Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

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.


Added by RixBeer on 12-20-2007

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a formerly corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery branded snifter

Pours extremely dark brown to black capped by a two finger tan head. Toasted oak, vanilla, bakers chocolate, hints of bourbon booziness, and accents of dark fruit. Big oak notes, vanilla, hints of dried black cherries, raisins, and prunes transitioning to dark chocolate and finishing with some more oak notes accented with pleasant warming bourbon booziness. Medium-bodied, certainly light for a imperial stout; creamy, with effervescent carbonation, undoubtedly due to the champagne yeast. Overall, this is an interesting and enjoyable beer. The re-fermentation in the bottle using champagne yeast does seem to work better with the other brews in the Big Bottle Series, however Black Ops is definitely an enjoyable, unique brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


Deep brown/black pour with a mocha colored foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. Smells of raisins, chocolate, oak, vanilla, prunes and alcohol. Taste is chocolate but somewhat chalky, faded bourbon elements, a bit of alcohol, oak wood. Mouthfeel is lighter than I'd like. Carbonation is decently adequate. As it warms, more noticeable alcohol. Perhaps it didn't age well, but I'm not digging this one.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 Vintage, been saving for a special day, and letting it age a bit. Hope it's as good as it's price tag makes it out to be.

Pours a somewhat decent fizzy fluffy bubble 1/2 finger head very dark colored, that fades semi quickly, but some decent lacing, typical for this big of a beer, huge thick long legs running down the sides of the glass, beer is black enough to suck the light from the computer screen into it.

Nose is about as good as I expected, a big time stout with great bourbon barrel notes. Dark malts galore, some black malts, little roast, charred coffee beans and a bit of fresh coffee grinds all from the roast, as well as some decent dark chocolate and powdered cocoa. Then bourbon, so much awesome barrel, plenty of vanilla and a little buttery oak, but no dusty oak barrel, as well as nice bourbon aromas, plenty of bourbon. It brings just a touch of booze, and light earthy spicy hops, there are hints of brown sugar covered brandy soaked raisins somehow.

Taste brings more great flavors, an aged soft dark malt bonanza. Starting with some dark malts, plenty of black malts, some roast bringing a hint of char, and some slightly over roasted coffee beans, and a light cocoa powder. It also has a touch of a soft aged malt flavor but not a lot. Not as full bodied in the malt area as I expected, but enough there, probably just not thick enough but at least it's not too syrupy. Booze kicks in quickly with warmth, tingle, and even a little fusel booze flavor, but not overbearing, and the roasted malts bring a bit of acrid flavor. Some dark chocolate comes through as well, with some vanilla barrel, the oak cuts in and brings the vanilla and a bit of buttery oak, but not nearly as much oak as the nose had. Similarly the bourbon is there, but not as much as the nose, and it seems to bring some of that booze flavor on its own. A little caramel and syrupy chocolate flavors round out the flavor, as well as a hint of an earthy spicy hop character, although more bitterness from the roast it seems. Finish is drier but very sticky and syrupy, a kick of tingly booze as well, more cocoa, roasted malts and faint burnt coffee, more vanilla and touch of bourbon barrel, but at the same time a nice big dark malty RIS flavor lingering too.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied but somehow seems a bit thinner than it should be, with plenty of tingly warming booze, and decent carb.

Overall pretty good, but mixed. The aroma is awesome, but flavor doesn't come through as much as I expected, and the body seems a bit thin for what it should be. Still tasty and a treat to drink, the aging didn't seem to really help as much as I expected as the booze is still rampant, bourbon seems to have died off a bit perhaps, and it's sweet and syrupy, but the soft aged dark malt feel brings a decent touch. However, the over roasted burnt acrid coffee I think I remember from fresh small sample I had is mostly gone, so that helps a bit. Still a pretty good beer.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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