Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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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
Ranking:
#1,474
Reviews:
2,833
Ratings:
6,755
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
450
Gots:
1,502
Trade:
48
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Ratings: 6,755 |  Reviews: 2,833
Photo of BrentMcQuirk
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a solid chocolate stout...

I've had some success with these Brooklyn offerings and this stout turns out to be no different. As advertised, the damn thing is black, maybe even blacker than black. When I poured it into a Guinness glass, it even looked like a Guinness - black liquid, dark tan foam, and some good staying power. The smell was an even mix of booze and chocolate, but that did not translate to the taste. Try as I might, all I could really pull out was the boozy character of the beer - I liked it, but I was expecting something more balanced. Mouthfeel, after it warmed, was slightly creamy and a tad smooth, but first out of the bottle it was quite carbonated. I liked liked this one and would certainly reach for it again during this "cold" FLA winters...

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abstractspirit
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobwor
3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmecca
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MrRB
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't say that I really enjoyed this beer. Near black body with brown foam. The nose is moderately intense and exhibits mostly roasted malt with hazelnut and some faint dark chocolate. The taste is rather dry and savory – little chocolate to speak of. A distinct note of soy lingers on the palate, leading to a slightly astringent finish. A bit austere and one-dimensional. [12 oz. bottle into snifter]

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Photo of pajeff
3.32/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of TerryMills
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fine example if a stout . Has a bit of a weird fruity flavor like cherries maybe . hides the abv well, would drink again but not regularly .

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Photo of tbrax34
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Loved it in 2015. The 2016 version tasted boozier to me and I didn’t enjoy it as much, though it was still very damn good. It’s a winter must have; one of the few reasons to look forward to the cold.

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Photo of izzyismyrott
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Didier
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alexanderplatz
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown, opaque. Tan head fades to lacing.
S: Like the flavor, well balanced between chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Hint of booziness.
T: Well balanced between roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. A hint of sweetness but not as sweet nor as chocolatey as Founders Breakfast Stout. Mild bitterness at finish tastes like baker's chocolate.
F: Medium body.
O: A well made stout.

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Photo of Coho11
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tcsox
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tohibii
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BearBrewing
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkarimi
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kccraftenthusiast
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Herringii
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Dark and soupy in nature.
Smell- Dark roasty. Chocolately and a bit of alcohol.
Taste- Dark chocolate and a bit fruity. Like the smell there’s a bit of alcohol.
Feel- Thick and full.
Overall- Dark, strong, and delicious! The epitome of imperial stout. Everything I love in a beer!

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Photo of gardner254
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,755 ratings
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