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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle was purchased from Shangy's in Emmaus, PA in December 2011.

This stout pours as a very dark black with a small tan head (single finger of head even with a hard pour).

Smells of dark chocolate and vanilla...ummm!

Flavor began with hints of bitterness and roasted malt and lots of dark chocolate. Finished dry, but very compatible with my palate.

Seemed to taste better as the stout warmed in the pilsner glass. Carbonation was not too much for my taste.

A delicious beer that I look forward to aging to see if the tastes/flavors mature.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #243
Served On: 12/12/2012
Glassware: DFH Chalice
Labeled ABV: 10.0%
Date/ Code: Winter 2012-2013

This was a 4-pack I was lucky enough to find at Giant in York, PA.

Look: This beer was black as night and very viscous. A nice creamy brown head formed to my surprise. Lacing was everywhere.

Smell: Smooth chocolate and coffee notes. Toasty character with some toffee notes that came through.

Taste: First was creamy mocha with an earthy roasted malt kicking in around the middle. Than things were switched up with a short lived bitterness that lead into a smokey finish. The coffee returned in the aftertaste. Mouth feel was very full and smooth. No alcohol warmth to be found.

I found this to be a wonderful RIS. I’ve heard a few different people say this is actually contract brewed by Saranac. Regardless, it’s a nice winter treat.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Winter 12-13 poured into snifter.

Apperance-Pours pitch black with a thin dark khaki head, some lacing. 4

Aroma-dark fruits covered in milk chocolate, raisins, plums, mild roasted coffee, licorice, slight hint of vanilla, clove. 4.5

Taste-milk chocolate right up front and center. Then the sweetness of rasians, blending into roasted coffee. All this in a matter of seconds. There is a small stale cola taste in the middle. As it warms the vanillia starts to step up. 4.25

Feel-full bodied, coats palate very well, slight carbonation, alcohol burn is there at the end. 3.75

Overall-Great price for a 4-pack. This chocolate stout has everything you could want in a RIS, great taste and an even better smell. Abv is a right up therewith the great RIS of our time, but this one doesnt hide it as well as those. Serve this one slightly less then room temp. 4.25

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