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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re talking about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1721) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2009
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!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4150) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4874) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2009
2008 - aged 1 year. Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to hug rim. Bourbon and chocolate aromas. Deep chocolate and espresso upfront turning nicely hot bourbon in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of licorice, boozy abv, chocolate. A chocolate, abv, flavor with a medium bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nice beer just a bit off for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Pitch black with a small beige head that dissipates after a while. The smell is balanced and complex with pleasant notes of roasted malts and gentle bourbon notes up front. Some roasty acidity, dark chocolate, vanilla and a hint of dark fruits. The taste is also balanced with the bourbon notes well integrated with the rather powerful stout flavors. Nice roasted malts with slight coffee character, dark chocolate. A faint note of sweet dark fruits. Vanilla, oak barrels and some peppery spices. The bourbon accentuates towards the finish which has a roasted bitterness to it and a pleasant taste of alcohol. Surprisingly light body (medium rather than full). Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry finish. A good beer. Not a bourbon monster. Instead, it’s quite well balanced and showcases a happy marriage between imperial stout flavors and subtle bourbon notes. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
75cl bottle thanks to bret27. Black with a small brown head. The aroma is fruity with dark chocolate, low roast, and a touch of bourbon barrel. The flavor is pretty dry with some dark chocolate, light bourbon and oak, and some roasty bitterness in the finish. Almost light on the body; certainly a drinkable barrel-aged imperial stout, but lacks much impact that I look for in that style sub-category. A pretty interesting beer that was a lot tamer than I expected, with a welcome dryness. I’ll definitely give it the nod over BCS, though it should get it at the price this went for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larryLSB (474) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Poured from 750ml, dark, dark, brown with medium tan head. Great nose of hops, booze, and milk chocolate. Chocolate and dark coffee in flavor, with the booze right in there. Interesting blend of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, and bubbly. Worked for me, a thoroughly enjoyable Impy Stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
This is a real whiskey aged beer. It taste smells and feels like liquior. One of the best imperial stouts I’ve had. But as we all know it doesn’t exsist. I wish it did

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
One word..... AMAZING!!!!! Aroma is nail polish remover and booze but the flavor is so much more. Cold it tastes like choc and coffee but when it warms up the notes of oak and burbon really come out. If you can get ahold of this beer that "doesn’t exsist" please grab a bottle.

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