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

Special Bottling- Winter 11-12

A: pours like motor oil, very thick, black with dark brown highlights, mocha colored head, soapy lacing

S: big chocolate up front, followed by what reminds me of sweet bananas, roasted malt, barely noticeable alcohol presence, molasses, slight coffee bitterness

T: Big coffee taste followed by bitter sweet chocolate, molasses, black licorice, roasted malt, slight pepperiness and a meatiness to it.

M: coats the mouth, very thick and full bodied, smooth and creamy, kind of a meaty aftertaste as well

O: This beer is like a meal unto itself. Very thick and delicious, definitely a sipping beer. Very drinkable for the 10% abv. Such a complex beer, so many different flavors and aromas. I'd say this is one of the best RIPs i've tasted.

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

Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09

A: Pours midnight black with a two finger dark mocha head. The head dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of dark mocha bubbles at the edges of the surface. Excellent lacing on the glass with this brew.

S: The aroma is slightly astringent overall, quite possibly due to the alcohol content, and has very bold amounts of chocolate in it followed by hints of coffee, toffee, and leather.

T: The taste also has the slightest hint of alcohol in it. The flavors are of bittersweet chocolate upfront, followed by leather & pepper, and hints of licorice, tobacco, and coffee in the finish. The beer has a pleasant amount of bitterness and is nicely complex.

M: Medium bodied with low amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Glad that I took the time to cellar this one before drinking it, I have had many of these over the years... from the different batches and aged different amounts but this one is probably my personal favorite (08-09 aged 3 years). Very enjoyable overall but no longer my favorite in the style - though I remember it as the best about 15 years ago.

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Pitch molten lava, a superbly creamy tope-able head...Anise, and dark bitter malts on the nose, also dark cherries and pit fruit. Yes! A brilliant smattering of bitter dark cocoa, black licorice, and a background of bittersweet red cherry juice. It offers a medium body with creamy textures and subtle small bubble carbonation.
Overall, very well done.

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Here’s a brewery that I’ve never tried: Brooklyn. Their Black Chocolate Stout is certainly one to start with – I’ve heard it’s one of the best. At any rate, I’m cracking this one open during the Super Bowl, so I’m hoping it’s worthy of the occasion.

Brewed over five months ago (August 30, 2011 from the date code on the bottle).

A: Devilishly dark, shining like a deep black-brown night sky. The head only gets to a foamy half-inch, about the color of wet beach sand. As I swirl it around, the body looks pretty oily – the lacing doesn’t stick very abundantly. A thick, dark presence.

S: Immense dark chocolate – as big as DFH World Wide Stout (one of my favorites). That loveable character is amplified by woody bourbon-booze, toffee, and malts as thick and spicy as rye. What’s more, I’m getting notes of bubblegum, leather/must, and pepper. It’s magnificently powerful, but luscious as ever: exactly what I love in a stout.

T: Cocoa powder, bittersweet, opens the palate with the rich flavor of homemade brownies and gooey fudge – the perfect entrance for this Black Chocolate Stout. There’s a thick, leathery, wooden taste covering the remainder, smooth and dark. Like many of my favorite dark beers, this has just a touch of hop bite for complexity; resiny, savory bitters. Licorice, toasted bread, coffee, and leafy tobacco play well from the malts and residual sugars, as well. Finish is smoky with a hint of tart fruits and honey-oat cereal grains. This is one delicious stout.

M: Creamy, full-bodied, yet insanely drinkable for a 10% ABV stout. It’s really only astringent for a fleeting moment, just to give it a kick of complex texture. Very well-done, here.

O: Black Chocolate Stout is worthy of its reputation, and definitely a Super Bowl-worthy beer; I’m picking up a four-pack for some aging, ASAP.

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Poured from my growler into a proper Brooklyn tulip. It's black and the head is chunky and brown and doesn't want to dissipate. Holding this glass in my hand is like holding a big black pearl. From the nose, I'm getting faint tones of chocolate, leather, and a tiny bit of booze.

The taste follows the nose. It's very smooth, malt-forward, and semi-sweet, and there is not much bitterness at all. The predominant flavor is chocolate and it hits you coming and going. There is just a touch of that burnt flavor that characterizes RISs, but it is buried under the chocolate. There are also dark fruit notes at mid-palate and a faint warming alcohol presence on the finish, but it's reasonable given that this baby is 10% abv. The mouthfeel is firm and slightly creamy.

This beer is an RIS that drinks like an American Double Stout. I have had it many times and it is one of my favorite winter seasonals. It is very easy to get, it is reasonably priced (especially growlers), and it is absolutely delicious. I don't know why I waited so long to review it.

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