Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
2010 Vintage, been saving for a special day, and letting it age a bit. Hope it's as good as it's price tag makes it out to be.
Pours a somewhat decent fizzy fluffy bubble 1/2 finger head very dark colored, that fades semi quickly, but some decent lacing, typical for this big of a beer, huge thick long legs running down the sides of the glass, beer is black enough to suck the light from the computer screen into it.
Nose is about as good as I expected, a big time stout with great bourbon barrel notes. Dark malts galore, some black malts, little roast, charred coffee beans and a bit of fresh coffee grinds all from the roast, as well as some decent dark chocolate and powdered cocoa. Then bourbon, so much awesome barrel, plenty of vanilla and a little buttery oak, but no dusty oak barrel, as well as nice bourbon aromas, plenty of bourbon. It brings just a touch of booze, and light earthy spicy hops, there are hints of brown sugar covered brandy soaked raisins somehow.
Taste brings more great flavors, an aged soft dark malt bonanza. Starting with some dark malts, plenty of black malts, some roast bringing a hint of char, and some slightly over roasted coffee beans, and a light cocoa powder. It also has a touch of a soft aged malt flavor but not a lot. Not as full bodied in the malt area as I expected, but enough there, probably just not thick enough but at least it's not too syrupy. Booze kicks in quickly with warmth, tingle, and even a little fusel booze flavor, but not overbearing, and the roasted malts bring a bit of acrid flavor. Some dark chocolate comes through as well, with some vanilla barrel, the oak cuts in and brings the vanilla and a bit of buttery oak, but not nearly as much oak as the nose had. Similarly the bourbon is there, but not as much as the nose, and it seems to bring some of that booze flavor on its own. A little caramel and syrupy chocolate flavors round out the flavor, as well as a hint of an earthy spicy hop character, although more bitterness from the roast it seems. Finish is drier but very sticky and syrupy, a kick of tingly booze as well, more cocoa, roasted malts and faint burnt coffee, more vanilla and touch of bourbon barrel, but at the same time a nice big dark malty RIS flavor lingering too.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied but somehow seems a bit thinner than it should be, with plenty of tingly warming booze, and decent carb.
Overall pretty good, but mixed. The aroma is awesome, but flavor doesn't come through as much as I expected, and the body seems a bit thin for what it should be. Still tasty and a treat to drink, the aging didn't seem to really help as much as I expected as the booze is still rampant, bourbon seems to have died off a bit perhaps, and it's sweet and syrupy, but the soft aged dark malt feel brings a decent touch. However, the over roasted burnt acrid coffee I think I remember from fresh small sample I had is mostly gone, so that helps a bit. Still a pretty good beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2013 00:37:30 | More by jlindros
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4.04/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Brooklyn Black Ops 2012.
A Black in color, nice thick brown fluffy head. Brown sticky lace.
S chocolate, coffee, port, bourbon.
T chocolate, coffee, port, bourbon, very sweet, coconut.
M silky smooth, porty chocolate aftertaste.
O I guess I shouldn't really discuss this, due to the hush hush nature of this non-existent brew, but if it did exist I'd say it was quite a nice bourbony heavy brew that kept giving me some real port feels throughout the bottle. It was a good drink.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 01:38:13 | More by tubeyes
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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