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RATINGS: 800   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1258) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Glass from 25 oz bottle at American taproom The stout poured a deep black and no head. The aroma was mild due to the beerís temperature. At the beginning it was too cold. The aroma was a mild blend of chocolate and bourbon. What a wonderful experience. This is creamy tasting stout with bourbon, chocolate and a hint of coffee. The medium body had soft carbonation. The finish was smooth with lingering bourbon on the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours black, substantial tan head Smell big coco roasty, sweet Taste sweet fruity estery, coco, roast, bourbon oak vanilla, Mid body Solid

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italarican (1475) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle shared at the Foothills Sexual Chocolate pre-release party. Massive dark chocolate, marshmallow cream, oak, and toast notes. Great oak presence for a woody spice with luscious dark chocolate and espresso notes. Lingers forever. Awesome!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (696) - - JAN 30, 2014
750ml bottle split with friends at a tasting in June 2013, Washington DC (first beeradvocate tasting) - 2013/2012/2011 vintages all tried.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
virtualToby (2) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014 does not count
Aroma: Bourbon barrel aroma dominates. Warm, woody, alcohol sweetness. Roasty malts start to come through next with chocolate, coffee, and cherry notes. No hop aroma, diacetyl, or other off flavors come through. Woody vanilla notes are still strong as it warms. Appearance: Black as a SEAL or Marine Recon team coming after you. Opaque, but not hazy. Thick initial tan head with good retention. Texture of a foamy espresso with fine creamy looking bubbles lining the surface. Excellent lacing with alcohol legs. Flavor: Bourbon barrel aging is obvious. Wood and bourbon are there. Roasty malt stands up and makes itself known. Slightly sweet, but certainly not cloying with enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Extremely pleasant alcohol warmth. No off flavors detected. Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth, but not hot or solventy. Chewy and velvety creaminess. Balance is slightly wet, but not overly cloying. No diacetyl slickness. Overall Impression: Outstanding. The perfect beer for a winterís night. While I donít know if there are any perfect beers in the world, the only thing I can criticize about this one is that I donít have a case of it standing by to age.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (1644) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2014
At a tasting, 2013 bottle, many thanks Ariel, almost no head, pitch black colour, massive aroma of bourbon and coconut, with some marmalade on the back, very strong flavour of bourbon and coconut with some banana and figs, some dark chocolate struggling to come through as the beer warms up.Too one dimensional, could use some much needed bottle age.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rrauth (1115) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Sample from Raleigh Rare beer fest: I know this is supposed to be the end all be all but it felt watered down and thin which might be a compliment since itís 11.3% but I guess itís hype was built up for me.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1041) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2012 750ml bottle pours a dark black with a small tan head. Roasted malts and chocolate taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jrwhitney6 (278) - - JAN 25, 2014
Pours dark, dark brown with foam head that quickly dissipates. Nose of bourbon. Lots of vanilla on the taste, some bourbon, some coffee. Very pleasant to drink - really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (1804) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle at the bar. Pitch black with a lightish brown head. Nose of chocolate with a hint of booze. Slightly thin almost astringent finish. Not sweet enough and not enough booze.


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