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RATINGS: 799   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, light bourbon, slight vanilla, light wood, and a slight hint of alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a large, dense, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, alcohol, light vanilla, wood, light caramel, and a hint of the champagne yeast. Medium to full body. Chalky texture. Average carbonation. Chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol finish. 10.7%ABV is noticeable but not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4778) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. black pour with an espresso head. nose is dark chocolate, licorice and vanilla. very nice on the palate with a heavy licorice flavor backed by vanilla and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (771) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
Way underestimated this one when I bought it....a pleasant surprise. Dark brown/black pour...thin brown head. Boozy, choco-malt aroma....smells tasty. Smooth and creamy body, but a tad thin..not bad, but I wanted a bit more fullness. Rich choco flavor...bourbon, vanilla, oaky...all the expected players. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2009
bottle by way of ucusty... fairly black pour with a small tan head... attractive in it’s little snifter... the nose shows a strange woody funkiness the entire duration of the tasting... sort of medicinal and woody with a huge blast of floral alcohol, toasty malt and chocolate... odd, almost like a bug in the wood which never disappears. luckily that medicinal note does not show up in the flavor profile for long.... it is however, really chocolate-y, malty and bourbon-y to the point where it becomes unpleasant. other notes include wood like chompin’ on a piece of oak barrel, chalky multi-vitamin pills and a super spicy finish. it has it’s moments where it is really good but most of the time the bourbon is a bit overwhelming. it is medium bodied with low carbonation. quite easy drinking as it is not thick or syrupy sweet though i don’t want to drink anymore than this little snifter worth. it does get much less offensive as it warms and becomes more like a shot of bourbon with stout in it! 6/4/6/4/14/3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3175) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pour is dark black with a thick dark tan 2 inch head. Nice settling in the glass, pretty beer. Aroma is roasted malt, chalky cocoa beans, leafy tobacco. Wood is fairly tame, bu present. Some vanilla sweetness and a fair amount of booze in the nose. Taste is the dry leafy tobacco, roast maltiness, some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness, and a finish the features quite a bit of alcohol heat. Palate is dry, dusty, and boozy. Overall nice enough Imply, thanks for sending my my way Tom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a dark brown head with a dark brown body. Smells like bubblegum, vanilla, whiskey, and chocolate. Flavor is roasted, vanilla, and sweet malt. Little sour and sticky on the finish. Good use of the barrels but the stout flavors are not quite bold enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - APR 12, 2009
Brooklyn Black Ops is a very nice imperial stout. While way too expensive and hard to find, this beer is full of chocolate and coffee. The color is a deep black with a thin mocha head. A literal meal-in-a-glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
Via a trade with someone a while back. Pours with a oily black body covered by a dark brown, creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, fudge and alcohol. Taste is great with chocolate fudge, cocoa powder and tons of chocolate, alcohol and vanilla. Syrupy mouthfeel with light bubbles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Bottle at home Huge thanks to my Secret Santa for this one ... with Jan and Charlotte ... deep solid black ... huge brown foam head ... light coconut and roast malt nose ... nice smooth chocolate roast ... oh so soft and gentle ... rich complex ... but no one thing dominates... hides the alcohol well ...

well thanks to Puzzl who i now know to be my secret santa, and to SanTaFun for a 2nd... and to some one else for a third... deep black ... thin tan head .... soft roast malts little coffee nose ... barrel spirit ... lots of coffee a bit more bitter than i rember ... nice but not hitting the spot the same way 4.2

bottle at home 190811... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft roast malt ... dark roast ... light alcohol ... nose ... dark roast ... soft bourbon ... dark chocolate ... dark roast ... chocolate malts ... nice dark heavy ... this seems a little more boozy than normal 4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle from Jimbo. Big nose, and a nice looking beer, but I kind of found the flavors in this beer to be a little lifeless. I guess my expectations for a BA Imperial Stout would be that everything would be over the top. I barely got any oak flavors. Still, pretty nice.

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