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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve barrels. 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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3.8
Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
Tasted at CAGarvie’s House, thank you! Vanilla and oak flavours with sweet chocolate and cedarwood alcoholic finish

4
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2011
[1pt 9.4floz bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Very black, tan head, fluffy. Retains quite well. Strong chocolate aroma, alcohol tang as well. Rich, deep milk chocolate flavour. Mild bourbon on the finish. Very well balanced – sweet vanilla elements from the wood don’t overwhelm the chocolate notes (which I often find with 10%+ beers such as this) [19082011]

4.1
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle at Craigs. A black beer with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and dark malts. Flavours of mocha coffee and chocolate and chewy caramel. Light bitterness with a little foamy, oily mouth-feel. Nice bitter chocolate linger. Lovely!

4
cwalexander1 (14) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2011
750ml.btl Fresh no age the beer was not very well integrated, bubblegum, woody, vanilla, hay, so we gave it 6 months in the cellar becomes a new beer,poured in snifter larger dark tan head aromas of floral, caramel, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, butterscotch, becomes one flavors dancing on your palate. Just needs time.

3.5
deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma is quite boozy with bourbon backed by some sweet chocolate, vanilla and some sweeter dark grains. Flavor melds the bourbon better with roasted malts, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Nice and smooth.

4.2
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Black pour. No big surprise there. Huge tan head that lasts for a while and leaves a little bit of lacing. Smells peppery and of bourbon. Big caramel and vanilla aromas. Mixed in with that is some chocolate, roasted coffee, and woodiness. Tastes the same with a nice sweetness. A big alcohol warmth. A bit watered down. But good, nonetheless. Very good beer that could do with some age on it.

3.9
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle. Dark black pour with thick creamy tanned head. Vanilla, roasted coffee, chocolate and oak. A very rich beer and is well balanced. Very nice.

4.1
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2011
750ml bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a tan, lacy head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, strong oak and bourbon, and burnt coffee. A really interesting beer that’s strong on the roasted malts. Very thick. Great

3.8
pushkinwow (2789) - Ottawa, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
If I had drunk this it would have been 750ml bottle #3178 batch 1. Dark brown/black with a minimal brown head that dissipates quickly. Bourbon, vanilla, oak, malt, Bitter but with a nice balancing sweetness from the bourbon (vanilla), quite smooth apart from the finish that doesn’t quite perfect the marriage of bitter and sweet.Much better with a couple of years on it.

4
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Bottle #3229, 2009 vintage, shared by badnewsbeers. Deep charcoal body, thin-medium light brown head. Nose of bubblegum, roast, and chocolate wafer, with sweet licorice, plum, and booze. Sharp, prickly alcohol and chocolate dominate the palate; notes of licorice and bubblegum are also present. Plummy, marshmallowy sweetness helps tame the alcohol heat. Quite good, similar to Goose Island Night Stalker.


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