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RATINGS: 3258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
04/05: Aroma of fudge or chocolate truffle, overlaying roastiness, and opening up into malt and molasses. Appears dark black with a thin, creamy light brown head. Flavor is roasty/malty and potently alcoholic, and finishes with an unexpected hoppiness that is bookended with a returning roasty sensation. Palate is thick and coats the tongue nicely. Overall, this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts. My thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black stout with dark brown foamy head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised of chocolate with strong malt and some subtle coffee in the back. Taste is very enjoyable with some chocolate being easily noticeable with again strong malt and a coffee and bitter ending. Very fine beer for those last cold winter days…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours dark and thick. Smooth and creamy feel to it, strong flavor, but not the most complex Imperial I’ve had. A very solid beer, and at 7.99 for a six pack it is one of the best values out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 this is the best stout I’ve ever had, without question. the coffee/chocolate flavor is unsurpassed. And the 10.6% alc. is a very pleasant surprize, especially since if I didn’t read it on the label -- I wouldn’t hane guessed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Poured thick oil black withe a huge creamy brown head that was so thick I thought I might have to cut through it to get to the beer. Superb head retention and lacing. The aroma had a strong coffee smell, chocolate, roasted notes, bread, and caramel. The texture of this was similar to drinking a shake it was that thick. It packs a really oily mouthful and coats the mouth with a film that I could notice long after each sip was down. Flavor was chocolate, roasted coffee at first, but as it warmed the dark fruits became noticable. Fig, plum, and purple grapes were present in as a compliment to the chocolate and coffee once this had got to around room temp. Had a alcoholic warming sensation that accompanied every sip. The finish kind of reminded me of Sam Adams Triple Bock without the nuttiness and not quite the warming sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2005
A thick black opaque color with a small creamy light brown head. Wonderful aroma, chocolate, malts, hops, Wow, great smell to this. Sweet, tangy, bitter, fruity, coffee, rich sweet dessert, so busy but like pieces of a puzzel, they fit together nicely. I’m really enjoying the "Impy’s"!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Nice chocolate, roated aroma and flavor. Poured dark with a nice creamy head. This is one of my all-time favorite stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2006 Winter 2005-2006 bottle, consumed January 2006.
Inky black, moderately thick and opaque in the snifter with a dark tan cobweb overlay for the head. Delectable aromatic display composed of milk chocolate, caramel, mocha frappucino, chocolate-covered pecans and dark fudge brownie batter. The aroma produces few hints of its flavor fury, save a slight trace of alcohol. Thick interlude lays down a waxy mocha layer across the palate. Dry dark chocolate powder displaces the otherwise oily body. Chocolate characteristics spurring its namesake stem from Symphony chocolate bars with almonds, and Hershey syrup connotations. Oily, oozing, teetering palate delight, and if this mouth feel thickens with age, dear Lord... Finishes with semi-sweet, dense fudge with a minute caramel ripple. A splendid winter tradition.

Winter 2004-2005 bottle, consumed February 2005.
Pours thick and dark with a nice tan head. Smells bitter, and of molasses and chocolate malt. Great roasted flavor. Nutty, caramel and chocolatey - tastes like an almond Hershey kiss, liquefied and infused with alcohol. Rich and robust with a burnt aftertaste. Head seems to grow a centimeter after each sip. Nice lacing on my .5 L boot. Warming and delicious. Well done. Big thanks to goldtwins for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2005
Bottle, 2003. Not too overly alcoholic in flavor, but very rich. Chocolate, coffee dominate. not too much of an aftertaste, but a faint chocolate one. a great stout. I would drink again gladly. Thanks to secret santa PineyPower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2011 Bottle from 03-04 release from Footbalm. 06-07from Pailhead. 08-09 from northernbrews. Pours very oily black, slick, spotty lacing. Big chocolate and alcohol nose, not much else. Chocolate, roast, hints of coffee, alcohol in finish, drying. Slick mouthfeel. Hotness kills it for me.

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