So every year Brooklyn does a very limited run of Black Ops and every year the beer is a little bit different. I had a bottle from the 2013 batch which had an ABV of 11.5%. I’m a big fan of Russian Imperial Stouts anyway, so I was very excited about this one. So how was it? The first thing I noticed was how strong the bourbon smell was. I expected that smell to carry over to the taste but it didn’t. What I got was a smooth chocolate stout up front followed with that bourbon kick. You tasted that 11.5 in the end, but it was never overpowering.
I don’t know that I’ll ever see a Black Ops in the wild again. I enjoyed my first though. It was not my favorite stout but if the price was right I’d certainly pick up another bottle or two.