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RATINGS: 947   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing this. The way we were trying to get a taste of this you would have thought Jerry Garcia himself was pouring it and not EDA. Really nice sweet belgain taste. Not only an Impy Stout had aspects of funk and creamy malts. Taste had a nice bitter bite and was a bit strong in alcohol. Chocolate and dark roasted bitter coffee come through nicely. I would like to get more of this if it becomes a regular.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4878) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2016
750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/15/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Touch of booziness appears as it warms. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, licorice, dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish fora while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mild warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal barrel booziness, Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was fruitier on the yeast presence than I expected; but is still spot on for an English styled RIS, with plenty of deep roast and bourbon barrel presence with great balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (8015) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle shared. Poured a clear dark brown with a short lived frothy light tan head. The aroma is roasty malt, boozy alcohol. The flavour is liquorice bitter light sweet with a rich roasty boozy alcohol bitter palate. Medium bodied with lively carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (934) - Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Corked and Caged - Dark pour with a dark tan head. An aroma of oak and bourbon. Notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla. A thin palate that could have been better.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sudz4Dayz (66) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
750ml bottle. Pours black with a light foamy head. Smells of cocoa and alcohol. Taste of slight bourbon and roasted cocoa. Good beer. Nothing special. Good mouthfeel but rather light for its alcohol content.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zoucrew102 (1482) - - SEP 25, 2016
750ml bottle, 2012 vintage shared with Russ, thanks Russ! Rich bourbon aroma with vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Pours black with a thin light brown head that has decent retention and some lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors with and rich, full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with nice vanilla, bourbon and oak flavors that lingers on the palate nicely. Excellent!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bulldogops (2322) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2203 2015.12.01 - Winner of #CraftBeerFantasyLeague Battle: Barrel-Aged Beauties finished 1st of 9 entries. Bottle (2012) Aroma is oak, vanilla, cocoa, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate sauce, coffee, and earth. Bourbon rich bomb.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bourbon, oak, roasted malts, chocolate, and some vanilla.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (944) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
Dun noir impntrable, la bire noffre quun mince film de mousse bruntre. Le chne dgage des esters boiss et vanills, tandis que les malts relchent des notes de chocolat au lait. Un peu de noix de coco est galement dcel. En bouche, les saveurs chocolates sont plus amres quau nez, mais la vanille est toujours en grande forme. Des tanins de la barrique se joignent galement la fte gustative. La refermentation avec une levure Champagne procure une sensation trs ptillante et sche chaque gorge. Un produit singulier et dlectable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (844) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Pullo on varsin tyyliks ja teksti takana muistuttaa siit, ett Black Opsia ei oikeasti ole olemassakaan. Musta olut kohtalaisella kahvinbeigell vaahdolla, joka ei juuri jt pitsi. Tuoksu on varsin monimuotoinen sislten pllimmisen viskitynnyri, mutta mys lakritsia ja salmiakkia sek suklaata. Mys vaniljaa tuntuu lytyvn. Maku ei kalpene tuoksulle ja on mys hyvin monimuotoinen. Alkupuolella havaittavissa vaniljaa ja vahvaa tammisuutta. Jlkimaussa katkeroita, salmiakkia ja kahvia. Viskin maku lytyy aika selvsti taustalta, mutta tss tapauksessa se sopii. Hiilihappoja on aika runsaasti ja se kevent tytelist suutuntumaa. Ei tm missn nimess kuitenkaan hintansa vrti ole (26,9). Saman panimon Black Chocolate Stout on mielestni tt parempi ja selvsti edullisempi. Kertaostos/kertamaistelu kannatti kuitenkin tehd.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xXbaptisteXx (235) - - JUL 13, 2016
Arme whisky caf frapp En bouche on est sur le whisky tout de suite avec une amertume assez douce ,on est un peu comme du sirop de caf Juste magnifique<3


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