Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS
2,420 Ratings
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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3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from Notes, 03.11.12, Poured into a Tulip

A: black body, tan head, a bit of head retention, lots of lacing

N: bourbon, effervescence, bit of heat, not too much roast

T: dry, bourbon, not much chocolate or coffee, champagne yeast dries it out quite a bit

M: smooth, a little light for style

O: interesting, a beer I’ve always wanted to try, but never pulled the trigger. Not really sold on the beer though. I like the idea, but don’t really think the champagne effervescence matches up that well with the overt bourbon notes. Still, fun to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, 2011, poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, some chocolate, some dark fruits.

T- Roasted malts, some chocolate, bourbon, a lot of oak, touch of vanilla, coffee bitterness in the finish.

M- Medium body, tons of carbonation.

O- I am glad that I spent the money on this and got to try it, but I feel $25 a bottle is too much. This says that it is a stout and I am not getting much of a stout flavor in this.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer Review #611

A - This beer pours an extremely dark brown color, almost black. There are two fingers of really dark tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves just a few specs of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt and a big amount of bourbon, especially as it warms. There is also a big chocolate aroma, as well as some booze, caramel, and vanilla.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. It starts off with roasted malt and a big bourbon flavor. There is a good amount of chocolate flavor, as well as some caramel, vanilla, a little bit of dark fruit, and some booziness. The finish leaves some lingering bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and a touch of booze behind on the palate.

M - This has body that is on the heavier side of medium and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is some caramel sweetness, and some roasted bitterness. There is some boozy warmth on the back end.

O - This has good drinkability. It has nice flavor and goes down smooth. Overall, I think it is a nice beer, as well as a nice example of the style. It has a nice bourbon character to it, but I wish there was a little more roasted bitterness to it, and maybe some hop presence. It is a nice beer overall though, and worth trying out. I'd drink it again.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally located a bottle after keeping an eye out for a couple years now. 100% bottle conditioned, it says on the label. Okay...

I note that because, as it pours, the head is fizzling and sizzling. Usually not a good sign. But it calms down and doesn't sizzle all the way out (didn't notice champagne yeast was used until afterwards...). A decent thick tan heads persists for a few minutes and keeps a slight cap til the end, sticking on the glass, too. So, contrasted against the dirty-thick motor oil color below, it looks pretty appetizing.

When cold(er), bourbon comes off lightly with little malt or stout notes coming through when sniffed. Slowly, the bourbon emerges, more barrel (wood, vanilla?) than alcohol, followed by some mellow licorice (via stout) but little if any roasty "stout" qualities. Strange, yet it's not as if the bourbon nuances are at all overpowering.

When sipped, it occurred to me that there wasn't much beer flavor going on at all. I let the thing get room temp and, if nothing else, the balance between the bourbon and whatever malt stoutness imaginable that had existed when it was colder shifted in a see saw tip in the direction of the bourbon flavors, which, pleasant as it was (good for them), weren't at all excessive/dominant or off-putting (usually by way of combo w/ higher/fusel alcohol issues) which, had there been more substance underneath (as in a tasty base beer and appreciable body), we might've had a sure winner.

Really, put simply, the one major flaw with this is the lack of malt depth and complexity. It just tastes mute, bland. That was number one. The body had only the slightest bit of grip to it. Maybe this is what they were going for. A thicker body and tastier base recipe is what it needed though.

I understand that bomber bottles, time in captivity, and exclusivity bring the price of a brew up, but $24 is a tad absurd. Eh.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Snifter]

The pour was a thick deep dark black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium cocoa brown rocky head that had awesome retention, reducing to a nice thick cap of foam and had really excellent sheets of lace.

The aroma was bold and robust of a roasted chocolate malt and a stringent leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, molasses, vanilla, licorice and a vivacious bourbon scent.

The taste was extremely malty and a tad sweet with hints of coffee and molasses at first and then became ever so lightly bitter with notes of chocolate, vanilla and a mild bourbon taste towards the end. The flavor lingered for a good long while allowing for the chocolate, coffee and vanilla taste to blend as the alcohol taste faded.

Mouthfeel was bold and full in body with an extremely creamy texture and a moderately strong carbonation.

Overall a fully robust Stout with a nice hint of vanilla to go along with everything else this brew had going for it...

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,420 ratings
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