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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Ratings: 1,970
Reviews: 762
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 13.32%
Wants: 420
Gots: 977 | FT: 82
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery visit their website
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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Both clearly excellent. Oddly, the 2010 seemed a bit hotter despite the extra year of aging, but it turns out the ABV was higher that year.
O: very well crafted and balanced.

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Should a beer review incorporate perceived value in the score? This is the first beer I've tasted that I feel compelled to adjust its score based purely on the fact that, while outstanding, is over valued from a retail perspective.

Strong notes of vanilla, alcohol, and dark chocolate meet you immediately upon the pour. Make sure to let this beer warm up a bit before diving in, something like 45F and up feels right to me. Head is minimal, same with lacing. Pours inky with a dark tan foam. Carbonation is hard to spot, but easy to perceive on the tongue.

Flavors run the gamut from vanilla to chocolate to roasted malt, all in great harmony. Very much reminiscent of a port wine as you feel the alcohol warm you from the inside out. Special. The bourbon barrel aging comes through both in the aroma and in the boozy woody qualities as you savor each sip. I've not had many BA beers where the oak was so readily apparent.

Interesting that the second fermentation uses champagne yeast, as the mouthfeel is quite reminiscent of both the carbonation and astringency of champagne. Kind of amazing when you're getting hit with roasted stout and vanilla qualities at the same time.

If it weren't for the price I would make more of an effort to hunt this down. It is truly worth having at least once, make an occasion of it. Highly recommended.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 1,970 ratings.