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RATINGS: 976   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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)

stekzwolowiny (53) - 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 (2760) - 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 (3641) - 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 (553) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
Black as night, full bodied. Chocolate and coffee. Bourbon, vanilla and oak. Very complex and yet so subtle. Brilliant!

coachd (837) - 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.

Brandon1989 (661) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2017
Pours a dark black with a think khaki head. The aroma is bourbon, alcohol, dark fruit, figs, dates, coffee, and faint chocolate. The flavor is more mellow than the aroma but still packs a punch. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, vanilla oak, some dark fruits. There is some bourbon and alcohol present in the flavor but it’s not too overpowering. The mouthfeel is heavy and drinkability is low, very much a sipper.

gopherfan99 (1829) - Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2017
Tap; pours black with a brown head; aroma of bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and hints of wood and vanilla; taste is light sweet with chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and then some light bitter coffee and roasted malt; dry finish with lingering roasted notes and some alcohol warming

SirLimpsalot (4244) - SWEDEN - APR 1, 2017
@Basunen 17-4-1: Rätt trevlig med tydlig sötaktig ton av cognac. En del choklad och vanilj. Fin fyllighet. Trevlig eftersmak.

imdownthepub (14556) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2017
Bottled, 355ml aged 8yrs from the now closed Bellinger’s Garage, Grove, Oxon. Black with tan head. There is a big, bitter, dark chocolate character to this from the start, filling on the palate along with licorice and a touch of coffee grounds. Later a sweet vanilla note mingles through with a boozy, alcohol note. A challenge to the flavour buds.

Sparf (283) - SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2017
Elegant doft med mycket mjuka toner av lätt parfymaktiga bourbon. Helt svart brygd. Ett tätt, inte särskilt stort, men snabbt upplöst skum. Fantastiska, mjukt rostade toner i smaken. Whiskyaromerna är påtagliga men balanserade med med fint avvägd vanilj och närmast ingen trä. Champagnejästen bryter fint mot malten. Halvfyllig kropp och något silkesartad viskositet. Lätt kolsyra. Eftersmaken följer samma mönster där rostningen utbyts mot en lätt beska.

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