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RATINGS: 880   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   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.

dmschefke's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (576) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (9261) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Bottle. Bourbon, chocolate malt and grass aroma. Dark black-brown with small head. Extremely strong bourbon flavor dominates - light coffee, chocolate malt, and hay flavors. Light body. Tastes more like bourbon and water - beer takes a back seat in this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (6022) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2015
Bottle shared at The Cad’s 10 year get together. 29/03/2015. 2012 bottle . Huge thankst to Daniel. Really black coloured pour with a steadfast tan head. Aromais big dark liquorice, dark malt, ashy, charred wood. Flavour is composed smooth dark malts, marshmallow, liquorice, charcoal. Palate is full and velvety, little cream. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Patrickctenchi (5078) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Bottle: (2012) Pours black.....with a thick, creamy, light brown head. Spicy bourbon, chocolate and vanilla aroma. Flavour is woody, bourbon, licorice, vanilla....a little yeast. Astonishingly light and smooth drinking for the huge heft and flavours..... Really creamy, a slight alcohol warmth. Worth the high price and the long wait while it aged.... Truly an excellent beer.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisbruce (18) - SCOTLAND - AUG 25, 2015
Black with a black and creamy tan head with good duration. Aroma has notes of Bourbon and roasted mals with vanilla notes. Flavor is slightly sweet, high presence of borbon, licorice and coffee beans with dark fruits hints. The final is bittery with bourbon notes, light to medium body with a minimal carbonation on it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RuneStumo (2441) - Haugesund, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2015
15.08.2015. 0,75l Bottle. Abv 11,6%. From New York. Black colour with a low off-white head. Aroma of dark malts, Barrels with oak, Whisky and vanilla. Very rich, very strong. Love the strong and rich body. Coffee. Vanilla. Dark burnt roasted malts. Whisky. OMG this is a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinfull (1145) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2015
Black color ,with thin beige head . Coffee , chocolate and bourbon in aroma. Delicious and great balanced taste of vanilla , dark fruits , chocolate and bourbon. Long , warming finish. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (14397) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2015
DØE. Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, wood and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish. 290515

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (8523) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2015
75 cl. bottle at KØ15. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, coffee, licorice, spice, caramel, hops, oak, vanilla, bourbon and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours opaque black with a 1-finger caramel-colored head. Mild aroma of chocolate, with a note of vanilla oak underneath. Body is full and moderately oily. Long finish, with a boozy astringency. Flavors of chocolate and coffee up front, giving way to a caramel-bourbon note. Vanilla oak comes in at the back, with a touch of booze to it. Excellent as is, but likely even better with some aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (284) - 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.

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