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RATINGS: 3109   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2004
In a taste test by a panel of experts (me, myself, and I) between 3 "chocolate stouts", Young’s came on top as the chocolatiest, but this mamma jamma was deemed the superior stout! Rich mocha flavor wafts out of the bottleneck from the moment the cap snaps off! Oh, this is going to be good! The color is as black as strap molasses, with a rich bubbling, simmering, dark brown, puddingish head. THIS is STOUT! Already, it seems like a glass of melted chocolate! Aroma is gorgeous! Sublime! Soft, creamy, yet intense with cocoa, like sticking your face deep into a bag of the stuff, but still, somehow, subtle. Mouthfeel is powerful, thick, viscous, chewy. When people speak of smoothness as a supreme adjective for any sort of beverage, I reply that I like roughness now and then. (I am, after all, the inventor of The Gilded Platypus, a cocktail contrived of tequila, Yukon Jack, Irish Mist, and sweet vermouth!) This is what I’m talking about! There are several hurdles for the palate to play with, little bites and burps and gurgles, all the things that make beer drinking my favorite hobby. Many flavors mingle in the mouth, many associations gather in the mind, but largely the feeling is of a burnt cognac, a hot dark rum, and licoriceleatherespressoetceterainto infinity... Many waves crash again and again on the palate, many happy moments occur as the rough dealings of the day are forgotten and I am lost in this wondrous, darkly beautiful, and frankly ass-kickin’ stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2005 First had this on a camping trip last summer (I think) . Definitely have had it a few more times, but never rated. This really is an excellent beer. A very nice Imperial Stout as well, but not the best I’ve had. Maybe a little too alchohol tasting for being so rich. Very filling. Still excellent overall Update 5/17/05 3 years later, the ’02-’03 bottling is still amazing, if not more so Beauteous

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - AUG 23, 2004
8/7/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, OH 5/28/04. 2003-2004 Vintage. Pours a dark, inky brown-black. Not completely opaque, but very dark. Head is dark tan, tight but uneven. Lacing is very nice, slow and tight. Decently sticky, looking like shimmering gold foil. Nose of chocolate pudding, not much else. Disappointingly little in the way of dark malts, roast or burnt aromas. But there is a hint of sugar. Flavor is BIG roast. Surprising. But somehow still disappointing. It’s a thin roastiness-- not a luscious, full roasty flavor or body that I want in a good imperial. There’s a touch of sugar there, a rich chocolate concentrate flavor, and an acidic, dry roastiness-- almost like imitation "roast" flavoring with unrefined cocoa powder added. Body is blah. Watery, medium. Nice carbonation, but it sort of blows out your mouth. Not even close to full enough to compete with the better imperials. Too much damn alcohol on it too, especially for having "only" 8.5%. Finish is medium-long with some sweet treacle and not all that great. It’s a decent beer, but I expected much more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Bottle Pours black with a dark tan head that leaves some determined lacing. Aroma is of tanned leather, licorice and of course chocolate, but not as much as I expected, and prunes. Flavor is coffee bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, and charcoal. Finish is a bit more bitter than I expected, but the feel is rich and appropriately heavy. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kathouse (1069) - Nevada, USA - AUG 3, 2004
A deep brown hue has a nice foam that quickly disappeared into a thin layer. Dark, rich, chocolate malts, coffee and molasses oozed from the glass. Nice thick mouthfeel with good carbonation. A little more bitter than I care for. Alcohol is nicely masked, but still noticeable. Lasting finish would go great with dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lAlpedHuez (11) - Brookville Hollow, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 Yum. A meal -- and a desert -- in a bottle. Ooops -- seems I need more characters (I would have thought yum and sinful covered it, given that the objective cgaracteristics have been adequately outlined by others below). How ’bout: "was it good for you too?"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Pours a thick oily dark roast coffee color. Wonderful head with tan and beige hues. Thick body and mouthfeel masks any taste of alcohol. Just a beauty of a brew from prsentation to flavor to even the label.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoosierDadday (13) - USA - JUL 24, 2004
The flavor is good, and it’s just about the only thing about the beer I wouldn’t describe as terrific. The scent is almost a mochachino/beer. Taste is a little bitter, but still a very good stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 22, 2004
A sight of beauty, thick mocha head, espresso body. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, cream, alcohol. Taste is of Bitter Chocolate and malt. Somewhat dissapointed, but a good beer none the less. Thanks to EyeDrinkAle for this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2004
tried this in winter. awesome stout. you get assalted with chocolate favor. just great. very dark. creamy head.

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