Brooklyn Black OPS | Brooklyn Brewery

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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:
2,409
Reviews:
850
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
Wants:
461
Gots:
1,265
For Trade:
112
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Ratings: 2,409 |  Reviews: 850
Photo of Burkbom23
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Icemann383
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OldDirty
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of riderwbd
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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 -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thisXwar
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of agreenman19
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacob17
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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 -10.3%
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 +4.9%
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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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/15/2016. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Touch of booziness appears as it warms. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, light char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roasted bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, toasted oak, vanilla, dark bread, almond, licorice, dark fruit, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish fora while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance, with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mild warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal barrel booziness, Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. This was fruitier on the yeast presence than I expected; but is still spot on for an English styled RIS, with plenty of deep roast and bourbon barrel presence with great balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Millwightdan
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2nd best bba stout next to kbs of course.

L. Jet black with very little tanish brown head, less than one finger

S. Very strong chocolate, caramel and bourbon with slight coffee. The oak isn't that strong.. surprisingly since it's a bba

T. Caramel and chocolate are first. Strangely enough it's like biting into a snickers the second it hits your tongue. The vanillaish coffer flavor follows right before the slight boozy bourbon finish

F. a little bit lighter than expected. Maybe that's from it being fermented in the bottle. No complaints here about that

O. Like I stated earlier. This is my 2nd favorite bba I've tried. Let's face it... It's damn near impossible to compete with kbs in the bba category... But for only being aged for 4 months this is damn close (considering kbs is aged for a whole year) all in all I'm regretting not spending the extra money and buying the store out of stock

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roy1586
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ksimons
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 version
A-color is an inky black with a fingers worth of dark tan head

S-roasted malt, chocolate, and bourbon sweetness

T-taste is similar to the smell with a roasted malt backbone, bourbon, and chocolate sweetness

M-mouthfeel starts out rich and full but finishes on the thin side

Overall while this is a big rich beer it does leave something to be desired in the mouthfeel

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Brooklyn Black OPS from Brooklyn Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 2,409 ratings.
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