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Jamaica Stout - Big City Brewing CO LTD

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BA SCORE
83
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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big City Brewing CO LTD
Jamaica

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2005

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 45
Photo of JohnnyI
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours in to a Guinness pint glass a watery black, with a miniscule coffee colored head. The thin top fizzles away after only the briefest of appearance, leaving behind a rather lifeless looking brew. The surprising lack of action prompted me to check the bottle. Yep, bottled in February of 2013. Kind of what I was afraid of. Well. it's closing in on almost 2 years old, so this review is going to be hit or miss. At 7.6% this beer should have the chops to stand up to some aging, but we shall see. 2 Years may be a stretch even under ideal conditions. There's a notable metallic scent and molasses in the nose. Definitely some dark rum-like qualities to the aroma. The flavor is off. Tangy lime-like tartness with hints of thin chocolate and trace elements of ashy tobacco roast. Minimal hops present with little bitterness. There's a surprisingly appealing buttery brown sugar confection aftertaste with some dried candied dates. The citric sourness continues to ride along. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, with very little carbonation. Odd. This is just a strange concoction. I cannot tell if this is the desired flavor profile, or if this is simply too far past its peak. At first I nearly relegated this to drain pour status, but then I felt compelled to keep coming back for more. It certainly was no Guinness Foreign Extra, but the Caribbean flair was oddly intriguing. I'd really like to try a fresh one now to get some added perspective.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light tobacco, light char, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Foreign stout style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on even with the low carbonation. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: totally black with some brown highlights around the edges. Head is a finger of pillowy tan foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. Capital!

Smell: very sweet with lots of dark fruit character: raisin, plum and dates. There's also a little tobacco and chocolate in here. These are all some of my favorite beer aromas.

Taste: raisin, tobacco and almond flavors; great character for a beer of this style. Not quite as complex as the aroma, but big and almost precisely to my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great level of carbonation and creaminess. Some more body would put this over the top, but it's already got great texture.

Overall: delicious, drinkable and almost exactly amenable to my palate. Ba dow!

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, purchased recently but some months past the BB date stamped on the neck. Beer shows very subtle effects pf being past prime (mainly aroma); appropriate compensation given in my ratings.

The aroma features mild dark roasted grains and toffee.

The flavor follows, being strong on refinement and balance, if a tad sweet, and mild in strength. A decent aftertaste of dark roasted malts nonetheless.

Feel: medium body and carbonation with more bite than it should have.

Photo of mando_thegreat
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you like a really dark, and strong beer, this ones for you. I personally think its OK, I dont regret trying it. over all I give this a rating of 3. The taste gets better after a few sips. and it isnt a twist tot (which I like) and being imported from jamaica (thats the main purpose why i tried it) makes it worth it, to atleast try if anything.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If Guinness can sell their foreign stout comfortably in the Caribbean, there must be other foreign stouts which are brewed. Enter Jamaica Stout, which is brewed in <drumroll>....Jamaica. 12 ounces to go, and it's a twist-off cap. On to the beer:

A large mocha head rises and sits top this ebony bodied liquid. With the top a darker hue, it looks like one of those beefed up imperial stouts brewed in the US. There's joy here, and the joy is coming through the nose. A very sweet note of chocolate, followed with booze and overripe banana. The taste is agreeable, interesting to say the least. It has a banana accent which gives up a Belgian impression, but isn't. Soft roasted malts taking a swim in chocolate and a kiss of fruitiness. Not much alcohol is noted. Regarding mouthfeel, it's medium-full bodied with a carbonation near soda level, let's cut that down some. As it stands, it's an acceptable foreign stout which is also relatively easy on the wallet.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Massive brown head, nearly pitch black

SMELL: Sweet, espresso, licorice root, burnt currants, brown sugar, warming alcohol

TASTE: Semi-smooth, full-ish body, up-front char, mineral, raisin twang, sweet, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, ghost-like smoke, minimal hopping, estery, burnt finish

Not so refined, but that works in its benefit. A big, sweet Stout that wants to play with our palates. We wish more of these Foreign Stouts would hit our shores to further challenge the palates of US beer drinkers. If the locals in Jamaica have no problem drinking a hearty Stout in 85°F sunny weather, then neither should you.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 2/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour bittersweet cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a slightly above average beer that is drinkable but I am not really enjoying the sour aspect I am getting in the flavor.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, very dark red-brown almost black with a short dark tan head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing, clear
S: coffee, cinnamon spices, molasses, extremely sweet
T: sweet up front with notes of cane juice, burnt malt middle, finish dries
M: surprisingly not syrupy, good carbonation lightens the feel
O: the 7.6% ABV is noticeable, not a bad stout from a country that I mostly associate with Red Stripe and red hair but doesn't stand up to the more traditional European or more creative American stouts, perfectly acceptable though if you are in the islands and tired of lager

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with freshness info that can be deceifered.

Pours very very dark brown, approaching black. Dark tan head, leaves minimal lacing.

Dark chocolate nose, with some burnt grains.

Sweetish stout. With vanilla notes up front and decent base of darker malts, dark chocolate and a hint of burnt smoky embers.

Enjoyable stout that packs a punch at over 7 percent. Nothing amazing but still worth a try

Photo of McNealc31
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Completely black underneath a giant, frothy, khaki head. Smells pretty good, too, with lots of toffee and some bit alcohol notes. Mouthfeel is surprising light and slick, but there are a lot of flavors here to like. Toffee, rum, brown sugar, big alcohol bite, and at 7.6% ABV, that’s not surprising. The hops are kind of funky, and not necessarily in a good way.

I didn’t have big expectations, but this is unique and pretty tasty. Worth giving a toss

Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Jamaica Stout-

served in a single bottle chilled, in a english style beer mug.

A= pours a motor oil black hue with a medium dense head about the size of one finger.

S= smells of coffee malt, dark fruit, bourbon barrel, mostly fruity.

T= coffee right off the bat, with chocolate.

MF= the mouth feel is lighter that a Guinness , disappointed in that.

Summery=
my first impression is a good one, jamaica stout would make an excellent beer to share with your buddies a stout that non-stout drinkers can enjoy. it's more like a dragon stout with coffe and a little bit of chocolate added to it.

Enjoy
& cheers!

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a fruity, malty aroma, with definite chocolate malt notes, as well as black cherries and a hint of coffee.

On the tongue, the beer comes across as a nice mixture of, again, fruits and malts. The fruity notes are mostly present in the first half of the mouthful, revealing dark fruit esters with such flavors as dark cherries and hints of prunes. These sugary layers fade quickly, exposing the darker belly of the brew. Here expect to find many of the typical stout flavors: deeply toasted grains, toffees, coffee, and a smidgen of tobacco. As well, vanilla and caramelized brown sugar make their way into the latter stages. The aftertaste is dominated by almost-burnt grain flavors.

Overall, I find this to be a nicely-balanced stout, full of excellent flavors and obviously the result of careful craftsmanship. The beer doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the table--yes, there are fruity notes here, but those same notes are found in other stouts--but it does bring all of the flavors together excellently.

Photo of BDTyre
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ptich black (even when held up to the light), thick, creamy head.

Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and noticeable alcohol in the scent. A bit of creaminess to it.

Roast malt flavour, mild alcohol. Slight sweetness to it, with a dry coffee finish. A bit of chocolate in there, and raisins again.

Nice thick feel, but noticeable carbonation that eases as it warms. Really well done, I quite like this.

Photo of Chaz
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch-black to the eye (ruddy cola-brown when held to direct sunlight), and topped with a good two-fingered head. The head is a dark-tan in color, and most-closely resembles the crema atop a shot of espresso, especially as the head quickly subsides. Solid lacing around the glass. So far so good -- this one looks to be about average for the style . . .

The nose is malt-focused and fairly sweet, but has rather a bit of depth to it: it's bitter and somewhat acrid (espresso notes) as a good strong stout should be, but is also tannic and vinuos in the manner of a sour or some renditions of British old ale. The roast/coffee espresso character is complemented rather well by broader notes of milk chocolate (cocoa) and a still more-subtle note of vanilla. There's a bit of yeast in here, too, but it is -very- subtle. Overall this reminds me of a milk chocolate shake made with a dollop of vanilla, a shot of espresso, a drop of molasses, and a hint of red wine. Sounds a bit like a culinary trainwreck, but it work here : )

Sweet/tangy and roasty on the first sip, covering the palate with a lightly-scrubbing carbonation and smooth, malty character, and only the hint of a bitter finish. The hop-and-malt bitterness lingers very nicely throughout the drink and reminds me of one of my favorite baltic porters. The notes of chocolate and cocoa are most prominent at first, but the vinuous character and a slowly-warming alcohol emerge more fully in the mid-palate, especially as this warms.

My lasting impression here is of a dry yet bitter-sweet, silky-smooth and warming beer, and at 7.6% it's a great sipper in any weather: reminds me favorably of a subtler and more-refined "Dragon Stout".

Solid rendition of the style, and worth a try.

Served chilled, in a bulb.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black body with a tan tight bubbled frothy head that stays awhile.

S - Chocolate, hazel nut coffee, sour dark fruit, sweet dark malts,

T - Dark fruit, tangy and slightly acidic raspberries, dark chocolate, notes of powdered dairy, has a muted smoked citrus tang, iron/minerals, hazel-nut flavored coffee, hops provide a bitter bite on the finish.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied.

A descent export here. Nothing simple about this beer. Hops come through nice without taking away the other flavors. Exports are a fun style with odd characteristics. This would be really good in the winter. Although it's even good in 99 degree weather.

Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm, not bad. Not quite a sweet stout and drinkable. I let it warm a tad before pouring and then it had a nice, thick, creamy, foamy, frothy, tan head that mostly faded fast and a little lace. Color is opaque dark brown except in the bottom of the glass where it's narrow and there I can see it's a clear garnet. Aroma isn't too complex, just basically what I'd expect to find: roasty, malt, toffee, cocoa, caramel. Flavror's more or less the same with a little sweetness balance by the roasty burnt and carbonic acids. Body is good, ditto carbonation. Finish is balanced too with a little booze and of medium length. A slow session so I don't get wasted.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass
A – 1 finger plus dark khaki head, slow drop minor lacing , black brew 3.5
S – Predominately coffee, with roasted malts and some caramel 3.5
T – Nearly identical to the smell, coffee forward but what I believe is a bitter hop finish surprises me. Molasses I didn’t find in the nose is in the flavor also. 4
M – Medium body with nice carbonation, lighter mouth feel than expected and very good drinkability 4
O – A very interesting and good stout, and worth a try for any stout lover, a quality stout from Jamaica! 7.6 ABV was not discernable at all dare I say sessionable. More fruity as it warms. 4

Photo of PokerGod
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black. like motor oil. Even held up to the light, it is completely opaque. The little bit of head there is, is a dark tan color.

Smell- roasted chocolate, maybe a bit of anise?

Taste- Very, very complex. Chocolatey, fruity and without a doubt an intense taste of anise.

Overall- a pleasant drinking experience, I can feel the 7.6% ABV from this beer. But I think one is enough for one sitting of this complex beer. Drinkability is challenging.

Photo of crossovert
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off.

It pours a dark brown with a nice looking tan head. The head is fluffy and sticks for a bit.

The smell is reminiscent of malt liquor, but in a good way. It has that nutty alcoholic scent along with a hint of cocoa.

The taste is interesting to say the least. It has a nice bit of that roasted malt flavor that has almost a chocolate/cinnamon/wood character and a blast of sweetness. The malt liquor notes come through a little bit with the alcohol not being completely hidden, but compared to a malt liquor this is one smooth brew.

Not bad.

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Uncorkt in Racine WI. Never have seen or heard of this, so naturally I was curious about it. Bottle says 7.6%.

Pours like dark cola, reddish highlight in direct light, but otherwise black. Thin finger of foam, settles down and leaves a nice crown of lacing around the rim. A wispy skim remains for quite awhile, with concentric rings forming after a few sips.

As it warms up, cocoa, brown sugar, plum, and raisin notes surface. Slightly sweet and not especially roasty.

Flavors of coffee, dark fruit, bitter roast, and a slight hint of alcohol. Lightly bitter and roasty aftertaste. Surprising not as sweet as the nose let on. A little thin and light on carbonation, but it's decent overall. Probably the best Jamaican beer i've had.

Photo of Greggy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1 finger dark tan head with some sticky lacing. Dark black in color with just a bit of ruby highlights showing through against light.

S- Big chocolate, cream, bits of caramel, and some definite port nuances.

T- Starts out with a thinner chocolate and bits of coffee. The end displays more of the roasted notes with a bit of acidity. Good but really not a ton of complexity.

M- Definitely not a mouthfeel that I would expect from 8%.

D- My perception of this beer is that its has the profile of a regular american stout at 5%. Is it good, yes. Is it the beer that it's trying to be. Unfortunately, no.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, every phrase on the label (there are 3 of them) includes the world "Jamaica". Just so you don't forget where this comes from...ok, it also says 7.6% ABV.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight cola edges, and two fingers of dense rocky chocolate head, which leaves a nice patina of random-patterned lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of powdered chocolate milk, caramel malt, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is toasty chocolate malt, a bit of berry fruitiness, and more subtle leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is nice and soft, the body medium weight, smooth, and oh so creamy. It finishes off-dry, with a dusty chocolate sweetness, offset by the leafy hops.

One hell of a decent strong stout - smooth, silky, and with an elevated ABV that is not at all noticeable. Freakishly good.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle

Pours black as night, moderate coffee-and-cream head with good retention.

Smells of toasted brown sugar malts and maybe faintly of roasted coffee.

Taste is of toasted biscuit and dark chocolate, with a smokey aftertaste.

Feels moderate to full with a mild tingle of carbonation consistently throughout.

Good stout, wish it was slightly more malty in the taste, but otherwise not a complaint to be had here. Very enjoyable.

Photo of philbertk
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big City Brewing Company, Kingston, Jamaica--Jamaica Stout--Proudly Brewed In Jamaica--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.60% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.0 / 5.0) Sediment hint. Thin lacy tan head. Opaque dark black color. Fruity black cherry toffee toasted mild hop front. Mild sweet dark fruit chocolate hint mild citrus body. Mild hop EtOH hint lingering toffee fig end. Too fruity for me smooth Stout. Sampled 8/21/2010. 6-Pack $13.99.

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Jamaica Stout from Big City Brewing CO LTD
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