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:
#1,926
Reviews:
863
Ratings:
2,465
pDev:
12.62%
Bros Score:
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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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Photo of mattshredder
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

Photo of DaPan
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

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

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,465 ratings