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RATINGS: 974   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 its vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyre talking about.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barncatmatt (2283) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2011
750ml bottle shared by jb84 and kish84. black with a big lasting tan head. boozy bourbon nose. the bourbon is well integrated into the flavour and this is a smooth drinking big beer. chocolate and other dark malts, softly carbonated. soild.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to alpinebryant for this one. 4.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of thick, creamy medium brown head. Great retention and lots of lacing. 3.5 S: Wow, theres a ton of bourbon in here. Indeed, Id say there is too much as it cancels out a lot of the beer aromas. Still, theres a reasonable roasted barley component with some dark chocolate. 3.0 T: I like bourbon barrel beers a lot, but this tastes more like whiskey than like beer and the flavors reflect that. Leather, oak, and vanilla. Moderate hop bitterness with some roasted barley again and dark chocolate. 2.5 M: Lighter medium body. I like imperials thick and viscous, so the mouthfeel was a letdown. Watery as opposed to creamy. Good moderate carbonation. 2.5 D: I like bourbon barrel beers when the bourbon complements the beer. Unfortunately, the bourbon in this dominates the nose and taste instead of adding complexity to a tasty base stout. Im sure people who like whiskey a lot will find this very appealling, but Im not one of them. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-14-2010 01:46:12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Sample at stout tasting. This was from the first bottling, not sold to public but to reps only. Thinking 06? Anyway. Past its prime. Bourbon and coffee has almost completely faded away. sweet fruits and vanilla prevail. Just not what I expected.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Going against the grain severely with this one, but here is the deal. I can not stand the taste of smell of coconut. And cocnut was all that I got from the nose to the taste. Ugh! Me thinks this is a result of the barrel aging, but I could not stomach it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alobar (3728) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Opaque black pour with a tan head that vanishes quickly. Aroma of chocolate, oak, vanilla, and some bourbon. Thin body for the style. Lots of flavor-vanilla, roasted malt, bourbon, chocolate and coffee. Complex and enjoyable. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lcdumchus (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Pours very dark and syrupy. Short-lived tan head. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon are there, but not overbearing. Very dinkable for the alcohol content. A great beer, but a bit over priced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2011
This one is nice. Like one of my fellow ratebeerian, I had this after shoveling snow so maybe Im a bit biased. It pours a beautiful black with a thin foamy lacing head. The flavor is a little subdued at first but comes on as the beer warms. Chocolate, vanilla, wood, bourbon, coffee are all present. The flavor again is subdued at first but also comes on as it warms. All the flavors in the aroma with a lively carbonation that makes it very drinkable despite the booze level. Let it warm a bit before rating. Nice way to start 2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (3094) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Black pour orange hue ... dark tan head lots of lacing ... aroma of oak and bourbon with vanilla and light chocolate .... taste of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak and some roasted coffee ... dry bitter oaky vanilla finish .... an insanely good beer flavors are dead on and well balanced with rich flavors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Pours black with some head lingering for several minutes. Nose is hops, roast, coffee, burnt chocolate, wood, bourbon, alcohol, light soy, breads, and herbs. Taste is sweet at first then fades to some dryness and nearly some lactic sourness and tart roastyness. Bitter and smooth and rich on the palate. Not bad but not a good 300th rating and not worth nearly the 20 that it was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2011
A rare treat in Australia courtesy of the estimable visiting Oslo (thanks buddy - I feel your generosity was not fully repaid). Perfect appearance, as dark and impenetrable as the name suggests. Boozy aroma of vanilla, molasses and paint-stripper. Medium-bodied. Some oak on the tongue. Thickly alcoholic but big and rich enough to carry it off. Very good indeed.

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