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:
2,802
Ratings:
6,652
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a dark tan/brown head. Nose is strong with roasted bean qualities and a bit of alcohol on there as well. Hoooieeee! Man. The first time this thing hit my tongue, I did a little dance on over to my sister to try who has recently got into stouts (cuz she read some magazine article that stout is good for women cuz it has a lot of iron in it...well...whatever it takes). Flavor is smooth and even, though she says it is kind of bitter on the end. I personally don’t think it is bitter, I just think it is robust. Feel? Like silk. The first sip was amazing. Definitely drinkable, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. I am always weary of trying to uber-hyped beers, but this one delivers. I guess it is good I will be living in Brooklyn shortly. Killer. Try it.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is from "Winter 10-11". Consumed on 10/20/11.

Pours a very dark black with a reddish hue and 1/4" of brown head that fades after a little while. The smell has notes of dark fruit, anise, licorice, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol esters and faint chocolate. The taste is anise and licorice up front then a blast of roasted malts and coffee followed by faint chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and full bodied.

This is a well blended, very rich, delicious beer. The alcohol is noticeable but only adds to the overall enjoyability of the beer. All the flavors mesh well. I'll definitely have another one of these as the days get colder.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer at the Boulevard in Johnstown, PA. 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 smakawhat
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, resembling a dark dark BROWN borderline black, 1.5 finger head of light brown chestnut quality bubbles. Manages to leave a consistent ring throughout drinking.

Nose and bouquet has a faint malt/yeast but also a good anisette front on it, faint cocoa on the back but not much, very balanced nose.

Taste and mouthfeel is wet, very light bodied giving way to cigarettes and ashes. Alcohol is still present and not hidden giving way to some heat on the finish. If you put chocolate on the label, I should be able to taste/smell it first... so where is it? Also some carbonation in the palate.

Drinkability... Depending on your palate your going to find things you may enjoy, its easy drinking even at this ABV.

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Photo of Lare453
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A black with a medium sized brown head. The beer is opaque and looks great.

S bitter chocolate, coffee and malts with a light hint of fresh grain

T big bold chocolate, coffee and dried malts throughout the flavor profile. The aftertaste is slightly boozi but has a distinct dark chocolate flavor.

O another hit from Brooklyn. It is delicious and I have been saving some for each year to try. This one was a fresh 2011 - 2012 bottle. I would recommend this to everyone and I drink it frequently.

12oz bottle served in a riedel snifter

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Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Made in winter of '05-'06 - tasted in mid-November 2006.

Pours jet black with a thin tan head. The head thins to barely a covering, and leaves some trails of lacing.

The smell is of robust dark chocolate wrapped around dark fruits with coffee notes.

The taste is incredible. Semi-sweet, creamy dark chocolate and dark fruits. A bitterness that comes in the form of espresso beans offset some of the sweetness. Rich, robust chocolate-covered dark fruits remains in the foreground, while the coffee notes intermingle. It's full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make it smooth and not overly thick. A nice warming alcohol touch is noticeable, but does not interfere in the tastes, esp. considering the high abv.

It's silky smooth and, almost too, easy to drink. There's a nice, full, chocolatey, complex aftertaste.
This is a wonderful dessert/nightcap brew!

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

In a taste test by a panel of experts (me, myself, and I) between
3 "chocolate stouts", Young's came on top as the chocolatiest, but this mamma jamma was deemed the superior stout!
Rich mocha flavor wafts out of the bottleneck from the moment the cap snaps off! Oh, this is going to be good!
The color is as black as strap molasses, with a rich bubbling, simmering, dark brown, puddingish head. THIS is STOUT! Already, it seems like a glass of melted chocolate!
Aroma is gorgeous! Sublime! Soft, creamy, yet intense with cocoa, like sticking your face deep into a bag of the stuff, but still, somehow, subtle.
Mouthfeel is powerful, thick, viscous, chewy. When people speak of smoothness as a supreme adjective for any sort of beverage, I reply that I like roughness now and then. (I am, after all, the inventor of The Gilded Platypus, a cocktail contrived of tequila, Yukon Jack, Irish Mist, and sweet vermouth!) This is what I'm talking about! There are several hurdles for the palate to play with, little bites and burps and gurgles, all the things that make beer drinking my favorite hobby.
Many flavors mingle in the mouth, many associations gather in the mind, but largely the feeling is of a burnt cognac, a hot dark rum, and licoriceleatherespressoetceterainto infinity...
Many waves crash again and again on the palate, many happy moments occur as the rough dealings of the day are forgotten and I am lost in this wondrous, darkly beautiful, and frankly ass-kickin' stout!
Thanks, UncleJimbo, I think I liked this one!

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

12 ounce bottle, winter 02-03 vintage. Pours black and dense, with a minimal tiny bubble film/head. Nose of burnt malt and alcohol.. Large and lovely this beer is soft, subtle and smooth. also strong, flavorful and satisfying. Notes of burnt malt, expresso, motor oil, rocket fuel. this classy sipper has it all. Put a few bottles away for a year or two, its worth it.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a sixer of these from West Lakeview Liquors - my wife loves stouts and chocolate so it made sense.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumbnail of foam. Not as viscous and oily as some of the other stouts I've encountered.

S - I get more of a coffee flavor than chocolate, although there's certainly a hint of dark chocolate in there. There's also a hint of milky-cream as well.

T - This is where the real dark chocolate flavor comes out. There's also some roasted coffee taste. I'd probably rate this higher if I loved coffee or chocolate...

M - Lighter than I expected. Creamy and smooth.

D - I can't really taste the 10% too much, but I'd be on the floor after a handful of these.

A great brew - looking forward to trying other Brooklyn offerings.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is jet black with hazelnut highlights around the edges, with a thin, foamy, sparsely covered biege head. Aromas are rich, with dark chocolate and booze in the forefront. Good roasted, coffee, and slightly meaty characteristics in the nose, as well. Flavors are bold, with a dark roasting feel overall, and a rich, chocolatey backbone throughout. Alcohol characteristics sharpen the palate a bit, with rich, dark molasses and slight licorice flavors. The aftertaste is mostly roasted and chocolatey, with a steady bitterness that curbs the booze content in the mouthfeel. The beer is rich and smooth, with a slight lacing left along the glass. The beer has a drying finish that ends short, leaving a slight slick feeling in the periphery of the palate. Great beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

08/11/05- Received bottles in trade from Connecticutpoet and Jetsbeer.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, 2004-05 release. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Super black pour, chocolate colored dirty brown 1/2 inch head and nice lacing. Pours out like goop.

Smell- Ranks right up there with any double or imperial stout I have had. Huge super dark chocolate and roasted malt nose.

Taste- Damn, this shit is good. Mega roasted malt, nuts and any other malted flavor you can think of. Smooth and I mean smooth dark chocolate flavor. Maybe a touch of coffee as well.

Mouthfeel- Oh so close from being perfect. Just a touch too much carbonation to be as smooth as it could possibly be. Super creamy and goes down with the greatest of ease. Do they have this on cask??

Drinkability- So glad I still have one of these left. Think I will toss it in the cellar and forget about it for a year or two. Can't imagine it getting much better than it already is, but what if it does?

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Photo of Tone
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight licorice, alcohol, slight dark citrus, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight roasted bitterness and a pleasant warmth. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, strong alcohol, yeast, dark citrus, hint of licorice, hint of pale malt, and slight biscuit. Overall, weak appearance, but good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 2009 vintage bottle. Beer is black with a thick brownish head that remains as you drink the beer leaving some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet, filled with alcohol, roasted malt and chocolate, very pleasing. Mouthfeel is thick with some solvent-like character on the back end of the throat followed by a roasted aftertaste. Drinkability is moderate, the warmth of the beer makes it a little hard to drink but it is surprisingly flavorful. I really like this beer. I don't get a whole lot of chocolate in the palate but overall the beer is well balanced.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '11-'12, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep black body with a bit of dark brown around the top edges and on the pour. Mocha colored head with tight bubbles and a very creamy nature to it. Lots of sticky lacing and a spotty cap make up a seriously great looking RIS.

S: Dark roasted chocolate malts, caramel, bitter dark chocolate cocoa nibs, slightly roasted coffee beans and touches of vanilla towards the back end. Not too rich or sweet, very dark and roasted in nature.

T: Milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans again coat the mouth. Mid palate is some powdered chocolate, and finishing somewhat sweet with an added honey-like flavor to it. Well balanced, not overboard in any certain aspects. All in all a very well done beer.

M: Well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles giving this a thinner feel on the palate. It's not watery but certainly could be a bit thicker for the style. A weak point of the beer but it does somehow retain a certain creaminess to it.

I remember having the same impression last year with this beer; very solid, relatively inexpensive and dangerously drinkable. I have a bottle from last year in the cellar and plan to do a mini-vertical once next years batch comes out. It looks to be a good cellar candidate but we'll see how these hold up over time.

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

Purchased the 2003 version. It pours a black color with a light brown head. There is large bubbles and nice lacing on the glass. The aromas are big on chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. The roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee are all through the flavor, with the chocolate lasting long on the tongue after swallowing. The alcohol is very noticable and warms your insides. Very enjoyable, but the noticable alcohol makes this a bit less than good for drinkability.

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Photo of tempest
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter 06-07 Vintage

This is a beer with great potential. Looks pitch black with a tan head. Has a rich dark chocolate aroma, this is the best part of the beer.

Taste has a slightly grainy quality, similar to heavily toasted triscuit, mellow flavor overall with a little sherry-like cocoa flavor. taste finished with the same rich cocoa from the aroma with fresh dark-roasted coffee. Alcohol isn’t completely hidden, and is still a little hot. Balancing bitteness, dry, similar to a red wine. Make no mistake this is a sipping beer.

Could use some aging. This is a beer with great potential, but the flavor feels like it is budding rather than flowering. buy a 6er and hide it your closet for a year or two. Its the only way IMO.

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Photo of aasher
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an oily midnight black with a dark, dark khaki head. The smell is of burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, tree bark, tootsie rolls and lactic sweetness. The taste is of sweet milk chocolate, burnt coffee, and alcohol, alot of alcohol. It drinks smoothly but could be considered a little light for a RIS. I don't find this to be as good as advertised. The alcohol comes out far too much in the taste and after taste. The booze lingers and it's a little too sweet for my liking.

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

Tasting notes from 12/13/10
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark black with a half finger of light brown head and some decent lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts and chocolate. The chocolate was not as pronounced as I expected but did become more noticeable as the beer warmed up.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate. Hot. Probably best to let this one age for at least 6 months as this one was pretty fresh. The finish was dry with a nice chocolate flavour.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

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

Thanks to blitz134 for the brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice small tan creamy head which quickly leaves, but leaves a few islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is sligthly licoricey, sweet roasted malts, some hops hovering around, and lots of chocolate/toffee. The taste is awesome of sweet roasted malts, and chocolate, the finish is clean. Nice warming effect in the throat. Medium body, well rounded brew. This is a very nice RIS from Brooklyn, very very tasty. Highly recommended.

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

The beer pours a thick black color with a dark brown head. The aroma is of chocolate and black malts. It's robust and hearty. The taste is great. It has a deep chocolate flavor with a good balance of black barley to add a crisp finish. The beer is thick and has an elevated abv taste you get along with a sweet finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation; a great drinking stout.

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

Of all the places that I could have enjoyed a Brooklyn Black Chocloate Stout, I purchased and consumed a bottle at Pub Garagem 23, located in the 20,000 inhabitant town of Ivoti - RS (Brazil), because Brooklyn distribution is weird and I can´t get it in SoCal. On to the beer:

Actually, I did want to try this beer on-tap on a trip to Boston three years ago, but the pub I went to tapped out of it before my arrival. Finally, I can take notes on this one. This is black with a capital B with a tanned head of rich thickness and impressive retention. Interesting nose we got here; fruity, smoked chocolate malts, and a hint of BBQ sauce. The taste goes more in the chocolate direction than the aroma; chocolate malts hit, some toasted action, and a light drizzle of smoke. Its alcohol is hidden well underneath my favorite part of the ride, the thick, creamy mouthfeel BCS provided.

My curiosity of BCS has been fullfilled. It´s worth trying out, even if you´re 6,000 miles away from home.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate and malts. Taste is like the smell, malts, chocolate, some alcohol, pretty good. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of liamt07
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle picked up at the LCBO, seasonal release. Into an oversized wine glass. Winter 2010-2011 vintage.

Pitch black in the pour, with a finger and change of dark tan head with a reddish tinge to it. Falls to a fat collar around the edges and leaves some magnificent lace. Awesome. Aroma is some coffee grain, dark bitter chocolate and some roasty malt. Everything is well balanced and integrated here. Can't smell the booze, but I knew it was coming. Roasty chocolate notes and booze hit the tongue and throat first, with some molasses-like sweetness following. A drying coffee finish tops it off. Body is thick full and creamy, and the booze is here, but not overpowering. Would definitely smooth out given some time, glad I've got a 4-pack of this stuff. A sipper at 10%, but that's expected. 5/45/45/4/4

Edit: Revisiting this one after a year in the cellar, still 2010-2011 vintage. Still gorgeous as fuck. Loads of molasses, brown sugar, bitter coffee and espresso. Great sweetness and balance. Almost liqueur-like flavours. No alcohol and a lovely, creamy feel. Downright brilliant; amazing what time does to this. Sadly my last bottle of this vintage. 5/45/45/45/5

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Sports Page in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark, deep black. One inch of dark brown head. Tree ring like lace down the glass.

Smells like dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

Tastes very similar. Apparently there is no chocolate added to this beer, which is incredible, because it has an insanely rich chocolate flavor. Guess the malts are really good. Some vanilla as well.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel- not the thickest imperial stout ever, but still pretty solid. Low carbonation.

Brooklyn's best beer, I think. Such deep flavor, for a great price.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is nice with a mix of chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of alcohol in the aroma. The flavor is milk and bitter chocolate. I also get some nice pine hop bitterness in the flavor and a little bit of alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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