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RATINGS: 807   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 it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re talking about.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle at the rake, tasting thanks to harry. Alround rating: Very bitter dark chocolate, like we’re talking 85% or above here, alc is present and peppery, its quite drinkable all the same.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11119) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2009
Garrett Oliver beer dinner in Hillerød. Black with a lasting tan head. Roasted aroma, mostly chocolate with coconut/bourbon oak notes. Rich and intense dark flavour of dak chocolates and coffee. Bourbon notes and a good bitterness. Very elegant beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2009
Bottle. High and lasting creamy light brown head. Pitch black body. Roasted malt aroma of coffee choccolate and a hint of the bourbon. Powerful coffee choccolate flavor with bourbon but strangely I could not taste the wood. Fair amount of hops bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Low carbonation, long aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bondesen (4) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2009 does not count
Realley nive mouthfeel. The apperance is awesome. Dense beatiful foam and creamy bubbles. The barrelaging is not detectable. Not so massive and undrinkable as other extreme imperial stouts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (1709) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 11, 2009
750 in small tulip. Black with dense lasting brown head and lace. Boozy bourbon espresso and chocolate aroma. Boozy bourbony dark chocolate and dark fruit with boozy mouth-coating slightly woody finish. The best thing about this beer is its beautiful appearance. Might have been better without the bourbon barrels. Still, nice and rich.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2009
Bottle picked up at premier in Buffalo. nice pour. deep thick dark brown with huge choc colored pour, foam is amazing. nose is bourbon and choc. flavor is similar, with slight alcohol notes. but well hidden for the most part. nice but not a fav

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drewsi227 (16) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Amazing flavor, tastes of bourbon, with a hint of coffee, aroma is the same, would reccomend to anyone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rustyham (1724) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
extrememly violent, like a strong scotch mixed with a stout. touch to finish, but fun nonetheless. Either from Daknole, Oakes, Beershine, or Chris from FreshBeer Inc.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle: Mostly opaque black with dark brown edges and a frothy brown head. Aroma of sweet doughy dark chocolate malt and some mild oaky bourbon. Body starts fairly full and dark caramely sweet with a good semi-dry bourbon oaky balance toward the finish. Pretty nicely balanced, smooth and very drinkable. A nice imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bomber, shared with Dan after a phenomenal golf round at Bethpage Black! Pours dark brown, opaque, and with a lasting brown head. Aroma has dark chocolate, maltiness, vanilla, molasses, and whole wheat bread. Palate is creamy and smooth, with some prickly effervescence kicking in from mid-palate on. Flavor starts with wood, bittersweet chocolate, and roasts. This feeds into alcohol and bittering hops. Overall, this was a nice balanced offering, though I didn’t think the blend of bourbon-barrel and stout “worked” as well as expected. The alcohol showed through markedly, compromising the firmness of the dark chocolate, roasts, and other flavors.


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