Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 6,221
Reviews: 2,746
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 370
Gots: 1,215 | FT: 56
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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 GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08/11/05- Received bottles in trade from Connecticutpoet and Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2004-05 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Super black pour, chocolate colored dirty brown 1/2 inch head and nice lacing. Pours out like goop.

Smell- Ranks right up there with any double or imperial stout I have had. Huge super dark chocolate and roasted malt nose.

Taste- Damn, this shit is good. Mega roasted malt, nuts and any other malted flavor you can think of. Smooth and I mean smooth dark chocolate flavor. Maybe a touch of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel- Oh so close from being perfect. Just a touch too much carbonation to be as smooth as it could possibly be. Super creamy and goes down with the greatest of ease. Do they have this on cask??

Drinkability- So glad I still have one of these left. Think I will toss it in the cellar and forget about it for a year or two. Can't imagine it getting much better than it already is, but what if it does?

Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '11-'12, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep black body with a bit of dark brown around the top edges and on the pour. Mocha colored head with tight bubbles and a very creamy nature to it. Lots of sticky lacing and a spotty cap make up a seriously great looking RIS.

S: Dark roasted chocolate malts, caramel, bitter dark chocolate cocoa nibs, slightly roasted coffee beans and touches of vanilla towards the back end. Not too rich or sweet, very dark and roasted in nature.

T: Milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans again coat the mouth. Mid palate is some powdered chocolate, and finishing somewhat sweet with an added honey-like flavor to it. Well balanced, not overboard in any certain aspects. All in all a very well done beer.

M: Well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles giving this a thinner feel on the palate. It's not watery but certainly could be a bit thicker for the style. A weak point of the beer but it does somehow retain a certain creaminess to it.

I remember having the same impression last year with this beer; very solid, relatively inexpensive and dangerously drinkable. I have a bottle from last year in the cellar and plan to do a mini-vertical once next years batch comes out. It looks to be a good cellar candidate but we'll see how these hold up over time.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep black color that is crowned by a brown head. This beer looks fairly viscous as I pour it into the glass.

There is definitely more of an aroma of chocolate than of roast malt and coffeee, thogh these aromas are here as well. Quite a bit of toasted biscuit aromas serve as a back drop to the chocolate.

Quite flavorful and malty. I get coffee notes in the middle and the finish is, surprise, all chocolate. Some what sweet, though this sweetness is quite subdued by all of the dark-malt flavors. The alcohol is farily hidden, though perhaps there is a hint of it in the finish. This beer fits perfectly right now in my hands, on this chilly desert night. As the beer sits in my glass a bit, I can pick up the alcohol in the aroma. This is quite good, quite enjoyable. Stellar, perhaps not, but I will be enjoying this one again.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black (very dark brown), moderate head, light lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa

T: Really smooth beer with a very pleasant bitter chocolate flavor. There is a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M: A tad thin, nice lingering aftertaste. 10.1% ABV is noticeable in the finish, though not necessarily unpleasant.

D: Great beer, and readily available.

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased the 2003 version. It pours a black color with a light brown head. There is large bubbles and nice lacing on the glass. The aromas are big on chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. The roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all through the flavor, with the chocolate lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is very noticable and warms your insides. Very enjoyable, but the noticable alcohol makes this a bit less than good for drinkability.

Photo of wrightst
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I left the marks high, because over the years this is one of my "dimes"; a ten out of ten. A consistently perfect beer, and my only 10 in the RIS category.
However, this year my crew and I think they changed the recipe. The hops are less balanced, and there is a slightly more pronounced bitterness to the beer. I'd mark it lower, but that's what happens when you tinker with perfection.

Still, this year a tan, lacy head, with chocolate and coffee in the nose and tongue. Strong alcohol without the burn. You really can't tell how high it is by taste alone. No flavors fighting for the front row. 55 IBU, give or take, balances well with the alcohol and the signature black and chocolate malts, and those hops don't drown out the roast. Again, balanced.
I'd have made it a little sweeter, but then I don't win any prizes. Still trying to clone this one.

Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is from "Winter 10-11". Consumed on 10/20/11.

Pours a very dark black with a reddish hue and 1/4" of brown head that fades after a little while. The smell has notes of dark fruit, anise, licorice, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol esters and faint chocolate. The taste is anise and licorice up front then a blast of roasted malts and coffee followed by faint chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and full bodied.

This is a well blended, very rich, delicious beer. The alcohol is noticeable but only adds to the overall enjoyability of the beer. All the flavors mesh well. I'll definitely have another one of these as the days get colder.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter after a long day at the job. 08-09 bottling. Pretty fresh.

A- Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours a very dark black. The liquid looks fairly thick and has some shiny slickness to it. This pour yielded a 1&1/2 finger light tan head that was packed tight and stayed throughout the session.

S- BBCS has a very roasty smell to it which gives off a bunch of flavors including chocolate(big surprise!)an array of malts and a bunch of dark fruits. The alcohol makes it self known and actually detracts from the other smells. I was a little off put by the initial smell but it improved with a little warming.

T- Sippin on BBCS the maltiness of this stout pretty much dominate the other flavors and the dark fruits are ever so present. Not as much chocolate as i would like. Some coffee is thrown into the mix. The hops come through in the end slightly, but make BBCS a slighty bitter tasting stout. The alcohol is present throughout the drink, but the chocolate comes out with warming.

M- This stout is quite thick and a bit creamy, very full-bodied, but rough around the edges. One and done for me. A nice warming effect from the alcohol. BBCS is quite slick and stays on the tounge for a bit.

D- The harshness of the alcohol and over abundance of dark fruits was a bit off putting and i would have trouble cracking open a second. I hope the chocolate comes out more with some age on it. Still, a nice RIS from an awesome brewery. I'm going to have to seek out this Black Ops now.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

335ml brown bottle poured into a Westvleteren chalice. Almost jet black body, only when held to a powerful light source can any reddy hue be found. The deeply dark tanned head soon fell away to just a collar, which is always a shame in my eyes: I love the head to stay on the beer, no matter which style you are talking about. This beer (according to the neck label) is a limited bottling-winter 09-10: best before oct 2012, reviewed June 2011.

The chocolate in the taste didn't show it's self a great deal in the smell, being hidden by by other malty aromas. Chocolate rules the flavours, the alcohol is also very evident within the mouthfeel and taste, but the chocolate dominates overall.

Rich and warming, the alcohol content doesn't add a great deal for me, it is just a bit to prominent for my tastes.

Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, winter 02-03 vintage. Pours black and dense, with a minimal tiny bubble film/head. Nose of burnt malt and alcohol.. Large and lovely this beer is soft, subtle and smooth. also strong, flavorful and satisfying. Notes of burnt malt, expresso, motor oil, rocket fuel. this classy sipper has it all. Put a few bottles away for a year or two, its worth it.

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured black in color with a half inch, dense, tan head covering the top of the beer. The head settled down to a thin covering where it left some great lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows some very good chocolate flavors to it. It has both a roasty bitterness and a milk chocolaty flavor to it at the same time. Smooth and balanced aroma to it overall.

The taste has a lot of good dark, bitter-sweet chocolate flavor coming through. Some roasted, slightly burnt flavors come through more towards the finish. It has a sweetness to it though that really helps balance it out some. The chocolate is very nicely done, the bitterness and sweetness of it really comes together nicely.

The mouthfeel is on on the thicker side, but probably middle of the pack for imperial stouts. Carbonation is also moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, it has some great flavors to it and was a very tasty beer for an after dinner drink tonight.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap into a snifter. Nice inch of malty brown head with a beautiful lace. Dark as night coffee color.

S. No strong smell at all. A bit of chocolate and some slight alcohol and thats about it.

T. Very wonderful. Layers of mocha, chocolate malt, cocoa powder and grains. A flash of hop adds a long standing bitterness. The alcohol in the smell is non-existent in the taste. Finishes a bit sweet. Still a lot of depth, layers and deliciousness.

M. Flawless. Outlandishly creamy and smooth. Full bodied but not too filling.

D. If nothing mattered, I would drink this like water. That would be out of control though, and so would you if you drank too much of this. A must try.

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

Of all the places that I could have enjoyed a Brooklyn Black Chocloate Stout, I purchased and consumed a bottle at Pub Garagem 23, located in the 20,000 inhabitant town of Ivoti - RS (Brazil), because Brooklyn distribution is weird and I can´t get it in SoCal. On to the beer:

Actually, I did want to try this beer on-tap on a trip to Boston three years ago, but the pub I went to tapped out of it before my arrival. Finally, I can take notes on this one. This is black with a capital B with a tanned head of rich thickness and impressive retention. Interesting nose we got here; fruity, smoked chocolate malts, and a hint of BBQ sauce. The taste goes more in the chocolate direction than the aroma; chocolate malts hit, some toasted action, and a light drizzle of smoke. Its alcohol is hidden well underneath my favorite part of the ride, the thick, creamy mouthfeel BCS provided.

My curiosity of BCS has been fullfilled. It´s worth trying out, even if you´re 6,000 miles away from home.

Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 Vintage

This is a beer with great potential. Looks pitch black with a tan head. Has a rich dark chocolate aroma, this is the best part of the beer.

Taste has a slightly grainy quality, similar to heavily toasted triscuit, mellow flavor overall with a little sherry-like cocoa flavor. taste finished with the same rich cocoa from the aroma with fresh dark-roasted coffee. Alcohol isn’t completely hidden, and is still a little hot. Balancing bitteness, dry, similar to a red wine. Make no mistake this is a sipping beer.

Could use some aging. This is a beer with great potential, but the flavor feels like it is budding rather than flowering. buy a 6er and hide it your closet for a year or two. Its the only way IMO.

Photo of smakawhat
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, resembling a dark dark BROWN borderline black, 1.5 finger head of light brown chestnut quality bubbles. Manages to leave a consistent ring throughout drinking.

Nose and bouquet has a faint malt/yeast but also a good anisette front on it, faint cocoa on the back but not much, very balanced nose.

Taste and mouthfeel is wet, very light bodied giving way to cigarettes and ashes. Alcohol is still present and not hidden giving way to some heat on the finish. If you put chocolate on the label, I should be able to taste/smell it first... so where is it? Also some carbonation in the palate.

Drinkability... Depending on your palate your going to find things you may enjoy, its easy drinking even at this ABV.

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

Pours a midnight black with some brown highlights and a short brown head that dissappears almost immediately and leaves only very spotty lacing. The smell is quite complex with dark malt, coffee, licorice, and a touch of soy sauce. The taste is a little more subtle and very smooth. Starts slightly sweet with a hint of soy, some sweet malt, coffee and a touch of sour roastiness. The flavor finishes with a prolonged licorice bitterness. The mouthfeel is a little light, but very smooth and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable- the high abv is not noticed at all, and the smoothness facilitates the drinkability.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a CCB snifter. Bottled 8/30/2011.

Appearance - Black with a nice buildup of a mocha head. Not much room for it in this glass, but it's there. Settles quickly with some decent lacing for 10%.

Smell - Chocolate through and through. Molasses rounds it out. Overload of both aromas, really. I like it, though. Just a touch of hop in the aroma as well.

Taste - Initial smack of chocolate and molasses, but it's immediately followed by a hefty dose of hop bitterness. Not really a well-defined hop bite. Just bitter throughout, especially in the finish. Drowns out a lot of the flavors. The finish is a touch grassy with an intense roast malt finish. Almost burnt.

Mouthfeel - Not pleasant. The bitterness is intense and the beer thins out at the very end, leaving a strong carbonation and hop feel instead of a nice creamy stout feel. What gives?

Overall - First half of the beer is good, the second half is lacking. Overly hopped? Not really, as the hop flavor doesn't come through clearly. It's that burnt flavor at the end that's the most off-putting. Luckily a lot of the other flavors salvage this one.

Photo of corby112
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a nice creamy brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roasted maltiness. Very, very smooth tasting beer in which the malty dark chocolate masks the high abv. This is a dangerously good beer that taste so smooth that you want to drink it down so fast. Highly recommended!

Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the '05-'06 version...
Appears black with a light brown hue when held to the light. Fluffy head slowly fades and leaves scattered lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, chocolate malts, fudge brownie, black grape, along with a mild hop profile that comes through.
Taste is of the same aromas with that mild hoppiness that seems to be citrusy with a touch of mint.
Mouthfeel is creamy with roasted sugary notes sticking to the tongue and swarming the palate with it's smooth richness.
Drinkability- A delicious dessert brew.

Photo of Lare453
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A black with a medium sized brown head. The beer is opaque and looks great.

S bitter chocolate, coffee and malts with a light hint of fresh grain

T big bold chocolate, coffee and dried malts throughout the flavor profile. The aftertaste is slightly boozi but has a distinct dark chocolate flavor.

O another hit from Brooklyn. It is delicious and I have been saving some for each year to try. This one was a fresh 2011 - 2012 bottle. I would recommend this to everyone and I drink it frequently.

12oz bottle served in a riedel snifter

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mocha-black, leavened on the edges with a touch of burgundy-brown, but otherwise quite opaque. Head is fine and soft, forming a pleasant milk chocolate ring around the edge. Lacing is veiny. Body is solid, and it forms nice fine carbonation when tilted or swirled. Overall, a very good-looking beer.

Nose is roasted, but also oddly acidic, with a oily whiff of vegetative pressings. There's a vaguely fragrant, jasmine-like overtone to it, which undermines the deep sweetness I feel it's trying to convey. Not bad overall, but not much like what I expected, and certainly no chocolate characters.

Flavour is nutty-black, with a thinness that is a little unbecoming, but marked with pleasant almond and sweet cacao characters. In reality, there's not much in the way of chocolate to it, but it has a pleasant raw, grainy darkness to it which is appealing enough.

Feel is surprisingly light, and allows that fragrant, burgeoning jasmine character to slip through quite prominently onto the palate.

Overall, it's good. I mean, it has to be good. But it's also a little odd, and doesn't live up to its name or to my expectations. A 10% stout, chocolate or no, should be better than this.

Photo of Zorro
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled through the efforts of Newbie BIF.

Release 2004 – 2005 making this about 1 year old.

Pours an impenetrable black stout with a thick reddish brown head.

Smells of kahlua, smoke, coffee, chocolate and coffee. Chocolate and fruitiness ride the alcohol scent that makes my brain and nose say coffee liqueur.

Taste is a big hit of chocolate and coffee in the very first sip. Nice chest warming sensation from the alcohol level. Brown sugar makes an appearance as does fruit and toffee. Long lasting bitter after taste from the hops and dark malts but I am unable to identify exactly what this is very smoothly mixed. After 4 mouthfuls this smooths out and becomes just pure ambrosia to drink.

Milkshake thick and creamy probably the best mouthfeel I have experienced to date.

Drinkability is pure peace of heaven here. The only fault here is that the smell could be a bit more complex but it is debatable that it is not possible in a brew this strong. I have found a new favorite beer after drinking this. Now I just have to figure out how to get some more in California!

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

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this!
Poured very thick, dark black with a brown creamy head that impressed me. Nose and taste of rich roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. It had a great malt ptofile and the strong ABV was well hidden. Excellent brew.

Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Limited Bottling - Winter 07-08", 10.6%abv., served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: a force pour results in a 5cm thick creamy brown head sitting on top of a jet black body and semi-lively streams of fine bubbles.
S: sweeter than your (or my) usual RIS, the aroma is packed with sweet treacle, chocolates, with a touch of vanilla; equally pronounced is the input of American flowery hops that lifts up the body skilfully. As the froth retreats and given a good swirl, there're hints of sweet nuts and black prune jam, but not quite assertive to be able to challenge the thick malty and lively hoppy theme.
T: oily smooth, almost lubricating comes the foretaste, full of bitter-sweet chocolaty+treacle-ish malts to start off with, yet it's quickly surrounded by milk-cocoa-like sweet nuttiness that lingers pleasantly in the long but un-imposing aftertaste, while dry-ish roastiness, delicate black-prune jammy fruits and a faintly burned nutty edge are closely behind. The medium level of hop bitterness catches up in good time, along with the tarred malts, render an aromatic yet also slightly spicy/peppery finish.
M&D: more smooth and elegant than the 08-09 vintage tasted six months ago, this slightly more mature bottle shows a very good depth and marvellous drinkability. The lingering bitterness keeps my tongue really "busy" way after each sip is done - the depth of bitterness and aroma truly is remarkable. Not a very bold example for an American RIS, but a somewhat balanced and likable one.

* Tasting Date: 18/02/09
"Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09", at 10%abv., served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.
4 A: nearly black with a little brown hues when seen against light, coming with rather light carbonation and a well-lasting thin layer of tan froth.
4 S: thickly malty with lots of oily dark malts (with the roasted nutty edge), melted black sugar, a rich chocolate aroma, a light hint of winey sourness, and also plentiful hoppy scent of American flowery hops, while a layer of alc. seems to hover in the air... If the alc. edge could be milder, the aroma would've been more enticing and complex.
4.5 T: the initial sip shows rather fine and oily texture with very restrained level of carbonation, featuring semi-sweet jammy dark-fruits, bitter dark chocolates, and assertive malt syrup that show up pretty quiet and elegant on the palate, but then in no time a wave of deepening bitter hoppiness, burned walnuts, Chinese smoked black prunes with a faint touch of licorice-flavoured bitter chocolates expands freely, rendering a harmonious aftertaste where one can sense the balance reached b/w nuttiness, dried Chinese root herbs, bitterness from hops and roast malts, a dry-ish palate and a kick from sour grapey-fruits. Of course, the bitter elements would outlast the others, but only just...
4 M&4.5 D: medium-bodied, oily on the texture, richly flavoured but never too alcoholic to jeopardise the harmonious palate. All in all, I find this vintage more interesting and complex than my previous encounter, but this bottle is served less cool and also consumed well after the ale was poured (40 minutes) - maybe "decanting" actually helps to bring out the best?! Marvellous beer!

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a black dense opaque body with a dark chocolate creamy thin head. It last for a good bit but then fades to a ring around the edge.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt has some chocolate and dark coffee notes. The finish is a nice black roasted grain aroma with some soft earthy qualities.

T-This beer has a rich dark malt flavor with some nice dry bitter notes and a creamy dark chocolate flavor aswell. The finish has a nice smooth hop bitterness that goes well in supporting the malt. There are some very faint notes of dark fruit like prunes or dates but without the sugary sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some creamy texture and a bit of fizz in the finish. No alcohol warmth noticed.

D- This beer is a nice stout with good complexity. It had nice depth in the malt and it was nice to taste some bitter hops to support the malt. Some imperial stouts tend to get thin or watery but this is big and hefty.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 6,221 ratings.