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RATINGS: 866   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kayres (595) - , 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 (2777) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (850) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle. Vintage 2012. Thick oily black pour with a small layer of chocolate milk head. Aroma is big notes of chocolate, anise, vanilla, coffee, and ash. Taste is loads of chocolate, oak, coffee, very smooth, very mellow. Real solid, very smooth for such a big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eRock_2013 (321) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Well I had to travel halfway around the world to find this rare brew, completely stumbling across a 2012 vintage bottle of this by chance in Madrid, Spain. Although of course, for the record, this beer does not really exist. But if it did, I would be thoroughly impressed by it's complex vanilla, chocolate, and oaky aroma as it pours into a wine glass. The pitch black color likewise would impress me, while the quick receding champagne-like spritzy head would strike me as lame, though the yeast free taste would be appreciated. The theoretically rich and sophisticated vanilla flavor matched with a flavorful sweet chocolate and coffee taste would be quite enjoyable. A slightly oaky bourbon chocolate whiskey finish would accordingly strike me as unique and remarkably tasty. The smooth palate would be surprisingly pleasant, despite the appearance of carbonation. A sharp alcoholic finish would manage to be appetizing. An excellent beer that would be unlike anything else. The vanilla accent alone would be something worth appreciating. A well done brew that would be unlike anything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4626) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a brown head.
Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, liquorice, vanilla, some alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted malt, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Xebbe (124) - - NOV 8, 2014
Luktar gott. Mycket mörk choklad och kaffe. Men nått som är lite funky. Smaken är bra men den är lite platt. Man känner bourbon fatet. För dyr dock. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zacgillbanks (3003) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Corked bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This jet-black coloured beer pours with a thin tan head. It has chocolate, liquorice and roasted flavours followed by a powerfully warming vanilla and oak finish which is creamy, smooth and very long-lasting. Too much alcohol and bourbon for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Desverger (3272) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle@Taphouse, Copenhagen (during Garrett Oliver visit) - pours black with tan head. Roasted dark malty aroma and taste, chocolate, coffee, caramel, vanilla and wooden notes. Gorgeous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jesperhammer (3407) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2014
22-OCT-2014, bottle @Taphouse, Brooklyn Night. Black with lasting, creamy Brown head. Aroma is Bourbon. I mean there are som roasted stuff underneath but mostly Bourbon. Taste actually the same. That nice Vanilla Bourbon stuff:-) Alcoholic and sweet. One big beer. Full body and soft carbonation. A bit simple but very delicious.

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