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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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chocolate beer, combining two of the best things in the world! I am a big fan of the the double chocolate stout by Young's, so I figured this one is worth a shot

Appearance - One of the best pour colors I have ever seen in a beer. Great dark opaqeness that almost sucks light in!

Smell - A deep complex scent. Dark chocolate is evident but also with hints of oak and coffee beans.

Taste - Don't expect sweetness! It is a great dark beer with great coffee flavor and cacao.

Mouthfeel - Not as much head as I would expect but it is filling and has a nice long lasting flavor.

Overall - A great chocolate stout! Young's might be superior on the taste, but the smell and pour on this wins out.

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Live tasting bottle into Duvel Tulip...

Appearance; pours a viscous black color with less than a finger of mocha colored head. When held to light, only the very top fraction of a millimeter appears a cola colored brown... This is a black beer. Retention is non-existent and lacing follows suit.

Smell; roasty malts, coffee, chocolate and slight notes of soy... Hints of dark fruit, raisins and prunes...

Taste; coffee, chocolate and roasty malt flavors jump right out, notes of smoke and slight soy bitterness creep in as well as the slightest notes of dark fruits such as raisins and prunes...

Mouthfeel; smooth and oily, goes down exceptionally smoothly, coats the mouth, and definitely on the full side of full body, but not as thick or chewy as say Ten Fidy...

Overall; this is a damn good beer, and has all of the qualities I can appreciate in a solid Imperial Russian Stout. Doesn't taste a hint of 10%, even just a few degrees above cellar temps... I would absolutely seek this one out again, and would like to thank Peacehammer for gifting me this one!!

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A: Came to the table looking very dark and mean. Nearly black with a solid one finger of fluffy tan head. It fell to a skim but coated everything.

S: Very pleasant waves of dark roasted malt, barley, dark coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Rich and smooth with roastiness leading the way. Comes out waves of roasted, almost burnt malt, then bittersweet chocolate and back to roasted malt. The more I drink I pick out espresso. Hints of barley are noticeable along the way and it finishes with slight cream and dark berries. The alcohol sneaks up because it warms a bit but not very noticeable. The more I drink the more I notice some slight hop notes in the mid-end. Kind of mild grassy/herbalness. Very mild and supportive.

M: Rich and creamy with a velvety feel and thickness that support the beer.

O: Very good, I like this beer more each time I have it. Just a big dark monster of roasted malty goodness.

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12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours out jet black but with smooth characteristics. 2" khaki head that dissipates down to a thin bubbly film. Lots of lacing on sides of glass

S: Tons of chocolate malt. Mostly dark chocolate hints of other malts and alcohol. Nose of dark fruits. Smell reminds me of a milk stout.

T: Strong dark chocolate taste that turns to a chalky aftertaste. Hints of dark fruits. Slight hop taste at finish that lingers in the back of your mouth.

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O: A pretty durn good beer at a steal of a price in NY. Look forward to it every year, even better on tap. This year seems more hoppy than normal but Im not complaining.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
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