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RATINGS: 3258   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Winter 05-06 bottled version pours black as coal. Chocolate aroma with dark brown head that quickly diminishes. Dark chocalate palate that gives way to big alcohol spiciness on the back of the tongue. Needs a little aging?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2005-06 version. Pours a motor oil black color with a tiny beige head that fades quickly. Aroma is malty with dark chocolate. Flavor is a mixture of dark chocolate, malts, black licorice,prunes and banana. Great stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (3958) - - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 2006-7. black. minimal brown head. potent chocolate and roasted malts. palate starts sweet with alcohol then dries out and becomes roasted and chocolaty. 2007-8. cellared 1 year. black with a small brown head. dark chocolate aroma with some noticeable alcohol. flavor is chocolaty with some sweetness and molasses and raisins. flavor has rounded out but aroma is still boozy. 2008-9. sampled alongside 07-08. chocolate with alcohol aroma. body is slightly thinner than the 07. sharper carbonation. not as smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3281) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2005
Brown, medium size and medium lasting head. Solid black body. Aroma of roasted bitter chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice and malt in the flavour. Some sweetness. Dominating alcohol. The palate was thinner than Id expected. Smokey and bitter aftertaste. I have waited a long time to be able to get my fingers in this one - maybe Im a little disappointed.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 I love a chocolate stout, and I love a high gravity beer, but this chocolate stout was entirely too alcoholy for my taste. Definitely try this beer out, for it might just be me, considering the overwhelmingly high ratings.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 Bottled 2005 version. Pours an extremely thick black color with a small caramel head. Good lacing throughout. Coffee, chocolate, nuts, and a definite hop presence. Absolutely delicious flavor with dark chocolate dominating. Impressive hop presence and no trace of alcohol. Its amazing that there is no added chocolate to this. Truly divine and rather affordable. Ill definitely have to keep some of these stored away. I wish this was always available.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 Phenomenal imperial stout, and reasonably priced (I paid 8 bucks for a six pack). Don’t waste time, just go buy it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
First time in several years Ive had this. Opaque jet black with a small tn head. The aroma is hoppy, roasty, a little sweet and slightly alcoholy. The flavor is very full, with hops and roasted malt up front, but with a little alcohol burn after and finishes slightly sweet. Not my top favorite Imperial Stout, but one I would happily drink again. Recommended.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2006 Pours deep black with dark brown head. Smells of roasted barley, dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and faint alcohol. I love chocolate but I love chocolate beer more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Draft, Baja Bean, Staunton VA. Black with dark brown head. Aromas of roasted barley, dark bitter chocolate, coffee, and faint alcohol. Flavor follows-- very rich, almost velvety chocolate smoothness, with a nice kick of roasted malt and enough alcohol to sustain it all. Our downtown area kicks off its holiday shopping season with a night of shops offering champagne and chocolates. After some truffles and a bit of the bubbly, this beer falls in quite nicely!


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