Pyrmir (6126) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2013
750 ml bottle vintage 2010. Aroma acidic, woody, burnt. Tastes sweet, full, some wood, chocolate. Burnt in a non-astringent way. Really nice beer. Fatbob743 (5) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 8, 2013 does not count
Caramel, chocolate, roasty, woody, smoke just some of the words to describe the taste. This is a must try! I love this beer!!! dan_lipcan (6) - - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
25 oz. bottle into glass. Black woth small tan head. Aroma great--coconut, vanilla, ash, bourbon. Taste wonderful: bourbon especially. I'm running out to buy a case.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
Bottle from Liberty. Served in a chalice. Pours an opaque black, small fine brown head. Aroma: Smooth bourbon, vanilla. Slight hint of alcohol. Hints of coffee, chocolate, raisins. Smell is wonderful. Palate: thick bodied, creamy, smooth, long, pleasant finish. Taste: Amazingly fresh bourbon, vanilla, sweet, oh my god, sweet, raisins, wood, god damn. Whids (60) - - SEP 28, 2013
2012 750ml bottle. First time trying this beer and shared it with co-workers. Simply put this beer is wonderful in so many areas. It pours black as the night and absolutely no light could be seen through it. Sweet aromas of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. So much happening with this beer, hints of caramel to start and then a beautiful chocolate and expresso finish. The carbonation is perfect with a surprisingly light/medium body. Worth every penny in my opinion.
virtualToby (2) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 29, 2014 does not count
Aroma: Bourbon barrel aroma dominates. Warm, woody, alcohol sweetness. Roasty malts start to come through next with chocolate, coffee, and cherry notes. No hop aroma, diacetyl, or other off flavors come through. Woody vanilla notes are still strong as it warms.
Appearance: Black as a SEAL or Marine Recon team coming after you. Opaque, but not hazy. Thick initial tan head with good retention. Texture of a foamy espresso with fine creamy looking bubbles lining the surface. Excellent lacing with alcohol legs.
Flavor: Bourbon barrel aging is obvious. Wood and bourbon are there. Roasty malt stands up and makes itself known. Slightly sweet, but certainly not cloying with enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Extremely pleasant alcohol warmth. No off flavors detected.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth, but not hot or solventy. Chewy and velvety creaminess. Balance is slightly wet, but not overly cloying. No diacetyl slickness.
Overall Impression: Outstanding. The perfect beer for a winter’s night.
While I don’t know if there are any perfect beers in the world, the only thing I can criticize about this one is that I don’t have a case of it standing by to age. BeerdedDave (1785) - Beckley, USA - DEC 30, 2014
black color; strong bourbon aroma with oak and dark, roasted malt notes; roasted malt flavor with serious bourbon notes and hints of oak and vanilla; a delicious, complex, thoroughly enjoyable beer bulldogops (2702) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2016
Rating #2203 – 2015.12.01 - Winner of #CraftBeerFantasyLeague Battle: Barrel-Aged Beauties – finished 1st of 9 entries. Bottle (2012) Aroma is oak, vanilla, cocoa, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate sauce, coffee, and earth. Bourbon rich bomb. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2008
Big thanks to eyedrinkale for sharing this gem. Everything about this is sexy. The bottle is sexy, the beer itself is sexy... they should really sell this commercially. Thick black pour with a thick fluffy black/dark brown head. Rich dry cocoa aroma, a soft hint of licorice and roasty chocolate. Full-bodied with chewy chocolate, a kiss of oak and vanilla (but this is quite subtle). Some earthy roasty bitterness. Very rich palate with soft carbonation. Some light peppery spiciness on the back. Sublime. rajendra82 (1095) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Black Ops from Brooklyn came is an imposing looking, corked and caged bomber, with an elegant black and brushed silver label . I chose pour this elusive find into a Duvel Tulip, and the fermentation in the bottle had evidently done its magic, and the beer came out with a thick foamy head over a pitch black body. The aroma of the beer was beyond belief, as the chocolate, coffee, and vanilla smells melded together seamlessly to create a cohesive whole. The First sip showed the effects of the barrel aging clearly, as the body was silky smooth and taste full of oak tannins and sweet vanilla beans. The chocolate and coffee that were so perceptible in the nose were far more restrained in the mouth, and toffee and black strap molasses were more prominent here. Clearly of a high strength and very warming, but not overly hot. A beautiful take on an ageless style.