Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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Brewed by:
Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States
brooklynbrewery.com

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.

10.7%-2008
11.6%-2009
11.3%-2010
10.7%-2011
10.5%-2012
11.5%-2013
11.6%-2014

Added by RixBeer on 12-20-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,413
Reviews:
851
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
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465
Gots:
1,266
For Trade:
111
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of CJS
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Based on a 2012 bottle.

A Moat water of a pour with 2 finger width of a head. Reddish brown head revolving from a tulip glass swirl. Sticking to the glass like meat on ribs.

S Slight funky dark fruit aroma, wood, prominent alcohol, vanilla, and chocolate. Oh and cherry.

T Dry bread. Bitter Chocolate with an underlined tartness. Much wood character and earthiness. Fig, date, and raisin just jump out at me on every sip. It should be called Dry Fruit Cake. Has a funky farmhouse saison appeal on the way out. Def not much sweetness in this one.

M Nice viscosity but probably could mellow out on the boozy taste with age.

O For the many characteristics of taste that protrude it's a pretty balanced stout aside from the slight booze after taste. But should be cheaper on the wallet for what it is.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Casedogg43
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Traded for this one. Nice corked bomber.
Been anxious to pop one open.

A nice dark fill, solid head. Looks damn tasty

Smells of Dark fruits some chocolate, whiskey, and hint of coffee. Solid

Bourbon off the bat, hint of vanilla, espresso or dark coffee and dark fruits finished with more bourbon and alcohol.

Here lies my issue the mouthfeel is very thin. Light almost like a BA ale. I prefer big almost creamy mouthfeel on BA RIS and this does not have that attribute.

I'm glad I had the chance to get my hand on a couple bottles of this years brew. This is a solid BA stout and I enjoy it. It kills me though how this it is on the mouthfeel. I will have to cellar one for a couple/few years. And trade the other. At $22? There are others that I prefer and can get like BCBS, etc.
Good brew, almost gotta try a glass. Not my fit for be $$.

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3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from HalfTime.com. Bottled in 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a dense two and a half fingers of dark tan head. Small dots of lace.

Smell is a sweet array of dark fruit, wood, vanilla, sugar and a little booze.

Taste follows the nose. Certainly sweet with alot of barrel character. Wood, vanilla, sugar, dark fruit, cocoa, leather and a small dose of bourbon. A nice blend that favors the woodsy barrel over booze. Drinks very smooth for over 10% abv.

Smooth, creamy yet thinner feel than expected with moderate carbonation. The faint bourbon finally takes over for a lingering finish.

While Black Ops isn't quite what I expected it is quite good. More barrel than booze and more sweet than roasty, this is a different take on the barrel aged imperial stout. I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops over a year or two.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a 2010 in a DFH snifter.

A deep black with a moderate beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and molasses. Very inviting. Taste follows closely with firm bourbon and oak along with some roasted marshmallows. It's got a mild sweetness and a strong warming effect. Some lingering hop bitterness. The carbonation is moderate with very fine bubbles. The consistency is creamy and silky.

I really enjoyed this one. Loads of flavor yet smooth, balanced and behaved. Good stuff.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SawDog505
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 2012 vintage into a 16 oz snifter. Poured down the middle and got a massive light brown head, that leaves a little lace. Smell is strong bourbon, some dark chocolate, vanilla, anise, and dark fruits. Taste is very aggressive bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, and some smoke left on the tongue. Body is thinner than I prefer, the amount of life you would expect from the style, a little dry, and drinks fairly easy. Will pick up another and let it mature, a little too one dimensional with bourbon being to overbearing now. I want a beer with bourbon flavors, not a IRS that had bourbon poured into it. Not sad, just like more balance.

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4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage: 11.3% abv

Bottle corked and caged. Cork popped right off. Very carbonated. Poured into a tulip glass black with a one finger tan head. Scent is strong of Bourbon and chocolate malts. Suprisingly despite the strong bourbon scent, the taste isn't overpowered by it. The chocolate hits first and the bourbon settles to become an after taste almost. Maybe this is fromt the aging in the bottle. There actually is just a very hint of champagne yeast as the last testiment of flavor. The oak causes a little dryness to the mouthfeel. It's also well carbonated and medium bodied. Not as thick as most RIS.

I look forward to reviewing my 2012 bottle in a couple years.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz split and poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a very dark black with a 1 finger dense khaki head. Head remains as a fairly thick covering. Spots of lacing on the glass. Light just gets through the edges of the glass.

S: Get the bourbon right up front on this nose. A very sweet molasses and dark fruit malt. Vanilla and oak come through nicely. Roasted malts and brown sugar.

T: As with the smell there is a load of bourbon up front. Followed by a roasted malt with coffee and chocolate. The champagne yeast provides a unique nutiness. Oak aging is real pleasant.

M: Lighter body than I would expect for a beer of this style. Isn't too hot considering the ABV, just warming.

Overall a real tasty beer, can compete with some of the other bourbon barrels but may fall a little short of the greats. I like the uniqueness of the yeast.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A huge massive head of thick khaki foam. I mean tons...you have to be extremely careful when pouring or this thing will blow up. I ended up getting about three fingers before I noticed how potent it was. The beer is exactly how the title describes it; black. It has great lacing and is thick like cream.

S: I get some chocolate scent, some bourbon or whiskey scent...and I want to point out especially that it really does have that signature smell you get from a bourbon or whiskey (will be familiar to drinkers of either). Some sweet oak scent comes through as well...not sure how to describe it other than that...like the smell of freshly cut oak. Pretty good smelling. I'd take a candle of this and stick it in my house.

T: The oak stands out the most for me here. After that there is some light chocolate that peeks through, then some dark chocolate at the finish. If I had to summarize this beer though, it would be "mellow." Everything is subtle and each flavor sort of peaks out. There is an alcohol flavor, but it's hard to tell if it's the beer or the bourbon barrels. In either case, the alcohol flavor is very subtle.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit hard to describe. It has a "fullness" to is but the beer is not thick or syrupy. I would say it is full bodied without being too sweet. It's something you could sit down and drink without needing to sip, but wouldn't want to drink it too fast.

O: Overall it was one of the better RIS's I've had, let alone stouts. I would buy it again if cost and availability permits. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good stout (naturally) but those who don't drink whiskey or bourbon might be turned off by the flavors it adds. I really enjoyed the complexity it adds without overpowering the beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,413 ratings.
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