Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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

A = Deep black with tobacco red highlights. Quarter inch head formed, thick and lingering.

S = Coffee, alcohol and maybe blackberries.

T = Coffee, cherries and licorice. Aftertaste is stronger licorice and sweetness builds.

M = Good body, almost an oily quality. Carbonation is not too strong.

D = Great feet up, end of the day brew. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of tag0519
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Rich very black color. Creamy dark head which has lasting power

s: burnt (in a very good way) coffee, nice roasty malt, fruity and alcohol

t: a lot like the smell, with a little more chocolate. Alcohol noticeable, but again ... in a good way.

m: medium thick creamy. carbonation is about on par with other stouts.

This was the first time I tried this stout and it will be in my fridge again and again.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn BCS pours up with a lively carbonation that creates a incredibly inviting tannish-mocha colored head that completely envelops the opaque brownish black body. Simply marvelous! The heavily chocolate aroma is quite complex with notes of rich toffee, toasted walnuts, cocoa nibs & plenty of coffee/espresso notes. A touch of fruity cherry-vanilla & a noticeable warmth add to the overall complexity. This one just gets better as it warms in hand. The smooth flavor starts off with an initial rush of caramel & chocolate sweetness that gives way to a solid roasted graininess with coffee & espresso notes marked by a light underlying bitterness. This one continues to grow on the palate, but dries out slightly towards the bittersweet, warming finish. This medium-full bodied Imperial Stout has long been one of my favorites. I've had this one many times before, but it still continues to impress. Garrett Oliver's BBCS is a hallmark of consistant quality which others can only dream. "Imperialism at its strongest!" Please Sir, may I have another?

Skål! Beertracker

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

A: Pours an opaque pitch black color with deep garnet highlights when held to light. The head is thick, dense, creamy, stick, and retains fairly well.

S: Roasty and toasty notes right off the bat. Nice chocolate, lactose, coffee, and hops to balance. Very pleasant, and when it warms, a waft of alcohol is noticeable

T: Similar to the nose...definitely on the maltier side, with a slight hop presence but not too weak. Chocolate- bittersweet and milk chocolate flavors. Lactose is fairly noticeable along with coffee and dark fruit hints. Strong alcohol across the palate when the beer warms

MF/D: Pretty viscous, creamy, carbonation is high, lingering sweet/chocolate/lactose finish

One of my favorites from the brewery

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

12 oz. bottle, '09-'10 batch. Pours a completely opaque black, nice creamy brown head, lacing throughout. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, sweet, a hint of alcohol, vanilla, and fruit. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, a little bit of wood, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is creamy, full-bodied, sweet and a bitter finish at the end. Pretty good one, warms well, I like this one.

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Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the food emporium in NYC.

Pour is a classic stout body, very dark skinned and opaque with little visible carbonation and a tan head much worthy of the cocoa-ish style its meant to portray.

smell is probably the best thing. it's definetly chocolatey, but rather like hershey's dark chocolate moreso than perhaps a cote d'or. semi-synthetic feel but i grant them it's a fine example because pulling off the chocolate feel isn't an easy task i'm sure).

the taste, instead, isn't chocolatey enough. nonetheless it's a dark roasted malt and coffee feel all over, very deep and bitter nonetheless palatable and certainly consonant with the style. props, however, a bit lacking on the chocolate (i'm personally biased since i've had the xocoan birracao).

full bodied nonetheless, for us cocoa drinkers this is quite a decent experience. kudos to brooklyn, impressed twice in one afternoon.

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

355ml/12oz bottle poured into a small snifter...

A - Very impressive! Creamy brown head over an opaque dark brown body. Very impressive lacing and decent head retention.

S - Obviously very chocolatey-smelling. Strong hints of vanilla, some roasted coffee beans, and a touch of smoke. Very low on hop character, unsurprisingly, though there is a slight floral scent.

T - Starts out with an impressive chocolate taste, with a sweetness well-balanced. Espresso-like coffee notes follow, then making room for some dark fruit notes. The sweetness sort of carries through into the after-taste, which is very well-balanced in terms of bitterness. After a few moments, the beer also develops a smoky flavour to it.
What impressed me the most is the chocolate flavour, which was achieved solely from a variety of malts, with no flavourings or extracts...

M - Medium-to-full body to it. Initially the carbonation is quite high, but then it quickly drops in level, making the beer very smooth. The alcohol taste becomes quite apparent after a while, which is yet logical for a 10% beer.

D - Good, as long as you drink this in moderation. A very good Imperial Stout, this beer is indeed a perfect winter warmer. Try it with vanilla ice-cream, or with some quality dark chocolate.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch pillowy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves small rings of lacing. Color is black with reddish edges when held to the light.

Smell: Dark chocolate, hot alcohol, espresso, with a hint of raisin.

Taste: A sweet hit of roasted malt, mocha coffee, some raisin notes, then back to roasted malt. The malt profile is smokey and deep. Each sip is characterized by subtle shifts in dark flavors ending with a beautiful marriage of alcohol warmth and smokey roasted malt. Occasionally quite sweet and often rich, but very well-balanced. Small hop bite in the middle.

Interestingly (to me at least), there's chocolate present in most of the flavors, but it never tastes like a chocolate drink or chocolate bar; here's some chocolaty coffee, here's some chocolate caramel, here's raisins infused with chocolate, etc. Everything is accented with chocolate, it's beautiful. Also beautiful is the way each flavor seamlessly blends into each other flavor, creamy and smokey, ending with a nice alcohol warmth that doesn't overwhelm the malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, with bright carbonation balancing the mild thickness.

Drinkability: Excellent. It's very easy drinking despite the high ABV; the alcohol is noticeably present, but not burning or aggressive. I would (and do) buy this beer often.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a fantastic beer. It delivers exactly what I want from an imperial stout: enticing aroma, big, complex, but balanced flavor, creamy mouthfeel, with some pleasant alcohol warmth.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid jet black body with a small creamy tan head, however, it fades quite quickly. Very light carbonation. Rich chocolately aroma, with dark heavy malts, slight smokiness, and loads of sweet dark fruit. There is lots of bitter chocolate from the start, alongside a strong coffee flavours, sweet dark malts and a slight hoppy kick in the finish. Thick and full in the body with an almost tar-like feel. Love this beer, one of the best chocolate stout available.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pitch black with a dark tan colored head. Minimal lacing.

S: Alcohol aroma is overpowering. Mostly roasted chocolate. Some malty caramel and roasted coffee smell.

T&M: Bitter chocolate with a chalky roasted coffee finish. Smooth and rough at the same time, if that makes any sense. Syrupy molasses up front with a dry alcohol after burn.

Decent stout. Not my favorite, but good.

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

A - Poured a brownish black with a bubbly mocha cream colored head with sticky lacing.

S - Chocolatey malty caramel roasted coffee smell with some sweet dark fruit undertones.

T - Chocolate cherry. Coffee-like roasted flavor with a nice mix of subtle dark fruit flavors. Touch of a bittery aftertaste.

M - Really smooth and silky and not thick at all. Nice and even feel all around.

D - Really delicious beer. Extremely drinkable.

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

I poured this from 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. It is dark black with an nice tan head. The scent is of roasted malt.

The taste is good. It is very smooth and lacks carbonation. There is just a hint of chocolate and hops. The roasted malt flavor dominates the taste.

It is quite drinkable for such a high abv. I will definitely buy this one again next year.

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

Poured into a glass goblet.

A: Pours black with a hint of dark brown. Head is light brown, dissipates quickly, and leaves a thin layer behind. Some nice lacing.

S: Lots of dark chocolate with mild notes of dark roasted malt and alcohol.

T: VERY good, but not as complex as I expected with the label comparing it to (or labeling it as?) a russian imperial stout. Sweet, chewy malts up front, followed by dark and milk chocolate notes and a nice alcohol presence. Finish has a nice dryness to balance the initial sweetness with a hint of baking cohcolate like bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderately high carbonation - more than is typical of the style, but I like it. Finish is clean.

D: For 10% ABV this is definitely drinkable. Other stouts with an ABV like this can be overwhelming - this is not like that at all. Great on a cold winter night!

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

Single bottle (brewed in 2009-10 season) poured into a tumbler.

Appearance: Poured a 1/4" thick head that died down a bit to form a persistent thin foam across the top of the beer with plenty of thick strands of lacing as I drank it down. Quite black, but not inky dark. You can just make out some brown at the edges of the glass when held up to the light, but just barely.

Smell: Starts off chocolate (almost cocoa like) but then you get a strong raisin and maybe just a hint of spice (cinnamon?) at the end. Can't place what is at the end, but the whole thing is quite appetizing.

Taste: Starts off tasting like a chocolate covered espresso bean, but with some alcohol notes at the end. It's like drinking a chocolate liquor at times, but more satisfying in a swig than a sip. Really quite impressive.

Mouthfeel: Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue, and quite creamy and smooth. A pleasant thickness.

Drinkability: I view this a desert beer at its finest. You could have it with a meal (like a burger and milkshake type of thing) but I think you want this to end the meal on a good note. The alcohol content is too high to have more than one though. Still, I quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of Brewtr0n
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - almost opaque black, some ruby hight lights - nearly one inch of tan head, persistent.

Aroma - Alcohol, maybe slightly medicinal.

Taste - Full malt presence, very smooth and round not overly roasty. Finishes pleasantly dry, not overly so. Hides the % 10 really well.

Mouth Feel - full and pleasant, mild carbonation tickles a little at the end

Drinkability - Would have two!

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Photo of jhammel01
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch unpenetrateable black with an awesomely retaining head. It just will not go away!! The head is like a chocolate milk color thats nice, thick and foamy.

Smells strongly of alcohol and roasted malt. Perhaps chocolate as well.

1st taste is a wallop of chocolate and mocha. A bit of roasted malt and hoppy bitterness near the end. Its very complex and rich. Unfortunately, a heavy metallic taste about midway through the taste that also shows up in the finish. Its too bad because it really takes away from the taste.

The mouthfeel is dead on..its thick and creamy. Very good.

Its a great beer. The only bad thing was that metallic taste that I had. All around, a solid beer. Awesome.

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

(Bottle into English Pint) This is from the 09-10 season. Poured a creamy, rich black with a think tan head that fell slowly. Nose was fully of chocolate and a smooth roast, with a hint of coffee. this was very appealing after some of the other seasonal stouts I had this year. Once I tasted this, I was far from disappointed as this is easily the best winter seasonal of this year I have had so far. Drink is very smooth and creamy, with subtle flavors melding very nicely on the tongue pulling out chocolate and coffee flavors at various points. A subtle hop aftertaste finishes this very nicely!

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Photo of feelmefoam
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Brooklyn's BCS pours a thick, inky midnight black with no highlights to speak of, even when held up to the light in my living room. The beer surprised me a bit by putting up over an inch-and-a-half of thick, creamy mocha-colored head that took a long time to dissipate, but when it did it left beautiful thick rings of tan, sticky lacing clinging to the outside of the glass. The awesome head bumped this brew up to a 5 on the looker scale.

The aroma boasts rich dark malts laced with cocoa and black coffee, but it's kind of subtle. Not too much hoppiness, but that's quite alright for this style of beer.

When BCS hits your tongue, you can understand some of the hype surrounding this beer. Dark malts present up front are accompanied by chocolate-covered espresso beans, which bring a bit of sweet bitterness into the mix. A fleeting amount of dark fruit flavor is present as well, but is very short lived. A warming alcohol tingle follows the beer down your throat, giving a pleasant sensation as you finish each sip, but certainly not overpowering the flavor of the stout.

The mouthfeel is just what I would expect of a big, flavorful RIS. Thick, syrupy, and smooth at the same time, with the light amounts of carbonation complementing the slight alcohol tingle given at the end of each gulp.

This is a very well-done beer, put together by a brewery who I haven't had much experience with as of yet, but will certainly look for more in the future. Drinkability is only inhibited by the high ABV, otherwise I would be tempted to have several of these in a sitting. Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout is a bold yet sweet sipper of a stout that is inviting from the pour to the last drop.

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

2009-2010 vintage.

Pours into my snifter with a large thick tan head and a pitch black body. Tiny bubbles are constantly racing towards the top. It looks particularly interesting.

The s,mell is filled with rich, sweet dark scents, chocolate, alcohol, sugar, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee.

The flavor has a bit more coffee than the smell, but there is also a nice hit of chocolate and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is decent, not the best for a Russian Imperial Stout but it is ok. The alcohol isn't that noticeable cranking the drinkability up slightly.

It is a pretty good beer, in the middle of the pack for RIS, it was better the first time I had it, but I will save some bottles, this one will age well.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a snifter bottle

Appearance: as black as it gets, thick like syrup, small dark brown head that dissipated quickly

Nose: dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hops bottom notes

Taste: heavy hops bitterness, creamy chocolate, coffee

This beer is rich and very thick. It poured like thick syrup and tasted divine.

12/18/14 Review
12oz bottle in a large snifter at fridge temps. This is the second time I'm reviewing this beer. I have a few more to cellar. The date on this beer is Winter 2014/2015.

Appearance: poured like viscous motor oil, black as night with no light penetrating, no head to speak of at all, I can not believe how black this beer is.

Nose: chocolate, nutty, barrel aging, alcohol, toasted oak, slight coffee

Taste: creamy mouthfeel, velvety, chocolate, coffee, toasted nuts, just enough hop bitterness to cut through the rich texture. Very slight carbonation, just enough to lift the heaviness of this beer off your tongue. Warming alcohol finish.

This is truly a master's class in Imperial Stouts. Garret Oliver spent time in England studying brewing and it truly shows in this classic English style stout fit for royalty. My only gripe would be the lack of carbonation. I feel it needs a little more considering the weight of the brew.

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

Batch brewed for Winter 09-10

Glass- Riedel 6416/07

A- Opaque black/brown. The head is a nice, very dark brown with some lace.

S- Choclate covered raisins, cola. Faint vanilla note, which faded.

T- Big, extracted, sweet roasted malt (and, I applaud, NOT burnt to a char). Bitter espresso, black coffee. Good, straightforward flavors. Lingering finish is dominated by bitter coffee flavor and a touch too much hop bitterness.

M, D- ABV masked. I found the CO2 to be heavy-handed and fizzy.

Comment: This year's batch I found to be better than a few I have had before, those exhibiting a weird moldy off-smell. The Winter 09-10 seemed cleaner in this regard.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, opaque liquid with a tan, light brown head. Liquidy, fine bubbles lace the sides of the glass.

S: Alcohol and chocolate flavors hit the nose and warm the chest. I'm a little hesitant to taste this.

T: Strong, dark chocolate flavors fill the mouth. The slightest hint of alcohol, but nothing like the nose of the beer would led me to believe. I had this one before and wasn't thrilled, but this time around I am.

M: The thick liquid is heavy and coating. Smooth and barely carbonated. Warming and relaxing.

D: Faced with a cold winter day? This is a beer for you. Not as sweet as some other chocolate stouts I've had, and which I like better, but a great imperial stout none the less.

Served: in a cervoise glass.

Review from notes taken on: 12/3/09.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09-10 vintage, poured into snifter...

A: Pours jet black with a small one finger tan head, fairly creamy and falls to a thin foam, decent thin lacing left behind.

S: Bittersweet chocolate, booze, licorice, bready burnt caramel malt.

T: Huge chocolate flavor profile, lots of depth, starts with a harsh bittersweet, then fades into milk chocolate and then into a black licorice mixed with a boozy alcohol and a lingering finish of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Heavy body that starts off very smooth and then the carbonation kicks in and comes on strong with the flavors and then finishes smooth.

D: This is a very smooth RIS and pretty drinkable, the booziness is there but only adds to the complexity. Very nice overall, wish Brooklyn Brewery was on the West Coast!

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

This brew caught my eye walking into TW, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a great butterscotch smell characteristic of HG brews. There are also hints of red licorice. The brew pours to a jet black with a tan multi-sized bubble head. On the taste this brew is heavenly to say the least. Chocolate is indeed the forte of the flavor and it is evident from start to finish with different flavors throughout. The brew starts with a black licorice and semisweet chocolate flavor folllowed by a more tart and flatter unsweetened chocolate flavor and finishing with a bitter but sweet milk chocolate with a licorice kicker. This is one HG brew, all throughout the taste the AC is warming and evident not unlike a chocolate licor, hence the licorice flavors. I think I could stand outside naked in -20 degree weather drinking one of these brews and not bat an eye. This is a serious stout, the flavors are beyond incredible.

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

I love this beer. Pours dark and smooth, with a head whose color reminds me of peanut butter. Smells darkly sweet with chocolate and faint licorice. Tastes similar to the smell, dark chocolate, nicely sweet, but with an unfortunately burnt bitter taste on the finish. There's some very slight licorice on the mouth too, but not cloying sweet licorice like Good and Plenty, more like fresh fennel. I highly recommend this beer and am hoping that the couple of bottles I put aside benefit from some aging.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 6,681 ratings.
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