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 Landfill21
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my flying dog glass and pours into a dark black color that lets no light through. Has a two fingernail head that follows the beer through the session.

Smells of nuts chocolate and malt.

HJas a nice chocolate taste, you can taste a little amount of carbonation.

Has a interestingly light mouthfeel and a medium drinkibility.

I would recommend this beverage to a stout lover.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009-10 limited bottling.

Pours black with nice dark khaki tan head and pours with a viscous quality.

Nose is clean, fresh, with an assertive sweet sugar carmel sweet coffee and sweet black chocolate character;

Medium bodied to full in the mouth-character and mouthfeel actually seems to improve is swirled a bit or kept in the mouth " a bit" before swallowing.

Flavors are assertive bright semi sweet black coffee and black chocolate. Full roasted grain flavors that are more sweet coffee/sweet bright acidic espresso that chocolate. Appealing and inviting.

Finish follows flavor but more of a chocolate character develops, to an end palate of espresso bitter. Nice stout with a "sweet and fruity" basic character. 03/11

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Photo of CMB2012
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from the winter 10-11 release, batch number 0141 0905 (couldn't find any info for the meaning behind this). Poured into a pint glass. Served at cellar temperature.

A- Pours a nice jet black with perfect two finger nutty brown head. The head dissipates slowly in a pocketed pillow fashion.

S- This beer smells great! Starts out with a mix of milk and dark chocolates, followed by a very nice roasted grain and coffee. Smells slightly sweet at the end reminiscent of vanilla, and there is some alcohol to this vanilla as well. The overall effect of the last two reminds me of vanilla flavored yogurt balls.

T- Much like the aroma, this beer tastes a very balanced mix of roasted, coffee, and chocolate flavors. The vanilla is not as noticeable in the taste, but there is a slight alcohol warming at the end, which works for me in this style. The balance is so well done in fact that it is tough to mark exactly when each flavor makes contact with the senses. Oh well, the outcome is delicious.

M- The mouth on this one is near perfect for the style. Not too abbrasive, a nice amount of carbonation so that it's not too thick, but plenty of body to allow those roasty flavors to bloom and seep in to the taste buds. I dig it.

This is the third beer of four that I have drunk, and sadly the last (the fourth I shared with my dad, cause I'm a nice guy... sometimes). Only now, though, did my dumb ass bother to drink it at the right temperature. It does wonders for the complexity of the beer and all yous should keep that in mind for when drinking this beer - and the style in general for that matter.

I hope many get to try this wonderful brew, cheers!

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a Phenominal Stout, courtesy of dogfishandi

A - Standard for the style

S - almost as much vanilla as there is chocolate. I wouldn't say Dark chocolate either. I'd say a nice mix of milk and dark chocolate in the aroma

T - drank at cellar temp and was all chocolate and vanilla. Sugar chocolate chip cookie. Freaking delicious. Not too roasty and SMOOTH. Hops are present in the middle and finish to dry out this stout some and make it easier least for me. I could only imagine how silky smooth all the characteristics I'm getting now would be if I would have let this age a year and 1/2 or 2 years.

M - Pretty nice. Better than average. Oily slick.

D - If this were a bomber, I'd have NO problems handling it. Great for the style. Not too heavy and not at all thin for the style. About perfect.

Perfect way to chase two 10 oz pours of PtY. What a great day! I'd take this over my local easy to access Imp Stout Old Rasputin every day of the week.

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Photo of ironbike1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009-2010 vintage poured into a brooklyn brewery snifter.

Appearance is beautiful pitch black with a thin tan head that sticks with you throughout.
Smell is a little less hot then fresh, you still get the chocolate and alcohol scents mixed with burnt caramel and some smoke scents come through aswell.
taste is exceptional, even better then fresh, you dont have a lot of chocolate flavors there anymore but the sweetness is in there. I taste more caramels and smoke flavor with the alcohol coming through at the end.
The mouthfeel is thick and rich of flavors and some carbonation, very smooth and creamy with a little bite from the alcohol in the end.

Overall the drinkability is almost to good, to the point where I want another and another. Brooklyn is one of my favorite breweries and not just because I live in NY, they make some of the best brews hands down.

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Photo of jmich24
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled winter of 09/10(Over a year old)
Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: Very dark color almost black. Big brown one finger head. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Very sweet smelling, milk chocolate, lots of dark chocolate. Some roasted/burnt malt as well.
T: Tastes like it smells, lots of sweet chocolates. Has just a touch of bitterness at the end. Gets a little big Hot as it warms.
M: Smooth thick body. Touch on the syrupy side.
D: This is a nice big dessert beer. One bottle or pint after dinner would be sufficient.

Will seek out fresh to compare.

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Photo of dnolan36
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009/2010 Version

Poured absolutely black into the glass with a small mocha colored head

Smelled of dark chocolate up front followed by some coffee and roasted malt.

The taste is very complex. Very strong malty flavor followed by the taste of chocolate. There is also a faint fruit flavor at the back end that I cannot quite identify. The alcohol taste is very hidden by the other flavors.

A very nice beer. I definitely look forward to having this one again.

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Photo of droomyster
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black as night with one finger of tan head with good (but not great) retention. Aromas of sweet roastiness and lots of very dark chocolate, but with a good amount of alcohol holding it back from perfection. Flavor-wise, the alcohol constitutes no such problem. If anything, the high abv helps carry this multi-layered masterpiece to every last taste receptor. Super full body is very creamy and smooth. Rich, concentrated beer whose full nature takes nearly a minute to completely unfold after sipping. A great value. Beautiful stuff.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Black. Fairly substantial mocha head.
smell: That's a full nose. The obvious dark chocolate, raisin bread, and a hint of molasses.
taste: Big letdown after the stellar nose. Start is promising with a hint that the taste will live up to the smell, but a bitterness (not hops) interferes and is never balanced. Much drier than expected. This may be one i grow to love as the palate is refined.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to injuredreserve for getting this beer to me.
2010 vintage, poured into oversized wineglass
served cool, and is wonderfully warming up and showing off it's complexities.

Appearance: Seems pretty typical for a R.I.S, in that there's a very opaque black/ dark dark brown body, with some delicate coffee-colored head. As it pours, the head definitely has some gusto, and sticks around for a bit before mellowing out to bordering the rim of the glass. Definitely a very attractive beer!

Smell: Right off the bat there is some definite cocoa/ chocolate, along with black licorice, tobacco smokiness, lots of roasted malt obviously, and a little bit of alcohol heat. Seems to be really nicely balanced, or at least not chocolaty to the point of overpowering the other nuance-flavors there. Nice hop profile as well.

Taste: Nice amount of chocolate in the middle and after-taste, along with more roasted malt sweetness and some smokey almost tobacco like taste. There is a little bit of alcohol heat in the aftertaste, perhaps just a typical burn, but it seems mild (dangerously so). Again, the hop profile is assertive, but not overpowering. The chocolate seems to be most prominent on the aftertaste, which i like, for it allows all the other flavors here to shine through.

Mouthfeel: This isn't necessarily the highly viscous, oily, and tarry RIS that many seem to gravitate towards. This beer has a medium heavy body, still holding it's own and staying true to style, while remaining smooth and devoid of any cloying sweetness or stickiness. With the amount of hop bitterness present here, there's not one single flavor taking control, and that balance holds out to the mouthfeel too. Balanced, full, and not tormenting.

Drinkability: I can definitely see why this beer is regarded as highly as it is. It exemplifies the style with some smoothness and swagger, and makes for a very accessible RIS. I will certainly seek out future trades for more of this beer!

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

The most recent brews I've had from Brooklyn Brewing Co. have been their #1 and #2 ales. The Local #1 was really good and the #2 was up there too even though I'm not the biggest Belgian fan. This time I picked up their Black Chocolate Stout. It's getting cooler and darker outside every successive day, so I, and everyone else, need to be drinking beers for the season. Most chocolate stouts I've had are decent but not great. Most sacrifice overall flavor and robustness for the chocolate flavor. No me gusta. Anyway, that's enough NOT talking about the Black Chocolate Stout!

As Charles Barkley says, "Lemme tell ya sumthin", I knew this would be a good beer as soon as I poured it and my nose became tingled by the chocolaty, roasty, liquorice aroma.

Color is like a very dark chocolate and it turns a lighter brown/chocolate color around the edges when put up to light. The head on it was frothy and tan. A thin film of frothiness stays for awhile on top of the beer.

Unlike most other chocolate stouts I've had, this one has a more cocoa chocolate taste to it. It's not too sweet. It's actually got quite a bit of bitterness that took me awhile to understand and get used to, but the overall flavor is pretty good. At first tasting you are hit with the chocolate bitterness and alcohol. The bitterness later on is balanced with the sweeter chocolate and a roasty coffee flavor as well. I'd prefer that there be less chocolate/coffee bitterness at the beginning, but this is one of the better chocolate stouts I've had.

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Photo of greid
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer Addison:
The 10% mark is clear from the first sip. It's loaded with coffee and chocolate tastes, but that's only if you can see past the heat of the alcohol. It's a great example of Russian Stouts, but I can see how a couple years set aside could help this beer.

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Photo of treehouse
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

creamy and milk chocolatey right when the cap is popped...a bit of tobacco and dark stone fruits on the nose.

malty and kinda tangy with bitter chocolate overtones in the mouth...over roasted coffee beans..the odd tanginess is slightly fruity and i feel like it doesn't belong here...long lasting...

as it warms it doesn't get any better...

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010/2011 bottle, drank from a snifter. The beer poured a deep brown to black, with a head that filled all available space in the glass (about 3 fingers). The head receded fairly quickly and left a light streaky film.

The smell was sweet and chocolatey, with a subtle hint of rubbing alcohol. There was a mellow roasted malt aroma as well. Just barely a hint of coffee.

The taste was pretty choco-centric. Behind the chocolate again was the roasted malts, followed a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was thin and well carbonated with a dry finish. It was a good, but not really outstanding RIS.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, a lovely and sexy char-black appearance out of the bottle.
Large head of slowly-dissipating tan bubbles, and heavy, artful lacing.
Aroma is bittersweet chocolate.
Flavor is bold, creamy-smooth chocolate. There is a slight alcohol presence in the finish (not surprising as it's a 10%). One of the smoothest Imperial stouts I've ever tasted. Just delicious.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle (2010/Winter) into a chalice.

Pours pitch black with slightly less than a finger's worth of deep brown head. Retention sticks around the edge of the glass and in a sweet geometric pattern on the surface for some reason. The smell is composed of dark fruits, roasty chocolate malt, coffee, and a touch of alcohol. The first sip yields vanilla, roasted malts, and dark chocolate, then dark fruits and just a touch of hops jump in the mix. It finishes very dry and boozy, with a nice very dark chocolate flavor to finish it out. Well done.

The mouthfeel is very thick and sticky with a medium amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good for such a huge, rich brew. It's a sipper, for sure. A great RIS at a great price point, that is also more than eligible for aging.

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

Thick, syrupy black beer with a less than one-finger, off-white head. Some lacing.

Oaty and fruity malt aroma. Bit of yeast. And some licorice.

Solid stout flavor. Good roast with a big malty sweet finish. The chocolate is subtle. Very creamy. Nothing exceptional but highly enjoyable. Good richness to it. Drier as it warms.

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Photo of jhughes23
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in stemless wineglass-instead of snifter

Beautiful thick Head that shrinks, but does not disappear. Great Lacing throughout.

A very impressive dark chocolate nose. Much more chocolate smell than most other chocolate stouts on the market. After that first smell your taste buds really start to go crazy, wanting to know what they are in store for next!

And those taste buds are not disappointed. Obviously a chocolaty creamy flavor right off the bat. Has Just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. Maybe a hint of vanilla as well with the chocolate.

very smooth and silky on the tongue and down the throat as well, I tiny burn from the alcohol but nothing like most beers 10% or higher.

If my body would let me I could drink these all night long, but I am sure I would not make it very far into the evening after the second or third. Great to sip on after a big meal or a long night at work!


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

A: Pour is syrupy pitch black with a rather small light brown thick creamy head, that slowly sinks into nice lacings.

S: Rich sweet roasted chocolate malt with a vanilla twist. Loads of dark bitter chocolate but also some strong black coffee. Some dark dried fruits and licorice.

T: Heavy chocolate and black strong coffee. Bitterhops balances the sweetness from the roasted malt. Some faint vanilla and licorice gives this beer depth.

M: Medium long aftertaste with mostly bitterness. Body is kind of syrupy and thick. Carbonation is moderate and smooth.

D: Considering everything about this beer; world class. Considering the cost, this is the best Russian Imperial Stout ever! My only regret is that I didn't buy a bunch of them to put in my beer cellar - I think this one would evolve great if let to rest for a couple of years.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black body with about 1 finger head that recedes quickly.

S: A rich aroma of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, & booze.

T: The taste follows the smell pretty well with notes of dark bitter chocolate & roasted malts. The middle is slightly sweet, and ends very boozy & dry.

M: Full body, light carbonation, smooth texture.

D: Very easy to drink, although it isn't the most amazing RIS I've ever had.

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Photo of harrymel
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2010-11
Poured to NB globe.

A: Dark black stout with no translucency. Single finger mocha head dissipates in a couple minutes. Minimal lacing - as expected at this ABV.

S: Licorice, graham, chocolate, malts, resiny hops. Slightly sweet.

T: The ABV is not well hidden here. The beer is overly sweetened by the alcohol. The flavors above are continued here, but with some disappointing estering of banana.

M: Thick ale, sticky, medium carbonation.

D: The beer has nice flavor, but I can't help but think this beer has been fermented at temperatures exceeding reasonable preservation of the malts.

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Photo of Docer
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle in a trade from my bud Ranbot.. an excellent extra!

- Thick creamy pour of dark black and brown imperial stout... 2 thick fingers of mocha head.. leaves a steady 1/8th inch layer on top.

- Bitter touch, then the fig and prune kicks in, and is followed by some cocoa, grain, and sweet biscuity malt. Some alcohol present. Some vanilla..

- Smooth creamy oats and grain with a nice mocha touch.. light fig, light esters.. deep roasty layer of cocoa and subtle sweetness. This is very smooth and multi dimensional.. nice bitter sting on the tongue. Little vanilla.. earthiness.. woody oak touch for sure.

- Creamy, viscous.. medium to heavy bodied, great subtle creamy carbonation...

- Win! This stout is incredible. Easy to drink, doesn't taste too strong.. very smooth, and again.. multi-dimensional.. there is a touch of alcohol odor in the smell.. but it doesn't come through in the flavor. A must have! Great in a small bottle... wish I had many more to age and do a vertical!

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Photo of midworken
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, opaque black body with hints of brown. Head was a dark leather that left a substantial amount of lacing.
Upfront aromas were of sweet chocolate that left with dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. Was there some green bell peppers that I smell, too?

Taste very well complimented the nose, while sweetness was in the aroma, the taste was more of bitter/dark chocolate. This is the first time I've really noticed these two (aroma and taste) complimenting each other with such great synergy, and I think it sets a mark of where a beer should stand in these two categories. I was constantly smelling before the taste and smelling after the taste because it was so pleasant (I do this most of this time, but I was purposeful in doing it for this beer). The taste wasn't complex, but it was still very good.
I really thought this is a great beer to have 2 or 3 in one night.

Definitely not a session beer, but it's drinkability was very high and the mouthfeel was just right. Hopefully I will be able to pick some more up next winter.

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Photo of chilly460
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured jet black with a small mocha/tan colored head that quickly dissipates. A bit of a cascading affect is nice. A small ring of lacing is left around the circumference and some sticky lacing is left clinging to the glass.

S - The aroma is full of chocolate with definite notes of coffee, roasted malts and some booze. I also pick on on sweet dark fruits. No hops were picked up.

T = Initial taste is dark powdery chocolate, has a dry cocoa taste. Definitely turns to coffee, and a burnt roast taste. Some toffee malt finish, but the burnt flavor stayed with me. Somewhat one dimensional and borderline on the bitter roast for me.

M - A bit thin and more carbonated then I prefer for a beer of this style.

D - As stated, the bitterness of this brew made it tough to finish.

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Photo of KingHefey
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010/2011 winter bottling into a glass.

A: the darkest of browns with half a finger of tan head. Very little lace.

S: burnt sugar and bitter chocolate fill the nose. Coffee beans and roasted malts make a nice presence. You can smells the high alcohol content... in a good way.

T: A very malty dark chocolate start, coffee is next followed by booze and again finishes with the dark chocolate, like a 90% cacao.

M: good carbonation and the creaminess stays on the tongue. A nice bite from the high ABV on the back of the tongue.

D: A fantastic beer to finish a good night. One and done in almost all cases, like a piece of dark chocolate. That being said, I think the brewer did exactly what he set out to do, imitating a square of very dark chocolate in an RIS.

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