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RATINGS: 945   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 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 (6073) - 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 (3016) - 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 (12970) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Bottle. Thanks to Tmoney for bring it to NATIFEST ’09. Pours a very dark, thick ebony with a nice tan head. Aroma is strong with roasted malts and bourbon. I also detected notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some sweet malts. On the palate, this beer is chewie and creamy. The flavor brings out the bourbon, but it is very balanced. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Great opaque black pour with a small very dark head, a head that talks to me about density of the body and intensity of the flavor. A nose of toasted burnt dark malts that will taste of coffee and bitter chocolate, plus a definite bourbon nose as well. Flavor is consistent with the nose, with a slam of bourbon, followed by oak and vanilla, coffee and chocolate, and tons of dark malt. Not sequential, but harmonized, and surprisingly well balanced. I had expected this to be just an over-priced version of their chocolate stout, but it is an entirely different beast. I think it is still much too expensive (my bottle cost me $30 at a special promotion during Philadelphia beer week) and probably has a touch too much alcohol to be sporting ... the trick is to get this much flavor into a beer at 9% or less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is the same with notes of dark fruit and oak.

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