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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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BA SCORE
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2,080 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,080
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 425
Gots: 1,086 | FT: 91
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.

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

Photo of BranchDavidian
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgeddis
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Johnny_Danger
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of derekgw123
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this only once and was a little tipsy, so I'll need to try and review again, but it was definitely an interesting beer. Much different from other imperial stouts. It had a lot of flavors at once. Wine, bourbon, beer. I remember being a bit let down. The taste was somewhat flat and dry. Probably a little too much for my taste, but definitely fun to try.

Photo of DrBier
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerKitchens
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

something about the process brooklyn uses to bottle condition, maybe its the champagne yeast, i dont know, but it seems like very bottle of brooklyn beer i taste has an amazing yeast complexion and mouthfeel to it, this is no different. so much different from the other dark brooklyn brews, chocolate stout, cuvee noir, any of those, but its equally smooth, crushed velvet in the feel, but much more intense on the roast, passing the dried fruit realm right into dark chocolate and espresso, but there is a crazy lightness to this not common or even possible i didnt think in a russian imperial type. definitely something interesting going on with the grain, toast and roast, oats, minor tannins, its cool. carbonation doesnt feel all that high, but the yeast lends a maturity to it, a pillowy thing, not enough yeast in these normally i dont think, so this is pleasant. for such a big and bold beer, i just cant believe how delicate it feels, built masterfully, and again, i would nominate these guys as one of the best breweries in the country, but they never seem to be in that conversation. this is incredible beer, a whole new direction for the style. dying for another...

Photo of AWSBeerDude
2.21/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 - Paid ridiculous price, cellared for over 2 years, EXTREMELY DISSAPOINTED.

Thin and watery. Bourbon overwhelms the weak base beer. Bourbon gets stronger as it warms.

Also,...Holly Hunter is a whore.

Photo of JakerLou
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jadler16
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAND_MINE
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of redleg411
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rubenjr
4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of almostjay
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pens1967
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of angelmonster
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage aged almost 4 years

Pours a jet black, opaque body. Small 1/4 inch dark chocolate head. Lacing and head retention were average.

Smell is of milk chocolate and fresh baked brownies. Roasted caramel malt and hints of coffee come through also. Getting very little bourbon and for 11%, the alcohol is pretty light on the nose.

Taste is big on charred oak, burnt coffee, and smoked malt. Bourbon adds some depth to the beer as it warms. Hops aren't present, alcohol is there but not overwhelming. Lots of layers of flavors going on.

Mouthfeel is good, Brooklyn does such a good job with their bottle conditioned beer, carbonation is spot on. Just wish that the head retention lasted longer than 5 minutes.

Overall this was a great beer thats been on my want list forever. One of the pioneers of bourbon aged stouts, just wish the bourbon was more apparent. A nice head would have also propelled this beer to top ten status but its still pretty enjoyable.

Photo of Ryanw702
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slarrage
2.83/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks good, smells good, Tastes good initially - smooth, nice barrel notes, but not a fan at all of the champagne yeast

Photo of jtwelk33
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a serious competitor to BCBS as best bourbon aged stout. Fantastic flavor and very smooth.

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 2,080 ratings.