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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: 411
Gots: 944 | FT: 77
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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.


(Beer added by: RixBeer on 12-20-2007)
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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 15, 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
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like bourbon barrel beers, and this one is right up there. Pours black as night with a tan head that settles to a thin swirl. Smells beautifully of whiskey with some nice roastiness and some light oak. The taste starts with a nice hit of bourbon- long and mellow, perfectly balanced by the smooth roastiness and dark fruits of the stout. Smooth finish, silk in the mouth and not hot. Delicious- just wish they'd make more of it.

Georgiabeer, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL, 2009 bottling. Pours an extremely thick, inky black with brown highlights. Opaque. Modest dark tan head retains pretty well for such a high ABV brew.

The aroma is awesome, with a big black cherry and dark fruit scent coupled with typical bourbon aromas: vanilla, oak, maple syrup.

The flavor is excellent as well, if a bit mellow. Not sweet but rather darkly fruity and oaky. Subtle notes of semi-sweet chocolate, though prominent traces of roast and coffee. The finish is warming and well-balanced. The alcohol could be better integrated though: this is definitely a hot beer. The mouthfeel lacked some weight, but the fluffy, creamy carbonation made up for this. The champagne yeast is a nice twist that I feel helps dry the beer out a bit.

A very well-crafted beer and a real pleasure.

dasenebler, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 8/17/10

2009 Vintage

Dark cola brown that appears black once at rest. No light shall pass. Despite a mild pop when the cork was removed, brown-hued foam rose to about a finger's worth. It's since dropped considerably, though there are a few strings of lace to show for it. Lacing remains impressive for the style & serving glass.

Black OPS smells surprisingly well-mannered for a barrel-aged Imperial Stout with an 11.6% abv. Oak & bourbon greet the nose first with subtle flourishes of vanilla, followed by semi-sweet chocolate & roasted coffee. Hints of molasses. I'm impressed how well the aromas play off each other; no one clamors for the spotlight. Appreciable booze is at a minimum.

After one sip it's apparent the aroma has lied; this is a fairly hot critter, though not cloying. Lively nips of bourbon intertwine with a pervassive oak note. This is supported by a solid showing of a base stout. Molasses & baker's chocolate give way to undertones of coffee & maybe a spot of brown sugar. Hints of vanilla creep in toward the finish, as does a faint hop twinge. It gets more muddled the warmer it gets.

Basically full bodied, there's a nimbleness that seems uncommon with beers of the style. I imagine this is due to the champagne yeast fermentation. Similarly, carbonation is ample (for the style), though in the overall scheme of things it isn't exactly overbearing. Alcohol heat never burns. The finish gets a tad muddled. Notes of bourbon, oak & roasted malts linger.

Brooklyn did a good job with the barrel-aging on this one; I find the integration very good. The champagne yeast adds something of an obscure aspect to the beer, but I reckon that's what keeps it interesting. I also think it's better while chilled. Personal preferences on carbonation aside, this is a really solid beer. The price of admission is kind of high, but worth shot.

Ryan011235, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dradkey76 who split this at a tasting, review from notes:

09 Vintage

Pours black with a thin tan head. Smells are licorice, alcohol, some roasted malts but really mostly licorice. Tastes are booze, licorice, chocolate and more licorice. Mouthfeel is chewy with the right amount of carb. Drinkability is not much, split amongst 5 of us and that was good. It's a really good beer, but for the money you could buy 2 four packs of Breakfast Stout, Old Rasputin or Brooklyn Black Chicolate and be happier.

Lukafer, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

08' bottle shared with milwaukeeclassic and steepH2O during a post Great Taste of the Midwest grill out.

Dark, creamy tan colored head with little retention and some spotty lacing.

Raging yeasty bourbon on the nose, rather one note-ish...perhaps that's two.

Bourbon rules the show here front and center with a doughy cookie batter through the middle and a lingering hop bitterness at the end along with a continual wave of bourbon heat as the champagne yeast carries it through to the finish.

Surprisingly thin, a bit of heat, but enjoyable. Would like another opportunity to linger over this.

BarrytheBear, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

S: Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate.

L: Dark, dark black, nice dark tan creamy head, great lacing

T: Sweet bourbon like coffee and milk malt. Moderate earthy bitterness. Sharp alcohol, burns a little. Some roastiness in the finish with more bourbon.

M: Creamy texture, alcohol very hot.

I was expecting a lot from this beer and came away very disappointed. The flavors completely fell flat in this beer, not really sure what to blame. I wanted a big bold stout, not a bland alcoholic mess. Too bad, definitely had potential considering the base is their excellent BCS.

bum732, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of atremains
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque and ominous looking. Mocha tan head with bleh retention, relatively appealing lacing.
S - Bourbon. Smells like vodka or something at first. Warmth brings the chocolate out. Dark fruit very subtle in the nose.
T - Booze, roasted malt. Coffee is in there combined with dark cherry sourness. This would pair well with desert, the dark cherry is great. Chocolate comes out even more towards the end, slight vanilla as well.
M - A bit thinner than I was expecting. It has kind of a milkiness to it.
D - Subtle flavors but strong booze. Tasty but taxing.

atremains, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lovely looking bottle from the original 2008 release, generously shared by Eric on the occasion of me moving into my first house. Thanks, man, for both the beer and for all the hard work you put in helping me move. I owe you big time!

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights nad a voluminous mocha head that gradually drops to a whispy film, leaving a few streaks of lace on the glass. Excellent nose is sweet, spicy and chocolaty, and does a good impression of smelling like an awesome dessert. There's great barrel character in there providing a sweet spiciness and some string vanilla notes, which then melts into chocolate brownie.

Thankfully, the flavour delivers on the promise of the nose, and that 'smells like a great dessert beer' is a 'tastes like a great dessert beer'. Again, I'm reminded of a chocolate brownie because the focus is firmly on that hearty chocolate character and all the fudginess it entails. The luxuriously chewy mouthfeel even matches this perfectly. On top of that is a case of barrel ageing to perfection. There's enough character from the oak and bourbon to add and heighten the preexisting flavours without overpowering them. There's alcohol in there, but I'm not noticing it. Really, really drinkable stuff.

This is probably one of my favourite barrel-aged beers, and one of my favourite imperial stouts. Its crafted with that deft hand that garret oliver has, and its incredibly drinkable and worthy of a special occasion.

bobsy, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged, original 2008 release which I got in a trade last summer with Viggo - thanks man!

Pours a deep dark brown, more auburn around the edges with two fingers of mocha/fudge brownie head which has some retention.

Nose is a bouquet of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate fudge and a hint of brown sugar - bourbon initially seems a little upfront but after a second whiff it fades into harmony.

This is a smooth, nicely integrated beer that showcases the good things about barrel aging. Loads of vanilla and a little bit of oakiness collide with the bourbon which is present but not overpowering the base beer. Fudgey chocolate, some roast, brown sugar with a molasses edge, slight bittering dryness in the finish which nicely complements the sweet, round body. Chewy mouthfeel, silky smooth.

The ABV is nowhere to be seen and my third of the bottle disappears all to quickly, it would not be a chore in any way to finish a bottle of this. I balked at the price tag on the 2nd release and now I am wishing perhaps I hadn't - this is a terrific beer!

ritzkiss, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So, I've been hanging on to this bottle for about a year now, got it as an extra, yes my friends as an extra from roopy40. Figured beer 500 was appropriate. 2008 vintage, bottle notes it at 10.7%, and the number is 3448. Served in my Stone Imperial Russian Stout snifter, shared with my girlfriend.

A: Black, with a caramel brown colored head, very nice head retention, the 3/4 of an inch is sticking around impressively, great lacing. Completely opaque as well. As the head slowly recedes it is doing this cool gradual slope from the edge of the glass to the center. Very nice looking beer.

S: The smell is superb, chocolate, bourbon, roast, big time caramel smell as well, not a fake sort of caramel but real butter and sugar melted down into deliciousness. Strong notes of oak and bourbon barrels, vanilla, and a slight boozey burn but no really present ethanol alcohol smells. A little char, probably from the barrel, and a pretty decent amount of roast. No complaints so far. Very nice.

T: Bourbon is still pretty strong even with two years of aging, however it isn't out of place, decent amount of chocolate behind the bourbon. Oaky charred barrel, pretty damn woody as well. Light little bit of bitterness at the end from both the roast as well as a little bit of hoppy bitterness, but its mostly a boozy little bit of bitter on the back of the tongue. Just a faint bit of caramel, which would've been nice if it would've followed over from the nose a little more. Champagne yeast adds a little different flavor to the beer as well, maybe not quite as sweet as I'd expected. Impressive, but I'm afraid that the huge bourbon overwhelms the base beer. Still very tasty though.

M: A little on the thin side, perfect carbonation though that gives a nice creamy feel in the mouth. Slightly hot, and very dry. This really drys the mouth out for a big stout. I like the creamy feeling, but think a little more body would really help the beer jump to the next level.

D: Splitting the bottle with my girlfriend gave about the perfect amount for both of us. This beer is incredibly strong, and I can feel it most of the way through this snifter. Nice beer, but a little bigger body, and a little more from the base beer would help this out a ton. Probably wouldn't want to keep drinking this all night. I love bourbon, and I love stouts, the combination of the two is really a beautiful thing, however when they are mixed I really want the stout to shine with hints of bourbon and bourbon notes. Still not disappointed, this is a great beer, and I'm glad to get the chance to try it!

pokesbeerdude, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Green's on Buford in Atlanta. This is the second batch of the first year it was released (2008 I believe).

Pours black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with good amounts of cocoa powder and vanilla. Very light hints of whiskey make an appearance every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though a bit more muted. Roasted malt flavors without a whole lot of roast kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of lightly sweetened dark chocolate. Midway through the sip hints of butterscotch and vanilla enter into things, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK. The thickness just isn't there for a beer this big however the carbonation is nice and grainy.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was hoping a little bit of time on this beer would help thicken it up but if anything I think the flavors have become even more muted than the first time I tried it and certainly isn't up to par with next year's version when relatively fresh. Worth a shot but the price tag is a bit much.

glid02, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well I finally graduated college! Pop goes the bottle.

A: This thing poured out big, booming and beautiful. Looked luxuriously rich and dark. Big, fluffy dark brown head rose to the top of the glass and sat there for a while guarding the liquid below. Good luck seeing through this one. Dark as they come, stylistically beautiful.

S: Bourbon is fairly strong on the nose, mixed with some alcohol heat. Deep and dark chocolate leads the aromas, followed by some very dark roast coffee. Definitely some woody elements here as well. A slight sweetness of vanilla and brown sugar, and the bourbon seems to have had enough time to mellow out enough so it isn't overpowering. Hard to get down to the malt backbone with so many strong aromas in the foreground.

T: Bourbon is pretty enforcing here. Again, hard to get down to the malt base of this beer. Strong wood and bourbon with some alcohol twang. Bourbon does add a sweetness that is definitely nice. Reminds me of a chocolate I had while visiting France that had liquor in the center. Chocolate and dark roasty malts hit first, but the strength of the bourbon is what resonates the longest on the palate. Definitely glad I finally went for it and opened this. I'm getting the tingly character from the yeast that I experienced when I fermented an apple cider with champagne yeast. Quite a unique character for a beer. As the beer warms, it seems to fall more into style with some of the malts coming out.

M: Champagne yeast is a lovely thing and never would think of fermenting a beer with it, especially an RIS. Very thick and viscous, big chewy mouthfeel. Bourbon heat provides a nice warming sensation, not too over the top.

D: This bad boy needs time. I'm not even sure if time would mellow it out too much more considering I let mine hang out for just past 6 months or so. Just a gigantic RIS overflowing with both sweet bourbon notes, as well as some bourbon heat. Easy does it with this one.

kiddynamite920, Jul 23, 2010
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 1,847 ratings.