Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
93
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6,672 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,672
Reviews:
2,807
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
444
Gots:
1,469
For Trade:
50
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Ratings: 6,672 |  Reviews: 2,807
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Limited Bottling - Winter '13-'14
Pours tar black with a finger of tan head that fades first to a thin cap, then to sticky lacing. Very very sticky.
The obvious chocolate in the smell, but it doesn't completely dominate, leaving room for dark fruit (berries, raisin, fig), roasted malts, burnt sugar and faint light coffee. Smells nice and rich.
Starts pretty sweet, with lots of juicy plums, cherries and raisins covered in chocolate (a bit dark, but not too much). Burnt sugar, roasted (almost charred) malts and coffee keep the sweetness in check and start bittering things up, but not before some hints of vanilla, licorice and anise are felt. Hops don't have much to say, but the finish is dry, ashy and quite bitter.
Full body, sticky, low carbonation. Booze isn't perfectly subtle, but doesn't bother. It all kinda reminds of Kahlua.
Does bring in the "chocolate", really tasty. A great imperial stout, probably even better aged for some years.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

('05-'06 release)

Appearance: Pours a soulless black from which no hope can escape. Looks good!! Tan, cocoa-ish head with little to no lacing throughout.

Smell: Reminds me of Kahlua 'Especial' coffee liqueur if anyone here is familiar with that. Espresso, fudge brownies, and a twing of smoke. You can also detect the delightful zip of alcohol in there.

Taste: An unstoppable coffee-chocolate juggernaut. The flavors hit hard, full, and quite unforgiving. Moreover, there's some hints of biscuits and syrah. Finishes leaving behind a bitter coffee essence to punish the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Holds very solid in the mouth, but maintains a good creaminess.

Drinkability: This is good, but I think I'll toss it in the cellar; see if a little age will benefit this brew.

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Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured black in color with a half inch, dense, tan head covering the top of the beer. The head settled down to a thin covering where it left some great lacing on the glass.

The aroma shows some very good chocolate flavors to it. It has both a roasty bitterness and a milk chocolaty flavor to it at the same time. Smooth and balanced aroma to it overall.

The taste has a lot of good dark, bitter-sweet chocolate flavor coming through. Some roasted, slightly burnt flavors come through more towards the finish. It has a sweetness to it though that really helps balance it out some. The chocolate is very nicely done, the bitterness and sweetness of it really comes together nicely.

The mouthfeel is on on the thicker side, but probably middle of the pack for imperial stouts. Carbonation is also moderate for the style. Drinkability is very good, it has some great flavors to it and was a very tasty beer for an after dinner drink tonight.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ink black with the barest sliver of ruby at the edges. BBCS is as close to absolute black as it's possible to get... without quite getting there. The expansive crown is dark tan in color and appears sticky enough to have some staying power. There's isn't much lace, though small ragged sheets are seen.

The aroma is redolent of sweet dark roasted malt, with the usual RIS overlay of chocolate and black coffee. The former is more prominent than the latter. Hops don't make much of an olfactory splash.

My first impression of the flavor is that the alcohol is more evident than it should be. It isn't masked well at all. There's plenty of bittersweet chocolate, which is nice. It's like drinking a melted Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bar mixed with espresso and vodka. Too bad it's a little too raw and burnt/charred.

This beer doesn't have the power, the depth or the complexity of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout or Bell's Expedition Stout. Masking the alcohol more completely would go a long way toward letting the flavor profile free to do its thing. The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. No complaints there.

I don't know if cellaring this relatively fresh Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout will soften it a little, but I'll give it a try since I have five bottles left to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cheers to zrrbrrt for this one!

Pours jet black with a fluffy 1.5 fingers deep mocha head. Alright lacing & good head retnetion

S: Some chocolate & iron. A little licorice as this warms

T: Chocolate & iron up front. Licorice, roasted malts & coffee surface as this warms. Finishes with a little chicory, warming boozy alcohol, dryness & bakers choclate, yum

MF: Rich & some smoothness with low carbonation

Drinks to damn easy, this is 10.6 abv? I think I can session on this until nap time

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Poured a 2009 bottle

A: Dark black with a chunky brown/tan head, dissipated quickly leaving a ring of bubbles on the top of the beer.

S: Hit immediately with the roasted malts and then some bittersweet chocolate. As it warms get more coffee and chocolate coming through.

T: Lots of roasted malt and some dark chocolate. The chocolate flavor intensifies as it warms. Also some vanilla. Very nice.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with nice carbonation. Very easy to drink and leaves a nice aftertaste. A really nice beer that I look forward to drinking again. Also looking forward to drinking this one with some more age on it as well to see what happens.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Near black color where only the faintest of light can pass on the edge. Leaves a moderate head and minimal webby lace.

Not a harsh smell, much closer to a dark chocolate. As an aroma, it seems more like a porter.

Rich bodied with decent carbonation. This beer is full flavored with darker dry malts, unsweetened chocolate, faint bitter hop. I don't taste any alcohol warmth. Great aftertaste that begs for black forest cake with sour cherries.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to jaxon53 for getting me this, been a long time coming!

Poured deep black as midnight with a huge creamy head the would not fade till the end. Thick gooey lace that stuck to and clouded up the glass. This looks thick like a milk shake, gottta love it. Smell was very nice big chocolate as you would expect but hints of alcohol as well. Caramel, sugar and vanilla round it very nicely, perfect dessert. This tatstes very yummy, deep dark chocolate flavors, with a slight alcohol warming, wonderful creamy feel. This is very nice. Dry finish, smooth and for 10.5% abv it is very drinkable. I only wish I was able to get more for the cellar, as I feel this will only improve with time! Great beer and glad I could try it.

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

I poured this at a cool temp into my snifter. Purchased the '06-'07 version at Thirsty's in York, Pa.

A - Deep ebony w/ a thin tan head and decent lace.

S - Sweet, fruity esters w/ a roasted element and pine scent of hops, there is a rummy full sweet alcoholic not in the nose.

M - Viscous, sweet, complex in depth w/ spiced acidity and full carbonation.

T - Luscious plum and date sweetness w/ roasted coffee and dark chocolate character and acidity. Sweet w/ prune type dry fruit and stone fruit notes. A rich malty taste that is punctuated by a piney hop acidity and spiced character. Slightly drying w/ a full alcoholic essence - a relaxer, smooth on the tongue. Something to look forward to tasting each year, but doesn't attempt to hide its 10.6% stature.

D - Great Stout, outstanding flavor and feel, A very good example of the style, but not one to drink multiples of. This one bottle held me for the night, I savored it and its nightcap properties.

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Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with "Limited Bottling - Winter '00-'01".

Appearance: Ink black with a light brown and quite impressive lace that retains like a champ.

Smell: Dark chocolate covered espresso beans and a mild ripe prune fruitiness.

Taste: Full bodied and very smooth, a tangled mesh of dark roasted coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate. Hops are vague amongst the roasted barley bitterness, some sweetness prevails with a fruitiness attached of prunes. Roasted and chocolate flavours linger just about forever. Alcohol is certainly there with its feeling of warmth to the throat and chest.

Notes: Layered and complex, a strong foothold on the taste buds with the roasted character. This brew will get even better towards the end of the winter with some age.
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Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with "Limited Bottling - Winter '99-'00".

Appearance: Close to pitch black, thick and creamy tan lace with a sufficient head retention.

Smell: Fusel alcohols near to a cooking sherry aroma, twang of roasted and charcoal in the nose also.

Taste: Massively creamy with a thick bold body or malt that is close to being syrupy. Smoothness is quite incredible. Burnt fruit and some fusel alcohols give a twang and kick respectively. Roasted flavours are intact with a slight acidic flavour that melds well with the fruitiness. Alcohols are a bit too much and tell you in one way or another to respect the brew. Hops are faded and a touch herbal / leafy in flavour amongst the roasted prowess. Vagueness of wet paper shows a touch of age from oxidation, not in a bad way though.

Notes: Best consumed at cellar temperature, alcohols are a bit too much and if the oxidation could hold out for a year or more this beer will mellow out to be a great vintage brew.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Thanks to TheKingsofHops for hooking it up with a couple bottles of this.

A: A 2009-2010 bottle poured into my Cigar City snifter. The pour is a beautiful, viscous, jet black with a thin layer of tan foam.

S: This beer has a very intense nose. A lot of chocolate, coffee, black licorice, roasted malt, and some alcohol. Maybe a bit of maple syrup in there as well.

T: The taste features many of the same characters as the nose. A lot of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. The alcohol is there but not all that noticeable.

M: The body is quite full, as you would expect from an imperial stout. The carbonation also fits the style, as it is low.

D: The ABV is quite well hidden in terms of the taste, but it's quite apparent upon drinking a bottle. Still, the beer is quite tasty.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 09-10 bottling. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark black color with about a finger of tan head. Decent lacing and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, but smells somewhat mellowed out. Also smells of roasted malts and a little bit of coffee, but not was much as other people seemed to have smelled.

t - Tastes strongly of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The coffee comes out a lot more in the taste than the smell. Tiny hints of alocohol and bitterness in the aftertaste.

m - Pretty thick and creamy. Full bodied with low carbonation.

d - I really like this beer; it's one of my favorite Brooklyn beers. Looks great and has a wonderfull full chocolate taste to it. Thought the smell was a little mellow but that could be because it's not March and this is from the 09-10 Winter release. Great stout that I will certainly be trying again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint.

A - Pours out pitch black with a small one finger brown head that leaves light lacing down the entire glass.

S - Dark, roasty aroma with a slightly sweet smell from the malts. Coffee and chocolate, obviously, dominate this one. A slight heat from the huge amount of alcohol comes thru once it warms a bit.

T - Dark chocolate dominates this one. Rich, roasty, malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and other sweet flavors from the malt. Chocolate, espresso, and dark fruits help mellow out the roasty flavor. One of the best readily available chocolate stouts on the market today.

M - Fairly creamy with medium-heavy body and flavor. Slightly dry finish with a roasty flavor. The huge amount of alcohol singes the pallet leaving it feeling quite hot.

D - Fairly high given the huge amounts of alcohol in this one. It is a sipper for sure but I could still go thru a couple of these with no problem.

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

4 year vertical, 2006-7 to 2009-10, tasted side by side from youngest to oldest in June 2011. Final category scores are based on the 2006-7 bottle.

Score summary in year order:
(2006-7, 2007-8, 2008-9, 2009-10)
A – 3.5, 4.5, 4.5, 4.5
S – 4.0, 3.5, 3.5, 4.5
T – 4.0, 4.0, 4.5, 4.5
M – 4.5, 3.5, 4.5, 4.5
O – 4.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5

APPEARANCE
2009-10 (1 yr old): 3.5 – Creamy, fine bubbled, dark khaki head with ok retention and lace. Dark chocolate brown with cola highlights.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 4.5 - Better looking that the ‘9-10. Head is a darker khaki, and sits taller than before. The body is also darker; more black than brown.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.5 – Even darker than the ‘8-9, with darker brown highlights. Dark khaki head has a fine bubble structure with ok retention and lace.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Likely the darkest of the vertical. It’s at least as dark as the ‘7-8 above it with a similar head.

SMELL
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Dark chocolate, raisin, molasses, and rum fruitcake.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 3.5 – Rum soaked raisins. Less chocolate than the ‘9-10. Touch of cocoa powder.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 3.5 – Prune, booze, and a hint of bitter cocoa. Very similar to the ‘8-9, but a shade darker in tone.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Fantastic nose on this year. Round and mellow with caramel, molasses, and dark chocolate. Maybe a hint of oak. There’s a touch of raisin, but most of the fruit is gone. Very little booze.

TASTE
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Bitter chocolate up front with a backdrop of raisin. Great roast note in the middle with a touch of smoke. Warm booze on the backend blends into a dry cocoa finish.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 4.0 – Opens smooth and slowly builds up a nice roast character. Warmer booze than the ‘9-10 and less chocolate, which I thought was odd. Has an almost an oaky dryness to it. A cocoa power finish lasts a lifetime.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.5 – Nice complexity with softer and better-integrated flavors than the younger years. Roasty cocoa nibs blend into a semisweet dark chocolate. Nice malt roast through the center. The finish is roasty and semisweet.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – The best of the vertical. Caramel, walnut, and dark chocolate. Nice coffee center with a dry, dark cocoa backend. Light oak and semisweet finish.

MOUTHFEEL
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Smooth with a medium/full body. Nice carbonation.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 3.5 – More porter-like than a stout. Medium body is lighter than the ‘9-10. Nice carbonation is a touch brighter than the ‘9-10.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.5 – Medium/full body with a solid smoothness. Lower carbonation than the ‘8-9.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Medium/full body is super smooth. Has the lowest carbonation than the rest of the vertical, but still enough to be pleasant.

OVERALL
2009-10 (1 yr old): 4.0 – Delicious with a great roast character.
2008-9 (2 yrs old): 3.5 – Strangely boozier and lighter than the ‘9-10.
2007-8 (3 yrs old): 4.0 – More complex with better integration than the younger brews.
2006-7 (4 yrs old): 4.5 – Super smooth, well developed, and complex. Interestingly, the years culled some of the fruitiness of the previous years. Not surprisingly, the age also took the edge off of the booze.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Yet another example of an "old friend" beer that's somehow gone un-reviewed by me. Time to change that. To the max. It pours a straight jet black topped by over a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises molasses, chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste is very similar, with the roasted malts taking center stage, followed by a strong chocolate powder contingent. The rest comes in in a nice dark melange in the finish. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very smooth feel. Overall, this probably the most readily drinkable widely-available stouts around. Get some!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,672 ratings.
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