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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2011 Bottle... Poured black with a brown head. Roasted aroma of bourbon notes. Thick, creamy palate with very sweet, roasted grain notes but not cloying. Chocolaty sweet flavors and strong whiskey notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009
Poured black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, with some caramel also coming through. This may be a little on the "hot" side, though certainly not bad. Mouth is really nice and smooth. Overall, another big barrel-aged stout. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djtimeless (221) - Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2009
Poured out black with big brown head. Taste is roasty, chocolatey and woody bourbon. Nice fruity, coffee, oakey sweetness with dry bitter hoppy finish. Full body, sticky sweet mouthfeel. Great brew, their best beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2009
[1964-20090124] Bottle. Roasted fig malt and mild coffee aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting foamy brown head. More roasty malt flavour with lots of fruit and a long coffee grains finish. Full body is boozy. Nice, lovely roast, weird aftertaste.
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Black pour that stained the glass very well.Aroma of hops, bitterness, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor of smoke, coffee, and a nice hop finish. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, light bourbon, slight vanilla, light wood, and a slight hint of alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a large, dense, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, alcohol, light vanilla, wood, light caramel, and a hint of the champagne yeast. Medium to full body. Chalky texture. Average carbonation. Chocolate, bourbon, and alcohol finish. 10.7%ABV is noticeable but not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. black pour with an espresso head. nose is dark chocolate, licorice and vanilla. very nice on the palate with a heavy licorice flavor backed by vanilla and wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2009
Way underestimated this one when I bought it....a pleasant surprise. Dark brown/black pour...thin brown head. Boozy, choco-malt aroma....smells tasty. Smooth and creamy body, but a tad thin..not bad, but I wanted a bit more fullness. Rich choco flavor...bourbon, vanilla, oaky...all the expected players. Good stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - APR 13, 2009
bottle by way of ucusty... fairly black pour with a small tan head... attractive in it’s little snifter... the nose shows a strange woody funkiness the entire duration of the tasting... sort of medicinal and woody with a huge blast of floral alcohol, toasty malt and chocolate... odd, almost like a bug in the wood which never disappears. luckily that medicinal note does not show up in the flavor profile for long.... it is however, really chocolate-y, malty and bourbon-y to the point where it becomes unpleasant. other notes include wood like chompin’ on a piece of oak barrel, chalky multi-vitamin pills and a super spicy finish. it has it’s moments where it is really good but most of the time the bourbon is a bit overwhelming. it is medium bodied with low carbonation. quite easy drinking as it is not thick or syrupy sweet though i don’t want to drink anymore than this little snifter worth. it does get much less offensive as it warms and becomes more like a shot of bourbon with stout in it! 6/4/6/4/14/3.4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2009
750 ml corked and caged bottle courtesy of tjthresh. Pour is dark black with a thick dark tan 2 inch head. Nice settling in the glass, pretty beer. Aroma is roasted malt, chalky cocoa beans, leafy tobacco. Wood is fairly tame, bu present. Some vanilla sweetness and a fair amount of booze in the nose. Taste is the dry leafy tobacco, roast maltiness, some brown sugar and vanilla sweetness, and a finish the features quite a bit of alcohol heat. Palate is dry, dusty, and boozy. Overall nice enough Imply, thanks for sending my my way Tom!

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