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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
750mL cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a viscous oily black out of the bottle with no light shoeing through at all. The head is massive and mocha-colored, hanging around as a big cap for ages and leaving tons of lacing. A gorgeous looking stout. The aroma is dominated by bakerís chocolate, dark roasted malts and sweet dark fruits. There is a hint of the bourbon in the nostrils but not overpowering at all. The taste has lots of sweetness up front with dark fruits, raisins and plums, alongside a sweeter chocolate than the aroma. There are abundant dark malts forming a big malty backbone underneath the sweetness. Only the faintest hints of bourbon in the finish. The mouthfeel is fantastic on this one, super creamy and full-bodied with generous soft carbonation. Decadent and velvety smooth. This is very good example of an RIS thatís not too overpoweringly roasty. The bourbon aging is very subtle as I get little presence from the barrels. Still, itís an excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1984) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2009
750ml bottle from Beerlando (Thanks!) Pour was viscous black with a thick 1 inch head as I poured it into a snifter. Aroma was of vanilla, bourbon and a little nutty. Flavor was chocolate, a little coffee and finished with a nice vanilla and bourbon aftertaste. For being 10% ABV, it hid the alcohol very well. Overall a very good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2358) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2009
750 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black with a medium brown head. Sensational sweet aroma of fresh chocolate, licorice, bourbon and even more chocolate. Taste of sweet chocolate, bourbon and black licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Black, brown head. Aroma of seared black malts, charcoal, oak, hint of chocolate and vanilla. Starts off with ashey, acrid black matls, medium -full body, lots of oak (can feel it) but smooths out, some chocolate and vanilla notes come out, lush, creamy oaky finish, controlled bitterness. Its good, not great, doesnt stand out compared to the other barrel aged stouts and quite pricy. Could have more viscosity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2525) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Poured very black with a very dark brown head, which was big and foamy. Aroma starts with acrid black malts but is complemented with a vinous plummy fruitiness, notes of wood and bourbon and some dark bitter chocolate. Big acrid black malt flavors, some oak and bourbon, espresso-like finish, with a mild astringency. Fizzy carbonic bite to the palate, but its OK, the body is otherwise full. Lingering acrid burnt ashiness, with higher retronasals of bourbon. It succeeds at being huge, thats for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Bottle acquired via trade with dchmela...THANKS AGAIN DAVE!!! Squid ink in color with a chocolate shake of a head that left a significant amount of lacing. Dark toasted malt, bitter chocolate, charcoal brisket, and oak. Burnt caramel, bourbon, vanilla and freshly roasted coffee bean. Coats the palate nicely. Good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blankboy (6052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2009
Bottle at íColeís Rare Beer Festí, Buffalo, NY. Pours black with a small diminishing creamy light-brown head. Aromaís roasty along with a nice amount of bourbon, some vanilla, chocolate and some alcohol. Flavour of roasted malt, bourbon, hops, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and more -- this is delicious! Alcoholís pretty well hidden. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. This goes down smooth -- a superb beer and one of my faves of the fest!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle shared by BOLTZ7555 Ė you kick much ass Jason! Pours a pitch black with a one finger tan head. The nose is ash, cocoa and roasted coffee beans. The taste is dark fruits, burnt chocolate, vanilla and espresso with a hot bourbon finish. Medium creamy mouth feel. Good stuff. Thanks Big J!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
From bottle courtesy of dpjuart. Great aroma. Coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Twizzlers, vaporous alcohol and bourbon; big phenols and light hops. Dark black with chocolatey brown lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts with nice sweet characte, coffee and chocolate. Mild vanilla and oak, kinda tangy. Big hops bitter finish, oaky. Overall itís nice but a little watery in the finish. Not as sweet as others and quite a bitter finish. A little hot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Black with lively effervescence. Like black ops projects, subtle and smooth. Some coffee, but lots of chocolate, and hints of vanilla. Simple refined flavors. Solid, easy to drink. Excellent craftmanship that wonít hit you on the head. I love this beer, it fits in a nice little pocket that not many others can fill.

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