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RATINGS: 871   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Bottle shared by punkrkr27, thanks man! Pours a pitch black with thin dark tan head. Aroma strong of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Flavor matches well, but is dominated by the alcohol for me. This needs to mellow, if you can get past the alcohol (not easy for me), it has some wonderful characteristics, like the coffee I didn’t gather in the aroma. I have a bottle of this I will be sitting on for at least 6 months to try again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (265) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2015
75cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours dark brown with a bubbly, light tan head which disappears shortly after the pour. Aroma is strong bourbon with typical imperial stout aromas very much demoted to the secondary position here. Taste is heavy booze, bourbon, charred oak, tobacco, (very) dark, chocolate and a sweetness which balances out the bitter and earthy notes admirably. A massively complex beer with endless maltiness and burnt flavours. Initially upon opening a little over carbonated and less viscous than some top tier Imperial Stouts but this is the real deal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (9437) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2015
Bottle 750ml @ Stout, New York, NY
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol and caramel. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, roasted, oak, vanilla and chocolate finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cosmo6644 (84) - Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Huge aroma, roasted malts and bourbon. Taste of chocolate, malts, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Full mouth feel that really coats your mouth ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (13159) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
Sample at Danske Ölentusiaster Festival 2015. Opaque black beer with a nice beige/brownish head. Roasted chocolate and licorice aroma, hazelnut, cocoa, vinous notes, figs, toffee, some dades. Roasted chocolate flavor, raisins, figs, dades, hazelnuts, licorice notes, caramel, cocoa, warming alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (12507) - DENMARK - JUN 6, 2015
Bottle @ DØE. Black with small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, little vanilla, little liquorice, medium sweet and medium bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GIJOE (920) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Pours black as used motor oil with a thick foamy tan head. Nose is oaky, boozy, malty. Notes of anise, prune, molasses, maybe a hint of tobacco. Taste is very well-balanced. Deep rich primordial beast of a brew. Love it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4039) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle @ Ølfestival 2015. Black with a brown head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, light burnt, coffee, dark chocolate, bourbon, barrel, vanilla). Flavor medium+ sweet, coffee, barrel etc., and some alcohol. Almost full body, nice experiment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llkc (694) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2015
duft. mørkt mal kaffe bourban. super kompleks smag. kaffe bourbon mørkt malt sødme karamel meget varme eftersmag

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (979) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
750 mL corked and caged bottle, 2013 vintage, shared with ebone1988. The pour is a medium black with a thinner light tan head and a good lace. The champagne definitely throws the typical head density out the window. The aroma is definitely carrying a resounding sweetness from the champagne yeast, but the chocolate hops on that pretty well. There is a decent roasted malt and a good chocolate depth. Light coffee and vanilla notes poke through and there is a good oakiness on the back end. The flavor is incredibly sweet. Not even chocolate or malty sweet. Champagne sweet. There is a bourbon flavor that moves in half way through and carries out the back end. Malts kind of make their presence known and then fall off. The mouth feel is really light and watery. The carbonation isn’t really prevalent and this baby jumps off the tongue quickly. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet bourbon and a touch of oak. By God I’m glad I don’t have any more of these. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ebone1988 (340) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20, 2013 vintage. Aroma is champagne, milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla. Appearance is black, light brown head. Taste is pretty bland, sweetness overtakes with light roasted malt, milk sugar, chocolate, slight vanilla. Mouthfeel is light, not much booze or barrel presence, not much happening. Overall, very disappointing.

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