Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale | Arbor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
122 Ratings
Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old AleArbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arbor Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
arborbrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-17-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
122
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of JakeForest
4.9/5  rDev +33.2%

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of devildogbrewing
4.7/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this one. Real smooth but still had boldness

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of G-CraftBeer4life
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewing a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. but i have also had it on tap at the brewpub.

appearance- dark brown to blackish color. not much in terms of head and nothing stuck around including a lacing.

smell- smells of caramels and toffees. maybe some faint hops and dark fruits

taste- caramels, a little in the way of hops, some yeastiness, faint alcohol and a little bit of dark fruits. i really like the balance and touch of alcohol

mouthfeel- a bit of a heavier body, low carbonation

overall- this is a good beer. I have enjoyed it many times at the brewpub and would definitely get it again if i see it on tap. i would most likely buy it again if i saw it on shelf for a good price (~$12 a 6-pack and $4 a 12 oz serving.)

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Photo of Hrodebert
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of deebo
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I found this to be a solid old ale. Flavors on point with some nice sweet make with a nice warming finish but no alcohol bite. Would definitely grab this one again. Believe this one was almost a year old.

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Photo of aaronh
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red with amber highlights. Not much head to speak of. Hint of malt sweetness on the nose, but it's a clean sweetness. No unusual esters going on here. Flavor at first has a pronounced fruity sweetness, almost like cherries. Then a warm alcohol note is followed by a strong bitterness and astringent finish. A fairly well balanced big beer.

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Photo of travelguy
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of association330
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours murky brown with yeast clearly in suspension. Forms a pinky of off-white head which soon drops to a thin film with a ring of bubbles. Lacing is spotty.

S - A mixture of citrus and candied fruits. Sweet malt backbone with hints of spice (definitely some clove). Faint hop note. Overall, has a Belgian-like quality to it.

T - Follows the nose. Nice malt complexity, leading in with sweet & sour citrus, which gives way to a swallow of dark & candied fruits and licorice notes. Slight hop bitterness lingers in the finish.

M - Medium-boded, carbonation is a little too harsh. Slight alcohol warmth.

D - I don't know about calling this an old ale, but it's a nice Belgian-style something.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A bit of a darker ale. Never have been a huge fan of the "ale" smell, and this one is about the same as the rest. It's got flavor, that is for sure. Not bad at all.

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Photo of drxandy
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a deep dark brownish amber with hints of red, creamy tan head eventually fades

smells of delicious roasty malts, yeastiness, mmm

taste is of heavy malts fading into a bitter finish, good hoppiness in the back and an overall good balance, alcohol is definitely present, spicy, good balance, loads of flavor, nice! reminds me sort of a belgian strong with the dark fruits and almost belgiany banana-clove yeast

mouthfeel is slightly creamy, roasty, bitter, pretty tasty for alcohol content - overall quite a nice old ale from arbor!!

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Photo of DMarlinJ
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryans_Goosling
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

If you rubbed your face in a ripe banana, and then dunked your head in molasses, then dunked your head in brandy. Why is it called Jackhammer, that's my only question for you.

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Photo of BierFan
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a cool motto printed on the label, "It's quitting time somewhere.". No freshness date or abv is listed unfortunately. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flute.

Appearance: Big tan head, clear dark brown body. The head and carbonation are bigger than I expected them to be.

Smell: Dark ripe fruits, cloves, and molasses.

Taste: The taste is much like the smell. Cloves are really strong and it reminds me of a wheat beer even though it obviously isn't. Alcohol is mild and warms the throat. Very nice.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Rudy copper and clear, off-white head holds together well

SMELL: Caramel, toasted grain, dried grass, browned apples, pears, herbal hops, faint alcohol, cake batter, doughy biscuits

TASTE: Silky smooth, full-ish body, caramel, dried grass, toasted bread, herbal spicy hop, yeast, warming alcohol, apple skin, pear juice, clean, semi-dry grainy finish

A pretty amazing Old Ale, very clean but the flavors keep up with complexities and making it interesting to drink. Going to throw the rest of this bottle at a 12 month old cheddar. A sleeper beer, one that most beer geeks are missing out on.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A deep red/ brown liquid with some very active carbonation. The head is massive and fluffy with pretty good retention.

S- Lots of caramel and light fruits. Smells a little Beligan funky and sour. Some candied dark fruit too. Pretty complex and appealing.

T- Same as the aroma, but with a little bit of earthiness in there. The alcohol is ever so slightly apparent, but it isn't bad.

M- Overcarbonated, but it isn't harsh. This really could have been something with a little less carbonation.

D- For the alcohol and style, this is a pretty easy drinking beer. It is bottle conditioned, but from the flavor, I don't really know where this will go with some age on it. Worth a try none-the-less.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is always a nasty style. Since I was doing this brewer this weekend for the first time, I picked big, bad styles. So far, two for two - well made ales.

This one looks like flat coke in the glass. The aroma is right - deep, dark, hoppy. The taste matches, with all the bitter and darkness you expect.

The aftertaste is huge. This is typical of these nasty old ales. It avoids the horrible funkiness these sometime have. I think this one is a success. I look forward to the last Arbor Brewing sample.

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Photo of danielharper
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Beer originally tasted 10/27/2009. Notes transcribed below. Please note that I received this bottle gratis for assisting representatives of the brewery with picking bottles of non-Arbor Brewing beer for a tasting they were running.)

A: Brown very hazy body, nearly opaque. Slight yellow tinge on the bottom. No head, as expected for a beer of this ABV.

S: Spicy aroma, nice roasty notes of cloves and coriander. Malty underneath, somewhat nutty.

T: Very much like the aromatics. Strongly spiced with a malty "brownish" backbone. Slightly astringent on the finish due to alcohol, although that alcohol is well-hidden by the spiciness of the malt.

M: Moderate thickness, some carbonation. Spices tickle the tongue and give the beer a nice chewiness.

D: More like a winter warmer than an old ale. But quite nice.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St. Feuillien chalice. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an opaque, English Breakfast tea brown that's capped with an impressively creamy, khaki-colored head, with excellent retention, that leaves a healthy coating of sticky lace in the glass.

S: Interesting yeast aroma. Reminds me of something vaguely Belgian. Also present are bitter chocolate, roasted malt, candi sugar, dark fruit, caramel, roasted nuts, and fudge brownies (?).

T: Slightly fruity Belgian-esque yeast flavors coupled with roasted malt, caramel, bitter dark chocolate, pan-roasted nuts, candi sugar, plum/raisin, citrus hops, and some dry cocoa powder in the finish.

M: A bit too bright upon initial pour. As it sits in the glass it becomes noticably creamier. Though not as smooth and oily as I'd hoped. Finishes quite dry. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

D: I dig this beer. I should've bought more to sit on a bottle or two...

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Photo of mchegash
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.25/5
A nice deep red color, about two fingers of light brown head, on initial pour. Great head retention, one finger of head stays around for a while. Fairly good lacing. I think the beer's fairly clear, but the color is dark enought that it's still hard to see through. Overall, a great look.

Smell - 4/5
Some slightly sweet malts, fruits, cherry, chocolate roasty/smokiness. Fairly good smell

Taste - 4/5
Sweet cherry/fruity malts, some very small alcohol and hops presence. The taste is good, but it does seem perhaps a little more one-dimensional than the smell, given the roastiness which was present in the smell but which I can't taste. Still, a great taste

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium to full bodied, a light amount of carbonation. Beer is very smooth.

Overall - 4/5

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Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of irish6174
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Arbor Brewing Jackhammer Old Ale from Arbor Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 122 ratings.
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