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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35735) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ [ Tasting by cgarvieuk ]. [ Bottle #3178 ].
Clear dark black color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, burnt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon notes, light alcoholic. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, very rich and complex. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy - creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. Very nice and easy to drink ;o)) [20090412]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2155) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Neck and neck with bourbon county falls the Black Ops. Had this one at the NYC cask ale fest and couldnt get enough. Oak, vanilla, coffee...goes down so smoth its dangerous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle opened at the Rake, big thanks to our Hazza.
Glorious black body with a superb tight, mid brown head. Stunning start. Sadly the rest of it just isnít quite so good. Big, boozy and creamy. Lots of barrel, slight seaweed and salt water, a ton of chocolate and just far too much raw alcohol. Spoils the awesome stuff underneath. A big boozy mess in all honesty. The coconut and vanilla are clearly top drawer but itís all killed to death by boooooooze. Was hoping for so much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2009
750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriendís brother, his girlfriend, and my girlfriendís sisterís boyfriend. Acquired from Beerlando via trade and finally cracked. Poured a pitch black pour, thick pour with big dark brown head, that dies to a small layer, laces well. Aromas are light bourbon and oak on the nose, sweet and roasted malts on the nose, different than usual. Sweet vanilla and caramel, sweeter than expected. Initial is thick, vanilla and coffee with roasted malts, a bit sweet overall, with bourbon and oak coming more n the finish. Sweet and syrupy towards the finish with a bit of dryness, oak. I think the champagne yeast changes the complexity of this, sweetened a bit much and a bit lively carbonation wise. Overall, decent oak and bourbon, but too sweet. Need more roast and a touch of smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Appearance: Pours an appropriately black body with a smallish (though dense and lasting), tan-hued head. Smell: A heavily roasted, blackened maltiness throws up scents of dark chocolate, roasty coffee, oven-cooked almonds. Also notes of licorice and firm dark fruits. Far lesser, lighter hints of vanilla and oak. Taste: Roasted malts yielding tastes of bittersweet chocolate, dark Italian roast coffee, light caramel, black licorice, and almond sugar. Fruity hints of black cherry and black currants. At least for me, the barrel aging isnít overly evident, only yielding light, subtle hints of oak and vanilla. However, there is a fairly warming alcohol presence. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Drying finish with about as much crispness possible from a full, heavy stout. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-high carbonation; the added dose of Champagne yeast really makes for a delicate, airy effervescence to boost the overall drinkability and add a nice touch of elegance. Drinkability: A good, enjoyable stout as it stands now, though I feel some time carefully tucked away in the cellar would do nothing but benefit it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Black pour with a nice tan head. LOTS of bourbon aroma with a strong dark roast coffee note, heavy charred oak, and faint vanilla. Lots more of the aroma in the flavor but with a pronounced bitter hop finish. Sticky medium-full body with lots of alcohol warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sample at Neilís HSC initation. Bottle from Grapes of Mirth. The beer pours pitch black with a medium dark brown head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and oak. Full body with flavors of milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and oak. Phenol alcohol presence as well. The finish is rich and roasty with chocolate and coffee flavors lingering in the aftertaste. Very good overall, but would be stellar with a little more age to round down the alcohol a bit.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Thanks a ton to 17thfloor for sharing this one with me! Pours a gorgeous oil black with a giant thick lingering dark tan head. Aroma is huuuuge roasted malt, and the beauty of it is that it is not too sweet. Nice coffee and molasses, rich and biting, slightly smokey. A bit of alcohol, bourbon, and an awesome earthy wood character. Flavor starts with a bit of a leathery and extremely earthy character. Malts abound with a dark chocolate and vanilla note. Some coffee bean bitterness becomes apparent along with dark fruit. Finishes smooth, very woody and bourbony. Medium to full body and a very soft and easy carbonation. Extremely good beer, complex and rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4983) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle shared by Dogbrick. Pours black with a thin light brown head. Malty aroma with chocolate, a hint of licorice and plenty of whiskey. Whiskey flavor up front with chocolate and a touch of licorice. Semi-bitter coffee finish. Still a bit hot, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle shared by punkrkr27, thanks man! Pours a pitch black with thin dark tan head. Aroma strong of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Flavor matches well, but is dominated by the alcohol for me. This needs to mellow, if you can get past the alcohol (not easy for me), it has some wonderful characteristics, like the coffee I didnít gather in the aroma. I have a bottle of this I will be sitting on for at least 6 months to try again.

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