Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Black OPSBrooklyn Black OPS
BA SCORE
86.2%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 2,419 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,739
Reviews:
852
Ratings:
2,419
Liked:
2,086
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
12.86%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
465
Gots:
1,268
Trade:
111
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,419 |  Reviews: 852
Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
3.18/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2014 from bottle into proper glass. Pours with nice head looks very good but that's where it ends. Smells boozy. Taste is as thin as I've ever had from a barrel aged stout and very boozy just as it smells. Hard to recommend this one considering the price point. Pick just about any barrel aged stout at half the price and you'll beat this beer.

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Photo of k47k
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccg
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle labeled "BQE Q4 2016." Opened Jan. 6, 2017.
This stout looks amazing. The beer itself is jet black and sludgy. It pours with almost two inches of khaki-colored foam. It has thick legs, and if you tilt it sideways, it leaves a thick layer of foam that very slowly recedes back into the glass. After a few minutes, it still has a head on it.
The initial smell has the rather typical chocolate/malty smell of a good stout, but after that, a wave of alcohol astringency follows. Letting it warm up a bit reveals some of the barrel character, with some oak and caramel coming through. I would definitely not serve this beer when it's too cold.
The flavor is somewhat typically of a sweet, chocolatey stout. If you let it warm up long enough, a little bit of the barrel character starts to emerge, but this is still a far cry from something like BCBS.
Feel is pretty good. It's a little thin, but it has a nice creaminess.
Overall... I think we live in time that is an embarrassment of riches. I wouldn't say that this is a _bad_ BBA stout, but there are a lot of BBA stouts on the market right now that are better than this one. And at something like $25 for a 750ml bottle, it's not really a bargain either.

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Photo of SpongeBobStoutPants
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisBorgerding
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of calmasahinducow
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Q4 2016 bottle. 11.5% ABV

Pitch black with a beautiful dark brown head. Great looking beer. Nose is raisins with vanilla and coffee. The smell is marvelous, one of the best beers I have smelled in a while. Tastes like vanilla and alcohol - lots of it. This would be a great beer if it was a little less boozy. Mouth feel is excellent: nice, thick and creamy. Overall it's a good beer but the alcohol is really pronounced. Maybe let this age for a bit. Definitely share it with friends.

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Photo of mkh012
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 50ish degrees into a traditional pint glass (best I had available at the time). Near-black with a dark head.

Nose is dark chocolate, raisin, Russian Imperial roastiness, bourbon, wood, and leather.

Taste is boozy dark chocolate-covered raisin. Big and intense but relatively smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium but could be a bit creamier.

Overall, pleasant at 11.5% but lacking that extra special something to put it in incredible territory.

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Photo of JKasten988
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Burkbom23
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icemann383
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldDirty
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of riderwbd
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A beer that I've seen traded back and forth for years. Available now in AZ and was rather disappointed, but decent nose and not so decent attempt at masking the booze.

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Photo of ElGallo
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thisXwar
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of agreenman19
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Q4 2015 vintage. Got this as a Christmas present last year and completely forgot about it. Merry Christmas!

L - always love popping corks. Cork smells of a deep red wine. Pours a dark motor oil pitch black with a rich mocha brownish-tan head. Settles into a decadent-looking creamy ring with sticky leggy lacing. Mouth-watering.

S - dark bitter chocolate and vinous red fruits. Raspberries, cherries, and plums. The bourbon blends beautifully, swirling into the roasty chocolatey goodness gracefully.

T - strong bourboney booze up front but without the bourn. Uh, I mean "burn". Bittersweet chocolate and cacao, toasted grains. A syrupy semi-sweet chocolate sauce makes an appearance toward the end. Woodsy oakiness and what I think is champagne. Must be the yeast. Dry and lightly white grapey with a hint of rust. That might just be the hops too.

F - evervescent and seemingly over-carbonated for what you'd expect from a boozey bourbon-aged stout. Lively.

O - complex, with many different flavors and sensations, Black Ops is one smooth operator. This one will ninja its way to your liver and into your blood before you can say "intruder!" And at 11%+ you'll be anything but a ninja as you stumble into walls and trip over the dog on your way to bed.

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Photo of einman21
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacob17
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with burnt red edges and a large frothy tan head.

I can smell bourbon and charred oak right away, but it doesn't sting. I then get some Raisinettes and hints of maple. The sense of maple actually grows over time as it warms.

Taste is nice, smooth, soft chocolate, vanilla, and roasted nuts to start, but quickly increases in oak, wood and bourbon. While it's at midpalate it seems like it is going to be hot and harsh, but it surprisingly goes down smooth and nice, with only a little spice.

Body is moderate with a medium froth, finishing semi-dry.

By the way, all of these reviews mentioning champagne yeast are complete BS--they are simply attributing it just because they see the word champagne in the description.

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Photo of 57md
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Vintage #BQE Q4 2014

Pours a deep dark brown with almost two fingers of tan head. The nose has both bourbon and the noticeable essence of champagne. The champaigne yeast really takes over in the flavor profile and, frankly detracts from everything else.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled late 2014; drank 3/21/15 @ BMX Consortium.

Black/brown appearance.

Huge tan head which loudly dissipated; decent lace.

Banana, milk chocolate & champagne notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana & milk chocolate flavors up front; champagne bite on the finish. Mild booze heat emerged as this warmed. Unique & quite tasty.

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