Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BA SCORE
4.15/5
6,693 Ratings
Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,411
Reviews:
2,815
Ratings:
6,693
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
445
Gots:
1,477
Trade:
49
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,693 |  Reviews: 2,815
Photo of KingEdward
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peyton5410
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of SourAddict
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Slynger
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black with a mocha head.
The smell is somewhat faint considering the ABV. Semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is of the same semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts along with some bitter coffee. Really not as much to this one as I had hoped.
Mouthfeel is full but not overly smooth, creamy, or chewy.
I was really not that impressed by this one. Not as complex as it could be for the style or ABV. Not bad, but slightly over-rated in my opinion.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live Review #2. Still from Timmy O'Tooles on Ontario and Fairbanks in Chicago, IL.

APPEARANCE: Deep black with a very thin off-white head resting on top. Interesting lacing, a ring around the top was left where the initial head was and then very little remained stuck to the glass below that.

SMELL: Smells very smoky with a hint of coffee. Surprisingly, I don't smell much chocolate.

TASTE: The smokiness is almost non-existant in the taste - just a hint. The chocolate, however, does arrive with the first sip and is the highlight of this beer, although it is a bitter, dark chocolate-like flavor. A smoky flavor returns with for the aftertaste, which seems to be much more full and complex than the actual taste.

FEEL: Smooth and mouthcoating like a good stout should be. Warms as it goes down, there is certainly some alcohal in the Chocolate Stout.

OVERALL: A very nice, easy to drink stout. I tend to like a little smoke flavor in my stouts, but not to have it overpower the beer, and this one delivered on that front. I don't often drink stouts, but when I do, I will consider this one again.

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Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, 2010-11 issue. Thank you drabmuh, this was something I really wanted to try.

I cannot see through this beer. It looks a bit oily, and very black. There was a quarter inch of head from the pour, though it quickly retreated, giving me only a small, oily ring of dark brown bubbles.

The nose is slightly charred malt, plump dark fruit, brown sugar or treacle sweetness, graham cracker, and only hints of dark chocolate. Slight solvent as it warms.

While I didn't get the famed alcohol heat in the nose, it shows up once I've taken a sip. Bitter cocoa, the charred malt, graham cracker, bitter and only slightly hot alcohol are evidenced in the beer. The dark fruit quotient is much lower here. Solvent creeps up as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with a slickness that seems to come from the copious alcohol and eventually a bit of tongue numbing from it. Small bubbles lend it a creaminess too.

For all the stories about this beer often being very hot fresh and even aged I think it's rather tame. I even think this vintage is quite drinkable for a 10% beer. I'd buy it if I was in market.

2011-12 Bottle on 7/8/12
There is more chocolate and alcohol in the nose for this year. Otherwise, wonderful and better than I remember.

2013-14 Bottle on 11/30/13
Rich, stark chocolate with little to no booze in the nose even this young. Definitely some in the taste as well as rich ripe fruits.

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Photo of vancean2
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tsgooch79
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikey711
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint Glass.

A: Dark black and syrupy with an espresso head on top. Head retention is very good as a thin but frothy head about a quarter of an inch thick remains on top of the beer. Lacing is excellent

S: Rich chocolate smell with some bitter roastiness. Also a little bit of fruitiness.

T: Dark chocolate sweetness balanced by a nice roasted bitter note. Also has some nice toffee and espresso notes.

M: Great creaminess with only a mild hint of alcohol.

D: This is a pretty heavy beer and one that sips nicely over a long period of time.

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Photo of berley31
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a moderate-sized, tan head that hung around for a bit before settling down. Body is jet-black and opaque.

S: Very strong aroma... lots of chocolate, with hints of roastiness as well. Tiny bit of fruity esters, and a whiff of alcohol.

T: Fantastic-tasting beer. The chocolate and roasted notes really complement each other well, with a touch of bitterness in the finish. So smooth and quit easy-drinking for the ABV.

M: Full-bodied and creamy, with low-moderate carbonation, and some alcohol warmth in the throat.

D: Wow... an excellent beer. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of jp312
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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

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

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 Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jamstone714
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a snifter. "LIMITED BOTTLING- WINTER 08-09" printed on the top.

A- Deep brown/black, completely opaque in appearance. Pours with just barely a finger of dark brown head, which fades quickly, leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Coffee and vague hints of chocolate hit first, followed by the alcohol scent. Throughout consumption, alcohol odor becomes more prominent. Interestingly (perhaps), the now empty bottle smells like a delicious dark chocolate.

T- Dark coffee/espresso on the front, then a bit of cocoa on the end. Bare minimum of sweetness noted. Alcohol presence is conspicuous, though it mellows considerably as the beer warms .

M- Full, smooth, creamy, oily, thick....pretty much exactly what I want in a stout.

D- Another "one glass slow-sipper" of a beer.

Future outlook: I can get this stuff for considerably cheaper than comparable brews, and it gets pretty good marks on aging, so I imagine that I will be scooping some more of this up soon.

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

nice roasty aroma with a touch of sweetness, flavor conveys some dark chocolate with a powdered chocolate like light harshness, some vanilla, roasted malts, alcohol that drinks like an 13% beer, not overpowering or bad just obvious. feels thick and smooth with alot of carbination.

Chad

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Photo of briiguy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This one was recommended to me by kbnooshay.

Pours almost completely opaque black with barely perceptible reddish-brown edges. Thick creamy tan head, good retention and sticky lacing all the way to the bottom.

Mouthfeel is very creamy with extremely light carbonation.

Robust roasted chocolate malt flavor; nicely hopped, but not overpowering like some Imperial Stouts. Insane ABV is well blended for the most part, but can be a touch harsh at times. Not for the faint of heart. Leaves a nice warming sensation in the back of the throat and down the esophagus. Perfect beer for cold Rochester Winter evenings.

This one's worth every penny. Looking forward to cellaring a few bottles.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger dark brown head on a black body. Very nice, just nothing outstanding and didn't have the greatest texture/lacing/dexterity

S: Dry dark chocolate dominates, like sticking your nose in a bag of dark chocolate chips. There is a roasted grain aroma as well, but that's an afterthought.

T: Pretty basic chocolate semi-dry. Not very roasty, no coffee. It just lacked complexity, and I get a bit of an odd flavor that I can't identify but it's distracting.

M: Light and smooth, this reminds me of Guinness.

D: Very good, but not so much that I would seek it out just for the drinkability.

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Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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