Black Jack Imperial Stout | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Black Jack Imperial StoutBlack Jack Imperial Stout

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DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Rastacouere on 07-05-2004

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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 60
Reviews by muskiesman:
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of shapudding
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my BA one-year anniversary beer! Nevermind that the date is showing 12th, it is that odd BA dating that turns the clock the day before~! I waited until my actual day to play with my fun stuff! -Thanks to Beerookie for lovingly driving it all the way from my beloved DuClaw to PA for me! (and sitting and waiting for them to receive the box of growlers they were expecting, just to bring this to me!)

Poured from the german DuClaw growler deep dark and pitch black, with no light getting in there. If you hold the pint glass up to the light and really play, you can catch a sliver or two of amber here and there maybe.... Wonderfully thick head atop it, coffee and cream color, maybe even an orangey brown it is so dark... settled as nice heavy, creamy layer. Oh wow, smells so great... See, they need to make car air fresheners out of impy stouts, then I would not be such a bitch in the mornings anymore. Deep chocolate scents, coffee, merlot. Not too heavy feeling, just a nice medium body, which lets it go down so easily, sip after sip. Wet feeling. Low to medium carbination, just enough to remind you it is there sometimes, but not fizzy or pronounced, just how I like it. Just a bit of a carb bite there when you take a bigger sip or give it a swirl in your mouth, but barely notice it most of the time. Dark roasty malt flavors, strong espresso, Godiva liquor, chocolate truffles. Makes me think of eating chocolate covered espresso beans followed by a sip of good dark stout.
Tons of flavor left in your mouth after each sip, some hops, burnt toast, coffee, bit of sweet chocolate. You can taste a bit of the alcohol, but not much -even though I enjoy that. Maybe even a teensy bit of very smooth scotch flavor in the aftertaste -again, like having a sip of maybe a Dalmore 21yo, then following with a sip of stout. You can feel a bit of the alcohol warmth, but it is very well hidden for the percent. Man, I could easily kill this german growler by myself, gonna try not too... I mean, it is a freakin' Tuesday! I will see what happens!

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Photo of tigg924
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very roasty even by RIS standards. Taste is coffee grounds, roasted malt, deep dark chocolate, and slight molasses. Taste is slightly bitter and the body is really heavy. This beer acts bigger than is 8.0 ABV would indicate. Enjoyable, although not as complex as other RIS that I have had.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Wegomlegging
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured black-brown with tanned hide head of respectful amount. Smell of burnt chocolate and alcohol. Taste was a burnt malt and alcohol combo, with a small amount of hop. The good flavor was followed by a decent mouthfeel and burnt aftertaste that lingered. Average drinkability, as some may not like the heavy alcohol and roasted malt. Not a beer for everyone.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its opaque black body rests gently beneath a short head of very dark tan foam that holds well, slowly receeding to a wide creamy collar and lacy surface covering that leaves rings of sticky lace with each sip.

The nose delivers fruit, dark chocolate, and a deep roastiness.

The body is medium bordering on full, and its fine-bubbled carbonation lends a subtly crisp tingle to the tongue before smoothing.

The flavor delivers an incredibly rich, bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, and espresso-like maltiness that's laced with dark and red fruits (black cherry, red grapes, raisins) and piney hops. The alcohol is well-masked in both the aroma and the flavor by its richness. It finishes quite dry with some lingering bitterness, a residual burnt-chocolate character, and a touch of vinous fruit.

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Photo of Bierleichen
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of bconsidine
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the DuClaw Fell's Point location.

Pours black with a thin tan creamy head that retained well around the edges but left a minimal amount of lace that stuck. The aroma is roasted and burnt malt, chocolate sweetness, coffee, and a smoked maltiness.

The taste is chocolate sweetness that melds into roasted bitterness, smoked malts, and coffee notes. The smoke character really seems to be dominant at times and is much more noticeable than other years. Finishes with a nice bitterness that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice creamy feel. Alcohol is very well hidden and barely noticed, which really makes this guy quite drinkable.

The Black Jack is always a pretty solid seasonal from DuClaw. Like most of their other offerings, it doesn't pack the biggest punch, choosing to stay more accessible for their core demographic of beer drinkers that frequent the place. It still carries enough flavor and big drinkibility to be a solid choice if you come across it.

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Photo of hdofu
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As black as a Raven's wing, this beer is really impressive. The flavor of dark chocolate hits the tongue upon the first sip. A slight bitter taste similar to a chocolate bar is the finish. The feel on the tongue is smooth like a dark chocolate bar, the alcohol wasn't really noticeable . The smell is of rich chocolate. This beer goes down easy and is one easy to drink more then one glass of. Give it a try if you like Imperial Stouts and are in Maryland.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to snifter, the appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that held and then slid off at a semi-slow pace. Not much lace, somewhat stringy, but sliding. The aroma had some sweet caramel/toffee malts, roasted dark malts, espresso roasty and sweet contours, some nuts, light toast, biscuits, sweet wood, smooth earthiness, milk chocolate and ended with a little bit of coffee creamer. The flavor did a pretty good job of blending all of the prior mentioned aromas to slide together on into the aftertaste and follow through into the finish. The feel was about medium bodied, perhaps a touch under with a fair sipping sort of quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt good. Pretty smooth along my tongue. Overall, pretty good imperial stout that packs in all of what one is looking for in the style.

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Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Sweet chocolate, some fruitiness, citrus/stone fruit.

L: Dark black, espresso tan head, very good lacing.

T: Sweet toffee with some milk chocolate up front. Medium low bitterness. Ends with some more milk chocolate and sweet coffee. Finishes semi-sweet with just a touch of roast.

M: Medium body, milk like, but a touch thin. Alcohol barely noticeable. Carbonation medium low.

Fairly sweet double stout, not much roast and fruit, defilnitely more chocolate and toffee sweetness. Nice dessert beer.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a glass of the 2004 vintage Black Jack Stout served at DuClaw's Bowie location during X-mas in July.

Appearance: Black as night. When held up to the light, dark crimson colors are clearly visible. The head is a darker, coffee ice cream color.

Smell: The beer has a deep roasted aroma and the chocolate notes have intensified. There is a slight vinous-like aroma as well.

Taste: The stout still has a deep roasted malt character but it has also taken on a vinous complexity. After that initial roast/chocolate burst, one can taste an array of alefruits and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The beer has aged well, giving the palate a new range of flavors to enjoy.

Drinkability: I really wanted to go to Bel Air for the 2003 version, as the beer has done well over two years.

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Photo of nick_perry
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark color. Smoky aroma. Notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Thick, warming feel.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt, molasses and coffee. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The aroma is mostly sweet, however the taste is mostly roasty and bitter. Finish is also roasty and bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it seems a bit thin for a RIS. With that being said, it's also smooth and a bit creamy and coating. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and I liked drinking it. I think this is a good brew, it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of sneth019
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Devi0us
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of vandemonian
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DuClaw Black Jack Imperial Stout is a delicious and drinkable Russian Imperial. It was much better than I expected. Yum!

A: Nice darkbrown/black colour and a good 1 cm brown head that fades to good lacing. 4.5

S: Smells strongly of coffee. Yum. 4.5

T: Roadty malt with some hints charcoal, especially in the aftertaste. Good hop balance. This is a delicious beer. 4.5

M: Foamy and silky. 5

O: This was really delicious. 4.5

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

this was another new one for me. the first of the big stouts that were opened this really caught me by surprise as I was in no way expecting it to be as good as it was. jet black pour with a good inch and a half of wonderfully colored head on top started off the session just right.

aroma is dark roasted malts, cocoa, a ton of rich brown sugar and a touch of tobacco. really just complex as hell and not at all what i was expecting. a bit thin on the feel, but not terrible just more of a big stout then an ris. still though the flavor came across very, very well with each sip complenting the one before. dark, dark chocolate, lots of roasted malts and tons of rich, dark flavors. this was exactly what i was looking for. smooth and creamy finish left the flavor of light smoke an brown sugar on the tongue with a touch of vanilla sealing it off.

overall really just a great tasting stout that was very easy to drink and nearly flawless in aroma. i would have this one again any day.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Fell's Point location. Comes out a dark motor oil black, absolutely opaque, a thin brown head that subsides quickly, moderate amount of lacing. Nose is a nice roasted espresso, although a little light. The same espresso comes through in a big way, hints of vanilla and dark chocolate, a quite noticeable but not overwhelming alcohol bite, and a decent piney hop finish that you Rich full bodied moutfheel and a very dry finish. This is a nice winter beer, warming with a nice rich taste. Another good seasonal effort from Duclaw.

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Photo of rumorsofsurf
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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