Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Reviews: 2,807 | Ratings: 6,666
Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a dark cola brown. Looks almost pitch black in the glass, with a big, creamy tan head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, baking cocoa, dark roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, burnt toast, and soy sauce.

Taste: More sweet than bitter, but balances nicely on the finish. You get toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, and dark roast coffee upfront. Toasted bread and a touch of butterscotch in the middle. Finishes with dates, figs, tobacco, black licorice, bitter cacao, and more coffee.

Feel: The lighter side of full-bodied, but feels silky and velvety in the mouth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: A sweeter example of a Russian Imperial Stout, it lives up the "chocolate" name. A delicious dessert stout.

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

Ordered a 9 oz. pour of the 2012 release at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington DC.

Look: Black with little to no head.

Smell: Roasty, boozy.

Taste: Nicely well rounded flavor, bitter chocolate, booze, roasted malt. Reminds me of 2012 Stone Imperial Russian Stout.

Feel: Coats the mouth.

Overall: Very enjoyable. It aged very well, I think.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good friend of mine gave me a few bottles of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate as a gift. The date on this bottle said:" LIMITED BOTTLING WINTER 11-12". It really can't get any better. A nice solid stout aged 4 years . When the bottle was popped open for a special occasion, I was in heaven !!! A nice black thin pour . Super smooth !
A semi-sweet chocolate with coffee and malt in the background like taste. The taste almost changes with each sip.
I am bummed out my glass is almost empty, but I have a few more in the basement ! I put this offering from Brooklyn right up there with Old Rasputin as two of the better Imperial Stouts for sure !!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, oily appearance with minimal head in the range of 1/5", beige. Aroma was chocolate, sticky, and some bourbon barrel.

Taste hit up lots of chocolate impressions coming from the malt moreso than an adjunct usage. Finished chalky and dry.

A good beer, but there are plenty of other options for spending $20 for a barrel aged stout, but its nice that this one usually sits on shelves.

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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 Harrison8
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium-thin foamy desert tan head. Fair retention. No lacing left behind. Roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol on the nose. Taste is sublime levels of chocolate and roasted malts. Well balanced and delivered. Mouth feel is full, with a little bit of a grainy feeling. Overall, an outstanding stout that delivers. Very happy to try it!

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Photo of ccg
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks like a barrel-aged stout. Minimal head, thick legs, nice lacing.
Smells malty and boozy.
It delivers on the chocolate. It's pretty cool that they can make that flavor only with the malt.
Nice sweetness without being cloying. Finish is bit on the hoppy and bitter side.
Despite not having much visible carbonation, it feels light on the tongue.
Overall: Good stout!

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Photo of Mousel
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer changes with every sip. As it aerates it's flavour varies from a chocolaty finish to a more alcoholic taste. A beautiful drink that I will continue to purchase and try over time

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a one and a half inch tan head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malts. Taste is dominated by semi-sweet chocolate with coffee and malt in the background. Finishes with a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with minimal carbonation. Very good chocolate stout.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We got a great beer here.
Listed in the "1001", I read that review that this recipe got Garrett Oliver his job at Brooklyn. (He had been working in a brewpub in Manhattan.) And beer history took a very big step.
Unlike many of the others in this category, Brooklyn's contribution uses no cocoa... but tastes like chocolate. You have to know lots about malts and, apparently in 1994, Garrett Oliver knew lots more than just about everyone.

I bought a 4 pack... which I no longer regret. Two years later, I just drank the last one now and it was worth holding as it clearly had improved... less edge, more smooth.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 edition gave this 3.5 stars of 4 and called it "the world's answer to a waring malted milk with a shot of bourbon. It achieves an astonishing black-chocolate flavour through malt alone"

2/5/17 had the vintage bottled two years ago. All the tastes are there, but not at peak. My next tasting of this will be at 18 months.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout %10 ABV. 51 IBU's?
I had this out at a Freezepop(electro, synth pop)music show in a 12 ounce pilsner style glass.
Look: blackout, letting no light through at all.
smell: Not much smell, a small amount of roasty, bready smell, some chocolate
taste: sweet chocolate, coffee, roasty biterness. It was a bit too bitter for me and a kind of gluey aftertaste that I find in breakfast style stouts.
Feel: a tad heavier, but pretty o.k. for an imperial American stout.
Overall: The beer was not even close to what I am looking for in a stout. That weird aftertaste of glue and too charred and roasty for my tastes. I mean it didn't reach ash tray levels of burnt taste, but it wasn't very likeable for me. It wasn't absolutely horrible, just not great and not my thing. The one thing that I noticed was that it hides the alcohol taste very well. In that department they were good. I didn't know the ABV level before I bought the beer and only found out afterwards. I was quite surprised. I haven't normally liked Brooklyn Brewery in the past, but I figured I would give them another shot. Oh well.

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Photo of Zebulan
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 month old 12 oz bottle poured into generic belgian glass. I really like this beer. The pour is nice and dark and the brown head goes away fairly quickly. The sweet smell is not over powering. The taste is thin in the mouth but still full of the chocolate flavor. The positive flavor lingers for a bit as well. Is warm going down without being painfully hot. This is a very sold example of a sweet chocolate stout. Will get this again.

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Photo of brblanch
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head pint glass. Color is jet black with 1 finger khaki head that slowly dissipates and leaves moderate lacing. Smell is roasty malts and dark chocolate. Dark chocolate dominates the taste with a lingering sweetness. Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol emerges as beer warms but the 10% ABV is well hidden. Enjoyable beer overall, especially as "dessert" after a satisfying meal.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one for noon and this wasn't necessarily a bright idea, might earn me an afternoon nap. I loved it, and stouts are far from being my fave beer styles, but the chocolate and other fruity aroma had me enjoy it more than I thought I would. Goes along well with breakfast food imo. Cheers

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Photo of smbslt
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, tawny head breaks down quickly, no lacing
Prunes and raisin aromas
Flavors of burnt sugar, baker's chocolate/cocoa masks the alcohol well
Suitably syrupy with little carbonation fizz.
Nice beer to pair with food

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice beer. It is like a dessert in a bottle. Pours jet black with a foamy tan head. Good chocolate notes with a nice roasty malt backbone that comes through really nicely. Tasty RIS.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle. Bottled on 2014-11-04.

A: Opaque black. Poured 1.5 fingers high of head with medium retention.
S: Medium roasted aroma. Moderate cocoa. Moderate caramel syrup.
T: Moderate roasty. Off-dry. Medium bitterness. A little hint of sourness.
M: Full body, very thick. Low carbonation.
O: A bit too thick and sweet. Chocolate/Nut character is underwhelming. Not bad, but I always expect richer ones for such high alcohol and gravity.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle, Brewer's Droop, Bristol - Pours dark black with a thick foamy tanned head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste - Sweet, dark chocolate, roasted malts with a dry bitter long finish. Very well balanced imperial stout.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with a thin tan head that quickly disappears completely and leaves no lace. Chocolate and earthy hops on the nose. Sweet milk chocolate up front with more bitter dark chocolate on the back end. Lots of roasted dark malt and moderate hop presence.

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

Appearance: Very dark, black, opaque color.

Overall: Aroma is sweet, smoky, chocolate. Has a moderately thick feel. Tastes sweet, roasty, and has a bitter chocolate finish. Terrific winter brew, delicious and smooth.

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Photo of SanWrencho
4.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly one of the most delicious beers I have of this style. Unlike some "chocolate stouts" that resort to putting chocolate in their brew, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout has no need to rely those techniques. It's amazingly rich and incredibly smooth despite its over the top nature. Very worth buying at 9 per 4 pack!

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

Brooklyn Brewery - Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. 10% ABV. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 9/30/15 at 12:01 (code 2735).

Look: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, and settles black as night. Large two finger tan head, that slowly lapses into a thick cap.

Smell: Rich dark chocolate, caramel, powdered sugar, and very faint alcohol.

Feel: Thick, chewy body, but very smooth with some nice carbonation.

Taste: Rich bitter chocolate is immediate, with some bitter coffee backing it. Has a sweet bitter chocolate aftertaste.

Overall: Nice sweet chocolate RIS, which conceals the ABV very well.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thick, RIS black pour into a bubble tulip glass. Strong chocolate aroma notes with dark roasted malts - delicious! This RIS runs with a tough crowd and holds its own. Strong chocolate, licorice and expresso coffee come out in the finish. A full 10% ABV is well hidden, so be careful. We think of Brooklyn as in the upper mid-tier -- solid performers across the board -- but the one rises above the rest.

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

12 oz bottle. Near black, two finger creamy head with good retention, lacing. Chocolate candy bar aroma. Tastes of semi sweet dark chocolate, some coffee and mild char. Touch of hop bitterness finishes it off. Alcohol very well hidden. Medium semi-slick mouthfeel. This is a good readily available stout, lots of chocolate goodness.

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Photo of Wer34truh
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Features a clear black color, with a small dirty-brown head which dissipates quickly. Quite a bit of lacing for a Russian Imperial Stout.

Smells of chocolate, caramel-sweetness, biscuits, and general smoked flavors.

A distinct bitter coffee-flavor dominates the taste. The roasted element comes through well in the initial taste, but ends up playing second fiddle to the coffee. I didn't get that much chocolate until the aftertaste, which has a distinct dark chocolate flavor that lingers for a delightfully long amount of time.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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