Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

6,676 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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Photo of dtx00
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of taylor714914
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, very No light coming through this brew! Pours with a finger and a half of chocolate milk colored head.

S- Roased Malts, bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt sugar and a hint of alcohol.

T- Loads of flavor in this great beer. All of the smells come through in the taste. bittersweet chocolate, wood, big roasted malts, burnt sugar, hints of coffee, some hoppy bite, creamy bit of sweetness comes in and out of the flavor spectrum. Finishes with an ever so slight alcohol taste with bittersweet chocolate being the dominate flavor.

M- Smooth and oh so creamy, heavy body, medium carbonation. All in all, this comes together perfectly!

D- Good drinkability, especially due to the creaminess and great mouthfeel. I think 2 in 1 sitting would be enough for me though.

Overall a great beer, especially in these cold winter months in PA. For right at 40 bucks a case, it's hard to beat.

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Photo of ludachris
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Snifter. Served at cellar temp.

Pours a completely opaque jet black with a 1 finger khaki coloured head that leaves thin, spider leg-like lace across the glass.

Big dark chocolate, dark fruits, dry espresso, black licorice, and alcohol dominate the nose with a few loaves of bread stuffed in between. The nose makes me want to eat this stuff rather than drink it.

Smooth and rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, very light dark fruits, all capped off by a dry and bitter espresso like finish and a noticeable but not offending warming alcohol presence, which both work together to compliment the sweet chocolate notes.

Slick, smooth, and coats the mouth. Excellent level of carbonation. Not as intense as other RIS's I've had, making this a nice drinker.

Overall, an excellent beer from Brooklyn, and the best RIS (based on the few that I've had) I've had yet. I can see why this style of beer takes a such a prominent seat in the ratings on this site.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter '09-'10 vintage. 12 oz bottle served at 48* into a snifter.

A: This pours black as night with a finger of tan head that hold well and leaves a trail down the glass.

S: Notes of chocolate, licorice, and dark fruits rise from the glass.

T: The taste is an excellent blend of bitter chocolate, figs, raisins, and some coffee.

M: It's thick, sticky, and creamy.

D; This is relatively easy to drink for 10%

BBCS is what Bell's Expedition attempted to do but failed.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep black out of the bottle with a small head and a real nice amount of creamy brown lacing.

S - Nice subtle chocolate smell. Toffee and caramel. Very solid.

T - Smooth tasting stout. Just a hint of the chocolate in the taste. Perfect amount in my opinion. You also get the nice throat warmth from the ABV. Coffee hints as well.

M - Nice and smooth. Warming stout. This is great for a cold winters night to put some fire in your belly.

D - Yes. Go for it.

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Photo of rogerdandy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mlhyatt
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

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 CharlesRiver
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since I am having this on tap and it is 2003, I am guessing this is from the '03 vintage. Solid black with no sign of light. The head is about 1/4 inch and is tan. Doesn't seem to be moving much, just a couple of bubbles here and there.

The smell is full of chocolate, malt and coffee. This is just what I expected. Upon tasting it seems different than last years. The hops seem a bit more present as well as the coffee. Once again, the alcohol is completely hidden.

Watch out, this one will get 'cha.

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Photo of larbush
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Scarfer_Brad
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soulcougher
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of diamondlie
3.9/5  rDev -6%

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 Dbrag
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of MCain04
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn black chocolate

winter 12-13. 13 oz snifter.

a: dark brown, close to black. dark tan head, 1 finger. little to no lacing. 3.75

s: coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, a hint of sour citrus. 4

t: up front a lot of sourness, acidity, and citrus. not much coffee. chocolate on the back and and lingers, but so does the acidity. not very much heat at all. 3.5

m: medium-high carbonation. not as thick and chewy feel as I'd prefer. 3.75

o: I'd heard this was a good value, like old Rasputin, quality for little cost. this doesn't come close to OR. Only $8 for a 4 pack but I would say paying anything more would be inappropriate. I probably will pass on this in the future, but for $2, this 10%abv chocolate stout was decent. 3.75

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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, motor oil pour, with a whipped, creamy tannish head, which will hold it's own throughout. Some chocolate malts, plums, dark roast coffee beans on the nose, quite pleasant. An incredible first impression beverage. Big bodied brew, almost syrupy up front; the initial twange is a combo of burnt/roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of alcohol noted. As she warms, the alchol is a bit more noticeable, a citric hop character comes through, dark fruit notes as well. Finishes with a smokey presence and bitter burnt malts; the burnt flavors are a bit overpowering to make this drinkable, but it is a beer to cherish.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent head and a nice lace. The aroma is of alcohol,chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is malts,chocolate,coffee,some hops and some bitterness.
The overall feel is syrupy,heavy and surprisingly creamy and smooth. I say surprisingly because it poured like oil and molasses. I envisioned it would stick to my throat. Well,it was carbonated correctly and the taste is pretty good as it warms.

Notes: Serve at cellar temp and this is a good beer to cellar so put a few away. I have to say that I have taken the same approach with this beer as with "Monster". Do not want to sip on them. The alcohol is just too strong. Some bottles taste burnt. I will wait.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Russian Imperial Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This stout poured a dark black color, produced a light brown head, featured excellent retention and left a very nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, and some grape/wine like fruitiness. Full bodied, this stout was extremely smooth and creamy. Very nice mouthfeel. Foundation of roasted malt, espresso beans, dark chocolate, alcohol, and grape/prune fruitiness. I would classify this brew as a winter warmer- something to keep handy on the first blustery cold night in December. Excellent example of the style, its a big beer but not so big that you have to force your self to finish the session. Overall...outstanding.

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Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of abkayak
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Photo of SirBentham
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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