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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20465) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Very black, rich beige hrad. Bourbon and chocolate. Sweet with full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Chocolate and coffee, bourbon and white pepper. Warming bitterish finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (742) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 15, 2014
750ml Bottle at home from mchughs. Pours deep black with off white lasting head. Rum, raisin, chocolate, vanilla coffee nose. Flavour is light, disappointingly light. Coffee chocolate. Needs a bigger body but still pretty decent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1918) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-9-14- 2012 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours thick pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. The robustness of the brew can be seen when swirling it in the glass as it clings to the sides of the snifter with sticky fingers of the viscous liquid. Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with some caramel and vanilla as well as a darker fruit aromas of raisin, plum, and prune bringing on a light fruity chocolate bar smell. While these smells are all present, the biggest aroma of all is a massive and nice smooth, but yet somewhat burning bourbon aroma, containing big oaky and char smells, which when mixed with the sweet and darker aromas brings a fantastic warming boozy dark smell to the nose. Taste – The taste begins somewhat thinner then I would have expected from the nose with a moderately roasty and sweeter flavor. Some flavors of vanilla and chocolate are present from the start upfront with some lighter flavors of caramel and cola sweetness. As the taste advances some light earthy flavors join the taste as well as some more bitter flavors of a more tannin like grape. All the while the roasted flavors seem to dwindle. The bourbon flavors, as well as more woody and oaky flavors, come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end of the taste. Some other darker fruit flavors of raisin and plum come to the tongue at the same time and with by this time a loss of a good deal of the roast. When all these flavors combined in the end, they up leaving a somewhat sweet, but only lightly roasted and more lightly bourbon boozy flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thinner then would have been expected from the look as well as to thin for the style and the abv., as it doesn’t really accentuate the nice bourbon flavors of the beer and falls short for enhancing the darker and roastier flavors of the brew. The medium carbonation however was rather good for the sweeter flavors, yielding an overall decent feel even in light of the thinner body. Overall – The aroma and look of the beer (especially the aroma) were fantastic and really gave me high hopes after the initial pour. The taste and the feel however fell a bit short of expectations for the price I had to pay (~$20). The feel was too thin and the taste was not roasty enough and fell short of the big bourbon aromas that I was hoping would be present on the tongue as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2226) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 9, 2014
On cask at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD. Opaque, raspberry-black with no head and trivial lacing. Aroma of licorice, whiskey, vanilla, very sweet roasted malt, dark fruit and oak. Taste of sweet roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit and bourbon. Medium body and low carbonization. Overall, I am not impressed. The aroma is fantastic, but it tails of from there. It has the appearance of a dark, thick brew. But, where is the lacing? (I assume the lack of a head is because it was on cask.). The taste is sweet and boozy and lacks the interesting complexity promised by the aroma. Perhaps age will improve this beer, but the beer in front of me, while very good, falls short of greatness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
knickskicks (818) - - OCT 5, 2014
2012. Nose is overheated water fountain, cardboard, diaper. Taste is somehow worse. Mouthfeel is thinner than water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dresden (1051) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 4, 2014
Pours a deep brown, aromas of chocolate, licorice, and fruit. Taste is red fruit, stong and delicious bourbon, bitter chocolate. 2012 vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
John25 (872) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2014 Bottle 2013. Black. Spiced cocoa aroma with the champagne yeast character very prominent. The taste follows adding more bitter cocoa, roasted malts, oak, vanilla bourbon hints, yeast in a crazy champagne feel. Smoot, drinkable interesting complex flavors and body. Very unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dexcansino (479) - Andalucía, SPAIN - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2014 Cerveza muy negra. Con espuma marrón, con forma de mousse que se queda en una especie de crema expresso. Olor a whiskey, bourbon. El sabor es achocolatado y a café pero también a bourbon. Sorprendentemente seca, carbonatada en boca. Es algo muy especial.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (495) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Tasted the 2012 and 2013 vintages back-to-back. The extra year on the 2012 bottle made a world of difference. The flavors of oak, roasted malt, chocolate, and light vanilla meld extremely well. A rich, complex beer. The 2013 was slightly harsh on the palate and more boozy, which made the flavors more difficult to distinguish. I rate the 2012 as a 4.2 but the 2013 was more like a 3.9. If you’re lucky enough to find a few bottles of this stuff, I would absolutely cellar them for a couple years before opening!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
orangesol (941) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle poured into a mini pint.

A - Pours pitch black with a fizzy dark tan film of head, dissipating down to nothing, leaving little to no lacing down the glass.

S - Served a bit too cold I think...Tons of bourbon heat up front dominates every part of this nose. Some dark roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate help lend some balance but this nose is all bourbon. A bit one dimensional with the bourbon at first but as it warms up it gets a lot better.

T - Lots of bourbon up front that lingers throughout. Dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of dark roasted coffee help keep things balanced as much as they can but this one really is all about the bourbon. Finish is pretty hot with plenty of lingering dark roast from the malt and dark chocolate. This one is still pretty hot but I still like it for what it is, a boozy in your face barrel aged stout.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. When first poured it fizzed loudly with carbonation but that ended quickly leaving moderately low carbonation for the duration. Quite hot on the feel with some lingering roast.

D - Decently high. I liked this one, but only once it warmed up a bit. When it was cold it was a bit awkward with that much bourbon and not much of the base flavors. Once it warmed up a bit you could finally smell and taste some of the other flavors that make this beer great. With such a high ABV you really can’t drink a ton of this but it is good to have every now and then.

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