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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Reviews: 2,807 | Ratings: 6,666
Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with a thick tan blanket.

Smell is nutty, roasty soy, malt, and tang.

Taste is sweet chocolate dipped banana, with cocoa and nuts, finishing dry.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled late 2014/early 2015; drank 10/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice dark tan head; strong lace.

Black licorice, raspberry, bakers chocolate & black coffee notes in the.

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Raspberry & bakers chocolate flavors up front; black licorice notes on the finish.

A challenging, robust RIS. Not my favorite, but one I'll return to.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: The deepest of mahoganies, with a long lasting, half finger of evenly distributed tan-colored cream on top.

Smell: A hefty, diverse array of dark fruit rises above the malt, which depicts the usual roasted mocha notes along with some malted milk. A smattering of allspice puts me in a holiday mood. In all, both promising and unexpected.

Taste: Akin to the aroma, the roastiness is at the bottom of this lasagna. It lasts well into the finish, however, lingering longer than the more upfront flavors. Chocolate soft serve ice cream is made heftier with a coat of cinammon and rich dark cherry and plum flavors. Some spicy hops and a taste of vanilla yogurt bring some balancing brightness to the complex, yet round configuration. Very well done!

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation is on the front of each sip, but artfully melts into a smooth finish. Medium-bodied. It might benefit from some more heft, but the lightness of such a heavy hitter in terms of ABV in particular, is impressive. The high ABV is extra hidden in that no obvious alcohol warming comes through.

Overall: I may be a Brooklyn resident, but Brooklyn Brewery's beers are hit or miss for me. This one hits hard: Its unique and thoughtful recipe goes above and beyond your typical chocolate stout with its powerful helpings of fruit and spice. The details are finely tuned, but the big picture makes a solid impact. Disappointed that I bought a single bottle, as I'd love to have another right now!

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with small 1 finger head. The aroma is dark roasted malt, cocoa, and just a little dark fruit. On the taste I mostly get a dry bitter dark chocolate with a good amount of dark malt. The roast really doesn't come through until the finish where it finishes bitter with a very nice warming. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'd like, but it's still thick enough to coat the mouth. Overall this is a solid stout, not one of my favorites but I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to see how the other 3 cellar.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served just above fridge temperature and served into a tulip. Purchased while visiting the US.

Appearance - pours almost the darkest of dark blacks with a small half finger of tam head on top. Good head retention and the color eradicates light. Small cap of tan foam lingers for a good duration on top.

Smell - dark chocolate and some surprisingly cherry aroma too to add some complexity. Some mild earthiness with just a hint of vanilla and coffee on the nose, but sweetish on the nose with dark chocolate and cherry being the stars.

Taste - loads of dark chocolate, a prevalent but restrained bitterness. Some mild sweetness with a brief cherry intermission before a fine coffee ground flavor shines through as well. Complex with multiple levels of flavor there's even a coffee, vanilla and caramel troika to close. Yum. Enough other flavors to make me think this is an American stout as opposed to a Russian imperial stout.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a heavy but slick body, creamy feel and adequate carbonation. Just right for the style.

Overall - while Brooklyn's Dark Chocolate stout is not quite the pinnacle of the style, it is a delicious, flavourful stout loaded with dark chocolate and cherries that is certainly worth any beer advocates time. Highly recommended for this top notch brew.

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Photo of mbaer1970
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love my imperial stouts and I also love Brooklyn, so I had to try this one. This is an amazing sipping beer and is not for your run of the mill beer drinker. I mostly like my beer like I like my coffee, nice and dark; so this is well within my wheel house. Overall the smell is spot one and second to none for an imperial stout. The taste is also very good and gives it a feel of drinking dark chocolate. Overall I am quite pleased with this Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout and will be partaking of it through out this fall and coming winter.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a winter 15-16 bottling into a Nonic. Color was ink black with a full tan head with good retention. The aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. On the palate very minimal carbonation with a rich creamy mouthfeel with the flavor of coffee and dark chocolate with deep roasted malt and fruity back notes of plum and raisin. Bitter on the front end which gave way to a subtle but discernible sweet finish which became more prominent as the beer warmed while drinking. the high ABV does not come across as boozy but does make you take notice. Very good.

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Photo of Vader444
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have enjoyed this stuff occasionally for years. Bought 8 bottles last week and 4 are gone already. Almost perfectly black with a reasonable head retention which can easily be brought back to life with a gentle swirl of the glass releasing the gorgeous aromas anew. Had a bottle head to head with Founders Breakfast Stout. No clear winner but a slightly fuzzy head this morning!

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Photo of janubio
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black colour, with a small brown head that fades too soon, leaving a thin layer and aring, and a creamy lace. Aroma of prunes, chocolate, notes of coffee. Creamy, thick and brandy alike palate, good carbonation. taste of prunes, chocoalte, coffee.

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great black color and smooth pour. Love the chocolate flavor and ease of drinkability. Great to sip on a cold winters evening with your favorite person.

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Photo of anvindr
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a gorgeous dark black with a 1 finger malty brown looking head. The smell comes off a little boozy with lots of bready? flavor coming through no chocolate that I can detect though. The taste changes a lot as it warms starting out like a strong and good guinness-ish simple stout flavor. Ends up tasting deliciously chocolatey but not too much or fake at all imo. Overall one of my favorites also makes a damn good black flip if youre into cocktails at all

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Photo of luizconejo
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excelente imperial stout, porem, por conter o "chocolate" no proprio nome, falta um pouco daquele aroma marcante de chocolate que outras imperials tem, sente-se muito um aroma de cefe torrado do que cacau.
Na boca, sente-se um peso marcante, viscosidade que remete licor, sabot adocicado, amargor nao persistente.
Aftertasting fica o aroma e sabor, porem sutil, nao pesiste como esperado ao primeiro gole.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2014
A: Deep black with a brown tight head.
S: Dark roast, malt...a little brine. A little copper.
T: Intense bitter roast and cocoa powder up front. Stays on the tongue forever then eases into a long slightly sweeter finish. You breathe out the dark malt.
M: Silky smooth yet sticky for flavors.
O: More intense and noticeably better after a few years, but maybe pushing it a little with oxidation. A really delicious and alkaline stout; a nice departure from the sugar bombs nowadays. Pairs predictably well with artisan flavored chocolates.

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Photo of LAp
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An excellent imperial stout that embraces its chocolate notes most fully. A bit too sweet to be a beer that I'd put on my rotation regularly, but definitely a beer to respect as one that chooses its flavor target and hits it square on.

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Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brow, minimal brown head fades quickly. Smells of bitter chocolate. Flavor is bitter chocolate, dark fruits. Bitter finish. Expected this to be sweeter. Big warming finish. Very well done.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a dark cola brown. Looks almost pitch black in the glass, with a big, creamy tan head.

Smell: Dark chocolate, baking cocoa, dark roast coffee, caramel, vanilla, burnt toast, and soy sauce.

Taste: More sweet than bitter, but balances nicely on the finish. You get toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, and dark roast coffee upfront. Toasted bread and a touch of butterscotch in the middle. Finishes with dates, figs, tobacco, black licorice, bitter cacao, and more coffee.

Feel: The lighter side of full-bodied, but feels silky and velvety in the mouth. Lightly carbonated.

Overall: A sweeter example of a Russian Imperial Stout, it lives up the "chocolate" name. A delicious dessert stout.

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

Ordered a 9 oz. pour of the 2012 release at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Washington DC.

Look: Black with little to no head.

Smell: Roasty, boozy.

Taste: Nicely well rounded flavor, bitter chocolate, booze, roasted malt. Reminds me of 2012 Stone Imperial Russian Stout.

Feel: Coats the mouth.

Overall: Very enjoyable. It aged very well, I think.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good friend of mine gave me a few bottles of the Brooklyn Black Chocolate as a gift. The date on this bottle said:" LIMITED BOTTLING WINTER 11-12". It really can't get any better. A nice solid stout aged 4 years . When the bottle was popped open for a special occasion, I was in heaven !!! A nice black thin pour . Super smooth !
A semi-sweet chocolate with coffee and malt in the background like taste. The taste almost changes with each sip.
I am bummed out my glass is almost empty, but I have a few more in the basement ! I put this offering from Brooklyn right up there with Old Rasputin as two of the better Imperial Stouts for sure !!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black, oily appearance with minimal head in the range of 1/5", beige. Aroma was chocolate, sticky, and some bourbon barrel.

Taste hit up lots of chocolate impressions coming from the malt moreso than an adjunct usage. Finished chalky and dry.

A good beer, but there are plenty of other options for spending $20 for a barrel aged stout, but its nice that this one usually sits on shelves.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very solid offering, this pours black with a thin, but persistent and clingy top of brown head. Aroma is not overwhelmingly chocolate, but it's there among vanilla, roast, and slight booze. Flavor follows the nose well, and that's a good thing. Nice notes of dark cocoa, some sweetness in the middle, and a somewhat dry, slightly bitter finish. Will definitely have this again.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium-thin foamy desert tan head. Fair retention. No lacing left behind. Roasted malts, chocolate, and alcohol on the nose. Taste is sublime levels of chocolate and roasted malts. Well balanced and delivered. Mouth feel is full, with a little bit of a grainy feeling. Overall, an outstanding stout that delivers. Very happy to try it!

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Photo of ccg
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks like a barrel-aged stout. Minimal head, thick legs, nice lacing.
Smells malty and boozy.
It delivers on the chocolate. It's pretty cool that they can make that flavor only with the malt.
Nice sweetness without being cloying. Finish is bit on the hoppy and bitter side.
Despite not having much visible carbonation, it feels light on the tongue.
Overall: Good stout!

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Photo of Mousel
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer changes with every sip. As it aerates it's flavour varies from a chocolaty finish to a more alcoholic taste. A beautiful drink that I will continue to purchase and try over time

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Photo of EMH73
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with a one and a half inch tan head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of chocolate, coffee and malts. Taste is dominated by semi-sweet chocolate with coffee and malt in the background. Finishes with a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy with minimal carbonation. Very good chocolate stout.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

We got a great beer here.
Listed in the "1001", I read that review that this recipe got Garrett Oliver his job at Brooklyn. (He had been working in a brewpub in Manhattan.) And beer history took a very big step.
Unlike many of the others in this category, Brooklyn's contribution uses no cocoa... but tastes like chocolate. You have to know lots about malts and, apparently in 1994, Garrett Oliver knew lots more than just about everyone.

I bought a 4 pack... which I no longer regret. Two years later, I just drank the last one now and it was worth holding as it clearly had improved... less edge, more smooth.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
MJ's 1999 edition gave this 3.5 stars of 4 and called it "the world's answer to a waring malted milk with a shot of bourbon. It achieves an astonishing black-chocolate flavour through malt alone"

2/5/17 had the vintage bottled two years ago. All the tastes are there, but not at peak. My next tasting of this will be at 18 months.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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