Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS
BA SCORE
4.12/5
Exceptional
2,485 Ratings
Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

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:
#3,728
Reviews:
868
Ratings:
2,485
pDev:
12.62%
 
 
Wants:
467
Gots:
1,281
Trade:
106
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 2,485 |  Reviews: 868
Photo of Versipellis
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gadzook
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of tsgooch79
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buzzedup
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Looks black, jet black. Weird quickly foaming beige head due to champagne yeast. Smells like cocoa nibs,vanilla,earthy,burnt sugar. Tastes like chocolate,mild bourbon,earthy. Feels incredible. The champagne yeast made this incredibly delicate. Very light,with a high ABV. This 2017 version is 10.7 % ABV. Overall incredible. Too expensive ?

 340 characters

Photo of Justinprintz
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of lochef81
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, brown, foamy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is good. Roasted malts, coffee, bourbon and champagne aroma. Taste follows the same way but the champagne is strong at the end. Medium to heavy bodied. Moderate carbonation.

 268 characters

Photo of Khaack
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of seedyone
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dated 2014, From bottle at home. Purchased 2014-5. From Goose Island BC snifter. Very agitated pour the settled quickly to complete thin dense head. First impression on the nose is bittersweet chocolate w/coffee & oak. Smooth with no bite on the tongue. Medium texture with a long lingering finish. Lets' see if it opens further!

After a some minutes the fancy aromas gave way to hints of earthier oakey toffee/tobacco that intensified in taste. I'm not getting alcohol at all, just the opposite, it's mellowed nicely. Once at room temp I thought I caught some licorice.

All in, this is a really intriguing brew & easily not for everyone. I'm glad I put it by as there are now so many barrel aged stouts about that it's that much more enjoyable in comparison.

 761 characters

Photo of dafla67
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black. Smells of chocolate, malts, vanilla and some bourbon. Very disappointed in taste. Feel is thick-ish. One and done.

127 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a two finger, fizzy dark khaki head that settles own to a fine, half finger cap with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt, a fruity component that is close to cherry, vanilla, bourbon and light chocolate. Finishes fizzy with lingering bourbon and vanilla with cherry esters. Medium bodied with slight creaminess and sharp, fizzy carbonation. Looks and smell fantastic. The flavor is bourbon forward with the interesting fruit esters that are probably due to the bottle conditioning yeast. The vanilla and chocolate notes are subsumed into the bourbon. The malt is light for a Russian style imperial stout, but supports the strong bourbon barrel component. A little lighter in body and malt depth than expected for this big a stout, but the flavor is satisfying and nice and bourbony. I'm not a huge fan of fruit flavors in stouts, but the yeast fruit notes here fit well with the other flavors, almost a Belgian stout profile from the yeast. Really glad I had an opportunity to try this classic East Coast barreled stout. It grew on me as I drank it.

 1,260 characters

Photo of FriedSlug
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark with a nice head that doesn't leave lacing. Faint bourbon and chocolate smells. Thin flavor but lots of chocolate and bourbon. Decent beer but a bit thin on flavor and body.

 179 characters

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

Photo of liquorpig
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After all of these years finally trying this beer.Pours in to a goblet jet black with a thick over one finger deep beige creamy head atop.Dark chocolate and black licorice stand out most in the nose,some sweet alcohol shines thru as well.Palate has a 'meaty' element to it almost smoky,black licorice and a hint of bourbon tinged vanilla and dark fruits in the finish.Almost a spiced flavor but easier than I though it would be going.Glad to finally have it.

 458 characters

Photo of vol4life88
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of glf60
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,485 ratings