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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Best looking chocolate stout I've had the pleasure to behold. Aroma of course chocolate and roasted malt, a little more timid than I thought it would be, heavy chewy dark chocolate taste, got a little sweeter when it warmed, chocolate cake mix aftertaste, little bitterness came in at the end. A great brew,but I've had fuller and bolder chocolate tastes in stouts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2005 00-01 Hugely milk chocolatey. Very smooth despite somewhat lively carbonation. Very heavy. I can’t emphasize enough how sweet this one was. 01-02 Sharper aroma. Very dry overall; more like dark chocolate. Lighter body. 02-03 Not quite as dry as 01-02 and not as sweet as 00-01. I get peanut butter out of this somehow. 03-04 Very close to the 00-01 recipe I believe. Very sweet, thick, rich and robust. Alcohol never stood a chance to be detected in any of these. The overall score is somewhat of an average or something, I guess... Also, a big shout out to the guys at Ale Atlanta, Georgians for World Class Beer, TheBeerCellar.com, and harlequinn for having me in on their tasting session last night (ouch, my head!) 04-05 Same as before, same as before. 05-06 Strange (and powerful) sour, dark fruit flavor this year. Feels thinner as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
quantum24 (32) - New York, USA - NOV 4, 2003
dark black. very nice aroma, roasty, some hops, lots of fruit. layers of flavors unfold throughout each sip, starts roasty and chocolatey turns fruity, and finishes lightly bitter. great mouthfeel, alcohol shows through in the end. not as well balanced as i expected, but still very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 28, 2003
100% opaque body, with a fat head of paper-bag-brown colored bubbles (3/4 inch thick). Smells of sweet chocolate chips, oatmeal cookies and heavy malt. Taste is sweet chocolate, ambrosia (think: flowerly sweet notes), extremely bitter coffee, and a stiff alcohol bite. Aftertaste is same. Personally, I wouldn't call this an Imperial Stout though (certainly not cut from the same cloth as the IS offerings from Victory, Stone or North Coast).It's more of a sweet stout(similar to the Kalazmoo Bells Expedition Stout) with a more powerful alcohol presence than usual. Hopefully these comparisons will make sense to most of you. Overall, this is definately a top 10 stout, regardless of catergory. It presents a delicious, throat-tingling contrast between sweet chocolate and bitter coffee, and for that it deserves its high ranking. Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased for me at Total Wine and Beverage in McLean, VA by my lovely girlfriend Amy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raymow (780) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2003
Excellent - the name describes the brew to a T. It's black - the darkest beer I've rated so far (220+ ratings), and it's chocolatey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
This stuff is just absolutely luscious. A divine imperial stout. Pours black as night with a big tan head. Aroma is very sweet, with big hints of chocolate malt. The flavor is big and moist, slightly oily and very rich. Like a piece of french silk pie.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2003
I really enjoyed this stout. I smelled and tasted bitter chocolate (bakers' chocolate perhaps?). The head was a nice creamy beige color, and the beer itself was dark. It wasn't as thick as I would have expected, but it worked well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Was a little dissapointed in this stout. It poured quite well, black as night with a decent creamy head. Aroma was chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is chocolate all the way with some alcohol bite. I think this is a bit one dimensional. Not a bad beer but did not live up to the billing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2003
sweet vanilla and alcohol aroma, ebony black with an incredibly tight head, great full roasted body then serious alcohol and a chocolate covered espresso bean finish, serious alcohol bite

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Finally got a chance to sample this thanks to a trade with Slob. Limited bottling '03-'04. Dark as night with maybe a tinge of garnet at the edges while held up to bright light. An inch of tan head is settling down quickly. Sensational aroma of bitter sweet chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of licorice. Creamy and delicate mouthfeel. Flavor is definitely semi-sweet chocolate with a dry finish. This is a very nice stout and deserved of its praise.

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