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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,780
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 403
Gots: 925 | FT: 69
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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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Shiredave

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I decided to drink this one fresh - if the brewery folks thinks its ready to drink , who am I to argue.

Wonderful pitch black color below a dense tan head. Thick lace sheets the glass and a full 1/4 inch of foam hangs in to the end.

The aroma is a massive blast of roasted malt and alcohol - deep coffee notes along with some oak and leather type scents. It smells sort of rough and grainy with alot of soot and smoke character though not at all like a "smoked " beer. I was hoping for more fruit and caramel typical of my favorite RIS's.

Flavors of more coffee and blackened grains - chalky with a mineraly, UK type hard water aspect. Some oak character comes through but only a hint of bourbon, which is nice - I want beer to taste like beer not whiskey. What is missing for me is the rich malt and deep fruity flavors that make a fine RIS - or any strong dark ale - more complex and flavorful. Licorice or treacle taste is a bit strong, and delivers the only real sweetness in this beer.

Sort of a one trick pony for me - no real depth of flavor and not as complex as many Big Stouts on the market today. Big on the roasted barley with a very full mouth feel but weak in the depth of malt sweetness and character. The finish is seriously bitter both from the roasted grain and hops along with a slightly harsh coffee acidity.

I should have aged this a year or more I think - maybe it would mellow and mesh better with some time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 13:46:49 | More by Shiredave
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Brooklyn Black Ops 2012.
A Black in color, nice thick brown fluffy head. Brown sticky lace.
S chocolate, coffee, port, bourbon.
T chocolate, coffee, port, bourbon, very sweet, coconut.
M silky smooth, porty chocolate aftertaste.
O I guess I shouldn't really discuss this, due to the hush hush nature of this non-existent brew, but if it did exist I'd say it was quite a nice bourbony heavy brew that kept giving me some real port feels throughout the bottle. It was a good drink.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,780 ratings.