Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
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2,802
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6,652
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Drunkmonk for this!
Poured very thick, dark black with a brown creamy head that impressed me. Nose and taste of rich roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. It had a great malt ptofile and the strong ABV was well hidden. Excellent brew.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Limited Bottling - Winter 07-08", 10.6%abv., served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: a force pour results in a 5cm thick creamy brown head sitting on top of a jet black body and semi-lively streams of fine bubbles.
S: sweeter than your (or my) usual RIS, the aroma is packed with sweet treacle, chocolates, with a touch of vanilla; equally pronounced is the input of American flowery hops that lifts up the body skilfully. As the froth retreats and given a good swirl, there're hints of sweet nuts and black prune jam, but not quite assertive to be able to challenge the thick malty and lively hoppy theme.
T: oily smooth, almost lubricating comes the foretaste, full of bitter-sweet chocolaty+treacle-ish malts to start off with, yet it's quickly surrounded by milk-cocoa-like sweet nuttiness that lingers pleasantly in the long but un-imposing aftertaste, while dry-ish roastiness, delicate black-prune jammy fruits and a faintly burned nutty edge are closely behind. The medium level of hop bitterness catches up in good time, along with the tarred malts, render an aromatic yet also slightly spicy/peppery finish.
M&D: more smooth and elegant than the 08-09 vintage tasted six months ago, this slightly more mature bottle shows a very good depth and marvellous drinkability. The lingering bitterness keeps my tongue really "busy" way after each sip is done - the depth of bitterness and aroma truly is remarkable. Not a very bold example for an American RIS, but a somewhat balanced and likable one.

* Tasting Date: 18/02/09
"Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09", at 10%abv., served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.
4 A: nearly black with a little brown hues when seen against light, coming with rather light carbonation and a well-lasting thin layer of tan froth.
4 S: thickly malty with lots of oily dark malts (with the roasted nutty edge), melted black sugar, a rich chocolate aroma, a light hint of winey sourness, and also plentiful hoppy scent of American flowery hops, while a layer of alc. seems to hover in the air... If the alc. edge could be milder, the aroma would've been more enticing and complex.
4.5 T: the initial sip shows rather fine and oily texture with very restrained level of carbonation, featuring semi-sweet jammy dark-fruits, bitter dark chocolates, and assertive malt syrup that show up pretty quiet and elegant on the palate, but then in no time a wave of deepening bitter hoppiness, burned walnuts, Chinese smoked black prunes with a faint touch of licorice-flavoured bitter chocolates expands freely, rendering a harmonious aftertaste where one can sense the balance reached b/w nuttiness, dried Chinese root herbs, bitterness from hops and roast malts, a dry-ish palate and a kick from sour grapey-fruits. Of course, the bitter elements would outlast the others, but only just...
4 M&4.5 D: medium-bodied, oily on the texture, richly flavoured but never too alcoholic to jeopardise the harmonious palate. All in all, I find this vintage more interesting and complex than my previous encounter, but this bottle is served less cool and also consumed well after the ale was poured (40 minutes) - maybe "decanting" actually helps to bring out the best?! Marvellous beer!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date, but was just released.

(A)- Pours pitch black and produced a decent brown head that quickly dissipated down to bubbles. Left behind some bits of lacing here and there.

(S)- Lots of roasted chocolate with a coffee twist. Some raisin in the background.

(T)- Tons of rich & layered cocoa and dark chocolate that oozes molasses & raisin bread.

(M)- Rather smooth for the style. Where is the 10.6%abv? Great balance and carbonation level. This explodes with flavor in the mouth and slides down the throat easily.

(D)- A great stout that has a fitting name. Great chocolate flavors all over the place. People say that this ages well. . . it might, but tastes great right now! Deceptively drinkable, but I will feel it later. Let this warm up a bit, it only gets better.

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

A: Black; no light coming through. Poured 2 finger chocolate head with excellent retention. Laced in globby fingers of lace.

S: Big roasted malts, burnt bitter coffee, chocolate. Finishes with dark fruit and alcohol.

T: Consistent with smell; roasted nad chocolate malts most dominant. Earthy bitter hop brought balance to the big malts. Finish was dry and full of warming alcohol.

M: Full body. Litte carbonation. Smooth, rich, creamy and soothing.

D: Let this one warm a bit and sip it slowly by the mouthfull; you'll be pleased.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a black dense opaque body with a dark chocolate creamy thin head. It last for a good bit but then fades to a ring around the edge.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt has some chocolate and dark coffee notes. The finish is a nice black roasted grain aroma with some soft earthy qualities.

T-This beer has a rich dark malt flavor with some nice dry bitter notes and a creamy dark chocolate flavor aswell. The finish has a nice smooth hop bitterness that goes well in supporting the malt. There are some very faint notes of dark fruit like prunes or dates but without the sugary sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with some creamy texture and a bit of fizz in the finish. No alcohol warmth noticed.

D- This beer is a nice stout with good complexity. It had nice depth in the malt and it was nice to taste some bitter hops to support the malt. Some imperial stouts tend to get thin or watery but this is big and hefty.

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Photo of beertunes
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer and was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it. Thanks to OKComputer for popping open a bottle to rectify that situation. Poured into snifter and served alongside a homemade Old Rasputin brownie.

Poured black, with just a thin cap of brown head that had good retention and light lacing. The aroma is a wonderful blend of chocolate and malt. Only the slightly overpowering alcohol scent detracted from the olfactory joy.

On the tongue, the story was the same. Big, solid base malts supporting just enough chocolate to satisfy this choco-holic. The body is appropriately full and smooth, but again the alcohol presence took a bit of the happy away. Drinkability is dangerously excellent. I have drank 2 22oz bottles in a sitting before (and I rarely have more than a pint of any 1 brew at a time) and will happily drink this beer most any time. Overall, a true classic of a beer. A must try if you haven't.

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

Pours out very black with a small mocha head. Lots of legs in the glass. Lots of roasty aromas straight off the pour. In the glass, there's rich chocolate. The taste is a delightful balance of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, although as it warms a touch of sourness starts to present itself. Full mouthfeel, but highly drinkable thanks to a moderate carbonation level.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle, from the Winter 06-07 version, clocking in at five years of age. In a mini Duvel tulip.

A: Bold and black with an off-white head. Opaque the body, wispy the head.

S: Plenty of rich chocolate in the nose, roasted malts have lost a little.

T: Chocolate is still here, but it has taken a bit of a beating. The roasted malts have done even worse, dropping off substantially. The warmer the ale gets, the more chocolate and booziness come through. They end up being a strong force with enough vinousness still remaining. What's left of the roasted malts turns acrid late in each sip. Good but not what it once was. I'm thinking 3-4 years may have been perfect.

M: Syrupy chocolate and boozy complexity, the stout still beats many on the market.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, oily appearance with minimal head in the range of 1/5", beige. Aroma was chocolate, sticky, and some bourbon barrel.

Taste hit up lots of chocolate impressions coming from the malt moreso than an adjunct usage. Finished chalky and dry.

A good beer, but there are plenty of other options for spending $20 for a barrel aged stout, but its nice that this one usually sits on shelves.

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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 barczar
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-13 vintage.

Aggressive pour yields an opaque black with garnet highlights and a dense 2" cappuccino head that dissipates very slowly, leaving sticky lacing.

Dark fruits...bruised cherry, plum, and raisin begin the aroma, with alcohol, chocolate, roast malt, chocolate, and toasted nuts adding to the profile. Coffee notes emerge.

Chocolate erupts on the palate, accompanied by dark fruits at the base, and ending slightly roasty and a touch dry. Dark cherry, dates, and figs are fairly pronounced, with light notes of coffee balancing.

Body is thick, almost syrupy, with low carbonation. There's significant alcohol warmth.

Much more dark fruit than I recall. Good, complex flavor profile. A touch hot, but will age well.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a black (duh) motor oil color with some bubbles sticking to the glass's edge but no head really. Good lacing, although short-lived.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate but not sweet-smelling at all...until you get to the alcohol which is present but not noticeable right away

T- Burnt toast, coffee again, chocolate naturally. Not especially strong though, given this beer's 10% ABV. Yeah, real smooth with a roasty aftertaste that I enjoy even though I don't usually prefer stouts. There is a slight bitterness from the hops but it takes a back seat to the dominant maltiness of the brew. So easy-drinking for such a high ABV but it's not very boozy at all. Quite remarkable.

M- Thick and viscous. Leaves that gooey saliva build in your mouth that's hard to get rid of. This could be a good or bad thing depending on where you're coming from. Low-medium carbonation makes sense in a beer as heavy as this.

O- Brooklyn's hit or miss but it seems like their high alcohol percentage beers are usually the ones that do it for me.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jet Black ! As black as black can be with a dark brown chocolate head that persists with decent lace. Fruity strong aroma with lots of different characteristics: Roasty, chocolately, alcohol. Burnt malt character with big chocolate/cocoa flavor. Very chocolately considering there is none added. Rich and roasty with a bittersweet chocolate finish. Very full bodied with noticeable alcohol presence.

Note: I did a linear tasting of 4 years (98-99, 99-00, 00-01, and 01-02). I found that the beer is best between 2-3 years old and the alcohol presence mellows as it gets older.

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

A-Deep, rich, black. One finger dark tan bubbly head.

S-Very roasty. Thick dark chocolate smell. Smells like a hunk of dark chocolate. Dark fruit scents as well. The 10% alcohol is hidden in the nose.

D-Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans. A bit bitter. Molasses. A deep taste. A hint of vanilla. Good tasting stout.

M- Not the best feel i've gotten from a stout but still pretty good. Slick, slippery and somewhat viscous.

D-Very drinkable. Shocked to see that this is a 10% beer.

My favorite Brooklyn beer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the BBCS pours a dark brown/black color with a small (about a finger high) tan head. Lacing is good. It smells like chocolate, dark fruit (raisins and plums) and roasted malt. It tastes like chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a bit of alcohol. It starts off sweet and then has a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and a bit syrupy. Drinkability is very good, it's nice and smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a very, very good beer. I'd definitely recommend it to others, it's a very nice brew.

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is cocoa, chocolate with faint espresso but not a lot of roast. Pours very dark brown to black under a vigorous, finely bubbled, persistent, lacy light tan cap. The palate has chocolate flavors from the malts blending with the added chocolate flavors over a variety of grain flavors and hints of caramel. It finishes with lingering bittersweet chocolate flavors. Very well balanced. The texture is very creamy, close to a nitro beer and is very full bodied to chewy. The carbonation is very fine and soft.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency. There was about an inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, malt and also a yeasty quality.

T: Well balanced flavor. Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, barley and maybe mild hops. Very tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a very drinkable. beer. It's well made and goes down easy.

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Photo of tigg924
2.79/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, black, with a light cocoa looking head

Smell: burnt malt, sugar, and dark chocolate

Taste: chocolate syrup, burnt malt, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet, dry, full bodied, chalky

Drinkability: One is enough for me, especially with the high ABV. To me this drinks way more like a Baltic Porter than a RIS. It is very sweet, but not in a good way and the alcohol is too pronounced.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received in trade with kmpitz2, thanks for the opportunity. 04-05 bottling.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed an partial skim of bubbles over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Bubbles seem to just swirl around, not really any growth or diminishing of head, with light lacing that falls very slowly. Aroma is tanninish creamy black malts, with some hops character as well. Taste is a duel of dark sweetness and bitterness, with the bitterness losing until the hops come on and even up the score. Vinous fruitiness pops up throughout, and alcohol warming quickly takes effect. Mouthfeel is so easy it seems almost thin, and drinkability is very high once you get a little bit of the warmth going on. A little age doesn't hurt this one.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This years batch

A - Pours a pitch black viscous color with an inch of tan/mocha head

S - Smells kind of muted but get smells of licorice, chocolate malts, and coffee

T - The alcohol really mutes most of the flavor but the roasted coffee and chocolate along with the burn undertone really cover the ABV well. It was overall creamy and smooth.

M - Heavy to medium. Better with age but a sipper.

D - Well I did get a case of this last year and it was a chore to finish. Now I just pick up a few bottles every now and again. This beer drinks great especially after a light porter or stout. Cheers!

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Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 12 ounce bottle at Ancona`s in Ridgefield.

Appearance is black with a brown head, soon leaving a ring of bubbles on the top.

The smell has roasted malts and then some bittersweet chocolate. Also some coffee is present in its smell.

BBCS has a taste that includes more chocolate with a bit of vanilla, it really is very decadent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfect for a RIS. Its` drinkability is great, especially considering the abv. This is a perfect beer to pair with a rich dessert and conclude your evening.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, deep dark black with a suprising 1 finger, light brown head. Minimal retention and lacing. Scent is of dark roasted cocoa, slightly sweet, burnt and smokey. Taste is a rich semi-sweet cocoa, slightly burnt and smokey with a mellowed out dark fruit background. The high ABVs peek through in the end. Silky and creamy with a touch of excess carbonation. Very good beer, slightly too burnt in charachter.

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

A - One finger tan head. Totally black. Can't see anything. Head is very calm, looks like it's stickin around.

S - Tons of chocolate, rich roastiness and coffee. Typical RIS. Really nice.

T - Mild booziness. Roastiness is less present. Coffee is pretty strong. Chocolate is strong and tasty. Good to see no actual chocolate added, just alot of great malts.

M - Medium carbonation, really smooth and rich. Silky smooth.

D - Hard to say whether I could have a few of these. I'm burping chocolate. It is delicious but not sessionable obviously. I would never turn one down and I would definately seek it out.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Not my first time drinking this beer, just my first time reviewing it.

Nice ring of dark tan foam rests on top of an almost black liquid. Brownies, brownies, brownies in my notstrils. Semi-sweet milk chocolate i believe with a soothing and inviting alcoholic warmth. Dry brownies, semi-sweet chocolate chips in watery cream. Evening blend coffee on the finish and also showcases the alcohol very well. Great nightcap, sipping beer. Just a lovely RIS. This beer deserves all of its accolades.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle Winter 06-07

Appearance: Extremely opaque black. Beautiful creamy tan (almost brown) head that leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Heavy fruity alcohol and dark chocolate. Medium roasted espresso.

Taste: Big, thick beer. Dark roasted chocolate, almost syrupy at times, is front and center. Booze soaked cherries throughout. Huge lingering notes of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Amazing. Smooth and lush. Coats your mouth and glides off the tongue.

Drinkability: Suffers a bit with the high abv (10.6%) but very smooth and tasty.

Overall: An extremely delicious stout. I have had this many times over the years and have finally decided to get into the reviewing game. I think this year's version is a little heavier on the alcohol fruitiness then the roasted malts of years past. Still very tasty, a sipper, for sure.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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