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Jamaican Style Stout | Stone Coast Brewing Co.

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Jamaican Style StoutJamaican Style Stout

Brewed by:
Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Brad007 on 08-19-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of jdhilt
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger light tan head that fades quickly, leaving a little lace. Almost black color, faint mahogany highlights. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Chocolate nose. Flavor is smooth chocolate with a slight baker's chocolate finish. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT. Stamp on bottom of bottle has brew date of Feb 26.

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Photo of brdc
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large capped bottle, thanks to cookin420. Pured into a snifter.

Quite dark, near black, with some reddish brown highlights, and a very thin, short lasting light tan head that leaves a modest amount of lacing.
Medium to thin body, it shows a faint aroma and similarly weak flavor. Some roasted malts, fruitiness, but everything feels watered down. Not unpleasant, but certainly not any point above decent either.

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Photo of joepais
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I figured I would grab a bottle before they disappear. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a couple of fingers worth of tan head that turns to a thick lace .The body was a typical black color no light coming thru at all.

The aromas of roasted malts and chocolate filled my nose. There a touch of sweetness as well

This stout was a pleasant surprise, sweeter than I expected in a stout. You get the typical stout flavors of coffee and chocolate but the bitter is tamed by a nice sweet flavor that comes thru. This has a medium body with good carbonation a good combination for this stout.

Good drinkability on this stout the bomber was easy to finish, another brew to be missed from Stone Coast

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.

A: Poured a jet black with a thick creamy head of tan foam. It was like staring into the Heart of Darkness, man.

S: Smells of rich, robust roasted chocolate malt with a hint of bitter coffee and sweet cocoa added to the mix.

T: Taste is a tad dry in the finish, but is a smooth as hell, medium cocoa flavor backed with rich roasted chocolate and caramel malts. There's a lil' touch of hop bitterness in there, but it's like drinking a pudding, it's that tasty.

M: Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, without being too filling.

D: Would have gotten another if we weren't on our way out of the restaurant. I've seen bombers of this in stores, and would definitely get it again if it lived up to this representation.

Tasty, drinkable and crazy smooth stout. Lush, sweet flavors lend way to an impeccable dessert beer, or one to sip on in the witching hour. Excellent!

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Photo of brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark chocolate color but nary a head nor lacing to be found

Smell: Some roast, and a little chocolate

Taste: Opens with an odd chocolate banana taste that grows increasingly phenolic with a plastic flavor, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the off flavors persist

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Drinkability: I thought I would give this a try as the brewery had recently ceased operations; this is not a beer, however, that I will miss

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich and malty with flavors of chocolate, black coffee and a touch of dark fruit. There's a mild hops presence that is decently strong for a stout. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this isn't a style that I drink very often, but this beer is worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for it.

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Photo of ph2001
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

after reading other reviews on this i think i might have just gotten a bad bottle. i dont;t know, but here it goes anyway:

22oz bottle in pint glass

pours smooth and thin, a thing coating of head that left quick. black. it smells sweet like banana, and has a bit of smoke and maltiness in there too.

it has a strong banana taste similar to the smell, it's much more overwhelming in flavor though. there's another sweetness in there that i can't quite pick out. the malt is very light and there is no bite to it at all. light medium body. there is a very strong odd aftertaste to it as well. boring, no depth, disappointing.

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Photo of drinksandeats
2.44/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed a 22 oz. bottle of Jamaican Style Stout, curious as to what would make this truly Jamaican.

Appearance: Solid mahogany color. Rich foamy head -- a few fingers' worth, slow to subside. Inviting and mysterious.

Smell: Dark malt, coffee, toffee. Very thin aroma, even after slight agitation and a chance to breathe. Nothing Jamaican yet.

Taste: My first few sips tasted very strongly of burnt coffee, reminiscent of a pot of gas station brew that had been left on the burner for a few hours. This was immediately followed by a blast of hops whose flavor didn't meld quite right with the beer. Oddly enough, after a few sips the beer seemed to lose potency, and halfway through the bottle transformed into a common stout. Is this deterioration of taste what makes it Jamaican-style? Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Nice thin stout feel. An odd creaminess like an uninvited guest whose presence turns out to be OK.

Drinkability: After a few sips the beer became very drinkable. However, I'd bypass this brew for a more consistent stout.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber from Ron's Market in Farmington. A somewhat vigorous pour yields a good half inch of short-lived tan head resting on a nearly opaque black body with very slight ruby-red highlights. Smells nutty, with black licorice, and a slight roast. Tastes like black licorice with burnt paper and chocolate in the background. Flavors are kind of muted, and the licorice clearly dominates. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy enough to drink considering the mouth feel and abv, but I must say I am not overall very impressed with this one...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany with generous black cherry highlights. When backlit with even indirect sunlight, the beer doesn't quite make it all the way to opaque. The milk chocolate nougat colored head (like the inside of a Three Musketeers bar) has a wonderful texture and is blanketing the glass with loads of lace. Stouts that I can see through, even if only slightly, rarely get the appearance score that has just been granted.

Jamaican Style Stout smells like an American stout, never mind the name and groovy, lemon and lime silk-screened label. I can't think of any real differences between those two styles anyway. The nose is moderately roasted and has, perhaps, a hint of hoppiness. A lack of boldness keeps my enthusiasm in check.

Speaking of a lack of boldness... the flavor doesn't exactly reach and out and grab my taste buds by their lapels. After loving every single drop of Stone Coast's superb Black Bear Porter, I thought that JSS would be more of the same. Instead, it's less.

First impressions include a slightly too wobbly malt backbone and a tangy fruitiness that isn't entirely welcome. Although it's far from overwhelmingly sour, less tartness would be better. Roasted malt delivers the usual flavors of bittersweet chocolate and ground coffee beans, with a slight char and a finishing hop bitterness that try their damnedest to tug this 'foreign' stout over the hump. Almost... nearly there... just a little way to go... not quite.

The body/mouthfeel, while decent enough, is best described as 'porteresque'. It's a trifle thin at first, then manages to grab the bottom rung of the style ladder in the end. An ideal amount of carbonation keeps the score above average.

I'm not sure what makes Jamaican Style Stout Jamaican, although it would be good alongside some spicy jerk chicken and papaya salsa. Solo, it's a decent quaff without being a standout. If you can only drink one, Black Bear Porter is the better beer by far.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with lots of ruby hues when held up to the light, large frothy head, fizzy at first then develops a slight fluffy look, lots of patchy lacing.

Smell is of roasted malt, slight chocolate and coffee presence but the malt takes precedence.

Taste is malty upfront with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness developing pretty quickly, carbonation is a bit high but works in its favor, can't tell that the strength is above 7% at all.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was awesome. Bought randomly at Liquors 44. Appearance is awesome: dark, dark, dark colors with a thick head that laces thinly away. The smell is luscious with mocha, chocolate, coffee, cream, and vanilla. The taste is probably one of the best dessert-like tastes I have had: very sweet and creamy. Great mouthfeel allows it to be enjoyed slowly, especially with your favorite dark chocolate. Overall, if you want something from New England for your dessert, this is it.

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Photo of currysage1
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 22oz. bomber into a glass mug. Purchased from 4 Seasons.

Nice look to it, nice blackness at the center but towards the bottom it is a very intense garnet red. Large medium brown head to it, sticks around for most of it.

Smell is really cool, very crisp for a stout, dark sweet cherries, worstershire sauce and some chocolate.

Taste brings on more bitterness than in a traditional dry stout, also some cold strong coffee flavors to mingle with the worstershire, cherry, choc mixture.

Mouthfeel was the low score for this one, a little on the thin side, almost thinner than a milk stout. Carbonation was good but at first was a little overwhelming, that subsided though.

Drinkability is good, could have another because that alcohol is hidden nicely in the taste. Stouts just aren't session beers.

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Photo of dickieb
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, near black with some red hue. A good three finger head works down to a 1/4" rim and some sticky lacing. The smell is a tad faint with dark roasted malts and coffee making up the majority. Taste is a bit more enticing with chocolate roasty malts hint of vanilla coffee, and a fairly well masked alcohol. The lingering flavor is sweet to me, but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel is a bit light for a big stout, but right on for this 8% offering. Everything works into a drinkable and enjoyable beer from Stone Cost.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to deltatauhobbit and the Ugly Duckling BIF for the beer.
Very attactive beer. Black in color with a lovely khaki colored head that rises to 3 fingers in height and slowly recedes to a sticky 1/2". Sticky lacing cakes the sides of the glass.
Chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. Sweet smelling.
Sweet flavored stout in a good way. Kind of reminds me of chocolate Silk Milk, which I like. Chocolate flavored with a rum like finish.
Good mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied.
Very drinkable stout that I would be honored to try again.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber poured into a pint glass. This was a really good-looking beer. Opaque, black with red highlights. A thick, coffee-colored head that persisted. Aroma a little less impressive, primarily coffee. Taste was far better than the aroma foretold. It had a good dark coffee/espresso taste, but as the beer warmed there was some chocolate noted also. A nice rich beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown with a slight red tint, and was mostly opaque. Had a nice chocolate brown head that clung well to the sides and left a ring. Aroma was brown sugar and chocolate. Taste had a small amount of citrus. Mouthfeel was good, a nice consistency to the beer, the only down side was a tingly carbonation. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of EGledhill
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to deltatauhobbitt for the chance to try this one

A dark brown almost black body with a tan head that dissipates quickly

S. predominately coffee with slight undertones of vanilla, chocolate and fruits. doesn't do the taste justice

T. Coffee and vanilla dominate with hints of chocolate. as it warms a little, chocolate come forward more with a slight alcohol taste. Damn right it's good

M. good thick mouthfeel.

D. definitely would trade for again having this with some roasted almond tort. it don't get much better. great dessert beer

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Photo of cookin420
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pub glass.

pours almost black. When I hold it up toward the light I see a orange-yellow tint and also some floatie matter. This sediment is in many of stone coasts brews and it doesn't bother me any. Head is full. Mostly larger bubbles surprisingly. Minimal lacing.

Smell is a roasty, chocolate, caramel, and some date. Also a bitter coffee note.

Very well hopped bitter-wise can't tell what, something english I want to say. Big bitter quickly followed by a caramel malt flavor and then an alcoholic warmth. Dark fruits everywhere and A slight citric taste, lemon, most likely the hop. This is a great stout. Every pull it gets a bit more comlex but never over the top.

perfect carbonation level combined with plenty of bittering hop makes for a killer feel to this big malty beast. Coats the tongue well but doesn't feel thick or syrupy. Slightly dry afterfeel.

I'm blazing my way through my bomber of this and I could go for a few more. Very easy to drink this stuff.

Another great one from stone coast, the unsung portland brewery that has yet to disappoint this brew junkie. Find one, buy it, and enjoy.

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3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this poured into an imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber as the snow comes down hard and fast. Pours a very dark brown/light black, with just a hint of head forming.

Initial smell is weak coffee, and creamy vanilla but as it warms the smell becomes more prevelant. Smell stays with coffee as it warms but becomes stronger and is accompanied but a roasty smell, chocolate and some raisin.

Taste is ok overall. The coffee smell carries into the taste and is harsh when cold but this a stout and I should have known better to even taste it once fresh out of the fridge. As it gets closer to room temp the flavor hits it's peak but never really impressed me. A decent chocolate taste initially followed by coffee as it goes down. Mouthfeel is creamy while in the mouth but goes down thin and easy. Drinkability is good, as it goes down quite easy especially for a 7% beer. I doubt I'll drink another one of these as the flavor just didn't have much to offer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.

Clear dark brown colored beer with a good Khaki colored head.

Sweet and metallic scent with a heavy patent malt scent. Fair chocolate scent and a fair smell of coffee.

The taste starts out sweet, and chocolate with a cappuccino aftertaste. Sweet like a milk stout with a fairly strong patent malt taste. Doesn't really taste like a FES to me. No dark fruit flavors or traces of whiskey or rum.

Mouthfeel is good.

OK I am pretty sure that I won't be getting anymore of this one. Really a let down and I do love FES but this doesn't taste like one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 4 1/2" brown head over the clear dark brown brew. Head is falls extra slowly, with chucky, sticky lace. Aroma is lightly of dark malts. Taste is rich and chocolatey. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinking is easy. Probably just what they were aiming for. Yummy.

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Photo of tanarm
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight tan head forms, then leaves a solid ring around the glass. Dark brown, ruby red hue shows through in the light. Aroma is definitely chocolate, and some fruitiness. Maybe cherry.
Taste is of chocolate. Roasted. Some fruity esters. Roasted Coffee.. then chocolate again. Dry finish with some hop bitterness and some roasted coffee lingering. Very nice.
Medium body for a stout. Low carbonation, quite drinkable.
Overall... a very delicious stout. Very clean, lots of nice roasted flavors. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beige head that starts four-fingers and fades into a rocky, glass clinging froth. Deep dark brown which allows the faintest of light to pass.

This has the smell of chocolate milk.

Creamy consistency. Lots of dark cocoa flavor. Only negative is the slightest flavor of boiled vegetables. Nice aftertaste of a balanced stout; this is the first time I notice the hop.

This is an easy stout to enjoy. While it may not beat the big papas from Ireland, it is easily quaffed.

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Jamaican Style Stout from Stone Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 31 ratings
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