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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3.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Split this bottle with the same guy who recently gave it to me as a birthday gift. Poured dark with a small yet tan head. Smelled like alcohol and the first few tastes definitely showed this brews potency. After those first initial sips, though, the brew started to mellow out and even flatten to the point were i became disappointed.
Sorry bro, it was a nice thought and i'll always appreciate the gift of a new beer, but i wouldn't pay the $25 for a bottle of this. Worth trying though. Please prove me wrong. Brooklyn is a great brewery, but i'm gonna have to pass on this one.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black coloring with really no carbonation showing. It has a 1/2 inch dark brown head that retains itself in the glass

S: A lot of bourbon notes come through up front and is the most prominent smell. Also notes of chocolate and a hint of vanilla come through as well

T: Bourbon and chocolate are the most prominent flavors that come through. Coffee follows after the initial bourbon chocolate rush followed by hints of vanilla and slight leatheriness in the back end of the palate. The bitter notes linger after on the tongue.

M: More carbonated than I expected by just looking at it. Thick but not overwhelmingly so. Slightly chewy almost with the syrupy sweetness that comes through. Gets better as it warms.

O: Solid BA stout although the alcohol is not as forward as I would like with the taste. Still definitely worth trying!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 25.4 oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Black as night with a nice 3+ inch creamy thick head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Bourbon whiskey, oak, alcohol, roasted malts, coffee, added sugars like molasses and brown sugar. Some chocolate round this beer out.

Taste - Starts off with the barrel aged flavors, oak and whiskey, along with some sweet malts and sugars. The flavor is very smooth , the alcohol isnt really that noticable. Brown sugar and molasses adds minor sweetness. This beer has a flat feel to it, no carbination at all. Not overly complex or as big a beer as i expected.

Mouthfeel - Loads of bourbon and malts coat tounge. More whiskey with some chocolate and sugars along with some minor alcohol warmth hit the palate. The finish is oaky, malty and a little dry.

Overall - Decent but i was expecting alot more. The flavor is really mild for being higher alcohol and barrel aged ris. As this warms, the alcohol comes out more, not more flavors. Very overpriced and not nearly as good as lets say, kbs. Worth a drink espically for fans of the style, just too mellow for my liking.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage bomber, poured into Southern Tier tulip.

A - Pitch black, one finger dark caramel head that disappears quickly, little lacing.

S - Not a blast to the nose. Like bourbon, chocolate and oak.

T - a lot like the nose, pretty subdued for a fresh bourbon aged stout. Bourbon, coffee, chocolate and oak notes.

M - A good bit of carbonation from the champagne yeast.

O - A really good stout I'm enjoying drinking, but very muted flavors. I like it, its not so in your face. I was going to buy another bottle to age, but I don't think I will as I can't see this one really improving with aged for my tastes.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may or may not have been in a 750ml bottle, poured into a pint glass, and may or may not have been made in 2011, spending the last year aging in Area 51 or my cellar.
A: Pitch black with a two-finger mocha-colored head that settles to 1/2-finger
S: Lots of cocoa/coffee and some cream, hints of bourbon, vanilla & oak
T: Mocha, cream, caramel, oak, bitter hops, great balance
M: Full-bodied, bold yet restrained, smooth & creamy. Great malt/hops balance, long finish
O: One of the better RIS I've had recently. Great balance, notable complexity. This was my only '11 but I plan to get several of the 12's, if they exist, to try at 0, 1 & 2 years to follow it over time. Well made- pricey, but I'd say worth it.
Again, please take all of this with a grain of salt since there is no beer on record that meets the above description.

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,416 ratings.
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