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RATINGS: 801   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.


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5
   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)


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (636) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2014
750ml bottle - pours black with thin mocha head. Lots of sweet bourbon on the nose . Nice silky milk chocolate upfront with a tasty bourbon finish . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FunkyF (16) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
Pours black with rich hazelnut head. Fruity aroma with notes of vanilla. Taste and body is not very thick with notes of vanilla, wine and chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (792) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Corked bomber into tulip glass, opaque black color with creamy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted barley malt, brown sugar, vanilla, dark chocolate, lactose and woody oak. Taste adds notes of marshmallow, grain, earthy hop bitterness, light coffee grounds and milk chocolate. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, soft with a roasty, dark fruity and rich finish. Great texture, complexity and balance on this barrel-aged IRS!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (498) - Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2014
cask pour at 2SP..black as night with little carbonation or head as expected..nose is the highlight here with heavy bourbon present..some vanilla presence..mouthfeel is really also pretty unique probably because of the cask..really has an invisible mouthfeel with little to no trace of the booze and a more thin body than anticipated..however the lingering finish is all booze and provides some warm heat and a moderately complex bourbon finish intertwined with some quality coffee as well..happy to try this on draft..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (459) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Aroma of cocoa, vanilla and oak. Bourbon aroma really comes through. Bourbon flavors are strong in the flavor. Mostly vanilla comes through, but some oak. The base beer seems lighter than BBCS, and is not sweet. Beer is real smooth and quite good. Bourbon flavors and base beer fullness and balance is better with KBS, this is a notch below, but is still a great aged stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSkull (1264) - SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2014
(Bottle). Sweet and gigantic aroma and taste of brown sugar, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, warming alcohol and barrel and oak notes. Superbly tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1180) - BodÝ, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Has a pitch black colour with a medium, light beige, compact head. Roasted aroma with leather, licorice, lactose, aceton, oak, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. The flavour has more bourbon, roasted malt and alkohol. Soft and silky mouth feel, and has a medium bitterness. A nice and well-balanced imperial stout with a distinct bourbon touch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2112) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Sipped a vertical of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Found the 2011 a bit thin and heavy on the roast character with some dusty yeast and fruity esters adding alayer that I didnít necessarily enjoy. 2012 made up for it with a bit more dark fruit, some anise and bourbon character became more apparent. Still lighter than expected and the heavy carbonation from the champagne yeast probably helps with the mouthfeel. 2013 was by far my favorite with a great balance and more pronounced bourbon character than any other vintage. Big roasty chocolate notes with layers of complexity. Dried fruit, blueberry, bitter bakers chocolate, tar, vanilla bean.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJvd (824) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with licorice, some chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. Taste has some roasted malts, coffee, licorice and a bit of alcohol. Over medium body and medium carbo.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LupusC (4) - FINLAND - MAY 31, 2014 does not count
Original 750ml bottle received from Brooklyn Brewery in Jan 2013. Enjoyed home with friends from wide belgian abbey glass. Surprisingly smooth compared to expectations. Carbonation and alcohol a bit too strong presense. Palate beautiful, not too complex, yet delicate and distinguished. Still would not buy with own money.


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