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RATINGS: 931   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyotehunter (696) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Bottle shared with MrBunn. Pours a dark brown with a thinnish of a head and aromas like a chocolate banana. Flavor is a lovely mix of chocolate, bananas, maybe some cherries, cream and vanilla. A bit thin but whatever.Goodness in a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12785) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 16, 2010
75cl bottle. Large creamy brown head that cascades slightly, atop soy sauce dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, light Bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, coffee/roast, some vanilla, Bourbon/vinous. Smooth full body, light booziness.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Wow. Nothing like have a beer like this to watch Duke destory the TarHeels!! First, many thanks to goes to Mike D. for bringing this back for me (and many other goodies) on his trip back East. Very cool. This one has been sitting for about a year or so and it was screaming to be opened.

So the beer pours out a thick black liquid, motor oil in consistency and from the body of this beast billows a rich, thick dark tan head. Head lasts forever. Aroma is a lesson in purity...chocolate, coffee, anise, molasses, bourbon, light vanilla, alcohol...mmmmm. Flavor is just as intense and wonderful as nearly anything I’ve had before. The bourbon and wood notes meld seamlessly with the classic impy stout flavors...decadent chocolate, mocha, soft bitterness. Absolutely stunning.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2643) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark,dark brown with a little bit of a head and aromas like a chocolate-covered banana. Flavor is a lovely mix of chocolate, bananas, maybe some cherries, cream and vanilla. All of this has a lovely alcohol warmth to it. Mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. Finish is warm and sweet.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2010
Bottle. It’s black with a thin cappuccino brown head. Aroma of long pine needles, coffee bean, fairly strong black grape, light leafy hops, oak, yeast, bread dough, light funk. Mouthfeel is full, bubbly on the tongue. Flavour has plenty of oak initially with bitter black coffee and vanilla: nice hop balance, not too bitter; there’s more dark grape, chocolate. The finish is long with a lightly funky quality and generous coffee bean flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baggio (332) - norrtälje, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle@home, 2009 vintage. Apperance: Dark as night with a huge, brown, head and lots of lacing. Aroma: Vanilla, Roasted malt, Dark chocolate. Taste: Bourbon, Vanilla, Oak, Dark chocolate, Hint of coffee, Hint of ripe fruit, Burnt sugar. Palate: Body is quite thin for sucha big stout. Plenty of carbonation and quite smooth liquid. An easy drink for its abv. A very good and robust stout that has a _strong_ bourbon presence. I would have wished for a fuller body but other than that this is a top notch brew if you’re into bourbon-barrel-aged stouts.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2010
750 ml bottle that I purchased over a year ago. This latest round of winter weather has put me in the mood for some good imperial stouts, and this one did not disappoint. Pours black with a large brown head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and laced the glass very well. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate along with some dark fruit and just a bit of vanilla. The flavor is a solid dose of chocolate along with some dark fruit and vanilla and is more intense than the aroma. Smooth and silky on the palate. Very, very good.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2010
"Silky black pour with a large brown head and tremendous lacing. Dark fruits, chocolate, and woody bourbon dominate the nose followed by a strong earthy yeast scent. Filling and quite soft on the palate. Well blended and wonderfully smooth. Flavor is a burst of dark ripe fruits, wood and vanilla with a back splash of bourbon. Plenty of chocolate, coffee and nuts thrown in there as well."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2010
Bottled. Pours out in a a complete black colour with a rich dense lasting pale brown head. Rich aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, roasted malts and and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with strong notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, nuts, dark coffee, burnt sugar and dark chocolate. Long rich aftertaste of roasted nuts, oak, vanilla and dark chocolate.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, 2008 edition @ 10.7% abv from grape & gourmet. pours a stunning, oil thick, jet black with a rich, dark brown head and a sticky ring of lace. aroma is is one of those epic ’beer geek’ moments when just about everything comes together perfectly. im talking huge notes of dark chocolate, graham cracker, toasted coconut, and yellow cake batter with subtle hints of roast coffee, toffee popcorn, and smoked pecans with a subtle touch of vanilla and woody bourbon. flavor is absolutely wonderful with huge, semi-sweet dark chocolate, dark red fruits, and toffee malts up front that smoothly transition to dark, roast coffee, campfire smoke, and absolutely beautifully integrated oaked bourbon with just a touch of sweet vanilla. palate is full bodied and decadent but superbly drinkable given the carbonation provided by the champagne yeast with a soft roasted malt and bourbon finish. overall, i feel that mr. oliver at brooklyn was thinking of me when he aged an imperial stout in barrels that once held my favorite bourbon of all time, Woodford Reserve, and he made one hell of a brew.


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