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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

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Reviews: 2,807 | Ratings: 6,666
Photo of MNAle
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some sort of screwy yellow code stamped on the bottle in very crude dot-matrix format - impossible to read. Grrrrr. Very dark, black, opaque. 1 inch tan, creamy, bubbly head that recedes slowly. Aroma is sweet, smoaky, chocolate. Moderately thick feel. Taste follows the aroma: sweet, roasty, bitter chocolate. Transitions from the opening taste through a sweet middle. The finish is bitter. Not boozy despite the high ABV. I can see how this would be highly rated by some, but somehow the sweet roasty fighting the bitter chololate does not work well for me. It is more like a "versus" than it is a balance. I enjoyed this beer as it stands, but it won't likely be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Buck89
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Opaque black color accompanied with a 1.5 finger tan head that left quickly but left some nice tracks behind. The smell is semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, and dark bread. Rich chocolate taste with some coffee and roasted malt. A nice chocolate finish. Not a viscous as Ten Fidy, but full-bodied with a nice feel - perhaps a touch too thin. The alcohol is hidden well with a nice warming on the finish.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color, thumbnail length dark tan head which dissipates to a thin ringlike lace.
This one is all about the chocolate. In the aroma I instantly detect dark bitter sweet chocolate. There is also coffee, roasted malt and a hint of wood. Towards the end, you smell the alcohol.
The taste is initially creamy sweet on the tongue, then, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, bitterness from hops, nutty. The finish is dry and the raw cacao bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The alcohol warmth, front he high ABV, is there, however, it is by no means boozy.
Full bodied, rich, robust and viscous. It could be considered a sipper, but it is smooth enough that I felt that I drank it fast.
This might be arguably my favorite thus far from Brooklyn Brewery. It is complex and slightly intense, yet, a fairly drinkable stout.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man (Houston), served in a tulip. Inky, near black, with creamy tan head. Rich aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Full flavor with coffee and chocolate notes from nose, molasses, dark fruit and roasted, almost charred malt. Creamy, smooth with a fuller body and medium carbonation. A big, flavorful stout - delicious.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Near black color with little head
Toasty, smokey, coffee, and bitter chocolate smell
Great, full flavor nice smokey aftertaste, coast the palate
One of the best winter brews of the Northeast

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

Look - Pitch black in the glass. Minimal head
Smell - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, smoke, roasted malts, some sweetness
Taste - Huge milk chocolate up front. Followed by coffee and dark roasted malts. Some booze and bitterness on the back end.
Feel - Velvety, smooth, mouth coating. Good mouthfeel

Overall - Perfect for a cold winters night. Think it will get better as it ages as well.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong chocolate smell and excellent body. Balanced so well its almost challenging to pick up significant sweet or bitter flavors. Finishes nice, and if I didn't know it was 10% abv I would call you a liar. Great value.

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Photo of AndreRus
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great combination of taste, quality and price! It's probably one of the most affordable RIS on the market (at least for Western PA). It's sad that it's only seasonal.

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Photo of PhillyB
4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. From the moment I opened it (knowing nothing about it) I knew I would.

Look: Black. The head is darker than most beers. A 1/4 inch layer on the bottom of the glass is totally opaque.

Smell: Baker's chocolate, heavy cream, coffee. Quite strong. I smelled it the moment I opened the bottle.

Taste: Dark chocolate, malt, cream/coffee.

Feel: Dense. Like drinking a slightly thin milkshake. The alcohol is present but only really felt if you hold it in your mouth. Sticks around too.

Overall: This beer is a smash hit for me. It hits every mark I look for in a stout, but is probably a little heavy to have more than 1 or 2 at a time.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark stout with no light coming through. Has a very thick dark caramel head on top. Has a dark fruit smell along with roasted malts. Can taste the roasted malts along with a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of Stockman327
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stouts are not my favorite style of beer, but I did enjoy drinking this one. This is one cool looking beer. Poured super dark, almost like oil, from a bottle and the chocolate is detectable with every sip. I will buy again.

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

L: Pours black with a small tan head.

S: Rich, with milk chocolate, faint hop notes and bready dark malts.

T: Really rich with loads of caramel and bread. The roastiness is definitely more tame than with most imperial stouts, taking the form of sweet chocolate. Malty and toasty finish, with a hint of ethanol towards the end.

F: Very creamy feel, close to full body with moderate carbonation. Everything about the feel registers as rich, with the strength is very well hidden.

Overall: Very balanced RIS on the maltier side. Tasty, balanced, reliable.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into an IPA glass.

a. Black body. No hue, no light. Bubbly, brown, leathering head. Wonderfully ominous looking beer.

s: Unsweetened bakers chocolate dominates the aroma. Molasses and thick, tarry coffee follow.

t: Dark unsweetened chocolate and espresso roast coffee. Alcohol bite and tingly hop finish.

mf: Rich, creamy body with mild carbonation. Alcohol makes itself aware on in the mouth and throat.

o: Hard to imagine I have pasted this by all these years, given my love for imperial stouts. This is definitely for adults so kiddies beware! Black Chocolate Stout is rich, complex and very much a sipper. Drink at cellar temp.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish brown, almost black in color with a tan head. Notes of dark chocolate roasted malts and coffee fill your nose. Tastes also have the same dark chocolate roasted malt and a roasted dark coffee on the aftertaste. The beer is surprisingly for a Russian Imperial Stout. Very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured from a 12oz bottle from a '15-'16 4-pack.

A- motor oil black appearance withe a 1 inch tan head

S- dark fruits, alcohol, lots of delicious chocolate

T- creamy milk chocolate goodness

M- very thick and creamy, in a good way

O- this was my first time trying this beer. Was eager to buy after hearing how well it ages. I am experimenting with cellaring so plan on saving at least 2 of the remaining three for a year or 2 for comparing down the road.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Smells like dark chocolate roasted malts and candied licorice. Tastes like dark chocolate roasted malts, mild stone fruit, licorice, and a roasty dark coffee aftertaste. Light body with mild carbonation. Overall a good imperial stout.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours black with a thick cream colored head.

smells very sweet, notes of chocolate with some coffee to it.

taste is full of chocolate, some coffee at the end. finishes dry and bitter, like coffee. goes down very smooth, an easy drinker.

overall this is pretty damn good, dominated by chocolate flavor rather than coffee which is somewhat unique (at least for me). i like this RIS, and my local store has a ton of cases left!

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Photo of q33jeff
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

AROMA: Chocolate, coffee.
LOOK: Jet black color; creamy tan head
TASTE: Slightly bitter, but frothey and creamy.
A nice stout and a traditional favorite.

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

found this one at the pub at Monte Carlo in Vegas. it was their last bottle. The smell in the glass was great. no aftertaste and the chocolate was very pronounced. Great!

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Super frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Dark fruits, smoke, milk chocolate, molasses, caramel, roasted, toasted, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Nice blend of above flavors. Creamy, silky, boozy, and slight ashy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, creamy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, ashy bitterness, medium to full bodied, and warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: Another beer I thought I reviewed. Had it so many times and many more in the future too.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black color; syrupy and viscous. Visible lacing. About one finger of head.

Smell: Intense roastiness; smoke; plum/prune sweetness. Coffee.

Taste: Strong upfront sweetness from chocolate and dried fruit-prune, that melds
into a slighter bitter choco-coffee-espresso finish.

Feel: Silky; creamy; smooth; Another that feels like a nitro.

Overall: A "big" beer that's exceedingly well done. Arguably the most enjoyable imperial I've had. Reminds me a bit of something like Weyerbacher's "Tiny," but with more mellowness and refinement. I've stockpiled a few for near-term drinking and a few for cellaring. Would make a great holiday / celebratory beer.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with no head whatsoever. Taste is fantastic, good malty roast with a ton of dark chocolate. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel that you expect in an imperial stout. The booze is a little hot right now but I don't mind. With a little age this would be a wonderful, smooth chocolate bomb. Need to get more while it's out

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This winter stout pours to a thin, brief-lived sticky-looking creamy brown head on a nigh-impenetrable black body with slight orange highlights; lacing consists of the scantiest of ladders and dots. The nose leads with a surprisingly white toasted bread note, which vanishes to reveal a moderately-expressed dark maltiness: dominant chocolate notes sweetened by lesser amounts of molasses and dark, dark toffee, with very perceptible alcohol notes riding atop everything. On the palate, the toffee notes play a much stronger role than on the nose, obscuring the chocolate up front, then finding a synergistic balance with the chocolate by mid-palate, producing a slightly-sweet, beer-defining candy bar flavor. The finish is boozy and toffee-like, followed by a mild, moderately-roasted coffee bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is in keeping with the full body, and the texture is very creamy, peppery from the strong carbonation and quite warming from the alcohol. (12 oz bottle, 26 days after pkg.)

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Photo of AugustusRex
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About 1 year old.

Body appears thin, little head retention. Less viscous than most RIS.
Smells of Sherry oxidation and cardboard.
Off dry, with oxidized flavours at the front. Somewhat pleasant, but a metallic I taste is prominent.

Hasn't aged well, it's past its prime.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This year's bottling into a snifter, slow pour resulting in little head dwindling to edge of glass lacing. Aroma is alcoholic, then chocolate, not much coffee. Improves with warming like most Russians. Taste is warm with the surge of the alcohol, which flees quickly to the dark chocolate and fruit of a stout. Feel begins with the carbonation but becomes smooth and sensuous. Lots of calories and a knockout alcohol level--go slow.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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