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Brooklyn Black Ops

10.7% ABV. Russian Imperial Stout from Brooklyn Brewery in New York. This brew was supposedly barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles (which may be why I like this so much as Woodford Reserve is one of my favorite bourbon brands). Black Ops was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, which the intent was to create big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. The brewery claims that there are only 1000 cases of this special brew annually. Pours jet black with a mocha head along beautiful lacing that lasts well throughout the session. Big chocolate, some licorice, cocoa nibs, paramount bourbon aroma and taste. Also picked up some oak, vanilla, and coffee in the flavor. Warm alcohol was detected especially in the back finish. Smooth medium to thick mouthfeel. An excellent stout!
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