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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 798
Hads: 2,188
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 442
Gots: 1,150 | FT: 101
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007

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
11.6%-2014
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Reviews: 798 | Hads: 2,188
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BQE Q4 2014. Poured from a 750 cork and cage into a tulip, the beer is jet black, with a massive amount of carbonation action throughout the body, with legs of tiny bubbles feeding into a foamy, light tan halo of head. Aromas of subtle white grape on the effervescence given off from the carbonation. Deeper in, you find an entire layer of boozy overlays, followed by rich vanilla, oak spice, earthy tones, chocolate truffle, cocoa nib, and mocha. Flavors are rich chocolate, a nice blend of milk, bitter baker's, and truffle. Layers of rich vanilla, oak spice, bourbon overlays, and a dry wine-like character. Very dynamic, and the dryness undercuts the otherwise rich, robust, and velvety smooth body. The dryness also helps keep the drinkability up despite the increased ABV and building warmth. The finish is smooth and big, and it fades slowly, with a velvety transition that is eventually cleaned crisply off the palate from the last ditch efforts of the carbonation. This is an extremely tasty, extremely unique take on the style. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Jwaks
2.39/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

It takes an extremely talented brewer to make an barrel aged imperial stout that is completely and utterly lacking in body. honesty it is near impossible to achieve. Congrats, you done it!! how the fuck you did it is beyond me. Perhaps the sugar and carbohydrate hungry champagne yeast ate up everything during fermentation that would give this brew any substance or you forgot to put in any flaked barley, oats or any unmalted grains that would add some mouthfeel to this beer. What an amazing failure this is. (511 characters)

Photo of alarmclock314
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 release, 10.5% ABV, 25.4 oz bottle with cork. Pours black with a large-sized foamy tan head. Smells of bourbon, cocoa, and some roasted malts. The taste was surprisingly mellow; roasted malts, bourbon, dark fruits, and some port flavors. Not as malt forward as most RIS's. The carbonation was average, despite the large head. The mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall, the taste too mellow but had an interesting wine characteristic. (444 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle. Poured a deep dark black with a thin layer of mocha colored head that lingered a bit. Smells of chocolate, toffee, whiskey and roasted malts. Taste is much the samr. Very smooth for high ABV. Bourbon flavor is nicely folded in on this one. Delicious Imperial stout. Would definitely buy again. Not bitter. Hardly any noticeable ibus. Really tasty. (368 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 Bottling, pours a dark brown with tan head. This is an interesting brew. The belgian yeast profile makes this stylistically closer to a quad than a stout. The nose is fruity with raisin and cherry (the age might be a factor here) and a heavy hand of cocao powder. Malty with very little bitterness. The back end is boozy (with some acetone) and slightly astringent but not overly so. The flavor falls flat in the finish. The mouthfeel is very nice - thin but with very fine creamy carbonation. If you prefer thick, full bodied stouts - this isn't it. A good show from Brooklyn but it leaves me wanting to drink a good belgian quad instead. (644 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With an opaque ebony appearance, and a head reminiscent of espresso crema, Brooklyn Black Ops looks to be one fine stout. The soda-like bubbles in which the head is comprised of, seem to give one the impression that there is some level of carbonation going on. This is the 2014 Black Ops of 11.6%. The aroma is somewhat unique in that in addition to raisins, vanilla bean, and strong Bourbon Whiskey, a hint of cranberry can be sensed as well. After a sip, the first reaction is that the Bourbon is coming in loud and clear, but there is also a nice cocoa powder element amongst the roasty bitterness. Medium bodied and fairly soft for the ABV, it still warms a bit going down. Overall quite a deluxe brew, but not enough so to really hang amongst the heaviest hitters in the BA stout arena. (791 characters)

Photo of mrcarterxxl
2.12/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Honestly I've had better imperial stouts, black ops is definitely not worth the $25. You really have to let it sit on your pallet for a while to form a opinion of flavor. It's more vanilla (Madagascar) dominant, not the traditional coffee, espresso, chocolate, flavors you'd expect.

-cheers (293 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unsure vintage - at least a few years old.

Pours black with a caramel ring.

Smell is chocolate, graham crackers, dark sweets, caramel, raisin.

Delicious beer. Decent complexity.

ABV is subtle and refined. Sugary finish.

Drinkability is solid. Not an overpowering beer at 10%. Would seek out again. (303 characters)

Photo of kdahnke123
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BQE Q4 2014
L - Pours a dak black color with a copious beige head. The lacing is very long lasting and clings well to the glass.
S - Chocolate and vanilla with dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T - Dark fruit, moderate barrel flavor with balanced malt and hops.
O - A pleasant beer from Brooklyn. Worth a try. (310 characters)

Photo of rockaroo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, but gimmicky and way overpriced. Hard to appreciate tastes with agressive carbonation. Innovative and dangerous as a style for me so worth the $20, once. (160 characters)

Photo of Drel
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Pours jet black with a thick foamy head which is indicative of its carbonation. Tastes of bourbon with some champagne undertones from the yeast fermentation. Very bubbly on the tongue like a champagne. Great beer for a special occasion. (250 characters)

Photo of mistersifter86
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - 2013 vintage. 11.5% ABV. Poured into a Mikkeller & Friends tasting glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with impressive thick one finger espresso head. Rather impressive retention for such a high ABV beer. Champagne yeast doing its job with aplomb.
S: Classic bourbon notes. Dark and fruity, like a christmas cake. Slightly yeasty and bready.
T: Bourbon, ash, smoke. Some quad like flavours, raisins, dark fruit. Not too hot, unlike others have experienced with a fresh bottle. Lovely and nuanced. The driest tasting Imperial Stout I've ever encountered.
M: Extremely light for the style, almost its party piece. Warms the throat however remains rather spritzy in the mouth. Does not destroy your palate with cloying sweetness, is dangerously drinkable as a result.
O: As a lover of thick, sweet stouts, this was a grand departure. Had reservations about drinking it judging it from previous reviews. The thin mouthfeel dominates the equation for me, but not in the negative way that I was expecting. Have a 2014 vintage in the cellar - looking forward to visiting it in a years time. (1,095 characters)

Photo of raphaelboschiero
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a fantastic.beer, the flavor of tost caramel and vanilla is incredibly. the chanpanoase process add create a different sensation in your mouth gave more drinkhability (173 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Ops 2921 (2011)

A: Pours an opaque dark brown. Nearly black. A loose espresso foam colored head that disappears. No lacing and no visible carbonation.

S: Smooth bourbon with hints of sweet vanilla and molasses. Pleasant barrel quality. A hint of dried dark fruit like raisins and figs that brings some sweet and sour to the beer. A dry nuttiness that reminds me of a dry brown ale.

T: Bourbon, a touch of vanilla and tobacco. Ash, a bit nutty walnut in the finish with a hint of brown raisin.

M: Mildly carbonated and medium bodied. A little thinner than preferred for a BBA Imperial Stout.

D: Very drinkable. It's been several years since I've had this fresh, so I'm not sure how boozy it is, or how much barrel aging is present, but I can say that this particular bottle has pleasant barrel aging qualities, and the booze at 10.7% is extremely well hidden. It's an easy drinker for sure. I also believe the aging takes a bit away from the lighter, effervescent notes brought on by the champagne yeast. Roasted malts are not part of this stout. This one is more delicate with no in your face elements. (1,132 characters)

Photo of MtnSoup
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Very tasty, but I wouldn't continue to age this one any longer (as very, very, slight soy flavor has crept in), but still drinking wonderfully. Bourbon and chocolate notes throughout. Very smooth. (210 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of licorice in taste and aroma. Bourbon flavor is smooth, not overly sweet like some other BBA Stouts. One of the better mouth feels I've had for this style. The champagne yeast is evident and makes this beer stand out. (224 characters)

Photo of ncustead
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep black with very light head, and below average head retention. Smelled of strongly of stone fruits with an understone of wine? Taste lacked complexion for me. Drinkable but taste carried the same tangy wine charachteristics while lacking a satisfying level of bourbon. Mouthfeel was suprisingly thin and lingered. Overall a good beer, but not worth seeking out. (374 characters)

Photo of chrismattlin
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best Bourbon-Barrel Aged stouts you could ask for- the champagne yeast used for the bottle conditioning puts it over the top. Great beer! (157 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage.

Big fusel alcohol character and licorice dominate the aroma.

Flavor is sweet, boozy, and licorice, as well. Needs much time to develop. (151 characters)

Photo of SFC21
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I always age this one a year. First time I had it fresh the beer was way too hot. Ever since I let it sit for a year and it makes a world of difference. Smooth, light and delicate, almost hard to believe it is a stout. Champagne yeast makes this a really interesting brew. Highly recommend (289 characters)

Photo of derekgw123
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this only once and was a little tipsy, so I'll need to try and review again, but it was definitely an interesting beer. Much different from other imperial stouts. It had a lot of flavors at once. Wine, bourbon, beer. I remember being a bit let down. The taste was somewhat flat and dry. Probably a little too much for my taste, but definitely fun to try. (363 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

something about the process brooklyn uses to bottle condition, maybe its the champagne yeast, i dont know, but it seems like very bottle of brooklyn beer i taste has an amazing yeast complexion and mouthfeel to it, this is no different. so much different from the other dark brooklyn brews, chocolate stout, cuvee noir, any of those, but its equally smooth, crushed velvet in the feel, but much more intense on the roast, passing the dried fruit realm right into dark chocolate and espresso, but there is a crazy lightness to this not common or even possible i didnt think in a russian imperial type. definitely something interesting going on with the grain, toast and roast, oats, minor tannins, its cool. carbonation doesnt feel all that high, but the yeast lends a maturity to it, a pillowy thing, not enough yeast in these normally i dont think, so this is pleasant. for such a big and bold beer, i just cant believe how delicate it feels, built masterfully, and again, i would nominate these guys as one of the best breweries in the country, but they never seem to be in that conversation. this is incredible beer, a whole new direction for the style. dying for another... (1,177 characters)

Photo of AWSBeerDude
2.21/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 - Paid ridiculous price, cellared for over 2 years, EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED.

Thin and watery. Bourbon overwhelms the weak base beer. Bourbon gets stronger as it warms.

Also,...Holly Hunter is a whore. (207 characters)

Photo of angelmonster
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage aged almost 4 years

Pours a jet black, opaque body. Small 1/4 inch dark chocolate head. Lacing and head retention were average.

Smell is of milk chocolate and fresh baked brownies. Roasted caramel malt and hints of coffee come through also. Getting very little bourbon and for 11%, the alcohol is pretty light on the nose.

Taste is big on charred oak, burnt coffee, and smoked malt. Bourbon adds some depth to the beer as it warms. Hops aren't present, alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Lots of layers of flavors going on.

Mouthfeel is good, Brooklyn does such a good job with their bottle conditioned beer, carbonation is spot on. Just wish that the head retention lasted longer than 5 minutes.

Overall this was a great beer thats been on my want list forever. One of the pioneers of bourbon aged stouts, just wish the bourbon was more apparent. A nice head would have also propelled this beer to top ten status but its still pretty enjoyable. (968 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage poured into a snifter. Consumed while cold to room temperature.

Appearance: Looks nice. Jet black with brown edges. About an inch of sudsy toffee - colored head. No lacing and only a half a minute of retention.

Aroma: Boozy bourbon and oak. Sweet chocolate. Lots of heat here.

Taste: Falls a little flat here for me. Some char, some cocoa and a whole lotta bourbon. The champagne yeast makes this unusually dry. No real oak character. Flavors reminiscent of chocolate truffle. Some earthy notes. Wispy chocolate mousse.

Mouthfeel: Watery for the style and flat. Moderate alcohol heat. Finish is very dry.

Overall: A little disappointing. Bourbon overpowers. Most of the other flavors are under-developed. I would take their Black Chocolate Stout over this any day. Curious to see how it ages but my hopes are not high. (838 characters)

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