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RATINGS: 945   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2011
2009 bottling. Pours pitch black with a good looking firm, creamy brown head. Very smooth and round flavours of luxurious chocolate pralines, bourbon, vanilla and light coffee. It’s kind of like a liquid version of a praline made with a little bourbon. Rich mouthfeel with a warming ending. Fantastic stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3483) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2011
Didnt have exactly the black ops but had the brett ops instead which was a special 2008 btach of black ops not aged in the woodford reserve barrels. Apparantly only one cask was ever made. Lots of piney hops and coffee present on the nose. Whiskey rounds out the aroma. The 10.7% abv comes through on the taste and has a fairly sour finish. Lots of earthy and vanilla notes. Good beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle from Belmont.
Heavy boozy and bourbon aroma. The flavor is that of bourbon, chocolate, and sweet oaky vanilla. The bourbon is a little strong and approaches the realm of becoming a little overpowering. It’s definitely a little hot on the finish but the oak helps smooth things out a bit. A heavy hitting beer with strong flavors. Palate is a little thin, but the carbonation and mouth feel are excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marheb (4916) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2013 (2010): Impressionnante noirceur et collet très actif. Ce qui la rend unique c’est l’effervescence semblable au champagne qui pique le bout de la langue. Les notes de bourbon sont agréablement équilibré et la chaleur de l’alcool est parfaite. Une explosion de chocolat difficile à oublier. (2011) Vraiment déçu, trop boozy, unidimensionnel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that left good retention and lacing. Boozy aroma of bourbon, dark chocolate, light vanilla, a touch of wood and a hint of coffee. Flavor was sweet dark chocolate, oaky bourbon, roasted coffee, vanilla and mellow toffee with a nice warming finish. awesome brew

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Wow... I was impressed by the darkness of this beer even as I was pouring it. You know they worked hard to "roast" these malts! Dark with a reddish hue and a medium-dark brown head. Simply gorgeous. A sweet, fruity/candy-like, yet roasted and alcoholic aroma that’s to die for. It’s like I’m adult that likes candy like a kid... weird, I know. A little licorice... a fine balance. Amazing in the nose. In the mouth... you really feel it first in the throat. The first thing I felt was a burning in the throat, almost like you’re taking a shot of liquor. Thin, but hefty and strong, this is an awesome in-between (between) a beer and liquor. Simply amazing. Almost perfect. Not too good for the everyman, but feels like an everyman in heaven... godly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2011
0.75L bottle. A creamy latte head, resting on a opaque black body. Burnt caramel and salty licorice aroma. Earthy hops and a vague whiff of wood. Taste is gently sweet and malty. Licorice in the flavor as well. Mild chocolate and coffee too. Subtle bourbon notes. Rounded alcohol sweetness. Not more than medium full. Warming, yet easy on the palate. Licorice and liqeur in the ending. High drinkability for such a big beer. Nice all over.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2934) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 9, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 Bottle I picked up over a year ago at BOTW, Zach recommended it. Wood + booze + medicine + chocolate in the nose. Complex is an understatement there. Very dark appearance, tan head, minimal highlights. Thick chewy palate, sweet upfront, includes plums. Bourbon nicely integrated throughout, does not overwhelm. Finishes with wood and a touch of brandy. Zach was right this is great stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (3583) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2011
Sampled JB’s bottle. Appropriately named. Huge whiskey in the nose but there is so much more. Like the aroma, the flavor is the same. Beginning is whiskey but soon many delightful subtleties emerge. The whiskey came with wood notes such as vanilla and there is coffee, chocolate, licorice. A delicious beer. Thanks JB

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Latest batch, bottle poured into my Darkness snifter...The cork pops with a loud thawk, similar to champagne, awaiting the gush but none comes. I must admit the bottle is very slick, I like it...A dirty black oil that doesn’t front with not even a whisp of brown. A medium mocha head rises about two fingers, good retention. Very thick, nice cap. Very good lacing as well. As it warms lacing disappears...The aroma is sweet, borderline too sweet because there is nothing to balance it out. A chocolate bourbon bomb, hint of vanilla, need some coffee or roast somewhere!. Its smells great, just too much of a good thing...The taste is a lighter version of chocolate bourbon, reminds me of a girly liquor, a Godiva line product. The biggest problem with the taste is the feel, its way to light with a slight warm burn...Easy to drink because its so light, but pretty boring. Another Brooklyn that I would take a pass on.


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