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RATINGS: 3355   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 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 isnt dry, but rather its 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 its 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 Ive 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: Im 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. Im 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. Ill hold off on changing any numbers till this batch matures a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2005
04/05 Bottle. Looks like an impy stout. Beautiful aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, cherries and licorice. Lively and dry mouthfeel. Flavor is very well balanced: chocolate covered cherries, licorice, espresso, brandy and little more dark chocolate. It covers the alcohol very well. It finishes bitter, but a good bitter, like semi-sweet chocolate. This is a very good beer from a rather underrated brewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2005
Black, short brown head. Malty aroma with some underlying sourish notes. Rich, complex aroma. Tobacco. Licorice. Roasted malts. Hops. Dry, lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2473) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Pours a solid black body with almost no head. Aroma is all malt here. Roast, smoke, and chocolate, coffee and licorice come out of the aroma. Flavor is the same, a roasted smokey taste dominates the rest of the characteristics making an interesting and enjoyable beer.

   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 (5583) - 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 (150) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours dark and thick. Smooth and creamy feel to it, strong flavor, but not the most complex Imperial Ive had. A very solid beer, and at 7.99 for a six pack it is one of the best values out there.

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