Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, ordered a stout to be sent to her from England. This beer was brewed strong and hoppy to survive the sea voyage, and it arrived in perfect condition. Soon "Russian Imperial Stout" became the toast of the Russian aristocracy. Brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and three distinct mashes. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces.

Given this beer’s higher ABV and sturdy character, we think it’s a prime candidate for cellaring. Find a cool, dry spot away from light sources, and see how it changes in the years to come. You never quite know what will happen when you age a beer: perhaps the body will smooth out, notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins will come to the front, or hints of leather and soy sauce will make themselves known. No matter what, remember that beer is meant for drinking, so don’t keep it to yourself for too long.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,974
Reviews:
2,845
Ratings:
6,799
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
462
Gots:
1,514
Trade:
48
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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid offering from Brooklyn. Aroma was mostly coffee followed by roasted malt and chocolate.
Taste was bitter black coffee upfront followed by bitter dark chocolate. Roasted malt added flavor and the high abv did add to the o erall flavor as well but made it a little rough around d the edges
Worthy of a try but not going to compete for world class yet but that's ok,still a solid beer

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle with a smudged date (bought it at a grocery store so it was probably fresh) into an Abbey long stemmed tulip. Color was dark impenetrable brown with a sizable tan head that stuck around for a while. Smell was increasingly chocolatey as it warmed up with a charred malt base. Taste mirrored the smell with minimum alcohol presence. Mouthfeel was fine.

This got mentioned in Vintage Beer as a good candidate for aging so I already have another to cellar and it's not very expensive so maybe I'll snag a couple others.

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rkarimi
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11-5-18

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Photo of Vidblain
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no clear born on date, however, I believe it is a best by 11/21; into a snifter.
Appearance- a deep black in the body, but a little clearing at the bottom and the head, similar to cola; head is merely a thin mocha ring around the edge and lacing is absent.
Smell- dark chocolate, brownie batter and dark roasted coffee!
Taste - dark roasted, malty coffee is most profound in the flavor profile, with hints of soy sauce and the dark chocolate making a brief cameo!
Feel - definitely a sipper, but a fairly easy one at that; smooth with some dark chocolate and coffee bitterness!
Overall- all in all this is great, it just lacks the character to stand amongst the best in the category; a very good RIS that I would certainly recommend if you haven’t tried!

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Photo of micada
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage score...thanks John at Twin-Lo! Poured moderately hard to a tulip glass at room temp. Dark black color, with a nice 1/2” mocha head. Tons of heavy lacing just grips the glass and doesn’t fall. Nose is all dark chocolate, with a slight smokey char aroma. First sips follow the nose, with a bit of dark pit fruit. I’ve had this fresher, and this seems like it got hotter with age! Not overly boozy, but unexpected compared to the way the ABV usually hides. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Always a stable stout, aging brings some subtle differences. Another 4 cellaring!

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Photo of csmrx7
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HeartPAC
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Nass
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flavor of this beer is quite muted for a beer naming itself Black Chocolate Stout. I am getting a lit bit of dark chocolate roast, a little syrupy taste, a little bit of hop presence. Now this rarely happens but it's happening here folks, the 10% abv is not well hidden as compared to other RIS. Oh! it's going to lose a point or 2 for that. Cheers! B

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

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

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

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

Photo of shelby415
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lacikuss
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Satsuma
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JeannieVolpe
3.17/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I wouldn’t buy it but it was fun to drink.

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Photo of TheGent
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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