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Jamaica Stout - Big City Brewing CO LTD

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 64
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
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: 45 | Hads: 64
Photo of JISurfer
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of biglite351
3.95/5  rDev +7%
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 oberon
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 BierFan
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Formed a 1.5 finger tan head that dissipated at a moderate pace leaving some lacing. The body is a dark brown/amber color that leaves some light in around the edges.

The nose has a very nice chocolate, caramel and toffee aroma. Some sweet and toasty malts are in the background.

Hits the mouth with a nice mocha flavor. This gives way to a strange plastic/chemical taste. Finishes with a bitter, malty punch.

Medium mouth feel with a small amount of carbonation. Nice creamy body.

Pretty drinkable stout! You can throw back a few of these without feeling weighed down.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 farrago
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid two finger head of rich brown creamy foam, whipped up enough to quickly dimple, admirable stickiness to the sheets of lacing. Impenetrably black colored liquid, sliver of copper at the outer edges. Plays up the roasted coffee, cocoa in the nose, licorice too yet not without its bitter side, chicory and celery, more chocolaty as it sits, the scents seem pressed together and thus you don't get much differentiation among them. Full-bodied and close to formidably dense, the carbonation slowly builds, pops and then builds again. There's a thick skinned quality to the dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee bean flavors, so robust it can't help but express itself but perhaps in a begrudging manner. Syrupy at times, however, no lack of hop bite and there's oats, pumpernickel and whole grain bread aspects. Ends with an allusion to rum, or maybe that's just the power of suggestion given its place of origin.

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Photo of jbhuxley
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pour yields about 1 1/2 fingers of caramel/tan head, which subsides to a thin coating. Leaves behind a thick, runny lacing. Very dark, almost opaque with slight ruby tones showing when held to light.

The most dominant smell is of alcohol. There is a slight presence of fruity chocolate.

Flavor is quite sweet, cola like, but not very complex.

Mouthfeel is thin and light, with a good bit of carbonation. This is not one I would go back to.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 tbeck
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
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 scoobybrew
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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 jerseyjoe
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
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 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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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 paterlodie
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Jamaica Stout from Big City Brewing CO LTD
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.