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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

92 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
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 duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

duceswild, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Devi0us, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of greyghost86
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

greyghost86, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Agold
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
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 alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +3.9%

alalvarez75, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of JerseyKirk
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

JerseyKirk, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of sneth019
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

thekevlarkid, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of grahambo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

grahambo, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

yourefragile, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of FrankyLikesIt
4/5  rDev +3.9%

FrankyLikesIt, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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 ckollias
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

ckollias, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Exiled, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +3.9%

bsuedekum, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of QuickSilver08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

QuickSilver08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of cfinch2
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

superspak, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably about a year old.

A- Pitch black pour into a snifter. Dark tan head with decent size but not good retention. Small ring and cloud with some spotty lace.

S- Aged roast malt and caramel with a nice smoothed out aroma. Raisins, cocoa and dark fruit.

T- Again I can taste some age which has a smoothing effect. Roast malt, raisins, dark fruit, caramel. All balanced out and nice.

MF- Moderatly thick oily body with a silky smooth high carbonation. Some bitterness in the finish.

Good with age and it balances out nicely with some aged fruit and oxidative flavors.

cbutova, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with a nice head, light brown and creamy. Good lacing. Just a hint of dark brown at the edges of the glass.

S: The aroma is a tad weak, but what's there is nice. There's dark chocolate, caramel, roast and some mild dark malt fruitiness. It might be a bit better than my score indicates, but there's more than a half point difference between smell and taste.

T: The beer has a big, excellent flavor once it hits your tongue. It's full of dark chocolate syrup and roast with a citrus hop note in the finish. The beer is smooth and has a wonderful classic imperial stout flavor. Everything meshes together nicely and there's little booze. No real rough edges to be found, either. Sweetness is just right. Great stuff.

M: Smooth and creamy, the beer is thick on the palate. In my opinion, mouthfeel is hugely important to imperial stouts, and Black Jack nails it.

O: I'm kinda surprised to see some lower scores for this beer. I have no idea about the age of the bottle, but I suspect it's not super fresh. I may have just lucked into opening it at just the right time. Whatever the case, it's a great stout with a rich flavor and a creamy mouthfeel. I've thoroughly enjoyed my first encounter with DuClaw.

popery, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 TheDudeRules
2.25/5  rDev -41.6%
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
Black Jack Imperial Stout from DuClaw Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.