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Black Jack Imperial Stout - DuClaw Brewing Company

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Black Jack Imperial StoutBlack Jack Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

93 Ratings
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
DuClaw Brewing Company visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Dithyramb on 07-30-2004)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of plastic and roasted malt. Flavor of super burnt malt, just a disgusting mess. Very nasty. Something went wrong here I think. One of the worst beers of the tasting.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.25/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

Jet black oil looking pour. Two full fingers of mocha colored head. Lacing remains. Fig and dark fruit dominate the smell. First thing I notice is how very thin this beer feels in my mouth. Taste is coffee forward with a pronounced hop bite. Roast and char follows.

Yawn. What a boring beer with subpar flavoring. Flat out terrible. Why is roast and char trending? Like scooping ashes out from the bottom of the grill and throwing them in the beer is good? Stay away.

TheDudeRules, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Hedonist7
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%

Hedonist7, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle into glass snifter.
50°F

A: Deep brown body topped with a small tight brown head that quickly dissipates leaving a thing cover and ring.

S: Sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Almost a hint of Irish cream.

M: Smooth medium body that is a bit lighter than I would expect. Low to moderate carbonation. Nothing special.

T: Dark roasted malt, and a poorly masked alcohol content. Moderate hop bitterness that subsides fairly quickly.

O: Lighter body and weaker flavor profile make this one easy to drink on its own, but I wouldn't buy another. Too many great RIS on the market these days. This one lags behind.

dpnelson1978, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of ahalloin
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We poured this at a tasting I was at recently with a few other people who have already rated the beer.

Poured from a growler picked up that day. Pours a very black semi-viscous fluid with a light tan head of decent girth. Reddish hues occur around the edge of the fluid where the only light passes through.

The aroma is very sweet with major notes of chocolate milk and cocoa. I would like to have more roasty bitterness for a RIS.

The flavor coincides with the sweetish aroma. There is a pronounced cocoa beginning, but the flavor thins out a bit with almost no bitterness and only a slight bit of roasty flavor.

The mouthfeel is wholly underwhelming. It seems very thin and doesn't give you the sensation that you have a big beer.

Drinkability is okay, but the beer seems a bit sweet for my taste.

ahalloin, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Agold
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is very nice looking. Nice tan head with some OK.retention and lacing. Aroma is a bit burnt but there is also a nice mild cocoa note. Flavor is smokey and roasty. A bit astringent. Mouthfeel is kind of light. Could use more body. Good carbonation though. Nice enjoyable beer, but does not stand out.

Agold, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of davidt
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’d read good reviews of this Imperial Stout and was looking forward to trying it. I’m unsure if the recipe has changed or we got a bad batch, but I was disappointed with this beer. The stout was chocolate-brown in color with a very thin head. The light aroma was predominately malt with some dark chocolate. The flavor was dark chocolate with some roasted coffee, though the mouth feel was unexpectedly thin. The DuClaw web site list the ABV range as 7.5% – 8.5% but I really couldn’t detect any alcohol in the taste. I wouldn’t peg this as an Imperial Stout but perhaps an average American Stout.

davidt, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of rapidsequence
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. $7.99.

Appearance: Black of course, not the thickest or darkest. Thin light brown head with poor retention and lacing.

Smell: Ground coffee and cocoa powder. A little charcoal and leather. Not a lot of sweetness.

Taste: Mainly dry, roasty, bitter, and borderline harsh flavors. Not enough residual sweetness to support this.

Mouthfeel: Its kind of thin, and finishes dry with some bitter roastiness.

Overall: This is just not very good. Fairly inoffensive, but not very exciting.

rapidsequence, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Photekut
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photekut, May 18, 2013
Photo of Devi0us
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Devi0us, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Phelps
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in the 2010 Secret Santa BIF. Thanks go out to boralyl for this one.

Pours a creamy, inky black that takes over the glass in darkness. It's topped by a one-finger head of dense, sticky foam the color of cardboard that recedes slowly, leaving a thick top layer, large grippy ring and thick horizontal stripes of lace.

Bit of sweet cocoa and some espresso with milk -- like a creamy, milk-tinged latte. There's also some bittersweet dark chocolate.

The flavor follows nicely, with a bit of dark chocolate and black strap molasses. There's a noticeable jolt of alcohol at the swallow, with lingering notes of heavily roasted malt and coffee. The finish is nice and even-handed; not too sweet, not too dry.

The body is medium-light, a little watery, with a bit of alcoholic tinge in the nostrils and a numbing of the tongue. The carbonation is medium-light, massaging the tongue actively and fizzing the beer up just a bit.

An enjoyable-enough stout. Nothing special, but drinkable.

Phelps, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

duceswild, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a flip-top growler into a becher.

This was not my favorite stout and I couldn't tell what made it imperial while I was drinking it. Overall it was light on flavor and vague on purpose. Here it goes.

Beer is dark black and forms a big brown head with small to medium bubbles. Lacing is high and carbonation is low. Overall it looks fine. When I swirl the glass I get a revival of the head for a moment. It looks like a good RIS.

Aroma overall is weak. There is a slight sweetness mixed in with this almost lactic undertone.

Beer is thick, full bodied but doesn't have much flavor. Sweetness up front, a very slight roast. There isn't much standing in the way of drinkability, that's the good news. There is nice carbonation in the mouth, also good news. The bad news is that about 12 people shared the growler along with several others and it was the only one that wasn't empty after about an hour, in fact it was the only beer that was still half full at the end of the night. Its boring.

drabmuh, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mendvicdog, May 17, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

2dogbrew, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Kelp, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Satchboogie, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma takes a while to develop, but comes up with a solvent kick. Like a wood stain. But then it softens to a fairly conventional imperial stout malty aroma. Flavor is sweet, milky, and strong, with chocolate and coffee and wood. A flat, malty sweet finish. The mouthfeel is creamy and milky. The finish eventually develops a slight spoiled milk sourness.

Seanibus, May 24, 2010
Photo of Wegomlegging
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured black-brown with tanned hide head of respectful amount. Smell of burnt chocolate and alcohol. Taste was a burnt malt and alcohol combo, with a small amount of hop. The good flavor was followed by a decent mouthfeel and burnt aftertaste that lingered. Average drinkability, as some may not like the heavy alcohol and roasted malt. Not a beer for everyone.

Wegomlegging, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this big beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black as night and poured a tan head. The beer had a nice mocha smell to it and hints of chocolate smell also. It was a strong beer as a Russian stout should be. I would have to say I would buy this beer again, but beware, it will throw it too you.

Minkybut, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of biglite351
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - no light threw brew, tall creamy tan head.

S - malts and dried fruit. Hint of dark chocolate after a time.

T - roasted malts, dark chocolate and some dried fruit on the finish.

M - good coating with a tingle on sides of tongue, top and back of throat.

D - one bomber, maybe two.

biglite351, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a viscous jet black liquid with a tight creamy tan head that fizzles away quickly.

S-a little ashy in the nose, notes of molases, roasted coffee, slightly burnt, charr, malty sweetness in the back.

T-follows the nose, the molasses is there, lots of roasted malt, slightly burnt coffee, a little ashy, notes of chocolate malt in there, with some burnt sugar sweetness in the back.

M-medium bodied, smooth and creamy, not heavy, moderate carbonation, almost a crisp finish.

D-decent RIS, balanced with lots of roasted malt but enough sweetness to lighten up the flavors. easy to drink for an RIS but the abv is a little low so take it with a grain of salt.

cpetrone84, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/26/11
*From notes

A: Slightly ruby motor oil. A good pour yields a 2.25 finger head that sticks around for a while. Top notch lacing follows.

S: Slightly grainy, actually. Tart (not sour) dark fruit too.

T: Some condensed, dried fruits are predominant, specifically prunes, dates, raisins and figs. There's some creamy char on the mid, and the finish is pretty impressive in it's longevity. A bit too fruity for my specific taste, but pretty well done none the less.

M: Wow, I can't believe how creamy and rich this is. Really dense and velvety. It helps to push this beer well above average, and keeps me coming back to the glass.

O: DuClaw's Black Jack Stout is a better beer then I'd expected. Seeing how it's aged, I'd have to assume this is a bit better when fresh, yet it was quite enjoyable as-is. I'd be interested in trying their BA version of this.

Another upper middle class entry from one of Maryland's biggest up-and-comer's.

Rhettroactive, Oct 17, 2011
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Black Jack Imperial Stout from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.