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
Reviews:
2,800
Ratings:
6,637
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of tom444
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a moderate-sized thick brown head. Not too much retention, but that's to be expected with the alcohol content.

Aroma of chocolate, coffee, soy sauce, with some fruity malt and hop notes.

Mouthfeel is thick, with moderate carbonation. The taste starts out bitter, with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt toast. There's plenty of malty sweetness apparent, with some fruity notes and some citrus, and it finishes with a good deal of floral hop bitterness.

Overall, an excellent ale and extremely drinkable for an imperial stout.

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

This review is for a bottle of the winter 05-06 release.

A: The beer pours thick and black but with little head and larger bubbles then other stouts I've had.
S: The smell is defiantly of chocolate, malt and alcohol. Which is fantastic since I'm a huge dark chocolate fan.
T: The taste does not disappoint. The first thing the hits you is the strong alcohol taste. I know this bothers some people but in this case it is perfectly balanced by the deep chocolate taste as well as the rich malts used in this brew. I also get a slight taste a raspberries I'm not really sure why but there it is.
M: This beer just feels fantastic going down it absolutely coats the inside of the mouth with a great creaminess and well quite frankly just makes me happy.
D: So I'm going back to buy some more of this brew to age as far and drinking more then one or two I probably could but it might be the start a disastrous evening.
Overall a fantastic brew that I plan on having again.

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

2007-08 batch, 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: One of the darkest stouts I've ever seen -- no light penetrates the blackness. Head is slight, and falls quickly to a tan lace.

S: Alcohol comes first, followed by hints of roasted coffee.

T: Better balance than the smell would suggest: coffee, a touch of sweet and a slight hit of alcohol -- subtle, given the ABV -- in the background.

M: Close to perfect: rich, thick and creamy. There's a definite substance to this beer.

D: How many can you have when the ABV is 10.6 percent? The answer: more than I should. It's that good.

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Photo of BuffaloBill91
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have already bought several 6 packs of this one. Was happy to see a display piled to near the ceiling at my local beer store (which was quickly gone down) figured it was time for a review... I had these at cellar temp... cant see drinking this cold it would be a waste. Bottle says brewed for winter 07-08

A- It poured Black with a slight ruby hue when put to the light..its oily but not thick- with a 1 finger tan head the settles very slow.

S- Alcohol,dark fruits and chocolate

T- Dark chocolate and fruits- a lot like the smell- with a perfect warmth from the alcohol in the brew- dark roasted grains with a surprisingly sweet taste -the hops are well blended with the other flavors because it doesn't have a bitter bite at all- excellent layering of flavors.

M- Its very slick not chewy and it might be a bit on the thin side for a imperial -it takes away from mouthfeel but adds to the drinkability...Has more carbonation than other imp stouts Ive had but not to much..

D- Top notch, I love imp Stouts- this one is probably the most drinkable for this style Ive ever had Ive had a couple that taste better maybe but those were 1 and done beers- this I can actually have a few and only the 10.6% stops me. I just cant get enough of this one..which I think thats pretty rare and I had to give this a 5 for drinkability.

I have been meaning to get some more of these to keep around and age for a while- but every time I go get more I seem to end up drinking them. I cant see why some people haven't rated this one higher-- maybe this years brew is better than others...

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Photo of lbkornlb14
2.92/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer had a great coffee smell, and taste, i held it up to a 100W bulb and couldnt see through it, I find beers of this nature, for me, hard to drink. They seem to be too much, and get dumped after 3/4's. I mean, if stouts/imperial stouts are your thing, youd probably love this, but I wasnt a fan, good job as always by Brooklyn but I would never get again.

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

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours deep black - dark coffee, topped with a light caramel frothy head

S: Tons of different roasts, heavy, coffee, slight hint of sweet

T: Bright hops, roasts, bittersweet chocolate, malt, caramel

M: Full bodied, nice bit of carbonation, lingering taste

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Photo of mikehblack
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 11-12 bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Not much head on this one at all. Small brown head reduces quickly to a ring. Very dark, maybe some slight light peeking through on the edges. I can see some carbonation streaming up the glass.

S- Roasted malt, chocolate, nutty, sweet caramel.

T- Big roasty flavor, dark cocoa, detecting slight soy saltiness. Bitter chocolate. Vanilla.

M- Really digging the mouthfeel on this one. Smooth, silky, medium carbonation. Hardly any alcohol noticeable.

O- Very nice, clean, almost textbook imperial stout. Good stuff.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer for $2!! Ever since the pricedrop ($7.99/4pk), this has become a go to beer. It's a little thinner than the super rated RIS bottles, but it is also much sweeter. I see no reason to drop $12 on a bomber of Chocolate Yeti or Southern Tier when this beer is available on the shelves. Super high ABV is also well hidden; great local beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of Rhode17
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from bottle. 2010-11 winter bottling.

Only can describe the color as what happens when color doesn't exist. Super-rich and inky. The head was caramel colored and about a finger thick but was gone in the time it took to stick the bottle on the counter.

As you would expect, it smells of bakers chocolate and coffee. There is a hint of booze that sort of overcomes the other aromas,it is 10% so I'm not surprised.

Rich malty chocolate, coffee and a little bit of licorice hide the alcohol a little but it's still a beast.

Overall tasty, but there is a little missing on the finish, it just gets a little thin at the end. Its a solid beer that has all the working parts that an Imperial Stout with Black Chocolate in the title should. I dug it and would buy it again.

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

Foreword: 12 oz bottle - Limited Edition '03-'04 - Serving at proper temp

Appearance/Head: Very dark color, rather opaque. The head was a nice ebony, but I was disappointed by how little head there was until I started pouring from a foot above the glass.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, mocha, with a bit of dark fruits.

Taste: It started with a very nice, rich creamy head. It is a full bodied elixir with a bittersweet cocoa flavor. The aftertaste has some nice burnt taste and perhaps a late sourness. I would have guess the abv at around 6.5 instead of 8.5 .

Bottom line: A nice beer from Brooklyn that I'm sure I will enjoy many times this winter. The flavors are a little light for an Imperial Stout, and I think there are a number of better examples out there.

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Photo of artusory
3.56/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

’05-’06. Pours black with large creamy tan head, that gradually fades to a cover, nice lacing. Aroma is a simple blend of chocolate and roasted notes. Inital flavor has some bitter coffee and dark chocolate, this gives way to a sweet chocolates and some dark fruits. Texture is a bit on the syrupy side. A touch of warming alcohol in the finish.

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

inky thick and black appearance with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates into a nice lace with good retention around the rim.

Plenty of sweet dried fruit; dates, figs, prunes along with an espresso chocolate aroma. Almost reminds me of a combination of glossette raisins and espresso.

Quite sweet on the palate with a lot of warming alcohol behind the espresso chocolate up front. Mid palate you got almost a chocolate zucchini loaf type sweetness and bready flavour. Finishes with a drier espresso and cooca nib profile with a slight hop presence showing through. Warms at the back of the throat all the way down to the chest, very nice winter warmer.

Creamy and thick syrupy texture with very little carbonation. Reminds of either the weight of creamy frothy espresso or real hot chocolate (probably as much do to the flavour as texture). Lingers pleasantly and seems to coat the whole mouth, along with the lingering cocoa notes helps the beer last forever.

Despite the weight and the alcohol I can see being able to drink a lot of this, and that definitely speaks to the way it carries the heavy array of sweetness, cocoa and booze. The slight hop presence and cocoa nib bitterness on the finish definitely help in relieving that. Overall surprisingly drinkable, perfect winter warmer.

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Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite stouts which is darker than the night sky. You can't see through this brew, even while holding it right up to a light! Not a huge head, but enough at the pour to get some great aromas.

I don't have the most developed sense of smell, but I definitely pick up the high alcohol profile. A big malt essence jumps out at me along with some nutty notes. Very enticing!

The smell and the taste go hand in hand for me. I pick up the alcohol, but it's not over powering. I don't pick up a huge chocolate flavor, but I think it comes through in the mouthfeel.

Nice and thick mouthfeel. You know your drinking a big bold stout with every sip. Coats your mouth with flavor, but does not linger... which I enjoy!

Of course with a big beer like this, "session" should be avoided! But saying that, it's such a tasty brew your glass becomes half empty faster than you'd like.

Overall a wonderful winter time warming stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DesertRat
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am a huge imperial stout fan. I consider this to be one of the best. On par with Founders, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and the recent Narwal from Sierra Nevada. Chocolate and toffee finish with a completely smooth finish. You can barely taste the alcohol, which can sometimes be overwhelming in imperial stouts. This is a beer I will look forward to every winter. I was fortunate to find this brew a dollar off its already honest $7.99 retail price for a four pack. I love this beer.

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Photo of Bernoulli
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/4" head fades reasonably fast, but lacing is the thickest we've seen.

Completely opaque, deep brown verging on black.

Smells just like high quality dark chocolate.

At least as smooth as the Rogue to start, definitely high gravity, bitter coffee and chocolate are surprisingly not overwhelming, they must settle though because they're more noticeable as you go along (not-quite grainy at the bottom).

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

A - Reddish/Brown 1/2 finger head poured into an oversized wine glass. Head dissipates quickly. Beer itself is quite dark. Not much if any light shows through at all.

S - Roasted malt and chocolate

T - Alcohol is big. Chocolate, malts and coffee come through as the beer settles in my mouth.

M - Not too carbonated feels silky. Very nice.

D - Beer really needs a little while to mellow out. Had last years recently and it was unbelievable. I will buy some more and let that cellar for some time. Hopefully I will be able to find a place that has a couple of last years sitting around. If not, just need to find other beers to drink before this one is ready. Definitely buy it if you see it though.

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Photo of jbramley
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter '05-'06 bottle.

Pours out like used motor oil. Has a rich, roasted malt smell. Minimal head, but what was there was a dark tan. Hints of coffee and cocoa in the nose. Has a strong roasted malt taste that ends in chocolate flavors. A hint of sweetness and alcohol when it first hits the tongue is quickly surpassed by bitterness. Chocolate notes come out as the beer breathes and warms up to make this a very pleasant sipping beer.

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Photo of milesfan76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In April they still have bottles of this at University Pizzeria in Youngstown. No complaints here. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black. Very, very black. About a three finger darkish-tan head that sticks around a while.

S: Malts and chocolate. Quite pleasing.

T: As the beer's name might suggest, the first thing I notice is the chocolate. Dark chocolate. Very nice. Malts and a little bit of hops.

M: Syrupy, but not too syrupy. Carbonation just right.

D: If not for the 10.10% I could drink this all day long.

I'll always have a soft spot for Brooklyn Brewery, as their Brown Ale was one of my earliest ventures into the craft beer world, and this beer is definitely their masterpiece. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured the bottle a deep brown head shot up and then disappeared almost completely. The color is deep, absolutely opaque black. The smell is slightly sweet with a bit of coffee bitterness. It feels a bit thinner than expected, but the mild carbonation gives it a nice smoothness. Chocolate is apparent with a slightly sour finish. The flavor is well-balanced with the higher alcohol content. It really coats the mouth and provides a lasting, smooth bitterness.

It is snowing vigerously as I am writing this, so the stout gives a welcome foil to the bitter cold outside. I didn't know what to expect when I got it, but this is really what I like to find in a stout.

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Photo of Coorskid33
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A~ Minimal head in my pour. Probably me. Poured like maple syrup. Dark as night. Looked like the glass was painted black.

SM~ Smelled just like the bottle said it would. Chocolate maltyness, lil smokey but mostly malt. Very pungent.

T~ This taste just like a milkshake all grown up. Very sweet and filling. Strong lingering aftertaste.

MF~ Thick and syrupy. Sticks to your teeth and your mouth & even throat.

D~ I would drink more than 1 if I could. This is a tough but sweet brew. I call it a desert beer.

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

Served - bottle into a Mug

Appearance
Pours a beautiful dark brown/black color with a lacy head that connects to the mug.

Smell
Very strong chocolate malty scent. Very wholesome.

Taste
Very strong chocolate and malts with some carbonation as well. Dark roasted malts.

Mouthfeel
Strong roasty malt after taste with some carbonation as you first taste it.

Overall
A wonderful stout that fills you up and makes ya remember it. Love the chocolate aftertaste mixed with dark roasted malts.

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Photo of Apatschinn
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

App. - Black in color with a brown finger-thick head that lasts a few minutes.

Smell - Straight up chocolate. Bittersweet but strangely faint. Aromas are hard to pin down right away.

Taste - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Glorious chocolate. Tastes like a Ghiradelli dark cocoa bar. Little to no alcohol flavor, which surprised me a bit.

Mouth. - Smooth. Not quite watery but not exceedingly thick either. Happy medium.

Over. - Great tasting beer. Perfect for people who enjoy chocolate! Would buy again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of qcitydarkstar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first poured this beer, I could smell the chocolate and heavily roasted malts from across the room. The appearance was an opaque black with an inch of creamy head. The smell is indicative of the taste, as this is one is all semisweet chocolate and malts. This is a fantastic brew, but the mouth feel is heavy, as if I was drinking chocolate milk. I've never been a big fan of Brooklyn Brewery, well until now that is.

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

12oz. bottle found on a random trip to CapitalAleHouse to meet up with the wife and her friends after work. Not on the menu, i think this just came into stock today! Though not entirely cold, i did let the bottle set on the counter for 30+min. before opening.

A-Jet black pour into my Chimay Goblet. Half-finger, tan head that lasted from the kitchen to the living room. Good deal of lacing painted on the glass for the remainder of the drink.

S-Um, chocolate. More chocolate, little bit of alcohol, and i think that i can catch some coffee. Did i mention some chocolate?

T-Chocolate. Smooth, not quite creamy, yet not strong in any sense of alcohol-taste. Deceptively strong, even knowing what the beer was capable of.

M-Not quite heavy, but a slight sweet lingering on the palate.

D-Already on #3 for the night (one at the bar a couple of hours ago, and just popped the third) i don't think i could handle much more. That being said, i like this just as much as i did last year, maybe even more so. I plan on aging a few of these for next year to compare and drink the remaining amount for as long as i can find them

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Photo of neobassman
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a stout that drinkers will love or hate, I imagine. It is easily the darkest, most alcoholic, and most assertive stout I tasted on a roundup of several domestic stouts, including several imperials. Upon opening the 12 oz bottle, I was immediately confronted by a Hershey's syrup smell. The pour was viscous and black, with a sinister, shiny, tan head - so far, so good. The head disappeared quickly albeit with substantial lacing. The taste, of course, is what will divide the audience. Imposing roasted malt flavor, more chocolate than coffee, with not much bitterness. There's a significant alcoholic presence, which is not surprising considering the 10.6% ABV. The taste is truly complex and continues to evolve on the tongue well past the swallow.

Each taste seemed to leave me with a different impression, from inticingly unique to wincingly harsh. For this reason I rated the drinkability lowest. I still don't quite know what to think, but I don't think I will rush out to buy a case to keep on hand. I would be really curious to see what this tastes like on tap - I suspect it is more appealing "live." So how does it compare to Guinness, the stout standard? I prefer it to Guiness for it's complexity and lack of Guinness's burnt, salty taste. However, it is "hard core" and like hardcore, perhaps too much of a good thing.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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