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RATINGS: 888   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jksipa (615) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle at Burger Bar. Pitch black pour with a generous dark khaki head leaving spotty lace. Nose is prominent bourbon with hints of wood vanilla and dark fruit, Taste is less pronounced bourbon though it does increase as it warms with light toffee and medium bitter chocolate and coffee. Medium full creamy mouth with soft carbonation. Some subtle layers but the bourbon is dominant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angelmonster (159) - Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2011 vintage aged almost 4 years Pours a jet black, opaque body. Small 1/4 inch dark chocolate head. Lacing and head retention were average. Smell is of milk chocolate and fresh baked brownies. Roasted caramel malt and hints of coffee come through also. Getting very little bourbon and for 11%, the alcohol is pretty light on the nose. Taste is big on charred oak, burnt coffee, and smoked malt. Bourbon adds some depth to the beer as it warms. Hops aren’t present, alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Lots of layers of flavors going on. Mouthfeel is good, Brooklyn does such a good job with their bottle conditioned beer, carbonation is spot on. Just wish that the head retention lasted longer than 5 minutes. Overall this was a great beer thats been on my want list forever. One of the pioneers of bourbon aged stouts, just wish the bourbon was more apparent. A nice head would have also propelled this beer to top ten status but its still pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Underdogs88 (261) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Wood and bourbon on the aroma. Appearance is a dark brown with a tan head with good retention. Bourbon and oak dominant the flavor with notes of chocolate and a smooth roast character. Mouthfeel is full with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good bourbon oak stout, but it's not worth it's price. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beermack (725) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
2014 bottle shared. Motor oil black pour, thin tan head. Big dark chocolate heavy roast nose, good oak, light vanilla. Taster is big dark roast, dark choc, dark coffee, and well integrated barrel notes. Good fruitiness, no vanilla overload. Well balanced, no booze sting. Medium/full body. Barrel and roasty chocolate linger. Expensive, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2015
750 mL bottle. Pours a stouty blackish brown, massive coffee colored head with excellent retention. Nose is heavy barrel, dark roast, cocoa, licorice, coffee, woody. Mouth is medium bodied -- thinner than I’d expect in a stout to be sure -- relatively dry as well (I’m guessing the champagne yeast has a lot to do with that), a whole of the barrel kind of drowns out much everything else. A bit of soot detectable near the dry finish, along with some bitterness. Decent, but not my favorite BA stout by a long shot. Anyway, popped this open to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Who would’ve been 86 today. A true ’drum major for peace’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (915) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Wow. Whiskey and smoke kind of takes beer over. Delightful, yet scary, and oh so enjoyable. But. It doesn’t exist. So shh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4598) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Poured from a 22oz bottle from a trade. Not sure what year it is. 2612A i believe is the batch on the back. Black pour with tan head. Aroma is vanilla, whiskey, oak, and somewhat sweet. Big flavor. Whiskey pretty dominant, but smooth with vanilla, chocolate, and cocoa. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of roasted malts with some bread, coffee and chocolate. The taste was similar to the aroma with more bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1004) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 1, 2015
750 ml bottle of 2013 vintage. Black with glints of warm brown at the very edges, a few mm of fine espresso-colored head that lingers nicely. Aroma is butterscotch, vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, bit of maple, bourbon, leather, bit of cocoa powder. Body is only of moderate heaviness, oily, slightly gritty, medium-light fine carbonation with moderate arcing burn. Flavor is more of an untoasted, dry American Oak wood, Rye and pumpernickel breads, light notes of bourbon, rather dry for the style but still some light brown sugar, as from a semi-sweet scone, but not a caramel bomb. Dark fruity cacao, not too boozy. Light herb and sap hop flavor, bitterness that blends in. Overall, a very nice dry example of a bourbon-barrel imperial stout. Aroma and flavor components tend to be more bready here. Bourbon and vanilla isn’t over-the-top, nor is it subtle. Body is surprisingly and perhaps disappointingly light.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerdedDave (980) - - DEC 30, 2014
black color; strong bourbon aroma with oak and dark, roasted malt notes; roasted malt flavor with serious bourbon notes and hints of oak and vanilla; a delicious, complex, thoroughly enjoyable beer

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