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94
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 974   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 its vanishingly rare. We have no idea what theyre talking about.

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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jow (3821) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2010
750 mil bottle (vintage 08). Deep black pour with a thin brown head. Bold flavor all around. Coffee and Chocolet. Smooth finish. Fantastic!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pours black with a thick caramel colored head that has some lasting strength. Decent lacing and larger carbonation bubbles. Aroma is of bourbon, chocolate, and toffee. Flavor is quite smooth, which is quite surprising after the initial overwhelming aroma of bourbon. Includes notes of dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol, with a roasted smoky bourbon finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3576) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle. Insane bourbon nose. Black Ops hits you square in the mouth with a bottle of Woodfords Reserve. Huge bourbon notes mashed with muted roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. Unlike a navy seal, this stout has a wiry thin and frail body....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Sample from bottle at Lost Abbey BA tasting 2010. Dark black pour, tan head. Chocolate, sweet malt... interesting the roast, vanilla and bourbon are quite muted. I am disappointed actually, mediocre.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Black Ops describes the color all right. Big bourbon aroma hits the nose. Chocolate flavors seem subdued to me. Extremely smooth though. Alcohol is there but the burn is not. Would be perfect with your favorite dark chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (8357) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2010
(Bottle) Pitch black colour with frothy, pale brown head. Roasted, malty, slightly fruity nose with notes of liquorice, strong black coffee, dark rye bread, oak wood, vanilla, dried fruit and ashes. Roasted, malty taste with sweet espresso, liquorice, cocoa, raisins, oak wood and vanilla. Quite sweet and slightly vinous, but drying out towards a woody finish with a balanced coffee bitterness. Full body, fairly sweet, smooth and rounded mouthfeel with a warming touch of alcohol. Excellent beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rores1985 (9) - USA - NOV 5, 2010 does not count
This for me was the perfect beer. Very chocolatey. Tempered sweetness, as kinds of lingering tastes that changed on the way down.


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