying, and being cloud-like on the tongue. The malts tower above any other taste like Zeus above the gods. Wow, dry and dusty, almost tannin-like aftertaste. Tons of coffee similarities, and red-grapes. The chocolate was not so detectable to me as the full on mocha/espresso tastes. A great deal of salinity here too, from the roasted malts. But unlike some imperials, this one does it in balance...I'm not left gagging for water after each sip. But the finish definitely shouts "fresh coffee beans." Nice.

The beer will deceivingly catch up to you pretty quick, so easy does it. The beer is easy to drink, but it IS filling. Oddly enough I found the saltiness of the malts caught up with me forcing me to stop. Still, this is one hell of a stout, and the alcohol is masked ever so nicely in the taste. World class.

Paired well with a roast beef sandwich and a slice of brie, incidentally.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 05:52:43 | More by Cwrw
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is black enough that no light gets through with a frothy tan head and excellent lacing.

Smell is boozy with chocolate and caramel out front. Vanilla is present as well.

Taste is similar to smell though the booze isn't as up front and overpowering as I had expected. Coffee and other dark roasty malt is present. Hop bitterness is minimal and seems relegated to the chocolate.

Mouth is thin/medium and carbonation is medium. I would have prefered a thicker and flatter drink.

Drinkability, as far as RIS goes this is great for the value and a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 06:42:42 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of darklordlager


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oil black, with no highlights when held up to the light. A good 1/3" dark tan foam layer formed after the pour.
Smell is of chocolate, booze, some dark fruits, a little bit of smoke.

Taste is BIG chocolate up front (big surprise), very sweet, almost overwhelming anything else. Finishes with an acidic/bitter flavour reminiscent of dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and coats the tongue with each sip.

Drinkability-Limited by the sweetness of this brew, and the ABV.

Delicious, very sweet--definitely a dessert beer. Not all that complex, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:56:00 | More by darklordlager
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2014 01:07:03 | More by jschonert
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-04-2012 15:38:47 | More by 1Adam12
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

11-22-2013 00:26:30 | More by rypkr
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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