Jaywalker Imperial Stout - Walking Man Brewing Co.
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4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Jaywalker Imperial Stout was served from a growler taken home from the Walking Man Brewpub the day before. The black beer poured very thickly. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was pitch black, and was topped by an ample and resilient doughy-looking dark brown head...the consistency looking somewhat like a freshly whipped up milkshake. Later, the head settled and gained a gorgeous burnt reddish-orange color at the edges. The nose was exploding with roasty ultra-dark chocolate and toffee aromas, with subtler sharp woody prune notes and perhaps a whisp of smokey vanilla. A spicy hoppiness pervaded throughout as well. On the palate, a deep-roasted super-dark chocolate-scotch-burnt toast malt profile presented itself with just the right semi-sweetness level, then opened up with some lightly sharp and spicy prune and subtle plum-dark fruit esters in the transition to a roasty and zippy dark spicy-hop finish, leaving long-lingering delectable bitter chocolate-toast and dark cherry notes. There was pehaps a touch of alcohol in the finish, but I was unable to distinguish this from the finishing flavors definatively...just how it should be. As the stout neared room temperature, some light strawberry esters appeared. This imperial stout was very bold, but was masterfully balanced and elegantly poised from start to finish. The flavors melded perfectly and presented themselves with excellent flow. The body was creamy and smooth, but was not as thick as it looked in the pour, to its benefit. The moderately-thick feel (compared with other big impy stouts) and carbonation level were just right for the flavors and character of the beer, and contributed to drinkability factor. This was most drinkable monster stout I have ever experienced...astonishing that it never felt overbearing despite its imperial robustness and (hidden) high-alcohol content. Jaywalker Imperial Stout is the work of a master and easily stands among the best imperial stouts out there.
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2004 04:08:58 | More by HiroProtagonist
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Refillable growler received from Skyhand as part of Growler-It-Forward 4.0. Thanks for the opportunity.
First imperial pint glass pours with an inch of what I think is the darkest head I have ever seen, a hue of milk chocolate, if not darker. If it even needs to be stated, the brew is black and opaque. Laces well as level dwindles in the glass. Aroma of dark grains, but not terribly assertive. Taste is initially of those same grains, coffee and chocolate, and then slowly flows over the tongue, leaving behind a coating that brings out the alcohol and slight hops characters. Mouthfeel is great for such a big beer, and drinkability seems high as well. Although I will admit that after a pint of two, I doubt one should be reaching again for the growler. Mine will wait more revisiting on day 2. Try if you can.
Serving type: growler
06-19-2004 23:46:29 | More by ppoitras
Jaywalker Imperial Stout from Walking Man Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.