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RATINGS: 800   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Firkin at Real Ale Inv PBW09. Pours a deep black with a small deep tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, woody, molasses, coffee and a hint of bourbon. Flavor of deep roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, light bourbon, molasses andy woody.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
750mL bottle, #3448 from blklab2007--thanks Gianni! Brooklyn’s bottles are pretty damn cool looking. Beautiful pour--opaque black with a thick two finger dark tan head, great retention. Thick sheet of lacing on the back of my glass. I think this may smell better than BCS--big bourbon nose that is full of vanilla, oak, and brown sugar--but has no boozy quality to it. Lots of dark chocolate behind it to back it all up, as well as some underlying roasted malts. As it warmed up I got some faint anise. Flavor is a little more alcoholic and boozy bourbony--which I was hoping it wasn’t--but oh well. The anise is more apparent, too. Finishes semi-dry with bitterness topping out at a 3-4. Full body with moderate carbonation. Started out pretty damn awesome, but just didn’t follow through as I’d wanted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5277) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
[Firkin] Poured an opaque black color with a thin ring of tan bubbles around the edges and a films of ops around the side of the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, smoked wood, and some chocolate. Taste of sticky chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, bourbon, charred wood, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
February Houston Tasting. Thanks to kp for bringing this beer. Deep black pour with small mocha head. Rich roasted malts, wood, coffee, bourbon. Flavor is woody, malty, bourbony and chocolatey...very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2495) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Big thanks to Ken for sharing this bottle! Pours black with a light tan head. Smell is roasty malt and light alcohol. Taste is cocoa with sweetness and dark chocolate. Somewhat dry finish. Medium to thin body for an imperial stout, I thought and a touch more carbonated than ideal, but not too distracting. Perhaps this is from the champagne yeast used. Definitely enjoyable, but a touch sweeter and thinner bodied than I was hoping for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (867) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing it! Pours a deep black with a small tan head. Rich aroma, of toasted malt, a lot of woodiness, coffee, bourbon. Taste also has a lot of wood, with toasted malt, bourbon and chocolate notes. Lingering burnt wood flavors. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (3634) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
750 ml, thanks to lithy for sharing this one. Opaque with a lasting disc of foam that leaves sticky deposits on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate and cookie dough. Flavors of espresso, alcohol, dark chocolate, vanilla and raisins. Medium-heavy body is watery, roasty-dry and a little too fizzy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garmonbozia (425) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Huge Thanks to Sprinkle for the beer. Of course black thick pour with huge bourbon smell. Taste was nice chocoltae and bourbon. Boubon wasn’t too over powering but subtle taste was smooth and some bitter tase as well which I liked. Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to mcbackus. Pitch black pour with a thick dark tan head. Big nice bourbon aroma, a bit of smoke, chocolate. Taste is smooth creamy body with bourbon smoke thinning it out, chocolate and roast body hold it up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9471) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, fizzy, dark brown head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, molasses), average hops (perfume), average yeast (dough, leather) with notes of alcohol, prune, dates, toffee, and vanilla. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.

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