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RATINGS: 931   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6591) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2011
Liquorice, coffee. Smooth and silky. Woody flavour, some sweetness and smoke. Deceivingly easy drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
The aroma is bourbon, bourbon, with a hint or bourbon (Jack Daniels). The pour is beautiful ~ Pitch black with a swirling chocolate head. The smooth as silk sip is semi-sweet chocolate but turns bitter followed by ...you guessed it, BOURBON. Excellent beer. One point deduction for the hefty price tag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2011
750 ml bottle. Dark black with brown notes. Medium light beige fine-laced head. Strong wood aromas. Licorice and peat smoke. Roasted malts with dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Fine carbonation. Slightly acidic flavor. Warming alcohol, but not really that obvious. Nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1529) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Very pretty pour - a glossy black with a dark tan head that fades to a ring around the glass - but this one is all hype. It really, really needs a couple years in the cellar. Nose is straight bourbon off the bat - traditional vanilla and oak notes, with a bit of chocolate, and a good amount of booze. Flavor is lots of booze - really dominating the rest of the brew and overshadowing a good amount of the flavor. Some dark fruits in here, and certainly bourbon, with a tiny bit of coffee. But seriously? Just boozy. All hype - I’m disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1179) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
First batch shared by DuffmanSW. Dark black coffee brown head. Aroma was Bourbon booze and choc vanilla notes. Very roasty nice balance not over bourboned in the taste. Carbonation was perfect. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Pours very black with a perfect head. Aroma is smoky sweet. Flavor is very tangy sweet, not too bitter, very balanced and refined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guyute_Pig (102) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Aroma of bourbon, roast, and light vanilla. Bourbon boozy taste with burnt roast. The chocolate and vanilla just don’t come through. Not very complex and definitely a disappointment. I just had a bottle of the previous year’s vintage a month ago and it was considerably better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bottle from Cavie. Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted, alcohol, pepper, and plums. Taste is lots of alcohol, a little roasted, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Pours a fairly thick black brown color with a reddish brown foamy medium sized head. Notes of bubble gum, vanilla (the most obvious of woodford’s character) smoke, milk chocolate, and burnt brownies. Creamy yet thicker mouthfeel. Nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color when held to a light source and a two and a half sldark mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap. Sporadic rings and splotches of soapy lacing left behind. Sweet boozy aroma with lots of barrel character. Bourbon dominates the nose but there’s also some earthy oak and a mellow vanilla/marshmallow presence. Underneath there are lots of silky chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, roasted coffee and burnt toast. Medium bodied with a huge blast of bourbon that is quickly countered by an acrid burnt wood presence. Lots of earthy oak with subtle vanilla. The smooth vanilla/marshmallow presence from the aroma is much less evident in the taste. Lots of bourbon flavor but not really hot. The high ABV is very well masked but the overly earthy burnt wood taste hurts the drinkability. Underneath there is some deep roasted malt flavor. Subtle hints of chocolate and lactic cream as well as some roasted coffee bean, burnt toast, oatmeal and toffee. Overall this beer is decent but a bit unbalanced with too heavy of a barrel presence. The bourbon is nicely integrated and the ABV is well masked but I wish it was fuller bodied with more of a luscious chocolate malt profile.

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