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RATINGS: 873   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle from Liberty. Served in a chalice. Pours an opaque black, small fine brown head. Aroma: Smooth bourbon, vanilla. Slight hint of alcohol. Hints of coffee, chocolate, raisins. Smell is wonderful. Palate: thick bodied, creamy, smooth, long, pleasant finish. Taste: Amazingly fresh bourbon, vanilla, sweet, oh my god, sweet, raisins, wood, god damn.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Whids (60) - - SEP 28, 2013
2012 750ml bottle. First time trying this beer and shared it with co-workers. Simply put this beer is wonderful in so many areas. It pours black as the night and absolutely no light could be seen through it. Sweet aromas of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. So much happening with this beer, hints of caramel to start and then a beautiful chocolate and expresso finish. The carbonation is perfect with a surprisingly light/medium body. Worth every penny in my opinion.

4.7
   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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerdedDave (801) - - DEC 30, 2014
black color; strong bourbon aroma with oak and dark, roasted malt notes; roasted malt flavor with serious bourbon notes and hints of oak and vanilla; a delicious, complex, thoroughly enjoyable beer

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (976) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NJBeerman013 (1052) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drseusszb200 (687) - 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

4.6
   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

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2243) - 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!


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