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:
#1,496
Reviews:
2,837
Ratings:
6,767
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
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452
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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
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 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

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

12oz bottled 38 days ago poured into a snifter at fridge temp 10% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown with no light penetration. The head is light brown and slow to settle leaving behind significant lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with no one dominant. The taste is smooth dark malt with dark chocolate undertones. The second half of the taste is roasty bitterness with a slight booze presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry. Overall, great imperial stout. I love the balance and the fact that I enjoy this fresh instead of having to age several years like some other RIS. Recommended.

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

What an amazing stout! This one has a nice bakers chocolate flavor that is not too sweet. Get beer to drink with deserts around the holidays.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let me begin by stating the obvious: this IS a good beer. Pours a dark chocolate with a 1/4”-1/2” tan head and a light lacing. Medium to light carbonation. Definitely an Imperial Stout. Russian Imperial Stout. This beer only gets better as it warms. Chocolate? Think sweet, bitter, and all the variables. Layered. Balanced. Alcohol is all there, but not overwhelming. Excellent with cheeses or charcuterie. Think Fall/Winter weather setting. I could not possibly drink more than one in a sitting: or could I ??? I could.
10.0 % ABV
Note: did I underrate this beer?

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

Photo of gooddaydiablo
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ghbishop
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth for a 10% ABV stout. Wish it was all year.

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Photo of beyondthepalace
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Super black with minimal head. No upfront punch like with most Russian Imperials but not sure if it was a good thing with this. Taste was smooth but only minimal chocolate notes buried within the beer. An enjoyable drink but maybe one that I should have sat on for a while.

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Photo of liquorpig
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DragonsMilk
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has a distinct sour flavor in the aftertaste that I had previously come to associate as a product of barrel aging because I have only tasted it in four other beers, Schlafly Imperial Stout, Boulevard Imperial Stout, Odell Woodcut, and Gulden Draak Barrel aged. I don't know if its from the yeast, hops, or the malt.

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Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,767 ratings