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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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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 -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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%
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 +16.1%

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4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -2.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into 2 Chimay chalices.

appearance - opaque black - with a brown head with hint of dark reddish hue

smell - boozy, vanilla bean, pancake batter, burnt lemon

taste - sweet at first - fills out with bourbon essence - am I crazy or do I taste Cherry?, shadow of milk chocolate - prolly from the champagne yeast

mouthfeel - full bodied - nice effervescence - Garrett Oliver has really done something here! Nice dry finish.

overall - I really dig the back of the bottle literature - very well crafted, gem of a barrel-aged brew. Definitely taste bourbon at beginning, middle and end - most at the end.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is very, VERY good, and worth the effort to track it down. the flavor is very complex, and very oaky. I have been enjoying bourbon barrel aged and oak aged beers for a while, and the nose and palate on this are very strong, and the oak is very full. There is a chocolate or coffee in the back ground, and combined with the oak almost gives it a licorice after taste. The 10.5% is noticeable in the finish, but not unpleasant. Will update if the character changes significantly at a warmer temperature.

Enjoyed in a snifter, at ~45 degrees F.

I am glad I bought more of this while I could.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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