Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,974
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 420
Gots: 991 | FT: 84
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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.

2014 Batch is 11.6% ABV


(Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007)
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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

I am so excited to have finally found and acquire a bottle of Black Ops.

Poured into a Perfect Pint, the beer looks a lot like the last one I had, black body, with a chocolate brown head.

Brooklyn Black Ops unleashes bourbon, chocolate and vanilla in a well blended bouquet of aromas and flavors. The bottle conditioning with champagne yeast gives the stout a lighter body than would be expected, making it a much easier to drink stout than some others.

As for all the hype around the beer? I dunno...

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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle, corked and caged, into two deep snifters.

A: Jet black, but not as thick as some imperial stouts. Lightly mocha colored head, some retention, little lacing

S: Strong smell of sweet bourbon at the front with hints of alcohol, vanilla, and chocolate. Also, a slight hint of a yeast like aroma left over from the bottle conditioning

T: At cooler temperatures, sweet bourbon stout flavor with vanilla and other smooth flavors appearing as the beer warms. Some yeast like flavors towards the end of the beer

M: Light to medium mouth feel, great and smooth carbonation level. Bottle conditioned with champagne yeast created a lighter mouth feel than one would expect from a stout of this size

O: Overall, I thought this was a great beer. The fact that it had strong bourbon aromas and a strong bourbon taste without too much burn made for a nice smooth drinking experience. After the bourbon flavor/aromas subsided, other more subtle flavors like vanilla, chocolate and yeast-like flavors/aromas appeared.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, black. A touch of crimson when a light is held next to the glass. Appropriate for the style. Brown, chocolate head forms. Beautiful lacing down the glass.

S - Nutty, a touch of wood. Slight vanilla masked by the forward alcohol; tinges the nose slightly. A touch of sweetness. A touch of roast. Mostly alcohol.

T - Upfront fairly mild; typical dark grain, nothing overly exciting. But then... You swallow; A rush of alcohol, vanilla, a touch of bitterness, dark roast, bourbon. Malt and hops fairly balanced leaning towards a touch if sweetness; Slight brown sugar several seconds later.

M - Full bodied, velvety. Slight carbonic sting on the tounge from use of champagne yeast. Alcohol/liquor warmth precipitate after being swallowed, leading to a moderately dry mouthfeel.

O - Complex, but lacking at the same time. I expected a little bit more as a "special release" beer, but was enjoyable none the less. I found this to be a notch or two above an excellent/outstanding Imperial Stout; not necessarily "special release" material. Good example of the style.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle!

Appearance is pitch black with a surprising amount of carbonation much akin to champagne (matching the champagne yeast used).

Smell a bit of alcohol, roasty malt and a small hint of the bourbon flavor.

Taste is interesting. The Sweet, smokey dark malts are fused with a very faint bourbon taste at first, then the taste is lifted with carbonation and ends with less malt and more bourbon on the tail.

Mouthfeel is a bit full, but then drys a bit toward the end.

Overall, I get the chocolate + coffee notes, but I'm struggling to find the vanilla and bourbon notes.


Photo of 05Harley
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010 (aged for one year in my cellar)
Bottle# 2940a

"Black Ops" was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast. Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles and released under the cover of darkness (1,000 case only).
2010 version listed @ 11.3%

Purchased @ Johnsons Market place, New Durham NH

Price - $19.99/bomber

Pours jet black with a massive mocha brown creamy head that's long lasting. Plenty of lacing is seen clinging to the glass which adds to the visual enjoyment. An amazing looking beer and a dead ringer for the style in appearance.

Aroma is rich in vanilla oak bourbon followed by dark chocolate and molasses. The nose is a little weaker than I expected but discernible just the same.

The taste is a little light at first and not at all too bitter or sweet. Flavors of oak, vanilla, roasted malt and molasses dominate the taste buds. The woodiness is much more prominent in the flavor and the booze is kept well in check making it a little dangerous.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but feels a little thin and flat with little to no carbonation. The absence of any real bitter or dryness suggests the lack of hops. The finish is again smooth and lacking a little bite.

Overall this vintage is surprisingly smooth for the abv and highly drinkable. The down side is this beer just isn't interesting. IMO it simply lacks the awe factor for a limited release and price.

Swirling down a 2011 version and it's still much thinner than I would expect. Great for a special dinner I guess.

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -27.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.88/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep black body topped by two big fingers of tan froth drizzled with dark brown caramel drizzle; very good duration and nice lacing make Black Ops a looker for the eyes. Big nose filled with bourbon, vanilla and espresso bean, and molasses; excellent.

Black Ops really is in another league, a truly special RIS. The taste and texture make it brilliant. Bourbon permeates Black Ops, lending a strong boozy flavor and aroma. At the same time, the other flavors have sufficient room to emerge, and they do with gusto. Licorice envelopes and complements the delicious coffee and vanilla bean, and caramel malt and light milk add a sweetness to a smooth and occasionally somewhat bitter RIS. Fabulous taste.

The texture is as well--in fact, ideal. It is smooth and robust, surprisingly hopped up while also delicate. Black Ops proffers at once a brawny taste and texture that dextrously alternates with silky smooth mouthfeel and sweet taste.

Black Ops is undoubtedly in my top 5 Russian Imperial Stouts, and to me is Brooklyn's best offering. Many thanks to my friend Frank for selecting and sharing this gem. Fabulous and first rate.

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-14 in Lititz, PA

A - Opaque black with a brown head and decent lacing.

S - Licorice, roasted malt, vanilla, light bourbon.

T - Dark roasted grain, licorice, subdued coffee and chocolate, vanilla, bourbon boozy. I'm not a fan of black licorice in general and this brew had more of it than I care for.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Not real thick.

O - An enjoyable but not world-class RIS.

5/5  rDev +21.1%

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4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From a fresh 750ml bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with a thin tan head.

S: Nail polish reminiscent at first, very overpowering. It mellows out quickly allowing me to pick out the heavy bourbon on the flavor which quickly yields to vanilla and oak and a slight sweet chocolate. Sort of wine like qualities, but a lot of alcohol showing through. Very complex, very mellow.

T: Mellow up front, oaky and vanilla mostly into a huge sweet bourbon alcohol taste, with bitter dark chocolate notes, and a tarty dark fruit finish. Very complex, very mellow.

M: Full bodied with light fizzy carbonation.

O: I love this, but the price and availability bring this down for me. This is very easy to drink though and incredibly complex, highly recommended.

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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