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RATINGS: 963   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve barrels. 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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4.2
superspak (6015) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2016
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/15/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Touch of booziness appears as it warms. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, licorice, dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish fora while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mild warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal barrel booziness, Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was fruitier on the yeast presence than I expected; but is still spot on for an English styled RIS, with plenty of deep roast and bourbon barrel presence with great balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.5
jmgreenuk (10008) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle shared. Poured a clear dark brown with a short lived frothy light tan head. The aroma is roasty malt, boozy alcohol. The flavour is liquorice bitter light sweet with a rich roasty boozy alcohol bitter palate. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

3.4
fiveacestx (974) - Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Corked and Caged - Dark pour with a dark tan head. An aroma of oak and bourbon. Notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla. A thin palate that could have been better.

3.5
Sudz4Dayz (160) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
750ml bottle. Pours black with a light foamy head. Smells of cocoa and alcohol. Taste of slight bourbon and roasted cocoa. Good beer. Nothing special. Good mouthfeel but rather light for its alcohol content.

4.4
zoucrew102 (2114) - - SEP 25, 2016
750ml bottle, 2012 vintage shared with Russ, thanks Russ! Rich bourbon aroma with vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Pours black with a thin light brown head that has decent retention and some lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors with and rich, full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with nice vanilla, bourbon and oak flavors that lingers on the palate nicely. Excellent!

4.7
bulldogops (2907) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2203 – 2015.12.01 - Winner of #CraftBeerFantasyLeague Battle: Barrel-Aged Beauties – finished 1st of 9 entries. Bottle (2012) Aroma is oak, vanilla, cocoa, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate sauce, coffee, and earth. Bourbon rich bomb.

3.9
Mark_Eck (1998) - - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bourbon, oak, roasted malts, chocolate, and some vanilla.

4.2
RickTheRick (949) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
D’un noir impénétrable, la bière n’offre qu’un mince film de mousse brunâtre. Le chêne dégage des esters boisés et vanillés, tandis que les malts relâchent des notes de chocolat au lait. Un peu de noix de coco est également décelé. En bouche, les saveurs chocolatées sont plus amères qu’au nez, mais la vanille est toujours en grande forme. Des tanins de la barrique se joignent également à la fête gustative. La refermentation avec une levure à Champagne procure une sensation très pétillante et sèche à chaque gorgée. Un produit singulier et délectable.

4.1
mice (1045) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Pullo on varsin tyylikäs ja teksti takana muistuttaa siitä, että Black Opsia ei oikeasti ole olemassakaan. Musta olut kohtalaisella kahvinbeigellä vaahdolla, joka ei juuri jätä pitsiä. Tuoksu on varsin monimuotoinen sisältäen päällimmäisenä viskitynnyriä, mutta myös lakritsia ja salmiakkia sekä suklaata. Myös vaniljaa tuntuu löytyvän. Maku ei kalpene tuoksulle ja on myös hyvin monimuotoinen. Alkupuolella havaittavissa vaniljaa ja vahvaa tammisuutta. Jälkimaussa katkeroita, salmiakkia ja kahvia. Viskin maku löytyy aika selvästi taustalta, mutta tässä tapauksessa se sopii. Hiilihappoja on aika runsaasti ja se keventää täyteläistä suutuntumaa. Ei tämä missään nimessä kuitenkaan hintansa väärti ole (26,9€). Saman panimon Black Chocolate Stout on mielestäni tätä parempi ja selvästi edullisempi. Kertaostos/kertamaistelu kannatti kuitenkin tehdä.

4.5
xXbaptisteXx (235) - - JUL 13, 2016
Arôme whisky café frappé En bouche on est sur le whisky tout de suite avec une amertume assez douce ,on est un peu comme du sirop de café Juste magnifique<3


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