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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lcdumchus (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pours very dark and syrupy. Short-lived tan head. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon are there, but not overbearing. Very dinkable for the alcohol content. A great beer, but a bit over priced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2011
This one is nice. Like one of my fellow ratebeerian, I had this after shoveling snow so maybe Iím a bit biased. It pours a beautiful black with a thin foamy lacing head. The flavor is a little subdued at first but comes on as the beer warms. Chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon, coffee are all present. The flavor again is subdued at first but also comes on as it warms. All the flavors in the aroma with a lively carbonation that makes it very drinkable despite the booze level. Let it warm a bit before rating. Nice way to start 2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2599) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Black pour orange hue ... dark tan head lots of lacing ... aroma of oak and bourbon with vanilla and light chocolate .... taste of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak and some roasted coffee ... dry bitter oaky vanilla finish .... an insanely good beer flavors are dead on and well balanced with rich flavors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours black with some head lingering for several minutes. Nose is hops, roast, coffee, burnt chocolate, wood, bourbon, alcohol, light soy, breads, and herbs. Taste is sweet at first then fades to some dryness and nearly some lactic sourness and tart roastyness. Bitter and smooth and rich on the palate. Not bad but not a good 300th rating and not worth nearly the 20 that it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
A rare treat in Australia courtesy of the estimable visiting Oslo (thanks buddy - I feel your generosity was not fully repaid). Perfect appearance, as dark and impenetrable as the name suggests. Boozy aroma of vanilla, molasses and paint-stripper. Medium-bodied. Some oak on the tongue. Thickly alcoholic but big and rich enough to carry it off. Very good indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Bottle - been saving this one for over a year. Figured New Yearís was a good reason to break it out. Pours thick and jet black with a thin brown head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla and dark malts along with some wood (oakiness) notes. Flavors are full of bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, and some chocolate - with the oaked wood notes present as well. Fairly smooth finish for a brew with this much going on... warms you right up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Thanks Ryan for the beer last night. Pours black with dark tan foam. Not as much lacing as I would have expected. In general this Imperial Stout isnít as thick and heavy as many others of the same style. Notes of prunes, raisins, figs, dates, and other dried fruits. Plenty of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, and mocha as well. Very complex with tons of flavor. I liked that the beer had great complexity, but I was hoping for just a touch more weight and richness. Iíve had better bourbon barrel stouts, but this is still really really good. Very difficult to get here in Middle TN.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9159) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle. From MalmŲ, Sweden.
Black colour with small to average brown head. Coffee, roasted malt, some bitterness, mild alcohol, molasses and chocolate in aroma. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, sweet sugar, bitter hops, ask and burned malt. Warming. Slightly thinnish and one dimentional but gets better when warms.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, licorice, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit (notably cherries & prunes), and licorice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, great aroma - pricey but excellent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750ml bottle I picked up during my travels in NY. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of green pepper. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel was thin for this big of a beer, but there was enough bourbony goodness to still this quite the nice sipper. Overpriced? Yeah maybe. Still a very well made stout.

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