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

Winter of 2010-2011 release so bottle is almost a year old.

A - Poured into a wine glass. Deep black in color with a tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Bitter chocolate and coffee. Roasted sort of toasted smell. Really pleasant.

T - Even more bitter chocolate in the taste which is good. Lots of it. Melds into a coffee toffee sort of taste which tastes really good.

M - Good for a stout out of a bottle. This def. isnt a Imperial Russian but its the mouthfeel of just a regular and its good.

O - Solid chocolate stout. But its def. not Milk chocolate or anything, the bitter black chocolate is truly the star here and its delicious.

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Photo of clint1019
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet Black in color with a chocolate colored head that laces the glass very nicely.

S - Has a rich roasted malt aroma along with a strong chocolate presence and a hint of coffee aroma.

T - Again, a very bold roasted malt flavor. Not really getting much of the chocolate flavor. I think the amount of black malt used really over powers the chocolate flavors. NOT THAT THATS A BAD THING. Also, getting quite a bit of bitterness from the malt.

M - Medium to Full bodied.

O - Has a bold roasty flavor to the point where that is really all you can taste. With all the bitterness and acidity it almost reminds me of a strong french roast coffee or a expresso. Very nice beer!

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12 ounce bottle. Finally in MN. I've always wanted to try this beer.

A: Pours jet-black, with a finger-thick tan head that settles slowly. Much slower than other beers of the same style. Retention is very good, and sticky lacing coats the glass.

S: Nose consists of coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt notes, along with dried dark fruit and a hint of smoke.

T: Very balanced flavor. Roasted malt and chocolate, along with espresso notes and prune. Bitterness from the roasted malt is superb, and gives the beer a very pleasant finish.

Notes: This is one of the more balanced imperial stouts out there. Full-bodied, with complex flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. This beer is damn good! Even at 10%, drinkability is superb. By far my favorite offering from Brooklyn to date.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass.

Bottle: Winter 11/12

A- Pours a dark black opaque color, big frothy 2 fingers worth of brown head, dissipates slowly, sticky lacing, attractive looking stout.
S- The aroma is bitter chocolate upfront, roasted malts, nice roasted coffee notes.
T- The taste is really bitter upfront, roasted malts, roasted coffee notes, licorice, bitter chocolate, cocoa.
M- Big mouth feel, viscous, coats the palate, smooth drinking, bitter finish.
O- This is a Solid beer, nice bitter chocolate taste, perfect winter beer, really enjoyable.

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Photo of tdm168
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is from "Winter 10-11". Consumed on 10/20/11.

Pours a very dark black with a reddish hue and 1/4" of brown head that fades after a little while. The smell has notes of dark fruit, anise, licorice, roasted malts, coffee, alcohol esters and faint chocolate. The taste is anise and licorice up front then a blast of roasted malts and coffee followed by faint chocolate, dark fruit, and some alcohol warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and full bodied.

This is a well blended, very rich, delicious beer. The alcohol is noticeable but only adds to the overall enjoyability of the beer. All the flavors mesh well. I'll definitely have another one of these as the days get colder.

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

Pours a dark chocolate black with no light penetrating when held up to the light. Produced 2 fingers of creamy dark tan head. Pretty good retention, but eventually recedes to a nice thin film and leaves some laving.

The aroma that I am getting is bitter dark chocolate, licorice, rich coffee, roasted malt and some healthy notes of booze!

Taste follows the nose to the T. I feel like I am drinking liquid black chocolate. Its amazingly good. Along withe the dark chocolate, some subtle notes of coffee and licorice. I'm also getting what I think to be a black cherry finish.

Medium in body and hot!! I wish this was a little heavier, but this beer is hard to criticize. Thick, boozy coating with each sip. Makes you long for the next sip.

Overall, this might be the best bang for your buck stout you can get. $7.50 for a four pack and this stout is sublime. I will make it a point to buy a four pack every time that I go to buy beer until it is off shelves. So you can run and tell that homeboy

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

I love stouts!

A: Deep black body topped with a 1+ fingered frothy head with solid retention. Good lacing to boot!

S: Dark chocolate, toffee, molasses with a surprisingly noticeable hop profile.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, hops poke through and resonate in the aftertaste. Slightly too bitter for my personal taste.

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry.

O: Solid stout, and I'm very glad that I have three more to drink!

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a large sniffter

Appearance : pitch black in color with no light penetrating through this brew. A nice dark tan head appears after a vigorous pour that dissipates to a ring of bubbles. If you agitate the glass the head will slightly reform.

Smell : lots of toffee and dark chocolate dominant the aroma. Also picking up on some alcohol aromas as well.

Taste : huge dark chocolate flavors here and not any bitterness. Not overly sweet but has a nice carmel malt backbone.

Mouthfeel : full bodied brew with adequate carbonation,not sticky sweet but has nice mouthfeel.

Overall : this is a great chocolate stout I'm glad I picked up a four pack. I think this brew will improve with some age on it. Definitely needs to be drank on the warm side to enjoy all the flavor this beer has to offer

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Photo of WMEugene
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Rich, velvety black color with a thin brown head and nice lacing. An attractive stout.

S - Deep, dark chocolate. Smells like one of those fancy dark chocolate bars. Nice hints of roasted malts as well. If you like the smell of chocolate, you will be in heaven.

T - Flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malts dominate. A bit of alcohol in the taste as well. Hints of coffee/espresso in the background.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a nice level of carbonation. A little bit of a dry finish and alcohol heat in the aftertaste.

O - The Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a delightful winter seasonal and is a must-have if you love (dark) chocolate. The dark chocolate flavors are delightful and it's aroma is fantastic.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage '11-'12, poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A: Deep black body with a bit of dark brown around the top edges and on the pour. Mocha colored head with tight bubbles and a very creamy nature to it. Lots of sticky lacing and a spotty cap make up a seriously great looking RIS.

S: Dark roasted chocolate malts, caramel, bitter dark chocolate cocoa nibs, slightly roasted coffee beans and touches of vanilla towards the back end. Not too rich or sweet, very dark and roasted in nature.

T: Milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans again coat the mouth. Mid palate is some powdered chocolate, and finishing somewhat sweet with an added honey-like flavor to it. Well balanced, not overboard in any certain aspects. All in all a very well done beer.

M: Well carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles giving this a thinner feel on the palate. It's not watery but certainly could be a bit thicker for the style. A weak point of the beer but it does somehow retain a certain creaminess to it.

I remember having the same impression last year with this beer; very solid, relatively inexpensive and dangerously drinkable. I have a bottle from last year in the cellar and plan to do a mini-vertical once next years batch comes out. It looks to be a good cellar candidate but we'll see how these hold up over time.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- black lacquer with a one-finger caramel-colored head that quickly fades to a lacy ring.

S- chocolate, vanilla, coffee, raisins

T- dark chocolate-covered raisins up front that transition to a mocha cappuccino and finish with dark chocolate

M- medium to thick with a balanced level of carbonation that stays until the end.

O- for the price, this is one of the better stouts I have had. The complexity is what did it for me. I was expecting just a "chocolate stout" and ended up with so much more.

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Photo of JMad
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a snifter...

Pours black with a lofty, frothy brown heads that stays pretty consistent. The smell is dominated by unsweetened dark chocolate, roasted malt, black coffee and hint of alcohol. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate and load of roasted malt, some coffee and a slight alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is thick smooth and silky, low carbinaton and a dry finish. This RIS can hang with the best, I really enjoyed the chocolate flavors in this beer, and that it wasn't sweet.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(this is for a winter 11-12 bottle)

Pours a not quite pitch black. .5in brown head develops and stays for a good while. Lacing is very heavy....appears a little over-carbonated for the style.

Smell is lots of roasted malt, chocolate, and alcohol. The usual suspects as far as big IS's go, but as a whole it's not as inviting as some of the best examples of the style.

Taste is pretty in line with the smell. The flavor notes are there but come across a little abrasive rather than blending together. As a whole its still a relatively pleasant taste and to style (aren't IS's supposed to be a little abrasive, after all?).

Mouthfeel has a little bit of a chocolate milk quality, but it could stand to be just a little smoother. For me, mouthfeel is probably the most important element of an IS (or at least it's far more important than in other styles), and this beer just doesn't really stand out enouth in this category to compensate for the harshness of the flavor profile.

Overall this beer works at its given price point and is a good, middle of the road, IS. It's worth picking up a 4 pack and cellaring a couple for comparison. Just don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of diamondc
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11-12 vintage.

A: A typical RIS pour ... black motor oil, light mocha colored head. Not much head retention though. Some light lacing.

S: Cherries, moderate roast, slight smoke, coffee and chocolate (duh..). Very vinous.

T: Dark fruit flavors initially, figs & cherries. Followed by an intense dry roastedness. Hot nuts and dark chocolate. Some moderate light pine hop bitterness at the end. Superb.

M: Another RIS sipper. Booze is apparent, but not distracting.

O: Some nice complexity. Still have one from last year being 'cellared'. Always look forward to this beer.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I keep here people raving about this one. Although I found the bottle very pedestrian and average, I though I'd give it a shot from a growler. Purchased the growler from New Beer Distributors; poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with two fingers of white head.

S: Smells like a dark chocolate bar next to a bowl of cascade hops. Its rich and bitter, but inviting.

T: Tastes like an RIS! Its chocolate promise carries through with a strong cocoa nib flavour, but the vicious hops provide a lasting bitter backbone. Finishes dry and boozy.

D: Alcohal is still a little too present for my tastes. Not too much difference between the tap and the bottle, which is weird. Especially considering how much better that growler of Stone RIS I had was.

Overall: I still don't get this stout. Its solid, don't get me wrong, but its far from the top echelon of RIS, or even chocolate stouts. It is just too boozy and unbalanced for my tastes. However, the price certainly is right.

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

I really enjoy this one during the long and dark nights of winter...

A: Viscous, melted chocolate, with a nice dark chocolate head...

S: Licorice up front - I get a big licorice note on this before anything else. Toasty malts, raisins, bitter chocolate, and some booze. Smells great!

T: Follows the nose. Black licorice, and semi-sweet chocolate. A roasted quality begins and ends with the swallow. Perhaps a smidge of a hop bite, with a nice warming finish that reminds me of kahlua

M: Cream.

O: Superb beer - absolutely perfect for the cooler months. Sip on this one and watch the leaves change :)

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a black (duh) motor oil color with some bubbles sticking to the glass's edge but no head really. Good lacing, although short-lived.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate but not sweet-smelling at all...until you get to the alcohol which is present but not noticeable right away

T- Burnt toast, coffee again, chocolate naturally. Not especially strong though, given this beer's 10% ABV. Yeah, real smooth with a roasty aftertaste that I enjoy even though I don't usually prefer stouts. There is a slight bitterness from the hops but it takes a back seat to the dominant maltiness of the brew. So easy-drinking for such a high ABV but it's not very boozy at all. Quite remarkable.

M- Thick and viscous. Leaves that gooey saliva build in your mouth that's hard to get rid of. This could be a good or bad thing depending on where you're coming from. Low-medium carbonation makes sense in a beer as heavy as this.

O- Brooklyn's hit or miss but it seems like their high alcohol percentage beers are usually the ones that do it for me.

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

Drinking the fresh 2011/2012 version of this beer. Beer is black as always with a tan head with a bit of lacing and a nice ring around the outside of the glass. The aroma is chocolate with mild coffee and roast aromas. There is a bit of caramel as well. The flavor is very nice, chocolate takes front stage, but there is a distinct fruityness that is present as well. There is also a bit of roast. This beer is pretty thick and pretty smooth, but there is a bit of maybe acidity (not sour or infected at all, maybe some acidity from patent malt?) that cuts it a bit. Good carbonation. This beer is a very solid readily available imperial stout. Got some last year, and am in the infant stages of building a vertical. Big fan.

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is cocoa powder and coffee.Taste is coffee chocolate and smoked malts.Overall a decent beer that is deep with flavor.I would recommend to try at least once and I'm sure I'll buy again sometime in the future.

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

Bottle From Winter 07-08:
A small tan head forms on a black brew that quickly receeds to leave some light lacing.

A slight smell of dark fruit, a light smell of lactose and dark chocolate.

Tastes of dark fruit, fairly sweet, a slight taste of oxidation and a light taste of alcohol.

Bottle From Winter 08-09:
A two finger frothy tan head forms on a black brew, the head receeds to a small ring of bubbles and light lacing.

A good nose of cola, chocolate and alcohol, the smell is fairly sweet.

A great taste of dark chocolate, sweet mocha, bitter coffee, the taste finishes with a light tinge of alcohol.

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Photo of gtermi
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle
Duvel Tulip Glass

The beer pours a solid black with a head that is a nice nut brown color

The beer has tons of chocolate notes, some roastedness and more chocolate. I am also getting a tiny bit of alcohol.

The taste is by far the best part of the beer. The chocolate and roastedness just explode on my palate. The chocolate taste lingers and it is just amazing.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. Feels great in my mouth with a good amout of crispness.

Overall this is the best beer from Brooklyn I have ever had. It is just so tasty and enjoyable. I am glad they dont make this year round, because I would buy this everytime I saw it.

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

Pours a solid black with a big, tan head that laces.

Smells of sweet, caramel malt with a small roast character and chocolate and coffee notes...big biscuity smell.

Up front sweet, roast character with a creamy chocolate character with a sweet, bitter character that has some awesome coffee and alcohol and ends on a roasted note. Complex and damned tasty.

Full bodied with a lower carbonation...not heavy or cloying though.

A big, complex stout that I look forward to every year.

*Update: I tried this next to a one-year old bottle and the aged bottle had a huge coffee note in the finish that lasted forever. It also had a creamy taste and a much more muted hop character. It tasted less "bright" and more subtle. I liked both versions for their respective tastes.

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Photo of biggsbowler
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vine and Barley, Its black and chocolate, do you need to know more. It is a solid stout. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts in the taste. A good amount of chocolate in the noise but nothing overpowering. This is just a good all around beer.

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

2009 Vintage on tap at the MN Craft Brewers Guild Autumn Brew Review 2011 in Minneapolis at the historic Grain Belt Complex. Delicious brew. Very subtile and complex at the same time. Am very excited to have a couple bottles of these in the old cellar!

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
2.85/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Split a bottle of this with my husband on 10/1/2011.

Lets start this review with my kind of apology/explanation.

I really do like stouts! I don't always like Russian Imperial Stouts, but generally I do like stouts!


Ok, here goes:

The appearance was dark black with a slightly tan head. There was more head in my husband's sample glass than in mine, but that happens sometimes.

Scent: dark, acrid, slightly sour. I'm slightly concerned at this point, but my mind is still open.

Sigh, the taste is where I just didn't get it.

Dark dry and musty that fades to a dark very acrid/burnt chocolate. Ends slightly sour on my palate. Not sweet, not sour, really *ashy* like extremely charred coffee.

Body is medium to rich. Very nice texture to it.

I'm not a fan of this beer at all. When I drink overly dark roasted poor quality coffee, I start getting pain in my hands and knees (my bad spots) and this beer flared up these tender/painful points just like overly charred poor quality coffee.

I'm not giving up on the style since generally I like stouts and I like some RIS's, but this is not the beer for me.

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