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RATINGS: 942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10291) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle at appellation. Pours black, nose is chocolate, vanilla, coconut, toffee, blackcurrant, taste is sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, a little thin.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dagimp (944) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2016
From a 7fidy into a sifter. Bottle is about two years old. I cellared it because I heard it was super hot fresh. Welllllllll, probably shouldn’t have done that. Taste was very mild and no-deScript. Coffee flavor was barely there. Not a very tasty stout at all. I’m not going to buy again, especially at $20 a bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dawsemeister (25) - - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle - pours jet black with a tan head that seems to have a lighter layer on top. Smells wonderful with definite whisky notes and smokey wood. There is a lovely fizz from the champagne yeast and this also adds a dry, acidic, fruity note. There is a burnt caramel sweetness on the back of the tongue and a strong whisky finish. Great dark, Belgian style ale...just wish I could not drink it long enough to let it age more!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gentle_Ben (44) - Rutland, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2016
Pours black with a mocha head. Nose is bourbon, malts, chocolate and coffee. In the mouth this hits you with the bourbon toffee notes, smoke, soy sauce, coffee and well balanced malts. The ABV is high but is well balanced by the flavours. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the soft carbonation cuts through the massive flavours. On the whole this is a very well balanced delicious stout!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (879) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 1, 2016
New Years beer, bottle, black with bubbly walnut colored head. Aroma is cookies, molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, toasted barley, chocolate, coffee. Taste is vanilla, bourbon, cookies, molasses and burnt sugar, raisin. Palate is rich and thick, carbonation subdued. This is amazing. Not as sweet as I thought.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2015
Corked 75 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon - with a roasted finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gunnfryd (14053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2015
Nærbø Ølfestival 2015. Black colour with no head. Aroma is licorice,chocolate, coffee. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak. full body. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1328) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle @ Milk and Hops. Pours thick jet black with medium thin dark mocha head that fades quickly. Aroma is dry Belgian chocolate, vanilla, port-soaked oak, bourbon, and vinous notes. Taste is clean, smooth light chocolate malt, milk chocolate and vanilla notes linger throughout. Hints of oak and bourbon on the back. 12% ABV is virtually undetectable amidst the smooth clean flavor here. Nice balance here, not a boozy bomb as you might expect.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4850) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle, one year old. Black with a medium head, falling quickly. Big vanilla and bourbon aroma. Strong oak flavor. Lots of vanilla, coffee,mroast, and bourbon. Full body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3633) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2015
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of head. Light lacing slides into the beer. The smell starts off with an eloquent sweet roasty coffee bean rolling over subtle notes of sweet cocoa. Dark fruits balance out the aroma. The taste was moderately sweet running through the roasty portion nicely full and adding a slight bready element. There’s a slight sweet fruity aftertaste running into a dry fruity finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionability about it. I do say it does get pretty dry with a sticky feel rolling about. Carbonation runs fairly light but I think this is a fairly old bottle, so I’m not worried. Overall, as a Russian Imperial Stout, this works. I could see myself coming back to this.


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