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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 407
Gots: 941 | FT: 77
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.


(Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007)
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4.88/5  rDev +18.2%

Deep black body topped by two big fingers of tan froth drizzled with dark brown caramel drizzle; very good duration and nice lacing make Black Ops a looker for the eyes. Big nose filled with bourbon, vanilla and espresso bean, and molasses; excellent.

Black Ops really is in another league, a truly special RIS. The taste and texture make it brilliant. Bourbon permeates Black Ops, lending a strong boozy flavor and aroma. At the same time, the other flavors have sufficient room to emerge, and they do with gusto. Licorice envelopes and complements the delicious coffee and vanilla bean, and caramel malt and light milk add a sweetness to a smooth and occasionally somewhat bitter RIS. Fabulous taste.

The texture is as well--in fact, ideal. It is smooth and robust, surprisingly hopped up while also delicate. Black Ops proffers at once a brawny taste and texture that dextrously alternates with silky smooth mouthfeel and sweet taste.

Black Ops is undoubtedly in my top 5 Russian Imperial Stouts, and to me is Brooklyn's best offering. Many thanks to my friend Frank for selecting and sharing this gem. Fabulous and first rate.

01-15-2012 22:04:15 | More by Gehrig
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-15-2012 13:37:33 | More by jstewart1130
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Had this on 2012-01-14 in Lititz, PA

A - Opaque black with a brown head and decent lacing.

S - Licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, light bourbon.

T - Dark roasted grain, licorice, subdued coffee and chocolate, vanilla, bourbon boozy. I'm not a fan of black licorice in general and this brew had more of it than I care for.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Not real thick.

O - An enjoyable but not world-class RIS.

01-15-2012 13:21:42 | More by Tucquan


5/5  rDev +21.1%

01-15-2012 05:16:59 | More by SLUGLIFE
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-15-2012 01:59:34 | More by NickyDee21
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-14-2012 20:10:19 | More by albertjr21
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

01-14-2012 00:12:41 | More by mbs11
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-13-2012 23:48:22 | More by mjmadsen21
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +6.1%

From a fresh 750ml bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a thin tan head.

S: Nail polish reminiscent at first, very overpowering. It mellows out quickly allowing me to pick out the heavy bourbon on the flavor which quickly yields to vanilla and oak and a slight sweet chocolate. Sort of wine like qualities, but a lot of alcohol showing through. Very complex, very mellow.

T: Mellow up front, oaky and vanilla mostly into a huge sweet bourbon alcohol taste, with bitter dark chocolate notes, and a tarty dark fruit finish. Very complex, very mellow.

M: Full bodied with light fizzy carbonation.

O: I love this, but the price and availability bring this down for me. This is very easy to drink though and incredibly complex, highly recommended.

01-13-2012 06:23:28 | More by keanex
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District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%

Appearance: This was one great looking Russian Imperial Stout. Could not wait to drink it. Beer had a thick head that started to fizz out after a few minutes. This may have been due to the reliance of the Champagne yeast for the secondary fermentation. The Beer almost appeared to be a milky consistency that was black.

Smell: The beer had notes of vanilla and bourbon which made the beer smell sweet.

Taste: The beer was well balanced. It had a very slightly smokey taste that was bitter on the back of the pallet. There was also a slight coffee taste, although I did not notice the chocolate.

Mouthfeel: overall, this beer had a great, almost milk silky feel. You could also notice the usage of Champagne yeast as the beer tingled on the tongue.

Overall: Black Ops was Well Balanced and smooth. I really liked the Vanilla and bourbon combination. I cant wait to get another bottle of this beer again.

01-13-2012 03:59:06 | More by DapperGrowler
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New York

3/5  rDev -27.4%

01-12-2012 21:29:12 | More by ant880
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-12-2012 17:43:26 | More by bonbini26
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-11-2012 17:44:52 | More by Kwatt99
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-10-2012 14:03:59 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-10-2012 08:05:48 | More by BucsNBucks
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-10-2012 02:39:17 | More by de322
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

01-09-2012 23:23:00 | More by kevgod
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

2009 Vintage

Pours black in color with a finger of brown head. A rich bourbon aroma along with plenty of oak and roasted malt. There's a nice vanilla note and some dark chocolate and molasses. The flavor isn't quite as good, but still solid. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. Maybe a little heavy on the charred wood flavor for my tastes. A little boozy, too. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

01-09-2012 17:22:30 | More by womencantsail
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%

Opaque black and syrupy with a tight beige carpet of foam that leaves trailers. Lots of bourbon oakiness on the nose with smoke and black malt acidity – sweet and subtle.
Sour ash, blackberry tartness, vanilla, oily coffee bean, bitter baking chocolate, and some sandalwood spice with wood oil hops.
Oaky end and lean linger with slight whiskey burn. Medium to full, dry, some chew.

bottle #2921

Lots of whiskey notes, which make it clean compared to something like BORIS. Subtle and nuanced. A heavy hitter with lots of layers.

01-09-2012 13:05:07 | More by StJamesGate
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4.93/5  rDev +19.4%

Crazy good beer. I almost passed this up at the store due to the unassuming bottle. Poured a super deep black with a surprisingly thin head. Smells of rich dark coffee/chocolate, and a big hit of bourbon on the nose. A whole lot less carbonated than I thought it was going to be, given the description, but in a good way. Flavors of rich dark tones highlighted the beer, and flowed into bourbon notes at the end. Nice and crisp finish, with a perfect aftertaste that lingers for the right amount of time.

01-09-2012 03:08:47 | More by Kranders
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2.6/5  rDev -37%

2010 bottle, shared at the family Xmas party.

pours black with a thin tan head.

Smells mostly like chocolate. Not much else going on.

Taste is pretty bland. Still pretty chocolate-y. Hardly any bourbon flavor, a little oak and a little vanilla.

Mouthfeel is ok. the alcohol is barely present, so it doesn't get in the way.

This is dissapointing. Maybe it's faded away after a year in the cellar? Not worth the price at all. I won't be seeking this one out again.

01-09-2012 00:44:31 | More by prg1976
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-08-2012 22:59:25 | More by N8DAGR8
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

01-08-2012 22:04:12 | More by rprinz22
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

01-06-2012 21:30:38 | More by TallPaul07
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

Shared this at a tailgate before watching the New York Giants defeat the Dallas Cowboys to earn a spot in the play-offs. Poured into stemmed snifters.

This is a big beer! I'll spare you all the usual bourbon barrel-aged RIS descriptors as this hits the mark on all the typical notes for appearance, smell and taste. I'll just tell you where this stands out against the others.

On the smell and taste, the bourbon flavors are well-incorporated into the beer. Many of these have the bourbon overpowering the stout elements, but in this one it works very nicely, complimenting the roasted tones from the malts. Also, the vanillin is allowed to come through without bringing the tannins that can be associated with barrel-aging. Well-done.

The alcohol is there with a decent satisfying burn, but it doesn't seem like 10.7%. So they do a nice job of controlling that.

And this is one of those RISs that is viscous and velvety at the same time. Sip this one, enjoy it and don't overdo it otherwise you might be at risk of repeating "Eli has a horseshoe up his ass" about ten times in ten minutes and not even realizing it. Love ya Duck! Go Big Blue!

01-06-2012 17:04:31 | More by Naugros
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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