Jet Black Heart

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Stout - Sweet / Milk
Ranked #458
Ranked #14,838
3.92 | pDev: 8.16%
Mar 18, 2022
Mar 05, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: Flaked oats and wheat add to the velvet mouthfeel, with the carbonation adding a honeycomb texture. Magnum and Sorachi Ace bring a berry and citrus fruitiness that amplifies the chocolate character of this inky leviathan.

Our smooth talking, naturally flavored milk stout will savage your senses in an uncharted abyss. Loaded to the gunnels with oatmeal and primed for a smoother ride. This is a black-hearted beast. Decadent notes of cacao, malty roastiness with hints of pit fruits await.
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

Marilyn's of Morgantown, 3/18/22.

Cocoa on the nose and very smooth.

The flavor and feel go hand in hand. Smooth, silky cocoa, slight smoke, and just the right smooth of sweetness to round it out.

Can we go visit the brewery? Please?

Mar 18, 2022
4 by Spencer96 from Ohio on Feb 16, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by stevoj from Idaho

Almost cask like pour at Brewdog Doghouse Edinburgh. Black with a two finger beige head. Sweet, milky aroma, chocolate, roast. Taste is a balance of chocolate and roasty malts, faint coffee, sweet lactose, light bitterness and a bit of a dry finish.

Feb 15, 2022
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4.94/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by UGB33 from Georgia

Super smooth and just a superior sweet, dark beer. I do not like IPA's or sours and this is the complete opposite of those.

Jan 30, 2022
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Oct 18, 2021
4.19 by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio on Jul 22, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

Start a little bit more sour than a typical style. It is extremely smooth throughout and has a tasty coffee finish. Lots of vanilla in there too..

Jul 17, 2021
4.09 by JM5671 from Ohio on Apr 09, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

330 ml bottle, at Malone’s Irish Bar, Aberdeen. Oatmeal milk stout, 4.7% ABV. Black colour, small beige head. Nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is also roasty, with distinct notes of chocolate, vanilla and lactose, but not too sweet. Decent beer.

Apr 05, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 16 oz can in a snifter. This solid little stout pours a rich
blackish brown with a nice fat head of khaki foam with excellent lacing.
Nose of dark coffee, dark cocoa, faint vanilla, and light char. Flavors
surpass the nose with dark cocoa, dark coffee, light vanilla, char, roast,
and a touch of cream. Decent mouth feel; medium full body, smooth
from the nitro, coating, and finishing lightly dry but a touch on the thin side.

Overall, a solid brew, but liked it better when it was not on nitro back when.


Apr 04, 2021
3.92 by ScottyB515 from Ohio on Dec 09, 2020
3.72 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 17, 2020
3.75 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois on Aug 28, 2020
3.46 by Drunkie from Pennsylvania on Jun 21, 2020
2.75 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Apr 25, 2020
4.58 by beerrat from Virginia on Mar 28, 2020
4 by n2492004 from Michigan on Mar 01, 2020
3.75 by plaid75 from New York on Feb 27, 2020
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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Believe it or not, there was once a time when "stout" didn't imply ten percent, expresso bombs laden with pastry sweetness, marshmallow consistency or barrel aged treatment. There once was a time when stouts could be somber, easy, light, even drinkable. BrewDog's Jet Black Heart is one of these welcomed throwback beer.

Pouring... ok, less than jet black, a rich and toasted cola color decants from the nitro-can and layers in a cascade of creaminess to the eye. A roasted scent floats gently above the dense blanket of foam along with moderate aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, cream and caramel. Caramel and cream greet the early palate as impressions of cola sodas come to mind as well.

A creamy mouthfeel coats the middle palate and fuels a taste that transitions toward Breakfast Blend coffee, a pep of cocoa and a roasted nuttiness that pulls from the caramel, vanilla and milk sugars. Slim on bitterness, a light and woodsy hop character shares mild campfire qualities underneath the rise of grille fruits of grape, plum and currant.

Medium light in body, the nitrogen dissipates quickly and allows the beer to become dry, light and surprisingly refreshing. But a void in flavor gives the taste of stale coffee, watered cola and a strong aspartame sweetness to persist in finish and into a medium long aftertaste.

Feb 25, 2020
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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by thatfellow from Ohio

Always a sucker for lively and beautiful nitro surge. Jet Black Heart does not disappoint, with it distinct vacuum sucking sound as it gasps for air and is birthed into the world.

Resilient, nearly finger thick head persists throughout the session, with foam clinging to the vessel walls. Smell is not especially distinct, characteristic of some nitro brews. Taste is slightly sweet, exuding creamy, lightly chocolately undertones with a good malt build. Luxurious mouthfeel that carries the integrity of the taste to the next level.

Big fan of this. The flaked oats really give this nitro stout an extra level of depth compared to many others on the market. Always enjoyable.

Feb 16, 2020
2.95 by Ian_Alexander from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2020
4.08 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio on Feb 02, 2020
3.58 by Commandophile from Illinois on Jan 31, 2020
4.19 by meanmutt from Ohio on Jan 26, 2020
3.98 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Jan 01, 2020
3.88 by Tjb14 from Michigan on Dec 29, 2019
4.16 by MacStinson from Michigan on Dec 02, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

This is a baffling one for The CANQuest (tm). Izzit N2 charged or not? Well, we are about to find out!

From the CAN: "Our smooth talking, naturally flavored milk stout will savage your senses in an uncharted abyss. Loaded to the gunnels with oatmeal and primed for a smoother ride. This is a black-hearted beast. Decadent notes of cacao, malty roastiness with hints of pit fruits await."; "Jet Black Heart - a naturally flavored beer pirate to steal your heart and blacken your soul."; "Oatmeal Milk Stout with Natural Vanilla Flavor".

It was definitely N2 charged since it hissed at me during the Crack! of the vent. I then beCAN a heavy-handed C-Line Glug to ensure that the gas was used to its fullest potential. This resulted in a real cascade (not pseudo) that slowly formed a dense, foamy, deep-tan/light-brown one-finger cap of head with excellent retention. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with ruby highlights. Nose had a muted chocolaty quality, which is why I dislike N2 beers - the tradeoff is taste for mouthfeel. This seemed like it might be nice as a side-by-side with a CO2 pour. Mouthfeel was big, full & creamy. The taste was decent, chocolate & vanilla, but it seemed muted, as I feared that it might. 8=( Finish was semi-sweet, but it was tough to get a real read on it with its N2 charge. I am fully willing to revisit this in a standard CO2 CAN, but for now, it just was not on. YMMV.

Nov 21, 2019
3.51 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Nov 14, 2019
3.71 by mrsp1107 from Illinois on Nov 08, 2019
3.84 by Lanas from Greece on Oct 16, 2019
4.01 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Oct 14, 2019
3.74 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Oct 10, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Iski100 from Massachusetts

Draft pour into tasting glass. Really good nitro vanilla milk stout with coffee and chocolate.

Oct 02, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brewdog "Jet Black Heart"
9.6 fl. oz. "nitro" can, brewed in Winchester, OH, and coded "01/14/19 190021 1217"
$2 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, I didn't realize that this was a nitro beer, I was too distracted by the comedy on the label: "BLACKEN YOUR SOUL" - with a 4.7% beer flavored with vanilla? Yeah, I'm sure this is the first beer that satan reaches for, right? OK, it looks like a stout with a "black" body and creamy light tan head. I'd even call it khaki, which means sand for those who weren't aware. The aroma is quite pleasantly roasty and chocolatey with just a little bit of vanilla that makes it more like milk chocolate than any other type of chocolate. I'd say that the soft roastiness is the most dominant note though. The flavor follows almost exactly and I'm not really sure what the difference is. I'm thinking it's a little woody, or leafy, and perhaps it's from hops. It's really good. It's much more balanced than Guinness, and it's a beer you could drink all night long and into the morning after if you wanted to. That is, of course, if you're a big stout fan. I'm glad that the vanilla is kept so restrained. It's almost to the point that you wouldn't notice it if you didn't know it was there, and it just helps to balance it. Any more would turn it into a different beer. As this is a "milk stout" I'll assume that it must contain lactose but I'm not really finding that, and I'm quite sensitive to it. It must be adding to the mouthfeel, and as you'd expect, it's velvety smooth with a medium-light body; and the head retention and lacing are as you'd expect with a continual 1/4" cap of foam on the surface and solid sheets of thick lacing surrounding almost the entire glass. All told, it's a really well put together, slightly unique stout that's got great drinkability. I'll certainly be going back for more of this!
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Sep 27, 2019
4.48 by adolby from West Virginia on Aug 30, 2019
3.75 by psmith161 from Indiana on Aug 26, 2019
4 by trocketsauced from New York on Aug 06, 2019
3.59 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on Jul 26, 2019
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