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RATINGS: 3049   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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2005 (on bottle) Yeah, it´s easy to pick on a winner,but I DON´T like the burnt flavours in this stout. Nice beige head and pitch black color, dosen´t help the hard, allmost burning taste of.....burnt stuff. And the chocolate; well the notes are there, but again, too much roasting. RETASTING-03-04 vs 0506. The old one was way more mellow and woody, but also very "tart" and with a harsh finish. The young model was with a high alcohol- and coffeelash in finish.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MattMurphybass (9) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004 does not count
To me it tastes burnt, but it smells great and looks dark as night. The taste was sweet, but not as chocolatey as I expected.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
So damn rich and Chocolatey that I almost shit myself, .....no seriously..

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2004
Pours a deep black color with a great tan head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is filled with sweet chocolate and hints of coffee?. Taste was very smooth and thick, creamy chocolate flavor that ends only slightly bitter. The alcohol taste was very nice and minimal for an imperial stout and there was a slight smokey flavor left afterward. Overall a very amazing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cubedbee (10) - USA - MAY 18, 2004
Deep black color with thin brown head. Strong chocolate aroma. Very creamy in the mouth. Can slightly taste the alcohol but it blends well with the chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (5520) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2004
Bottled at DBF 2004. Black with a brown head. Strong aroma from chocolate and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel. with notes of chocolate and smoke.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesp (13) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Winter 03-04 bottle. Small to medium sized dark brown head. Definitely has that aroma that I love, chocolatey and malty. Wonderful black color, can’t see any light at all. Great mouthfeel, creamy, and some lingering chocolate on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2004 Bottle at DBF 2004. Served too cold. Pitch black, almost no head. Burnt malt and chocolate aroma. Flavor is burnt, some licorice. Creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2004 Winter 03-04 bottle. Small fizzy light-brown head that maintains a decent fizz. Very dark brown/black clear body. Deep chocolate molasses aroma with some hints of cherry licorice (?), blueberry, and whiskey. Bitter fruity chocolate taste. Full of flavor, and a pretty thick body. I think the best part of this beer is that it doesn’t seem like chocolate is added as an adjunct... it seems all from the malt. Drink at 60 degrees.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (381) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2011 04-05 winter bottling. Pitch black w/ dark brown head. Rich chocolate aroma, some plumminess perhaps with a tinge of alcohol. Very silky chocolate flavor. Real delicious stuff. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well masked. Just damn good. Excellent imperial stout.

11-12 Bottling is perhaps the best batch I can recall tasting of this beer.


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