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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,795 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,795
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 401
Gots: 932 | 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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erz316

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 floz caged & corked bottle, Maudite snifter.

A - big head on this sucker, and can already smell the whiskey. body is black; light cant make it through any part of this beer. the head is pretty big, three fingers, and is a medium-dark brown colour. the large head is undoubtedly from the champagne type of yeast used. for the size of the head, it all comes crashing down pretty quickly, all in about 3-4 minutes. the final layer is about half a finger, ome pretty substantial lacing.and has left s

S - smells big and delicious: like a whiskey espresso explosion. the bourbon casking really stands out and is quite obvious in the top notes, along with a border line scent of coffee. the chocolate makes up the majority of the mid ground, lending the bitter and almost savory quality of chocolate to the nose. the bottom notes are some slightly spicy alcohol notes, mostly identifiable as being a result of the barrel aging. not definite malt base is noticeable, that is to say: nothing that has that characteristic sweet note that malts have. as a matter of fact, no part of the nose really smells sweet. the alcohol blends in very well, as does the bourbon; both seem to be completely integrated and natural to the beer.

T - an interesting experience. the immediate thing that hits me is that the mouthfeel is quite off, but thats for another section. the first impression of the overall taste is a slightly malty, more so chocolaty, but alcohol rich stout. nothing with which 'm terribly impressed. the initial taste of the beer is bitter, hops, chocolate, and some dry alcohol that is inherently combined to this EXTREME! dark chocolate. as the beer warms up in the mouth, the bourbon character comes out and makes a very noticeable impression on the palate; this is coupled with the hops the finish, yeah well, I just don't know about this beer. the finish has a big impression from the yeast, and some bourbon and chocolate; the only thing that really stick out is the yeast, the other flavours are just a continuation of the initial. there is a big burst of that 10.7% abv somewhere in the middle. the finish is kind of lame. nothing really sticks out too much. the first taste to stand out is a that whiskey burn, but that quickly fades into a dark chocolate. the whiskey---->chocolate conversion is nothing interesting. it is just kind of "oh hey, there used to be whiskey, but now my mouth tastes like chocolate." im not going to rave about this beer. its good but it doesnt deserve any extraordinary praise, though it is a complete bitch to track down (thanks eBay!). this is a big let down, Ive heard all this hype about black ops, and now, finally having it i think that the very thing that makes it desirable or unique, the champagne yeast, is ruining it.

MF&D - these champagne yeast beers are a real hit or miss. this one is still a good beer, but it is too off of the strong and thick style that I have come to know. the mouthfeel is way to carbonated and too light in body. it needs to be more syrupy, but that is going to be a bit difficult, considering how active champagne yeast are. sipping the beer into the mouth gives the impression that it is thick, but as soon as it all sits in mouth it reveals itself to be almost watery save the added body that the carbonation gives. its weird, but once one gets around the carbonation, the body can be seen to be really way too light for this style.

I dont quite know what to think about this brew. it has most of the aspects of an ris, but then again, it lacks so much in other regions. its good, i guess, but then again it is missing things that i consider to be fundamental to the ris style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 23:16:05 | More by erz316
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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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