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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 412
Gots: 946 | 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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of keanex
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

keanex, Jan 13, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DapperGrowler, Jan 13, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

ant880, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Kwatt99, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

BucsNBucks, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

de322, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

kevgod, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Jan 09, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

StJamesGate, Jan 09, 2012
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4.93/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Kranders, Jan 09, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

prg1976, Jan 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

N8DAGR8, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

rprinz22, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

TallPaul07, Jan 06, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Naugros, Jan 06, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A finger of tan head, nice lace. Deep, deep brown.

Extreme bourbon in the nose along with cherry and vanilla.

Fantastically balanced so that every nuance can be appreciated. Bourbon, coconut, dryish malt. Not too intense, and quite tasty.

Light, almost fluffy perhaps a result of champagne yeast.

Quite good, but neither worth the price ($30/750mL) nor hype.

zaphodchak, Jan 06, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

review taken from notes. enjoyed on 12/31 (my birthday!). i have been waiting to open this for quite some time....3 years approximately. let's see how it goes. 2009 vintage bottle served into a goblet.

a: jet-black in color (opaque) with a coca colored head that quickly settles into a thin lacing. i thought the head would be minimal, but it held up pretty well.

s: booze. lots of booze, bourbon and maybe a bit of oak and roasted malt. pretty disappointing.

t: more booze. yeah the roasted malts are there but the alcohol is so pungent. i enjoy "hot" beers...you know, the ones that warm you up with their alcohol character. but this is too much. i didn't want bourbon and a hint of malt. it isn't a total disaster, but time didn't do any favors here. i wish i had enjoyed this back in '09. this was pretty underwhelming. if you are reading this, don't hold on to your black ops for too long.

m: slick, somewhat oily mouthfeel.

not a bad beer, but its not something you should age for 3 years. i'll have to revisit this, but this is something i'd avoid.

tzieser, Jan 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.5%

drummermattie02, Jan 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.6%

celticfutblclub, Jan 05, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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 bad value.

perrymarcus, Jan 05, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Edition purchased in Jan 12

Pours a dark brown almost black with a super thick and frothy dark tan head that refuses to dissipate. This puppy looks amazing. Smells of deep roasted malts, coffee and chocolate and just a tad of dark ripe fruit comprise a great nose. First sip is creamy good with sweet overly roasted dark malts hitting first with a generous amount of coffee and dark chocolate aiding on a bitter finish. The 10.7% ABV is fairly well hidden. I had one of these back in ’08 and was not impressed then. I am impressed now...just not $21/bottle impressed.

ATLbeerDog, Jan 05, 2012
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.