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RATINGS: 934   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1510) - 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.

4
   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.

2.7
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (777) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2686) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7716) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle from co-trade with hallinghansen. Pitch black body with a creamy tan head. The aroma is quite boozy with notes of dark fruit, chocolate and caramel. Good roastyness. The flavour is chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Lighter coffee notes. Full bodied. Nice!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anker (723) - HillerÝd, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle shared by plovmand and hallinghansen, thanks a lot guys! Pours pitch black with a dense light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits especialy raisins, chocolate, oak and bourbon. It has a lovely smooth flavour of roasted malt, oak, bourbon and dark fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (12998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2012 Bottle, pours black with a great tan head. Aroma of bourbon and oak upfront, with vanilla and chocolate notes, and maybe a hint of coffee. Flavour begins with bourbon, wood, roasted malt, black chocolate and coffee, and finishes with oak, vanilla and alcohol - with a great warming sensation. What a treat this was. 2nd rating (Aug. 24, 2012). A lot more carbonated, thin and very hot from the booze. Not as wonderful as I remember, so my rating will reflect a blend of the two.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (9291) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 This is killer. Mild everything but it has everything. Oak, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bottle from CAH. Pours onyx w 1f off tan head and a good look. Nose is dark malt, cacao, dark fruit, prune. Tastes rich, with dark malt, fig, vinous fruit. Complex and very enjoyable.


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