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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010
The aroma has bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee. The appearance is black with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a great beer but the aftertaste is just a bit odd.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bonster (181) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2010
Magnum from good pal pistolpete. All an illusion?? Pours black as shit with a dark tan head. At first whiff it soon becomes the center of the universe...an event horizon of pleasure where everything else ceases to exist. Bursting aroma is full of bourbon, wood, and malts. As the rich smooth liquid coats my mouth notes of boozy chocolate mix with vanilla and wood at the back of my throat. Dreamy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JerseyBrian (6) - Hobe Sound, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2010 does not count
heavy bourbon taste. very heavy. a little too much on the nose and first taste. the finish is just as harsh as the begining. Tried the 08 at the same time as 09, much more complex. the beer definetly is a homerun when you allow it time to lay down. 1yr brings out full flavors and hides some of the bourbon allowing the bourbon to give it a unique taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AskForJenny (1033) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
0.75l - First of all, if you donít enjoy bourbon donít even think of buying this one. Red/black liquid under fleeting brown head. Nice lace and light carbonation. Bourbon notes overpower the roasted notes. Palate is hops then bourbon, finishing with a lovely vanilla. Good, but I think the price is too high relative to what you get.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Pour thick and black as night with a small brownish head. First aromas on the nose are full of bourbon and dark malts as well as some wood notes. Flavors are full of bourbon, dark chocolate, nice richness to it as well, can also taste the woodsiness. Nice smooth finish which lingers for a quite a bit. Love this beer especially the bourbon flavors.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2010
pours pitch syrupy black with thin tan head. aroma is bursting with semi sweet chocolate, dark roasted malts, slight coffee...and some how like new band-aids. drinks very smooth with some alcohol present, semi sweet chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, burnt malts. bourbon and vanilla are most prominent at the finish. thick and oily but isnt heavy. alcohol is there but not intrusive.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Thanks to my Honkeybra for this one. Sweet malt on the nose, the dark fruits and such with some dark malts. Flavor is great, a little hot, but very tasty. Basically a great impy. Excelent with few complaints.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldbrewky (1498) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Magnum via the Bonster. Molasses, bourbon in nose and body. body is big....Duh. Rich sienna head sits upon the photon eating black body and diminishes slowly. Crisp yet pleasant bitter patent finish. Spotty drippy lacing. Iíll deny it all of course if you want me to testify in court about it so go f*#$k yourself copper!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2010
750 ml. from Macís on West Peachtree. Excited to see this sucker sitting on the shelves. What a nice dark viscous black pour that produces a nice light chocolate head that sticks around for some time. A very nice look imperial stout. Alcohol and bourbon press through, in terms of aroma. Very aromatic bourbon aroma. Lighter touches of wood and roast are hitting my nostrils. Hints of chocolate are coming through, and begin to make more of a presence as I keep sniffing her. Also, there are some vanilla and champagne aromas coming through as well. This is a very nuanced aroma, and very nice. Wow, at first I am getting that bourbon flavor, and then the wood starts to compliment it. The surprising thing about this beer is the chocolate and roast flavor that soon develop. Champagne and chocolate mix together to produce an interesting flavor. Very delicious beer I must say. There is something interesting to note i.e. the beer is surprising light. It isnít as syrupy or thick as other imperial stouts that are rated as highly, but it just has a nice smooth/rich texture that really has me puzzled. Overall, a delicious stout with some wonderful aromas/flavors. I just wish it were a bit cheaper.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Nice champagne on the nose along with bourbon coming through. Also notes of chocolate, slight caramel and ever so slight wood from the bourbon barrels sneaking in there. Just a degree of not being quite pitch black with just under half an inch of head that wants to stick around for awhile. On the palate I get champagne mixing with the bourbon along with bitter chocolate and slight caramel coming through. On the finish you get a slight dryness reminding you of the champagne yeast being used. Also tasting the barrel there as well. Bottle had on 1/5/10 as an early birthday present for me. Expensive but very well worth it. Get it if you can!


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