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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 Bottle at Københavns Øldage 2009, Valby. Black - brown head. Roasted, oak, wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, milkey, sweetness, fruits, light hoppy, smooth. Everything is there, but it is very mellow and low key !!!...........Again: #16 - Amerikaner Blind-Smagning 29-Maj-2009 hos Papsoe. Bottle. Soap, youghurt, poletter, acetone. (7/4/7/3/15)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (14436) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2009
Sample at CPH beerfestival. Nice head with excellent duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, wood, smoke, chocolate and notes of fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
750ml bottle from swolf3, thanks Steven. Dark black pour with a dark tan head. Bourbon chocolate aroma, very nice. Very smooth flavor, more bitter chocolate, subtle bourbon, very nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 Edition1-750ml bottle–pours a tight brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is dark malt-licorice, bourbon, some earthy hops. Taste is dark malt-peat, licorice, bourbon, some earthy hops, alcohol is a bit raw/harsh. Thanks MCLK for bringing this. 110519-Batch1 much smoother, fuller body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2009
This one had a much peatier bourbon character than you usually get from BA beers, especially in the finish. Really interesting, and quite a sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3195) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2009
750ml bottle
At $18.99 there is no way I will be buying more of this regardless of how fantastic it is. Having said that only a case made it to the local store so getting more would have been tough anyways. This is near the top of the competitive imperial stout field. Hopefully another batch will come out in the future.

Aroma / Appearance - The oaky brown head provides a pleasing display of richness along with the medium black body. A fringe of blackness around the edges highlights an almost perfect beer. The combination of anise, caramel, smoke, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ethanal meld seamlessly into a mixture of base beer and bourbon.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy earthy tastes like wood, vanilla, and anise begin a richly textured mouthfeel. The transition to cocoa, dark chocolate, cherry, and coffee, continue the complexity. Wrapping up with a dry oaky blend it is balanced, well done, and is worthy of bring near the top of the site.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Bottle Batch 1. Thanks to MCLK for sharing! Poured black with a thin brown head. Very interesting nose, lots of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, roasted malt, smells more like a chocolate liquor than beer. Flavor is huge, bitter chocolate, hard roasted malts, bourbon. Very smooth roasted finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2009
750mL brown glass cork-finished. No date. Appearance: Poured into pint until half-full, greyish-tan head cascades out almost filling the glass the rest of the way. Head settles but is very fluffy. Beer is opaque black. Nose: Lots of sweet black vanilla bean, dark brown sugar, nutmeg, roasted coffee beans, some alcohol is noticeable, but not overpowering. Smells like a bakery/coffee shop. Palate: Medium- to full-bodied and surprisingly low carbonation (might have all escaped during pour). Some acidity is noticeable and a little hot from the whiskey. Dark black coffee, vanilla extract, some hop bitterness, cocoa powder, dark chocolate (80%) and some almost burnt sugar. Finish is long and focused like a great sip of perfectly brewed coffee. Notes: Seriously good...but of course, that is only if this beer exists, which it does not. But if it did exist, I’d say that it’s one of the best beers that I’ve had from Brooklyn. I would like a little more body, though, to support all the flavor. Other than that, great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (11205) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2009
CBF09. Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Fantastic flavor. Vanilla and chocolate notes together with strong bitterness. Long exceptinal great finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Corked bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Pitch black and topped by a frothy deep tan head which left good lacework upon the glassware. The powerful aroma has notes of prune, black currants, molasses, anise, burnt peat, oaky bourbon, leather, hint of chocolate, toasted barley, and freezed dry coffee. The taste starts with a dark fruit and coffee supported by a heavy note of unabashed whiskey and oak (what I am not getting however is much "vanilla" like sweetness from this which is surprising considering they used Woodford Reserve barrels). The finish displays coffee and light spicy notes with a minerally and almond twang. The mouth feel I must say is a tad thinner than I would expect, seems washed out by the barrel aging. Still aggressive and brash overall. This also gets chalky after a while, another bummer. One thing for sure, no one will ever say that this BA Impy is too sweet, in fact it is too earthy and woody dry IMO. Too much barrel and not enough sweetness, perhaps the Champagne yeast ate too many of the sugars? Worth a try but temper your expectations.

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