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RATINGS: 942   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Bottle. Opaque black pour, capped with a moderate sized brown head. Beautiful aroma, with vanilla, oak, dark fruit, chocolate malt, and some alcohol. Roasted chocolate malt is the primary flavor, along with oak, bourbon, ash, and vanilla. Bourbon and ash stick to the palate for a long finish. Body is thinner than I expected. The aroma was really enticing, but the flavor didn’t blow my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bourbon coconut aroma. Super dark chocolate flavor. Surprisingly dry. Intense dark roasted flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12806) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
A deep dark stout with a thick moka head. A superb chocolate and bourbon barrell, coffee, very nice. In mouth, intense chocolate and cherry blossoms, alcohol, rich and warming, dark fruits. Botte shared with Alex (from BA) and his friend at BCTC 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Pours very dark with a thick tan head. Smells like chocolate and bourbon. Has a great chocolate taste that a little boubon taste in there as well. I think this beers needs a little more body to it. Good beer overall though

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 Bottle. Thanks to Tmoney for bring it to NATIFEST ’09. Pours a very dark, thick ebony with a nice tan head. Aroma is strong with roasted malts and bourbon. I also detected notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and some sweet malts. On the palate, this beer is chewie and creamy. The flavor brings out the bourbon, but it is very balanced. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Great opaque black pour with a small very dark head, a head that talks to me about density of the body and intensity of the flavor. A nose of toasted burnt dark malts that will taste of coffee and bitter chocolate, plus a definite bourbon nose as well. Flavor is consistent with the nose, with a slam of bourbon, followed by oak and vanilla, coffee and chocolate, and tons of dark malt. Not sequential, but harmonized, and surprisingly well balanced. I had expected this to be just an over-priced version of their chocolate stout, but it is an entirely different beast. I think it is still much too expensive (my bottle cost me $30 at a special promotion during Philadelphia beer week) and probably has a touch too much alcohol to be sporting ... the trick is to get this much flavor into a beer at 9% or less.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon. Taste is the same with notes of dark fruit and oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy cappuccino coloured head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon and coffee. Flavours of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and american oak. Rich and smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2009
Have had this several times now and like it more each time. The bourbon is well integrated and not the usuall suspect bomb. Its in great harmony with the chocolatey body, the creamy mouthfeel and the balanced roasted finish. Very flavourfull yet balanced with a sexy looking dark brown head on top of a pitch black body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle, 75cl corked, served by the brewer, at Copenhagen Beerfestival. It pours a jet black body under a dense, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, some alcohol, licorice and a hint of vanilla in the aroma. The flavor goes the same way, with the vanilla maybe a bit more evident. Smooth as hell, dry and warming in the mouth. The finish is quite bitter, in the burnt way. An amazingly smooth beer, and just lovely. (090517)

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