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Jamaica Stout - Big City Brewing CO LTD

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Jamaica StoutJamaica Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2005)
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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It seems funny to me that the "Jamaican" style stout is so sweet and strong,its sustaining and warming,good for a cold winter day or night,not a Jamaican day or night.Poured a deep cola color with a tight formed one finger light mocha colored head.Sweet dark fruit and molasses in the nose,some roastiness comes through as well.Sweet and "big" on the palate the alcohol is prevelent,deep molasses tones as well.Its big and sweet but its not cloying,still puzzled by the style though.

oberon, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Billolick, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised with the appearance, great dark color to it, was expecting something thin. Dropped off a bit aroma wise, some faint coffee, even toffee smell to it. Taste, mildly enjoyable, I wouldn't turn one down if you offered it to me.

Again, more coffee in this one, but it didn't develop throughout the bottle, became thinner. A surpisingly dense beer from a hot climate.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

chinchill, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Gus's in Auburn, AL.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of creamy and light roasted malts with unsweetened cocoa powder.

Tastes better and more robust than it smells. Roasted malt flavors with rich dark chocolate up front carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side for a higher ABV stout with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the glass with no problem and could have another.

Overall this was a nice surprise. It's nothing earth shattering but it's certainly a better stout than I thought the hot climate of Jamaica could come up with. Worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of DarrellK
4.75/5  rDev +28%

DarrellK, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DruC4, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison some time ago. At 8% it has held up nicely.

Pour: black and opaque under a finger of cappuccino tan head. Spotty foam clings to the glass

Nose: Bailey's Irish Cream. Wow. A dead ringer. Vanilla and toasted barley as well.

Taste: prune, raisin, charred malts, chalkiness, roasted malts, coffee grounds

Feel: chalky-smooth, light carb

Drinkability/Overall: surprisingly tasty and balanced for a random Jamaican export stout. The Bailey's in the nose is spot on and the taste has the dark fruits and char that I like in the style.

Golden2wenty1, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of McNealc31
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

McNealc31, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

mrcarterxxl, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

emerge077, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. ABV of 7.6%.

Appearance: Thin tan head has good retention. Body looks black but doesn't completely block out the light.

Smell: Very sweet and dessert-like. Some toffee.

Taste: Similar to Great Divide's Yeti Stout in that it is very sweet and smooth without having a big roasty flavor like many other stouts.

BierFan, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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

rsdaugherty, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Amalak
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bottle as part of a beer of the month club. Pours black, not see through at all. Thick foamy head with average lace. It has a thick, smoked nut aroma and a hint of chocolate.

Not a bad taste. Licorice and chocolate with a black cherry aftertaste. Says it's 7.6% abv, but it is very smooth. You definitely don't notice the taste.

Amalak, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Stoffel, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.48/5  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

M_C_Hampton, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of PokerGod
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

PokerGod, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +7.8%

bigeyedfish89, May 29, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.48/5  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.

crossovert, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

AngusOg, Jul 03, 2014
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Jamaica Stout from Big City Brewing CO LTD
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.