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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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beerdrifter

Germany

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged this while on vacation in Dallas. Pitch black pour with one finger caramel colored head that fades quickly with decent lacing. Huge bourbon and oaky notes dominate the nose along with dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and just a touch of bubblegum. The oak nudges out the bourbon for the top spot in the taste. Probably some of the most intense woodiness I've ever tasted in a barrel aged stout. Almost comparable to a good oak aged wine. Also getting hints of chocolate, tobacco, espresso, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is really creamy with a subtle thickness to it, but a little more fizzy than a typical big stout. Definitely not as heavy as most, with a nice vinous character on the finish. I really wasn't expecting to be blown away by this beer, but it really was a pleasant surprise. Because it's lighter in feel, it's really drinkable and the 10.5 ABV is well hidden. I will definitely be trying to get more of this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 22:27:46 | More by beerdrifter
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This pours pitch black. No light escapes this dark brilliance. A chocolate colored head of creamy foam resides on top and plans to stay forever. It has no choice but to fall slowly and almost deliberately leaving spots of lace in defiance to the alcohol legs. By the bottom of the first glass I have a thick ring and layer of film on top.

Nose is complex. It has some dynamic dark bakers chocolate on it. The kind that has dryness, snap and perfume to it. It has a lovely bourbon scent that is fruity like bourbon is and seems to be almost like there's a shot of bourbon sitting under your nose. BUT it's not so loud as to disturb the fragrant bit of vanilla that's wafting around on the nose like some kind of butterfly. There's a breath of oak, a fruitiness you cant name yet and the underpinnings of molasses and toffee just starting to show themselves.

Taste is brilliant in it's unique texture. This is dry, crisp, creamy, fluffy and light as feather. It reminds me of one of those puffed up chocolate candies that melts in your mouth as soon as you bite into it and leaves itself on your tongue sensually and it is as if you have died a little from pleasure. Malt is soft. There is a surprising bit of bold espresso coffee on this that is not on the nose. Some licorice back notes that add depth but not that harsh licorice flavor. The bourbon is sweet and sulltry, the vanilla smooth and seductive. The palate culminates with a touch of back cherry and a faint bit of bitterness from roast.

I am in love with this beer. The mouthfeel is a light as a feather considering that this is a stout. The champagne qualities of the yeast have done this beer many graceful favors. It has given it a texture that is almost ethereal. It finishes dry and drying to leave resonant aftertastes of toffee, cherry and chocolate. This one was a ride in a limousine.

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Overall a very nice beer. Maybe too expensive for the level of beer it is, but it was nice.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,794 ratings.