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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1738) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pours black with a thick caramel colored head that has some lasting strength. Decent lacing and larger carbonation bubbles. Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, and toffee. Flavor is quite smooth, which is quite surprising after the initial overwhelming aroma of bourbon. Includes notes of dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol, with a roasted smoky bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3023) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle. Insane bourbon nose. Black Ops hits you square in the mouth with a bottle of Woodford’s Reserve. Huge bourbon notes mashed with muted roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Unlike a navy seal, this stout has a wiry thin and frail body....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4989) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sample from bottle at Lost Abbey BA tasting 2010. Dark black pour, tan head. Chocolate, sweet malt... interesting the roast, vanilla and bourbon are quite muted. I am disappointed actually, mediocre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Black Ops describes the color all right. Big bourbon aroma hits the nose. Chocolate flavors seem subdued to me. Extremely smooth though. Alcohol is there but the burn is not. Would be perfect with your favorite dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (7033) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2010
(Bottle) Pitch black colour with frothy, pale brown head. Roasted, malty, slightly fruity nose with notes of liquorice, strong black coffee, dark rye bread, oak wood, vanilla, dried fruit and ashes. Roasted, malty taste with sweet espresso, liquorice, cocoa, raisins, oak wood and vanilla. Quite sweet and slightly vinous, but drying out towards a woody finish with a balanced coffee bitterness. Full body, fairly sweet, smooth and rounded mouthfeel with a warming touch of alcohol. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rores1985 (10) - USA - NOV 5, 2010
This for me was the perfect beer. Very chocolatey. Tempered sweetness, as kinds of lingering tastes that changed on the way down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
I had this beer at Churchill’s in San Marcos during the New Brew Thursday 1st Anniversary Party. I didn’t get a lot of bourbon influence, or even roastiness in this beer. It seemed like a very middle of the road impy stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3605) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2010
Black with brown head.Nose of either wet coconut or wet wood, alcohol and molasses.Medium bodied , coconut,vanilla,licorice,sweet mid, somewhat dry finish. No noticeable roastiness, thin mouthfeel Quite a disappointment actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
Pours a nice dark black with a large foamy darker tan head. Aroma is rich milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, espresso; a nicely blended nose. Flavor is more milk chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Overall this is a nice barrel aged IS but nothing that makes it a real standout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3991) - - OCT 24, 2010
750ml bottle claiming 11.6% for a pretty penny. black with a small, creamy, stable, brown head. aroma has notes of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, flavor has lots of dark chocolate, bourbon. very warm finish. carbonation is quite fizzy creating a foamy mouthfeel. i found it surprisingly medium bodied. long bourbon and chocolate finish. not really getting any vanilla from the oak, just the bourbon. i’ll stick with black chocolate stout.

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