Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery
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Reviews by israel:
3.8/5 rDev -8%
A- Close to pitch black with a nice brown head from the initial pour, but this head fades quickly to a thin layer across the surface of the beer. Some nice lacing is noticeable.
S- Roasted malts with a bourbon aroma being noticeable as well as bittersweet chocolate and coffee with creamer.
T- Bitter sweet chocolate along with lots of oakiness and a bourbony coffee flavor. quite nice.
M- Light carbonation with a silky smooth finish that glides across your tongue.
D- I've only shared a couple of bottles and I'm not sure if I'd be able to drink a whole bottle but I'd be willing to try...
05-07-2009 21:32:15 | More by israel
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3.21/5 rDev -22.3%
Pour / Appearance: 2013 vintage. Corked and caged bottle, uncorked by hand. Poured into a Deschutes tulip. Heavy head, likely due to the champagne refermentation, with a nice persistence and lacing. Rare for barrel aged and at 11.5%, but again, bottling with champagne yeast is going to catch pretty much any residual sugar. Dark black body, opaque. Very pretty imperial stout.
Aroma: Bread and alcohol. Smells like communion. Roasted malt on the back end. Maybe wisps of smoke. It's very interesting, but at the same time, the intense alcohol and bread notes overwhelm. Could probably have sat a while for a more complex nose.
Taste: Very dry and effervescent. Still, incredibly heavy on the palate despite the light body. Burnt crusts and tobacco, wood tannins and vanilla, definite bourbon. The mouthfeel is such a detraction though; so conflicting and odd. If the actual flavor weren't so readily harsh, the heavy carbonation might be interesting. Otherwise it's a beer at odds with itself.
Overall: This needs age on it to even out, but I worry the champagne carbonation will only increase. Regardless, it'd be pretty tasty if it weren't so unbalanced flavor and mouthfeel.
Bottom Line: If you're going to buy it, I suggest cellaring for a while or picking up a well cared for old vintage. This is not worth the $20 as is, save for the experimentalism of it.
01-11-2014 23:18:25 | More by
2.56/5 rDev -38%
Thanks to Mike for opening this on an impromptu tasting night. It pours a deep, deep brown and black color with a mocha-colored head that cloudy up pretty big but fizzles out quickly, much like the layer of fuzz you'd get from a Coca-Cola. No lacing to speak of, but some alcoholic legs will trudge down the sides of the glass upon swirling.
The aroma isn't as robust or omnipotent as you'd like a barrel-aged Russian imperial stout to be, but it does have quite an array of things going on; vanilla, cocoa nibs, dark fudge, deeper dark plum sweetness, plenty of oak, and a faint onset of bourbon. Some roasty malts bring up the rear. The aromas are all there, but for some reason, they don't "mesh" like they should, and rather than a wonderful bouquet of smells, it seems more like a slightly jumbled mess.
From the first sip, I'm surprised by how thin, spritzy, and light this beer feels on the palate. Is that perhaps an induction of the champagne yeast? Not so sure why you'd want a huge, barrel-aged stout to be so carbonation and effervescent, but it transcends into a slightly watery and thin mouth feel, something that typically doesn't bode well for beers of this stature and style. It's like a Russian imperial stout with the mouth feel of a soda... What the hell?
The taste is also extremely mild, like the aroma; faint bourbon, mild cola flavors, a hint of wood, lasting cocoa beans, and a little roasted malt. Once again, everything here seems to be it's own separate entity, rather than a masterful blend of the whole, resulting in more of a random concoction of flavors mixed into a glass than a real, barrel-aged stout. Also, I've never had a barrel-aged, 10%+ ABV stout that was so easy to drink before. Seriously, it was gone in seconds. The flavors were so light that such a feat was possible... Usually drinkability like this is good, but for a helles lager or pale ale... NOT a Russian imperial stout.
I think my rating may be little harsh... The beer was not awful, disgusting, or hard to drink by any means, but it is incredibly overrated (and probably over-priced), and it's one of the weakest attempts at the style that I've come across, especially for having some decent acclaim. I appreciate Mike's generosity of sharing, but we both agreed that this is not how a stout was meant to be. I still don't understand all the positive reviews.
07-06-2013 17:52:54 | More by tectactoe
4.05/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Pitch black with a small beige head that dissipates after a while.
S: Balanced and complex with pleasant notes of roasted malts and gentle bourbon notes up front. Some roasty acidity, dark chocolate, vanilla and a hint of dark fruits.
T: The taste is also balanced with the bourbon notes well integrated with the rather powerful stout flavors. Nice roasted malts with slight coffee character, dark chocolate. A faint note of sweet dark fruits. Vanilla, oak barrels and some peppery spices. The bourbon accentuates towards the finish which has a roasted bitterness to it and a pleasant taste of alcohol.
M: Surprisingly light body (medium rather than full). Plenty of carbonation. Semi-dry finish.
D: A good beer. Not a bourbon monster. Instead, it's quite well balanced and showcases a happy marriage between imperial stout flavors and subtle bourbon notes.
07-20-2009 15:18:22 | More by ricke
4.5/5 rDev +9%
A - Jet black color, with a very thin tan colored head. Great lacing as well.
S - Bourbon right off the bat, but chocolate, vanilla, and oak aromas follow right behind.
T - The taste very much mirrored the aroma, but with less of a bourbon taste as aroma suggests. It mellows with definite chocolate, oak, and vanilla presence.
M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. The beer feels very smooth and creamy. The Bourbon flavors through warm the mouth in a really nice way.
Overall, I think this is an underrated beer. It's a little expensive but well worth the money in my opinion. I'd like to try one with some age on it.
08-14-2011 16:02:34 | More by SkiBum22
3.7/5 rDev -10.4%
A - Pours black with a very deep, dark head. Head dropped to a lacing on top pretty quickly. Darkest head I had seen on a beer, looked great.
S - Bourbon and chocolate malt with a very slight vanilla finish.
T - Smacked in the mouth hard by bourbon and chocolate flavors. This is not such a bad thing, but it was more one dimensional that I was hoping for. There is a nice hop bitterness, but it mostly serves to make it taste even more like dark chocolate with a high cacao percentage. Really wanted some more dark fruit flavors in there, what little was there was smothered by the chocolate/espresso flavors. The bourbon was actually quite nice.
M - Nice mouthfeel, more carbonation that I was expecting. This helped the beer finish a little more crisp than it would have otherwise.
D - Good flavor too dominated with dark chocolate notes. This makes too one dimensional and it is a STRONG one dimension which makes it a little challenging after awhile. A 750ml bottle was way too much for me, would have been better to split 2-4 ways.
Note: I was a little harder on this beer due to the price. You sell a bottle of beer for $25 for a 750ml bottle I expect it to be great, this was just good.
12-27-2009 23:23:17 | More by steelerguy
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
I was saving this beer for something, I don't remember what. Then, on my birthday, it was snowing so we didn't go out for dinner, and I decided what better time to have this beer. It was a great birthday treat. In a tulip glass it was black with a thick cocoa head. Great aroma: cocoa powder and sweet chocolate, coffee, and big bourbon. Taste fulfilled my expectations. Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and bourbon. Warming in the mouth. Spectacular.
01-24-2010 13:41:11 | More by lordofthewiens
3.3/5 rDev -20.1%
Pours opaque oily black with a small island is brown foam left. Boozy nose with with some decent roast and chocolate character. The flavor is mostly just hot with booze and tannic with oak. I find this to be very thin and prickly. I can see why most people like this one, and I certainly don't hate it. I just prefer a richer beer for an imperial stout.
10-08-2009 22:53:26 | More by tjthresh
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
Terrific stuff, Belgian style bomber, caged and corked. You know the routine, this stuff pours black, dark mocha head, leaves frothy lace. Nose of dark chocolate, coffee, fudge brownies. Deep dark chocolate notes, double fudge, cafe au lait, bourbon, vanilla. Complex, rich, flavorful. The big problem here is the PRICE. $21.99 (!) at DeCicco in Ardsley, NY. C'mon, this is clearly fine, even world class brew, but I'd much prefer THREE bottles of Stone RIS or other quality Double stout any day
01-01-2009 22:28:36 | More by Billolick
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