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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Photo of Umbra
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this time on the limited 1L bottle release, swingtop with nice labeling.

Opaque black, not that it wasn't clear, just that it was so dark, you couldn't find your way to the other side of the pint, with a dark tan, thick head. Great retention and lacing for a brew on the heftier side.
Got a heavy coffee aroma, bypassed with some roasted malts.
All the expected flavors are here--coffee, espresso, chocolate, vanilla--but it has a very nice, sharp pininess that cuts through. Regardless, it has a very rich and smooth mouthfeel, making it extremely drinkable.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Fells Point location.

Very dark in color, opaque black with a tiny brown head that disperses quickly. Nice lacing. Smells slightly of coffee. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and pine. Smooth and rich in flavor with a lovely hoppy finish. Alcohol present, but only slightly. Very drinkable and not too high in ABV, allowing for more of a session than normally with an imperial stout.

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Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 cubedbee
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 shapudding
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
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 Dithyramb
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First sampled this during the XMas in July celebrations this year and saved my review until this month's was tapped. Tried during the opening night at the Fell's location. Get it while its hot, they don't seem to make too many of the seasonals, and they disappear quickly...
Deep blackness with just some hints of amber when held up to the light. (At least that what it looks like in the bad lighting of the Fells spot.) Had a thin tan head that shrunk down to a nice sticky lacing.
Faint bitter chocolate aromas.
Fresh creamy cappucino flavors. No, not the milky sweet American capa, but the bitter and smooth Italian version. Just enough hops on the finish. The high ABV is well masked and is only evident with some slight warming of the mouth afterwards.

One of the better brews offered at DuClaw, along with the Porter.

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Photo of Hefe
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass @ DuClaw Arundel Mills for the Christmas in July celebration. 7/29/04

Appearance: Black, black like your soul! Damn that black. Dark brown head that degrades to some sticky lacing.

Smell: Espresso mocha goodness.

Taste: Hits like coffee liquer initially, broadens out into dark chocolate, blackstrap, turkish coffee. Finishes warm and a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: Rich and silky.

Drinkabilty: Perfect, I could down these all night, the abv is beautifully masked.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Black body. Huge sticky and rocky tan head, a very impressive sight which makes it even scarier. Sweet chocolate aroma, light smoked notes, vanilla beans, creamy. Much drier than expected in mouth. Charcoal like roasted finish. Mild dark fruits, slightly acidic hops. Smooth and velvety full body which got quite a decent effervescence for a hand-bottled 1liter swingtop. No worries Larry, this was a treat, thanks!

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