patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Split with Sean and my Dad on the day after Christmas. Pours a cola brown opaque with a full, rich tan head. Slight lacing. Aroma of vanilla, honey, fresh malted barley, oats, and sweet bourbon. Medium bodied with a soft, relaxed palate. Slightly boozy on the finish. Overall, decent stout. Definitely overrated. paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Brooklyn Black Ops
750mL brown bottle (caged & corked)
I was lucky to get a good size taste of this at the Great Orlando Beer Fest.
A: poured into a tasting glass. pours a pitch black obsidian color with a deep rich tan head with an amazing retention level and excellent lacing.
S: amazing rich roasted malts in this with a wonderful vanilla and cherry aroma from the oak. chocolate, caramel, and coffee.
T: its like an angel pissing on your tongue. So much chocolate and coffee form the roasted malts followed by that wonderful vanilla and cherry oak flavor.
M: smooth and buttery mouthfeel, with a hidden 10% abv. crisp and clean tasting. solid carbonation level.
D: unbelievable, and a hard brew to come by. Garrett Oliver has no limitations. Could be the best beer I have ever tasted.
Jow (3925) - 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. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2010
THOUGHTS: I never thought I’d 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, it’s 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. 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.
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!
Dfonorow (2216) - 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. 50belair (3643) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle. Insane bourbon nose. Black Ops hits you square in the mouth with a bottle of Woodford’s 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.... JohnnyJ (5562) - 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. 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.