What's your opinion of Brooklyn Black Ops?

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

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  1. Jayhoop

    Jayhoop Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Quebec (Canada)
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    Just bought a bottle and was wondering what people thought of it?
  2. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,426) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Send it to me and I'll let you know. :wink:
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  3. JM03

    JM03 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

    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 Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2006 Tennessee

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

    Shilt Disciple (398) Dec 26, 2011 Virginia
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    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 Initiate (0) May 10, 2011 New York
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    not a fan of it fresh. I dont buy anymore unless for trade
  7. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    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 Initiate (67) Apr 4, 2012 South Carolina
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    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 Devotee (470) Apr 16, 2012 Wisconsin
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    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 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2010 Ohio

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

    mtrutlin Initiate (67) Apr 4, 2012 South Carolina
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    That's what I figured.
  12. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    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 Initiate (0) May 25, 2009 Pennsylvania

    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 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Ticked it once, not worth the price to revisit.
  15. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    tasty, overpriced, not a regular buy.
  16. mackeyse

    mackeyse Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2012 New York
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    Same here--saw it for 22.99 and pulled the trigger just to try it--wont do it again
  17. Axic10

    Axic10 Defender (603) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    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 Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2010 Virginia

    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 Devotee (408) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Thought it was good but pricey and I like Black Chocolate Stout Better.
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  20. geocool

    geocool Initiate (175) Jun 21, 2006 Massachusetts

    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 Aspirant (286) Jan 13, 2010 New York
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    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 Defender (616) Oct 7, 2012 South Carolina
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    $16 in SC i actually dig it. especially for that price
  23. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Initiate (0) Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    A little thin for me.
    Better a year old IMO as well.
  24. mattsander

    mattsander Zealot (568) Feb 3, 2010 Alberta (Canada)
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    $36 up here in Canada, not even worth trying at that price.
  25. GennyCreamAle

    GennyCreamAle Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New York

    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 Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    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 Disciple (355) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    $42 in my local store, i'd ask if its worth it but I think I already know the answer?
  28. loafinaround

    loafinaround Aspirant (296) Jul 16, 2011 New York

    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 Savant (953) Nov 13, 2008 Georgia
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    Or 3-4 four packs of BCS.
  30. wesbray

    wesbray Disciple (355) Feb 29, 2012 Alberta (Canada)
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    Especially when they have a range of Cantillon for around $30...
  31. Ravenacht

    Ravenacht Aspirant (203) Aug 10, 2012 Florida
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    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 Initiate (84) Dec 22, 2010 Kentucky
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    Bad representation of the BA stout style.
  33. benjaminahudson

    benjaminahudson Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 North Carolina

    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. Dannywhitewash

    Dannywhitewash Initiate (0) Dec 19, 2010 Ohio

    I also put one aside. I cant wait to age for a couple years and trade for a whale!
  35. beerborn

    beerborn Initiate (0) Jan 22, 2012 Georgia

    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. EddieGold

    EddieGold Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2012 North Carolina

    thats less than cost. you should have bought the case.
  37. Axic10

    Axic10 Defender (603) Mar 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    They only had 2 bottles.
  38. RandyKemka

    RandyKemka Disciple (332) Dec 13, 2011 New York
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    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. PangaeaBeerFood

    PangaeaBeerFood Initiate (0) Nov 30, 2008 New York

    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 Champion (824) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey
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    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.
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