Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013
11.6%-2014

Added by RixBeer on 12-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,410
Reviews:
850
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
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461
Gots:
1,265
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112
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +3.9%

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3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
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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4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 edition. It is rather amusing to see the treatment of this purportedly rare beer upon its arrival in our fair province - two stores received it, and the one with which I have more than a passing acquaintance got the lion's share. And what do they do with it? A dismal, hardly visible stack of it in one corner of the store. Hidden gem? Yes, indeed.

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with ever the slightest of basal cola highlights, and three fingers of tight foamy tan head, which leaves but a few elongated specs of island lace around the glass as it groggily abates.

It smells of grainy, woody bourbon notes straight up front - oak, vanilla, dry caramel, and spicy grain - on top of a pungent dose of astringent coffee grounds and baker's chocolate, some mildly soused black fruit esters, a bit of wet ash, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is nutty chocolate malt, prominent biscuity coffee notes, pleasantly soft bourbon-tinged vanilla, caramel, rye, and simmering alcohol, a subtle black fruitiness - hinged on a singular summer cherry remembrance neuron - some equally sublimated black liquorice essences, and a somewhat musty, yeasty character that disappears rather soon, along with most of the rest as the flavour fades just past the middle, in a just less than concerning manner. The 21-proof booze is damned near imperceptible, so bully - no, hurray for that!

The carbonation is quite sedate, and generally out of critical contention, the body a teetering medium weight, and actually quite smooth, very little taking a pound of flesh out of this low-throttled train ride. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, the cocoa, coffee, and muddled fruit holding fast against, well, against very little, as the expected alcohol and hop cavalcade fails to properly manifest.

I feel that the mystique surrounding this offering is a little uninformed - it isn't really all that 'big' in the general booze and malt sense. It's hefty, sure, but in a much more restrained, subtle sense - coffee, cocoa, and fruit, all fluffed up by a crazily understated alcohol measure, one which may the enduring point here, as you can barely sense the barest prick of alcohol edge. That may very well be the biggest champion for this offering, which parlays rather well into my overall impression - big, level, and sneaky, all at the same time. Maybe not quite worth spending all that much effort seeking out, but grab it if you can, even if you have to bend your local retailer's ear and/or arm.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.56/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was allowed to warm for a full hour before I started this review.

Pours the black of the vilest soul, the deepest, darkest corner of the universe, the black seen by a blind person in a cave 2 miles underground with a black bag over his/her head. Speaking of head, this is the darkest brown head I've ever seen. It fizzes like root beer and looks like its darker cousin. Retention is for shit but you were expecting a fluffy cloud on this bad boy? Silly mortal.
Smell is almost overwhelmingly rich. Notes of bourbon, malt, chocolate, caramel, many and varied dark fruits, wood and brown sugar sweetness. Holy olfactory assault, Batman! The balance is pretty good but it seems to reach out of the glass and grab the nose by the short hairs. Seriously intense.
Taste is phenomenal. Sweet, malty bourbon with fruitcake. Every single note I just mentioned above.
A serious sipping beer. Full bodied liquid velvet. Smooth with a capital and underlined SMOO. Nicely warming. A bit cloying after the swallow with a goodly coating of the upper palate. It goes great with homemade chocolate chip cookies. ;) A rich, decadent dessert in a glass. Should have shared this but I'm just too greedy.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,410 ratings.
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