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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,077
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 424
Gots: 1,085 | FT: 92
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.

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3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mini snifter
$30 for the 750mL
11.6% - So I guess this is the 2009 version

I didn't sample this beer, but if I did, it would have been on 30OCT12 and it would have been aged for over 2 years. No batch number indicated. Served at cellar temp.

[A] Just under one finger of head, medium to medium dark brown in color, semi compact but foamy and quick to dissipate - presumably from the champagne yeast. Persistent ring in a crescent shape with two or three random clings of lace. The body is as black as it gets. The presentation, of course, is badassery at its best.

[S] Smooth (but heavy) bourbon presence with toasted barrel character. Woodsy with a heavily rendered caramel, lightly buttery and faint vanilla.

[T] Dark semi bitter chocolate with a buttery oak lingering long after. Bourbon warmth is present throughout. Manageable heat is on the back end. The mouthfeel seems to bring down the flavor a bit.

[M] The body is semi thick with fine, gently tingling and persistent effervescence that rolls through the mid palate and carries on well through the finish. By extension, the dark, roasted and bitter chocolate character carries even further. The champagne yeast adds individuality to this beer, but probably coming as a detriment to the mouthfeel given the style. Overly dry finish.

[O] In my experience with Black Ops... the fresher the better. Not to say that aged bottles aren't enjoyable. But as with most beers, I've come to find that they generally don't improve with age - stout, bourbon barrel aged, or otherwise. Bottom line: Black Ops is a good purchase for $20 or less...but a bad buy for more than that.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this for my 30th and it was nothing short of awesome! I loved and bourbon barrel aging and in bottle fermenting with champagne yeast. It was smooth and delicious but drink this bad boy as your last beer of the night when ur still sober cause it really is tasty. Oh yea, we had to get 2 bottles once we had the first.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice burgundy black color. Little to head...small head was cocoa colored.
S - Smells of chocolate, caramel mostly. A bit of alcohol on the nose, but it is not unpleasant. Lots of sweetness. Some jammy notes....blackberries. Not much vanilla.
T - Coffee up front. Quite a bit of oak flavor...not much vanilla. Just a hint of vanilla, but it is not what I expected. I keep getting a cabernet sauvignon flavor out of this. Lots of fruit in addition to the coffee/chocolate flavors. It is very good.
M - Good. Smooth going down for 11% abv. A little thin for a stout like this, but it is very drinkable. Definitely need to share this with another person or two.
O - This is a great beer. I'm not a huge stout fan, but this beer is very good. It is not as good as all the hype would suggest, but it is nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I presume this is a 2012 bottle. Can't find a date on it but there is a 3001 printed on the label.

Moderate to large tan head. A very active head, lots of bubbling. Head fades to a small film quickly but the film stays.

Scent is surprisingly fruity. I get lots of red grape and prune. Behind that is bourbon, oak and vanilla. Some smoke. Chocolate.

Bourbon is pretty up-front in the taste. Oak and vanilla. Chocolate. Dark fruit is still there but not as upfront - I still get some red grape and also some plum. Moderately bitter, dark chocolate flavours. Fairly boozy.

Beer is a little thin for the style, but still big. Low carbonation, some thin bubbles from he champagne yeast. Despite the somewhat thin body, the low carbonation makes the beer some unduly heavy.

Overall, pretty good, but not a great beer. Glad to have tried but not worth a hunt.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opened a 2010 at a small four-person tasting last night, we were all psyched to give this a try.

To skip straight to the chase, I was not a big fan of this beer. The taste was dominated by the bourbon flavor, which wasn't very pleasant. I'm not sure if it was the barrels used, or the fact that this beer has been aged for a couple years, but the bourbon flavor was slightly off. Without any roasty, chocolatey, or basically any flavors at all coming from the base stout to balance the bourbon, this was kind of a mess.

With four people, we only finished about half the bottle. The rest was drainpoured. For a $20 bottle, there are certainly a number of better options at lower price points.

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1/5  rDev -75.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 fingers of very dark tan colored head. Really good retention. Thick lacing. Color is Black Ops black.

S. Chocolate, yeast, alcohol, some coffee. Has a somewhat musty earthy smell to it. I am guessing that comes from the champagne yeast used.

T. Get some bitter coffee up front. Some dark chocolate. Surprising amount of alcohol heat. A bit of the yeasty earthy flavor. Pretty dry overall, possible that might be a result of the yeast used to bottle condition as well. Some of the barrel aged flavors come out a bit on the back of the tongue, oak and woodly flavor.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Fairly well balanced RIS. Get a little bit more alcohol heat than I was expecting. Pretty dry beer overall, which is not necessarily a problem just not my preference. Overall I thought this was a pretty average RIS.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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