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

A: pitch black, decent light brown head and lacing.
S: chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark dried fruit and boozy rum.
t: all of the above. Full Sweet dark roasty malts are mostly balanced out by roastiness underlying bitterness and alcohol.
M. Full bodied round and smooth.
D: a sipper. Booziness detracts overall.

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Photo of cbak999
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very little head quickly fades to none. Beer is opaque black...motor oil black and seems almost silky as poured into a glass.

S - all chocolate and booze. Hints of licorice.

T - Coffee dominates the chocolate. Also notice raisins.

D - very drinkable for 10%. Very smooth and creamy on the tongue. Once of these packs a lot of punch. Great for a cold night!

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Dark black in color with a tan head that provided nice lacing.

S= I smell the chocolate in this one but I also smell espresso beans which I like.

T= I taste bitter chocolate a little bit of fruit like prunes and the coffee flavor. It is also creamy in taste a little.

M= Thick full bodied beer pretty nice.

D= I would probably want to age this one a little more before I drink it again.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one earlier tonight at the Yellow Brick Pizza Oven in Columbus.
A: Black with a thin collar and film.
S: Chocolate with rum and molasses, caramel, and wood barrel and vanilla, with slightly bright earthy hops underneath.
T: Sticky sweet and everything you'd expect from the smell with a dry oatmeal finish, strong alcohol with bourbon/rum/sherry characteristics.
M: Sticky with mild carbonation.
D: OK, but one 12 oz is enough, especially with the strong alcohol presence.

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

Appearance- This beer pours a color that would reflect that of an oil change being performed on a lawnmower that has not been used in 3 seasons. Deep black, the small 1 finger head on a gentle pour shows a deep mocha/cappuccino color. The head reduces quite rapidly to show off this black beauty in its full body and character.

Smell- Tons of Dark 85% cacao chocolate, Toffee, Espresso, The smell of opening a box of fresh raisins, Some Sherry, Quite a bit of Molasses.

Taste- Raisin & Chocolate start upon entering the mouth. Upon the "Kentucky Chew", I taste quite a large amount of Espresso & Molasses. The Finish is a bitter Leathery, Black coffee taste. The alcohol bite shows through and warms the esophagus, bringing with it a lasting table wine-esque warmth that seems to last and last.

Mouthfeel- Warm & Coating. Feels Maple Syrup- like in texture, yet goes down like water. Nothing bitter stays in the mouth, only its palette coating characteristics of Coffee & Chocolate.

Drinkability- A delicious meal in a glass. I could down several of these, but would wind up acting like a fool as a result. It's a beer of distinct character & body (russian imperial stout comes to mind, as this is what i would call it in every way), and is a beer to be savored fireside as you ward off the winter and work to stay warm until Spring comes. This beer is a quality Seasonal that I look forward to Year-Round, though living in Massachusetts, (due to its slow selling nature), it's usually available all year round. Love it!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

We pour a syrupy brew that is the deepest brown in color, and entirely opaque. It maintains a one and a half finger light brown head. This dissipates down to leave a layer of foam right on top of the beer, with coloring in the center lighter than on the edges. Thick lacing appears down the sides as this occurs. Whiffs reveal heavy malt character intertwined with bittersweet dark chocolate. There is also the suggestion of dried cherries. The taste begins with a light malty flavor with hints of vanilla. This is swept away by leathery bitterness that could be lent from either the roasted or chocolate malts, or any hops added to balance out the complex grain bill. The flavors that dominate into the aftertaste are certainly lent from bitter chocolate and roasted grain. Through the end of the sip there is also the warming palpation of alcohol. The mouth is left dry, despite the creamy full body of the beer and lack of any strong carbonation. The drinkability is stifled a bit by the borderline offensive aftertaste and the high abv.

Overall, what we liked most about this beer was the rich and delicious creaminess of the mouthfeel coupled with the stark appearance and aromas. This brew delivers all of the flavors it promises and then some. After drinking it, our mouths are almost comparable to the feel of just having consumed a bite of 100% cocoa which, while tasty, can become overwhelming.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured cold from the tap near black with a nice full finger long lasting tan head with nice retention.

subtle aroma of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee in the wayback.

coffee and dark chocolate up front, mildly bittersweet, a
bit of an acidic tang after - alcohol heat also follows.

mildly bitter, big bodied, smooth.

drinkable - no not really

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

A - This one pours a very dark brown color, and has a small dark tan head. Very dark beer, no light is able to pass through it. The head also left decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - The smell is sweet and boozy. There are notes of chocolate, coffee and caramel. This beer smells pretty good.

T - Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate up front. There is a good sweetness to it which is balanced by a good amount of roastiness. There is also some alcohol presence that is noticeable.

M - This has a rich and creamy mouthfeel. It has a full body, and good carbonation. It goes down smooth, and has a slight warming quality.

D - I think this is a really drinkable beer. It has a full body, but it seems to go down a lot easy than some stouts. It doesn't have the rough bitterness that I have experienced with some other stouts, and also it masks its alcohol content quite well. I will definitely pick more of this up

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

A: Pours a very prodigious head of tan atop a deep brown/black body. Two fingers of head that really stick it out leaving residual up the side of the glass at least a half inch and in the glass until near the end.
S: Smells like cocoa. Straight up. Like expected and as should be. Not hot chocolate, actual decent cocoa powder. Some malt, and distinguished heat.
T: Baking chocolate. Bitter chocolate flavors that are right up my alley, but as the sole driving force of the beer lack complexity. A thoroughly satisfying taste experience, but not great.
M: Carbonation (rare) is a bit much on this for a heavy stout. Great richness, but the crispness intrudes on the expected richness of a great stout. Very good, and very characterful though.
D: Excellent drinkability. Could absolutely sip on a few of these in a night.

EDIT: WTF! This is 10%? Just bumped the drinkability to 5 for the fact that... well see above!

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Photo of mbusster88
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip.

A: Jet black body with dark tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Not much carbonation evident, as you cannot see anything through this.

S: Really deep dark chocolate smell. Definitely a bitter dark chocolate and not so much of a milk chocolate. Get some trace aroma of alcohol but not large amounts.

T/M: Taste is right away of bitter chocolate that is very rich and smooth. Then get some alcohol on the back of the tongue, but not an overwhelming amount. Ends very nice and smooth with not apparent dryness.

D: Really like the flavors in this beer. Great robust style and chocolate notes here. I can see how this one would benefit from some age, but does not necessarily require it!

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter glass

A - Looks and pours about how burnt motor oil would pour. Thick, blacker than black, and with a thin tan head.

S - Right upfront, you are hit with a strong roasted coffee and dark black chocolate smell. Floral type hops kindly creep in through undertones.

T - Thick roasted coffee, a bar of dark chocolate slowly melting, and a splash of bourbon in a mug is the perfect summarized explanation for the taste. This is about all you need to know.

M - Very thick and very creamy full bodied beer. The taste sticks to you at a medium rate.

D - As a thick imperial stout, you'll have no problem sipping this guy down. If you're grabbing for another bottle, be careful is all I say.

Beautiful beer!

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Photo of Brewfanatic55
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just picked up a four-pack from Village Street Market in Somersworth, NH. Enjoyed two of them for Thanksgiving and decided I'd crack another one open this evening.

Nice pour, dark espresso undertones with a thick and rich half a fingers head.

Taste overall is immediately as the bottle states, Black Chocolate. Coffee/Mocha is there as well along with a slight hint of alcohol. Very traditional yet interesting Russian Imperial Stout.

Overall the complexity is there; bitter, roasty and medium/moderate mouthfeel. Terrific stout. Drinkability wise it's a great way to end the day. Always been a cold weather favorite...

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Photo of LairdChisholm
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep chestnut brown color, almost black. There was a one finger mocha head that has decent retention with some slight lacing.

S - Some sweet and powdery milk chocolate with some slight hints of dark fruit. Very nice.

T - Some sweet coco up front followed by some raisin notes with a touch of bitter chocolate. a little bit of a boozy taste evens it out.

M - Way too much carbonation. Takes away from the flavors.

D - A little disappointed but I had high expectations. Still a decent stout but I don't need another.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is warming. delicious, and bubbly.

It poured black with no head, a milk chocolate ring, and no lace. The flavor had strong notes of dark chocolate and coffee up front with a dark fruit-flavored finish. As it settled and warmed, dark fruit flavor pushed to the front. The feel was bubbly, with a sting left on the tongue. It was not creamy or smooth.

BCS is a nice, if too highly-carbonated, cold weather beer; warming yet easy to drink with great dark fruit notes that overpower and exceed the chocolate first impression.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. "Limited Bottling. Winter 10-11". Pours a viscous black with a small, frothy head. Minimal lacing. Almost looks like a tall glass of dark espresso. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Great big flavor of dark, bitter chocolate. Some lesser flavors of the roasted malts and a bit of a coffee aftertaste. This beer is drinkable in regard to it's high abv isn't noticeable, but it isn't overly drinkable due to the big chocolate flavor. A glass of water would go along nicely with this beast.

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Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got me a growler of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout at the advice of the local growler master. I asked how it compared to Southern Tier Chockolat. He was adamant that it was better. So off I went with my prize.

Once home, I pulled out my frozen pint glass and poured me a glass. First though, not real chocolaty. I was expecting something similar to STB, but this was different. So, while watching Auburn beat Bama, I figured I would review this mighty fine brew.

A - Black (as the name states) and opaque. Held closely to a light and it does not glow. Initial head is stouty type foam, almost dense enough to float, even from a growler.

Smell - Light odor of beer. Nothing indicating chocolate or stout. Nice and unobtrusive.

T - First sip definitely was indicative of the 10.6% ABV, but a couple more sips, it became unnoticeable. No bitter aftertaste you get from some high octane stouts or other high octane beers. I would say enjoyable for a high ABV beer.

M - It is not bitter, nor is it sweet. I would say a well blended stout. No bitter aftertaste. It is smooth with a low carbonation making it easy to drink.

D - Now, two down, I will easily be able to drink this down without effort. I may pay for it in the morning if I crush this growler, but hell, this is pretty good beer. I say, drink up!

I would say this is a very good beer and well worth the $9.99 growler price.

Bottoms up, enjoy!

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Photo of jrsully77
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark and rich, brown haze covers the thick head.

Roaster Malts and Dark chocolate

Great, this is in the top three of imperial stouts. It is thick but unlike most chocolate stouts this gives you just the dark chocolate taste not the milk chocolate.

Heavy, just like an imperial stout should be.

If you like Imperial Stouts you will love this beer. Since this is an imperial stout it can catch you with the high ABV and weight.

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

12oz bottle, this most recent release - served in a 12oz tulip glass

A - pours with almost half an inch of loose yet creamy, dark khaki colored foam. the beer is pretty much pitch black, with only faint ruby highlights coming through when lightly poured and held up to a bright light. a thin veil of sudsy lace covers the glass.

S - strong, robust dark chocolate malts, roasty, toasty, and soul-warming. hints of dark chocolate, stale coffee, and some faint dark fruits....raisins and figs.

T - begins with equal amounts of sweetness and roastyness starts off the show. some subtle dark fruits mix well with slightly bitter chocolate malts, toasted nuts, and strong coffee. char and almost a bit of bourbon characteristics creep in, alongside a fairly sharp earthy bitterness. finishes with some lingering roasty malts and a very slight booziness.

M - medium, just slightly slick body gets cut into by some sharp and pinchy carbonation. pretty dry through the finish, with a very minor alcohol burn (especially considering the high ABV). light bitterness and chocolately sweetness through the finish.

D - very well executed beer, especially at the price point and availability. though there are beer ones on the eyes, nose, and mouth out there, this is solid all around. dangerously drinkable for the high ABV. once had this at a beer dinner hosted by the infamous Garrett Oliver himself, served alongside a Strawberry Rhubarb crumble, and it was as devine as it sounds.

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

12oz bottle, 2009 vintage. Reviewed Nov 27, 2010.

Pours black with a one finger brown head that leaves a nice network of intricate lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Mostly chocolate. Very little dark fruit unlike the '08 bottle I had the other night. Moderate strength.

Flavor is rich chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some dark fruits such as figs, plums, and a bit of cherries, very little alcohol, a year of age worked well in this department as it is not often one will enjoy a 10% ABV brew with little to no noticeable alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy and rich, medium carbonation.

Oh man, so much better than the '08. Dunno if I had a bad bottle or what but this is fantastic stuff. Gets an extra bump in drinkability due to being a good value in the Imperial Stout category. Will be reviewing a fresh '10 soon.

Aroma 4, Appearance 4, Taste 4, Palate 4, Overall 4.5, Score 4.05


12oz bottle, 2008 vintage. Reviewed Nov 25, 2010.

Pours medium black with a one finger brown head that leaves nice lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is dark fruits and chocolate, vinous, with raisins, currants, plums, figs, prunes, fair alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

Flavor is heavy on the dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries, raisins, currants, figs and plums, some notes of chocolate and coffee start to pick up, roasted malts, alcohol is very muted but there.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side for an Imperial Stout, medium bodied overall, low to medium carbonation.

Surprised by the heavy dark fruit component almost overpowering the chocolate and roasted malts in this one. I've had better bottles of Brooklyn BCS. Will update the review with subsequent tastings of other vintages.

Aroma 3.5, Appearance 4, Taste 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 4, Score 3.65

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

Pours a dark black color with a caramel colored foam head. Has an aroma of chocolate with hints of caramel. Has a taste of chocolate with some sweet up front and a nice layer of bitters in the back. Some complexity. Nice layering on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel. Good stout.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoying this as my Thanksgiving desert nightcap-

Pored from 12oz bottle - limited bottling- Winter 10-11.

Poured a dark almost syrup consistency - Reminds you of the motor in a lawn mower that hasn't had it's oil changed for a couple of years . Nice two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving behind a thick foamy tan lace .

Smell - I didn't get much - some burnt coffee hints with maybe a little chocolate

Taste - This is where the stout made up for the smell -
Coffee was almost immediate ,hints of burnt malts , the chocolate was evident in the aftertaste.

Drinkability -very well blended and balanced, it's high abv% is hidden well in the flavor - Extremely drinkable - recommended as a desert stout.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this with me. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Black/cherry cola hybrid color. Very small amount of head from my small pour. Maybe a half finger that died almost immediately. A lot of toasty coffee on the nose. Light hints of chocolate and some sweet malt. On the mouth, insanely roasty toasty bitter coffee. Dry. Some dark chocolate flavors. Warming alcohol. Some near sour aspects due to the dark chocolate flavors. Mouth drying chalky mouthfeel. Pretty damn drinkable for 10 %. My 1st experience with Brooklyn (other than Hopfenweiss), I'm impressed.

Edit: After further warming, a lot of licorice coming through on the palate.

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Photo of waterintobeer
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer shows very well. Very dark black with slight hints of crimson along the edges of the snifter. Very little head but what little is there, is a dark tan. There is a little lacing on the side of the glass, more reminiscent of a scotch than a beer.
The smell is of mocha, roasty malts and a spicy hop flavor. My complaint is that there is way too much alcohol smell.
The taste is better than the smell with more bitter chocolate flavor being more pronounced and less of an alcohol taste, but it is absolutely still present. It reminds me of a 70% coca bar dunked into some hard alcohol. There is some malt characteristics but i find them to be pretty subdued.
The mouth-feel is pretty good. There is a fair amount of carbonation and the beer finished pretty dry.
All in all this beer is weighing in at 10 abv so some alcohol is expected to be present but the current recipe doesn't do well in covering it. I think that this stout would be much more enjoyable if the alcohol were dropped a few points or if more effort were put into covering it up.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't had this one in a while and forgot how fantastic it is.

Not sure I've had a better, pure-dessert chocolate stout than this.

Pours pitch blac and looks like motor oil at first. I thought I wouldn't get much fo a head so I poured more vigor, and voila - a huge tan head.

Aromas scream chocolcate of high quality. Molasses and cream are also noticed. The taste matches the aroma with added coffee and an overlying roastiness that just gives you the impression all the ingreidients are singing together as one. Teh alcohol is masked very well. But it doesn't provide some warmth.

Drinkabtility? I couldn't put it down... Mouthfeel was silky smooth.

This was my dessert after a steak dinner, and it was perfect. I look forward ot my next one!

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Anno 2010.

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy dark brown, incredibly dark in the galss, with a slim sudsy tan head.

Smell -- Dark chocolate, cafe mocha, burnt breadcrusts, dark dried fruits, faint woodsmoke. Alcohol is a bit sharp on the nose. Overall, a rich, dark, proper RIS.

Taste -- Very rich and roasty with dark chocolate, coffee with cream, molasses, anise, licorice, dark fruity tang, and woodsmoke. Finish is burnt breadcrust, black coffee, and dark chocolate. The alcohol is a bit strong, though not the worst I've had. That said, it was just enough to be distracting.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied, velvety, with moderate prickly carb. Good deal of alcohol warming.

Drinkability -- This stout is quite good. Not at all cloying as the name would suggest, but actually quite balanced with plenty of acrid malt roastiness. However, the booziness is a bit distracting. Had the beer possessed more depth of flavor and nuance it would have been more forgivable. I wish I had a bottle with three or four years on it, as I'd imagine it would be positively decadent.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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