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RATINGS: 975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.1
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
A rare treat in Australia courtesy of the estimable visiting Oslo (thanks buddy - I feel your generosity was not fully repaid). Perfect appearance, as dark and impenetrable as the name suggests. Boozy aroma of vanilla, molasses and paint-stripper. Medium-bodied. Some oak on the tongue. Thickly alcoholic but big and rich enough to carry it off. Very good indeed.

4
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Bottle - been saving this one for over a year. Figured New Year’s was a good reason to break it out. Pours thick and jet black with a thin brown head. Aroma is full of bourbon, vanilla and dark malts along with some wood (oakiness) notes. Flavors are full of bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, and some chocolate - with the oaked wood notes present as well. Fairly smooth finish for a brew with this much going on... warms you right up.

3.7
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Thanks Ryan for the beer last night. Pours black with dark tan foam. Not as much lacing as I would have expected. In general this Imperial Stout isn’t as thick and heavy as many others of the same style. Notes of prunes, raisins, figs, dates, and other dried fruits. Plenty of coffee, mocha, dark chocolate, and mocha as well. Very complex with tons of flavor. I liked that the beer had great complexity, but I was hoping for just a touch more weight and richness. I’ve had better bourbon barrel stouts, but this is still really really good. Very difficult to get here in Middle TN.

3.8
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle. From Malmö, Sweden.
Black colour with small to average brown head. Coffee, roasted malt, some bitterness, mild alcohol, molasses and chocolate in aroma. Flavour is coffee, roasted malt, alcohol, dark fruits, sweet sugar, bitter hops, ask and burned malt. Warming. Slightly thinnish and one dimentional but gets better when warms.

4.2
Niko100 (2891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, licorice, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit (notably cherries & prunes), and licorice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, great aroma - pricey but excellent stout.

3.9
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750ml bottle I picked up during my travels in NY. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of green pepper. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel was thin for this big of a beer, but there was enough bourbony goodness to still this quite the nice sipper. Overpriced? Yeah maybe. Still a very well made stout.

4.1
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750mL corked and caged bottle, shared by Rich, enjoyed on Christmas eve. Pours thick, dark brown, and viscous, with a 2-finger dark brown head. Aromas of spicy oak, pine, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and ethanol. The flavor is rich, buttery oak, cocoa, espresso, chocolate, and vanilla. Medium carbonation, creamy, and very smooth. Wow; really smooth and velvety, and a really exciting surprise. Thanks Rich!

4.5
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Used this beer to warm me up after digging out from the Day After Christmas Blizzard of 2010. Over two feet of snow, over three on parts of my driveway with the drifts. I earned this one. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Heavy aroma of bourbon and vanilla, with some nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a sweet vanilla taste with a gentle bitter layer to balance it out. Nice chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes through the finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Could use a bit more body on this, but otherwise a wonderful complex IS.

4.3
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Rich burnt oaken stout tastes like a good scotch. Smooth chocolate and coffee flavors are accented by the aged bourbon and are followed with a caramel vanilla finish. Excellent imperial stout selection.

3.7
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Sean and my Dad on the day after Christmas. Pours a cola brown opaque with a full, rich tan head. Slight lacing. Aroma of vanilla, honey, fresh malted barley, oats, and sweet bourbon. Medium bodied with a soft, relaxed palate. Slightly boozy on the finish. Overall, decent stout. Definitely overrated.


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