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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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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

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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a thin brown head

S-dark bittersweet chocolate. Medium strength. Dark roasted grains. Dark fruits. Complex scent indeed. 

T-comes in with a high quality taste of slightly smokey dark roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, and dark fruits. Matching after-taste with less smokiness and more fruits. 

M-creamy medium carbonation. Very thick. Creamy finish

O-well this is what you want in an imperial stout. It's awesome. It doesn't taste strong, but it'll take you awhile to finish. The taste has a lot of complexity to it, though it might lack some boldness. 

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3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served a bit warm during a power outage, but....

Opaque color, big dark tan colored head that disperses quite quickly.

Aromas include vanilla, alcohol, and bourbon wood. Barrel aging dominates the aroma profile.

Flavor begins with a sweet malt tinged with chocolate and coffee. Roast character quite subdued. Wood less prominent in flavor than in aroma. Finish generally malty smooth, but flashes of alcohol harshness.

Mouthfeel shows fairly low carbonation and medium-full body. Definite alcohol warming that gets a bit harsh (again, drinking it a bit warm).

Overall a simple but pleasant tasting base beer, made more complex by barrel aging. Missed the malt complexity and roast of a good Imperial Stout.

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

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Thick black with a tan head rising to maybe 1/3", settles real fast but extremely sexy.

Smell: This smell is complex I kid you not, scent of scotch and little chocolate.

Taste: tough to score, I really really like it. Scotch taste barely feels like a beer with a malty after taste with touches of molasses.

Mouth: Can you say f'n smooth, sharp alcohol after taste.

Overall: This beer is amazing, it isnt the best stout you'll have but it hangs in the same category a the best of them. I hope you drink this with time, Salud!

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
2011 batch.

pours that used motor oil black, velvety, while yielding a solid 1 and 1/2" head - creamy and mocha colored. strong retention and nice lacing. fantastic looking RIS. fairly bold nose offers a lot of the usual suspects. chocolate at first, followed in short order by roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon. secondary notes of oak and vanilla. very appealing.

flavor is good but does not quite measure up to the aroma. the coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts are all present and accounted for, but there's a stronger booze presence than i was expecting. not flavorful bourbon booze, but like a straight up alcohol presence. not sure i'm appreciating the champagne yeast, either. some vanilla, some anise. a bit thin, medium-bodied mouthfeel came as a bit of a surprise as i was anticipating something more chewy. average carbonation.

overall, a very good beer but ultimately fell short of expectations. which were considerable considering the price point black ops brings. no way this beer is worth anything close to that. i'm docking it a half point here for poor value.

(originally reviewed: 01-05-2012)

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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