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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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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 39
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ski271 on 06-20-2006)
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New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -49.5%

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.

02-24-2009 07:57:48 | More by sadman64
Photo of jpaltan


3.1/5  rDev -25.5%

Pours a solid black with a nice creamy head on it. The head slowly fades into gentle bubbles that cling to the top of the beer. The smell is boozy with dark roasted malts taking precedence over coffee and chocolate notes. Wish the smell was a bit more pronounced. Slight hint of band aids or some other medicinal smell. Beer is creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Some band aid taste throughout. Notes of chocolate and coffee. can't get past the medicinal taste though. overall, I'm not sure if the bottle is expected, but I really had much higher expectation for this beer.

12-21-2008 22:23:37 | More by jpaltan
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3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

A- A deep black color with some brown head on the top. No activity a very still beer.

S- Good malty nose some sweetness then also the alcohol comes through, it's nice.

T- Good taste but not so powerful. A slight kick of the sweet and alcohol tastes good but its just too easy on you for a RIS.

M- Good thickness and nice activity or lack of it fits the flavors.

D- Good easy to drink and it's just not up to snuff as a RIS it's a tasty beer but not as strong as it should be for the style

11-21-2008 06:46:41 | More by beckje01
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-30-2013 21:01:10 | More by geodonnokepyo
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-12-2012 05:26:46 | More by ygtbsm94
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-05-2014 19:40:47 | More by shortkut
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

06-02-2014 21:13:49 | More by dfhhead25
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3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

a: This beer is perfectly black. It pours with a minimal brown head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

s: Smells faintly of charred wood and thats it. Where is the smell on this one?

t: Oh well, at least this has it where it counts the most. While not very complex, this is very pleasntly chocolaty and has a bit of coffee bitterness. The alcohol is well masked.

m: Plenty thick with a nice oily quality.

d: This is a pretty nice impy stout, but I'll stick to ones I like a bit more.

01-29-2008 16:52:27 | More by DIM
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

Ottos : Jolly Roger

look: Dark brown with little off white head. Good clarity and leaves lace. As a side experiment I had a separate glass later with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Smell: dark coffee, smoke, roasted malt

Taste: coffee, nip of fruit. Mild booze, raisin, vanilla hints. This is a sweet stout. Hops are there with some earthy bitterness. Caramel drizzle. Finishes with some sugary sweetness.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, smooth and drinks easy.

Overall: The beer is a bit hot, a bit sweet, but after having this side by side a duplicate glass with a scoop of vanilla , Ive come to the conclusion that both were good (consume any ice cream laced imperial stout quickly). I would drink this again. Good, but not outstanding. A no-brainer as the best beer brewed in happy valley.

06-21-2013 04:26:18 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

Bottle shared with Fly, Dewbrewer, Humulone_Red and others. Thanks guys!
Last beer of a long list of beers. Definitely would like to re-rate this beer. Black pour with a light tan head. Sweet rich dark malt smell and a touch of alcohol. A touch thin and and flavors of dark sweet roast flavor. Either not as good as I expected or my taste buds were shot at this point. Deserving of a re-rate.

03-20-2008 03:00:15 | More by JDV
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-02-2013 23:57:10 | More by Chugs13
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-08-2014 17:29:05 | More by VaporDome
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-20-2014 18:17:19 | More by markgugs
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-18-2014 02:22:18 | More by efrank
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-05-2012 01:30:55 | More by t0rin0
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-20-2013 01:32:23 | More by randylangford
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-01-2014 20:40:29 | More by Coreynezy4
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Thanks to akorsak for this brew! Decanted from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark color with a brown, one finger head, that fizzles away into a thin layer of foam. Aroma is big on chocolate and not much else. Taste is much more interesting than the aroma. It starts with chocolate, transitions to roasted malt, and then finishes with a little bitterness from the malt, some sweetness, and a touch of hops. The mouthfeel is on the thin side of a medium. Drinkability is fairly high for the style. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I just wish the aroma was a little more complex, and the mouthfeel thicker.

05-21-2008 22:53:45 | More by throwitallaway
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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%

Thanks to metallitone1 for sharing a bottle at Lost Abbey.

The beer poured a deep coal black with a nice dark brown head.

The aroma of the beer was full of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and ash. Some tobacco in the aroma as well.

The flavor of the beer was focussed on roasty malts to the point of being slightly ashen. Mid-palate could've used a little more molasses/dark fruit sweetness. The hops seemed slightly citrusy and pretty up front. The finish had a faint tobacco note as well.

The mouthfeel was full, but was not too heavy. It finished pretty dry for a RIS. The carbonation seemed dialed in well.

This beer is good, but overhyped IMO. There are much better imperial stouts out there that eclipse Darkness in both complexity and drinkability. KtG, DL, and BCS are few that come out ahead IMO.

02-11-2008 21:34:06 | More by SacoDeToro
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

05-17-2009 03:43:08 | More by Zorro
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a short-lived tan head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee, chocolate, licorice, plums, and with, of course, a meaty smokiness.

Taste: Dark, sweet roasted malts with a fair amount of chocolate and coffee showing. Hint of licorice. Gobs of smoke, though. Lil' dash of fusel alcohol. Twinge of tart plum fruitiness. Earthy, roasty bitterness grows and holds through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonaton.

Drinkability: I am not particularly trying to keep anyone in suspense, the short of it is: it's a pretty decent imperial stout.

02-14-2008 19:58:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.83/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours jet black with nice tan head with vigorous pour into large snifter. Smells a little one dimensional. Lots of cocoa & some lite grassy hop notes. Not sure how old the bottle was since there was no bottled on date. Tastes of vanilla & chocolate. Doesn't feel like 10% ABV whatsoever. Seems like 6%. Good amount of bitterness present. A very nice beer. Would like to see a little more complexity.

05-26-2013 01:51:15 | More by jwhancher
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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

02-02-2008 02:46:27 | More by akorsak
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Tiklmelmo for sending this brew my way. I split it with my Bro in law who just retired from the Navy. The bottle poured into snifters produced a nice short lived two finger tan head, that slipped of to a nice lace. The body of the brew was dark as night.

The aromas' was nice and toasty. Yes, toasty. I got some nice roasted malts aromas'(chocolate, coffee) but also a slight smoke to it. The flavor was really good for a RIS some nice coffee notes with some chocolate thrown in. The funny thing was a got a slight hint of bourbon on this one as well but, didn't see that it was barrel aged. The mouthfeel was good with slight carbonation.

A great way to finish of my BBQ we sipped at the glasses for some time and were left wanting for more. A must try unique RIS in my book.

10-03-2010 16:39:03 | More by joepais
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3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

I've been on BA for a few years now and after many 'hads' this is my first review.

Picked up today at the brewery. I was told this beer was bottled just a few days ago.

From a bomber into a snifter. I let this beer warm up quite a bit before pouring it. A rather aggressive pour yields a beer that is almost completely black with some brown highlights around the edges. A thin khaki head that recedes pretty quickly producing very little lacing, however this seems to be a common trait wit 10% abv RIS's. Not the greatest looking RIS I've ever seen but an attractive beer nonetheless.

The nose is quite strong. I get quite a bit of smoke, black licorice , burntness and some booze. Not exactly what I'm used to with RIS's. I give them credit for trying something a little different with this one.

The taste follows the nose. Smoke & licorice with some bitter, alcohol bite at the end. The smoke is especially present on my palate. While I'm not usually a fan of smoked beers, this isn't overwhelming. Some RIS's are too sweet for me but this one never goes too far in that direction. I found myself wanting to take another sip pretty quickly early on in the bomber.

The mouthfeel is smooth and not too heavy, but not thin either. The carbonation seems to be spot on for the style. It's actually pretty easy to drink given how strong it is.

I have 2 more bottles I'll sit on for awhile. I think this beer is put together very well. I don't mind the smokey flavor, but I also don't prefer it. I'll see what some age does to it. This beer reminded me a little of Stone Smoked Porter.

03-06-2013 03:22:00 | More by mscott1975
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Jolly Roger Imperial Stout from Otto's Pub and Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.