Name – Brooklyn Black Ops
Country – United States
Type – Russian Imperial Stout
Appearance – Pours an ink black color with a big light brown head.
Smell – Bourbon dominates the nose. Almost burns the nostrils. Some oak and dark malts can be easily picked up as well.
Taste – You get that bourbon taste at the front then it goes into a smooth chocolately malt flavor with a bit of coffee and a bit of oak. It then finishes with that bourbon sting. Gave me the hard liquor shiver.
I knew going in this was aged in bourbon barrels but I really did not expect it to be so highly noticeable in the smell and taste. For the pure imperial stout qualities this is very good. I am not a big liquor drinker let alone bourbon so that part kind of turned me off a bit. I know many view this as an end all be all of RIS. It is good but not the thing I am looking for really in one. It will probably get better with age as I believe it is recommended but for $20 a pop I didn’t want to grab two bottles without knowing what it tasted like first. I think if it was just aged on oak and not necessarily on bourbon used oak I would have probably gone crazy for this.
Overall Grade – B+