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RATINGS: 912   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thewade (340) - USA - JAN 27, 2011
Wow. Had very high expectations, and I was very pleased. Had just the right bourbon flavor/smell fro my taste. Canít wait to find another bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Pour is of absolute darkness, nice brown head stays around for just a little bit. Still trying to properly pin down the smell. A slight roastiness, minimal bourbon, almost a sweet woodiness with some hints of alcohol. Really interesting. Roasted malt heaviness up front, vanilla woodiness to follow. Really amazed at how little the bourbon comes through, it comes through more prominently the more I drink it at the end. Very well balanced. Heavy and creamy, nice bite of carbonation. Really drinkable, tried this one directly after Victory Dark Intrigue, Black OPS was the clear winner.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpjake (1) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
This beer pours dark, I mean TenFidy dark. The aroma, head, and body were all fantastic. I found the bourbon notes to be suttle at first. Drank from a 750 mL bottle at the Holy Grail Pub. As the bottle sat out and warmed up, more and more flavors kept coming out of this beer, including the whiskey, oak and vanilla notes. As a beer and small batch bourbon drinker, this beer is a fusion of both worlds, and is maybe one of the best new beers I have had in a long time.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammer (1101) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Jet black pour from bottle with a toffee colored head. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Taste is big booze, coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. Warm finish. Would love to taste this after it sits in a cool, dark cellar for a couple of years.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
Dark black, big tan head, terrific lacing. Boozy nose with a big hit of bourbon. Taste of booze, bourbon chocolate and a touch of coffee. Overall a really solid brew however not worth the ticket price.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScoWRee (406) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a nice half inch thick tan head. Strong alcohol aroma, Taste has a very strong alcohol taste that over shadows any other tastes. Maybe itís the "Bourbon Barrels" it was aged in. This was a disapointment for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a viscous black with dark, rich tan head. Aroma of rich dark malt, alcohol spice, bourbon, notes of oak. Flavor is very much the same with hints of bourbon chocolate, some sweetness, boozy. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very solid, tasty, big stout! Very much enjoyed!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle, 11.3 %. Pours black with a moderately brown head thatís kinda fizzy in nature and becomes a small brown ring in a few minutes. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, slight bourbon presence, strong vinous notes, mint, and licorice. Flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and wood, more vinous notes (champagne yeast shines through), mint, and brown sugar coated pecans or something like that. Finishes with lots of different flavors: roast, wood, vanilla, nuts, earth, hops and still more wine-like flavors. While the flavors are nice, the palate is a little thin and the carbonation seems too high and *spritzy* in nature to suit a stout like this. The mouthfeel becomes a little thin and the alcohol is more noticeable. Nonetheless, itís very good overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2276) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
750ml bottle shared by jb84 and kish84. black with a big lasting tan head. boozy bourbon nose. the bourbon is well integrated into the flavour and this is a smooth drinking big beer. chocolate and other dark malts, softly carbonated. soild.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DavoleBomb (1744) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to alpinebryant for this one. 4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of thick, creamy medium brown head. Great retention and lots of lacing. 3.5 S: Wow, thereís a ton of bourbon in here. Indeed, Iíd say there is too much as it cancels out a lot of the beer aromas. Still, thereís a reasonable roasted barley component with some dark chocolate. 3.0 T: I like bourbon barrel beers a lot, but this tastes more like whiskey than like beer and the flavors reflect that. Leather, oak, and vanilla. Moderate hop bitterness with some roasted barley again and dark chocolate. 2.5 M: Lighter medium body. I like imperials thick and viscous, so the mouthfeel was a letdown. Watery as opposed to creamy. Good moderate carbonation. 2.5 D: I like bourbon barrel beers when the bourbon complements the beer. Unfortunately, the bourbon in this dominates the nose and taste instead of adding complexity to a tasty base stout. Iím sure people who like whiskey a lot will find this very appealling, but Iím not one of them. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-14-2010 01:46:12


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