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RATINGS: 3358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gnoff (9430) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 First rating, sampled "fresh"
Initial Rating Date: 3/8/2006 1:26:01 PM - UPDATED 8/20/2011
Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget".
Very dark brown/black color, pretty much non-see through. Beautiful big lasting creamy brwon head. Sweet scent with roasted coffee and some chocolate. Some alcohol when sniffing deep. Very big body. Roasted and burnt flavors. A little sour and also some initial bitterness. Long burnt aftertaste.

Second rating
05-06 version
(Bottle 12 Fl Oz)
At Star Bowling, Göteborg
Black color, brown head. Fruity, raissin, metallic, smoke and acidic scent. Acidic smooth chocolate and alcohol with raissins taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Long roasted coffee aftertaste.

Rerate (Bottled, thanks to ekstedt!) On November 14, 2008. Blind tasting. Black color, light brown head. Sweet, raissin, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol, roasted taste. Full to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Also butterscotch scent. 8/4/7/4/16=3.9

09/10 vintage, bought a good while back from Systembolaget, 355 ml bottle. Sampled on September 16, 2012
Marked 10.0% ABV
BB Oct 2012
Black color, huge brown forthy lasting head, leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Sweet, chocolate, grains, alcohol, some raissins scent. Salty, grainy, roasted, alcohol, sweet, bitter, cocoa taste. Roasted, dry, grainy aftertaste. Rich, smooth, thick mouthfeel. Medium high fairly dry lasting bitterness. Very nice, keeps well. Some warming from the alcohol.

Sampeld the three versions 09-10, 08-09, 07-08 against each other on November 9, 2012.
The 09-10 version felt the best for me, the "roundest" most drinkable, smoothest one. The 08-09 was the worst right now of the three, being rather harsh and focusing a lot on the alcohol. The 07-08 was OK, the middle of these ones at this age. Judging from this experiment I guess I like the ones aged about 3 years well more than older ones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
When I’m absolutely thirsting for an Imperial stout, in rolls number 38. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. When I first had this one, it was in my beer infancy. I bought of case back home in Pennsylvania thinking that the stout style was limited in body and taste to what I had come accustomed to in, say, Guinness. So I bought this, plus I like the idea of the chocolate as a novelty. That was way back in 2000. I was disappointed back then, but I blame that on my taste not being refined. I wish that I still had some of the 20 or more bottles that I left behind. But alas! This is rich and delicious, a fantastic dessert beer. And I can testify to the fact that it’s truly awesome with vanilla ice cream.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2006
(’04/’05 bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) This is an elegant pour - almost jet black, but actually very, very dark brown with small tight tan head. Aroma is great - dark chocolate, molasses, raisins. Some fine lacing, but a little sloppy. Mouthfeel very, very smooth, a little dry. Flavor of dark chocolate, light molasses and a sweet alcohol presence. The alcohol apparency knocks this down a bit but it’s still an excellent beer. Rich, roasty, sweet and chocolatey.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer offers the nose a very robust aroma consisting of chocolate, coffee, and malt. It fills the glass with a black solution that settles under a decent almond colored head. This moderately thick beer enters the mouth smooth. The taste is an infusion of creamy chocolate, coffee, anise, and vanilla. The aftertaste produces a little bit of a bitter chocolate taste that lingers well after the solution has passed down the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Tasted from a bottle compliments of acertain. Very dark black, decent head. Chocolate aroma with a little espresso. Taste mirrors the aroma, but with the alcohol poking through for sure. Very good....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2006
"Poured sooo dark black. Thing light brown head. Aroma was cbocolate and some roasted. Flavor was perftect chocolate malts bitter roastedness towards the end slighty hoped. Smooth but thick mouthfeel.Good good"

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbomb (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Extreme dark chocolate all around-hardly any head-what little of it is brown-smells like ground zero of a dark chocolate factory explosion, cocoa, espresso, and alcohol- taste is the same and is super rich and smooth-ive tried this cellared for ~8 months and it only gets smoother-if youre into really dark beers, this is a must.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (5178) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Pours a very nice black and has a great brown head. This is a great stout. Has a little chocolate tast as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Bottle. Deep dark brown color with a brown head that dissipated evenly to leave a lacey surface and glass. Aroma of strong malts, with chocolate and coffee, and alcohol. Smooth and low carbonation. Full-bodied, giving roasted malt flavor, and was complex. Chocolate and coffee flavors as well. Alcohol aftertaste accompanied the lingering malts. Still a pleasant beer that was complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bingpint (1) - USA - FEB 24, 2006 does not count
Sweet and tangy coffee on the tongue, bitter burnt sugar finish. Nice mouth-coating, smooth carbonation, noticeable alcohol. At a $1.25/bottle this is one of my favorite beers.

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