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:
#1,550
Reviews:
2,838
Ratings:
6,778
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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458
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1,505
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. brown bottle. 02-03 batch. This one sat for a year and I can’t wait anymore...

Thick syrupy black in hue with a slight foamy mahogany head. Lacing in large sheets. Nose is all dark chocolate with traces of alcohol (rum?) soaked fruit. A mellow burnt coffee aroma present as well. A sip of this almost knocks you over. Heavy creamy mouthfeel and smooth as silk. Heavy unsweetened chocolate up front with overtones of alcohol and plum. Some bitter hops are detected but very understated. The unsweetened chocolate continues with light roasted coffee flavors. The alcohol seems to vanish and the burnt chocolate charcoal aftertaste kicks in. A peppery twang hits momentarily at the finish.

A gorgeous stout. Very tasty, heavy, and warming. One best enjoyed as a dessert brew. Since this one packs such serious flavors, I probably could not drink more than one at a sitting. Best at cellar temperature. Laying this one down for a year or so is definitely the way to go - if you can resist the temptation!

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

Winter 2005-2006 bottle pours a dark jet-black color, has a great tightly bubbled, creamy brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Sweet roasted chocolate, coffee and fruity aromas, sweet fruity plum-chocolate and coffee flavors. Nice burnt bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body with creamy and smooth, oily mouthfeel, alcohol shows as it warms, I like it.

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

05-06 variety

eyes...
dark and opaque, stout like silly... one finger of dark tan head fades out into a pangea and o-ring, light barely pentrates this sucker... nice. lace is also good, a consistent sheet of fine bubbles on a swirl up the glass and down with some stickiness

nose...
the malts shine, toasty, slight burnt, choc sweetness, raisenettes (do they still make those things?)... the nose is in line with the name of the beer, to a tee...

taste etc...
somewhat thick and creamy, leaves a trace on your lips, the carbonation makes it seem a touch thicker than it actually might be... the choc flavor is very apparent in the aftertaste along with some residual bitterness, the sweetness is abundant but not cloying or messing with the overall experience of this elixer, the carbonation is slightly more than other imp stouts I have been suckin on lately, and that isn't a bad thing. my personal preference is more coffee tones but this beer smells and tastes exactly what it should by the name on the label. nice warming sensation after a few sips of this. The alcohol doesn't prevent larger swigs so this isn't a total "sipper" like say the Goose Island Bourbon Stout.

Verdict?
a solid 4 across the board which = damn good beer. For my personal taste I would go elsewhere for my imp stout fix but that is because I prefer coffee over chocolate... starbucks over godiva... mariah over naomi.. ok, I'll stop...

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2010-2011 Vintage

Poured into White Birch glass. This one pours jet black with a small mocha/tan colored head that quickly dissipates. A pleasant cascading affect is nice. A small ring of lacing is left around the circumference and some sticky lacing is left clinging to the glass. The amount of lacing surprises me considering the abv on this one. A really nice looking beer overall.

The nose on this beer is chock full of chocolate with hints of coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. I also pick on on sweet dark fruits. Not really complex but a good example of its style.

The taste is really quite good. An impressive amount of chocolate on the palate considering they only use chocolate malts to give the flavor. A little on the bitter side, like coffee made with too much of a water:coffee ratio, causing it to be bitter. Alcohol is present in the taste as well. Again, not a lot going on in the flavor, but still enjoyable.

A pleasant amount of carbonation makes this high abv beer quite drinkable. Alcohol bite is noticeable, so while this 12oz bottle is fairly high on drinkability, I don't think I would want more than one glass. A good beer but maybe some time in the cellar will probably do this beer well.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,778 ratings