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RATINGS: 3049   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (1992) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Drank through a 6 year vertical of these bad boys and every single one was enjoyable in its own way. Lots of variations from year to year but all had a nice brownie batter backbone with complexities of dried blueberry, kola nut, anise, caramel, roasted cocoa beans and traces of coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heavy (2116) - Split, CROATIA - JUN 3, 2014
Nov. ’13. A 0.33 l bottle from Vrutak store, Zagreb. It poured almost completely black, clear (I think) body with small to medium sized brown head. Aroma revealed licorice, a bit of dark chocolate and some alcohol. Flavor was interestingly not alcoholic, which at 10% is simply amazing. It was only lightly sweet, with some bitterness from roasted malt, not hops. Chocolate, licorice, coffee, cappuccino, some wood, a complex brew but with subtle components below the dominating chocolate. Of course, full bodied and creamy on palate. In the finish much less complexity survived, licorice with a bit of dark chocolate, similar to the initial concept of nose. Very good beer, wow, two jackpots in a row - I didn’t even heard of this gem before. This one needs to be enjoyed really slowly to get all the flavors well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matarrayos (4) - SPAIN - JUN 1, 2014 does not count
Vintage (winter 12/13) 35,5cl bottle. Color is very dark brown, almost black, it keeps a nice brown foam that sticks to the glass walls but disappears after a few sips. You can smell the alcohol, alongside with sweet notes of chocolate, a little caramel and coffee. Taste is pretty licorice, roasted and sweet with a soft but long-lasting cocoa-coffee bitterness aftertaste. Medium body with very low carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martin00sr (476) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2014
Very dark brown, small brown head. Aroma is bursting with coffee, chocolate and licorice. Flavour has coffee and dark roasted malt with a well balanced bitterness. Long, bitter finish. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (394) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Bottle, 12/13 vintage. Dark brown/reddish/black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted with dark chocolate and coffee. Taste has roasted malt, stale coffee, dry chocolate, soy, liqourice, alcohol, tart notes. Full body, soft carbonation, dry. Dry after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (241) - ITALY - MAY 30, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy light brown head. Strong smell of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, chestnut, plums. Lots of roasted flavors, licorice, coffee, chocolate. Light carbonation, full bodied, not overly thick mouthfeel. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
santabeer (67) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2014
This beer is better than sex, seriously! Aroma is fantastic! Looks like melted chocolate. The taste is thick and pleasing. Oh, oh, oh, more more. :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IPAgutten79 (444) - Skui, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2014
Haandfestivalen 2014. Svart i utseendet, medium espressofarget skum. Aromaen består av sjokolade, kaffe, lakris, røstet malt og noe alkohol. Mildt bitter i ettersmaken. Medium/tykk konsistens. God!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shain (29) - ISRAEL - MAY 24, 2014
Pours beautiful dark black with dense brownish head. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, some floral, malts and roasted notes. Mouth feel is mostly watery with very gentle carbonation. Taste is sweetish with strong caramel, alcohol and chocolate liqueur, some malts, liquorice and roasted notes. Taste is mostly sweet, slightly sticky with medium bitterness to balance (probably a tad to sweet). Ends mostly bitter with a slight sourness and roasted flavor. After taste is sticky sweetness and hops, and is long lasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (51) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 Bottle, 355 ml. Pours VERY dark ruby, bordering on black, with about half a finger of tan head. Somewhat nondescript aroma, though some roasted malts and chocolate notes are certainly present. Little bit metallic, here’s hoping this won’t be in the taste. Taste of roasted malts, with small hints of coffee and bigger hints of chocolate. Quite sharp on the tounge; possibly a note of citrus which is aplified by the just a little too vibrant carbonation, which I don’t think suits this style well. Virtually no alcohol is detectable though, which is a plus, as is the comfortably bitter finish. Good stuff, but there’s better imperial stouts out there.

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