Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

2,802 Reviews
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 2,802 | Ratings: 6,651
Photo of jwinship83
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08-09 bottle

A- black body with a finger of sticky coffee colored lasting head. cant ask for much more.

S- roasted malt, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a dash of hops.

T- fresh this tastes like a load of chocolate dumped into a glass of booze. much room for improvement with age. it has a hoppy finish as well.

M- rather thick and creamy. very smooth

D- at 10% abv the alcohol isnt as well hidden as many other beers in this style. i cant wait to see what this one turns into in a year or three. one was enough for the evening. ill check in on this one fairly often.

 573 characters

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: My first crack at this! Picked it up a couple of years ago (the bottle says "Winter 10-11") in Chicagoland. Classy, clean label, with nice info about the beer on a 12oz brown pop top. Into my Hennepin stemmed goblet.

Appearance: Pitch black, with a touch of ruby highlights in the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Nice big tan head that shows good retention.

Smell: Lots of chocolatey fudge up front, with a bit of fruity booze. Really pleasant, but surprisingly no real roast; only detractor here is a lack of complexity.

Taste: Largely lacking the deep chocolately notes present in the aromas. Dark, fruity booze (hints of cherries). Dry roast (black malt?) on the finish . Some alcoholic heat, but not particularly hot. A nice imperial stout, though I'd lack a bit more richness and depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, but not quite what I'd expect for a big RIS.

Overall: For between $9-10 a 4-pack, this isn't a bad RIS. The aromas are nice, as are the flavors, though both could use a bit more depth and definition. Still, a nice, traditional English-style (not as hoppy or overly roasty, and with dark fruity alcohol) RIS. I was just expecting a bit more from such a talked-about and highly-rated beer.

85 = B

 1,259 characters

Photo of tonyf55
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance (3.5): Midnight black and opaque with a dark sandy head that settles into a persistent half-finger on top of the beer. On style, but not incredible.

Aroma (3): Toasty and burnt up front with lingering roast coffee and a light spiciness (perhaps hops pushing through?). The alcohol is very forward and overshadows the other aromas to an extent.

Taste (4): No real "chocolate" flavour, but hits of molasses and a big caramel sweetness. Some minor dark fruit in the background - a nice touch. Again, the alcohol punches through and really is a dominant force between all the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4): Slick, oily and creamy. A nice medium to full body that coats the pallet and lasts long after a sip. The alcohol leaves a nice numbness on the pallet that is both a strong reminder of the beer's potency but also a prep for the next sip.

Overall (4): A BIG beer that will be aged in my cellar for a while. The hotness of the alcohol begs for it to be aged, and I imagine this will be fantastic given a few months to a year (or two). A great sipper that I look forward to having again.

 1,144 characters

Photo of everetends
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thanks to the great IBUnit. This one has been eluding me for quite some time so it was nice to see it as an extra in that box. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a . . . you guessed it, dark ass black. Pretty damned black that lets only a little light through on the edges in the form of dark brown that lets just a touch of light through. When poured, I got a good finger of mocha head that had pretty good retention even though I nursed the hell out of this beer. Lacing was somewhat sticky, but this beer is so slick it coats the glass and all of it slides back into the liquid. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of some serious chocolate. The impressive thing is that you can smell some much chocolate. Dark, milk, cocao all coming out clearly. The malt is roasted, smelling a touch like some wood. Hops bring out a bit of bitterness. Coffee comes out as well.

T: Taste is of chocolate. Pure and simple that comes out loud and clear. All varieties named in the nose. The malt seems to be a bit burnt and a touch unappetizing. Coffee is dark and bitter as well. There is also a heavy alcohol flavor that seems to take a bit away from this. Bit of a shame but still enjoyable.

M: This is a full bodied beer . . . big time. Carbonation is low but a bit higher than expected. This beer is very thick, chewy and slick. Very nice. Really coats the mouth. Aftertaste is mostly of burnt malt and alcohol. Alcohol is a bit high, but does have a really nice warming character that somehow avoids burning the throat and warms from the stomach. This is good cold weather brew.

D: This was enjoyable but due to the alcohol level and burnt malt it is a sipper. I can't imagine poundinng this beer, it would hurt. I made it through an entire game of Trivial Pursuit (taking notes throughout) while drinking this one. Still it has its high points and it absolutely stands by the black and chocolate it references in its name. Pretty good stuff.

 1,964 characters

Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, winter 09-10 vintage (10.0%, not 10.6), into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep black body with garnet highlights against the light; two fingers of light brown head show good retention and a full blanket of fine lacing.

S: Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and ripe dried fruits. Pretty nice, but surprisingly understated.

T: Anything but understated on this front: intense chocolate, fruit, and alcohol form a whirlwind of in-your-face flavor. The chocolate and alcohol come together nicely on the finish, but that's the only place where any harmony exists in this big, hot beer. Maybe some age would help matters, but as it is this is an engaging (albeit ultimately unpleasantly overwhelming) brew.

M: Beautiful - rich, full-bodied, with tons of nice, soft carbonation. Just a little warm and syrupy on the finish. Perfect for the style.

D: Too much heat and an unbalanced assault of flavors keep this from being truly drinkable, but it's certainly intriguing on enough levels to keep me interested.

Notes: Great beer to try, but I was hoping for more straightforward chocolate dominance. It may also have suffered by comparison, as the last RIS I had was FBS (which absolutely blew me away); this was good, but by no means great.

 1,244 characters

Photo of johnd513
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go to JasonA for this one.

This beer pours dark black and smells of dark chocolate. The taste is smooth and creamy but is hot on the palate from the high abv which is also present. The drinkability is moderate because of the high upfront abv. Overall an excellent RIS. Not my favorite but its one ive been wanting to try for some time now and im glad I did.

 365 characters

Photo of Hophead101
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

drank on 11.13.08

Great looking beer. Dark, practically black in color. Nice head, but dissipated rather quickly. A nice dark tannish colored head. Huge malty nose (which was expected). caramel malts, some slightly burnt toast, a little molasses and honey too. lots of stuff going on in this one. Alcohol pretty strong in the nose as well.

Supermalty taste as well with an alcoholic tingle. Mild chocolate taste, expected a little bit more. good tatse overall, but underwhelmed with the chocolate.

mouthfeel was heavy body, slightly crisp and carbonated up front, smooths out nicely with alcohol present throughout.

 619 characters

Photo of santoslhalper
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2004-2005 edition.

Appearence: Pours a normal black with decently rich fomay head.

Smell: The roasted malt smell is wonderful to sniff. The bottle claims this beer uses 6 different malts, and I believe it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste of this beer is a kind of mediocre chocolate flavor, but with other ingrediants that compliment that. The chocolate taste isn't too good, but the malty sweet goodness is excellent. The focus of this beer should not have been the chocolate, but it still tastes good. The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not a bad beer, but can't hold a candle to Rogue Chocolate Stout. I enjoyed it, that's for sure, but probably couldn't enjoy another one. This is a beer you have to be in the mood for.

 759 characters

Photo of BeerDocT
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a room temperature imperial pint glass.

-Appearance 3.5: Very little head at all, and I really cranked the pour. What head appeared was an attractive tan. Jet black otherwise, just like an Imperial Stout should be.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Toasted oats and dark chocolate notes and an unmistakable "sweet" smell. Promising.

-Taste 4.0: Front is sweet and there is a detectable taste of smoked grains. Middle is thick barley with a medium sweetness and a nice layer of cocoa and smokiness. Finish is more cocoa and nice bite of alkaline hops along with a slight sourness. Aftertaste is long and hoppy/chocolate. Very nice.

-Mouthfeel 2.5: This beer is woefully undercarbonated. It is nearly flat and this detracted from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

-Overall 3.5: Very good Imperial Stout. Has a high ABV (10%), but this is unnoticeable in the taste. The mouthfeel of this beer really turned me off, but the taste was quite good. Don't know if I will purchase this again, as there are other, better Imperials within easy reach.

 1,055 characters

Photo of Jammies
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep black. A very thin layer of foam quickly disappears.

S - The chocolate was detectable from about a foot away.

T - Much smoother than I expected. The chocolate isn't overwhelming. Slightly hot at the finish.

M - Slightly hot. Smooth with a medium body. Not too heavy for a stout.

O - Dessert in a bottle. Very smooth.

 337 characters

Photo of KenC411
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, opaque. Pours with nearly no head, which was disappointing. Laces the side of the glass, though very weakly.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted coffee. Mild alcohol smell, hardly noticeable.

Taste: Chocolate coffee with some alcoholic burn.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, very low carbonation.

Drinkability: According to the description Russian Imp Stouts are chocolate with burnt malt flavor, low carbonation, high alcohol. This does all of them and fits the style perfectly. However, I don't feel I would want another one after this glass.

 574 characters

Photo of ztaylor1
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- jet black, blocking all light a nice brown/tan head shoots to the sky and falls slowly. Lacing is a bit scant.

Smell- bitter chocolate and roasted coffee are first to the nose. Alcohol is present with a balancing hop profile. Prune and raisin notes. Fairly balanced.

Taste- bakanced chocolate and coffee notes. Raisins and dried fruit follow, with a burnt malt finish. Very dark. Very rich. But sweeter than expected. Slight burnt finish.

Mouthfeel- medium heavy body and smooth as silk. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- very flavorful. No more than one for me.

 578 characters

Photo of Sweepz189
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before I say anything, I need to say I got a case of this discounted because it's currently July 2013 and this is a winter style beer. I've seen this case in the distributor for months. They had it in the cooler for less that $30 so I figured I'd try it out. I like a good stout, even if it is hotter than hell outside. With that said, this beer is old, expired, and out-dated. Personally, I don't care.

A: Poured cold bottle into a glass, almost black with a very small head, very little carbonation left.

S: Smelled from the bottle before I poured it, strong acidic, alcohol and dark roasted malts, some chocolate, mostly bitter and alcoholic.

T: Almost knocked me out. Very strong, bitter, almost burnt flavor with extreme dark chocolate. I imagine if you ate an 80% cacao chocolate bar, it would be on that level of chocolate. Very alcoholic up front as well, taste more like an aged chocolate malt wine than a beer, but this is a stout, so I wasn't disappointed.

M: Not something you would grab to quench your thirst. Very heavy, barely any carbonation (again, this is old beer). Strong after-feel in the throat. I hate to put it like this, but I swear I mean it with the most respect and in the best way, it's like a night time syrup/elixir. Not like cough medicine, but it's thick and the alcohol content makes me, personally, drowsy. The best word I can think for mouthfeel and feeling in general is "thick". I took a nap after my first beer.

O: If I had tried this before, I never would've got a case. That's 24 of these bad dogs. I wasn't even thinking about alcoholic content when I got it. I'm still used to thinking all stouts are like Guinness; barely any alcohol content. After my Victory Brewing Imperial Stout experience, I realized stouts are highly alcoholic and are not the "thirst quenching" beer. On the bright side, this is very good beer, even though it's old. I never did find a date, but I remember this being in the store for at least 4 months and I remind you, it's July 2013. All the label on the bottle says is "Limited brewing 12-13"so it was brewed last winter, since winter '13 hasn't yet passed. This would be nice to enjoy during it's seasonal run, on tap, with friends. One is all you need, remember, this is beer fit for royalty.

 2,271 characters

Photo of Beerando
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uncharacteristic but good stout. Very nice dark color with a little more than a finger of mocha brown head. Has a citrus-y smell that blends into the taste. Besides a hint of citrus, there are coffee and chocolate hints as well. The feel is initially smooth going to low to moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent beer, just a bit confusing for a supposed chocolate stout. Maybe my pour? Will try again when I can.

 414 characters

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip a solid black with a finger of fluffy mocha head. Left webbed, tapestry-like lacing.

Is this chocolate? At first I smell nothing but passion fruit -- if blindfolded, I would've guessed this was Sam Adams Imperial White. The chocolate shows up later on, but the fruit smell is still really dominant. Whuh?

The taste is the same story, at least at first: peach, passion fruit, but then with a roasty, almost astringent follow-up. It seemed to skip the chocolate altogether & go straight to the burnt flavor! As it warms, some booze creeps in, then a kind of buttery flavor, then subtle chocolate (there it is!), some dark fruit skin.

Mouthfeel is thick & oily, but also on the tannic, acidic end of things. This one's sticking to my tongue & not letting go.

This was a big, complex beer, but a little more challenging than I would have liked, not as comforting as I'd like a chocolate stout to be. May I was looking for the wrong thing, but I hardly got any chocolate out of it, more the peripheral sensations. I wonder if this would be better aged to mellow it out some, in which case tap is not really the venue. One was plenty.

 1,195 characters

Photo of MCain04
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn black chocolate

winter 12-13. 13 oz snifter.

a: dark brown, close to black. dark tan head, 1 finger. little to no lacing. 3.75

s: coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, a hint of sour citrus. 4

t: up front a lot of sourness, acidity, and citrus. not much coffee. chocolate on the back and and lingers, but so does the acidity. not very much heat at all. 3.5

m: medium-high carbonation. not as thick and chewy feel as I'd prefer. 3.75

o: I'd heard this was a good value, like old Rasputin, quality for little cost. this doesn't come close to OR. Only $8 for a 4 pack but I would say paying anything more would be inappropriate. I probably will pass on this in the future, but for $2, this 10%abv chocolate stout was decent. 3.75

 752 characters

Photo of aorloski
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amazingly beautiful dark as night black, khaki head that sticks around. Looks world class.

Smell - Smells like weird chocolate, the only way i can put it. Dark chocolate right up front but not in the bitter hop kind of way. It is more like melted chocolate mixed with alcohol. This being said it does smell pretty good. Oatmeal and chocolate are forerunners, not a single coffee note to speak of.

Taste - Definitely follows the nose. chocolate, big big malts on this one, i can't taste any bitterness which is strange for a big chocolate stout. You get a little bit of the alcohol but not much. Just overall it is a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - So good, thick, chewy, coats the mouth and perfect carbonation.

Overall - i LOVE this beer because it is cheap and readily available. It is the BEST stout you can buy for the price and availability. Is it the best? no. Is it awesome? yes. Buy it. It really is a great brew and buy plenty of it throughout the winter. Thanks brooklyn!

 1,007 characters

Photo of Jesstyr
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on St. Patrick's Day - even if i don't like Irish beer, I at least went for a stout. Poured in a Fuller's pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, nearly black, and entirely opaque. Head is as brown as I've ever seen and is over an inch. Lacing stays strong to the last drop. Nose is entirely roasted coffee - not really diverse, this could be anything if not a beer.

Taste is much like the nose, heavily coffee, toasted malt, exceedingly dry. Not a hint of chocolate, but a nice heavy full body, roasted. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, very dry and defintely with an alcohol bite. Nice and drinkable, but definitely needs to be paired with food.

 662 characters

Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "LIMITED BOTTLING- WINTER 08-09" printed on the top.

A- Deep brown/black, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with just barely a finger of dark brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Coffee and vague hints of chocolate hit first, followed by the alcohol scent. Throughout consumption, alcohol odor becomes more prominent. Interestingly (perhaps), the now empty bottle smells like a delicious dark chocolate.

T- Dark coffee/espresso on the front, then a bit of cocoa on the end. Bare minimum of sweetness noted. Alcohol presence is conspicuous, though it mellows considerably as the beer warms .

M- Full, smooth, creamy, oily, thick....pretty much exactly what I want in a stout.

D- Another "one glass slow-sipper" of a beer.

Future outlook: I can get this stuff for considerably cheaper than comparable brews, and it gets pretty good marks on aging, so I imagine that I will be scooping some more of this up soon.

 1,000 characters

Photo of Dave1999
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pure black with a small tan head which actually last s a while.

The smell is dark roasted malts although too subtle for me.

The taste is dark roasted malts, quite sour and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

This beer had a weird sour and bitter taste not what I was expecting. Hopefully just a bad bottle and the other 3 will be better.

 372 characters

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is much less chocolate-y than others with that word in their title, but that is not a bad thing. This is a stout with a bit of sour and oaky flavor, which make it quite unique.

Appearance is extremely dark with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is extremely caramel malty, with some chocolate and bourbon notes...the maltiness definitely comes before the chocolate. Flavor is somewhat sour and oaky, with some bourbon notes. Chocolate is definitely less pronounced than most beers that have the word "chocolate" in their description, but that's not a bad thing. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and yet astringent at the same time. This is a very interesting beer.

 672 characters

Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. 2011 vintage.

Appearance: Extremely dark brown that appears black. Nice brown head at first that dies down but leaves some light lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, molasses, char, cream, licorice, booze and just a touch of coffee.

Taste: Very strong roasted malts, with char, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruit and coffee. Very meaty tasting. Acrid bite at the finish, more from the roasting than the hops.

Feel: Very smooth full body that is slightly marred by a light chalkiness. Quite warming.

Overall: In many ways this is a very good beer, but it has been roasted within an inch of its life, leaving a strong burnt taste. Considering the style and my expectations, I am somewhat disappointed. I will need to cellar my other bottles and see if the charred taste and chalky feel improve with age.

 847 characters

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

served into a nonic,think i'll try a snifter next time,poured from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap, top of label marked 06-07.

Opaque,black as coal,with a dense,creamy mocha head,good retention,clinging,sticking down the sides of the glass.

First wiff at blast of alcohol,very chocolatly/roasty a bit nutty with a very burnt aroma,a very malty nose.

Syrupy,malty,very roasty and chocolaty reminisent of strong black coffee,intense chocolate tastes,a warming alcohol presense,finishing with a clean,sharp,dry bitterness with a sweet malty taste lingering on the palate.

A good thick,chewy mouthfeel,this beer gets better as it warms,drinking this beer is like drinking your desert. One beer at a time for me on this one.
I drink this beer every year,a must try beer every year for me.

 817 characters

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt fig and cocoa. Tempting!
Similarly rich flavours, very powerful. Lots of cocoa, more figs/prunes and charcoal. Very roasty. Some booze shows in the finish, accompanied by an aggressively roasty bitterness.
Very syrupy body, carbonation seems a bit full-on though.

 350 characters

Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me thank the "Rebel" of the BA board for trading with me to get this beer.I drank this beer a little colder then room temp cause I was anxious to have it.Its a little ironic that im drinking a Stormking while I type my reply for a BCS.Ive been waiting to try this beer for atleast 4 months.Here it is

Very black body with a light brown head that was 1/2 in. thick.Some lacing but it dwindles on the glass as I drink it.

There is a very dark fruit smell to this beer and I do smell some phenols? I dont know if im using that word right.

Not as "stout" as other "RIS" The roasted taste isnt as prominant as other 'RIS" ive had in the past.I taste more fruit then choco. in the aftertaste .Plum taste is very evident.

The mouthful is a bit thin and the booze is evident and so is the fruitiness.

This is good but its very complex for me.All of the flavors seem to blend in together.I want to have this again but save some till my palate gets more intune with all different flavors.

 1,003 characters

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,651 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.