Black Ops - Four Roses Small Batch
Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #317
Ranked #6,830
4.1 | pDev: 11.95%
Yesterday at 10:08 PM
Dec 04, 2020
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Notes: This variant vintage is aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels, emerging with deep chocolate and coffee notes and a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak.

2019 vintage 12.4% ABV
2020 vintage 12.2% ABV
2021 vintage 12.4% ABV
2022 vintage 11.5% abv
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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Picked up a 4 pack of cans.

Very nice pour, deep black with decent head.

Smell a bit funky, not exciting.

Extremely disappointing taste. I actually waited until I drank another one to make sure it wasn't spoiled. This tasted like a beer that went wrong. Just off. Extremely.

Smooth enough.

Highly dissatisfied. This is supposed to be a top notch beer, and not only was it not good, it was barely drinkable. Redeeming factor is that the ABV hits nice and hard!
Yesterday at 10:08 PM
Rated: 3.96 by Walnut from Missouri

Mar 11, 2023
Rated: 3.89 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Mar 04, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by h4ger from Connecticut

Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a creamy light brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a dark chocolate dark brown that has a sort of thin sheen to it.

The smell is good. It has a strong bourbon and vanilla note upfront. The chocolate comes out in the finish.

The taste is good. The chocolate comes out upfront and is followed by the bourbon notes such as cinnamon and apple with a bit of leather to it. The vanilla follows it immediately. It has a slight alcohol taste but not much.

The feel is good. It has a silky texture and heavy body but with a thinness from the bourbon.

Overall, it's a good beer that drinks more like a cocktail than it does a beer.
Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by joran from Kansas

Feb 02, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

2.77/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
This one pours a dark black color, with a small white head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like roasted malt, booze, and some chocolate.

I didn’t really like Black Ops a ton back in the day, so I’m not 100% sure why I rolled the dice on this one. It’s very thin tasting, with a sort of weird herbal booziness, and some vague chocolate. It’s just very boring. The fact it’s a small batch single barrel thing just does nothing for me here.

This is thin, boozy, and not super drinkable.

This is a pretty significant miss for me here. I still do like Brooklyn a lot of the time, but this isn’t it.
Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a very dark color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has chocolate, malt and Bourbon hints
The taste follows the nose with chocolate, malt and Bourbon flavors
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Stout
Jan 02, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.04 by jak from North Carolina

Dec 31, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by McSeal from Connecticut

Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by NJBarstool from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The flavors of vanilla and cacao are quite harmonious in this Imperial Stout. The only thing that is not delivered as advertised, is the bourbon aroma. I smelled no bourbon notes at all. Great beer though
Dec 21, 2022
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Rated by Elsinorerider

1.38/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1
Infected. Slightly sour smell with some chocolate, coffee, barrel. Taste is all sour/vinegar. Threw the rest away.
Dec 20, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can. Dark brown pour, skin of beige head, ring. Sweet aroma, caramel, chocolate, light whiskey notes. Taste is chocolate and caramel, sweet, whiskey notes, light vanilla. Silky smooth, creamy, gentle warmth. Superb.
Dec 18, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Dec 07, 2022
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Solid black appearance.
Medium light carbonation with an above average body.
Aroma is bourbon,roasted malt, coffee,dark fruit,boozy.
Taste has a very mild sweetness with burnt wood,dark chocolate, dark fruit, malt,and coffee.
Overall this was a way above average beer that was worth the splurge
Dec 05, 2022
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
From a 16 oz. can acquired and sampled on December 3, 2022.

Handsome looking dark brown to black pour with a short-lasting tan head. Some lacing.

The aroma I perceive is dark roasted malts, butterscotch, Graham cracker, wood, and a touch of booze.

The mouthfeel is a lot lighter than I might have expected but it is creamy and smooth.

The taste is sweet, dark, roasty, and a more notable slightly fruity and Bourbon-like character. It is very good but I was not as enamored by it as others here.
Dec 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
From the 16 oz can in a snifter. This excellent imperial pours a pitch
black with a very nice head of light brown foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin clumping layer, and shows some nice lacing. Nose of bourbon, vanilla,
oak, dark chocolate, subtle dark coffee, and dark berry hints. Flavors hit the
mark with bourbon, oak, vanilla, brulee, dark tart cherry, dark chocolate, faint
coffee, and dark roasted goodness. Mouthfeel is medium full, smooth, warming,
and finishing medium dry. As others have mentioned it is a touch on the thin side.
That said, it is still an excellent flavor for the BBA lovers out there.

Nov 25, 2022
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Reviewed by ChipChaight from New York

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
2022 Can from Whole Foods on the UWS. Pours black with a finger of light tan head, decent lacing, smell is bourbon, oak, toffee cake, brownie batter, devils food cake batter, vanilla, cocoa powder, chewy caramel, hints of char, taste is watered down bourbon, dark caramel, dark chocolate, oats, mild bitter roast coffee on the finish, feel is very thin/watery, mild dry/oak finish. Chocolate starfish and hotdog flavored water.
Nov 25, 2022
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Rated by BMBCLT from South Carolina

1.78/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5
Definitely "infected".

Nov 25, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Purchased in a 4 pack from Wegmans in Collegeville, PA. Purchased on 11/9/22. Poured from a 16oz can into a tulip glass.

L- Deep onyx color.

S- Very strong boozy nose.

T- Very strong, almost overpowering bourbon flavor. I love BA bourbon
stouts, but this might need to sit
a while. After the initial boozy opening
this does give way to a nice cocoa

F- Rather thin watery mouthfeel. For a
Bourbon BA Imperial Stout there’s
not much in the way mouthfeel

O- Decent offering. I might have to review
this again after letting it sit for a while.
Nov 12, 2022
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Reviewed by DCH from New York

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16oz can into a pint glass. Appearance was pitch black with slight tan head, about an eighth of an inch. Smell was of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and bourbon. Taste was a heavy alcohol burn with roasted malt. One of the most prevalent alcohol burns I’ve had in the style, very boozy. Overall it was a great beer, just was expecting a thicker mouthfeel and more complex flavor.
Nov 07, 2022
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Reviewed by tobelerone from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Definitely middle weight for the style and also definitely still an old school take, and I like it. Nicely attenuated, no flabbiness here, whiskey forward, a little roast and bitterness, bakers chocolate, espresso, dark fruit, initial aromatics and flavor notes very vinous but that begins to dissipate. Really enjoyable and a welcome change of pace from the big and sweet barrel aged stouts that are so frequently encountered these days.
Nov 05, 2022
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Rated by twage04 from North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Chocolate with some bourbon on the nose. Deep roastiness with some fig perhaps?
Oct 18, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Oct 02, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz undated can poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at just above fridge temp 12.4% ABV per can. The beer pours impenetrable black with fizzy, cola like head. Spotty lacing.
The aroma is moderate in strength featuring notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and bourbon. The taste is bittersweet roasted malt with an immediate and delicious bourbon bite. Further sipping offers a little dark chocolate and coffee. Strong bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden for 12+ ABV. Overall, excellent. This is a bourbon lovers RIS and that's ok with me.
Sep 12, 2022
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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2019 in a large bottle, poured moderately hard into a snifter glass. Formed just a bit of tan head before fading to nothing. Smell is mild bourbon and I think the vanilla/oak, very enticing. Taste is a background of bourbon, a little sweetness, and the tail end is definitely oak/vanilla, very very good. Bourbon flavor comes forward as it warms, I think I prefer this one colder. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Absolutely superb but simple bourbon aged stout.
Sep 02, 2022
Rated: 4 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Aug 22, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by BrookW from Virginia

May 15, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by KrissyKat6 from New York

Apr 10, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by MattDecker from Texas

Mar 30, 2022
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Mar 17, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by EMH73 from New York

Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by archero from Texas

Feb 22, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by Pro_Magnon from Texas

Feb 15, 2022
Black Ops - Four Roses Small Batch from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 119 ratings