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RATINGS: 846   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Sample at Neilís 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5066) - 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.

   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 didnít gather in the aroma. I have a bottle of this I will be sitting on for at least 6 months to try again.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtafro (3912) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5272) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Sampled during Deliriumfestís Graduation tasting in Maplewood, MN and shared by Jamie. From a 750 ml bottle pours an opaque dark brown colored, nearly black, brew with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin film top. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a hint of bourbon, some coffee and plenty of dark chocolate. Taste is full bodied, nearly no carbonation, with flavors of toasted dark malt, chocolate, a hint of coffee and some sweet toffee. Finish is smooth with a toasted dark malt and chocolate aftertaste and a hint of bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14157) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
75cl bottle. Thanks a lot to Maxxdaddy. Pours pitch black with a creamy beige head and lacings. Roast, oak, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Lovely combined. Smooth and full palate. Delicious cold coffee notes. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6099) - Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a very dark brown/black color with a generous tan head. The aroma is dark chocolate over big roasted malt with more subtle notes of dark fruit, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor has a lot going on: big roasted malt, some sweetness, bourbon, vanilla, semi sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and wood. Full bodied with an oily viscous quality that has a smoothness as it goes down. All of this was just a bit aggressive and I would like to see what this is like a year or 3 down the road.

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