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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 411
Gots: 944 | FT: 79
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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5/5  rDev +21.1%

andrecrompton, Dec 12, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Montrose79, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

shufon, Dec 11, 2011
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djrn2, Dec 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.4%

CashMoneyVagrant, Dec 10, 2011
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

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

jheezee, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

dangelop, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

bluesplit63, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
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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
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ixodus, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

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

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

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

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

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Bmoyer0301, Dec 01, 2011
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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.

ms11781, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 30, 2011
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.