Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Brooklyn Brewery Black Ops Review
I'm going to consider this a Russian Imperial Stout (category 13f) for review purposes.
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. 11/12
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. 3/3
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. 18/20
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. 5/5
Overall Impression: Outstanding. The perfect beer for a winter's night. 9/10
That puts it at a 46/50 in my book. 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.