Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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4.12/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013
11.6%-2014

Added by RixBeer on 12-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,842
Reviews:
858
Ratings:
2,449
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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465
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1,279
Trade:
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Photo of ladle69
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjp217
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psmith161
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark black, opaque. Tan/brown head that fades slowly.
S: Aroma of strong bourbon is a little overpowering, maybe some molasses and roasted malts in there too.
T: The taste starts out sweet with too much bourbon, then leaves a lingering aftertaste that is almost better than the beer itself.
M: Smooth, full bodied, low/medium carbonation, finish is too sticky.
O: Just "ok" in my book. I think that, overall, it was hard to drink due to the sweetness, and the bourbon character was not well incorporated. Too sticky for my liking as well. My bottle aged for approx 1 year, so maybe this contributed negatively to the experience. I'd drink it again, but not buy it.

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Photo of Tcsox
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maillard
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrookW
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MikeWard
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

big bottle into a pint glass. coded Q4 2016, so I take this to be a year old.

Pours into the glass like motor oil. Jet black body, allowing no light to penetrate. Initial thick foamy oatmeal colored head, dissipating to 1/4 inch. lacing is minimal.

you get the aroma on this one before your nose gets anywhere near the glass. thick with molasses and caramel, boozy, dark fruit.

taste follows the nose, adding a touch of coffee. slightly slick and sweet. nice warmth from the barrel aging. no choclate, but very faint vanilla. Rolls nicely around the tongue.

Mouth is the only disappointment here. around medium, but thinner than I would have liked. Finish is molasses and warm.

Overall. enjoyed this bottle over a couple hours. Other reviewers have mentioned aging a little improves this one.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Great look, black with a fine brown head. Lots of dark fruit, bitter chocolate and char roasted malt. Nice blend with the bourbon flavors, as it lends a dark caramel sweetness to carry the alcohol. The body is a bit thinner than I expected gven the strength of flavors and ABV, almost vinous.

Overall very good. I'm glad I got to try it but there are other beers of similar rarity and price that are way better IMO. Fortunately/unfortunately I'm drinking this tonight side by side with Founders CBS, so this one just doesn't hold up by comparison.
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Update: 1/5/18
Sampled from a bottle now too. Agree with the previous rating, but some differences come out. There's a prominent almost-tart cherry flavor, and oak/champagne dry finish.
Still a nice beer, worth it to compare from the bottle and the tap. Perhaps with some more age in the bottle would be worth trying again some day.

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Photo of jkrug5
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sir_DrinksAtHome
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If this beer existed, I'd dare to say it's one of my favorite stouts. With that there is a caveat.... cellar time. I'd like to get another one and let it sit a year or two and compare. Will revisit this one.

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Photo of ScubaLeon
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viperman1316
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Samact
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,449 ratings
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