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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Reviews: 2,807 | Ratings: 6,665
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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Photo of Ricochet
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I pour a beer, and I smell a wine like smell, it's going to be something special. Few beers I've tried have smelled that way, and when they do, man, they rate high.

This poured perfectly black with a slight head that left a bit around the glass. It's black. No light came through. Outstanding. Smelling this was wonderful, with winey notes, dark malt, and chocolate. Damn. Then, for mouthfeel, I had a hard time rating this beer because I kept swallowing. All I can say is, wow. It will make you drink rather than swish.

Taste: What can I say. I'm wowed by this. There are so many different flavors, perfectly balanced, this is outstanding. Dark roasted malt, deep chocolate flavor and winey alcoholic notes.

The bonus, the first stout I'll give a 5 for drinkability. This would be a beer I could enjoy with food, with good friends, over a good video , anything. Highly reccommended when it's available. It doesn't suffer from the "bottled stout" syndrome. The flavors are fresh tasting as any. I want to sample other Brooklyn beers now. Bravo.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice, thick black with a small head that shrank to a ring and stayed that way. There's only a few dots of lace.

The smell is very good, with chocolate highlighting the dark malt base. The taste is chocolate up front, then malt takes over, while chocolate and hops take over the finish. The mouthfeel is strong and appealing while the drinkability is good for the strong content.

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Photo of malty
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter '04-'05 vintage.

Poured black with a khaki head that descended to 1/8".

Scent of sweet black licorice, vanilla & molasses. And, oh yes, chocolate. Alcohol is apparent also.

Flavors are sweet and robust. Bitter dark chocolate with soft coffee notes. Pointed notes of charred toffee bathed in powdered sugar. Very liqueur-like.

Mouthfeel is very soft with perfect fine carbonation. Medium bodied, which made this a fine partner to a warm summer night. Nice dry finish to counterweigh its inherent sweetness.

Drinkability is very good. Not a stout to knock you off your feet. Very refined and articulate.

Overall a great version of a style that sometimes tends to be a bit heavy-handed. I drank this at cellar temp. which seemed to me very fitting for this ale. Would gladly incorporate this into my winter repretoire. Great stout from a great brewery.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black color-Theres no way any light is getting thru this sucker. Small head and a slight trace of lacing. Low aroma-slight licorice and roasted malt comes thu for the most part. Big roasted malt flavor. Nice grainy and burnt flavor. Hints of anise,licorice and treacle. Very slight trace of sweetness. Nice body-very full and quite bold. A freakin killer beer. One of the best going. Whether its your first or last of the day-impressive all over!

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

Pours like some kind of motor oil. Really dark and viscous. Thick mouthfeel, definitely a plus. Dark chocolate and espresso notes combine to make a really tasty beer. An extremely drinkable beer for the amount of alcohol, but 8.5% probably makes this a nightcap kind of a beer for me. Gave a couple of these away but the rest of the six pack isn't going to last very long.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Release 2003 – 2004

Appearance: Deep mahogony in color, no light passes through, with a medium dark tan head, which retains well, and excellent, thick creamy lacing.

Aroma: Profound, rich aroma of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate, lesser notes of dark fruit, very pleasing and potent.

Taste: Rich and deep bitter chocolate taste from start to finish, this lingers on and on and on, very pleasntly, though. Late in the taste, there is a warming alcohol note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, syrupy, and very full, little carbonation noted.

Drinkability/notes: A superb beer, probably best enjoyed in cold weather, although there is precious little of that or beers like this in Central Texas.

Thanks to HardTarget for this most excellent treat.

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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 JackTheRipper
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter 03/04
A: Black, really black, laughing at light black. Head was initially 3/4", dark tan color. Not so good now, seemed to fade away too quickly.
S: Dark malts, rich chocolate aroma, some coffee smells but not much. This smells like they used more hops than the other stouts I've been drinking the last two days.
T: Bitter dark chocolate taste. Again, more aggressive hops than I expected (yum). Burnt coffee taste. If there's malts here to be tasted, they are escaping me. Aftertaste lingers and lingers.
M: Full bodied without being too heavy. Strong alcohol feel. Real strong.
D&N: No doubt about it, this is a big beer. A bit stronger (alcohol wise) than I'd expect, so no drinking a few of these, one is quite enough, but I'm really enjoying it.

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Photo of Litterbean
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy crap, this beer is black. The tan head is towering and the lace is thick and persistent.

Roasted malt aroma, coupled with hints of coffee and a heaping load of chocolate. Very faint hop smell at the end.

Warming sweet malts, with a slightly bitter coffee flavor and a lot of chocolate again. Cappucino and earthy flavors permeate. A bit chewy at the end.

Smooth as hell. Thick and creamy, this one eats other stouts. Very drinkable even at the high alcohol, it's hidden so well. Delicious to say the very least.

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Photo of maybrick
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was sampled from the 1999 - 2000 12 ounce bottle. Wow, what can you say save for "damn this is the real deal." This is one of my favorite beer styles. It pours balc, black, balck, so black in fact there was no light being able to penetrate the liquid.

The aroma was of chocolate, malts, and just a touch of smoke and hop.

The taste is incredible. It is very powerful and I assume as this was cellared well for five years it has blended and mellowed. This is a wonderful beer and if you can find it - buy it.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, this one. The head sticks around for a while and has a muddy light brown color. Eventually it unevenly diminishes into little mud-pot bubble-rings across an even layer that just covers the top of the liquid. Lots of heavy lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is strongly roasted, toasted grains, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and (my wife thinks) a little hint of soy sauce. Very rich and complex.

Right at the beginning a quick hit of alcohol esters immediately precedes a complex mix of chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, and smoke. Very rich and complicated. Slowly the variety of flavors wanes into a lingering smoky hop bitterness.

Big, chewy mouthfeel. Smooth tempered by tinge of carbonation. Smooth, but not nearly as much as your typical English Stout.

Overall an amazing stout. Highly complex and truly world-class.

My only sidenote would be that this is a one-pint beer for me. It's so good you want to drink it slowly and savor it. I'll stick to other beers for multiples.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presented as 12 oz bottle, limited bottling winter 04-05.
poured a black color with tannish head. The smell is roasty with distinct chocolate overtones. (Dove dark chocolate??). taste is as of a stout with chocolate ine the back of the mouth, leavinfg an enjoyable mouthfeel. 8.5% tells me one is enough. A truly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a super big fan of this super dark beer. It pours out like liquid night. It has a good character to it, and the I love opening one of these bottles and just smelling the sweet air inside. Wonderful.

As I said, it's quite quite dark, and stains anything it touches!! Be careful! Anyway, the head is a very dark brown color and dissipates quickly.

The smell is just wonderful, there's a reason they call it Black Chocolate. You can just smell the aroma of chocolate and malt in this great beer.

I'm not as thrilled with the 2003-2004 batch, but I am more more obliged to recomend the 2004-2005. I can't wait to let this baby age some. The 04-05 has a great smooth flavor and leaves a wonderful chocolate aftertaste. I have found that even people that aren't big beer drinkers love this beer. There is a definate coffee flavor burried under all that chocolate.

I find that warming this beer to room temp allows for the full bouqet of flavor and smells to be pulled from it.
Great sipping beer. Wouldn't suggest having more than two of them, just for the fact that they're pretty strong.

One of my favorites.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the '04-'05 version.
Gorgeous! Thick and black as crude oil, with a beautiful brown head that dissipated, but left decent lace on the glass.
The aroma is thick with soy sauce, burnt sugars and bitter chocolate...complex and inviting. There is a slight alcohol presence.
The flavour is as dark as the beer itself...darkly roasted coffees, chocolate, burnt sugars and charcoal. There is also a nice touch of hop bitterness. The alcohol makes itself known here, too, but again, it keeps a low profile and doesn't detract from the overall flavour.
This is an amazingly viscous brew, sticking thickly throughout my mouth, but has just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy. As I make my way through the glass, the alcohol feels more prevalent, leaving me with a bit of a boozy mouthfeel.
Overall, this is a phenomenal beer, and I'd recommend it without reservation. Perhaps not more than one, however. Just getting through one has left me's like a good meal.

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

Was really in the mood for a piece of chocolate, but I figured this may appease my craving...make that cravings...I also wanted a beer.
Winter 04-05 offering...
Pours a dark brown, bordering on black w/ a full finger and a half of heavy, cocoa-colored head...lacing is real thick, sticks to the side of my tulip and goes nowhere.
I am mostly smelling a very rich, dark chocolate with just a slightly sweet aroma...most likely due to the lacing under my nose.
The taste is fantastic! Nothing overpowering...just a well balance double stout. Sweet cocoa and carmelized malt w/ hint of coffee and touch of hops.
Mouthfeel is pretty darn thick, reminding me of World Wide w/out the burn (a good burn mind you).
Carbonation is nice, not flat and not overly dry in its finish. The alcohol is well hidden in this one.
Drinkability is decent for its style...I could put back a couple of these w/ little effort.
Only my second brew from Brooklyn...glad to see my selection getting better.

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