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RATINGS: 911   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.

lemasney's rating

   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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tstamba (623) - Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2016
Bomber to a snifter. Pours viscous black with thin mocha head and lacing. Notes of sticky molasses, vanilla bean, and smokey bourbon. Layers of dark chocolate, macchiato, and toffee. Warm boozy finish... Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 5, 2016
I’ve had this a couple times - not sure where my rating went. Good beer, ok barreled impy - not quite worth the price, IMHO, and overrated in the 100th percentile. A little too sharp carbonation takes away from the body and overall decadence of the barreling. Otherwise solid vanilla, booze, chocolate and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garrold (3329) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Bottle. 2014. 11.6%. Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Nearly black. Thin, dense, lasting, tan head. Leggy in the glass. Nose has boozy, chocolate truffle. Some charred wood. Hint of smoke, maybe. Some vanilla sweetness. Some booze steeped vine fruits. Hint of liquorice. Taste is soft, brown sugar sweet. Woody bitter. The mouthfeel is perfect. Full, but not heavy. Soft carbonation. Really quite clean, and considering the ABV, ridiculously drinkable. Finishes full, silky sweet, chocolatey, and boozy, woody bitter. Lovely beer, and scarily easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (13031) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 23, 2016
Sehr dunkel braune Farbe, schöner brauner Schaum. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, alkoholisch, holzig, sprittig. Geschmack stark röstmalzig, süß, reife Früchte, sprittig, krasses Zeug.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (6378) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Black pour with a very thin fading light tan head. Big roasty cocoa on the nose with a kiss of oak and bubblegum. Big smooth roasty cocoa flavor with lots of sweetness and booze and dry toastiness. Really amazing. Nothing out of the ordinary or outlandish just very well made and chocolaty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (2284) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown, brown head. Nose is coconut, roast, vanilla, whisky. Taste is coconut, whisky, booze, blackcurrant.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evilkniamhel (80) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Dark brown in appearance. Lots of black berries and cherries on the nose, like a black forest gateau. Tastes of coconut and blackcurrent, full-bodied and smooth on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
allmyvinyl (7726) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle Appellation Wines, Comely Bankers Draught tasting. Blend 6 at 11.6%. Pours dark black brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of coconut, chocolate. Taste is blackcurrant, coconut, light roast. Light sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (4413) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Deep stewed fruit thing. Blueberry and coconut. Prunes in alcohol. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (8326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bottle at appellation. Pours black, nose is chocolate, vanilla, coconut, toffee, blackcurrant, taste is sweet chocolate, toffee, vanilla, oak, a little thin.

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