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RATINGS: 832   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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
This is a heavy beer in every sense of the word. Big flavor. Very floral, very hoppy, and very high in abv. Itís fantastic if you can get your hands on it. Itís also a night ender.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rores1985 (10) - USA - NOV 5, 2010
This for me was the perfect beer. Very chocolatey. Tempered sweetness, as kinds of lingering tastes that changed on the way down.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Edtorrey (26) - Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Wow! If you know Brooklyn's chocolate stout you will really like this big beer brother. All of the familiar characteristics only more intense. After 12 months in the cellar, very smooth and not too alcoholic. Worth the price. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Seriously, a home run here. Aroma is subtle upon opening the bottle - cocoa. Alcohol will give you a kick as itís over 10%. Taste to me was like a cross between a brandy or cognac and creme de cacao. Very enjoyable as a nightcap or an after dinner sipper. NOT to consume in mass, NOT cheap, NOT for someone just trying to get a quick buzz. You have to take it slow and enjoy this one. The guy who originally ordered this one and never came to claim it missed out big time. His loss, my gain.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerheart65 (1024) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Ebony black, thick creamy head is brown and stays long, good lacing. Aroma is strong: like a belgian beer married a stout, ash, bourbon, sherry... which would be like like a bourbon matured in sherry barrel, espresso, vanilla, chocolate, herbs. Canít believe this aroma. Nuances for a bunch of beers. Pure and inviting aromas. Only critique could be that this is unbeery... nope just great and interesting and new. Medium body, palate is overwhelming, this really is a flavor-bomb. I would honestly prefer to just enjoy this and not even try to dissect it. Lively and lots happening here, lots of berries, lots of nuances, sherry, bourbon, low carbonation, long tasty finish, plums. Well... only tasted bout 600 but this is one of the best and most interesting ones I have tasted. Really enjoyed and have to recommend!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hikermike (9) - - JAN 7, 2014 does not count
The aroma develops as it breathes. Fruity, Carmel, boozy. Flavor just keeps coming. Cellars well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Brooklyn Black Ops 750mL brown bottle (caged & corked) I was lucky to get a good size taste of this at the Great Orlando Beer Fest. A: poured into a tasting glass. pours a pitch black obsidian color with a deep rich tan head with an amazing retention level and excellent lacing. S: amazing rich roasted malts in this with a wonderful vanilla and cherry aroma from the oak. chocolate, caramel, and coffee. T: its like an angel pissing on your tongue. So much chocolate and coffee form the roasted malts followed by that wonderful vanilla and cherry oak flavor. M: smooth and buttery mouthfeel, with a hidden 10% abv. crisp and clean tasting. solid carbonation level. D: unbelievable, and a hard brew to come by. Garrett Oliver has no limitations. Could be the best beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thewade (328) - USA - JAN 27, 2011
Wow. Had very high expectations, and I was very pleased. Had just the right bourbon flavor/smell fro my taste. Canít wait to find another bottle.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 750 mL bottle purchased from Chucks Liquor in Bowling Green, KY. Shared with a group at the inaugural Barriosí tasting. Poured a dark brown/almost black with a two finger brown head. The aroma was bourbon and vanilla with an alcohol note. The flavor was vanilla and bourbon, with smoked meat present, and a serious lack of roasted malt. The palate was above average, with a creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation and a full body. This was an above average beer. I am glad I was able to share this with a good group.

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