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Jamaica Stout - Big City Brewing CO LTD

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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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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
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 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 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 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 DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

DoubleJ, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
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 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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

harpus, Oct 18, 2012
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 beertunes
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a solid black, with a rocky, deep tan head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

A full, rich roasted aroma greets the nose, with a somewhat surprising hit of hops at the back. The flavor was very similar, with the roasted notes very much upfront and that sharp tang giving a nice finish.

The body was full and satisfying without being overly heavy. Drinkability was very good for a brew of this size and strength. Certainly worth a try if you see it.

beertunes, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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

wordemupg, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

flagmantho, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

drpimento, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

AngusOg, Jul 03, 2014
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 armock
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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

armock, Apr 24, 2009
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 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 paterlodie
2.83/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB sept 2006 7.6 ABV. Poors in with brown head that's instable and dissappears quickly. Black coffe underneath make it to good presentation. Smell is sweet, mellow roasted cacao but with amoniahint and slight citrusnote. Taste is very sweet, straw like and burnt and probably forgotten about adding hops as bitterness I get is burnt. Quiet heavy in oxidation though not doing bad to the brew but adding some creamyness. Still bit unfresh for me and quiet vegy after some more sips. Drinks OK.

paterlodie, May 10, 2006
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

BDTyre, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of JISurfer
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know they made decent stouts in Jamaica, but I guess that's part of the beer drinking journey. I had it on another one of our hot, humid days in Charleston, but it didn't leave me feeling bloated. To me, that's a definite plus. I got hints of chocolate malt and candy, with a slight hop finish. Taste was very malty, almost like a malted milkshake. Didn't really taste much hops at all, as well as no taste of alcohol. The appearance was the big disappointment though. Not much of a head at all, just kind of a spotty at best. Glad I gave it a try.

JISurfer, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Cylinsier, Sep 01, 2010
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Jamaica Stout from Big City Brewing CO LTD
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.