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RATINGS: 961   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Black, brown head. Aroma of seared black malts, charcoal, oak, hint of chocolate and vanilla. Starts off with ashey, acrid black matls, medium -full body, lots of oak (can feel it) but smooths out, some chocolate and vanilla notes come out, lush, creamy oaky finish, controlled bitterness. Its good, not great, doesnt stand out compared to the other barrel aged stouts and quite pricy. Could have more viscosity.


3.6
jsquire (4578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2017
2016 bottle. Mahogany colored beer with a short lived beige head. Big alcohol nose. Lots of thin boutbon flavors, milk chocolate and alcohol. Seems dominated by the bourbon barrel.

3.4
Stoned99 (1650) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2017
750ml bottle, Q4 2015. Molasses, candied fruits, licorice, raisin, alcohol. App: dark brown, big moka head with no retention. Taste and palate: medium body, liquoreux a bit tasteless for some reason, maybe a bit of chocolate, light acidity finish. Overall: hum. Not too sure. Seems to lack depth which is surprising for a 11.6 abv imperial stout. Seriously boring. Can't believe I paid that much for that bottle.

3.3
PotjeBier (3633) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2017
Sampled from bottle at Foeder's bottleshare 28 September 2017. Black color. Beige head, quickly receding. Aroma's are sweetish, red fruit, light vanilla. Retronasal it's whiskey, fruit, alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet, very fruity, champagne-like. Strong alcohol feel. Under medium bodied. Long finish, light dry, roasty, light bitter. Not too impressed to be honest.

4.2
nickel (1224) - UKRAINE - SEP 19, 2017
Explosive bourbon aroma enriched by chocolate nose. Taste: mix of dark chocolate, dried fruits, coffee. Warming aftertaste with strong woody bourbons trail ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Hopmaestro (1720) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2017
Aroma has hard roasted malts, chocolate, wood and bourbon. Taste is big chocolates and also carries some raisins. Licorice and vague roasted nuts. Warming alcohol. Solid as a rock, but maybe not over the top these days. If you do like more classical Imp's, you should most definitely choose this one.

3.8
MrTipple (6000) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2017
Intense dark chocolate, sweet, dark fruits, candied, dark berries, spices, liquorice, dark toasted malts. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Light sweet. More dark chocolate, cacao, more spices, sweet, dark roast coffee, nutmeg, very soft carbonation, full bodied. Outstanding Impy, rich and complex, a Christmas cake. Cask at Rattle'n'Hum West, Manhattan

4.2
Franzen (634) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2017
Deep rich chocolate, vanilla, marshmallows. Nice and mighty but a bit too sweet. Nice long roasty finish.

4.4
monisuse (1) - - AUG 31, 2017 does not count
Very good. I think it's one of the best stouts I've ever tried. Sorry to say, it's probably the last one ever too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
stekzwolowiny (57) - Czêstochowa, POLAND - JUL 7, 2017
W aromacie praliny, wanilia, czekolada, naprawde przyjemnie, pojawia sie ogrobina alkoholu. W smaku powtorka, jednak troche malo intensywna, brakuje cialka, wysycenie nawet nie jest zbyt wysokie moim zdaniem. Ogolnie przyjemne piwo, ale na pewno nie warte swojej ceny.

3.9
ABUSEDGOAT (2830) - California, USA - JUN 25, 2017
2012 bottle: Black pour, dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, roast, some dried and darker fruits, oxidation. Full bodied, still smooth, chocolate and barrel flavors dominate with detectable oxidation. Still good after 5 years.


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