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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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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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3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
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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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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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,448 ratings
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