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Black Chocolate Stout by Brooklyn Brewery
American Double / Imperial Stout
10.00 % ABV

This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style, once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specially roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years. 

Review by tavernjef on 09/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2010
Dark brown as it pours but settles solid black in the glass with a pencil width high head of tight creamy foam of light leathery brown color, much like light chocolate, which is fitting for this stout. Some strings and spots of lace.
Smell is nose smacking gorgeous goodness of very sweet and rich chocolate with a nice dark fruit mixing in there of bananas, dark cherries, and starfruit. One great whiffer!
Taste is more scruptious sweet chocolate, moderately twinged and tanged at first, a bit hefty and dark, touch of burntness, smooths out leaving traces of dark fruits and a super nice thick luscious drying sense. Some sweet tingly senses introduced as well in this flavor packed punch of a stout. Its not to complex, but its fulfilling in a simple sense and tone. Rockin' good! Feel is pretty heavy and full, lightly sweet hold at the start, goes smooth, creamy, and boldly drying and tingly into the finish.
This is a supurb stout and highly enjoyable and I recommend it highly.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 4 7 2010
Old Review
12 oz bottle thanks to the great IBUnit. This one has been eluding me for quite some time so it was nice to see it as an extra in that box. Served this one up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a . . . you guessed it, dark ass black. Pretty damned black that lets only a little light through on the edges in the form of dark brown that lets just a touch of light through. When poured, I got a good finger of mocha head that had pretty good retention even though I nursed the hell out of this beer. Lacing was somewhat sticky, but this beer is so slick it coats the glass and all of it slides back into the liquid. Good looking brew.

S: Smell is of some serious chocolate. The impressive thing is that you can smell some much chocolate. Dark, milk, cocao all coming out clearly. The malt is roasted, smelling a touch like some wood. Hops bring out a bit of bitterness. Coffee comes out as well.

T: Taste is of chocolate. Pure and simple that comes out loud and clear. All varieties named in the nose. The malt seems to be a bit burnt and a touch unappetizing. Coffee is dark and bitter as well. There is also a heavy alcohol flavor that seems to take a bit away from this. Bit of a shame but still enjoyable.

M: This is a full bodied beer . . . big time. Carbonation is low but a bit higher than expected. This beer is very thick, chewy and slick. Very nice. Really coats the mouth. Aftertaste is mostly of burnt malt and alcohol. Alcohol is a bit high, but does have a really nice warming character that somehow avoids burning the throat and warms from the stomach. This is good cold weather brew.

D: This was enjoyable but due to the alcohol level and burnt malt it is a sipper. I can't imagine poundinng this beer, it would hurt. I made it through an entire game of Trivial Pursuit (taking notes throughout) while drinking this one. Still it has its high points and it absolutely stands by the black and chocolate it references in its name. Pretty good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-15-2008 07:46:55

Served In: Snifter

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 10 16 4 8 2006
12oz Bottle
$10.99 6-Pack
West Lakeview

06-07 Bottling

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout pours (gurgles actually) midnight black with zero light coming through the body. No light escapes this beer, it's a black hole in a glass. A one finger brown head came forth on the pour. The head was so dark there was a bit of purple tint to it. The head did recede rather quickly (not surprising due to the high abv.) to a skimming with a thick collar. Leaves drink lines after each sip. Looks like a stout should look.

The aroma is heavy upfront with dark chocolate and heavy in the middle with dark berries. Dark chocolate and a lactic creaminess show up first and, while they do fall to the back, are present throughout. In the middle comes a sweet dark berry character that compliments the chocolate and cream nicely. The middle reminds me of some of the better Baltic porters I've sampled. There's hints of roasted malts gliding through there.

Flavor goes right along with the nose on this beer. The drk chocolate is up front and in your face with a smooth bitterness. There is some heat on the finish that adds to the complexity and, in my opinion, rounds out the flavors nicely. Quality stout. I'm in between the 4 and 4.5 here for the flavor rating. After some contemplation it deserves the 4.5.

The mouthfeel of this beer is out of this world. Heavy bodied with a luxuriously velvety mouthfeel. I couldn't ask for more in a stout. The heat gets your cheeks warm after a few sips.

It's a little bit of a chilly night and this beer is going down way to easy. On a downright cold night I can't think of many things I'd rather drink than this beer.

Another great brew from Brooklyn. I'm going to head out and buy a case of the 06-07 and the 07-08 tomorrow. Can't wait for a vertical in a couple more years. I can imagine this beer changing a whole bunch over time.

Reviewed: 10/21/07

Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 09/08/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2005
I got this beer a while back from MrBURTON55, thanks.

This beer pours as dark as chocolate syrup and a half inch of tanned foam. Head doesn’t retain for more than half a minute and then reduces to a ring.

First I get a chocolate flavored liquor aroma with some strong anise and licorice. After I finish pouring I can smell a wonderful mixture of dark fruits, chocolate covered raisins, dates, figs, cherry, dry prunes, vanilla, toast, chocolate malt, roasted barley, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, and malted milk. There is also a subtle salty and meaty aroma, makes me think I might need a fork and knife to finish this one. Something just falls a bit short for me for a higher score but it is pretty solid.

Nice roastiness upfront with a mixture of bitter-sweet chocolate, fresh bread, toast, a bit of vanilla, licorice, raisins, brown sugar, and a bit of alcohol. Very woodsy with some oak flavors in the finish and aftertaste. I also taste some cocoa in the finish.

Syrupy feel initially but surprisingly there is still a good amount of carbonation that helps pick this one up in the finish. A good semi-dry finish helps balance this one out from being too sweet, nice roasted barley dryness.

Alcohol is pretty well hidden behind the roasted profile so it is fairly easy to drink.

I’m pretty satisfied at how this one has held up so far.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 0
Originally reviewed 07/06/06

Poured from bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours dark black, non transparent. Not much head produced from a vigorous pour, and what was there turned quickly to whisps around the edge of the glass

S - Rich chocolate, dark malts.

T - Oh my this is decadent. I don't normally really go for stouts, but this is great. Smooth chocolately taste. Malts blend well. No burnt taste you sometimes get.

M - Smooth and thick. Really nice.

D - It is a RIS, after all, but I could still drink a few of these. Simply a great beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Pours perfect, nothing more to add here. The smell is a bit different. Almost, sour? Sweet? Fuck i can’t tell, jsut know that it is different then any other stout I have tried. The taste is pretty mellow. Really smooth up front with a coffee alcohol finish, Very drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Organized Chaos on 11/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2006
Looks like a stout should look, pours oil black with a light medium brown head.

Very subtile dark chocolate

Good, dark chocolate, some coffee and hints of the 10.8% alcohol.

Smooth beer, creamy.

Very good beer for the price, I would buy again.

Price: $1.55 Served In: Pint Glass

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