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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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black just like it says on the label ;) tan, slow developing head. Looks pretty sticky pasted to the sides of the glass just like I like.

S: big on the nose. Huge choc and roasted malt, def some boozyness going on in their. Burning the nose hairs a little.

T: Choc and grain, roasted malt. Dark choc almost bitter. Some roasty nuttyness and a hint of alcohol. Finishes more mild then expected, does not stick to the pallet like I thought. I was expected really big all the way through but its does not sit for too long, which is suprising and a little disapointing. Sticks some, just not quite as much as I would like.

M: pretty good up front but the middle and finish is just a little thin. Still good just not quite as thick and chewy as you think its going to be. I think I have been drinking beers that are way too big the last few months, only saying its a pinch thin cause Im comparing it to other Russian Imperial's like DL. But yea, still good!

D: well...for 10% its a sipper I think. But its good. Its a nice beer. Good job Oliver. I would be curious to see what you would throw together for a dessert item to pair it with.

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Photo of zaq37
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours BLACK and I mean freaking night time black. No head, what little head it has is dark brown and sticks to the edge of the glass and fades quickly.

S - You can really smell the chocolate, smells like a dark chocolate with a lot of malt.

T - The taste is incredible; very rich, strong, and smooth. Long aftertaste of chocolate, each drink had it's own characteristics, some ended chocolaty and some with a fruity notes.

M - You cannot taste the alcohol, it's very smooth. almost no burn at all.

D - Drinkability is top notch, i could drink this beer all day.

Overall - exceptional beer, love the malty chocolate flavors and sweetness. would recommend to anyone!

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

The Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout is an incredible beer. Here are the details.

Appearance: This stout was black with ever so slight tinges of red on the bottom of the glass. Some brown but not much. Almost pure black. There was no head on this beer and like most stouts, when you look at it from the top it looks like an espresso. There was great lacing on this beer that reminded me of swirling a wine glass.

Aroma: The aroma was wonderful. I got a nice roasted chocolate scent mixed with deep-roasted coffee. I could pick up the malt also and some nuttiness. This beer had a slight swaf of sweetness. And whoa, I could smell the 10.1% ABV on this beer.

Taste: Wow. This beer has a fantastic taste. Though this is a chocolate stout, I picked up the deep-roasted coffee first. However, as I swallow a nice cocoa flavor coates the pallete. The chocolate is not a sweet chocolate but a semi-sweet cocoa. The coffee and chocolate are very well balanced with one not overpowering the other. The beer finishes with a hint of bitterness but it's the perfect amount. This beer blends everything together in perfect harmony. This is a full-body beer with a creamy mouth feel. This beer is dangerously easy to drink at 10.1% (which is a compliment).

Overall: What a wonderful beer. I enjoy stouts and this is likely one of the best stouts I've had.

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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Completely black. One finger head that retained perfectly.

S: After a few minutes in the glass (warming up significantly) I got the chocolate malt smell that I was expecting. Before that, really no smell at all (and no, this wasn't tasted at the end of the night).

T: Very rich dark malt taste. Slightly hoppy. Very slight alcohol burn. Very nice tasting beer.

M: Very smooth and creamy.

D: No problem finishing my glass!

I am going to put the remaining pair of these into the cellar to see what happens...

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

2008-2009 bottle poured into a snifter

A - Jet black, with a thin, brown head that shrinks quickly, leaving behind lacing which sticks well.

S - Dark chocolate, bourbon, prunes

T - Raisins and roasted grains are evident first and followed by a touch of vanilla and a jolt of espresso, each of which grow more pronounced as the beer warms. The back end consists of loads of dark, tart chocolate and a hint of smoke, leaving an excellent, bitter aftertaste. A little heat on the end becomes more prevalent as time passes.

M - Really complex and somewhat contradictory at different times - big & chewy without being overly thick, some sips seemed to border on thin. Likewise, it mostly reminded me of a creamy, dark chocolate milkshake in consistency, but a sip here or there felt syrupy, as well.

D - The alcohol hurts a little, and the bitter helps a lot. I'd drink two, but not three.

I've had Black Ops, which I enjoyed quite a bit, but I wasn't expecting this to be as good as it is. I'll be seeking this out and suggest that you do as well, especially if you prefer your chocolate to be on the dark side.

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3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle from a 4pk poured into a chalice

appearance - beer pours a nearly jet black color with a thick, fluffy mocha colored head

aroma - smells like cocoa, chocolate, roasted coffee

taste - coffee, dark chocolate, malts, vanilla bean

mouthfeel - pretty thin beverage for the style, lightly carbonated, bitter finish on this one, booze is prominent (but it is over 10%, so understandable)

drinkability - this is one to sip, I don't think I will have another today, though

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Photo of Reaper16
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thanks, FernMaster!
12oz bottle - 2009 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark cola brown. Lighter brown at the edges. It isn't inspiring me to write anything else about its body. An incremental spread of tan foam tops the beer off. A swirl of agitation yields no increase in the head. Lacing? Not really.

The aroma is very malty, as one would guess. Deep malt with a bit of, like, port running through it. Some nice chocolate tones, too; more milk chocolate than dark chocolate. Not very roasty. This smells pretty good, if unusual from the impy stouts I tend to drink.

Black Chocolate Stout is unusual on the palate, too. This isn't a bitter, roasty stout. It is malty and smooth and fairly clean. Much more malted barley flavor than chocolate. Coffee just isn't there. Ghosts of dark fruits that link up with the port smell. Some cardboard flavor shows up... this and the port quality make me think there is some oxidization going on. Anyways, different? Yes. Good? Almost.

Way too thin for an Imperial Stout. This is super-light. Oddly thin. It isn't satisfying. The only reason that this doesn't get a 1.0 is because the light flavors of the beer go well with the mouthfeel. But I am rating to style, so... The drinkabilty is consequently good. This is a stout that you want to polish off a few of in a session (though at 10% ABV you shouldn't).

I suppose that I am disappointed by this beer. It isn't to my taste. It is decent enough but if this were available locally to me then I wouldn't be rushing out to buy a 4-pack when it comes out each year.

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

Pours opaque black with a 1 finger creamy light brown chocolate milk-like head that lasts a while; good lacing that slides down the glass. A very nice beer to look at and admire.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, sweet malt, faint hops, vanilla, toffee and mild spices; the aroma is like a sweet coffee treat or hot chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, sweet caramel, faint hops, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, burnt wood, some mild spices which gives a slight hop nip towards the dry end; nice smoky flavor mixed with the sweet malts. This is an extremely flavorful beer that hides the alcohol well and really goes down easy. The beer ends dry and smoky with peat, charcoal and roasted malt in the crisp finish. Very tasty and enjoyable; it's light for a stout, or at least feels light and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, very mild to no carbonation and a shake like creamy feel on the tongue; this went down smooth and had an overall nice smoky flavor.

A great stout that I've enjoyed many times in the past and will seek out again. Very tasty and I recommend drinking this as a nightcap or desert beer.

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

Thanks to cvstrickland for sending this out my way. This was an 08-09 BCS.

lacing around the glass, little head, DARK.

chocolate smells swirl around the glass.

sweet smooty roasted tastes, rich, heavy, warming smooth chocolate tastes.

Great beer. Thanks Chuck.

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Photo of Amalak
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had at a dive bar somewhere in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Didn't really even know the name of the place at the time.
A-- Black, basically completely. Some light seeps through at the bottom. Even the head is a deep, deep tan.
S-- Has a chocolate scent. It comes through.
T-- Very rich, sour chocolate taste. Kind of a chestnut undertone. The chocolate comes through toward the end. A bit too alcohol taste.

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Photo of RobertTh3Texian
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The tan head forms up nicely and stands proud as if to say, "I am Brooklyn, and Brooklyn is Stout." Black does not even begin to describe this brew. It's advanced darkness that seeks light (lite) of the world and swallows it whole. The nose is as fruity and toasty as the first taste is. The body isn't too heavy and it leaves a good fruit flavour that I love from a good stout and only comes out in the best of chocolates. Good beer all around, a must buy if ya got it.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An aggressive pour into my Duvel tulip yields a beer that is absolute black with a good sized milk chocolate cap. Head retention and lacing are both well above average for the style. The nose is intoxicating, chocolate covered expresso beans. The taste isn't quite as balanced unfortunately, as the rich dark chocolate notes dominate and any coffee flavor is merely an afterthought. Appropriately low carbonation for the style, and the body is almost perfect, full and impossibly creamy. This beer is ridiculously drinkable, tasty and a great mouthfeel with no alcohol heat, which is impressive for a 10%+ beer (note, I've learned to take this beer out of the fridge about 20 minutes before I'm going to drink it, if you drink it at fridge temperatures there will be some boozy heat to it). I still see why this is the beer that made me love craft brews.

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Photo of wcintula
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Starting with the 'executive' looking black label ('09-'10)spangled with stars, I anticipated a badass beer. I poured this baby into a Sam Adams glass(what was available) and daaamn, that beer is fine. Nice black opaque body with an excellent thick head.

S- Sweet. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. After you smell it, the beer pulls you in face first.

T- Awesome!!! Tastes like it smells. I tasted it in correctly the first time I tried it. When sipping I get a very metallic taste, but when you gulp it, your mouth is filled with sheer awesomeness.

M- A thicker feeling liquid with regular, not-too-prickly carbonation. Alcoholic dryness on the way down.

D- I drank the beer in less than 3 minutes. I'd consider that drinkable. I just wish I had another.

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

Winter 09-10

Appearance: Thick, black (and still black when held up to light). Four-finger head.

Smell: Chocolate, malt, a lot of fruity scent (like plums), vanilla, booze.

Taste: The taste improves and grows richer as it warms. Dark chocolate (as might be expected), malt, booze, vanilla, caramel, toffee, prunes.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated... much less than what I'd expect with the amount of head I poured. It's thick and fairly smooth. The mouthfeel also improves as it warms, it feels more smooth and mellow as it gets warmer, less sharp.

Drinkability: It's disappearing surprisingly fast.

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

poured into pint glass, bottle marked winter 09-10

A- black in color with a nice one finger light mocha color head.

S- chocolate, licorice, and a bit of booze.

T- Chocolate and roasted coffee flavours dominate, mild licorice, mild alchol in the finish.

M- full bodied and very creamy.

D- This is a great beer, alchol is just right for warming you up on a cold day.

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

A - Pitch black color throughout with a large, thick, creamy, light sandy tan head. Very good retention which settles into a thick, creamy layer of lacing.

S - Fairly typical RIS smell with lots of dark malt. Dark chocolate is the most prominent of the stout flavors, but there are hints of coffee, dark fruit, just a little vanilla, and a bit of alcohol.

T - A lot of dark and semi-sweet chocolate throughout. Initially there is also some coffee and a touch of date and some other general dark fruit. Some sweet and some bitter flavors mix together. Mid sip a touch of alcohol and tartness comes out, but the dark malt and chocolate are still quite prevalent. It finishes similar to the start only slightly sweeter chocolate and a hint of vanilla. The chocolate, malty slightly sweet and bitter taste lingers on the tongue for a little while.

M - Medium to full body with a bit below average carbonation. Velvety smooth and creamy that goes down quite easy. Just slightly warming, especially considering the ABV.

D - Quite a drinkable stout and makes a nice dessert or night time sipper. Well balanced and has a nice assortment of flavors. The body also really helps the drinkability. Alcohol is definitely present, but it isn't that strong, especially given the ABV.

Notes: Vintage Winter 09-10. A very nice, chocolate forward stout. It isn't as chocolaty as Young's Chocolate Stout, but the chocolate malt is front and center. Good solid example of the style and made for a nice beer to sip to finish the night. Right on the cusp of being an amazing beer; it's not quite there but it is a very good beer that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep brown with mahogany hues. very dark, almost black. small khaki colored head laces a bit.

smells of black chocolate, yah, but also licorice, dark roasted coffee, raisins, dark fruits.

tastes a bit of black chocolate, but more of a dark roasted coffee character is prevalent, and just like in the scent, there is some dark fruits and licorice. a bit of bitterness is there and alcohol is apparent. chocolate comes through more as the beer warms. a powdered hot cocoa flavor that dries the tongue.

mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation to let you know it is there. nice.

drinks well now, but even better with age I would assume. alcohol is a bit hot, but not much more than expected.

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

Notes from 4/30/10

This beer presents itself as pitch black, a nice tan head, very pretty, with good lacing.

Roasted coffee and milk chocolate are predominant in the smell. There is some sweet toffee coming through...I think there is more, but the bar is impeding my olfactory glands.

Rich coffee and chocolate take over this brew. It is a pleasant combination to my palate. There is also a roasty taste throughout with a pinch of toffee sweetness. The roasted coffee taste seems to be the signature of this beer.

This is full bodied with a smooth quality and subtle hop finish. It leaves my mouth nice and sticky making swallowing more difficult than usual.

I would say this is average drinkability for a 10% brew. Normal RIS drinkability...definitely the best Brooklyn Brewing Co. beer I've had.

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Photo of Petrislav
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours deep black - dark coffee, topped with a light caramel frothy head

S: Tons of different roasts, heavy, coffee, slight hint of sweet

T: Bright hops, roasts, bittersweet chocolate, malt, caramel

M: Full bodied, nice bit of carbonation, lingering taste

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Photo of jneiswender
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served cool but not cold.

A-motor oil black body and a chocolate ice cream head.

S-grain, roast, minerals

T-smoky, grainy husk, somewhat burnt

M-very full, incredibly thick

D-somewhat coarse. style is fitting but I thought it was a "dark chocolate" stout.

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Photo of popery
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 08-09. Incredible beer. Pours black with a small light brown head. Lots of chocolate, roast and caramel in the aroma. The flavor is rich with even more chocolate, berries, brown sugar, caramel and roast. Very soft carbonation that fits the flavor well. I dearly wish that Brooklyn would distribute it to my state.

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

Poured 12oz Winter 09-10 bottle code 2609 1554 into my Dogfish Snifter.

A - Poured a deep black that didn't let any hint of light through it. Solid 1.5 finger coffee color head that dissipated to a solid 1/8 inch head covering the surface. Easily stirred back up to a solid 1/4 inch head.

S - Drinking this one about 3 months after my first from this batch and the aroma has change sufficiently. The first time I drank this it was very fresh and there was a huge chocolate presence from what I recall. I remember being hugely surprised at what a chocolate scent there was. Now there is some dark chocolate upfront with roast coffee and maybe a hint of brown sugar.

T - Dark chocolate with roasted coffee some sweet dried dark fruits, possibly some prune.

M - Light carbonation and light on the palette for a big stout. Still a bit hot at 3 months since the last time but it has definitely been subdued quite a bit and mellowed out.

D - Very good for a 10% ABV stout. More drinkable 3 months since the first time I drank it. I can't wait to see what it taste like at 9 months and 1 year as I still have 2 in the cellar.

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

12oz bottle in tulip (winter 07-08 edition)

A: completely black with a caramel colored head that disappears quickly leaving a little lace.
S: A mix of chocolate and burnt/roasted flavors with some sweetness in the background
T&M: Feels thick/rich with a little alcohol burn. A little astringent on the tongue. The dark chocolate flavor really comes through.
D: This is a great dessert beer. It goes down a little too easy, I am ready to reach for a second one. Highly recommended.

(original scores 4,4.5,4,4,4.5)

*** 09/10 version on 4/22/10
12oz bottle in Duvel tulip

A: pours with a thick creamy dark tan 4-finger head that drops to a thick film on the surface leaving a bunch of lace, completely black, lets no light through.
S: Chocolate dominates, sweetness, dark/dried fruits
T: Lots of roasty malts along with dark bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness, along with a hint of alcohol warmth.
M: Very creamy and rich, mouth coating, slightly astringent.
D: This is an awesome desert beer, a great example of the style. For such a big beer, there is not much alcohol presence which makes for a very easy drinking beer, very dangerous and highly recommended. Glad I have more in the basement.
(new scores 4,4,4,4,4.5)

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Photo of milesfan76
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In April they still have bottles of this at University Pizzeria in Youngstown. No complaints here. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours black. Very, very black. About a three finger darkish-tan head that sticks around a while.

S: Malts and chocolate. Quite pleasing.

T: As the beer's name might suggest, the first thing I notice is the chocolate. Dark chocolate. Very nice. Malts and a little bit of hops.

M: Syrupy, but not too syrupy. Carbonation just right.

D: If not for the 10.10% I could drink this all day long.

I'll always have a soft spot for Brooklyn Brewery, as their Brown Ale was one of my earliest ventures into the craft beer world, and this beer is definitely their masterpiece. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Destral
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors out quite dark, with a good 2 fingers of tan head. Thin layer remains and leaves light to moderate lacing until I finished.

Tons of sweet chocolate and malt. This beer realy smells tasty.

The Black Chocolate Stout has a very nice balance of chocolate sweetness and roasted coffee bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticeable, if at all. As this warms up the chocolate really starts to shine.

This is a very smooth beer, with the perfect level of fine carbonation.

I could drink these all night if I could buy them in Las Vegas. Its incredibly smooth and the alcohol is hidden so well. Reminded me a bit of the Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, which is only half the alcohol!

This is one of my new favorite stouts. I hope to get my hands on more.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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