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Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS

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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 +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

10.7%, 2011 batch. States "8001" on the bottle.

A: Pours pitch black with a huge, roiling dark brown head. Very effervescent. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving lots of large holes in the head. Swiss cheese-like. Leaves just moderate tufts of lacing here and there.

S: Lots of bourbon - burnt sugars/caramel, toffee and oak. Bunch of chocolate creeps through from the roasted malt. Stinging alcohol. Kinda smells like...alcoholic brownie mix.

T: Lots of bourbon up front with hints of chocolate. Strong caramel, toffee and oak. More bourbon in the middle, sharper and boozy and stands alone - just for a moment.. Instant belly-warming sensation. Chocolate kicks in afterwards and continues into the finish, becoming a bit bitter and dry. Oak and bourbon and a little hershey's syrup in the long-lingering aftertaste.

M: It's smooth. Quite thin, amazingly thin for 10.7% in fact. Higher carbonation thins it out even further. Drying in the finish.

O: Due to the thinness it's almost an easy drinking, high-ABV RIS (if there were such a thing). Sharp boozy bourbon reminds you right away that this is no wussy brew. Roasted malt presence is oddly subdued by the thinness and bourbon. Just a bit of chocolate. I've had 5% porters with stronger roasted malt character. Needless to say, a very unique brew, it definitely stands alone as far as RISes go. Honestly it's not bad, either. Kind of a thin, effervescent chocolatey-bourbon combination that goes down easy. Once it warms the flavor balance is pretty decent in fact. I will give this one good marks due to it's decent execution of such a unique combination that I honestly would have never expected to work. Don't pick this up thinking it's some brownie-batter huge RIS because it's not. I think with a little more age on it the bourbon might mellow out a bit and this could be really good.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of cvm4
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to abv this is a 2011 vintage.

A - Pours black with a dark tan expresso head. Not much retention or lacing.

S - The bourbon is front & center along with oaky charred characteristics. Faint vanilla & licorice in the background.

T - Dark Chocolate at first and then the barrel characteristics show up like oak & char. The bourbon is present throughout.

M - For this style of beer, it seems overly carbed & not as thick as I'd like. It should really be a bit chewier.

O - It's an above grade BA beer. Really good and could be better if the mouth feel changed a bit.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of fugitivecaptain
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Norey's in Newport, RI. No date but label says 10.7% so could be either 2008 or 2011.

A: Pours very dark, almost still with very little dark tan head and no retintion.

S: Booze, oak, charred wood, smokey, more booze, vanilla, faint unsweetened chocolate, then more booze and charred oak. Love it.

T: Dark roasted malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and charred oak barrel. Not much of the chocolate notes remain. Very dark chocolate if any but faint.

M: Very little carbonation almost flat, very warming and boozy. Love this.

O: Outstanding barrel aged Russian Iperial Stout. This is all that is hyped to be.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of beer2day
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged for a year in the beer fridge, but upon tasting realize that maybe that was a bad idea.

Gorgeous pour. Dark, inky black pour with 1.5 finger of rich cocoa colored head. Beer pours very thick. Foam cap is very thick as well. Not a great lacer, but very nice retention.

Nose is impressive. Oak and vanilla, with lots of bourbon. Subtle hints of chocolate underneath.

Taste is a little too one-dimensional. Lots of bourbon here. Vanilla sneaks in and teases, but really just bourbon. Thinking that fresh might taste a bit better. Some tart bitters in the finish, but again the bourbon clobbers that. Very alcohol forward and actually quite warming.

Feel is velvety smooth. Slight fizziness that detracts mildly. Otherwise, very nice.

Overall, I really wanted to like this more but the one-dimensional flavor brought it down.

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5/5  rDev +22%

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a mini snifter
$30 for the 750mL
11.6% - So I guess this is the 2009 version

I didn't sample this beer, but if I did, it would have been on 30OCT12 and it would have been aged for over 2 years. No batch number indicated. Served at cellar temp.

[A] Just under one finger of head, medium to medium dark brown in color, semi compact but foamy and quick to dissipate - presumably from the champagne yeast. Persistent ring in a crescent shape with two or three random clings of lace. The body is as black as it gets. The presentation, of course, is badassery at its best.

[S] Smooth (but heavy) bourbon presence with toasted barrel character. Woodsy with a heavily rendered caramel, lightly buttery and faint vanilla.

[T] Dark semi bitter chocolate with a buttery oak lingering long after. Bourbon warmth is present throughout. Manageable heat is on the back end. The mouthfeel seems to bring down the flavor a bit.

[M] The body is semi thick with fine, gently tingling and persistent effervescence that rolls through the mid palate and carries on well through the finish. By extension, the dark, roasted and bitter chocolate character carries even further. The champagne yeast adds individuality to this beer, but probably coming as a detriment to the mouthfeel given the style. Overly dry finish.

[O] In my experience with Black Ops... the fresher the better. Not to say that aged bottles aren't enjoyable. But as with most beers, I've come to find that they generally don't improve with age - stout, bourbon barrel aged, or otherwise. Bottom line: Black Ops is a good purchase for $20 or less...but a bad buy for more than that.

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Photo of Cambo04
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this for my 30th and it was nothing short of awesome! I loved and bourbon barrel aging and in bottle fermenting with champagne yeast. It was smooth and delicious but drink this bad boy as your last beer of the night when ur still sober cause it really is tasty. Oh yea, we had to get 2 bottles once we had the first.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of orangedive
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice burgundy black color. Little to head...small head was cocoa colored.
S - Smells of chocolate, caramel mostly. A bit of alcohol on the nose, but it is not unpleasant. Lots of sweetness. Some jammy notes....blackberries. Not much vanilla.
T - Coffee up front. Quite a bit of oak flavor...not much vanilla. Just a hint of vanilla, but it is not what I expected. I keep getting a cabernet sauvignon flavor out of this. Lots of fruit in addition to the coffee/chocolate flavors. It is very good.
M - Good. Smooth going down for 11% abv. A little thin for a stout like this, but it is very drinkable. Definitely need to share this with another person or two.
O - This is a great beer. I'm not a huge stout fan, but this beer is very good. It is not as good as all the hype would suggest, but it is nice.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of jrenihan
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I presume this is a 2012 bottle. Can't find a date on it but there is a 3001 printed on the label.

Moderate to large tan head. A very active head, lots of bubbling. Head fades to a small film quickly but the film stays.

Scent is surprisingly fruity. I get lots of red grape and prune. Behind that is bourbon, oak and vanilla. Some smoke. Chocolate.

Bourbon is pretty up-front in the taste. Oak and vanilla. Chocolate. Dark fruit is still there but not as upfront - I still get some red grape and also some plum. Moderately bitter, dark chocolate flavours. Fairly boozy.

Beer is a little thin for the style, but still big. Low carbonation, some thin bubbles from he champagne yeast. Despite the somewhat thin body, the low carbonation makes the beer some unduly heavy.

Overall, pretty good, but not a great beer. Glad to have tried but not worth a hunt.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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