Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,793
Ratings:
6,579
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
16.14%
 
 
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436
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1,430
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,793 | Ratings: 6,579
Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a one and a half inch tan head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malts. Taste is dominated by semi-sweet chocolate with coffee and malt in the background. Finishes with a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with minimal carbonation. Very good chocolate stout.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We got a great beer here.
Listed in the "1001", it seems like this recipe got Garrett Oliver his job at Brooklyn. (He had been working in a brewpub in Manhattan.) And beer history took a very big step.
Unlike many of the others in this category, Brooklyn's contribution uses no cocoa... but tastes like chocolate. You have to know lots about malts and, apparently in 1994, Garrett Oliver knew lots more than just about everyone.

I bought a 4 pack... which I no longer regret. Two years later, I just drank the last one now and it was worth holding as it clearly had improved... less edge, more smooth.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 edition gave this 3.5 stars of 4 and called it "the world's answer to a waring malted milk with a shot of bourbon. It achieves an astonishing black-chocolate flavour through malt alone"

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout %10 ABV. 51 IBU's?
I had this out at a Freezepop(electro, synth pop)music show in a 12 ounce pilsner style glass.
Look: blackout, letting no light through at all.
smell: Not much smell, a small amount of roasty, bready smell, some chocolate
taste: sweet chocolate, coffee, roasty biterness. It was a bit too bitter for me and a kind of gluey aftertaste that I find in breakfast style stouts.
Feel: a tad heavier, but pretty o.k. for an imperial American stout.
Overall: The beer was not even close to what I am looking for in a stout. That weird aftertaste of glue and too charred and roasty for my tastes. I mean it didn't reach ash tray levels of burnt taste, but it wasn't very likeable for me. It wasn't absolutely horrible, just not great and not my thing. The one thing that I noticed was that it hides the alcohol taste very well. In that department they were good. I didn't know the ABV level before I bought the beer and only found out afterwards. I was quite surprised. I haven't normally liked Brooklyn Brewery in the past, but I figured I would give them another shot. Oh well.

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Photo of Zebulan
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 month old 12 oz bottle poured into generic belgian glass. I really like this beer. The pour is nice and dark and the brown head goes away fairly quickly. The sweet smell is not over powering. The taste is thin in the mouth but still full of the chocolate flavor. The positive flavor lingers for a bit as well. Is warm going down without being painfully hot. This is a very sold example of a sweet chocolate stout. Will get this again.

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Photo of brblanch
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head pint glass. Color is jet black with 1 finger khaki head that slowly dissipates and leaves moderate lacing. Smell is roasty malts and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate dominates the taste with a lingering sweetness. Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol emerges as beer warms but the 10% ABV is well hidden. Enjoyable beer overall, especially as "dessert" after a satisfying meal.

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Photo of Shanex
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one for noon and this wasn't necessarily a bright idea, might earn me an afternoon nap. I loved it, and stouts are far from being my fave beer styles, but the chocolate and other fruity aroma had me enjoy it more than I thought I would. Goes along well with breakfast food imo. Cheers

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Photo of smbslt
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, tawny head breaks down quickly, no lacing
Prunes and raisin aromas
Flavors of burnt sugar, baker's chocolate/cocoa masks the alcohol well
Suitably syrupy with little carbonation fizz.
Nice beer to pair with food

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice beer. It is like a dessert in a bottle. Pours jet black with a foamy tan head. Good chocolate notes with a nice roasty malt backbone that comes through really nicely. Tasty RIS.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle. Bottled on 2014-11-04.

A: Opaque black. Poured 1.5 fingers high of head with medium retention.
S: Medium roasted aroma. Moderate cocoa. Moderate caramel syrup.
T: Moderate roasty. Off-dry. Medium bitterness. A little hint of sourness.
M: Full body, very thick. Low carbonation.
O: A bit too thick and sweet. Chocolate/Nut character is underwhelming. Not bad, but I always expect richer ones for such high alcohol and gravity.

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

355 ml bottle, Brewer's Droop, Bristol - Pours dark black with a thick foamy tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste - Sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malts with a dry bitter long finish. Very well balanced imperial stout.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. Chocolate and earthy hops on the nose. Sweet milk chocolate up front with more bitter dark chocolate on the back end. Lots of roasted dark malt and moderate hop presence.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, black, opaque color.

Overall: Aroma is sweet, smoky, chocolate. Has a moderately thick feel. Tastes sweet, roasty, and has a bitter chocolate finish. Terrific winter brew, delicious and smooth.

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Photo of SanWrencho
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly one of the most delicious beers I have of this style. Unlike some "chocolate stouts" that resort to putting chocolate in their brew, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout has no need to rely those techniques. It's amazingly rich and incredibly smooth despite its over the top nature. Very worth buying at 9 per 4 pack!

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. 10% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 9/30/15 at 12:01 (code 2735).

Look: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, and settles black as night. Large two finger tan head, that slowly lapses into a thick cap.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, caramel, powdered sugar, and very faint alcohol.

Feel: Thick, chewy body, but very smooth with some nice carbonation.

Taste: Rich bitter chocolate is immediate, with some bitter coffee backing it. Has a sweet bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Overall: Nice sweet chocolate RIS, which conceals the ABV very well.

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

Thick, RIS black pour into a bubble tulip glass. Strong chocolate aroma notes with dark roasted malts - delicious! This RIS runs with a tough crowd and holds its own. Strong chocolate, licorice and expresso coffee come out in the finish. A full 10% ABV is well hidden, so be careful. We think of Brooklyn as in the upper mid-tier -- solid performers across the board -- but the one rises above the rest.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Near black, two finger creamy head with good retention, lacing. Chocolate candy bar aroma. Tastes of semi sweet dark chocolate, some coffee and mild char. Touch of hop bitterness finishes it off. Alcohol very well hidden. Medium semi-slick mouthfeel. This is a good readily available stout, lots of chocolate goodness.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Features a clear black color, with a small dirty-brown head which dissipates quickly. Quite a bit of lacing for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Smells of chocolate, caramel-sweetness, biscuits, and general smoked flavors.

A distinct bitter coffee-flavor dominates the taste. The roasted element comes through well in the initial taste, but ends up playing second fiddle to the coffee. I didn't get that much chocolate until the aftertaste, which has a distinct dark chocolate flavor that lingers for a delightfully long amount of time.

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Photo of MNAle
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some sort of screwy yellow code stamped on the bottle in very crude dot-matrix format - impossible to read. Grrrrr. Very dark, black, opaque. 1 inch tan, creamy, bubbly head that recedes slowly. Aroma is sweet, smoaky, chocolate. Moderately thick feel. Taste follows the aroma: sweet, roasty, bitter chocolate. Transitions from the opening taste through a sweet middle. The finish is bitter. Not boozy despite the high ABV. I can see how this would be highly rated by some, but somehow the sweet roasty fighting the bitter chololate does not work well for me. It is more like a "versus" than it is a balance. I enjoyed this beer as it stands, but it won't likely be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Opaque black color accompanied with a 1.5 finger tan head that left quickly but left some nice tracks behind. The smell is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and dark bread. Rich chocolate taste with some coffee and roasted malt. A nice chocolate finish. Not a viscous as Ten Fidy, but full-bodied with a nice feel - perhaps a touch too thin. The alcohol is hidden well with a nice warming on the finish.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color, thumbnail length dark tan head which dissipates to a thin ringlike lace.
This one is all about the chocolate. In the aroma I instantly detect dark bitter sweet chocolate. There is also coffee, roasted malt and a hint of wood. Towards the end, you smell the alcohol.
The taste is initially creamy sweet on the tongue, then, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, bitterness from hops, nutty. The finish is dry and the raw cacao bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The alcohol warmth, front he high ABV, is there, however, it is by no means boozy.
Full bodied, rich, robust and viscous. It could be considered a sipper, but it is smooth enough that I felt that I drank it fast.
This might be arguably my favorite thus far from Brooklyn Brewery. It is complex and slightly intense, yet, a fairly drinkable stout.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man (Houston), served in a tulip. Inky, near black, with creamy tan head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Full flavor with coffee and chocolate notes from nose, molasses, dark fruit and roasted, almost charred malt. Creamy, smooth with a fuller body and medium carbonation. A big, flavorful stout - delicious.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Near black color with little head
Toasty, smokey, coffee, and bitter chocolate smell
Great, full flavor nice smokey aftertaste, coast the palate
One of the best winter brews of the Northeast

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pitch black in the glass. Minimal head
Smell - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, some sweetness
Taste - Huge milk chocolate up front. Followed by coffee and dark roasted malts. Some booze and bitterness on the back end.
Feel - Velvety, smooth, mouth coating. Good mouthfeel

Overall - Perfect for a cold winters night. Think it will get better as it ages as well.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong chocolate smell and excellent body. Balanced so well its almost challenging to pick up significant sweet or bitter flavors. Finishes nice, and if I didn't know it was 10% abv I would call you a liar. Great value.

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Photo of AndreRus
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great combination of taste, quality and price! It's probably one of the most affordable RIS on the market (at least for Western PA). It's sad that it's only seasonal.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,579 ratings.
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