Four Roses Distillery and Brooklyn Brewery release third edition of Black Ops

by Phillip Galyean

Bourbon lovers and beer fans alike can raise a glass to the release of the 2021 edition of Brooklyn Black Ops, a collaboration from Kentucky-based Four Roses Distillery and New York’s Brooklyn Brewery. The limited-release beer was aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels hand-selected by Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott and is beginning to appear on shelves across the country now.

This vintage of Brooklyn Black Ops, a Russian Imperial Stout, offers a silky texture and combines notes of cocoa nibs with rich vanilla aromatics that are punctuated by this year’s high ABV of 12.9%. This is also the first vintage of Brooklyn Black Ops to be canned. This limited release beer is sold in 16-ounce four-packs.

“The depth and complexity of Brooklyn Black Ops remains as unique as ever,” said Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver. “Like Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon itself, this beer delivers many layers of oak, malt and fruit flavors and is a perfect pairing for many desserts.”

2021 Brooklyn Black Ops is the third edition aged in Four Roses barrels resulting from the partnership which began in 2019 due to a long-time friendship between Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Four Roses COO and Director of Operations Ryan Ashley.

“We’re proud to again partner with Brooklyn Brewery on this much-anticipated annual release,” Elliott said. “We really wanted the unique characteristics of Four Roses Small Batch to shine through and aging this iteration of Black Ops in the used barrels produced a beer with the perfect hint of bourbon character and a very smooth finish.”

2021 Brooklyn Black Ops is available in very limited quantities wherever Brooklyn Brewery is available, beginning now. Approximately 4,000 cases will be sold in the United States with a suggested retail price of $19.99.

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