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RATINGS: 807   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2009
Shared at HSBG. Pour is pitch oily black with a creamy brown head. Aromas of burbon, chocolate, roasted malts, and slight coffee. Flavor is loaded with burbon, chocolate, and roasty goodness. This brew is extremly drinkable and smooth. The burbon flavor was prerfect. Amazing!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Great Beer,tastes of bourbon barrel chocolate, coffee smells just as well , black color taste alcohol at end but very good at masking tasted

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (1965) - Connecticut, USA - APR 4, 2009
cool looking corked and caged bottle poured an inky black color with a beautiful brown frothy head that retained rather well. aroma has rich malt, bourbon barrel, dark chocolate, and coffee beans. mouth feel is average but coats well. flavor has chocolate, coffee, plenty of juicy bourbon barrel, vanilla, and oats. has some alcohol heat and plenty of bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
This starts with a milk chocolate aroma, with hints of vanilla, alcohol, and whiskey. The pour is an opaque black, with a big tan head. The predominant flavor in the beer itself is the bourbon, the finish has an intertwining of bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a fine beer, if a little over priced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle shared by Jamvin23. strong alcohol nose This one tastes like half beer half whiskey. there are some sweet notes along with the bitter flavors. overall another great beer by Brooklyn brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Very dark, black, coffee head. Hot alcohol, sweet mocha aroma. Still hot and brash and young. Too soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Bottle shared by yobdoog (thanks again). Pours a jet black with a thick tan to brown head which fades rather quickly. The nose is almost one dimensionally bourbon, leaning in excess to rubbing alcohol at times. Body is creamy and thick, with a nice sweetness, but a slightly off putting bubblegum note. Long light bitter finish. Pretty solid, but remarkably overpriced. At $25 a bomber around here, one can walk away with 3-5 times as much equally good, or better beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - 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 (2691) - 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 (5336) - 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.

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