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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. poured black with copper head and nice legs. aroma of chocolate, coffee, and dark roast. flavor was the same. mouthfeel was slick with low carbonation. thanks again andrew for another great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Rating 1,500! Bottle via trade. Pours black with a two finger chocolate head. Amazing nose of chocolate, biiiig chocolate, vanilla and bourbon also prevalent. Flavor was also big on creamy chocolate, oak, vanilla, and a little booze. Overall an amazing beer, would love to get my hands on a few more of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5181) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super large dark brown foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma of bourbon and sweet malt is interesting though bourbon is more dominating then I had expected. Taste is also dominated by bourbon with some notes of alcohol and very subtle sweet roasted malt. Body is full with somewhat creamy texture with great carbonation and some alcohol is apparent. Good though a bit too much alcohol was apparent for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2009 Sampled from the bottle courtesy of Smokepot23@AleSmith’s tasting bar: Black body is covered with a small light brown hesd. Aroma is sweet with coffee and chocolate. Flavor starts semi-sweet dark chocolate followed by coffee and finishes with a bakers chocolate bitterness. Full body is silky with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours pitch black in color with full foamy brown head. Aroma sweet, coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Taste bourbon, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate with bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
garthicus (2795) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 30, 2009
With thanks to HogTownHarry for picking this up in Buffalo for me! Appearance: A lovely used motor oil body with nice thick creamy brown head. Aroma: Chocolate-peat, bourbon, leather, vanilla, lots of malt, alcohol, yeast, some almost strawberry notes with a nice hint of whiskey in the finish of the aroma. Flavour: Tremendous, lots of oak, smoke, bitter chocolate, with burnt malt and coffee. There’s some alcohol but it’s not overpowering, thin but somehow creamy body with nice tingly carbonation on the tip of the tongue and a very long malt-whiskey-chocolate finish. Just superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2009
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a large, creamy brown head. Aroma is rich and laced with bourbon. Vanilla, mocha, and roasty notes too. Taste is a smooth and silky blend of the vanilla, roast, and chocolate. Accented by a supporting bourbon and woody taste. Just a little nip of bourbon in the tail with a lingering silky finish. Quite nice. Thanks McBackus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7361) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2009
Thanks to someone for bringing this to DLD! Poured inky black with a dark cap of brown head. The aroma picked up rich dark chocolate and coffee with ample peaty whiskey and oak influence around.. strong, but it pulled me in. The flavor had a lot more bourbon feel that carried through the finish.. dark chocolate and coffee (nice roast to both) beneath, but the bourbon did dominate.. bitter coffee and bourbon on the long finish. Heavier-bodied, warm-to-hot, and bourbonny on the palate.. tasty, but I really loved the nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (540) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle from Knightly Spirits (a bottle that should not have been there in the first place). In a rare occurrence, I happened to be in Orlando the same time that Alan at Knightly had diverted an unscheduled case of this beer to his store. What case? What beer? Exactly. Pours syrupy and viscous and black with a coffee-colored rim. The lacing is coating and foamy. Aromas are robust with chocolate malts and a strange hint of cough syrup. The flavors are quite boozy: strong notes of oak, more cocao, dark fruits, Kahlua, and apparent hints of whiskey and vanilla embarked from bourbon barrels. Aftertaste of coffee. Medium/full carbonation and full body. Great beer; intense.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
Thanks to peanutski at the dilly deli market for saving one to buy when I flew down there. If you are in cincinatti, check this place out. I cannot say how nice peanutski is. This dude rocks and the beeradvocate scene is better because of him. A - Blackish night with a nice tan mocha head on it. S - Dark chocolate with fruits and rubbing acohol. Literally was making my eyes water because of the hotness to this beer. M - this was a very nice flavored stout that had the acolhol nose but was not all that hot on the mouth. very surprising. D - this is a descent brew, but should age tremendously. Luckily I have another one coming so I can sit on it for awhile. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-15-2009 06:02:18

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