Soul Jacker
DuClaw Brewing Company

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Strong Ale - American
3.79 | pDev: 11.35%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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John_M from Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown with good head retentikon and lacing. The nose is attractive enough, with considerable chocoalte and coffee, and maybe a hint of cherry and vanilla s well. The flavor profile is better, with considerable coffee, chocolate nnd licorice, with some interesting grittiness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, farily sweet, coffee/chocolate and licoriase infused finish. Alcohol is fairly well into integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell the abv. is up there a bit.

A nice enough beer, but nothing to get very excited about either,

Mar 23, 2012
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/4" dark tan head over the barely translucent dark root beer-hued brew. Head quickly recedes to the rim, with leggy sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly boozy.

Taste starts rich and darkly sweet, dried fig in the middle, and moderate bitterness and alcohol to the close. Flavor lingers with a slight numbing after the swallow. Get some maple character later as well. Mouthfeel is slickerly smooth, and drinkability is good. Nice brew.

Feb 09, 2013
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Sep 08, 2013
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rab53 from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Oct 06, 2012
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Jul 02, 2012
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

May 23, 2014
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Jun 09, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Mar 30, 2013
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ccrida from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber picked up in Harrisburg PA in Dec 2013, cellared since. Color is pitch dark brown with a small tan head leaving foamy lace with brown edges.

Smell is sweet stone fruits, malt sugars, bread pudding.

Taste is estery, grapes, almost BSDA, with a little roast and general maltiness. Mild phenols. Fine. Some sweet alcohol character, but clean and rounded.

Mouthfeel is sticky, pushing full.

Drinkability is fine. This lacks wow, and is a little syrupy, but more so in perception than body. The grape esters remind me of a Belgian, which I like, but it lacks the digestability. And I'm not sure there is any extra complexity from the blend to off-set that negative, the kitchen sink feel is neutralizing flavor profile wise.

Jun 07, 2014
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Pencible from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque black ruby with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet raisin and honey wheat bread, with earthy toffee and dark chocolate.
T: It tasted like sweet raisin and caramel and dark chocolate, with some honey wheat bread and earthy toffee. It had a fairly smooth bittersweet aftertaste with a little alcohol warming.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Nice fairly full body.
D: This was a delicious beer. I loved the scent and taste, with more barleywine character than stout. The body was nice, and the finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink but nice to sip. It would likely age very nicely, but was quite enjoyable fresh. Recommended.

Feb 03, 2013
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Apr 19, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

picked this up at Wegmans, enjoyed chilled in a snifter.

The color is deep brown with opaque clarity and thin beige cap with tight bead. The lace clings in spots with good retention. The smell is very malty with lots of toffee-like aroma and slight hint of alcohol and hops, mild roasted ester with gentle pine and toasted smell rounds out the aroma. The feel is good with slight warmth of alcohol and toasted grain element with mild sweetness and mild pine tinges in the bitterness.

The taste is good with mild roastiness and slight caramel malt elements up front with light toffee and raisin like yeast flavors with a subtle accent of pine from the hops and gentle alcohol in the semi-dry finish. Overall a decent strong ale, nicely balanced with just a little heat from the alcohol -might be a good candidate for aging.

Mar 22, 2013
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Jan 23, 2013
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Arundel Mills location. Served in a pint glass. This is a blend of the Devil’s Milk American Barleywine and Black Jack Imperial Stout.

Pours black, with a touch of ruby coming out along the bottom and a thin covering of mocha colored head. This retains mostly with some foamy edges, leaving back a robust enough looking cascade of lace that dots the sides of the glass with spotty froth. The aroma smells floral and piney with a fresh citrus feel that then gives way to a darker roastiness along the back and chocolate notes that sit just out of reach. The hops from the Devil’s Milk really sit at the forefront of this.

The taste is pretty even between the two beers, with an assertive hoppiness that includes crisp green citrus and a touch more ripe fruit as well. A hefty dose chewy chocolate and roast come in off the sides of the profile, while the finish is hops and roast, finishing dry with notes of pine, bitter fruit, and some lingering smoke. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick prickly feel in the mouth that is sharp up front but then possesses more of a firm creaminess across the back of the palate. Alcohol is fairly well hid but does pick up as this warms with bolder spicy warmth in both the nose and flavors.

I had some initial trepidation about this blend but DuClaw seemed to get it right, putting the bold hoppiness of the Barleywine front and center in the nose while it is more of a supporting character to the robust chocolate and roasted accents of the Black Jack Stout. All in all, this came off to me as a big hoppy American Stout, with a little extra complexity throw in for good measure. This is one Bad Ass Black & Tan!

Mar 05, 2012
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 1/14/14

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, pours with a medium, light tan head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Cooked malts, with some roasty, and burnt aromas - kind of a strange blend - some big burnt, roasty, and cooked notes - some caramel, caramelized malts, very cooked - the barleywine aspect really shines in the aroma here - nicely sweet without being too sweet - roasty nuts and roasty coffee - plenty of booze as well

Taste: Cooked, caramelized malts, with some burnt notes - apparently this is a blend of a barleywine and a RIS, but it mostly tastes like a barleywine with some burnt tones - roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and molasses - a lot of dark fruits as well - definitely sweet, but not necessarily in a bad way - lots of alcohol - lots of earth and a general dirtiness increases as this warms up

Mouthfeel: About as heavy as medium gets, I wouldn't necessarily call this full - low carbonation, smooth, oily, finishes with a lot of booze

Overall: My soul does not feel jacked

This is definitely interesting, but this is a good example of why "more" does not necessarily mean "better." Mostly this tastes like a barleywine, with a lot of cooked, caramelized malts, and molasses. But there are some RIS notes here, with some burnt and roasty notes. It could use some more focus.

Jan 14, 2014
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Nov 09, 2012
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Dark reddish brown that pushes toward black as it sits. Small light tan head drops to a tiny hint of a cap and collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Mildly roasty with a ton of super caramelized malts. Caramel, toffee, and even some butterscotch and brown sugar. Crazy bready with a mild earthy hop presence. Slight push of apple and some almost jammy dark fruit. Not a ton of depth.

Taste: Caramel malts. Cooked and caramelized malts. Pushes hard to toffee with some dark sugars rounding it out. Very mild dark fruit, mainly plum and some generic berry. Solidly bready with some toasted elements. Slightly roasted. Sweet, but not cloying or syrupy. Some earthy elements coupled with an almost dirty finish.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body. Minimal carbonation. Cleanish.

Overall: Shang Tsung got nothing on me.

It's ok. A hybrid that doesn't do either style justice.

Jan 15, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

May 11, 2012
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mikereaser from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Mar 24, 2012
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oct 19, 2016
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billab914 from Virginia

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2202 bottle shared by Rhettroactive the other night. It poured black in color with a thin tan head to it.

The aroma shows some chocolate and a little caramel to it. Surprisingly though, it's a very light and kind of bland aroma and not what I'd expect at all given the beers that went into it.

The taste has a little more of the roasted malt flavor to it along with some sweeter, almost sugary malts to it in the finish. Again though, I'm just not getting nearly as much as I expected out of it.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style with carbonation being moderate. Overall, it was s decent beer but not one that really stands out to me. The flavors just seemed kind of light and bland compared to either base beer or other similar beers. I'm not really sure what happened here but this one didn't really come together well for me. We had this back to back with the Devine Retribution blend and I preferred DR over this one.

May 09, 2012
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ckollias from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark black hue with a thin dark brown 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong sweet alcoholic malty aroma. Whiffs of chocolate and some hops.

T: Dark rich ale with an alcoholic wallop. Much more sweet than bitter with hints of chocolate and coffee. Big malt background.

M: Very strong and boozy. Heavy body and light carbonation.

O: Interesting beer – I love Black Jack Stout and Devil’s Milk – so I figured this would be amazing. It was good but not exactly what I expected.

Aug 11, 2012
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date.

appears black - with a thin off-white head. good head retention. smells like a boozy Russian Imperial Stout. bitter roasted cocoa is big. a hint of dark fruits, smoke. taste follows, slightly acidic roasted malt, some charcoal. medium body, moderate carbonation. fairly smooth, could be thicker.

overall - a nice blend of my two favorite styles.

Sep 06, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft offering served in a snifter. The brew appears black in color wthh a thin film of tan head sitting stop. Some fine lacing effect and a light swirl revives the cap.

Th smell is roasty but with a solid inclusion of dark fruit somewhat like alcohol esters couoled with hops. A licorice inclusion is noted across the back.

The flavor includes dark and fruity sweet elements of alcohol and hops. A dark grainy flavor of roast imparts chocolate filled with raisins and plums. There is a solid alcohol presence across the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbontion. It is quite an interesting sipper and not what I was expecting. Worth tryin if you get a chance.

Aug 31, 2012
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2dogbrew from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Jul 28, 2012
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