Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

6,681 Ratings
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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Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pitch black pour with 1+ finger of dark tan head that stayed around for a while. Minimal lacing, but a beautiful beer. Smell is quite complex with coffee, molasses, raisin and some notes of vanilla and chocolate. Very favorable aroma following turkey dinner. Taste mostly followed the nose, but had a good bit of licorice on it. Was wanting more of the chocolate to come through. A little boozy, but too be expected with the 10% ABV. A pretty good balance otherwise. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from a RIS. Thick and creamy a bit of silk with adequate carbonation. Overall- A can't say this beer was fantastic, but it is a very good sipper to close out a chilly evening. Wanted more chocolate and coffee and less licorice. Solid effort from Brooklyn and I would have no problems hitting another after some aging. Quite Tasty-

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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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%

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

12oz bottle into a tulip glass - from the latest release? Re-reviewed on 8/27/12 from the Winter 2010/2011 release. I've since had a 2011/2012 bottle, a bit over a year old and I think the sweet spot for age of this beer.

A: Pitch black pour with 2 fingers of fairly dark brown head. It recedes slowly and sticks around on top of the beer forever. Beautiful beer. The head from the aged bottle didn't last nearly as long.

S: Right away I get intense roasted malt aroma with coffee, dark chocolate, and significant licorice and toffee.

Molasses, dark fruits, and milk chocolate are more prominent in the aged bottle. Licorice is still very significant. I also get a good amount of oxidation.

T: I get an odd bitter flavor that overwhelms everything else - a bit too heavy handed on the hopping for me. In the background, I get great dark chocolate flavor with a lot of roastiness. Maybe the beer needs sometime? The ABV is also quite apparent.

The aged bottle is a completely different story. Very complex, the beer starts off with lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, smooth black coffee, some nuttiness, and a very nice smokiness in the aftertaste. Molasses are in thr background. This is one of the most complex beers I've ever had.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel - quite good. Very creamy.

O: Not sure what to think here. If it wasn't for the odd bitter flavor, this beer would be exceptional - too bad it's quite strong. I've got a 2 year old bottle and will drink it soon to compare.

The aged beer is really quite nice. Very complex, balanced, and quite flavorful. Aged, this beer is wonderful - so complex, so delicious. With a year on it, this is one of my favorites.

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4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black used motor oil color, pours with a finger of brown frothy head that settles into a thin lacing on the surface of the beer. Looks very oily, dense, completely opaque. Slightly below average lacing, which is to be expected from a 10% ABV beer. 4.5/5

Smell: Bitter chocolate and earthy hop aromas. Some raisins, light cherries, a little vanilla. Some booziness. 3.5/5

Taste: A little alcohol burn at the front, but super creamy bittersweet chocolate on the mid-palate. Some coffee beans, hints of dark fruit and oaky vanilla. This one is pretty complex. Finishes with super bitter chocolate that lingers quite some time. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, oily, with minimal carbonation. Finish is very dry. 4.5/5

Overall: A little less balanced than some Russian Imperial Stouts, but overall very flavorful and complex. I love beers than linger, and this one sticks around. This one is a heavy meal.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a pint glass a completely opaque coffee black with a two-finger head of thick, creamy khaki foam.

I get notes of vanilla, dark woods, charred grains, as well as some bitter cocoa and coffee aromas against a slightly sweet alcohol backdrop. Beautiful.

The taste is more chocolately than the nose would suggest. There is a significant amount of bitterness between the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee flavors, but it is balanced out by the syrupy-sweet nature of this big stout.

Sorry for the brief review. Turkey time!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of tlazaroff
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark as night, there is no light getting though this one at all. Not much of a head, I attribute it to the alcohol presence. Of what was there, before it dissipated, the head was a dark mocha coffee color.

S: This beer is quite heavy handed on the chocolate, it has a nice background note of sweet cherries. Smells like chocolate covered maraschino cherries. Delicious! The alcohol comes in though a bit on the nose as well.

T: The alcohol hits your right up front with a small burn, followed a blast of roast and finished with a punch of chocolate and a tad of dark fruit.

M: Full bodied and lightly carbonated, it also comes though somewhat dry and leaves a grittiness on my palate.

D: Quite low, but it's good like that. You don't want to gulp something like this down too quickly and not leave any time to enjoy it.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a two finger creamy chocolate milk colored head. Nice retention and lacing. The aroma has dark sweet chocolate, coffee, and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste has chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and raisins. A sweet beer, with bitterness provided by the coffee taste. A nice flavored beer, and I almost gave the next highest mark for taste, but decided against it due to the alcohol heat. This should age very nicely.

There is a sticky, chalky feel to this beer. Full bodied, creamy, modest carbonation, and the alcohol is not well disguised, which is unfortunate. I like this beer quite a bit, and am glad to have the rest of the 4 pack to finish. At $7.99, this beer is a steal. I think I will age some of this. I think it will be really good with about a year on it.

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Photo of zachary80
3.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark tan head is surprisingly uniform and smooth. Great lacing, okay retention. Totally black body.

Aroma is slight alcohol, light roast, sweet.

Flavor is bittersweet chocolate, although the chocolate is not very well rounded out is too one-dimensional. Bitterness from the malts is fairly high. Slight metallic taste is off-putting.

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent. Somehow it comes off as too thin given the rest of the character, not sure if it is the carbonation or what. It feels like there will be be more body at first but lets down.

Overall a good beer, wish it had more body. Actually I'm not quite sure why I like the beer since I can't say many positive characteristics. Sum is greater than the its parts for this one.

A note on aging - at one year it was nearly impossible to tell apart from fresh; the biggest difference was in aroma and there weren't any notable improvements.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Xtra from mdfb79 – Big Thanks Dan!

Notes from last night
*12oz bottle using a 10oz taster Nonic glass

A: Pours a super dark brown if not damn near black with a sort of garnet edge on it. Real tight bubbles form a turbinado sugar colored rim and just some bit of alcohol legs down the sides of the glass.

S: Smells of deep rich roasty sweet malts. Some char character with dry roasted coffee notes. Alcohol. Not really much chocolate present in the nose.

T: Taste is super rich and decadent with dark roast malt flavors, dark chocolate, sweetened dark fruits and coffee beans. Slightly sweet overall with some alcohol presence but actually quite balanced at 10% ABV. Very robust and juicy with chocolate flavors. A big step up from the aroma here.

M: Heavier body and relatively viscous but with nice carbonation so not too syrupy. Sugars do coat the tongue providing a nice silky smooth mouthfeel overall.

D: A big rich stout with some great chocolate malt flavors. More of a sipper at 10% ABV and a touch sweet but with enough balance to make for a nice smooth drinking experience.

Not bad at all for my first brew from Brooklyn. Would definitely like to seek out more of this one sometime.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of abgba121
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black with a thin tan head and a moderately sticky lace

S: alcohol at first, followed by sweet roasted tones of malts, no hop presence, but chocolate and some coffee present

T: slight chocolate, roasted malts, some smokiness, nice and sweet and some alcohol warming present, great brew

M: average to medium body

O: a good beer, sot one to go out of the way to get but if found, give it a whirl

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Photo of brandon911
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a Chimay Chalice.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, opaque beer that allows no light to penetrate. I didn't get much of a head at all, though it wasn't poured very aggressively. The little bit of a head that was apparent had great retention and lacing. Smell wise, it doesn't have too much there, though it smelled great. A lot of roast and coffee and some alcohol, for a chocolate stout though, there isn't much chocolate there unfortunately. I loved the way it tasted, though once again, there isn't much chocolate. A lot of coffee, some smokiness and roasted malts. A little alcohol is apparent, along with a little vanilla. The mouthfeel is almost perfect for the beer. It's nice and creamy and delightful.

For some reason, I had a kinda rough time finishing it. I guess I may have gotten a little full or maybe bored, I dunno, maybe kinda distracted.

Overall though, I really liked this beer. It was a pretty good price at like 7 bucks on sale for a 4 pack at Specks. I'm definitely excited to have another. It's not a necessity to have this beer, but if found at the right price, I say go for it!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep deep brown with a well retaining mocha colored head. Lots of prunes, dark chocolate and coffee on the nose. Alcohol is also present.

Taste is big on dark fruits and bitter dark chocolate. Roasted malts present as well with a nice very subtle hop balance. Perfect combination of dark fruits and chocolate. Slight bitter black coffee presence is there as well. Not too much of a lingering aftertaste. Finishes very clean with a slight alcohol burn due to the high abv.

This thing has a big body and lots of clingy lace. Pretty outstanding and unique brew.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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