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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,454
Reviews: 2,637
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 284
Gots: 839 | 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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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-16-2011 17:17:44 | More by volta
Photo of MetalHopHead6


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
Photo of Beergelden


4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-31-2013 22:21:01 | More by Beergelden
Photo of Saudereth


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
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-18-2012 03:15:58 | More by gritz147
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-07-2014 01:07:03 | More by jschonert
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-21-2013 13:43:46 | More by JohnnyK
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-04-2012 15:38:47 | More by 1Adam12
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Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-10-2012 03:23:25 | More by shagal
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

11-26-2012 16:08:34 | More by circus_cat
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-21-2014 13:45:02 | More by HopGrazer
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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark with a nice small tan head.
S - Chocolate, Coffee, Roasted.
T - Builds on the smell with semi-sweet chocolate, some smoke and dark fruit. dark roast coffee.
M - Full body and moderate carbonation, dessert like
O - Nice Stout fitting for after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 01:10:01 | More by patpbr
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 10-11 Bottling

A: Pitch black, fairly viscous. Agressive pour yielded a thick solid brown head with a few bubbles noticeable on the surface. Sticks around for awhile too. Spotty lacing. Nice!

S: Definite booziness on the nose, burnt malts, molasses, dark chocolate.

T: This is a big beautiful stout! Lots of booze, dark dry cocoa, molasses, burnt, roasty malts, fig.

M: Medium bodied, adequate carbonation, great smooth, mouthfeel.

D: At 10% it'd be hard to session, but this is a tasty brew and for the price (I think I was told it's $2/12oz) you can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 04:58:08 | More by julian
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice dark brown with a robust brown head on it.
Smell: Hints of cocoa come through and there is a very strong roasted malt flavor to it.
Taste: The beer has a nice chocolaty flavor at first, not too heavy given the style. The malts and chocolate flavor give it an interesting tang. You get a really nice malt flavor to finish the beer.
Drinkability and Mouthfeel: I was a really good stout. As drinkable as a stout can be. It was nice and thick with a lot of flavor. It also had a nice carbonation to balance out the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 22:21:05 | More by pzrhsau
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip, though I think it might have been better in a pint glass. Winter 10-11 release. **Updates are Winter 11-12 in a pint glass, makes a difference.

Appearance: I will say very few beers are black, as you can usually see some color in the light, but this is black. Small brownish head, no lacing. **Updated, there is some lacing, not too much though

Smell: Coffee, roasty malt, with a hint of sweetness. **Update, good sweetness to it

Taste: Roasty malt, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, little bit of bitterness. **Update, this has respectable sweetness with balancing bitterness, this has a nice mocha flavor

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick, crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Easy drinking, doesn't taste like 10% abv.

Overall very good, but not as good as I remember it being. Probably will let the others age some and see if that makes a difference. And, good stout for the price. **Update, the flavor is great, as good as I remember, I'm putting three bottles in the cellar to see what age does to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:53:10 | More by MadCat
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

12-07-2012 22:43:24 | More by Scott_McCool
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes. Poured Into Duvel Tulip. 09-10 version drank on 01/02/11

A: dark as night, not a huge head, but there is light layer after head recedes.

S: dark chocolate, some dark fruit notes

T: wet plums, mixture of dark and milk chocolates, no heat (huge difference from fresh BCS). Complex tastes, in addition I get plums, almost like chocolate covered cherries and lots of different chocolate flavor notes, a hint of coffee pokes through.

M: full and creamy, not quite world class for RIS, but nice

D: nice, not ridiculously drinkable (would't necessarily want it to be at 10% abv), but had not trouble finishing my 12oz

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:09:36 | More by modernartblues
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3/5  rDev -27.7%

03-21-2013 18:06:33 | More by aslamm75
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3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Winter 10-11 bottle. Pours a midnight black with two fingers of dark khaki foam quickly giving way to thick lacing. Nose has roasted smoky peat notes, campfire, almost a acetic quality and some buried burnt coffee. No real sign of chocolate here. No real smoke on the taste, it does have some nice bittersweet chocolate, roasted and a very dry finish along with a high level of carbonation. I was waffling between trying something new or a breakfast stout, i wish i went with the latter.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:54:02 | More by Trilogy31
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-19-2012 13:55:02 | More by Gehrig13
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 05:14:17 | More by CommanderOfAwesome
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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

02-18-2013 23:48:42 | More by OleDixie
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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