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Brooklyn Black Chocolate StoutBrooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
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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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3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Before I say anything, I need to say I got a case of this discounted because it's currently July 2013 and this is a winter style beer. I've seen this case in the distributor for months. They had it in the cooler for less that $30 so I figured I'd try it out. I like a good stout, even if it is hotter than hell outside. With that said, this beer is old, expired, and out-dated. Personally, I don't care.

A: Poured cold bottle into a glass, almost black with a very small head, very little carbonation left.

S: Smelled from the bottle before I poured it, strong acidic, alcohol and dark roasted malts, some chocolate, mostly bitter and alcoholic.

T: Almost knocked me out. Very strong, bitter, almost burnt flavor with extreme dark chocolate. I imagine if you ate an 80% cacao chocolate bar, it would be on that level of chocolate. Very alcoholic up front as well, taste more like an aged chocolate malt wine than a beer, but this is a stout, so I wasn't disappointed.

M: Not something you would grab to quench your thirst. Very heavy, barely any carbonation (again, this is old beer). Strong after-feel in the throat. I hate to put it like this, but I swear I mean it with the most respect and in the best way, it's like a night time syrup/elixir. Not like cough medicine, but it's thick and the alcohol content makes me, personally, drowsy. The best word I can think for mouthfeel and feeling in general is "thick". I took a nap after my first beer.

O: If I had tried this before, I never would've got a case. That's 24 of these bad dogs. I wasn't even thinking about alcoholic content when I got it. I'm still used to thinking all stouts are like Guinness; barely any alcohol content. After my Victory Brewing Imperial Stout experience, I realized stouts are highly alcoholic and are not the "thirst quenching" beer. On the bright side, this is very good beer, even though it's old. I never did find a date, but I remember this being in the store for at least 4 months and I remind you, it's July 2013. All the label on the bottle says is "Limited brewing 12-13"so it was brewed last winter, since winter '13 hasn't yet passed. This would be nice to enjoy during it's seasonal run, on tap, with friends. One is all you need, remember, this is beer fit for royalty.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a luxurious black with a small tan head.

Smell is lots of milk and dark chocolate. Bit of roast and caramel.

Taste is very mellow, creamy, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. All mixed together very well, create a perfect balance. No alcohol presence.

Only downside is a slight astringent after taste. Damned good beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Winter 09-10 bottle drank April 2013. Pour is jet black with a caramel brown tight head. Nose is nice, has a solid chocolate fudge note to it, deep malt characteristics with a touch of brown sugar and berry notes behind. Taste is a bit more roasty, still deep malt body, chocolate and caramel. moderate sweetness, faint lingering bitterness. Body is thick and with a fair bit of carbonation.

Fresh 09 bottle drank winter of 09/10.

A-deep black color just shades away from jet black. it pours a nice two fingers of a thick and bubbly dark coffee colored head that is retained for a fair amount of time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-light dark chocolate, hint of espresso and toffee, touch of roastedness and hint of bourbon, dark fruits to sweeten at the back, plum and raisin.

T-the taste follows the nose initially and brings a light chocolate malt, a hint of roasted malt, slight warming from the alcohol, dark fruits come in next, the ripe plum and raisin, then you get a nice citrusy finish that balances this delicious beer out.

M-it is full bodied, not huge but still somewhat chewy, velvety smooth accompanied by the right amount of carbonation to give it a crisp finish

D-this is a great RIS, nice flavors throughout, not balanced but hops are in there, unbelievable mouthfeel and it hides the alcohol very well. I will be purchasing a case and aging half!

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Midnight black with two fingers of oatmeal colored head that dissipated (much more quickly than I would have liked, which surprises me) into a quarter of a finger of head that covered the top of the beer for practically the duration of the drink.

Aroma: Lots of roasted malts and coffee, with a nice amount of dark chocolate as well, which should be present, considering the name of the beer.

Taste: Wow! There’s a lot going on in this beer! There’s lots of roasted malts up front, with some coffee notes, and again, as the name of the beer suggests, chocolate, but there’s also some hints of vanilla and caramel, as well as dark bread, and some very slight, very subtle dark fruit, finally, finished by some pleasing alcohol warmth. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Very, very, chewy, with a nice creaminess that coated the mouth very nicely.

Overall: Damn, this is a really good beer! But be warned this is totally a sipping beer, not a session beer! The high chewiness and alcohol content (this beer clocks in at 10% ABV) completely makes it an after dinner/desert/final beer of the night kind of beer. I like this beer a lot, but damn it’s thick and intense! In a totally awesome way!!

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into porter/stout glass

A - 2 fingers of dark tan over a body of pitch black, great lace

S - rich chocolate, notes of coffee, malty sweetness, dark fruits, touch of alcohol; excellent

T - an amazingly complex blend of flavors; black coffee, rich chocolate, roast malt bitterness, booze, dark fruitiness; roast malt and chocolate and alcohol warmth combine for a pleasant aftertaste

M - super smooth, chewy, thick full body; medium/high carbonation

O - This is an excellent chocolate/imperial stout. My beer-illiterate wife picked this up for me; she's awesome!

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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