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Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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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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4/5  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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage

Pours dark black with a 3 finger mocha head with very good retention and lacing. as soon as I poured this out of the bottle I could smell the bourbon, and it has a very nice aroma. The aroma also has chocolate, dark roasted malt, oak, and vanilla. Just a fantastic aroma. Hopefully the taste is much like the aroma.

Gladly for me, the taste is very much like the aroma. There is bourbon, chocolate, dark roasted malt, oak, vanilla, and also some anise. Sweet with some balancing bitterness from the dark roasted malt and oak flavors.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable and warming, but there is no alcohol burn or heat. This is a very nice beer. I will keep the other bottles I have for a while, to see how they age.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2010 edition - enjoyed during the midst of the Super Bowl Blackout. Figured it was a good enough time as any to enjoy this. Cheers to daryk77 for sharing this one!

Poured into a wine glass. Very black indeed, with only a hint of chestnut around the edges. About a half inch of head, recedes into a thick ring.

Nose is bloody fantastic. Definitely get the bourbon, which is nicely subdued, with coffee, roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and vanilla.

Very tasty brew, love the dry bitter finish. Not as deep as I thought this brew would be - it felt a bit thin to be honest. Still very tasty, don't get me wrong. Dry finish, coffee and tart hops, bourbon, caramel and roasted malt.

Thinner bodied than I was expecting, which helps this drink more like a porter.

Glad I got a chance to try this - I think I'd like to compare it with a fresher edition to get a sense of what the age does to the brew. Good stout.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2011 bottle on super bowl sunday! A very solid brew, albeit a bit expensive. Lots of delicious bourbon in the nose. A great black color and a deep brown head. The taste is very mild. There is nothing amazing about this beer but it is very solid and smooth. For over 10% it goes down easy. If this was cheaper I could crush this all day.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a great black cola color, With a very nice head and a slick oil like consistency that coats the walls of the glass .

S: Aroma is of licorice and bourbon with an oaky musk about it. Very pleasant to the nose.

T: Taste is of bourbon licorice, and some mild sweet cheeries and dark fruits.

M: Mouthfeel is a medium by with a smoothness to it . Also a decent carbonation.

O: Overall a great beer I have searched for three years for this beer and so happy this one did not dissapoint, was very good and will keep looking for it even though I personally thought I overpaid but not by much and was very pleased with the product.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Nearly pitch black with a three finger tan head that slowly dissipates. Some slight lacing and some nice cascading.

S-chocolate, alcohol, bourbon, and a good amount of coconut

T-much like the nose: chocolate, hint of bourbon, coffee, a tiny hint alcohol. The flavors are pretty subtle as this was the lightest flavored RIS I've drank. When taking a sip the flavor almost disappears in the middle, which is weird. Yet it has great flavor.

M-thin, light, and almost overly carbonated. Definitely could be thicker and fuller, but at the same time this unique mouthfeel separates its from other versions of the style.

D-This beer drinks so easy, almost like a pale ale. The alcohol is very well hidden which means this could sneak up on you very easily. Absolutely no palate fatigue.

Overall, this is a really good beer. It is unlike no other RIS I've had the privilege of drinking. The price is somewhat of a deterrence, but I would drink this again.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,424 ratings
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