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Brooklyn Black OPS - Brooklyn Brewery

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Reviews: 817
Hads: 2,278
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 456
Gots: 1,234 | FT: 111
Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States | website

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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Reviews: 817 | Hads: 2,278
Photo of ptykozoon
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unsure vintage - at least a few years old.

Pours black with a caramel ring.

Smell is chocolate, graham crackers, dark sweets, caramel, raisin.

Delicious beer. Decent complexity.

ABV is subtle and refined. Sugary finish.

Drinkability is solid. Not an overpowering beer at 10%. Would seek out again.

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Photo of kdahnke123
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BQE Q4 2014
L - Pours a dak black color with a copious beige head. The lacing is very long lasting and clings well to the glass.
S - Chocolate and vanilla with dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T - Dark fruit, moderate barrel flavor with balanced malt and hops.
O - A pleasant beer from Brooklyn. Worth a try.

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Photo of rockaroo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good, but gimmicky and way overpriced. Hard to appreciate tastes with agressive carbonation. Innovative and dangerous as a style for me so worth the $20, once.

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Photo of Drel
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome beer. Pours jet black with a thick foamy head which is indicative of its carbonation. Tastes of bourbon with some champagne undertones from the yeast fermentation. Very bubbly on the tongue like a champagne. Great beer for a special occasion.

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Photo of mistersifter86
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - 2013 vintage. 11.5% ABV. Poured into a Mikkeller & Friends tasting glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with impressive thick one finger espresso head. Rather impressive retention for such a high ABV beer. Champagne yeast doing its job with aplomb.
S: Classic bourbon notes. Dark and fruity, like a christmas cake. Slightly yeasty and bready.
T: Bourbon, ash, smoke. Some quad like flavours, raisins, dark fruit. Not too hot, unlike others have experienced with a fresh bottle. Lovely and nuanced. The driest tasting Imperial Stout I've ever encountered.
M: Extremely light for the style, almost its party piece. Warms the throat however remains rather spritzy in the mouth. Does not destroy your palate with cloying sweetness, is dangerously drinkable as a result.
O: As a lover of thick, sweet stouts, this was a grand departure. Had reservations about drinking it judging it from previous reviews. The thin mouthfeel dominates the equation for me, but not in the negative way that I was expecting. Have a 2014 vintage in the cellar - looking forward to visiting it in a years time.

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Photo of raphaelboschiero
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a fantastic.beer, the flavor of tost caramel and vanilla is incredibly. the chanpanoase process add create a different sensation in your mouth gave more drinkhability

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Photo of antott0523
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brooklyn Black Ops 2921 (2011)

A: Pours an opaque dark brown. Nearly black. A loose espresso foam colored head that disappears. No lacing and no visible carbonation.

S: Smooth bourbon with hints of sweet vanilla and molasses. Pleasant barrel quality. A hint of dried dark fruit like raisins and figs that brings some sweet and sour to the beer. A dry nuttiness that reminds me of a dry brown ale.

T: Bourbon, a touch of vanilla and tobacco. Ash, a bit nutty walnut in the finish with a hint of brown raisin.

M: Mildly carbonated and medium bodied. A little thinner than preferred for a BBA Imperial Stout.

D: Very drinkable. It's been several years since I've had this fresh, so I'm not sure how boozy it is, or how much barrel aging is present, but I can say that this particular bottle has pleasant barrel aging qualities, and the booze at 10.7% is extremely well hidden. It's an easy drinker for sure. I also believe the aging takes a bit away from the lighter, effervescent notes brought on by the champagne yeast. Roasted malts are not part of this stout. This one is more delicate with no in your face elements.

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Photo of MtnSoup
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. Very tasty, but I wouldn't continue to age this one any longer (as very, very, slight soy flavor has crept in), but still drinking wonderfully. Bourbon and chocolate notes throughout. Very smooth.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of licorice in taste and aroma. Bourbon flavor is smooth, not overly sweet like some other BBA Stouts. One of the better mouth feels I've had for this style. The champagne yeast is evident and makes this beer stand out.

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Photo of ncustead
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep black with very light head, and below average head retention. Smelled of strongly of stone fruits with an understone of wine? Taste lacked complexion for me. Drinkable but taste carried the same tangy wine charachteristics while lacking a satisfying level of bourbon. Mouthfeel was suprisingly thin and lingered. Overall a good beer, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best Bourbon-Barrel Aged stouts you could ask for- the champagne yeast used for the bottle conditioning puts it over the top. Great beer!

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Photo of barczar
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 vintage.

Big fusel alcohol character and licorice dominate the aroma.

Flavor is sweet, boozy, and licorice, as well. Needs much time to develop.

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Photo of SFC21
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I always age this one a year. First time I had it fresh the beer was way too hot. Ever since I let it sit for a year and it makes a world of difference. Smooth, light and delicate, almost hard to believe it is a stout. Champagne yeast makes this a really interesting brew. Highly recommend

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Photo of derekgw123
3.28/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
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...

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Photo of AWSBeerDude
2.21/5  rDev -46.1%
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.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.06/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage poured into a snifter. Consumed while cold to room temperature.

Appearance: Looks nice. Jet black with brown edges. About an inch of sudsy toffee - colored head. No lacing and only a half a minute of retention.

Aroma: Boozy bourbon and oak. Sweet chocolate. Lots of heat here.

Taste: Falls a little flat here for me. Some char, some cocoa and a whole lotta bourbon. The champagne yeast makes this unusually dry. No real oak character. Flavors reminiscent of chocolate truffle. Some earthy notes. Wispy chocolate mousse.

Mouthfeel: Watery for the style and flat. Moderate alcohol heat. Finish is very dry.

Overall: A little disappointing. Bourbon overpowers. Most of the other flavors are under-developed. I would take their Black Chocolate Stout over this any day. Curious to see how it ages but my hopes are not high.

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Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a bottle at Gordon's in Waltham after their Black Beer Affair. This beer is excellent. Very drinkable. I can definitely taste the barrel aging flavor.

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Photo of skiking70
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There are so many barrel aged stouts being offered and I feel like this one falls short. It's good in It's own right, but can't hang with the big boys.

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Photo of Young_John
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Was reminded very much of Alesmith speedway stout, but the champagne yeast made this exceptionally dry. I found myself swirling the glass to knock the unwelcome style of carbonation out. After warming up and breathing for a while, I found it very enjoyable. Flavor and aroma very agreeable to me, champagne yeast - not so much. All in all, glad I tried it. Unique and very solid offering from brooklyn brewery.

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Photo of danh53
2.36/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

This was a real disappointment given the huge price tag. Its thin and watery and the bourbon overwhelms the base beer. Will not be trying this one again.

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Photo of Theseanlewis
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 750. Corked cellared 60f
A- thin but jet black body with a dark khaki head
A-vanilla,burnt bread, molasses tart cherry
raspberry cookies dark chocolate
T-berries and port. Fast. Followed by cocoa and chocolate.
Finishes a bit hot and very fruity cocoa
bourbon barrel and dark fruit
Creeps in at the end
M-champagne yeast has thinned out what could've been a large bodies stout.
Allows for flavors to come through in a dry beer.
O-this is german chocolate cake in beer form. 2012 is delicious.
Chocolate. Dark fruit. Hints of bourbon.

2012
A-thick dark roast coffee style body
A-toasty and phenolic flavors up front.
Quickly fading to prunes and dates. Finishes with
Slight booze.
T-dark fruit and oak, dark fruit is dominant
Followed by slight cocoa and roast.
M- medium thickness. Sweet flavors cling a
Bit.
O- 2012 carries more dark fruit and bourbon notes.
Figs plums dates all these sugary caramel lay flavors come to
Mind when summarizing 2013

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Photo of rdilauro
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had to miss the mark on this one. I have enjoyed most beers coming from the Brooklyn Brewery and Black Ops was not an exception. It just that it didnt live up to some of the hype I read about. I was enjoyable, hard to distinguish between a stout and a Belgium beer.

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Photo of ryanmextorf
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark inky black with about a finger of foamy khaki head off of an aggressive pour. Solid looking beer in the glass. Nose on this was strange... Super super bourbon forward with very subtle hints of vanilla and oak, maybe a touch of chocolate. The worst part about this nose for me is if you let the beer sit in the glass for a few minutes. The beer actually takes on an aroma of stale bud light left out overnight. But moving on... Mouth feel was average at best. On the thinner side especially for a BBA stout. Taste was bourbon. That's about it. Bourbon. Pretty much covered up any other notes present in this beer. I've got another bottle of this stuff I'll be aging for a couple years but I do not have high hopes. We fan only hope time helps the bourbon mellow to a reasonable level. Really saddened by this one, especially for the price point :(

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.