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RATINGS: 3363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 [tap @ Sunset Cantina, bottled re-rate 10/24/06] Pours a straight black color, with a creamy, dense coffee-colored head. Aroma is pretty mellow, with coffee, chocolate and a bit of licorice present. Dark, bittersweet chocolate flavors, with some roasty malt flavors. Alcohol is more apparent with this recent release, and in my opinion, it balances things quite nicely. Definitely one of my favorite examples of chocolate in a beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2007 This beer really speaks of a seductive, sensuous nature right off the bat. From the design of the bottle, to the silky deep brown pour and the toast colored head. I feel like I should be wearing wing tips and smoking a cigarette on a long holder. The aroma blasts forth, with sweet runs of cherries, abbey fruitcake, apricots, a hint of pineapple and warm alcohol notes, it swirls in with a fair dose of raspberry chocolate and a hint of pipe tobacco. Soothing. Very different profile for an Imp, in my opinion, but completely delightful. There’s lots of really good smokey notes, a mix of smoked malts, hints of cigar and run of campfire. This runs with some of the fruit notes that carry over from the aroma, backed with a strong hit of roasted character, in the form of coarse toast. It doesn’t really carry the sumptuous roasted coffee, but more of a toast and charcoal, which separates it. Chocolate doesn’t appear too often either. It’s more loaded with fruit and smoke, which really lends diversity and character to the brew. These flavors ride a high and beautiful wave in the form of a silky train of viscous fluid that coats and glows. The beer loses only in it’s sustaining power, unable to hold the level of intracacy for too long. Alcohol is surprisingly present for the amount, but it does only good. This beer really is what it sets out to be.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bp (869) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
2005-06 bottle, pours black with little head, aroma of chocolate and a little scent of alcohol, tastes of dark chocolate, malt and a little alcohol burn on the way down. Not a bad brew but there are better Imperial Stouts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Ohh good beer....LOVELY!!!

Crude black juice. Thick as melted cheese...khaki head. Bourbon on the nose, slight chocolate but nothing serious more divine than fake like some chocolate stouts. AWESOME!!! Alcohol punch in the nose but it isn’t offensive but incredibly inviting. It says, "Come to me and be my life my friend...my lover." Massive good. Roasted but sticky. I mean this thing is not half good like some beers. Chocolate...and chemicals. Roasty and watery. None of that stuff only thick gooey goodness. Tasty as well. Typical roasted carbonated juice but with a complex edge that is delightful. Bitter roasted, sweet and not chalky...Too good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZOSOMAN12020 (28) - Malta, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Enjoyed on tap at Lionheart, Albany, NY $2.00/pint M-F, 4-7pm. Delicious on tap; also just bought a 6pk, and on tap is noticeably smoother, with less alcohol over-warmth in finish. Bottle still quite enjoyable, but anyone who likes chocolate would like this on tap...

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Winter ’05-’06 bottled version pours black as coal. Chocolate aroma with dark brown head that quickly diminishes. Dark chocalate palate that gives way to big alcohol spiciness on the back of the tongue. Needs a little aging?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2558) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
2005-06 version. Pours a motor oil black color with a tiny beige head that fades quickly. Aroma is malty with dark chocolate. Flavor is a mixture of dark chocolate, malts, black licorice,prunes and banana. Great stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 2006-7. black. minimal brown head. potent chocolate and roasted malts. palate starts sweet with alcohol then dries out and becomes roasted and chocolaty. 2007-8. cellared 1 year. black with a small brown head. dark chocolate aroma with some noticeable alcohol. flavor is chocolaty with some sweetness and molasses and raisins. flavor has rounded out but aroma is still boozy. 2008-9. sampled alongside 07-08. chocolate with alcohol aroma. body is slightly thinner than the 07. sharper carbonation. not as smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3855) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2005
Brown, medium size and medium lasting head. Solid black body. Aroma of roasted bitter chocolate. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, liquorice and malt in the flavour. Some sweetness. Dominating alcohol. The palate was thinner than I’d expected. Smokey and bitter aftertaste. I have waited a long time to be able to get my fingers in this one - maybe I´m a little disappointed.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 I love a chocolate stout, and I love a high gravity beer, but this chocolate stout was entirely too alcoholy for my taste. Definitely try this beer out, for it might just be me, considering the overwhelmingly high ratings.


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