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RATINGS: 945   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.

dfearnley's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1826) - Edmonton, Alberta, - JAN 31, 2013
750mL to wine glass Alcohol is the most prevalent aroma, followed by vanilla, and dark chocolate, cherries, and soy. Deep brown/black with a thin beige/brown head. Cherry, chocolate, vanilla taste and well balanced. Full bodied, thick with a warm finish. Good now, but it'll get better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sudz4Dayz (45) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
750ml bottle. Pours black with a light foamy head. Smells of cocoa and alcohol. Taste of slight bourbon and roasted cocoa. Good beer. Nothing special. Good mouthfeel but rather light for its alcohol content.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zoucrew102 (1421) - - SEP 25, 2016
750ml bottle, 2012 vintage shared with Russ, thanks Russ! Rich bourbon aroma with vanilla, oak, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. Pours black with a thin light brown head that has decent retention and some lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors with and rich, full body and silky smooth mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with nice vanilla, bourbon and oak flavors that lingers on the palate nicely. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bulldogops (2270) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2203 – 2015.12.01 - Winner of #CraftBeerFantasyLeague Battle: Barrel-Aged Beauties – finished 1st of 9 entries. Bottle (2012) Aroma is oak, vanilla, cocoa, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate sauce, coffee, and earth. Bourbon rich bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are bourbon, oak, roasted malts, chocolate, and some vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (934) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
D’un noir impénétrable, la bière n’offre qu’un mince film de mousse brunâtre. Le chêne dégage des esters boisés et vanillés, tandis que les malts relâchent des notes de chocolat au lait. Un peu de noix de coco est également décelé. En bouche, les saveurs chocolatées sont plus amères qu’au nez, mais la vanille est toujours en grande forme. Des tanins de la barrique se joignent également à la fête gustative. La refermentation avec une levure à Champagne procure une sensation très pétillante et sèche à chaque gorgée. Un produit singulier et délectable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (818) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2016
Pullo on varsin tyylikäs ja teksti takana muistuttaa siitä, että Black Opsia ei oikeasti ole olemassakaan. Musta olut kohtalaisella kahvinbeigellä vaahdolla, joka ei juuri jätä pitsiä. Tuoksu on varsin monimuotoinen sisältäen päällimmäisenä viskitynnyriä, mutta myös lakritsia ja salmiakkia sekä suklaata. Myös vaniljaa tuntuu löytyvän. Maku ei kalpene tuoksulle ja on myös hyvin monimuotoinen. Alkupuolella havaittavissa vaniljaa ja vahvaa tammisuutta. Jälkimaussa katkeroita, salmiakkia ja kahvia. Viskin maku löytyy aika selvästi taustalta, mutta tässä tapauksessa se sopii. Hiilihappoja on aika runsaasti ja se keventää täyteläistä suutuntumaa. Ei tämä missään nimessä kuitenkaan hintansa väärti ole (26,9€). Saman panimon Black Chocolate Stout on mielestäni tätä parempi ja selvästi edullisempi. Kertaostos/kertamaistelu kannatti kuitenkin tehdä.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
xXbaptisteXx (235) - - JUL 13, 2016
Arôme whisky café frappé En bouche on est sur le whisky tout de suite avec une amertume assez douce ,on est un peu comme du sirop de café Juste magnifique<3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12577) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2016
Corked Bottle. Black. Malt chocolate, vanilla and bourbon in the aroma. Malty sweet, alcoholic flavor. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, caramel. There is some complexity. Flavorful, but Lacks a Velvety mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (2961) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2016
750 ml bottle. 2015. Huge thanks to beastie for the bottle. Pours black with a cola brown fizz head. Huge aroma of chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is rich and creamy chocolate, with a standout bourbon impression. It’s almost like a bourbon blended stout. Strong, but makes for quite an excellent sipper. Good BAIS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GC1379 (27) - - JUL 5, 2016
Large format bottle at home - pours black with a nice tan head - smells of bourbon chocolate oak and coffee - taste of bourbon and chocolate

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