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RATINGS: 3263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
Bottle Winter 03-04. Sampled at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana beer club courtesy of Edward. I remember having the 02-03 version not too long ago and being wowwed (if such a word exists), so perhaps this one just needs another year. It was tasty, not as magnificent as I remembered it earlier in my pre-rating days. Regardless, it defines the style "chocolate stout" and balances both characteristics marvously. Packed with dark chocolate and richness, it certainly warrants its status in the Top100 list. Its viscous and chewy, fudgy and sweet. A nice beer overall, and one that I need to return to again after some more time in the cellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Poured from a bottle I acquired in a trade from Eyedrinkale. This oneís a winter 03-04 bottle. It pours into my snifter to a viscous black body with a nice brown head. Good lacing. The aroma is full of rich chocolates, barley, port wine. Very robust and delicious. Rich chocolate truffles, coffee, molasses, dark fruits, port wine. The finish has some charcoal characteristics. Very delicious. The palate is thick, medium carbonation, dry, very good.

How do I get more of this????!??!?!

This is one hell of a tasty beer. If you want to throw it in a trade, Iíll gladly accept this delicious brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Puddleglum (16) - Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2005
This is a nice surprise. I have had other Brooklyn Brewery products and was never let down, but this is their clean-up hitter for sure. The appearance was black and opaque with almost no head up front and soon fizzled away to nothing. Other than that it was all quite good. The aroma was of chocolate and espresso with a sweet and sour topnote and other brown notes. The flavor was just as good with a strong Molasses back on it that took away a little. The carbonation was low but he beer was quite drinkable. Itís going to be a good winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Pours a pitch black with a dissappointingly small head. Aroma is big on the coffee/mocha, though doesnít really pack a punch. That is sure made up in the flavor though, which is huge chocholate, coffee, some lemon, cinnamon perhaps. Super creamy and super rich and oh so good. And for $7 for a 6-pack (!), this really canít be beat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
endersworld (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2005 does not count
Nice sweet soft smell. Lives up to its name with a very dark, nearly black appearance and a dark tan creamy head. Roasted chocolate was not as powerful as I would have imagined but still quite powerful, and alcohol was slightly noticeable. I thought the aftertaste was good bittersweet that was not overpowering. Has a creamy soft feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HogTownHarry (6302) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2005
Bottle (12oz). Poured oily dark brown-black with a huge foamy-creamy lasting brown head - lacing, even! Dark chocolate aroma, some hops, heavily roasted malt, some mushroomy notes, even table cream and a hint of sour fruits. Taste is very bitter chocolate, some anise, stewed prunes and raisins, hop bitterness evolves, but still quite dark malt-sweet - hint of dairy (cheese? cream?) and pinecone. Finishes with a chocolate/coffee bitter note, but still very balanced. Mouthfeel lovely creamy smooth, medium body, hides the alcohol completely. Great stout - so easy to drink, for once I was WANTING a bomber of a stout ... highly recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4147) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
Bottle purchased for Plan B, Copenhagen. Dark choc aroma. Oil colour, mit a relatively dark brown head. Very nice chocolate flavour - especially through the middle of the tongue. A bit of fizzy froth to finish and a touch of flatness on the beginning. Generally very good, and the strength comes through at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Thanks to my boy Tom for this one. Poured a viscous black with little brown head. Very pleasing aromas of chocolate covered raisons and coffee. Extremely creamy chocolatey malty goodness. The creamyness is cut by an alcoholic twang and a bitter coffee finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Bottle from Brad. Oily black w/ tan head. Head is creamy and thick. Nose of bourbon and whiskey w/ a slight hint of milk chocolate. Taste is velvety chocolate w/ a great bitterness and bite in the end. lots of chocolate, light bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2005
12 oz. bottle: Pours an opaque black with a tall hilly brown head. Aromas were rather mellow, no outstanding chocolate scents, mostly roasty notes on top of a solid malt backbone. Flavor seems to showcase the dark chocolate a bitter more with a dry bitter sweetness, still lots of roast. Heavy and coating mouthfeel, finishes slightly dry and sweet.

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