badinplaid (106) - USA - JAN 30, 2011
Simply put, the most massive imperial stout I have ever had. As a young stout lots of bourbon in the nose and in the pallate. Also found hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee. I say cellar this for a year or two and let it mature. Right now not quite as drinkable as Ten Fidy or Stone Russian but there is potential there that aging can bring out. sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Pure blackness in the pour with a creamy brown head. This is one fierce beer. The aroma is distinctively of bourbon. If you close your eyes, you may not even recognize this as a beer at all. Huge boozy notes in the smell. Bourbon is pretty much the encompassing theme of the entire beer from smell to taste. Upfront you get all liquor, with hints of oak and vanilla. All the barrel aging flavors unleash themselves from the get go, and do not hold back. Toward the end, the more common beer flavors begin to break through the bourbon. Roasty malts, mild bitterness, bits of chocolate all come into play. The body is fabulous. Silky smooth, creamy, and low carbonation all make for a rich sipping beer. Black Ops is a take no prisoners stout. The hefty bourbon is there from beginning to end. I only wish it was turned down a notch to be more balanced with the malts. Thewade (340) - USA - JAN 27, 2011
Wow. Had very high expectations, and I was very pleased. Had just the right bourbon flavor/smell fro my taste. Can’t wait to find another bottle. russwbeck (117) - Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Pour is of absolute darkness, nice brown head stays around for just a little bit. Still trying to properly pin down the smell. A slight roastiness, minimal bourbon, almost a sweet woodiness with some hints of alcohol. Really interesting. Roasted malt heaviness up front, vanilla woodiness to follow. Really amazed at how little the bourbon comes through, it comes through more prominently the more I drink it at the end. Very well balanced. Heavy and creamy, nice bite of carbonation. Really drinkable, tried this one directly after Victory Dark Intrigue, Black OPS was the clear winner. bpjake (1) - Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2011 does not count
This beer pours dark, I mean TenFidy dark. The aroma, head, and body were all fantastic. I found the bourbon notes to be suttle at first. Drank from a 750 mL bottle at the Holy Grail Pub. As the bottle sat out and warmed up, more and more flavors kept coming out of this beer, including the whiskey, oak and vanilla notes. As a beer and small batch bourbon drinker, this beer is a fusion of both worlds, and is maybe one of the best new beers I have had in a long time.
Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Jet black pour from bottle with a toffee colored head. Aroma is sweet and boozy. Taste is big booze, coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla. Warm finish. Would love to taste this after it sits in a cool, dark cellar for a couple of years.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2011
Dark black, big tan head, terrific lacing. Boozy nose with a big hit of bourbon. Taste of booze, bourbon chocolate and a touch of coffee. Overall a really solid brew however not worth the ticket price. ScoWRee (423) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a nice half inch thick tan head. Strong alcohol aroma, Taste has a very strong alcohol taste that over shadows any other tastes. Maybe it’s the "Bourbon Barrels" it was aged in. This was a disapointment for me. SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a viscous black with dark, rich tan head. Aroma of rich dark malt, alcohol spice, bourbon, notes of oak. Flavor is very much the same with hints of bourbon chocolate, some sweetness, boozy. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Overall, very solid, tasty, big stout! Very much enjoyed! RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle, 11.3 %. Pours black with a moderately brown head that’s kinda fizzy in nature and becomes a small brown ring in a few minutes. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, slight bourbon presence, strong vinous notes, mint, and licorice. Flavor of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and wood, more vinous notes (champagne yeast shines through), mint, and brown sugar coated pecans or something like that. Finishes with lots of different flavors: roast, wood, vanilla, nuts, earth, hops and still more wine-like flavors. While the flavors are nice, the palate is a little thin and the carbonation seems too high and *spritzy* in nature to suit a stout like this. The mouthfeel becomes a little thin and the alcohol is more noticeable. Nonetheless, it’s very good overall.