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RATINGS: 853   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 it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re 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: Canal’s 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 I’ve 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, I’m 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 I’m 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 « BeerCritic from http://beercritic.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/brookly on Sat Jan 31 2009 22:17:18 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlovakSniper (3576) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
Vintage 2012. Merci Mr. B pour la dégustation! Dès le versement, je remarque que le liquide est loin d‘avoir une texture épaisse. Une tête brune se forme mais ne reste pas très longuement. Rien ne reste collé sur la paroi de mon verre. Très beau nez de bourbon caramélisé, de chocolat, de vanille et de beurre d’arachides et/ou de noix mélangées. Les saveurs ne réussissent pas à épater mes papilles : le bourbon qui prend beaucoup de place dégage des saveurs de chêne. Dommage que les malts n’aient pas cette richesse si précieuse et nécessaire pour bien soutenir les affres de la barrique. En bouche, le corps est moyen-faible mince et la texture mince confirment l’appréhension du départ. En arrière-goût, je note que l’amertume et les notes légèrement astringentes d’un bourbon boisé. Décevant compte tenu des attentes que j’entretenais face à cette création de Mr. Garett Oliver, un précurseur que je tiens en haute estime.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2473) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 14, 2015
Black color with a black and creamy tan head with good duration. Aroma has notes of Bourbon and roasted mals with vanilla notes. Flavor is slightly sweet, high presence of borbon, licorice and coffee beans with dark fruits hints. The final is bittery with bourbon notes, light to medium body with a minimal carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (4045) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, plums, raisins, oak, and some roast. Flavor is dry, rich chocolate, roast, dark fruit notes, and some barrel character. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (905) - Dover, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Poured black, with a nice brown head, decent retention and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak and bourbon, vanilla and some chocolate. Taste is certainly boozy, wood, lots of vanilla and some chocolate notes. This think is just f’ng delicious, extremely enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (455) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle at Burger Bar. Pitch black pour with a generous dark khaki head leaving spotty lace. Nose is prominent bourbon with hints of wood vanilla and dark fruit, Taste is less pronounced bourbon though it does increase as it warms with light toffee and medium bitter chocolate and coffee. Medium full creamy mouth with soft carbonation. Some subtle layers but the bourbon is dominant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (132) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2011 vintage aged almost 4 years Pours a jet black, opaque body. Small 1/4 inch dark chocolate head. Lacing and head retention were average. Smell is of milk chocolate and fresh baked brownies. Roasted caramel malt and hints of coffee come through also. Getting very little bourbon and for 11%, the alcohol is pretty light on the nose. Taste is big on charred oak, burnt coffee, and smoked malt. Bourbon adds some depth to the beer as it warms. Hops aren’t present, alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Lots of layers of flavors going on. Mouthfeel is good, Brooklyn does such a good job with their bottle conditioned beer, carbonation is spot on. Just wish that the head retention lasted longer than 5 minutes. Overall this was a great beer thats been on my want list forever. One of the pioneers of bourbon aged stouts, just wish the bourbon was more apparent. A nice head would have also propelled this beer to top ten status but its still pretty enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Underdogs88 (223) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Wood and bourbon on the aroma. Appearance is a dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Bourbon and oak dominant the flavor with notes of chocolate and a smooth roast character. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good bourbon oak stout, but it's not worth it's price. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beermack (701) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
2014 bottle shared. Motor oil black pour, thin tan head. Big dark chocolate heavy roast nose, good oak, light vanilla. Taster is big dark roast, dark choc, dark coffee, and well integrated barrel notes. Good fruitiness, no vanilla overload. Well balanced, no booze sting. Medium/full body. Barrel and roasty chocolate linger. Expensive, but good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (904) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2015
750 mL bottle. Pours a stouty blackish brown, massive coffee colored head with excellent retention. Nose is heavy barrel, dark roast, cocoa, licorice, coffee, woody. Mouth is medium bodied -- thinner than I’d expect in a stout to be sure -- relatively dry as well (I’m guessing the champagne yeast has a lot to do with that), a whole of the barrel kind of drowns out much everything else. A bit of soot detectable near the dry finish, along with some bitterness. Decent, but not my favorite BA stout by a long shot. Anyway, popped this open to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Who would’ve been 86 today. A true ’drum major for peace’.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (821) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Wow. Whiskey and smoke kind of takes beer over. Delightful, yet scary, and oh so enjoyable. But. It doesn’t exist. So shh.


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