Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS
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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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4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black ops
2012 vintage

A: opaque black, >1 fingers width mocha head, somewhat thin on the pour, decent retention, little lacing

S: fair amount of bourbon on the nose,some medicinal phenolics, roasted malt, some booze, hints of chocolate

T: unique flavor profile, its lighter than I anticipated, with a vinous character probably from the champagne yeast. roasted malt, hints of chocolate, faint bourbon that gets slightly more prominent as it warms

M/D: carbonation fairly high but appropriate, mouthfeel too thin, medium bodies, no hint of the ABV, excellent drinkability

O: good but bourbon notes could be bigger and champagne yeast makes it a little lighten than I'd prefer, unique. Not great and not worth the price but glad I got to try it

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, deep black into my yeti tulip. Looks thin but the head looks dense and rich with a nice mocha color. Well carbonated.
Aroma is bourbon barrels, oak pews, vinilla roasted malts and cocoa nibs.
Unlike other stouts which are thick and velvetty the use of Champaign yeast gives this beer a spritzy and lively feel but perhaps a little too much.
Taste is malty and roasted but dominated by bourbon barrels. You can taste sutle hints of aok vinilla and cocoa too just like in the nose.
The beer has an ashen and chalky feel on the palette with alcohol warming in the aftertaste.
The use of Champaign yeast gives the beer a lightness that one wouldn't expect from a RIMP.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of beertunes
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dopplebockulus for this one. Poured into chalice. Poured a solid black color with just a thin cap of dark tan head that had low retention, down to a thin ring very quickly, but still managed to get OK lacing.

The aroma was a bit too bourbon forward and nearly covered up the great malt, and nice grain scents. On the tongue the bourbon didn't come in until the back of the tongue, and thus complemented the basic stout flavors nicely.

The body was nicely smooth and even, there was a tangy finish that was clean and dry. There was a bit of an aspect that I couldn't really figure out, a slight funk that wasn't really a taste, but hung around over the whole of the beer. Drinkability was very good, I enjoyed this brew and would like to try some more. Overall, a very nice beer that's certainly worth your time.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got to take part in sharing a '09 bottle on 2/9/13.

A: Pours black with a creamy brown head.

S: Subtle aroma of burnt malts, dark fruit, and just a bit of bourbon.

T: Dark fruits, grapes, burnt malts, light chocolate. Grape could be from me feeling the champagne yeast and thinking champagne flavor. Unique for a stout.

M: Thinner for a RIS, tingly carbonation from the champagne yeast, kind of weird.

O: The champagne yeast gives it an interesting dynamic that might turn some people off because of the mouthfeel. Held up fairly well in my opinion.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,421 ratings
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