Night Jump
Aviator Brewing Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #146
Ranked #2,669
4.33 | pDev: 6.7%
Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
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Notes: Night Jump pours deep black with a dark roasted head of foam. Note the smell of barrel and the full scent of the malts. There is a rich flavor complemented by the whiskey barrel aging and the cacao nibs. We use more hops than the 18th century Brits did. Best if consumed after doing a night jump over enemy territory.
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pjwaldron from North Carolina

4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Probably Aviator's best production. Many imperials and doubles get rated higher mostly because of the pumped up alcohol, but this one gets everything right--the toasty malt, the hops, yes the pumped up alcohol. It's a really, really good, perfectly -balanced beer.

Apr 08, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours fairly thick and syrupy, impervious to light, minimal head. Aroma is huge - tons of chocolate, loads of bourbon barrel, touch of vanilla and coconut in the background. Taste follows nose - lots of dark chocolate, tons of barrel, followed by mocha, vanilla, and a mild bitter espresso finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Overall this was a very good beer, my only complaint is the slightly astringent aftertaste, which I blame on the age of the beer and can- this beer belongs in a bottle.

12 oz can dated 11/17/16
4.25 rating

May 15, 2018
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KRubes from North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

2017 vintage. I can't fully make out the canning date, but believe it is 08/11/17.

A: 16 oz can poured at cellar temperature into a red wine glass. Dark black with brown hues. Half-finger, tan head quickly dissipated into a thin coating.

S: Roasted malt. Oak. Mild whiskey. Milk chocolate.

T: More roasted malt. Barrel begins to peek behind the malt. Subtle chocolate?

F: Minimal carbonation. A touch thin. Different than years past.

O: A very different beer from previous years and it leaves me yearning for more. I enjoy the new 16 oz format and the fact it does not drink like 13%, but the beer is missing that mouthfeel, chocolate syrup and whiskey notes that took it to another level. A fraction of its former self.

Dec 31, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown so deep it appears appears black (with deep garnet highlights when held to bright light) producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, shortlived, mocha head that leaves pasty wash (topped by webs) of sticky lacing. Aroma is a smokey, boozy, burnt chocolate, like smoked Hershey's chocolate syrup laced with bourbon. Swimming in the background are hints of molasses, bitter coffee, prune, anise & char. Taste is boozy & bittersweet, burnt & smokey malts. Bourbon heavy, chocolate syrup, oak tannins, creamed coffee & prune. Finishes sweet with a slight phenolic/plastic hint mixed with chocolate cherry cordials, a deep roast, bitterness & alcohol that becomes a increasingly bitter, roasted, slightly burnt, chocolatey, yet slightly chalky aftertaste. Not that I have ever done it but the experience is similar to what I imagine eating chocolate cream drops and chasing them with watered down bourbon might be like. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with light carbonation, silky & creamy, alcohol spiciness, very chewy & mouth coating.

Aug 03, 2017
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Ohiovania from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really really tasty. Wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. The only thing holding it back from a 4.5 is that it's a bit hoppy and I'm not a huge fan of overly hoppy stouts.

Jul 01, 2017
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz cam thanks to Sarah.
A: pours a pitch black body, chocolate milk foam head, carbonation, heavy stringy lacing
S: roasted malt, wood, vanilla, aroma of whiskey
M: medium body, syrup like residue on the tongue
T: heavy malt, deep woodsy oak flavor, cocoa nibs, roasted malt
O: really cool brew and flavor is smooth

Feb 01, 2017
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goingbrokeonbeer from South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours almost black with a thin head, I did pour easy because of the particular glass I was using. Smell is roast, chocolate, and a bit of barrel. Taste followed the nose, as it warmed it was more barrel influenced. Medium mouthfeel, overall good beer.

Jan 21, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into antique English stein

Black liquid, dense, rich two finger brown foam cap

Faint whisky aroma, roasted malts, cocoa

Bourbon on the back of the tongue, cocoa, roasted malts

suds up, feel the alcohol, not a alcohol burn or bite

Very good beer

Mar 01, 2016
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark as night with a thick cocoa brown head that leaves a few nice bands of lacing behind. The smell is mainly bourbon but with a long sniff you can get through it to the luscious chocolate, coffee and and roasted malt. The taste is bourbon up front with a deep bitter chocolate at the end. The middle has some toasted malt, vanilla and coffee. Nice bitterness that combines with a warming alcohol feel at the end. Thick and chewy brew that is just amazing. Should have bought a few more cans.

Feb 09, 2016
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FirstLunarBrew_UpForGrabs from North Carolina

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I like reviewing beer on my own, and then coming to BA to see if my notes compare with anyone else's. Hopefully this post is helpful or relevant to someone at some point. I hope this brewery takes off - they haven't disappointed me yet.

L: Probably the inkiest pour I've ever seen. I felt like I was squeezing an octopus. Of course no light coming through the glass; even when holding at an angle, a half-inch of beer doesn't allow any significant amount of light through. I didn't pour very aggressively, but even so the deep mocha head is lacking. Expected more than half a finger of head for that pour. In any case, it's funny how a simple-looking, deep black beer can be so visually appealing. It's amazing how easy it is to get lost in this one.

S: Very typical strong stout smell. Very chocolatey, tons of roasted malts, tiny bit of raisin and banana, some sweet coffee but not as much as I'd expect, and some vanilla and a tiny bit of wood. Has a similar background profile to some very hoppy IPAs, not surprising given the supposed IBUs (125..?), but the malts really take the stage in this one thankfully. You'd expect some serious booziness, but this 13%er doesn't smell any more boozy than your standard 9% imp stout.

T: With a cold sip, a woodiness (thanks to the barrels) comes out in the taste. However, the first thing I notice is an incredible bittering quality. The can claims 125 IBUs, they may be there, but they are completely swallowed, nay, engulfed, by the malts. It's almost as if the cocoa-ness took on the bittering hops and the chocolate claimed the bitterness for itself. Kind of like bittersweet chocolate. It's absolutely amazing to me that this beer can handle that kind of hop bill and still be malt-heavy. Booziness becomes increasingly hard to hide the warmer a beer gets, and that is the case here. With warmth, the beer becomes a bit spicy. Chocolate is omni-present, and there is a hint of vanilla. Roasty bitterness really steals the show here.

F: Pretty much how a stout is supposed to feel: inky, viscous, heavy, but with low to moderate carbonation that keeps it rich and smooth. No complaints here.

O: I wish I could have something like this everyday. I don't often repeat-buy stouts, as I generally only drink them in quantity between October and March, but I would if I could with this one. $6 / can is just a shade on the high side - it might be a "several times a year" beer, but I can't make this a staple stout if I'm spending $20 for a 4-pack (then again, this probably wasn't Aviator's intention anyway). That said though, I'm extremely happy with this beer and will be recommending it. It's got everything you could ask for in an imp stout, a high dosage of hops for good measure, and an ABV that is incredibly well hidden.

Nice job, Aviator.

Jan 27, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and extremely faint very dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that slowly reduces to a very thick (just shy of a finger) layer covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of whiskey over the top of moderate aromas of oak, vanilla, caramel, licorice, and roasted malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of roasted malts with a hint of charred malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of cacao nibs, whiskey oak, vanilla, caramel, and licorice. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with a hint of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Nice complexity with really nice whiskey flavors but not too much sweetness. Very easy to drink considering the strength but very enjoyable. Glad I grabbed this one.

Jan 24, 2016
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is hard for me to not get a little excited about. I mean come on they put a 13% barrel aged Imperial Stout into a can, kind of crazy. As I pour from the Ken I have to do a double check to make sure I hadn't accidentally opened a can of 10W-30. It pours that oil black. Head is a full inch of creamy new get colored head that quickly fades to a consistent skim in a couple minutes. The nose really jumps out of the glass and penetrates the nostrils with hints of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and caramelized notes from the wonderful bourbon presents. With first sip it reminds me a lot of a good bourbon cream Liquor. You then get some nice black coffee towns along with dark fruit and chard wood. There is a hint of black licorice is well. Alcohol is noticeable but soft and at no point protrudes the flavor. This one seems like a good age very well but I'm not sure we can is the proper vessel to do so. Highly enjoyable no doubt.

Jan 24, 2016
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NCIPArunner from North Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a Word Class WBA Stout. Aviator has hit a home run. Great base beer with lots of whiskey in the smell and taste. Big fan of Aviator, but this is beer just puts them over the top. Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits & WHISKEY. You name it this beer has it.

Jan 24, 2016
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hamguin from North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought one can of this beauty, and I discovered that it packs enough punch to serve as a sipper through an entire NFL playoff game.

While the alcohol is present, it is not at all overwhelming. This is a high-viscosity, smooth-drinking beer, with more and more chocolate notes as it warms. Obviously, I let it warm for a long time!

Perhaps it is because my team won, but I'm voting this my favorite RIS of the weekend. I'll be getting more of this for the coming weekend.

Jan 19, 2016
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PaleCale from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an inky black with a fluffy khaki 1" head that lingers. Nose is boozy, with some roasty sweetness coming through. Drinks softly and very smoothly, with little burn, and a fair amount of dark fruit/chocolate but not much wood. Overall, a tasty whiskey-aged stout that leans more dark fruit than coffee.

Jan 19, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 092815.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Solid whiskey presence with some notes of black licorice, caramel and vanilla.

T- Lovely bourbon/vanilla/caramel sweetness that's so smooth that you would never guess this is 13% ABV. Some charry roast in the aftertaste as the base beer lets you know it's there. Notes of milk chocolate, molasses and more black licorice.

M- Creamy and rich with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- For a 13% BA stout that comes in canned 4-packs for $21, this is incredible. Get it while you can because Aviator's got a winner on their hands here.

Jan 10, 2016
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty serious beer. Seriously big, seriously good. I haven't had a ton of their offerings, but this is definitely the best beer I have had thus far from Aviator. Would definitely drink this again. Me likey.

Jan 10, 2016
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JakeSouva6969 from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A nutty aroma, but overall a good stout. Quite viscous, and won't leave you wanting for taste. It isn't my favorite, but a solid choice that doesn't overpower you with the taste of alcohol. Admittedly, it's got me a bit buzzed but I would recommend it if you haven't given it a try.

Dec 01, 2015
Night Jump from Aviator Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 54 ratings