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

Mini 08+09 Vertical 12-12-09
The one year aged 08 basically tastes and smells like a chocolate malt bomb, very bittersweet, alcohol is still pretty well hidden. The alcohol is still well hidden in taste but mouthfeel is flaming hot. Mouthfeel is actually pretty thick on this one, not sure what I was thinking back in the day, bumping it up to 4.0. The fresh 09 is much hoppier and aggressive than the one year aged 08. The 08 tasted like chocolate chips straight out of the bag. Definitely looking forward to aging this one.

Original Review 7-23-09 (4,4.5,4.5,3.5,4.5)
Found this one today at my local store, good find IMO, 2008. Poured pitch black into my pint glass with a dark tan one finger head that disappeared within a minute or two into a blanket on top of the beer. Light to medium lacing throughout the glass. Smelled of chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of alcohol and maybe a hint of fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some sweetness, smoke. Maybe a bit of coffee in the smell/taste too. Mouthfeel fell a bit short on this one, a bit on the light side for an imperial. Alcohol hidden very well, good carbonation and smooth feel. Drinkability is good here because the taste is very good and the beer doesnt feel too heavy, no alcohol notes either makes this stout go down good. Very happy that I found this beer 7+ months after its release in a cooler, definitely will buy and age this one in the next release.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into large Brooklyn Brewery snifter:

A: Pitch black, tiny dark mocha cap, not too lasting, but then again, the snifter was rather large.

S/T: Overwhelmingly chocolatey with good smoke. The malts have a very nice roasted quality. Secondary malts, like coffee and butterscotch provide good complements, but this one's all about the chocolate.

M: Not as heavy as I expected from the Imperial, but still respectable with a good, lasting finish.

D: I can have many of these without noticing the high ABV. I'd been expecting a bigger kick in the face, but it was solid, a nice nightcap beer, on its own and did not leave me wanting.

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

Obtained as part of a recent trade (today) with ritzkiss. Thanks! 355ml bottle dated winter 08-09.

Pours a viscous, oily black. No light shines through this one. The head was slow to rise but eventually showed up with full force. An incredibly thick, mocha coloured head; the consistency of frothed milk. Good retention and lacing.

The smell is beautiful; freshly baked bread, dark chocolate, cappuccino, molasses, dark roasted malt. A little weaker smelling that I would like.

The flavour isn't what I was expecting but is great nonetheless. Dark roasted malt and molasses are up front with some equally balanced background notes of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. It doesn't taste as much like actual chocolate as other chocolate stouts I've had but is impressive in that it contains to actual chocolate. For being made with barley, hops and yeast this is a great effort. I might rate this a 4.5 on taste if it didn't call itself a chocolate stout as the chocolate is not all that pronounced. Only the slightest hint of any alcohol; probably the best disguising of any 10% beer I've ever had (not 10.6% as listed here). The alcohol is perfectly blended with the other flavours. This is a very well balanced beer.

This stout has one of the best mouthfeels I've ever sampled. Full bodied, bready and so thick; the feel highlights the subtle flavours in the best possible way. This is usually my main complaint about otherwise good stout: they aren't thick enough. Not so with this one, though. I wish all stouts felt like this. Very lightly carbonated. Perfect for this beer.

I could sip on these all night. This is a tasty, interesting imperial stout that won't knock-out your taste buds like some others in the same category. 0.5 off only for being so strong in the ABV; you wouldn't be able to finish many of these before they finish you.

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

Poured from 2 year old aged bottle

A-motor oil black with a thin sandy brown colored head.

S-Smoky and burnt like a dark roasted coffee and rich chocolate

T-Coffee-like bitterness with sweet malts. I expected more chocolate flavor from this beer on par with the Smuttynose Robust Porter, which I think is the most Chocolately beer I've had. I think the labeling of this beer affected what I anticipated from the taste of the beer. However, the beer tasted perfectly inline with the style, bitter malt, not too sweet--in balance. I just wish there was more chocolate flavor...

M-Creamy and smooth. The viscosity perfectly coats the tongue and travels down the effortlessly

D-High abv, bitterness and malt sweetness made it difficult for me to finish the entire 12oz bottle. Not sessionable for me, I did not wish to have another after finishing this one.

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

12oz bottle poured into my Brooklyn stemware.

This one looks pretty dangerous. Thick black with brownish tint. A sturdy pour produced 2 fingers of dense mocha colored head that receded to a cap of foam with tremendous lacing.

Smell is sweet milk chocolate up front. Some dark fruits. Roasted grains. Alcohol peeks in as it gets warmer but isn't overbearing.

Taste starts off very sweet on the front of the tongue. Dark fruity sweetness reminiscent of a nice belgian quad. Good rich dark and milk chocolates with a well-balanced roastiness at the sides of the tongue. A bit of warmth in my throat.

Good carbonation. Thick and rich. Coats my mouth and leaves in its wake a semi-dry roasted chocolate finish. Highly enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV.

I'm gonna have to get a bunch to age. This one is a beauty.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in trade and shared with Davey and some others. Poured a opaque black with a good tan head, no lacing really. Smells of chocolate and coffee, no big alcohol smell in there for this high of a %. Taste is amazing, chocolate, coffee, some toffee. Thick full bodied beer that is easy to drink.

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

A- Poured in to a 16oz tumbler. Small brown head, not quite one fingers thinckness. The actual brew is black. No light is seen when held up to the ceiling

S- Slight toasted aroma, but can definately smell the chocolate over top of it

T- Tastes good. Definate chocolate taste followed with a malty finish. Can't taste the 10% abv

M- Thick and chewy with very little carbonation. Can still feel the beer clinging to the inside of your mouth after swallowing

D- Doubt I could sit and drink them all night long, but definately would go for a second and third helping


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

12 oz brown bottle winter 08'-09' vintage. Obtained at The Lighthouse in Manchester, ME. Ebony in color with a thin dark beige head. Chocolate at first sniff, dark fruity alcoholness with touches of toffee in it. Chocolates and toffee on the tongue, alcohol makes it presence on taste buds. moderate carbonation. Definitely a sipper but well worth it!

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH snifter. Bottle said it was a Winter 2008-09 limited release.

A - A deep, dark black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of chocolate and licorice with a hint of cherries. Some alcohol too (especially as it warms).

T - An intense flavor with chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and cherries all battling for control. The alcohol is well hidden but provides a definite warming feeling over the course of the glass.

M - A thick and chewy consistency with a nice low carbonation of fine bubbles.

D - A great sipping beer. This one falls short of the Stone Imperial Russian Stout that I sampled just before it but it's a nice northeast beer.

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

Served to me at the Peculiar Pub in Manhattan, poured into a pint glass.

A-This beer poured a beautiful, dark black, as one would expect based on the beer's name. Beer was completely opaque and topped with a quick thick brown head, which sustained surprisingly well.

S-Aromas of chocolate and heavy roasted barley dominated, with hints of dark fruity esters as well. As I expected, though, the name says it all: chocolate.

T-This is one indulgent brew :D Thick with chocolate flavors, dark and dry, at times almost bitter chocolate. This deep chocolate character pairs beautifully with the in-balance roasted malt flavors. In with it all, some estery, almost sweetish flavors make themselves apparent.

M-Fully, creamy body, at times somewhat oily, but really more like a thick milkshake. Wonderful. Carbonation was low, playing well off the full body.

D-This beer is a winter seasonal, so I didn't expect to have an opportunity to drink it while I was in New York. However, the Peculiar Pub had bottles of it, and knowing it's high ABV would allow for increased shelf life of this brew, I went for it. It was a rainy day, and relatively cold, so this beer went down very nicely, warming me subtley as I chatted with my table. Very drinkable, very complex.

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

6 months since I purchased it, probably older than that.

a - Big chunky head snuck up on me on the pour but faded quickly to a thin film. Body is really deep, one of the darkest I've seen with no hint of light even on the edges when held up to the sun or bright light. Lacing is incredible, creating a crust on the side of my glass.

s - Chocolate much like Rogue's Stout and Sam's Choco Bock. Otherwise rather mild, a bit toasty but nothing harsh or quite roasted.

t - Chocolate dominates but is not overdone. Toasty malts throughout, light coffee notes. Not too sweet, seems to be fairly low FG. Alcohol really not coming through but with a color like this it's pretty easy to assume it packs a punch. Hops flavor is minimal, maybe a bit of spice and citrus towards the end.

m/d - Sweet to style guidelines, drinkable but a sipper though I won't fault it for that, it is afterall an IRS.

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

Pours a deep dark black with a gorgeous creamy chocolatey brown head. Smell is chocolate, roasty malts, subtle hops, vanilla, spices and cream. Taste is very roasty and deep, the bitter black chocolate is evident and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is not too rich or creamy, but substantial. Drinkability is great.

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

2008-2009 vintage that was purchased in Oct 2008 and consumed in June of 2009

thick inky black color with a coffee colored head....doesn't stay around too long but settles to a thin foam cap with some spotty lace

dark roasted malts with minimal hop...nice combination of chocolate, smoke and coffee

bitter chocolate up front followed by roasted coffee malt...very mellow bitterness with a hint of smoke and bitterness more as it warms up giving it a sense of roasted coffee

creamy and super smooth with just the right amount of carbonation leading to a perfect body for the style

i had one of these when i first purchased back in Oct and it was way too hot...the 7 months of age on it really mellowed it out and the alcohol is non-existent....bitterness is very moderate....excellent a beer with a high ABV....still a sipper but time really turned this into something much more drinkable

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Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a black color with dark tan head. Head has good retention and leaves lacing on the glass. Head forms a ring of foam on top of the brew.

S- Strong aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of dark caramel and I really can't pick up any hops. Just a bit of alcohol here too.

T- Taste of chocolate, caramel and roasted malts. Some drinks taste really sweet while others maybe a little bitter. Quite a bit going on here and complex.

M- Medium to full in body and low carbonation.

D- A very solid brew and a sipper for sure.

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

A - poured from a 355ml bottle into a goblet. Opaque black with mocha toned head.

S - plums and molasses, hint of coffee

T - very much like a tart dark chocolate (80%+ coca)

M - smooth with light carbonation on first sip, dry bitter finish

D - a great sipping beer, great for a single serving

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer glass. 2008 release 10.0% ABV

A - pours pitch black with one finger of brown head

S - chocolately, roasted malts (not burnt)

T - dark, malty sweetness, with a nice astringency to finish out the beer

M - silky smooth, lightly carbonated, very viscous mouthfeel.

D - alcohol is really hidden well, this beer drinks very smooth.

A top notch RIS. I usually buy a sixer or two of this each year.

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Photo of tigg924
2.79/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, black, with a light cocoa looking head

Smell: burnt malt, sugar, and dark chocolate

Taste: chocolate syrup, burnt malt, and alcohol

Mouthfeel: sweet, dry, full bodied, chalky

Drinkability: One is enough for me, especially with the high ABV. To me this drinks way more like a Baltic Porter than a RIS. It is very sweet, but not in a good way and the alcohol is too pronounced.

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

Bottle reads winter 08-09. Poured into the only clean glass I had, a goblet. Black when pouring, black in the glass. Darkish tan creamy head, with light tan around the edge.

A lot going on in the nose. Chocolate, both sweet and bitter, seem to dominate. A small dose of vanilla also. A little toasted scent underneath.

Chocolate in great measure. Milk, dark, and bittersweet. Some vanilla, some caramel. A wonderful roasted flavor underneath. Some light hopping, slightly bitter, and no guess as to the variety. I don't notice any alcohol bite, no fusels, but a pretty good warming in my chest. Once this hits the back end of my tongue, it tastes almost exactly like a moist devil's food cake.

Incredibly smooth, medium long sweet finish. I have 3 more of these delicious beers, thanks to JoeMayo for the trade, and I think I'll save them for a rainy day. To emulate Mr. Oliver, I'll think I'll try and pair this with some food. Perhaps with a chicken with mole sauce from my local Mexican joint, and I'll have another one for dessert! Cheers!

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

Served in a Duvel tulip, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - A rich, inky black with a coffee brown head that settles quick but leaves a nice foam collar and lots of sticky, spotty lacing.

S - Lots of dark, roasted malts with a very subtle hop character, backed up by chocolate, coffee and a hint of smokiness.

T - The rich, bitter chocolate comes through, backed up well by the roasty coffee malts. It's surprisingly mellow on the bitterness, finishing cleaner that most RIS's, yet still lghtly bitter and smoky. The bitterness comes through more as it warms up, taking on more roasted coffee characteristics.

M - Velvety smooth with just enough carbonation to give it an absolute perfect body and weight for the style. Lovely.

D - The bitterness stays moderate throughout drinking, and the alcohol is hidden very well. Great drinkability for such a big beer.

Overall - For everyday drinking, I'm a pale ale/lager/hefe guy. But sometimes, you just want a big bold stout to sip and savor. Another great beer from the magic man in Brooklyn. Thank you, Garret Oliver.

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Photo of bcdees47
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is opaque black with a lingering, creamy brown head and some lacing. Smells of dark chocolate and roasted malts, along with some alcohol. This one tastes of bitter, dark chocolate and has a definite roasted character, some malt sweetness on the front of the palate and a dry, bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thick and viscous, very full bodied.

Drinkability: more on the bitter than the sweet side, and quite strong for a chocolate stout. Perhaps a dessert beer to complement a sweeter dish.

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

A: Pours black, tan head disappears very quickly.

S: Strong alcohol and dark chocolate.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate. Smoky, burnt coffee. Warming, because of the alcohol. A bit malty. Really delicious and smoky.

M: Big taste, full and warm.

D: A sipper. Big alcohol taste, but really delicious if you're into imperial stouts.

Overall, a really good beer. I've been into stouts lately and I really enjoy this one, it's strong, but not too bitter or alcoholic. Not the best, but very good.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled during the Winter 07-08

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough Mass

Price - $42.99/case

I enjoy this beer on a regular basis and so as a
stout fan I chose this for my first review.

Appearance: Pours black with no light penetration. The name says it all. Tan head initially but dissipates quickly. Some lacing present but more of a sticky appeal.

Smell: Heavy smell of delicious bitter chocolate, yum.

Taste: A rich bitter chocolate taste. More on the dry side in my opinion. If you looking for sweet, look elsewhere.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little carbonation.

Dinkability: Highly drinkable. I prefer it on the cool side at a temperature of 50 degrees. Closer to 60 degrees and I get a slight alchohol burn which is no surprise at 10%. I love this beer.

What's nice is I can buy this localy in NH, Maine and Mass. This is one of my "go to" beers I always have in the house and recommend it to all stout lovers.

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

This year's vintage.

A - Pours viscous and black with a nice dark brown head that doesn't hang around very long.

S - Sweet chocolate and alcohol.

T - The chocolate is bittersweet in the taste. Roasted malt accompanies a slight caramel flavor. Finish is bitter alcohol if that makes any sense.

M - Smooth, medium body with nice carbonation. The aftertaste hangs around for a while.

D - The alcohol in the taste doesn't really do anything to take away from the enjoyment of this beer. Goes down easy.

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

Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn, a great imperial stout that became an instant favourite.

Almost pitch-black color with a slightly beige head.

Smells nicely of burnt coffee, chocolate and some cascadeish hop tones.

The taste is superior to the smell in this one, really wonderful taste of fudge, caramell, coffee and of course chocolate. The cascade hops (or similar American hops) makes this one stand out. Great mouthfeel.

A great imperial stout, but there are lots of better imperial stous out there!

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

Appearance: Black, big head for a strong beer.

Smell: Dark chocolate, some booze.

Taste: Starts with dark chocolate and some sweetness. Aftertaste is deep roasted coffee.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, and nicely priced for a big stout.

Another beer brought back from Chicago, this is a tasty big stout that delivers on the dark chocolate in its name.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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