Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Darker chocolate, dark ripe fruits, touch of alcohol, oats, very mild touch of yeast. It's okay, but the fruits turn me off a tad.

Not my favorite taste, with far too much dark/ripe fruits coming through; think prunes and figs. Some very sweet and oily tobacco too. The fruit combines unpleasantly with the roasted malt's chocolate offering. It's nice that there isn't a lot of cloying going on with this sweetness. I know some people who would love this, but it's not for me, especially as a RIS.

I love Brooklyn beers, but this one is just decent.

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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark black, almost resembles well used motor oil. The head is light tan and very dense. This beer laces extremely well.

S- A dry prominent dark roasted malt aroma with hints of dark chocolate. The roasted aroma definitely stands out front.

T- Dark roasted malt flavors that gradually gets intense then fades. There are is a slight dark chocolate aftertaste followed by a mild bitterness. It's not as bitter as most Imperial Stouts I've had.

M- Very thick and full bodied with low carbonation.

D- It's extremely drinkable for an Imperial Stout.

This beer is balanced extremely well and is not overpowering. There's the perfect amount of roasted malt flavor that fades wonderfully followed by subtle hints of chocolate and a mild lingering bitterness.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to give this brew a second shot this year as it continues to get great reviews. Still not impressed though.

A- Dark black with minimal head when poured slowly into a Chimay glass. Good amount of carbonation present when twirled.

S- Chocolate, dark malts, coffee and alcohol. Almost makes me hope for something in the class of WWS from the smell.

T- Not bad here, a good dark malt/chocolate flavor combined with the coffee making it a nice flavor. The alcohol is a little strong and is easily detectable giving it a bite on the finish that I would prefer better covered either in flavor or decreased percent (this is coming from a guy who likes peaty single malt neat)

M- Here is my biggest complaint on this beer. It feels like water when you dont consider the alcohol. I don't know where people get full bodied but based on its thickness and flow I honestly think it rates more as a porter, the only reason they call it a RIS is b/c of the alcohol percent. Thicken this up and I think the body will go well with the alcohol and flavor

O- I still think the potential is here due to the flavor and aroma of this beer, but it comes off as a porter to me, and a slightly burning one at that. I have my 4 park for the season and can't claim I want more.

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured year 11-12 bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: dark black in color with a fingers worth of tan head that leaves beautiful lacing.

Smells: a heavy roasted malt character with a chocolate note that has a coffee hint.

Tastes: there is a light coffee taste over the sweet chocolate and roasted flavors. I get a cream taste in the middle that doesn't taste like a dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: there is a good carbonation in this brew with a little burn from the high ABV. but very enjoyable.

Overall: this is probably one of my favorites from Brooklyn Brewery that is readily available when it is in season, and I suggest hunt some out before its all gone. I will be getting more soon and next year as well.

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

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to an imperial pint

A: SRM is black/dark brown. Opaque. Head is dark tan/light brown, 1 in, semi-fluffy, dissipates to line the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Medium/heavy lacing.

S: Big chocolate malt notes along with caramel, coffee, char, and a bourbon scent that I believes comes from the dark roasted malt. Hops are noticable as well and have a relatively pronounced representation on the nose given the quantity of other ingredients in this beer.

T: Huge chocolate deep roasted malt notes along with a nice hop presence. Alcohol is noticable on the secondary palate. Aftertaste is slight char, hops, and chocolate malt.

M: Full bodied. Given the ingredient heavy nature of the beer and the full/thick/creamy mf that results, the hops in this beer counter and balance the malt very thoughfully.

O: Fantastic fresh. Amazing aged. This review is of fresh BCS. The fact that this beer is so ingredient heavy would make one expect for the palate to be bogged down by malts, but the hops in this beer (when fresh) balance the flavor and leave an almost wet/salivating sensation after each sip. Top notch beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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