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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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2,075 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,075
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,083 | FT: 93
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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Ratings: 2,075 | Reviews: 796 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of AMCimpi
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yancey82
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Pittsburgh Winter BeerFest.

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

Photo of Phigg1102
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.

Photo of ncustead
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

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

Photo of Karibourgeois
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.

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

Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of chrismattlin
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!

Photo of RayReed522
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

14 vintage.

Big fusel alcohol character and licorice in aroma.

Flavor is sweet, boozy, and licorice, as well. Needs much time to develop.

Photo of MikeMcCl
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not feeling qualified as reviewer, but for me was hit with too much bourbon. Otherwise very good.

Photo of SFC21
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I always age this one a year. First time I had it fresh the beer was way too hot. Ever since I let it sit for a year and it makes a world of difference. Smooth, light and delicate, almost hard to believe it is a stout. Champagne yeast makes this a really interesting brew. Highly recommend

Photo of Kennethzelljr
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of timotao
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BranchDavidian
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgeddis
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,075 ratings.