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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,028
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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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark at Steve's birthday, 750ml 2011 vintage into a tulip. Bottle #2921.

Black body with a tan head - quintessential imperial stout appearance. Good lacing and a solid amount of lacing. Nose has baker's chocolate, brown sugar, some light vanilla, gentle bourbon with a touch of coffee. Again, gentle bourbon sweetness on the palate, light coffee (perhaps a bit of espresso?), dark chocolate and perhaps a bit of brown sugar. Mouthfeel is a let down for me, thin and almost watery. Sweet bourbon notes help support some feel, but density is too low for my liking within the style. On the bright side, this certainly lends the stout to easy consumption. A good RIS, but the body isn't there to make this standout for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz. Bottle of the 2011 vintage poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Deep rich brown with a dark tan 1/2” head that recedes to a nice cap that hangs around. Sticky lacing.

Smell: Oaky vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate. Very rich smell.

Taste: Very rich, very complex, bittersweet chocolate coated with oaky vanilla and bourbon. Maybe a hint of dark fruit (raisin) underneath it all. Delicious stout an incredible example of what barrel aging can accomplish. The flavors deepen as the beer warms unlocking even more complexity.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, maybe this is where the champagne yeast does its best work. This beer never gets sticky or cloying even with all its depth. Goose Island BCS could learn a few things from this beer. Clean on the palate.

Overall: Excellent beer, the only negative is the high price tag ($30+). Another good special occasion beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours thick, black, with a respectable light brown head that slowly recedes into the dark depths below. Really beautiful stout.

S - Rich and sweet aromas of bourbon complete with oak and vanilla. There is dark unsweetened chocolate and caramel underneath. The aroma really emphasizes the bourbon barrel aging but with a delicate balance.

T - This beer is highly complex and takes time and a bit of warming in the hand to tell its story. Chocolate and dark fruit up front linger and are joined by balanced notes of bourbon and oak mid palate. There are roasty edges to the sweetness that really round out the bourbon profile. The finish is long, sweet, and full. Caramel, dark chocolate, oak, spice cake, and a subtle warmth tying it together. All the elements are in perfect harmony and as the beer warms, it simply expresses itself to a greater level.

MF - The body is quite light and approachable. It is not viscous or thick, but rather soft. It sits in the medium range and reminds me of a Belgian beer.

O - This is an interesting beer. It carries the flavor and aroma profile of a big imperial stout but the softer more supportive body of a Belgian dark. The bourbon barrel aging adds layers that make it a beer to truly sit back and enjoy. Solid.

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4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle (11.3%) from cellar as part of the Walk The Line On Barleywine judge thank-you party.

A: Deep brown, clear when viewed in a tilted glass, big fluffy tan head is persistent and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasty, coffee, some baking spice.

T: Chocolate predominates, some mace, floral notes, and coffee.

M: Big and bold, viscous, mouth coating, full body, moderate alcohol warmth.

O: Although this year (2010) is not as well rounded as the first (2008) bottled release, it's still an excellent imperial stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, 10.7% abv, # 2981. 750 ml C+C bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pitch black body, Massive mocha head forms with large bubbles dies down to a one finger cap. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Decadent dark and milk chocolate. Lots of vanilla and oak on the finish. A really amazing aroma that I can smell just from sitting near the glass. Not picking up on any roasty or coffee notes. Its predominantly bourbon notes and an amazing chocolate aroma.

T - Starts off with vanilla and oak, then it fades into rich and sweet milk chocolate, and then finishes with some bitter roasty malts and coffee beans with a touch of warming alcohol. Not too complex but very delicious.

M - Spritzy and lively with a creamy medium mouth feel.

O - This is an amazing beer. Hearing mixed reviews and a high price tag has kept me away from this beer in the past. Finally decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did. Amazing chocolate base beer that was perfectly bourbon barrel aged. Add in the uniqueness of the champagne yeast and this makes for a stellar stout.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 750ml corked & caged bottle, part of my original trade with schwaeh last March, poured into a Jackie O's tulip.

A: Pretty dense and dark opaque black...khaki head with tight bubbles, decent lace.

S: Very pleasant bourbon notes, not overly boozy...vanilla and burnt malt, hints of roasted notes, chocolate, and just a touch of oak.

T: Very smooth bourbon, vanilla & hints of oak, well rounded at this age...some coffee notes, caramel, and a touch of alcohol sweetness.

MF: Very smooth moderate to full body with good carbonation.

O: Really pleased with this beer, I think that 1.5 years may be a high point for this beer..really enjoyable and drinkable right now.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.6% ABV so this one is a 2009

A: Virtually black in color. Forms a creamy, bubbly, very dark brown colored head. No lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate malts with a mild woodsiness and a hint of vanilla.

T: Lots of dry bitter chocolate and cocoa powder. Roasted malts. Some light bourbon barrel flavor, but it really isn't very pronounced. And the a "dry" artificial vanilla flavor. Finishes with just a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium heavy, but feels light for the style. Appropriate carbonation. Medium bitterness. Chalky.

O: A decent beer. Rather dry and drinkable, but also light in body, chalky, and lacking the complexity I was expecting from it. I just feel as I'm missing something with this beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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