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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: 424
Gots: 1,085 | 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 moarmare
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of seangibbs60
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of twofacedmonster
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kmos27
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MistahBeah
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
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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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alexsergio
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of skiking70
3.8/5  rDev -8%
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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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of guitarcec
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Young_John
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mjwellman
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Houser
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Westyn
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of danh53
2.36/5  rDev -42.9%
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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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Domvan
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Theseanlewis
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
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

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