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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:
#1,580
Reviews:
2,838
Ratings:
6,779
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
459
Gots:
1,504
Trade:
48
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip. This is the 2008 vintage.

A = Dark mahogany with a dark chocolate meringue-like foamy head, good retention and medium lacing.

S = Deep aromas of semisweet chocolate, baking cocoa, light hints of burnt Sonora pine bark with a slight vanilla bean underneath.

T = Great balance with bitter dark chocolate mixing contrasting with fresh brewed French Roast coffee that has lots of cream and sugar. These flavors predominate up front in the mouth and into the midpalate where some lightly floral hops flavors appear in addition to the already present bitterness, nice long finish.

M = Heavy body, great moughtcoating, luscious creamy feel.

D = This is just an excellent beer, though strong enough that a bottle split between two after dinner may be all you need at a sitting. It is nonetheless one to come back to again and again.

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

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a black, white and gold label and neck label. 8 lines of small stars go across the top of the labe with the brooklyn logo over top in the center. "limited bottling - winter '05-'06". "black chocolate stout" in huge gold script across the bottom with the large ascending "s" in white. brookly's interpretation of their imperial stout is on the neck label. no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a highlight-less deep black into a snifter glass. head is a 3 quarter inch dark tan after aggressive pouring. drops to a ring fairly quickly, but laces well.

smell: initial aromas are chocolate and alcohol. there's a dark fruit aroma and lightly vinous. hints of coffee.

taste: excellent chocolate, roasted malts and an odd woody flavor. plums and grapes. light coffee and alcohol flavors. hops are earthy and herbal. astringent and bittersweet in the finish. not much balance here as this is a malt bomb. i can't believe there's no chocolate involved in the brewing process.

mouthfeel: creamy medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. rolls around cleanly and swallows smoothly. lookin' for a big stout that's smooth but not whimpy in the carbonation department, this is your brew.

drinkability: good drinkability for an imperial stout. alcohol is there, you can smell it and you can taste it, but it doesn't hinder. chocolatey, flavorful, dessert-like tastey brew that you don't wanna put down.

overall: this is an excellent chocolate stout that only uses malts to achieve the flavor. good impy stout with good carbonation. this stout seems to vary a bit from year to year. i liked last year's vintage and this year's just as good. if you see this limited bottling where you shop, pick up a ton to have year round.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

06-07 edition

a - pours deep black and thick looking, one-inch tan head from an aggresive pour, retention around the edges, great lacing

s - big roasted malt and chocolate aroma, alcohol noticeable

t - sweetness right up front with strong bitterness following, lots of chocolate and roasted malt with some espresso on the end with a strong alcohol taste as well, very complex

m - full-bodied, not much carbonation, dry finish

d - might be a little big and hot to be overly drinkable at this point, some age would probably smooth out the alcohol a little bit making it slightly more drinkable

Very impressed with this stout, and it's a great value to boot. I could see this brew getting a lot better with some age as the alcohol is still a little bit harsh, but I'm enjoying it right now.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,779 ratings