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RATINGS: 970   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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3.8
BoBoChamp (5754) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2011
75cl, Botlle N° 3159, at 11.6%Vol, exclusive American brew, thx to Wimenels!, complex Stout, spicy/roasted and slightly alcoholic/sweet, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

4.1
wchesser (2160) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2014 Dark and opaque. Fairly high carbonation. Slightly thinner body than I recall on their standard stout. Very balanced for a bourbon stout. Just saw this is done in Woodford Reserve barrels. No wonder I love this so much-that’s my go-to bourbon. Very restrained but complex. It’s got it all but doesn’t bludgeon you over the head with any of it. >>>2012 bottle in ’14. From trade. Bumping this down some. Maybe beginning of some infection here? Complex and enjoyable enough, but not as rich as I remember it.

3.5
crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2010 vintage. It pours a dense black with a foamy caramel colored head that dissipates kind of quickly with no lacing. The smell is definitely bourbony. It has a sharp alcoholic scent with caramel and cocoa. There is a bit of vanilla and oak. The taste is a bit more bittersweet chocolatey. The oak is definitely there and the bourbon notes as well. It isn’t as alcoholic as the nose would lead you to believe, but it is sharp and alcoholic overall. The mouthfeel is interesting for a stout, prickling but still smooth. It is nice. It isn’t too sweet imo (maybe it is my palate tonight) and that is why it deserves some credit, it has more subtlety than most Russian imperial stouts. Nice one.

4.1
cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Gabf. Black appearance with a dark brown head. Roasty, nutty, toffee, oaky, dark chocolate aroma. Strong, dark chocolate, sweet malty, oaky flavor.

4
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Everything I love about beer. Deep black pour with thin beige head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roast. Flavors of coffee, chocolate , coacoa and a dark chocolate dry finish.

3.6
fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2011
750ml, says 11.6%abv, thanks to phaleslu. Pours black with a thin, mocha brown head. Aroma is BIG on booze, some roast, chocolate, vanilla, isopropyl alcohol, dark fruit, molasses, light smoke and heavy clove. Flavor is booze, chocolate, vanilla, medium toasted oak, caramel, creme brulee, toast, roasted nuts, hazelnut, cashew, clove, toasted fennel, bourbon, cooked berries and burnt sugar. Palate is heavy in body, slick and dry feeling on entry, has a light, but sharp carbonation and dry, boozy finish. Pretty tasty, but it is a bit over-boozy for an 11.6%abv Impy Stout. Which is saying lots.

4.2
phaleslu (10890) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2011
750 ml bottle from either Jungle Jim’s or the Party Source- got a couple bottles at each back in winter 2009-2010, so this has about a year and nine months on it. Opened for the 2011 Rams Away Schedule Beer Project. Week 2: New York. Pours a deep, dark, opaque coffee brown color with a cm-thick brown head that settles into a lasting ring. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits (figs, raisins, dates), molasses, caramel, roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. The flavor leans more heavily toward the roasted malts than the bourbon notes, with coffee, cola, dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark berry fruits, plums, and earth. Tobacco, too- almost ashy. Definitely some bitterness along with some booze. Medium-bodied, with a rich, roasty mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lingering heavy roast. Excellent bourbon barrel imperial stout, and one that shows distinctly different characteristics in aroma and flavor. I could have gone for a little more body, but otherwise this is a big winner.

4
beerchugger (717) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
This poured black as pitch with no head formation but there was a thin halo around the top of the beer. Smells of rich roasted malts and heavy chocolate on the nose. Small hints of leather and tobacco, vanilla and charred oak. Very intriguing nose, very nice. The flavor was full with loads of chocolate and strong roasted coffee notes. Smooth hints of vanilla and charred oak and an overall bourbon-esque quality to it that is really nice.

3.5
DialSquare (5186) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Found an old scratch pad with ratings on it. No idea when and where. -- medium foamy and khaki head. chocolate and alcohol aroma. sweet bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, dark malt taste. boozy. chalky bitter coffee fin.

4.1
pineypower (3350) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Bottle, big thanks to Scott for sharing this one. Pours out black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of some sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, roast, light fruit and some slight alcohol. Taste is complex with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Some roast, vanilla, oak, bourbon, chocolate, dried fruits with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Very solid brew.


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