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.
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. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2009 750 mL bottle purchased from Chucks Liquor in Bowling Green, KY. Shared with a group at the inaugural Barrios’ tasting. Poured a dark brown/almost black with a two finger brown head. The aroma was bourbon and vanilla with an alcohol note. The flavor was vanilla and bourbon, with smoked meat present, and a serious lack of roasted malt. The palate was above average, with a creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation and a full body. This was an above average beer. I am glad I was able to share this with a good group. dnstone (3383) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Neck and neck with bourbon county falls the Black Ops. Had this one at the NYC cask ale fest and couldnt get enough. Oak, vanilla, coffee...goes down so smoth its dangerous! ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2010
750ml, corked & caged bottle, 2008 edition @ 10.7% abv from grape & gourmet. pours a stunning, oil thick, jet black with a rich, dark brown head and a sticky ring of lace. aroma is is one of those epic ’beer geek’ moments when just about everything comes together perfectly. im talking huge notes of dark chocolate, graham cracker, toasted coconut, and yellow cake batter with subtle hints of roast coffee, toffee popcorn, and smoked pecans with a subtle touch of vanilla and woody bourbon. flavor is absolutely wonderful with huge, semi-sweet dark chocolate, dark red fruits, and toffee malts up front that smoothly transition to dark, roast coffee, campfire smoke, and absolutely beautifully integrated oaked bourbon with just a touch of sweet vanilla. palate is full bodied and decadent but superbly drinkable given the carbonation provided by the champagne yeast with a soft roasted malt and bourbon finish. overall, i feel that mr. oliver at brooklyn was thinking of me when he aged an imperial stout in barrels that once held my favorite bourbon of all time, Woodford Reserve, and he made one hell of a brew.
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Awesome beer! This brew fits its description to a ’T’. Pours black with fluffy brown head. The champagne notes are easily detected on the nose as is bourbon and coffee. Very complex taste, bourbon, chocolate, coffee and vanilla throughout followed with a long lasting finish. zebra (2096) - Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
the perfect beer when the temperature = the air speed velocity and there are whitecaps on the lake. DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Truly an exceptional beer. Enormous flavors: bitter chocolate, coffee, cream, with a sweetness that is not cloying. I think this is due to the cleaner than expected finish. Perhaps the champagne yeast does this? Whatever, this is a big bruiser of a beer that has layers upon layers. Only the ABV and the price keep me from guzzling it down like so much water.
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Pours pitch black with a small dark brown fizzy ring. Smells of chocolate, hints of coffee, and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, mild dark fruits, coffee, and oaky vanilla. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Brooklyn Black Ops finishes with a touch of warmth. Pitdogg (2) - Charlotte, Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
Really loved this!!! Complex flavors that truly linger on the palate.