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94
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Serve in Snifter

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 966   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Was it bad, absolutely not. Is it as good as other comparable big bourbon barrel aged stouts? NO. I was disappointed with this one. It fell short in all categories. It wasnt offensive in any way, just lacking.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holmen1 (5477) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2017
Fra flaske p Mi2 Cardinal feb-17: helt svart med ok beige skum. 11,6% iflg etiketten, og det merkes nesten ikke (fr etter en stund...) - en herlig, fyldig og balansert supersmud superstout med bourbon-toner. At den er s fantastisk lett drikke kan kanskje ha noe med champagnegjren gjre? Stlig, dessertaktig avslutning.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1594) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. 2013 vintage. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, minimal bourbon, kind of an ethanol swab aroma. Im really searching for that bourbon. Maybe it just fell off over the years. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, some light citrus (surprisingly). Not that good.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnar (8643) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2017
Shared bottle at Cardinal. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is deep malty, with good bourbon notes, chocolate and coffee. Taste is mild dark malts, vanilla and chocolate, boozy bourbon, maybe too much for my likings, yes, definately.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holmen2 (3347) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2017
Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 27.02.17. Almost black. Pale brown head. Decent aroma of roasted malt, roganberries and pine. Taste of oak, very old white wine, roasted malt, coffee and brittle. Bitterness is lingering on. Complex. Dry, with lively, Champagne-like, carbonation.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tandembrauer (1352) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2017 Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours black with no head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, some fruitiness, licorice, acetone, alcohol. Tastes alcoholic-bitter, not very pleasant. Medium bodied, highly carbonated, alcoholic warmth and sharpness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (2118) - Linz, AUSTRIA - FEB 14, 2017
Bottle. Black body with brown head. Aroma is chocolate cocoa vanilla hints of soy sauce. Taste is cocoa dried fruits coffee. Aftertaste roasted malts bitterness with some malty sweetness. Was expecting a little bit more.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ritzn (1039) - Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2017
Black with little brown head. Aroma is phenols, clove, spices, chocolate. Taste is spicy, umami, medium sweet, medium bitter. A bit uncharactersitic, heavy and aggressive, not easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1960) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 12, 2017
From bottle at BKL Mnchen 2017.
Black body, with a small, dense, coffee-colored head.
Aroma of bourbon, melting chocolate, cocoa, some coconut, vanilla, some liquorice, some soy sauce, slight coffee.
Tastes of wood, bourbon, dried fruits, cocoa, some coconut, booze.
Medium, creamy mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes medium roasty, wooden, a bit dry, with cocoa, some dried fruits, slight liquorice.

Very nice. Lovely, dense nose, with the bourbon well integrated, leaving room for creamy, chocolately notes. Taste is a bit too boozy for me, while also very nice. Overall not on par with the best Bourbon BA Imperial Stouts and I enjoyed their un-barrel aged Black Chocolate Stout much more, but a lovely sipper nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkolord (475) - - FEB 11, 2017
Tiefschwarz trb, wenig Schaum, schner Krper, leicht rund im Abgang , Schoko rstaromen

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ALIBALI (1440) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2017
Schwerer Bourbonfassbomber mit deutlich Hang zur Kirsche und den guten alten Kuchen. Schlank, ausgewogen und klares Kaminbier. Angenehm suerlichen Kaffeeflair gibts obdrauf. Knigsklasse. 0,1/5. Bottle. BRAUKUNST LIVE Mnchen.


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