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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

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5,553 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,553
Reviews: 2,641
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 306
Gots: 875 | FT: 50
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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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Photo of wl0307
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

"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!

wl0307, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Billolick, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Appearance: Dark black in color with a very thin dark tanned head.

Smell: Initial hints of the high alcohol content give way to a sweet aroma.

Taste: Impact is high alcohol that diminishes to tones of chocolate and burnt bitters.

Mouthfeel: Heavily coats the palette with mild carbonation.

stakem, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev 0%

Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09

A: Pours midnight black with a two finger dark mocha head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of dark mocha bubbles at the edges of the surface. Excellent lacing on the glass with this brew.

S: The aroma is slightly astringent overall, quite possibly due to the alcohol content, and has very bold amounts of chocolate in it followed by hints of coffee, toffee, and leather.

T: The taste also has the slightest hint of alcohol in it. The flavors are of bittersweet chocolate upfront, followed by leather & pepper, and hints of licorice, tobacco, and coffee in the finish. The beer has a pleasant amount of bitterness and is nicely complex.

M: Medium bodied with low amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Glad that I took the time to cellar this one before drinking it, I have had many of these over the years... from the different batches and aged different amounts but this one is probably my personal favorite (08-09 aged 3 years). Very enjoyable overall but no longer my favorite in the style - though I remember it as the best about 15 years ago.

dbrauneis, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

Georgiabeer, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

drewone, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%

A 12 oz bottle, from the Winter 06-07 version, clocking in at five years of age. In a mini Duvel tulip.

A: Bold and black with an off-white head. Opaque the body, wispy the head.

S: Plenty of rich chocolate in the nose, roasted malts have lost a little.

T: Chocolate is still here, but it has taken a bit of a beating. The roasted malts have done even worse, dropping off substantially. The warmer the ale gets, the more chocolate and booziness come through. They end up being a strong force with enough vinousness still remaining. What's left of the roasted malts turns acrid late in each sip. Good but not what it once was. I'm thinking 3-4 years may have been perfect.

M: Syrupy chocolate and boozy complexity, the stout still beats many on the market.

akorsak, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 22, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

duceswild, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

DoubleJ, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Zorro
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%

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!

Zorro, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of mothman
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%

Winter 09-10 bottle. 10% abv.

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours about a finger of tan head. Fades to a thinner layer, but leaves some really nice lace walls. Color pours a dark copper brown, but in the class it is completely black.

Aroma: Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa right off the top. Some cherries, raisins, roasted malts. The aroma is very sweet, almost like candy. There is also some bitter hops in the background. I am really enjoying the aroma of this one.

Taste: Very roasted and toasty in a good way. It is a cold winter night and this beer is keeping me warm. Lots of rich coffee and caramel malty flavors. The grassy hops are a lot more present in the taste. Some light tart cherries are present along with a hint of molasses. Again, a sweet taste, but not as sweat as the aroma. It is almost a delicate RIS and I like it for that.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasted. Pretty full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a very solid beer. I drank it near cellar temp which was a good idea. I got a lot of flavors and it seemed to be a more unique RIS. I really liked it and can't wait to see what a year will do to this one. Fairly drinkable as well.

mothman, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

ejimhof, May 13, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

BARFLYB, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 9/15/2010(over 2 years). Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, raisin, prune, earth, and light coffee. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, char, raisin, prune, toast, molasses, earth, and light coffee. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, prune, raisin, char, roast, molasses, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Good depth and balance of flavors; no cloying on the finish at all. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. Good depth, complexity, and balance of flavors; fairly smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable to sip on slowly.

superspak, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Thanks to blitz134 for the brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice small tan creamy head which quickly leaves, but leaves a few islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sligthly licoricey, sweet roasted malts, some hops hovering around, and lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is awesome of sweet roasted malts, and chocolate, the finish is clean. Nice warming effect in the throat. Medium body, well rounded brew. This is a very nice RIS from Brooklyn, very very tasty. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev 0%

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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 11, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

12oz bottle received in trade with kmpitz2, thanks for the opportunity. 04-05 bottling.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed an partial skim of bubbles over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Bubbles seem to just swirl around, not really any growth or diminishing of head, with light lacing that falls very slowly. Aroma is tanninish creamy black malts, with some hops character as well. Taste is a duel of dark sweetness and bitterness, with the bitterness losing until the hops come on and even up the score. Vinous fruitiness pops up throughout, and alcohol warming quickly takes effect. Mouthfeel is so easy it seems almost thin, and drinkability is very high once you get a little bit of the warmth going on. A little age doesn't hurt this one.

ppoitras, Dec 25, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

BillRoth, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Mebuzzard, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

07-08 Vintage - sampled 14/03/09

Raven black with negligible (where any) highlighting; there are no concessions when it comes to opaqueness, which really, is only appropriate given the persuasive suggestions in its name. Equally personifying to its title, a surprisingly ample level of cocoa butter is lathered atop. It appears creamy and fully capable of enduring the entire tasting.

I know it isn't, but this smells bourbon-barrel aged to me. Then again, for a product that must contain literally hundreds of aromas I don't think I could be considered wrong for imagining any of the flavours that are found swirling around my consciousness. On that note, I'll also add espresso, Zambuca, nuts, dark berries, and again, a whole bunch of aromatic wood essences normally traced back to the inside cavities of a well-worn barrel.

Attention flavour technicians: study this beer. It offers such a myriad of flavours that it can be difficult to identify exactly what the taste is foremost, especially when not every flavour comes to fore with every sip. I would place the most prominent feature - chocolate - as being a cross between a dark, bitter, heavy concentrate of cocoa and a sweetened milk chocolate with the balance, perhaps, just in slight favour of the former.

Due to the prominence of very biscuity, almost cookie-dough like malts the beer embodies an English confection, something to be had alongside afternoon tea. With its rich, unyielding bitter persona, however, I'm reminded more of an Italian digestif espresso and tiramisu dessert. It's also as rich as a French or Belgian truffle. The more North American staple of a bittersweet milk chocolate is also tasted. Altogether, it's hard to determine the inspiration for this Black Chocolate Stout, but as far as the 'chocolate' is concerned, it's covered its bases.

Instantly, I can see the appeal of cellaring. Not only can I sense the beer has all the might and character capable of enduring years of aging, I feel it might stand to use a couple more. This batch, brewed last winter, still has enough warming to carry one through a cold winter's night. Fortunately, it's strength is more than equaled by complexity and this remains decadently rich with long-lasting notes of bourbon, truffles, and vanilla.

Chocolate has been drank since its discovery, some 2000 years ago (it was not until 1849 that the first solid chocolate went on sale). To the ancient Mayans, chocolate was used as an aphrodisiac, it was given to warriors prior to battle, it was a unit of currency and was an important part of religious rituals. It is a product that has long been associated with powerful psychoactive, erotic, and commercial properties. So on that note, I'll leave you with the words of international confectionery historian Tim Richardson...

"... and when we have gobbled the chocolate we become calm and sated, almost as if we are a different person, although the craving can return again quite quickly. Perhaps this repeated sensual cycle, from extreme enjoyable stimulation to employable satiation to relaxed serenity, is one reason why sex and chocolate are so readily linked. As with sex, the desire for chocolate ca be sudden and overwhelming."

... and so too can the desire for Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout!

biegaman, Mar 14, 2009
Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 5,553 ratings.