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RATINGS: 866   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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   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GIJOE (857) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Pours black as used motor oil with a thick foamy tan head. Nose is oaky, boozy, malty. Notes of anise, prune, molasses, maybe a hint of tobacco. Taste is very well-balanced. Deep rich primordial beast of a brew. Love it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (3979) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle @ Ølfestival 2015. Black with a brown head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, light burnt, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, barrel, vanilla). Flavor medium+ sweet, coffee, barrel etc., and some alcohol. Almost full body, nice experiment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llkc (660) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2015
duft. mørkt mal kaffe bourban. super kompleks smag. kaffe bourbon mørkt malt sødme karamel meget varme eftersmag

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (940) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
750 mL corked and caged bottle, 2013 vintage, shared with ebone1988. The pour is a medium black with a thinner light tan head and a good lace. The champagne definitely throws the typical head density out the window. The aroma is definitely carrying a resounding sweetness from the champagne yeast, but the chocolate hops on that pretty well. There is a decent roasted malt and a good chocolate depth. Light coffee and vanilla notes poke through and there is a good oakiness on the back end. The flavor is incredibly sweet. Not even chocolate or malty sweet. Champagne sweet. There is a bourbon flavor that moves in half way through and carries out the back end. Malts kind of make their presence known and then fall off. The mouth feel is really light and watery. The carbonation isn’t really prevalent and this baby jumps off the tongue quickly. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet bourbon and a touch of oak. By God I’m glad I don’t have any more of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (325) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20, 2013 vintage. Aroma is champagne, milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is pretty bland, sweetness overtakes with light roasted malt, milk sugar, chocolate, slight vanilla. Mouthfeel is light, not much booze or barrel presence, not much happening. Overall, very disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2019) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2015
2012 bottle. Pours brown black with a tight thin mocha head that lasts. Aroma has wet oak chips soft bourbon and a meld of chocolate and licorice. Taste is warming alcohol bourbon wet wood licorice subtle chocolate. Palate is medium fizzy warming booze and finishes dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pitdogg (2) - Charlotte, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
Really loved this!!! Complex flavors that truly linger on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (3090) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, vanilla and bourbon notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and with alcohol too. Medium bodied, oily tocreamy texture and soft carbonation. An excellent Impy. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12172) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle at the Cads 10th Anniversary bash, 2012 vintage thanks to Daniel, 29/03/15. Black with a decent tan covering that retains well. Nose is rich chocolate, dark fruit rinds, dates, light spice, charr, suggestion of alcohol. Taste comprises mellow dark fruitage, molasses, chocolate pudding, toffee fudge. Medium + body, soft to oily mouthfeel, lightly warming alcohol in the close. This one exceeded my expectations, xolid impy action.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (1690) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle 2013, pours a dark brown/black with a large tan head. Sweet aroma, oak, caramalized bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and mild fruity toasted malts. Upfront chocolate, vanilla, sweetness fading into bitter smokey roast and coffee, oak, and finishing with boozy bourbon.

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