Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,974
Reviews: 763
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 420
Gots: 996 | 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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4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2011 version of the 750 ML bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid portion comes out black, pretty much the whole way through, maybe some brown on the edges of the glass. Tan colored head with mostly medium sized bubbles. Decent lacing, clings to the glass for the most part, like many beers of this style. Head stays around for quite a bit.

Smell is good. Whiskey is dominant right out of the gate, but doesn't burn your nose. After that there's plenty of hints of dark chocolate and bitter dark roasted coffee. There's also big aromas of black licorice At the ends, there's hints of some charred oak and vanilla, but not as strong as the rest of it.

Bourbon/whiskey flavors are stronger than expected based on the smell. Dark chocolate again as well as coffee. Sort of alike a bourbon sacked coffee bean dipped in chocolate. There's still some charred oak and sort of a liquid vanilla tea. It's really good, but a hint too much of bourbon and sweetness to be perfect.

Moutfeel is really good, not quite as full as one would expect for this style though. Even though it's a little thin, the flavor still lingers a bit. Has a decent carbonation level. Slightly gritty but mostly smooth with a slight warming finish at the end. The bourbon comes out quite a bit at the end. Pretty drinkable overall, bottle is more meant for sharing though. Good beer, one of the first barrel aged beers I'd had and it still hangs with the best of them.

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4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours solid black with a thin dark brown head.

S - good bourbon smell. Somewhat bready. Sorta chocolatey but a load of bourbon!

T - taste is sweet up front. You can for sure taste the champagne yeast. It comes in a little lighter. But finishes so smooth and bourbon sweet.

M - very full body and light carbonation.

O - amazing beer! So unique. Very good.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to the head brewer at NoDa Brewing for sharing this one with me as a celebration their grand opening! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, and cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, dark fruit, cherry, sweet alcohol, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is definitely a solid brew. Surprisingly I have yet to have this before, and it definitely didn't let me down. Loads of complexity going on here with a great well-balanced flavor to keep you coming back for more. My only gripe is that the mouthfeel was just a little bit thin for the style in my opinion. Other than that, well done Brooklyn!

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4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been eyeballing this one for quite some time but at 30.00 dollars a bottle I figured i'd wait until it was a special occasion. Then came my birthday.

We picked up a champagne bottle of this.

We served this beer only slightly chilled, I would say maybe 50-55 degrees.

A: Typical Stout, decent head, pretty much opaque

S: Chocolate, Coffee and Bourbon. Roasty and Sweet

T: An initial blast of Chocoalte and Coffe. Bourbon and Oak finish. Malty and Toast like a stout should be.

MF: Suprisingly light considering the color and ABV. Smooth with a light carbonation

Overall: This really was a great beer. No a session drink by any means, but very taste and creative. Brooklyn never seems to disappoint.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black hole from your worst nightmares. This brew sucks in all light around it and destroys it. No head to speak of.

Smell: Boozy, Leather, Tobacco. No real hop presense. I could sit a smell sit and sniff this brew all day long. I wish Brooklyn made a cologne out of this!

Taste: Just like its smell. Boozy bourbon burn up front with a strong leather and tobacco rich back bone. Sweet dark fruits, vanilla/oaky hints with a finish of burnt chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Low Carbonation and big and slick that coats the tongue but leaves it wanting more.

Overall: One of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking!

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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

appearance - black with a mocha head that dissipates to lacing around the rim fairly quickly

smell - dark bitter cocoa, dark to brown malts, brown sugar, alcohol

taste - dark chocolate (not so bitter), lots of malts (just everywhere and all kinds in there), a bit of brown sugar, and some smoke (not enjoyable for me)

mouthfeel/overall - malts lead the way a bit too much, not overly sweet, nice alcohol burn in throat but not much in the mouth. interesting but not incredible. a bit thin in the body as well for my liking.

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3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage.

It pours a dense black with a foamy caramel colored head that dissipates kind of quickly with no lacing.

The smell is definitely bourbony. It has a sharp alcoholic scent with caramel and cocoa. There is a bit of vanilla and oak.

The taste is a bit more bittersweet chocolatey. The oak is definitely there and the bourbon notes as well. It isn't as alcoholic as the nose would lead you to believe, but it is sharp and alcoholic overall. The mouthfeel is interesting for a stout, prickling but still smooth. It is nice.

It isn't too sweet imo (maybe it is my palate tonight) and that is why it deserves some credit, it has more subtlety than most Russian imperial stouts. Nice one.

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3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle (2010)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Kgristoff!

Black on black on black with a very thin brown head. Spots of lacing down the glass.

There is a lot going on in this aroma, perhaps too much: coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, barbeque char, vanilla, and alcohol. It's a dizzying and complex aroma, and would probably be far better served if the alcohol was far more subdued, unfortunately. That being said, this beer smells nice, but I feel like just underneath, it has the potential to be great.

I have similar complaints with the flavor. All the right components are here, but they're overwhelmed by a strong bourbon and alcohol presence. The roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors are all very nice, but the strong alcohol component makes this one tough to drink in any quantity.

Medium to thick mouthfeel with low carbonation.

A good but unspectacular RIS--perhaps it would have been great if I had the patience and foresight to sit on it for a few more years.

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4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a snifter a deep dirty-oil black with about an inch of thick, creamy deep tan head that fades very slowly. Superb retention of lacing. Aroma is surprisingly light; earthy, nutty, slightly hoppy, with some vanilla and coffee noticable. There is a faint boozy smell there also. Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Taste is of hops, coffee, some chocolate, vanilla, oaky, and a bit boozy. This is a crazy heavy stout that is excellent, but worth the $20 price tag? I'm not sure.

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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