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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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2,027 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,050 | FT: 89
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.

2014 Batch is 11.6% ABV

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013
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Ratings: 2,027 | Reviews: 782 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of twofacedmonster
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MistahBeah
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of REY_CORTEZ
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a bottle at Gordon's in Waltham after their Black Beer Affair. This beer is excellent. Very drinkable. I can definitely taste the barrel aging flavor.

Photo of skiking70
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There are so many barrel aged stouts being offered and I feel like this one falls short. It's good in It's own right, but can't hang with the big boys.

Photo of pmangold
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Toxichaven
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of guitarcec
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Young_John
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was reminded very much of Alesmith speedway stout, but the champagne yeast made this exceptionally dry. I found myself swirling the glass to knock the unwelcome style of carbonation out. After warming up and breathing for a while, I found it very enjoyable. Flavor and aroma very agreeable to me, champagne yeast - not so much. All in all, glad I tried it. Unique and very solid offering from brooklyn brewery.

Photo of osant37
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mjwellman
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Houser
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westyn
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of danh53
2.36/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

This was a real disappointment given the huge price tag. Its thin and watery and the bourbon overwhelms the base beer. Will not be trying this one again.

Photo of kwjd
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domvan
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Theseanlewis
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 750. Corked cellared 60f
A- thin but jet black body with a dark khaki head
A-vanilla,burnt bread, molasses tart cherry
raspberry cookies dark chocolate
T-berries and port. Fast. Followed by cocoa and chocolate.
Finishes a bit hot and very fruity cocoa
bourbon barrel and dark fruit
Creeps in at the end
M-champagne yeast has thinned out what could've been a large bodies stout.
Allows for flavors to come through in a dry beer.
O-this is german chocolate cake in beer form. 2012 is delicious.
Chocolate. Dark fruit. Hints of bourbon.

2012
A-thick dark roast coffee style body
A-toasty and phenolic flavors up front.
Quickly fading to prunes and dates. Finishes with
Slight booze.
T-dark fruit and oak, dark fruit is dominant
Followed by slight cocoa and roast.
M- medium thickness. Sweet flavors cling a
Bit.
O- 2012 carries more dark fruit and bourbon notes.
Figs plums dates all these sugary caramel lay flavors come to
Mind when summarizing 2013

Photo of JGam115
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, laced toffee foam. Oak, some bourbon, chalky nibs. Decadent and boozy, bittersweet roasty malt finish. Exceptional.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Lynn
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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