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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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1,699 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1699
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.53%


Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007)
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up in El Paso in late 2013. Aged several months before consumption.

A- Finger and a half thick head that has dark-khaki color to it. The liquid is pitch black.

S- Smell is almost wine-like. Sherry and bubblegum. Raisins and dark fruit. Very unique to me.

T- Starts off wine-like... Sherry or red wine... Kind of grape heavy. Still getting some bubblegum. Eventually the flavors get more chocolatey, even baker's chocolate dry and bitter. Then finishes raisiny.

M- Black Ops has a light mouthfeel, very airy-like despite not being highly carbonated. There's a wine-like astringency and finish to this beer that to me makes it closer to the wine family.

There are some good qualities about this beer and then there are some truly odd ones. It's a very mixed bag for an expensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 20:22:48 | More by ONovoMexicano
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: About as black as I've seen a beer, with the darkest head I've seen (heavy beige/brownish). The head didn't accumulate much, but trace amounts sat on top and lingered there almost the whole time.

S: I got a much boozier impression from the smell than I got from the taste. I thought it might be a bit overbearing or bitter. Other than that, you could smell smokey chocolates, bourbon, vanilla, and sticky malt.

T: Fantastic. The ABV wasn't as apparent as I would have figured. Smooth with an underlying alcohol bite. You could really taste the barrel. It really seemed like it was brewed with care. Incredibly drinkable for 11.5%. Tasty tasty tasty, inviting and hearty.

M: The alcohol feel makes a steady trip down the throat upon first sips. That's the most aggressive expression of the ABV. It seemed like something that would be perfect fireside in a ski lodge.

O: I didn't age this one, and I don't feel robbed at all. I might get another bottle and let it sit. Maybe that would make it even better. Overall, if you're into darker, thicker, more bourbon -oriented beer, this is a must have.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 20:16:05 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage. Poured into a snifter. Been cellared for awhile now.

Pours black with a mocha head of half an inch. Looked like it wanted to lace, but the retention was causing all sorts of ‘chunky’ action along the wall of the glass.

Big, boom bourbon in the nose, but quite unoffensive. Hardly. Very delicious aromas. Whiskey, vanilla, alcohol, berry reduction, milk chocolate, heavy roast, toffee, and barley grain. A huge nose with lots of barrel effect. Buttery notes are awesome. Aging has done well, so far.

Roast is strong and dark and charred, but the malts are elegant. Champagne yeast, and some good aging, took some serious edge off. The bourbon is still a bit hot, and very much here, but not ‘in-your-face’. Good whiskey dose with corn mash sting and a slight buttery smoke, but there’s background coffee and askew berry compote. Unfortunate thinness of the maltiness, in general. It must be the age. I’d rather a deep sweep of grain roast and more dark chocolate, in which, I’m only getting small flare-ups.

Silky smooth. Bout of carbonation works to fluff and spice up the feel. The body is rich and more than half-full. Leans on you with the potency.

An awe-inspiring bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, whether aged or not. But, I must say, the aging takes a lot of the sting away.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:44:33 | More by thecheapies
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SweetChicken

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My first review, but certainly not my first Imperial Stout. 2013 version.

First off, I couldn't wait. Picked up on vacation in Florida for a nice winter taste of home up North.

A - Poured to a snifter. Little to no dark, creamy head. Odd. Color was a nice deep motor oil. Poured thin. Little to no lacing.

S - Best part of the beer in my opinion. Boozy for sure, but not overwhelming. Notes of nice dark chocolate bread pudding, black cherries, my 70-year old dad's cigars.

T - After I drank it, I kicked myself for not flying back home with it to put in my cellar for a year or two. It was everything I don't like about a bourbon barrel stout - a half a second of greatness and then the booze. The bourbon overpowered most every note in the smell I was hoping for in taste. Finished too harsh.

M - The mouthfeel was disappointing as well. Way too thin. IMHO a "great" stout should hold some level of creaminess. None found here.

Recommendation - Age this bad boy. Not worth buying and drinking right away.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:48:38 | More by SweetChicken
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HowiPepper

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage, aged under my bar for over a year. Poured it into a stout glass.

A - Pours a nice, thick, black, like used motor oil. Built up a very nice dark tan head.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol.

T - The first thing I get is coffee, maybe espresso, followed by deep roasted malt flavor, and it finishes with dark chocolate. No taste of alcohol at all.

M - Very good mouth feel, nice and thick, with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Oh my! This is my second Black Ops. The first one I chilled, then drank right up. This one I let age for over a year under my bar. The flavors have matured and melded to a point where they are so well integrated that the full potential of this stout comes to bear. In my honest opinion, this stout should *never* be consumed until it has aged for at least one full year.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 22:57:02 | More by HowiPepper
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours thick pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. The robustness of the brew can be seen when swirling it in the glass as it clings to the sides of the snifter with sticky fingers of the viscous liquid.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of cocoa and coffee. Along with the darker aromas are some sweeter smells with some caramel and vanilla as well as a darker fruit aromas of raisin, plum, and prune bringing on a light fruity chocolate bar smell. While these smells are all present, the biggest aroma of all is a massive and nice smooth, but yet somewhat burning bourbon aroma, containing big oaky and char smells, which when mixed with the sweet and darker aromas brings a fantastic warming boozy dark smell to the nose.

Taste – The taste begins somewhat thinner then I would have expected from the nose with a moderately roasty and sweeter flavor. Some flavors of vanilla and chocolate are present from the start upfront with some lighter flavors of caramel and cola sweetness. As the taste advances some light earthy flavors join the taste as well as some more bitter flavors of a more tannin like grape. All the while the roasted flavors seem to dwindle. The bourbon flavors, as well as more woody and oaky flavors, come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end of the taste. Some other darker fruit flavors of raisin and plum come to the tongue at the same time and with by this time a loss of a good deal of the roast. When all these flavors combined in the end, they up leaving a somewhat sweet, but only lightly roasted and more lightly bourbon boozy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thinner then would have been expected from the look as well as to thin for the style and the abv., as it doesn’t really accentuate the nice bourbon flavors of the beer and falls short for enhancing the darker and roastier flavors of the brew. The medium carbonation however was rather good for the sweeter flavors, yielding an overall decent feel even in light of the thinner body.

Overall – The aroma and look of the beer (especially the aroma) were fantastic and really gave me high hopes after the initial pour. The taste and the feel however fell a bit short of expectations for the price I had to pay (~$20). The feel was too thin and the taste was not roasty enough and fell short of the big bourbon aromas that I was hoping would be present on the tongue as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 02:36:03 | More by Darkmagus82
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an opaque black that has a sheen similar to motor oil. The beer pours a nice brown head and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The beer has an interest smell that is dominate by the vanilla from the barrel and the bourbon barrel notes. Another dominant note is burnt sugar. The smell has slight hints of dark chocolate and a light coco smell but are very faint. The taste is somewhat similar to the smell but the barrel and vanilla notes are not strong. In addition to the barrel and vanilla notes, the beer has very light hints of dark chocolate and coco with a bit of alcohol. The taste mix fairly well and provide a nice molasses like flavor with bits of chocolate. The mouthfeel fairly slick and surprisingly light for an imperial stout with biting carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer that could use a stronger presence from the more subtle notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:16:11 | More by HattedClassic
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kylelenk

Michigan

3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage enjoyed on 03/03/2014. Poured into a white wine glass about half full.

A-Pours a nice jet black with quite a bit of head room that dissipates surprisingly quick leaving suds on top. Head is a side sand or coffee ice cream color. Thick lacing is present around the edges and behind on the walls.

S-Absent any real barrel or bourbon character and dominated by a mix of tart fruits. Feels like champagne yeast really fights to get ahead here. Lot's of sour apple, grape, and currant.

T-What.A.Let.Down. Tastes like your average stout. Nothing real comes through on the barrel end other than the slightest bit of charred oak. Flavor profile is dominated by those tart fruits evident in the nose.

M-Average at best. Not quite as thin as some stouts but doesn't really have the viscosity you'd commonly find in heavy hitting barrel aged beers.

O-Quite disappointing. Black Note is quite rare (at least where I am from) and to shell out $22 for this is unacceptable. I can list many other barrel aged stouts available at lesser price points that are quite further ahead in their development that the Brooklyn effort.

On the bottle it explains that Black Ops doesn't exist...what truly doesn't exist is any barrel character here what-so-ever.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 04:55:21 | More by kylelenk
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Bottle poured into a Stone snifter.

Initial poor is that of used motor oil and a solid dark brown caramel head. Aroma is very sweet, boozy, great bourbon notes, and vanilla, but also very complex. There is certainlty alot going on here. Taste is very boozy and that of sweet candied fruit - cherry, raspbbery, figs and dates. Mouthfeel is very slick like a banana peel of motor oil. This is a delicious bourbon barrel aged stout that should be bought whenever seen and extra bottles aged in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 00:51:43 | More by hops202
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xabyss

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle poured into a snifter. I was shocked to find this sitting on the shelf of my local wine shop in mid-Ohio. I almost told the store owner that I would pay "literally any money for it" but I didn't want to give him ideas.

A - Pours pitch black with about a thumb's worth of thick, caramel head that's slow to dissipate. Basically, how a stout should look (i.e. how beer should look).

S - Wonderfully rich and complex on the nose, albeit a bit boozy. Caramelized sugar, dark fruits, licorice, booze and barrels are the most prevalent notes. Very, very fruity - like plum-flavored candy and bourbon.

T - Again, quite boozy, though that's expected for an 11.5% behemoth. The palate more or less follows the nose - caramelized malts, bourbon, dark fruits and loads of vanilla/barrel in the finish.

M - A bit hot, but smooth nonetheless. Not quite as thick as I'd expected. Carbonation is pleasant yet biting.

O - The nose is the highlight. Perhaps some cellaring would do this brew well. It's a damn good stout, don't get me wrong, but not worth searching the ends of the earth for.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:00:37 | More by xabyss
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nycbeerfreak

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a great color, With a very nice head and a slick oil like consistency that coats the walls of the glass .

S: Aroma is of licorice and bourbon with an oaky musk about it. Very pleasant to the nose.

T: Taste is of bourbon and some mild sweet berry / cherry and dark fruits.

M: Mouthfeel is awesome, warming with a smoothness to it . Also a decent carbonation.

O: Overall just a solid example of a great Russian Imperial Stout !! Period

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:48:18 | More by nycbeerfreak
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my dad for picking up my reserved bottle of this beauty.

Poured into 22oz snifter; jet black with a fizzy dark brown head, like a thick quad, that comes up rapidly and then fades like root beer into a ring of bubbles and a finer cap on top of the beer.
Smells of bourbon, oak, slight oxidation, vanilla, sweet brown sugar and molasses. Slight spiciness, possibly from alcohol.
Taste...very unique for a big stout. Light sweetness, brown sugar and molasses balanced evenly with bourbon and barrel character. Big flavors of milk chocolate and some candied dark fruit. Some notes of char as well.
Mouthfeel...wow! Like a perfect belgian quad. Fluffy, effervescent and full yet light on the palate. Incredible for an 11.%abv BA stout.
Overall, I'm very impressed with this beer. The flavor is complex and wonderfully balanced, and the bottle fermentation does amazing things with the mouthfeel. Can't wait for next year's!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 05:37:11 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured an opaque black. Thick fluffy head of tan bubbles.

Smell is heavy on the bourbon and oak. Hint of dark fruits, raisins, smoke, and alcohol.

Boozy and warming. Complex oak flavors, which display layers of wood, smoke, and Bourbon. Slight residual sweetness, with notes of raisins, figs, and dry baking coco. Hint of coffee. Roasted smokey malts, and a slight hop twang on the finish.

Velvety slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is not biting despite the addition of champagne yeast.

Nice take on a BA stout. Oak flavors work well. Comes off less sweet than their Black Chocolate Stout. Great sipper on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 02:52:42 | More by Ieatlambfries
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sully11277

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- jet black with a nice brown head that hangs around for awhile.

S- You smell mostly bourbon with a little roast.

T/M- You get a lot of bourbon with a nice vanilla flavor up front. Then you get a lot of roast but then you goes away. There is a good amount of carbonation in this one and you get a slight burn from the alcohol.

O- It is not a bad beer, maybe after a little aging some more flavors well come out. That is what i am hoping for because I have 3 in my cellar right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 20:26:01 | More by sully11277
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, vintage 2013. My bottle lists an 11.50% abv. Acquired this bottle at the local beer store for something like $21.99. Pretty excited to have this beer, my first big bottle from Brooklyn Brewery. Expectations are pretty high based on the hype surrounding this beer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Uncorks with a loud pop and pours four big fluffy fingers of dark mocha foam. Pours just a shade away from black in the glass, with some ruby brown hues appearing near the edges when held to the light. Some scattered thick tan lacing, but not much.

S - Smell is fairly one dimensional, but it hits it's mark - charred earthy oak wood, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, fudge, some vague indistinct spice / fruitiness, and lots of hot boozy nail polish remover alcohol fumes.

T - Taste is of beautiful silky fudgey chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon alcohol warmth, earthy oak wood, and some subtle indistinct dark fruitiness. I can definitely taste some of the champagne-yeast derived qualities of this beer, but they are mostly all subtle fruity nuances that would be hard to describe.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy. Very good carbonation from the bottle re-fermentation. Medium bodied. Nice warming alcohol presence. Subtle chocolatey bitterness and some tart fruitiness present, even.

Overall, I can definitely see this beer becoming even greater than it is with age, and I think it can only get better. I hope like hell I can score another one of these bottles to age for a few years, because I imagine the results would be amazing. As it is, fresh, I would argue that it is a tad too boozy on the nose, but that's about it. I will definitely be on the look out for future vintages of this.

Brooklyn Black Ops ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 01:31:36 | More by mfnmbvp
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the ABV, I think this is 08, so 5/6 years on this. I had somewhat low expectations going into drinking this. Totally blown away by this.

A- Very dark roasty. Pinky head with good retention leaving pretty large sized lacing around the glass and small amount of head left over floating around the middle. Lacing has legs.

S- Creamy (like Black Note creamy), light mixture of coffee, caramels, toffee, molasses and charred dark fruits.

T- Follows the N almost exactly. This beer is the closes thing that I have found to batch 1 Black Note.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Thick and viscous.

O- I was totally blown away by how good this beer was. I forgot who gave this beer to me as an extra, but thank you sooo much. I imagine that the age on this beer is what did it so well. Perhaps better techniques for a smaller brewery back then?

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 00:00:36 | More by gueuzedreg
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage consumed Jan. 2014.

I'm not a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery, but this one definitely caught me off guard, and I'd say it's one of their better brews for sure. Thick, pitch black pour, with a foamy mocha head that receded to a thick ringlet and held there, leaving some sparse spotty lacing on the glass. Roasty malts in the nose, and quite a bit of oak, hints of coconut and vegetal vanilla. I was actually surprised at how boozy this still was even after 5 years in the cellar. Dark chocolate malts in the taste, some coffee bitterness, earthy, with big barrel notes, and a lot of bourbon heat, dry vegetal notes of coconut and either faded vanilla or faded earthy hops. Slick mouthfeel, medium-full body, and a good drinker overall.

I have another bottle in the cellar--2012 I believe--that I'm just going to let sit for a while. Should be interesting in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:23:59 | More by Rifugium
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Natainos

New York

4.95/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour / Appearance: 2013 vintage. Corked and caged bottle, uncorked by hand. Poured into a Puerto Rico Mug. Poured slowley so medium head, but could bubble more due to the champagne refermentall. Pure black body, opal. Very impressive imperial stout.

Aroma: Roasted malts, touch of smoke. Dark cocoa. However could have been stronger, other than bread and alcohol, guessing it could should have sat a while for a more complex nose.

Taste: Dark bourbon champagne. Mild chocolate, woodsy liquor, hints of vanilla, definite bourbon. The mouthfeel is heavy dark liquor carbonation due to the aforementioned yeast.

Overall: A winner that benefits from ageing. Big beer with big personality, stout, liquor champagne all in one. Creamy, strong alcohol levels and flavoring.

Bottom Line: Worth the buy, then again I got this as a gift from my staff. I suggest cellaring for a while then it would be great as a true vintage.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 00:52:17 | More by Natainos
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VincentFrey

Maryland

3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour / Appearance: 2013 vintage. Corked and caged bottle, uncorked by hand. Poured into a Deschutes tulip. Heavy head, likely due to the champagne refermentation, with a nice persistence and lacing. Rare for barrel aged and at 11.5%, but again, bottling with champagne yeast is going to catch pretty much any residual sugar. Dark black body, opaque. Very pretty imperial stout.

Aroma: Bread and alcohol. Smells like communion. Roasted malt on the back end. Maybe wisps of smoke. It’s very interesting, but at the same time, the intense alcohol and bread notes overwhelm. Could probably have sat a while for a more complex nose.

Taste: Very dry and effervescent. Still, incredibly heavy on the palate despite the light body. Burnt crusts and tobacco, wood tannins and vanilla, definite bourbon. The mouthfeel is such a detraction though; so conflicting and odd. If the actual flavor weren’t so readily harsh, the heavy carbonation might be interesting. Otherwise it’s a beer at odds with itself.

Overall: This needs age on it to even out, but I worry the champagne carbonation will only increase. Regardless, it’d be pretty tasty if it weren’t so unbalanced flavor and mouthfeel.

Bottom Line: If you’re going to buy it, I suggest cellaring for a while or picking up a well cared for old vintage. This is not worth the $20 as is, save for the experimentalism of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 21:57:50 | More by VincentFrey
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3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour / Appearance: 2013 vintage. Corked and caged bottle, uncorked by hand. Poured into a Deschutes tulip. Heavy head, likely due to the champagne refermentation, with a nice persistence and lacing. Rare for barrel aged and at 11.5%, but again, bottling with champagne yeast is going to catch pretty much any residual sugar. Dark black body, opaque. Very pretty imperial stout.

Aroma: Bread and alcohol. Smells like communion. Roasted malt on the back end. Maybe wisps of smoke. It's very interesting, but at the same time, the intense alcohol and bread notes overwhelm. Could probably have sat a while for a more complex nose.

Taste: Very dry and effervescent. Still, incredibly heavy on the palate despite the light body. Burnt crusts and tobacco, wood tannins and vanilla, definite bourbon. The mouthfeel is such a detraction though; so conflicting and odd. If the actual flavor weren't so readily harsh, the heavy carbonation might be interesting. Otherwise it's a beer at odds with itself.

Overall: This needs age on it to even out, but I worry the champagne carbonation will only increase. Regardless, it'd be pretty tasty if it weren't so unbalanced flavor and mouthfeel.

Bottom Line: If you're going to buy it, I suggest cellaring for a while or picking up a well cared for old vintage. This is not worth the $20 as is, save for the experimentalism of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 23:18:25 | More by
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours a thick, dense, and completely black. Rather large, chocolate bown head for an imperial, and it only stick around a little while. Lacing is good.

S- Bourbon, barrel, vanilla, and lots of dark roasted malts here. Vanilla and bourbon from the barrel is prominent. On the back end there is a hint of anise from the base RIS.

T- Much more dark roasted malts right off the bat than in the scent here. Traditional RIS flavors are prominent in the beginning, with anise, dark malts, and hints of both coffee and chocolate before the barrel flavors come out. Barrel is more subtle in the taste than the scent. Good blend of vanilla, char, and bourbon from the barrel.

M- Thick with medium carbonation, this one drinks dangerously smooth for the high ABV. Alcohol isn't even detectable with a little bit of burn. Just thick, smooth drinking delight here.

Overall, an outstanding, subtle BA beer. Barrel is not prominent in the taste, but is in the scent. Good blend of barrel and traditional stout malts. Glad I was able to find this.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:29:36 | More by boilermakerbrew
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bpasquini

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black, leaves a decent head on a heavy pour which is tan in color, leaves slight lacing around the glass, looks like a stout should

S: Initial smell is booze, but is quickly followed by the champagne yeast, which is then quickly followed with vanilla, milk chocolate and some anise, this beer smells rather good

T: I am let down here based off of the smell, everything tastes very mixed together to me, it isn't a bad mixture, but it would give the beer so much more depth if there was a transition of flavors, I am getting some booze, vanilla, chocolate, stronger anise flavor, and a bit of champagne from the yeast, if not a transition of flavors a larger presence of dark fruits would have really complimented the beer as well, would have mixed nicely with the champagne flavor given off from the yeast

M: Feels crisper than most stouts, it's more medium bodied than heavy, which is a good thing based on the flavor profile, it would be very hard to drink this beer if it was heavy bodied, there is also a creaminess to it which compliments the beer very well

O: The flavor of the beer is really the only kicker to me, I see that they change it a little every year and maybe this year for the flavor wasn't their year, overall it's a solid stout, I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but if it happens to be at your bottle shop it is definitely worth a try

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 01:17:44 | More by bpasquini
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BTVflatlander

Vermont

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage served in a Hill Farmstead tulip on a -20 degree Vermont night.

A: Creamy black with a mocha head, extremely attractive.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, a bit of coffee.

T: Like the aroma, lots of bourbon up front despite the relatively short time spent in barrels (4 months) with quite a bit of chocolate, roast, and vanilla. Nearly perfect.

M: Supple, creamy, and perfect.

O: Coming into this tasting, I had both high expectations and concerns that this might be a hyped up beer selling for $25 a bomber. However, I can say that this beer is well deserving of most of the hype surrounding it. Having had other popular bourbon barrel aged stouts (Bourbon County & Hill Farmstead's Genealogy of Morals) I can say that I think Black OPS is among the best. Genealogy is slightly more perfect, in my opinion, probably because that spends 20+ months in barrels rather than 4, and although it is a tad sweet and could use a year or two aging, it is very much world-class and worth the try. Glad I got my hands on two bottles this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 22:27:10 | More by BTVflatlander
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macher0

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle.

A. Black. Aggressive pour yeilds frothy amber head. Retreats slowly to a fine bubble thick film. Thin, low viscosity.

S. Complex and pleasant. Major notes of dark roasted malts, coco, coffee, and bourbon soaked oak. Minor notes of marshmallows, leather, almonds, and dust.

T. Very different from the nose in that the bourbon comes through very strong, not oaky but very boozy. Other than that, dark roasted malts dominate the profile. Not much coco or coffee.

M. Not smooth. Fine but high carbonation. Full bodied.

O. Not bad but the strong boozy nature really dominants in a negative way. I've had much higher abv stouts that are smoother and more balanced. Since it rings in at around 20 bux a bomber, I expected more. I would try this on draft but will likely pass from a bottle in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:38:15 | More by macher0
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fizzles down to a nice cap that stays around for a good while

S: A good mix of dark fruits and roasty malts, along with a nice underlying dark chocolate and oak presence. Vanilla and caramel lend a light sweetness, which is cut by the roast and alcohol. Quite a few layers

T: Starts off with the dark fruity notes of the yeast, followed eventually by the big roasty malts, coffee, and dark chocolate. The bourbon barrels come shortly after the roast, lending oak, vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Finishes with a hint of the booze, light roast, and some more fruity notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The champagne yeast makes the carbonation a little tighter

O: A very well balanced BBA stout. Theres plenty of dark fruit as well as roastiness. The 11.5% is very nicely hidden and makes this quite drinkable but still a sipper. A bit pricey at $20 for a 750 C&C bottle, but it's great to drink now or be aged so it's a good investment

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 04:41:05 | More by BEERMILER12
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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,699 ratings.