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RATINGS: 861   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vtafro (4482) - 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 (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Sampled during Deliriumfest’s 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 (14482) - 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 (6690) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of MaltOMeal. Pours black and opaque with a light brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malt, bourbon and a whiff of metal. Medium body, hard roasted malt, a little ashes and fruit with the bourbon shining through. The finish has warming alcohol and distinct burned malt. 290509

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2009
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a lazing dark brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as lighter notes of alcohol and soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty combined with notes of roasted malt and alcohol, as well as lighter notes of over ripe fruits, wood, vanilla, and bourbon, leading to a dry and hard roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (16143) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2009
Blind tasting at Papsø’s
Black color; medium head. Aroma of roasted malt, paint remover, phenol, and vanilla oak. Medium body, alcoholic (aggressive), chemicals flavor (paint remover), roasted malt, some sourness. It’s like using good ingredients to make something not good. Completely chaotic and confused.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4160) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2009
#16 Bottle. [Papso Shady blind Tasting 2009] Large creamy brown head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Pitch black color. Aroma of warming alcohol, dried fruit, chocolate, coffee, wood. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet and bitter flavor. Lingering warming dried fruity and alcoholic finish. 8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17 = 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (14825) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle at The Rake, HogTownHarry visit May 2009. Many thanks to Harry for bringing this over. Black, lasting tan head. Vanilla on aroma, lots of vanilla. Very boozy on finish. Much better when decarbonated by pouring it from one glass to another.. Very boozy, vanilla. Good black dark malts. V v V hoppy. Bit too hot on finish. Lots of hop and liquorice.

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