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RATINGS: 954   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   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 its vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyre talking about.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2011
A - The beer pours a rich dark black color with a finger of tan-brown head. The head hangs around forever and takes a very long time to fade, and once it does it leaves behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is full of Bourbon. Lots of Bourbon. There is also just a touch of chocolate and roasted malt in the background. T - Starts off with lots of Bourbon. There is also some roasted malt and chocolate alongside. Through the middle, the roasted and chocolate flavors get a bit stronger and a bit of vanilla and earthy flavors come through. The finish is a mix of Bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol that lingers. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and even creamy. The Bourbon flavors through warm the mouth in a really nice way. D - Pretty drinkable, even with the extremely strong flavors. The Bourbon flavors are very strong, and the beer is not quite perfectly balanced, but the strength of the Bourbon flavors is really nice on top of the BCS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (23398) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
10th June 2009
Opaque black stout. Smooth semi dry palate. Smooth stout, no bitterness or roastiness. Well integrated unsweet bourbon with a woody palate riding along. Rich smooth malt - bourbon finish. A sophisticated stout but personally I prefer these Impy stouts to have nore vanilla oak. Warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Poured from a bottle into a snifter Aroma- Smells of bourbon, dark malts, with a little bit of alcohol heat. Appearance- As nice looking as any stout Ive ever seen. Pure black with a generous amount of head, very remniscent of a Belgian beer. Taste- notes of bourbon, coffee and chocolate with a little bit of alcohol flavor. There are some subtle dark fruit flavors underneath, making this a very interesting stout. Palate- not as thick bodied as most big stouts, much more similar a Belgian beer. A little bit of alcohol burn going down. Overall- an interesting beer, different than many of the other big stouts. The champagne yeast makes this a unique stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AirForceHops (6611) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 30, 2011
2010 vintage. Was saving for a special occasion but couldnt wait any longer. Heavy boozy and bourbon aroma. The flavor is that of bourbon, chocolate, and sweet oak vanilla. The bourbon is a bit strong and damn near overpowering. Its definitely a little hot on the finish but the oak helps smooth things out a bit. Nice creamy, full body. As it warms it get real boozy. I remember I paid a lot for the bottle. Great beer to try BUT..... if they make it again this year not going to track down a bottle and spend so much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2011
$21.99/750 ml brown bottle. A black beer with a huge expanding head in a tulip. The aroma is aggresive. Smells like cheap whiskey(yes I know its in Woodford Reserve barrels), rubbing alcohol, slightly perfumy, and or nail polish remover. The taste is better but rugged. Hard roasted malts with an end of whiskey. It almost tastes like a Crown & Coke which I cant decide if that is a good thing(kind of bad in my mind). The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and not that creamy at all. At $21.99 for a 750 ml this barrel aging project needs some work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7119) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750 from Beer Trappe. Choclate and bourbon. Its hitting all the right tones and notes, but it is also not a big heavy stout like I expected for the price. Body feels more like cocoa than anything else. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dankman (257) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
2nd bottling, bought in 2010; the first batch was better balanced. Pours as black as Lauren Hill with a moderate head and lots of lacing.Vanilla, oak and, booze on the nose. Lots of vanilla and oak with some whiskey on the tongue; especially the finish. The body is a bit deceptively small for the style, but it makes it easier to drink a lot of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (5568) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2011
Last bottle @ the Brooklyn Brewery tasting in Oslo, May 2010, shared with the "United Norwegian Beer Bloggers Table". Pours a lovely pitch black body with a massive creamy caramel retention. Aroma is peanuts, soy, bourbon, coffee, hints of dark chocolate and oak. In the mouth, heavy bourbon flavors come through along with coffee, peat, alcohol and hints of ashes. Bold as it may be, and a sucker for bourbon BA beers as I may be, Brooklyn Black Ops is coming on a bit too strong with the barrel flavors compared to its relatively thin body. To handle this amount of rocket fuel, a beer has to be thick as oil but this one just isnt. Still a solid beer, but not as impressive as other BAs of the same kind that Ive had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Mmmmmmmm! Viscous, oily, dark, thick on the pour. Ultra deep flavour of oak, bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. I tried this at a party and only got a little but would love to have it again a little warmer to feel the burn of the ABV. Thanks John!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2011
2009 bottling. Pours pitch black with a good looking firm, creamy brown head. Very smooth and round flavours of luxurious chocolate pralines, bourbon, vanilla and light coffee. Its kind of like a liquid version of a praline made with a little bourbon. Rich mouthfeel with a warming ending. Fantastic stuff.

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