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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7585) - 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...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2009
( 750ml bottle thanks to zdk9) Pours the blackest of black with nice creamy tan head and great lacing. The nose and taste have coffee, smoke, and light milk cfhocolate. Not as heavy as many stouts so I loved that, but still coats the glass like oil. A great stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Poured jet black, black, and blacker. Small head. Vanilla, coffee, chocolate aroma. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Opaque black pour, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Beautiful aroma, with vanilla, oak, dark fruit, chocolate malt, and some alcohol. Roasted chocolate malt is the primary flavor, along with oak, bourbon, ash, and vanilla. Bourbon and ash stick to the palate for a long finish. Body is thinner than I expected. The aroma was really enticing, but the flavor didn’t blow my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bourbon coconut aroma. Super dark chocolate flavor. Surprisingly dry. Intense dark roasted flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11586) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
A deep dark stout with a thick moka head. A superb chocolate and bourbon barrell, coffee, very nice. In mouth, intense chocolate and cherry blossoms, alcohol, rich and warming, dark fruits. Botte shared with Alex (from BA) and his friend at BCTC 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Pours very dark with a thick tan head. Smells like chocolate and bourbon. Has a great chocolate taste that a little boubon taste in there as well. I think this beers needs a little more body to it. Good beer overall though

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