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RATINGS: 817   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 itís vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyíre talking about.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
virtualToby (2) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014 does not count
Aroma: Bourbon barrel aroma dominates. Warm, woody, alcohol sweetness. Roasty malts start to come through next with chocolate, coffee, and cherry notes. No hop aroma, diacetyl, or other off flavors come through. Woody vanilla notes are still strong as it warms. Appearance: Black as a SEAL or Marine Recon team coming after you. Opaque, but not hazy. Thick initial tan head with good retention. Texture of a foamy espresso with fine creamy looking bubbles lining the surface. Excellent lacing with alcohol legs. Flavor: Bourbon barrel aging is obvious. Wood and bourbon are there. Roasty malt stands up and makes itself known. Slightly sweet, but certainly not cloying with enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Extremely pleasant alcohol warmth. No off flavors detected. Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth, but not hot or solventy. Chewy and velvety creaminess. Balance is slightly wet, but not overly cloying. No diacetyl slickness. Overall Impression: Outstanding. The perfect beer for a winterís night. While I donít know if there are any perfect beers in the world, the only thing I can criticize about this one is that I donít have a case of it standing by to age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
Big thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing this gem. Everything about this is sexy. The bottle is sexy, the beer itself is sexy... they should really sell this commercially. Thick black pour with a thick fluffy black/dark brown head. Rich dry cocoa aroma, a soft hint of licorice and roasty chocolate. Full-bodied with chewy chocolate, a kiss of oak and vanilla (but this is quite subtle). Some earthy roasty bitterness. Very rich palate with soft carbonation. Some light peppery spiciness on the back. Sublime.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1051) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Wow, quite possibly the greatest beer I have ever had. It is almost like Black Chocolate Stout was put on oak steroids. It is midnight dark in color with a deep cocoa colored head. The aroma is bourbon oak, sweet cocoa, and espresso. Flavor is sweet, with notes of vanilla, creamy caramel, oak, and sweet chocolate. The body is full, and one should take care to not rush this beer. Sit back, relax, sip, and enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2009 Great Beer,tastes of bourbon barrel chocolate, coffee smells just as well , black color taste alcohol at end but very good at masking tasted

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drewsi227 (16) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Amazing flavor, tastes of bourbon, with a hint of coffee, aroma is the same, would reccomend to anyone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2010
early 2009 bottle. Fantastic! Iíve been sitting on this bottle for a while now and popped it for New Years... and it has not disappointed at all. Black Ops pours a rich black with a creamy tan 1 finger head which settles to a nice lacing along with some lingering patchy head. the aroma is truly wonderful... a great blend of chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla, oak and bourbon. nice carbonation throughout the pour and mouth... medium creamy body with more vanilla notes up front, softer sides filled with chocolate and a bourbon laced finish with a bitter twist. This is a great way to start my 2010 ratings!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
neepsntatties (1216) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Had a bottle of this last August (thanks to "hannont") and forgot to rate it. Colour.... intensely black with a thick, frothy dark brown head. Nose... dark caramel, high cocoa mass bittersweet chocolate, dark molasses and oak. Palate... gad this stuff is thick! Coating, chewy, mild CO2, constant underlying waves of Bourbon flavours, loads of toffee, dark chocolate, unsulphered molasses, dark raisins, vanilla bean, heavy bodied coffee and a long, creamy finish. Mmmmmm.....!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: I never thought Iíd find this, but I did over 5 months ago and have been aging it for this occasion ó my 1000th beer. Not as great as I would have thought. The aroma was incredible, but once again, itís a bourbon barrel beer where the bourbon overpowers the beer flavors. As it warmed up a bit the beer started coming through more. Hid alcohol fairly well. Overall a very nice beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. My label said 11.6% ABV. Poured an opaque black with a large, tan to light brown head that kept a nice sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy dark bread, roasted malt, caramel and very dark chocolate; along with vanilla, bourbon and tobacco. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and lightly acidic with a sort of average duration. There was bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, watered down chocolate, some pain old whiskey, dark chocolate, tobacco, yeast, cocoa powder, slight piney hops, hot cocoa, vanilla and coffee. The full body was silky with lightly fizzy or tingly carbonation and an alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpjake (1) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
This beer pours dark, I mean TenFidy dark. The aroma, head, and body were all fantastic. I found the bourbon notes to be suttle at first. Drank from a 750 mL bottle at the Holy Grail Pub. As the bottle sat out and warmed up, more and more flavors kept coming out of this beer, including the whiskey, oak and vanilla notes. As a beer and small batch bourbon drinker, this beer is a fusion of both worlds, and is maybe one of the best new beers I have had in a long time.

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