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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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5,190 Ratings

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Ratings: 5190
Reviews: 2620
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Saltydog72

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in growler. First review and I am new to this but I enjoyed this dark beer with nice foamy head. Had chocolate and coffee smell and taste. A real lip smacker. Strong! Went great with my burger which is my favorite. A burger and beer....what is better?

Serving type: growler

12-18-2013 20:24:03 | More by Saltydog72
Photo of stercomm


3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a growler I picked up at Whole Foods in a nice Allagash tulip glass

A - Very dark and inky with a short lived nice tan head that leaves a significant lacing along the glass

S - Coffee, hint of prunes, slight sweet chocolate, roasted malts, get a alcohol whiff as well.

T - - Lots going on here, semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, some hops, definite alcohol heat, malts, very complex.

M - Creamy, medium bodied, medium carbonation, alcohol.

O - Nice beer for a cold winter day such as today. the 10% ABV is a bit high for this palate but the overall taste came up for the it, good brew.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2013 20:11:47 | More by stercomm
Photo of redearth329


4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites. Poured from a growler into a tall tumbler at 40 degrees.

A - Impenetrably black. Two fingers of dense, light brown head that quickly disappeared. Not really any lace sticking around to speak of.

S- Dark chocolate malt notes, a bit of coffee perhaps. After that some dark fruit notes; plum, mostly, also some black cherry. Just a bit of heat from the alcohol, but you have to be looking for it.

T- Really rich and well-balanced. Chocolate is present, but sweetness is matched by roasty bitterness. The alcohol content is not obvious.

M- Full bodied with very light carbonation. A bit of lingering astringent quality from the roasted malt bitterness.

As a side note, this beer cellars very well. I once kept some Brooklyn BCS for a year, and it was really mellow after that time and the fruit (plum, black cherry, etc.) notes really gained in complexity. The restaurant I where I was working at the time served a 3-year aged BCS which was even more amazing. It could easily go longer in the right conditions. If you're disciplined enough not to drink it all, it's definitely worth trying to cellar it for a while.

Pair it with a slice of New York Cheesecake.

Serving type: growler

11-07-2013 02:29:06 | More by redearth329
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my growler into a proper Brooklyn tulip. It's black and the head is chunky and brown and doesn't want to dissipate. Holding this glass in my hand is like holding a big black pearl. From the nose, I'm getting faint tones of chocolate, leather, and a tiny bit of booze.

The taste follows the nose. It's very smooth, malt-forward, and semi-sweet, and there is not much bitterness at all. The predominant flavor is chocolate and it hits you coming and going. There is just a touch of that burnt flavor that characterizes RISs, but it is buried under the chocolate. There are also dark fruit notes at mid-palate and a faint warming alcohol presence on the finish, but it's reasonable given that this baby is 10% abv. The mouthfeel is firm and slightly creamy.

This beer is an RIS that drinks like an American Double Stout. I have had it many times and it is one of my favorite winter seasonals. It is very easy to get, it is reasonably priced (especially growlers), and it is absolutely delicious. I don't know why I waited so long to review it.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2012 22:57:13 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of markmiller

New York

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler for $10. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Dark. Really dark. Lusciously dark. Poured aggressively resulting in a three finger caramel tan head that sticks around for just a bit. I love the look of this beer.

S: The first thing that hits is the roasted malt and coffee. Then a good whiff of alcohol takes hold that mellows into dark cocoa powder. Maybe just the slightest dark chocolate covered cherry.

T: Roasted malt and just a hint of bitter chocolate. Stronger alcohol taste in the finish. As it warmed, tastes of the dark chocolate covered cherries come back on the finish. Very smooth, though. Enjoyable.

M: Mid-to-full bodied. Great coating of the tongue and mouth. Warmer it was a little syurpy, still really good.

O: I really enjoy this brew. The look and aftertaste do it for me. Each sip leaves such a wonderful taste that lingers forever, and the higher ABV allows this beer to have a nice warming taste and effect.

Serving type: growler

01-26-2012 23:11:30 | More by markmiller
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Chocolate, 32-oz growler filled at the new Brew York City / Duane Reade on Broadway at 76th in NYC for $5.99.

I have had these beer many times, but this is the first time I enjoy it from a growler.

Appearance: Gorgeous and classy-looking on my Lost Abbey chalice, with a deep shiny black color and a beautiful, prominent coffee-colored that lasts and lasts; thick soapy bubbles on top. Great lacing, retention, carbonation. An outstanding presence.

Smell: Sharp booze, rum-soaked wood. Coffee. Spice, dank hops / bitterness (a bit unpleasant). And a dryness that gets in your nostrils! Maple and some plant-based sweetness at the end? Reminds me of sipping on Founders CBS, believe it or not.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced coffee side that reminds me of Founders Breakfast. I don't get much of the chocolate... a bit of sour funk and barnyard lactic feel.

Mouthfeel: Full flavor, medium body and carbonation. Correct but a tad thin for the style, and unfortunately overtly bitter. Smooth and creaminess are AWOL. Bone-dry finish with spice and clover. After opening and closing the growler a couple of times, the bitterness recedes and some chocolaty creaminess appears.

Overall: Black Choco is all over. I've had horribly bitter versions of it and smooth and creamy pints, both in tap and bottle. It changes between seasons and serving types. Last week I had a bottle of this current year ('11-'12) and it was beautiful. This growler is too bitter but still alright. What will be next? It is, in any case, a mighty drinkable beer, and always a good deal. No trace of 10%, I could polish a growler of this and still stand tall and strong.

Serving type: growler

11-26-2011 23:02:48 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with a creamy brown head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing behind.

S - Wood, roasted barley, espresso beans, currant, cassis, cherry, bittersweet chocolate, pet food, soy sauce, subtle vanilla and spice

T - Big chocolate (milk and dark) up front with a lingering essence that only gives way towards the end of the taste with coffee and bitter coming in for the finish. Some dark berries are present but the chocolatiness and booziness really take the cake here.

M - Good carbonation and coating mouthfeel

O - very smooth and chocolately for the style, so I guess its not a misnomer. Mellow for the style yet still distinct and characteristic.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2011 03:40:16 | More by doopydoogle
Photo of JohnnyChicago


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I keep here people raving about this one. Although I found the bottle very pedestrian and average, I though I'd give it a shot from a growler. Purchased the growler from New Beer Distributors; poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with two fingers of white head.

S: Smells like a dark chocolate bar next to a bowl of cascade hops. Its rich and bitter, but inviting.

T: Tastes like an RIS! Its chocolate promise carries through with a strong cocoa nib flavour, but the vicious hops provide a lasting bitter backbone. Finishes dry and boozy.

D: Alcohal is still a little too present for my tastes. Not too much difference between the tap and the bottle, which is weird. Especially considering how much better that growler of Stone RIS I had was.

Overall: I still don't get this stout. Its solid, don't get me wrong, but its far from the top echelon of RIS, or even chocolate stouts. It is just too boozy and unbalanced for my tastes. However, the price certainly is right.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2011 15:05:26 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of JoeBloe

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i've had a few growlers of this brew since Thanksgiving - and i'm working one as i review (2nd glass) -
pours deep and dark brown, almost black, into a guinness anniversary pint glass - puts up a 1 finger thick tan head and leaves ribbons of lace - a mildly roasted aroma followed by a nice taste of caramel and a little bitter chocolate -very tasty and SMOOTH - mouthfeel is nice and SMOOTH - appropriately thick with a roasty finish - begging for more - and not too filling - dangerously drinkable with almost no alcohol smell or taste.

Serving type: growler

12-21-2010 22:37:54 | More by JoeBloe
Photo of r0nyn

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my DFH snifter. Assuming this is the Winter 10/11 release.

Pours the deep, inky blackness of good imperial stouts, completely opaque and darker than night. Very minute tan head that leaves some sticky, spotty lacing. A wonderful looking beer by all accounts. Smell is initially roasted malts, with a touch of sweet caramel and maybe just a slight tinge of alcohol. As you sniff it some more, the underlying dark chocolate becomes more evident, the aroma of cocoa mingling with the rest of the scents to provide an enticing smell.

Taste is just like the smell, with roasted malts kicking things off along with some very slight notes of caramel and vanilla. The dark chocolate then takes over, providing a taste that's full of bittersweet cocoa and some figgy fruity nuances. There's also a bit of coffee in the flavor as well, providing some of the mild bitterness; it's almost like an espresso taste, but not quite. As the brew warms, there's a slight bit of alcoholic heat at the end, but it's still pretty subdued. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with minimal carbonation and a medium body. Finish is a bit less dry than I was expecting. Silky smooth sipping experience.

Drinkability is really rather good, especially for a Russian Imperial Stout. Oh yeah, you're gonna feel the 10% ABV, but it's a pleasant and tasty way there, so you're definitely not gonna mind the ride. I'd love to see what this is like with a few years on it to mellow the flavors out and add a few levels of sophistication.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2010 04:38:01 | More by r0nyn
Photo of Tilley4


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Blake at Chuck's in Bowling Green for the hookup on this growler....

An almost jet black pour with a fairly thin small head of tan... Decent lacing...

Deep roasted chocolate malts along with a plum-like aroma... No hint of booze... Faint aroma of some citrusy hops but they're just an afterthought...

Smooth creamy deliciousness here... Its like sipping a Hershey's syrup and vanilla ice cream smoothie.. Seems much better than the bottled version...

I had 3 tulip glasses of this and I was off the hook and woozy at the end... I liked this better than the bottle version.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2010 06:02:20 | More by Tilley4
Photo of meatyard


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Pinnocchio's in Media PA

Poured it with a large 3-finger mocha colored head that left lots of lace. Body is, essentially black though there is just a bit of red along the sides when held to a light.

The smell has a little burnt malt edginess, slight alcohol awareness and a touch of cocoa.

In the taste the chocolate/cocoa flavor makes itself known right away. Sweet, dark chocolate lingers on in the taste and finishes off with a light amount of burnt, roasted malt and coffee with just a dab of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium tending toward full.

Except for the 10% ABV, there's nothing to detract from a good, high level of drinkability and enjoyment is high regardless of the alcohol level.

Serving type: growler

12-17-2010 01:25:25 | More by meatyard
Photo of Heritage02Rider

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got me a growler of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout at the advice of the local growler master. I asked how it compared to Southern Tier Chockolat. He was adamant that it was better. So off I went with my prize.

Once home, I pulled out my frozen pint glass and poured me a glass. First though, not real chocolaty. I was expecting something similar to STB, but this was different. So, while watching Auburn beat Bama, I figured I would review this mighty fine brew.

A - Black (as the name states) and opaque. Held closely to a light and it does not glow. Initial head is stouty type foam, almost dense enough to float, even from a growler.

Smell - Light odor of beer. Nothing indicating chocolate or stout. Nice and unobtrusive.

T - First sip definitely was indicative of the 10.6% ABV, but a couple more sips, it became unnoticeable. No bitter aftertaste you get from some high octane stouts or other high octane beers. I would say enjoyable for a high ABV beer.

M - It is not bitter, nor is it sweet. I would say a well blended stout. No bitter aftertaste. It is smooth with a low carbonation making it easy to drink.

D - Now, two down, I will easily be able to drink this down without effort. I may pay for it in the morning if I crush this growler, but hell, this is pretty good beer. I say, drink up!

I would say this is a very good beer and well worth the $9.99 growler price.

Bottoms up, enjoy!

Serving type: growler

11-26-2010 23:18:43 | More by Heritage02Rider
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque black with a 1 finger creamy light brown chocolate milk-like head that lasts a while; good lacing that slides down the glass. A very nice beer to look at and admire.

Smells of cocoa, chocolate, coffee beans, caramel, sweet malt, faint hops, vanilla, toffee and mild spices; the aroma is like a sweet coffee treat or hot chocolate.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, cocoa, roasted malts, sweet caramel, faint hops, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, burnt wood, some mild spices which gives a slight hop nip towards the dry end; nice smoky flavor mixed with the sweet malts. This is an extremely flavorful beer that hides the alcohol well and really goes down easy. The beer ends dry and smoky with peat, charcoal and roasted malt in the crisp finish. Very tasty and enjoyable; it's light for a stout, or at least feels light and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, very mild to no carbonation and a shake like creamy feel on the tongue; this went down smooth and had an overall nice smoky flavor.

A great stout that I've enjoyed many times in the past and will seek out again. Very tasty and I recommend drinking this as a nightcap or desert beer.

Serving type: growler

05-31-2010 18:01:09 | More by CHickman
Photo of scootny

New York

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful black browness. Opaque with a generous head and good lacing. Sticky. A thin covering and a firm ring on the edge.

Sweet delicious chocolate malts. Sweet alcohol. Molasses and chewy dark breads. Imagine bottle of stout meets Godiva chocolate box.

Taste is just unreal. An alcoholic chocolate syrup that blossoms into a balanced though hot, stouty dark malt breadiness. Firm and multilayered hops give a good balance to the goings on in the glass. Cocoa and mocha fade into coffee here. There is a good lingering charcoal presence that cuts into the rather sweet body at the finish helping the hops to make a statement.

Feel is silky with a light syrupiness. Carbonation is smooth, balancing the high og and breaking up a thick, girthy brew.

This stuff is way to easy to put down. A growler is just so smooth compared to the bottled version, unless it is cellared. Nonetheless you can just about chug this one if you want but it would be such a waste. Savor this one folks. Not many are this well constructed.

Serving type: growler

08-25-2009 01:17:21 | More by scootny
Photo of PEBKAC

New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from New Beer.

Began prepping for a little stout tasting tomorrow. Have plenty of this aging/dying in the basement, but I don't recall having one in a couple years actually. Don't drink too many stouts willingly. I'm trying to get the taste back for this style, but it's been pretty sticky out here with the on & off rain. Maybe not the best time for a growler of motor oil, but I'm not working tomorrow. :)

Pint glass pour. Inky black, with a tall, slowly receding, sandy tan head.

Smell is of baby powder(?) & really dark, rich chocolate. An indication of butter cookies & less noticeable macerated cherries come through. Butter is not something I recall. Nothing very intense, except for the expected alcoholic fumes.

Taste is creamy with lactose & more residual sweetness then I last remember. Not quite velvety though. That rides for a while before the middle-end, which turns quite bitter with roast & light coffee grounds. Finish is full of bitter, leafy greens & soy ink(think licking your fingers after thoroughly flipping through the NY Times). Carbonation is subtle, but I can feel it trying. Alcohol is so obvious. A very stout beer.

Tasted like a sweet stout to me. Not what I believe it is in the bottle(or it could of just been tweaked again), but I just might like this version a little better. Actually added 5oz to a little cake batter earlier, so I could be burping this up by the time I'm chewing on that. :D

Serving type: growler

07-23-2009 08:34:06 | More by PEBKAC
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler purchased at the Charleston Beer Exchange into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a dark brown head.

S - Black coffee, brown sugar.

T - Dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, sugars, ending with a burst of alcohol giving away it's ABV.

M - Creamy, very little carbonation, silky, yet still just medium bodied.

Notes - This is a very good RIS. It's nice to taste the kid brother to Black Ops.

Serving type: growler

01-12-2009 00:25:27 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of TheBlackMallard


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 BCS Growler thanks to sholland119 in Secret Santa 08.

Booted. Pours jet black with a decent sized mocha head.

Smell: Dark Chocolate, Plums, Coffee, and Roasted malts.

Taste: Smooth Chocolate, Some Booze, and finishes with Roasted Barley. Definitely better with a year on it. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

I'm not a huge fan of fresh BCS, but I could see this being amazing with another year.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2008 02:46:05 | More by TheBlackMallard
Photo of Morey


4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this beer on-tap several times on my way home from work. Pours pitch black with a thin goldish-brown colored head that hangs around til' the bottom of the glass. Superb head retention!

Smells of semi-sweet chocolate (although no actual chocolate is used in brewing) alcohol, ripe figs, and coffee.

Alcohol content was bumped up to 10.6% this year, and it's noticeable. Strong flavor of roasted malts up front. Just a hint of hop flavor. This beer doesn't have the bitterness that many other RIS do, which I don't mind. There's a slight fruity flavor in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth with a fairly low carbonation.

A very nice IS for the price.

Morey's Bottom Line: Alcohol is noticeable, but it's OK as long as you're in the mood for a big beer. Definitely a good choice for a Stout during the winter months. It'll warm you up, that's for sure.

**NOTE** This beer ages really well. I recommend buying two 4packs....one for now, & one for the basement.

Serving type: growler

01-02-2008 02:03:00 | More by Morey
Photo of toppoop


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - pours nice and dark forming a very small head which ran away quick. No doubt has the look of other great stouts.
S - chocolate dominates the nose.
T - dark chocolate up front tasted great. The finish is more dark chocolate and burnt coffee with a touch of charred wood.
M - coats the palate well and lingers for some time after a sample.
O - above average stout that should age well.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:32:46 | More by toppoop
Photo of lochef81


4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my next in a line of RIS I've been tasting before the brutal michigan winter finally winds down. The pour is quite handsome with a near black body and dark tan head. The head lasts well into the pour and when it does give way it leaves a very nice film and silky tan lacing. The nose is a little unremarkable with subtle notes of dark chocolate (duh), coffee, burnt sugar, and rroasted prunes, figs, and dates. The mouthfeel is coating and slightly sticky., but strictly in the best of ways. The flavor greatly triumphs over the aroma. It is a deep and rich blend of Belgian dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, burnt fruits, and deeply roasted malts. This is an incredibly robust and delicious beer. While not my favorite Russian Imperial, this is without a doubt, a stout that I would come back to anytime. The beautiful bitterness of coffee and burnt sugar last in the mouth for hours after the beer is finished. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 03:51:04 | More by lochef81
Photo of SHODriver


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from winter 11-12

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a finger of dense tan head that fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass
S: on the nose we have bitter dark chocolate, slight roast malt, and a hint of espresso. lots of chocolate on the nose though
T: taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt, slight burnt sugar, more chocolate, and coffee. Swallow brings more chocolate, some roasted malt, coffee, and some slight charred wood flavor
M: sinfully smooth and velvety with a full mouthfeel. Carbonation is there but struggles to burst through the viscous brew and the beer has a drying finish
O: This beer is fantastic. It has smoothness, complexity and good flavors. It aged gracefully and drinks divinely. It just doesn't get much better.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 05:53:58 | More by SHODriver
Photo of tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 330ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance (3.5): Midnight black and opaque with a dark sandy head that settles into a persistent half-finger on top of the beer. On style, but not incredible.

Aroma (3): Toasty and burnt up front with lingering roast coffee and a light spiciness (perhaps hops pushing through?). The alcohol is very forward and overshadows the other aromas to an extent.

Taste (4): No real "chocolate" flavour, but hits of molasses and a big caramel sweetness. Some minor dark fruit in the background - a nice touch. Again, the alcohol punches through and really is a dominant force between all the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel (4): Slick, oily and creamy. A nice medium to full body that coats the pallet and lasts long after a sip. The alcohol leaves a nice numbness on the pallet that is both a strong reminder of the beer's potency but also a prep for the next sip.

Overall (4): A BIG beer that will be aged in my cellar for a while. The hotness of the alcohol begs for it to be aged, and I imagine this will be fantastic given a few months to a year (or two). A great sipper that I look forward to having again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 04:47:06 | More by tonyf55
Photo of StoutHunter


3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout in a trade, thanks a lot @Motozappa. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and I'm interested to see how it stacks up to some of the other stouts I have tried, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's got a clean, dark, and classy look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a half a fingers worth of tan head that quickly died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish there was a little more head and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart some roasted, slightly charred, sweet malt, and chocolate like aromas with the chocolate seeming to stick out the most and it has a bitter dark chocolate like aspect to it. Up next comes a little more sweetness with some dark fruit aromas and a noticeable alcohol aroma that's just a little boozy. This beer had a pretty good aroma, but I think it would be even better if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the chocolate still showing up and being showcased nicely, but this time it reminds me more of bitter baker's chocolate. Up next comes a light dark fruit flavor with a pretty noticeable amount of alcohol that tastes a little boozy, but it isn't too warming. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness followed by a roasted, sweet and chocolate like aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, but just like the aroma, I think it would be just a little better if the alcohol was hidden a little better.

M- A little smooth, slightly warming, rich, a little cloying, sticky, full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but I wish it was just a little smoother.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style and it stayed true to the name with the dark biter chocolate flavors being showcased in this beer. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was a little smooth, sweet, sticky, rich, a little cloying, boozy and filling, but the taste did a good job at holding my attention so i think one bottle would be the perfect amount for me to sip on and enjoy, I think the sweetness and booze would start to wear on me if I had more than one. I think this would make for a good beer to enjoy on those cold and snowy days in the winter. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, it was pretty good and the chocolate flavors stuck out enough to make it true to it's name. What I like the least about this beer was how much the alcohol showed up, I think the 10% could have been hidden a little better. I would buy this beer again, it would be nice to keep a couple in the fridge for the winter and I would like to see how this beer ages overtime, maybe age will help tame some of that alcohol. I would recommend this to anyone who likes strong stouts, but it may be a little too intense for people who aren't real into the style. All in all I was pretty happy with this beer, I did think that there were a couple aspects of this beer that could be improved upon, but other than that I still enjoyed and I wouldn't turn one down. It isn't my favorite Russian Imperial Stout, but it is now my favorite beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Good job guys, this was a pretty good Stout, keep up the solid work.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:37:13 | More by StoutHunter
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4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

App. - Black in color with a brown finger-thick head that lasts a few minutes.

Smell - Straight up chocolate. Bittersweet but strangely faint. Aromas are hard to pin down right away.

Taste - Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Glorious chocolate. Tastes like a Ghiradelli dark cocoa bar. Little to no alcohol flavor, which surprised me a bit.

Mouth. - Smooth. Not quite watery but not exceedingly thick either. Happy medium.

Over. - Great tasting beer. Perfect for people who enjoy chocolate! Would buy again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

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