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Breakout Stout | Jailhouse Brewing Company

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Breakout StoutBreakout Stout

Brewed by:
Jailhouse Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 188
Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My next from this brewery thanks to cpinto6.

Pours a slightly darker colored fizzy/fluffy head that rises almost 2 fingers to the top of my glass and fades pretty slowly with some nice lacing, the beer being a super dark brown almost black beer with slight hints of ruby light sneaking through.

I can smell the nose on the pour, which helps since it takes a little while for the head to die down enough for me to smell it. I get some light coffee, a bit of espresso roast, and some big roasted malt aromas. Then some chocolate, baker's and dark chocolate with an aroma of fresh malted barley but a dark chocolate malt like aroma, and oatmeal, not really flaked oats, more like oatmeal. A big malty barley like aroma, probably a nice dosing of aromatic malt in this as well.

I hope the taste is similar to the nose and then this beer would be sitting well. Taste does bring a nice big malty kick again, starting with some roasted malts, a decent roasty flavor without the burnt acrid flavor is nice, and a light espresso coffee flavor. Then more chocolate, but very light on the chocolate, more like a hint of cheap dark chocolate and a chocolate malt flavor kinda like malted milk balls. Again with the oatmeal, also not flaked oats more like oatmeal which I think is a product from the barley flavors. Also similar to the nose it has a nice big fresh malted barley flavor, toasty grainy malts that have been nicely toasted. It's fairly drinkable as well, with a hint of a creamy taste, light caramel and vanilla. Some spicy earthy hops start to kick in as it warms and sits in my mouth, bringing a nice bitterness and a decent hop flavor that blends well with the taste. it's slightly sweet but fairly dry as well. As it finishes it dries off even more, with a slight sticky creamy feel, and more roast, coffee, oatmeal, and light cocoa.

Mouth is med to a bit heavier bodied, semi creamy, decent carb.

Overall I'm actually pretty impressed with this beer. I'm very surprised how low the rating is for it, but it goes more with the sentiment I get from most American craft beer drinkers that they always seem to want bigger, heavier, and bolder. This is a great drinking stout, not imperial stout, and more isn't always better. This brings nice malts, and tons of fresh barley flavors, oatmeal, nice roast and coffee, bit of chocolate, some nice earthy bittering hops to blend in, and a creamy but dry demeanor helps it to be quite drinkable despite almost 8% abv. I could drink lots of this one!

Comment: I break out some 85% dark chocolate and it really accents the beer, and brings out more of the malty toasty qualities. Also the booze comes out slightly as it warms, but just a bit.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jerryfreak for sending my this bottle in the Locals Only BIF.

A: Pours a nice deep black, with just the thinnest of brown showing through on the edges when held up to the light. There is one finger of tan head, consisting of tiny bubbles, that lingers for a little while after the pour.

S: Smells of dark chocolate, plums, raisins, and caramel. I wish I could say that there was more roasted notes and toast in the nose, but it smells overly sweet.

T: Starts off roasty and sweet. The raisins and plum notes come though nicely, but there is a nice helping of roasted malt and burnt toast as well. The flavors that I wanted in the nose are coming though perfectly. The finish is nice and sweet with a big burnt toast characteristic shining though in the end.

M: This is Full bodied beer. There is a sweet silkiness in the start that lasts though the majority of the drink. But this beer finishes with plums and a burnt toast.

O: I think this is a really solid stout. It's not huge in booze, or huge in oppressive flavors. It's just right. After a long days work, I'd love relax with a bottle of this. I'm really glad to have tried it.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah. Thanks Matt-

Review from notes:

Pours very nearly black, w/ a one finger cocoa head. Impossible to see through, and decent lacing. The nose I get is mainly roasted malt, coffee, and hops. Chocolate sneaks in with the taste in addition to the coffee/malt/hops. Hops are definitely in the background on this beer. Feel is medium w/ good carbonation and hops bitterness. Fairly dry finish as well. Overall, this is a good beer- but a little lacking in a couple areas. Glad I got to try it though. Cheers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with a soapy, beige head. Decent retention and lacing on the snifter. Lots of roast in the aroma,along with hints of chocolate and coffee beans. A bit heavy on the roast. The beer is solid, but not great. Bold taste, predominantly roast. Burnt cocoa and chocolate. Tasty. S'mores over the fire, perhaps a few minutes overdone. Medium bodied, good feel. Overall, a decent brew that could stand some minor improvements.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

856th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

No bottle date

Thanks to @Thehughbachi (via twitter) Had a bet my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- Fresh brewed coffee brown with a big tight bubbled head. A little khaki in color with a good bit of dotted cling.

Smell- A bit astringent on 1st whiff. Followed by the grain bill. A bit of roast rounds in out with some bitter notes.

Taste- A bit prickly on the taste. I was hoping for a bit smoother taste. The malts and grains come in first with a bit of bread and black ipa or thick brown ale notes. A little like a very dark choclate bar with the taste.

Mouth- Fairly medium bodied with some edges of the taste being a bit thin and watery. The carbonation is pretty spot on with that bubbbly prickly style.

Drink- I thought it was tasty but away from the normal stout range I prefer with a smooth, thicker feel and more vanilla or more rich chocolate without the bitter notes. This was a good extra. I am glad I got to try a lot the state of Georgia is brewing these days.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark, black color. Small head, and tiny lace retention

S - Black licorice and dark roasted malts. Sweet

T - Sweet malts, burnt roasted up front, bitter finish.

M - Very smooth. Medium bodied.

O - A very good Stout. Happy to have Jailhouse locally. Drink good beer!

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an American Pint glass. Poured a thick dark brown with a nutmeg coloured head of about a finger. Smelled sweet and oily. Tasted very rich and sweet, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Finished very bitterly. The sweetness dissipated as the beer warmed up.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to black with tinges of red when held up to the light, tan colored two finger head built up slowly after the pour but lasted quite a while, leaving good lacing.

Smell wise it's toasted and roasty malts, just a touch of burnt, and some coffee, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste wise it's very much like the smell, with coffee a bit more pronounced, roasty malts and chocolate filling out the middle, and a tinge of burnt on the finish. Both smell and taste improved nicely as it warmed.

Body is medium, carbonation is medium, finish is bitter coffee and cocoa mixed with burnt and roasty malt flavors that linger.

Overall it's a very nice stout. Really this one reminds me more of a double or imperial stout from the flavors and appearance, but doesn't have the same kick and isn't as thick. A well done beer that I'd happily drink anytime and would be fine with recommending to others who like this style.

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint served at Engine 11 in Atlanta.

Dark malt with some faint burnt elements that come to the fore on the finish. Plenty of coffee in the nose but very little in the taste. Lasting dark malt finish is a strong point, with the light burnt quality not detracting from my enjoyment. I generally do not like a burnt quality but here it adds to the strong dark roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is more substantial than Guinness, although not to the extent of the rich flavor.

O - not very complex but one of the richest roasted malt flavors I have seen in a 'regular' stout.

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Photo of busterwhite
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 22 ounce bottle poured into pint glass, no freshness date.

Appearance: Almost black with a one finger head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Strong coffee and dark chocolate. Very nice nose.

Taste: Nice malt taste upfront with the coffee and chocolate flavors joining in quickly. Just the right amount of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, medium body, overall good mouthfeel.

Overall: Great offering from an young brewery, well done stout. Glad they are local, I look forward to supporting them. If you are passing through Atlanta check them out.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one a while back as an extra from Grant. Thanks homey. Poured into a tulip. Pours dark brown with about an inch of light khaki head and a bit of sticky lace.

The aroma is full and roasty. Full of sweet bakers chocolate and slightly charred coffee. Really hitting the spot. Much like the aroma this one has a full flavor of sweet chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Hints of mollasses come through in the finish and the flavor is full and roasty.

The body is medium and the carbonation is soft. Overall a pretty well made stout here. This one is very enjoyable. Certainly an under the radar gem here.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized snifter. OG is 19, IBUs register at 45 according to the bottle. An 8% abv stout by Jailhouse Brewing out of Hampton, GA. Picked it up in ATL during a work trip in May of this year. Drinking on 8/22/11.

Pours with 1/4 inch of foam, reducing to lily pads of tan bubbles. Body is thick as night - can't see through this one at all.

Aroma of roasted toffee character. Chocolate is present and bready malts sneak through as well. No hop presence in the nose.

Tastes of chocolate in the forefront with a surprising hoppy hint in the finish. Not usually a fan of bitter ending stouts, but this is ok. Thin mouthfeel is a slight disappointment, and I think the sweet flavors are competing a bit too much with the roast characters and hop bitterness. There is a lot going on here; not necessarily a bad thing though. Quite complex.

With all of the Barrel-aged, spices-added, double chocolate, high abv % nutso stouts being thrown at us these days, it's hard to differentiate between what's average, what's good, and what's mind-blowing. Granted its all objective according to our palates, but this beer just does not stand out among the crowd. Many BA'ers bars have been set by the Zhukovs, the Dark Lords, the Abyss'...and so on and so on. It's unfair to compare, but that said - this stout simply doesn't shine for me. Hate to call it run-of-the-mill ... but I must.

Overall a solid offering but one that I won't reach for again.This would get higher marks from me if the viscosity been a bit thicker. Mouthfeel was just a bit too thin for my liking. A nice brew from Georgia though, and I hope they continue to create and flourish.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter a dark brown almost black color with a 1" thick tan head. great lacing that seems elastic when swirling around.

S - Loads of cocoa and dark chocolate with some coffee, earthy notes. Very nice cocoa scents.

T - Cocoa and coffee with some leather taste and tiny hints of tobacco as well.

M - Good carbonation with a dry slightly bitter finish.

O - Not a bad stout. Very good smells but fell short on the taste for me.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised at the breadth of reviews here for this beer. I can't help but think that there is a bad batch or two (or bottles) floating around. I, for one, enjoyed it, and found no glaring flaws like heavy diacetyl in the beer to mar my enjoyment. A beautiful pouring beer, lustrous black with a creamy tan head and nice lacing. Smells roasty and creamy with a mineral note. Tastes very balanced with roasty notes, a slight sweetness, some bitter chocolate and coffee notes, and an earthy backbone. A little bit sticky in the mouth, but lean enough overall to compensate. Not too sweet, and overall a fine job.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours an almost black color with a finger of khaki head.

S: Woah, lots of butter on the nose. A bit of a graham cracker note, which is actually sort of nice. Roasted malt and dark chocolate are also there, but the butter keeps on creeping back in.

T: Lots of roasted malt character to the nose. A bit of ash and burnt coffee, which is sort of unpleasant. There is a hint of butter, some graham cracker, and a little bit of vanilla.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Way too much diacetyl to this. Ruins the beer before it has a chance.

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Photo of n2185
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a creamy cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts with creamy chocolate notes and some lightly bitter aromas.

T: Lots of roasted malts here as well. Bitter, burnt coffee and char, mostly. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer has a somewhat watery finish.

O: Overally, not a very good stout. Too bitter tasting with a watery body. Not repulsive, but the second half of the bomber met my drain.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black with a small dark brown head with lots of lacing. Nose is malty, chocolate, and a bit smoky.

Taste is fantastic a well. Smooth an rich, very creamy and lots of smokey. Mouthfeel is light and rich with a light bitterness fr the dark malts. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of CMB2012
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, no freshness date. Picked this one up in Atlanta on a semi-recent trip to Orlando. Served in a tasting snifter at cellar temp (definite must to let nose expand).

A- Pours dark, dark brown, pretty much black. there are faint hints of burgundy/maroon on edges, but barley visible. Without much effort I get a nice and creamy cafe au lait head that dissipates slowly and sticks to the sides of my glass willingly. Lots of lacing.

S- Chocolate on top of roasted malts, some coffee bitterness, and a short hop crispness. Slight dark fruit aroma, mixed with crackers and estery yeast characteristics. Not super complex, but very well balanced. Smells promising.

T- Again, mostly chocolate up front, with an espresso like bitterness. After some drinking it's quite nutty, and this is a good thing. In the middle I get a hint of dark fruit, but this subsides quickly and the brew finishes with espresso and hops. At 45 IBUs, the finish is great, without showing much hop character- mostly earthy. Not much alcohol to speak of, but it is there, a slight warming down the throat is all. Definitely balanced, and this is the beer's greatest strength. Seriously reminds me of Gudelos... but it has been a while.

M- On the full bodied side, but with a decent amount of carbonation to clean off the palate. The beginning is creamy and big, almost juicy, it rounds out in the middle where the carbonation kicks in, finishes dry and crisp.

O- So glad I picked this up by chance. I thought, "hey, I'm in Atlanta and this is a local Georgia brewery, why not give it a shot? Who knows the next time I'll be able to try it." I let this one sit for a couple months based on other reviews and I think it was a good decision. Even more time could be a good thing, up to a year or so. If you have the chance to try this beer do it. Not life changing, but solid and at a great price ($6), well balanced, and highly drinkable. Right on Jail House!

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Photo of EvaDestruction
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured straight onto the bottom of a brandy snifter, this assertive stout gives a good 1" head of sand-colored foam. That's the darker sand from Long Beach Island, NJ; not from, say, Destin, FL. Quite brown and nearly opaque, like strong coffee. Tenacious lacing if you swirl it up the sides.

Raisins at first sniff, blooming into caramel or toffee. Taste? Good and stouty. It doesn't have an overwhelming chocolate flavor. Not quite as metallic nor thick as many stouts and porters. Just the right amount of fizzz.

Overall, I've never met a stout I don't love. A fellow shopper at "Ale, Yeah!" in Decatur, GA recommended Jail House's Breakout Stout to me, and I'm glad to be an accomplice. Cheers!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer a couple weeks ago at the guy at Hop City's recommendation in Atlanta. Let's give it a try:

Appearance: Pours black as anything with a standing 3/4" head of creamy tan foam. The head has nice staying power as it doesn't really look any differently a minute after the pour. There is lots of thick lacing left on the glass after the pour.

Aroma: I initially got lots of chocolate with some sweet dark caramel, clean American hops and a very reserved acidic roasty component. The hops are getting a lot more prevalent as the beer warms as is the toffee component of the dark caramel.

Taste: The roast is a lot bigger player in the flavor than in the aroma, and the chocolate is less apparent. The alcohol is noticeable as an evident warming that hits the back of the throat rather hard after the dark malts get through with it. The body is medium full with ample to a bit high carbonation for the style, but this is OK with me. The finish is malty for the most part. There are some hops to balance, but they let the malt lead the show. The alcohol is also obvious in the finish adding spice and warming.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. It is a little on the acidic/roasty side for my taste, but it is still a good mix overall. I like the hop blend for this style and it goes well with the bold roast and almost makes it come across like a candy in a way. This is a pretty good beer overall, and if you like roasty stouts that are well made, give this a shot. I doubt that I will have to revisit this one.

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Photo of katan
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint

A- pours a dark brown to black with amber highlights. Light mocha head formation.

S- lightly chocolately, some roast and burnt notes. Yeast is present, giving a lightly bready scent b

T- starts off lightly sweet, some chocolate more bitter through the middle- no hops. finishes with quite q bit of roasted malts, bready yeast and even some char. Aftertaste is very potent, still burnt.

M- light and creamy. Carbonation is restrained. Body is solid, well balanced.

O/d- easy drinking for it's body and potency. A bit tiresome to the palette after a while due to it's very charred note. Pretty good.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Thanks go to HopDerek for generously sharing this one.

Pours black in the glass, topped with a solid finger of rich darker mocha head. This maintains a creamy richness, soaping the sides with robust lacing. The aroma is strong with roasted grains and a crunchy smelling coffee presence. Earthy and leafy hops mix in before this gives way to a thick layer of chocolate sweetness in the back of the nose. This is nice.

The taste has a relatively bitter aggressiveness to it up front, with burnt roasted malts and green citric hops being balanced by a malt backbone of sweet and sticky chocolate flavors. That dark bitterness returns in the finish, leaving a dry and burnt feel on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy smoothness on the sides but then more of a sharp and prickly feel on the tongue which brings that roast and hops out. That 8% ABV is very nicely hid, helping add to the overall approachable feel here.

This was a really good American Stout here , which while not super complex, still brought enough well balanced flavors and a solidly drinkable feel to the table. This was a good intro for me to this new GA brewery. Good stuff.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to both SlickMcCricket and donManguno for sending bottles of this beer.

Pours deep, opaque brown, producing two fingers of light tan head. This fades to a thin cap of foam.

Nice roastiness in the nose, with light coffee notes.

Like the smell, the taste is straightforward and pleasant, presenting roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

Nice carbonation here, but the mouthfeel is thinner than I would like.

Drinkability, on the other hand, is quite good, with pleasant flavors and no detectable alcohol.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle contributed by jrallen34 as we were watching Fedor get his clock cleaned.

A - A little bit lighter colored than I would like to see in a stout (although it is a single so not a big deal), but it does have a great tan colored head that had some fine bubbles to it.

S - This is really a bigtime coffee stout, as there is just tons of coffee on the nose. Some burnt cocoa flavor, but kind of a one-trick pony here.

T - Taste is not as good as the nose, which is not a good thing as the nose isn't great. Really just a bunch of coffee with some char and herbal notes that aren't really working for the style. Don't care much for it.

M - Probably the worst part about this, too much carbonation makes a coffee beer seem really cheap and bad.

D - A good looking, but average at best tasting, beer, that I will gladly pass on. The mouthfeel does a lot to kill this beer, unfortunately.

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Photo of shivtim
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brick Store. Served in a pint.

Deep brown/black in color. Like thick coffee. Nice large creamy tan head. Looks very nice.

Nose is coffee and oats. Roasty but mild.

Taste is toasty malts, some subtle coffee, hints of sweetness (molasses?). Great mixing of flavors. Distinct but not overpowering.

Great in the mouthfeel and drinkability departments.

A great offering from Jailhouse. Can't wait to try more of their beer.

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Breakout Stout from Jailhouse Brewing Company
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