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RATINGS: 3296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   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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harrisoni (19310) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle from Utobeer. Black with dark thin head. Chocolate everwhere in this. Bit of heat from the alcohol. Brilliant dark choc which is on the grainy side. Some oilyness. Yep it’s choc and stout. Smooth, velvet and choc. Winter 05-06 bottling

DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle (small sample) at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 29/09/2005 Black and rich on the palate. Chocolate and coffee aroma and flavours. Roast finish.

brooklyn35 (5) - salisbury mills, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2006 does not count
2005-2006 bottling. Pours a beautiful black color with a caramel brown head which unfortunately dissapates rather quickly. The aroma is very complex with notes of licorice, molasses and of course chocolate. The roasted character of a stout is not very evident in the aroma or the taste. Surprisingly the alcohol at almost 9%is very subdued in the flavor and the aroma. Body is very full with a creamy consistency. It tastes of sweet and sour notes with chocolate and molasses. Overall a very unique and interesting beer. The flavors and aromas achieved with only malt are remarkable.

henrikb (1264) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2006
2005 – 06 Bottle – Very dark, pours almost oily with no head; The nose has loads of soft chocolate, a little bitter chocolate, actually just a lot of different chocolates on a slight malty and hoppy background (it has something unpleasant/unfitting to it as well, warm milk or something that I dont really recognize); Very soft, very oily, powerful body; Long, long soft, bitter, full and oily finish, again with lots of different chocolates, later with a very distinctive burnt character. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate and a little to little depth.

BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Winter ’05-’06 Bottle courtesy of jjpm74. Poured a very dark brown color with a thin light brown head. Sweet chocolate and alcohol aroma. The flavor was roasty, chocolate, coffee with hoppy bitter presents. Full body with a creamy texture. Bitter coffee and cherry aftertaste. Excellent!

Contra (30) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
Strong in every sense of the word, Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout is a perfect winter beer. It pours that criminson black typical of a stout. The only downside is the bitterness which overwhelms a bit too much.

brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3rd beer tasted at Book_M_Dano’s brew day. 12oz bottle, brewed winter 05-06. Very think looking pour. Black (with brownish hints at the edge)! No head. Sticky, thick aroma, malt candy came to mind. The taste was different. Sticky sweet with burnt and roasted malt with a hint of citrus. Vague chocolate notes that, together with the citrus, reminded me of that chocolate you can get in the shape of an orange and its orange flavored. Very slick mouth feel. Lingering after taste of bitter citrus and chocolate. Good, just not the right blend of flavors for me.

gnoff (10891) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 First rating, sampled "fresh"
Initial Rating Date: 3/8/2006 1:26:01 PM - UPDATED 8/20/2011
Bottle from Swedish "Systembolaget".
Very dark brown/black color, pretty much non-see through. Beautiful big lasting creamy brwon head. Sweet scent with roasted coffee and some chocolate. Some alcohol when sniffing deep. Very big body. Roasted and burnt flavors. A little sour and also some initial bitterness. Long burnt aftertaste.

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05-06 version
(Bottle 12 Fl Oz)
At Star Bowling, Göteborg
Black color, brown head. Fruity, raissin, metallic, smoke and acidic scent. Acidic smooth chocolate and alcohol with raissins taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Long roasted coffee aftertaste.

Rerate (Bottled, thanks to ekstedt!) On November 14, 2008. Blind tasting. Black color, light brown head. Sweet, raissin, alcohol scent. Sweet, alcohol, roasted taste. Full to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Also butterscotch scent. 8/4/7/4/16=3.9

09/10 vintage, bought a good while back from Systembolaget, 355 ml bottle. Sampled on September 16, 2012
Marked 10.0% ABV
BB Oct 2012
Black color, huge brown forthy lasting head, leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Sweet, chocolate, grains, alcohol, some raissins scent. Salty, grainy, roasted, alcohol, sweet, bitter, cocoa taste. Roasted, dry, grainy aftertaste. Rich, smooth, thick mouthfeel. Medium high fairly dry lasting bitterness. Very nice, keeps well. Some warming from the alcohol.

Sampeld the three versions 09-10, 08-09, 07-08 against each other on November 9, 2012.
The 09-10 version felt the best for me, the "roundest" most drinkable, smoothest one. The 08-09 was the worst right now of the three, being rather harsh and focusing a lot on the alcohol. The 07-08 was OK, the middle of these ones at this age. Judging from this experiment I guess I like the ones aged about 3 years well more than older ones.

Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
When I’m absolutely thirsting for an Imperial stout, in rolls number 38. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. When I first had this one, it was in my beer infancy. I bought of case back home in Pennsylvania thinking that the stout style was limited in body and taste to what I had come accustomed to in, say, Guinness. So I bought this, plus I like the idea of the chocolate as a novelty. That was way back in 2000. I was disappointed back then, but I blame that on my taste not being refined. I wish that I still had some of the 20 or more bottles that I left behind. But alas! This is rich and delicious, a fantastic dessert beer. And I can testify to the fact that it’s truly awesome with vanilla ice cream.

porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 5, 2006
(’04/’05 bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) This is an elegant pour - almost jet black, but actually very, very dark brown with small tight tan head. Aroma is great - dark chocolate, molasses, raisins. Some fine lacing, but a little sloppy. Mouthfeel very, very smooth, a little dry. Flavor of dark chocolate, light molasses and a sweet alcohol presence. The alcohol apparency knocks this down a bit but it’s still an excellent beer. Rich, roasty, sweet and chocolatey.

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