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 DoppleJock
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled for Winter 2009-2010.
12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours super smooth. Very dark, nearly black/brown. Two-finger caramel head rides the top all the way through the first half of the glass, then some nice lacing for the second half.

S: Some malts, some chocolate. Slightly sweet but was hoping for more.

T: A wave of semi-sweet chocolate with a slightly bitter roasted malt aftertaste. Not too much of an alcohol presence for a beer clocking in at 10.0% ABV. Gets even better with repeated sips.

M: Not too thick, not too watery. Just right.

D: If I didn't have other things to do tonight, I'd finish my 4-pack of this right away.

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

Consumed 1/11/2010- from notes.

Brown 120z bottle as pictured poured into a pint glass. Limited Bottling Winter 09-10 on the neck label.

A- They arent kidding. Poured pitch black topped off with a half finger cocoa colored head that settled quickly to a thin skim. Looks pretty watery smooth.

S- A dark bakers chocolate, some alcohol and a little hint of molassas.

T- Just like the smell but stronger on the chocolate, lighter on the alcohol and well as a little coffee.

M- Medium to heavy, very smooth and slick.

D- Not as much of a sipper as some of the other RIS's that I've had. Went through this one quicker than I expected.

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Photo of fropones
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown with twinges of red around the edges. About 1 finger of espresso head with good retention.

S - Toasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, and some molasses are evident. Also, a metallic aroma like iron is in here as well.

T - A lot of coffee and toasted malt are in the front with some bittersweet chocolate. A hint of hop bitterness in the back. Very roasted. Some booze in here as well. Malt sweetness as well. Some (rye) whiskey flavors as it warms.

M - Big bodied, creamy.

D - Pretty boozy, big bodied, definitely a sipper. I was looking forward to trying this one and kind of got let down in the end. I was expecting more. Hopefully Black OPS is better.

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

This was one of the BOTM selections for December. The color is like its name BLACK. The is now light passing through this glass whatsoever. A tan froth floats on top. A very strong malty aroma with small chocolate smell. The taste starts malty and finishes with a bitter coffee taste. Although this is not my favorite style I will make sure to get some each time they come around. A nice sipping beer

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Photo of jampics2
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer #4 of my 2010 Winking Lizard Beer Tour.

This great looking beer was brought to me in a chalice. Black body and small head. Looks great!

Smell is OK. Not too heavy on the roast, molasses, chocolate. VERY noticeable alcohol in the scent. Caustic ethanol singes my nose. WTF, how is this SO hot?

Thankfully the taste wasn't as bad as the nose indicated. Dark malt, chocolate patent, nice overall flavor profile. Unfortunately, as this warms, a very strong taste of vodka in the aftertaste. This needs to chillax for a few years, but almost annoyingly hot in its young form.

Nice mouthfeel. Perfect carb and nice density.

If it wasn't as hot, I would rate this MUCH higher. Still lots of classic tastes and overall profile, but needs to cool its jets.

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

Really nice deep dark pour with excellent retention -09/10 vintage

Fantastic nose brings a wallop of very dark chocolate coupled with fudge

Vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, touch of coffee and an abrupt bitter finish makes this quite enjoyable

Thick and sluggish but lifted by nice carbonation

Potent but drinkable, very well done

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

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. 10% ABV, "Limited Bottling Winter 09-10"

Thanks to Sweemzander for this awesome bottle!

A - Clear dark brown on the pour and black as midnight in the glass. Even with the tall pour, it was silent, almost like syrup flowing out. A small bit of cascading lead to a damn-near three-finger dark tan head with solid retention and beautiful clumpy lace all over the glass.

S - Dark and heavy roasted malts on the nose without the sharp, dry bitterness. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate with a touch of molasses and a pinch of brown sugar. A light-handed addition of hops gives a very faint aroma.

T - Thick and rich dark roasted malts give off the dry bitterness the nose was lacking. A touch of coffee bean with molasses and a good helping of semi-sweet chocolate chunk is in here too. Almost no alcohol is present which leaves the finish with a dry bitterness of coffee.

M - This is as full-bodied as they come. Rich and thick, the carbonation is the only thing keeping it from feeling like syrup. The finish is dry and bitter and the only bit of alcohol comes into play later when it warms up your stomach.

D - Sipping one for a while will suffice nicely. It's a fantastic brew I haven't had in over a year. Very nicely crafted and amazingly delicious. Much thanks to Sweem for this one!

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Photo of Hypersomnia
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Perfect Pint glass.

Black as night, light brown head, good head retention.

First impressions just sniffing it from the bottle is "YUM, tons of chocolate!'. Nice dark chocolate aroma, hard for me to describe much else but it does smell like a really good Russian Imperial Stout. I really like the smell of this beer, pretty awesome. I keep detecting a yeastiness in the background that I quite like.

Just sipping the head at first I'd have to say this is extremely good. Taste is much lighter than I was expecting but extremely good and the mouthfeel was really nice. Tastes quite a bit like chocolate (dark not milk). After taking the first real sip my reaction was, "Mmm... that's pretty good". This beer is quite tasty, though still surprisingly light (but that makes it a bit more drinkable, because it's not thick and overpowering and overbearing).

Finish is nice, light chocolatey / coffee flavor but not very strong.

Holy crap, just got lots of "Mmmm"'s out of me. Wow this is really good now that I let it warm up to what I believe is the right temperature. I'm very impressed. This is an excellent beer.

The warmer the better on this one, the warmer it gets the more tasty it gets.

Highly recommended, particularly given the price point.

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

Poured into a Belgian ale glass, nearly opaque and very dark brown. Thin tan/brown head of small bubbles, looks fine but not overly impressive, though it leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell...ooohhh...yummy. Deep earthy tones of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, roasted grains, and toffee that's reached just the right temperature. Very nice.

The taste is the same as the smell, but moreso. Rich dark chocolate, with just the right blend of sweet and bitter. Wow...I like this beer rather a lot. 10% alcohol? Really? Yeah, there's some there, but 10%? This is very dangerous beer.

This beer is smooth, velvety, very nice overall, though a little thinner than I might have expected. Not sure that's a bad lightens up what could have felt perhaps too viscous.

Drinkability is superb. Like I said, dangerous. Not a quaffing beer, of course, but a person could sip this all night. I found myself wanting to just nurse it along endlessly, a few little munchies to cleanse the palate, and then have it again, like it was the first sip, over and over. Really nice.

This is a beer I would happily drink again. I think I'll go look around to see if I can get a few more to carry me through the winter. Recommended, definitely.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming out of the bottle this is black, with some light coming through making it dark brown. Once it hits the glass it is all black. The head is a dark tan color and ends up becoming a thin ring around my Brooklyn tulip.

The aroma has a huge, charred character to it from the roasted malts. It smells like the malt is still being cooked. Behind all the roast is the expected dark chocolate notes, and a hefty but pleasant fruitiness.

The beer is sweet in the middle with some big chocolate notes along with some sweet fruitiness. It reminds me of a chocolate covered cherry or raspberry. The finish is somewhat dry and roasty with some solid bitterness contributing some slight coffee flavors. There is also some lingering dark fruit flavors in the finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a big, mouth coating body. The moderate carbonation lightens the impact on this beer quite a bit. When I shook out most of the carbonation, the beer seems a lot bigger and sweeter, and the drinkability suffers. I'd love to try this with some chocolate covered raspberries.

Aging notes:

I had a vertical of this beer going back 6 years, and from memory I think one year is the sweet spot. After a year, there is a slight mint character that gets stronger and stronger with each year. It's a positive attribute after two years but gets weird after that. After over a year, it loses it's vibrancy and becomes duller, with oxidation notes getting stronger, which isn't a good thing.

I took notes from a side by side with 2009 vs, 2008, and I found the year old bottle to have more of a dark fruitiness in the nose which seems to bring out the dark chocolates more. The fresh version has more vibrancy in the nose. The flavor of the 2008 has more dark chocolate notes with a smoother mouthfeel. It seems a bit thinner, and the alcohol is very well hidden. One or two years max on this beer.

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

A - Black as night and I really couldn't get any light to come through. Thick tan head that leaves incredible lacing. Thick and oily body.

S - Big dark roasted malts with dark cocoa powder in the back. Mildly bitter hop aroma and light alcohol that is drowned out by the other smells.

T&M - Dark roasted malts come out first but a bit sweeter than the smell. Bittersweet dark chocolate powder and light alcohol. Thick and oily mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation but more prickly than expected. Slightly bitter lingering aftertaste that carries some sweetness with it.

D - I didn't know what the ABV was when I drank this and I definitely didn't think it was over 10%. Alcohol is masked very well and very dangerous. A delicious beer and the chocolate really adds a nice dimension. Doesn't come across as a chocolate drink or as a syrup additive. As my grandpa accurately put it, "This is a serious beer."

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

Poured from bottle into my new Chimay chalice, first brew to be poured in. Appears to be pitch black, nice deep brown head that retreats quickly. Looks delicious.
Smell is pretty good, hints of chocolate and toffee pervade, surely much more will be present as it warms.
Tastes of coffee and dark, bitter chocolate fills the mouth. Very malty, slight alcohol taste hiding behind all the roastiness.
Very smooth, silky texture, makes for an incredibly easy drinking stout.
Highly recommended.

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

One of my favorite special occasion beers. Pours dark brown in color and opaque. Aroma is a richly blend of hops, coffee, chocolate and vinous notes. Taste is sweet, malty and delicious. There's good roasted malt character and it is chocolately without having chocolate in it. Pretty neat stuff. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and hearty. This sipper goes down easily, with a pleasant warmth from the alcohol which is very well hidden in this gem.

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Photo of eth916
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased the beer from a local grocery store that gave the product high marks.

A - Dark malt color w/ little to no head. Had the same appearance of a Coke in the glass. Beer may have been too cold to produce more of a foamy head so I will not hold it against the product.

S - Nice sweet smell of malted barley with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

T - Sweet roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate. Alcohol is detectable but not overpowering.

M - Smooth with a slightly bitter finish.

D - A very solid stout. My wife even enjoyed this beer and she rarely, if ever drinks a stout. A great beer to drink as you relax by the fire and watch the snow fly.

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

This is one of Brooklyn's finest...

A – Jet black, decent head, settles with no retention. Ends up looking like a slightly more viscous cola product.

S – Mellow cafĂ© mocha and milk chocolate tones and a tinge of a mulled spice, slightly sprucy but other than that almost no hops detectable. The high ABV is undetectable via olfactory.

T – French roast coffee and medium-dark chocolate flavors from the malt dominate, finishing with toffee notes and a big piney hop kick. No mention of any alcohol at all. But it is there, plentifully.

M – Seems to pour thick, but feels quite thin. Also the lower carbonation does not help the thinner-bodied stout. But it does not drink ‘hot’, quite the opposite.

D – Cheap, and good tasting, with high ABV. A great winter brew for a budget-minded session.

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

My first offering from Brooklyn (they can be hard to find in Canada). Just got in from having my car towed to the repair shop in -20 weather and I needed a good strong beer...

Pours an inky black hue, leaving about an inch of thick, light tan head. Slow to dissolve, leaves lots of good lacing. Fine retention.

The smell is definitely black everything: black, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Maybe a bit of fruit near the back.

Starts with roasted malt at the front, coffee and chocolate, followed by warming alcohol. A touch of butterness to the finish.

Viscous, almost chewy. A bit stingy, but my lips are chapped so I won't blame the beer.

Very impressed with this; one of the tastier RIS I've had in a while. Good stuff, looking forward to more from this brewery!

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

Black and dense with a nice thick looking white one finger head. It dissolves quickly to a beige foam ring and skim. Little light passes through this brew.

The smell is of bitter cocoa and coffee; it is heady and dense smelling like a dessert.

The flavor is less sweet and chocolate and more of a earthy, bitter like espresso. it is layered with just hint of sweetness, roasted flavors, and a vague spiciness. There is some bitter hop presence that adds another layer of sourness and sharpness that greatly compliments the bitter cocoa flavors.

It is thick and rich in the mouth: milky and smooth that gives a sweet finish.

The alcohol is present in the warmth and finish but it is all in all a highly drinkable stout.

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Photo of advill88
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a thick mocha colored head.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt with rich characters of chocolate and hints of bourbon.

Taste is again dominated upfront by roasted malt with a good hit of bitterness, followed by hints of bourbon and caramel, with maybe a touch of vanilla. Cycles back around to the roasted malt at the end, but showcasing a little more of its sweet character. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, and the carbonation is a little higher than I'd usually expect from such a heavy stout.

Highly drinkable RIS; at 10% ABV, the alcohol is well-hidden. A delicious beer to sip on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of BigBigPickle
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz into tulip.

A: Pours black - looks a bit like cola. Great head with good staying power.

S: Sweet and nutty, malt and chocolate. I am getting excited about this one.

T: Same as the smell, spot on. The name says it all - this tasted like Black Chocolate. Oh yeah, also coffee. This is fantastic brew and is deserving of any and all accolades.

M: Eh, a little to be desired, but not bad. I'll just say the moth feel is true to style.

D: If you like stout and you don't like this beer, you don't like stout. This stuff is amazing.

I am sure to have a review soon where I don't love the beer, I promise.

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

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.

A: As expected motor oil black with tan head slightly bigger than in typical RIS. Nice looking brew.

S: Some alcohol hotness apparent, as it warmed mostly sweet chocolate tones with a touch of dark fruitiness as well.

T & M: Roasty chocolate tones, full bodied. On the sweeter side of the RIS equation although there is some pleasant bitterness on the finish. Silky mouthfeel.

D: One of the more drinkable RIS that I've encountered. Very glad that I tried this brew.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like a good imperial stout every now and again so I was pleased to see that Brookly's was coming to the LCBO.

Poured jet black with a large tan colored head. It dissipated to a solid cap and left sheets of lacing behind. Very nice. The smell is all dark sour fruits, alcohol and chocolate malts. It's good but not as good as the taste which is a big dose of chocolate, coffee and malts. Lovely.

Mouthfeel is spot on I think.. velvety smooth and goes down far too fast for a beer of this strength. This aids drinkability.. you could have another before the full potency even hits you.


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

thanks to nyrangerfan for this one. i have to say this is one of my favorite brews.

A - as dark as it gets and the head is caramel colored with a tiny bit of lacing.

S - theres something unusual with how this style smells, seems like some kind of dark fruit i cant quit place. some boozy notes that are not out of place a soon to follow.

T - the dark fruit taste transfers through into the taste but whats more prominent are grains and even some nuttiness that accompanies the chocolate very well.

M - for my taste the is in the sweet spot for for sticky a beer should be, goes down smooth.

D - i dont usually drink beers that id like to drink every day so as far as this style goes its near the top of my list for drinkability.


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

I've tasted both a both a 2008-09 and 2009-010 vintage and I'll compare them in this review.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a big 3 finger brown head if you pour it properly. Beer is pitch black, the lacing dissipates slowly and a nice tan lacing sticks around and clings to the glass.

The 2008 vintage is slightly less alcoholic smelling then the 2009. Both feature plenty of roasted malt in chocolate. More chocolate and raisins come out in the 2008. The aroma smells of dark chocolate, licorice, raisins and roasted malt.

Taste is much of the same. Strong alcoholic taste, followed by dark choclate, raisins and alcohol. A lingering chocolate taste.

Carbonation is that of a stout. This beer ends pretty dry due to the levels of roasted malt and high alcohol content. Overall hop bitterness is very low.

The aged version of this beer drinks like a good stout. You'd want to session it, but it'll do your head in. 2010 version is a bit overwhelming with alcohol, you know you're drinking an RIS. Overall a strong stout with plenty of flavor. The perfect beer for a cold night or to curl up in bed with a book.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black with a small creamy brown head the leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of chocolate and coffee.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts. Notes of espresso, bitter chocolate, and molasses all come through. Bit of roasted bitterness, but an utter lack of hops to complement everything. Comes through pretty hot as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of TerryW
2.62/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm afraid I have to go against the grain here as I didn't find this to be a particularly good beer. I usually enjoy Brooklyns, but this one just came across as a poorly put together effort. Its got too many harsh extremes without a lot of the good stuff of a properly made chocolate porter.

Out of the bottle it looks beautiful. Dark walnut colour with a monster big, good looking head. The head settles to a film and offers up some nice lace as you're drinking.

Nose is dark fruit, malt, chocolate and coffee, but its marred by aggressive notes of alcohol. Smells a bit like a barley wine. Slightly syrupy.

The brew has a very sharp sour bite to it early on, and is not anything like most other porters. That softens after the beer sits for a while, but is really off-putting. Mellows out, but still fairly harsh. Tarry in character and still too boozy.

Just too disjointed. Doesn't hang together in any sort of interesting way. Not for me, definitely not an introductory brew.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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