Four Roses, Brooklyn Brewery Release 2021 Black Ops Collab

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The 2021 Brooklyn Brewery Black Ops, a yearly collaboration with Four Roses Distillery.

Four Roses Distillery and Brooklyn Brewery have unveiled the 2021 edition of Brooklyn Black Ops.

This limited-edition beer is an annual collaboration between the Kentucky-based Four Roses Distillery and New York’s Brooklyn Brewery. It aged aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels chosen by Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott.

This vintage of Brooklyn Black Ops, a Russian Imperial Stout, has a silky texture and notes of cocoa nibs with vanilla aromatics, the company says. The ABV is higher this year at 12.9%. Also, this is the first vintage of Brooklyn Black Ops appearing in cans, releasing in 16-oz. 4-packs.

“The depth and complexity of Brooklyn Black Ops remains as unique as ever,” says 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 of this craft beer aged in Four Roses barrels. The beer results from a partnership that began in 2019 thanks to a long-time friendship between Oliver and Four Roses COO and Director of Operations Ryan Ashley. 


The 2021 Brooklyn Black Ops is available in limited quantities wherever Brooklyn Brewery is available, beginning now. Approximately 4,000 cases will release in the U.S., with a suggested retail price of $19.99 per 4-pack.

“We’re proud to again partner with Brooklyn Brewery on this much-anticipated annual release,” says Elliott. “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.”

This follows recent news from Four Roses, the releases of Four Roses 2021 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon and their new minis.


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