Java The Stout | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Java The StoutJava The Stout

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sabtos
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Coffee black--a dark, muddy brown--with a large tan, creamy head and tons of Jackson Pollock lace.

Smell is milky coffee with a little baker's chocolate, light roasted malt and some astringent hops.

Tastes quite bitter for a fresh coffee stout, with light roasted malt, and piney hops that bring this too near Black IPA territory. A little milk chocolate, charred brown sugar, and vanilla comes up as it warms, creating a bit of a smoothing effect.

Pretty frothy and tangy.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 11/4/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a fluffy tan head that falls leaving nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of cocoa malts along with some hazelnut. Some subtle roasted coffee notes, but the coffee isn't too overwhelming in the aroma department. The flavors are more bold and rich. The coffee comes through in the flavor department. Lots of dark chocolate with some hints of caramel and toffee. Roasted malts are there. Solid bitterness. Nice coffee flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid coffee stout. It's balanced and fun to drink. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Spider889
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Thick black stout, maybe thicker than everything else we tried outside of Dark Apparition. Otherwise not much different in appearance.

The smell was unique for a coffee stout. Lots of wood and smoke, which was odd at first, but actually intriguing. Dark bitter malt and very mild coffee beans.

Light French roast dominates the flavor, along with sticky malts. Slight sweetness, but mostly bitter from the malt and whatever hops there were. The coffee was a tad underplayed, but smooth and likable.

Very dry, what else is new?

A solid beer for sure. But when compared to the growing plethora of coffee stouts out there, this one is more middle of the pack.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice very very dark brown almost black. A good amount of light brown head. Great head retention. Smells incredibly buttery. The coffee aroma is strong but masked by the butteriness. Taste is initially buttery almost butterscotch. The finish is strong coffee... Tons of roast and bitter coffee flavours i can almost feel the grounds ! The mouthfeel is solid and overall the beer makes up for the intense almost butterscotch aroma

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Photo of exposd
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really solid Winter Stout offering from Jackie O's Brewery. Nice roasted malt flavor with a heavy coffee finish and it's just a really smooth drinkable stout for the colder months of the year. It's nothing too big or imperial, just the right body and mouthfeel you would want from a stout. The aroma was a bit lacking for what I expected but if I have to critique I'd say that's my one complaint.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega.

A- Black with a frothy tan head. Nice retention and modest lacing.

S- The aroma is very interesting. It seems to transform through the course of the glass. When the glass sat in front of me I was getting lots of french roast coffee. As it warms the aroma gets sweeter and sweeter. By the end coffee was only a portion of what was going on. There is LOTS of chocolate. Its very sweet, almost tootsie roll-like at times. Lots of vanilla as well. It all comes together to smell very much like raisinettes and chocolate covered coffee beans.

T- Much like the aroma, the taste gains complexity from warmth. This beer is very sweet. Much sweeter than I expected and almost too sweet for what it is. It all manages to come together and work pretty well though. Lots of vanilla, caramel, TONS of raisin and chocolate, french roast coffee. By the end of the glass tobacco becomes apparent on the finish.

M- A pretty smooth one. The sweetness clings to the palate because of its fuller body and low carbonation.

D- Really sweet. Yeah its a coffee stout, but its more than that.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, canned 11-08-16, served in a Libby globe porter/stout glass.

Appearance: Mostly black (some color coming around the edges - a dark cola brown). 1/4" dark tan head, some sheets and islands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, fresh ground coffee beans, and just a bit of woody/smokiness.

Taste: Cocoa powder and coffee with milk and sugar. Definitely a sweet beer. I'd almost classify this a milk/sweet stout rather than an American stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, approaching creamy but a bit sticky. Light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A stout where the coffee is an accent, not the main focus. Definitely sweet, but tasty. I think I need to pair this with cookies or dessert as by itself it's a bit more sweet than I thought it would be - I was hoping for a bit more bitterness from the coffee which is absent. The individual components are good, but overall they don't quite add up as the taste is too sweet. I think either my sweet tooth finally gave up, or, I'm wanting a lot more bitterness in my beer lately. This one is just okay and one is enough per evening. I might try again with the right food and see how it holds up.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out dark with a khaki tan head.

Aroma starts off with roasted, black coffee, espresso, hints of vanilla and caramel and some really roasty malt notes.

Taste is also very coffee forward. Somewhere between black coffee and espresso. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, some bittersweet chocolate, definite charred, roasted malt notes finish everything.

Medium-full with a creamy mouthfeel.

Lots of flavor, not a ton of alcohol and really balanced! Glad it's in a can! May The Coffee Be With You!

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Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a growler into an Imperial pint glass. Listed on the chalkboard at the brewpub as a "coffee stout brewed with Dawn Chorus (roasted at Perks.)" Perks is a local coffee shop, just down the street.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 finger of tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass. Some lacing. The beer itself is a deep, dark brown, nearly completely opaque, with some light seeping through the edges.

Smell: Strong, astringent coffee aroma. Hints of baker's cocoa and a slight note of lactose sweetness.

Taste: Mild roasted barley upfront. Chocolate notes are sweeter in taste than smell. A slight sourness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is average. Impressive after a week in the growler. Body is good, kind of slick.

Drinkability: A good mix of the classic stout flavors I like so much: chocolate, coffee, and roastiness. Another hit from Jackie O's.

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Photo of Tripphop
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black pour with a slow head. The first pour from the growler yields very little, but the later pours have a nice brown fluff. Aromas are of milk chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is very mellow with sweet chocolate, espresso, roast, and a very smooth creamy finish. The mouthfeel is rich and decadent, with a lingering coating of the palate. The coffee is present, but not too strong. Quite drinkable, and a good staple of the Jackie O's line-up.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by someone at DLD. Thanks.

A - Pours a dark brown hue and is capped with a thin tan head. A good deal of lace is deposited as I drain the glass.

S - I really dig the nose, it is intensely coffee-laden. I get notes of fresh ground coffee and chocolate-covered espresso beans.

T - The taste is less coffee-centric, and has mild roast and molasses-y in equal proportion to the eponymous java. It tastes good, just not entirely congruent with the expectations foisted by the aroma.

M - The feel is a tad on the thin side for me, but is softly effervescent.

O - Solid brew. Would like a bottle of this.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bit thin, but it's pitch black, and creates a massive tan head, and one that takes off it's coat and stays a while. Eventually it does fall to a thin cap, but leaves behind fantastic lacing, reminding you what the head once was. Even held up to direct light, nothing penetrates this brew. Fantastic. I get a lot of Coffee, but with little bitterness. I find caramel sweetness, and a strong, but hidden, malt backbone that leaves you with a nose that is neither bitter or sweet.

Flavor is all coffee, all the time. Once swallowed, you get a brief spike on alcohol, but that is quickly overwhelmed by a wave of bitterness created by a strong coffee and malt flavor. Finish ends with a slightly sweet caramel and dark chocolate notes. This one coats the brew with a strong black coffee flavor that lasts for some time.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy. It's not what I'd call thick, but it's heavier than most porters out there. Combined with light carbonation, and you get an easy drinking beer, even at 72 degrees. It goes down velvety smooth outside of the one ABV spike. It's not a perfect stout, but it is one I could drink every day.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured black with a small off-white soapy head that left no lace.

S- Huge roasted coffee, dark fruit, and chocolate notes. This is just like sticking your nose into a bag of freshly ground coffee.

T- Tons of roasted coffee, dark fruity, some smokey notes, hazelnut, and chocolate. Quite a bit of coffee bitterness.

M- Prickly carbonation, semi-dry finish, light warming, and medium body.

O- One of the most coffee forward beers I have had with lots of nice and unique dark fruit and smokey notes.

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Photo of FBarber
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Head dissipates leaving a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Smell has strong notes of coffee, hints of caramel and roasted malts.

Taste follows the nose with notes of coffee, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Hints of caramel and lactose are also present. Slight bitterness on the finish.

Feel is light and easy drinking, yet robust and full. Medium carbonation.

Overall a very good straightforward coffee stout.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Very dark brown, nearly black in color. About 1/2 a finger of khaki foam. Strong coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a strong lactose/sugar presence on the taste. Good feel once it warmed up. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six pack canned a month ago. Thick black body with a nice walnut head. Slippery lacing that is fleeting but looks great while it's intact. Aroma is basically roasted malt and tons of coffee. Big dark roast coffee profile. Taste is a bit more nuanced - light bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt bread, bitter hops, cookie dough and roasted malt. Creamy mouthfeel with a bitter finish. Great beer.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a two-finger head
S: Almost all coffee but such a pure mix of both freshly roasted beans and freshly brewed coffee, it's very nice. A hint of cocoa as well
T: Again lots of coffee (big surprise) but cocoa and roasted malts also make an appearance. A nice blend and every flavor is very pure
M: Thinner than many stouts but matches the coffee theme as this is what I'd expect drinking delicious coffee. Light but pleasant carbonation
O: As stated below, don't order this if you don't like coffee. If you do, this beer has better coffee flavor than what's poured at a majority of the coffee shops I've been to. I'll definitely be drinking more of this

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to brew3crew for this one. Cheers Jason!

We can safely call this one black. There are some faint ruby highlights when held to the light but they are rather limited. Two finger cafe aulait colored head is placed a top. The retention is respectable but the lacing is impressive. Tasty looking beer.

The aroma of this beer is not what I expected. It is a pleasant aroma but lacking a couple characteristics I would normally look for. The most prominent aroma is a toasted vanilla custard. Now I love this aroma but it is throwing me off. Dark roasted coffee aroma is set underneath along side a lightly sweet chocolate scent. There is not a lot of depth in the aroma but I am ok with that.

The flavor begins with a sweet chocolate flavor before moving on to a similar custardy presence that was noted in the aroma. The two blend for a very rich sweetness up front which is extremely enjoyable. Midpalate the coffee bitterness and roast picks up and starts to balance off the sweetness. Medium to dark roasted coffee flavor. Toward the back of the palate a charred malt and bitter chocolate flavors emerge. The transitions of flavor is very much light to dark but enough continues on into the next to create a balanced flavor all the way through.

Medium to full bodied stout, very soft and creamy mouthfeel. The beer feels like a much larger beer on the tongue. I love the texture of this beer.

Fantastic beer, great first impression of Jackie O's. Very well crafted, flavors are well balanced and integrated. With many non imperial stouts it is hard to get the body that many like myself desire. This beer does an excellent job of mimicking a much bigger stout. Very drinkable, a couple in a sitting is no problem.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into tulip glass canned on 11/5/16

A: Small but creamy looking off white head. Body is a deep rich black.

S: Light hints of cold brewed coffee, anise, chocolate, rich roasted malts.

T: Nice layered chocolate interspersed with some very light coffee slightly sweet anise and some roasted malts finish this out.

M: Full body with just a right amount f creaminess.

O: This is a very nice easy drinking stout. Smooth with rich flavors.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - A nice dark brown brew with a light tan head. Lots of lacing.

S - Nose is all roast malt.

T - The flavor opens with a big mocha blast, a moderately sweet malty middle, mingling with a strong acidic coffee note in the close.

M - Medium feel, but bitterness is mild so drying is minimal.

O - Delicious and fun.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a jet black color with tan head.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Taste the same.

Solid coffee stout... nothing too exciting. 8/10 for me.

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Photo of superspak
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 11/4/2016. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char/dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char/dark fruit, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, light pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic American style coffee stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Amazing malt complexity and nutty/fruity coffee presence; with balancing hop character. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sitting here at Mahal's, waiting for Patrick Swraney to come on, and what do I find, this wonderful brew on tap. Awesome. This stout make the wait easy.

Black with perfect brown bubbles. Mild, pleasant aromas.

The taste is a sublime coffee stout. Perfectly balanced. This one I am glad is not to boozy. It is the perfect amount of boozy.

I can't recommended this highly enough. This is as good as it gets, no?

Later - from a can this was not nearly as good a taste.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a pint glass, this wondrous coffee stout pours a thick black with a huge dark tan head that lasts a good while and great frothy lacing. Nose of rich black coffee and bittersweet bakers chocolate. Flavors of coffee are impressive all around with some bittersweet chocolate and smooth carbonation rounding it all together with sweet and roasted malts. Straight forward and delicious with a lightly bitter coffee/chocolate aftertaste. Another great brew from a great brewery.


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Photo of bluejacket74
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not the first time I've had this, but it's great to see that Jackie O's has canned Java The Stout. 12 ounce can, canned on 11-05-16. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half frothy tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's some caramel and nuts noticeable too. Lots of roasty coffee flavor in this stout! Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick, and it's also smooth and easy enough to drink. It also has a good amount of carbonation. It's one of the better coffee stouts I've had, and at 6.5% ABV it wouldn't be hard to finish a sixer of this. Definitely worth picking up! $10.99 a 6-pack.

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