Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout | Brooklyn Brewery

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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: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from 2012 poured into an oversized tulip glass.

A - Pitch black motor oil that produces a large chocolate/mocha head. It definitely doesn't let any light through.

S - Dark bittersweet chocolate with dark roasted coffee.

T - Semi-sweet dark chocolate (reminds me of a dark chocolate Hershey's bar), roasted dark coffee beans, and mild bitterness. With a year in the bottle, the alcohol has really mellowed out. When I had a bottle from this batch a year ago, it was extremely boozy, but this is much more balanced.

M - Thick, syrupy body that clings all over the mouth, and low carbonation. Only a slight hint of alcohol. Somewhat chewy.

O - I'm glad I decided to keep this bottle from last year, as my main complaint about it last year was that it was so boozy. The alcohol mellowed out and allowed the dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors to come through more. I'd love to age this even longer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big black beer which pours not too thick and not too thin. Hefty dark brown head forms initially hen subsides to a thin lace.

Obvious chocolate influence in he aroma but plenty of roast for that stout heft and a bit of char and alcohol in the background.

Well rounded with lots of dark malt character. A bit grainy at times and some alcohol in the finish but generally a really fitting desert beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint. 12-13 vintage. Aged a year.

A - Beautiful brown, foamy head, with lots of lacing. Keeps its head for quite a while.

S - Nice, only slightly bitter, and mild dark chocolate aroma.

T - Very smooth. Only a hint of bitterness and much less alcohol heat than when fresh. Another year might have made it even smoother, but I don't think it's really that necessary. Goes down much easier when aged.

M - Nice medium to full body.

O - I found this disappointing when fresh. Too boozy and bitter. But with a year on it, it changes dramatically. I can see filling up my pantry with more of these and saving for a rainy day (next year). This is what I had hoped the first time. Outstanding.

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