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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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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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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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12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours opaque black with a thin brown head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate and caramel up front. Heavy dark fruit presence takes over with plum and fig, along with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Starts off similar to the smell with cocoa, caramel malt, and dark fruit, but is amplified by strong coffee notes along with some molasses and more roasted barley. Flavors are developed extremely well - this is one intense, complex stout. Finish is semi-sweet with a touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, rich feel. Medium to low carbonation (for my taste it would benefit with a little bit lower of a carb level).

Overall: A perfect example of a classic Russian Imperial Stout. It really is amazing how many flavors can be developed without adding any cocoa nibs, coffee, etc.

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