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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,798
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 401
Gots: 935 | FT: 71
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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Photo of Duff27


3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- thin mocha head on a back beer, average head retention , some lacing.

S- big boozy notes

T- very roasty, chocolate. boutbon barrel aging aspect is faint at best. doesn't drink its stated ABV despite the boozey smell.

M- thinner mouthfeel for an impy stout, fizzy carbonation due to the champagne yeast on the backend.

D/O- Well, its different. The mouthfeel is definitely a polarizing aspect of this beer. Worth a try, but for the price I won't be buying (trading) for Black OPS again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 01:35:17 | More by Duff27
Photo of ashleylake


5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-17-2011 10:27:34 | More by ashleylake
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.05/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2009 bottle into snifter. Cork pops off strong.

Pours with a short tan head over a jet black body. No real lacing.

Aromas contain black licorice, bourbon, oak, toffee, and cola. Sharp edge with the burn of the alcohol.

Much lighter on the palate than expected, but then again, I've heard it thins out considerably after 18 months. Flavors of roasted malt, oak barrel, weak coffee grinds, cola, and English hop bitterness.

Decent carbonation level, which actually makes the mouthfeel a bit thin and tinny.

Pretty disappointed in this one. Wish I wouldn't have sat on it for so long, as it's apparently a bit richer and more flavorful at about 6-12 months old.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:22:43 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of fryer98


5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-16-2011 21:12:44 | More by fryer98
Photo of JAHMUR


4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-16-2011 17:03:57 | More by JAHMUR
Photo of joepais


4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-16-2011 03:09:26 | More by joepais
Photo of Discordian

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-15-2011 04:19:46 | More by Discordian
Photo of avaldivia


4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-14-2011 09:05:08 | More by avaldivia
Photo of shwillivanilli


4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-14-2011 00:42:37 | More by shwillivanilli
Photo of Destral


4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-14-2011 00:33:06 | More by Destral
Photo of Mag00n

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-12-2011 20:24:41 | More by Mag00n
Photo of TomTown


4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Jet Black with deep brown 1/2 inch head. Held up to light and could not see through. Pretty darn opaque.

Smell: Rich chocolate and bourbon. Not as much roastiness as I would expect in a stout of this color.

Taste: More sweet chocolate and bourbon. Paired with some chocolate and it really made the bourbon stand out. Not the alcohol bite of drinking straight bourbon but the complex woody character was definitely there.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and drinkable for a beer over 10% ABV. Had to keep myself from gulping it all down so I could taste it as it warmed up to room temperature.

Overall: Awesome beer. I generally prefer a little more roastiness in an Imperial Stout, but I feel like they held back the roastiness in order to let the bourbon shine through. I bought two so that I could age one and I'm excited to try it again in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 19:31:57 | More by TomTown
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-12-2011 14:45:24 | More by alamode
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-12-2011 14:32:04 | More by andrecrompton
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New York

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-12-2011 02:55:00 | More by Montrose79
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-11-2011 02:46:01 | More by sommersb
Photo of shufon

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-11-2011 02:21:47 | More by shufon
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-11-2011 01:07:05 | More by djrn2
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-10-2011 02:58:38 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (code SH24JI supposedly means bottled 10/21/2010) poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black w/ a crackling 1-finger mocha head that settles pretty quickly.

Aroma is rich chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Smells a lot like some of my favorite bourbon-barrel imperial stouts.

Taste is really chocolatey up front, with plenty of bourbon. Rich and complex with a nice dry finish. Booze gives a nice warming in the throat.

Overall this is right up there with KBS and Parabola as far as I'm concerned. Just an outstanding imperial stout. Well done, Brooklyn.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:39:05 | More by draheim
Photo of musicforairports

New York

3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle. ABV is 10.7 percent this year. Poured into a mini-snifter.

Very black. Brown head leaves lacing. Looks serious.

Smells of bittersweet chocolate at first. As it sits, aroma is dominated by bourbon and alcohol.

Flavor follows a similar pattern. Bitter chocolate and smooth vanilla and oak initially. As it sits, it becomes dominated by the bourbon flavors, leaving strong liquor flavors on the palate and tasting little little else.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but adequate. Not very oily or thick.

Overall I'm not sure how I feel about this one. At first it tasted a lot like Black Chocolate Stout, and by my second pour, once it reached room temperature, it tasted waaay too heavy on the bourbon. Somewhere in the middle would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 01:22:32 | More by musicforairports
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-08-2011 14:07:05 | More by sideshowe
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-07-2011 19:49:00 | More by nmann08
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-07-2011 04:27:03 | More by jheezee
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-07-2011 03:46:45 | More by EJLinneman
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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