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Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles. Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly, "Black Ops" was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. They say it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re talking about.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (237) - Padova, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
ASPETTO: nero impenetrabile, con schiuma marroncina, fine abbondante e persistente. AROMA: il bourbon le fa da padrona, accompagnata da cacao e note tostate. Invita tantissimo alla bevuta. GUSTO: il bourbon avvolge e riscalda la bocca, sempre accompagnato da un abbondante cacao (dolce e amaro). Sentori chiari anche di frutta rossa sotto spirito (ciliegia). Nel finale emerge dell’ottimo caffè, senza mai far scomparire gli altri sentori. Retrogusto persistente un po’ amarognolo, per le note tostate. Carbonizzazione medio/bassa, corpo strutturato, dalla consistenza quasi oleosa. CONCLUSIONE: un’imperial stout praticamente perfetta, almeno per i miei gusti. Assomiglia molto alla sorella minore, la black chocolate, ma dai sapori più intensi e con un liquoroso più accentuato. C’è poco da fare: Oliver Garrett le imperiale stout le sa fare davvero!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3053) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2015
Bottle share at Cad’s. 2012 vintage, 10.5%. Black, big foamy brown head. Aroma is very sweet with vanilla and molasses. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is rounded malts, boozey, vanilla and coconut, dry finish. Decent imperial stout, but not good enough to warrant the £20 I paid for it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3836) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
Vintage 2012. Merci Mr. B pour la dégustation! Dès le versement, je remarque que le liquide est loin d‘avoir une texture épaisse. Une tête brune se forme mais ne reste pas très longuement. Rien ne reste collé sur la paroi de mon verre. Très beau nez de bourbon caramélisé, de chocolat, de vanille et de beurre d’arachides et/ou de noix mélangées. Les saveurs ne réussissent pas à épater mes papilles : le bourbon qui prend beaucoup de place dégage des saveurs de chêne. Dommage que les malts n’aient pas cette richesse si précieuse et nécessaire pour bien soutenir les affres de la barrique. En bouche, le corps est moyen-faible mince et la texture mince confirment l’appréhension du départ. En arrière-goût, je note que l’amertume et les notes légèrement astringentes d’un bourbon boisé. Décevant compte tenu des attentes que j’entretenais face à cette création de Mr. Garett Oliver, un précurseur que je tiens en haute estime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2724) - Paris, FRANCE - MAR 14, 2015
Black color with a black and creamy tan head with good duration. Aroma has notes of Bourbon and roasted mals with vanilla notes. Flavor is slightly sweet, high presence of borbon, licorice and coffee beans with dark fruits hints. The final is bittery with bourbon notes, light to medium body with a minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4202) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, plums, raisins, oak, and some roast. Flavor is dry, rich chocolate, roast, dark fruit notes, and some barrel character. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (984) - Dover, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Poured black, with a nice brown head, decent retention and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak and bourbon, vanilla and some chocolate. Taste is certainly boozy, wood, lots of vanilla and some chocolate notes. This think is just f’ng delicious, extremely enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (517) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle at Burger Bar. Pitch black pour with a generous dark khaki head leaving spotty lace. Nose is prominent bourbon with hints of wood vanilla and dark fruit, Taste is less pronounced bourbon though it does increase as it warms with light toffee and medium bitter chocolate and coffee. Medium full creamy mouth with soft carbonation. Some subtle layers but the bourbon is dominant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (144) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2011 vintage aged almost 4 years Pours a jet black, opaque body. Small 1/4 inch dark chocolate head. Lacing and head retention were average. Smell is of milk chocolate and fresh baked brownies. Roasted caramel malt and hints of coffee come through also. Getting very little bourbon and for 11%, the alcohol is pretty light on the nose. Taste is big on charred oak, burnt coffee, and smoked malt. Bourbon adds some depth to the beer as it warms. Hops aren’t present, alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Lots of layers of flavors going on. Mouthfeel is good, Brooklyn does such a good job with their bottle conditioned beer, carbonation is spot on. Just wish that the head retention lasted longer than 5 minutes. Overall this was a great beer thats been on my want list forever. One of the pioneers of bourbon aged stouts, just wish the bourbon was more apparent. A nice head would have also propelled this beer to top ten status but its still pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Underdogs88 (261) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Wood and bourbon on the aroma. Appearance is a dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Bourbon and oak dominant the flavor with notes of chocolate and a smooth roast character. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good bourbon oak stout, but it's not worth it's price. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beermack (722) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
2014 bottle shared. Motor oil black pour, thin tan head. Big dark chocolate heavy roast nose, good oak, light vanilla. Taster is big dark roast, dark choc, dark coffee, and well integrated barrel notes. Good fruitiness, no vanilla overload. Well balanced, no booze sting. Medium/full body. Barrel and roasty chocolate linger. Expensive, but good.

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