Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by StrangeBrewer76:
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
One twist of the cork and it was ready to let loose. Fortunately I had it under control and it popped with a very satisfying sound, not unlike champagne. It pours a dark ruby-brown with a cocoa colored head that looks very sticky.
Smells strongly of bourbon booze and vanilla at first. It's so strong that I'm hesitant to take another sniff.
Tastes a lot like it smells but much weaker and adding coconut to the mix. I may have to let this one warm a bit to get all the flavors out. I get the bourbon but it tastes like a cheap one like Jim Beam or less. Disappointing.
Mouthfeel is thinner than I would have expected and the carbonation is a little sharp too. I expected fuller and creamier for this style but perhaps I have to let it age a while for perfect consistency.
Drinkability is helped by the lighter mouthfeel but I'm not half-way through this one and I'm already bored with it.
The flavor is just not there and while this beer may be technically outstanding I think it's the rarity that boosts its profile, not its inherent quality. As with other Brooklyn Brewery products, I've given them a fair trial but they really seem to be missing something that I like. If I knew what it was I would say but this, which is supposed to be among their best, is just alright with me.
That said, I will probably grab another one of these for posterity and will post an update when I pop it.
The lighter body helps the drinkability though
Serving type: bottle
04-27-2009 23:13:01 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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4.1/5 rDev -0.7%
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
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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