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

Bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A-- viscous black, opaque. Slight head dissipates quickly
S-- a strong sweet chocolate aroma, roasted malt as well
T-- subtler and smoother than I expected, slight bite in the aftertaste, but nothing unpleasant. Very drinkable for a high ABV
M-- heavyish and thick. Almost chewy.

O-- really very good.

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Photo of bezakjon
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Poured into a Chimay glass...

Aggressively poured, appeared a jet black color with a mocha colored head. Head was about 2 fingers to start, yet dissipated rather quickly, leaving a syrupy resin on the glass.

Smelled of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses - with a slight boozy warmth in the nose. Smell makes me want to take a big gulp.

A solid roasted taste - though I find the chocolate to be much more prevalent in the nose, and less on the palate. Still extremely tasty and well balanced. Nice bitter finish.

Moderate mouthfeel, on the lighter end for a stout but compliments this particular brew quite well.

This is one of my go-to stouts. Always a solid stout no matter the vintage. I find that more chocolate/vanilla notes come through with a little age on it. Looking forward to saving the rest of the 4 pack I purchased for a few years down the line.

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Photo of Goldfishman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of corzocl
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Listers
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Converge
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip. Winter 11-12 bottle.

A - Small head of dark mocha foam; only about a finger though. The beer black as night, and really viscous. Very little head retention, but it does settle to a small ring around the edges of the glass. Minimal lacing for a while, but that soon disappears as well. Honestly, the appearance of this stout is probably the most underwhelming thing about it. I suppose I'll give the next one I try a good aggressive pour and see if I can yield a nice big head out of it.

S - Maybe a bit too cold, but I'm getting a lot of skunky/metallic notes at first. Upon warming up for a bit, more bitter espresso, burnt black malt, and rich black chocolate. A bit of hop presence looms in the background. Overall this RIS shows off a complex aroma with earthy, resinous notes of charred malt as well as deep, rich chocolate sweetness. There's definitely a smokey character in here as well.

T - Outright massive. The flavors are dark and rich and very complex. Huge charred and burnt malt dominates the front of the palate, along with rich dark chocolate and a solid bite of coffee bean bitterness. The finish is lingering burnt black malt, dark chocolatey goodness, and espresso bitterness. As it warms, the complexities only grow. Notes of dark fruit begin to come through, along with heavy molasses, licorice, and some earthy hops and resinous, smokey character. There's definitely some alcohol heat in the finish, but with a stout this big and mean, I don't mind one bit. Although this flavor profile might sound like an all out assault of flavors, which it sort of is, it's not at all too much to handle. The bitterness is there, but I wouldn't have guessed 70 IBUs; maybe more like 50.

M - Viscous, creamy, and heavy; low carbonation, but not quite as subtle as I would have liked. Not really as smooth as anticipated either. Still, this is no area of concern for this RIS. The body feels full and rich, and the carbonation adds a nice liveliness to it. As expected, this monster gets pretty sticky towards the end. The heat is there in the finish, but as already mentioned, it doesn't detract from the flavor profile at all.

D - The RIS exceeded all expectations. The flavor here was everything I could have hoped for and then some. Although this stout couldn't be much bigger, it was still easy to get through. Certainly one I'll be having many times more, and well worth the hype.

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Photo of anth0ny
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brooklyn Black Chocolate pours deep black with a pinky finger of a brilliant cinnamon colored head. When the head is out it leaves a nice, thin landscape on top and a small frothy ring around the glass that hangs out til the end. Looks pretty dang good.

S - For me, I'm getting pretty much all chocolate/cocoa and some bourbon in the nose. Loving the aroma.

T - The taste is interesting. By interesting I mean an initial shock to the palette on every drink. Black chocolate is dominant, a little raisin, a bit of hops. Finishes bitter with a lot of booze. It's definitely a sipper and a warmer. You get the stout flavor in the aftertaste, with lingering coffee and malt.

M - Nice, heavy mouth with sufficient, balanced carbonation. Ice cold is the way to go, more chocolate and less booze. The warmer it gets you get more of a chocolate cough syrup.

O - This stout is power with flavor and punch. I'd say the alcohol is a bit too much, but without it, it wouldn't be the same. Also, it's a specific occasion type of drink. I had it now just chillin at home, not really the right scene for it. But I also had this on a more relaxed NYE in a hot tub and it was fantastic.

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Photo of thecheapies
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Sharp Edge.

Near black with a cream-colored head that rings firm.

Bitter chocolate, booze, candied sugar, smoke, hint of caramel.

Prickly spice hops with a very bitter alkaline cocoa punch. Licorice is strong; big roastiness, semi-sweet, alcohol present, long tingly finish. Earthy/spicy hop comes in pretty hard in a fresh offering. Commanding presence in a beer.

Silky mouthfeel. Hot, because it's pretty fresh. A little syrupy, carbonation is a bit low.

I drink this on draft here every winter. One of my favorite seasonals. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hogrider
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a lot of good things about this stout and I made a special effort to get a bottle; first impressions are very important, as I poured this stout into my 12 oz. mug I knew that I had a winner in my hands. I immediately tested the nose, it registered a strong bitter brew, scent of chocolate, roasted barley and chocolate malt came to the forefront and it was confirmed by the palate. Head retention is minimal with light lacing in the mug…I like this stout a lot, it goes down warm and is thick to the palate; next time I have it I will drink it in a sniffer glass and sip it slow just like brandy. I highly recommend it….and remember folks support your local brewery DRINK BEER. HOG.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a deep black color with a thin dark beige almost brown head. Minimum retention and very few lacings left

S: Smell is rich. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, candy, vanilla. Ended by grassy hops and alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, coffee, yeasts, grassy hops. In overall a deliciously bitter beer. Very very tasty

M: Full creamy body. Low carbonation. Dry bitter mouthfeel. Alcohol is quite evident. Aftertaste is grassy and earthy

O: Brooklyn beers are usually good. This one is even better ;)

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Photo of ADZA
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black just like used oil with no light piercing at all which leaves a cappicino laced two finger head that stays and leaves lacing here and there,the smell is roasted dark malts,chocolate fudge,oak and a touch of dark coffee,the mouthfeel is full and creamy with tastes of dark belgian chocolate,arabica coffee beans,a touch of woodiness,herbal hops and finished with a distinct cappicino bittersweetness and overall what a brew this is it is the perfect nightcap with the chocolate taste of a nice mocha and only the slight warmness from the alcohol definately one to recommend and will buy more of cheers.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Zimbo
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Limited bottling 10-11.

In the bottle there is a nice light dry roasty aroma with some richness and raisin. Poured it forms virtually no head. Jet black colour and obvious high booze shimmery hue this is surprisingly light bodied for the style. A bit hollow on the taste front as it lacks definition and fullness on the palate.
But just when you've virtually given up all hope more intense roasty complex meaty aromas creep up on you with a medicinal gauze quality which just makes it really quite delicious. Still, by the time this almost perfect nose comes to the forefront its almost too late to push this into the realm of excellent. Still, I could whiff this little baby all night.

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Photo of guerocabral
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle ('09-'10 release so around two years old) poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours pitch black with about a finger of khaki light brown creamy head. Head retention was pretty good for a little bit before it receded to an even layer around the surface, leaving a sheet of lacing on the edge of the glass.

Nose is pretty true its name, rich semi sweet dark chocolate that is slightly fruity with notes of red berries. A little bit of espresso in there as well.

Taking a sip, there is a mild hop bitterness, before the smooth semi sweet dark chocolate flavors come through. Some roasted malt and espresso astringency near the finish.

Full body with some prickly carbonation, though it's silky smooth on the tongue after the initial carbonation attack. Alcohol is completely hidden after two years of age. Pretty good RIS, though it's a bit of a one note in flavor.

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Photo of tvazteca
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Picked up a growler for $10. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark. Really dark. Lusciously dark. Poured aggressively resulting in a three finger caramel tan head that sticks around for just a bit. I love the look of this beer.

S: The first thing that hits is the roasted malt and coffee. Then a good whiff of alcohol takes hold that mellows into dark cocoa powder. Maybe just the slightest dark chocolate covered cherry.

T: Roasted malt and just a hint of bitter chocolate. Stronger alcohol taste in the finish. As it warmed, tastes of the dark chocolate covered cherries come back on the finish. Very smooth, though. Enjoyable.

M: Mid-to-full bodied. Great coating of the tongue and mouth. Warmer it was a little syurpy, still really good.

O: I really enjoy this brew. The look and aftertaste do it for me. Each sip leaves such a wonderful taste that lingers forever, and the higher ABV allows this beer to have a nice warming taste and effect.

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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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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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