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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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Photo of ummswimmin
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer at the Giants game to get into the playoffs, and I really enjoyed it. You get a ton of head and who can complain about really good head. You can smell the cocoa amd coffee, as well as the bourbon. There was very little subtlety.

The bourbon flavor is really amazing. The flavoring is balanced, and the nuance of additional flavors makes this an amazing drink.

If you can find a bottle, pick one up.

This was a really good bottle to prepare for the Giants game.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

*2011 vintage

Pours a pitch black with a dark tan head that lingers.

Smells of oak, whiskey, alcohol, some sweetness but a bourbon character really comes through.

Taste is up front sweetness with some oak and bourbon character that leads into a vanilla note and ends on a really boozy finish. Some tannin bitterness creeps in as well. Well balanced with the barrel characters overall but not a lot of actual beer character comes through, more general sweetness.

Medium body and lower carbonation work well enough. Hot alcohol lingers on the palate.

Overall I find this to be a quite a nice barrel aged beer with the oak and vanilla character balanced...still something is missing. More beer-like complexity would be nice, but this is quite enjoyable as it is. I bet age would do wonders.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2011, poured into a Dogfish Head snifter. Number on bottle says 2921. A very mild pop from opening on the cork.

A very dark body pour out of the bottle, almost black, but hits with a good amount of brown body color. There's some effervescent like champagne sized bubbles stuck to the side of the snifter glass. Head forms nice and creamy with a milk chocolate brown color.

Nose is kind of clean. Not very large. Faint chocolate dense malt, and a little vanilla. A sense of "spritzy" gas. Not bad, different, I am enjoying this.

Taste is extremely, subdued to put it mildly. A very light licorice and anisette quality, but also a very weak texture. Luckily not very boozy tasting. A bit fizzy flat sense, with a flattened watery palate. Almost an extremely light bodied vinous flat fizz quality, almost "crisp" in a strange way. Taste is all in the front palate on the finish strangely. Really not varied either, hardly any roast or malt presence on this. I get one flavor note on this only, it's a tolerable lingering anisette (luckily not a real strong gross powerful one either).

Overall, this is a bit disappointing, especially at the price point. It doesn't taste much like a RIS, it's too... clean and "fresh" and light bodied. It is though very easy drinking for the high abv. It's drinkable, but I will probably never have another one of these for the price I paid.

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of neophilus
2.47/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Black, of course. Average head and lacing.

There is a light, sweet and malty aroma with a strong hint of coffee beans. Somewhat complex. The roasted bean smell balances the sweetness.

The taste is where this beer starts to fall apart. Very sweet up front with a lot of alcohol coming through. There is a glimpse of chocolate and richer flavors but the alcohol heat quickly covers it up. A strong vanilla or caramel sweetness continues to take center stage, overpowering the flavor.

The aftertaste has a strong dose of roast to it which is good as it helps alleviate the caramel sweetness of this brew. More roast would have been very much welcome to help cut the taste though.

It drinks like flat, coffee flavored Champagne with a shot of bourbon.

This beer is incredibly thin. Unless the bottle said RIS on it I would have never guessed that was the style from the body. Closer to an sweet Belgian dark ale with coffee. I actually wouldn't mind coffee flavored Champagne all that much if the vanilla/caramel sweetness didn't sink the whole thing. The sweetness on your tongue simply overpowers and diminishes any contributions from roasted grain.

This beer may be a victim of its own hype, or a victim of the style category it is in, but this is not an RIS I would buy again. If the brewery wants to make a beer this thin, don't call it an RIS and I think they could save the trouble of bourbon barrel aging because there is way too much sweetness up in here.

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2.27/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought one of these for a little bachelor party fun. Almost 30 dollars a bottle (yikes).

A: Black as death. Wispy head that dissipates quickly, pretty lacing.

S: the highlight of the beer. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, coffee, hickory. Smelled absolutely incredible, until....

T: Yuck. Tasted of bourbon too much. I'm not a bourbon fan but the flavor drowned out any semblance of the smells of chocolate, coffee, etc. Horrendous.

M: Slick, felt like motor oil. No carbonation at all.

O: A waste of the money, for my liking. Certain people will like this I'm sure, considering Brooklyn's excellent track record. For bourbon fans only, though. It'll get you cocked too. At 10.70 percent, Black Ops doesnt mess around.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of bcostner1
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle; aged 1 yr before drinking.

A: Pitch black. Aggressive thick tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves lacing around the edges.

S: As far as bourbon barrel aged stouts go, the aroma of this one falls a little short for me. Mainly faint hints of vanilla, wood, bourbon and a little chocolate. Not as aromatic as I would have thought/hoped it would be.

T: This is a pretty decent tasting beer. Smooth, silky vanilla, bourbon up front. Some bitter chocolate on the back end. Faint roasty quality throughout. Very faint wood undertones.

M: A little thin honestly. It's an easy drinker, but it could stand to have a little more body. ABV is decent hidden but comes through more as it warms.

Overall, this is a solid BA stout. I like it more than the Brooklyn BCS for sure (which I do not really care for at all). I have never had it fresh, as I bought this bottle and aged it for a yr before drinking it, but I do like it with the yr on it. If i see this one again, I would buy it. However, it's a little steep in the price and I think there are some out there that are just as good if not better (try Schlafly Imperial Reserve stout for example) that also happen to be cheaper.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,470 ratings