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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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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 6,771 ratings