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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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1,859 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 750
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 411
Gots: 942 | FT: 78
Brewed by:
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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.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013

(Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007)
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Photo of Brez07
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage (3229). Poured into a snifter

A: As expected, dark as night. Even with an easy pour, leaves a thick 3 finger light mocha head. Rentention is amazing considering the ABV. Barely any lacing

S: Nose is mostly creamed coffee and rich cocoa. Some vanilla mixed in there. Bourbon (and some accompanying alcohol) is hidden in the background

T: Time has certainly mellowed this one out. Had this fresh and the alcohol was much more present. Currently there is a warming feeling, but the other flavors shine through. Cocoa, light coffee and vanilla. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate and bourbon. As the beer warmed, got much more roasted malt flavor

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy but has a roasted finish. Carbonation is higher then usual for the style. Residual mouthfeel is similar to drinking coffee. Not the thickest of stouts but no slouch either

D: I found this easy to drink, all things considered. The alcohol has really faded. The beer was somewhat lacking from a mouthfeel standpoint though. I've got one more of this vintage to try in another year

Brez07, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage

A. Pours black with creamy coffee colored head that dissipates leaving lots of residual lacing.

S. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, coffee with some (subtle) bright fruity esters.

T. Coffee and dark chocolate bitterness are most prevalent with some bourbon. The champaign-y characteristics come out as it warms: fruity esters with some harsher alcohol presence.

M. High level of creamy carbonation highly reminiscent of champagne.

D. It drinks almost like a dark champagne. The aroma is a bit misleading - the chocolate and coffee characteristics are much more prevalent than expected. Decent, but not great.

BeerAndBourbon, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of jamie2dope
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up yesterday at Cambridge Wine and Spirits for about $24. A little steep price wise, but that is why it is a limited/special release. I also have loved other vintages of this brew, so I didn't mind throwing down for this. As expected, Black Ops comes out completely black, with about a finger of brown tan heading. The nose is deep with complexities. Rich, dark chocolate kicks things off, followed by hints of bourbon, earth, molasses, and some vanilla. Coffee, chocolate and vanilla flavors are the most dominant tastes here, along with brown bread, and dark stone fruit such as cherry and plum. The mouthfeel is the most extraordinary part of the experience. The body is thick as expected, but there is also an amazing carbonation that is almost reminiscent of champagne. That same superb mouthfeel can also be felt in Local 1 and 2. I tend to like big imperial stouts more slick and oily, but this is a definite exception, it works perfectly. The bourbon barrel aging is definitely noticeable, but does not deter from drinkability. In fact the alcohol heat is kept very much in control. It is hard to see Brooklyn outdoing themselves stout wise with the strength and quality of Black Chocolate Stout. But they have, and have made one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever encountered. Truly a dark masterpiece.

jamie2dope, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of SASN
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: beautiful, thick, dark brown with nice head

S: bourbon with a touch of sweetness

T: bourbon with mild sweetness, very smooth

M: smooth and thick

D: a little too heavy to drink all night

Conclusion: perhaps the best bourbon barrel aged stout I have ever had

SASN, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of bcmac983
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best I've had from Brooklyn. Pours a very dark color with a coffee colored head.

It leaves a great crisp dark taste thats stays with you throughout. What surprised me was that it didn't leave any borubony after taste. There is a nice, smooth, fizzy feel in the mouth.

Look forward to see what Brooklyn Brewery has up there sleeve next.

bcmac983, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of mcgwire756
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage from a 750 ml bottle.

A - Poured a completely black with a gigantic 3 finger head. Great retention on the side of the glass.

S - It smells of chocolate and bourbon.

T - A big bourbon taste but it goes down smooth. Also some tastes of wood.

M - A little harsh at first sip but smooth after a minute or two. Similar to Bitches Brew as that it is not heavy but is very smooth and does not taste like 11.7% at all. This drinks so easily which is a big thing for me.

D - Tastes a little heavy at first sip, but it becomes completely smooth and perfect for what it is afterwards. Is it worth $20 per bottle? Not in my opinion, but still worth trying once.

mcgwire756, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a huge, light brown head of foam. Good retention that left behind thick sheets of sudsy foam on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasty malts. There was a boozy and woody character to the aroma.

T - Good sweet chocolate and toffee with a sharp bitter bite of hops. Rich maltiness is made sweeter by a strong boozy taste.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a somewhat dry finish.

D - This is a really tasty beer but man is it big and bold. A little to big and bold to not share this one.

zeff80, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cork and Caged 750mL Bomber poured into a Balloon. Bottle 3229 from the 2009 release. I believe this puts the drinking date 13 months after the bottling date.

Been hanging onto this bottle waiting for a moment to share it with friends and the opportunity arose. Picked this up on my last trip to Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca. At a super $20 price-point, I expected a lot out of this beer ... and it delivered.

L: Pours a thick peat black, with a whisper of thick brown-cream head. Looks phenomenal.

S: Full-bodied chocolate with a hefty amount of booze behind. Great depth, lingering boozy sweetness. Bourbon is there just behind the chocolate, but blends brilliantly.

T: Phenomenal balance. Big malt-forward imprint right up-front, attached by a massive bourbon-y sweetness. Fades into a malty-bourbon finish. Notes of chocolate run throughout. Really just wonderful.

F: Thick, even for a cold pour. Really just a great velvet feel to this guy.

D: Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV, 2-glasses in and still have an in-tact palate.

codewarrior, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Black as coal with a head that started out as being somewhat cascading but settled to a couple of fingers. Must be the result of the Champagne yeast used to carbonated this beer. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is overwhelming bourbon. Wow! Almost smells like straight whiskey was infused into this beer instead of leaching into it from the barrel. I think the better barrel-aged stouts maintain some maltiness in the aroma, this beer is severly lacking and overwhelmed. I still enjoyed the bourbon.

The flavor is full of booze, bourbon, with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slightly roasted with low bitterness. A little too hot for my tastes but it packs a lot of flavor. About nuetral in the sweet/dry department. Plenty of warmth in the finish with a clean ethanol flavor.

I loved what the yeast did in the bottle with this one. Fine carbonation bubbles and a full body give an excellant texture. Coats the palate beautifully.

More of a bourbon lovers beer than a stout lovers beer. Just too hot and boozy to consider this in the elite realm of barrel-aged stouts.

morimech, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of kbanks13
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this with several fellow beer geeks for a Thanksgiving tasting.

2008 vintage

Poured into a snifter with a jet black body, impossible to see any light through. Cascading, dense mocha color head that is nice and big with great retention for a brew this size. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, booze, coffee, and some spice. Incredible flavor! Tasted of chocolate fudge brownie batter upon first sip. Huge roasted coffee flavor with lots of raisin and vanilla. Oak, caramel and vanilla sweetness from the bourbon barrels, but not much booze (thankfully). Thick and viscous but nice and velvety body, decent carbonation. Very creamy, but still smooth and easy to drink. Drinks easy from a taste standpoint, and the booze isn't as overpowering as expected, but at nearly 12% it is still one to share with friends. Great job by Brooklyn, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming release!

kbanks13, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

75omL corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to kstrickler for this one!

(A)- Pours fairly thick and pitch black. Produced a great tan colored foamy head with great retention. Minimal lacing.

(S)- A good mellow roasted profile with some cocoa, raisin, and molasses. Very dry too. Some woody spice aspects. Minimal coffee notes in the background.

(T)- A very dry profile. Some good roasted aspects and mellow sweetness. Extremely dry with some potent woody characteristics. The bourbon is not shy in this as it warms.

(M)- A good carbonation level. This is extremely dry with some mellow rich roasted characters. As this warms up, it turns into rocket fuel with its boozy heat.

(D)- Its showed promise, but this needs at least a few years before I would even touch it again. The boozy heat throws its weight around very much. Perhaps the booziest beer I have had. 11.6% ABV? It really feels more like 20%+

sweemzander, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of cope0021
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dark black with lots of head that slowly subsides.

Smell is overwhelmingly bourbony. I am a little afraid of the ammount of bourbon I am smelling.

Tast is suprisingly smooth. Bourbon is deffinitely prominent, but much more ballance than the first smells led me to belive. Taste is complimented by the hops and sweetness. Aftertaste of bourbon, but it is pleasant.

This is like velvet on my tongue.

cope0021, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of WildRage
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brooklyn Black Ops is one of those beers that I HAVE to order when it's available, regardless of the mood I'm in or where I am. I seem to find it at the most random places.

In my opinion, it is best served just a tad under room temperature (maybe the 60 degree range). When sharing a 750ml bottle with a friend, I drink it more like a cognac then a beer...just have a taste and you'll see what I mean - definitely not a session beer.

Price is usually expensive, typically in the $25-$35 range. A treat that is well worth it; just make sure you have an hour or so - it is definitely a 'slow sipper.'

WildRage, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of adamette
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Live review. Poured from the corked and caged 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle that I bought about a month ago at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio for what I recall was $18.99 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Very, very abundant dark brown head that spilled over the top of the pint glass. After I cleaned up what had spilled I observed a completely black body (appropriate not only to the style but to the name!). I am always impressed with the look of this style and this particular version of the style does not disappoint. Be careful on your first pour! 4.5

S Deep dark roast malt and bourbon smells I expected are there. The alcohol is pretty obvious in this one, suggesting a lack of smoothness (some harshness) could be anticipated in the taste. Never the less, the smell is a good one. I have to admit a bias toward bourbon barell aged beers, a smell that I enjoy. 4.0

T Taste is an explosion of sweetness, dark roasted malt, the not well hidden heat of alcohol. After the initial waves of tastes subside, I can taste a somewhat harsh Worcestershire Sauce kind of bite. It appears that this beer delivers on the "big ticket" items (the bourbon, the dark roast stout taste) but fails in the subtleties that really win me over for this style (a smoothness, a drinkability). That harsh Worcestershire Sauce is the biggest impression I get from the taste and it is not a good one. I base my score for taste on the presence of all of the key aspects that you would expect but not much else. 3.0

M As suggested above, harsh. It fails to capture what I appreciate most in the feel in this style, smoothness and a welcoming feel that makes me come back for more sips. 2.0

D Due to the absolute bigness, the high, not well hidden ABV and the deep, dark roast malt, this beer is not particularly drinkable. 2.0

Notes: I absolutely love the label and the whole image. Using the classic "B" in the circle and appearing very sinister in your local purveyor's cabinet, Brooklyn Black OPS certainly looks the part. The appearance and smell even deliver but then much is left to be desired after that. After all, I am reviewing the beer and not the label!

adamette, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this in a big trade with NYCWheatFanSC. Thanks heaps man!

From a classy looking 750 into a snifter
Vintage: 2009

APPEARANCE: Started to slowly foam out the top upon opening. Pours black and yields a medium looking, two finger, tan head with great retention. Black body is slightly transparent, with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap with lots of carbonation decorating the top. A good wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. A good head and lace, but a little too transparent and overly carbonated.

SMELL: Big nose. Roasted malts, smoked and charred malts, dark baker's chocolate and some sweet vanilla cream. A good dose of bourbon in there as well, with oak notes too, but not overpowering. Quite strong notes of vanilla and cream. Enticing.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely, but the bourbon is a little more prevalent here. Roasted and smoked malts, with bigger bourbon, vanilla and oak notes. Some dark chocolate in there, but more vanilla, cream and bourbon to accompany the roasted flavors. Mild, lingering aftertaste includes bourbon, vanilla, roasted flavors and some heat from the booze. The bourbon becomes even more prevalent as the beer sits.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, quite light on the palate with higher levels of carbonation. Not really creamy or smooth enough, but goes down fine, a little heat on the swallow, and finishes slightly dry. A little lacking here.

OVERALL: A decent enough BA imperial stout, but nothing overly special and certainly not worth the hefty price tag. The champagne yeast is an interesting idea, but it's made the beer overly carbonated for the style, and has thinned out the body too much. Perhaps the same base beer done differently would yield better results. Regardless, I'm very glad I had the chance to try this one, but will not be seeking it out again. Thanks again for the awesome trade NYC!

Jeffo, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with a bourbon-loving friend to celebrate his birthday, this one pours from the bottle a deep, opaque brown color with a fluffy cola-foam head that persistently holds up until long after the glass is emptied. In fact, every time I took a sip, beer that didn't make it into my mouth cascaded back down through the creamy head, which was quite fun to watch.

The aroma was a lot more tame than I expected, with a subtle but comforting combination of wet wood, vanilla, a bit of chocolate, and toasted malts. The flavor was more dense, but it was still quite reserved. A fudgy chocolate flavor of the underlying stout was prominent, but the added bourbon character was certainly present, albeit in a more muted way. Although only mildly carbonated, there was still enough to keep it creamy and not too sweet.

Overall, although certainly not exploding with flavor, this one was still intensely pleasant, perhaps because of its subtlety. I would love to have another few bottles around, but it is a bit tough to justify at its high price.

devilben02, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 2009 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a thin mocha head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, roast, and dark chocolate. The bourbon really comes out in the flavor with some silky vanilla and hocolate in back. Fairly full body with a bit of heat. Quite tasty, but not worth he high price point.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of errantnight
2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A huge disappointment for me.

Tasted in a Spiegelau tulip during a RIS tasting (with plain crackers and water for palate cleansing between tastings).

Pours a deep, rich, inky black (maybe just a hint of mahogany) with a deep, deep brown head. Moderate retention and lacing, but its color is just gorgeous.

Tons of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, prunes/raisins. This is fruity and medium, almost light bodied, and as it warms the high alcohol notes become further and further exposed, highlighting the bourbon over the base beer again and again.

This may have been judged slightly harshly in comparison to some other beers tasted at the same time, but this really wasn't terribly drinkable or enjoyable thanks to the excess of bourbon and barrel.

errantnight, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received two bottles (08 &09) from Hoppymcgee in trade a while back. Review input from notes.

Black opaque body. Slight head perched atop with limited retention and lacing.

The bourbon is appropriately strong without being overwhelming. Deep rich roasted malts. Dark chocolate and java flavors play off the bourbon well. Sweet vanilla aroma is subtle through out.

Deep dark malt flavor and bourbon blend up front. The bourbon is very smooth and not over done. Dark chocolate, coffee and a very slight char. The barrel flavors are well balanced. Odd grape flavor is picked up underneath, its not off putting but a bit out of place.

Full bodied brew, carbonation is a bit higher than what I would expect from the style. Smooth texture and long finish.

Very enjoyable beer. There are a few barrel aged stouts I would put ahead of Black Ops but it is certainly one of the better ones out there. Drinkability is relatively high, easy to enjoy a couple glasses in a sitting.

kzoobrew, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, almost one year old. Poured from a bottle into a Portsmouth tulip. You can smell this one as soon as you pop the cork, lots of chocolate and bourbon. The beer pours pitch black with a thick mocha head. As the head slowly fades it leaves behind a thick sheet of bubbly oily lacing.

The smell starts with an intense bourbon aroma. The bourbon is first and foremost, and it is present under all the other scents. Lots of vanilla, dark fruits (mostly cherries), raisins, dark chocolate, licorice, graham cracker and alcohol sweetness.

The taste is similar to the smell, very bourbon forward, very sweet. The bourbon, alcohol and vanilla sweetness dominate the flavor's start and finish. There are hints of cherries and dark chocolate in the mid palate, but they are fleeting.

The beer is well carbonated and full flavored, the finish is nice and dry. The alcohol is incorporated well into the flavors of the beer, it's a just a bit too sweet to get high marks for drinkability.

rpstevens, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A re-review of a 2009/10 Release

Poured from a cellar temperature caged and corked 750 into a tulip glass

A-Deep dark brown with a thick brown head that settles after a few minutes with decent lacing.

S-Strong alcohol vapors, bittersweet chocolate, smokey bourbon, and fruits deep in the background.

T-(notes from January 2010) Interesting taste, but not at all what I was expecting. Not nearly as smooth, rich or creamy as I had hoped, but very boozy, as though someone dropped a shot of Makers Mark in a RIS and added a few shots of Korbel. I'm a big bourbon fan, and love bourbon aged beers but something about this seems way off and very very raw. The champagne yeast is as up front as the alchohol bite and as I progress on this both consume the palate and obscure any of the nuances of the flavors I normally savor in a RIS. I guess I'm just not getting it, but this surely needs some age to give it some character.

T-(notes from September 30 2010) Amazing transformation. Smooth and supple, 6 months has done wonders with this beer. Rich, creamy, and the booze has settled dramatically. This stout has tamed dramatically, but still is a bit raw. At least I can enjoy it now, which I could not 6 mos ago. Two years from now, this will be an amazing beer.

M-Slightly lighter than expected and slightly over carbonated.

D-Age two years and call me.

As a youngster, this was a bitch, as a middle ager, she is very mellow, as she reaches maturity, it will be a world class stout.

caddybuyer, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

vintage 2008

thanks to joeybeerbelly, this was one of my first trades.

poured jet black with a light creamy head.

lots of rich chocolate, coffee, and bourbon dominating

the bourbon was well pronounced through out this. nice mild vanilla chocolate following it with a light coffee. light heat that worked well.

very thick and chewy. light warming of the gums and moderate carbonation.

this aged wonderfully. not sure how much longer it could hold up for, maybe another year? alcohol was not over the top and this was delicious, i would love some more.

hooliganlife, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of zoolzoo
3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage

A: Black. Three finger khaki head. Bubbly, better retention than many stouts. Sticky lacing.

S: Fudgey chocolate, a little alcohol sting. Bourbon is present but subdued.

T/M: Fudgey chocolate and bourbon once again, pretty good balance between these two flavors. Im getting a lingering bitterness, not sure what to attribute this to. Alcohol is a little unpleasant in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light and bubbly, which is an interesting take on the style.

D: Drinkability is pretty good, although the flavor profile of this beer can barely keep the ABV from rearing its head, especially in the finish.

zoolzoo, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of kk73
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into my glass. Thanks to dmunroe for this one.

A - It looked big. Poured out black as black, with a huge 3 finger brown head, that settled down and layered the top of my glass. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S - The bourbon is evident right off the bat, along with some sugary roasted malt. There is also a hint of vanilla and oak.

T - Was let down a bit here. Big bourbon and big alcohol. The 11.6% abv was a little to noticeable for me. Beside the bourbon and alcohol I can detect roasted malt and vanilla. This one is a bit sugary, I wonder if its the champagne yeast. Just to boozy for me.

M - The mouthfeel is good, just a little light for me for an RIS. Feel like for me this is a bit overcarbonated, once again I wonder if this would have anything to do with the champagne yeast used to referment. I tend to like a little less carbonation in my RIS.

D - Overall a good solid beer, just not my favorite RIS. Too boozy and a little thin. The alcohol is not well hidden, which makes this a sipper.

kk73, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of STEG
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of 5 bottles purchased at Decicco's pours pitch black into a ridel bordeaux glass. 4 finger deep brown head rises from the abyss. Some agitation creates some random shapes and shades of different browns in the head. The head eventually recedes into a half finger.

This stuff is also astonishingly fragrant and complex. The nose is full of various cacao percentages of chocolate ranging from white to bittersweet. Bourbon is also very much present but isn't dominant and meshes well with the rest of the aromas. Light Brown Sugar is also present.

Taste is more of the same, well balanced, varying darknesses of chocolates bourbon and black coffee are all present. Raisin undertones are here as well. This is much better balanced than GIBCBS.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and viscous. Just as I remember it the first time I had it with some pumpkin chocolate cheesecake.

Much more balanced than GIBCBS and I'd rather have one of these than 3 GIBCBS. Well done Garrett!

STEG, Aug 27, 2010
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.