Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

6,673 Ratings
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
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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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler into a proper Brooklyn tulip. It's black and the head is chunky and brown and doesn't want to dissipate. Holding this glass in my hand is like holding a big black pearl. From the nose, I'm getting faint tones of chocolate, leather, and a tiny bit of booze.

The taste follows the nose. It's very smooth, malt-forward, and semi-sweet, and there is not much bitterness at all. The predominant flavor is chocolate and it hits you coming and going. There is just a touch of that burnt flavor that characterizes RISs, but it is buried under the chocolate. There are also dark fruit notes at mid-palate and a faint warming alcohol presence on the finish, but it's reasonable given that this baby is 10% abv. The mouthfeel is firm and slightly creamy.

This beer is an RIS that drinks like an American Double Stout. I have had it many times and it is one of my favorite winter seasonals. It is very easy to get, it is reasonably priced (especially growlers), and it is absolutely delicious. I don't know why I waited so long to review it.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel chalice

A - Pours a Black / Ebony colour (no light) with a nice coffee coloured head that retains well and laces.

S - Mainly hops and malt on the nose.

T - Up front some nice sweetness followed by some decent hop flavours. The chocolate is subtle but very complimentry. The finish is a long balanced afair with no sign of the 10% alcohol.

M - Full body and low carbonation.

O - A truly great beer. The chocolate is not overpowering but complimentry. I will buy more.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

A: It doesn't take too heavy a pour to yield a large, thick brown head on top of this jet-black brew. Retention is above average for the style, while the lacing is not inconsiderable.

S: The chocolate rings out strong here in the form of cocoa powder and milk and baking chocolates. There is also an overlying sweetness and an underlying aroma of booze in the background.

T/M: Taste follows the nose, though it's not as rich and one-dimensional as Choklat, which I find to be a good thing. The sweetness is well tamed by some subtle hops, while the alcohol mostly stays out of the way. Roasted flavors are faint compared to the chocolate, but help –along with a mild alcohol warmth– to round things out a bit. A good, medium-heavy body benefits from a perfect carbonation that's soft enough to add creaminess but active enough to keep things alive.

O: I've wanted to try this for a while, and I have to say I'm not disappointed. Having tried Choklat last night, I believe that my perfect chocolate stout lies somewhere in between the two. Though this brew lacks the robustness of Choklat, it's less offensively heavy and more varied in flavor, making it much more drinkable. I definitely see a side-by-side tasting in the near future.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip.

Appearance- Black as night with a real thin tan head. Head goes away right away, and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Amazing! Best smelling beer I've ever had. Chocoalte and coffee are both present. Just a hint of hops.

Taste- Not unlike the nose, but with the addition of a pleasant alcohol burn. Salted caramel in the end.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy just like a stout should be. Lingers in your mouth forever...and leaves a citrus after taste.

Overall- An amazing beer. This is now easiliy in my top 20. An absolute must try.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

best label in the business. simple, elegant, sexy, i call this "big sexy". this beer is black, big creamy mocha head, retension, lace.
big whiff of chocolate, tastes follows with a nice, slightly fruity finish. drinkable, should max at two though, im the knucklehead who drinks 3. well, this beer definitely has "hammerability". recommended.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mjtiernan
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2011-2012

12oz bottle poured into an oversized snifter

A: Pours jet black with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a nice ring around the glass. No light is getting through.

S: Hops. Not in the IPA way, but the delicious stout way. Tobacco, licorice and a moderate dose of dark fruit (mostly plums). I’m certain the roasted malts are there, but they are so well done that they are not putting off a strong char aroma.

T: Here comes the roasted malt. It’s very nicely balanced and is the focus of the brew. While it wasn’t the star of the nose, it’s the lynchpin of the flavor of the beer. If Brooklyn was off on the chocolate malted grains then this brew would be compromised. Hops are the secondary player and they are nicely placed. The hop bitterness at the finish sets a nice pace for the respect this beer deserves.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Although it is drinkable, from experience, this is a beer that should be respected.

O: My nemesis. I love this beer, but it has historically kicked my butt. It’s deceptively strong. I’ve always liked it, but never really broken it down, which this review has allowed me to do. This beer also makes be realize that I suck at pretending that roasted malt smells like chocolate.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

A- a jet black pour with a two finger head tinted a beautiful brown.

S- very sweet alcohol esthers, plum and raisin, a little bit of coffee, vanilla, bitter bakers chocolate.

T- a very dark, roasted bitter chocolate, then some sweetness from the alcohol and some dark fruit, but really this is a chocolate malt forward beer, very bitter and roasty.

O- This beer is unbelievable considering its price, such a great value and perfect example of an RIS.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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