lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Style and Glass: Imperial Stout; Snifter
ABV, Volume & Calories: 10.7% in 25.4 fl oz. estimated at 400C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $23.00
Aroma: intense coffee and licorice aromas, alcohol is very present, inviting, enticing. Berries, grass, and wood. Oaking is evident. Roasted, burnt scents throughout. A bit acrid, and enjoyably so.
Visuals: Packaging is engaging, classic, and perfectly done. The body is absolute pitch in color, viscosity, and heft. As deep black and opaque as anything I’ve ever seen. Head is tan, starting thick and fluffy, then dissipating, but not fully. A thin head remains. Lacing is exquisite.
Taste: Crisp body gives way to sultry chocolates, coffee, and caramel. Luxurious. Surprisingly balanced for the style and treatment. I expected to be bowled over, but instead, I’m treated to a very drinkable (dangerously so) beer.
Palate: Perhaps the best part of this beer is the set of sensations in the mouth and throat. Starts with a bubbly crisp effervescence, followed by a mild transfer to smoothness that carries those roasted flavors, then a sweet cream milkiness, then a bit of chalk, followed by a three part finish consisting of sweetness, roastiness, and hoppy bitter burn.
Overall: This is a once in a lifetime beer, very well done, and I’m thrilled to have enjoyed it. I only wish I was celebrating something besides Saturday night, as this beer deserves a celebration.
Source: Brooklyn Black Ops Oak Aged Imperial Stout « BeerCritic
from http://beercritic.wordpress.com/2009/02/01/brookly on Sat Jan 31 2009 22:17:18 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
jseifer (62) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
This is a heavy beer in every sense of the word. Big flavor. Very floral, very hoppy, and very high in abv. It’s fantastic if you can get your hands on it. It’s also a night ender. rores1985 (9) - USA - NOV 5, 2010 does not count
This for me was the perfect beer. Very chocolatey. Tempered sweetness, as kinds of lingering tastes that changed on the way down. Edtorrey (26) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Wow! If you know Brooklyn's chocolate stout you will really like this big beer brother. All of the familiar characteristics only more intense.
After 12 months in the cellar, very smooth and not too alcoholic.
Worth the price.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Seriously, a home run here. Aroma is subtle upon opening the bottle - cocoa. Alcohol will give you a kick as it’s over 10%. Taste to me was like a cross between a brandy or cognac and creme de cacao. Very enjoyable as a nightcap or an after dinner sipper. NOT to consume in mass, NOT cheap, NOT for someone just trying to get a quick buzz. You have to take it slow and enjoy this one. The guy who originally ordered this one and never came to claim it missed out big time. His loss, my gain.
Beerheart65 (1503) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2013
Ebony black, thick creamy head is brown and stays long, good lacing. Aroma is strong: like a belgian beer married a stout, ash, bourbon, sherry... which would be like like a bourbon matured in sherry barrel, espresso, vanilla, chocolate, herbs. Can’t believe this aroma. Nuances for a bunch of beers. Pure and inviting aromas. Only critique could be that this is unbeery... nope just great and interesting and new. Medium body, palate is overwhelming, this really is a flavor-bomb. I would honestly prefer to just enjoy this and not even try to dissect it. Lively and lots happening here, lots of berries, lots of nuances, sherry, bourbon, low carbonation, long tasty finish, plums. Well... only tasted bout 600 but this is one of the best and most interesting ones I have tasted. Really enjoyed and have to recommend! Hikermike (9) - - JAN 7, 2014 does not count
The aroma develops as it breathes. Fruity, Carmel, boozy.
Flavor just keeps coming. Cellars well.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
ASPETTO: nero impenetrabile, con schiuma marroncina, fine abbondante e persistente. AROMA: il bourbon le fa da padrona, accompagnata da cacao e note tostate. Invita tantissimo alla bevuta. GUSTO: il bourbon avvolge e riscalda la bocca, sempre accompagnato da un abbondante cacao (dolce e amaro). Sentori chiari anche di frutta rossa sotto spirito (ciliegia). Nel finale emerge dell’ottimo caffè, senza mai far scomparire gli altri sentori. Retrogusto persistente un po’ amarognolo, per le note tostate. Carbonizzazione medio/bassa, corpo strutturato, dalla consistenza quasi oleosa. CONCLUSIONE: un’imperial stout praticamente perfetta, almeno per i miei gusti. Assomiglia molto alla sorella minore, la black chocolate, ma dai sapori più intensi e con un liquoroso più accentuato. C’è poco da fare: Oliver Garrett le imperiale stout le sa fare davvero!
tsd08460 (1193) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Aroma: caramel, roasty, bourbon, vanilla, woody, alcohol, coffee,
Appearance: black with a brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Outstanding mike67 (1216) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2016
750 ml bottle. Pours black with tall, long lasting, foamy brown head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, wood, smoke, coffee, toasted malt, dark fruit and some hops. Body is full and slightly crisp. Taste is of toasted malt, bourbon, toasted malt, brown sugar, coffee, vanilla, dark fruit, herbal hops and much more. Finish is long and very dry. Amazing brew.