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Black Jack Imperial Stout - DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 14
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JerseyKirk
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black. Black hole. No light goes in or out. Light khaki, creamy head.

S: Chocolate, coffee, cream, coffee bitterness, roasted grains and slight graininess.

T: Rich, sweet goodness. I love this beer. Chocolate, cream and coffee.

M: Thick, rich, luscious and sweet. Finish is extremely dry. Love it.

O: Like all of the beer but sweet finish. Great through and through.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off tap at the brewery this beer was an opaque black color with one finger of frothy, dark brown head. The retention of the cap was good and as it faded to a collar it left lacing in streaks. The aroma was of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. The flavors were loaded with chocolate but it also had elements of coffee, molasses, figs and roasted malt behind that. The finish was appropriately bitter enough to offset the sweetness of the malt notes. Well balanced for a big beer! The mouthfeel was rich, the body full and the carbonation light/medium. As one who likes sweeter beers this one was marvelous, like the chocolate milkshake of stouts. Bravo!

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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at DuClaw in Bowie, MD.

Really a fabulous appearance. Black as night with a half inch of dense, khaki colored he'd that plasters the pint glass with sticky lace ringlets.

The aroma offers a nice balance of roast, chocolate, and coffee.

The flavor is also well balanced, with a pronounced coffee/roast bitterness in the finish.

Alcohol content is hidden quite well. Not particularly viscous or palate coating, but rather, easy to drink. Maybe too easy, considering this is an 8% abv stout.

Overall, a solid beer from a local brewery. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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.

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap out of a pint glass at Duclaw in Bowie, MD.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin 1-finger tan head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Similar to the smell roasted malts with a good chocolate, caramel, and coffee backbone. Slightly hoppy and sweet.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Great imperial stout – strong and delicious.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle date but this is a winter release so it must be pushing a year old. Pours dark as night with a fairly dense 1 finger tan head with nice retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Some nice lacing clings all around the glass as well. Aromas of big dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel, molasses, smoked wood, and a bit of dark fruit. Some very nice and interesting aromas for an RIS here, nice balance as well. Taste of tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, wood, caramel, and light dark fruits. Good amount of coffee-like bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, smoke, and wood for a decent amount of time. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly nice and creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly for the level of alcohol. Alcohol is nicely hidden as well, didn’t really notice anything other than a slight warming on the finish. Overall this was an excellent and unique Russian Imperial Stout. Tons of nice complexity and balance.

Black Jack Imperial Stout from DuClaw Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.