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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 412
Gots: 954 | FT: 81
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.


(Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to PaulStoneAnchor for sending me this one!

Shared with my buddy who just got back from NY and wasn't able to try this one on his trip.

2010 vintage with the 11.3% ABV.

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thin cap. Random legs of lacing hang around the glass on the drink down. Smells of cocoa powder, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is very bourbon forward up front with vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavors. Chocolate and roasted dark malt tastes come around on the aftertaste. The champagne yeast gives this beer a definite prickly and lively carbonation for a RIS, but I think it works very nicely. Slight alcohol warmth is felt in the throat on the drink down. Overall, this is a tasty RIS with a very nice bourbon presence. It is also interesting to see a beer with champagne yeast. I am glad I got a chance to try this one.

UCLABrewN84, May 23, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the Winter '08/'09 edition. Consumed out of an odd bulge-in-the-middle glass at a house party. Thanks to dschuster03 for this one. Bottle #3178.

A - Big reddish mocha foam, with over two fingers in a smaller glass. Excellent retention that settles to a thick cap. The body is pitch black, without any traces of color. There are a few spots of lacing left as the beer is consumed.

S - Earthy bourbon, sharp oak, some dark roast coffee, and a touch of coconut. There's not much of the vanilla or butterscotch flavors that I expect from a barrel-aged stout. The smell is a little harsh and acrid before it warms up, and it's still on the boozy side, even after a year.

T - The taste is much mellower, with a lot of fudge, chocolate, and marshmallow flavors, and significantly less bourbon character. The notes of coffee are also relegated to some light bitterness in the aftertaste that mixes with some tannic character as well. This is more of a 4.25, as I really dig the lack of booziness in the flavor, but have misgivings about the reduction in complexity from the aroma.

M - Medium bodied, with lower carbonation, and quite slick and sticky. Could be a little heftier for a 10.7% brew. There's a touch of warmth at the back end.

D - Surprisingly easy to drink, as the slick texture and minimal alcohol taste make it easy to keep reaching for another sip. The biggest problem is the lack of a defining characteristic when compared to other bourbon-barrel imperial stouts, combined with the somewhat excessive price. This is at least 50% more than a bomber of BCS, with only an extra 4oz or so.

Still, it's worth trying. I'll be interested to see how the fresh batch compares.

MasterSki, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think tendermorsel sent me this, if not it was corby112, cheers to both...I held this one back for review 2000, I figure might as well drink the best thing I have available for this milestone!

Pours mahogany/jet black with 2 fingers of caramel/brown head, very noisy. Oily sheen to this, some head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit in abundance, along with dark chocolate, vanilla & a hint of bourbon. Booze tends to dominate once warm

T: Rich chcolate, a touch of booze warmth, dryness & raisins up front. Dryness, raisins & boozey warmth dominate as this warms, some caramel & vanilla latte hiding there as well, plus a touch of oakyness & some leafy hops. Finishes strong with coffee, vanilla, a touch of oakyness & dark chocolate

MF: Fairly chewy, a bit hot, low/low carbonation & I can just feel this beer attempting to rot the enamel of my teeth...Almost pulled a 4.5; the hotness made this impossible

Drinks alright, the booze heat is a major detractor up front. Let this get to near room temp I think, that or should've waited until review 2,500?? I kid.

Doesn't live up to its name, more like having a couple of flash-bangs thrown in your bedroom & having the 75th Ranger Regiment rush ya!

russpowell, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was thrilled when I found out this wonderful beer was spotted at my local greens. I hopped to it and ran over to grab a couple bottles off the shelf from the one and only case they were able to procure. Brought this puppy home and in the house right away. Served it chilled and poured into a wine glass, this one was consumed on 12/29/2008.

One of the best looking pours I had ever scene to be honest. Rich dark and black as night, this thing gugrled out of the glass like a behemoth. A huge dark tan head then rose up to a height of three inches or more before settling back down into a full frothy layer of tan that was at worst a half inch high.

The aroma was just spot on. Rich milk chocolate and light hints of bourbon. Nice vanilla notes as it warms, but the sweet, decadent chocolate aroma was just superb. As I went in for a taste I was blown away. This was easily the best beer I have ever had from Brooklyn. Top notch in every way. Rich and very sweet milk chocolate notes, blending well with light touches of molasses and vanilla. Light espresso notes perhaps as the palate wears on, but this was just superb. The feel was smooth, delicate and loaded with carbonation. A nice belgian like feel to it. Super drinkability as there was just no taste of alcohol in here what so ever, and I really started to feel this one about half way through the glass.

Overall I was close to going a five on taste here, it was really just that good. The aroma was second to none. I am amazed and proud to have this beer in my fridge. One of the best efforts I have scene in a long time.

mikesgroove, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beers just don't get any bigger, roastier, chewier, or bolder. This beer is insanely large with flavor, texture, assertiveness; but at the sacrifice of harshness and drinkability. The aromas of cocoa, kahlua, vanilla, charred oak, and everything else that is delightful about their Chocolate Stout. The beer also looks the part with a froathy, clingy, goopy viscousness that appears much more like a milkshake than a beer. Flavors begin to rival the thickenss and heaviness experienced so far, but do lighten a bit to stout-like consistency with cherries, cocoa, coffee, wild berries, caramel, vanilla, figs, plubs, anise-licorice, oak, aged bourbon and a hint of lactose sweetness. The beer is seriously sweet with a lot of residual sugars left behind. Textures definately favor the robust over drinkability with a thick, chewy, expansive weight that follows with a medium fusal, boozy feel that contradicts all of the attempts at mellowness and softness. Heated, powdery, and numbing late. Finishes with a long, sweet linger of coffee, cocoa, and bourbon-ey vanilla. A grand attempt at the largest stout ever, but the beer needs more time in the cellar before it's potential is realized.

August 12, 2009: Thanks jctribe25!

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2008
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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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