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RATINGS: 939   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Pours from the bottle a deep, opaque brown color with a fluffy cola-foam head. The aroma had a combination of wet wood, vanilla, a bit of chocolate, and toasted malts. The flavor was prominently fudgy chocolate with a muted added bourbon character. Although only mildly carbonated, there was still enough to keep it creamy and not too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
I really enjoy the balance of this beer and the mild bourbon flavor. The creamy richness. A great stout. Shared with 5 friends and all loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (20881) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle at Churchkey on Stone night, after we got tired of drinking Stone stuff. Black (obviously), little head, no lacing. Aroma of whiskey and licorice. Taste is burnt coffee, licorice, booze. This is a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3773) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2010
750ml bottle 9/3/10 (Courtesy of hopscotch)-58į in snifter-Pours pitch black with a nice two finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste of bourbon, oak, chocolate, and coffee. This is a little softer on the palate than most BBA Impies and the taste does not match the nose as much as I was hoping but still a very impressive beer. The alcohol comes thru pretty strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1520) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Bottle received as wedding gift. Pour is black with a large majestic brown head. Very enticing. Aroma is loaded with roasted malt, vanilla, light wood, lots of chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is not quite as well rounded as the nose, but still quite tasty. The bitterness of the roasted malt takes center stage with hints of bourbon, vanilla, light wood, and coffee also notable. Solid beer, but i may lay a few down for a bit before enjoying to see if it mellows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4902) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2010
Bottle. Black with lasting thin brown head. Aroma of black chocolate aroma. Tasty coffee liquere with hints of licorice and chocolate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tommeagher (222) - Jersey City, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2010
The Black Ops has a syrupy black pour with a strong bourbon smell to it. No light will penetrate its darkness. It comes out with a thick, molasses cream head. I had high hopes after pouring this one out. It looks beautiful. But this is not really a drinking beer. Itís good for a taste or a few sips. Itís got a strong, sweet and bourbony taste. Itís not overpowering and sickening like the Goose Island bourbon beer, but itís still firm. Surprisingly, itís very thin on the palate. Call me crazy, but I like beer that tastes like beer. If I wanted bourbon, Iíd have one. I was lucky to get my hands on a bottle of this, but itís really not for me. Give it a sip and then move on to something more palatable to drink a whole pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle pour gives, as you might guess, a black color. Thick brown foamy persistent head. Aroma roasted malts, alcohol, chocolate. Taste slightly burnt malts, slight coffee, oak and chocolate. Palate thick and smooth but not sticky. Finish clean with minimal bitterness and a nice alcohol burn. This is a strong beer and the alcohol is readily apparent, but itís also well balanced and not overpowering. Two thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2750) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle co-trade with Plovmand. Black body with a large brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, liquorice, roasted malt, bourbon and alcohol. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits and bourbon. Nice lacings. Great.

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