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RATINGS: 931   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.


4.5
   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 (2228) - 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 (6249) - 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 (831) - 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 (2729) - 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 (2843) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3166) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
Bottle - Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is really, really hot. I get a little cinnamon and roast, but mostly it’s just burning alcohol. Taste is better, as the heat isn’t as prevalent. Ridiculous malt mixes with a touch of bourbon, maple syrup, raisins, and a nutty, bitter finish. It’s a bit watery, though the carbonation is velvety and smooth. A weird beer, and the smell just ruined it for me.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pilsnerrogge (2745) - Finspång, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2010
Bottle:
Pours black with a rich head. Bourbon and some roast on the nose. Smooth mouth-feel. Flavour is a little bit of roasted malt, a little bit of toffee, too much bourbon and too much booze.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6607) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 1, 2010
Black color with thin brown head. Nice chocolate, vanilla, deep roasted malt aromas with mild wood. medium body. Rich, hearty cigar tobacco, woody, dark roasted malt flavors. good.


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