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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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)


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (10781) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep black with a small, staying beige film head. Aroma has sweet malts, vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Medium carbonation, fine dry and light creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has chocolate, vanilla, short flavour, light coffee, some burning vinious.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
firefly765 (82) - - MAR 28, 2014
2012 1 pint 9.4 ounce corked bottle pours a deep black with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly with large bubbles. Nose is dominated by the aroma of bourbon. High level of carbonation. Full bodied. Tastes of chocolate and roasty caramel but dominated by Bourbon flavor. A bit too boozy

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdb288 (343) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours boozy black with caramel bordering. No head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon/alcohol. Taste is, again, boozy and rich. The chocolate is less pronounced than I had heard, but the caramel/toffee tones are excellent. The bourbon features well here and packs a punch. Oily, slick and smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GL2814 (356) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Pours dark with a medium beige head, there is a sweetness to this stout that you donít expect from a Brooklyn beer. Hints of chocolate and vanilla in both the nose and taste, this is a truly special beer, and one to grab as soon as you see it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Black, big brown head. Smells like coffee chocolate and booze. Tastes like coffee, chocolate and booze. Maybe itís me, I donít know, but pretty much what I expected.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1203) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 16, 2014
Oil black with a small head. Nice whiff of oak and chocolate in the aroma, some tiny vanilla. There is underlying heat but this is reallty smooth. Very good from a solid brewery.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
Bottle - multiple vintages - dark pour with lively mocha head. Nose is fairly roasty with some chocolate and booze. Taste is a little different from most others in this style which is likely the doing of the different type of yeast. Fairly light on the palate but likely more from the carbonation. Very solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Coyler (112) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 9, 2014
Powerful nose! Chocolate, coffee, the whiskey too, appearance is beautiful, pitch black with a large tanned head. Palate is full on and creamy, with flavours of chocolate, a lot of vanilla, coffee, a lot of oak and whiskey. All marry very well. Fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mattbaratta (1) - - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
Poured into a tulip, enjoyed next to the campfire. Pours insane black with a nice tan head, very small carbonation bubbles. Aroma is of bourbon upfront with dark toasty notes. Little bit of fruitiness as well. Taste is well balanced, dark toasted malts bourbon is not overbearing. Dark fruits like raisins. Overall a killer beer. Malty chocolately , bourboney. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 4, 2014
2013 bottling. Black ops is a black brown opaque beer with a thick head of larger mocha bubbles. Nose is strong with Oak, vanilla, and very dark chocolate. Also, alcohol, bourbon and sweet caramel. Taste is woody dry and creamy. middle way there is oak and some rich bitter chocolate. Finishes just a bit warming, bitter and creamy. body is silky and slightly lively. A very impressive beer.


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