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Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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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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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -39.3%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
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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4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +9.2%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,430 ratings
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