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RATINGS: 3251   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2005
Winter 03 04 Bottle. Pitch black pour, small tan head. Wonderful aroma of roasted coffee beans, red wine, and rich dark chocolate - very nice. Mouthfeel is very full and active - not syrupy like some imperial stouts can be. The taste is one of the most full flavoured beers I have ever tried and somehow seems very original despite standard excellent imperial stouts characteristics; tons of roasted coffee bean flavours and a good mix of cocoa, well balanced with some alcohol and slight bitterness at the end. Lovely lingering roasted flavours. Wow, full of flavour and original, a fantastic beer, very grateful my wife picked this up on a recent trip to New York City.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blanstuf (16) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Yummy! Enjoy this with a good chocolate chip cookie. Dark as pop syrup with no visibility. Strong taste at first and finishes with a weaker coffee taste. Enjoy one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Original rating 6/4/7/4/16=3.7 - 12oz - Winter 2004 - Aroma is roasted chocolate malt and black licorice. Pours a solid black with a small brown ring for head and great lacing. Flavor is strong roasted malt, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Palate is creamy and smooth. Very tasty stout. I think a year or two will clear out the alcohol to make it even better.

RE-RATE same vintage as first rating, just a year later. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and black licorice. Flavor is strong roasted dark malts, coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Palate is creamy and smooth. The alcohol has faded substantially and lets the true flavor shine. It is still warming letting you know it’s there, but it does not control the experience. A truly great imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - OCT 22, 2005
finally i got my hand on this babe, which will be my next batch of homebrew. fortunately, it does not dissapoint me. jet black w/ brown head. chocolate aroma, as advertised, with hints of roasted malt currant. sweet, creamy and ... tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Poured a thick jet black color with virtually no head, though some mild carbonation near the surface. Aroma is rich roasted caramely malts, roasted nuts, and chocolately mocha goodness. Flavor is incredibly chocolately, roasted malts, slight roasted nut undertone, slight liqorice, and some warming alcohol flavor. Overall, this is one of the best imperial stouts ive tried to date.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bipolarbear (6) - Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2005 does not count
05-06. Ohhhhhh yessssss. Pours a little like syrup. No head to speak of. Aroma reminds me of a cool evening at a bonfire. Smokey, dark chocolately smoothness. Like drinking chocolate velvet. Nice bitter aftertaste, much more enjoyable than Rasputin Stout. Have a bit of a cold...will try again at a later time. I got a case for $28.00. This price blows the doors off similar types of beers costing in the $9 to 12 dollar a six range.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Finally have a chance to try this stout with the fall months rolling in, and it did NOT disappoint. Dark brown pour with a gorgeous (but small) dark tan head. Taste is deep and smoky, with some sweet malt notes but only enough to balance out the closing bitterness and alcohol. As solid as it gets from the glorious Imperial style.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Pours black with a thin tan head (almost no head though). Aroma has a lot of coffee and chocolate as excpected. Flavor is a little bit sour at first, with some nice coffee flavors followed by chocolate flavor. the finish is medium long and bitter. A well done and nicely balanced Stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 ’05-’06. Pours black with large creamy tan head, that gradually fades to a cover, nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roasted notes. Initial flavor is bitter coffee and dark chocolate, this gives way to a some sweeter chocolates, dark fruit and toffee flavors underneath. Full bodied, thick and chewy, a bit on the syrupy side. The finish is bitter, burnt, acidic coffee and alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle (Winter ’04-’05). Picture-perfect deep black pour with a wonderful creamy caramel-colored head... which unfortunately didn’t stick around for too long. Rich aroma of sweet and dark chocolates, toffee, caramel, and lots of roastiness. Dark chocolate leaves a great first impression in the mouth. Smooth, creamy, and medium-heavy bodied on the palate. Other flavors included caramel, toffee, roasted barley, and some coffee-like bitterness. Finish was long, roasty, and chocolatey. Alcohol didn’t play too much a part in the flavor, but it provided some warmth in the finish. Excellent stout!


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