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RATINGS: 799   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Black pour with tan head which dissipates to s thin film, notes of bourbon some malt, palate is thin, taste is boozy, I am a bit disappointed with this one ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (751) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Corked bomber into tulip glass, opaque black color with creamy dark tan head. Aroma of roasted barley malt, brown sugar, vanilla, dark chocolate, lactose and woody oak. Taste adds notes of marshmallow, grain, earthy hop bitterness, light coffee grounds and milk chocolate. Heavy body, low carbonation, creamy, soft with a roasty, dark fruity and rich finish. Great texture, complexity and balance on this barrel-aged IRS!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (478) - Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2014
cask pour at 2SP..black as night with little carbonation or head as expected..nose is the highlight here with heavy bourbon present..some vanilla presence..mouthfeel is really also pretty unique probably because of the cask..really has an invisible mouthfeel with little to no trace of the booze and a more thin body than anticipated..however the lingering finish is all booze and provides some warm heat and a moderately complex bourbon finish intertwined with some quality coffee as well..happy to try this on draft..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (416) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Aroma of cocoa, vanilla and oak. Bourbon aroma really comes through. Bourbon flavors are strong in the flavor. Mostly vanilla comes through, but some oak. The base beer seems lighter than BBCS, and is not sweet. Beer is real smooth and quite good. Bourbon flavors and base beer fullness and balance is better with KBS, this is a notch below, but is still a great aged stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSkull (1234) - SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2014
(Bottle). Sweet and gigantic aroma and taste of brown sugar, vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, warming alcohol and barrel and oak notes. Superbly tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1168) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle at home. Has a pitch black colour with a medium, light beige, compact head. Roasted aroma with leather, licorice, lactose, aceton, oak, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. The flavour has more bourbon, roasted malt and alkohol. Soft and silky mouth feel, and has a medium bitterness. A nice and well-balanced imperial stout with a distinct bourbon touch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2045) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Sipped a vertical of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Found the 2011 a bit thin and heavy on the roast character with some dusty yeast and fruity esters adding alayer that I didn’t necessarily enjoy. 2012 made up for it with a bit more dark fruit, some anise and bourbon character became more apparent. Still lighter than expected and the heavy carbonation from the champagne yeast probably helps with the mouthfeel. 2013 was by far my favorite with a great balance and more pronounced bourbon character than any other vintage. Big roasty chocolate notes with layers of complexity. Dried fruit, blueberry, bitter bakers chocolate, tar, vanilla bean.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJvd (811) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2014
Small sample from bottle @ Zeebra II. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with licorice, some chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. Taste has some roasted malts, coffee, licorice and a bit of alcohol. Over medium body and medium carbo.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LupusC (4) - FINLAND - MAY 31, 2014 does not count
Original 750ml bottle received from Brooklyn Brewery in Jan 2013. Enjoyed home with friends from wide belgian abbey glass. Surprisingly smooth compared to expectations. Carbonation and alcohol a bit too strong presense. Palate beautiful, not too complex, yet delicate and distinguished. Still would not buy with own money.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wihlan (227) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
Flaska hemma - vid första anblick ser den ut som en stor Stout med en enorm skumkrona. Jag saknar de brända tonerna och inga som helst toner som är typiska för en Stout. Det enda den smakar är bourbonfat vilket får den att smaka som en Innis and Gunn alldeles för mycket. Faktiskt besviken. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2464) - Husum, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2014
Flaske: Sort øl med et stort fluffy skumhoved. Duft af bourbon og let brændt malt. Meget livlig karbonering og let mundfylde gør det til en yderst drikbar øl. Smagen er igen bourbon med en smule chokolade og brændt malt. Virkelig en yderst drikbar øl.


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