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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of nlmartin
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the 04-05 vintage poured into a 20 ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dead black with a mocha colored head half inch thick. The head quickly dies down to a light film. No lacing in evidence on the glass.

Smell: Smells fantastically floral with a note of raisins, chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste: Hey oddly enough taste like darkly roasted coffee, cocoa, good malty backbone with a complementing hop after taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a very easy to drink beer. Carbonation is minimal. One of the very smoothest stouts I have had the pleasure to drink. I am curious how this will age.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

03-04 Vintage... (brewage?)

Deep dark black, pours rather lumpy out of the bottle with a thin mocha head. The head dies back but leaves a small island of cream in the center of the snifter. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and raisins. Oddly, it tastes of Coffee, chocolate and raisins - go figure. No bitter or burnt notes, no alcohol tones detected and a mild vanilla finish.

Very creamy and smooth. Low carbonation so it feels like your'e drinking a mocha milkshake. No bitter or oily aftertastes.

Very drinkable, big enough that it ought to be served as a desert course all by itself.

[Many thanks to rapopoda for hand carrying this prize out to wine country]

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

Appearance: impenatrable blackness with a big tightly bubbled mocha head

Smell: bittersweet dark chocolate; smoky roasted malts; sweet, faintly lactic sugar mixed with a bit of black licorice; very rich overall

Taste: bitter roasted malts, sort of "ashy"; rich, sweet chocolate flavor and just a bit of hop bite; flavor is a bit subdued in comparison to the nose

Mouthfeel: very full and thick; silky smooth

Drinkability: a good beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 6er of this the other night. This beer sort of confuses me. the bottle says it's a chocolate stout, BA calls it a double stout, the brewery calls it an imperial stout...which is it? I don't know, possibly a combo of all three. The appearance is pitch black with a medium brown head that doesnt stick too much. Body is medium to heavy with smells of fudge-like chocolate,espresso and hint of rum. The taste is mildly hoppy with a bit of roasted bitterness showing up towards the end. When i first sipped this beer, i wasn't too impressed, but the more i drank, the more i liked. Definetly a beer worth trying. On a side note, I used this beer to make the basic beer bread listed in the recipes section of this site, and i have to say that it was a great choice. the chocolate compliments it perfectly. Cheers

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a black, white and gold label and neck label. 8 lines of small stars go across the top of the labe with the brooklyn logo over top in the center. "limited bottling - winter '05-'06". "black chocolate stout" in huge gold script across the bottom with the large ascending "s" in white. brookly's interpretation of their imperial stout is on the neck label. no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a highlight-less deep black into a snifter glass. head is a 3 quarter inch dark tan after aggressive pouring. drops to a ring fairly quickly, but laces well.

smell: initial aromas are chocolate and alcohol. there's a dark fruit aroma and lightly vinous. hints of coffee.

taste: excellent chocolate, roasted malts and an odd woody flavor. plums and grapes. light coffee and alcohol flavors. hops are earthy and herbal. astringent and bittersweet in the finish. not much balance here as this is a malt bomb. i can't believe there's no chocolate involved in the brewing process.

mouthfeel: creamy medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. rolls around cleanly and swallows smoothly. lookin' for a big stout that's smooth but not whimpy in the carbonation department, this is your brew.

drinkability: good drinkability for an imperial stout. alcohol is there, you can smell it and you can taste it, but it doesn't hinder. chocolatey, flavorful, dessert-like tastey brew that you don't wanna put down.

overall: this is an excellent chocolate stout that only uses malts to achieve the flavor. good impy stout with good carbonation. this stout seems to vary a bit from year to year. i liked last year's vintage and this year's just as good. if you see this limited bottling where you shop, pick up a ton to have year round.

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Photo of BierManVA
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'05-06 release

Excelent presentation. Not much for the nose however. Quite unaromatic IMO.
Pours very dark with a thick tan head of fine carbonation.

Not as sweet as I expected. Quite the bitter chocolate instead. Not unpleasant at all. Smooth but a little uninspiring. I expected a bit more from this however...
I could see an amazing reduction of this with a little sugar added for an acompaniment to a fine vanilla ice cream or spongecake desert. Limitless really on food pairings and applications.


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Photo of kaimcm
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle of winter 05

a: totally opaque black. really dark, luscious melted chocolate brown head which subsides with little stick.

s: sweet and malty. smells lightly roasted, with hints of smoke and even peet.

t: first hit is the malt and sugar up front, which turns into toasted/roasted malt on the way back, and finishes with a tiny hop profile and grit of bakers chocolate and espresso. really nice progression from sweet, to bittersweet, to dry. a nice finish on the beer which continues to taste and evolve after the swallow. alchohol is nowhere to be found even at 8.5%.

m: mouthfeel is almost great. I wouldnt mind however if it where a little heavier, a little more viscous. as it is nice syrup aspects balanced well with the carbonation.

d: very filling, and the bold flavors dont leave the palate capable of much else, including another one. though since thats all Im looking for, and how I feel a stout like this should be....its all good to me.

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Photo of jaluria
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a viscous, night-black color with a soft and dissipating mocha-colored head that leaves behind plenty of lacing. The surface is racked with large bubbles and the carbonation seems low-medium. I smell loads of mocha, nuts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, smoke, and burnt wood. The taste resembles the aromas and is great with a thick, bready aftertaste. Full-bodied and complex but all the elements seem to come together and compliment one another. Hints of smoke and burnt wood add great depth and balance the sweetness of the beer. Chocolate ice cream with a touch of syrup is how this feels in my mouth; smooth and creamy. Warming alcohol sensation after a few sips with a semi-dry finish. Overall, this beer is sheer perfection; everything I could want in a RIS...just amazing! Great with a chocolate or cream based dessert or by itself in the winter months.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The Black Chocolate Stout offering from Brooklyn Brewery for the 2005-2006 winter continues a great tradition from this New York Micro. The pour of this ebony stout is the picture of color for a black chocolate stout. The head that forms on the glass is a deep brown that starts strong and fades as the beer sits. The smell has a very malty nose with toasted overtones and a distinct alcohol aroma form the multiple mashing. The taste is bold with a roasted flavor up front fading into a chocolate undertone with distinct alcohol warmth. The selection of hops are ideal for this brew as they do not pronounce themselves in the taste or the aftertaste but keep the sweetness of the beer at a superb balance. This beer has a full-bodied texture that is smooth and satiny. This beer is a great drink to relax and unwind with as the days begin to cool and winter sets in. At over 8% ABV, this is definitely not a session beer; but with a beer such as this, it is difficult to refuse a second.

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Photo of Matthew
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as dark as night with a nice inch thick tan head. Roasted Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Slight Mollases, and very sweet alcohol aromas are present. Dark chocolate and black coffee flavors hit my tongue with an warm finish. This is a big tasting beer! I drank my first with a peice of chocolate cake and it really complimented well. Great beer overall. It's a nice treat.

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Photo of AltBock
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle that was vintage winter of '04-'05. Although a year old, this beer ages well.

Appearance: Poured a thick black color that reminded me of motor oil. It was so thick you couldn't see through the beer. The head on it was about an inch thick and tan in color. A small amount of foam lasted the entire duration of drinking pleasure.

Smell: A pleasant aroma of sweet caramel, roasted coffee beans, that was all wrapped around in an roasted dark chocolate background. A nice treat!

Taste: Let's just say that they're telling the truth on the label. The tastes in this were dark roasted malts, roasted coffee beans, sweet caramel, and of course, dark chocolate. After being overwhelmed with these fine flavors, there was a pleasant bitter chocolate aftertaste. Another nice treat!

Mouthfeel: A big, powerful, full bodied beer that didn't bother to hide that 8.5% alcohol content. Although full-bodied, this beer goes down nice and smooth.

Drinkability: An excellent beer at an afforable price. I got a six-pack of vintage Black Chocolate Stout for only $7.99. Due to the thickness of this beer, it's good once in a while, not really an everyday drink. If you see this beer, GET IT! You won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Zorro
4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled through the efforts of Newbie BIF.

Release 2004 – 2005 making this about 1 year old.

Pours an impenetrable black stout with a thick reddish brown head.

Smells of kahlua, smoke, coffee, chocolate and coffee. Chocolate and fruitiness ride the alcohol scent that makes my brain and nose say coffee liqueur.

Taste is a big hit of chocolate and coffee in the very first sip. Nice chest warming sensation from the alcohol level. Brown sugar makes an appearance as does fruit and toffee. Long lasting bitter after taste from the hops and dark malts but I am unable to identify exactly what this is very smoothly mixed. After 4 mouthfuls this smooths out and becomes just pure ambrosia to drink.

Milkshake thick and creamy probably the best mouthfeel I have experienced to date.

Drinkability is pure peace of heaven here. The only fault here is that the smell could be a bit more complex but it is debatable that it is not possible in a brew this strong. I have found a new favorite beer after drinking this. Now I just have to figure out how to get some more in California!

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Photo of fdrich29
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well it's looking like a day of stouts and I just happened to have a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on hand, so I figured what the hell.

Body is pitch black with a thick, creamy tan head. The smell is absolutely amazing with strong waves of chocolate fudge.and coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, malts, bitterness and strong coffee. The mouthfeel is quite smooth.

I found this to be a wonderful beer to sip away at while keeping an eye on the football scores. Highly recommended.

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Photo of silver1audi
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First I'd like to say Hi to everyone.... I'm new here and fairly new to the craft beer scene, BA is great.

About this beer, I really enjoyed it. I picked up a 6 pack at Wegman's for $6.99 and broke into it as soon as I got home. It pours virtually black into a glass. It smells great; It actually smells a lot like dark chocolate. I don't even like dark chocolate and this beer made me want some! It tastes great too with a very strong flavor that is great late at night while relaxing after a long day.

I will definately buy this beer again, it's the type of beer that for me, a 6 pack will last a little while. Very enjoyable, but I would probably only have 1 or 2 of these in one setting. 6.99 wasn't that bad though for a beer like this, considering that Guiness costs over $8 for 6 beers. The only problem I have with it is it doesn't maintain much of a head.

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Photo of beerkeeper
2.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Found a bottle of 02 in my cellar. poured into a glass still maintained a substantial head the nose still has a nice roasty chocolate presence, but one gets a bit of sourness intermingled. in the mouth one still gets a good dose of carbonation, but these beer has passed its peak. the sourness on the nose comes through on the palate and coats the side of the mouth while the chocolate malts slide over the tounge. the aftertaste is much better than the initial flavoring, leaving behind a roasty flavor.
just came back to this beer after 30 odd minutes the noose got stronger but hte palate definitly fell apart. this beer works much better as a two year old

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004/05 version

Pours black as expected with a thin head. Looks tasty. Smell is chocolate/coffee and tons of toasted malt with a slight alcohol overtone. Taste has a strong chocolate edge as expected with a mocha feel to it. Very smooth and creamy on the tongue with a noticable alcohol warming on the way down. Strong brew that lives up to expectations. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Puddleglum
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a nice experience. I was happy I had chosen this even though it was a little early in the year for me to indulge in an imperial stout. The color was black as pitch although the head was not very impressive. It did lace down the side of the glass nicely though. The smell was, as is to be expected, that of chocolate, coffee, sweet brown notes of all varieties as well as burnt and toasted malt. Yum! The taste pulled through with all the flavor the smell let on. The carbonation was a little low but this stout went down easy. Give it a spin if you have the chance.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I Like Stouts ! and I especially want to thank Steelreign for this trade ! !

Small Pfftt when the cap comes off, and it pours BLACK with a thin dark tan head, quickly fading to an island of thin lacing and a ring about the edge of the glass.
I have to look hard in bright light to find the traces of deep amber on the fringe.

No sediment in the bottle, so it is unlikely that this is bottle conditioned.

This is a stout, so I automatically drink it at cellar temperature, which is about 70 deg in early September in Indiana.

Smell is roasty carmel malt; First taste is SMOOTH - roasty sweet carmel malt with a well blended subtle hop bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish.

Throughout the rest of the glass this remains smooth and sweet, chocolate and plum with carmel and molasas. And something that I often find in stouts is a coffee flavor, but I do not get that here.

Nice mouthfeel, just the right amount of viscosity without being syrup (not thin); with warming alcohol on the tongue.

I wish I had a case of this ! Very nice. . .

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Photo of egajdzis
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque color with a large (I underestimated and overflowed the glass) very dark tan head and nice lacing. Sweet, slightly roasty chocolate aroma with a hint of alcohol. Smooth creamy texture with a thick chocolate taste. Leaves a slight twang on the tip of your tongue. Head lasts throughout.

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

Appearance: Murky black with the look of used motor oil as it pours from the bottle. Yikes. No light is coming through this bad boy. The head is a tan chocolate color with excellent retention.

Smell: Chocolate (surprise!), roastiness, candy sugar sweetness, and a mild sandy scent.

Taste: Rich and dry chocolate flavor backed by toasty licks of syrup sweetness. Moderate bitterness in the ending with floral and chocolate aftertaste. Very tasty though not terribly complex. The ending is thin and short and lacking the punch and flavor with which the flavor opens.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, creamy.

Drinkability: This is a good beer with a rich and toasty smooth flavor. It is well balanced without any alcohol flavor that I could taste. Slightly warming. Definatley a dessert beer unless you eat chocolate cake for dinner.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08/11/05- Received bottles in trade from Connecticutpoet and Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2004-05 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Super black pour, chocolate colored dirty brown 1/2 inch head and nice lacing. Pours out like goop.

Smell- Ranks right up there with any double or imperial stout I have had. Huge super dark chocolate and roasted malt nose.

Taste- Damn, this shit is good. Mega roasted malt, nuts and any other malted flavor you can think of. Smooth and I mean smooth dark chocolate flavor. Maybe a touch of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel- Oh so close from being perfect. Just a touch too much carbonation to be as smooth as it could possibly be. Super creamy and goes down with the greatest of ease. Do they have this on cask??

Drinkability- So glad I still have one of these left. Think I will toss it in the cellar and forget about it for a year or two. Can't imagine it getting much better than it already is, but what if it does?

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Photo of jmc44
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2004-2005 Brew
Pours a very dark black. Dark tan head, which dissipates quite quickly for a stout; that was the major disappointment.

Aroma is light; noticable is scent of chocholate and a bit of nuts.

Very strong chocolate taste to start. Aftertaste of roasted nuts.


Overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of Naes
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is black with a large brown head.

Aroma is malty sweet and chocolaty.

Taste is of alcohol and chocolate malt. It’s much stronger in flavor than the aroma implies.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and a bit syrupy.

This beer is one for sipping, it's alright but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Onyx opaque hues as dark as Darth Vader's cloak, topped off with a spumescent khaki desert sand head that is clinging to the tulip, leaving sticky lace painted to the glass.

Initially scents of toffee and toasted malts. Boozy when warmed.

First swigs: Cocoa and dry Bisquick flavors. Esters of awl-kee-hawl and lightly floral. Some baker's chocolate. Dry ephemeral aftertaste. Some lingering boozy notes.

Full bodied, you bet, with lip smackin' stickiness.

Last swigs: Not as chocolately as last years version, but still keeping the rating digits. More of a cocoa stout.

A BROOKLYN Winter 2003 offering as per the label notes, this chocolate stout escaped from a 12 oz. browner to a pitch tar black pour with tan halo lace and scant head, probably due to the respectable ABV.

Cherries and mocha almond scents meet plenty of prescent awl-kee-hawl scents.

Dark stouts-aplenty roasts, esters that become more pronounced with increasing warmth. A bitterness that equates to a slight vegetable Earthiness a la buiscuit and red bell pepper.

Oily, buttery, solid & bisk body. A good drinkability factor due to the eccentric complexity of BROOKLYN'S Stout.

Last swigs: Good chocolate stout. Period.

Beer is good. Happy dark, chocolatey, stouty beering.

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Photo of granger10
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite an experience with my first Brooklyn Brewery beer. Pours intensely dark (motor oil darkness) with a large dark tan head that holds longer than I thought it would. Aroma is of dark chocolate, roasted grains, and a little fruit like whole strawberries. Taste has a really strong deep dark Belgian chocolate flavor. Quite nice. Espresso looms large and so does a roasted nut flavor. Sharp acidic twang toward the finish. Body is lucious and thick. Almost Expedition levels. Alcohol is well hidden but I'm still surprised it doesn't reach the double digits with the warming sensations and thickness of this beer. With about 4 ounces left I brought out the Ben and Jerry's Vanilla Ice Cream and these two matched beautifully. Really a great accompaniment to dessert. Great beer all around.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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