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:
#1,477
Reviews:
2,833
Ratings:
6,755
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
450
Gots:
1,502
Trade:
48
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Photo of Ned57
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of burk1982
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wrigfen
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Black with a dark tan head of soft, small bubbles. Opaque. Looks like dark chocolate. Head lingers. So far so good.
Smell: Sweet chocolate, roasted grain, some roast bitterness. Minimal to no hoppiness.
Taste: Sweet, dark fruits-plum and raisin- and chocolate combine with a bitterness associated with cacao and roasted grains to deliver a chocolatey, decadent beer.
Feel: Thick, heavy, syrupy... coats your tongued. Soft carbonation. Smooth going down. Lingering bitterness.
Overall: Brooklyn knows what they're doing with this beer. Definitely a winter beer and would get again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

L: Inky black pour with traces of mahogany around the edge. Thin brown head... solid rim of lacing.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee. Strong roast character.

T/F: Sweet cocoa nibs and bitter espresso... all mixed with burned sugars/malts. Medium to thick in body... creamy and smooth. Light vanilla comes in later blending with the chocolate. The finish is bittersweet dark chocolate.

O: A pretty outstanding Russian Imperial. Great flavor and feel... a definite winner from Brooklyn.

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Photo of SiepJones
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbschaufele
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark look. Rich, sweet smell. The taste was smooth with a little bite and then a nice creamy feel and finally a slight bitter finish. With a 10% abv, this beer could get me in serious trouble. I will definitely be back for more of these.

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Photo of Diura
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of travelguy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a solid chocolate stout...

I've had some success with these Brooklyn offerings and this stout turns out to be no different. As advertised, the damn thing is black, maybe even blacker than black. When I poured it into a Guinness glass, it even looked like a Guinness - black liquid, dark tan foam, and some good staying power. The smell was an even mix of booze and chocolate, but that did not translate to the taste. Try as I might, all I could really pull out was the boozy character of the beer - I liked it, but I was expecting something more balanced. Mouthfeel, after it warmed, was slightly creamy and a tad smooth, but first out of the bottle it was quite carbonated. I liked liked this one and would certainly reach for it again during this "cold" FLA winters...

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobwor
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MrRB
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't say that I really enjoyed this beer. Near black body with brown foam. The nose is moderately intense and exhibits mostly roasted malt with hazelnut and some faint dark chocolate. The taste is rather dry and savory – little chocolate to speak of. A distinct note of soy lingers on the palate, leading to a slightly astringent finish. A bit austere and one-dimensional. [12 oz. bottle into snifter]

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Photo of pajeff
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Burghman
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TerryMills
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example if a stout . Has a bit of a weird fruity flavor like cherries maybe . hides the abv well, would drink again but not regularly .

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,755 ratings
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