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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2160) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2015
2012 bottle. Pours brown black with a tight thin mocha head that lasts. Aroma has wet oak chips soft bourbon and a meld of chocolate and licorice. Taste is warming alcohol bourbon wet wood licorice subtle chocolate. Palate is medium fizzy warming booze and finishes dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pitdogg (2) - Charlotte, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
Really loved this!!! Complex flavors that truly linger on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3343) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, vanilla and bourbon notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with alcohol too. Medium bodied, oily tocreamy texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13462) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle at the Cads 10th Anniversary bash, 2012 vintage thanks to Daniel, 29/03/15. Black with a decent tan covering that retains well. Nose is rich chocolate, dark fruit rinds, dates, light spice, charr, suggestion of alcohol. Taste comprises mellow dark fruitage, molasses, chocolate pudding, toffee fudge. Medium + body, soft to oily mouthfeel, lightly warming alcohol in the close. This one exceeded my expectations, xolid impy action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1878) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle 2013, pours a dark brown/black with a large tan head. Sweet aroma, oak, caramalized bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and mild fruity toasted malts. Upfront chocolate, vanilla, sweetness fading into bitter smokey roast and coffee, oak, and finishing with boozy bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (804) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Black pour with a mocha head. Aroma is very chocolatey, creamy, fairly boozy, bourbon cuts through. Flavour is dark chocolate and coffee, boozy with bourbon notes, a little light palate for the ABV but tons of flavour. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
salvaticas (533) - - APR 4, 2015
Bottle pour. Smooth and malty. Good balance. Nothing unique but well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (263) - 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 (3839) - 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 (4040) - 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.

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