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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Aroma: I could spend all day smelling the bourbon and roasted barley flavors. I found myself smelling it before I even took the first sip. Appearance: it has that dark oily drip with a smooth texture that I havent seen since I first saw a Dark Lord poured into a glass. Taste: the alcoholic profile kind of overwhelms the complex dark malty chocolate vanilla tones with a nice helping of bourbon wood but Palate: nice creamy feel and Overall: a delicious beer overall which is a pleasure to drink. I miss it already.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2153) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2010
Bottle, blind IS tasting with Lawsons Fayston, Fritz&Kens, homebrew and Black Xantus.
Appearance : Dark black, nice head with some lacing.
Aroma : Big dark chocolate notes. Some hops
Taste : Big chocolate, some alcohol and some barrel. Finish is roasty and a bit hot. <
Overall : Wow this is good. Awesome chocolate profile. The hops are fading a bit as I drink my glass. Hops are quite in the background all along which I like. Felt a tiny bit hot but maybe its a bit young. Mind blowing IS. I have to revisit some day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 30, 2010
Pours a nice dark black colour with a brown coloured head. strong sweet chocolate with a light alcohol aroma. So many layers flavours starts light almost watery then the alcohol hints then the chocolate and vanilla oak barrel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jtclockwork (15447) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Pours an oily jet black with little tan head. Nose is booze, chocolate, roasted malts and smoke. Taste is heavy booze with long alcohol burn morphing into a light chocolate finish. Booze overpowers any complexity that might have been there. Hints of vanilla and coffee are distant. I drink almost all my beer at room temperature, but I had to put this one in the fridge to make it drinkable. Even then, the booze was overpowering and lingered in a long, unpleasant aftertaste. On top of all that, the mouth feel is thin and watery. I dont understand why this one is rated so high. Its akin to drinking Wild Turkey with a chocolate bar dipped in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 12 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 12.24.09 A+ 4.6 Appearance: 5.0 Dark as night with a 2 finger dark brown cola head. Solid retention and lace. Smell: 4.5 Loads of complexity here. Bourbon, fairly deep roasted malt, spicy champagne yeast, touch of hops. The bourbon is still quite pronounces and the yeast isnt as prevalent as the sampling I enjoyed in June. Taste: 4.5 The bourbon has softened compared to my last sampling and the deep roasted malt yields little to no bitterness now. The champagne yeast isnt as lively now and has settled into a creamy quality. Mouthfeel: 5.0 The carbonation isnt as pronounced as it was 6 months ago and this brew is now starting to get creamy. Drinkability: 4.0 At 10.70% abv this one has legs but the carbonation isnt as prickly as it was and the flavors are really starting to meld! 2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 6 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 6.15.09. A+ 4.55 Appearance: 4.5 Dark as night with a 2 finger dark brown cola head. Decent amount of head retention and some lacing. Smell: 4.5 Loads of complexity here. Bourbon, roast malt, spicy champagne yeast, touch of hops. Taste: 4.5 The Bourbon hits the lips first but soon gives way to dark dark dark roasted malt. The champagne yeast adds a nice spice note to stand up against the dark roasted malt. Mouthfeel: 5.0 Fantastic combo of rich body meets overly carbonated lushness. Superb! Drinkability: 3.5 Its dark, thick, strong, and bubbly so not something you can have too much of. Share the 750ml amongst 2-4 friends. I have a dozen of these and plan on drinking one every 6 months. So far this 6 month old bottle was much better than the fresh bottle I had around Christmas. Well done Mr. Oliver! Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-15-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (6606) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance: 4/5 Pitch black liquid with a small light brown head. Smell: 8/10 Very strong smell of coffee, chocolate, dark bred and pumpkin seeds, Taste: 8/10 Coffee, chocolate, smoke and whisky Mouthfeel: 5/5 Very thick body, fairly smooth and dry. Comment: A very interesting beer to try. Its a well balanced strong imperial stout with lots of chocolate and coffee. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, its noticeable but not overpowering. Its been barrel aged which is noticeable, mostly in the taste. Lots of oak, smoky, whiskey and butter. This beer works best on its own, enjoy it after dinner or in front of the fire place. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9590) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This elegant Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout juxtaposes bourbon, dark chocolate, raisins and green hop bitterness, creating a refined sipping experience rarely available in this brew category.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-edged black.
-This was the winner of a 5 Imperial Stout blind tasting.
-Alcohol heat is easily perceptible, which is not a surprise considering this was barrel-aged and it is 11% abv.
-The mouthfeel on this one is never heavy; the dextrins have been properly taken down to let the beers complexity express itself.
-Menthol notes are tasted, probably due to the union of chosen hops and oak.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 13, 2010
great pour, just beautiful. aroma is subdued, the taste is good, but the body is just so thin and watery for me. a good beer, but should have been blended with some brkln bcs for a fuller body and better beer, which is exactly what i did. bump it to about a 4.2 right there. bang!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle via MrBendo, drank to take away the soreness of my apparent insane leg workout yesterday because I dont have any ibuprofen (or at least that was my plan...) Anyway, this beer pours elegantly colossal. Though the head settles to a few centimeters of dark chocolaty brown...it certainly starts mountainous. The beer underneath is like the darkest burnt brown youve ever seen, believe you me. Nose was predominately roasty, alcoholic, and curiously milky, with a lactic or maybe even oaky vinous twang in the background, but theres certainly some sort of tartness there. Theres some chocolate milk notes, a little bourbon sweetness and vanilla, some husky grains...certainly not living up to the nose eluded to by some of the higher raters of this beer, however...but whatever. Flavors start soft and chocolaty, turn a little milky and lactic, semi-oaky, adding some booziness that I relate to the bourbon influence along the way, though its not really even coherent enough to come across as bourbon, maybe just the generic "booze" effect...The mouthfeel is seriously lacking here, in my opinion...it comes across as rather watery, actually...add to that the seemingly disjointed occasional hotness, or rather that uncomfortable side flavor of cheap booze and it adds up to be quite dissatisfying, really. Its like a watery stout with a liquor like burp essence and chocolate flavors that have nothing to hold on to, The bourbon flavors are pretty much missing in action, and its got a phlemgy finish with lactic, milky chalk dust. I do have a buzz though.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robinvboyer (4308) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2010
Jet black pour, huge frothy sticky mocha head. Intoxicating aroma of vanilla laced oak, vanilla soaked bourbon and boat loads of cocoa and burnt coffee. I could keep my nose in here forever! The carbonation is a little crazy, must be the chapagne yeast. The alcohol is must more present in the flavor but the copious amounts of cocoa and coffee make up for it. Lots of sweet burnt malts, and the barrel ageing with the oak, vanilla and bourbon are never ending! What an incredible imperial stout Im blown away. Im very fortunate to have Bern able to try this. Sorry Fred!!!!

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