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RATINGS: 3370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Yum. Great aroma of molasses and chocolate. A very creamy head that lasted a long time with great lacing. Black color, of course. There is a moderately acidic intial flavor that lessens a bit. Palate is medium-full, syrupy with a moderate alcoholic finish. Finish is loooong. Can’t wait to see what a year in the cellar will do for this. This is really an outstanding double stout. Probably my favorite Brooklyn beer in the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1444) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Has a bitter chocolate almost iced coffee taste to it. Good texture, kinda creamy. Not something I could drink a lot of, but pretty good if just having one, perhaps two.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. Vintage 04-05. black hued having small diminishing off-white head. Intoxicating aromas of chocolate, prunes, and roasted malt. No discernable carbonation. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with slightly sweet malt with notable chocolate and roasted malt flavors with some bitterness. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. An enjoyable chocolate stout, this is one of my favorite Brooklyn brewery beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Winter ’02=’03 vintage. Pours like 10W-30. If I could give this beer a 300 out of 5 for appearance, I would. Raisins and caramel and toffee notes, more mouthfeel than a medieval mace to the tongue, and some pretty good flavor. I’m more of a chocolate/roasty coffee flavor guy when it comes to dark beers, this is a little fruity and raisiney and toffee-ish for me, but damn it’s a great beer. Hats off to Brooklyn for producing something other than biological waste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3256) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2007 bottle. Pours thick and inky black with some very dark red on the edges. There’s just a small dark tan head atop the body. I can smell the alcohol easily, but it’s not overpowering and blends well with a rich chocolate that reminds me of liquor candies. Rather dense, starts with some burn then is covered by a dark sweetness and fades to yet another flavor of smoked twigs. Between the sips, the rich sweetness remains. This is rich, bold, and fulfilling. [Dec 11, ’07]<------- Bottle of the ’07-’08 winter. Pours jet black with a tall dark tan head that fades a little bit, but never really disappears. The aroma suggests less alcohol than I remember. Rather, the nutshells, dark chocolate, tree bark, and roasted coffee are right up front. The palate is nice. Flavor is bittersweet with loads of dark chocolate, crisped rice, thin coffee, all in all nicely balanced and rich. This is one of those winter seasonals that I look for every year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (315) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2008 Beautiful. Pours opaque ebony with a dark chocolate brown head. Rich toasty aroma. Deep roasted flavors, like black bread. It coats the inside of the mouth with rich lasting flavors. Get some!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2005
bottle thanks to captain cougar. pours black with thin quickly receeding brown head. aroma is milk chocolate hops roasted malts and a faint coffee taste is all of the above but with some dark fruits and vanilla. this is damn good thank you tom.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2005-2006 bottle. Pours a thick black with a large dark brown head - excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, hazelnut, espresso, molasses, and raisins. Wonderful rich flavors of coffee, cocoa, and hazelnut. The chcolate flavor is not overpowering the other flavors, and there is a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness. Full-bodied, but not syrupy with a nice creamy texture. Dry, slightly bitter finish leaves a hint of smokyness. An excellent imperial stout - one of my favorites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 26, 2005
’05-’06 bottle via Secret Santa. Pours near opaque thick liquor with a small fizzy creamy tan head and thick lacing. Sweet dark chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses and cocoa with dark fruit (prune, raisin) notes and port, dark roasted coffee. Dark chocolate bitter lightly acidic flavor transcends to a sweet caaramel dark roasted malt with prunes and hoppy, alcohol notes. Dark and full-bodied, smooth and warm palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2005
05-06 Bottle. Pours a deep midnight black, some dark tan head. Nose is roast, chocolate, and a wierd sourness. Taste is the same, start out a a rich dark chocolate flavor and not much else until the end of the gulp when a strange sourness hits the tongue. Silky smooth. Too one dimensional to be very good, but this site seems to love those one dimensional beers. Just because its big and bold and higher ABV doesnt mean its worthy.

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