Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.15/5
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6,778 Ratings
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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:
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, ordered a stout to be sent to her from England. This beer was brewed strong and hoppy to survive the sea voyage, and it arrived in perfect condition. Soon "Russian Imperial Stout" became the toast of the Russian aristocracy. Brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and three distinct mashes. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces.

Given this beer’s higher ABV and sturdy character, we think it’s a prime candidate for cellaring. Find a cool, dry spot away from light sources, and see how it changes in the years to come. You never quite know what will happen when you age a beer: perhaps the body will smooth out, notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins will come to the front, or hints of leather and soy sauce will make themselves known. No matter what, remember that beer is meant for drinking, so don’t keep it to yourself for too long.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,553
Reviews:
2,838
Ratings:
6,778
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
458
Gots:
1,505
Trade:
48
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Ratings: 6,778 |  Reviews: 2,838
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid offering, this pours black with a thin, but persistent and clingy top of brown head. Aroma is not overwhelmingly chocolate, but it's there among vanilla, roast, and slight booze. Flavor follows the nose well, and that's a good thing. Nice notes of dark cocoa, some sweetness in the middle, and a somewhat dry, slightly bitter finish. Will definitely have this again.

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Photo of davidwhatshisnam
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poored into a Kenzinger standard pint at the Bottle Shop in South Philly from a 12oz... Directly after work.

A: pitch black with little to no tan head. 3

S: not strong. Dark malts and a dark chocolate aroma. 3.5

T: Dark chocolate and booze. Not too bad, but also fairly one dimensional. 3.75

M: heavy. Thick. Just enough carbonation. Great. 4.25

It does what it does very well, but it surprisingly did not do much more. This was a 13-14, served cold. 3.75

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Photo of waltonc
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is an afternoon delight. Dark sludgy appearance with tan fizz. Smells, as expected, like a lot of chocolate and serious roasted malt. The taste is similar, but not excessive chocolate. Any time I have a beer with "coffee" or "chocolate" or "creme brulee" in the title, I always worry that the flavors are going to go overboard. Thankfully that is not the case with this one. Very good overall, but not great.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a very creamy tan head. Dissipated pretty quickly and left almost nothing on top.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. the 10%ABV is apparent.

A very smooth drink. The chocolate and alcohol dominate that taste without being overbearing. It finishes nicely without a real bitter chocolate taste you get from some chocolate stouts.

For being 10% and the alcohol being a major part of the aroma this drank fairly quickly and easily.
Straight up solid chocolate stout.

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Photo of BWED
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Brooklyn snifter

A- Black with a half finger brown head. Retains well with a wall of lacing.

S- Mocha, slight mellow booze ( which intensifies with temp rise) but very well concealed.

T- Strong coffee, bitter, a hint of chocolate. The chocolate presence is there.

M- Thick and velvety. A tingle of light carbonation and a little alcohol warmth. Finishes slightly dry/bitter for a good balance.

O- The first thing I thought of, was that this was no where near the chocolate stouts I have had in the past. But then I read and realized that this chocolate stout (unlike others) doesn't actually use chocolate in it's recipe. Then I was struck by how well selected the blend of malts is, in imitating the chocolate flavor. Props to Brooklyn.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice stout that offers a lot. The appearance is a dark black with a coffee colored head. The smell is very sweet with lots of chocolate notes. The smell though is a bit more subtle with malt and more mellow flavors, before a semi sweet chocolate finishes off the taste. The mouthfeel is very nice, coating your cheeks. Overall very good.

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Photo of ubenumber2
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Kinsman
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh '10-'11 bottle

Black Chocolate Stout, one of my favorite annual releases, however I'm regretting not setting aside one of last years bottles.

Appearance is pitch black with a no chance of any light permeating through. A moderate coffee colored head makes makes an all too brief showing but leaves behind a healthy looking lace.

Aroma is chock full of chocolate coffee goodness, like a good mocha. A slightly fusely alcoholic presence suggests that this one packs a punch.

Flavor is up front with a robust roasted barley flavor and chocolate malts. Taste is a bit hot with the alcohol, but this should settle down with time.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Overally this is a great imperial stout, with an attractive price point compared to many others on the market.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Tylertut
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

'01-'02: This is the first time I've tried it so I can't compare to previous years. Initial taste is alcoholic, although other flavors quickly surround it upon subsequent sips. Great mouthfeel, heavy but not sluggish; sticky, but not cloying. Head did not last as long as I would have liked. Overall satisfying, though, and I would very much like to shelf it and taste it again down the road.

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

This pours black with a nice two finger tan head that dissipates into an island and a ring with no lacing. On the nose there is dark chocolate and espresso, pretty standard, but lurking under are some figs or other dark fruit that kind of set this apart within the genre for me. In the mouth the chocolate asserts itself most with the dark fruit and espresso coming in underneath, maybe some caramelized sugar too. There is a prickly mouthfeel that works really well with the big body. For a big stout this is quite drinkable, a very good example of the style with some nice stuff going on behind the ubiquitous coffee/chocolate.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of frank4sail
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 03-04 update.. the scores don't change still solid and comforting. A little more nose with a slightly sweeter carmel backbone. The rest remains the same. One of the best beers for the $ I have ever found... a steal at $25.99 a case.


Slight smell of roast cocoa and hops along with a slight tingle of ABV in the sinus. Big black opeque brew with a thick lasting creamy brown head. This head is sticky and lasting. Big expresso, bitter chocolate, and bitter hops taste. Big, full, smooth mouth with a dry finish. Complex bold taste in layers on the tongue. If you have not noticed in this review the key term here is BIG. It almost overwhelmes but does not. Great tasting, great looking, great beer! I will cellar one if these Winter 02-03...

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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 TheDeuce
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout...

Appearance-Pitch black color, sticky fizz hits the sides of the glass, doesn't rise that high, but carbonation is still there.

Smell-A barrage of scents, chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops, alcohol notes, everything but the kitchen sink.

Taste/Mouthfeel- Lots of sweetness up front and then the flavors kick in, sticky malt adds a rich taste, chocolate flavor certainly dominates, decently smooth, probably would be even smoother if given more time to age.

Drinkability-great with the mint cake I paired it with, makes a nice night-cap drink. Very alcoholic, but that's expected for the style.

Overall-A very good RIS with great flavor, not necessarily out of this world and not my favorite, but it's a well done version of the style and certainly worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mzwolinski
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 03-04 edition, reviewed January 2006

Pours opaque, black and thick looking, with a thinnish dark tan head that quickly fizzes away into nothingness. The aroma is surprisingly sweet and chocolatey -- it's amazing that they can accomplish this with malts alone! Flavors hits with a huge roasted malt flavor right from the start. It becomes a bit sweeter mid-palate, with something of a milky texture on the tongue, and finally blends (ever-so-smoothly) into a roasty and moderately hopped finish, leaving a nice tingly feeling on the tongue. Subtle in its graduations of flavor, this is a surprisingly complex beer that has stood the test of time well, without sacrificing anything in the way of drinkability. Yummy.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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