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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
The aroma, when cold, is very ether-like. Pours black with a thin, brown head that cascades after the initial pour. Nose is a strong cigar like malt flavor with lots of bourbon flavor. Lots of coffee, oak and vanilla notes in this beer. Finishes dry and clean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Bottle. Beautiful looking beer. pours motor oil black with a huge frothy light brown head. Excellent lacing on a tulip glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel,alcohol and some burnt malts. Medium bodied that sometime appeared thin in the mouth feel. Astringent finish was of average duration. Sweet to a light bitterness. Overall a nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1068) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle courtesy of my awesome fantasy football ability, er MaxxDaddy. Color me super suprised and speechless when I opened this winning box. Any rate, on to the beer. Pour black with a huge, thick chocolate head. Nose is bourbon, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is is chocolaty bourbon with roasted coffee, slight caramel and bitter. Decent mouth feel. A very nice impy stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Finally a substitute for my beloved East End Homewood Reserve. The champagne yeast gives this one a different quality than any other beer I have had before. I have heard the complaint that this is too bourbony but its just right for me. It figures that this is ultra expensive and difficult to obtain, but at least I have come close to that goodness from the Homewood again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (954) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Black Ops from Brooklyn came is an imposing looking, corked and caged bomber, with an elegant black and brushed silver label . I chose pour this elusive find into a Duvel Tulip, and the fermentation in the bottle had evidently done its magic, and the beer came out with a thick foamy head over a pitch black body. The aroma of the beer was beyond belief, as the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla smells melded together seamlessly to create a cohesive whole. The First sip showed the effects of the barrel aging clearly, as the body was silky smooth and taste full of oak tannins and sweet vanilla beans. The chocolate and coffee that were so perceptible in the nose were far more restrained in the mouth, and toffee and black strap molasses were more prominent here. Clearly of a high strength and very warming, but not overly hot. A beautiful take on an ageless style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (945) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Thanks to Jon Ambrosini for bringing a bottle of this back all the way from NY. Also sampled at cquiroga’s Woodshop Quad Tasting in January ’09. Beautiful black color with a deep maroon/brown head. Complex, mouth-watering aroma of bourbon-saturated oak wood, coffee and blackened malt. Flavor is exquisite. An awesome blend of dark chocolate cake batter, smoked malts, vanilla and licorice. Mildly bitter coffee and bourbon tones hang on the finish. Very full bodied, with a slight bit of carbonation. Pretty stellar.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (707) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Courtesy of Juart from some secret trade. Pours black like oil with a huge thick dark brown head the color of mocha. Aroma is roasty dark chocolate with bourbon soaked espresso beans. Lots of alcohol. Flavor has some bourbon characteristics and the rest is like coffee flavored chocolate syrup. A little bit of a carbonic burnt bite. Body is a little bit lacking from what I expected, but is still very good and very rich. Leaves a caramely bitter on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle from 5 Points Bottle in Athens. Fluffy head w/ great retention. Coats the tongue, but isn’t thick. Full bodied, full flavored. Bourbon isn’t huge. Coffee and chocolate are primary flavors. Long aftertaste. Very reminiscent of Abyss.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2009
(Sample Date: 1/1/2009 Source:Mekong) Whiskey and wood are upfront in the aroma. Opaque with a dark tan head. The wood and whiskey dominate the flavor. Body is light to medium with a full creamy mouthfeel. Complex and well balanced. Excellent.

   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 baker’s 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 that’s not too overpoweringly roasty. The bourbon aging is very subtle as I get little presence from the barrels. Still, it’s an excellent stout.

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