Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
6,693 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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Ratings: 6,693 |  Reviews: 2,815
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, almost shiny/oily. Small mocha head, retains well, leaves lacing. Deep chocolate scent with malty notes. First sip is a great feel, positively light with a delicate smoothness and moderate carb. Hoppy finish preceded by subtle chocolate notes, rounded off by a malty burntness. There are many better of this style, but not many beat the value (7.99/4pk in jerz). High alcohol content is fun.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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

Beer (sorry - ale) poured an almost pure black with columns of carbonation visible if you look closely, all gathering to form a thick brown head. beautiful. As I drink, the head remains, and the glass is left with the marks of my conquest in the form of lacing down the sides.

You can smell the alcohol in this beer, intermingled with the burnt malts and a sweetness reminscient of baking chocolate. Is that a hint of molasses or are you just excited to see me?

You catch a lot of the same fish as the nose, with a slight bitterness that is built by the chocolate alcohol and burnt aspect of the malts, though they mellow into a rounder more roasted slope on the come down. There's a slightly bitter aftertaste to it as well, but not as dominant as many RIS.

Has that dry characteristic that helps remind me of baking chocolate, and good carbonation levels. Overall I rather enjoyed this brew. Sadly, it is not at all available in my area, otherwise I would definitely consider getting it again (cost of course being the mitigating factor). You can certainly taste the alcohol, and I probably wouldn't drink more than one of them in a sitting, but I would absolutely drink it again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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%

Photo of BobZ
3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Black with a dark tan 1/4” head that disappears almost immediately. Nice lacing.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malt, maybe a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Almost identical to the smell, you get the dark chocolate flavor up front followed by a bitter roasted malt finish with some alcoholic warmth. The bitterness is not overwhelming and neither is the alcohol, however they are both noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth, nice finish.

Overall: Decent stout, it lives up to its name being much more chocolate in flavor with very few coffee notes. Again a solid beer but nothing special and nothing that makes it stand apart from other stouts.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Darker chocolate, dark ripe fruits, touch of alcohol, oats, very mild touch of yeast. It's okay, but the fruits turn me off a tad.

Not my favorite taste, with far too much dark/ripe fruits coming through; think prunes and figs. Some very sweet and oily tobacco too. The fruit combines unpleasantly with the roasted malt's chocolate offering. It's nice that there isn't a lot of cloying going on with this sweetness. I know some people who would love this, but it's not for me, especially as a RIS.

I love Brooklyn beers, but this one is just decent.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark black, almost resembles well used motor oil. The head is light tan and very dense. This beer laces extremely well.

S- A dry prominent dark roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate. The roasted aroma definitely stands out front.

T- Dark roasted malt flavors that gradually gets intense then fades. There are is a slight dark chocolate aftertaste followed by a mild bitterness. It's not as bitter as most Imperial Stouts I've had.

M- Very thick and full bodied with low carbonation.

D- It's extremely drinkable for an Imperial Stout.

This beer is balanced extremely well and is not overpowering. There's the perfect amount of roasted malt flavor that fades wonderfully followed by subtle hints of chocolate and a mild lingering bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,693 ratings
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