Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Brooklyn Brewing Company 2011 Black Ops

I was sent out on an expedition to find Black Ops, by Brooklyn Brewing Co., by my friend Joel one day after he told me of it's release.  While heading back home to Cincinnati, OH (Clifton) from the Miami University, where I am a graduate student at, I receiving the phone call, that re-routed me to Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH.  Jungle Jim's is a foodies paradise, and it also has a great selection of beer, and in my opinion the largest wine holding that I think exists.

Brooklyn Brewery does not have a page dedicated to Black Ops, which it much deserves.  They do not even have a description or even mention the beer on there home page.  Maybe because the label tells it all:

"Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist.  However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery.  Supposedly 'Black Ops' was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes.  They say there are only 1,000 cases.  We have no idea what they're talking about."  The 1 pint 9.4 fluid oz. comes in at 11.3% ABV.  It was served in snifter glass at just below room temperature (and drank outside in the freezing cold while roasting coffee).

Appearance:  Pour black and thick with a creamy tan head that leaves a lacing all along the sides of the glass.  The beer looks very clean and opaque.

Aroma:  Off the top, I smell oak and bourbon.  After that passes, I smell a deep chocolate and vanilla, along with some coffee notes.  There are notes of deep fruits that are present in the beer also with each sip.

Taste:  Boozy, that is the first thing that I come across.  Not so much a alcoholic hotness, but the sort of feel that you would get from drinking straight vanilla extract.  Nothing that is over powering.  The chocolate come out in the front, and a smoky bourbon on the back of the palate.  Finishing tastes of cherries.

Mouthfeel:  Thick, creamy, good carbonation, and a little dry.

Overall:  Definitely a well balanced beer that is complex with the chocolate, dark fruits and vanilla, that both the oak and bourbon plays well with.

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