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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,799 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,799
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 401
Gots: 935 | FT: 71
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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koopa

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 consumed 12.7.11 (36 months old)

Nose is nice and melded, taste is fading fast, no alcohol presence, body thinned, carbonation tame.

2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 27 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 3.5.11

A: 5.0 (see previous)
S: 4.5 really well integrated flavors at this point
T: 4.5 Champagne yeast not contributing as much to flavor profile as last sampling.
M: 4.0 Body is thinning out a bit.
D: 4.0 (see previous)

2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 18 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 06.26.10

A+ 4.55

A: 5.0 Dark as night with a 2 finger dark brown cola head. Solid retention and lace.

S: 4.5 Loads of melded complexity here. Bourbon, fairly deep roasted malt, nice oak character increase and a spicy champagne yeast decrease since my previous sampling in December of 2009.

T: 4.5 Everything is really melded nicely now. Flavors are starting to mellow a bit. The champagne yeast spice now feels as if it has been absorbed into the oak barrel. Kind of like a humidor cedar wood effect.

M: 4.5 The body seams a touch thinner than the previous sample.

D: 4.5 Much more drinkable than previous samplings

MAPLE OPS HAND BLEND
50/50 split of Lawsons Faystons Maple Imperial Stout and 2008 Black OPS. Delicious.

2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 12 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 12.24.09

A+ 4.6

A: 5.0 Dark as night with a 2 finger dark brown cola head. Solid retention and lace.

S: 4.5 Loads of complexity here. Bourbon, fairly deep roasted malt, spicy champagne yeast, touch of hops. The bourbon is still quite pronounces and the yeast isn't as prevalent as the sampling I enjoyed in June.

T: 4.5 The bourbon has softened compared to my last sampling and the deep roasted malt yields little to no bitterness now. The champagne yeast isnt' as lively now and has settled into a creamy quality.

M: 5.0 The carbonation isn't as pronounced as it was 6 months ago and this brew is now starting to get creamy.

D: 4.0 At 10.70% abv this one has legs but the carbonation isn't as prickly as it was and the flavors are really starting to meld!

2008 VINTAGE 750ML BOTTLE AGED FOR 6 MONTHS AND CONSUMED 6.15.09.

A+ 4.55

A: 4.5 Dark as night with a 2 finger dark brown cola head. Decent amount of head retention and some lacing.

S: 4.5 Loads of complexity here. Bourbon, roast malt, spicy champagne yeast, touch of hops.

T: 4.5 The Bourbon hits the lips first but soon gives way to dark dark dark roasted malt. The champagne yeast adds a nice spice note to stand up against the dark roasted malt.

M: 5.0 Fantastic combo of rich body meets overly carbonated lushness. Superb!

D: 3.5 Its dark, thick, strong, and bubbly so not something you can have too much of. Share the 750ml amongst 2-4 friends.

I have a dozen of these and plan on drinking one every 6 months. So far this 6 month old bottle was much better than the fresh bottle I had around Christmas.

Well done Mr. Oliver!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 05:30:13 | More by koopa
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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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