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RATINGS: 803   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re talking about.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJvd (833) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with licorice, some chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. Taste has some roasted malts, coffee, licorice and a bit of alcohol. Over medium body and medium carbo.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LupusC (4) - FINLAND - MAY 31, 2014 does not count
Original 750ml bottle received from Brooklyn Brewery in Jan 2013. Enjoyed home with friends from wide belgian abbey glass. Surprisingly smooth compared to expectations. Carbonation and alcohol a bit too strong presense. Palate beautiful, not too complex, yet delicate and distinguished. Still would not buy with own money.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wihlan (238) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
Flaska hemma - vid första anblick ser den ut som en stor Stout med en enorm skumkrona. Jag saknar de brända tonerna och inga som helst toner som är typiska för en Stout. Det enda den smakar är bourbonfat vilket får den att smaka som en Innis and Gunn alldeles för mycket. Faktiskt besviken. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2603) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2014
Flaske: Sort øl med et stort fluffy skumhoved. Duft af bourbon og let brændt malt. Meget livlig karbonering og let mundfylde gør det til en yderst drikbar øl. Smagen er igen bourbon med en smule chokolade og brændt malt. Virkelig en yderst drikbar øl.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1423) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2014
2012 bottle 750ml. snifter. Deep brown with small lite brown head. A: bourbon, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, anise, figs. T: less bourbon, more sweet molasses descending to mildly bitter roasted malt with oak, vanilla and some toffee notes. Smooth, but a touch too much carbonation. Very good, but not exceptional.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3138) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2014
2009 traded bottle. Gorgeous dark, almost black, pour with a brown head. Surprisingly light aroma of dark, sweet malt, and I swear peanut butter. The flavor does have a little bourbon at first then a little malt and finishes with a nice espresso and dark chocolate bitterness. Good but it seemed a little muted overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle shared by SWE-X, thanks! Black with a huge beige head. Aroma has coffee, skumbanan, winegum and lots of alcohol. Taste is roasted with skumbanan/marshmallows, coffee, lots of alcohol. Medium bodied with high carbonation, dry mouth feel. Dry chocolatey after taste.
Not very impressive. A bad bottle?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2590) - California, USA - MAY 16, 2014
16 may 2014, bottle. Black. Nose is gin (alcohol and juniper berries), slightly meaty, some chocolate. Med/thin body and mildly fizzy. Sweet, molasses, syrup. Great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
samsmith33 (369) - - MAY 15, 2014
Bottle to snifter.Appearance: Dark black. Rich tan head. Aroma: very sweet. Bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla and coffee jump right out. Underneath is a toasty malt aroma.Taste: Strong bourbon and alcohol up front. Sour cherry and vanilla notes later. Warming.Feel: Thin for such a heavy beer. Carbonation lasts probably because it?s thinner. Astringent. Excellent beer, very complex. Only downside is that the bourbon flavor overshadows the stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1095) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2014
LOTs of lovely bourbon, alcohol, roastiness, licorice, Brown sugar, milky chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Black color, medium beige head. Noticable sweetness, soft bite, Low saltiness, ABV evident, but not boozy, fullbodied, soft carbonation, roasty, sweet and warming finish. You can't go wrong With bourbonaging!


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