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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:
#1,472
Reviews:
2,833
Ratings:
6,755
pDev:
10.36%
Bros Score:
4.09
 
 
Wants:
450
Gots:
1,501
Trade:
48
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Ratings: 6,755 |  Reviews: 2,833
Photo of MCain04
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brooklyn black chocolate

winter 12-13. 13 oz snifter.

a: dark brown, close to black. dark tan head, 1 finger. little to no lacing. 3.75

s: coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, a hint of sour citrus. 4

t: up front a lot of sourness, acidity, and citrus. not much coffee. chocolate on the back and and lingers, but so does the acidity. not very much heat at all. 3.5

m: medium-high carbonation. not as thick and chewy feel as I'd prefer. 3.75

o: I'd heard this was a good value, like old Rasputin, quality for little cost. this doesn't come close to OR. Only $8 for a 4 pack but I would say paying anything more would be inappropriate. I probably will pass on this in the future, but for $2, this 10%abv chocolate stout was decent. 3.75

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, motor oil pour, with a whipped, creamy tannish head, which will hold it's own throughout. Some chocolate malts, plums, dark roast coffee beans on the nose, quite pleasant. An incredible first impression beverage. Big bodied brew, almost syrupy up front; the initial twange is a combo of burnt/roasted malts, chocolate, coffee beans and a touch of alcohol noted. As she warms, the alchol is a bit more noticeable, a citric hop character comes through, dark fruit notes as well. Finishes with a smokey presence and bitter burnt malts; the burnt flavors are a bit overpowering to make this drinkable, but it is a beer to cherish.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a decent head and a nice lace. The aroma is of alcohol,chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is malts,chocolate,coffee,some hops and some bitterness.
The overall feel is syrupy,heavy and surprisingly creamy and smooth. I say surprisingly because it poured like oil and molasses. I envisioned it would stick to my throat. Well,it was carbonated correctly and the taste is pretty good as it warms.

Notes: Serve at cellar temp and this is a good beer to cellar so put a few away. I have to say that I have taken the same approach with this beer as with "Monster". Do not want to sip on them. The alcohol is just too strong. Some bottles taste burnt. I will wait.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Russian Imperial Stout from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This stout poured a dark black color, produced a light brown head, featured excellent retention and left a very nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of dark chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, and some grape/wine like fruitiness. Full bodied, this stout was extremely smooth and creamy. Very nice mouthfeel. Foundation of roasted malt, espresso beans, dark chocolate, alcohol, and grape/prune fruitiness. I would classify this brew as a winter warmer- something to keep handy on the first blustery cold night in December. Excellent example of the style, its a big beer but not so big that you have to force your self to finish the session. Overall...outstanding.

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Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

05 - 06 Version. Much anticipated!!

A - 1" dense tan head. Absolute darkness. Black and no light will penetrate. The head retains for a little while at 1/4". Surprising nice lace left behind.

S - Rich, thick malt. Rum. Sweet fruit. Coffee. Alcohol.

T - Bitter chocolate. Caramel. Molasses. Coffee. Chocolate syrup. Malt. Smoke? Nuttiness. Earthy. Boozy flavor explosion in the finish. Complex.

M - Huge, thick mouthfeel. Syrup. Low carbonation. Long, long finish.

D - Outstanding!! Wonderful drinkability. The best RIS or Double Stout that I have ever had. Great right now!!!! Thank you xcjetta!

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'01-'02: This is a pretty good stout. The only downside is that it is not as chocolatey as I would have thought. Other than that, the aroma (coffee maybe), color (pitch black), and head (not too thick), which makes this stout a decent pick. Another solid brew from the Brooklyn Brewery.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid beer from the Brooklyn Brewery. This is pretty much your textbook stout, fits the style perfectly, but yet has it's own personality. Blackish brown color, little to no head though. I love to smell paint in a beer, and I smell it in this one. Nice. There's also a ton of roasted barley and chocolate malt scents combining with hints of dark cherries and raisins. Taste is very delicate and desert-like. So sweet, with a nice chocolate quality stepping up to the plate, but not dominting the whole beer. Richly complex. I can definately taste the "double" in this double chocolate stout. A nice kick of warming alcohol as it goes down the throat, but not really detectable in the taste. Velvety smooth creamy mouthfeel, excellent. I've had this one on draft too which gives it a little more carbonation, which might slightly edge out this bottled version. Either way, this is a sturdy beer that would be pretty hard for any beer drinker to find fault in. Good stuff.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thick opaque black with smallish tan head that laces moderately.

S- Chocolate and molasses, sweeter than most. Not a whole lot of coffee, some alcohol.

T- Chocolate, alcohol, toffee, a bit of roasted malt on the finish. With time the chocolate has mellowed, giving way to a raisin/toffee/roasted flavor. Definitely a different beast than before. Alcohol still apparent. A bit spicy on the finish--almost oaky.

M- Creamy, but lighter than I had hoped for. Astringent finish.

D- Fresh on-tap or aged, this is a damn good beer. I think I prefer the aged bottle version, just because there are more interesting flavors present. Good stuff. Goes down smooth.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, black, no light coming through this one. Decent bubbly head sits on top, leaving silky lacing down the sides of a tulip glass.

Well roasted malts and bit of alcohol come through on the nose. Further inspection leads to some hoppy earth notes mixed with chocolate syrup, but the chocolate notes are fairly subdued.

Burnt, bitter, dark malts ride in on a fairly smooth, creamy body. The chocolate malts are definitely in full force, but the actual chocolate flavor does not really appear until the end of the taste. On the finish, as the warming alcohol clears, a nice, dry, almost chalky, dark-chocolate taste balances on my tongue until I tip back the glass for another taste of this delicious stout. Not really sure what hops were used in this brew, but they jump in and out from time to time. Never really taking the main stage, but leaving a touch of earthy bitterness that pairs well with the dessert like qualities of this beer.

The mouthfeel is quite good. Maybe a little thinner than other RIS's around the 10% ABV range. However, this beer is very drinkable. There is enough bitter flavor to play down the richness of the beer, which allows you to have more than one of these in a sitting if you like.

All in all, I think Brooklyn Brewery did a great job with this beer. They managed to straddle the chocolate stout / RIS categories and come up with something that is very enjoyable. I've only got one of these left, so hopefully I can pick up a few more next time I'm at the candy shop. A tasty and classy brew for the winter holidays.

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Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of hoppy91
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of happygnome
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a jet black color with about a good inch of head that doesnt disappear quickly at all. there is stick lacing left on the side of the glass as the level of beer drops
s: sweet chocolate malts accompanied by hints of roasted malts
t: sweet chocolate roated malts very nice
m: full bodied beer with some chewiness factor

overall a wonderful beer i wish i could get around here

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Photo of damienblack
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and viscous, with a head the color of cocoa powder. Lacing sticks around the glass. Jet black, this beer looks alive, with good carbonation. Smells strongly of chocolate, but not overpoweringly so. Also Hints at coffee and ever-so-slight fruit (banana?) to follow.

The initial taste is indeed coffee, though well in balance with the malt sweetness. Chocolate comes through more on the back palate, as the beer is on its way down. Pretty no hop profile that I can detect, which is just fine by me given the style. As the beer is warming, the sweet chocolate profile comes out more and the coffee takes a back seat. BCS coats the palate, and the chocolate taste lingers, though just enough to hint at what you just experience without being overpowering. There really isn't much of a "burnt" characteristic either, which is a pleasant surprise for me. If anything, while hard to put into words, this reinforces the "live" feeling my nose and eyes get as well.

Most surprising for me is the drinkibility. This is a very drinkable beer. It's carbonated enough to keep it from feeling stale, and the alcohol presence, while detectable, is subdued enough to make drinking easy. Some cellaring time can only reinforce this. Kudos to Garrett and the BB crew for an immensely enjoyable RIS.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout

Appearance: Black with a smaller head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Hops, roasted malts, and some chocolate.

Taste: Chocolate, roasted malts, and floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy, but not like syrup.

Bottom line:
This is a very well crafted beer. It is very hard to tell that this is 10% ABV by how smooth and flavorful it is. To me, it seems like a much more flavorful and alcoholic Guinness.

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Photo of 21Maestro8
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ER527
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Overall, the taste is very underwhelming. The initial flavors are not there, the roasty finish and chocolate notes save it. The syrupy and thick mouthful was unique as it was slick at the same time. Interesting.

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Photo of cowboy83
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bconsidine
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of JxExM
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of theboozecruise
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one at the 'Butcher' restaurant/deli/meat market in New Orleans, they served it ice cold with a frosted whiskey sipping glass, which was unusual. I like the small glass for the beer, but frosted was strange. Fortunately I had to wait for the food so I let the beer warm up some and the glass defrost before drinking.

It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head... nothing special, but I know this isn't really the optimal glass for the beer. I think in a pint glass where the head could develop during a full pour this would be a better looking beer.

The smell is bitter chocolate, delicious. The taste is more of the same... it's still a little colder than it should be but I can taste the bitterness of the chocolate with hints of spice and a slight sting of alcohol. Definitely a good one.

As for drinkability, would I order another one? I didn't this time, but in the future, absolutely I'd go for another one of these.

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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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