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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 428
Gots: 1,104 | FT: 93
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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.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013
11.6%-2014
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Ratings: 2,111 | Reviews: 806
Photo of maximum12
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a pair of good BAs, whose names I will surely look up at a less ungodly hour, for sending me bombes of this brew. Consumed while watching bad late night TV after my little girl's ninth birthday. Yeesh! Where do the years go?

Black. Creamy. Nice head, which I normally...smell is the high point. Luscious vanilla. Really nice.

Black Ops is really good, but falls in short of the rarified air of top-shelf bourbon barrel aged stouts. The vanilla & bourbon is present but suble, & pretty much is the entire show. Not as much depth as I'd like. But hey, vanilla, good malts, & a touch of chocolate can't be bad. And it's certainly not. On the big plus side, this is one of those BA RIS things that one could sip until the sun comes up. There's an element to the lack of complexity that is very attractive to plopping in a big snifter & just sipping at your liesure for hours on end.

Excellent brew. I'd take another any time one falls into my lap.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- Stout aged in Burbon barrels for 4 months. 11.6%Abv.

A: Poured the deepest of black with a thick, viscose nature straight from the bottle along with a 1 finger mocha colored that that was well lasting. A vast abundance of micro-bubbles gather and cling to the glass walls briefly before being released into the deep, dark confines of the drink. Overall pretty standard issue and nothing out of the norm.

S: The nose brought forth burbon notes along with a vanilla-oaky character, but was limited in strength, and no where's near what I was expecting from a beer with a monstrous 11.6%abv. Surprisingly there wasn't a lot of deep roasted character or coffee coming through. Hints of whiskey soaked dark fruit (most notable prunes and dates) are promising. The alcohol was incredibly tame and well mannered here with no forceful signs of its high abv nature.

T: The flavor delivered a dark and freshly roasted state of coffee with dark chocolate that hinted at times of a milky creaminess, that blended beautifully together. Dark, ripe fruit of prunes and dates along with suggestions of a rich wet minerality of ash also bring a rich and silky earthy sense to the flavor. Vanilla-oaky notes are also strong here but one thing that wasn't strong was the alcohol. My first impression was, where the hell is it hiding, as with the nose this beer showed no indication of its big abv nature, instead drank more like a 6-7%abv at best. The flavor is masterfully blended together highlighting the incredible craftsmanship that went into designing this beer, and thank you Garrett for that. Rich, chocolate and coffee mesh beautifully together in a seamless flavor that was rich and deep, but incredibly smooth and easy on the tongue.

M: The mouthful was smooth and silky with a medium fullness. A slight coffee ground lacing teases the tongue upon the swallow. Again only the slightest hint of alcohol warming could be detected with a warm roasty feel for a finish.

D: Drinkability was incredibly smooth and easy, an 11.6%abv that easily drank like a 6-7%, going down effortlessly and with pleasurable results. Even consumed in warm state 50F this beer still didn't reveal its high abv and was as smooth and silky as velvet and as easy as a girl on prom night to consume. This was a great drinking experience and worth every bit its price of admission at $25 a bomber , of which I would gladly scoop up more if I am so lucky to come across it.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Poured a solid thick black with a good 2 fingers of tan head. Lacing is good, as is retention.

Smells of dark malt, sticky and sweet yeast, whiskey, and molasses. Not a spot of hop.

Taste is bittersweet, dark chocolate and plum, alcohol is sadly very oppressive. I also didn't detect as many complexties as other reviewers have noted, although I see how this beer could lend itself to the other flavors.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied, thick and syrupy. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability is average. A glass of this is great(except the pricetag) with a meal, but otherwise I can't see myself drinking more than one.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some stores decided to price this at 45 to 50 dollars a bottle, which I consider pure exuberance compared to the sticker price of 20-25 dollars a bottle. Limited release that's for sure, but I got this bottle in Ohio for 25 versus the 45 dollar mark up. Pours from a corked and caged bottle that releases oak barrel effects of oak wood and soft notes of vanilla and whiskey barrel aging that I just can't get enough of in the nose. Aroma and flavor have ample loads of bourbon barrel aging, dark black malts bring alcohol infused whiskey barrel markings which burns the back of the throat. The rest of the flavor brings in dark malts and alcohol burn, a lot of bitter dark chocolate and burning beer barrel whiskey effects. Dark chocolate and burning alcohol can be quite the cloying flavor. Mouthfeel is dry bitterness from the dark chocolate with warming burning alcohol screaming out like whoa. Drinkability overall is too intense for a general public's flavor profile. It's just a bit too much for me and others in my drinking circle.

Photo of Bung
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 2009. Solid black pour, about 2 fingers of dark tan head that recede quickly to a ring. Light lacing.

Can definetely smell the yeast in the nose. Some roast malt and dark bakers chocolate, but more earth-like tea and peat.

Taste luckily does not have so much of that Belgian style yeast presence. Chocolate, toasted malt, and a real nice vanilla/caramel barrel presence. Not overly oaky or harsh. Finishes with a nice bourbon fade.
The aroma really does this a dis-service.

A little bubbly and to the lighter side of full body, solid medium. Pretty warming, but not hot or boozy to me. Had a Smutty Barleywine before this and it had much more burn to it.
Still the drinkability is quite good, being a bit lighter and the abv not really present.

Saving a 2008 and another 2009, we'll see how some age does it. I'm sure the carb will settle down and improve this even more.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours opaque jet black with a massive 3 finger creamy/foamy chocolate milk-like light brown head that lasts for a few minutes; it looks like a coffee, literally.

The aroma was like bourbon; not like a beer with hints of bourbon, but like a glass of bourbon. Wow, it is strong and if you can get through the bourbon smell there are some whiffs of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and light hops.

Tastes of bourbon up front, with the alcohol starting hot and heavy and not backing down. The flavor comes around with coffee, caramel, chocolate, light vanilla, dark fruit like plums or figs, amaretto or some other liquor with fennel and licorice, molasses or syrup and then a bitter finish that is a combo of lemon, chicory and/or cocoa, none of which can dilute or hide the alcohol taste or presence which to me is over the top and a bit too much. Perhaps I should have cellared this for a few years, but I was so excited to try it that I opened it only 3 months after purchasing it. I am disappointed as the bourbon dominates this beer so much that the other flavors can't be appreciated or complimentary. The Champagne yeast mentioned on the bottle may add to the fermentation, light mouthfeel and huge head, but I was unable to taste any yeast. You can definitely taste the bourbon barrel residue in this brew.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer that has so much punch; the mouthfeel is light and on the creamy side until the alcohol smacks you back into reality. The body is medium, with the carbonation medium as well, and maybe even on the lighter side considering the density of this beer. The finish is malty with the bourbon showing up once again, and it is chalky and on the dry side and seems to slide down with a silky feel like a Johnnie Walker Blue, to the point of almost being watery.

Since I cracked this open on a Sunday night I will be useless on Monday morning, as this beer is strong and has F'd me up. This is a nightcap beer to try with several other beer enthusiasts, not one to take down alone as I mistakenly did this evening. Overall it was a good beer experience that is meant to be enjoyed in small quantities (4-8 oz glasses). Worth trying this beer just to indulge in something that can kick your ass. I'm glad I tried it, but would not seek it out again.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 vintage-i have an 08 that will be well cellared.

Just a gorgeous looking RIS. Almost looks "chunky" when poured. Jet black with a huge cocoa head on top. Would make a great ad for sure! Aroma is ok but not as big as I expected. Some dried fruit and dark espresso notes. Flavor screams of alcohol. Deep roasted grains and flavor. Figs,licorice and espresso. Too bad the alcohol gets in the way. Considering the BCS is roughly the same alcohol I am suprised how "hot" this is. Still huge flavor wise dont get me wrong. Nice residual dryness in the finish. Decent enough body-I was expecting a bit more "umph". Wouldnt call it thin by any means. A really, really good beer. Don't know if it lives up to the hype but well worth trying if possible. Looking forward to the other bottle in a few years.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 11.6% ABV, 3229 on back label. Assuming it is Julian, its Nov. 17th, 2009.

Thank yous to Beerwolf77 for another crazy RIS!

A - Like the name Black Ops implies, light is never seen here. The pour, completely black, results in a dense, semi-cascading head piling up to a one-and-a-half finger tan head. Low retention and tiny fingers of lace are left over.

S - Hot fingernail polish remover type alcohol is evident right away with a low fruity phenol thing. A bit of Testors model paint aroma too. Deep roasted malts have a very subtle coffee and mocha touch that doesn't beat the Russian Imperial Stout horse to death. A bit hot but still balanced on some level.

T - Hot, boozy alcohol with the same nail polish remover mild fruity flavor as the aroma lets on. The roasted malts are pushed to the rear of the profile. A bit hot for me, the alcohol shouldn't be this strong a player in the flavor of a RIS.

M - Full-bodied and rich but incredibly warm on the alcohol front. A bit dry and bitter to the finish, the mouthfeel is a bit more balanced than the flavor and aroma.

D - The alcohol is killing me. It's a really solid beer with serious potential with age but hot damn, the booziness is a bit ridiculous with it's young age. Close to difficult to drink but as a sipper, its ok.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

2009 limited release 750ml corked & caged bottle.

Pours black, black with a small rich dark brown head. Nose is bourbon. It's sweet, rich and awesome.

Taste is sweet and smooth, lighter body due to champagne yeast. Makes it very drinkable and slightly higher carbonation. There's some chocolate and smoke on the finish.

Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'08

Pours an oily black with a silky tan head. Nice lace and retention.

Nose has roasty malts, coffee, molasses, light whiskey oak and vanilla.

A bit one dimensional. Dark malts, pitted fruits, hops, molasses and again a very subtle barrel presence.

Body is a bit thin for the style.

A bit weak, but not bad.

Photo of sk8man121
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into an 8 oz wine glass at the Great Lost Bear.

A: Pours an absolutely gorgeous pitch black with a copper-colored, creamy head. Settles into what can only be described as what looks like motor oil. This beer is fucking beautiful.

S: Ethanol is by far the dominant smell, along with some smoke, dark fruit and oak. Smells less like stout aged in bourbon barrels than bourbon aged in paint buckets - and I mean that in the best way possible.

T: Super hot. More ethanol, along with some nice roasted malts, campfire and more oak. Tough at first, but it grows on you more than you can even imagine.

M: Thick, silky, chewy; mmm! A lot of people have complained that the carbonation in the 2009 Black Ops is too heavy, which I have to disagree with. Being such a strong, intense beer, I think the carbonation is perfect and really helps make this beer more drinkable.

D: Definitely young, and could probably benefit from a year in the cellar, although I think it's delicious as is. I've heard comments ranging from this being extremely drinkable to it being a sink pour; I suppose it is a very personal taste, and if you don't enjoy the flavor/smell of bourbon or a RIS then you'll likely hate this. Otherwise, you might be like me and seek out every opportunity you have to drink this.

Either way, it's well worth a shot for just about everyone, regardless of preference. Highly recommended.

Photo of saccro
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark as night. nice lasting tan foam.

S - Milk chocolate. Bourbon. Not too roasty. Mellow.

T - Bourbon is not hidden. Wow. Very smooth. But alcohol is not overwhelming. Not too bitter. Or at least very well balanced. Very chocolately, but leaning towards actual cocoa flavor instead of intense roasty cocoa.

M - low-moderate carbonation helps to make this beer really smooth.

D - Not overwhelmingly syrupy like other RISs (TenFity). Easy to drink, which I really like.

Photo of jampics2
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009/2010 vintage (I believe this was brewed in 2009 and released to some markets but it just got to Cleveland in 2010). 750ml bottle into my New Belgium globe.

Black with a mocah head. Looks sublime in my glass.

Smells of bourbon (really nice bourbon), chocolate, vanilla, and some woody notes from the oak.

Taste is certainly this beer's strong point. It's smooth even when young. Sweetness is there but there is also a seriously bitter mix of whiskey, roast, and some hops too which ride the flavor rollercoaster for the duration. The burbon tends to flare my nostrils a touch - I like that! Madagascar vanilla bean truffles. Dark caramel dipped in chocolate. Takes a .5 hit on the score because it's hotness masks some nuances that the superior bourbon and oak should have imparted. But this is crafted with finesse and is a great example of how the beer and the barrels should bring their unique flavors to the end result.

Sparkle takes away from the mouthfeel. Nice viscosity though. Champaigne yeast is interesting with bourbon - it makes that flavor pop.

Huge hotness detracts from drinkability but we'll see how it mellows out. Overall a great beer that could be legendary in a few years.

Photo of hawks10
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle vigorously poured into a Dogfish Head snifter...

Pours jet black with an abundance of thick toffee brown head, head starts out pretty dark and lightens as it settles leaving a lot of lacing...

Super sweet on the nose, tons of sweet chocolate and lactose...brown sugar and molasses with a slight hint of bourbon, even a bit of vanilla and a tiny bit of coffee, but not roasty at all, very nice...

More bitter on the tongue than the smell would indicate. Dark chocolate and roasted malt (did not smell roasty at all though)...bittersweet chocolate, leaning more towards the sweet at the finish...starts bitter, finishes slightly sweet...

Thick and creamy, slick and coating...good carbonation level and a nice slight burn from the alcohol, although it is pretty well hidden...

Nice beer from Brooklyn, definitely think the nose was the highlight but tasted quite nice as well, would definitely try this one again if I came across it...

Photo of OskarL
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pitch black with a fluffy head in different brown colors that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell - Smoked oak, bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and a very present smell of the alcohol but not in a bad way.

Taste - Quite sweet with lots of bourbon-like alcohol. Then there's also tobacco, chocolate, faint vanilla and coffee bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy and full bodied with some carbonation

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

Review from notes taken 2/4/10

Poured into my Brooklyn short snifter, it appears black with no light shining through. Darkly tanned-brown head more than two fingers strong. Lace clings all over the glass. Nose is a strong blend of woodsy and smoked oak, bourbon, slight vanilla, coffee and chocolate. Bit of yeast is notes in the background. Taste is very bourbon forward with smoke, oak, bitter chocolate, coffee and traces of vanilla. Slight alcohol astringency and very warming finish. Surprisingly light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good an clearly a sipper. Lingering taste left in the mouth of bitter chocolate, bourbon and oak. Really enjoyed this beer and was surprised at how strikingly different this is from the base beer in so many ways.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2008.

Pours out pitch black with a brown sugar colored head. Very lively with small bubbles. You can see a good amount of carbonation.

It's carbonated like drinking a pale ale or something sessionable. Bourbon and oak in the nose. Roasted malt and more bourbon in the taste. Sweet and slightly tangy finish. Nothing really crazy going on.

The mouthfeel on this beer is the most interesting but it didn't throw me off that much. I like it's use of champagne yeast and bumping up the carbonation. But it leaves your mouth feeling a little watery. It makes for an interesting presentation though.

Photo of SeanRedd
3.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Good gift from my buddy Jae. Always nice to check in on my partners in Brooklyn. Looks stunning, (out of the oversized wine glass,) cappacino head sits in the center like a dark, chaotic universe forming. Aroma reaks of vanilla booze cream, whiskey, wood, and oreos dunked in Grandads. So easy up front; light chocolate, coffee, custard, vanilla, pudding, and then ease into booze. It may be young, but it definitely hurts. Maturation is key with this one. An early serving leads to stomach twitches and bad breath. Im excited to hit this one up five years from now.

Photo of JRed
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque in body with a coffee tinted head that dissipates quickly. An aroma that has me wondering who put the Jack Daniel's in the milk? Alcohol, cream, slight chocolate, and bourbon. Flavors of faint chocolate, booze, slight vanilla, plums, licorice, bourbon. Medium bodied brew with almost no carbonation. The whiskey aftertaste is a bit too strong for my liking but its rather drinkable for such a heavy beer. This beer is like a good novel that has a disappointing last chapter.

Photo of GregSVT
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage Corked & Caged into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with a big tan head that sticks around forever and leaves lot of lacing. Seriously the head will not leave and it's really creamy looking. This is what a BA stout should look like.

S: The nose is full of cocoa, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells very rich and complex.

T: Taste is full of molassess, dark fruits, and cocoa. This is like the Black Chocolate Stout but even more complex and full of bourbon barrel goodness.

M: The feel is thick and creamy with great carbonation. Perfect for a RIS.

D: One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had to date. If this wasn't $25 a bottle I'd buy it by the case. The ABV will sneak up on you though.

Photo of br3wmeister
3.4/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- This beer pours a dark brown/black in color wit a large brown foamy head, good retention and good lacing.

S- Toffee, Chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon, spicy peppery alcohol, caramel, molasses light floral hops, and ripe dark fruit.

T- Vary malty, overly roasted bitter malts, mild hops, light bourbon, hints of vanilla and oak, some nice dark ripe fruit as it warms. A little boozy and hot.

M- Dry bitter and boozy.

I was not greatly impressed with this beer yes it was good but I was expecting a lot more.

Photo of dqrull
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pitch black with a moccho coloured big head, really, really black.

Smells heavily of oak with a clear burbon to it, Chocolate along with alcohol as well, the alcohol is mildly distracting, but it doesnt ruin anything, a hint of smoke and tobacco as well. Almost a hint of paint thinner.

Sweetness and a fruity alcohol dominates. The chocalte is absolutely not dominating, nor is any other roasted flavours, the malts really take a step back to let the bourbon barrel and the fruity alcohol, wich pretty much rules the show. A slight tartness reminiscent of red berres comes through, empowered by the alcohol. It actually gets more fruit to it as I drink it and I also think I get some yeast, not sure if it's the original yeast or the champagne yeast used to bottle-ferment it. Tastes dissapointingly little beer actually.

A pretty rich mouthfeel wtoh a soft and appealing carbonation.

Photo of PDXHops
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage 750 ml bottle, poured into an oversized snifter.

Pours near black with an initial 3 fingers of tan foam that slowly settles down into a dense 1/2 finger thick layer that lingers nicely and leaves pretty good lacing.

Excellent nose. Even at this young age, the bourbon is quite well integrated. Sweet boozy barrel, cocoa, dark malts, very appetizing.

But... the boozy flavor is very pronounced, almost to the point of distraction. Nice juicy citrus hop presence. A little dark fruit, a little vanilla. The roasted malts are somewhat overshadowed by the alcohol. Quite tasty, but needs to mellow out.

The body itself isn't as thick as I expected, but it's fluffed up nicely by plentiful tiny bubbled carbonation. Finishes rather dry with some lingering bourbon and burnt malt.

Overall impression: Hot and raw, yet still very enjoyable. This seems like a great candidate for cellaring. Would love to try this with a couple of years on it.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed 03-04-10 courtesy of Shango42
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured black with a finger of foam, good lacing ring, can see some carbonation present at the top of the glass

S - Strong bourbon smell to it followed by dark chocolate and coffee. Malts with a bit of hops lingering about but nothing to noticeable

T - Warm alcohol taste, a bit dry but followed with chocolate with hints of roasted coffee beans. Couldn't taste much hops

M/D - A full bodied brew which as it warmed in my glass it seemed like it got better. Coffee beans, chocolate came through better. Still not a lot of hop flavor. I would love to have this brew again. I highly recommend purchasing or trading for this. A well done Russian imperial stout!

Photo of Mistofminn
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got 2 bottles of this, one from roopy40 and one from koopa. Thanks guys for the chance to try and cellar this!

2009 Vintage.

Pours a deep black color, with a large, overflowing brown sugar colored head. The head is creamy and smooth, with great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is big on the chocolate and the vanilla notes. Bourbon isn't strong at all, but I get some oak and earthiness. A very light roasted malt character comes out more as it warms. Alcohol doesn't play a big part here.

Wow, what a 180. Ethanol is extremely strong in the taste. It's probably not old enough. Chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts all play small roles while bourbon, ethanol and sweetness play the biggest parts. Too young, too young.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty smooth and creamy, but the ethanol ruins it. Drinkability takes a hit because of this.

Definitely a raw brew, and could benefit from a year or two in the cellar. If the ethanol character where to mellow, this would be a fantastic brew, but for now it's sub-par. Thanks for the chance Dennis and Paul, I really look forward to trying this in the future!

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.