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
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#2,014
Reviews:
866
Ratings:
2,472
pDev:
12.62%
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Photo of Beerbom
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2017

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

-very dark tap pour with a thin tan cap. The foam dissipates quickly. The aroma is sweet and has an licorice note. The flavor is dark toasted malt with vanilla and anise. This is sweet, but wood and char compliment that. There is a bit of whiskey noted.

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4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AgentMunky
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Vintage Q4 2017.
4.5/4/4/4/4.25
Pours pitch black with a nice head.
Smells smoothly of chocolate, soft milk cocoa.
Bland, but oaky, with solid vanillin and a savory chocolate finish.
A big beer, but ultimately much ado about not much. I spent a long time searching this out, so perhaps it was built up in my had. A slow sipper for sure.

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

Finally got chance to try this one - on tap at Twisted Spoke in Chicago. A smooth, creamy BBA stout. If BCBS is the benchmark then this is a thinner bodied proposition than the Chicago favorite. It doesn't suffer for that - this really ends up being an easy sipper with a layer of complexity from the bottle conditioning. Bourbon notes are warm and rounded. This is a great beer.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Daveshek28
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Harrison8
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki head. Head retention is good, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is robust and bitter notes of bourbon, barrel, char, and caramel, roasted, and toasted malts. There is a hint of molasses to add a kiss of sweetness, but nothing big. Flavor profile is dark, roasted, toasted, and caramel malts to open, before fading into bourbon, barrel, and a kiss of char. Molasses, caramel, and toffee add a little sweetness, but overall the beer carries a bitter quality. Bourbon is pleasant, without being boozy. Mouth feel is thick, velvety, and creamy. Overall, a huge barrel aged stout. While this year nails in at 10.7%, it drinks as if it's heavier - not to say it's boozy, just that it packs a punch.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of StormAles
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

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Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,472 ratings