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RATINGS: 961   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 its vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyre talking about.

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, vanilla, licorice, & bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit (notably cherries & prunes), and licorice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, great aroma - pricey but excellent stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750ml bottle I picked up during my travels in NY. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, and a little bit of green pepper. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of booze. Mouthfeel was thin for this big of a beer, but there was enough bourbony goodness to still this quite the nice sipper. Overpriced? Yeah maybe. Still a very well made stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2010
750mL corked and caged bottle, shared by Rich, enjoyed on Christmas eve. Pours thick, dark brown, and viscous, with a 2-finger dark brown head. Aromas of spicy oak, pine, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and ethanol. The flavor is rich, buttery oak, cocoa, espresso, chocolate, and vanilla. Medium carbonation, creamy, and very smooth. Wow; really smooth and velvety, and a really exciting surprise. Thanks Rich!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Used this beer to warm me up after digging out from the Day After Christmas Blizzard of 2010. Over two feet of snow, over three on parts of my driveway with the drifts. I earned this one. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Heavy aroma of bourbon and vanilla, with some nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a sweet vanilla taste with a gentle bitter layer to balance it out. Nice chocolate, coffee and vanilla notes through the finish. Thin to medium mouthfeel. Could use a bit more body on this, but otherwise a wonderful complex IS.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
irishalky (35) - Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Rich burnt oaken stout tastes like a good scotch. Smooth chocolate and coffee flavors are accented by the aged bourbon and are followed with a caramel vanilla finish. Excellent imperial stout selection.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Sean and my Dad on the day after Christmas. Pours a cola brown opaque with a full, rich tan head. Slight lacing. Aroma of vanilla, honey, fresh malted barley, oats, and sweet bourbon. Medium bodied with a soft, relaxed palate. Slightly boozy on the finish. Overall, decent stout. Definitely overrated.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Brooklyn Black Ops 750mL brown bottle (caged & corked) I was lucky to get a good size taste of this at the Great Orlando Beer Fest. A: poured into a tasting glass. pours a pitch black obsidian color with a deep rich tan head with an amazing retention level and excellent lacing. S: amazing rich roasted malts in this with a wonderful vanilla and cherry aroma from the oak. chocolate, caramel, and coffee. T: its like an angel pissing on your tongue. So much chocolate and coffee form the roasted malts followed by that wonderful vanilla and cherry oak flavor. M: smooth and buttery mouthfeel, with a hidden 10% abv. crisp and clean tasting. solid carbonation level. D: unbelievable, and a hard brew to come by. Garrett Oliver has no limitations. Could be the best beer I have ever tasted.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jow (3727) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2010
So I take my final exam and I have no completed my MBA at Fordham this is cause to celebrate, so I walk to whole foods to pick myself up a treat. This beautiful black bottle that I have heard about for so long is staring at me from display, I quickly grab and hurry him home. Pours jet black with huge head that looks like a coffee milkshake I wish it never dissapeared. Good lacing. The nose was of cola, toffee and pine needles. The taste was plenty of bourbon but alsoe dark chocolates, tobacco, caramel, vanilla, and smoke. Its creamy and dry and boozy on the finish. This was a treat indeed.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: I never thought Id find this, but I did over 5 months ago and have been aging it for this occasion my 1000th beer. Not as great as I would have thought. The aroma was incredible, but once again, its a bourbon barrel beer where the bourbon overpowers the beer flavors. As it warmed up a bit the beer started coming through more. Hid alcohol fairly well. Overall a very nice beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. My label said 11.6% ABV. Poured an opaque black with a large, tan to light brown head that kept a nice sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy dark bread, roasted malt, caramel and very dark chocolate; along with vanilla, bourbon and tobacco. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and lightly acidic with a sort of average duration. There was bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, watered down chocolate, some pain old whiskey, dark chocolate, tobacco, yeast, cocoa powder, slight piney hops, hot cocoa, vanilla and coffee. The full body was silky with lightly fizzy or tingly carbonation and an alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Pour is black with a tan colored head. Smell is of some serious bourbon and a few malty notes which are hard to detect. The flavor however has notes of chocolate and coffee before the boozy bourbon finish that you know is coming kicks in.


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