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RATINGS: 829   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2009
750 ml bottle shared with my girlfriend’s brother, his girlfriend, and my girlfriend’s sister’s 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - 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 isn’t 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.

4.1
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sample at Neil’s 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.

4.5
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5011) - 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.

3.7
   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 didn’t gather in the aroma. I have a bottle of this I will be sitting on for at least 6 months to try again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Shared at Kuhnhenn Summer Solstice. Poured into a snifter, black as night with a tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste of toasty dark malt, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee. Rich mouthfeel, very nice stout. Worth $20 for a 750ml? I dunno about that, but pretty good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to Rciesla for sharing. Been waiting to try this for awhile. Very creamy texture, great flavors, worth waiting for.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2009
750 Bottle from Buffalohead. Black pour with a big, dense, rocky head. Oak aroma comes through early, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla follow. Full body, softly carbonated, smooth and luxuriant. Molasses and burnt sugar sweetness is balanced with some dark roasted malt bitterness. Very nice.


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