Brooklyn Black Ops

Brooklyn Black Ops

Rated 4.046 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn, NY, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

10.7% Alcohol by Volume

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Barrel-aged in Woodford Reserve bottles. Brooklyn Black Ops does not exist. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly, "Black Ops" was aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented with Champagne yeast, creating big chocolate and coffee flavors with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak notes. They say there are only 1000 cases. We have no idea what they’re talking about.

ID: 33428 Last updated 6 days ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Most noted beer attributes

alcoholic 100%
bakelite 100%
bread crust 100%
earthy 100%
hop oil 100%
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Overall Rank87
Overall Percentile99.8
Style Rank25 of 2434
Style Percentile99
Lowest Score3.5
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.195
Weighted Score4.046
Standard Deviation0.410

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  • GROWLERPOWER 32 reviews
    rated 3.9 6 days ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Notes from 9/26/14 BK Black Ops '08 vintage 10.7% abv. Adorable Duck Rabbit snifter. Cork spares my eyes, but still had some kick. Slick, espresso head. Matte black body. Head lingers & coats the glass on every spin. Smells of sharp, charred malt & burnt toast. A bit vinous. Rich bourbon glaze. Cigar smoke, dark chocolate, black coffee, burnt sugar. Tasty. Oxidation is starting to show though. Wood ash, burnt bbq, some slight edges of dark fruit peaking through. Pretty dense, creamy body, just barely cut by some beady carbonation. Still pretty boozy after all these years. Waxy. Thanks for the gift Al.

  • SIGMUND 6978 reviews
    rated 4.3 6 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    750 ml corked bottle, at a tasting with Garrett Oliver. ABV is 11.3%. Black colour, brown head. Aroma of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, hints of fusel alcohols. Lovely smooth flavour, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Very enjoyable.

  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 4.7 6 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Big Bottle. Colour - a very black pour with a huge creamy golden brown cap and excellent lacing. Aroma - dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and molasses. Mouthfeel - full bodied, very creamy, well carbonated. Flavour - sweet molasses, bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Scrumptious!

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 4.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Woah! Pours deep dark black as used up motor oil with a small tan head ringlet. Bourbon dominates the nose along with vanilla, chocolate. Flavors follow the aroma - all around very nice and drinkable. Good stuff!

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    So I drank this with three friends while watching UFC so I was very distracted then when i finished my beer and i drpoed my phone and thought i lost the entire review and there is no way in hell I’m spending 40$ on this again, but here we are five days later and I found the review hiding on my phone. Black, black, brown body with a nice tan film. Aroma is so very mild.... some ash, sweetness almost berry, its good but not 40 bucks good. Burbon is kind of in the taste but faint. Big ash, chocolate, sweet but no flavour to add. What am I tasting???? So much but no names. Chocolate, hints of coffee, why so sweet...... why? How can i possibly consintrate on this review with Overeem and Bigfoot about to kill each other. Soooooooooooooooooo over priced, but dam tasty.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Pours dark black with a creamy chocolatey, very active, two finger head that dissapates nicley, nice lacing to. Aromas center around the barrel aspects, lots of burbon upfront, follwed by dark milk chocolate and black coffe notes, vanilla and charred oak.Flavors are nice roasty notes laced with burbon all with some underlying chocolate an barrel character. Although there is plenty of barrel goodness here I really like the way it doesn't overpower the other flavors, this beer is nicely balanced.Mouthfeel moderate creamy carbonation, velvety with a dry finish that leaves a very nice chocolaty, caramely, vanilla burbon oak aftertaste. Nice Brew.

  • MARKFRAGHERT 65 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Aroma: alcohol, bourbon, roasted malt, coffee
    Appearance: solid black, brown cap
    Mouthfeel: medium bodied, thinner than expected
    Flavour: roasted malt, bourbon, and coffee, really a poor mishmash of flavours
    Overall: An average Imperial Stout, nothing that makes it as outstanding as some others that are just as easily available

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Second premium 750ml sample of Superbowl XLVI. 2011 version ABV 11.5%. I gotta admit....I am spoiled now after trying the North Coast barrel-aged Old Rasp. This is very similar in style, just not as well-balanced and IMO does not compete. Still though, a top-notch brew that I would recommend, as the flavors are about the same....bold chocolate malt, coffee/toffee, maybe some liquorice. I found the boubon flavor a bit too much, making this a tad overly sweet. Like I said, I am spoiled now and if I had this first would probably rate a few points higher.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a deep sable that is about a flea's eyebrow above pitch black with a thin tan head - the latter may be an artifact of how it was poured. Bourbon alcohol dominates the aroma, which has tones of semi-sweet chocolate and quality roast coffee. Flavor is like a fine mocha mixed with bourbon or brandy - the alcohol tends to dominate, if not overwhelm, the coffee and chocolate. Texture features a rather strong alcohol bite! This one is not for the faint of heart! If the alcohol bite wasn't so fierce, I would have rated this a little higher.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Beer 4 or my 12 Beers of Christmas 2011 - and a long time Wish List item. Wow. Just wow. This behemoth pours a deep mahogany black with a very tight and well-sustained light tan head which leaves beautiful delicate lacing throughout the extended drinking time. BOURBON. The predominant and upfront nose is fine Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, then some toasted malts, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, very slight coffee and woodsy oak; one of the best aromas of any beer I've ever had. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin for a monster Imperial Stout but everything else makes up for that very slight shortcoming. The flavor is outstanding: again BOURBON, very very good Bourbon at that, then a beautiful blend of oaken vanilla, toasted maltiness, molasses, a touch of chocolate and java. This beer was shared amongst very good friends at a Christmas dinner party after our main course and with dessert, friends who are always willing to try different beers and some of which are loyal craft beer drinkers, and this beer left them speechless. It was a joy to open their eyes, noses and palettes to what beer can be, what quality Imperial Stouts can be; all agreed that this was one of the best beers they had ever tasted. It was one of the best beers I've had also. Pure Bourbon Stout Pleasure.

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