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RATINGS: 976   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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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4.1
Svesse (8595) - Hässelby, 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.

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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.

3.2
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
I had this beer at Churchill’s in San Marcos during the New Brew Thursday 1st Anniversary Party. I didn’t get a lot of bourbon influence, or even roastiness in this beer. It seemed like a very middle of the road impy stout

2.9
Crit (3996) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2010
Black with brown head.Nose of either wet coconut or wet wood, alcohol and molasses.Medium bodied , coconut,vanilla,licorice,sweet mid, somewhat dry finish. No noticeable roastiness, thin mouthfeel Quite a disappointment actually.

4.1
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 30, 2010
Pours a nice dark black with a large foamy darker tan head. Aroma is rich milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, espresso; a nicely blended nose. Flavor is more milk chocolate, espresso, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Overall this is a nice barrel aged IS but nothing that makes it a real standout

3.7
SSSteve (4006) - - OCT 24, 2010
750ml bottle claiming 11.6% for a pretty penny. black with a small, creamy, stable, brown head. aroma has notes of bourbon, coffee, dark chocolate, flavor has lots of dark chocolate, bourbon. very warm finish. carbonation is quite fizzy creating a foamy mouthfeel. i found it surprisingly medium bodied. long bourbon and chocolate finish. not really getting any vanilla from the oak, just the bourbon. i’ll stick with black chocolate stout.

4.5
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Bottle shared with good friends for my birthday. Quite a birthday brew. Rich, creamy black beer with a monsterous, thick head. The head barely faded throughout the whole drink. Thick body without being oily. Not a knock-your-socks-off strong aroma, but strong with dark chocolate, wood, and alcohol. I loved the balance of this big beer...the bourbon flavors are there, but take a back seat to the burnt toast, chocolate, and coffee characteristics. Lighter than I was expecting, very drinkable, and delicious.

4
devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Pours from the bottle a deep, opaque brown color with a fluffy cola-foam head. The aroma had a combination of wet wood, vanilla, a bit of chocolate, and toasted malts. The flavor was prominently fudgy chocolate with a muted added bourbon character. Although only mildly carbonated, there was still enough to keep it creamy and not too sweet.

4.1
oldgrumpy (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
I really enjoy the balance of this beer and the mild bourbon flavor. The creamy richness. A great stout. Shared with 5 friends and all loved it.

4.1
Travlr (24665) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle at Churchkey on Stone night, after we got tired of drinking Stone stuff. Black (obviously), little head, no lacing. Aroma of whiskey and licorice. Taste is burnt coffee, licorice, booze. This is a big beer.


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