Night Jump
Aviator Brewing Company

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Aviator Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
4.3 | pDev: 6.74%
Jul 29, 2019
Dec 01, 2015
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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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4.25 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jul 29, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by pjwaldron from North Carolina

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
3.88 by Skabiski from Maryland on Apr 06, 2019
4.29 by lochraneg from New Hampshire on Mar 11, 2019
4.37 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Mar 09, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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
4.32 by MO1978 from North Carolina on May 07, 2018
3.57 by JimmyO1956 from North Carolina on Jan 25, 2018
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3.18/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by KRubes from North Carolina

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
4.46 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina on Dec 10, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mothmanscott from Georgia

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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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Ohiovania from Ohio

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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3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by outdoor7or24 from Georgia

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
4.18 by schinebd from Massachusetts on Jan 21, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by goingbrokeonbeer from South Carolina

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
4.21 by Jsonta from New Jersey on Jan 07, 2017
4.18 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Dec 21, 2016
4.04 by lupercmda from North Carolina on Dec 21, 2016
4.25 by Skellbop from New York on Dec 03, 2016
4.24 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Oct 23, 2016
4.5 by HopsForBrains from North Carolina on Sep 09, 2016
4.25 by BPMeyer27 from Ohio on Apr 10, 2016
3.58 by RWLawman from North Carolina on Apr 07, 2016
4.27 by dannyfayy from Pennsylvania on Apr 06, 2016
4.25 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Apr 06, 2016
4.18 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina on Mar 30, 2016
4.02 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Mar 20, 2016
4.18 by glf60 from Virginia on Mar 16, 2016
4.25 by djgustafson from North Carolina on Mar 11, 2016
4.5 by Iamjeff6 from Virginia on Mar 08, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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
4.65 by TravisMason from Indiana on Feb 25, 2016
4.37 by Bilco from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2016
4.44 by hilgart1 from Illinois on Feb 16, 2016
4.1 by MunsonRoyE from North Carolina on Feb 13, 2016
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4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by FriedSlug from North Carolina

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
4.5 by mychalg9 from Illinois on Feb 08, 2016
4.24 by fehrminator from North Carolina on Feb 06, 2016
4.69 by carrollmel7 from North Carolina on Jan 31, 2016
4.32 by jak from North Carolina on Jan 31, 2016
Night Jump from Aviator Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 54 ratings