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RATINGS: 3127   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Manko (5) - Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2004 does not count
Beginners: Let this one warm up... Made a big mistake in not setting the bottles out to take the chill out. After the first beer I was calling some co-workers who raved over this beer. Bottle #2... HELLO! I get it now, Great Beer, enough said...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (953) - USA - OCT 5, 2004
Extremely dark color with nice tan head. Fairly easy up front, but a nice backing with a fairly bitter aftertaste. Taste is roasted malts with some chocolate, and a slight alcohol taste without being overpowering. Overall great example of an Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Opaque. Fantastic, evil aroma with notes of mocha, deep dark chcocolate, peanut butter, coffee and roasted malt. This is my ideal Imperial Stout as it had the ingredients that I usually desire. It had lots of deep rich malt notes rather than dark fruitiness that you find in some, yet I thought too much black malt was used in this one. Coffee, chocolate and mocha were present. For the style, this beer is alright.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Thanks Sancho for this outstanding bottle!. Beautiful deep black pour with a great foamy, mocha-brown head. Nose hits me with black licorice and raisens...slight bitter coffee smell...wonderful. Definite raisin and chocolate flavor....with a bit of coffee on the finish. Tastes like it smells., which is great. More I drink the more I get notes of toasted nuts. Iím sad Sancho only sent me one bottle...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
03/04 bottle. Poured into a snifter opaque black with a foamy tan head. The nose is roasty with ints of coacoa. The flavour is not nearly as roasted with great flavours of chocolate and raisin and a nice dry aftertaste. Went very well with some fine dark chocolate.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 25, 2004
Another extremely overrated beer. The initial taste is inviting, but leads to a more charcoal then chocolaty taste. There was a subtle hint of espresso almost, but the dominance of the dark flavors on the palate made it unenjoyable on the whole. It was not that bad, but as far as being rated so well ... give me a break.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 23, 2004
bottle. blacker than my soul with a slight orange head. aroma is alcohol and chocolate, reminiscent of a warm hadful of hershey kisses. strong chocolate taste that has a great hop bight that lends a fantastic balance. there is also a touch of orange flavor that melts in nicely. this was very warming, as i now see it should have been at 8.5% leaves a bit of coffee and of course chocolate in my mouth. Thanks to Tchrome for this one also.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Bottle. Not as chocolateity as Stone which suits me fine. Great example of chocolate stout.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Deep opaque with creamy mocha head. Dark roasted nose with a slight sourness and dark chocolate. Flavors of deep nuttiness with burnt toast lingering for 2+ minutes and turning into espresso.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2011 Bottled Winter of 2003/04; Tasted September 17, 2004: Pours a nice, death black with little head. Very obvious chocolate nose present with a medium malt presense. Kind of a burnt chocolate taste. More malts and alcohol, but in a mellowed fashion. Fairly strong. Mighty tasty. 8/4/8/4/17

Re-rating, 10/29/2011: Not sure of the bottle date, but itís from this yearís batch, so quite fresh. Black color with a large, quickly falling head. Chocolatey aroma with some serious alcohol notes. Very sweet chocolate taste at first. The alcohol is definitely not hidden. Light fruity notes. Full bodied. Turns a bit tart after a while in the glass and the chocolate seemed to fade. 7/4/7/4/16


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