Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
2,801 Reviews
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:
2,801
Ratings:
6,649
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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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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Photo of horndecker
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was brewed in the winter of 03-04.

Blackest night, inky, with the occasional purple tinge around the edges. It has a coffee-brown, fine foamy head which is short and short-lived, but the carbonation is there, ready for action with each sip.

The smell is all bittersweet chocolate, burnt malt, a hint of prunes or raisins. Pretty fabulous.

The taste doesn't disappoint. Ruthlessly chocolatey, with a bit of coffee-ish bitterness, warming alcohol, silky smooth and creamy like a milkshake. Each sip fills your mouth with a fine foam that roils up and dances around your tongue. The aftertaste is cocoa powder and rum cake.

Had this with vanilla ice cream. Yes yes.

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

Had this one recently, as a desert, while out to dinner with some friends. Served on-tap, it was presented in a tall, pilsner style glass, with a thick brown head. The color was absolute obsidian: complete and solidly black. The aroma is intensely coffee-like, with a serious chocolate malt character. As the beer warms, a bit of alcohol creeps into the smell, along with a subtle ripe-fruitness, which add a lot of depth and complexity. The beer is full, thick, and substantial. A big front-end malt sweetness is balanced with roasted flavors that come out in the mid-taste and finish. It’s a soft, creamy, and almost silky beer, with a hell of a lot of flavor. This is one beer to remember and seek out.

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

355ml bottle poured into pint glass oct10 2009

A pours black with a mocha head that has good retention and leaves decent lace after it falls to a 1/4in film.

S dark malt and coffee with some chocolate

T more espresso and I taste a little booze but not the 10% I see printed on the bottle. the chocolate is very dark and hard to miss, well done overall

M you may not need a knife and fork but it's no slouch in the thickness department

D yikes!! I could see this beer causing me problems if I had more of it too drink, it's so smooth I can't see how anyone could not like this beer

this is one of those beers you need try

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

My brother's favorite beer...who can blame him?

This is one of the best imperial stouts available. It pours with a smallish head and minimal lacing. The beer itself is black. I cannot find any reddish tint to this beer. Good start. The aroma is incredible. Perfectly roasted malt, subtle coffee/expresso, and hints of chocolate stand out in the aroma. There is an initial burnt, but nice malt flavor. It is borderline bitter, but before it one really focuses on the burnt flavor there is a burst of sweet malt and chocolate. Perfectly balanced. I cannot imagine a better balance between chocolate and traditional malt.

I am stocking up on this beer. I doubt I can wait Spring through Fall for this one again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked it up recently, this year's edition just got stocked in my local liquor store within the last two weeks. I like most of the Brooklyn beers, so I eagerly anticipated this offering. This beer met and exceeded my expectations, which is something I don't say very often!

Poured a standard textbook stout color - nearly black and opaque. Not too thick, but the head nearly filled up to the top of my pint glass and took a bit of time to settle down. Notes of toffee, currant, espresso, coffee, and black cherries add loads of depth to the various flavors of chocolate which form the backbone of this brew's notes. The various flavors work wonderfully together and never overpower any of the senses and additionally, the regular and dark chocolate base lingers wonderfully with each aftertaste. Very smooth and only a trace of the alcohol can be felt in between sips, which isn't bad considering it's 8.5% ABV content!

The bitterness is present a bit during tastings, swishings, and in between sips. It's more than balanced by the full melody of flavors, and this beer is very difficult to chug down due to it's richness and warmth. Brooklyn Brewery shouuld be commended for a concoction that is worth looking forward to during the winter, and worth savoring during the cold nights of the season. A must-have for the stout enthusiast!

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Photo of mjd83goblue
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, 6 pk for less than $10 out the door if I remember correctly. 06-07 bottling.

A: Black as it gets. Small brown head that leaves a ring quickly.

S: Lots of chocolate malt, some coffee, and maybe a touch of dark dark fruit, like raisons or prunes.

T: Tons of chocolate throughout. Big roasted super sweet malts. Some black coffee. The alcohol is no where to be found until you feel it going down your throat, and then, just warming enough that you know its there.

M: Not quite as thick as some (ie Bell's Expedition), but the perfect blend of carbonation, body, and creaminess. Slightly dry on the finish.

D: The perfect nightcap and winter beer. As drinkable as a RIS can be

Another beer that has finally made it to MI. Simply one of the best, and a great value to boot. Do yourself a favor and let this one warm up some

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Rich, velvety black color with a thin brown head and nice lacing. An attractive stout.

S - Deep, dark chocolate. Smells like one of those fancy dark chocolate bars. Nice hints of roasted malts as well. If you like the smell of chocolate, you will be in heaven.

T - Flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A bit of alcohol in the taste as well. Hints of coffee/espresso in the background.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a nice level of carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish and alcohol heat in the aftertaste.

O - The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a delightful winter seasonal and is a must-have if you love (dark) chocolate. The dark chocolate flavors are delightful and it's aroma is fantastic.

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

A - Small tan head...quickly fades...black with ruby edges.

S - Dark-bitter-cocoa, sweet toasted caramel, and a sweet sherry-like booziness

T - It definitely tastes chocolatey, almost reminds of drinking something like a burnt dark chocolate fudge brownie.

M - Definitely full-bodied with a syrupy tongue coating viscosity...light carbonation...smooth. Would love to try this on nitro or cask...it would be so creamy.

O - This is a great RIS that is perfectly balanced...I'd like to do a vertical of this to see how they mature...but I don't think I could stand to save any.

Really happy I scored a case this year. Delicious!! GET SOME!!

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very thick pour with a nice black body and caramel head with decent retention. Nice roasty, fruity aroma with a hint that you're really going to taste the high alcohol. Couldn't be farther from the truth. Very smooth mouthfeel and an unbelievable chocolate flavor that all but hides the alcohol. Very drinkable for such a seemingly heavy beer. Slightly bitter with a pleasant complex after taste. Definitely in my top ten!

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Photo of Lupe
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ink black color, deep coffee colored head, and lots of lace that clings to the glass. Rich malt aroma with chocolate and espresso. Full bodied with creamy mouthfeel--this is a big stout. Starts malt sweet with chocolate, cocoa, perhaps bitter sweet chocolate is a better description, and umm..chocolate. The middle is full, creamy, rich, thick, and hearty. Finishes dry, spicy and has some notes of espresso. The bitterness in this brew comes from the roasted malt, hop presence is not noticeable. Alcohol makes itself known as it warms you on the way down. Pretty damn drinkable for such a big and potent beer.

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Photo of jcurtis55
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is an excellent stout. I got 2-3 fingers of foam and after every drink the heavy lacing seems to last forever. Initial smell is of dark fruit and dark chocolate.

The flavor is pretty much the same. There is not a hint of alcohol in the taste. Mouthfeel is about as full as it comes and completely coats your mouth.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Poured black with a huge, brown, long lasting head. Great aroma is of dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and some bready notes. Full smooth body with dark fruit sweetness is balanced by espresso coffee, lots of burnt grain and alcohol as well. Finish is huge and dry. Great beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of Brooklyn's finest...

A – Jet black, decent head, settles with no retention. Ends up looking like a slightly more viscous cola product.

S – Mellow café mocha and milk chocolate tones and a tinge of a mulled spice, slightly sprucy but other than that almost no hops detectable. The high ABV is undetectable via olfactory.

T – French roast coffee and medium-dark chocolate flavors from the malt dominate, finishing with toffee notes and a big piney hop kick. No mention of any alcohol at all. But it is there, plentifully.

M – Seems to pour thick, but feels quite thin. Also the lower carbonation does not help the thinner-bodied stout. But it does not drink ‘hot’, quite the opposite.

D – Cheap, and good tasting, with high ABV. A great winter brew for a budget-minded session.

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Photo of jrsully77
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and rich, brown haze covers the thick head.

Roaster Malts and Dark chocolate

Great, this is in the top three of imperial stouts. It is thick but unlike most chocolate stouts this gives you just the dark chocolate taste not the milk chocolate.

Heavy, just like an imperial stout should be.

If you like Imperial Stouts you will love this beer. Since this is an imperial stout it can catch you with the high ABV and weight.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This should be somewhere between 4.5 and 5.0 for overall greatness. This beer is awesome! It pours black with a short-lived when poured into a pint glass with some lacing. The smells of sweet dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts are exquisite. The chocolate didn't really come through on the taste as much as I would've expected (especially given the name). I also tasted some coffee and burnt malts which tended to linger. It had a thick and heavy mouthfeel with a bit of carbonation. Didn't taste boozy at all. I really, really like this BIG beer, and it is absolutely worth trying if you're into stouts.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A must pick-up seasonal every year, I just realized that I've never taken the time to review it here. It pours a deep warm brown, almost black, the color of over-roasted coffee beans, with a frothy, foamy head, the texture and consistency of the foamed milk on a cappuccino, but with a cocoa hue. The aroma itself is warming on a cold winter's night... roasty and sweet with notes of bourbon.

One of my favorite qualities of this beer is the mouthfeel. It has enough thickness to be full and substantial without being syrup-like, and just enough tiny bubbles of carbonation to balance the thickness.

The taste may take a little warming to... both figuratively and literally. This is a beer that should not be served straight from the fridge; coldness dulls the complexity and highlights any harsh flavors. It is also a beer that grows on your palate. What can be initially strong and stringent becomes enjoyable and warming after a few sips.

The taste itself starts with a molasses-like sweetness, continuing into a potent dark chocolate middle (think 85% to 90% dark chocolate that would shock those who only eat the milk variety). This grows into a mix of bitter root (like the kava I enjoyed in Fiji) and strong over-roasted black coffee, and finishing with a subtle warming alcohol burn.

The chocolate in the name is misleading in a way for those used to beers actually made with chocolate, like Young's Double Chocolate Stout or Samuel Adam's Chocolate Bock. Yet, it shows amazing chocolate character for a beer that has no actual chocolate content.

With this in mind, I find this beer isn't one to pair with chocolate, with the flavors both melding but overpowering on one side or the other. It works much better as a counterpoint, with cheesecake being an excellent companion.

Overall, an excellent, memorable, and unique brew, and one to come back to every winter.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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