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Jamaica Stout - Big City Brewing CO LTD

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 65
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big City Brewing CO LTD

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2005

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Reviews: 46 | Hads: 65
Photo of tbeck
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. The beer developed a good collar that remained with some decent laciness. Aroma is coffee and malt with some tones of alcohol. Taste was coffee and a little malt. A lot of bitterness with some sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Very good session beer, that does not sit heavy. Flavor is to my liking but may be on the bitter side for others.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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!

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Photo of BDTyre
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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Photo of pat61
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Pours bright black with a 1” tan colored foam cap that takes 2 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size. Has a very fine bead and produces medium lace. S: Has a real estery, fruity nose with some alcohol. Low levels of diacetyl and a hint of DMS. Some roast, faint chocolate. T: Comes on with a fruit layer, dark dried fruit, malty sweetness, light roast and chocolate but everything is soft with no rough edges. It has more fruit than roast or chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden. Has an almost winey aspect. F: Very creamy with above average carbonation that gives it a creamy foamy lightness despite its medium to medium full body. O: This is a soft, mellow beer is perfect for chilling out on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A - deep amber color with a thick foamy head that settles somewhat but is retained in a chunky lacing

S - deep roasted chocolate/coffee-like malt aroma, some European-like hop aroma in the background as well

T - rich roasted malt flavor up front with a slight hop finish

M - smooth medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a tasty foreign extra stout and I think fits the style quite well. It's skewed a little towards a hop flavor, but it doesn't detract from the silky smooth roasted malt.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a beer of the month club and I'm surprised that not many people have reviewed this one.

A - Poured a very dark brown almost black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt chocolate and coffee taste

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I was very surprised with this beer at how good it was so far the imports that have come with the club have sucked but this is a damn good stout that I could drink a few of in a sitting worth finding to try

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.96/5  rDev +7%
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.

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.

& cheers!

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Photo of biglite351
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - tight head that leaves heavy lacing as it drops. Some red around the edges.

S - very complex and good. Heavy roasted malts and some chocolate. There is one portion of the scent that I do not like, but I can not nail it down.

T - malts and chocolates. Mild tinge of bitterness in the after taste. After putting the glass for a while a smokey taste eventuality presents itself.

M - thick but not much coating. Tingle on the front sides of tongue and behind bottom lip.

D - I believe that this could be an all night brew.

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Photo of Chaz
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of drpimento
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jerseyjoe
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark stout with light head that disapates after few sips.

S- Choclate and coffee aromas along with hint of alcohol.

T- Similar to smell with taste of coffee, hint of choclate along with slight alcohol taste not typical of normal stout. Chalk taste is evident throughout brew.

M- Smooth with light carbonation. Somewhat watery feel compared to other stouts.

D-Very tasty well done stout. I could polish off a few of these but beware at 8% alcohol this is not a session stout. Overall this is a winner.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BierFan
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into pint glass jan20 2010

A dark but not black with a thumbs worth of beige head that falls fairly fast and leaves a few patches of lace

S coffee with some milk chocolate, some booze and perhaps a little licorice

T the coffee's a little burnt in the mouth but it works well for it, mingles well with mild milk chocolate and the booze is hidden a little better then the smell

M a little thin but good carbonation helps its cause

D pretty good beer for this cold winter night, not sure how well this would go down while sitting under a palm tree but I need not worry about that

I got more then I expected from Jamaica Stout with out doubt. I'm not saying this is a world class stout but it's nothing to be ashamed of and worth trying for sure

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Amalak
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Jamaica Stout from Big City Brewing CO LTD
84 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.