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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (4549) - Helsinki, - FEB 15, 2013
(Bottle, 0.75 l - 2012 Vintage, from Alko, 20130215) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized, dense and light brown. Aroma had roasted malts, wood, vanilla and chocolate. Palate was full bodied, warming and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, vanilla, wood, vineousness, toasted bread, hops and bitterness. Aftertaste was woody, roasty, ashy and bitter. The base beer was a bit too hidden by the effects of the wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2118) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 28, 2014
750ml bottle courtesy of Jimsal27, thanks. Pours a blackish color with a small tan head that has fair retention. The aroma is strong with dark fruits, licorice, baking chocolate and whiskey. The taste follows the nose with chocolate and mocha in the forefront and then whiskey and dark fruits fill in the sides and back. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is long and dry with a lingering taste of chocolate coated cherries. Overall: righteous brewski.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4483) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2. 10cl sample. The aroma has mint, molasses, vanilla, roast, bourbon, chocolate. Black coloured beer with an off-white, thin head. The taste is sweet, has chocolate, bourbon and I got a hint of sourishness. Aroma is better than taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (641) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2014
750ml bottle - pours black with thin mocha head. Lots of sweet bourbon on the nose . Nice silky milk chocolate upfront with a tasty bourbon finish . Very good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FunkyF (17) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
Pours black with rich hazelnut head. Fruity aroma with notes of vanilla. Taste and body is not very thick with notes of vanilla, wine and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (797) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (501) - 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..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mep3222 (480) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerSkull (1286) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1190) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2144) - 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.

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