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RATINGS: 3004   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Sweet flavour jumps out at me - very chocolatey. Had this followed by a Rogue Chocolate Stout and Rogue Imperial stout. I'd rank this #2 of the 3 (behind imperial), although they're all very different.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2003
Wow this one nearly took my head off!Very dark with an alcohol content that hits you from the start-subtle it is not. Lovely appearance with a chocolate taste that you are aware of but doesn't dominate.Well balanced and one to sip and savour.By the way the bottle I tried showed the strength as 8.7 and not 8.5.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
defCon (19) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2003
First, don't let the name deceive, only a slight taste of chocolate, but definitely a very black/chocolate appearance. Very easy on the palate, a lot of head which could easily be confused with the top of a freshly baked lemon meringe pie, for lack of a better comparision. Very strong and will leave you in good spirits. Nondescript Aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 2011-03-15, draught at St. Augustine’s, Vancouver, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black color; thick creamy head, beige. Dark malts aroma, some bread dough too. Good body structure; strong flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate, with a fair share of black coffee too, and light sourness that adds some vibe. Strong bitterness. Old School Chocolate Stout, very good.

2003-12-02, bottle, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Black, with a thin brown head. Aroma of liquorice, tar, roasted malt. Thick, malty, roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, dark chocolate. Strong roasted bitterness. Good but nothing more.
A big thank to Jens (Ungstrup), Jacob (Lövenlund) and Rasmus (Nørrebro Bryghus) for all the effort!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - DEC 16, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2004 Just poured it. Totally opaque black. Head dissapated quickly with a little bit of lace left behind. Carbonation is very fine and delicate. Very nice. Aroma has some dark fruit to it, but surprisingly is not very sweet. Taste has coffee and some cocoa like chocolate to it. Pretty dry with a nice dark chocolatey raspberry finish. There's a little alcahol in there as well. It's just not quite thick enough. I had two pints of Speedway on tap the other night. Maybe I was thinking this should be like it. This is very good, but it's just not quite beefy enough. Flavors are very nice though

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2003
On tap. Chocolate/coffee nose. A very rich brown head. Chocolate/alcohol creamy in flavor. Very creamy body but not quite as heavy as I'd like. A good dry and bitter aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
A gorgeous black beauty with a compact brown head and ultra fine carbonation. Roasty aroma of plums, dark chocolate, coffee, port, alcohol, and flowers. Very port-like flavor and body. Moderately bitter. The sweetness is subtle and the chocolate presence is restrained and very nice. Warms wonderfully and the aftertaste is great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2003
A deep black color that is crowned by a brown head. This beer looks fairly viscous as I pour it into the glass. There is definitely more of an aroma of chocolate than of roast malt and coffeee, thogh these aromas are here as well. Quite a bit of toasted biscuit aromas serve as a back drop to the chocolate. Quite flavorful and malty. I get coffee notes in the middle and the finish is, surprise, all chocolate. Some what sweet, though this sweetness is quite subdued by all of the dark-malt flavors. The alcohol is farily hidden, though perhaps there is a hint of it in the finish. This beer fits perfectly right now in my hands, on this chilly desert night. As the beer sits in my glass a bit, I can pick up the alcohol in the aroma. This is quite good, quite enjoyable. Stellar, perhaps not, but I will be enjoying this one again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2003
On tap. Has a rich and creamy chocolate flavor and finshes very dry. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Strong aroma of toasted malt and chocolate. Surprisingly thin-bodied for an Imperial Stout, although the dark brown body is opaque. Very slight tan ring of carbonation clinging to the glass. Flavor is dominated by strong toastiness, with chocolate and dark fruit also providing character. Rich, but too thin-bodied for an Imperial. I prefer my Imperials syrupy and over-the-top.


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