Black OPS
Brooklyn Brewery

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From:
Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #281
ABV:
11.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,917
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 12.59%
Reviews:
895
Ratings:
1,666
Status:
Active
Rated:
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Added:
Dec 20, 2007
Wants:
  470
Gots:
  1,279
SCORE
92
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Notes: 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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Rated: 4.04 by SFNC from North Carolina

Yesterday at 12:56 AM
 
Rated: 4.25 by netshark from Colorado

Jul 04, 2022
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Reviewed by dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bomber copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange.
Pours a jet—black ebony hue with extremely dense frothing.
Outstanding depiction of the style.
Strongly recommended.
Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a very easy imperial stout to drink. It is rich but not overpowering. It goes down very easily.

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Dark brown color with a brief effervescent beige head and good lacing. Strong bourbon smell and taste. Also dark chocolate and licorice and a subtle sweetness that makes you do more than just want to sip this beer. Indeed the beer is a bit clandestine.
Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by stanale from Illinois

Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by twage04 from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours black with an immediate cherry-like bourbonish aroma. A bit sweet almost. Easy to sip through and just go on a journey! Booze is well hidden, all round well balanced
Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.69 by BadgerNCarolina from North Carolina

Nov 17, 2021
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Rated by WickedBeer from Alabama

3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2020 vintage.
Oct 30, 2021
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: opaque; very dark brown in color; 1 finger finely pored medium brown head that receded to a wispy cap with a moderate collar; very little lacing;

S: oak, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, raisins, deeply roasted grain;

T: from start to finish, it's oak and vanilla with deeply roasted grain in the background; alcohol comes through a bit; moderate bitterness at the end; aftertaste is black coffee;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; alcohol is warming, but not hot;

O: a really nice sipper; rich; complex;
Aug 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Black in color with a fingernail of brown on top. The aroma is of Four Roses Bourbon. I'm tasting sweet 4 Roses Bourbon and then a bitter roasted barley finish. The mouth is smooth and somewhat boozy.
Jun 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.04 by QuintusHorace from California

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml corked bottle, at a tasting with Garrett Oliver. ABV is 11.3%. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, hints of fusel alcohols. Lovely smooth flavour, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Very enjoyable.
Apr 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.27 by cd34 from Illinois

Mar 10, 2021
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
2020 Bottle:
L - Deep black with a light tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaving behind a light tan cap and some lacing
S - Dark chocolate, rich bourbon, and hints of champagne - smell is faint
T - Dark chocolate up front along with rich bourbon, but oak and champagne yeast notes dominate the finish along with hints of vanilla
F - Medium leaning on full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Has somewhat of a lighter feel for such a large BBA stout
O - More complex than the standard Black Chocolate Stout with a better, overall flavor profile. The bitterness of the chocolate is toned down from the Black Chocolate Stout such that it no longer tastes like an 80% cacao bar (though not a bad thing), along with softened flavors from the barrel aging and re-fermentation. This version truly tastes like a different beer
Feb 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by aztraz from Sweden

Jan 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.54 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.22 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Nov 27, 2020
 
Rated: 4.09 by DvdP from Netherlands

Nov 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Great lacing on this. I can tell from its movement on the glass that this is a very well made beer. Effervescent aroma if that makes sense. Dark chocolate, dark berries, barrel and alcohol. Taste beats aroma IMO. Smooth barrel taste around dark chocolate. Fell gets a little creamier as it warms up; finishes semi dry - dry. Overall, an interesting stout worthy of a try.
Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.2 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.3 by Edy-Cantarero from New York

Jul 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.57 by Hop_God from California

Jul 24, 2020
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Reviewed by mntlover from Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2019 Four Roses barrels 12.4 %

Pours black two finger tan head with an aggressive poor falls without much lace.

Aroma is big on bourbon, dark fruits are plentiful, roasted malts with nice chocolate. Vanilla and light anise underneath it all

Tastes is the same except the bourbon isn't as strong seems to blend perfectly. Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits. Lighter vanilla, coffee, anise. The 12.4 is hardly noticed.

Mouhfeel is lighter then it should be, the carbonation is smooth but lightly peppy where it needs to be.

Overall I like it smooth easy drinking for the ABV. Price is a little high not sure if I would repurchase.
Jul 01, 2020
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: It pours black with a dark brown head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has bourbon in the aroma with roast, coffee, and chocolate. There are background notes of oak and vanilla.

Taste: It has strong roast flavors with bourbon and coffee. There are chocolate notes in support with low vanilla. There are also some black cherry notes in the finish.

Feel: It has a full body with strong alcohol warming.

Overall: The flavors were well together although the bourbon does tend to bring the strongest flavor with takes a bit off the finish for me.
Jun 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.32 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

May 16, 2020
 
Rated: 4.38 by Mikexw from New York

May 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours fairly thin and dark, minimal kackhi head that lingers. Aroma is mainly bourbon barrel mixed with chocolate and a bit yeasty. Flavor is chocolate and bourbon barrel, touch of anise, light coffee. Body is thin, medium carbonation. Overall a good BA Imperial Stout, a bit on the thin side for me, this aged very well.

4/18/20
750 ml bottle, 2016 vintage, 11.5%
4.25 rating
Apr 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I can’t believe that I have not rated this before. I’ve had it several times and really enjoyed a beer that isn’t supposed to be even there! Well anyway! I was practicing socially distancing with a friend yesterday and as I looked through my beer closet, dwindling I might add, I found one bottle (2015, yup, 2015) of Black Ops and popped the cork, almost hitting my friend, and we poured it into our snifters. Black, nice dark brown head that stuck around for awhile with a fair amount of lacing. Smelled amazing and then the first taste had both of us grinning like fools. WOW! Amazingly complex and just damned good. Like I said earlier I kind of found it in the corner of my closet and Was thinking that it was unlikely to be any good because of the 2015 Vintage!! To my amazement and it was freekin’ wonder and after a few cautious sips, HIM first, was wonderfully savored by my test friend and me. FIVE year old beer. How about that!
Apr 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.48 by DCH from New York

Apr 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Served from the bottle at the Brooklyn Brewery.

Mostly pitch black with a hint of dark mahogany. A decent sized tan mocha head displays good retention. There is a thin ring of lacing all throughout.

Complex aroma hints at a rich malt base with notes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, nutty and biscuity dark toasted bread and caramel. Aromas of dark fruit evoke raisins, along with bright notes of cherry. The barrel aging emits notes of bourbon, vanilla and wood.

Full bodied and mouth coating with a semi viscous mouthfeel that is nevertheless easy to drink. The carbonation is moderate. The rich and complex flavors benefit from a good balance that is neither too sweet nor boozy. Sweet flavors of doughy and biscuity malts, brown sugar, caramel and chocolate fudge are tempered by a roasty espresso bean like bitterness. Alcohol and barrel spices evoke flavors of bourbon, vanilla, smoky wood and cherry. Furthermore, there are dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum as well as some peppery yeast notes. The finish is long, dry and with a roasty bitterness. Despite the alcohol flavors being muted overall, the finish also becomes increasingly warming and creeps up on you.

I had wanted to try this one for a while and am glad I finally got to it. Despite being so rich and complex, it is nevertheless balanced and drinkable.
Mar 11, 2020
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Was fortunate to get a couple of samples of this at the beer festival. Pours just the way I like it deep dark blackness with a nice 1/4 of froth mocha atop. Smells of bourbon, wood, vanilla, chocolate and just a hint of fruit. Dare I say this is sweet almost giving me a cherry chocolate vibe mixed with sweet sugars and vanilla. Body is ridiculous the beer is heavy but with the champagne yeast its pretty light even for over 11% standards. Even though I loved it I would still not pay the premium for a bottle myself but if I seen it again I would gladly have some!
Mar 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.38 by CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
This is the 4 Roses variety. Pours dark brown to black, no head at all. Looks really still and thick in the glass. Smells like chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon with all the oak, vanilla, and dark fruit you'd expect. Taste is sweet bourbon, vanilla, cocoa on the entry. Middle is raisin, plum, alcohol. Finish is sweet with a taste of coffee and a short hit of bitterness. Feel is medium bodied, a lot lighter and easier to sip than I expected. Really still and flat. Don't know if I've had a beer this flat before! Overall, it's unique. I thought it would hit the palate a bit harder, but this is smooth and easy to drink...easy to drink a bit fast too! It's boozy, you really get the barrel in there. Sweet too. I'd get another bottle without hesitation.
Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
4 Rose's aged.

Look - thin and weak. Head is minimal despite am aggressive poor.

Smell - JC this took me by surprise after the pathetic look of this beer. I dont know whether to rate this a 4.75 or a 5.
Its exploding with bourbon, oak, dark fruit, cream, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste - Holy barrel. I feel like I'm drinking whiskey meat drinking this. Its ungodly hot and tastes more of whiskey than it does beer. I actually have to dock it for that. The underlying beer is dry with lightly roasted malts, almost chalky but not quite bitter like abyss. It's hard to find though because the predominant taste is whiskey. Not bourbon however, but I can't stop tasting Canadian or Irish whiskey when I drink this. It's all alcohol.

Feel - Feel is stellar. Its creamy and thick and chewy. What more could you ask for?

Overall? It's just too goddamn hot. It just tastes so much like cheap whiskey.
Feb 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.45 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina

Feb 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by kdown from California

Feb 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by cp45 from New Jersey

Jan 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by rickrem from California

Jan 16, 2020
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