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RATINGS: 3403   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2006
From 12oz Bottle, 05~06 Edition. Deep, rich, thick motor oil color with a thin ring of residue remaining along the edges of my snifter glass after the cream roasted head dissipates. Lush, syrupy aroma of blackberry mocha coffee, flavored with a splash of anise. Creamy molasses, soy, and toasted sesame seed enhance the already full aroma. A hint of oaked bourbon in the nose as well. Heavily textured and full bodied, it coats the mouth with surprise - dark chocolate, but also a pleasant amount of smoky oakiness to add just the right amount of dryness for balance. Some dried prune and sweet roast coffee linger on the palate immediately after swallowing. Fantastic aroma, but the flavors, although decent, dont quite match up to the aroma in terms of quality or complexity. A touch of alcohol rounds out the finish with a final smack of chocolate liquore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 ’05-’06 edition... poured jet black, no red edges, and with a thin tan head on top. Well, the head was so thin, it was just a surface lacing. Aroma was rather chocolate-like with some bitterness or slightly roasted scents. The flavor was outstanding, well balanced (but not hopped overboard like the west coast stouts). I really enjoyed this, the roasted chocolate malts and the resinous bittering hops in the lightly bitter finish. Alcohol comes out stronger, but smooth, as it warms. Mouthfeel is thick, pretty thick, but it comes across very nicely. Don’t miss out on this one if you can get it. Re-rate 2006 edition... same visual experience, although the thin head was there and had great retention. This thing has some nice roasted bitterness to balance the really rich, semi-sweet, malty, some dark fruity base flavors that are solid. Definitely not hopped like the Victory Storm King (which I did yesterday) and other Impy Stouts, more roasty than a purely malt impy stout like DFH’s WWS. Very nicely balanced impy stout. Re-rate, 10/08: Vintage of 2007 - After 1 yr, let this settle down and did side by side a relatively fresh 2008, more of a cocoa, not hot version of the beer. The 2008 version was a little hot, but sweet milky chocolate more than the dryer cocoa chocolate experienced simultaneously with the 2007.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
05-06 black with a light brown head. Aroma: chocolate, malt, alcohol.... taste: chocolately, roasty,with alot of malt and some alcohol warm in the finish along with hops.....will age a couple of bottles...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2006
(Winter 04-05). Black colored, fastly vanishing beige head. Extreme chocolaty aroma with roastiness, smoke, coffee, sweetness and mild alcohol. Almost full bodied. Flavor is even richer than aroma with strong chocolate, port-vinous tones, oak and smoke, aftertaste is oaky and vinous with warming alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Pitch black with a medium tan head with a little bit of retention. Lots of thin webby lacing. Cooking chocolate smell with hints of alcohol. Sweet coffee malt taste with alcohol taste and thin feel. This is a huge letdown. Ive been looking forward to this for quite some time. Not terrible for an RIS but not great at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2006
botttled o5-06, Black slight head, min. lacing. Crescendo of flavors from coffee bitter to milk choc. smooth, into rushing burn of alochol, not muted at all. Good imp, stout, but not traditional at all to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Definately a stout. Pours dark and thick. Big brown head that dissapates eventually. The chocolate comes first followed by some toasty/marshmallowy flavors. Masks the alcohol well although the warmth is there as you drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusgus (235) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2008 Bottled at several occasions and vintages. This is at the writing moment my favourite beer. Excellent aroma mostly of dark chocolate, with some coffee and dried fruits, fresh green apples and toffee. Perfectly balanced palate with just the right amount of sweetnes, bitterness and sourness. Warming alcohols, toffee, sugar and caramel, syrup, soy, nuts and fortified wine. As good as it gets.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Wow. Thick, rich, malty and creamy. Full of flavor. Not quite a burnt as some other stoudts. A beer to drink slowly and in small servings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 l fet til lentusiasternes festival 2006. Og fet hjemme p flaske. Sort l der overhovedet ikke smager af chokoade. Virker som en alcoholfyldt stout. Meget kraftig i smagen (krydret+alcohol). Tung at drikke. Duften brndt karamel og en masse kryderier.

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