Breakout Stout - Jailhouse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
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Jailhouse Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-08-2010

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black with a small dark brown head with lots of lacing. Nose is malty, chocolate, and a bit smoky.

Taste is fantastic a well. Smooth an rich, very creamy and lots of smokey. Mouthfeel is light and rich with a light bitterness fr the dark malts. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint served at Engine 11 in Atlanta.

Dark malt with some faint burnt elements that come to the fore on the finish. Plenty of coffee in the nose but very little in the taste. Lasting dark malt finish is a strong point, with the light burnt quality not detracting from my enjoyment. I generally do not like a burnt quality but here it adds to the strong dark roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is more substantial than Guinness, although not to the extent of the rich flavor.

O - not very complex but one of the richest roasted malt flavors I have seen in a 'regular' stout.

Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate during a local beer takeover.

Pours one shade from black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dry roasted malts with hints of even darker black malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more complex. Strong roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of lighter, and sweeter, toasted malts. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate flavors work their way into things along with slight amounts of roasted coffee flavors. The roasted malt flavors dry out as they carry through to a solidly bitter ending. As the beer warms hints of sharp citrus hop flavors drift in and out of the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was surprised with this beer and how it opens up as it warms. A nice example of the style that fits a lot of flavor into a small ABV. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a trade from some pals in Atlanta in August of last year. This beer has 14 months of age on it.

There's not a significant head resulting from the pour, just a thin layer of dark khaki-colored foam that quickly dissipates, leaving a layer of lace sprawled atop the liquid. There's plenty of carbonation visible, moving slowly through the viscous, pitch-black beer.

Dark roasted malt and oatmeal offer a pungent aroma at a first whiff. There's a hop presence there, but it's very reminiscent of the hops you'd find in a well-aged barleywine, having lost their potency and now just smelling earthy. Hints of chocolate and aroma mingle on the nose, but they mostly go undetected.

I'm quite surprised by how much more flavorful this is then the nose let on. There's a potent mix of dark, chocolatey malts and dark roasted malt, leaving an alternately sweet and roasty flavor. Some vanilla and caramel are present as the beer's middle reveals some silky creaminess and a light, effervescent mouthfeel not typical of a stout. Lingering earthy hops give the beer a dry, slightly bitter finish. Most nicely, I don't get a hint of alcohol on this beer.

I like this beer, especially the strong chocolate presence and the easy-drinking body. I only feel like the IBUs on this and the hop presence don't allow it to age as well as it would if they were more subdued. That's why I'm rating it a good beer instead of a great one.

Photo of EvaDestruction
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured straight onto the bottom of a brandy snifter, this assertive stout gives a good 1" head of sand-colored foam. That's the darker sand from Long Beach Island, NJ; not from, say, Destin, FL. Quite brown and nearly opaque, like strong coffee. Tenacious lacing if you swirl it up the sides.

Raisins at first sniff, blooming into caramel or toffee. Taste? Good and stouty. It doesn't have an overwhelming chocolate flavor. Not quite as metallic nor thick as many stouts and porters. Just the right amount of fizzz.

Overall, I've never met a stout I don't love. A fellow shopper at "Ale, Yeah!" in Decatur, GA recommended Jail House's Breakout Stout to me, and I'm glad to be an accomplice. Cheers!

Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, near-black body just shy of opaque and a cream head. My first pour yielded little head, but subsequent pours yielded as much as 3 fingers. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell is mainly of roasted malt, with piney hops. Not much else going on. Taste is largely the same. Roasty bitterness, with a dash of hops. There may be a hint of cocoa at play, but this is largely just roastiness on display. Fairly straight-forward flavor profile. Probably a good transitional beer for Guinness lovers. Not a lot of craziness or complexity going on - just an amped up stout.

Mouthfeel again is good. Appropriate carbonation and fairly thick, almost chewy.

All in all, this is just a solid, well made stout. There's nothing tremendous about it, and there's nothing particularly complex or interesting. "Simple" may be the key word. I'd love to see the brewer do a rendition with a focus on coffee or chocolate, or even bourbon barrel aging. That said, this is a well-made no frills stout. I'd be inclined to call this an imperial stout, actually - bottle says it weighs in at 8% ABV (which could be an increase from when it was orginally added as a draft-only brew).

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, but a little transparent. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Roasted malt. A little vanilla. Some caramel sweetness.

Taste - Starts off with some coffee roasted malts. Caramel kicks in. Sweetness builds. Milk chocolate. Lightly roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - MIddle of the road, but nothing wrong with it.

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Rbald42, cheers Ryan!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Sheets & sheets of lacing & average head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee

T: Coffee & charred grain, herbal hops, dryness&, & a touch of Baker's chocolate up front. Coffee, dryness, & herbal hops dominate as this warms, plus just a whisper of vanilla, plus some boozey notes. Finishes with wet charred grains, a touch of coffee & dryness

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, slight boozeyness once warm

Drinks easy, an assertive American stout that warmed me on a cool February evening. If you like your stouts leaning towards coffee, you'll like this one

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Thanks go to HopDerek for generously sharing this one.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a solid finger of rich darker mocha head. This maintains a creamy richness, soaping the sides with robust lacing. The aroma is strong with roasted grains and a crunchy smelling coffee presence. Earthy and leafy hops mix in before this gives way to a thick layer of chocolate sweetness in the back of the nose. This is nice.

The taste has a relatively bitter aggressiveness to it up front, with burnt roasted malts and green citric hops being balanced by a malt backbone of sweet and sticky chocolate flavors. That dark bitterness returns in the finish, leaving a dry and burnt feel on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy smoothness on the sides but then more of a sharp and prickly feel on the tongue which brings that roast and hops out. That 8% ABV is very nicely hid, helping add to the overall approachable feel here.

This was a really good American Stout here , which while not super complex, still brought enough well balanced flavors and a solidly drinkable feel to the table. This was a good intro for me to this new GA brewery. Good stuff.

Photo of shrek806
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my new Brooklyn Tulip glass, it poured a dark black with an amazingly fluffy 1 inch head with little to no lacing. the head stuck around for the duration of the session

Smell- astrong odor of roasted coffee beans and malty undertones. smelled like fresh ground beans at the grocery store

Taste-delicious. coffee and chocolate at the beginning and ends with a mild coffee and malt finish

Mouthful- alarmingly light in body with a mild alcohol finish, it may be caused by the coffee. This one hides its ABV well

Drinkability- well balanced, a nice and not over the top Stout. would definitely drink again.


Photo of puboflyons
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 21, 2014.

It pours jet black, onyx, India ink, starless night (and any other synonyms I can come up for black). Modest beige head fades down eventually.

The aroma is full of coffee grinds, dark fruit malts, and earth. Fairly enticing.

The body is thin to medium, which is probably its weakest feature. Still it does have a creamy sensation.

The taste has a full malty character with all those coffee notes and a mild bitterness that teases the palate but does not really linger.

Photo of n2185
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a creamy cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts with creamy chocolate notes and some lightly bitter aromas.

T: Lots of roasted malts here as well. Bitter, burnt coffee and char, mostly. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer has a somewhat watery finish.

O: Overally, not a very good stout. Too bitter tasting with a watery body. Not repulsive, but the second half of the bomber met my drain.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Charlie's Beer & Wine (Woodstock, GA). 5.99. No bottling info. Served in a Founders snifter. 

Pours a near black dark brown with 1.5 finger pillow of tan head. A healthy smattering if lacing. 

Big roasty malt nose. Toast, sugar, a trace of smoke and a wisp of hops. Simple overall but inviting. 

Aaah, malts! Chocolate and caramel malts, oats, char, cocoa, coffee and a little booze. A nice blend of dark malt falovers. A long bitter smokey (but tasty) aftertaste. 

Midium light feel with a healthy dose of snappy carbonation.

I've enjoyed Breakout Stout several times so it's good to finally review it. My favorite "non imperial" stout, this is the beer that initially gave me respect for Glenn over at Jailhouse. It's a  great, complex and solid stout that was enjoyed by many at my wedding last year and deserving of a try if you haven't had it. 

Photo of mbrandonsmith
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the brewery itself and was definitely surprised.

I really liked the character of the beer.

Mouthfeel was typical of a stout.

A decent amount of head for the pour.

Lots of coffee notes and not as much roasted notes as I would have liked. I assumed that they used more chocolate malt.

Overall a well balanced beer.

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an American Pint glass. Poured a thick dark brown with a nutmeg coloured head of about a finger. Smelled sweet and oily. Tasted very rich and sweet, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Finished very bitterly. The sweetness dissipated as the beer warmed up.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Porter 6/05.

A: Deep black with a nice tan head that was well-retained.

S: Aroma was a little hard to pick up but what I got was mainly dark malt that was a little burnt, with some chocolate and coffee.

T: Lots of chocolate and roasted coffee flavors. Slight touch of smokyness with just enough hops to give a nice balance between bitter and sweet. Pretty standard stout flavor but well done.

M: Above average thickness and medium carbonation. Not the smoothest mouthfeel, but I definitely liked the ample body of the beer.

I went into this first beer from Jailhouse with a pretty open mind, and was impressed with it. Hope to see it around more often.

Photo of alk3kenny
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted smell chocolate some sweetness. Complex flavor dark roasyed malts at first followed by dark chocolate and a sweet finish on the back. This beer is smooth drinking while letting you know the abv is there. Leaves a mouthfeel of having consumed some really great coffee despite not really having any coffee notes. My fav jailhouse offering so far.

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My next from this brewery thanks to cpinto6.

Pours a slightly darker colored fizzy/fluffy head that rises almost 2 fingers to the top of my glass and fades pretty slowly with some nice lacing, the beer being a super dark brown almost black beer with slight hints of ruby light sneaking through.

I can smell the nose on the pour, which helps since it takes a little while for the head to die down enough for me to smell it. I get some light coffee, a bit of espresso roast, and some big roasted malt aromas. Then some chocolate, baker's and dark chocolate with an aroma of fresh malted barley but a dark chocolate malt like aroma, and oatmeal, not really flaked oats, more like oatmeal. A big malty barley like aroma, probably a nice dosing of aromatic malt in this as well.

I hope the taste is similar to the nose and then this beer would be sitting well. Taste does bring a nice big malty kick again, starting with some roasted malts, a decent roasty flavor without the burnt acrid flavor is nice, and a light espresso coffee flavor. Then more chocolate, but very light on the chocolate, more like a hint of cheap dark chocolate and a chocolate malt flavor kinda like malted milk balls. Again with the oatmeal, also not flaked oats more like oatmeal which I think is a product from the barley flavors. Also similar to the nose it has a nice big fresh malted barley flavor, toasty grainy malts that have been nicely toasted. It's fairly drinkable as well, with a hint of a creamy taste, light caramel and vanilla. Some spicy earthy hops start to kick in as it warms and sits in my mouth, bringing a nice bitterness and a decent hop flavor that blends well with the taste. it's slightly sweet but fairly dry as well. As it finishes it dries off even more, with a slight sticky creamy feel, and more roast, coffee, oatmeal, and light cocoa.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, semi creamy, decent carb.

Overall I'm actually pretty impressed with this beer. I'm very surprised how low the rating is for it, but it goes more with the sentiment I get from most American craft beer drinkers that they always seem to want bigger, heavier, and bolder. This is a great drinking stout, not imperial stout, and more isn't always better. This brings nice malts, and tons of fresh barley flavors, oatmeal, nice roast and coffee, bit of chocolate, some nice earthy bittering hops to blend in, and a creamy but dry demeanor helps it to be quite drinkable despite almost 8% abv. I could drink lots of this one!

Comment: I break out some 85% dark chocolate and it really accents the beer, and brings out more of the malty toasty qualities. Also the booze comes out slightly as it warms, but just a bit.

Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle contributed by jrallen34 as we were watching Fedor get his clock cleaned.

A - A little bit lighter colored than I would like to see in a stout (although it is a single so not a big deal), but it does have a great tan colored head that had some fine bubbles to it.

S - This is really a bigtime coffee stout, as there is just tons of coffee on the nose. Some burnt cocoa flavor, but kind of a one-trick pony here.

T - Taste is not as good as the nose, which is not a good thing as the nose isn't great. Really just a bunch of coffee with some char and herbal notes that aren't really working for the style. Don't care much for it.

M - Probably the worst part about this, too much carbonation makes a coffee beer seem really cheap and bad.

D - A good looking, but average at best tasting, beer, that I will gladly pass on. The mouthfeel does a lot to kill this beer, unfortunately.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Splitting a bottle with my brothers poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
The beer pours a rich chocolate brown hue with minimal beige head foaming up. The foam fades quickly to an edge layer. Aroma is roasted malt, dry cocoa powder and some coffee grounds. Pretty standard stout stuff. No real hops or hints of booze anywhere. First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture and gentle rolling carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt with some dry high %cacao chocolate hits and faint coffee notes in the background. No hint of the 8% ABV, very easy drinking beer, I could polish off the bomber alone with no issues.
A nice straightforward stout, dont expect a robust imperial as its not and its not supposed to be. Simply well crafted beer.

Photo of Pellinore1
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to both SlickMcCricket and donManguno for sending bottles of this beer.

Pours deep, opaque brown, producing two fingers of light tan head. This fades to a thin cap of foam.

Nice roastiness in the nose, with light coffee notes.

Like the smell, the taste is straightforward and pleasant, presenting roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

Nice carbonation here, but the mouthfeel is thinner than I would like.

Drinkability, on the other hand, is quite good, with pleasant flavors and no detectable alcohol.

Photo of KeefD
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one courtesy of gford217. Thanks man! Always excited to try up and coming new local breweries. Pours a dark brown color that is pitch black in the glass. Dense 1/2 inch head that stuck around for some time which eventually fell to a nice cap that left sheets of lacing on the glass. Very nice! Lovely aroma of charred grains, roasted coffee and a touch of chocolate. Taste is about the same. Very roasty, which I happen to like a lot, lightly bitter from some earthy hops, faint notes of chocolate and molasses on the velvety finish. This is exactly what an American Stout should taste like! Dry, roasty, a touch of dark chocolate, and a satiny mouthfeel. I also tried Jailhouse's wheat beer but forgot to review it. Both were VERY solid examples of their styles. I'll look for more from this brewery as they grow.

Photo of womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours an almost black color with a finger of khaki head.

S: Woah, lots of butter on the nose. A bit of a graham cracker note, which is actually sort of nice. Roasted malt and dark chocolate are also there, but the butter keeps on creeping back in.

T: Lots of roasted malt character to the nose. A bit of ash and burnt coffee, which is sort of unpleasant. There is a hint of butter, some graham cracker, and a little bit of vanilla.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Way too much diacetyl to this. Ruins the beer before it has a chance.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to black with tinges of red when held up to the light, tan colored two finger head built up slowly after the pour but lasted quite a while, leaving good lacing.

Smell wise it's toasted and roasty malts, just a touch of burnt, and some coffee, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste wise it's very much like the smell, with coffee a bit more pronounced, roasty malts and chocolate filling out the middle, and a tinge of burnt on the finish. Both smell and taste improved nicely as it warmed.

Body is medium, carbonation is medium, finish is bitter coffee and cocoa mixed with burnt and roasty malt flavors that linger.

Overall it's a very nice stout. Really this one reminds me more of a double or imperial stout from the flavors and appearance, but doesn't have the same kick and isn't as thick. A well done beer that I'd happily drink anytime and would be fine with recommending to others who like this style.

Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

856th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

No bottle date

Thanks to @Thehughbachi (via twitter) Had a bet my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- Fresh brewed coffee brown with a big tight bubbled head. A little khaki in color with a good bit of dotted cling.

Smell- A bit astringent on 1st whiff. Followed by the grain bill. A bit of roast rounds in out with some bitter notes.

Taste- A bit prickly on the taste. I was hoping for a bit smoother taste. The malts and grains come in first with a bit of bread and black ipa or thick brown ale notes. A little like a very dark choclate bar with the taste.

Mouth- Fairly medium bodied with some edges of the taste being a bit thin and watery. The carbonation is pretty spot on with that bubbbly prickly style.

Drink- I thought it was tasty but away from the normal stout range I prefer with a smooth, thicker feel and more vanilla or more rich chocolate without the bitter notes. This was a good extra. I am glad I got to try a lot the state of Georgia is brewing these days.

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Breakout Stout from Jailhouse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.