Jamaican Style Stout - Stone Coast Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Served on-tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.
A: Poured a jet black with a thick creamy head of tan foam. It was like staring into the Heart of Darkness, man.
S: Smells of rich, robust roasted chocolate malt with a hint of bitter coffee and sweet cocoa added to the mix.
T: Taste is a tad dry in the finish, but is a smooth as hell, medium cocoa flavor backed with rich roasted chocolate and caramel malts. There's a lil' touch of hop bitterness in there, but it's like drinking a pudding, it's that tasty.
M: Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, without being too filling.
D: Would have gotten another if we weren't on our way out of the restaurant. I've seen bombers of this in stores, and would definitely get it again if it lived up to this representation.
Tasty, drinkable and crazy smooth stout. Lush, sweet flavors lend way to an impeccable dessert beer, or one to sip on in the witching hour. Excellent!
08-20-2008 05:17:09 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.98/5 rDev +6.1%
Picked this up at Downeast Beverage while in Portland last weekend,poured a deep but but not quite opaque color with crimson highlights throughout a nice almost creamy colored almond colored head atop.Dark fruit dipped in vanilla spiced rum aromas stuck out most to me a bit of dark roast coffee as well but its quite fruity,not as full and rich in the mouth as I thought it would be that would prove to be the only drawback to this beer.Dark roast coffee flavors are more pronounced flavor wise than in the aromas that alcohol raisin quality shows through as well in a long finish.A solid export/Island style stout here it went great with a big sirloin I had tonight!
10-11-2007 22:32:15 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
A bomber poured into a pint glass. This was a really good-looking beer. Opaque, black with red highlights. A thick, coffee-colored head that persisted. Aroma a little less impressive, primarily coffee. Taste was far better than the aroma foretold. It had a good dark coffee/espresso taste, but as the beer warmed there was some chocolate noted also. A nice rich beer, very enjoyable.
02-20-2008 21:12:36 | More by lordofthewiens
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
bomber (Thanks Ryan)>pint glass
My first "Jamaincan Style Stout" pours out a deep, dark brown color, almost opaque but there is slight but vibrant crimson hues popping through. A 2" deep mocha froth colored head dissipates quick with high carbonation levels but leaves some very impressive, sticky and thick lacing behind.
Big-ass roasty chocolate-oat malt on the nose, black coffee, roasted nuts, very aromatic indeed.
This is an amazingly well balanced big stout with sweet chocolate malt with a heady tootsie-roll and vanilla current with equal levels of roastiness from a deep and wonderful fresh-black coffee flavor and roasted oats. This is a big malt complexity but subtle herbal, zesty hop rides just underneath to ancor everthing down. The most impressive aspect of this stout is that it tastes and feels much like a perfect hybrid of a big RIS and a creamy, roastie, easy drinkin' Irish stout. The feel becomes really impressive with it's full bodied, ultra-smooth slickness, almost as if it came from a nitro-can! BUT!! it's actually crisp and refreshing too...which is unique for a rather hefty stout.
The 7.6% ABV is well hidden and only seems to add to it's complexity. This is a supreme stout that can stand up to any big stout and drink it like a Guiness. I'm diggin' this rastastout.
10-18-2007 16:39:09 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5 rDev +16%
This was awesome. Bought randomly at Liquors 44. Appearance is awesome: dark, dark, dark colors with a thick head that laces thinly away. The smell is luscious with mocha, chocolate, coffee, cream, and vanilla. The taste is probably one of the best dessert-like tastes I have had: very sweet and creamy. Great mouthfeel allows it to be enjoyed slowly, especially with your favorite dark chocolate. Overall, if you want something from New England for your dessert, this is it.
04-07-2008 03:07:04 | More by fitzy84
3.93/5 rDev +4.8%
Slight tan head forms, then leaves a solid ring around the glass. Dark brown, ruby red hue shows through in the light. Aroma is definitely chocolate, and some fruitiness. Maybe cherry.
Taste is of chocolate. Roasted. Some fruity esters. Roasted Coffee.. then chocolate again. Dry finish with some hop bitterness and some roasted coffee lingering. Very nice.
Medium body for a stout. Low carbonation, quite drinkable.
Overall... a very delicious stout. Very clean, lots of nice roasted flavors. Definitely recommended.
11-27-2007 02:36:34 | More by tanarm
4.03/5 rDev +7.5%
Thanks to deltatauhobbit and the Ugly Duckling BIF for the beer.
Very attactive beer. Black in color with a lovely khaki colored head that rises to 3 fingers in height and slowly recedes to a sticky 1/2". Sticky lacing cakes the sides of the glass.
Chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Sweet smelling.
Sweet flavored stout in a good way. Kind of reminds me of chocolate Silk Milk, which I like. Chocolate flavored with a rum like finish.
Good mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied.
Very drinkable stout that I would be honored to try again.
03-11-2008 03:45:48 | More by wcudwight
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Bomber poured into a pub glass.
pours almost black. When I hold it up toward the light I see a orange-yellow tint and also some floatie matter. This sediment is in many of stone coasts brews and it doesn't bother me any. Head is full. Mostly larger bubbles surprisingly. Minimal lacing.
Smell is a roasty, chocolate, caramel, and some date. Also a bitter coffee note.
Very well hopped bitter-wise can't tell what, something english I want to say. Big bitter quickly followed by a caramel malt flavor and then an alcoholic warmth. Dark fruits everywhere and A slight citric taste, lemon, most likely the hop. This is a great stout. Every pull it gets a bit more comlex but never over the top.
perfect carbonation level combined with plenty of bittering hop makes for a killer feel to this big malty beast. Coats the tongue well but doesn't feel thick or syrupy. Slightly dry afterfeel.
I'm blazing my way through my bomber of this and I could go for a few more. Very easy to drink this stuff.
Another great one from stone coast, the unsung portland brewery that has yet to disappoint this brew junkie. Find one, buy it, and enjoy.
01-10-2008 21:19:38 | More by cookin420
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Pours a dark brown color with lots of ruby hues when held up to the light, large frothy head, fizzy at first then develops a slight fluffy look, lots of patchy lacing.
Smell is of roasted malt, slight chocolate and coffee presence but the malt takes precedence.
Taste is malty upfront with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness developing pretty quickly, carbonation is a bit high but works in its favor, can't tell that the strength is above 7% at all.
04-08-2008 23:21:26 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.05/5 rDev +8%
Presentation: 22oz bottle (silk screened label...cool) in an oversized crystal snifter
Poured loose, lively and silent. Subdued initial aroma...semi-sweet, malted milkshake, dusty. With some air traces of coconut, milk chocolate, whiff of cherry and raisin, mild hop oiliness. A very fat finger's worth of rather loose, mixed composition, warm toffee stained foam slowly settles to a pencil's worth with thin, sheetlike lacing. Body is the ubiquitous "black in a good mood" deep burnt umber one usually sees in a dark roast coffee.
Light, delicate (a delicate stout?) on the tongue, subtle with rich, fresh brewed black coffee and tempered mild chocolate, very smooth, even. Traces of cherry and a hint of coconut, its has a beautiful velvety feel to it, lush but not posh. Semi-dry with a very flat "feel" that is quite nice, akin to a Irish Dry. The bitterness that plays off the aforementioned taste qualities provides a nice counterweight and helps to keep it moving as tastes ebb & flow in a delicate (there's that word again) balancing act....very well done.
As it warms it get slowly sweeter with stone fruits, but by no means sugary.
This has a lovely, smooth, easy pace to it. Not a sipper per se but just a nice, relaxing beer that earns one's decision to slow down, chill, savor its nuances. Its also about mouthfeel as much as (maybe more so?) than taste. I like beers that don't ride the gas pedal.
Faint crackers rise on the palate, it grows sharper, more bitter with baking chocolate and hops, slightly more crunched in feel but waaay in the background, an "echoed" crunch if you will. The alcohol, completely hidden up to know, very softly warms the teeth with a icy heat that is slow & soft, growing gradually. It finishes with a smile inducing mocha expresso latte bitter-sweetness, creamy, smooth, with a glazed feeling that is a little chewy but not unpleasant.
A damn fine stout! This was most enjoyable. I'm not all that familiar with this genre, but I know a well crafted, smooth, soft, easy to drink stout when I taste one. This could make an excellent transitional stout for a Guinness drinker. Actually, if a Guinness grew a set of stones this might be the result! This would be killer with any well bloomed Bleu cheese (Stilton), a simple steak, a hearty beef stew, roast beef, venison, and practically every chocolate or mocha dessert you could think of! One of the nicer surprises of 2007 for me personally. I will most certainly enjoy this again. Definitely worth a try. Very well done Stone Coast!
09-12-2007 01:20:42 | More by BuckSpin
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown with a slight red tint, and was mostly opaque. Had a nice chocolate brown head that clung well to the sides and left a ring. Aroma was brown sugar and chocolate. Taste had a small amount of citrus. Mouthfeel was good, a nice consistency to the beer, the only down side was a tingly carbonation. Very easy to drink.
02-13-2008 00:20:16 | More by mountdew1
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
thanks to deltatauhobbitt for the chance to try this one
A dark brown almost black body with a tan head that dissipates quickly
S. predominately coffee with slight undertones of vanilla, chocolate and fruits. doesn't do the taste justice
T. Coffee and vanilla dominate with hints of chocolate. as it warms a little, chocolate come forward more with a slight alcohol taste. Damn right it's good
M. good thick mouthfeel.
D. definitely would trade for again having this with some roasted almond tort. it don't get much better. great dessert beer
01-31-2008 05:00:27 | More by EGledhill
2.35/5 rDev -37.3%
Enjoyed a 22 oz. bottle of Jamaican Style Stout, curious as to what would make this truly Jamaican.
Appearance: Solid mahogany color. Rich foamy head -- a few fingers' worth, slow to subside. Inviting and mysterious.
Smell: Dark malt, coffee, toffee. Very thin aroma, even after slight agitation and a chance to breathe. Nothing Jamaican yet.
Taste: My first few sips tasted very strongly of burnt coffee, reminiscent of a pot of gas station brew that had been left on the burner for a few hours. This was immediately followed by a blast of hops whose flavor didn't meld quite right with the beer. Oddly enough, after a few sips the beer seemed to lose potency, and halfway through the bottle transformed into a common stout. Is this deterioration of taste what makes it Jamaican-style? Disappointing.
Mouthfeel: Nice thin stout feel. An odd creaminess like an uninvited guest whose presence turns out to be OK.
Drinkability: After a few sips the beer became very drinkable. However, I'd bypass this brew for a more consistent stout.
07-05-2008 03:44:44 | More by drinksandeats
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Beer Thirty Tasting
This one was a surprise....
Pours dark brown with a two finger cream head.
The aroma does an outstanding job of setting you up for the big flavors to come. Chocolate, malt, coffee, cinnamon, nutty note, vanilla and fruits.
It is well balanced and light. Great body. Alcohol well-hidden in this one. Very nice stout. I can't believe how good this tastes.
11-18-2007 03:52:34 | More by LittleBreeze
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.
Clear dark brown colored beer with a good Khaki colored head.
Sweet and metallic scent with a heavy patent malt scent. Fair chocolate scent and a fair smell of coffee.
The taste starts out sweet, and chocolate with a cappuccino aftertaste. Sweet like a milk stout with a fairly strong patent malt taste. Doesn't really taste like a FES to me. No dark fruit flavors or traces of whiskey or rum.
Mouthfeel is good.
OK I am pretty sure that I won't be getting anymore of this one. Really a let down and I do love FES but this doesn't taste like one.
12-25-2007 03:13:48 | More by Zorro
3.3/5 rDev -12%
Enjoying this poured into an imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber as the snow comes down hard and fast. Pours a very dark brown/light black, with just a hint of head forming.
Initial smell is weak coffee, and creamy vanilla but as it warms the smell becomes more prevelant. Smell stays with coffee as it warms but becomes stronger and is accompanied but a roasty smell, chocolate and some raisin.
Taste is ok overall. The coffee smell carries into the taste and is harsh when cold but this a stout and I should have known better to even taste it once fresh out of the fridge. As it gets closer to room temp the flavor hits it's peak but never really impressed me. A decent chocolate taste initially followed by coffee as it goes down. Mouthfeel is creamy while in the mouth but goes down thin and easy. Drinkability is good, as it goes down quite easy especially for a 7% beer. I doubt I'll drink another one of these as the flavor just didn't have much to offer.
01-01-2008 18:49:55 | More by dciBA
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is rich and malty with flavors of chocolate, black coffee and a touch of dark fruit. There's a mild hops presence that is decently strong for a stout. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this isn't a style that I drink very often, but this beer is worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for it.
07-15-2008 02:30:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.18/5 rDev +11.5%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4 1/2" brown head over the clear dark brown brew. Head is falls extra slowly, with chucky, sticky lace. Aroma is lightly of dark malts. Taste is rich and chocolatey. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinking is easy. Probably just what they were aiming for. Yummy.
12-13-2007 22:06:57 | More by ppoitras
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
Pours dark brown, near black with some red hue. A good three finger head works down to a 1/4" rim and some sticky lacing. The smell is a tad faint with dark roasted malts and coffee making up the majority. Taste is a bit more enticing with chocolate roasty malts hint of vanilla coffee, and a fairly well masked alcohol. The lingering flavor is sweet to me, but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel is a bit light for a big stout, but right on for this 8% offering. Everything works into a drinkable and enjoyable beer from Stone Cost.
03-13-2008 01:31:45 | More by dickieb
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly, leaving a little lace. Almost black color, faint mahogany highlights. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is smooth chocolate with a slight baker's chocolate finish. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT. Stamp on bottom of bottle has brew date of Feb 26.
11-22-2008 23:31:48 | More by jdhilt
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
Very nice beige head that starts four-fingers and fades into a rocky, glass clinging froth. Deep dark brown which allows the faintest of light to pass.
This has the smell of chocolate milk.
Creamy consistency. Lots of dark cocoa flavor. Only negative is the slightest flavor of boiled vegetables. Nice aftertaste of a balanced stout; this is the first time I notice the hop.
This is an easy stout to enjoy. While it may not beat the big papas from Ireland, it is easily quaffed.
11-24-2007 00:01:10 | More by smcolw
3.9/5 rDev +4%
From a 22oz. bomber into a glass mug. Purchased from 4 Seasons.
Nice look to it, nice blackness at the center but towards the bottom it is a very intense garnet red. Large medium brown head to it, sticks around for most of it.
Smell is really cool, very crisp for a stout, dark sweet cherries, worstershire sauce and some chocolate.
Taste brings on more bitterness than in a traditional dry stout, also some cold strong coffee flavors to mingle with the worstershire, cherry, choc mixture.
Mouthfeel was the low score for this one, a little on the thin side, almost thinner than a milk stout. Carbonation was good but at first was a little overwhelming, that subsided though.
Drinkability is good, could have another because that alcohol is hidden nicely in the taste. Stouts just aren't session beers.
03-27-2008 14:15:02 | More by currysage1
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
Shared a 22 0z. bomber with a friend last night after dinner. Poured into a pint glass a deep brown color typical of the style with a tan head that shrank to a quarter inch or so and stayed throughout. Coffee, toffee, and sweet malts bit of a metallic thing going on. An easy drinking stout . Worth a try. Good but not great.
08-26-2007 21:18:52 | More by ohoove
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
I figured I would grab a bottle before they disappear. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a couple of fingers worth of tan head that turns to a thick lace .The body was a typical black color no light coming thru at all.
The aromas of roasted malts and chocolate filled my nose. There a touch of sweetness as well
This stout was a pleasant surprise, sweeter than I expected in a stout. You get the typical stout flavors of coffee and chocolate but the bitter is tamed by a nice sweet flavor that comes thru. This has a medium body with good carbonation a good combination for this stout.
Good drinkability on this stout the bomber was easy to finish, another brew to be missed from Stone Coast
11-02-2008 19:46:51 | More by joepais
3/5 rDev -20%
Large capped bottle, thanks to cookin420. Pured into a snifter.
Quite dark, near black, with some reddish brown highlights, and a very thin, short lasting light tan head that leaves a modest amount of lacing.
Medium to thin body, it shows a faint aroma and similarly weak flavor. Some roasted malts, fruitiness, but everything feels watered down. Not unpleasant, but certainly not any point above decent either.
11-19-2008 02:01:11 | More by brdc
Jamaican Style Stout from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
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