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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,791 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,791
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 402
Gots: 928 | 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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Reviews by bobhits:
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bobhits

Kentucky

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet malt, vanilla, burnt aromas. A very clean very Russian imperial stout smell. Some coffee bitterness and perhaps dark chocolate notes in the back ground.

Pours deep dark brown and turns instantly black in the glass. A huge strong head with retention and lacing all over.

A chocolate and coffee blend with a wonderful sweet dark malt flavor. Vanilla, caramel, nutty flavors, toffee, and a finish with some bourbon (it feels like the finish is full bourbon flavors without the burn so vanilla and oak are big here).

The carbonation in this beer works in a few ways. First, it just explodes in your mouth like a champagne which is a bit off putting. Second, the carbonation gives this beer a cleaner and more drinkable feeling. Finally, it makes reviewing the body on this hard to judge as I can't see if the body is thick enough to leave an oily residue on the glass. A very dry beer with a hair more alcohol than is ideal. The beer is a bit too dry as well. The "negative" comments are just why this beer isn't perfect.

Bottom line here is that this is a wonderful beer and amazingly complex. Often I enjoy the strong bold flavors that stand out in the bourbon barrel aged stouts, but this one's amazingly complexity stands next to things like the Old Rasputin XII vs. the goose island bourbon county stout. Both are amazing beers but for very different reasons. I feel the flavor in this beer is beyond amazing, but it lacks in other areas from perfection. I feel this score won't reflect how good a beer this is.

This beer is very clean and the complex flavors really make it. I can't recommend aging this one, but if you come across an aged bottle, have at it. I just feel that the noticeably different flavors work to this beer's advantage.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 23:04:12 | More by bobhits
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lukasz

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

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utopiajane

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 14:39:28 | More by utopiajane
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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FFreak

Vermont

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 ml bottle into glasses. Dark brown, almost black with a nice, thick tan head that holds fairly well. Smells straight up of bourbon. Very slight notes of chocolate and roast, but mostly a subtle but distinct American bourbon aroma. Lots of bourbon in the taste as well, but again subtle, not overwhelming. A very easy drinking smoothness to this stout. Not harsh or astringent at all. Overall, it's priced much too high, but is still a wonderful bourbon barrel-aged stout.

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Vermont

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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Poured from the 750 bottle into a large tulip.
Pours jet black with minimal caramel colored head.
Smells really nice with lots of woody bourbon, good roastiness. Some chocolate notes.
Tastes really nice as well, very much in line with aromas, bourbon notes ease up as I drank more.
Mouthfeel could have been thicker. Thought it was a touch thin.
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 1,791 ratings.