Community Service | Jailhouse Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Jailhouse Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ChainGangGuy on 10-19-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by andrewinski1:
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3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. The color is murky brown with a bit of amber hues. There is a nice off-white half inch head.

The aroma is very fruity with some apple and there's a touch of caramel.

The taste is really full of caramel sweet malt. There is a slightly fruity finish.

This is full bodied with surprisingly crisp carbonation. This is decent enough, doesn't stand out at all really though.

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Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of CBlack85
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Xcalibur077 for this one

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass.

The beer pours a cloudy deep mahogany with about three fingers worth of dense off white head that recedes quickly leaving behind a thin cap and very little lacing.

The aroma is very sweet, almost candy like, comprised mostly of caramel and maple syrup. There are also brown sugar, toffee, slightly toasty, and mildly fruity notes as well.

The flavor mimics the nose fairly closely. A big malty beer with lots of sweet caramel, maple, brown sugar, and toasty malts. There is also just a slight alcohol burn that is only noticeable on the back end. Full bodied and moderately carbonated, with a slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very nice big malty beer. Good stuff…

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Photo of jaidenjb
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of surlytheduff
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of OldTime
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice local collaboration between Jailhouse and O'Dempseys. Jailhouse has really been cranking out the bomber recently, and they are all solid enough as well. Nice to see. This one is a very sweet Wee Heavy, and even though it's 9%, you don't really taste the alcohol at all. Looks fairly typical for the style, a nice burnished copper color, and in this case with a fairly slight head. Deeply malty with a candy overlay, the aroma reminds me a bit of those maple sugar candies, with a touch of woodsiness enveloped by intense sweetness, and perhaps the barest touch of spice. The taste is very sweet as well, but a firmer malt background develops on the palate, and a bit more of that spiciness as well, so it doesn't become cloying. To be a great beer, rather than a good one, I'd like to see something to balance the sweetness a bit more- spice, oak, tannins, hops, what have you. For me, the ne plus ultra of strong beers in this style are the beers from Traquair House, and this beer would do well to emulate that style a bit more. Still, a pleasant beer, and a nice collaboration.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.58/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Got this one from Grant a while back. Thanks! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy brown with a slight reddish hue to it. Small cap of foam.

The aroma is pretty one dimmentional. Lots of dark fruit. Sweet plumbs and so on. The pallet reminds me of cardboard. A bit of maple and fruit in the background.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is okay. I don't think it taste very good but it's not a drainpour.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22oz bottle that I have had cellared for about 3 years...

A - Cloudy amber with no clarity. 1/2 finger of head and no lacing

S - Sweet and boozy

T - A strong scotch ale, fairly sweet. Slightly boozy.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated

O - Not my favorite style, but this one is pretty good for it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Community Service is now something to celebrate. Fellow brewers Randy Dempsey and Glenn Golden raise a glass in honor of the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild, the communal spirit of the craft brewing industry, and the passionate craft beer drinkers who are moving this revolution forward. Join us in a "Wee-Heavy" salute to the little man - with a beer to die for." Community Service is brewed in the style of a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale. A one time release from fall 2011, this is both Jailhouse and O'Dempsey's first collaboration beer as newly upstart breweries. Available in 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Jailhouse Brewing pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel cream head of a fizzy frothed consistency. Body tone is a murky caramel copper with mellow carbonation and moderate haze. Retention is average at best with no lacing. 3

(Smell) Grainy caramel, some syrup sweetness and a robust bready malt. Fruit tones include some plum, sweetened raisin and dates. No hop presence to speak of. The aroma has held up surprisingly well for a 2.5 year-old beer with just a touch of mustiness and some harsher grain alcohol creeping through. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Light bready malt with a thin body but full flavor containing lots of smooth caramel sweetness, a pinch of roast and some subtle dark Belgian-style fruit emphases, likely from aging. Finishes with a mellow roasted caramel malt and a subtle touch of cold peat. Despite being an admitted sucker for the style, this beer is uniquely enjoyable and highly drinkable in its own. My biggest complaint is in the more shallow-than-necessary body which doesn't happen to impact the flavor itself much, although that doesn't impact the taste score. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, clean, mildly grainy. Carbonation makes the texture very perky, spritely with pep but is a bit too ambitious for the style. Body is medium/full overall, yet shy of medium for the style, fairly thin but with a thinness only further accented by the carbonation profile. Alcohol presence is light, still fairly well concealed by the flavor of this beer, which is well preserved. I think that the brewers stepped up the carbonation a bit too much in the mouthfeel. 3

(Overall) I place this beer in a unique place between a spritely scotch ale and a drinkable but peaty Belgian dubbel. Enjoyable flavors with a less-than-impressive body and carbonation to match, this beer still makes an impressive first-time collaboration for both breweries. One is unlikely to find this bottle even in the seediest of bottle shops in 2014 but this beer has managed to age quite gracefully and isn't a regretful beer in the least to savor. I'm looking forward to more ambitious styles from both breweries looking forward. 3.5

Jailhouse Brewing Company's
Community Service Wee-Heavy Scotch Style Ale (With O'Dempsey's Brewing)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber-brown body with two fingers worth of lightly beige foam. Eventually thins to a smear of froth on the top.

Smell: Sweet-scented, smelling of, yes, a doughnut with maple icing. A little hint of fruitiness here, a quick zip of tea-like herbaceous there, but, for the most part, maple icing.

Taste: Condensed, caramelized sugars over a deep toasty maltiness given an extra small sampling of dark brown sugar and maple icing. Faintly nutty at times. Slight, temporary fruitiness hinting of berries and cherries. Scantly herbal hops, lightly bitter. Mainly just a pleasing malt bomb. Some spicy alcohol tones crop us as you near the still fairly sweet, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a respectful stickiness to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A pleasant wee-heavy, richly sweet and satisfying, with an alcohol content that is fairly well hidden that, after clearing the bomber, will help me sleep like a baby.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty, slightly fruity aroma has subtle yeasty and brown sugar notes. It pours a slightly hazy mahogany with an average creamy pale tan head that leaves some good lacing. Pleasing flavor has malty, apple, pear and caramel notes plus just a hint of yeast. Lively, fizzy texture leaves a malt and caramel finish. Community Service? Sure!

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Community Service from Jailhouse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 15 ratings