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RATINGS: 863   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3353) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours black with a rather big fizzy mocha head that leaves some sparse lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, caramel, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla fudge, chocolate brownies, sweet liquorice candy and bourbon alcohol. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, brown sugar, chocolate mudcake, raisins in chocolate, bourbon alcohol and hints of minerals. Mouthfeel is soft, round, tiny creamy, slightly boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, vanilla fudge, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, bourbon alcohol and hints of raisins and prunes. Very heavy on the chocolate. Bit hot and bit lacking in complexity and texture. Still fairly tasty though...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmanigold (69) - - DEC 25, 2014
Sweet bourbon caramel flavor with slight hint of chocolate. Mild boozy taste. Pleasant sweet aroma after being poured.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (3879) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle thanks to Dmac shared at Anchorage Dec ’14 Tasting: Poured black brown with light brown head. Aroma is sticky sweet booziness and rugged malts that stick to the nose. Taste was sweet chocolate, vanilla, very malty, and very lively on the palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Redr8r (13) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pitch black with a substantial brown head. Dark chocolate and rich bourbon to the nose. Very creamy and smooth with Dark chocolate and coffee taste. Very good bite at 11.6 ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (772) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown to black color with a creamy medium brown head. Light black marker, burnt roasted malts. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, light anise. Had it before and the black marker character was overwhelming. Much better with a bit of aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Fruity, whiskey nose - very nice. Dark tan head on a pitch colored brew. Tangy but smooth. Sour fruit and mild whiskey. Decent but a little less than I expected. Thanks to someone at Baby Proof for sharing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Black pour. Chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts. Well done imperial. Good overall mouthfel. Smooth for style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kayres (589) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Black thick with a big tan head. Sweet vanilla aroma smooth coco a bit boozy. Sweet ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours dark and oily with a dark tan head. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and, of course, bourbon. Tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chinchill (2770) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2014
2010 (rating ~ 4.3) and 2011 (rating ~ 4.6) editions sampled back-to-back in Dec. 2014. Both clearly excellent. Oddly, the 2010 seemed a bit hotter despite the extra year of aging, but it turns out the ABV was higher that year. O: very well crafted, rich and balanced.

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