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RATINGS: 945   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbill (3605) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours deep black with dark tan head, aroma is champagne, coffee, dark fruit. Taste up front is oak, vanilla, and dark fruit leading into coffee and chocolate flavors and finishing a bit sweet and dry. What a good and unique version of a stout, with lots of champagne character as well as perfect stout elements that totally mask the 12% until it hits your stomach. Great brew!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (6512) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2010
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Black with a dirty beige head. Liquorice aroma with strong notes of whiskey, vanilla, coconut, and alcohol. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Fairly dry and salty with medium bitterness. Another barrel-aged imp stout that i find highly overrated.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1763) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Had a bottle of this last August (thanks to "hannont") and forgot to rate it. Colour.... intensely black with a thick, frothy dark brown head. Nose... dark caramel, high cocoa mass bittersweet chocolate, dark molasses and oak. Palate... gad this stuff is thick! Coating, chewy, mild CO2, constant underlying waves of Bourbon flavours, loads of toffee, dark chocolate, unsulphered molasses, dark raisins, vanilla bean, heavy bodied coffee and a long, creamy finish. Mmmmmm.....!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nimbleprop (7480) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2010
2009 bottle sampled at Sexual Chocolate Day 2010. BIG bourbon nose, chocolate milk, vanilla, light wood, light smoke, earthy, wood pulp. Flavor is sweet, vanilla, wood pulp, coffee with cream, brown sugar, molasses. Really super smooth, full bodied with a sweet finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black color wit ha small tan head. Has a roasted amlty chocolate aroma with some vanilla hints and some hints of oak. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with hints of vanilla. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee finish with hints of vanilla and oak in the aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
This is the Super Bowl MVP of beers. Wow!, head, lacing, color, depth, aroma, feel, taste, all equal a champion for 2010.


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