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RATINGS: 800   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle shared by BOLTZ7555 Ė you kick much ass Jason! Pours a pitch black with a one finger tan head. The nose is ash, cocoa and roasted coffee beans. The taste is dark fruits, burnt chocolate, vanilla and espresso with a hot bourbon finish. Medium creamy mouth feel. Good stuff. Thanks Big J!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
From bottle courtesy of dpjuart. Great aroma. Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Twizzlers, vaporous alcohol and bourbon; big phenols and light hops. Dark black with chocolatey brown lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts with nice sweet characte, coffee and chocolate. Mild vanilla and oak, kinda tangy. Big hops bitter finish, oaky. Overall itís nice but a little watery in the finish. Not as sweet as others and quite a bitter finish. A little hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5212) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Black with lively effervescence. Like black ops projects, subtle and smooth. Some coffee, but lots of chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Simple refined flavors. Solid, easy to drink. Excellent craftmanship that wonít hit you on the head. I love this beer, it fits in a nice little pocket that not many others can fill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
Heard buzz about this last spring at the WBC, but didnít get to try it. Glad I got the chance now, courtesy Brent @ Redlight. Very dark brew with thin brown head. Chocolate imperial stout with light bourbon aroma. The body is a bit thin. Light bourbon notes and a vague coffeeishness. Itís ok in terms of flavour development but the thinness really takes a lot away from this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a large, off-white frothy head. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, and a bit of molasses. Extremely smooth with a strong bourbon aftertaste. Tastes like Woodford Reserve which I love! Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99 (10466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle from Party Town. Poured dark brown with a moderate creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted chocolate, licorice and coffee malt with a small alcohol aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Heavy balanced toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
black body with a brown head.typical imperial stout i hate to say it.nothing really barrel aged about it.not bad but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2009
#800 Pours a thick, black color with a brown head. Nice aroma with plenty of oak, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and dark fruits. Only a hint of alcohol on this one. Flavor starts off with the roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Finishes decently bitter with a nice bourbon flavor that warms in the back of your throat. Amazing brew that is not too over the top with the bourbon and oak.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.7% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C Purchased at: Canalís Lawrenceville, NJ for $23.00 Aroma: intense coffee and licorice aromas, alcohol is very present, inviting, enticing. Berries, grass, and wood. Oaking is evident. Roasted, burnt scents throughout. A bit acrid, and enjoyably so. Visuals: Packaging is engaging, classic, and perfectly done. The body is absolute pitch in color, viscosity, and heft. As deep black and opaque as anything Iíve ever seen. Head is tan, starting thick and fluffy, then dissipating, but not fully. A thin head remains. Lacing is exquisite. Taste: Crisp body gives way to sultry chocolates, coffee, and caramel. Luxurious. Surprisingly balanced for the style and treatment. I expected to be bowled over, but instead, Iím treated to a very drinkable (dangerously so) beer. Palate: Perhaps the best part of this beer is the set of sensations in the mouth and throat. Starts with a bubbly crisp effervescence, followed by a mild transfer to smoothness that carries those roasted flavors, then a sweet cream milkiness, then a bit of chalk, followed by a three part finish consisting of sweetness, roastiness, and hoppy bitter burn. Overall: This is a once in a lifetime beer, very well done, and Iím thrilled to have enjoyed it. I only wish I was celebrating something besides Saturday night, as this beer deserves a celebration. Source: Brooklyn Black Ops Oak Aged Imperial Stout ę BeerCritic from http://beercritic.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/brookly on Sat Jan 31 2009 22:17:18 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2911) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle, Coleís Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo. One of my beers of the fest/ Black, thick rich off white head. Aroma of chocolate and dark malts, some alcohol, hint of vanilla. taste is heavenly - silky smooth chocolate, big dark malt body, alcohol present and well blended, no hint off bourbon or anything though. Thick rich body. A very very good imperial stout.

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