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:
#1,545
Reviews:
2,838
Ratings:
6,775
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
458
Gots:
1,504
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,775 |  Reviews: 2,838
Photo of DigitGrowler
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jvillefan
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cwkash
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BLarson31
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very well balanced Russian Imperial Stout. The intense sweetness is balanced by enough bitterness from the hops and dark chocolate. Very nice creamy mouthfeel and a nice velvet-like finish. A great beer and a surprisingly easy to drink stout despite the high ABV!

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Photo of LeftyMike
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of cbb77
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of durwood64
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trombone69
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RareJugPirate
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Can Can in Richmond, VA. Paired very well with the Creme Brulee. Good mouth feel. Enjoyed the chocolate notes as well as a smoky finish. Smell was a little underwhelming compared to similar stouts. Overall a good beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of Niceroad77
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zbelair
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Andarel
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Limited seasonal stout is booming with delicious dark chocolate notes. 10% ABV comes out of nowhere with a pleasant finish. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Bryan12345
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Neck is stamped '2787 15:25'. Below label is stamped '4121274170140'.
Black colored body, with very dark highlights when presented to light. Persistent tan cap. Some spots of lacing.
Aroma is roasty and toasty malts, with a little dark chocolate. A touch of toffee.
Taste is mostly dark chocolate, with oak and tannins. A little soy and vanilla.
Super smooth mouth feel, somewhat dry.
A very easy sipping higher ABV stout, with very tasty chocolate taste, along with others that blend in well. Somewhat sweet as a dessert beer, but would fare well in conjunction with red meat and strong cheese.

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Photo of Duncian
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours a jet black color with uprising head bubbles(as I have only seen in Guinness on draft)Smells oaky,toasty,vanilla,chocolate toffee.Tastes amazing. The viscosity matches the beers balls. Overall might be my favorite Imperial stout hands down!!

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Photo of ZorroZ
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Jet black. Beautiful. A thin head that sticks to the side of the glass as it dissipates.
Smell: Surprisingly little smell to this; I'd expected a wallop of chocolate, hops, and malted barley, especially given the brewery's description. Despite the high ABV, you don't get a strong whiff of alcohol off of this.
Taste: My, oh, my, is that nice! Chocolate predominates, as one would expect, but the malt and hops come through subtly afterwards.
Feel: Very nice body to this beer. Not too "thick" feeling as some stouts are.

A friend of mine has raved about Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout for years. Now, I can see why.

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

Pours dark black with dark tan head that lingers and leaves plenty of lacing. Rich chocolate, coffee and malts on the nose - taste follows with some bitter-sweetness on the finish. The 10% is disguised well, great balance to this beer.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head great lacing. Nose is chocolate , licorice and ever-so-slightly coffee. Taste is very much the same, it has nice sweet start but then goes into a lingering bitter finish.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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