Soul Jacker - DuClaw Brewing Company
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Reviews by angrybabboon:
3.35/5 rDev -11.6%
Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this
Appearance: Deep, dark brown, pours with a medium, light tan head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing
Smell: Cooked malts, with some roasty, and burnt aromas - kind of a strange blend - some big burnt, roasty, and cooked notes - some caramel, caramelized malts, very cooked - the barleywine aspect really shines in the aroma here - nicely sweet without being too sweet - roasty nuts and roasty coffee - plenty of booze as well
Taste: Cooked, caramelized malts, with some burnt notes - apparently this is a blend of a barleywine and a RIS, but it mostly tastes like a barleywine with some burnt tones - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and molasses - a lot of dark fruits as well - definitely sweet, but not necessarily in a bad way - lots of alcohol - lots of earth and a general dirtiness increases as this warms up
Mouthfeel: About as heavy as medium gets, I wouldn't necessarily call this full - low carbonation, smooth, oily, finishes with a lot of booze
Overall: My soul does not feel jacked
This is definitely interesting, but this is a good example of why "more" does not necessarily mean "better." Mostly this tastes like a barleywine, with a lot of cooked, caramelized malts, and molasses. But there are some RIS notes here, with some burnt and roasty notes. It could use some more focus.
01-14-2014 23:54:39 | More by angrybabboon
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4/5 rDev +5.5%
On tap at the Arundel Mills location. Served in a pint glass. This is a blend of the Devil’s Milk American Barleywine and Black Jack Imperial Stout.
Pours black, with a touch of ruby coming out along the bottom and a thin covering of mocha colored head. This retains mostly with some foamy edges, leaving back a robust enough looking cascade of lace that dots the sides of the glass with spotty froth. The aroma smells floral and piney with a fresh citrus feel that then gives way to a darker roastiness along the back and chocolate notes that sit just out of reach. The hops from the Devil’s Milk really sit at the forefront of this.
The taste is pretty even between the two beers, with an assertive hoppiness that includes crisp green citrus and a touch more ripe fruit as well. A hefty dose chewy chocolate and roast come in off the sides of the profile, while the finish is hops and roast, finishing dry with notes of pine, bitter fruit, and some lingering smoke. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick prickly feel in the mouth that is sharp up front but then possesses more of a firm creaminess across the back of the palate. Alcohol is fairly well hid but does pick up as this warms with bolder spicy warmth in both the nose and flavors.
I had some initial trepidation about this blend but DuClaw seemed to get it right, putting the bold hoppiness of the Barleywine front and center in the nose while it is more of a supporting character to the robust chocolate and roasted accents of the Black Jack Stout. All in all, this came off to me as a big hoppy American Stout, with a little extra complexity throw in for good measure. This is one Bad Ass Black & Tan!
03-05-2012 03:03:44 | More by Kegatron
District of Columbia
2.58/5 rDev -31.9%
From 22oz bomber to Devil's Backbone glass on 5/5/12
A: Decent dark brown in hue. A standard pour yields a .5 finger head. A suitable collar follows.
S: Wheat bread and a generous dose of caraway seed. As you can imagine, this isn't what I was expecting.
T: I'd love to tell you this tasted like something...but what, though? It's like an episode of "Seinfeld" in liquid form: a beer about nothing. It's absolutely bland up front. I get a bit of heat and maybe a kiss of malt on the mid, and on the finish, I can actually taste the carbonation. What the hell?
M: Well I'll give DuClaw this: at least it feels nice. Good density and the carbonation is well done.
O: I've had both the beers they blend into this individually (Black Jack and Devil's Milk), and they're both alright. But when blended together, they seem to counteract each other. What a waste of caloric intake.
Not recommended. Your better bet is seeking out their BA Black Jack.
05-09-2012 20:53:37 | More by Rhettroactive
4.7/5 rDev +24%
Poured from a DuClaw growler into a pint glass. Tried a sample of this as part of a sampler and loved it...had to get more!
This is a blend of the Devil's Milk barleywine and Black Jack imperial stout.
A- pours dark brown, nearly black with a one finger tan head. Doesn't stick around for awhile, but looks nice
S- sweet fruits, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and hints of coffee. Excellent
T- it's balanced incredibly as a blend, as I'm getting a lot of sweet and slightly bitter fruity hops, as well as the bitter coffee and chocolate tastes as well. Perfect.
M- thick and viscous. Heaven
O- this beer is wonderful. Blends of two good beers don't necessarily mean that things are going to work well...but this is a winner
05-04-2012 19:37:44 | More by bigfnjoe
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the barely translucent dark root beer-hued brew. Head quickly recedes to the rim, with leggy sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly boozy.
Taste starts rich and darkly sweet, dried fig in the middle, and moderate bitterness and alcohol to the close. Flavor lingers with a slight numbing after the swallow. Get some maple character later as well. Mouthfeel is slickerly smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice brew.
02-09-2013 01:27:13 | More by ppoitras
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.
A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin dark brown 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.
S: Strong sweet alcoholic malty aroma. Whiffs of chocolate and some hops.
T: Dark rich ale with an alcoholic wallop. Much more sweet than bitter with hints of chocolate and coffee. Big malt background.
M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and light carbonation.
O: Interesting beer – I love Black Jack Stout and Devil’s Milk – so I figured this would be amazing. It was good but not exactly what I expected.
08-11-2012 01:26:12 | More by ckollias
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
On tap at Max's today.
The beer pours a blackish brown with good head retentikon and lacing. The nose is attractive enough, with considerable chocoalte and coffee, and maybe a hint of cherry and vanilla s well. The flavor profile is better, with considerable coffee, chocolate nnd licorice, with some interesting grittiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, farily sweet, coffee/chocolate and licoriase infused finish. Alcohol is fairly well into integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell the abv. is up there a bit.
A nice enough beer, but nothing to get very excited about either,
03-23-2012 20:49:03 | More by John_M
4.08/5 rDev +7.7%
On tap at ChurchKey poured in 4oz glass. Pours a dark mahogany color with a skim of a beige head - beautiful lacing throughout. There was a roasty malty aroma that featured some vanilla beans, plums, cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and some tangy berries. There were some dark fruits (berries and plums) accompanying some light caramel and brown sugar notes upfront taste-wise. Some vanilla beans, chocolate, roasty malts, and cocoa powder followed. Some slightly bitter roasted coffee finished things off nicely. Plenty of warming alcohol was present the whole way through. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A really nice blend of Devil's Milk and Black Jack. Just picked up a few bottles which would make for nice cellaring or a sip by the fireplace.
05-18-2012 12:10:01 | More by CuriousMonk
4.1/5 rDev +8.2%
22 oz bottle, no date.
appears black - with a thin off-white head. good head retention. smells like a boozy Russian Imperial Stout. bitter roasted cocoa is big. a hint of dark fruits, smoke. taste follows, slightly acidic roasted malt, some charcoal. medium body, moderate carbonation. fairly smooth, could be thicker.
overall - a nice blend of my two favorite styles.
09-06-2012 01:36:54 | More by jmdrpi
Soul Jacker from DuClaw Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.