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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,928
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 413
Gots: 957 | FT: 82
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Jparkanzky, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

gos42, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

calcio360jrd, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of the 2011 vintage. Poured this into The Bruery snifter (RIP). Split between 4 people. Last beer of tasting.

A: Pours black as night with nearly two fingers of tan head. This tight bubbled head (champagne yeast) sticks around forever. I get lots of lacing sheets on the swirl. Definitely some alcohol feet. Pretty looking beer.

S: On the nose, I actually get some sweet fruitiness first. Then I pull some oak, some mild vanilla bourbon. Also some bitterness from dark chocolate.

T: My first sip and first thought: crazy carbonation! Almost takes away from the flavors that you would normally get. I then get some dark and milk chocolate. Maybe a little vanilla. Not a lot of oak, I think because of the yeast. Those bourbon notes are there, but by no means overpowering. Also, this beer isn't hot at all. Alcohol hidden nicely.

M: Full bodied. Yeast makes mouthfeel strange.

O: I have to go with a B+ or A- on this one. The biggest knock on it is the champagne yeast that they used. It's OVER carbonated. Takes away from the flavors that would normally linger on the tongue a while.

inlimbo77, Feb 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

valdieuer, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jamescain
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to pwsoilder for sharing this one. Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass.

It pours a deep black with a thin brown head that fades into a ring around the center. The smell really threw me at first. The first distinguishable aroma was bananas. The more I dove in the more I was able to get through the initial banana onslaught I was able to pick out subtle oak and bourbon aroma with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted grains. The taste, unlike the aroma, did not contain banana thankfully. There were chocolate notes, vanilla, oak, a hint of bourbon, and roasted notes, with surprisingly no noticeable alcoholic taste. The mouthfeel was carbonated perfectly, medium-full body with a medium carbonation and a lingering finish. Easy to drink, perhaps too easy to drink. Overall I'm glad I finally tried the beer, but I wouldn't say the price is justified.

jamescain, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of mindspin315
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks very much like the Lost Abbey Deliverance I had earlier. Poured out a massive head and pitch black body. Lots of lacing, legs, and one swirl of the glass brings back half a fingers worth of head. Perfection in a glass.

Huge aromas of dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, cherry, faint bourbon notes, and vanilla bean.

Mocha, dark chocolate, chocolate ice cream like flavor, and a lot of cherries. A touch of bitterness and a little bit of heat on the roof of the mouth in the finish. The carbonation makes this one easy to drink beer. If the carbonation was toned downed this would be full bodied, but it is quite high and cuts right through the body making it more medium bodied. Although this is expected because of the champagne yeast. Thick sweet coating left on the palate.

This is a very unique take on a RIS. The champagne yeast adds a nice dimension to a big stout like this. Black Ops is definitely a RIS that is totally different than any out there. I've never had a stout this big so carbonated. I don't feel that the carbonation is negative here it is just very present and plays a huge part in this beer. I would like some more of the barrel notes to come through. A bit more of this and I'd say this would be a killer beer. Instead I'll say it is a very enjoyable, easy to drink, and unique beer...but it needs a bit more to put it over the top and make it in to the upper echelon of the big stouts.


mindspin315, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Oh my god." That was my first reaction. The aroma hits you immediately as the cork pops. Brown sugar, chocolate, cherries, vanilla, and a small bit of roast combine into some Godly force with hints of booze.

To best describe this beer, I would say that it absorbs light. There is no penetration. A dark brown head, about a finger in height slowly sinks into the beer but never completely dissipates. Lacing is surprisingly generous.

On the first sip of Black OPS, I get the taste of the barrel, that carries though to the mid palate where I get a melody of flavors that were all present in the aroma, with fruits being the prominent ones. The finish is almost cloyingly sweet but leaves me wanting to take another sip.

Moderate carbonation an a full body, this beer is something to be proud of. Brooklyn has a winner here, and while it'd defiantly a sipping beer, I would be incredibly tempted to drink another bottle solo.

tlazaroff, Feb 07, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -63.7%

ArchEnemyBrew, Feb 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

rkcrozier, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

mhenson42, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

GennyCreamAle, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of claaark13
2.95/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

2011 bottle poured into a HF snifter.

A - Pours very dark, a color known to most as black, with a great looking and thick tan head. The head seems to stick around for quite some time. The glass looks too clean though, which is a downer.

S - Strong bourbon. The beer is masked. Oak with a touch of caramel is evident. Once it sits, some chocolate can be found.

T - I'm troubled. The beginning of the flavors are put-off by the light mouthfeel. A little bit of oak, but it is very bubbly. Some sort of almost fruitiness as well. After a bit of slightly oaked bubbles on the tongue, suddenly I get some bourbon coming through in the form of slight vanilla and charred oak. Vanilla on the finish.

M - Fail. Far too light. That explains why it falls off of the side of the glass. This feels poor for a RIS. I'd expect more out of an RIS brewed by a US macro-brewery.

O - Thoroughly disappointed by this. Although it pours well and has a nice aroma, the rest of this beer is par at best. I could almost chug this beer from the mouthfeel. Putting the base in a barrel cannot hide this one. Points are actually taken away for wasting Woodford Reserve barrels on this. This is approachable for many new to the style, but nothing more. Now I've got to drink some Woodford Reserve, neat, to make me feel better about life.

claaark13, Feb 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

emtpgump, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

DSlim71, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of imasloth
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle #2981 from 2011.

A- Deep, black beer with a sizable mocha-coloured head.

S- Bourbony, with some roasted malt. A hint of yeast and some alcohol too. Perhaps some brown sugar after the pour settled and warmed a bit.

T- Chocolate behind overwhelming bourbon. Far too bourbon-y.

M- Heavy-bodied with some dryness in the finish.

O- I'd had a number of beers that night before this one, but the either way the Bourbon taste would have been way too much. That said, I personally don't like wood-aged beers with or without liquor in the wood.

imasloth, Jan 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

SoGreasy, Jan 31, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled 10/21/2010. Pours pitch black, with a nice 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, light dark fruitiness, and a bit of alcohol. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big caramel, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, oak, roasted malt, light coffee, and a bit of spiciness. Lingering notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and oak on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. A bit of prickly carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Alcohol is well hidden at 11.3% with only a warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent, balanced, and smooth barrel aged imperial stout. A bit different due to the champagne yeast bottle conditioning. Probably not worth $22 for another bottle, but it was nice to try once.

superspak, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

stbo101, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

bertram, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Rusty18, Jan 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9%

jnaustxdom, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 vintage, has the number 2921 on the back. I'm digging the tongue-in-cheek "Black Ops does not exist" description on the back. Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of mocha head. Settles down to a thin layer, good lacing.

S- Wow, big chocolate smells are the most prominent, sweet rich chocolate, also a slightly smoky bourbon aroma with some wood and vanilla behind it. It smells delicious.

T- A step down from the nose. The bourbon becomes pretty powerful as the beer warms up, it adds smoky oak and vanilla towards the end and a little heat. It's a bit overpowering and definitely reduces the drinkability. Roasted malt with chocolate, a touch of coffee, the malt is pretty bland to be honest and, aside from the huge bourbon the flavor seems watery. Some fruitiness in there also. The finish is sweet and chocolatey with a bit of heat from the alcohol as well as a lot of CO2 bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied, these champagne yeast have been working hard, the carbonation is pretty high to the point that there's a lot of CO2 flavor on the tongue, mouthfeel is smooth and crisp from the carbonation, it just seems off for a RIS.

O- Definitely an interesting and different take on the style using the champagne yeast. I want to like this beer but the high carbonation and thin feel are throwing me, I would also have liked a bit more malt character to offset the strong bourbon flavors and in general the whole beer just doesn't come together for me. I had high expectations for this one and was pretty disappointed, especially for $20 a bottle.

WillCarrera, Jan 27, 2012
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,928 ratings.