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RATINGS: 957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Poured from a 2012 bomber into a snifter. A nice black with a tan head that didn’t stay around for long. Taste is milk chocolate vanilla coffe oak with a sour like finish that is quite pleasing. A bit thin for a Russian Imperial Stout-alas but the flavors keep it quite positive. A nice brew looking forward to seeing how the other bottle I bought last year will age...

nickel (1180) - 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

Hopmaestro (1687) - 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.

MrTipple (5492) - 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

Franzen (619) - SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2017
Deep rich chocolate, vanilla, marshmallows. Nice and mighty but a bit too sweet. Nice long roasty finish.

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

stekzwolowiny (56) - 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.

ABUSEDGOAT (2788) - 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.

SpringsLicker (3660) - Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2017
2016 bottle. Dense, oily, opaque black body with a minimal tan head. Complex aroma of chocolate, espresso, roast malt in a boozy mix. The complex flavor follows the aroma. Big bodied, alcoholic warming boozy sipper.

langeveld12 (576) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
Black as night, full bodied. Chocolate and coffee. Bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very complex and yet so subtle. Brilliant!

coachd (888) - Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2017
2013 version, still has plenty of fizz when poured. Big bourbon/black licorice/coffee/chocolate aroma, similar to many barrel aged stouts but boozier. Ink black with a brown head that disappears into nothing. Tastes chocolatey with dark coffee and roast at the end but very smooth and drinkable. May be the age of the bottle; I have never drunk this fresh. Silky palate, surprisingly easy drinking. This was really good.

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