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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS

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BA SCORE
92
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1,690 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1690
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 13.77%


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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bkilpatr

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang chalice. 01/09/09. Bottle is corked & caged. Very elegant looking and cool label.

Pours absolutely pitch black with about two fingers of dense chocolaty brown head. Aroma is heavy with bourbon, as well as roasted malt, vanilla, milk chocolate, oak, and alcohol. It smells wonderful, just like bourbon.

Taste starts with lots of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and semi-sweet vanilla. Some dark fruits (date, fig) and a hint of cherry. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate and a very nice and smooth bourbon flavor. The taste starts sweet and finishes very bitter. The bourbon is definitely the most prominent flavor in the beer, but it doesn't overpower the other tastes. The alcohol is well-hidden in the taste, but slightly noticeable.

Feel is smooth and creamy with little carbonation. It's full-bodied and definitely a sipper. Some alcohol warmth in the finish. Drinkability is decent for such a big beer. The ABV is noticeable, and it's pretty heavy. But other that that, it goes down smoothly.

Overall, a damn good beer. Great bourbon aroma and taste. Very rich and flavorful. The only downside is the cost. Around $20 for 750 ml is a bit steep. I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:52:17 | More by bkilpatr
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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.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.