Black Ops (aged 1 Year) – Brooklyn Brewery

This limited brew does not exist

From Brooklyn New York’s Brooklyn Brewing comes the “Black Ops” a Russian Imperial Stout from 2012 that does not exist. It is a Ninja and you are not reading this!  But if you did believe that this beer did exist this is what you would see.  This beer is aged in Bourbon barrels for 4 months flat and then they re-ferment it with Champagne yeasts.  The imperial stout pours a black opaque colour with a brown head.  The aroma consisted of roasty malts, vanilla, bourbon, fruits, oak, coffee and marshmallows to finish.  The flavour is of dark fruits, roasty malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak, tartness and some marshmallow.  The alcohol content would come in at  10.5% if this was a real beer.  If I actually believed this was a real beer then I would say that it was amazing especially after a full year of aging.

Commercial Description:  Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a strong stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. The myth is that this supposed “Black Ops” was then aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast. Presumably such a beer would raise a rich, fluffy dark brown head and it would combine chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like bourbon notes. A beer like that would be mighty nice, but it would be hard to make more than few cases – it could never be sold or released to the public. They say that the brewmaster revealed the beer to a few other people at the brewery only after it had been barreled. The rumor going around is that the brewery plans to drink the beer themselves over the holidays and give some to their family and friends. That’s what they say. But frankly, there’s no evidence for any of this. This beer is obviously a figment of people’s fervent imaginations. People tend to get loopy around the holidays. Everyone go home now – there’s nothing to see here.

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2 comments on “Black Ops (aged 1 Year) – Brooklyn Brewery

  1. Sara says:

    This is the oldest beer in my cellar, so I guess it’s going on a couple years aging now, and I can’t wait to open it especially after reading your review!

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