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

inky thick and black appearance with a thin layer of tan head that dissipates into a nice lace with good retention around the rim.

Plenty of sweet dried fruit; dates, figs, prunes along with an espresso chocolate aroma. Almost reminds me of a combination of glossette raisins and espresso.

Quite sweet on the palate with a lot of warming alcohol behind the espresso chocolate up front. Mid palate you got almost a chocolate zucchini loaf type sweetness and bready flavour. Finishes with a drier espresso and cooca nib profile with a slight hop presence showing through. Warms at the back of the throat all the way down to the chest, very nice winter warmer.

Creamy and thick syrupy texture with very little carbonation. Reminds of either the weight of creamy frothy espresso or real hot chocolate (probably as much do to the flavour as texture). Lingers pleasantly and seems to coat the whole mouth, along with the lingering cocoa notes helps the beer last forever.

Despite the weight and the alcohol I can see being able to drink a lot of this, and that definitely speaks to the way it carries the heavy array of sweetness, cocoa and booze. The slight hop presence and cocoa nib bitterness on the finish definitely help in relieving that. Overall surprisingly drinkable, perfect winter warmer.

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Photo of DawnL
2.79/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown lacing atop a jet black brew.

There isn't very much on the nose.

The palate has some cocoa and a wooden hops character. It doesn't seem to go with the style.

The finish is very bitter and not very chocolatey. There is a chalky character from the cocoa?

I found this brew rather disappointing.

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

A beautiful black browness. Opaque with a generous head and good lacing. Sticky. A thin covering and a firm ring on the edge.

Sweet delicious chocolate malts. Sweet alcohol. Molasses and chewy dark breads. Imagine bottle of stout meets Godiva chocolate box.

Taste is just unreal. An alcoholic chocolate syrup that blossoms into a balanced though hot, stouty dark malt breadiness. Firm and multilayered hops give a good balance to the goings on in the glass. Cocoa and mocha fade into coffee here. There is a good lingering charcoal presence that cuts into the rather sweet body at the finish helping the hops to make a statement.

Feel is silky with a light syrupiness. Carbonation is smooth, balancing the high og and breaking up a thick, girthy brew.

This stuff is way to easy to put down. A growler is just so smooth compared to the bottled version, unless it is cellared. Nonetheless you can just about chug this one if you want but it would be such a waste. Savor this one folks. Not many are this well constructed.

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Photo of Tomas77
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'08-'09 bottle.

Appearance-Deep brown, black color. Opaque. One and a half finger foam head. Tannish brown and tight. Lasts throughout.
Aroma-Almost equal between chocolate and coffee but chocolate prevails. Coffee is subtle and mild. No burn't flavors in this brew that usually show up in many imperial stouts. Dark fruit and alcohol makes it more complex.
Flavor-Very complex. Coffee takes the lead this time ahead of chocolate with strong but smooth alcohol tones backing it up. For dark fruits I get raison. Very nice. Roasted bitter finish. I'm sure hops are involved but hard to tell with the roasted malts.
Mouthfeel-Full body. Velvety texture with smooth alcohol warmth to balance with the roasted malt bitterness.
Very good.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.78/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a snifter.

poured like oil. it was black and creamy. had a moderate head that was chocolate brown, lasted a short while, then melted into the beer.

smelled of dark roasted malts loaded with chocolate and coffee. chocolate was the definate leader of the pack with a close finish to the malt then the coffee.

the flavor was filled with bittersweet dark chocolate that was melted over a camp fire, smoke infused.

very full and very thick. was ok, but not a major fan of dark dark chocolate. was a bit hard to handle.

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Photo of wl0307
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Limited Bottling - Winter 07-08", 10.6%abv., served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip-shaped sniffer.

A: a force pour results in a 5cm thick creamy brown head sitting on top of a jet black body and semi-lively streams of fine bubbles.
S: sweeter than your (or my) usual RIS, the aroma is packed with sweet treacle, chocolates, with a touch of vanilla; equally pronounced is the input of American flowery hops that lifts up the body skilfully. As the froth retreats and given a good swirl, there're hints of sweet nuts and black prune jam, but not quite assertive to be able to challenge the thick malty and lively hoppy theme.
T: oily smooth, almost lubricating comes the foretaste, full of bitter-sweet chocolaty+treacle-ish malts to start off with, yet it's quickly surrounded by milk-cocoa-like sweet nuttiness that lingers pleasantly in the long but un-imposing aftertaste, while dry-ish roastiness, delicate black-prune jammy fruits and a faintly burned nutty edge are closely behind. The medium level of hop bitterness catches up in good time, along with the tarred malts, render an aromatic yet also slightly spicy/peppery finish.
M&D: more smooth and elegant than the 08-09 vintage tasted six months ago, this slightly more mature bottle shows a very good depth and marvellous drinkability. The lingering bitterness keeps my tongue really "busy" way after each sip is done - the depth of bitterness and aroma truly is remarkable. Not a very bold example for an American RIS, but a somewhat balanced and likable one.

* Tasting Date: 18/02/09
"Limited Bottling - Winter 08-09", at 10%abv., served cool in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.
4 A: nearly black with a little brown hues when seen against light, coming with rather light carbonation and a well-lasting thin layer of tan froth.
4 S: thickly malty with lots of oily dark malts (with the roasted nutty edge), melted black sugar, a rich chocolate aroma, a light hint of winey sourness, and also plentiful hoppy scent of American flowery hops, while a layer of alc. seems to hover in the air... If the alc. edge could be milder, the aroma would've been more enticing and complex.
4.5 T: the initial sip shows rather fine and oily texture with very restrained level of carbonation, featuring semi-sweet jammy dark-fruits, bitter dark chocolates, and assertive malt syrup that show up pretty quiet and elegant on the palate, but then in no time a wave of deepening bitter hoppiness, burned walnuts, Chinese smoked black prunes with a faint touch of licorice-flavoured bitter chocolates expands freely, rendering a harmonious aftertaste where one can sense the balance reached b/w nuttiness, dried Chinese root herbs, bitterness from hops and roast malts, a dry-ish palate and a kick from sour grapey-fruits. Of course, the bitter elements would outlast the others, but only just...
4 M&4.5 D: medium-bodied, oily on the texture, richly flavoured but never too alcoholic to jeopardise the harmonious palate. All in all, I find this vintage more interesting and complex than my previous encounter, but this bottle is served less cool and also consumed well after the ale was poured (40 minutes) - maybe "decanting" actually helps to bring out the best?! Marvellous beer!

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Photo of apbarwood
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Almost menacing. Jet black with a fluffy brown head. Truly a thing of beauty.

Smell- Roasted with a hint of sweetness. Coffee and chocolate mostly with some dark fruit flavors lurking deep in the background.

Taste- Dark, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, with a bittersweet taste with roasted coffee flavors with a slightly hopped quality.

Mouthfeel- Warm and thick. Very full-bodied.

Drinkability- The alcohol can be a bit much at times but it ages exceptionally well as a result and mellows over time. Upon release it's pretty forceful and may scare away the faint of heart but after you've had a glass you'll never be the same. Definitely works well as an after dinner beer either with deserts or by itself. If you're a beer cocktail kind of person, drop a scoop of ice cream in and make a float.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had an '07 and '08 side by side. They're two pretty different beers in my opinion. Score will be based on the '07.

A small tan head over a very dark brew, black with mahogany edges. Aromas are fruity, with dark berries and even banana. Not as much chocolate on the nose and no alcohol present. Flavors bring in chocolate with a bang! Tons of milk and dark chocolate. Still some dark berries in there, too. My favorite flavor profile in this beer though is the heavy oak/wood flavor that covers the palate. You would have thought this brew was barrel-aged. Some roasted espresso in there, too. The body is pretty thick, but still easy to drink as the alcohol is hard to find.

A slightly bigger head results from the pour on this one. Dark fruits are discernible, but not as present as the '07. Alcohol is much more noticeable on this's actually pretty hot. There is chocolate and espresso in the flavor but it is not as clean, it actually gets lost in the alcohol. Thinner mouthfeel and a drying effect, which is something I did not experience in the '07.

Overall, a good beer that I would highly recommend. A bit of age does wonders for this stout. Thanks to Sanatar for contributing to this mini vertical!

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick opaque black with smallish tan head that laces moderately.

S- Chocolate and molasses, sweeter than most. Not a whole lot of coffee, some alcohol.

T- Chocolate, alcohol, toffee, a bit of roasted malt on the finish. With time the chocolate has mellowed, giving way to a raisin/toffee/roasted flavor. Definitely a different beast than before. Alcohol still apparent. A bit spicy on the finish--almost oaky.

M- Creamy, but lighter than I had hoped for. Astringent finish.

D- Fresh on-tap or aged, this is a damn good beer. I think I prefer the aged bottle version, just because there are more interesting flavors present. Good stuff. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of jsg2220
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served: 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

A: Dark purplish-black, 3/8" light brown head darkening towards the edges, holding it to the light brings out a reddish tint in the head and more purple.

S: Fruityness, mild roasted coffee, hint of alchohol, slight groung ginger.

T: Dried fruits then nutty and roasted - coffee ice cream - slight bitterness that spreads across the tongue

M: Light, lots of carbonation that bites at the tongue on the finish, slight alchohol warmth through the chest.

D: Well-balanced bigger stout, 10% ABV is not noticeable in the taste, no need to just sip this one.

etc: "bottled winter 08-09"

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Photo of Zippie9999
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm drinking a year old aged bottle purchased in CT back in March 2008. Aged exceptionally and highly recommend buying a six pack and storing a few to consume in a year or two.

A: Dark as a steer's tukas on a moonless prairie night. (The Big Lebowski)
S: Colombian coffee, chocolate, and underlying notes of toffee and vanilla.
T: Once again, coffee, chocolate, and toffee.
M: Nice, silky, smooth, and full. Definitely mellows and smoothens up around the edges. ABV seems to be a little more pronounced due to aging.
D: Lovely. I want to age my other two for at least a year and see how they compare in 2010 and 2011. (Damn, I can't believe I'm typing decade numbers for the 2000's already!!!)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle an opaque black with a dark tan head that leaves nice lacing behind. Nose is mostly of dark chocolate as the name implies, when cold it reminds me of chocolate icecream. Taste is overwhelmingly roasty with very nice taste of dark chocolate. There is a slight coffee aftertaste. The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden at 10%, and it has a nice full mouthfeel. This beer is quite drinkable considering the alcohol content, but i wouldn't want more than a couple.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes:

This beer pours motor oil black. Great chocolate (duh) and roasted malt aromas.

Taste follows the nose... bitter cocoa, coffee (expresso?), roasted malts. Caramelized honey sweetness. No real alcohol noted save for warming on the back end.

Thick, creamy, and delicious. A great RIS.

Great brew, all things considering. This is a masterly crafted brew. More, please! It's times like this I'm glad I live on the East Coast.

EDIT: Come back to bump my scores. I've had a lot of stouts since I reviewed this one and this one is easily one of my all-time favorites. Can't beat it.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle. Black label with gold lettering... dated Winter 08-09

A: Poured opaque and thick with a three finger light caramel colored head. Though the head is course, retention is excellent. Upon dissipation, lacing along the glass is amazing. This is the type of lacing you only see in commercials of beer

S: A strong chocolate and molasses scent covers the alcohol well. A hint of dark fruit can be detected also, though this is fairly faint compared to the other rising odors.

T: Sweet molasses and dark fruit on opening, the milk chocolate becomes more apparent upon warming in my mouth. Aftertaste is of toasted malts. You smell the alcohol in this brew but I almost never really got the overwhelming alcohol flavor I expected which is definitely a plus. Though the flavors are moderately complex, there are certainly dominant tastes that come to the forefront of this beer.

M: Silky with low carbonation and deep bodied. What I expect and Imperial Stout to be.

D: I could cradle this one all night long.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from New Beer.

Began prepping for a little stout tasting tomorrow. Have plenty of this aging/dying in the basement, but I don't recall having one in a couple years actually. Don't drink too many stouts willingly. I'm trying to get the taste back for this style, but it's been pretty sticky out here with the on & off rain. Maybe not the best time for a growler of motor oil, but I'm not working tomorrow. :)

Pint glass pour. Inky black, with a tall, slowly receding, sandy tan head.

Smell is of baby powder(?) & really dark, rich chocolate. An indication of butter cookies & less noticeable macerated cherries come through. Butter is not something I recall. Nothing very intense, except for the expected alcoholic fumes.

Taste is creamy with lactose & more residual sweetness then I last remember. Not quite velvety though. That rides for a while before the middle-end, which turns quite bitter with roast & light coffee grounds. Finish is full of bitter, leafy greens & soy ink(think licking your fingers after thoroughly flipping through the NY Times). Carbonation is subtle, but I can feel it trying. Alcohol is so obvious. A very stout beer.

Tasted like a sweet stout to me. Not what I believe it is in the bottle(or it could of just been tweaked again), but I just might like this version a little better. Actually added 5oz to a little cake batter earlier, so I could be burping this up by the time I'm chewing on that. :D

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

Mini 08+09 Vertical 12-12-09
The one year aged 08 basically tastes and smells like a chocolate malt bomb, very bittersweet, alcohol is still pretty well hidden. The alcohol is still well hidden in taste but mouthfeel is flaming hot. Mouthfeel is actually pretty thick on this one, not sure what I was thinking back in the day, bumping it up to 4.0. The fresh 09 is much hoppier and aggressive than the one year aged 08. The 08 tasted like chocolate chips straight out of the bag. Definitely looking forward to aging this one.

Original Review 7-23-09 (4,4.5,4.5,3.5,4.5)
Found this one today at my local store, good find IMO, 2008. Poured pitch black into my pint glass with a dark tan one finger head that disappeared within a minute or two into a blanket on top of the beer. Light to medium lacing throughout the glass. Smelled of chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of alcohol and maybe a hint of fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some sweetness, smoke. Maybe a bit of coffee in the smell/taste too. Mouthfeel fell a bit short on this one, a bit on the light side for an imperial. Alcohol hidden very well, good carbonation and smooth feel. Drinkability is good here because the taste is very good and the beer doesnt feel too heavy, no alcohol notes either makes this stout go down good. Very happy that I found this beer 7+ months after its release in a cooler, definitely will buy and age this one in the next release.

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

12oz bottle poured into large Brooklyn Brewery snifter:

A: Pitch black, tiny dark mocha cap, not too lasting, but then again, the snifter was rather large.

S/T: Overwhelmingly chocolatey with good smoke. The malts have a very nice roasted quality. Secondary malts, like coffee and butterscotch provide good complements, but this one's all about the chocolate.

M: Not as heavy as I expected from the Imperial, but still respectable with a good, lasting finish.

D: I can have many of these without noticing the high ABV. I'd been expecting a bigger kick in the face, but it was solid, a nice nightcap beer, on its own and did not leave me wanting.

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

Obtained as part of a recent trade (today) with ritzkiss. Thanks! 355ml bottle dated winter 08-09.

Pours a viscous, oily black. No light shines through this one. The head was slow to rise but eventually showed up with full force. An incredibly thick, mocha coloured head; the consistency of frothed milk. Good retention and lacing.

The smell is beautiful; freshly baked bread, dark chocolate, cappuccino, molasses, dark roasted malt. A little weaker smelling that I would like.

The flavour isn't what I was expecting but is great nonetheless. Dark roasted malt and molasses are up front with some equally balanced background notes of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. It doesn't taste as much like actual chocolate as other chocolate stouts I've had but is impressive in that it contains to actual chocolate. For being made with barley, hops and yeast this is a great effort. I might rate this a 4.5 on taste if it didn't call itself a chocolate stout as the chocolate is not all that pronounced. Only the slightest hint of any alcohol; probably the best disguising of any 10% beer I've ever had (not 10.6% as listed here). The alcohol is perfectly blended with the other flavours. This is a very well balanced beer.

This stout has one of the best mouthfeels I've ever sampled. Full bodied, bready and so thick; the feel highlights the subtle flavours in the best possible way. This is usually my main complaint about otherwise good stout: they aren't thick enough. Not so with this one, though. I wish all stouts felt like this. Very lightly carbonated. Perfect for this beer.

I could sip on these all night. This is a tasty, interesting imperial stout that won't knock-out your taste buds like some others in the same category. 0.5 off only for being so strong in the ABV; you wouldn't be able to finish many of these before they finish you.

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Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 2 year old aged bottle

A-motor oil black with a thin sandy brown colored head.

S-Smoky and burnt like a dark roasted coffee and rich chocolate

T-Coffee-like bitterness with sweet malts. I expected more chocolate flavor from this beer on par with the Smuttynose Robust Porter, which I think is the most Chocolately beer I've had. I think the labeling of this beer affected what I anticipated from the taste of the beer. However, the beer tasted perfectly inline with the style, bitter malt, not too sweet--in balance. I just wish there was more chocolate flavor...

M-Creamy and smooth. The viscosity perfectly coats the tongue and travels down the effortlessly

D-High abv, bitterness and malt sweetness made it difficult for me to finish the entire 12oz bottle. Not sessionable for me, I did not wish to have another after finishing this one.

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Photo of McDiddyPop
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Brooklyn stemware.

This one looks pretty dangerous. Thick black with brownish tint. A sturdy pour produced 2 fingers of dense mocha colored head that receded to a cap of foam with tremendous lacing.

Smell is sweet milk chocolate up front. Some dark fruits. Roasted grains. Alcohol peeks in as it gets warmer but isn't overbearing.

Taste starts off very sweet on the front of the tongue. Dark fruity sweetness reminiscent of a nice belgian quad. Good rich dark and milk chocolates with a well-balanced roastiness at the sides of the tongue. A bit of warmth in my throat.

Good carbonation. Thick and rich. Coats my mouth and leaves in its wake a semi-dry roasted chocolate finish. Highly enjoyable and surprisingly drinkable considering the ABV.

I'm gonna have to get a bunch to age. This one is a beauty.

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

12oz bottle received in trade and shared with Davey and some others. Poured a opaque black with a good tan head, no lacing really. Smells of chocolate and coffee, no big alcohol smell in there for this high of a %. Taste is amazing, chocolate, coffee, some toffee. Thick full bodied beer that is easy to drink.

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

A- Poured in to a 16oz tumbler. Small brown head, not quite one fingers thinckness. The actual brew is black. No light is seen when held up to the ceiling

S- Slight toasted aroma, but can definately smell the chocolate over top of it

T- Tastes good. Definate chocolate taste followed with a malty finish. Can't taste the 10% abv

M- Thick and chewy with very little carbonation. Can still feel the beer clinging to the inside of your mouth after swallowing

D- Doubt I could sit and drink them all night long, but definately would go for a second and third helping


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Photo of CheckMate
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle winter 08'-09' vintage. Obtained at The Lighthouse in Manchester, ME. Ebony in color with a thin dark beige head. Chocolate at first sniff, dark fruity alcoholness with touches of toffee in it. Chocolates and toffee on the tongue, alcohol makes it presence on taste buds. moderate carbonation. Definitely a sipper but well worth it!

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Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle in a DFH snifter. Bottle said it was a Winter 2008-09 limited release.

A - A deep, dark black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of chocolate and licorice with a hint of cherries. Some alcohol too (especially as it warms).

T - An intense flavor with chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and cherries all battling for control. The alcohol is well hidden but provides a definite warming feeling over the course of the glass.

M - A thick and chewy consistency with a nice low carbonation of fine bubbles.

D - A great sipping beer. This one falls short of the Stone Imperial Russian Stout that I sampled just before it but it's a nice northeast beer.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served to me at the Peculiar Pub in Manhattan, poured into a pint glass.

A-This beer poured a beautiful, dark black, as one would expect based on the beer's name. Beer was completely opaque and topped with a quick thick brown head, which sustained surprisingly well.

S-Aromas of chocolate and heavy roasted barley dominated, with hints of dark fruity esters as well. As I expected, though, the name says it all: chocolate.

T-This is one indulgent brew :D Thick with chocolate flavors, dark and dry, at times almost bitter chocolate. This deep chocolate character pairs beautifully with the in-balance roasted malt flavors. In with it all, some estery, almost sweetish flavors make themselves apparent.

M-Fully, creamy body, at times somewhat oily, but really more like a thick milkshake. Wonderful. Carbonation was low, playing well off the full body.

D-This beer is a winter seasonal, so I didn't expect to have an opportunity to drink it while I was in New York. However, the Peculiar Pub had bottles of it, and knowing it's high ABV would allow for increased shelf life of this brew, I went for it. It was a rainy day, and relatively cold, so this beer went down very nicely, warming me subtley as I chatted with my table. Very drinkable, very complex.

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