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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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Photo of Bryan12345
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Neck is stamped '2787 15:25'. Below label is stamped '4121274170140'.
Black colored body, with very dark highlights when presented to light. Persistent tan cap. Some spots of lacing.
Aroma is roasty and toasty malts, with a little dark chocolate. A touch of toffee.
Taste is mostly dark chocolate, with oak and tannins. A little soy and vanilla.
Super smooth mouth feel, somewhat dry.
A very easy sipping higher ABV stout, with very tasty chocolate taste, along with others that blend in well. Somewhat sweet as a dessert beer, but would fare well in conjunction with red meat and strong cheese.

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Photo of Duncian
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a jet black color with uprising head bubbles(as I have only seen in Guinness on draft)Smells oaky,toasty,vanilla,chocolate toffee.Tastes amazing. The viscosity matches the beers balls. Overall might be my favorite Imperial stout hands down!!

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Photo of ZorroZ
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Jet black. Beautiful. A thin head that sticks to the side of the glass as it dissipates.
Smell: Surprisingly little smell to this; I'd expected a wallop of chocolate, hops, and malted barley, especially given the brewery's description. Despite the high ABV, you don't get a strong whiff of alcohol off of this.
Taste: My, oh, my, is that nice! Chocolate predominates, as one would expect, but the malt and hops come through subtly afterwards.
Feel: Very nice body to this beer. Not too "thick" feeling as some stouts are.

A friend of mine has raved about Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout for years. Now, I can see why.

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

Pours dark black with dark tan head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing. Rich chocolate, coffee and malts on the nose - taste follows with some bitter-sweetness on the finish. The 10% is disguised well, great balance to this beer.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head great lacing. Nose is chocolate , licorice and ever-so-slightly coffee. Taste is very much the same, it has nice sweet start but then goes into a lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TGcpb
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nicholas2121
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stoutbrewed Brooklyn Brewery, with an ABV of 10.00% This Russian Imperial Stout pours out a deep brown color with a thin light head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this brew,it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts, sweetness from the chocolate. There is also a nice bite from the hops . Overall I nice looking and smelling brew, really inviting. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up on the bold roasted grains and malts. The chocolate is a nice touch to this brew. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 10.00% ABV in this brew. There is nothing overpowering about this Russian Imperial Stout, it has a super nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Brooklyn Brewery, did a real nice job with this brew.

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

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Utterly black, thick body with a dark brown head whose fizziness and lingering lace bespeaks high alpha acid content. The nose hits hard with robust charred malts, rich, sweet, almost artificial chocolateyness, a touch of smoke, and a bite that further suggests healthy hopping. The flavor is potent with roasty malts and char, dark and bitter chocolate, and some appreciable piney hop resin. The alcohol seems to enhance the bitterness doled out by both the malt and the hops, but itself remains hidden. The body is nicely thick and mouth-coating, and the carbonation is fine and lively without becoming bubbly and fizzy.
Wow, what a great beer just sitting around. It brought the potency, it brought big, deep, rich flavor, it brought chocolate but didn't overdo it, and even managed to squeeze in some hops for the ride. Very happy right now.

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Photo of ogman
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of keith40
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Moonshine Liquors in Hyannis. Dark brown color and chocolate nose. Dark chocolate/strong coffee taste, probably should call it strong mocha. Leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. 10% alcohol is well hidden. This is the best Russian Imperial Stout we've had so far.

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Photo of Imperial99
4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll start off by saying I'm more than partial to imperial stouts- I have had some of the best, non US breweries. This is a great US beer, very very dark, hint of sweet, some sour and bitterness, very malty it does disguise it 10% abv well. Overall a great winter beer with a hearty dinner

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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

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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