Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

6,686 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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Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fantastic colour and full aroma pallette, followed by an incredibly silky mouthfeel (with just the right amount of carbonation not to encourage the urge of pouring it over icecream). The taste of alcohol is almost fully masked by a robust and balanced flavour profile... Although not a stout drinker by nature, I found this bottle surprisingly enjoyable!

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

12oz from a 4-pack, poured into a tulip pint, label indicates the Winter 10-11 bottling.

Memories ... living in Brooklyn, you could find 4-packs and single bottles of this in just about every corner store. Every bar would have this on tap throughout the winter and you just sort of come to take it for granted. There is no other beer in my mind that is more representative of winter than Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. My fondest memory of this beer was at a Dinosaur Jr. show at Brooklyn bowl, when the barman poured my Black Chocolate Stout, and while giving me my change said: "Be careful with that, it's 10%." Anyway, enough about me ...

L: Jet black with perfect irish-cream head in droves ... at least 4-fingers on a somewhat aggressive pour. The look here is nearing Old Rasputin territory (... a very good sign to my eyes).

S: Smokey rich mealy malt-bomb-itude. Deep, deep nose with a lot of booze providing ample back-up.

T: Most striking is a thinness compared to the nose, but still great. Malt with crisp burnt-ness, fading into a booze-bomb which burns and lingers, and is quite welcome to do both.

F: Great carbonation, great feel, a touch thin, but just a touch.

D: Yes, please. Missing my corner store right about now.

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Photo of Tifore
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours from the bottle like a syrupy motor oil. Very very dark brown to basically black in color with a thick viscosity. A very small 1/2 finger head with a deep tan color develops and fades quickly leaving no lacing.

S - Very upfront smelling. Lots of chocolate and coffee right off the bat with some lingering carmel and roasted malts. Toffee notes as well. Smells robust and very thick tasting.

T - Tastes immediately of bittersweet chocolate and spent coffee rinds but quickly turns sweet with the carmel and toffee notes coming in. That lingers for a while and then you are left with a slight boozieness that is well accepted by me. Its not over the top, just lets you know its there in the back of your throat.

M - Very smooth on the tounge and full tasting. Pretty syrupy as well with a good amount of carbonation that holds up to the big flavors of the beer.

D - Very drinkable. I'm glad I have a few of these in the cellar and that its still for sale at my local bottle shop. I will likely be grabbing a 4 pack to enjoy while its fresh over these cold winter months.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in the Blind Beers BIF from MpBugeye-- this beer was reviewed with out any knowledge of beer, brewery, or style.

Beer says to use a snifter... Ok beer! You're the boss!

I'm thinking stout... Dark. Nice and dark. Opaque. Creamy tan head of 2 fingers-- good retention. Solid retention. Minimal lace. 3.5/5

Smells roasty. Cocoa-- dark cocoa. A hint of coffee... A little black licorice... Some booziness... This must be an RIS... 4/5

Tastes good. Has enough flavor to enjoy it-- but not too overwhelming. The spicy licorice is jumping out more and more as this warms... The alcohol also becomes increasingly noticeable as the beer warms. Not bad, by any means, but not really the flavor profile I go for most often. 3.5/5

Feel is great. Full body. Low carbonation. A creamy feel with a slightly oily finish. Works pretty well. 4/5

I finished the glass pretty quickly for an RIS... The beer isn't bad, by any means-- I guess I'm just picky. Enjoyable, but forgettable. 4/5

---reveals bottle to be Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Ummmm... I've had this before. I remember being more impressed by it. I am unsure what vintage this is... But maybe some time in the cellar would do it some good... At least as far as my picky tastebuds go!

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

Pours black as tar with a little bit of dark brown head that reduces but hangs around and leaves nice lacing.

Wonderful dark roasted malt aroma, the dark chocolate really comes through but is offset by a malt bitterness, some cocoa, balanced very well.

The roasted malt dominates, of course, it has a very pure dark roast clarity to the flavor. The chocolate fills out the middle of the body, giving a little sweetness, but then the cocoa kicks in and bitters things up again for the finish.

Cocoa lingers in the aftertaste, created by the roasted quality, but the body finishes fairly clean. The ABV is a little apparent in the aftertaste, which is probably what washed the palate dry, but it's not estery or boozey like most 10% brews.

Absolutely wonderful brew, easy to drink for such potent characteristics, a little creamy but not too much, this is one of my favorite RIS's.

[Hooray for being the 2011'th review! Just in time for the new year...]

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Winter 10-11, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a one finger tan head.

S- Roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a hint of alcohol.

T- A bitter sweet chocolate taste with a nice roasted coffee flavor and a nice bitter finish.

M- Creamy, silky, smooth, medium body.

D- Very enjoyable and easy to drink. There are better Imperial Stouts out there, but this is a solid Stout worth trying. I will be picking this up again!

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Photo of rlee1390
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottled poured into wine glass.

A-Jet black. Dark brown foam head that lingers longer than one would expect for an RIS, leaves behind some lacing.

S-Coffee, not as much chocolate as I would have thought.

T-Malts, Coffee and some subtle chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, creamy and very smooth.

D-The creamy mouthfeel makes it less drinkable but the 10% is not noticable.

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

Poured leaving a finger of solid brown head. Chocolatey, coffee, roasted malt. Smooth, and the high 10% ABV is balanced with a hint of spice. Nice lingering finish.

I had this beer the day before christmas eve and paired it with pumpkin spice ice cream. Great holiday combination. Amazing.

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Photo of Invisoclam
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall pretty good, for some reason the alcohol was a bit too pronounced for my palate, it seemed to get in the way of the beer. Otherwise not bad nice and dark, Chocolate flavor.
I may give this one another try at another time if in the mood to give second chances.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- jet black, blocking all light a nice brown/tan head shoots to the sky and falls slowly. Lacing is a bit scant.

Smell- bitter chocolate and roasted coffee are first to the nose. Alcohol is present with a balancing hop profile. Prune and raisin notes. Fairly balanced.

Taste- bakanced chocolate and coffee notes. Raisins and dried fruit follow, with a burnt malt finish. Very dark. Very rich. But sweeter than expected. Slight burnt finish.

Mouthfeel- medium heavy body and smooth as silk. Light carbonation.

Drinkability- very flavorful. No more than one for me.

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Photo of rrski198
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Totally black with a medium sized mocha/amber colored billowing head. Decent lacing.

S: Deaply breaded malt, anise, burnt sugar, dark chocolate. Minor booze spice present and some english style hops.

T: Sweet burnt malt and dark fruit (cherry) up front with a touch of anise again. Not as much chocolate as I expected. Bitterness hits after you swallow and creates an outstanding balance.

M: Creamy, coats the mouth, alcohol and hops spice on the cheeks, little to medium carbonation. My mouth started to go a little numb after half the beer.

D: I know the booze is there, because I can feel it, however, the balance of the tasty sweetness and the bitter hops are covering it quite nicely. I could have 2-3 of these. This is sweet for a Russian Imperial but it is extremely tasty.

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Photo of bklyn1rr
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am testing various chocolate Stouts and was not impressed with this one. I was expecting more aroma and taste from the Chocolate and Coffee. I prefer to drink coffee black, which can be bitter depending on the brand, but this was extremely bitter.

On to the next one....!


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Photo of DrDemento456
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This years batch

A - Pours a pitch black viscous color with an inch of tan/mocha head

S - Smells kind of muted but get smells of licorice, chocolate malts, and coffee

T - The alcohol really mutes most of the flavor but the roasted coffee and chocolate along with the burn undertone really cover the ABV well. It was overall creamy and smooth.

M - Heavy to medium. Better with age but a sipper.

D - Well I did get a case of this last year and it was a chore to finish. Now I just pick up a few bottles every now and again. This beer drinks great especially after a light porter or stout. Cheers!

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

i've had a few growlers of this brew since Thanksgiving - and i'm working one as i review (2nd glass) -
pours deep and dark brown, almost black, into a guinness anniversary pint glass - puts up a 1 finger thick tan head and leaves ribbons of lace - a mildly roasted aroma followed by a nice taste of caramel and a little bitter chocolate -very tasty and SMOOTH - mouthfeel is nice and SMOOTH - appropriately thick with a roasty finish - begging for more - and not too filling - dangerously drinkable with almost no alcohol smell or taste.

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Photo of IIKaRuII
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After pouring this into an open faced beer i get so excited to even try this. The coal black color is as dark as the label that comes with it. The smell is an amazingly Sweet Chocolate with a hint of roast smell? it almost smells like black licorice. Taste Is an amazing blend of sweet chocolate with a very strong after finish of coffee. Has a slight GREAT bitterness before you can taste the coffeeness in it. This is the PERFECT stout in my mind. Had this with a fresh burger and fries it was amazing. I could drink this beer warm cold hell probably boiling. the more room temperature this beer got, the better and more bitter it got.

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Photo of cmkendrick
3.01/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my favorite pint..

L - Looks like a glass of dark chocolate, with a little tan head.

S - Roasted malts, and of course a little chocolatey.

T - I taste the chocolate and little coffee, but the burnt taste is a little overpowering and it leaves a pretty bitter/tangy aftertaste for me.

F/D - A thick and smooth feel, but also with a little higher carbonation than I would prefer. The alcohol doesn't come through too strong at 10%, but the bitter/burnt taste for this beer makes it a slow sipper for me.

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

Absolutely opaque black with a dark tan head in a small tulip. Smells of roasted chocolate malts. Excellent levels of malt to counteract the high ABV. Not as thick as I've normally seen in the style, but it's not necessarily a bad thing. This effectively crosses the RIS style with a Milk/Sweet Stout Style. It is a bit heavy, but not badly so.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint Glass

Pours a light swallowing pitch black with a nice little brown head that offers very little lacing.

Dark Roasted malts with some chocolate coming through. A little caramel finds its way through as well.

Roasted malts are the first thing that hit the palate with semi sweet chocolate following right behind. a little bit of coffee bitterness closes it out combined with A nice little bit of warming from the high ABV but not off putting at all, it would be a great beef on a cold winter night.

Creamy and sticks with you for a bit. Medium to full bodied lightly carbonated. Again something i would crave on a cold winter night.

Drinks easy for a 10% abv beer but it does have some bite to let you know you are drinking a high ABV brew but not enough to deter from the drinkability.

Ill say it once again, a great brew for a cold night to warm you up.

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Photo of goalie33
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Pitch black, no light getting through. Thin layer of mocha head covers the beer but shrinks to a mocha ring around the edge. A small streams of fine bubbles make their way to the surface.
S: Bittersweet chocolate on top of roasted malts and espresso.
T: Chocolate and roasted malts in the beginning give way to licorice and dark fruits on the finish with an aftertaste of coffee bitterness. Only the slightest hint of booziness. The chocolate really comes out as the beer warms.
M: Very soft mouthfeel with only a slight bit of pickling from the carbonation. Very full beer that coats the mouth.

This is a very good beer. Nice aroma, flavor and mouthfeel and hides the alcohol well for a 10% abv beer.

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Photo of TKEbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours midnight black with a medium brown head that leaves a little lacing.

S: The aroma is a very dark roasted malt with chocolate notes. The theme of this brew is black. BCS has the darkest malt I've ever come across. I wish the chocolate was a little more prominent, but not a bad job with the aroma.

T: The flavor is a little less complex then I'd like. There are a few chocolate tones that are dynamically playing against each other strength. Bitter dark to milk chocolate. I commend Brooklyn for brewing a RIS that is not hot with alcohol, or overly sweet.

MF: The mouth feel is creamy, full, and smooth.

D: Again, because this RIS doesn't suffer from the flaws that many do, this brew is pretty dam drinkable.

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Photo of r0nyn
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter. Assuming this is the Winter 10/11 release.

Pours the deep, inky blackness of good imperial stouts, completely opaque and darker than night. Very minute tan head that leaves some sticky, spotty lacing. A wonderful looking beer by all accounts. Smell is initially roasted malts, with a touch of sweet caramel and maybe just a slight tinge of alcohol. As you sniff it some more, the underlying dark chocolate becomes more evident, the aroma of cocoa mingling with the rest of the scents to provide an enticing smell.

Taste is just like the smell, with roasted malts kicking things off along with some very slight notes of caramel and vanilla. The dark chocolate then takes over, providing a taste that's full of bittersweet cocoa and some figgy fruity nuances. There's also a bit of coffee in the flavor as well, providing some of the mild bitterness; it's almost like an espresso taste, but not quite. As the brew warms, there's a slight bit of alcoholic heat at the end, but it's still pretty subdued. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with minimal carbonation and a medium body. Finish is a bit less dry than I was expecting. Silky smooth sipping experience.

Drinkability is really rather good, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. Oh yeah, you're gonna feel the 10% ABV, but it's a pleasant and tasty way there, so you're definitely not gonna mind the ride. I'd love to see what this is like with a few years on it to mellow the flavors out and add a few levels of sophistication.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Maudite snifter. Inky black with standard kahaki colored head that dissipates quickly. (Not a surpise as this is a 2009 bottle)

Nose is a bit sweeter than I remember, replete with chocoloate and roasted malt notes. Dates?

Taste is drier than the aroma, but just a toucvh of sweetness. Chocolate notes, with a touch of alcohol heat, but nowhere near the 10% that it is.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not exceedingly so.

A consistent performer year after year...

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

Cracked open an 08-09 bottle at cellar temp and poured into a tulip as a night cap along side a slice of chocolate cake. Heaven-sent.

Pours almost pitch black with a nice 1 finger mocha head on an aggressive pour. As the beer goes down, there is a little lacing. This is almost opaque black in the glass, with some light around the edges.

The smell is of roasted grains, and some bitter chocolate in the back. hints of some coffee and fruits as well. alcohol comes through a bit. its almost like a liqueur.

The taste is deep and rich, with massive roastiness, some heat from the 10% abv, and bitter-sweet, but not too sweet chocolate in the back of the throat. again, hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Also, some acidity throughout the whole thing and an odd but not off-putting "zing" to it.

Mouthfeel is a little on the prickly side, but that helps cleanse the palate. Certainly is viscous and sits in your mouth for a while being a little slick.

Drinkability is great; for one bottle. having a couple in an evening could easily knock you down. take on, take it slow, and sip it. It's delicious.

Notes: most of this beer was sampled alone, with the latter bit being accompanied by some chocolate cake for the sake of finding a solid pairing. Chocolate cake has been found to pair almost perfectly, highlighting the notes of the beer perfectly.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Blake at Chuck's in Bowling Green for the hookup on this growler....

An almost jet black pour with a fairly thin small head of tan... Decent lacing...

Deep roasted chocolate malts along with a plum-like aroma... No hint of booze... Faint aroma of some citrusy hops but they're just an afterthought...

Smooth creamy deliciousness here... Its like sipping a Hershey's syrup and vanilla ice cream smoothie.. Seems much better than the bottled version...

I had 3 tulip glasses of this and I was off the hook and woozy at the end... I liked this better than the bottle version.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pitch black liquid with minimal tan colored head.

Smell: Roasted and chocolate malt aroma with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste: Roasted malt comes through strongest with breakthrough of chocolate flavors. Burn of alcohol in nose ad mouth as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: Great roasted malt flavor lingers. No chocolate and thankfully no alcohol presence remain.

Drinkability: Probably not my favorite stout, but for the price and the uniqueness of flavor it is definitely worth getting. Truly a beer that makes me think of winter.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,686 ratings.
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