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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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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Photo of mhksuccess
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was from 2011 so it had nice to mature although
i found it not up to par in a top level beer according to the price
i poured it from a bottle into a snifter glass let it warm up to probably 55 before drinking
I found it to be extremely dark
as for the smell it had a nice chocolate vanilla and slight boozy
the taste to me is where it lost it as i cant quite put my taste buds to it
but think it was probably that champagne yeast it just was odd
not what i would consider top level in a barrel aged stout
overall it was fairly average something I will not seek out again and probably would just pass at the price

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 13/1/13

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, thumbs width of mocha head falls to a film rather quickly and leaves no lace, not sure what to make of the look

S now were talking! woody bourbon, vanillas strong, licorice jujubes, dark fruits, coco, some Terry's Chocolate Orange, faint booze, and just a hint of cigar, not cigar smoke but the cigar itself and just a little coffee , awesome

T more oak and smokey bourbon then the nose, the coffees more like espresso in the mouth, not as much vanilla, no cigar and slightly less complexity and strength but still very nice, a little something I can't place perhaps the champagne yeast?

M fairly thin for a big stout and the bubbles fluff up fast and flatten out just as quickly, nice barrel finish and faint heat

O it looks and feels pretty simple but smells divine and tastes great, the most important aspects have been well taken care of

for a beer that doesn't exist its pretty solid, that being said there's a zero% chance that I'd buy another to age because it's way overpriced. Solid beer but 36$? I'd spend the the money on their BCS before buying this again

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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  rDev -2.2%

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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  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You should pour carefully or half the glass will get filled with dark brown microfoam, very whipped up and almost delicate, no dimpling, close to zero lacing, slides right off the glass sides. The liquid is, naturally enough, jet black and seems clear, no visible bubbles, touch of orange at the rims. The nose features roasted cocoa, caramel, coffee and anise, close to too muscular for the flowers and tangerine to shine, low level of plum and fig fruit scents, no discernible hops presence, really not that boozy at all. Full-bodied, dry yet creamy in texture, here you get more butterscotch, caramel, coconut and vanilla bean from the barrel treatment. Also still loaded with cocoa, mocha with more cola to black licorice than coffee accents. Too dry for the cherry, plum and raisin fruit to spread. The carbonation is arguably too fine for the overall body weight. Has good integration and balance yet not so much richness of flavor and flow. (2012 Edition)

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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first ever bottle of black ops even though it doesn't exist.

Pitch black coming out of the bottle with a tan half inch head thanks to the champagne yeast. Smells of champagne citrus, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is overwhelmingly bourbon with a light champagne finish mixed with coffee and chocolate notes as well as some raisin and dark fruit as the beer warms.

I am very underwhelmed with this, I have had many RIS's that I was much more impressed with and selling this for $22 makes me smh. This beer is rated at a 92 because it's hard to get, quality wise I would put it at an 84. A novelty with the champagne yeast that I would say try once if you have someone to split the cost with so you're not going all in by yourself. If you want brooklyn go for a chocolate stout.


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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
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