Black Jack Imperial Stout | DuClaw Brewing Company

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Black Jack Imperial StoutBlack Jack Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
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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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 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 IdrinkGas
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head that disappears quickly. Smells of coffee and chocolate, nice and full. Tastes of coffee and little chocolate, tad watery. Beer is full bodied but still very drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of bluehende
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a tasting from draft. It had all the things a good stout had with a very good mouth feel. I am surprised it does not get a much higher rating.

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Photo of Feathersandbands
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JCarson410
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of webweb2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Sean_King
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color. The head is two fingers high, and tan in shade. Retention is okay, but the nice texture and excellent lacing left on my glass redeems its aesthetic appeal. (3.75)

Smell: Big roast here, exactly what I like in an imperial stout. Beneath the roasted coffee goodness lie notes of dry chocolate, brown sugar, and mild hoppiness. It isn't very deep, but it makes the most of its few notes extremely well. (3.75)

Taste: There's a good hoppiness here - not up to Storm King standards (obviously), but the opening flavors of mint and pine really do a good job of counteracting the chocolaty, roasty mid-taste. And is this one ever chocolaty. Licorice stays in the background throughout, thankfully never overpowering the faintly sweet finish. I'm even getting some smoky touches. This features a good mix of boldness and balance, not to mention it's easy to drink. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: For an imperial stout, this is very light - even detrimentally so. Still, it's crisp, dry finishing, and almost refreshing (!) This does accrue sweetness on the palate, however. Carbonation isn't strong, but it helps the beer go down more easily. (3.5)

Overall: DuClaw doesn't always make good beer...thankfully, this is one of their better brews. This is an imperial stout designed for drinkability over excessive bigness, and it's so much better for it. Maybe we should call it a stout and a half? Whatever it is, it's a rock-solid imperial stout. (3.75)

3.73/5: Not a royal flush, but definitely a four-of-a-kind

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of B-Lo
3.64/5  rDev -5%

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Hedonist7
2.72/5  rDev -29%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2010 Vintage

A- Pours a dark brown that settles into the glass with a near-black body. A thin, mocha-colored head that fades quickly and leaves behind a ring of bubbles.

S- Tons of chocolate, sweet malt, roasted malts, some sugary caramel. Quite a potent nose on this one.

T- Sweet, malty, roasty, chocolate, hints of vanilla, coffee, nice flavors.

M- Somewhat thin a watery, medium-light on the carbonation. Not sure how much the aging impacted the body.

O- Overall a pretty good imperial stout. Nothing memorable, but nice flavors.

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Black Jack Imperial Stout from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 111 ratings
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