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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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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up yesterday at Cambridge Wine and Spirits for about $24. A little steep price wise, but that is why it is a limited/special release. I also have loved other vintages of this brew, so I didn't mind throwing down for this. As expected, Black Ops comes out completely black, with about a finger of brown tan heading. The nose is deep with complexities. Rich, dark chocolate kicks things off, followed by hints of bourbon, earth, molasses, and some vanilla. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavors are the most dominant tastes here, along with brown bread, and dark stone fruit such as cherry and plum. The mouthfeel is the most extraordinary part of the experience. The body is thick as expected, but there is also an amazing carbonation that is almost reminiscent of champagne. That same superb mouthfeel can also be felt in Local 1 and 2. I tend to like big imperial stouts more slick and oily, but this is a definite exception, it works perfectly. The bourbon barrel aging is definitely noticeable, but does not deter from drinkability. In fact the alcohol heat is kept very much in control. It is hard to see Brooklyn outdoing themselves stout wise with the strength and quality of Black Chocolate Stout. But they have, and have made one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever encountered. Truly a dark masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:41:54 | More by jamie2dope
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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.