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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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#1,544
Reviews:
2,838
Ratings:
6,774
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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Ratings: 6,774 |  Reviews: 2,838
Photo of TonyReaves
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first tried this a few years ago, it was my first 'big' beer. It was 10.6% abv back then, and I'd never seen a beer so strong. Fond memories. Tonight I'm drinking the 09-10 vintage.

This beer is so black. Even with my glass in front of a bright light, no light peeking through.

Smells like pure dark chocolate and coffee. I'm not getting any alcohol, just roastiness.

The alcohol comes through in the taste. It starts with a touch of milky sweetness before a boozy burn cuts through everything. Finishes roasty with some hop bitterness.

This is a smooth drink. A lot of alcohol, but easy to imbibe. Dangerous.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. 08-09 vintage per neck label. Thanks go to DrewOSU for leaving this one in my fridge!

Pours a thick, super dark, opaque brown with a gorgeously thick and dark tan head. Fantastic coating of the foam along the sides of my pint glass.

The nose is surprisingly lighter than I was expecting. I get sweet caramel, chocolate and faint hops.

Ahh, the taste is much larger than the nose. A gentle, sweet mix of milk chocolate, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee grounds collide in the front of the tasting. This is wonderfully smooth and not too sweet. I get a faint brushing of vegetable-like/hoppy bitterness on the finish with a surprisingly high amount of carbonation...

The mouthfeel is velvet and thick.

Very easy to sip and savor this one. Recommended!

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

From Notes: 12/15/09

Thanks to mikey711 for this beer.

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black with a tan colored head, great retention, head is incredibly dense gobs of lacing, really a nice looking beer. 4.5

S: Chocolate malts, coffee, caramel, toffee, fairly boozey, some notes of whiskey, dark roasted malts, licorice, brown sugar and molasses. Nice. 4.0

T: Malty roasty, chocolate, definite hop bitterness, which complements the roast, alcohol, and chocolate. Definitely a workout for the tongue as this has a lot going on. Molasses and brown sugar. Nice lingering aftertastes. Excellent roastiness. A little young and hot may need to mellow a bit. 4.0

M: Thick, rich and velvety, almost creamy, warm booze, lots of lingering flavors. 4.0

D: Easy to drink, this one is still a little young will develop nicely. Strong flavors, good flavors, will let other bottles age. 4.0

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Photo of kbeals
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came as an extra in a trade with gn0sis.

A- Pours jet black with just a touch of brown head. Head dissipates rather quickkly but still leaves decent lacing.

S- Lots of bitter chocolate, some coffee and hints of dark fruits. Very complex overall, the bitterness and sweetness balances out nicely. A bit of booze shows up as it warms.

T- Very similar to the smell but the bitterness shows up a little more than in the aroma. Still coffee and chocolate on the flavor, but none of the dark frutis show up. Finishes off slightly dry.

M- Heavy body, very smooth. Maybe a tad thinner than what I was expecting but pretty good. Very little carbonation.

D. Pretty drinkable. The 10% is masked pretty well by the other flavors but does sneak up on you.

Thanks again Eric!

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review from notes on 3/20/10. On tap at MacGregor's.

A - poured black with a light tan 3/4" head that retained nicely as a thin cap. lots of lace. no light comes through. wow. 5.0

S- rich roasted and chocolate malt. touch of caramel and cream. 4.5

T- lots of bittersweet dark chocolate, followed by sweetness of caramel and toffee, finishes roasty and with a touch of coffee. 4.5

M- thick and rich but not viscous or slick. smooth CO2. 4.5

D- too good. doesn't taste like it's 10% at all. 5.0

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

Poured from a bottle of 09 into a pint glass.

A- Black with a paper thin mocha head that fades instantly.

S- Mostly chocolate, but I'm getting some roasted malt action with a very slight touch of coffee.

T- A lot of slightly bitter dark chocolate. A slight pinch of coffee. There's also a tad bit of roasted malt in there, but the bitterness starts to overwhelm after awhile.

M- Its about the standard thickness for a RIS. Not overly syrupy, though. Good deal

D- This is strong, and the bitterness CAN get to be a little much. Regardless, its a damn fine beer that I'm sure would taste a lot better if it were 30 degrees cooler out. I like it. I don't love it...but I like it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black (very dark brown), moderate head, light lacing.

S: Roasted malt, cocoa

T: Really smooth beer with a very pleasant bitter chocolate flavor. There is a nice hop bitterness in the finish.

M: A tad thin, nice lingering aftertaste. 10.1% ABV is noticeable in the finish, though not necessarily unpleasant.

D: Great beer, and readily available.

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

I finally got around to trying this one (I've heard good things about it and keep seeing it every time I look at the beers of the world book whenever I'm in barnes and nobles) and must say I'm impressed. This one reminds me of Samuel Adams Imperial Stout, but without the anise taste, The beer poured deep chocolatey black with a thick dark tan head. Taste was that of a really dark chocolate. Has a velvety mouthfeel. It's goes down too easily. Smell is sinfully cocoay. About as good a stout as I've ever had.

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Photo of BigIrishman
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a two finger fluffy caramel colored head. To say there's a lot of lace is a serious understatement.

Smell: Dark chocolate with a nice malty and licorice background.

Taste: Smokey chocolate the finished very clean malty back. This is not Rogue, Youngs, or Southern tier, so don't expect yoo-hoo but expect a nice chocolate undertone.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet finishes very crisp and clean.

Drinkability: Probably one of the most drinkable heavy stouts available (ie non milk/cream stout or dry irish stout).

Note: This is definitely "old reliable" for me, it's always on the shelf. This beer is also great for introducing people to heavy stouts.

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Photo of Bulkman
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black from a 12 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. As expected, only a thin caramel colored head is present, but does not fade as I drink it. Lacing is abundant against the walls of the glass, but falls rapidly with small clusters of bubbles remaining.

The aroma from this is incredible. Intense sweetness fills the nose with notes of fig, plums, honey, brown sugar, coffee & dark chocolate.

Taste is a carbon copy of the aroma - not much else to say about it, it is excellent.

This beer coats the tongue with a syrupy-sweet layer that hangs around for what seems like forever. As it gradually diminishes, a bitter aftertaste reveals itself.

10% ABV? It is so well hidden, I get no burn or anything in the nose to tell me it's there. Drinkability is outstanding; it would be easy to overindulge in this.

Amazing beer, looking forward to getting some more.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown, black really, with a creamy tan head. Reduces to a ring, slight lace.

Deep charred malt and coffee and bitter chocolate aromas.

A real deep complex brew here. Coffee, bitter chocolate, and a kick off booze. Thick, rich, complex, and delicious. Easy to drink, even though this one packs a wallop. Haven't had this one in 10 years. Glad I revisited.

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Photo of jovy1097
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Thick, dark cream foam that is very resilient and never totally goes away. The liquid is black as sin and totally opaque. Resembles black tar.

S: Has the buttery, toffee smell that I get when grinding roasted coffee beans. Has a hint of cocoa butter too. Just smells rich.

T: Rich, chocolate, coffee, toffee, and nuts. Sweet upfront with just a hint of bitterness at the end.

M: Creamy, rich, really thick, but smooth.

D: Whoa! This is certainly a sipper. Far too rich and thick to take a gulp. Actually, it's tough for me to finish a 12 oz bottle because it's just so rich. Much better than I expected, though. I would rather drink this in a half dose. It's like a really rich chocolate cake that tastes great, but you only want a small piece at a time. I can see it being better on a frigid winter night

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my duvel tulip.
A- huge head from a hard but steady pour, four fingers of coffee colored dense foam slowly fading to a very thick half inch cap. Lots of lace. Black black black, not a bit of light is getting passed this black hole. Nice legs.
S- very big nose gobs of heat and sweet. 86 percent dark chocolate and lots of blackberry and roast. Tootsie rolls come to mind.
T- chocolate liquor and sweet dark bread. Brandy soaked ripe berries. Some molasses and burt coffee. A nice nutty hint and a wisp of hops at the end. Very hot to start but calms down a bit with warming it kinda works for me thought
M- thick and viscous, syrupy and chewy but there is a nice fizzy carb that lightens it up and help keep it moving. Thins out a bit as it warms. Finishes with a smooth linger.
D- its hot to be sure but with some time on it the heat mellows out and becomes great. Green as this bottle I can't really see my self cracking another tonight. I've had far more drinkable big stouts in this abv range.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger dark brown head on a black body. Very nice, just nothing outstanding and didn't have the greatest texture/lacing/dexterity

S: Dry dark chocolate dominates, like sticking your nose in a bag of dark chocolate chips. There is a roasted grain aroma as well, but that's an afterthought.

T: Pretty basic chocolate semi-dry. Not very roasty, no coffee. It just lacked complexity, and I get a bit of an odd flavor that I can't identify but it's distracting.

M: Light and smooth, this reminds me of Guinness.

D: Very good, but not so much that I would seek it out just for the drinkability.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the 'Butcher' restaurant/deli/meat market in New Orleans, they served it ice cold with a frosted whiskey sipping glass, which was unusual. I like the small glass for the beer, but frosted was strange. Fortunately I had to wait for the food so I let the beer warm up some and the glass defrost before drinking.

It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head... nothing special, but I know this isn't really the optimal glass for the beer. I think in a pint glass where the head could develop during a full pour this would be a better looking beer.

The smell is bitter chocolate, delicious. The taste is more of the same... it's still a little colder than it should be but I can taste the bitterness of the chocolate with hints of spice and a slight sting of alcohol. Definitely a good one.

As for drinkability, would I order another one? I didn't this time, but in the future, absolutely I'd go for another one of these.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice roasted malt-chocolate RIS, which out of the blue on an unexpected tap serving felt rather mighty.

Presentation: 16 oz draft serving. All that the table attendant was able to articulate was "Chocolate Stout" and added "Brooklyn" after asking if that was the brewery. Served into a pint shaker glass.

A - Black body, small dark brown-ruby edges with a small brown frothy head. Average retention with rich touches of lacing. I personally do not like pint-shaker glasses, and if at all possible I try to avoid them. But this is the best looking brew I have seen in one of these in a long while (Two-Hearted ale notwithstanding.)

S - Chocolate notes over roasted aroma and a touch of coffee, boozy hint.

T - Rich roasted flavor with chocolate highlights and a bitter finish capped by the alcoholic note.

M - Full body, creamy and thick feel with small but adequate carbonation.

D - A nice RIS, rich in character and a great sipper. A bit excessive on a pint glass and yet there was a second one coming.

Notes: Rich and reliable, a nice stout and a solid offering from Brooklyn, and quite a surprise on tap being rather rich and remarkable.

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Photo of beerbum05
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black colour, Thick Brown Head, no visible carbonation

Smell - Heavy malts, Chocolate

Taste - Chocolaty, smokey/roasted, Alcohol taste, thick beer

The only part that I really didn't like was the alcohol bite to it. If the alcohol taste would've been covered up more then it would be almost perfect.

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

12 ounce poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a tan head that settled to a ring around and some wisp. Just a tad of lacing.

S - Strong smell. Chocolate, roasted malts.

T - Dark Fruits, bitter chocolate, hops, wound up with a medium bitter finish.

M - Medium to thin feel, fine carbonation bubbles. Smooth.

D - Goes down pretty easy.

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Photo of niklas0770
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This black liquid absorbs light like black hole and leaves absolutely no head. There's nothing more than fragments of a lacing left on top. What a character!

The smell is very distingt. It filled the room right away. Except from the obvious chocolate there's some dark fruits, some coffee, honey and a very vague hint of orange.

I taste chocolate and figs up front, maybe some raisins as well. Then there's some alcohol, coffee and a dry tone of cocoa beans.

The mouthfeel is oily and dry with low carbonation and a bitter after taste. Calmness is a word that comes to mind.

This beer is quite filling and I can't see myself drinking another one tonight. But that's not a bad thing in my opinion, it only makes you drink it at a lower pace and abra-kadabra, this great beer lasts longer.

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Photo of spiner
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I get this one from cousin in New York.

Black beer like it say on bottle. Smell like chocolate. Taste like good Belgian chocolate and not much like alcohol just like bottle say. I like this very much but big alcohol. Only had two this day. I want cousin to send me more Black Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on St. Patrick's Day - even if i don't like Irish beer, I at least went for a stout. Poured in a Fuller's pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, nearly black, and entirely opaque. Head is as brown as I've ever seen and is over an inch. Lacing stays strong to the last drop. Nose is entirely roasted coffee - not really diverse, this could be anything if not a beer.

Taste is much like the nose, heavily coffee, toasted malt, exceedingly dry. Not a hint of chocolate, but a nice heavy full body, roasted. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, very dry and defintely with an alcohol bite. Nice and drinkable, but definitely needs to be paired with food.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.15/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass. I have had the bottle for a couple months. I thought it would keep well at 55 degrees, but it did not. I hope to try it again and re-review someday.

A - Dark brown, near black in color, and opaque, even when held to the light. Dark beige head disappears quickly, leaving a slight ring of foam. No lacing.

S - The smell is on the maltier side. Roasted malt, licorice, and chocolate. It grows more malty as it warms. There is also a strong vegemite/marmite smell that doesn't go away, presumably from the yeast. I didn't smell any hops.

T - Also malty, but with the hops coming through more in the flavor. Roasted malt and roasted coffee. Lemony, citrus hops emerge in the finish. There is a slightly sour aftertaste. Some sips had a slight cola taste.

M - Medium-bodied with light to medium carbonation. There is little residual feel, which I expect from an RIS.

D - Don't notice the alcohol for 10% ABV. I have loved this beer in the past, but the one I chose to review appears to have gone off.

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

Poured into a pint glass (I really need to get more of a variety of glass wear and stop breaking my tulips).

A - Just like the label says Black with some nice foam on top and some

S - Some chocolately note with roasted malts and coffee, not as strong smelling as I was expecting.

T - Decent combination of chocolate malts, burnt sugar, some coffee, and maybe just a bit of hops, but it masks the abv very nicely and goes down very smoothly.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Coats the mouth like molasses or syrup would.

D - It hides the alcohol great but overall this is a pretty middle of the road RIS in my opinion. It is pretty inexpensive and if you haven't had it it is worth a shot.

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Photo of silentbob44
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At my local bar, this has been on-tap all winter, much to my delight.

A- Very dark, but not as opaque like some stouts that I've had in the past. When held to light it still shines through. The head is not pronounced and dissapates almost completely in about 10-15 mins.

S- Very strong and robust. You can smell a bit of the chocolate, along with a bit of the alcohol, though it is more masked by the other flavorings.

T- Primarily chocolate. Very dark chocolate, with an intensity that really masks the alcoholic content surprisingly, which makes this beer very unique. Smooth on the way down, but still can taste the alcoholic content.

M- High carbonation but smooth. Not as abrasive as other stouts.

D- Sip. Really only sip, though the smoothness is tempting for the imbiber to indulge too fast. May want to wait a bit before reaching for another.

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Photo of taigor
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 8oz glass.

A - Poured non-transparent black color with medium tan head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Very complex, roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, caramel and a hint of coffee.

T - Very complex just like smell. Malts upfront followed by coffee and dark chocolate bitterness with slightly nutty aftertaste.

M - Full bodied with high carbonation.

D - Easy going and abv is well masked but very filling. Definitely a sipper.

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Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,774 ratings