Black Ops Belgian-style CDA | Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub

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3.58/5
1 Rating
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
Washington, United States
elliottbaybrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Sky2625 on 07-27-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Sky2625:
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Background:
"Blacks Ops Belgian" is how the beer is listed on EBB Burien's blackboard, but it's described on the website as "Black Ops IPA (a.k.a. Belgian-style Cascadia Dark Ale." So I'm calling it an American Black Ale so it can can go live with all the other CDAs.

Per EBB's website, Black Ops is built on a solid 5-malt foundation in the tradition of German schwartzbiers, the wort is hopped with Centennial, Cascade, and Chinook, and then double dry-hopped with Amarillo and Cascade in both the fermenter and conditioning tank.

On to the Review:
On-tap at the EBB Burien. Poured into an extended tulip - which is what you'd expect for a Belgian (this review is from notes taken 7/23/11).

A - Poured dark brown to black, appearing opaque, with a cream-colored 1/2-finger head composed of bubbles from foam to large-sized. Good retention, heavy lace. Beer shines transparent cola brown when held up to the light.

S - Prominent banana/clove and dark malty notes lends it the character of a Belgian Dark. Also a whiff of vinegar sharpness blended with lighter malt character.

T - Banana/clove flavors take to the fore, but more subtly than the smell. This fades into a dark malty character with notes of coffee and smoky hop bitterness. Finishes with subtle citrusy sweetness and a bit of heat.

M - Creamy texture, but with a light to medium body. Mild sizzling carbonation, but widespread throughout the mouth. Dry finish.

D - The dry finish left me wanting more. The hoppiness and Belgian characters take the front-seat, while the dark roast malt/chocolate/coffee is much less prominent (personally, I'd like to see the dark malt flavors take over the Belgian character's prominence). I did like the bit of heat on the finish though. Very interesting, yet not my favorite CDA.

A must if you like trying new beers. Ultimately, an interesting riff on both Belgian-style and CDAs.

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Black Ops Belgian-style CDA from Elliott Bay Brewhouse & Pub
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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