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RATINGS: 3077   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2004
Bottled. Pitch black with a brown head. Big aroma, mostly of roasted malts. Compact, lingering, hoppy flavour of mostly coffee and just small notes of dark chocolate. Syrupy mouthfeel. Wonderful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2004
Thick frothy chocolate head tops a black body. Aroma is roasted chocolate with a slight bitterness. Flavour is chocolate, bittersweet, with a touch of anise. Finish is nicely hopped, tingly and dry. A very yummy winter warmer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
’02-’03, dark black color, short brown head, brussels lace, roasted malt aroma, chocolate, alcohol, strong fruit overtones – very nice; roasted malt and chocolate flavor, alcohol, sweet fruit, slightly bitter and burnt, salty, excellent texture, chewy-oily and rich; ’03-’04, thick syrupy dark black, medium brown head, lace, rich roasted malt aroma, fruits and chocolate, coffee, burnt, peppery, light hints of alcohol, aromas come together very nicely; rich roasted malt, chewy and alcoholic, fruity, chocolate and coffee, burnt with a bitter kick, salty, oily-rich texture – syrup, a meal, a winter treat

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pman (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2004
I've had this at the brewery, and it was the best beer I've ever had. It's a great dessert beer. The high alcohol content is not evident, so be careful it you're going to drive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chupa LaHomebrew (12) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
The body is quite thin, at least compared to other american imperial stouts. I liked it, but it needs a bit of sweetness and body to contrast the bitters. Astringent, roasty, with notes of molasses and raisins. Strangely huge bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1515) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Excellent all around. The chocoalte flavor was more bitter and less sweet, making for a pleasant finish. Well disguised alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2004
A friend brought this to me from NY and i was darn glad he did. Black/opaque in the glass. Strong chocolatey nose. Sweet and fudgy. Excellent paired with red fruits (stawberries, rasberries, etc.) The APV not noticable. Great Beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2006 2003/2004 vintage. damn this beer has a strong smell. when i opened the bottle i went around and cut my lights off so i could relax and rate this before i went to sleep- and when i got back to my desk i could smell this beer before i got to my desk. good good smell. strong smell of coffee and slight chocolate. pours out like motor oil and looks roughly as thick. wow the taste. hot damn this is good. chocolate and coffee flavor with a slight taste of alcohol- not overpowering (similar to old rasp)- awesome flavor. this is a great stout, and i think it should be rated a little higher than it is- but thats my opinion. this is good.

updated - 10 / 31 / 06 - 05 bottle same feeling on the rating, bottle is more than a year old right now. smooth and rich chocolate flavor. very complex and intreguing on the palate. as it warms its almost like eating a chocolate bar. very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
12 oz. bottle, winter 2002/2003 vintage. I'm drinking this now. The pour is as ebony as I've ever seen. I can discern no light through it. Medium head. Strong aroma of molasses, coffee, blackberries, and port wine. One of the strongest aromas I've ever experienced, with a dark brown head (may be the brownest head I've ever seen, too). First sip is heavy, malty, hoppy, tart, and smooth. Definite molasses, maple syrup, black coffee, and prune flavor. The alcohol is disguised well, but I still sense it. This beer is not for the weak of heart or the non stout drinker. Not much lace, but the finish is strong and smooth, with a final kick of blackberry, port wine, and slightly more alcohol. Awesome...just awesome. A hall of famer. One of the few flavor 10s, and one of the highest scores, that I've given. I give minus one tenth for lack of head, and minus two tenths for a slight (very slight) alcohol taste at the finish. One of the best beers of all time.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkAsAmonkey (1) - Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2004 does not count
THIS BEER WAS DAMN GOOD.... nothing is perfect, but this is damn close to it!

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