Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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

2008-2009 vintage into Duvel glass.

Appearance: 4.5
Opaque, dark drown-black body with dense, foamy brown 1 inch head. Nice lacing. As I drink a faint, incomplete of head remains on surface.

Smell: 4.5
Strong aroma of cocoa with notable presence of dark fruit and molasses malt. Addictive to smell.

Taste: 4
Initially, sweet chocolate malt that is overtaken by the more fruit, warming alcohol midway through with some mild bitterness. Great roasty finish with slight stickiness. Alcohol is notable, but not too over-powering. Good sipper beer.

Mouthfeel: 4
Moderate thickness with good coating of mouth. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Feels appropriate for such a stout.

Overall: 4.5
A very nice stout, especially to sipper during cold winter night. Quite drinkable. I enjoy the chocolate aspect and feels it softens the alcohol presence nicely. Overall, the alcohol is detectable, but not too overpowering. Enjoyable, but not a beer I have multiple in a sitting in most cases.

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

A - arrived as a jet black color with a frothy tan head.

S - chocolate and a bit of coffee and brown sugar.

T - As the name would imply, chocolate is the main attraction here. A healthy amount of bitter, roasty dark chocolate flavor with some coffee and brown sugar. In my opinion, the light sweetness is well-balanced by the roast and the hops. I wouldn't ask for more sweetness or for less. This stout is well-balanced overall with no real rough edges. A bit of booziness at the end if you sip it too fast, but this is to be expected from an imperial stout on tap.

M - nice body without being too heavy. I would be interested in trying a nitro version of this stout if such a thing actually existed.

Overall - this is a great, well-balanced stout. I can't say I'm too keen on the traditional flavor-hammer imperial stouts, so if you're a huge stout fan maybe you shouldn't take my review at face value. But I really like how Brooklyn BCS balances the chocolate flavor with everything else going on. Enjoy.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown/black color with some very faint ruby highlights around the edges. A nice dark tan head that was smooth and creamy. However the head was not very large nor did it have a tremendously long retetnion time. Left some decent lacing though.

Smell - A sweet and burnt chocolate note seems to be the driving force of the aroma. Some additional burnt malt is in there also. A touch of coffee. A touch of dark fruits. Some burnt bread. No over abundance of alcohol in the smell either. Nicely balanced. Smells great.

Taste - The taste brings out more of the robust, sweet chocolate, burnt coffee and dark fruit. A minor flavoring of alcohol is present as well. Very, very well balanced. A little bit of milk flavoring also.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Very dry and smooth and creamy. Slick feeling. The warming alcohol holds off until the last second then comes slowly and finishes strong. Covers the palate exceptionally well.

Drinkability - What a wonderful brew. A great smell, mouthfeel and of course an outstanding taste. This beer is very easy to drink and even more so during the Winter months. Watch out however, 10% ABV is quite a bit. I'm picking this up again next year for sure... and yes you should too.

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Photo of HosP
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz into Tremens snifter.

A- Pours dark black, with no light coming in or out. Very nice khaki head. Creamy and holds very well.

S- Nice bittersweet aroma from this. Roasted malts overcome the bitter chocolate notes in nose.

T- Up front the roasted malts mix with subtle sweet chocolate flavors. Bitterness starts to overtake in the middle through the end. Chocolate settles off pretty quick too, still very smooth drink.

M- Full body. Low carbonation, almost none. Creamy mouth feel.

O- Good beer here. Nothing really jumps out at me though. Chocolate flavors weren't as present as I was hoping for. Solid, but nothing overwhelmingly special.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Winking Lizard in Independence. Poured into a tulip glass and was, as usual for the WL, too cold. After warming the glass in my hands for a few minutes, I swirled and got down the business of reviewing.

Pours a dark brown/black, with a 1/4" tan head that is sloooow to reduce.

Smells of burnt brown sugar, dark chocolate and coffee, with hints of bitter flitting in and around these aromas. Tough to say if it is a dark chocolate bitter, or a coffee bitter.

Has a bitter-sweet start, with decent black coffee bitter and a decent amount of alcohol. Sweetens as you drink more, and remains smooth throughout.

Very full-bodied, and becoming more so as it warms. The alcohol also begins to mellow as it warms.

Easy drinking and smooth, I think this is one of Brooklyn's finest offerings. I would definitely have this again and recommend it if you're looking to enjoy a good stout.

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

A: Pitch black, motor oil consistency, very faint whispy head forms, then recedes.
S: Raisin, plum, alcohol, bakers chocolate, toffee and caramel
T: Strong raisin flavor up front, alcohol seems to be shining through fairly well. A slight astringency mingles with a touch of roasted malt and chalky bakers chocolate. Caramel sweetness is wrapped up in a moderately bitter finish, followed by a boozy warmth as the sip is finished.
M: Smooth, slightly viscous, with moderate carbonation
O: A solid beer, fairly sweet, seemed lacking on the chocolate forward characteristics that I was hoping for in this after-dinner brew.

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

A: Pours a dark black with a light brown foam.

S: Roasted notes. Lots of chocolate. Some coffee...some cherry noted.

T: Bitter roasted flavors up front. As it warms the chocolate becomes much more noted. A bittersweet chocolate taste predominates. A bit more sweet than would be optimal. The alcohol peeks through once in a while. A lingering bitter chocolate flavor coats the mouth.

M: Medium-thick on the mouth....A few swirls creates a creamy head. Rich & thick.

O: Drinkability is good. I considered this one over again and liked it more the second time. Initially....the sweetness is just shy of cloying but stays within reason. get the balance here and the flavors work together like a liquid chocolate cake. I raised my points and will try this again, in comparison to my standards of Old Raspy & Storm King.

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

12 ounce bottle vintage winter 2009-10 poured into a snifter.

The pour is jet black with a very small quick fading tan head that leaves nothing behind. The nose is made up of roasted malts, espresso, toffee, and chocolate. Not overpowering but very pleasant. Taste is amazing. No alcohol is on the palate with plenty of dark chocolate and a bitter malty finish. Very easy drinking stout. Mouthfeel is quite viscous. Overall this is a great stout. I wish I had some fresh to see how the chocolate has faded over the couple years this has been cellaring.

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Photo of London1985
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what can i say....

I picked this up from Utobeer in London's Borough Market today (March 26th 2011) and had to review it as it took me by complete surprise....

I was expecting just an 'ok' stout from this as my perception of the Brooklyn Brewery is kind of along the lines of mass produced beers so i didnt have high hopes for this.

However, when i opened and poured this, i was captivated by how dark and luscious it looked. It had the blackness to match its name and a lovely aroma.

It goes down very smooth and leaves an addictive film of alcohol and roasted coffee/chocolate flavours on your palatte like all good stouts should.

It has a beautiful lacing on the glass as you drink it down.

To cut it short, i wasnt expecting to drink the best ever stout i had with this.... but i also wasnt expecting such a wonderfully crafted and flavorful drink that goes down so smooth and is so pleasent on the nose and palatte.

Well done Brooklyn Brewery... you have produced an exceptional stout when compared to its price.

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Photo of Darwin1975
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice look. Thick, dark brew. Nice head.

S- Chocolate, coffee

T- Real Chocolate, moca taste. Rich

M- Coats the mouth nice, but does not linger. Easy on the palate.

Overall- Great stout. Would love to try this on draft. Wish I had more time to enjoy this.

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

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout Winter 10-11
Poured a deep brown-black with an inch of tan froth. Fair amount of lacing.

Alcohol is faintly on the nose behind wonderful aromas of chocolate coffee ice cream, maybe with some brownies in it after swirllin' in my snifter. quite refreshing

Taste is upfront sweet chocolate followed by some coffee bitterness, slight twinge of alcohol.

Very well put together beer, it earns my respect and than-some. I paid 6.99 for a four pack I respect that even more.

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Photo of raszputini
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a tulip glass. Pours jet black with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is light with mild notes of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is pretty intense. These malts are BURNT, but not in a bad way. The chocolate and coffee tone it down a little, but this is still a pretty intense brew, as it should be. Mouth is moderately thick, but not chewy and somewhat sticky. This is my favorite Brooklyn product so far

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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

120z bottle into tulip, from notes.
A: A jet black body, with a tan head that has good formation and retention. Lacing is left in layered patterns. Carbonation is not present in the body. Very typical for a RIS.

S: The aroma comes off very clean, with a big roasted body and subtle hints at chocolate. Sweetness is found in the nose as well. Overall aroma is standard and nothing really breathtaking.

T/M: On the front, this has a nice sweet roasted character, with high interplay of malts and bittering hops. Chocolate doesn't really come through till the beer warms up and bit. Mouthfeel is thick and leaves with a silky coat.

O: Can't really see the huge attraction to this brew, although it is really good, I find it to get lost with a lot of other RIS. Chocolate really is not showcased as I would have thought from the name.

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Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with three fingers of brown head, which recedes into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Dark, smoky malts up front followed by a blast of dark/semi-sweet chocolate. There are some hops on the end, providing a light piny aroma. The alcohol shows up in the aroma as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are roasted malts up front followed by dark chocolate and some bitter coffee flavors. The hops kick in, providing a piny flavor towards the end. The finish is of bitter coffee and some alcohol warmth.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and somewhat creamy, though the carbonation and bitterness provide a bite on the finish.

O: Overall, a pretty good RIS. Nothing spectacular, but very cheap and better than many RISs much more expensive. Definitely should be a staple in the imperial stout fan's fridge during the winter.

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Photo of brystmar
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the '09-'10 winter batch.

A: pitch black with about a half finger of tan head; looks about how you'd expect.

S: dark, roasty malts; chocolate; hints of coffee; booze too.

T: rich malts and chocolate through and through. Boozy warmth thrown in for good measure. Delicious!

M/D: a creamy, full-bodied brew that feels great swishing around in the mouth. Relatively easy drinking here too, though it's definitely an imperial stout. A solid chocolate stout.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.76/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was my first imperial stout so my review might be a little bit off due to the higher alcohol content.

A: Poured a rich dark mocha 3 finger head. Deep rich black malt. Ultra dark. Head retention is great for such high alcohol content. Lasted long with excellent lacing. By the end the top of the glass still held laced head.

S: Dark chocolate, dark malt, little bit of alcohol. I really like how sweet the dark chocolate smells. Deep rich cocoa that lasts.

T: Deep rich cocoa and dark malts. Alcohol is definitely there and warming. The finish lingers with espresso and cocoa. Not bitter at all. Alcohol flavor really reduces the grade.

M: Creamy but not as much as Guinness. There is a full bodied almost thick and chewy feel but not entirely there. The more is swish it around in my mouth the thicker and more enjoyable the feel is.

D: Although some stouts I really enjoy, this isn't one of them. Making something high alcohol without blending it more the alco flavor is too paramount. The beer flavor should be the high note not the low note against the alcohol. Maybe its me I love the chocolate and espresso notes but the alcohol doesn't make me want to have another.

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

2010, 12 oz. into a Perfect Pint:

A: Pitch-black chocolate syrup body supports a creamy brown head that settles fairly quickly, leaving some sheets of lacing.

S: Pretty potent chocolate nose--about as strong as I've noticed--but without being sweet at all. A bit boozy and rum-like, with pleasantly burnt sugar notes. Very good.

T: The dryness is perfectly in line with the dark chocolate sensation. Otherwise, very solid roasted malt characteristic. It's just a bit too boozy tasting.

M: Smooth and round, but as mentioned, a touch alcoholic. Good carbonation for the style.

O: A great beer, one of those that really embodies a chocolate stout for me. Probably not world class, but definitely an exemplar, and not a bad value for the quality and the ABV. Everybody should drink this beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a duvel tulip
No batch number, at the top of the bottle it says: limited bottling winter 10-11

A-Pours a thick black gorgeous molasses with a huge dark tan 1.5" head, that lasted a good 3 minutes before becoming a thin head and left small amounts of lacing behind.

S-Wonderful, Rich dark malt, strong coffee and chocolate presence with a definite but not too strong alcohol presence.

T-Now this is an RIS, The malt and chocolate come into the foreground and punch you in the mouth and then rich notes of espresso and dark fruits followed immediately by a medium alcohol finish.

M-Thick and creamy, a low carbonation keeps it just right.

D-This is one of the best examples I've had of an RIS, although there's a solid amount of alcohol this beer is incredibly drinkable, easy to finish one, maybe a little too easy, well I'm not driving anywhere guess I'll have another.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn brewery black chocolate stout.
A= a dark black coffee hue with touches of truffle brow when held to the light.
S= smells of fine dark chocolate(bitter sweat),fresh ground espresso beans.
T= black coffee,high end dark bitter sweet chocolate,fresh cream.

A very good pareing of chocolate and a fine stout but not as sweet as rouge chocolate stout.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage. 12 oz bottle into my Bruges Zot chalice.

The beer pours an inky black color with just a wisp of tan foam. No light penetrates the dark depths of this stout The foam recedes leaving a tan ring which sticks around for the duration. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, and cocoa. Taste follows. Huge chocolate and coffee notes backed up by roasted malt sweetness and dark frluit. Very nice. The finish is pure coffee, and mild hop bitterness. Feel is thick and viscous which is perfect for this beer. Low carbonation lends a very satisfying creamy texture which is just exquisite. No trace of the 10% ABV is detectable making this brew dangerously drinkable. I am really enjoying this one. Highly recommended!

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

A - Pours a thick, dark black with tan one finger head with good lacing.

S - Nice amount of sweet dark chocolate and cocoa. Also smell some dark fruits like prunes.

T - A very strong, forward taste. At the beginning, it's a lot of that dark fruit, especially raisins. As the beer fills the mouth, you get a good helping of that dark chocolate and roasted coffee. I thought the taste was very complex.

M - It's a good, full bodied beer that coats the throat as you drink. Just a twinge of burn from the alcohol and a bit of carbonation.

D - It's perfect for a chilly night. Nice and warming. Very drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of jmfc8237
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial pint glass with a 1 inch dark tan head. Large carb bubbles line the sides of the glass with medium head retention. Sticky matted lacing clings to the walls of the glass as it warms. Completely opaque black color and just the slightest drop of light coming through in the bottom of the glass revealing a dark ruby port color.

Cocoa and dark fruit like raisins and burnt dates are on the nose. Deeply complex ash and chocolate malts are abundant.

Taste was intense and lovely with dark fruit and chocolate pronounced throughout. I did notice a slightly soapy taste in the aftertaste however. As it warmed up the taste faded. Little bitterness except framing up the balance is present. A lovely representation of this style.

Deeply intense and warming as you swish this over your taste buds it's defiantly a winner. Cheers

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Photo of erikwibaeus
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess this beer is one you just have to try to understand. Even tough its an R.I.S. its not. Brooklyn has taken great mestures to make this beer open for the big public. The -09 version is well balanced but perhaps the character R.I.S. is usually more rugged than this brew. Almost milky in the nose i see this beer as one that you can serve to the avrage joe and he will understand but perhaps not like (depending on taste ofcourse).
My conclusion is that its got a pretty high drinkability and the taste is perfect. But as i said, i kinda miss the rugged feeling.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2009-2010 bottling.

Black as tar and completely impenetrable to light, topped by a generous helping of crema-coloured foam that leaves the occasional spot sticking to the glass. Strong coffee aroma with hints of molasses and chocolate. Big coffee and chocolate flavour, lots of roast and char. Leaves a lingering acidity and bitterness behind, like a mouthful of French roast coffee or espresso. All these bitter and burnt flavours are accompanied by a touch of residual sweetness, creating a beautiful balance of bitter and sweet. There's just a trace of alcohol warmth at the back of the mouth. This was quite boozy when fresh, but time and a cool dark closet have tamed it. Full-bodied with a fine, velvety carbonation that helps to lighten it. It's odd how it can feel so full and so light at the same time. I love the mouthfeel of this beer, but can understand that someone looking for a heavy and substantial RIS might be disappointed by it. 9% ABV be damned, I'd be drining a second if I had any more left. Delicious beer.

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Photo of webbcreative
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

09-10 Bottling

Poured Black Black. With dark tan 2.5 finger head. And left some serious lacing throughout.

A= Smells sweet, with a fruity smell - dark fruits. and roasty.

T=Dark fruits is pretty dominate upfront. Then Im getting the sweetness from the malts, not getting as much chocolate as I remember from a few months back. Slight bitter finish as from dark chocolate though.

M=nice medium to full. nice and creamy.

Overall - this is pretty good, I remember it being much better about 3 months ago though. so let that be a lesson to me. 1 year is perfect.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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