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Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
#1,781
Reviews:
854
Ratings:
2,424
pDev:
12.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
466
Gots:
1,266
Trade:
110
HISTOGRAM
 
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4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 release poured from a caged & corked 750ml bottle into a large snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark black color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong bourbon, chocolate, licorice, molasses and roasted malts.

T: The taste likewise starts sweet out with a very strong bourbon flavor, chocolate, molasses and licorice. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild as expected and there is only a hint of the high ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a very good big stout to drink for a long time.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of miniditka77
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft

Look: Dark, almost black, fizzy head.

Smell: Holy bourbon! I've had lots of bourbon barrel-age beers before, but none that have ever smelled this much like bourbon. It's almost indistinguishable from sticking your nose in a snifter of bourbon.

Taste: Slightly less bourbon than the nose, but still bourbon, bourbon, bourbon. Really not getting a lot of other flavors except for the bourbon. The base stout doesn't have a ton of flavors that come through.

Feel: A lot more carbonated than a typical barrel-aged beer. Probably from the additional fermentation.

Overall: Wow, super unique beer. I'm not sure I would call it great, but I'm glad I tried it. Actually kind of similar in flavor to a bourbon and soda, with a little bit of stout flavor.

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

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

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

2016 vintage

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep black topped by a finger and a half of dense tan head that fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with some slight lacing
S: Smells of dark chocolate covered espresso beans along with some nice bourbon barrel notes of caramel vanilla and oak
T: Taste is nice and roasty up front with some pretty big dark chocolate flavors along with some espresso. Hints of cherries at times as well. Nice bourbon barrel presence throughout with some nice oak, caramel and vanilla. Swallow is some nice lingering roasty notes with some charred wood, burnt sugar, dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of bourbon barrel linger in the finish as well.
M: This beer has a full mouthfeel but it isn't chewy. Feels more silky and creamy to be honest. The level of carbonation is fairly low but it works for the style. The beer also has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It's been a want of mine for a long time and I was fortunate enough to luck into some bottles when I was hunting for BCBS last year in Texas. The beer has some nice flavors and complexity and it drinks well for the ABV. There may be better beers out there but this one is worth a try. The fruity cherry note is very unique and I dig it a lot.

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4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of dental
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ntanner83
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GulDukat88
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a slim finger’s worth of head. Light lacing slides into the beer. The smell starts off with an eloquent sweet roasty coffee bean rolling over subtle notes of sweet cocoa. Dark fruits balance out the aroma. The taste was moderately sweet running through the roasty portion nicely full and adding a slight bready element. There’s a slight sweet fruity aftertaste running into a dry fruity finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionability about it. I do say it does get pretty dry with a sticky feel rolling about. Carbonation runs fairly light but I think this is a fairly old bottle, so I’m not worried. Overall, as a Russian Imperial Stout, this works. I could see myself coming back to this.

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

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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 version - 11.5%

L - Creamy black, 1/2 a finger of foamy head, and nice tan lacing left on the top of the brew and glass

S -Big bourbon aroma, dark chocolate

T - Semi-sweet, vanilla, oak, and the bourbon is very subtle

F - Light body, creamy. Surprisingly light

O - The champagne yeast cuts through the bourbon oakiness and chocolate sweetness, making it a smooth drinking stout with a hidden alcohol kick. Very enjoyable

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

Photo of robwestcott
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyBread
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charrel
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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