Brooklyn Brewery Black Ops Returns for 2022

Brooklyn Black Ops 2022 brewery four roses distillery beer collab collaboration bourbon barrel aged
Brooklyn Black Ops 2022.

Clocking in at 11.5% ABV, Brooklyn Black Ops 2022 continues the collaboration between craft beer pioneer Brooklyn Brewery and Kentucky-based Four Roses Distillery.

This year’s vintage of the limited-edition beer, the brands’ fourth annual release, begins rolling out across the U.S. immediately.

The collaborative brewing partnership between Brooklyn Brewery and Four Roses dates back to 2019. It stems from a longstanding friendship between Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, and Four Roses COO and Director of Operations, Ryan Ashley.


The 2022 edition of Black Ops, a Russian Imperial Stout, aged for around nine months in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels that were selected by Elliott. The result in a beer with a hint of bourbon character, the companies report, plus big chocolate and coffee notes, with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak.

Ideal food pairings include Stilton cheese, vanilla ice cream, cheese cake, panna cotta, Tiramisu and buttery pastries.


“Black Ops is unlike any other barrel-aged imperial stout. Rather than being thick, sweet, heavily roasted and cloying, this beer is brisk and light on its feet, despite its 11.5% ABV,” says Oliver. “On the nose, we have coffee, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, caramel and toasted oak. A light tang of roast acidity on the palate is followed by layers of caramel, chocolate and a slight bourbon bite. I think it’s fair to compare this beer to ‘third-wave’ coffee, showing less roast and greater balance, structure and elegance.”

“Collaborating with Garrett has led to extremely unique, high-quality releases over the past four years, and the new edition of Black Ops is no exception,” adds Elliott. “The mellow fruit, spice and oak tones of the Small Batch Bourbon barrels perfectly complement the rich, malty character of the Russian Imperial Stout, creating layers of complex flavors that both beer and bourbon drinkers will appreciate.”

Consumers can now purchase the 2022 Brooklyn Black Ops in a limited-edition snifter glass designed with the brands’ logos. It’s available via Brooklyn Brewery’s website, as well as in person at Brooklyn Brewery’s Williamsburg Tasting Room and Four Roses Distillery’s gift shop in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky while supplies last.

The 2022 Brooklyn Black Ops, which is the second vintage to be canned, will be available throughout the U.S. where Brooklyn Brewery products are sold across the brewery’s 30-plus state footprint in 16-oz. four-packs.

This follows the recent redesign of Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn Pilsner.


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