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RATINGS: 3077   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, our award-winning rendition of the Imperial Stout style once made exclusively for Catherine the Great. We use three mashes to brew each batch of this beer, achieving a luscious deep dark chocolate flavor through a blend of specialty roasted malts. We brew it every year for the winter season. It is delicious when newly bottled, but also ages beautifully for years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 Pours thick and black as hell! Looks like dirty motor oil! Lovely! Smells of deep dark chocolate. Very yummy. Flavor is dark chocolate, with a bit of cordial wrapped around the insides. VERY luscious, very delicios, very smooth, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1389) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Deep brown, nearly black in the glass, with a half-inch brown head. Lots of fine lacing. Aromas of malt and chocolate, same in flavor,with a rich bite up front on the palate and a somewhat bitter finish of chicory and toast. Not overly thick, but not watery or thin, either. A fine example of the Imperial Stout and an excellent winter brew with a dessert, or really, any time. I agree with other tasters who find this beer dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4812) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Bottle: Beer #200. Aroma is strong coffee and light dark chocolate. Dark brown, virtually black. Very little head. Strong coffee flavor combined with light chocolate and light alcohol. Moderate bitter coffee aftertaste with light chocolate. The fact that this cane chilled with a chilled glass could have hurt the rating a little. Waited for it to warm a little and flavor changed slightly for the better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6602) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Dark, jet-black. Medium head. Lots of crispy, roasted malt in the aroma and flavor. Perhaps a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
Black with nice brown head. Full-flavoured with freshly ground coffee beans predominating. Notes of old english liqourice and tar!?! Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Pours with marked viscosity, slight head retention but durable carbonation. Obsidian color (with apologies to Deschutes) only suggests the massive malt flavor, dominated by chocolate malt with black and brown malt notes and a slight (yeast-induced) tartness. Perhaps a higher hop content would offset the malt volume, but I found this somewhat difficult to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Opaque black and brown body was capped by a decent sized brown head, which dissipated soon. The aroma was roasty with chocolate and caramel. There was also a wine like alcohol aroma present. The taste was intensely dry, with the dark roasted malt, dark skinned fruit, chocolate malt, and raisins vying for attention. The alcohol provided a spicy warming backdrop. A very good 2003-2004 bottle via a trade from BeerAdvocate spritdeus, and thankfully now available in Georgia for a much cheaper indulgence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SED43 (23) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2004
I have the ’03-04 version of this brew. Malted chocolate with hints of cherry and an a nutty coffee bouquet in the nose. Dark color no transparency even when held to bright household lighting. Big lovely dark tan head that laces the glass nicely of a snifter. Strong full bodied flavor mostly roasted coffee with hints of chocolate and cherry. Not what I explected when it came to the mouth a bit thin for my like. Still packed a nice kick in the pants. If it were just a little mouthier I would have given it a 5/5. For the conclusion. There are better choco stout’s. This one is definatly a good choice maybe slightly over rated. Because of the accessibilty Noting my score. And location.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Fresh winter 04/05 bottle. Ultra deep black, dark tan regenerating creamy head. Bitter-sweet chocolate, toffee brittle, roasted coffee, with a very slight berry / vinous quality in the nose. The flavor is fantastic with burnt bitter-sweet chocolate, french roast coffee and cream, with a decent shot of hops balancing out the sweet malt bill. Full bodied, fizzy carbonation, lengthy bitter, semi-dry, warming finish. Always a winner for sippin round the roaring fireplace. A great Impy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastdog75 (362) - Brick, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Winter ’03-’04 edition. A deep, rich, intense stout, definitely a sipping beer all the way. Some notes of chocolate in there, but the flavor mostly consisted of dark roasted coffee, almost espresso like. Alcohol is present in the flavor but it is not overbearing. A very nice brew altogether.

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