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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 426
Gots: 1,089 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007

Brooklyn Black Ops (2008 commercially available version) was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast. 940 cases produced.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013
11.6%-2014
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kristougher
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jyacco15
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ralerwen
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Ops 2921 (2011)

A: Pours an opaque dark brown. Nearly black. A loose espresso foam colored head that disappears. No lacing and no visible carbonation.

S: Smooth bourbon with hints of sweet vanilla and molasses. Pleasant barrel quality. A hint of dried dark fruit like raisins and figs that brings some sweet and sour to the beer. A dry nuttiness that reminds me of a dry brown ale.

T: Bourbon, a touch of vanilla and tobacco. Ash, a bit nutty walnut in the finish with a hint of brown raisin.

M: Mildly carbonated and medium bodied. A little thinner than preferred for a BBA Imperial Stout.

D: Very drinkable. It's been several years since I've had this fresh, so I'm not sure how boozy it is, or how much barrel aging is present, but I can say that this particular bottle has pleasant barrel aging qualities, and the booze at 10.7% is extremely well hidden. It's an easy drinker for sure. I also believe the aging takes a bit away from the lighter, effervescent notes brought on by the champagne yeast. Roasted malts are not part of this stout. This one is more delicate with no in your face elements.

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4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Very tasty, but I wouldn't continue to age this one any longer (as very, very, slight soy flavor has crept in), but still drinking wonderfully. Bourbon and chocolate notes throughout. Very smooth.

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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Pittsburgh Winter BeerFest.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of licorice in taste and aroma. Bourbon flavor is smooth, not overly sweet like some other BBA Stouts. One of the better mouth feels I've had for this style. The champagne yeast is evident and makes this beer stand out.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep black with very light head, and below average head retention. Smelled of strongly of stone fruits with an understone of wine? Taste lacked complexion for me. Drinkable but taste carried the same tangy wine charachteristics while lacking a satisfying level of bourbon. Mouthfeel was suprisingly thin and lingered. Overall a good beer, but not worth seeking out.

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4.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bourbon is overpowering. Probably should have aged.

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4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best Bourbon-Barrel Aged stouts you could ask for- the champagne yeast used for the bottle conditioning puts it over the top. Great beer!

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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.