Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,164 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,164
Reviews: 816
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 440
Gots: 1,133 | FT: 101
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
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Ratings: 2,164 | Reviews: 816
Photo of alarmclock314
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release, 10.5% ABV, 25.4 oz bottle with cork. Pours black with a large-sized foamy tan head. Smells of bourbon, cocoa, and some roasted malts. The taste was surprisingly mellow; roasted malts, bourbon, dark fruits, and some port flavors. Not as malt forward as most RIS's. The carbonation was average, despite the large head. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall, the taste too mellow but had an interesting wine characteristic.

Photo of uvachief
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle. Poured a deep dark black with a thin layer of mocha colored head that lingered a bit. Smells of chocolate, toffee, whiskey and roasted malts. Taste is much the samr. Very smooth for high ABV. Bourbon flavor is nicely folded in on this one. Delicious Imperial stout. Would definitely buy again. Not bitter. Hardly any noticeable ibus. Really tasty.

Photo of brianmandell
3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 Bottling, pours a dark brown with tan head. This is an interesting brew. The belgian yeast profile makes this stylistically closer to a quad than a stout. The nose is fruity with raisin and cherry (the age might be a factor here) and a heavy hand of cocao powder. Malty with very little bitterness. The back end is boozy (with some acetone) and slightly astringent but not overly so. The flavor falls flat in the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice - thin but with very fine creamy carbonation. If you prefer thick, full bodied stouts - this isn't it. A good show from Brooklyn but it leaves me wanting to drink a good belgian quad instead.

Photo of Neorebel
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With an opaque ebony appearance, and a head reminiscent of espresso crema, Brooklyn Black Ops looks to be one fine stout. The soda-like bubbles in which the head is comprised of, seem to give one the impression that there is some level of carbonation going on. This is the 2014 Black Ops of 11.6%. The aroma is somewhat unique in that in addition to raisins, vanilla bean, and strong Bourbon Whiskey, a hint of cranberry can be sensed as well. After a sip, the first reaction is that the Bourbon is coming in loud and clear, but there is also a nice cocoa powder element amongst the roasty bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly soft for the ABV, it still warms a bit going down. Overall quite a deluxe brew, but not enough so to really hang amongst the heaviest hitters in the BA stout arena.

Photo of ruzzal
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bit boozy but grew on me a it warmed. Too carbonated for my taste.

Photo of user785335
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only aged for 9 months because I wanted to try it. Should have let it age longer....

Photo of Givemebeer
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 2013 vintage. Everything I wanted and more.

Photo of BeerManDanNYC
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best when aged at least a year

Photo of mrcarterxxl
2.12/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Honestly I've had better imperial stouts, black ops is definitely not worth the $25. You really have to let it sit on your pallet for a while to form a opinion of flavor. It's more vanilla (Madagascar) dominant, not the traditional coffee, espresso, chocolate, flavors you'd expect.

-cheers

Photo of ptykozoon
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unsure vintage - at least a few years old.

Pours black with a caramel ring.

Smell is chocolate, graham crackers, dark sweets, caramel, raisin.

Delicious beer. Decent complexity.

ABV is subtle and refined. Sugary finish.

Drinkability is solid. Not an overpowering beer at 10%. Would seek out again.

Photo of kdahnke123
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BQE Q4 2014
L - Pours a dak black color with a copious beige head. The lacing is very long lasting and clings well to the glass.
S - Chocolate and vanilla with dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T - Dark fruit, moderate barrel flavor with balanced malt and hops.
O - A pleasant beer from Brooklyn. Worth a try.

Photo of ER527
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage release. Kinda light. Delicious

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

Very Rich, a bit sweet. Very good

Photo of rockaroo
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, but gimmicky and way overpriced. Hard to appreciate tastes with agressive carbonation. Innovative and dangerous as a style for me so worth the $20, once.

Photo of Drel
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Pours jet black with a thick foamy head which is indicative of its carbonation. Tastes of bourbon with some champagne undertones from the yeast fermentation. Very bubbly on the tongue like a champagne. Great beer for a special occasion.

Photo of mistersifter86
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - 2013 vintage. 11.5% ABV. Poured into a Mikkeller & Friends tasting glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with impressive thick one finger espresso head. Rather impressive retention for such a high ABV beer. Champagne yeast doing its job with aplomb.
S: Classic bourbon notes. Dark and fruity, like a christmas cake. Slightly yeasty and bready.
T: Bourbon, ash, smoke. Some quad like flavours, raisins, dark fruit. Not too hot, unlike others have experienced with a fresh bottle. Lovely and nuanced. The driest tasting Imperial Stout I've ever encountered.
M: Extremely light for the style, almost its party piece. Warms the throat however remains rather spritzy in the mouth. Does not destroy your palate with cloying sweetness, is dangerously drinkable as a result.
O: As a lover of thick, sweet stouts, this was a grand departure. Had reservations about drinking it judging it from previous reviews. The thin mouthfeel dominates the equation for me, but not in the negative way that I was expecting. Have a 2014 vintage in the cellar - looking forward to visiting it in a years time.

Photo of raphaelboschiero
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a fantastic.beer, the flavor of tost caramel and vanilla is incredibly. the chanpanoase process add create a different sensation in your mouth gave more drinkhability

Photo of antott0523
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.

Photo of MtnSoup
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.

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 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.

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 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 barczar
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14 vintage.

Big fusel alcohol character and licorice in aroma.

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

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,164 ratings.