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RATINGS: 3271   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Pours black with a rich frothy head. Aroma of caramel and malt. First sip tastes of dark roasted malt and finishes bittersweet like baking chocolate and hops. I love the smooth velvety mouthfeel, that gives way to a taste that is anything but smooth and creamy. Perfect for a cold Russian evening, or Rochester evening for that matter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2005
Pours black with a brown head. Burned/roasted flavour with great bitterness and sweet chocolate hints. Slight alcohol taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate this is the easiest way to describe the appearance, taste, and aroma.This is a phenomenal dessert beer, the perfect way to cap off an evening. An imperial stout that packs a punch disguised behind itís chocolatety sweetness. Definately one of the top ten beers you should be drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2005
I was a bit under the weather when I got around to trying this stout, but it was wonderful. Had a great bitterness to it, in spite of the chocolate flavor. All around solid Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
Rating #1150. 355ml 2004/2005 bottle, from Utobeer, Borough Market, London. Interesting to note that the bottle has no alcohol content or metric volume so should not have been so should not have been sold in this country. When poured in to a snifter this is black as night with a delicate creamy brownish tan head. The aroma is of alcohol, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. There are also hints of roasted malt, coffee and beef in the aroma with some background sourness. The flavour is very strong with heavy alcohol presence and lots of bitter chocolate, light sweetness and sourness. While this is somewhat likeable it is generally lacklustre and at times verges on unpleasant. Smells good, looks great but doesnít match up when it comes to actually tasting it. Poor to average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Maybe I drank something different than every one else, but this was over the top and missed the mark by a mile and a half. Way too chocolate and bitter, heavy and thick. Rather chewy, this could have been such a better stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Opaque black, with red highlights, and a reddish brown head that quickly dissappeared. The aroma is full of roasted, coffee, nutty oak, caramel, hintsof chocolate and an almost sherry like aroma as it warms. The taste is smooth roasted malt with solid bitterness and a lingering chocolate finish. This beer isnít dry, but rather itís sweet and warming. An obviously well made beer, surprisingly on the light side of the style, but so well balanced that it will shine over itís alcohol laen peers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2005
Pitch black with a small, lasting darker brown head. Intense dark cocoa aroma, with some caramel and vineous port notes. Mouthfeel is quite viscous and oily, very full in body. Flavour is bitter chocolate, darker fruits and roast coffee. Very tasty, and quite warming too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 pours a deep opaque black with essentially no head. the nose is sweet and smells of chocolate and frut (maybe cooked raisin) and became more pronounced as the beer warmed a bit. the flavor is strong with roasted malts and finishes with a diffinitive chocolate taste. it is slightly sweet as just as with the aroma i taste fruit, perhaps raisins or cherries. a good beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
The beer pours an opaque black with little to no head, not even much around the edges of the glass. The nose is deep roasted chocolate, which was expected, but not as prominent as I would like. Heavy roasted flavors with chocolate as the finish compose the taste of this brew. This is good stuff. One of the best stouts Iíve had. Its thick and chocolaty and lacking carbonation, all adding to the experience. As stouts go, this is easy drinking and makes me glad I picked up a six-pack. This is one to try if you get a chance. Edit: Iím having my second one right now. I only slightly chilled this one, and the nose is more prominent than my original suggested. There is a bit of ripe fig coming through this one. Iím bumping up the nose. It smells wonderful. I stand by my other numbers. Trying the 04-05 vintage tonight. The beer has a touch of raisin in the nose. The flavor is also imparted with a bit of raisin, and more alcohol that I remember from last year...I want to see where this goes over the course of the next months. The beer is really nice and thick. I do think that it needs a bit more time to mellow out and lose the raisin character. Iíll hold off on changing any numbers till this batch matures a bit.

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