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  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Boungustatio
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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 +3.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
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 +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
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 -9%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,449 ratings
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