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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
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#1,551
Reviews:
2,838
Ratings:
6,778
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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Photo of Tabni
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 4-pack at Total Wines for only $6.49 (had a $1 Off coupon =} ) No born date, only numbers.

Appearance - Dark like old engine oil.
Smell - of chocolate. Great brew, period.
Taste/Mouthfeel - Warms up your throat easily. Great alcohol after taste.
Drink-ability - Full body, slow to drink due to it's richness. Thick beer, great for desserts and also for those cold nights.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow!

Opened this bad boy, after work... and it was a delight!

Right when I opened this 12oz dark bottle of joy, the rich malt aromas and dark chocolate embers found their ways to my nostrils... the smell of heavenly coffee lingering. A caramel goodness and licorice finish was subtle.

The taste was thick and and smooth with a bitter bite, which was nice. The beer teasing... The ashy, almost chimney like flavors overwhelm the palate quickly to finish to a rich chocolate finish balanced with a malty smooth sweetness. There is also a warm feel to this beer that is also really enjoyable.

The 10% ABV is awesome.

This is a great beer.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip from a 12oz bottle. Winter 10-11 Vintage.

A - Pretty vigorous purs lets out a dark oily black liquid with a nice 1 inch dark tan head that is almost brown. Very dense with tons of tiny bubbles stuck together. The head is very slow to recede and leaves some awesome brown sticky lacing as it moves slowly down the glass.

S - Aroma of sweet delicious chocolate malt as well as some nice caramel and brown sugar. Slight cinnamon hints as well as licorice. There i some awesome fruity and boozy esters as well that are warm and inviting. Nice milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes dominate.

T & M - Starts off with some nice sweet chocolate hints as well as some dark bitter chocolate. Very well struck balance between dark chocolate and milk chocolate. There are some nice burnt and roasted malt hints in the middle portion after the explosion of chocolate that give the sweetness a nice balance. There are also some good alcoholic esters that are warm as well as sweet. The sweetness can be interpreted as caramel s well as brown sugar but they are not to overwhelming either. A complex yet balanced beer. Mouthfeel is perfect with nice oily consistency but nothing overwhelming as well as perfect carbonation balance and boozy warmth.

D - Very high if not for the higher ABV. The ABV is not too overwhelming but can be felt and tasted as it warms.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Deep black out of the bottle with a small head and a real nice amount of creamy brown lacing.

S - Nice subtle chocolate smell. Toffee and caramel. Very solid.

T - Smooth tasting stout. Just a hint of the chocolate in the taste. Perfect amount in my opinion. You also get the nice throat warmth from the ABV. Coffee hints as well.

M - Nice and smooth. Warming stout. This is great for a cold winters night to put some fire in your belly.

D - Yes. Go for it.

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Photo of danielplainview
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - motor oil pitch black. Nice tan head.

Smell - dark chocolate. a bit of raisin as well. unique and complex as you would want from the style.

Taste - dark chocolate taste and roasted coffee with slight caramel and dark fruit again that might be my favorite part of this beer) . Roasted malt up front then ends with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and silky on the palate, with that nice hop bite at the end. Nice hangtime that really lets some of the complex flavors come through on the palate.

Drinkability - Drinkability is far, far too good for a beer of this weight and Alcohol content. I am partial to the style and this is my favorite example. CHEERS!

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Photo of psdriscoll
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the poster child for chocolate stouts. It pours jet black with a slight head that is a lighter shad of black. The aroma is chocolate and alcohol, a beautiful combination. The carbonation is slight but present. The initial taste is alcohol but is quickly replaced by the chocolate. The 10% is a warmer for the fall/winter months. Very nicely done.

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Photo of gregshead
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Jet Black with a finger and a half of khaki colored head that dissipates slowly.

S: Rich espresso and dark chocolate waft through my nose.

T: Deep malt/espresso and dark chocolate blended in with that roasted grain core. Some heat/burn at the end.

M: Smooth thick feel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: A very well made beer. A drinkable RIS. Heat is a little more noticeable than I might prefer considering this beer is neither barreled or bourbon barreled.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010-11 bottle from a trade with THECPJ.

Appearance - black had a tan head that hung around, but not very big, and moderate lacing.

Smell - had a fruit smell along with chocolate and malt.

Taste - The taste is pretty good, the chocolate isn't as intense as I thought it might be, some green apple and other fruity flavors in the background. The malts aren't as robust as some beers of similar style giving it a more mellow flavor.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, carbonation was just right, was a little thinner than I expected, but not too thin.

Drink - Very pleasant to drink, don't even notice the alcohol at all.

Pretty solid beer, glad I got to try this finally. Would definitely buy it if it were available to me, but sadly it isn't.

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Photo of bierguru
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A -
jet black lacing is brown and yes i said lacing there is no head but a far amount of lacing

S -
vanilla, i get some sweetness guessing its that, chocolate coffee
T -
bitter sweet chocolate, dates or some or dark fruit, big bold flaover of toasted malts, slight alcohol taste on the backend

M -
fairly thick and heavy on the tongue as well as dryness in the mouth

D -
great stout has become one of my favorites however more then then one at a time i feel would be to much not becasue of the abv but because of its big bold roasted flavor

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

Pours black. Very large head this disappears somewhat quickly; lacing looks nice as first but also dissipates. Before the head recedes, this looks like a good, serious stout.

Smells like cocoa, roasted malt and chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate.

Tastes rich. The chocolate is not overwhelming at all, and it's not very sweet considering it has chocolate in the name. It's a dry, bitter chocolate flavor that blends in well with the usual stout flavors. A bit of alcohol on the end, but less than you might think; what at first struck me as an alcohol bite was in fact bittersweet chocolate. As it warms, the flavors blend even better.

Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, but not as thick as I might expect a 10 percent alcohol RIS to be.

Imperial Stouts aren't my favorite, but this is a great example of the style. Glad to have this so widely available around for the winter season.

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

Look:
Pitch black, can't see through the beer. Very creamy brown head, lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Smell:
Dark fruit, molasses, some roasted malts, a little sweet chocolate.

Taste:
Dark fruit and mild roasted malts up front, I could dectect some burnt caramel in the taste. There's chocolate in the middle of my palate, along with molasses. Alcohol is present, but not overwhalming.

Mouthfeel:
Very complex and full.

Drink:
Very smooth finish, leaves a nice roasty aftertaste. It's a sipper beer.

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Photo of mcnabb0001
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Pours pitch black like motor oil with a big tan fluffy head. Leaves good lacing with ever sip.

S - dark chocalate smell mixed with fruity raisin

T - BIG dark chocalate taste and I mean BIG, some roasted coffee with slight caramel and dark fruit. Roasted malt up front then ends with a slight hop bitterness. Alcohol is present but not overpowering for 10%ABV.

M - Very smooth and silky on the palate, with that nice hop bite at the end.

D - Definitely not a session beer but a good sipping beer couldn't have more than two at a sitting. Overall one of the best RIS I have ever had.

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Photo of liamt07
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle picked up at the LCBO, seasonal release. Into an oversized wine glass. Winter 2010-2011 vintage.

Pitch black in the pour, with a finger and change of dark tan head with a reddish tinge to it. Falls to a fat collar around the edges and leaves some magnificent lace. Awesome. Aroma is some coffee grain, dark bitter chocolate and some roasty malt. Everything is well balanced and integrated here. Can't smell the booze, but I knew it was coming. Roasty chocolate notes and booze hit the tongue and throat first, with some molasses-like sweetness following. A drying coffee finish tops it off. Body is thick full and creamy, and the booze is here, but not overpowering. Would definitely smooth out given some time, glad I've got a 4-pack of this stuff. A sipper at 10%, but that's expected. 5/45/45/4/4

Edit: Revisiting this one after a year in the cellar, still 2010-2011 vintage. Still gorgeous as fuck. Loads of molasses, brown sugar, bitter coffee and espresso. Great sweetness and balance. Almost liqueur-like flavours. No alcohol and a lovely, creamy feel. Downright brilliant; amazing what time does to this. Sadly my last bottle of this vintage. 5/45/45/45/5

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 27 October 2010, bottle says "Winter 09-10," temperature is 50ºF, pours black into Sierra Nevada XXX snifter with caramel-colored 2-finger creamy head, and lacing that sticks to the glass and doesn't go away for a while. This is a must-have winter stout for the East Coast....sorry West Coast, you already have enough legends out there, we get to have one now!

There is so much going on with the aroma. Myriad aromas are wrapped up in a blanket of oak. The first prevalent aroma is maple, as if you smelled maple syrup poured onto pancakes. Lastly the roasted malts show up, but don't completely cover the hotness of the alcohol. The taste is the same except for the touch of bittersweet chocolate that is mild enough not to mess with the maple. DRINK THIS BEER.

Be back in 5 years when I can do a 5-year vertical review, expecting the alcohol to become a little more mild over time.

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Photo of exanimo
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When does feeling overcome taste?
This is the exact question I ask myself over and over whilst drinking this year's (10-11) Brooklyn Brewery "Black Chocolate Stout".

About a year ago I came across a case of Voodoo Brewery's "Big Black Voodoo Daddy" in Philadelphia and still have some sitting in my basement. Everytime I drink that beer I think to myself that it is THE epitome of what a stout should be. But when people ask me what my favorite stout is, it's always the same answer; "Brooklyn Brewery's 'Black Chocolate Stout'".

As I pour this year's installment, I think I've figured out why; It's the FEELING that rests within the bottle rather than just taste.

I first tried Brooklyn's interpretation of the imperial stout back in the Winter of 2007, that very same bottle still resides on top of my dresser. It was a special year for me because I had just started getting into beer and was sharing an apartment with my best friends, one of those years you just don't want to forget. Before this stout the only stout I had ever drank was Samuel Smith's Oatmeal stout, an incredibly smooth and mild work of art. But Brooklyn came along that winter and showed me that there was much, much more to a stout that I had enjoyed it with many dinners along with my friends.

3 years and several "Big Black Voodoo daddy"'s later I look at the pitch black stout sitting in my pint glass with very little light brown head. I'm reminded of the first time pouring it into a glass in the apartment, putting it to our exposed bulb in the kitchen and exclaiming how little light showed through it.

I close my eyes and take a big whiff of it, the conversations with my pals come back to me along with the familiar boozeyness. Booze, Sweet malts, chocolate, charcol along with subtle coffee and wood notes. Nothing too spectacular. But the thickness of this beer on the lips and in the mouth is wonderful, one of my favorite things about it.

While I may love this feeling, I sit back after tasting and am pretty unimpressed with the overall flavor. It's not bad by a long shot, but after having many other impressive stouts it's just .. meh.
With a strong booze and dark chocolate flavor with a bitter bite to the finish it's a harsher (in a good way) stout for sure, but has no real depth to it..

..Even though the alcohol content is 10% it hits me harder than other 10+ beers for some unknown reason, and after finishing a bottle it put me right in the mood for one of those cold winter nights in my freezing apartment with my friends.

For me, the feeling, the warmth of the booze, and the memories are the saving grace of this beer. It pushes it beyond the just the flavor and beyond ratings .. It just puts me in a good state of mind.

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Photo of gopens44
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - All kinds of pitch black. No light making it through even the edges on this one. The head was pretty fluffy, and receded to a thin layer of bubbles.

S - Lots of coffee and barley.

T - Bitter with coffee and chocolate notes. There was some sweetness in the back end that reminded me of molasses.

M - Creamy, smooth and not overly carbonated. Good finish with only a touch of bitterness lingering around on the tongue.

D - Not my favorite RIS, but I'll continue to mix this in with my "go to" favorites since it's a seasonal dig.

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Photo of Bmoyer0301
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

As I popped the cap on this gold and black ornate bottle there was a copious amount of hissing and carbonation gas escaping from the neck of the bottle. On the pour I decided to go straight on then back off and tilt because the bottom of my glass has a shark etched in on the bottom of the glass which will create a steady stream of bubbles and a larger head. This baby pours a jet black with a beautiful mocha colored head that is very thick almost coming to the rim of the glass. As I hold it up to the lamp there is no light passing through and just a tiny flow of bubbles from top to bottom and in the swirl there is a fair amount of viscosity clinging to the walls.

Smell:

Perfect! This is what I think of when I think of big imperial stouts, just loads of chocolate and roasty coffee grinds are swirling around my glass. A touch of brown sugar and raisin sweetness balances out all the dark ashy aromas that want to take front and center.

Taste:

It doesn't get much better than this. Right off the bat, I am getting the sweetness and not just cloying sweetness but rather balanced dessert styled flavors. Although there is no real chocolate in this beer it really mimics dark Belgian bakers chocolate and coffee with some caramel thrown in. If I had to describe it, I would say that it's creamy and medium on the palate not showing the high alcohol at all, almost like carbonated chocolate milk or brownie mix. In the finish you are left with some of the slight bitterness from the hops and the burnt malts that makes it appear dry. Ahh this is the complete dessert beer in a bottle or even a wonderful night cap to a cold evening.

Drinkability:

Overall, this was a knockout beer. I have been waiting for this one for quite some time to hit my local store and I am sure Al was getting tired of me calling him every week. In my opinion Brooklyn really does not make super wild extreme beers but they make so many styles to a tee and this one being no exception. I am glad that I have three more to enjoy over the next few months and I will be saving at least one for next year to see how it does with a little bit of time on it. I would say that you should not miss getting this beer. Seriously, go out now and look for it because it will go quickly and you will regret it. Well until next time....

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours your standard jet-RIS-black with a really nice finger-plus of a creamy, mocha toned head... very respectable retention and outstanding walls of lacing. presentation: simply A+... well done, exactly what i look for.

in the nose i get a ton of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a subdued dark fruity note or two in the background. great aroma.

taste is good but slighty disappointing, though on the latter count mostly considering the build-up of its appearance and smell... flavor mostly follows the nose though has some bitterness to it. alcohol is present, but although others have noted it excess, i feel it's relatively tame considering the 10% ABV.

moutfeel: not bad, but for an RIS (an arena teeming with worthy foes), a bit - a bit - on the watery side; doesn't have the velvety-ness i look for. adequate carbonation... decent drinkability, more a sipper than something you'd want a few of, but a beer i'll definitely seek out again (especially considering its very reasonable price).

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Photo of soze47
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. 2010 selection.

Appearance: Black as the night. To poach from another recent reviewer, a khaki froth on top. I'm not getting much head on a somewhat aggressive pour.

Aroma: I get a big charcoal scent up front, along with the expected chocolate and espresso notes. Unlike others in the style, this seems to be a little stiffer in the nose and very wham bam. The smokey/charred quality to this gives the chocolate tones a somewhat unique character.

Taste: Dark chocolate and smoke qualities are powerful off the bat. Not bitter, which is a big credit to the malt. Sweetness is great here. There are some rather dark chocolate and charcoal forces in play, but it is balanced off nicely. The lingering characteristics are pleasant too with the bitterness coming forward to keep the sweetness from being too oppressive. Remarkable that there isn't more heat from the booze on this one.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. It isn't thick or viscous, which is somewhat unique for the style. Considering the robust ride of the flavor, my tongue isn't too tired either.

Drinkability: For the style, very high. Not a trace of boozy heat or full feeling that comes from other Imperial or double stouts. A great year-round nightcap that would even be do-able on a summer night.

Overall- This one really grew on me as I drank it and had a chance to ponder all of its unique attributes. At first, it seems like many other chocolate double stouts, but it really has some great qualities that separate it from others. It has a low booze presence, light body, and nice smokey/charcoal quality that makes this a great option for the style.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Review of Winter 08/09 release*

Warmed to ~50 degrees, this stout pours a jet black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head, leaving some nice lacing. Wonderful chocolate scents come through immediately, along with some coffee and dark fruits. Wow, this tastes really good, with the sweet and bitter chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Thick and creamy in the mouth, with very little heat (if any). I really like this stout with some age on it. This is my first experience with a 2 yr old BCS, and will continue to stash some of these away on a yearly basis.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this one many times, I just havent gotten around to reviewing it. I actually havent had it to myself yet, its always been when I have been out with friends hanging out. Ive actually been known to drink this from the bottle on occasions where glasses werent available.

A- Nice tall, frothy khaki colored head leaves absurd lacing. Its more like a thick coating of primer that goes 3/4 of the way around the glass, only parting where I tilted the glass to drink. The head fades down, but remains a thin film with a thick pad in the center, supported by the laser etching in my glass. The beer is a super dark, opaque black.

S- Really great smelling as well. Its very raisiny. Much like chocolate covered raisins. Coffee and creme, charcoal and roast, brown sugar, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and a sting of alcohol.

T- More bitter than the nose suggests. This is from a huge roastiness. Big levels of charcoal, ash and roasted malts. After the initial wave of roast breaks, a dark fruit sweetness comes in toe with a strong essence of licorice. The licorice becomes stronger until the finish which yields a little bit of drying cocoa powdery chocolatiness.

M- Full bodied, slick, faintly sticky. Alcohol is perceivable but it is by no means challenging to the palate.

D- Im pretty glad I got multiples of this, but really one is enough. This is a rich beer and it makes a great dessert or night capper.

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Photo of geryeb624
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my DFH Signature Glass. Winter 2010-11 bottling.

A- A brown-tinged dark black with a thin tan head, actually an impressive amount for a 10% ABV RIS. Fades into a tan slick of foam and a ring around the edge.

S- Slightly boozy with big hits of chocolate and some roasted malt and dark fruit. Not much coffee aroma, which I'm used to in RIS. Smells sweet for the style.

T- Not nearly as sweet in taste, with bitter roasted malts and some bittersweet chocolate and coffee dominating. None of the fruit from the aroma comes through in the taste, which I'm actually glad about. This is a chocolate coffee bomb, which I love.

M- Smooth and a bit chewy, but thin for the style. Nicely carbonated, avoids that motor-oil feel some high-ABV stouts can get, which wouldn't work here.

D- Insanely drinkable for its ABV. Goes down easy, and isn't too hot or boozy. Very nice stuff.

This is really good stuff IMO. A very nice, pretty easy-drinking RIS I'm glad to have around for the winter. Not quite up to Old Raspy, but darn good. Gonna lay some down for a year or two and see what happens I think, I'd like to try it and see if it gets a bit sweeter, more chocolatey.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz., Winter 2010-2011 release bottle into a snifter...

A - Poured an extremely dark brown. Alomost black but not quite there yet. A nice one finger mocha colored head formed and recedes to a lacing of the same color.

S - Nice roasted malt aroma with lots of sweet chocolate in the nose. A nice hop presence is noted as well. There is the slightest hint of coffee and licorice there too.

T - Taste seems to follow the nose, but with much more of a roasted character present. Slightly charred/burnt finish and a nice hop presence as well. The chooclate is sweet and really takes center stage here. Slightly bozzy taste, but not one that is offensive.

M - A little watery for what I feel an RIS should be. Overall though, nice medium body and a smooth carbonation on the palate.

D - Quite drinkable even though it is 10%. The alcohol is noticable, but it gives you the kind of warmth you would want on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Stoneyrok
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Weizen Glass (pilsner like glass)

A = nice black rich look with beautiful tan head, about 1/2 inch. Did not remain, but didn't care. Didn't notice much lacing, but there was some.

S = chocolate, alcohol, sweet, rich, and hint of hops for me.

T - My first thought was "creamy", and a beautiful subtle chocolate somewhere between a sweet milk chocolate and a gourmet rich bitter chocolate, so it was very good for me. This still tasted like a "beer" with a nice backup hops, and deep flavored malt that was sweet, but not too sweet. The alcohol was there, and warming, but be careful because it was not too noticeable but present. The mystery was the sweetness, but the dryness and Chocolaty aftertaste which remained. usually sweet, and dry do not go together in my many years of homemade wine. I love a chocolate/coffee/toffee stout/porter, and have had many, this ranks up there with the Founders breakfast stout, but a touch sweeter and dryer.

M = great, creamy, carbonated very well, not prickly, just right for a beer.

D = well, I had this beer, and then a Trappistes rochefort 10, and then one more black choc stout. I am not sure I would want a third due to the richness/ABV, but I am seriously thinking about going to get one more. 10%abv, the trappistes 11.3ABV, Another BCS 10%, and contemplating another 10% is difficult, but I might just go down and get one more. I think a four pack of the 10/11 is fine with the % ABV.

I recommend this, but have to say that I would have a hard time deciding which is best between a heavy seas peg leg stout, a founders breakfast stout, a flying dog gonzo imperial porter, and a great lakes edmund fitzgerald porter. Those other three are some of my favorites, so at least this is in the same ballpark. I'd probably rank in order the following:
founders breakfast stout and great lakes stout = same
peg leg imperial stout, and this beer the same, perhaps I like the peg leg a touch more. the ABV is very high and keeps me from drinking extra in this beer, where I can comfortably enjoy and extra peg leg without the high ABV.

I hope this helps. Get this since it is limited... since the ABV is high, save one for six months or a year down the road and see what you think about it as it ages some.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the beers I look forward to every year. Even though they've gone to four-packs, Brooklyn prices this very reasonably, and a $45 case isn't hard to come by. It's worth every penny, this is one of the best beers on the planet. Drinking a fresh Winter '10/'11 bottle. It's as tasty as I ever remember it being. Not as roasty and big as '08/'09, not as thin-tasting as '09/'10 (judging from my notes, anyway) but a lot more drinkable and delicious.

A: Ink-black with a light brown head. Definitely a big-looking beer, intimidating you with its look. I don't know what the heck is going on with this beer though, because the look is a lot bigger than the final product ends up being. And I mean that as a compliment!

S: Smells of baker's chocolate and faraway espresso. Definitely not a coffee flavored beer, but smells of the roasty character that coffee stouts usually carry, only without the coffee.

T: Tastes beautiful. The best balance of any beer I've had. There are other beers that are more drop-dead delicious, but they abandon their beer character for sweet chocolate-milk deliciousness. And there are other beers that are stronger and more bitter (Storm King, for example), but they give up some of this sweet, tasty drinkability for that. This is the perfect blend of chocolate, roast, and dark anise/dark fruit/hop character. The perfect beer, taste-wise.

M: Smooth and tasty with just enough chocolate sweetness and bitter hop finish. The 10% alcohol is dangerously imperceptible.

D: Maybe the most drinkable Russian Imperial Stout out there. The heightened dark chocolate character makes it more drinkable than most beers of this style, and the fact that it isn't a coffee stout or the fact that it's missing a lot of bitterness is something that can be counted in its favor, as it makes it a very unique beer that I haven't ever experienced a duplication of. Sure, there are other amazing stouts out there, but this is a delicious interpretation of a RIS that I hope never goes out of rotation at Brooklyn Brewery. I buy several 4-packs a year and will continue to do so.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,778 ratings