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Jolly Roger Imperial Stout - Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Jolly Roger Imperial StoutJolly Roger Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ski271 on 06-20-2006

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 76
Reviews by CoolJosh:
Photo of CoolJosh
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a dark creamy black, with a chestnut brown head, 1 finger head. No light comes through around the edges. No lacing..

S Very little coming through in the nose. Most prevalent is chocolate followed by riper dark fruits.. plums, dark cherries... but not enough is coming through here.

T Awesome. Thick as oil, and very creamy, definitely a fair amount of oats in here. I had this at its release and remember the fruit tastes being very ripe, but they seem a lot more mellow, and only a month later. Nice sweet chocolate tastes matched along side some vanilla, some coffee roasts coming through with a smooth bitterness, and some dark cherries, and ends with a nice touch of plum.

This is a gem, and if you can get your hands on it by any means do so. I threw a few my cellar upon its release , really can't wait to see how they turn.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dacrza1
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A victory bottle for having bested Ryan at fantasy baseball this past summer...charcoal black body with a brown quarter-inch head in a snifter ...wonderful lacing as it drinks down...toasted malt with coffee and caramel notes...creamy and warm mouthfeel...a hint of alcohol (9.5%!?) and a lot of chocolate or syrup, in a good way...smooth and steady...the burn of alcohol leaves after three sips, replaced by a pleasant warmth...too smooth to be believed...I was pleased by their pilsner on draft (and the burger matched) but this indeed was a beer worth singular sipping...I'll have to defeat Ryan more often...

Photo of nkersten
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown/black with a thin, quickly dissipating mocha head.
S - Smell is great... Light roasted malts, cherries, a little bit of booze.
T- Taste is dark chocolate, some burnt sugar, dried cherries and a slight hop bitterness. Surprisingly balanced for a big stout. Not to sweet, not too bitter.
M- This is exactly what an imperial stout should be like. Thick but not coating with minimal carbonation. A tiny bit of alcohol burn adds to the enjoyment.
D- I could drink this one all night. One of the better imperial stouts I have had, highly recommended.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, they didn't have this winner when we visited State College last summer. No worries, Captain Tom got me one between snowstorms, and sent it as..an extra. This smooth drinker was just what I needed this weekend. Pours black and thick, with good white head. The real think, one sip is a drinkable bitterness, the next a bit of roasted coffee, great malting integrated.

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, by way of the secret santa bif (i believe)

appearance: poured into a snifter, very dark body with a creamy chocolate head and really nice lacing

smell: nice high roast levels, a touch of smoke, creamy chocolate, cocoa powder, a bit milky - very nice

taste: This is a very enjoyable stout - creamy and chocolatey, milky and semi-sweet, dry cocoa, a nice touch of hops and a light bitterness. Alcohol is nicely masked and this stout is well balanced without being too showy

mouthfeel: perfect - creamy and milky, silky smooth. perfect

drinkability: great

Photo of sadman64
2.12/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Stouts are one of my favorite beer styles, but this beer is not very good. The initial taste is typical of a stout, smokey and burnt, however, the overall flavor of this beer is almost offensive. The mouthfeel is rather odd, and doesn't help my rating for this beer. There are alot of better stouts out there.

Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed on cask via hand pump at the brewery on 12/27/08. 10 oz pour into a snifter.

Pours a dense pitch black with several fingers of massively creamy darker looking burnt mocha colored head. This settles down into a sturdy ¼ finger of retention that flares up marvelously when swirled, leaving thick swathes of lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just lush with chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, oats, a bit of smoke, and some light warmth.

The taste starts with sweet chocolate hitting the lips first, followed by a big dose of heavy oats, and then a bite of dark roasted bitterness and coffee in the back. Underneath lies a good undercurrent of dark fruit tang that lingers in the finish with some residual bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a mellower feel from the cask conditioning. There is definitely some heavy warmth in this (especially towards the bottom of the glass) but the alcohol is still kept under wraps thanks in part to the largeness of the flavors and smoothness of the body.

This is textbook RIS territory here folks that's even better via the beer engine. Powerful and complex yet the cask conditioning softens the overall profile to enable good drinkibility. I'm looking forward to several more snifters of this over the course of the winter.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-Rate: 22 Oz Bottle
Subtle salted caramel and oak aroma, backed with Amaretto truffles, candied Orange peel, Virginia Burley, and heavy molasses. A little low, but there. Pours a seductive deep black, rimmed with a tanned froth of creamy soap, lacing nicely. Flavor is a dense and intense creamy malt, with luxurious sugars backed by flourishes of coffee bean, noir chocolate, touches of brandy and nice bourbon character. Dryness arising from coffee grounds, roast malt, and caramelization. Nice solid flavor profile with all the expected nuances. Palate suffers just a touch, losing that irreplaceable cask character and forming more density, which works too. Drys out in hickory, charcoal and oats. Hops percolate a little leafy essence to the smack. Nice and pretty close to cask. TOTAL=4.1

Photo of morimech
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color with a thin mocha colored head that settles to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful aroma of dark, roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, smoke, and alcohol. I thought this beer might be a little hot but the flavor did not reflect my impression of the aroma. Very roasted flavor with hints of smoke. The roasted qualities are so strong, the more subtle flavor elements are lost. Moderate bitterness which seems to come from the roast. The alcohol which seemed so apparent in the aroma is well covered up in the taste. Thick and chewy body that is just a tad overcarbonated. Otherwise it has a solid mouthfeel. Not overly sweet, bitter, or boozy. A solid Russian Imperial Stout.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is black with ok carbonation. The head is one finger, mocha brown and leaves some lace.

The smell is nice rich coffee and chocolate.

The taste is a mellow smooth coffee, dark chocolate alcohol bomb. Hoppiness is not real big over all the dark malt, really an Imp Stout lovers brew.

The mouthfel is great, smooth and creamy, very nice body and good carbonation

The drinkability is very good, I am so glad a got another.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle purchased at the brewpub last football season.

A: The stout pours out of the bottle like a thick oil, clumping to the glass and leaving a thick coating fo head in the top 1/3 of the glass. The head is tan and coats everything.

S: The stout has a strong rauch-like smokiness. The aroma is a little more restrained than the alder-smoked ASP, perhaps on par with a Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier. A chocolate, roasted scent manages to sneak out past the smoke if you look for it.

T: A sip reveals a big stout body, chock full of burnt grains and bitter bakers chocolate. The flavors bite from the front of the sip and leave a bready, graham-like flavor long after the sip is gone. Dry fruits add a nice touch of sweetness. The pervasive smokiness continues, adding a chewy flavor. I'm not sure if the flavor is intended, but it is not unwelcome.

M: The mouthfeel is full, a great deal of flavor pops up throughout. The touch of smoke mixes with the fruit and chocolate to create a solid drink.

D: The abv is hidden nicely in the beer but it is high, packing a wallop without my knowledge. I wanna try this on tap to see if the smokiness persists.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- coffee black with no light seeping through. poor head and no lacing.

S- molasses and coffee bean dominate the nose. I get subtle hints of chocolate.

F- bitter coffee hits the palate first and the roasted malts with molasses topping it off. not bad combo but the coffee is a tad too strong.

M- thick bodied and full of coffee and booze

O- not bad. a nice imperial stout. I like coffee but the coffee overpowers just a smidge.

Photo of MmmIPA
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick,motor oil viscosity type body,small tan head that fell fast.Swirls of patches in the beer.

Chocolate,coffee,dark fruits.Smells very fresh.

Coffee,bitter chocolate,sweet malts.Semi hop finish.

Slick mouthful,very easy carbonation.Cant taste the abv.

Very tastyy beer,well worth it.Cheers to Capones and Otto's

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 received in trade from jac5084.. Josh is one of the most chill traders I've ever come across.. Thanks a bunch for the super bunch of dark beers that made their way to Boise.. I've been sitting on this for a while.. just waiting for a good time.. I am trying to clear out the fridge... sooo.. tonight is the night... Poured into my Chimay goblet... shared a small amount with Brenda.

Fairly significant 1" tan head .. nice cap and really a pretty good lace.. the brew is black on the pour and the glass..

Aroma is sorta mild for the style, but is still very complex.. French Roast.. and cocoa.. rich dark fruits with dried cherries and subtle prune.. a subtle smokiness as it warms..

The flavor is rich and bordering on decadent.. chocolate and roasted malts... malty sweetness is inviting and helps bind the palate together.. very smooth.. not alot of hops.. and maybe I'm going hunting for what is there.. dark cocoa as it warms.. more fruity essence comes throughout.. the warming alcohol is there for sure.. but a spicy component of the overall brew.. the smokiness is there .. but more of a background player.. nice body.. really pretty good for the style.. carbonation is adequate.. the fruity aspects begins to wear down my palate as it hits room temperature.

very nice brew.. Josh is a superb trader and very recommended.. in fact.. I should probably check in.. soon.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle in a BIF sometime ago and just got around to trying it last night. I decided to split the bottle with my mother in law while we were hanging out last night. Nice pirate flag on the front, and this 22oz bomber was served at cellar temperature and poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was deep, dark, and black as night. Very thick looking liquid getting poured into the glass here. Just the slightest bit of light peaking in through the sides. A nice two finger high head of chocolate colored lace then rose up slowly out of the blackness. It reached its zenith and then sat there for a while, just kind of hanging out with a good amount of retention. Decent side glass lacing kept it looking very nice throughout.

Smell - The aroma was rich with a roasted malt, and mocha like smell. Lots of hints of chocolate in here, and this were already starting to come across very sweet. Some bitter hops could not be picked up as well, and it was really starting to get a nice deep profile to it. A good touch of bourbon like alcohol came through initially but was quickly drowned out.

Taste - The flavor was very full. A rich blend of coffee and deep roasted malts started off the show. Once you let this roll around for a little while, it was quickly replaced by a delicate touch of chocolate, very sweet like a milk chocolate flavor that blended well with a touch of alcohol and a hint of vanilla. Good overall balance to it and a lovely profile. The finish started out very nice, with a good amount of bitter taste to it which caused it to significantly dry out the finish and really give it a good it of bite at the end. Nice long lingering flavor of vanilla and coffee really rounded it out nicely.

Mouthfeel - The feel on this was good, coming across very nice, rich and creamy. It had a fait amount of carbonation to it, which kept it feeling a touch lighter then some of the others in the class, but overall it was very nice and I enjoyed the way it rolled across the tongue.

Drinkability - A very good sipper, this was your classic big stout. Coming in at 9% it was not too hard to put down. And what was there in the alcohol department was very well hidden. Nice carbonation and smooth profile made it even easier to enjoy.

Overall I thought this was an excellent stout. Not quite up there with the big boy but it could hold its own any day. I would love to try this one again, especially with some of the other more well known side by side. Definitely an excellent example of the style.

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black int he glass but brown when pouring, one ginger off white head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Lots of roasted malt, burnt notes, come dark chocolate and coffee.

T-Roast and burnt notes, almost smoked. Dark chocolate, very slight coffee.

M-Some alcohol head, slightly watery, not much carbonation.

O- For 10% the alcohol was hidden rather well, but still showed up. More coffee and chocolate notes would have been better.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to adrian910ss from RB for this bottle.

a - pour a deep, dark, thick-looking black, minimal medium brown head with retention around the edges and modest lacing

s - really "bright" smelling for a stout, lots of dark fruits, black cherry, plums, strong hoppiness as well, along with the dark roasted chocolate, coffee, and a significant smoke component, can't pick up on much alcohol

t - bittersweet chocolate and mocha up front, the dark fruits, dominated by dark cherry, are prominent on the midpalate, quite a bit of hoppiness for a stout as well, finish is lingering fruitiness mixed with dark, bitter chocolate, wisps of alcohol, chocolate covered fruit lingers for awhile along with some mocha, very complex and interesting

m - full-bodied, low carbonation, nicely balanced finish though slightly dry, nice alcohol warming effect

d - fairly drinkable for the style, not overly harsh on the palate and the alcohol isn't overwhelming at all

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer...it easily exceeded my expectations. Very unique taste with the amount of hoppiness and fruit flavors in an RIS. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

Photo of weeare138
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kramer 17801 at the Kennett after party. I missed the 1st bottle he opened. Luckily, he had a second one with him...
Appears an opaque black with a small tan head that fades into a mild film and collar. Fairly fizzy. Spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and caramel.
Taste is of teh mentioned stout bases, along with some roasted nuts, ripened fruit, blackberries, and black grapes.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-full bodied, and warming with a touch of bitter hops in the swallow.

Photo of tviz33
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bomber in to a snifter.

A- Pours pretty much black with less than a finger of light brown head that settles to a thin ring. Good lacing.

S- Mostly roasty malts and coffee. A little chocolate. Nice.

T- Follows the nose but is noticeably hoppier. A little smokiness and bitterness is here as well.

M- Medium full bodied and medium carbonation. Just a hint of alcohol.

O- Just a solid beer overall. Very nice offering from Otto's.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light proof black colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Fruity smelling with a strong fig aroma. Spicy gingerbread scent with a hint of anise. Chocolate and cherry scent, but no real coffee detected. Alcohol fumes carry a distinct aroma of Cherry Brandy.

Starts out sweet and bitter with a smoky aftertaste. Something like a smoked fig caramel sauce flavor. Doesn't change much taste wise Bittersweet with fruit and smoke with a big patent malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Good flavor but a bit of a one trick pony. Bittersweet but complexity doesn't develop much.

Obtained in trade with Kegatron.

Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What Otto's seemed to lack in inspiration for the IPA was simply diverted here to their RIS. Fantastic beer.

Served beautifully in snifter glass it was perfect.

Appearance: Looked black to me in the lighting, but when examined closely you could find hints of red around the edges.

Smell: Big roasted malt aroma filled the nose in a single whiff.

Taste: This ia a massive RIS, packed full of smoked roasted malts chocolate, molasses and cherry.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. It is not as sticky and thick as a Rogue Impy Stout but still creamy enough.

Drinkability: I am a huge fan of this style and this beer. It is far from sessionable but certainly easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of sirpsycho
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, in a snfter at Otto’s. Oily, thick, brownish-black with a beautiful firm, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, slight smoke in the nose. Flavor lives up to what the aroma promises, more of the same, chocolate, coffee, caramel, etc. Smooth beer, kind of spoils you once you drink it, cause that’s all I want to drink right now. This is a well made Imperial Stout. Bought some bottles of this while I was there and will rate one in the near future.

Photo of jdg204
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a proud PSU alum I was thrilled to finally have my first trip to Otto's and wow what a place. Found a great cask beer and a great place which I'll definetly be visting again. Very cool being served in a snifter.

Appearance - Lovely, thick black color with a beautiful finger thick coffee colored head which stuck around for the ride.

Smell - Very nice rich chocolatey scent with a nice roasted undertone.

Taste - This guy has some oomph, rich mocha taste with a very well balanced roasted, hopped undertone.

Mouthfeel - Definetly a sipping beer with the power and the texture gets a touch thin but still very satisfying.

Drinkability - Extremely impressed with Otto's, definetly have to check out more of their offerings. This was a fantastic RIS which was actually fairly easy to drink. The fact it was on cask and in a snifter was almost an unfair advantage and helped make this a fantastic brew.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

From a bomber, procured at the source.

Pours into a shaker pint straight black, getting only some crimson highlights around the very edges. Finger of mocha head.

Smell is rich & on the sharp side: rich like raisins, dark chocolate, cocoa powder; sharp with a bourbon-like alcohol presence. Or rum-like, with those sugars. Subtle vanilla.

Taste is molasses up front, an earthy kind of sugar sweetness, then backed up by dark chocolatey malts, cooked dark fruit, & booze. This is just a little on the creamy side, has a lot more alcohol bite & some acidity to it. Not very bitter at all -- no notable hop presence, & more surprisingly no real roasty flavor. That really helps the mouthfeel: foamy without being creamy, but ends relatively clean with no cling or a huge impact on the palate. Later on I pick up a slight rauch/bacon-y flavor.

Definitely a heavy hitter -- the alcohol seems a little too prominent, both in the taste & on sobriety. Oddly enough, the mouthfeel is a big plus -- very flavorful, but recedes enough afterward that each sip is a renewal & not just layering on more of the same.

Photo of jgap
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade with jac5084. It seems Josh, Esq. is really making a name for himself- awesome guy and great trader. Pours jet black into a stone 12th glass with a fairly large, mocha head. Great retention. Smell is of strong coca and hints of coffee. Taste is huge, thick molasses. Solid brew, literally it's like malt-O-meal. Milk chocolate fades to a thick malty sweetness then leads to a light, lingering coffee. Very easy to drink, it's like chocolate milk. The alcohol is hardly detectable at all.

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Jolly Roger Imperial Stout from Otto's Pub and Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.