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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2009
25.4 oz bottle pours, well, black, what would you expect from the name? Chocolate mouse consistency head makes a snap-crackle-pop sound as the bubbles burst, then fades quickly to a thin ring. Aroma is pleasant, but not heavy. Chocolate and alcohol are the main flavors, with coffee in the background, some figs, very faint bourbon, and a bit of oak. Maybe because of the high alcohol content, I really noticed the sound of those champagne yeast bubbles bursting, bursting, bursting. The beer keeps well carbonated to the last sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (4143) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours black with a brown head. Nose of plums, prunes, over ripe fruit, vanilla, oak (bourbon). Very smooth and low in carbonation. Flavors of vanilla, oak, and coffee. A strong imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3707) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
2008 Bottle from santa shared with CaryTheDude. Jet black pour with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate, though not a lot of bourbon. Lots of alcohol though. Flavor is rich chocolate, some vanilla and oak. Very smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Delicious beer, glad i got to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Served from a 750mL bottle picked up from Liquor Outlet Wine Cellars. Popping the cork with a big Champagne pop thanks to the Champagne yeast. Pours a rich velvety black with a huge but dissipating toasted brown head. Nose is coffee, bourbon, and oak. Flavors are bourbon, burnt coffee, deep toasted oak, burnt malt, still boozy. Mouth is velvety smooth. Will see what some times does to my 2nd bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Bottle shared by danielcurtis81 on his wedding week. Pours solid black with a bubbly dark beige head. Nose is solid dark chocolate and dark roasted malt. Taste is solid bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt with molasses and brown sugar. Also has a solid alcohol bite that is a little stronger than desired. Overall, this is a SOLID brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2009
Aroma is a tantalizing, boozy, woody, espresso siren, dressed in jet black and wearing a small cappuccino head. Flavour starts with a burst of espresso beans, followed by loads of rich toasted malt. Full bodied, total eclipse of the tastebuds , extremely bitter! Magnificent! Thanks for sharing Dave Steen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7181) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2009
750 ml bottle acquired via trade some time ago. Pours a deep black color with a small white head. A slightly slick body. The aroma is very strong bourbon notes, woody and slightly sour notes. The flavor is dominated by a rich mix of bourbon, wood, roasted malts and a sweeter chocolate mix. Light vanilla as well. Very nice and a well done BA Impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
750 ml bottle - thanks to homebrewcolin for sharing; oily, jet black; lovely nose of roasted malt and sweet chocolate; texture is quite thin and kind of boozy; chocolate, oak, vanilla; some fruity sweetness too; quite nice overall but texture was a letdown

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Pours opaque oily black with a small island is brown foam left. Boozy nose with with some decent roast and chocolate character. The flavor is mostly just hot with booze and tannic with oak. I find this to be very thin and prickly. I can see why most people like this one, and I certainly don’t hate it. I just prefer a richer beer for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours almost black with a small beige head that barely lingers...aroma is a nice surprise for the style, I can actually smell things besides bourbon...coffee, cocoa and vanilla to start, with some oak and bourbon coming thru, but not overwhelming...flavour is creamy and smooth, nice dark chocolate bitterness with some boozy oak and vanilla creme...I really dug this brew...and nice to see another BA Imp Stout that doesn’t take the bigger is better approach in terms of barrel...

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