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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,847
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 408
Gots: 944 | FT: 75
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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2.78/5  rDev -32.7%

Poured from bottle into Hair of the Dog tulip glass:

A: Damn gorgeous bottle. Love the custom glass on this. Pours with a hefty dose of tan colored coarse (read large) bubbles forming a three finger head. Fades to a thin ring over a minute leaving a small puddle of the same bubbles in the middle. I don't recall seeing such large size bubbles in a beer before. Still, nothing bad here, and the brew looks fine with a very dark body allowing some light through at the edges.

S; Hello booze. Alcohol dominates with some acrid roasty malt backbone. Some hits of chocolate and cinnamon.

T: Too much alcohol here again. As it warms (counterintuative) the booze melds a bit better into the opening chocolate and mild bourbon and barrel flvors. Some dark fruit comes into play.
Still a sharper stout.

M: Thin side of medium. fairly sharp and the texture does nothing but emphasize the boozy aspect. Very much light for the style. Fades more quickly on the palate than I'd like without any of the richness of a solid stout.

O: Eh. I finished a bottle over an hour and a half. It's not a bad beer. I'm obviously in the minority on here, but I really don't think that this is world class stuff. Lacks the depth and complexity of the best examples of the style, it's too thin bodied, and it shows it's alcohol far too well.

oregone, Nov 26, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%

Cracked it open for Thanksgiving (750 mL) bottle, 2011 edition.
Poured a darker than night black into a tulip with absolutely no light penetration whatsoever.
Massive two finger mocha colored head that dissipates to a thin film. Very good head retention (which I assume is due to the champagne yeast).
Aroma upfront was all bourbon with subtle notes of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee/espresso coming through.
Taste compliments the aroma, bourbon upfront with the malt and chocolate notes taking over in the middle. The finish is almost dry, with a hint of lingering bitterness. The dryness of the finish almost makes you want to have another sip right away.
There is a strange yet nice balance of full-bodied smoothness on the palate followed by a dry finish at the end.
Alcohol is masked very well, is noticeable only when it begins to warm you up half way through the drink.
The balance in the blend of bourbon with the Black Chocolate Stout (BCS) is achieved very well. The bottle is a little pricey, but definitely worth it.
Highly recommended, and if you like the regular Brooklyn BCS I am sure you will definitely enjoy the Black Ops.

CaptDavyJones, Nov 25, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured from a 2010 bomber into a snifter

A- pours a pitch black, looks like oil, half finger fluffy khaki head appears a slowly dissipates to a thin layer on the surface, a very nice sticky ring of lace left on the side if the glass

S- mmm I love bourbon aged stouts, a very nice mix of dark chocolates, dark roasted malt, bourbon, a woodiness from the oak, a sweet mixture of vanilla is also mixed in, a strong alcohol hint hits the nose at the end

T- Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, somewhat chewy with a strong oak presence, very strong alcohol presence that somewhat overwhelms the flavor of the beer, the vanilla is only slightly detectable, pretty disappointed with the taste considering the smell

M- heavy body, high carbonation, slick and oily on the palate, pretty strong alcohol burn

D- overall this is a decent bourbon aged stout, it's no KBS but it's pretty solid, the alcohol has a tendency to overwhelm the beer

nova009, Nov 24, 2011
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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.