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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2/5  rDev -51.2%

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3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle from Neds. $22!

Appearance: Very attractive. Pitch black, dark head with good retention. Spots of lacing.

Smell: Great. Outstanding bourbony vanilla and chocolate. Sweet dark and roasted malt, no harsh roasty bitter smell.

Taste: Less than great. Lots of good bourbon flavor and some cocoa/ coffee notes, but its very simple tasting, in a boring way. Some alcohol heat. Finish is all vanilla/bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin, overly bubbled. A beer like this needs some finishing gravity to give it a hefty feeling-- absent here.

Overall: Its still a pretty good beer, but a total letdown. I'd pay maybe 7 or 8 bucks for it, not 20 something.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from corked & caged bomber into a CCB pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque. A finger's level of brown head forms but fades fairly quickly. Low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, chocolate, wood (oak), hints of dark fruit & leather but these are subtle.

T: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla (I'm assuming from oak), hints of coffee. The coffee aspect increases as the beer warms, almost a change in flavors to cacao or mocha.

M: Light body for imperial stout, moderate alcohol for style, and low carbonation sensation.

O: It's not terribly complex, but the flavors that are there are fine. Just nothing to stand out, especially in the weight of the body. It's quite drinkable, but the body leaves something to be desired. I'm not as impressed as I thought I would be, but worth trying once. I have one more bottle, so we'll see what happens to it.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

2012 edition 750 mL bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Black color with a 3-finger bubbly tan head that fades relatively quickly into a thin cap of bubbles on the surface of the beer. Some patchy lacing and some visible legs on the side of the glass.

S – Big bourbon and vanilla aromas with chocolate, plums, currants, and some roasted coffee. There’s a touch of oak here, too. This smells like it’s going to be a bourbon-filled monster.

T – It starts off sweet with plums, figs, molasses, and chocolate and quickly gives way to a big bourbon barrel taste with bourbon (obviously), vanilla, and oak flavors. Subtle tobacco and licorice flavors come through before the beer shifts to a bitter roasted coffee focus at the finish.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with lots of carbonation, a slick but effervescent mouthfeel, and a sweet, mildly bitter, and mildly dry finish. Bitterness and dryness build as time goes on. No real flavors linger, but there is a certain heat from the alcohol apparent in the throat. Way too thin for an RIS, maybe from the champagne yeast.

O – This is a good and interesting RIS but unfortunately it does not pass into the realm of elite. I think it definitely has the potential given the aromas and taste, but the mouthfeel is way too thin. My guess is that it’s from the champagne yeast. I’m not sure if that kind of yeast adds more to the aroma or flavor, but I almost wish they used regular old ale yeast. While the mouthfeel doesn’t quite fit the big RIS style, it is an interesting and very different touch. All in all, this is a tasty and drinkable beer, and I’m very glad that I got to try it.

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2.5/5  rDev -39%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a brown head.

Smell: Strong smell of bourbon, malts, coffee, maybe some chocolate too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, full bodied but light feeling. Excellent taste of bourbon, coffee and malt.

Overall: Excellent brew! I would highly recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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