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RATINGS: 858   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1029) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Bottle. Thanks to Tmoney for bring it to NATIFEST ’09. Pours a very dark, thick ebony with a nice tan head. Aroma is strong with roasted malts and bourbon. I also detected notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some sweet malts. On the palate, this beer is chewie and creamy. The flavor brings out the bourbon, but it is very balanced. I really enjoyed this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Great opaque black pour with a small very dark head, a head that talks to me about density of the body and intensity of the flavor. A nose of toasted burnt dark malts that will taste of coffee and bitter chocolate, plus a definite bourbon nose as well. Flavor is consistent with the nose, with a slam of bourbon, followed by oak and vanilla, coffee and chocolate, and tons of dark malt. Not sequential, but harmonized, and surprisingly well balanced. I had expected this to be just an over-priced version of their chocolate stout, but it is an entirely different beast. I think it is still much too expensive (my bottle cost me $30 at a special promotion during Philadelphia beer week) and probably has a touch too much alcohol to be sporting ... the trick is to get this much flavor into a beer at 9% or less.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is the same with notes of dark fruit and oak.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy cappuccino coloured head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon and coffee. Flavours of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and american oak. Rich and smooth. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2009
Have had this several times now and like it more each time. The bourbon is well integrated and not the usuall suspect bomb. Its in great harmony with the chocolatey body, the creamy mouthfeel and the balanced roasted finish. Very flavourfull yet balanced with a sexy looking dark brown head on top of a pitch black body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (14764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle, 75cl corked, served by the brewer, at Copenhagen Beerfestival. It pours a jet black body under a dense, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, licorice and a hint of vanilla in the aroma. The flavor goes the same way, with the vanilla maybe a bit more evident. Smooth as hell, dry and warming in the mouth. The finish is quite bitter, in the burnt way. An amazingly smooth beer, and just lovely. (090517)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (37673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 75cl. @ [ Tasting by cgarvieuk ]. [ Bottle #3178 ].
Clear dark black color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, burnt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon notes, light alcoholic. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, very rich and complex. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy - creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. Very nice and easy to drink ;o)) [20090412]

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2341) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Neck and neck with bourbon county falls the Black Ops. Had this one at the NYC cask ale fest and couldnt get enough. Oak, vanilla, coffee...goes down so smoth its dangerous!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle opened at the Rake, big thanks to our Hazza.
Glorious black body with a superb tight, mid brown head. Stunning start. Sadly the rest of it just isn’t quite so good. Big, boozy and creamy. Lots of barrel, slight seaweed and salt water, a ton of chocolate and just far too much raw alcohol. Spoils the awesome stuff underneath. A big boozy mess in all honesty. The coconut and vanilla are clearly top drawer but it’s all killed to death by boooooooze. Was hoping for so much more.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6146) - 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.


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