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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re talking about.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2009
This is a beer Ive been really wanting.. Thanks to Craftycarl21 Black oily with a large tan head. Aroma is delectable, black chocolate, bourbon booziness, some nice bitterness on the end as well as sweet chocolate in the middle. wood and chalky chocolate also make an appearance. Very nice boozey chocolate, some coffee but mostly a bakers chocolate dream with tons of booze to back it up. The barrel aging overtakes a lot of the thing I like about the original but at the same time imparts some nice vanilla and wood notes. I like it a lot, but a different animal than Black chocolate stout.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Motor oil pour, tan head. Aroma holds huge quantities of bourbon, wood, coffee, rich chocolate, cream, caramel, molasses, and a touch of both chalk and anise- pretty incredible on the nose. Flavor is excellent as well; similar characteristics to the aroma, but the bourbon really comes through. Vanilla and a bit of almond are welcome additions to an already complex taste. Palate is boozy, which I love, but still remarkably smooth. Top notch beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2009
I’ve been waiting to try this for quite some time now... mmm bourbon barrell black chocolate with champagne yeast. Thank you to craftycarl21 for the massive comp on this diddy Pour is jet black while the head is tan and frothy. Beautiful and flawless in the appearance. Aroma takes on massive dark fruit characteristics with huge chocolate and bourbon vanilla notes. Reminds me of a bourbon barrel aged DFH WWS- which makes it an aromatic orgasm to begin with. Flavor is strong milk chocolate, bourbon vanilla, and gratuitous roast. Vinous notes come in near the finish. Palate is rich, thick, creamy, and delightful, Fuck this is yummy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4419) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle pour sampled from a plastic boot. Dark chocolate nose that turns to bourbon and oak as the beer settles. Speaking of settling, the carbonation from the enormous brown head falls as if from a nitrogen draft pour. The color is pitch black. Beautiful! It tastes of bourbon and charred oak with faint dark chocolate hints, a bit of a vanilla and currant finish. Very oaky, moderately bourbony. Alcohol is well concealed. Quite nice and tastefully done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Shared this bottle with my Dad on Christmas Eve. Great times! Aged about 10 months after purchase. Pours thick and black with an impressive brown head. Nice aroma, not overly strong, but a pleasant scent consisting of bourbon, oak, pine and caramel. This is very smooth and drinks surprisingly a little thin. Big bourbon flavors with some coffee roast, a touch of molasses and dark fruit with mild bitterness in the finish. A good beer. Pretty easy to drink for a 10+% bourbon aged Stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy dark brown head. Big aroma and flavour of roasted malt, vanilla, oak, chocolate and bourbon which is well evident throughout the beer. Smooth mouthfeel. A warmth from the alcohol, although could well be from the bourbon character which shows right through to the finish. Extremely well balanced. There’s hints of peppery aftertones. What a beer!...is what I’d say if I got the chance to try it but it doesn’t really exist...so forget everything I said. (RateBeer Sydney Xmas Gathering 2009 - cheers Oslo!)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3971) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
Pitch black color, dark brown head. Bourbon and brownies dominate the nose. The mouth is filled with dark goodness, bourbon, dark chocolate, brownies, big bitterness. The bourbon is not as pronounced as with many barrel aged beers, but over all I found balanced and great depth. I personally prefer a bit more bourbon, but this is a great beer nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4734) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2009
2008 - aged 1 year. Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to hug rim. Bourbon and chocolate aromas. Deep chocolate and espresso upfront turning nicely hot bourbon in the lasting finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Dark brown pour with creamy tan head and lace. Aroma of licorice, boozy abv, chocolate. A chocolate, abv, flavor with a medium bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nice beer just a bit off for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
Pitch black with a small beige head that dissipates after a while. The smell is balanced and complex with pleasant notes of roasted malts and gentle bourbon notes up front. Some roasty acidity, dark chocolate, vanilla and a hint of dark fruits. The taste is also balanced with the bourbon notes well integrated with the rather powerful stout flavors. Nice roasted malts with slight coffee character, dark chocolate. A faint note of sweet dark fruits. Vanilla, oak barrels and some peppery spices. The bourbon accentuates towards the finish which has a roasted bitterness to it and a pleasant taste of alcohol. Surprisingly light body (medium rather than full). Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry finish. A good beer. Not a bourbon monster. Instead, it’s quite well balanced and showcases a happy marriage between imperial stout flavors and subtle bourbon notes. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)


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