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What's your opinion of Brooklyn Black Ops?

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

  1. It's $25 in NY and IMHO, not at all worth it. I'd rather buy 3 four packs of BCS. It does age nicely tho. If you can hang onto it for 3 years, then you'll have something nice!
  2. paulys55

    paulys55 Advocate (735) Pennsylvania Aug 2, 2010 Beer Trader

    I tried it once 2 or 3 years ago and thought it was decent but I wasn't a huge fan of the champagne yeast element. I through one in the cellar to see what a few years would do to it. Anyone have any thoughts on 2 to 3 year aged Black Ops?
  3. axeman9182

    axeman9182 Advocate (580) New Jersey Aug 5, 2009 Beer Trader

    I'm not much of a fan of it fresh (at least in bottles, it is nice fresh on cask though). After it's been sitting a year though it starts turning into something really nice. My cousin opened a bottle of the 09 batch on Christmas Eve that I thought was doing very well, and I plan on doing an 08-12 vertical some time in the next few months.
  4. jupe13

    jupe13 Aficionado (205) Ohio Jan 18, 2006

    it's like watered down BCBS. Way too thin for me.
  5. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Savant (360) Maine Jul 24, 2011

    I bought a couple of bottles just before Christmas...never got to it on NYE like I planned...and didn't particularly feel like cracking it at random...so in the cellar they sit.
  6. Jparkanzky

    Jparkanzky Initiate (0) Ohio Apr 5, 2011

    You bought a bottle..... I'm wonder what YOU think of it?
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  7. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Savant (490) Pennsylvania Dec 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    I still have a 2011 and a 2009. Drank both of my 2010s and my other 2011. Think it's a pretty tasty beer, but like others said, def a different BA taste.
  8. beerinmaine

    beerinmaine Aficionado (235) Maine Jun 20, 2009

    This thread seems to be dominated by the non-fans of Black Ops, so far. For each thread full of people who hate it, there's a thread full of people who love it. Like any high-profile beer, it tends to be polarizing. I don't understand why. Perhaps because it's different from the standard model of bourbon barrel imperial stouts, perhaps because it's fairly available, not an incredible whale.

    Personally, I like it. I like it even more with a couple years on it. We shared an '09 among some serious beer geeks on New Years, and I heard no complaints. I know a number of brewers who love the stuff. It's certainly a good beer, and you may like it. Or not.

    As to price...it's normally priced around $20. If you're seeing it at $30 or $40 or more, your store is trying to rip you off. Blame them, not the beer.
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  9. koopa

    koopa Champion (870) New Jersey Apr 20, 2008 Beer Trader

  10. Cost not justified...by me in my area.
    There's no shop anywhere near me selling Black Ops for $20.
    Almost everything of note is substantially more expensive here in SE PA compared to other areas of the country.
    At least we don't have silly %abv limits like some other states though.

    Had a choice between Black Ops & FW 16th today (basically no limit of each)...and did not hesitate to went with 2 FW 16th without hesitation. Cheaper & without a doubt will be enjoyed more by me.

    Also, Fruet was $$$ & totally worth the cost of admission.
    Like anyone cares about my opinion.
  11. hoptualBrew

    hoptualBrew Advocate (595) Florida May 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    I liked it a lot, thought the barrel character was awesome. Only downfall was the cost.. I've had much better barrel aged beers for much less.
  12. I think it's extremely subpar for the style, and very overpriced. Thin, boozy... it's all been said. At $20 I would consider it too much - it should be about a $12 beer. For the $25+ it often goes for, it shocks me that it doesn't sit for very long.
  13. Jaru1026

    Jaru1026 Savant (350) Massachusetts Mar 25, 2011 Beer Trader

    I really disliked this beer, because of the champagne yeast. It gave me a terrible stomach ache. I have one more bottle that I plan to sit on for a long while. I am hoping that matures into some thing that I would enjoy drinking!
  14. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poobah (1,475) California Mar 18, 2010 Verified

    I liked it the one time I had it.