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 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 Erix
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle poured in pint glass.
Appearance: Well, its hard for an Imperial Stout (or American Double Stout?) to look much better than this. Absolutely black, with a dark, slowly developing head. Looks nice and thick.
Smell: Wonderfully dark, sweet chocolate. Hew did they ever get this much chocolate scent in here without using chocolate? Truly fantastic.
Taste: Bitter burnt chocolatey goodness all around! Wow, this is delicious. I've worked my way through about half the case despite my best attempts to pace myself, and it grows on me more with each bottle. Sweeter than you expect, the hops really play around with the roastiness to accentuate, rather than overwhelm, this malty backbone. Finishes with a soft, thick, coating malt sweetness. Well hidden alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost creamy, the bitterness doesnt pucker your mouth and shrivel your tongue like I often anticipate in a beer this color and strength. Great stuff.
Drinkability: Very easy to down this beer. A beverage this great and a budget as small as mine make it a must to never have more than one bottle chilled at any time.

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

Winter ´05-´06 edition. I´ve been cellaring this one for awhile!

A - Pitch black with thick brown head.

Sm - Espresso, liquorish, molasses and dark chocolate.

T - Acrid and burnt start that goes to coffee, dates, figs, dark bread and finally finishes with a long chocolate aftertaste. Alcoholic warmth on the way down.

M - Full body.

D - Awesome. I like ´em both fresh and aged. I enjoyed this one with a dark chocolate Easter egg. Sublime!

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Photo of roopy40
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - This baby pours jet black in color and leaves a frothy white cumulus cloudscape. The bubbles in the head are like tiny beads. I thought of the scrubbing bubbles from the Dow commercial and happy little bubbles dancing around my glass. The lacing is sticky and leaves rings like the circles of the inside of a tree trunk all the way down the glass.

Smell - Count Chocula, java notes and dark roasted malt.

Taste - Smooth chocolate, coffee flavors, a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Shimmering, slippery, delicious chocolate with a warming, sweet finish. Carbonation is just right. Body is bold, but not overly.

Drinkability - One of the best I've ever had. Could possibly use more body and smoothness, but at 10% ABV and for the price, this is an unbeatable RIS.

Overall - I love this beer and purchase it regularly. I don't think there is any issue with the ABV and there being too much alcohol in the taste. I will continue to drink this wonderful chocolate excursion and suggest it to others.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Tizzasty. Whoo! Dark black, brown head, rich, a strong alcohol flavor, powerful as all hell. Really, really thick mouthfeel. One of the most opaque beers you're gonna find out there. A real imperial stout that is not to be messed with. Not a great session beer due to the strong flavor and the high alcohol content, but the upshot is that one beer will get you drunk, so it all turns out okay in the end. The intense alcohol flavor cancels out some of the richness a bit - I prefer some of the richer, more mellow stouts for the most part. And it smells powerfully of alcohol, sugar cane, and other sweet yet really strong things. However this remains a tasty-ass beer. Yessir. I am drunk.

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Photo of Pehlman
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from a friend who brought them here from a trip to Boston.

A: Pitch Black with a thin bronze head and decent bit of lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Roast and a touch of booze. A nice dark chocolate as the name suggests.

T: Very chocolatey with a touch of cherry-like dark fruit. You can tell it's 10% alcohol but that almost is essential to the flavor and not cloying at all.

M: Full-bodied with more carbonation than I expected. Very nice.

D: Gonna be easy to drink. Especially being in such a small bottle. I'm very happy I got a chance to try this beer!

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Photo of jamiesessions
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkness surrounds my glass as the thick black liquid fills it. A tan head that leaves a good looking lacing starts this beer looking off good. The smell of chocolate is present, as is the coffee and roasted malts that one comes to associate with a good RIS. The taste is a very strong alcohol. Normally beers with a high ABV will try to hide the alcohol, but this one is liable to knock you on your butt pretty quickly. The chocolate taste is still there, but the taste is also quite burnt. Oftentimes I will hear people describe stouts as "like drinking an ashtray". This is what they were talking about, and while the burnt taste and the hit of alcohol are a bit of a detriment, the chocolate and espresso still makes for a great tasting brew lurking just beneath the surface. The body is nice and full and the aftertaste is quite good. While I've certainly had better of this style, it is by no means bad, in fact I like it quite a bit, and the good certainly outweighs the bad

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Photo of anakar
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Poured (terribly) out of a bottle it comes out a dark brown, kinda like chocolate with a big brown creamy head

Smell - Coffee, chocolate and yeast. All very strong and rich

Taste - Bitter, chocolaty, again coffee but also a bit of an alcoholic sting (it is a 10%). That sting got this one down from 4.5 to 4 in my book. Great and long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good but nothing more, goes down nicely and has very little carb.

Drink - Be careful, it's 10% and it's very heavy, you might just lose your wits and do something stupid

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Photo of johnso98
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter '12-'13. Not the best chocolate stout I've ever had, or even chocolate beer for that matter. When the chocolate taste does come through, it is enjoyable. But this stout doesn't exactly match up to Guinness Draught.

A - A great black color with a dark brown head.
S - Initially smelled of chocolate, then turned nasty
T - Initially of chocolate once again, then became muddled with all kinds of flavors that I can't really discern, but was not enjoyable. Ultimately finished with some more warm dark chocolate.
M - It's drinkable. The taste is very inconsistent though, which does sort of affect mouthfeel. The alcohol is not noticeable until the finish, but that's normal.
O - Brooklyn makes some other beers that I like a lot, so I had higher expectations for this one. At this price, I probably would not get this again. A 22oz bottle of Rogue's chocolate stout would've been a much better investment even if it meant half as much beer.

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer has great amounts of dark chocolate bitterness coupled with the malty after-palate and higher alcohol levels come together to create an exemplary imperial stout. No need for oak-aging or added flavors, the beer lets the malts speak for themselves.

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Photo of brap
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This chocolate stout retains bitter and earthy flavors. Not as "chocolaty" as some others I've tried recently, which I actually prefer. Spicy, meaty, and smokey. Think mole rather than Mars Bar. Not my favorite offering by Brooklyn Brewery. I absolutely adore Local 2 which is one of my favorite beers but this is certainly interesting and complex.

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Photo of dnolan36
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009/2010 Version

Poured absolutely black into the glass with a small mocha colored head

Smelled of dark chocolate up front followed by some coffee and roasted malt.

The taste is very complex. Very strong malty flavor followed by the taste of chocolate. There is also a faint fruit flavor at the back end that I cannot quite identify. The alcohol taste is very hidden by the other flavors.

A very nice beer. I definitely look forward to having this one again.

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Photo of Nuke77
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very dark beer. No light passes through the glass with this one. Very small head when poured right down the middle of the glass. Aromas of burnt malt and light hops. I tried this cold out of the cooler and let it sit a while and warm up. Taste was very malty with strong accents of burnt grains. I tasted no chocolate flavor whatsoever in this brew. Not a favorite and for my money not in the class of Founders' stouts.

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

Poured a deep, opaque black body with hints of brown. Head was a dark leather that left a substantial amount of lacing.
Upfront aromas were of sweet chocolate that left with dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Was there some green bell peppers that I smell, too?

Taste very well complimented the nose, while sweetness was in the aroma, the taste was more of bitter/dark chocolate. This is the first time I've really noticed these two (aroma and taste) complimenting each other with such great synergy, and I think it sets a mark of where a beer should stand in these two categories. I was constantly smelling before the taste and smelling after the taste because it was so pleasant (I do this most of this time, but I was purposeful in doing it for this beer). The taste wasn't complex, but it was still very good.
I really thought this is a great beer to have 2 or 3 in one night.

Definitely not a session beer, but it's drinkability was very high and the mouthfeel was just right. Hopefully I will be able to pick some more up next winter.

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

winter 2003-2004 bottling

the beer looks great in a snifter, all deep black body and subdued caramel head.

the nose is stellar, full of roasted coffee, cocoa, and dark spicy notes.

there is a good bit of rough carbonation in the mouthfeel, which seems appropriate enough. i could have used a little more thickness in the body, but not too much.

deeply roasted espresso starts the flavors, followed by dark chocolate, black coffee, peppery alcohol, burnt raisins, and slight notes of hot tarmac. unfortunately, with the last three sips the roast became so harsh that it began to taste like rusted metal. that same metallic tinge makes me reticent to suggest that the beer is very drinkable.
edit: i tried another bottle after a few days and the metal flavor was nowhere to be found. so, i tried a third ; ) and no metal. i've gone back and changed the numbers, and i recant my attack on the beer's drinkability. a truly decadent beer that shouldn't be missed. just hope you don't get an off bottle.



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Photo of DaveGood
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a deep dark black with a nice head. The head slowly diminished, leaving a nice lacing that remained for the duration. The aroma was filled with roasted malts and chocolate. The taste was true to the aroma as it was also a nice combination of dark roasted malts and a dark chocolate. The drawback here is that the chocolate taste is overwhelming and it takes away from any of the other flavors that are hidden in there. The mouthfeel was relatively thick and heavy but the drinkability was good. Overall, this would make an excellent desert beer but I couldn't see drinking a couple of these over the course of an evening.

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

This is my first review of this style of beer. 05/06, received as part of Birthday BIF (1), thanks to froggyfrog.

Poured at cellar temperature into my Sweetwater pint glass.

A - Black, pitch black. Like used motor oil. Like octopus ink. Like the absence of light. Really dark. Am I getting through to you?
Very little head. What little there was was a caramel brown.

S - Wow! No mystery with this one. C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E. The only other aroma I caught at first was a whiff of bourbon. As the glass lowers, a dark plum/cherry/molasses melange arises.

T - See the caps above. Also a strong coffee presence. The alcohol is there as well, to me more in the stomach than in the mouth or nose.

M - Smooth and creamy, we like smooth and creamy. Just enough bitterness to make you want to get more liquid on your tongue.

D - As a novice to this style, I'm not certain what makes a stout drinkable. As a lover of this particular beer however, there is no mystery whatsover.

An excellent beer. It's the coldest night of the year so far here in Northern Illinois. I have a nice fire going, it was my day off, and this is one fine way to spend the evening. I am looking forward to a Winter filled with beers of this style. I only hope I can match the impression this one has made on me.

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Photo of davidfoley
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Limited Bottling - Winter 09/10

Appearance - Burnt Caramel, Ruby, Amber, colour. Good smoke from bottle. Little head retention. Light carbonation.

Smell - Oranges, Coffee, Sweet Malt, Whiskey, Kinder chocolate

Taste - Well balanced, tangy with dark rich coffee and chocolate flavors. Hints of rhubarb, banana, blackberry and raisin. Smooth, mild bitterness with some tangy malt in the after taste. Quite sweet and fruity with burnt overtones. Moderate alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Rich and creamy with crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - Good beer, love the coffee and chocolate over tones. Moderate weight, maybe 4 pints would be the limit. Really like it, would have more of this

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

Reviewed from notes of 3.12.11

Received this bottle from my friend Kaman in a 6 pack grab. 2010-11 Batch.

A = Velvet black color with visions of deep red. Strong 2 finger head. Liquor like lace. Good carbonation.

S = Chocolate, anise, and malted milk balls.

T = Roased malt, red velvet cake (minus the frosting) and malted chocolate milk balls.

M = Creamy on the front and back end. Strong black licorice, dry finish.

O = I am a big fan of chocolate stouts and this one rates up there. Very drinkable. I would proudly serve this to my best friends. This is the kind of craft beer that Brooklyn Brewery does well compared to some of their other concoctions.

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Photo of kenstogie
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

i love this beer and seek it out every year. its thick and oh so rich. of course it's chocolisious. it even has a great after taste that lingers for a while.....not to mention one helluva bite. if you don't like this beer you don't like this style of's a Padron anniversary 26 maduro of 'beers'

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Photo of dmbfrat420beers
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation - 12 oz bottle with "Limited Bottling - Winter '04-'05" label on it. I am drinking it in the March of '05.

Appearence - Poars very dark. Small, but tight, tawny head that dissipates fairly fast but leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - light fusel alcohol aroma. faintly fruity odor that reminds me of currants or perhaps a brandy/port type beverage.

Taste - up front, is much like dark chocolate in its bitterness and slight fruity tartness, reminding me of rasberry, though I doubt they actually used rasberry in this brew. also some spicy alcohol notes. interesting in that it remains quite tart in the mouth but some hoppy bitterness clings to the lips. changes character quite a bit towards the end, revealing a lot of roasted malts and sweet notes. overall, quite complex and a nice warming feeling down the throat. nonetheless, this is not the best I have had, though that may owe to personal taste rather than anything inherent in the quality of the beer.

Mouthfeel - fairly mild carbonation. otherwise, nothing particularly special, although it certainly feels lighter bodied than its appearance would have suggested.

Drinkability - the tartness and the alcohol in this beer really catch up to you fast. Had this previously as part of a drinking "session" and did not appreciate it as much...nor did my stomach. i suggest it be drank in the same 'limited' way that it is bottled.

Final Notes - There is no reason not to try this beer and I very much enjoyed it. However, other imperial stouts are better, however, in particular I would recommend Weyerbacher's Heresy.

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Photo of fromage
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely interesting for a 2x stout. Hardly got any fruit out of it, but no alcohol, so definitely drinkable.

Dark black with a moderate tan head that was soon nowhere to be seen--the usual.

Smell and taste were basically the same for me on this one: smoke, molasses, chocolate, expresso. Some slight strawberries on tasting. No hops that I could detect... Bitterness mostly from burnt and roasted malt. Aftertaste was slightly astringent and unpleasant at times.

Very full and satisfyingly chewy mouthfeel. Great drinkability for such a beer.

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Photo of smurphy77
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful beer. Sampled this beer at Tria and from the moment the server began the pour (from a good distance away) I could smell the complexity. Actually caught a whiff of bananas which didn't resurface again...

Foamy cappucino colored head when poured that dissipated relatively quickly. What was left was a very dark brown beer, almost but not quite black. First of all, I have to say that this beer is a mouthfull. The body is wonderfully thick without being the least bit syrupy. Strong accents of chocolate and coffee augment the rich roasted malt flavors. The high alcohol wasn't obvious to me. Fairly bitter aftertaste. Very nice interpretation of the style.

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

Winter 06-07 Bottle to Tulip Glass (no freshness date)

Chocolatey Alcohol Scent. Tan head with great retention/lacing. Taste and mouthfeel are remarkable. Love the sweet alcohol taste with a hint of bitterness. A more drinkable version of the World Wide Stout.

4.5's across the board.

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

Decided to try it, poured a 12 OZ into a pint glass...gorgeous, sipping it as I write the review.

A: Very dark with a mocha colored head, 1 inch that quickly gave way to a tiny head.

S: Heavy roasted coffee followed with a heavy alcohol presence, didn't notice too much chocolate. Heavy malt, no hops what so ever.

T: Like a mix of Baker's chocolate, dark chocolate, with a coffee aftertaste. In that aftertaste there is the alcohol, which I think with this brew is like 10%, pretty heavy. Definitely a "dessert" beer. The alcohol is heavy but not in the same sense that it is in say, an Imperial Stout...

M: Extremely rich, like eating a cheesecake with fudge. Reminds me of a dessert mixed drink, heavy in alcohol and heavy in chocolate.

D: I think I will have these one at a time. Way to much alcohol to have "a few." Enjoy this brew after a meal, and be careful this beer will sneek up on you. An alcoholic dessert...

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