1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

Not Rated.
Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,858 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 411
Gots: 942 | FT: 78
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,858 | Reviews: 750 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Mag00n
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mag00n, Dec 12, 2011
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.

TomTown, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +21.1%

alamode, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of andrecrompton
5/5  rDev +21.1%

andrecrompton, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Montrose79
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Montrose79, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of sommersb
5/5  rDev +21.1%

sommersb, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev -3.1%

shufon, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

djrn2, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3/5  rDev -27.4%

CashMoneyVagrant, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of draheim
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.

draheim, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
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.

musicforairports, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

sideshowe, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

jheezee, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of EJLinneman
5/5  rDev +21.1%

EJLinneman, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of dangelop
4/5  rDev -3.1%

dangelop, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +21.1%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bespin15
5/5  rDev +21.1%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of aorloski
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!

aorloski, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ixodus
4/5  rDev -3.1%

ixodus, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +21.1%

whallgren, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev -3.1%

pavpav12, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4.5/5  rDev +9%

BenTherHppedThat, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev -3.1%

nathanjohnson, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,858 ratings.