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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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

Pours a pretty opaque black, some red on the edges, thick tan head, good retention and some nice lace. Smell is fucking powerful, cherries, coffee, chocolate, some alcohol, insane roast. Taste is some sour cherries up front, which disappears by the end of the glass, roasted coffee and chocolate, some alcohol, and a roasty chocolate finish. Mouthfeel was medium to thick bodied, with medium carbonation, lots of alcohol warming. The alcohol is a little hot but otherwise really nice. Thanks DrJay!

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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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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle At The Washington House tasting Poured a thick black with red tints. Had a dark head. Aroma of malty chocolate, carmel and raisins. Taste is pretty smooth with slight sweet finish. A very good stout. I like the Brooklyn products and this is one of there best.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Winter 05-06 offering. Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a large, widemouthed wine glass. Possibly due to the glass shape, not sure, but the beer poured rather lackluster. A thick, motor oil consistency, pitch black, very small cappucino head that leaves almost immediately. I was hoping for a little more head retention and size, but glassware could be to blame for this.

Wonderful smell. Raisins, figs, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, dried plums. The main aromas that stick out in my nose are the chocolate and coffee with a strong consideration for the alcohol aroma. I would like the alcohol to be a little more subdued in the aroma to allow the other flavors to shine and make their presence felt. I hesitate to sample this one with that huge alcoholic nose.

Chocolate is huge in the taste. The alcohol follows behind very nicely. Alcoholic aroma is the bite and the taste is the bark; not bad. Sticky sweetness is in there as well. I fear this will become too sweet and alcoholic as it warms.

Sticky mouthfeel. Cloying as well. Drinkability is a hard one for me to decide on. I think this one missed the mark a bit overall.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a snifter glasss from a bottle.

The beer pours a dark opaque black with a huge dark tan head. The head doesn't hold too well or lace too well but it is a nice looking beer. The beer smells of roasted dark chocolate malts. And that is the taste also. There is also a significant dryness attched to the beer. There is a fantastic thickness with a good carbonation. Overall this is definitely a beer that I would love to have every year during the winter.

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

'05-'06: Black beer with a mocha head composed of fine bubbles. Extended, spotty lacing and good retention. Roasty, dark chocolate aroma, a bit of nuttiness and significant alcohol. Bitter chocolate flavour throughout, with plenty of malt sweetness and roast. Plenty of bitterness, which lingers into the finish along with the chocolate character and a mild cherry flavour. Silky texture with a roasted dryness and fine carbonation. It had a fair bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. Quite tasty overall and it would go great with dessert.

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

Pours a deep dark black topped by about one finger of creamy brown head that clings nicely to the glass. Rich aroma of dark, earthy malt, with notes of peat, dark chocolate, and soy sauce. Palate up front is an odd, slightly unpleasant blend of soy sauce and dark chocolate. A transition to rich sweetness comes next, with notes of milk chocolate and prunes coming out. Finish is rich and chocolatey, with nice warming from the alcohol. Body is thick, smooth, rich, creamy, and as close to perfect as you can get. An enjoyable, if strange, experience. Perhaps my bottle was a bit lightstruck.

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Photo of wingnutter
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as coal in the glass, and smells like an Imperial Stout - chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, coffee.

Mocha and raisins/figs come through in the flavor. Very tasty. The ABV gives it a nice warming effect. Theres a candy sweetness underneath.

Glad I got to try this one, as it's not available locally. Great winter warmer.

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Photo of Riggsy
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours jet black into glass, brown head fades quickly to the sides.

Smell: Roased malts, with hints of chocolate and coffee

Taste: The dark malt really shines through here with complementary flavors of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Very smooth

Drinkability:The alcohol conent of this make it a sipper. Make it the last one of the night and savor it.

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Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the '05-'06 version...
Appears black with a light brown hue when held to the light. Fluffy head slowly fades and leaves scattered lacing all over the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, chocolate malts, fudge brownie, black grape, along with a mild hop profile that comes through.
Taste is of the same aromas with that mild hoppiness that seems to be citrusy with a touch of mint.
Mouthfeel is creamy with roasted sugary notes sticking to the tongue and swarming the palate with it's smooth richness.
Drinkability- A delicious dessert brew.

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Photo of evh883
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Outstanding! I can't wait for the winter months to roll around each year so I can get myself a case of this to savor. As black and opaque as possible when put up to light, its appearance has a light brown head that follows the pour and gives great lacing. It has a strong aroma of coffee and deeply roasted malts. The flavor follows that up with more coffee, roasted and burnt notes and also has a very strong hoppiness. A tiny taste of alcohol is there too. The beer feels like oil in your mouth with carbonation that compliments it perfectly. Overall, this is probably the best beer I have ever had and it is an absolute must for anyone that likes craft beers!

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

Lightless jet with a creamy brown (not beige) head, minimal lacing. I haven't seen dirty oil this dark, just a perfect color in the snifter. Nose is roasted malt and dark chocolate with a touch of alcohol, not sure if this is a desert or digestif, we'll see from the taste. Slick entrance of malt, hops coming out to bitter the edges, and the chocolate, seeming both milk and semi-sweet blend it all together. This is an exceptional brew. Mouthfeel is creamier than chocolate cream. Too easy to quaff for the style and ABV. This is the 05-06 version. A pure winner. Get it. Love it. Wrap it in a heart shape box and give it to your significant other on Valentine's Day. Better than chocolate.

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

Pours black with a creamy brown tan head. Vinous aroma consisting of roasted grain, milk chocolate and alcohol. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and coating. It's thick and sticky on the lips. Taste is simply amazing. Starts off with roasted grains and sweet chocolate and molasses. Super malty. Traces of caramel. Alcohol and dark fruit flavors convert to an almost rum-soaked cherry flavor that's rather intriguing and appears near the back. Alcohol is apparent, yet not overpowering. Best enjoyed slowly and as a sipper.

Special thanks to AKSmokedPorter for the opportunity to enjoy this masterpiece.

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Photo of matdot
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

05-06 Picked from a Brooklyn Multi Pack.

Poured in a Tumbler with a two finger, thick chocolate color head. Wow, what an awesome color the head turns after being poured. Like a mix of heavy cream and dark chocolate.

Smell is the typical but pungent dark coffee roast. And the mouth feel is fantastic and smooth like silk.

Exceptional Imperial, and another classic from Brooklyn Brewery.

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

A - Black indeed! It pours a black ichor with a one finger brown head. Lacing coats the entire glass.

S - Dates, chocolate malt and strong floral notes. This is really good.

T - A strong chocolate malt flavor that is slightly sweet and complimented beautifully by dates. The aftertaste isn't powerful, but it has a little malt and floral character to it.

M - Thick, creamy, smooth, very good.

D - It is a bit rich, but I had no trouble finishing it. This is easily my favorite stout to date.

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Photo of riversider76
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost like motor oil. This beer is the darkest of my experience.Head did not last long,nice lacing. Smell is of chocolate and malt. Very inviting! Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Taste is unique. Chocolate,malt,coffee. To sum this beer up....Wow!

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

a fresh '05-'06

pours as dark as ive ever seen, black and thick with a brownish beige head

smell is alright, definitely chocolatey, very malty.

taste is very strong bitter chocolate. faint coffeeish flavor somewhere back there, and heavy malt feeling. everything i want in a stout. robust flavor. if you like this i highly recommend rogue chocolate stout, which is more mellow and much more drinkable.

mouthfeel is very thick. almost syrupy but very good. an ideal stout for those looking for the more chocolate taste as opposed to the coffee flavors of other stouts. very heavy.

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

Pulled from the cellar and served at room temp.

A: Pours a jet black color with a caramel colored one finger head. Retention holds on the sides of the glass leaving nice lacing as it goes down.
S: Deep chocolate malt notes with a slight grassy hop presence. Spicyness of the abv is noticeable.
T/M: Thick and syrupy like engine oil, although very silky smooth mouthfeel. Chocolate malt notes with sweet caramel and dark fruit interludes. Bitterness in the dry finish with an unsweetened chocolate bitter aftertaste. Leafyness also noticeable in the aftertaste. High abv is noticeable, but not overpowering--spicyness can be detected but doesn't interfere with other flavors or mouthfeel.
D: Very tasty RIS from Brooklyn. I've had it on tap and in the bottle seems to allow the flavors to come out and breath a bit. Not that it's bad on tap, because it's great, the bottle just allows you more reoom to breath. Also, at room temp is obviously better than chilled.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been around for years and I've been a local and Brooklyn fan for years and not until now have the twain met. I didn't realize until recently how famous this beer was so I'm almost embarrassed it took this long for me to try it.
This brew is jet black with a decent hunk of tannish head. The nose is full of malt, mainly the described dark chocolate, rich and
The taste is deliciously dry and rich. Absolutely dripping with heavy handed malt and a brilliant chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel here is heavier than a lead weight and thicker than a homemade milkshake. You can practically hang your hat on this beer and its smooth as silk to boot.
Yeah, you can see you're in the presence of royalty here. I never really thought I'd see a serious competitor to Youngs Double but Brookyln definitely does the borough proud with this offering. If you haven't had it, go get some..

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Photo of EPseja
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature in a Duvel tasting glass.

A - Pours a deep, dark umber brown color with crimson highlights, leaving the bottle with a curious viscosity. The head is slow to rise but when it does, it puffs up to a full three fingers of cocoa colored micro-bubbled wonderment! As it *very slowly* subsides to an even carpet, the bubbles stick to the side of the glass with an incredible tackiness that eventually forms velour drapes of lacing. In the glass, there is no overlooking the opaque blackness from whence came that part of this beer's name. Absolutely fantastic!

S - As with the obvious "black" in the appearance, the chocolate nose is very strong in the smell. Also noticeable are hints of sweet pralines, molasses, a tinge of coffee, and a foreshadowing of the alcohol to come.

T - The chocolatey toasty malts jump out of the gate with serious conviction upon taking a swig. Dark, high cocoa percentage chocolate is the predominant taste in the middle. As this beer reaches the back of the throat, a pleasant bitterness dries up the mouth and a port-wine style alcohol becomes evident. The swallow is followed up with a sweet, but mild post-dark-chocolate cloying coupled with an interesting licorice-herbal essence.

M - This beer goes in with a serious viscosity that's ladened with a pleasant, tingly effervescence. In the mouth it transforms into a chewy whipped foam remesniscent of a light chocolate mousse. The finish is throat coating and big, leaving a light tingle on the bitter part of the palate as well as a warming alcohol in the belly. Oh so nice!

D - This is a fantastic and very satisfying beer -- without a doubt one of the best in the Brooklyn stable. What it lacks in taste and smell complexity (which isn't that much at all) it makes up for in superb look and feel. This beer should be a definite inclusion in everyone's winter beer stash.

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Photo of Phatz
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is on of my absolute favorite beers. It has become a staple beer to have in my fridge. I have used it for cooking regularly as well. In brownies it is fantastic. Cooking some pork chops in it is divine, but of coarse there is nothing better than enjoy a pint next to some chocolate truffles. Mmm.

Appearance: WOW! This is as black as they come. I thought I had seen a black beer before but ... this is truly black. Great 3 finger head in my pint glass. Superb lacing! Overall; exceptional appearance.

Smell: The name says it all! Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, not surprisingly, smells like chocolate. It is neither bitter nor sweet but blend of the two. The smell of roasted malts and toffee hide behind the chocolate, and hang in the back of your nose.

Taste: Unbelievable! This is perfectly balanced bitter-sweet roasted chocolate malts. Then there is a slight hint of a coffee mocha in the aftertaste. That’s it! As unexpected as it is, I found this to be a surprisingly simple taste. But its one that demands: "Accept me, I'm perfect." I usually prefer more complex and thought provoking flavors; however, this smooth dream-come-true shouts "Throw a log on the fire, put your feet up and watch the snowfall outside, because it is ALL good in here"!

Mouthfeel: This is perfection! It's the most soft, fluffy, creamy, full, hearty yet gentle mouthfeel I have encountered to date!

Drinkability: While this is one of the easiest beers in your mouth, it would be wrong to waste the experience by drinking it too fast. Also, insist on letting this one warm up to just below room temp or you'll really miss out. Respect this beer. It is a marvelous creation. It goes down so easy that before you know it your picking up the pace. Slow down. Sip this while you relax with the family on a cold winter night.

Hope this is helpful.

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

A- into the brooklyn snifter it pours a deep motor oil black with a thin tan head. very nice looking

S- Even before you pour it into the glass you can smell the coffee and roasted malts. Once poured the alcohol become more evident

T - Nice roasted maltiness. The chocolate is just right not too much. You also have some bitterness and of course the alcohol kick

M- Bold and solid definatley feels like you drinking something hearty

D- Drinkability is high becuase the alcohol isn't too much and the chocolate isn't too sweet and overbearing. Very Very nice combination and balance of flavors

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

Poured out of a 12oz brown bottle labeled winter 05-06

Drinking this beer out of a brooklyn snifter. served at about 45 degrees.

This beer pours a midnight black color with a 1/2 inch light coffee colored head. The head seems to disappear fairly quickly, but still leaving a thin layer above the liquid itself.

The nose is of chocolate currant and alchohol, also some other dark fruits.

Taste the chocolate very well, a sweet and bitter blend which seems to mask the alchohol on the tounge better than on the nose. There also seems to be a hint of sour tartness on the finish, leaving you with a slight pucker..The over all finish is smoothe and well balanced.

I would say this is a fairly full bodied stout, with great characteristics. Will drink again for sure.

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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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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,580 ratings.
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