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What's your opinion of Brooklyn Black Ops?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Jayhoop, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Jayhoop

    Jayhoop Aficionado (155) Quebec (Canada) Sep 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Just bought a bottle and was wondering what people thought of it?
  2. jhartley

    jhartley Poobah (1,330) Florida Aug 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    Send it to me and I'll let you know. ;)
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  3. JM03

    JM03 Savant (315) Ohio Nov 12, 2010

    Its Ok, but nothing special for me. I won't buy another bottle at the 20+ price tag.
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  4. Photekut

    Photekut Advocate (655) Tennessee Mar 31, 2006

    good, but won't get you wales.
  5. Shilt

    Shilt Savant (485) Virginia Dec 26, 2011 Beer Trader

    Good, but better with 1+ years of age on it IMO. I passed this year due to price, and spending too much on other beer.
  6. zipper8650

    zipper8650 Savant (275) New York May 10, 2011 Beer Trader

    not a fan of it fresh. I dont buy anymore unless for trade
  7. I had it once, and liked it, but cant remember to what degree I liked it. But I cant pull the trigger on nearly $30 a bottle
  8. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Savant (340) South Carolina Apr 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    I thought it was OK. Not sure if it was just me, but it seemed to have waaaaaay more carbonation than any other BA stout I've ever had. I also found it a little thin for my taste and didn't have as much bourbon character as I like my BA stouts to have.

    I do think it's a unique BA Stout and worth trying once. I do remember it got much better as I drank it (it wasn't too cold when I started, so it's not like it needed to warm up). Not sure the reason for that, but that is one thing I do distinctly remember. If I ever have another, I'm going to crack it and let it sit for an hour or so before consuming.
  9. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (645) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Pricy, too pricy. I've almost traded for this a couple of times and each time I can't stomach the cost. Want to try it - yes, want to pay the high price tag for it - no.
  10. JM03

    JM03 Savant (315) Ohio Nov 12, 2010

    Due to the champagne yeast they use. I'm not a fan of it either
  11. mtrutlin

    mtrutlin Savant (340) South Carolina Apr 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    That's what I figured.
  12. yamar68

    yamar68 Champion (910) Minnesota Apr 1, 2011

    I would point you in the direction of its reviews but, since the site change, you'll get way more numbers than actual opinions.
  13. xnicknj

    xnicknj Advocate (740) Pennsylvania May 25, 2009

    it's okay with a year+ of age on it, however it's too expensive, overcarbonated and slightly one-note in the amount of harsher bourbon alcohol that comes through.

    look at it this way - would you rather have one Black Ops or a 4pk of BCBS (and a few $ to spare)?
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  14. Hanzo

    Hanzo Champion (975) Virginia Feb 27, 2012

    Ticked it once, not worth the price to revisit.
  15. tasty, overpriced, not a regular buy.
  16. mackeyse

    mackeyse Savant (445) New York Aug 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Same here--saw it for 22.99 and pulled the trigger just to try it--wont do it again
  17. Axic10

    Axic10 Advocate (515) New Jersey Mar 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    I was in Cleveland over the holidays and saw this on the shelf for $8.99. I bought two bottles and will age the hell out of them, as the previous bottle I had still was very boozy after 1+ year of age on it.
  18. BourbonDork

    BourbonDork Savant (300) Virginia Sep 15, 2010

    I bought three bottles, drank one fresh and put the other two down. I liked it but found the profile lacked any significant bourbon barrel influence. Not saying it's a bad thing but certainly a different style of BA beer. I don't regret buying them and look forward to tasting with some age on them.
  19. jageraholic

    jageraholic Advocate (500) Massachusetts Sep 16, 2009 Beer Trader

    Thought it was good but pricey and I like Black Chocolate Stout Better.
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  20. Or you could uncheck the "Show Hads:" checkbox on the reviews page and undo the reason for your complaint.
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  21. Crookdrain

    Crookdrain Advocate (515) New York Jan 13, 2010 Beer Trader

    It's $19.99 at Whole Foods in NY, not too bad a price. I really like it, especially with some age on it. Cracked open a 2009 bottle for my wedding earlier this year (have one more 2009 in the cellar). REALLY good on cask if you're lucky enough to stumble upon one at the Brewery on a special night.
  22. Skrip

    Skrip Savant (465) South Carolina Oct 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    $16 in SC i actually dig it. especially for that price
  23. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Advocate (525) Indiana Jan 4, 2012 Beer Trader

    A little thin for me.
    Better a year old IMO as well.
  24. mattsander

    mattsander Savant (475) Alberta (Canada) Feb 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    $36 up here in Canada, not even worth trying at that price.
  25. Like it, not love it. I think I enjoy it a bit more than some because of the carbonation and the muted bourbon influence. Got it for $20, I little on the high side for me.
  26. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    I prefer a slightly more carbonated stout, so that part was good. Not very bourbony. My gripe is that it has a certain astringency (harsh alcohol bite). Not as smooth as bcbs... nor bourbony.
  27. wesbray

    wesbray Advocate (550) Alberta (Canada) Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    $42 in my local store, i'd ask if its worth it but I think I already know the answer?
  28. loafinaround

    loafinaround Savant (415) New York Jul 16, 2011

    Should be closer to $20. Don't get me wrong. It's a good beer. IMO worth the $20... just 1 notch below world class. Not $42 though.
  29. coreyfmcdonald

    coreyfmcdonald Advocate (625) Georgia Nov 13, 2008 Beer Trader

    Or 3-4 four packs of BCS.
  30. wesbray

    wesbray Advocate (550) Alberta (Canada) Feb 29, 2012 Beer Trader

    Especially when they have a range of Cantillon for around $30...
  31. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Advocate (630) Florida Aug 10, 2012 Beer Trader

    Pretty solid but just barely worth the $20... will re-visit it after a year on it. A bit over hyped IMHO
  32. tronto

    tronto Savant (270) Kentucky Dec 22, 2010 Beer Trader

    Bad representation of the BA stout style.
  33. Tasty? yes
    Worth ticking? probably
    worth buying frequently? no
    worth trading for? depends
    better with age? not sure; I put one aside for this very reason
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  34. I also put one aside. I cant wait to age for a couple years and trade for a whale!
  35. beerborn

    beerborn Savant (345) Georgia Jan 22, 2012

    Just saw some last night for $26. Bought one and planned to get more today...then I tried it. It was a good beer, and I enjoyed it. But the bourbon was almost non existent to me. After reading some reviews I was worried it'd be really carbonated but it really wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Had it slightly chilled and poured slowly into a glass and it all worked out well. Might age one if I can justify going back for it at that price. I say try it and if you like it get another.
  36. thats less than cost. you should have bought the case.
  37. Axic10

    Axic10 Advocate (515) New Jersey Mar 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    They only had 2 bottles.
  38. RandyKemka

    RandyKemka Savant (310) New York Dec 13, 2011

    Good beer, but WAY overpriced. It's $25.99 in my local store where I can buy a 4pack of BCBS for $24.99. I bought one bottle this year, but I keep buying the BCBS.
  39. It's much drier and lighter on the palate than comparable barrel-aged stouts and the whiskey shines through more predominantly. That doesn't bother me, though, as it's aged in Woodford Reserve barrels, which I much prefer to most of the barrels other companies use. I also think aging is a must for this beer. It really comes into it's own after a nice two year slumber and opens up in ways that are really masked when fresh.

    That being said, I haven't bought Black Ops in a few years because the prices are just completely out of whack. I've seen stores in Brooklyn trying to sell a single bottle for more than a four-pack of Goose Island BCS. As they say on the streets, "that shit be cray."
  40. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Advocate (635) New Jersey Mar 6, 2008 Subscriber Beer Trader

    I prefer Black Op's over any BBA Stout, (i have had KBS and BCBS and other less well known ones). It is costly but imo worth it.