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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,024
Reviews: 781
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,049 | FT: 89
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007

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

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

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.

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Photo of nova009
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,024 ratings.