Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS

Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A-black with a thin brown head

S-dark bittersweet chocolate. Medium strength. Dark roasted grains. Dark fruits. Complex scent indeed.

T-comes in with a high quality taste of slightly smokey dark roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, and dark fruits. Matching after-taste with less smokiness and more fruits.

M-creamy medium carbonation. Very thick. Creamy finish

O-well this is what you want in an imperial stout. It's awesome. It doesn't taste strong, but it'll take you awhile to finish. The taste has a lot of complexity to it, though it might lack some boldness.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with tall mocha colored head. Aroma is strong bourbon with a hint of chocolate in the background. Some slight effervescence for an impy. Medium mouthfeel. Not highly carbonated but different from most impy stouts I have had. Big bourbon and booze notes with a very roasty backbone. Fades to chocolate just a bit, but a somewhat bitter finish. Strange for the style, but not completely awful. Just don’t think the yeast works for this. Comes off more ad a bourbon porter and your $23+ is better spent elsewhere.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged this while on vacation in Dallas. Pitch black pour with one finger caramel colored head that fades quickly with decent lacing. Huge bourbon and oaky notes dominate the nose along with dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and just a touch of bubblegum. The oak nudges out the bourbon for the top spot in the taste. Probably some of the most intense woodiness I've ever tasted in a barrel aged stout. Almost comparable to a good oak aged wine. Also getting hints of chocolate, tobacco, espresso, molasses, vanilla, and dark fruit. The mouthfeel is really creamy with a subtle thickness to it, but a little more fizzy than a typical big stout. Definitely not as heavy as most, with a nice vinous character on the finish. I really wasn't expecting to be blown away by this beer, but it really was a pleasant surprise. Because it's lighter in feel, it's really drinkable and the 10.5 ABV is well hidden. I will definitely be trying to get more of this one!

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4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. 2012 vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours a oily pitch black with a fair amount of bubbles. Solid three finger deep tan head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A big rich dark chocolate driven, whiskey soaked, and creamy aroma. Big scent of bourbon whiskey up front with hints of vanilla, oak, and wood. Dark roasted malts with big hints of dark cocoa, coffee, cream, burnt caramel, toffee, biscuit, and toast. Hints of champagne yeast from the bottle conditioning. Some sweet molasses and a little anise. Also some good hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, and fig. Hop presence is pretty subtle. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose leads, a big taste of choclate, whiskey, cream, and fruity undertones. Starts with a taste of bourbon whiskey along with notes of vanilla, oak chips, and wood. Sweet dark roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate, coffee beans, cream, burnt caramel, biscuit, toffee, and toast. The champagne yeast comes through adding to the creaminess. Sweet molasses and brown sugar. Light hint of anise spice. Solid undertones of dark fruit with notes of dark cherry, plum, raisin, prune, and fig. Hops are very light. A really great stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body feel with a fairly high level of carbonation. Very creamy. Slightly syrupy. Even with the whiskey presence the alcohol heat is pretty low. Very smooth.

Overall: A very good and unique version of a barrel aged imperial stout. Has the good chocolate and fruit notes of the base beer and adds an interesting twist with the champagne yeast along with the barrel. Really good.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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