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RATINGS: 3315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 51   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


maslupulos' rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
12oz bottle of one the first imperial stouts I ever tried and damn does it look good. Finger of tan foam and dark as hell. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, blackcurrant, and a bit of alcohol. Bitter chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, and alcohol. Not a weak one. Full bodied with a lingering bitter finish (no lack of hops in this beer). A great classic stout from Brooklyn.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pedro_Pinho (45) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2016
Pours black liquid with thin brown head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Taste roasted malt and black chocolate. Nice and creamy. Something is missing though... Good overall brew!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1130) - CANADA - FEB 9, 2016
Appearance: opaque black with only the merest hint of relief around the margins, one finger of medium dense light beige head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: chocolate, coffee and dark roast malt notes, liquorice, light metallic. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Palate: medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, bitter and mildly warming finish. (4/5) Black? Check. Chocolate? Check. Stout? Check. Well, that’s that, then, isn’t it? Oh, you wanted more? OK, well, it starts off with heavy chocolate and not much else, but eventually that settles down and some dark roasty notes come through. Unfortunately, so does a light metallic tinge, particularly on the tongue. It’s not terrible, by any means, but I’ve definitely had better chocolate stouts. On the up side, the double-digit ABV is barely noticeable and really only presents as a mild warming. (14/20)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
23Skidoo (58) - SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2016
Black, huge beige head that stays for quite a while. Classic RIS notes of strong bitter coffee and dark chocolate; smoke, some charcuterie. More coffee than chocolate if you ask me. Full body. Quite bitter. Very well executed, amazing value for money.

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jtc16 (4) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 8, 2016 does not count
Very disappointing offering. I hope this was just a bad bottle but had a distinct ash tray note to it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (509) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Aroma: roasty, coffee, chocolate, Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, chocolate, licorice Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lonick (1121) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle @home. Pours black with a tan head great lacing. Nose is chocolate , licorice and ever-so-slightly coffee. Taste is very much the same, it has nice sweet start but then goes into a lingering bitter finish. A really nice beer, top-notch.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MNAle (91) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Some sort of screwy yellow code stamped on the bottle in very crude dot-matrix format - impossible to read. Grrrrr. Very dark, black, opaque. 1 inch tan, creamy, bubbly head that recedes slowly. Aroma is sweet, smoaky, chocolate. Moderately thick feel. Taste follows the aroma: sweet, roasty, bitter chocolate. Transitions from the opening taste through a sweet middle. The finish is bitter. Not boozy despite the high ABV. I can see how this would be highly rated by some, but somehow the sweet roasty fighting the bitter chololate does not work well for me. It is more like a "versus" than it is a balance. I enjoyed this beer as it stands, but it won’t likely be a repeat purchase.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnG_BrgNor (135) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2016
Aroma of roasted and chocolate. Taste of roasted, chocolate and alcohol. Low bitterness and medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Biroholik (184) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Kolor: Czarny jak bezgwiezdna noc nad Mostem Brooklińskim w Nowym Jorku. Zupełnie nieprzejrzysty. Minimalne rubinowe refleksy u podstawy obrączki piany.
Piana: Drobne oczka. Puszysta, czapowata , gęsta. Wzorowo koronkuje. Utrzymuje się dość długo. Do samego końca pozostaje cieniutki kożuszek.
Zapach : Przy pierwszym kontakcie uderzył w moje nozdrza aromat dymu i wędzonych nut. Był on skomponowany wraz z wyraźną popiołową nutą. Po chwili aromat ten zamienił się w kawową pełnię. Na koniec kawowa woń została wyparta lekką alkoholową nutką przyjemnie drażniącą nos.
Smak: Pełny, różnorodny, wielowarstwowy. Ciemne słody. Wyraźne, mocne kawowe akcenty. Kakao, gorzka czarna czekolada, wanilia, karmel. Zaskakująco smaczne są również posmaki whisky. Goryczka jest dość mocna. Alkohol minimalnie za bardzo wychodzi przed szereg.
Wysycenie : Niskie.
Podsumowanie:
Black Chocolate Stout jest warzony przez Brooklyn Brewery od 1994 roku. Znakomity stout który myślę że zaspokoi nawet najbardziej wymagających smakoszy. RIS ten charakteryzuje się pełnym, bogatym smakiem. Perfekcyjnie zbalansowany z fajną goryczką. Jedyna rzecz którą bym zmienił - to bardziej bym ukrył ten alkohol. Poza tym perfetto!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Poobah (350) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Dark brown-black with a creme brulee-colored head. Nose of dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, and coffee. Starts malty with a syrupy mouthfeel and ends dry with burnt toast, dark chocolate, and dark roast coffee. Some alcohol warming.


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