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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours pitch black with one finger of coffee coloured head; some lacing.

S: Smells of coffee, chocolate and alcohol.

T: Tastes pretty much exactly like it smells but it is very well balanced.

M: The mouthfeel is full and creamy.

D: The alcohol is reasonably well hidden so the drinkability is pretty good.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Winter '09-10 bottling. I thought it was a bit hot when it first came out, so I'm hoping a few months have helped.

Good start. About as black and thick as the style requires, although I have seen thicker and blacker. The head is more tan than brown, but it holds at a steady sheet.

Sweet and roasty. More milk chocolate than black. The nose of the bottle smelled like a Baltic porter, and some of that syrupy molasses character stayed with it. Could be stronger.

This is a roasty stout with nice dose of chocolate, but it pales compared to Choklat, which is the king of chocolate stouts. Hopping lends way more bitterness to this particular beer, but it goes well with the roasty flavors and doesn't impart clashing grapefruit or other citrus. This is a nice, balanced imperial stout. Definitely does show some black chocolate on the finish, with a pleasant dryness. Pretty nice. Borderline 4.5, but it's really quite an enjoyable beer. Rich roastiness is the highlight.

Smooth and nice, and the hotness has left for the most part. It fills the mouth well and has very soft carbonation. Not the thick tar of other stouts, but it's perfectly creamy.

Some aging has definitely done this well and mellowed the heat, I believe. Also, I think this benefits from being a bit cooler than I typically drink such strong beers at. The flavor is not as bludgeoning as a lot of 10% beers, so it goes down easy, and the flavor is not too huge. I'm a little disappointed they cut down to a four-pack, but this is still quite a good value and a beer worth buying. Easily worth the dollar more than Old Rasputin.

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