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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,794 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,794
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 401
Gots: 929 | FT: 70
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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 11.6% ABV, 3229 on back label. Assuming it is Julian, its Nov. 17th, 2009.

Thank yous to Beerwolf77 for another crazy RIS!

A - Like the name Black Ops implies, light is never seen here. The pour, completely black, results in a dense, semi-cascading head piling up to a one-and-a-half finger tan head. Low retention and tiny fingers of lace are left over.

S - Hot fingernail polish remover type alcohol is evident right away with a low fruity phenol thing. A bit of Testors model paint aroma too. Deep roasted malts have a very subtle coffee and mocha touch that doesn't beat the Russian Imperial Stout horse to death. A bit hot but still balanced on some level.

T - Hot, boozy alcohol with the same nail polish remover mild fruity flavor as the aroma lets on. The roasted malts are pushed to the rear of the profile. A bit hot for me, the alcohol shouldn't be this strong a player in the flavor of a RIS.

M - Full-bodied and rich but incredibly warm on the alcohol front. A bit dry and bitter to the finish, the mouthfeel is a bit more balanced than the flavor and aroma.

D - The alcohol is killing me. It's a really solid beer with serious potential with age but hot damn, the booziness is a bit ridiculous with it's young age. Close to difficult to drink but as a sipper, its ok.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 22:54:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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