Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

6,666 Ratings
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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 Antg8989
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

*Limited Bottling Winter 2014-2015*

WOW. Having this beer fresh..I liked it. Aging it 2 Years I LOVE it.

Pours Black with a brown head. Aroma is a mix of blueberries/strawberries/blackberries/raspberries - and some dark chocolate. Taste is nutty/berry/dark chocolatey dream. Feel is light, silky and smooth. There are some slight boozey notes in both the taste and aroma Overall, I've found that aging this beer definitely brings out its finer qualities. Aged for a year.. and you get more of the dark chocolate profile. Aged for two years and you get the fruitier profile. Definitely age a 4 pack and see what happens. Interesting to see what another year or two will do, although that might be pushing it.

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Photo of opierce
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying to like imperial stouts and this one is better than Old Rasputin. I think generally don't like stouts unless they have some other extra taste, such as the Dragon's Milk with the bourbon and vanilla flavors. The chocolate came through on this one but the roast/burnt flavor still dominated too much for me. The mouthfeel was a little thin as well for my tastes.

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Photo of FBarber
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Head dissipates leaving no residual head. Beer appears pretty thick.

Smell is roasty, with notes of chocolate, and some hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Taste is very roasty and chocolatey up front. Nice smooth roasted malts with some oaky notes with some hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Feel is medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness leaves a slightly dry finish.

Overall a really well done Russian Imperial Stout. Always a joy to drink.

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Photo of r-m-kaylor
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2016 Vintage, poured dark red (almost black) into non descript belgian ale glass with moderate coffee brown head which dissipated into a thin ring leaving nice lacing. On the nose chocolate, malt and subtle yeast. Full mouthfeel up front and through the middle with slight heat on on the back. Too drinkable, IMEHO.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, dark brown, with low foam, and a bit of lacing.

Loads of chocolate on the nose, with hints of raisins and roasted coffee. Tiny bits of booze also seep through.

The first thing you taste is dark chocolate, and lots of it. In between layers of the chocolate, you find tones of coffee and licorice. Long finish with quite a bit of roasted malt.

Soft liquid, just the right amount of carbonation. Mayve a little bit thin.

Overall, a good stout, at a price that is hard to beat. My only gripe is that is's a little bit too thin.

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Photo of Flachs
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At first I didn't buy this as I don't like coffee. The coffee is so far back in the taste I didn't mind it. I could taste the chocolate right off. The burning and warming feelings was great.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful pour, yielding a black chocolate color and a slightly reddish beige head. Head forms 1 finger and gradually recedes to a ring of lace.

Notes of roast malts, peppery coffee, chocolate, and cocoa.

Alcohol is apparent right from the get-go. It's a pleasant burning flavor without acridity or astringency. Lovely notes of chocolate and roast malts dance on and around the palate. Some tight licorice snap on the finish. As it warms up a few degrees the alcohol presence does become a touch astringent. Still, it's one of the better tasting Russian Imperial Stouts I've had.

Feel is pretty roasty as well, with hot, boozy alcohol dryness and burn. A dry, dry finish.

Overall the Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a solid performer. It's got all the chocolate and roast notes, with only a hint of unfavorable astringency. One of my top favorite RIS's for sure.

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Photo of aronvln
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Winter 2016" (can't find the date on the bottle). Pours jet black with a small tan head that doesn't linger. Love the rich, refined cocoa roastiness. Don't enjoy this one too cold, it opens up tremendously as it warms. Very solid RIS.

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight licorice, alcohol, slight dark citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight roasted bitterness and a pleasant warmth. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, strong alcohol, yeast, dark citrus, hint of licorice, hint of pale malt, and slight biscuit. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From The Cellar
12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
Bottled 10/1/15 (about 15 months old) Winter 15-16 Vintage
L- pours a dark brown and appears dark black in the glass with inch thick mocha colored head, leaves lacing
S- deep rich roasted chocolate notes, caramel, vanilla and slight hint of coffee as well
T- smooth rich chocolate, followed by a fruitiness that I associate with dark chocolate, with notes of espresso on the finish
F- as mentioned in the taste real rich and smooth, full bodied
Overall this is one heck of a beer, and it is amazing what a year can do. As I had 2016 vintage this week and the 2015 is much smoother, and really smooths out the rough edges.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a thick tan blanket.

Smell is nutty, roasty soy, malt, and tang.

Taste is sweet chocolate dipped banana, with cocoa and nuts, finishing dry.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled late 2014/early 2015; drank 10/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark tan head; strong lace.

Black licorice, raspberry, bakers chocolate & black coffee notes in the.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Raspberry & bakers chocolate flavors up front; black licorice notes on the finish.

A challenging, robust RIS. Not my favorite, but one I'll return to.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: The deepest of mahoganies, with a long lasting, half finger of evenly distributed tan-colored cream on top.

Smell: A hefty, diverse array of dark fruit rises above the malt, which depicts the usual roasted mocha notes along with some malted milk. A smattering of allspice puts me in a holiday mood. In all, both promising and unexpected.

Taste: Akin to the aroma, the roastiness is at the bottom of this lasagna. It lasts well into the finish, however, lingering longer than the more upfront flavors. Chocolate soft serve ice cream is made heftier with a coat of cinammon and rich dark cherry and plum flavors. Some spicy hops and a taste of vanilla yogurt bring some balancing brightness to the complex, yet round configuration. Very well done!

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation is on the front of each sip, but artfully melts into a smooth finish. Medium-bodied. It might benefit from some more heft, but the lightness of such a heavy hitter in terms of ABV in particular, is impressive. The high ABV is extra hidden in that no obvious alcohol warming comes through.

Overall: I may be a Brooklyn resident, but Brooklyn Brewery's beers are hit or miss for me. This one hits hard: Its unique and thoughtful recipe goes above and beyond your typical chocolate stout with its powerful helpings of fruit and spice. The details are finely tuned, but the big picture makes a solid impact. Disappointed that I bought a single bottle, as I'd love to have another right now!

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with small 1 finger head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, cocoa, and just a little dark fruit. On the taste I mostly get a dry bitter dark chocolate with a good amount of dark malt. The roast really doesn't come through until the finish where it finishes bitter with a very nice warming. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'd like, but it's still thick enough to coat the mouth. Overall this is a solid stout, not one of my favorites but I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see how the other 3 cellar.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served just above fridge temperature and served into a tulip. Purchased while visiting the US.

Appearance - pours almost the darkest of dark blacks with a small half finger of tam head on top. Good head retention and the color eradicates light. Small cap of tan foam lingers for a good duration on top.

Smell - dark chocolate and some surprisingly cherry aroma too to add some complexity. Some mild earthiness with just a hint of vanilla and coffee on the nose, but sweetish on the nose with dark chocolate and cherry being the stars.

Taste - loads of dark chocolate, a prevalent but restrained bitterness. Some mild sweetness with a brief cherry intermission before a fine coffee ground flavor shines through as well. Complex with multiple levels of flavor there's even a coffee, vanilla and caramel troika to close. Yum. Enough other flavors to make me think this is an American stout as opposed to a Russian imperial stout.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a heavy but slick body, creamy feel and adequate carbonation. Just right for the style.

Overall - while Brooklyn's Dark Chocolate stout is not quite the pinnacle of the style, it is a delicious, flavourful stout loaded with dark chocolate and cherries that is certainly worth any beer advocates time. Highly recommended for this top notch brew.

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Photo of mbaer1970
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love my imperial stouts and I also love Brooklyn, so I had to try this one. This is an amazing sipping beer and is not for your run of the mill beer drinker. I mostly like my beer like I like my coffee, nice and dark; so this is well within my wheel house. Overall the smell is spot one and second to none for an imperial stout. The taste is also very good and gives it a feel of drinking dark chocolate. Overall I am quite pleased with this Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and will be partaking of it through out this fall and coming winter.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a winter 15-16 bottling into a Nonic. Color was ink black with a full tan head with good retention. The aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. On the palate very minimal carbonation with a rich creamy mouthfeel with the flavor of coffee and dark chocolate with deep roasted malt and fruity back notes of plum and raisin. Bitter on the front end which gave way to a subtle but discernible sweet finish which became more prominent as the beer warmed while drinking. the high ABV does not come across as boozy but does make you take notice. Very good.

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Photo of Vader444
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have enjoyed this stuff occasionally for years. Bought 8 bottles last week and 4 are gone already. Almost perfectly black with a reasonable head retention which can easily be brought back to life with a gentle swirl of the glass releasing the gorgeous aromas anew. Had a bottle head to head with Founders Breakfast Stout. No clear winner but a slightly fuzzy head this morning!

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Photo of janubio
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black colour, with a small brown head that fades too soon, leaving a thin layer and aring, and a creamy lace. Aroma of prunes, chocolate, notes of coffee. Creamy, thick and brandy alike palate, good carbonation. taste of prunes, chocoalte, coffee.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great black color and smooth pour. Love the chocolate flavor and ease of drinkability. Great to sip on a cold winters evening with your favorite person.

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Photo of anvindr
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a gorgeous dark black with a 1 finger malty brown looking head. The smell comes off a little boozy with lots of bready? flavor coming through no chocolate that I can detect though. The taste changes a lot as it warms starting out like a strong and good guinness-ish simple stout flavor. Ends up tasting deliciously chocolatey but not too much or fake at all imo. Overall one of my favorites also makes a damn good black flip if youre into cocktails at all

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Photo of luizconejo
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excelente imperial stout, porem, por conter o "chocolate" no proprio nome, falta um pouco daquele aroma marcante de chocolate que outras imperials tem, sente-se muito um aroma de cefe torrado do que cacau.
Na boca, sente-se um peso marcante, viscosidade que remete licor, sabot adocicado, amargor nao persistente.
Aftertasting fica o aroma e sabor, porem sutil, nao pesiste como esperado ao primeiro gole.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014
A: Deep black with a brown tight head.
S: Dark roast, malt...a little brine. A little copper.
T: Intense bitter roast and cocoa powder up front. Stays on the tongue forever then eases into a long slightly sweeter finish. You breathe out the dark malt.
M: Silky smooth yet sticky for flavors.
O: More intense and noticeably better after a few years, but maybe pushing it a little with oxidation. A really delicious and alkaline stout; a nice departure from the sugar bombs nowadays. Pairs predictably well with artisan flavored chocolates.

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Photo of LAp
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent imperial stout that embraces its chocolate notes most fully. A bit too sweet to be a beer that I'd put on my rotation regularly, but definitely a beer to respect as one that chooses its flavor target and hits it square on.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brow, minimal brown head fades quickly. Smells of bitter chocolate. Flavor is bitter chocolate, dark fruits. Bitter finish. Expected this to be sweeter. Big warming finish. Very well done.

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