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RATINGS: 3358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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.


KajII's rating

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. The pour was jet black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown rocky head that diminished slowly down to a few puddles of residue left floating on top, which allowed some nice sheeting of lace on the glass. The aroma was robust and tantalizing with roasted black malts, a mild resin hop and a bitter leathery yeast with notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, molasses, dark roasted coffee, a smidgen of dark fruit and a nice dose of alcohol. The taste was boldly malty and lightly sweet with notes of chocolate and molasses at first and finished with a nice bitter mocha coffee flavor and had a smooth alcohol ending. The flavor stuck around for a nice long time letting the alcohol fade and the mocha coffee taste linger on. Mouthfeel was thick and full in body and creamy, oily and a bit dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation. Overall a superbly blended brew that combines a great chocolate and coffee flavor, with a nice alcohol warming sensation.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BazScott (53) - - 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 (1931) - 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 (361) - 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 (14701) - 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 (1290) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (1672) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 29, 2016
Bottle at home, bought at Geers. Chocolate, siruppy, pretty noticeable alcohol, some roast but not enough. Ok Imperial Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hidden_Pooch (502) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - APR 23, 2016
I’m glad Catherine the Great loved to get loaded. Pours a jet black, with medium tan crema head. Aroma was of alcohol, coconut, dark chocolate, and vinous qualities. Tasted of dark chocolate, vinous, roasted malts, and espresso. Had a heavy slick body with low carbonation. Had a strong grape and coffee aftertaste.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kapusil (1048) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 19, 2016
0.355l bottle. Pitch black body, thin light brown head. Aroma of mostly caramel and chocolate with some dried fruits and coffee. Taste of chocolate, caramel, reisins, roasted malts and some whiskey. The name reflects the character. It’s really chocolatey. I like this a lot.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (340) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2016
Very solid offering, this pours black with a thin, but persistent and clingy top of brown head. Aroma is not overwhelmingly chocolate, but it’s there among vanilla, roast, and slight booze. Flavor follows the nose well, and that’s a good thing. Nice notes of dark cocoa, some sweetness in the middle, and a somewhat dry, slightly bitter finish. Will definitely have this again.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cristobal37 (660) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 13, 2016
Thanks Lore for the bottle!!! Black thick pour with beautiful light brown head. Chcolate milk, spice and dark roasted stout aroma. At first very chocolatey then lots of bitterness like dark chocolate, roasted malts, and slight booziness. Great chocolate stout with a boldness that satisifies. More chocolate than Samuel Smith’s version (and more juiced) but similar combo of bold malty stout and medicinal spice in the finish.


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