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): 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:
#3,810
Reviews:
871
Ratings:
2,494
pDev:
12.62%
 
 
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Photo of dazedman
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

2018 edition. Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with 2 fingers of fluffy brown head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Roasted sugars, vanilla, and bourbon. Char and booze.

T/F: Just like it smells... sweet burned sugars, light espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Good barrel presence... not overly boozy... some nice bitterness from the roast for balance but still comes down on slightly sweet. Medium bodied with creamy carbonation. Better as it warms.

O: A solid bourbon barrel stout. Good flavor and drinkability. Unfortunately this one falls under the 'very good but not great/elite' category... and that's not a bad thing except for the outrageous cost. It's certainly no better than New Holland's 'Dragons Milk' at almost twice the cost, and nowhere even close to as good as Bourbon County so for over $20 a bomber it's just not worth it. Then again... I feel like I say that for just about every Brooklyn beer I've tried.

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Photo of aszatk01
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Riff
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Cork popped with a sound reminiscent of a champagne cork. Pours a light black color with about a finger of foamy, light tan head. Not a strong scent, notes of chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts. Taste is chocolate, malty, light amount of bourbon, hint of hops. The mouthfeel is what makes this, it's carbonated to the point that it dances on the tongue. Overall, I think smell and flavor are fairly average but the feel is different, fun. I shoulda cracked this two nights ago for New Years Eve, would have been a perfect way to ring in the celebrations.

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

Photo of msscott1973
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Black in color with heavy tan head(obviously due to the champagne yeast used). Aroma is heavy with roasted malt and light bourbon. Thought this was gonna be a bourbon bomb but alcohol is surprisingly mellow, which is great since it allows the malt, roastiness and hops to take their proper spot. Mouthfeel is average, not extremely coating and finish is fairly clean and short with small lingering notes of bourbon and toasted malts

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Photo of ian_graf
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 ?

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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.

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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.

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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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