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RATINGS: 934   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4805) - 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 (3470) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsordr (2182) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle to taster at FoBAB 2015 pours opaque black with light tan head. Nose red fruit, bourbon, and slight wood. Taste similar to nose, leaning more on the red fruit flavors and bourbon.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (706) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Aroma: caramel, roasty, bourbon, vanilla, woody, alcohol, coffee, Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Outstanding

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1034) - Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Pours an opaque black with a thin mocha head and little lacing. Aroma has bourbon, vanilla, roast, and dark chocolate. The bourbon really comes out in the flavor with some vanilla, roastiness and chocolate in back and a bit of booziness. Full bodied with a full mouthfeel. Very well constructed and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (929) - - DEC 1, 2015
2015 bottle. Dark, almost pitch black. Smells of anise, chocolate, oak, light on the bourbon, a little roasty. Taste is a sweet chocolate, roasted hop, vanilla, ash. As it warms can taste the wood ford reserve bourbon better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (3131) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2015

Lukt: Lakris, kaffe, mørk sjokolade og vanilje.
Utseende: Sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Ikke skum.
Smak: Lakris, kaffe, sjokolade med en sprudlende avslutning.
Hvor: Kjøpt/Nydt@Nærbø Ølfestival 2015.
Medium: Flaske/Tapp@100ml, ABV@10,5%, Når@17.10.2015

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jahshuwuh (558) - USA - NOV 27, 2015
Dark, almost pitch black. Smells of anise, chocolate, oak, light on the bourbon, a little roasty. Taste is a sweet chocolate, roasted hop, vanilla, ash. As it warms can taste the wood ford reserve bourbon better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (1249) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Pours a jet black with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly bourbon, some vanilla, some roast. Flavor is again dominated by bourbon, with some roast, vanilla, and sweet chocolate. Smooth, but not too heavy. A bit one-dimensional for an imperial stout (and a pricy one at that), but that one dimension is nonetheless very tasty.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
DanielClifford (3) - - NOV 25, 2015 does not count
Really wanted to like this because of all the hype but very disappointed. I do not recommend it.


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