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RATINGS: 874   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.


jimmie65's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Black pour with a creamy tan head. Strong aroma of chocolate and bourbon and vanilla. Lots of chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla flavor. Finishes with smoke and dark fruit.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (13808) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (7868) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (841) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (267) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (9625) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cosmo6644 (86) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (13365) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (12633) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GIJOE (924) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4065) - 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.


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