Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,804
Ratings:
6,659
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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441
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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Opaque black in color. Soft tan head pours one finger thick and quickly dissolves into a micro bubble ring aroung the edges of the glass.

S: Roasted coffee. Dark chocolate. Burnt grain. Dark fruit. Alcohol.

T: Deep roasted coffee and dark bitter chocolate dominate the front end of this brew. Hops flash in quickly and are taken over by an astrigent malt character. Sweetness of dark fruit is swallowed by more chocolate. Beer finishes with a strong warming alcohol.

M: Smooth and full bodied. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A decent Imperial Stout with a nice chocolate taste. I am hoping this beer will mellow with age because right now it lacks balance. Recommended.

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

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Pure black color headed by creamy foam. Brownish tan is lasting & leaves lacing on sides. Roasted malt & cocoa aromas with herbal hues. Bitter cocoa, hints of toffee & lavender at first sip. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous texture & subtle spicy to the palate. Bitterness grows up in the middle & lingers, attached to herbal infusion & creamy roasted maltiness, into the finish. Bitter cocoa on the aftertaste. ABV has been well camouflaged. Flavorful & nice drinkable!!

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

The color of Black Chocolate Stout was similar to what I imagine the night sky would bleed. It had a huge frothy head and there is lace that is still sticking to the top of my glass. It smelled big and malty with some serious sweet aromas. The taste was like slowly mulled chocolate with a tad bit of bitterness to contrast the sweet caramel and chocolate taste although there was not too much in the way of coffee tastes. Overall a very drinkable stout especially for its high alcohol content.

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

Thanks to northyorksammy for this beer.
Appearance is deep black with an off-white small head.

Smell is roasted with coffee and pure chocolate. The roasted notes are subtle and the beer smells sweet.

Taste is roasted with notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by a light molasses taste. The alcohol is quite strong and balances the sweetness. Bitterness is a combination of maltbitterness and hops. No real hop aroma in the beer though. I am not sure I really really like this beer. It isn't really complex. Not that it is bad, but it doesn't stick out.

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

2009 vintage. Pours a deep, dark black, opaque with just a suggestion of mocha colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa powder and freshly brewed espresso. Flavors of dark chocolate, bitter chocolate and maybe some coffee. Alcohol, although present, is not that noticeable. Nicely done.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown color, almost black. There was a one finger mocha head that has decent retention with some slight lacing.

S - Some sweet and powdery milk chocolate with some slight hints of dark fruit. Very nice.

T - Some sweet coco up front followed by some raisin notes with a touch of bitter chocolate. a little bit of a boozy taste evens it out.

M - Way too much carbonation. Takes away from the flavors.

D - A little disappointed but I had high expectations. Still a decent stout but I don't need another.

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

This was one of the BOTM selections for December. The color is like its name BLACK. The is now light passing through this glass whatsoever. A tan froth floats on top. A very strong malty aroma with small chocolate smell. The taste starts malty and finishes with a bitter coffee taste. Although this is not my favorite style I will make sure to get some each time they come around. A nice sipping beer

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poored into a Kenzinger standard pint at the Bottle Shop in South Philly from a 12oz... Directly after work.

A: pitch black with little to no tan head. 3

S: not strong. Dark malts and a dark chocolate aroma. 3.5

T: Dark chocolate and booze. Not too bad, but also fairly one dimensional. 3.75

M: heavy. Thick. Just enough carbonation. Great. 4.25

It does what it does very well, but it surprisingly did not do much more. This was a 13-14, served cold. 3.75

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

Overall pretty good, for some reason the alcohol was a bit too pronounced for my palate, it seemed to get in the way of the beer. Otherwise not bad nice and dark, Chocolate flavor.
I may give this one another try at another time if in the mood to give second chances.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

black with a small tan head with big bubbles in it. The head fades quickly. Not much for lacing.

Strong coffee smell, alcohol and a little chocolate.

Big taste of bitter chocolate and black coffee. Big alcohol taste as well. Hops are there too, but mostly a roasted taste.

Full bodied with a dry finish

one or two is good. sip this one! I thought the alcohol was a little too strong untill I had my second one which was much colder and that masked the alcohol taste better for me.

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter 2011-2012 release.

A: Pours opaque black with three fingers of brown foamy head which quickly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles that linger through the finish.

S: Sweet booziness with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Flavors of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts lend a bitterness that compliments the sweet boozy taste. The alcohol is not overpowering.

M: Fantastic, smooth mouthfeel. Not as syrupy as I anticipated, which is a definite plus. Just the right amount of carbonation. The alcohol provides an excellent level of warmth.

O: Overall, this was an excellent imperial stout with a nice chocolatey backbone. Exceptional mouthfeel for the style. I plan to cellar one for a year or so to see how it matures.

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

A-appears almost black with just a ring of tan head around the top

S-rich and malty, coffee, and chocolate. Smells somewhat sweet as well

T-very rich, bittersweet coffee and dark chocolate, a hint of malts to balance out the bitterness. Alcohol makes it spicy

M-full body, light carbonation, very thick

D-agree with other reviewers that age might make it better. I like the chocolate part of the beer and the full body but I'm not wowed by it

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

('05-'06 release)

Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.

Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.

Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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