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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 it’s vanishingly rare. We have no idea what they’re talking about.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
puboflyons (2952) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2009 bottle. I have been holding onto this for a few months but decided to use my 700th RB review to pop the cork, which was somewhat anticlimactic. It pours oily black with a dark brown frothy head that is about three fingers thick. Solid aroma of chocolate and coffee with a pleasant blend of hops and malts in the background. It is a kind of oily mouthfeel but of good texture. The taste has a bourbon feel to it with dark chocolate, coffee grinds, hops, and a nice roastiness. Overall this is incredibly smooth and of high quality.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
My epic night of tastings continues... This one pours a JET black with a very nice amount of dark brown foamy head. The aroma is primarily malts and roastiness with some slight coffee and chocolate as well. Taste matches up to the aroma very well. As it warms this one gets more and more interesting and I definitely want to try it again. Could be interesting with a bit of age on it... but its DAMNED good right now too. Highly recommended!!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (6109) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2010
This poured an almost Jet black with a darker tan head. Aroma was very dark and roasty, lots of coffee and some bourbon. Flavor was sweeter than the nose would have made me guess, a good amount of dark chocolate and small bourbon burn on the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maltfly (4) - USA - MAY 1, 2010 does not count
Seeing as I often sip on bourbon when I’m having my beer this was a real nice balance for me. Thinking of getting a few bottles to cellar and enjoy later.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
2009 Bottling. Richer one finger of tan head that sticks around quite a while; not quite black color that’s more like the darkest mahogany that I’ve seen. Nose is full of chocolate, hints of vanilla, quite a bit of booze sneeks in but not in an oppressive way, more akin to the bourbon barrel treatment. Dark chocolate comes in the aroma too. Get quite a bit of bourbon up-front, and the moves on to chocolate and dark fruit. The roastiness is not overpowering, but there. I do have a minor complaint in the body being a bit thin for the style, but given the great layers of flavors and how well put-together this brew is, I am willing to overlook it a bit. Just great stuff, IMO.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6349) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2010
UPDATED: APR 23, 2010 Courtesy of pantanap via trade

Bottle: The aroma has lots of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol, faint coffee, and roast. It pours a dark brown, virtually black, with a moderate dark brown head with good retention. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate and vanilla. The finish has moderate-heavy bourbon, roasted coffee, and wood. Medium-bodied with somewhat lively carbonation for an Imperial Stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
Cask at Rattle n Hum. Poured a dark black with a floating brown almost head. Boozy roasted malt nose. Flavor is big and complex and runs deep and long. Dark fruits up front are followed by some warmth. Lots of malts and some hops pop out too along with dark fruits and a warm finish with a hint of the abv.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2789) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2010
Bottle. Looks really nice, all black with a toffee coloured head. Nice booziness in the aroma, balanced with some milk chocolate and vanilla. Altough I think the booziness comes through too much in the taste. I would really like to enjoy the beers other qualities - the hops, coffee and chocolate. I think this will be a killer stout after a few years in the cellar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (2934) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a huge firm brown head. Chocolat, vanilla and some bourbone. Like a heavy but still drinkable dessert!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2010
Very dark black with a nice big tan head atop it. Chocolate and vanilla are most apparent in the aroma. Has a dessert-ish feel to it. I was let down by the flavour, not as good as I expected. A bit thin and not too flvourful, a tad bit on the boozy side. But still has some coffee, roast, chocolate and possibly a slight hint of oak.


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