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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.


MacDouglass' rating

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Aroma: general brewery, some corn, ambiguous malt, not as much caramel, toffee, and chocolate in the aroma as I might have expected; Appearance: this stout just looks awesome before you’ve even put it to your nose or to your lips, very dark, like strong coffee, with just a hint of red if you can get the slightest amount of light to pierce through the edges of the brew, head is thick with a caramel to mahogeny tint; Taste: is absolutely fantastic, this beer really deserves its rating and is popular for a reason, fig and dried fruits come first, followed by bitter chocolate as you exhale after the first draught, followed subtle but roasty oats/malts, primary impressions are 50/50 sweet/bitter; Palate: the dark chocolate is truly in the aftertaste, which makes this beer extremely drinkable in that you want more and more once you get started, carbonation is good, sometimes I’ve had stouts of a similar ilk that are complex in flavour but, overall, taste gross because they’re practically flat as soon as you uncap; Overall: one of my favorite stouts, although, admittedly, stout is not my favorite style, so there’s probably several out there worthy of receiving similar accolades, highly recommended


4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheKernOwl (141) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
Nose has chocolate muffins, a slight spice (aniseed? Liquorice?), some toffee-ish dried dates, and faint ground filter coffee – and, promisingly, alcoholic richness. Also a little of Cadbury’s ‘fruit and nut’ chocolate bar about it, and a very small smoky whisky note. Taste has got a lot of sweet malt, and finish is a sweet choc milkshake affair, with boozy burn behind it. Puts me in mind of somewhere between Harviestoun’s “Old Engine Oil”, and Harviestoun’s “Ola Dubh” beers; maybe if I’d cellared for more than six months it might be closer to the latter than the former. I liked it quite a bit..

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rusos (517) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle. Black colour with beige head. Rich aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee. Alcohol. Complex taste, roasted, malt and caramel sweetness. Nuts, chocolate, toffee. Alcohol. Very complex and very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
babilon25 (8) - - MAY 31, 2016 does not count
Una stout genial. Cos gust a xocolata una cervesa que m’ha sorprès gratament repetire

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazy_cat_lady (343) - - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle from the LCBO that has been cellared for more than 3 years apparently :). Lovely dark chocolate aroma, hints of coffee and a touch of anise. Smells very rich. Dark chocolate flavour with some good smooth espresso and a hint of leather and anise. Lovely smoothness to this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
moderrnlifeiswar (20) - Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2016
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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BazScott (62) - - MAY 21, 2016
Wasn’t sure I liked it after the first taste. But the more you drink, the more the dark chocolate flavour comes through. This is one of the better chocolate stouts. 10% Vol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1984) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 16, 2016
almost black colour, medium sized, dense brown head; aroma of chocolate, some dried plum and sour cherry, herbal notes, hints of vanilla and liqueur; taste is the same; great!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 8, 2016
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (15247) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2016
12 fl.oz. bottle from trade with Tderoeck, many thanks! BB Sep 2014. Pours very dark brown/black with a huge good lasting brownish head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, wood, coffee, liquorice. Taste of intense dark roasted malt, coffee, red fruits, wood, liquorice, some alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Andrew196 (1326) - Katy, Texas, USA - APR 29, 2016
UPDATED: APR 29, 2016 Pour of thin dirty motor oil, cute beige cappuccino head, cascading lace. Classic chocolate and coffee aroma, some dark nuttiness, raisin and smoke too. Nice creamy mouthfeel becomes a bit slick towards the back. A tad sweeter than expected, more chocolate milkiness than the nose had. Lots of roast, some whiskey, and boozy notes. Very well made, balanced and complete.


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