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Breakout Stout - Jailhouse Brewing Company

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.54%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: thin head on a jet black body with no light getting through.

S: burnt toast, roasted malts, light coffee, grains and a little smokey.

T: roasted malts, earthy hops with a mild vanilla sweetness. Coffee dominates the finish but isn't overstated. I get chocolate less than others with this one.

M: full body, moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: this is a very well rounded stout. Not too sweet with all of the elements you want from a stout. I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Soft oat notes and with milk chocolate and a hint of mocha.

T - Sweet malt and some coco up front with a bit of soft oat or what flavor. More dark notes in the middle with a darker chocolate note that transitions to cacao and smoky coffee in the finish with moderate malt bitterness to balance the sweet malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for a beer of this strength and sweetness. Not overly complex but with a chocolate note the strengthens towards the finish and just enough bitterness to balance. This is one of those rare beers that is somehow more than the sum of its parts and it is really unusually drinkable for what it is.

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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.

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

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with modestly-sized, khaki-colored head. Fair degree of retention.

Smell: Breakout presents a scent of richly roasted barley giving an impression of espresso paired with baker's chocolate.

Taste: Decidedly roasty, with strong tones of coffee and charred barley. Roundly sweet bittersweet chocolate. Puff of acrid smokiness. Earthy bitterness with just a teensy bit of citrus hop character bubbling up out of the maltiness. Roasty, bitterish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad for an inaugural line-up beer. Breakout is a solid, firmly roasted stout. Best of luck to this fledgling brewery out of sleepy little Hampton, GA.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Brought this to a RB tasting, had had it for about 12 months. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, cream, coffee, and some sweet dark fruits. Pretty nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, toasted malts. Very nice and very smooth.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. very smooth and easy to drink.

o -Overall a very nice American stout. I liked the taste a little more as it had more chocolate, while the nose had some sweet fruit to it. Worth having and would like to have it again.

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

The beer is dark brown with a soapy, beige head. Decent retention and lacing on the snifter. Lots of roast in the aroma,along with hints of chocolate and coffee beans. A bit heavy on the roast. The beer is solid, but not great. Bold taste, predominantly roast. Burnt cocoa and chocolate. Tasty. S'mores over the fire, perhaps a few minutes overdone. Medium bodied, good feel. Overall, a decent brew that could stand some minor improvements.

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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.

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

I'm surprised at the breadth of reviews here for this beer. I can't help but think that there is a bad batch or two (or bottles) floating around. I, for one, enjoyed it, and found no glaring flaws like heavy diacetyl in the beer to mar my enjoyment. A beautiful pouring beer, lustrous black with a creamy tan head and nice lacing. Smells roasty and creamy with a mineral note. Tastes very balanced with roasty notes, a slight sweetness, some bitter chocolate and coffee notes, and an earthy backbone. A little bit sticky in the mouth, but lean enough overall to compensate. Not too sweet, and overall a fine job.

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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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice rich dark brown nearly black with a thin one finger mocha head that fades quickly to leave a thin halo and nice creamy wisps.

S - Nice rich roasted malts, very faint coffee but that is okay as it is made up for by how gently smokey and almost oaty this is. Quite pleasant.

T - Taste is quite roasty, almost to the point of being burnt but never really gets there. Don't get much chocolate at all, in fact I get none, and the coffee is only there on the finish in a bitter sense. There is almost, like someone else said, a pumpernickel like note in here which is pretty fun.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly creamy. Quite nice and pleasant.

O - Overall this was a solid offering. Nice and roasty, quite drinkable.

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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.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Grant, drank from a tulip... Pours a light black color, some dark brown and amber on the fringes. The head is a nice medium mocha, creamy, looks good if not for the soft black... The aroma is decent, lots of roasted coffee which is pretty nice, but not really balanced with anything else, so a touch boring. I want to like this, gotta me give more... The taste is borderline bad as that coffee comes out in full force, this is extremely bitter stale coffee. Some light alcohol and vanilla come through.... The mouthfeel is off, bitter and overcarbonated... The group quickly moved on from this, not very good. I was excited to try this, very disappointed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, opaque sable with a fine-bubbled light tan head. Smoky, chocolaty aroma has an overtone of quality coffee and demands a taste. Mouth-filling mocha flavor is smoky, slightly bitter and also slightly sweet. Tingly, fizzy texture leaves a finish that is smoky and slightly hop-bitter.

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATLCarl for this bottle, which arrived as an extra with a bunch of good southeastern beer. Had some Jailhouse when in Atlanta this summer & looking forward to trying more. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife. Bottle says 8% ABV, for what that's worth.

Pour is dead black, more than average carbonation. Nose is vast epoch of roast, cut only barely by a dying ember of smoke. Straightforward.

Breakout Stout packs roast like it's a concealed weapon. Huge roast flares up & down the palate on the first sip, almost to the point of char: it's all I can sense the first few sips. Once my tasters begin to adjust to the onslaught, the underneath beer has a milk stout feel to it. Mild chocolate, lactose lurk underneath. Very smooth, almost creamy. Finish is bitten off into a sudden dryness, which is interesting. Lovely sipping stout that could be downed in pint glasses.

This brew reminds me of a thinner, less viscous Marshall Zhukov's...of course, everything, including black dirt, is thinner that Zhukov's. If you're looking for an example of a roasty beer, look no further. Simple, direct, tasty, a very good beer.

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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.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. My first Jailhouse brew.

Pours almost completely black with only some faint light passing through the edges. There's a huge thick beige head that recedes very slowly to a hefty cap. Really good looking stout.

Aroma is heavily roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of hops.

The taste is not quite as impressive as the nose. It's roasted black malts, cocoa powder and some earthy hops. Bitter, roasty finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and maybe a tad thin. The body keeps this from being a superb beer.

Really nice first effort from Jailhouse. Very drinkable standard stout that lacks just a bit of body from being a great beer.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jerryfreak for sending my this bottle in the Locals Only BIF.

A: Pours a nice deep black, with just the thinnest of brown showing through on the edges when held up to the light. There is one finger of tan head, consisting of tiny bubbles, that lingers for a little while after the pour.

S: Smells of dark chocolate, plums, raisins, and caramel. I wish I could say that there was more roasted notes and toast in the nose, but it smells overly sweet.

T: Starts off roasty and sweet. The raisins and plum notes come though nicely, but there is a nice helping of roasted malt and burnt toast as well. The flavors that I wanted in the nose are coming though perfectly. The finish is nice and sweet with a big burnt toast characteristic shining though in the end.

M: This is Full bodied beer. There is a sweet silkiness in the start that lasts though the majority of the drink. But this beer finishes with plums and a burnt toast.

O: I think this is a really solid stout. It's not huge in booze, or huge in oppressive flavors. It's just right. After a long days work, I'd love relax with a bottle of this. I'm really glad to have tried it.

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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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Photo of argock
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No obvious freshness date. Received in an informal "locals" trade with my good friend Erinn.

A: Black with chestnut brown edges and capped with a 1/2-finger of chocolate cookie dough forthy but short-lived head and minimal lacing.

S: Fudgy with heavy chocolate overtones and a little bit of black coffee thrown in. The fudginess also has a light nuttiness that falls into a medium caramel crystal malt aroma. There are some dark fruits although they are overtaken by all the chocolate. A touch of herbal hops. No alcohol or yeast aromas.

T: Great flavor with a big blast of fudgy milk chocolate coupled with espresso coffee. Raisin with a hint of liqueur. Crystal malt caramel flavor comes through next, sporting medium to dark crystal malt sweetness. Generous hopping with a light herbal/earthy note finishes. Alcohol is not omnipresent but is detectable but enhances the flavor and feel. No yeast flavors. Low bitterness.

M: Silky smooth but almost to a fault, verging on syrupy. Carbonation could come up another 0.2-0.3 volumes to help this out. Body is full easily. Finish is lush.

O: I was impressed by Breakout Stout -- it was a bigger than most American (Imperial or Double) Stout with a strong slant towards maltiness and chocolate but with some more complex nuances as well. Great beer and glad I got a change to try it -- would definitely look to this one again.

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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.

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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.

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Breakout Stout from Jailhouse Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.