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 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 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 Manosbeeroffate
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From McKean & Charles in Waldoboro. Pours pitch black with thin brown head. Smells a bit like cocoa. Taste? Holy moly, a really rich taste of dark malt, unsweetend cocoa and some bitter cocoa in the finish. Nice mouthfeel, thicker than normal but really nice, solky smooth. Overall: damn great beer!! I gotta get more this week. This just might edge out Sam Smith's Imperial stout as a favorite!!

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

Winter 09-10 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter.

A - Pours a complete pitch black, with a thick, creamy, dark tan two finger head that recedes quickly but leaves some amazing lace behind. Its almost not fair to call it lacing, cause its not very laced, more like a solid curtain on the sidewalls of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso and caramel malts dominate this beer. I've sat on this beer for over a year and i think thats is really mellowed out, at least from the smell. I'm not getting any booze in the aroma.

T - What can i say? A year does wonders. This is easily one of the best tasting RIS's that i have had to date. So mellow its not even funny. This is like drinking a 60% dark chocolate bar. Its dark, but still creamy. Amazing balance of dark chocolates, caramels, and coffee. There is ZERO alcohol burn. I bought a six pack of this beer and have been enjoying it every time, but this is the best i have had it to date.

M - Thick and creamy. Very smooth with excellently light carbonation. Very well balanced.

D - Besides Chokolat, this is the easiest Russian Imperial Stout i have had to date. This is so good that i dont want to drink it fast and am finding myself sipping it, not because its a sipper, but just cause i want this to last. I will try to trade for this years batch and sit on it as well. A wonderful dessert beer. Having this with chocolate brownies.

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2006/07 purchased from Brewery Creek in Vancouver.

Appearance: Completely black. Pours with a decent sized head. It fades away after a couple minutes to leave a thick, nectary apperance.

Smell: Wow. This beer has so much chocolate malt character. A slight bit of fruitiness is present as well. I almost didn't want to drink it after smelling because the aroma was so delicious.

Taste: Slightly sweet, rich, malty, roasty. Definate chocolate and coffee notes Everything you could want froma stout. This one is pretty high in alc. but it is pretty well hidden. It brings a sweetness and fruitiness to the beer, but does not taste alcoholy.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is low-mid range in intensity, just perfect for the style. As it goes down, there is a slight alcohol burn that brings a warming and pleasant feeling to the mouth.

Drinkability: Because the alcohol is so well hidden and the flavors are so dynamic, this is a really drinkable stout. The alcohol's effects can sneak up on you(put me to sleep, damnit!), but this is definately a 2, possibly 3 bottle(12oz) in a night Imperial Stout.

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

Been achin’ to try this and it does not disappoint. This brew lives up to the name as it is a solid black with a creamy tan head Aroma is milk chocolate, cereal, cocoa and molasses. Taste is tremendous; loads of dark bitter chocolate mixes in with a good bit of burnt coffee and cocoa. Very thick, more like chocolate syrup than hot cocoa. Alcohol is also prevalent but not distracting until it catches up to you.

A rare treat and another world-class brew from Brooklyn.

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

well this is my favorite beer at the moment.Mmm soooo chocolately.

Nice tan head. The body is black as hell. Really nice thick creamy and smooth.
What I notice the most is of course the chocolatey burnt coffee flavors. More importantly is the warm tingle it gives you! First sip and BAM!!! Well maybe this is just me, but damn! It is a combination of all the wintery cocoaEY coffeish flavors that are o so delightful.

I happen to think it is very drinkable, especially on its own.
A great chillout beer.

This beer will make you happy in all the ways that matter. ALL!!

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

A- Beautiful deep black with an delightful tan head.

S- Delicious chocolate, hints of coffe , licorice and strong alcohol.
T- Chocolate , roasted malts and hints of expresso.

M- smooth , nice carbonation.

D- Potent stout @ 10% alcohol content, a beer to drink slowly, great for desserts, a whole different experience enjoying this stout.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz 2008-2009 bottle

a-pitch black. as black as tar. at room temp has 1/4" head. chilled has no head i prefer it at room temp.

s-coffee...roasted coffee and burnt toast but in a great way

t-charred bitter hops and wonderful chocolate malt..warming from the abv..but a very well balanced beer

n-the best use of chocolate malt ive seen to date...this is my next favortie ris next to the duck rabbits rabid duck...i wish i had more

d-i can only stomach 3 of these at the time...although i gave it a 5 on drinkability due to the fac that this is such a great beer..ive had several sixers of this this year so far and i dont think i can get enough until the rabid duck returns

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super black beer with a small tan head that peaks out of the lagoon of dark liquor. That me trying to be poetic but basically saying its a pretty brew.
Smells of sweet chocolate malts, dark fruit and a little molasses. Delicious but a little light for my preference.
Taste is up there with some of my favorite beers. There is a complex layer of flavors that starts with roasted and chocolate malts. Followed by a nice hop bite with a dark fruit chaser and then... sweet Jesus, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. The after taste is all chocolate and it lingers forever on your tongue and the sides of your mouth. There is also a nice warming of the pallet from the higher ABV, and it stays with your sip all the way down to your stomach. I think I am in love. I doubt I can wait and cellar this beer even though I know it will be even better after some age.

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Photo of hyuga
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick coffee black with an equally thick cocoa brown head. Heavy roasted overtones mixed with the perfect amount of chocolate sweetness in the aroma. Very thick and creamy in your mouth, as it should be. Heavily roasted and chocolaty sweet at the same time. Hops are present, leaving a leafy aftertaste near the back. Extremely enjoyable beer, very highly recommended. A different take on the style, but right up there with the best of them. Thanks again to francisweizen for this and the other Brooklyn brews!

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Photo of steelreign
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, this is one of the finest representatives of this style available! The beer pours black as night, and a smallish, coffee and roasted malt smelling caramel head ensues and then dissipates quickly. Malt, malt and more malt!! Simply unreal flavor overwhelms the mouth, bursting with chocolate and all things roasted, malty goodness. The finish is all malt with a slight hop kick. Not bitter in the least. Just a sumptuous mouthfeel, and the drinkablilty is supreme with this one, although just make sure you aren't driving after a few of these! I will absolutely seek this out again (and again...).

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Photo of FenwaySquid
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, "limited bottling - Winter 06-07" printed on the neck label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: pours a deep black color, completely opaque. The head forms a creamy brown and small, fading into some lacing that clings to half of the glass like a crescent moon.

Aroma: chocolate and rasted malts.

Taste: Reminds me of unsweetened chocolate completely throughout. The warming alcohol shows itself in the middle as well. The finish is bitter and chocolate, along with come caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thich and almost chewy, yet surprisingly smooth for such a high Alcohol content. There's very little carbonation to it at all, though, but that works well for all the flavoring.

Overall: Extremely complex, this one tasted great on a cold night. I have another bottle I'm going to let sit and try a year from now to compare.

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Photo of droyce
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was really excited to bring this one home, right after the pour I could tell I was going to enjoy this it.

A - black like motor oil with a thick creamy mocha head, great looking beer
S - a malty sweet dark chocolate
T - alcohol upfront but not bad for 10%, roasted malty goodness, barky dark chocolate
M - smooth but not overly thick
O - overall a great IRS, really enjoyable beer!

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Photo of KeshiaM
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a superior Imperial stout.

When I poured it it formed a thin, mocha head that faded quickly but left no lacing. This stout is black as black can be even against light.

It has a strong chocolate, coffee smell that is a rich as the taste

Speaking of taste, intense chocolate with a hint of vanilla and caramel. The alcohol is strong but it never overwhelms the taste. Just leaves a lingering booziness.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout but it doesn't detract, at least not for me. Light carbonating keeps it from getting heavy towards the end.

Overall I loved this stout. I let it sit to warm up and it brought out every taste it had. A complex yet very drinkable beer. Be careful though, at 10 percent this beer sneaks up on you fast.

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Photo of BSDA
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is what you're looking for if you are looking for a beer of this type. Greatly appreciated but only lasted for so long. Getting at least two cases at my local Specs. Great price, case price is around $7/ 4pk. Can't tell it is 10% ABV, hardly in the taste. Smell isn't strong like a coffee so it isn't noticeable from a distance. Drank two of the my first time and forgot it was like for other beers! Same thing goes with the much less-drinkable Blaecorn Unidragon from Clown Shoes. Highly recommended since I just discovered it in early January 2014, now it is indeed my favorite beer to date. Sucks it is only seasonal.

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Photo of easement
4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours black in color. A good deal of head and nice lacing.

Aroma- Burnt caramel. Chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Thick like sweet tea

Flavor- Bitter Chocolate finishes off sweet. Bitterness comes back and lingers

Overall- Very good. Great with chocolate cake and or french vanilla ice cream.

Additional Notes- One of my favorite winter seasonal beers.

serving type: bottle

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Photo of Erix
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle poured in pint glass.
Appearance: Well, its hard for an Imperial Stout (or American Double Stout?) to look much better than this. Absolutely black, with a dark, slowly developing head. Looks nice and thick.
Smell: Wonderfully dark, sweet chocolate. Hew did they ever get this much chocolate scent in here without using chocolate? Truly fantastic.
Taste: Bitter burnt chocolatey goodness all around! Wow, this is delicious. I've worked my way through about half the case despite my best attempts to pace myself, and it grows on me more with each bottle. Sweeter than you expect, the hops really play around with the roastiness to accentuate, rather than overwhelm, this malty backbone. Finishes with a soft, thick, coating malt sweetness. Well hidden alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost creamy, the bitterness doesnt pucker your mouth and shrivel your tongue like I often anticipate in a beer this color and strength. Great stuff.
Drinkability: Very easy to down this beer. A beverage this great and a budget as small as mine make it a must to never have more than one bottle chilled at any time.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review from the 06-07 bottling.

A-Very black, with just the slightest bit of light making its way through the edges when held to a light. The head is small and orange, but creamy looking with good retention. For close to 11% this is outstanding.

S- Wow, this has aged nicely. The chocolate aromas really come out along with some coffee and licorice and a dark fruit complex. Absolutely wonderful.

T- A massive amount of complexity without being overbearing. This is very tasty and complex. The alcohol is very well hidden, with only a slight warming aspect after the swallow. Time has done this wonders.

M- Very smooth, but maybe just a bit thin. The alcohol is still hidden to an amazing degree.

D- This is an absolutely amazing beer. Age has done this some good. This could quite possibly be the best value in the beer world.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

05-06 batch. Pours a black color with just hints of brown around the top from light that is able to come through at the edges. A finger of dark tan head falls quickly to a full film over top. Nose is rather fruity, with chunky, sweet, and chewy fig aromas with a very creamy, almost cocoa chocolate. Roasted charate is very light and subdued. This one is all about the sweeter sides of the malt in a stout. Flavor starts fruity and figgy, but moves very quickly to a sweet chocolate with moderate coffee undertones and just a touch of alcohol. There is a light bitterness on the finish that helps emphasize the coffee tones. This one has definately started to chage a little since the release. I originally found it to be very fruity, but those fruit tones are now playing second string to the chocolate and coffee. I like it better. Feel is thick with a light carbonation. Its got a light slickness to it, but its not detracting. This one is as good as ever. The alcohol is only slightly noticable in the flavor, but nothing that lessens the drinkability. I wish this was easier to find.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a snifter glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Pours an oily pitch black with no color coming through. Decent two fingers of dark tan head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. A moderate amount of lacing sticks.

Smell: Smells as dark as it looks. Lots of dark chocolate with dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Also some strong hints of dark fruits and earthy hops. Smells very bold and sweet.

Taste: Like the smell, a big presence of dark chocolate with lots of dark roasted caramel malts. Some good notes of coffee come in midway. Has some nice hints of dark fruit with dark cherries. Also some light hints of earthy hops. Fairly sweet but the bitterness of the chocolate balances things out. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very chewy and creamy. Starts sweet and finishes dry. No heat from the alcohol is felt.

Overall: A great imperial stout. One of the best out there and you can't beat the price.

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Note: Having had this amazingly complex brew before, I decided to forgo using my usual pint glass and instead opted for a snifter in order to review this one.

Appearance: Utter and absolute darkness, this brew is entirely opaque (even held up against a light the color does not change). Also, a thick, creamy brown head (with some minor ruby hues) that sustains for quite a while. The viscous oiliness of this beer is also very impressive (it has that somwhat rare “coats the glass” quality).

Aroma: A number of aromas emanate from this brew: chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt fruit, alcohol hints, and even hop bitterness. Nicely earthy and complex.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Two basic, overall flavors dominate this brew: bitterness and roastiness (or, more accurately, a burnt flavor). The former comes from an array of the beer’s flavors such as bitter cocoa, hop flavor, alcohol bite, etc., while the latter stems from roasted coffee, burnt fruitiness, espresso, etc. All of these varying tastes complement to create a very rich and very complex brew. Also, the sweetness has a port-like character. In addition to all this, the finish is long and robust. The mouthfeel is exceptionally thick and oily, with a nice carbonation tang as well.

A number of words could be used to describe this truly outstanding beer – rich, robust, delicious, complex, earthy, etc., - but I think one simple word does it best: amazing. Easily my favorite stout, but also one of the best out of all the beers I’ve ever tasted, regardless of style. The one very minor drawback, IMHO, is that its richness makes it somewhat difficult to finish off more than one or two of these at a time (I been drinking the same glass of this stout for almost a half-hour and I’m still not done!), not to mention its alcohol kick (an 8.5% hammer). But, overall, no serious craft beer drinker can afford to not try this one. Highly, highly recommended!!

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Photo of samie85
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours an opaque jet black with a cratery, dark khaki head. Leaves decent lacing.

S- I get roasted malt, cocoa, a sweet alcohol aroma and some vanilla.

T- Rich, dark chocolate with roasted coffee upfront and then finishes with a slight bitterness and alcohol.

M- Not thick per se, but definitely smooth. I find some RIS's to be a little thin, but this beer avoids that by having just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes with a slight alcohol warmth in the throat.

D- This is not the same beer I had a year ago on tap. I think it might have been dirty lines or something. This is phenomenal compared to what I remember. Really smooth, and well hidden alcohol for a RIS. This would be a nice beer to keep on hand during the winter months.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No light will escape this black hole that has the darkest, creamiest brown frosting on top. Smells like a magic elixir that just might kill you. Bold flavors of alcohol, dark malts, and hops warn you of what is ahead. Chocolate mousse riding on a wave of alcohol, cloaked in black bitter burntness, with a crown of hops. Liquid silk. Damn.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I originally picked this up in a beer trade with Davo...

Wow, this beer tastes like... the best thing I could compare it to would be Hershey's Special Dark. If I didn't know any better, I would swear that the added cocoa or some sort of real chocolate into the mash.

Pours dark as midnight. Nice, lasting head, great lacing. Smells like a bitter to semi sweet chocolate bar.

This is definately in my top 5 of all of the beers I have EVER tasted. Now, I have to find a homebrew recipe for it :)

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