Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for the trade on this

A- Black body with a frothy brown head almost reminiscent of chocolate milk.

S- Chocolate dominates but is accompanied by rich roasted malts and hints of caramel.

T- Chocolate flavor comes in first but is swiftly backed up by a roased malt flavor. A very slight alcohol warming note quickly follows a light caramel sweetness quietly fighting against a pleasantly earthy hop bitterness which carries through the end.

M- Wonderfully viscous, my lips are sticky.

D- If you can get this and want some stuff from New Glarus, BeerMail me (if my trading budget allows).

For me, Imperial Stouts are hit or miss. This one is a friggin grand slam. Assertive yet balanced, simply sublime.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks for grabbing this one for me Blake, I’ve been looking forward to it.

Classy looking bottle dated Winter ’04-’05. A really nice black pour, not even direct light penetrates. I get a nice sticky head composed of small bubbles with some big bubbles coming through the middle creating that oatmeal like look. The smell is nice, I pick up berries, dark chocolate, plum, roasty and scorched smells and a rum like alcohol aroma tickles my nostrils. This beer tastes even better then it smells. Again I pick up on the dark fruit flavors, espresso , charred malt, the alcohol character is definitely there…it’s more vinous then I first detected in the smell though. I don’t want to forget about the namesake chocolate,…to me I pick it up more as dry, dark cocoa powder…delicious. Bitterness clings to my lips which is another thing I love about a big stout. The alcohol comes out a lot more once it’s warm. The mouthfeel ain’t bad, but when it comes to big stouts I say the thicker the better and this one falls a little short of the very best big stouts I’ve had. An awesome beer, I really wish I had more than six of them

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Photo of joerodiii
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

04-05 bottle I've been cellaring for 4 years

I wish I had reviewed this beer 4 years ago when it was fresh so I could compare notes. Oh well.

Thick, black, opaque, almost syrupy in appearance. Serious red-wine like fingering down the sides of the glass. Alcohol and chocolate dominate the nose with hints of toasted malt.

Full, rich, roasty flavor. The alcohol has definitely been subdued over time and really takes a back seat to the roasted malt. Not much hop flavor, but the bitterness has remained so that the beer does not taste very sweet at all. Mouthfeel is thick but not syrupy.

This is a very drinkable RIS. By no means a session beer, it is extremely enjoyable from start to finish.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured motor oil black with just a slight ruby highlight. The head was brown and huge, lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was huge roasted and chocolate. Just a slight hint of alcohol and plenty of fruitiness. A complex assortment of aromatics.

The flavor was smooth with plenty chocolate. In the background is intense bitterness to balance the malt. Also some dark fruit in the flavor.

The finish was dry bittersweet chocolate. The body was full.

A complex, very enjoyable brew.

12 ounce bottle. Vintage '03-'04.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A- Jet black oil. Nice two finger head that lingered and faded to lacy patches.

S- Fantastic dark chocolate, roasted malty sweetness, and smokey notes.

T- Superb dark chocolate/coffee bitterness that fades into a nice chocolate sweetness. The 10% ABV is present but masked phenomenally. As the beer warms, more and more of the chocolate and alcohol pokes through.

M- Full bodied, creamy and thick. Excellent.

O- One of my new favorite Russian Imperial Stouts. Nice dark chocolate bitterness then blends into milk chocolate and roasty malt sweetness. Definitely some heat at the back end but for a 10%'er it's well hidden esp for a fresh bottle. One of my new winter favorites

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Photo of aforbes10
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd just tried this year's bottling back in Indiana, and now at the Drafting Room in PA i see the 2005 version on tap. I jumped at the chance. Served in a snifter looking very dark brown to black with a little chocolate brown head. Odor is bitter cooking chocolate and some indecipherable dark fruits. Smells delicious and tamer than the fresh version. Taste is a fantastic chocolate with slight bitterness. Some cherries among the chocolate. Coffee on the finish. amazingly well balanced. velvety smooth. a deluxe drink experience. A year's aging does wonders for this already fantastic brew.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle. Winter 10-11 Vintage.

A - Pretty vigorous purs lets out a dark oily black liquid with a nice 1 inch dark tan head that is almost brown. Very dense with tons of tiny bubbles stuck together. The head is very slow to recede and leaves some awesome brown sticky lacing as it moves slowly down the glass.

S - Aroma of sweet delicious chocolate malt as well as some nice caramel and brown sugar. Slight cinnamon hints as well as licorice. There i some awesome fruity and boozy esters as well that are warm and inviting. Nice milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes dominate.

T & M - Starts off with some nice sweet chocolate hints as well as some dark bitter chocolate. Very well struck balance between dark chocolate and milk chocolate. There are some nice burnt and roasted malt hints in the middle portion after the explosion of chocolate that give the sweetness a nice balance. There are also some good alcoholic esters that are warm as well as sweet. The sweetness can be interpreted as caramel s well as brown sugar but they are not to overwhelming either. A complex yet balanced beer. Mouthfeel is perfect with nice oily consistency but nothing overwhelming as well as perfect carbonation balance and boozy warmth.

D - Very high if not for the higher ABV. The ABV is not too overwhelming but can be felt and tasted as it warms.

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Photo of wcintula
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Starting with the 'executive' looking black label ('09-'10)spangled with stars, I anticipated a badass beer. I poured this baby into a Sam Adams glass(what was available) and daaamn, that beer is fine. Nice black opaque body with an excellent thick head.

S- Sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. After you smell it, the beer pulls you in face first.

T- Awesome!!! Tastes like it smells. I tasted it in correctly the first time I tried it. When sipping I get a very metallic taste, but when you gulp it, your mouth is filled with sheer awesomeness.

M- A thicker feeling liquid with regular, not-too-prickly carbonation. Alcoholic dryness on the way down.

D- I drank the beer in less than 3 minutes. I'd consider that drinkable. I just wish I had another.

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Photo of MsRif
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hot damn. Russian Imperial Stout is my favorite style...and this one is exceptional. Pours a black color with a chocolate head that recedes into a thin ring leaving beautiful, albeit spotty, lacing. Smells of roasty malts, bitter chocolate and coffee. Tastes like it smells. Finishes dry, starts sweet. VERY enticing. Not overly complex, but well-balanced and drinkable, especially given the 10% ABV.

Full-bodied with light carbonation. Creamy. This is a delicious beer that is dangerously drinkable. I love having this one in cold weather. Highly, highly recommended!!!!

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Photo of boblinneman
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very thick, dark black with a brown creamy head. Smells and taste of rich roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. If this brew contained a stronger hop presence it would rival Storm King.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

How is it possible that I have never reviewed this beer? It has sustained me and kept insanity at bay through many cold winters living in NE PA and CT.

Pours like black India ink, thick and viscous with great legs. A draft pour produces a thick, whipped brown froth that clings like Cool Whip, before settling down to a tight cap.

Aroma boasts of expertly toasted dark malts, liquified chocolate, booze-soaked raisins and plum, espresso, fruity licorice, and bittersweet fruity hops.

Flavor is creamy dark chocolate covered raisins melting in a hot cup of fresh espresso. Massive malt complexity, burnt caramel, licorice, English toffee, plum, and creamy vanilla creme brule'. It's perfectly balanced by plenty of pine, fruity citrus, and sweet floral hops. No trace of the strength. This year's version tastes like it's allready been aged it's so smooth.

Body is full, but not huge. Mouthfeel is like liquid silk with a creamy, slippery texture that is a joy to roll around your tongue. Infinately drinkable, a great food and dessert beer, and something I look forward to every year.

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Photo of kenstogie
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i love this beer and seek it out every year. its thick and oh so rich. of course it's chocolisious. it even has a great after taste that lingers for a while.....not to mention one helluva bite. if you don't like this beer you don't like this style of beer.it's a Padron anniversary 26 maduro of 'beers'

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out with a thin brown head which quickly dissipates. Black with deep red highlights. Aromas of dark roast coffee, brandy, cocoa, plums... very inviting.

Taste migrates from sweet to roasty and finishes with a heavy hand of warming alcohol. Certainly a sipper. Thick mouthfeel amplifies the roasty chocolate flavors. Complex dark fruit flavors along with more of that dark coffee.

Remarkably smooth for a imperial stout, but could use some aging before consumption. (This is a 2007 bottle). I've got a couple of these stashed from last year that I'll have to check out soon.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near pitch black with reddish hues around the edges. Strong tan head which provides surprising lacing given the abv.

Smell is roasty, coffee like, slight hints of cocoa. Perhaps something slightly sour although not infection-ish.

Tastes like a quality bitter dark chocolate with a more coffee like aftertaste. Hints of dark fruit throughout, perhaps fig. Impressive.

Can't find anything I don't like about the mouthfeel. Thick, rich, silky, fairly strong carbonation for a stout. Lovely.

Overall one of the best value beers I've ever encountered. Will be buying a case next year.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours pitch black into a snifter, with a one finger caramel head which fades very quickly.

Smell: Alcohol is present. The chocolate aroma almost has a hint of mint.

Taste: Very RISish. Has a hint of sweet milk chocolate taste upfront which fades to a dark, bitter chocolate flavor at the end. Alcohol again is present.

Feel: Fell bodied, as stout should be.

Overall: I'm not feeling very creative for this portion right now. Busy drinking.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Wonderful dark brown/black color that I look for in an Imperials Stout. Wonderful brown head that is huge and settles after a while to a nice layer on the brew. It sticks to the glass like no ones buisiness.

Smell: Very caremelly and alcoholic. Can smell roasted chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Very complex. Same taste as the smell with more roastiness and chocolate. Alcohol lingers in the background to give you a sublte spicy bite at the end of your taste.

Mouthfeel: Exceptional. It is nice and thick and has a wonderful consitency. Not too suryp like. Nice carbonation breaking throught the thickness.

Drinkability: This is unusually drinkable. The 8.5% will knock your socks off if you have a few but you don't notice it much when you drink it. This is dangerously delicious and drinkable.

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Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was a gift from a friend, and came highly recommended...Poured into my favorite pint glass with a wonderfully dark color...nowhere near transparent...chocolate colored creamy head. I enjoyed this brew with a piece of chocolate to enhance the flavor of the chocolate notes. Not as chocolately as Rogue's Chocolate Stout, but the subtleness of the cocoa made it that much more enjoyable. At the higher end of ABV that I prefer but it was not noticeable and didn't detract from the flavor. If you're a true stout fan....check it out if you come across it.

Just got my first sixer of 06-07 before it was supposed to be released and I can't wait to age it a little bit to enhance all those awesome flavors

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Photo of zaq37
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours BLACK and I mean freaking night time black. No head, what little head it has is dark brown and sticks to the edge of the glass and fades quickly.

S - You can really smell the chocolate, smells like a dark chocolate with a lot of malt.

T - The taste is incredible; very rich, strong, and smooth. Long aftertaste of chocolate, each drink had it's own characteristics, some ended chocolaty and some with a fruity notes.

M - You cannot taste the alcohol, it's very smooth. almost no burn at all.

D - Drinkability is top notch, i could drink this beer all day.

Overall - exceptional beer, love the malty chocolate flavors and sweetness. would recommend to anyone!

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Photo of smcyrone
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First sampling of the Winter 06-07 edition, noting a whopping 10.6% on the bottle. Fans of this brew know it for it's deep black color, no light's getting through this one. A creamy foam head sticks to this beer all the way down, leaving it's lace on my glass. Don't let it's smell mislead you, smells medicinal, almost chemical...Once it hits your tongue it is a complete sensory overload. What first amazes me is the creamy, rich mouthfeel. This beer is like drinking silk. Up front is a warm, dark chocolaty smooth flavor. The maltiness is what hits you first, and is quickly followed by an incredibly pleasant hop bite and some alcohol as you swallow, leaving a roasted chocolate hop flavor to linger in your mouth. I wouldn't have guessed this was 10.6% by the flavor, but you definitely can taste the alcohol. This doesn't bother me, i feel it adds to the flavor in this case. The complexity of the flavor is almost impossible to describe, you'll have to get your own and make your own judgements. I could probably ponder the flavors of this beer all night but after 2 or 3 it's lights out! Such an amazing accomplishment for American beer, I'm really surprised this isn't top 100 material on BA. Thanks Brooklyn!!

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Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a snifter.

Pours a spectacular opaque black with not a sign of any hues. It's black. A quarter inch of toasty-tan head that dissipates (with 10%, you can't expect it to just hang around) and leave a significant amount of lacing - nearly coating the glass.

Rich chocolate and malts come through on the nose. Not sweet smelling, but very, very rich. A touch of buttery diacetyl and a tiny bit of spices.

Yum! Chocolate and toasted barley with a touch of caramel sweet and prunes/figs. You can tell there are varieties of malt in this beer, but they're all married together - a touch of butter and toasty malt works with the sweet fruit, and they're both counterbalanced against the bitter chocolate taste. Tasty stuff.

Low carbonation typical of the style, heavy mouthfeel that approaches the sticky, syrupy mouthfeel of super-heavy beers, but stays in a nice heavy dense mouthfeel. I don't feel the alcohol at all - but it's a nice warm beer.

Really, really exceptional beer. Well worth the annual 10.00 or so. One of Brooklyn's finest.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!

Opened this bad boy, after work... and it was a delight!

Right when I opened this 12oz dark bottle of joy, the rich malt aromas and dark chocolate embers found their ways to my nostrils... the smell of heavenly coffee lingering. A caramel goodness and licorice finish was subtle.

The taste was thick and and smooth with a bitter bite, which was nice. The beer teasing... The ashy, almost chimney like flavors overwhelm the palate quickly to finish to a rich chocolate finish balanced with a malty smooth sweetness. There is also a warm feel to this beer that is also really enjoyable.

The 10% ABV is awesome.

This is a great beer.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured very thick and very dark into a standard pint glass.
S: Dark Chocolate, Malts, a bit of coffee.
T: Dark Chocolate, not a lot of sweetness despite the malty flavors. Outstanding.
M: Very thick, sticks to the tongue.
D: Considering the high ABV, you might not want to have a few of these. The taste is "oh so good" though! Great beer for a cold night.

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Photo of elricorico
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 06-07 bottling. Black, very little light peers through the very edge. The head was a gorgeous milk chocolate colour, but didn't stick around.

When I first smelled the bottle, after popping the cap, I thought this beer might have a 5 for smell. All I got was rich dark chocolate. Once poured, alcohol heat competes with that delicious chocolate, taking away from the effect for me.

In the mouth, dark chocolate again makes the first impression. As it works its way across the tongue, roasted malt starts to take over. Alcohol heat pops up sharply, and the finish has plenty of smoke and ash. Really complex and tasty.

Thick and chewy, with lowish carbonation, this feels like you would expect it to.

Dangerously drinkable, I have to keep reminding myself it is a sipper. I may have to pick up another six pack of this year's version before it is gone.

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Photo of bigjohn
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003-2004 Edition
I have never tried it before this year, and I must say I was highly impressed. This is one of the best stouts that I have sampled. It is flavorful and smooth, and in my opinion, right up there with Storm King. In fact, I would almost prefer this to the storm king because it is far more drinkable in my opinion. The beer is extremely dark, it is opaquely black when held up to the light, not allowing any to pass through, with the faintest red tinges around the edges. The taste is excellent, and the alcohol is extremely well disguised in my opinion. Overall, I would say that this is one of my favorite brews. In my region (New Jersey) it is quite easy to find, but I would recommend others who cannot find it locally to seek it out through a trade or other arrangement because it is certainly worth it.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from GapWines, Belfast... 06-07 bottling...

Poured jet black - nothing gets through even when held up to the light. Creamy brown head poured quite thick and fizzy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... very faint lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, chocolate mixed with strong espresso coffee, some blackcurrent/blackberry notes, leathery, woody, light liquorice, some vanilla traces, some tar, spicy hops, treacle/burnt sugar, some alcohol traces...

Taste – Strong roasted malt bitterness, some smokey notes, definite black coffee, creamy dark chocolate, peppery hops, faint liquorice, some nutty sweetness, treacle..

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little sharpness after... full bodied... very drinkable - hardly noticed the 10.6%..

Overall - An outstanding stout... probably my second favorite after Rogue Imperial...

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