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Jamaica Stout - Big City Brewing CO LTD

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61 Ratings

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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

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

mrcarterxxl, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Stoffel, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 BDTyre
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

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 Chaz
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

Chaz, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

StaveHooks, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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 rsdaugherty
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%

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 PokerGod
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

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 crossovert
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

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 emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%

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 Greggy
3.58/5  rDev -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.

Greggy, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

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 Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%


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
Photo of philbertk
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

philbertk, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of JISurfer
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%

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 trevorjn06
3.6/5  rDev -3%

Pours very dark, in fact black. When held up to the light nothing passes through. There is one finger of foamy, thick head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is black malts, some chocolate and earthy English hops.

Taste is dark malts, chocolate, some sharp roasted barley and earthy East Kent Goldings hops. It is overall on the sweeter side and a little thin tasting.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout and has moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is good, but a bit thin and has a very slight astringency on the finish.

trevorjn06, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

biglite351, May 15, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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 beertunes
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%

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%

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 BierFan
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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 rapidsequence
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz bottle.
Appearance: Almost completely opaque except for a little amber aroung the edges. Nice light brown fades and leaves some spotty but nice lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, milk chocolatey. Some coffee and roasty malts. It smells really very good.

Taste: OK. A little watery up front, but becomes sweet and chocolatey with a little low level coffeelike bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Its very smooth, but a little thin in the body.

Drinkability: Above average and way above what I expected. A good smelling, but slightly watery and too sweet import stout. I enjoyed it, but by the end I was glad I would not be having another right away.

rapidsequence, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -7%

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
Jamaica Stout from Big City Brewing CO LTD
84 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.