ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer has a very sour nose. The champagne gives this sourness. Initial flavor has the typical flavors of an imperial stout such as coffee and chocolate. However, the bourbon flavors come through with a slight burning sensation on the aftertaste. A slight sweetness also permeates. An interesting beer which definitely brings the black chocolate stout towards a new level.
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
early 2009 bottle. Fantastic! I’ve been sitting on this bottle for a while now and popped it for New Years... and it has not disappointed at all. Black Ops pours a rich black with a creamy tan 1 finger head which settles to a nice lacing along with some lingering patchy head. the aroma is truly wonderful... a great blend of chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla, oak and bourbon. nice carbonation throughout the pour and mouth... medium creamy body with more vanilla notes up front, softer sides filled with chocolate and a bourbon laced finish with a bitter twist. This is a great way to start my 2010 ratings!
gowdy (885) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Craig’s house. Dark black with a little off-white head. Caramel with perhaps licorice after taste.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a beer Ive been really wanting.. Thanks to Craftycarl21
Black oily with a large tan head. Aroma is delectable, black chocolate, bourbon booziness, some nice bitterness on the end as well as sweet chocolate in the middle. wood and chalky chocolate also make an appearance. Very nice boozey chocolate, some coffee but mostly a bakers chocolate dream with tons of booze to back it up. The barrel aging overtakes a lot of the thing I like about the original but at the same time imparts some nice vanilla and wood notes. I like it a lot, but a different animal than Black chocolate stout.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Motor oil pour, tan head. Aroma holds huge quantities of bourbon, wood, coffee, rich chocolate, cream, caramel, molasses, and a touch of both chalk and anise- pretty incredible on the nose. Flavor is excellent as well; similar characteristics to the aroma, but the bourbon really comes through. Vanilla and a bit of almond are welcome additions to an already complex taste. Palate is boozy, which I love, but still remarkably smooth. Top notch beer.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been waiting to try this for quite some time now... mmm bourbon barrell black chocolate with champagne yeast. Thank you to craftycarl21 for the massive comp on this diddy Pour is jet black while the head is tan and frothy. Beautiful and flawless in the appearance. Aroma takes on massive dark fruit characteristics with huge chocolate and bourbon vanilla notes. Reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged DFH WWS- which makes it an aromatic orgasm to begin with. Flavor is strong milk chocolate, bourbon vanilla, and gratuitous roast. Vinous notes come in near the finish. Palate is rich, thick, creamy, and delightful, Fuck this is yummy.
obguthr (4587) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour sampled from a plastic boot. Dark chocolate nose that turns to bourbon and oak as the beer settles. Speaking of settling, the carbonation from the enormous brown head falls as if from a nitrogen draft pour. The color is pitch black. Beautiful! It tastes of bourbon and charred oak with faint dark chocolate hints, a bit of a vanilla and currant finish. Very oaky, moderately bourbony. Alcohol is well concealed. Quite nice and tastefully done.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared this bottle with my Dad on Christmas Eve. Great times! Aged about 10 months after purchase. Pours thick and black with an impressive brown head. Nice aroma, not overly strong, but a pleasant scent consisting of bourbon, oak, pine and caramel. This is very smooth and drinks surprisingly a little thin. Big bourbon flavors with some coffee roast, a touch of molasses and dark fruit with mild bitterness in the finish. A good beer. Pretty easy to drink for a 10+% bourbon aged Stout.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Big aroma and flavour of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate and bourbon which is well evident throughout the beer. Smooth mouthfeel. A warmth from the alcohol, although could well be from the bourbon character which shows right through to the finish. Extremely well balanced. There’s hints of peppery aftertones. What a beer!...is what I’d say if I got the chance to try it but it doesn’t really exist...so forget everything I said. (RateBeer Sydney Xmas Gathering 2009 - cheers Oslo!)
TimE (4112) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, dark brown head. Bourbon and brownies dominate the nose. The mouth is filled with dark goodness, bourbon, dark chocolate, brownies, big bitterness. The bourbon is not as pronounced as with many barrel aged beers, but over all I found balanced and great depth. I personally prefer a bit more bourbon, but this is a great beer nonetheless.