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RATINGS: 3262   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (4109) - Holbćk, DENMARK - APR 18, 2005
Bottle, in GB, Winter 04-05. Black with dark brown head, normal size, mostly diminishing. Good lacings. Aroma of burnt malt (dark chocolate) and hops. Flavor of dark chocolate, bitter, long duration. Medium body, oily, soft carbonated. The alcohol is felt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 03-04 bottle from TAR. classic opaque russian imperial stout color with a quickly fading tan head. swirling the black brew in my glass, aromas of expresso and dark bittersweet chocolate rise up to hit my nostrels. upon taking a first sip,flavors of the same expresso and bittersweet chocolate hit the tongue. the medium body of this impy. stout belies everything else there is about this great brew. on the finish, hints of smoke and molasses hit the tongue. as the beer warms, an acidic taste makes an appearance, but is not overpowering. all things considered, this is one hell of a good beer. there is a complexity to it but is yet smooth and delightful. I have an 04-05 bottle cellered from Rich that I will rate after it has had a chance to age. Thx Jeff, I really enjoyed this one.

12/20/05 - 04-05 bottle from Richlikebeer. I’m not changing the rating numbers but thought I’d add a few comments about this batch. the aroma was all chocolate! the flavors were more towards the coffee/exspresso notes. slightly more full bodied than I remember the 03-04 version being. I have an 05-06 bottle from Lou waiting in the wings.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2451) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 Vintage 2000-2001. Decent sized dark brown head of very fine bubbles. Settles slowly. Very creamy on top. Almost no carbonation. AWESOME Aroma. Rich and alcoholic. Almost as if it has been bourbon barrel aged. Nice and roasty with some vanilla, raisins and molasses. Bit of cocoa also. Black in color. Wow, flavor is almost as good as the aroma. Strong coffee, dark chocolate, decent bitterness, blast of alcohol and tons of roasted malts that make it thick, syrupy and creamy. Long, burnt malts and coffee finish. Slight carbon finish with a slight bit of chalkyness but it does not detract form the wonderful sensation in the mouth with this brew. An excellent brew and one that has aged and developed wonderfully. A great big thanks to my secret santa (Eyedrinkale)for this prize.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2005
Winter 2004-2005 Bottling. Poured dark dark dark black with a nice - but small - brown cocao head, which dissapated quickly. Nice taste and aroma of burnt malt, smoky chocolate. Almost like hot chocolate in texture - or maybe melted baker’s chocolate.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jan Primus (160) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
I am falling hard for this style of beer...and have highly anticaptated tryin this one. It pours out with strong aromas of roasted coffee and cocoa, pitch black with short-lived tan head. Of course, there is dark chocolate and some coffee, and maybe some vanilla flavours...the body is medium, without much maltiness and lacking the rich oily texture many of the better impy’s have. Because of its name, I hoped for more chocoalte taste.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2005
They don’t get much blacker than this. Paper-thin mocha colored head, even on a vigorous pour. Maybe it’s just the power of suggestion, but this does have a little cocoa scent to it, along with grapes and berries. I think this is slightly thinner than other renditions (think Storm King and Expedition, which are the plumb-lines for this style), but it’s still quite good and full of flavor. There are some plums and licorice that set it apart, though. The only real complaint, aside from the body, is a hint of tang.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14267) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 3, 2005
Bottled 04-05 Winter, 8.25% alc.
Opaque black, small steady expresso head. Good roasted black coffee nose with alcoholic touch. Medium-to-full bodied. Very chocolaty, alcohol is a bit overwhelming. Needs propably aging.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2005
(Bottled@HBF 2005) Almost opaque black with a smallish head. Very roasty, chocolatey aroma with noticeable alcohol. Very roasted-malty, chocolate-licoricey coffee flavor. Medium to full-bodied palate with quite low carbonation. A pretty enjoyable stout, but a bit high on alcohol and lacking in body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyhawk1 (7) - Worcester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2005 does not count
Thick black appearence with a foamy brown head that laces the glass as it goes down. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, and molasses. Thick creamy mouthfeel with a big smoky chocolate taste with hint of port and a bitter finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Bottle. This one pours a dark black color(redundant, I know) with a big head and it laces fully on my pint... The aroma fires up from the glass and is of burnt sugar on burnt toast with roasted caramel spread on top. Very nice! Let’s begin... Immediate espresso flavors hit the buds and the finish just stays the same way. There is a slight sweetness that peeks through just enough to make you wonder if it was intended or just a by-product of God’s greatest gift to all of us - fermentation. Light carbonation and a 15W40 like viscosity. Not that pansy new synthetic oil, but real, full grade Drake’s well crude. This is a solid good beer whose flavor surrounds the tongue and flows around in the mouth coating everything with a wonderful thick, biting, heavenly, roasted, malty, coffee, dark cocoa flavor. That enough adjectives for you?


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