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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had a glass of this as part of Easter dinner. Poured into a pint glass, it was jet black and had a moderate (albeit temporary) head. Lifting the glass to my nose, I was instantly hit by scents of bourbon, oak, vanilla, spices, and something vaguely and distantly fruity. The taste was similar. I did notice that as it warmed, the beer gave off much more of a bourbon taste and the 10.5% alcohol really started to come through. Overall, I enjoyed this as a sipping beer for a special occasion but it had too much of a bourbon taste for my liking. I would not turn this beer down, but I think I will stick to Founder's Breakfast Stout for now.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bomber, 8oz pour into GLBC Christmas Ale snifter.

Opaque, black elixir, tan-brown head, minimal lacing, legs.

Bourbon, toasted malt, earth, grass from the yeast and bottle re-fermentation. Faint vanilla--not much.

Nice combination of the bourbon and burnt malt. Some nice hop flavors. The champagne yeast really come through at the finish.

Medium-heavy body, not as thick of a feel as I would have expected.

Very nice BA RIS, but not in the class of BCBS, KBS.

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2.97/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Pours opaque black with evidence of champagne yeast as it it is rather fizzy. Head quickly fizzes out, much like a glass of soda. The nose is heavy on chocolate malts, fruity yeast esters come next which is followed by smokey and robust oak. The taste starts with chocolate and then takes an unexpected turn that I can't quite get in to. I pick up some metallic tons along with grapes, dark fruit, and a mild wave of vanilla. The mouthfeel is prickly and fizzy, just doesn't work for a barrel aged stout. Overall, this one doesn't work for me. I don't get much barrel character but I get tons of the effervescent champagne yeast character that seemingly detracts from this beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750mL caged, corked bomber from CBX. Poured into a tulip / wine glass.

A: Pours an opaque black, with a one-finger, light mocha head; thin retention leaves no lace... well, maybe a few spots.

S: Initial notes of dark currants and leather; dark chocolate and deeply roasted malts; oaky; alcohol after it warms.

T: Semi-sweet chocolate; dark cocoa; dark roast coffee notes on end; mild dark fruit flavor; light bourbon notes that stick on the palate... very nice as they don't overpower all of the other intricate flavors.

M: Interesting for sure... Medium-full body; high, effervescent carbonation; the high, champagne yeast induced carbo may lead to the feeling that the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. On the plus side, the higher carbonation seems to make this brew more drinkable and almost refreshing.

O: A fine beer. Worth the $20 (or so) for the 750mL bottle. Delicious layers of dark, roasted malt, bourbon and chocolate flavors... Mouthfeel is lively and the champagne yeast adds an extra dimension that sets this beer apart from most other imperial stouts. At 10.5%, this stout is very drinkable. I'll definitely have it again... A very complex, tasty and interesting beer from Brooklyn.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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