Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
2,416 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS
BEER INFO

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:
2,416
Reviews:
851
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
466
Gots:
1,267
For Trade:
111
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,416 |  Reviews: 851
Photo of Discordian
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of shwillivanilli
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Destral
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Mag00n
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of TomTown
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Jet Black with deep brown 1/2 inch head. Held up to light and could not see through. Pretty darn opaque.

Smell: Rich chocolate and bourbon. Not as much roastiness as I would expect in a stout of this color.

Taste: More sweet chocolate and bourbon. Paired with some chocolate and it really made the bourbon stand out. Not the alcohol bite of drinking straight bourbon but the complex woody character was definitely there.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and drinkable for a beer over 10% ABV. Had to keep myself from gulping it all down so I could taste it as it warmed up to room temperature.

Overall: Awesome beer. I generally prefer a little more roastiness in an Imperial Stout, but I feel like they held back the roastiness in order to let the bourbon shine through. I bought two so that I could age one and I'm excited to try it again in a year or so.

 877 characters

Photo of alamode
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of andrecrompton
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Montrose79
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of draheim
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (code SH24JI supposedly means bottled 10/21/2010) poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black w/ a crackling 1-finger mocha head that settles pretty quickly.

Aroma is rich chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Smells a lot like some of my favorite bourbon-barrel imperial stouts.

Taste is really chocolatey up front, with plenty of bourbon. Rich and complex with a nice dry finish. Booze gives a nice warming in the throat.

Overall this is right up there with KBS and Parabola as far as I'm concerned. Just an outstanding imperial stout. Well done, Brooklyn.

 574 characters

Photo of musicforairports
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle. ABV is 10.7 percent this year. Poured into a mini-snifter.

Very black. Brown head leaves lacing. Looks serious.

Smells of bittersweet chocolate at first. As it sits, aroma is dominated by bourbon and alcohol.

Flavor follows a similar pattern. Bitter chocolate and smooth vanilla and oak initially. As it sits, it becomes dominated by the bourbon flavors, leaving strong liquor flavors on the palate and tasting little little else.

Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, but adequate. Not very oily or thick.

Overall I'm not sure how I feel about this one. At first it tasted a lot like Black Chocolate Stout, and by my second pour, once it reached room temperature, it tasted waaay too heavy on the bourbon. Somewhere in the middle would be nice.

 763 characters

Photo of sideshowe
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of EJLinneman
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of dangelop
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of bespin15
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of aorloski
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle

Appearance - pours an incredibly deep dark viscous black hue with a beautiful tan head.

Smell - What would you expect? Big bourbon, vanilla, molasses, pepper, dark malts, highlight of this brew.

Taste - Definitely follows the nose. Balanced very nicely. Bourbon right up front with a sting followed by the softness of vanilla, oak and roasted malts. Amazing, but not the best barrel aged stout I've had.

Mouthfeel - A little thin actually, not too impressed.

Overall - A Fantastic beer!!!! Not the best barrel aged stout I've had but in my book this stout was done justice with the bourbon treatment. Good thing i have another bottle!

 651 characters

Photo of ixodus
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of whallgren
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
4.1 out of 5 based on 2,416 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.