Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS
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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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Photo of infi
2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, with a thin tan head that quickly recedes. Intense milk chocolate aroma with light notes of dark fruit and a hint of banana. Chocolate dominates the taste with a some mild coffee, but overall the flavors are significantly muted compared to the aroma. Highly carbonated for the style, a bit thin, and with a slightly harsh alcohol bite. I suspect that the use of champagne yeast acts to the detriment of this beer, attenuating it more than really necessary.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours black as night with a half finger of tan head that fades to a small layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Sweet dark roast with some bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. I'm also getting some heat from the alcohol. Everything blends together well.

Taste: Not as sweet as the smell suggested. Dark fruit notes with a mild hint of dark chocolate. The finish is bitter from the roast along with some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: The body is very thick with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer smells great and tastes really good. I wouldn't have minded if the carbonation was a bit more delicate.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage

Pours a jet black with 1/4" of tight mocha colored head.

Smells heavily of boubon. Nice vanilla and oak notes. There's a slight smokey presence.

It has a nice alcoholic heat to it, yet smooth. Strong vanilla and wood flavors with heavy roasted malt. Dark chocolate is faint.

Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. It leaves a slight burn in the throat.

I really enjoyed this one. It's boozy as hell, but was what I was expecting and I enjoyed that aspect.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked and capped bottle bought from Redmonds, Dublin

Poured very black even when held up to the light... Dirty mocha brown head poured quite thick and foamy then faded to nice light covering... very little lacing..

Aroma - Strong oaky bourbon to the fore straight away, very woody and earthy, lots of fresh vanilla, roasted malts, hints of tar, cigar smokiness, rich stewed dark fruits (blackcurrents and prunes), molasses and burnt brown sugar, alcohol is just noticeable, butterscotch, fresh black pepper

Taste - Lots of roasted and charred malts mixed with strong molasses / black treacle sweetness followed closely by warming bourbon, lots of vanilla, liquorice, defnite cigar / tobacco smokiness, rich dark sweet fruits (prunes, figs, raisins, blackcurrents), very earthy, espresso, soy notes, alcohol definitely comes through, dark chocolate...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... full bodied but not as full as i was expecting.. suprisingly drinkable for a 10% brew although you definitely notice the alcohol after one bottle..

Overall - An excellent stout although not quite up with the best Impy's i've had... definitely recommended though...

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of AdamBear
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-black with a thin brown head

S-dark bittersweet chocolate. Medium strength. Dark roasted grains. Dark fruits. Complex scent indeed. 

T-comes in with a high quality taste of slightly smokey dark roasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, and dark fruits. Matching after-taste with less smokiness and more fruits. 

M-creamy medium carbonation. Very thick. Creamy finish

O-well this is what you want in an imperial stout. It's awesome. It doesn't taste strong, but it'll take you awhile to finish. The taste has a lot of complexity to it, though it might lack some boldness. 

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 86.2% out of 100 with 2,419 ratings
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