Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
6,693 Ratings
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Ratings: 6,693 |  Reviews: 2,815
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3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with virtually no head whatsoever.

S: Smells burnt and boozy. As the beer warmed, I was able to pick up some licorice in the aroma as well. I really did not pick up any chocolate at all.

T: Tastes very boozy. The alcohol really takes charge here, along with the burnt flavor. As with the smell, as the beer warmed I got some taste of licorice and a very slight hint of really dark, bitter chocolate, but not much. The glaring abscence here is any real chocolate flavor. I expected a dark chocolate taste right up front, but it's just not there.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Pretty smooth and creamy, not too thick.

O: Overall, I'm a bit disappointed. There really isn't much chocolate to speak of in this beer, and the booze comes through so strongly it just seems to overpower everything else. This does seem to get a little better as it warms, but still a disappointment. The 10% APV at least gets you nice and warm.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. glass into a goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours dark brown/black, leaving a trace rim of tan lacing around the edge of the glass. No appreciable head to the beer.

Smell: Prominent chocolate notes, but that's about it.

Taste: Upfront notes of chocolate and mild smokiness. Roasted malt throughout, ends with a slightly boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, smooth, creamy.

Overall: Great stout with upfront chocolate influence.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving- Bottle poured into a snifter

A- Just about black as black can be, with a pretty dense blanket of tan head capping it off. Head doesn't appear to want to go away anytime soon, and is leaving behind quite the spider web of lacing. I dig it.

S- Well, so far there's no denying where the name of this one came from, as my nose has been bombarded by a boatload of chocolate. Next to the chocolate, there is a fair amount of roastyness, maltyness, goodness going on. A fruity scent lays low but I cant decipher what exactly it is. Smells like a big bad ass dark chocolate to me indeed.

T/M- Wow... the big chocolate and roasted malts that hit the nose are even more pronounced to the palate, maybe a little too much so. Not a big hop profile to this brew, but there are some hops there nonetheless. Pretty slick and creamy. The alcohol in this brew shows you who's boss and I kind of wish it was hidden a little better. A big brew, and an all night sipper for sure. The strong assault of roasted malts seems to tame a tad as the brew warms.

O- There is a lot to like about BCS, great smell, great use of chocolate, and a nice creamy mouthfeel. I think this brews full potential would be met after a few years in the cellar to help tone back the boozieness. All in all however, a stand up stout lovers stout.

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this black beauty into a Imperial pint glass. Nothing short of atomic flashes, greased lightning or solar flares could penetrate this level of darkness.

The brown creamy chocolate mousse head leaves plenty of lacing.

The aroma is boozy with a hint of chocolate and nothing else.

The flavor is up front and in your face with roasted malt and rich dark Swiss chocolate, followed with a surprising hop bitterness that could compete with any blackened IPA. This is an intense beer.


The mouthfeel is heavy and smooth and the alcohol is not playing hide and seek.

Overall this is a great beer that I would recommend to anyone that doesn't plan on flying an airplane, walking a tight rope or teaching quantum physics soon after consuming this brew.

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3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

black chocolate stout- is pretty heavy on the black and not so much on the chocolate. it pours black- with hardly any head- but i didnt pour it hard into the glass so that could be my fault. the smell is really sweet, with traces of alcohol. the flavor is super bitter and rich. this is a good stout....but i dont feel like there is as much chocolate in the flavor as i would have liked. i think over all though this is a flavorful stout that coats your whole mouth and delivers what i look for when i drink a powerful stout... i am a little let down however by the work "chocolate" on the label- i think if i wasnt influenced by that word i may have rated this beer higher.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,693 ratings
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