Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,888 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,888
Reviews: 2,675
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,011 | FT: 53
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000)
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Photo of Augustiner719
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel glass

Appearance; Aggressive pour yielded a 3 finger head that was very cloudlike and filled with lots of tiny bubbles. Great head retendion and medium lace down the glass. Pitch black color, no visibility through the brew. the head is a dark mocha/cappacino color.

Smell: Smells like rich dark melted chocolate, bittersweet. Has an aroma of burnt espresso with a few roasted almonds in the background.

Taste: Tastes rich and vibrant. A little bit of upfront acidity followed by a huge dose of dark bitter chocolate with some roasted coffee beans. On the backend it gets a little bit bitter but is saved with the good malt character.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin on the palate. Doesnt leave a huge aftertaste to me. A little bit too carbonated than I would like in a RIS. Nonetheless a good mouthfeel, just not what I expected.

Drinkability: Despite the ABV, its easy to drink. Very strong upfront flavors limit this from being a quick drink. It would be a lot better at a closer to room temp but overall its a solid brew.

Photo of chickenflea
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured black with a medium tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and alcohol. Tasted better as it warmed. Primarily milk chocolate flavor with a subtle bitter finish. Mouthfeel was creamy. Body was medium heavy. A good stout, but too much burn on the finish.

Photo of Fitzmke
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of PaulUH
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of hyuga
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick coffee black with an equally thick cocoa brown head. Heavy roasted overtones mixed with the perfect amount of chocolate sweetness in the aroma. Very thick and creamy in your mouth, as it should be. Heavily roasted and chocolaty sweet at the same time. Hops are present, leaving a leafy aftertaste near the back. Extremely enjoyable beer, very highly recommended. A different take on the style, but right up there with the best of them. Thanks again to francisweizen for this and the other Brooklyn brews!

Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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


12oz to standard pint, pours a deep black - completely opaque - foamy cream brown head with dense bubbles eventually fades to lacing.

smells of creamy chocolate, raisins, dark malts, sweetness, yeast

tastes of sweet alcohol, roasty malt, creaminess hiding behind, bitterness, light chocolate, raisins, good thickness, mmmm

mouthfeel is of a good weight, hot alcohol, sweetness, raisins, bitterness, roasty

tasty but i can imagine that this would only due better with time, can't wait to try cellaring.

Photo of pep
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TheBierBand
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK... so here you go.... this is a LIVE REVIEW. I just bought this six pack from one of my favorite beer stores... Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH... great beer selection. I purchased this for a little gathering we're having at the house this Saturday.

But, I decided to crack one open tonight to give it a try. I review this as I sit at my computer.... so this is AS IT HAPPENS!

It poured out nicely into my pint glass. I started it about half way down the side of the glass to prodce a perfect 1" head but it didn't seem like it was going to cooperate, so I stood the glass straight up and oops.... wound up with about two inches. But it has settled down now to a nice 3/4 inch already leaving a nice thick lacing behind. Black as the night with a thick frothy tan head.

The aroma is rich with a creamy maltiness with definite chocolate and coffee. Can't wait to taste!

Oh WOW!.... nice taste! low carbonation. And WOW!... very bold malt. Hoppiness is present just to let you know this beer is the boss. The alcohol adds a good flavor. Nice coffee follow through as the dark chocolate and a woody taste are all dancing around in my mouth!

Mouthfeel is excellent! It leaves my mouth coated with the woody taste long after I swallow. And a thin film is left in my mouth.

Drinkability.... WELL.... I really like this beer! It's not one for mass consumption... because it'll put you in your place! I'll be having two maybe three tomorrow when guests are here over the course of the evening. IF I can save that many back for myself!

EXCELLENT BEER if you're into a dark rich, thick stout like this!

Photo of Converge
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. Winter 11-12 bottle.

A - Small head of dark mocha foam; only about a finger though. The beer black as night, and really viscous. Very little head retention, but it does settle to a small ring around the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing for a while, but that soon disappears as well. Honestly, the appearance of this stout is probably the most underwhelming thing about it. I suppose I'll give the next one I try a good aggressive pour and see if I can yield a nice big head out of it.

S - Maybe a bit too cold, but I'm getting a lot of skunky/metallic notes at first. Upon warming up for a bit, more bitter espresso, burnt black malt, and rich black chocolate. A bit of hop presence looms in the background. Overall this RIS shows off a complex aroma with earthy, resinous notes of charred malt as well as deep, rich chocolate sweetness. There's definitely a smokey character in here as well.

T - Outright massive. The flavors are dark and rich and very complex. Huge charred and burnt malt dominates the front of the palate, along with rich dark chocolate and a solid bite of coffee bean bitterness. The finish is lingering burnt black malt, dark chocolatey goodness, and espresso bitterness. As it warms, the complexities only grow. Notes of dark fruit begin to come through, along with heavy molasses, licorice, and some earthy hops and resinous, smokey character. There's definitely some alcohol heat in the finish, but with a stout this big and mean, I don't mind one bit. Although this flavor profile might sound like an all out assault of flavors, which it sort of is, it's not at all too much to handle. The bitterness is there, but I wouldn't have guessed 70 IBUs; maybe more like 50.

M - Viscous, creamy, and heavy; low carbonation, but not quite as subtle as I would have liked. Not really as smooth as anticipated either. Still, this is no area of concern for this RIS. The body feels full and rich, and the carbonation adds a nice liveliness to it. As expected, this monster gets pretty sticky towards the end. The heat is there in the finish, but as already mentioned, it doesn't detract from the flavor profile at all.

D - The RIS exceeded all expectations. The flavor here was everything I could have hoped for and then some. Although this stout couldn't be much bigger, it was still easy to get through. Certainly one I'll be having many times more, and well worth the hype.

Photo of smithmd4
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of cclark67789
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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