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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to give this brew a second shot this year as it continues to get great reviews. Still not impressed though.

A- Dark black with minimal head when poured slowly into a Chimay glass. Good amount of carbonation present when twirled.

S- Chocolate, dark malts, coffee and alcohol. Almost makes me hope for something in the class of WWS from the smell.

T- Not bad here, a good dark malt/chocolate flavor combined with the coffee making it a nice flavor. The alcohol is a little strong and is easily detectable giving it a bite on the finish that I would prefer better covered either in flavor or decreased percent (this is coming from a guy who likes peaty single malt neat)

M- Here is my biggest complaint on this beer. It feels like water when you dont consider the alcohol. I don't know where people get full bodied but based on its thickness and flow I honestly think it rates more as a porter, the only reason they call it a RIS is b/c of the alcohol percent. Thicken this up and I think the body will go well with the alcohol and flavor

O- I still think the potential is here due to the flavor and aroma of this beer, but it comes off as a porter to me, and a slightly burning one at that. I have my 4 park for the season and can't claim I want more.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured year 11-12 bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: dark black in color with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: a heavy roasted malt character with a chocolate note that has a coffee hint.

Tastes: there is a light coffee taste over the sweet chocolate and roasted flavors. I get a cream taste in the middle that doesn't taste like a dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: there is a good carbonation in this brew with a little burn from the high ABV. but very enjoyable.

Overall: this is probably one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery that is readily available when it is in season, and I suggest hunt some out before its all gone. I will be getting more soon and next year as well.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is dark tan/light brown, 1 in, semi-fluffy, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Big chocolate malt notes along with caramel, coffee, char, and a bourbon scent that I believes comes from the dark roasted malt. Hops are noticable as well and have a relatively pronounced representation on the nose given the quantity of other ingredients in this beer.

T: Huge chocolate deep roasted malt notes along with a nice hop presence. Alcohol is noticable on the secondary palate. Aftertaste is slight char, hops, and chocolate malt.

M: Full bodied. Given the ingredient heavy nature of the beer and the full/thick/creamy mf that results, the hops in this beer counter and balance the malt very thoughfully.

O: Fantastic fresh. Amazing aged. This review is of fresh BCS. The fact that this beer is so ingredient heavy would make one expect for the palate to be bogged down by malts, but the hops in this beer (when fresh) balance the flavor and leave an almost wet/salivating sensation after each sip. Top notch beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

08-09 version that I've been hanging onto since it was originally released. I've sampled this beer numerous times over the years but this is the first time I've reviewed.

Poured into a highball glass, this is espresso black with a tan foam on top. Good lacing and legs.

Dark cherry fruit in the nose with charcoal and a sweet chocolate also present.

Luscious chocolate, and caramel. Raisins, smoked wood. The medium-long finish leaves traces of tobacco.

Silky, medium-full textured with a moderate low level of carbonation. Hefty on the tongue.

An excellent winter sipper, this is layered, luscious, and complex. One of the first russian imperial stouts I sampled, to this day it remains a favorite.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

12oz bottle poured into a Cigar City sifter.

A: Pours a thick black almost motor oil with decent light brown head that retains a decent lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, strong coffee and burnt malt offerings. Quite a decent hop profile as well.

T: Loads of dark chocolate and a great array of roasted malts, coffee and anise spring off the palate.

M: Very drinkable for such a creamy stout.

O: I will be seeking this out on a regular basis.

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

Flowed from the bottle into pint glass, slightly viscous, nearly black, forming a thick brown head.

Smells is pungent and robust with dark roasted chocolate, rich malts, roasted coffee and aromatic hops.

Taste provides layers of chewy toasted malts, some burnt chocolate cake, more coffee, dark dried fruits, a punch of hop bitterness and warming alcohol.

So thick and substantial, chewy and smooth.

Grab this one before it's gone!

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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