Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by bkilpatr:
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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4.1/5 rDev -1%
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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