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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,784 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,784
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 402
Gots: 926 | FT: 69
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.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013

(Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007)
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Montrose79

New York

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-12-2011 02:55:00 | More by Montrose79
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sommersb

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-11-2011 02:21:47 | More by shufon
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-11-2011 01:07:05 | More by djrn2
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CashMoneyVagrant

Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.4%

12-10-2011 02:58:38 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
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draheim

Washington

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
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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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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12-08-2011 14:07:05 | More by sideshowe
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

12-07-2011 19:49:00 | More by nmann08
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jheezee

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-07-2011 03:46:45 | More by EJLinneman
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dangelop

New York

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-05-2011 21:52:35 | More by dangelop
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-05-2011 13:44:06 | More by bluesplit63
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bespin15

Washington

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-05-2011 11:05:56 | More by bespin15
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Appearance - pours an incredibly deep dark viscous black hue with a beautiful tan head.

Smell - What would you expect? Big bourbon, vanilla, molasses, pepper, dark malts, highlight of this brew.

Taste - Definitely follows the nose. Balanced very nicely. Bourbon right up front with a sting followed by the softness of vanilla, oak and roasted malts. Amazing, but not the best barrel aged stout I've had.

Mouthfeel - A little thin actually, not too impressed.

Overall - A Fantastic beer!!!! Not the best barrel aged stout I've had but in my book this stout was done justice with the bourbon treatment. Good thing i have another bottle!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:05:56 | More by aorloski
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ixodus

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-04-2011 20:48:22 | More by ixodus
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-04-2011 18:26:26 | More by whallgren
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-04-2011 01:55:30 | More by pavpav12
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BenTherHppedThat

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-04-2011 00:50:38 | More by BenTherHppedThat
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-02-2011 19:46:44 | More by nathanjohnson
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-02-2011 15:26:15 | More by kjkinsey
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-02-2011 06:11:54 | More by tripledbrew
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Bmoyer0301

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +21.1%

12-01-2011 19:47:54 | More by Bmoyer0301
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/10/2011. 2010 Vintage. 750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick black with a huge 2 and a half finger head of tannish/light brown foam. Foam has creamy look and takes a while to dissipate. Even when it dwindles down it sits as a dense, half finger foam cap. Slight wispy lacing is left on the glass.

When chilled the aroma is pretty much bourbon and not much else. As the beer warms more aromas come out, namely dark chocolate and some vanilla. Despite being allowed to warm the bourbon is still a huge component and dominates the nose, perhaps a bit too much.

The taste follows along very closely with the nose. Huge bourbon notes up front, especially before the beer warms. Still considerably boozy. Some dark chocolate, vanilla, and wood/oak notes are here, along with a slightly burnt character. As boozy as the beer is the warming at the back of the throat on the finish is pleasant.

Perhaps the oddest barrel aged stout I've ever had. It pours pretty thick, the mouthfeel is pretty big yet the carbonation is off the charts.

Overall, this is an ok take on the style. The bourbon doesn't allow the other flavors and aromas to come through when relatively fresh. Perhaps some aging will take care of that. The carbonation is an issue. It leaves a prickly feeling on the tongue and, that, combined with the booziness, detracts from the other characteristics in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:35:09 | More by ms11781
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.1%

11-30-2011 23:54:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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