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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: 315
Gots: 887 | 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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Photo of Stubbie1
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

03-04 bottling.
This is one beautiful stout. It pours a dark black color with a dark brown head on top. The head stays for a spell and slowly gives way to a thin sticky lace. The aroma is of burnt coffee, deep roasted malt and a slight sweetness in the air. There is also a faint wisp of alcohol roaming around. The taste is wonderful; Deep roasted malt combined with the coffee and the hints of sweetness (plum, raisin?) attack the tongue. There is a slight warming of the lips with a slight presence of the alcohol. Also present is a smooth creamy feeling in the mouth. It is a very enjoyable and defiantly easy to drink. I need to get more before it is all gone!

Stubbie1, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of Toddv29424
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark-as-night black color with a moderate head. The smell is hard to tease out, but is much like alcohol and dark malts. Just a hint of something sour, although I am really not sure what it is... The taste is very special. It takes a little while for it to develop on the tongue, but its mostly like the same dark malts with just a hint of hops. The aftertaste is overwhelmingly like coffee, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Many sweet notes as well, but I cant place where they would come from. This is a terrific beer, and well worth seeking out.

Toddv29424, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of musicforairports
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black. Very large head this disappears somewhat quickly; lacing looks nice as first but also dissipates. Before the head recedes, this looks like a good, serious stout.

Smells like cocoa, roasted malt and chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate.

Tastes rich. The chocolate is not overwhelming at all, and it's not very sweet considering it has chocolate in the name. It's a dry, bitter chocolate flavor that blends in well with the usual stout flavors. A bit of alcohol on the end, but less than you might think; what at first struck me as an alcohol bite was in fact bittersweet chocolate. As it warms, the flavors blend even better.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, but not as thick as I might expect a 10 percent alcohol RIS to be.

Imperial Stouts aren't my favorite, but this is a great example of the style. Glad to have this so widely available around for the winter season.

musicforairports, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of aslamm75
3/5  rDev -27.7%

aslamm75, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another stout today, so awesome! Pours inky dark black, a small finger of dark tan head dissipates into a tiny rim of foam, not much lacing. Aromas are alternately sweet, then dry. Lots of dark chocolate notes as would be expected. Some hints of spiciness is in there, too. Maybe clove and licorice. Not super exciting so far, but good. Flavor is very unique. Super robust, very tangy right upfront. Lots of sweet chocolate malt, roasty roast-o goodness provides a sharp tang. This melds into a middle that strikes me as sweet, but only for an instant. This rides a nice long wave into what appears to be Hershey's Hot Cocoa mix. Mouth is wonderfully creamy and velvety. Finish is also super long and breaks into some hoppy hop bitterness and some of the cocoa notes. Great, complex and unique flavors roll around in this and the 10%ABV is wonderfully masked. Probably expensive, but this was a trade so I have no idea. I'll assume middle range price. Not sure you could sit through more than two of these as it is such a rich brew, but I would try on Turkey Day while watching football. I'll bet this tastes awesome with pecan pie, or even pumpkin pie/cheescake.

What I Like most: The beautiful, unique and complex flavor profile.

What I like least: The average pour and appearance.

Verdict: Awesome, robust unique ale. Must find if you can.

SolomonGrundy, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of JGlitz87
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JGlitz87, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of northstar23
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

northstar23, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of neorunner
3/5  rDev -27.7%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of jdklks
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking RIS. A little too light for my taste and barely any head with an aggressive pour. What there is of carbonation is a light brown mixed with tan. A lighter black bordering on dark brown, with dark amber edges. When backlit, nearly half the body is transparent. The smell is good, but not as pungent as I like it to be. Lots of roasted and chocolate malts. Some black licorice perhaps, and some sweetness. A hint of hoppiness as well.

This one is a letdown. I'm not impressed at all. Very average RIS. The chocolate is much too bitter and seems to compete with the hop profile on that account. The beer is too roasty all the way through, not allowing for any sweetness to add complexity. Super dry all the way through. Some tobacco notes. Not very complex, and not very interesting.

The mouthfeel is thicker than it looks, and even a little bit more carbonated than the lack of head would allow you to believe. It's decent, but leaves the palate and the tongue really dry. For drinkability I've averaged the taste and mouthfeel scores, because both contribute to how much I would drink of this beer, and neither is particularly outstanding. I'm disappointed, I really thought I would like this one. Oh well, on to the next!

jdklks, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

09-10 Winter Vintage. 12 oz bottle.

Pours jet black with a gorgeous tan head that looks almost as comfortable to sleep in as my queen sized bed. Black. Aromas are rising out of my glass and hitting my nose from feet away. Smell is exceptional. As this beer ages the boozy smell dissipates rather quickly I have noticed. A very deep dark and fruity aroma develops next to the chocolate aroma that is most prevalent. Everyone knows chocolate and fruit pair extraordinarily well, so this one is smelling out of this world. Sweet chocolate pairs up with some plum and sweet cherries. Considering this is my favorite Brooklyn brew, its hard to review it subjectively, especially considering the quality I am reviewing here. Everything about this beer is world class, especially the taste. Huge chocolate and burnt sugar flavor. Good dark fruit character. Super creamy mouthfeel makes this beer even more luxurious. Really a homerun for Brooklyn. Watch yourself with this beer, as it will catch up to you even after one. Quite a big stout, with a flavor and aroma that would make you want more...but beware.

kiddynamite920, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of thespaceman
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 6 pack from Valley Discount Wine & Liqour in Waterbury, CT. Recommended by an employee there, so far positive reviews let see how it goes.

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Dark, almost black. Good coloring, with a generous head and beautiful lacing.

Smell: Espresso beans come to mind. Very rich smelling, deep cocoa malts appear on contact, a slight hint of butterscoth hops appears yet its very distant.

Taste: This one is like having your cup of Folgers with a kick in it, if only Starbucks can re-invent this into a coffee I'd drink it every morning. Again, a great coffee bean flavor with a kick of chocolate in the backdrop, this beer is enticing! Charcoal notes give away the alcohol taste you'd expect from a 10% ABV but it isn't too much. Nice balancing of flavors to alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation gives away to a bitter yet highly hopped aftertaste. Smooth, creamy and decadent. A nice feel for something with this high of a ABV.

Drinkability: This one is a slow sipper, yet very drinkable without the alcohol content flooring it to the wall. If you like coffee or mocha flavorings you'll easily be able to throw back 3 in a hour. This beer is a "creeper", easy to drink due to the suttleness of the flavors but it does it's work in the end. A great job by Brooklyn, easily one of their best brews! If you see this in your cooler, grab it, you won't be dissapointed.

thespaceman, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of SStein
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours a deep dark black, with about a finger head that quickly dissipates into slight lacing on the top.
The chocolate really shines in the smell,
Taste wise the chocolate is very forward, followed but subtle hop flavoring. This does a decent job of hiding the higher ABV, but you can still tell this beer has a kick especially as it warms.
This is a thinner stout and more carbonated than many of the stouts I have had.
Overall, well done and definitely work drinking.

SStein, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of xbrettfavrex
5/5  rDev +20.5%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of sinistrsam
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had yet to try anything from Broolyn when I stubled upon a cache of Brooklyn Beers on special at a bar. I carefully selected this double with no predispositions and gave it what I would call a very fair test. Here were my findings.
It poured very dark, absolutely opaque, with a somewhat fizzy dark tan head. I use the term fizzy to distinguish it from the faomy head some people might be expecting from a Murphy's/Guiness style.
There was little lacing left behind after the head dissapated.
The smell was very intense; roasted malts and chocolate assault the nose. Also alcohol, and some coffee.
The taste was certainly chocolaty, once again with plenty of roasted malts, coffee, possibly some subtle fruits.
You can definitely taste the alcohol, but it is masked well with a good balance of ingredients and tastes. It finishes smooth and defintiely warms you up. Brooklyn, I'm impressed.

sinistrsam, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of UA8
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This stuff swallows light its so dark a thick chocolate milkshake head resides on top.

S- Super caramel malts dominate he nose with a a hint of cocoa and alcohol warmth.

T- Leads with smooth and rich malts of caramel and semi sweet bakers chocolate. finishes warm with alcohol.

M- Smooth, luxurious, and warming.

D- I would have to say I really enjoy this beer and what a value. 8.50 for a six pack of 10% beer that's super tasty. Its posses and interesting character in that the alcohol isn't overly present on the palate yet it warms your chest. This will be the first beer I'm going to try aging I'll post updates.

UA8, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of wnh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Consumed 12.29.2010.

Pours an opaque inky black topped by a dense dark tan head with pretty good staying power. Looks like an imperial stout ought to look.

Dense and delicious, inviting nose. Aromas of creamy milk chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted malt, caramel, mixed berries, vanilla. Alcohol is present but not distracting. Perhaps a bit of evergreen hoppiness in the background.

Thick and rich and creamy on the palate. Flavors of mildly bitter dark chocolate, earthy roasted malt, warm alcohol, moderately hoppy, burnt grain, butter caramel. Packed and dense and tasty. Oily and mouthcoating and just barely drying. A bit of an herbal/medicinal note on the finish hints at more hops.

Has an English rather than American feel as imperial stouts go. Balanced and nuanced but flavor-packed. Surprisingly hoppy for the style, quite nice for a change. A fantastic beer.

wnh, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of crowbar540
4/5  rDev -3.6%

crowbar540, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Rob315, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Pelicanrocks
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pelicanrocks, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of bshiban
3/5  rDev -27.7%

bshiban, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of traviswhillier
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

traviswhillier, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of T-34-85
4/5  rDev -3.6%

T-34-85, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of mjc410
2.48/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

06-07 bottle - 10.6% ABV

The pour into my big ol' snifter raises a one finger light brown head that recedes quickly to a surface littered with large bubbles. Lacing is thin and sudsy. The body is utterly black, even when backlit. I'll let the head retention slip by, considering the extra alcohol. The nose reeks of roast and alcohol, with strong coffee notes and subtle hints of chocolate. Seems fairly one-dimensional, though - not much depth. The taste is sweeter, more acidic, and less roasty than I expected, or what I recall from last year. It's tasty, but here too, there's no depth. It does hide the alcohol well, though. The mouth is more than medium, but not the thickest I've ever had by far. Overall, an easy drinking strong beer, but without much to call me back. I'm glad I didn't buy a case like I originally planned...

mjc410, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of PartyBear
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid jet black body with a small creamy tan head, however, it fades quite quickly. Very light carbonation. Rich chocolately aroma, with dark heavy malts, slight smokiness, and loads of sweet dark fruit. There is lots of bitter chocolate from the start, alongside a strong coffee flavours, sweet dark malts and a slight hoppy kick in the finish. Thick and full in the body with an almost tar-like feel. Love this beer, one of the best chocolate stout available.

PartyBear, Jan 24, 2010
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,609 ratings.