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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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 its vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyre talking about.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reberiii (261) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Poured from champagne bottle. Substantial caramel foam. Taste opens with apple and pear notes, middle is with chocolate malts, finishes all bourbon. Maybe the most bourbon forward beer Ive ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scottw86 (1067) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Poured black with a medium-sized brown head. Aroma has lots bourbon, wood, sweet chocolate. Very tasty and creamy with chocolate and bourbon. Aftertaste is sweet, some cherries. Alcohol well hidden, lots of wood. Overall great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arone12 (907) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Pours a black color with a brown head. Head seems to stick around for awhile. I was expecting a commando unit to come into my house when I opened this bottle but no such thing happened. I am a bit disappointed. Smells like bourbon, wood and chocolate. I taste coffee, chocolate and some wood. Pretty dry finish with a coffee aftertaste. Tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROBC3366 (360) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a dark brown/black color with some tan head and lacing. Smells of bourbon whiskey and tastes of chocolate cherry and some licorice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Was it bad, absolutely not. Is it as good as other comparable big bourbon barrel aged stouts? NO. I was disappointed with this one. It fell short in all categories. It wasnt offensive in any way, just lacking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DanielBrown (3626) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle from Bish/Dom at Gurds bottle tasting evening. Am I allowed to stay that I found this slightly overrated? Licorice, liqueur, smoothness. Perfectly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarpa (671) - FINLAND - DEC 24, 2013
bottle 75cl from Alko @ home. Pours black with a beige head. Vanilla, cocoa, bourbon notes in the aroma. Vanilla in the flavour too, licorice, dark chocolate. Some alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
vintage 2010 A: Pours black and I cant see a damn thing thru it. A three finger dark mocha head of fine foam falls slowly to a quilt of the same. Little to no lacing. The champagne yeast is obvious in the head formation. S: Lees. Some licorice, plastic, molasses, banana. Sweet mixed with hearty smells are poorly mingled here. T: More creamy lees. Astringent alcohol. The bourbon is cheap feeling. Just not good. Reminds me of KGB 11 (Widmer). M: Empty and hollow body. Overly carbonated (even after recapping for a night in the fridge. Extra dry. O: Yep, I tried this beer, wanted to be sure about my palate so I threw in the fridge with a champagne cork only to have the near-same experience the next night. Poor beer. Serving type: bottle 05-18-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
topoisomerase (12) - - DEC 23, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 Got the last bottle at Mikro in Hamden, CT. Really wonderful stuff and readily shared with 2 other people. Brilliant aroma, incredibly smooth, robust and wonderful all around.

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