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RATINGS: 837   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
February Houston Tasting. Thanks to kp for bringing this beer. Deep black pour with small mocha head. Rich roasted malts, wood, coffee, bourbon. Flavor is woody, malty, bourbony and chocolatey...very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Big thanks to Ken for sharing this bottle! Pours black with a light tan head. Smell is roasty malt and light alcohol. Taste is cocoa with sweetness and dark chocolate. Somewhat dry finish. Medium to thin body for an imperial stout, I thought and a touch more carbonated than ideal, but not too distracting. Perhaps this is from the champagne yeast used. Definitely enjoyable, but a touch sweeter and thinner bodied than I was hoping for.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing it! Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Rich aroma, of toasted malt, a lot of woodiness, coffee, bourbon. Taste also has a lot of wood, with toasted malt, bourbon and chocolate notes. Lingering burnt wood flavors. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3849) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
750 ml, thanks to lithy for sharing this one. Opaque with a lasting disc of foam that leaves sticky deposits on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate and cookie dough. Flavors of espresso, alcohol, dark chocolate, vanilla and raisins. Medium-heavy body is watery, roasty-dry and a little too fizzy.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Huge Thanks to Sprinkle for the beer. Of course black thick pour with huge bourbon smell. Taste was nice chocoltae and bourbon. Boubon wasn’t too over powering but subtle taste was smooth and some bitter tase as well which I liked. Nice beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to mcbackus. Pitch black pour with a thick dark tan head. Big nice bourbon aroma, a bit of smoke, chocolate. Taste is smooth creamy body with bourbon smoke thinning it out, chocolate and roast body hold it up.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, fizzy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, molasses), average hops (perfume), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of alcohol, prune, dates, toffee, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smith4498 (3087) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Pours black with brown head. Aromas of burnt malts and wood. Flavor of roasted malts, oak, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and bourbon. Full body with minimal carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2009 Bottle thanks to Robert and Gabe definitely. Poured a nice black color with nice tan head. Aroma was nice with caramel, chocolate, and alcohol with a nice balance of bourbon. Taste was similar with vanilla,caramel, chocolate, and malt, enjoyed over all and wish I had more

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1516) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 750ml bottle. Black pour... good toffee colored head. Nice aroma of dark fruits, roasted malts and some chocolate. Taste is close to the nose. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. In the aftertaste you can pick up some of the barrel aged woodiness. A little smokiness to it. The taste is well balanced and the flavors mix well together. Texture is average for an imperial stout. No trace of the 10.7 percent. Overall a nice Impy! Thanks to robert at SL for saving me a bottle!


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