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Java The Stout - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 131
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 3.2%
Wants: 65
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SpencerT on 02-16-2008

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 131
Photo of Beerma
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super dark rich color! Not very heavy. Couldn't drink more then one. tasted like coffee. Not very much beer taste. Very good. Really love this brewer! (151 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Arnold's. Snifter. Pitch black with tan head. Rich roasted malt coming in through the nose.

Full bodied with a creamy character. Amazing! This is what American stout should taste like. Significant hop presence but adds complexity to an already complex malt character. Layers of roasted and chocolate malt. Very easy drinking. Nice light espresso notes and some light pine left on the tongue. I could drink this all night (434 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a pint glass, this wondrous coffee stout pours a thick black with a huge dark tan head that lasts a good while and great frothy lacing. Nose of rich black coffee and bittersweet bakers chocolate. Flavors of coffee are impressive all around with some bittersweet chocolate and smooth carbonation rounding it all together with sweet and roasted malts. Straight forward and delicious with a lightly bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste. Another great brew from a great brewery.

Cheers! (511 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super coffee-forward. If you don't like coffee, you won't like this stout. Deceptively balanced aside from the big coffee aromas and flavors. Jackie O's does beer so well. (171 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured black with a small off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Huge roasted coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate notes. This is just like sticking your nose into a bag of freshly ground coffee.

T- Tons of roasted coffee, dark fruity, some smokey notes, hazelnut, and chocolate. Quite a bit of coffee bitterness.

M- Prickly carbonation, semi-dry finish, light warming, and medium body.

O- One of the most coffee forward beers I have had with lots of nice and unique dark fruit and smokey notes. (539 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger head
S: Almost all coffee but such a pure mix of both freshly roasted beans and freshly brewed coffee, it's very nice. A hint of cocoa as well
T: Again lots of coffee (big surprise) but cocoa and roasted malts also make an appearance. A nice blend and every flavor is very pure
M: Thinner than many stouts but matches the coffee theme as this is what I'd expect drinking delicious coffee. Light but pleasant carbonation
O: As stated below, don't order this if you don't like coffee. If you do, this beer has better coffee flavor than what's poured at a majority of the coffee shops I've been to. I'll definitely be drinking more of this (709 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty thick looking and very close to black, this could pass as either beer or cold-brewed coffee. The tan head is tight, about exactly one finger tall. It keeps itself together nicely and for the duration, leaving ample evidence of itself on the walls of the glass until the end.
Loads of coffee make the aroma, but it's no one-trick pony, so to speak. This stout has a big, robust malts base to put it on. It features notes of bittersweet baker's chocolate, and the coffee is as fresh as I've ever smelled in a beer like this.
It tastes more like fresh cold-brewed coffee than all except one coffee stout I've ever had. Roast from malts play with it so that it could easily be the coffee itself. Deep, rich cocoa notes come out without pushing. There's a certain creaminess in the flavor, too.
Carbonation is low but well-played, as no more is needed than what's given. The body is full and pretty rich. It's got crispness but the focus is appropriately aimed more toward smoothness. (986 characters)

Photo of wildcatboy
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A little thin for me but trust me, this is a good brew.
big coffee and dark chocolate upfront. Followed by malty flavor .
Very smooth and easy drink. Not a huge mouthful and a thin stout but by no means does this take away from the overall drink.
Another great beer from JackieOs. (280 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

black as night, dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace all the way down the glass. Looked just like a stout should look....thick.

Smell was very robust, deep roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well. Taste was very thick and complex. Big deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. Cery thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma, I could literally taste it for 20 mins after the last sip, very outstanding full flavor. Overall this was awesome, (692 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone at DLD. Thanks.

A - Pours a dark brown hue and is capped with a thin tan head. A good deal of lace is deposited as I drain the glass.

S - I really dig the nose, it is intensely coffee-laden. I get notes of fresh ground coffee and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

T - The taste is less coffee-centric, and has mild roast and molasses-y in equal proportion to the eponymous java. It tastes good, just not entirely congruent with the expectations foisted by the aroma.

M - The feel is a tad on the thin side for me, but is softly effervescent.

O - Solid brew. Would like a bottle of this. (617 characters)

Photo of Tripphop
4.02/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a slow head. The first pour from the growler yields very little, but the later pours have a nice brown fluff. Aromas are of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is very mellow with sweet chocolate, espresso, roast, and a very smooth creamy finish. The mouthfeel is rich and decadent, with a lingering coating of the palate. The coffee is present, but not too strong. Quite drinkable, and a good staple of the Jackie O's line-up. (453 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a hefty couple pours off of this from someone at DLD. Thank you sir!

A - Black beer with a tan/mocha head that left some nice stick on the sides. Nice looking beer.

S - Huge shot of roasted espresso beans with the slightest hint of dark chocolate. There is no doubt that this is a coffee beer, but it is a marvelous smelling one at that.

T - Roasted coffee, espresso beans, strong dark malt backbone. This tastes every bit as good as Hells Black Intelligencer by 3Floyds. Great balance with just a little bit of sweetness adding something to the taste.

M - Creamy, full bodied, just the right amount of carbonation.

O - Drank a lot of this, this is one of their best beers, and apparently a hidden gem as it doesn't get the talk that the DAs and sours do. Would love to drink this all the time. (803 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice very very dark brown almost black. A good amount of light brown head. Great head retention. Smells incredibly buttery. The coffee aroma is strong but masked by the butteriness. Taste is initially buttery almost butterscotch. The finish is strong coffee... Tons of roast and bitter coffee flavours i can almost feel the grounds ! The mouthfeel is solid and overall the beer makes up for the intense almost butterscotch aroma (436 characters)

Photo of kzoobrew
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brew3crew for this one. Cheers Jason!

We can safely call this one black. There are some faint ruby highlights when held to the light but they are rather limited. Two finger cafe aulait colored head is placed a top. The retention is respectable but the lacing is impressive. Tasty looking beer.

The aroma of this beer is not what I expected. It is a pleasant aroma but lacking a couple characteristics I would normally look for. The most prominent aroma is a toasted vanilla custard. Now I love this aroma but it is throwing me off. Dark roasted coffee aroma is set underneath along side a lightly sweet chocolate scent. There is not a lot of depth in the aroma but I am ok with that.

The flavor begins with a sweet chocolate flavor before moving on to a similar custardy presence that was noted in the aroma. The two blend for a very rich sweetness up front which is extremely enjoyable. Midpalate the coffee bitterness and roast picks up and starts to balance off the sweetness. Medium to dark roasted coffee flavor. Toward the back of the palate a charred malt and bitter chocolate flavors emerge. The transitions of flavor is very much light to dark but enough continues on into the next to create a balanced flavor all the way through.

Medium to full bodied stout, very soft and creamy mouthfeel. The beer feels like a much larger beer on the tongue. I love the texture of this beer.

Fantastic beer, great first impression of Jackie O's. Very well crafted, flavors are well balanced and integrated. With many non imperial stouts it is hard to get the body that many like myself desire. This beer does an excellent job of mimicking a much bigger stout. Very drinkable, a couple in a sitting is no problem. (1,727 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega.

A- Black with a frothy tan head. Nice retention and modest lacing.

S- The aroma is very interesting. It seems to transform through the course of the glass. When the glass sat in front of me I was getting lots of french roast coffee. As it warms the aroma gets sweeter and sweeter. By the end coffee was only a portion of what was going on. There is LOTS of chocolate. Its very sweet, almost tootsie roll-like at times. Lots of vanilla as well. It all comes together to smell very much like raisinettes and chocolate covered coffee beans.

T- Much like the aroma, the taste gains complexity from warmth. This beer is very sweet. Much sweeter than I expected and almost too sweet for what it is. It all manages to come together and work pretty well though. Lots of vanilla, caramel, TONS of raisin and chocolate, french roast coffee. By the end of the glass tobacco becomes apparent on the finish.

M- A pretty smooth one. The sweetness clings to the palate because of its fuller body and low carbonation.

D- Really sweet. Yeah its a coffee stout, but its more than that. (1,095 characters)

Photo of kconradx5
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you don't like coffee don't order this stout but if you like fantastic coffee then this is your beer!!!! I have a son attending OU so I've enjoyed this beer for several years and this year's batch is perfection. My son is graduating this year and I'm going to miss Jackie O's. (279 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Thick black stout, maybe thicker than everything else we tried outside of Dark Apparition. Otherwise not much different in appearance.

The smell was unique for a coffee stout. Lots of wood and smoke, which was odd at first, but actually intriguing. Dark bitter malt and very mild coffee beans.

Light French roast dominates the flavor, along with sticky malts. Slight sweetness, but mostly bitter from the malt and whatever hops there were. The coffee was a tad underplayed, but smooth and likable.

Very dry, what else is new?

A solid beer for sure. But when compared to the growing plethora of coffee stouts out there, this one is more middle of the pack. (688 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a large foamy dark brown head, even in a four ounce tasting glass.

S: Huge amounts of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, all balanced excellently.

T: Huge amounts of coffee in the flavor, with a good deal of chocolate and dark fruit malts being present too. Very, very enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, and slightly sticky.

D: Amazingly drinkable; the fact that Java the Stout is both extremely well balanced and delicious makes for a beer with long-lasting enjoyability. (513 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on our way back from the Midwest after Christmas.

Pours near black with a pretty good mocha-colored head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose is really nice with loads of coffee and freshly-ground espresso beans. A bit one dimensional, but it's done so well that I don't care at all. The taste is along the same lines, though there seems to be a bit of a creamy character there as well alongside some roasted bitterness. Other than that, java through and through. Nice mouthfeel with a bit of cream and a slightly-dry finish. One of the better coffee beers I've had in awhile. (608 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to brewslut for sharing a growler on 12/26/10.

A - How do you like your coffee (stout), sir? Black. This one is none more black with a creamy burnt tan head that reduced to a wispy patch and spotty lace.

S - Freshly ground medium to dark roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate. Simple. Breakfast of champions!

T - Java the Stout packs an amazingly authentic coffee flavor with a roasted malt character and hint of chocolate thrown in for good measure, making this a perfect wake and bake morning treat OR a delectable dessert drink. Finishes with a hint of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and sweet finish, but with a tinge of earthy hops and coffee bitterness.

D - Bam! Awesome, poundable coffee stout right here. Donkey would be proud! (789 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a tulip...Black pour with a nice tan head, good retention and lacing...A wonderful aroma of espresso, creamy, coffee beans, a little bitter...The taste is espresso with a hint of chocolate. Really nice balance. One of their best beers for sure. (256 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a growler into an Imperial pint glass. Listed on the chalkboard at the brewpub as a "coffee stout brewed with Dawn Chorus (roasted at Perks.)" Perks is a local coffee shop, just down the street.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass. Some lacing. The beer itself is a deep, dark brown, nearly completely opaque, with some light seeping through the edges.

Smell: Strong, astringent coffee aroma. Hints of baker's cocoa and a slight note of lactose sweetness.

Taste: Mild roasted barley upfront. Chocolate notes are sweeter in taste than smell. A slight sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Impressive after a week in the growler. Body is good, kind of slick.

Drinkability: A good mix of the classic stout flavors I like so much: chocolate, coffee, and roastiness. Another hit from Jackie O's. (899 characters)

Photo of at330606
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The others sum it up very well. This is my favorite beer--Jackie O's really nailed it with this coffee stout. Unfortunately, when I went to fill my growler, this nectar of the gods had been replaced by a chocolate stout. I sure hope they'll make more some day. For now though, if you're in the area, I think Casa Nueva, on the other side of Court St., has a keg or two left. (374 characters)

Photo of SpencerT
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Stout was poured from a growler direct from the Brew Pub. It poured an Espresso Black with a thick Mocha head. The lacing was good. The smell of this Stout is of Coffee, Chocolate, and Brown Sugar.
If you have ever eaten any Chocolate covered Espresso beans, and loved them, this is your Stout. A great Espresso bite with a good balance of sweetness. The mouth-feel was surprisingly lighter than expected.
A great Stout for a February night in Ohio. (457 characters)

Java The Stout from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.