Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout | Phillips Brewing Company

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Black Jackal Imperial Coffee StoutBlack Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee stouts have always held a special place in our hearts as one of the three original Phillips brews, and this year’s Imperial version–brewed in collaboration with our friends at 2% Jazz Coffee Co.–is an 8% 650mL double shot!

Pouring a deep black earth colour, rich roasted coffee flavours and hints of dark chocolate guide your palate through a java-laden journey. Methodically crafted with only the best local espresso, this one-eyed jackal is no wildcard.

Added by LampertLand on 02-17-2013

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. A fresh take on the meme of imperial stouts having dark, deathly associations, by way of an ancient culture's mythology. Where's that Stargate?

This beer pours a deep, dark chestnut brown tinted black hole, with ever so slight basal mahogany (low) lights, and two fingers of loosely foamy, glistening light brown head, which leaves some limestone grotto lace around the glass as it evenly and expeditiously sinks away.

It smells prominently of bitter cold espresso, dry dark chocolate chunks, mildly toasted bready malt, charcoal ash, and singed leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more heavily roasted, chilled coffee, but now more well integrated with the semi-sweet, yet still dark, chalky cocoa, a mild milk solids sweetness, very understated earthy hops, and an ethereal, barely detectable alcohol warming.

The bubbles are pleasant in their relative obscurity, the body a welcome, sturdy medium weight, and more or less smooth, the persistent coffee bitterness having a rather small part to play in the matter. It finishes off-dry, the roasted coffee and chocolate continuing to let their sweet hair down.

It's big on coffee, this is, all right, but for some reason for this camper, the avowed cuppa joe eschewer, all is well with the world when it's paired in a stout with a parrying cocoa essence, and Goldilocks performs the sweet/dry assertion. I would dare say that this is way too balanced, enjoyable, and apparently drinkable, to be tarred by any relations with the restrictive underworld implied by the subtext of this offering.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - near impenetrable black, thumb of dark tan head held at half a finger
S - medium coffee and nutty aromas, a bit of mustiness and leather
T - dark roast coffee and old leather maltiness dominate, touch of cola and a lingering mustiness
M - fairly heavy with a smooth start, mildly chalky, full finish
O - not outstanding but definitely well done, easy drinking with a nice mix of rich flavours

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Black, impenetrable to light, a finger and a half or so of head the colour of cafe au lait.

S: Dark roasted malts, burnt sugar.

T: I can definitely believe it’s made with espresso. More than anything else, that’s what I taste. Now, I like my coffee dark with plenty of milk, and I think I like my beer without coffee. Personal preference aside, this beer is certainly what it claims to be.

F: Maybe a little thin for a stout? It leaves a weird film in my mouth, kind of like when you drink the last of coffee brewed with a French press - a bit gritty.

O: Glad I tried it, probably wouldn’t get it again.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This pours with rich, deep black coloring and reminds me of motor oil...awesome! The head is tan colored, and starts out a couple of fingers thick of dense foam, eventually settling into a thick cloud film over the brew! Lacing is impressive with many small patches of bubbly goodness clinging to the side of the glass, forming a design that is abstract, and the carbonation is not really noticed.

S- The first and dominant aroma is freshly ground dark roast coffee beans that are slightly oily.....super rich for sure. Added notes of high cocoa content chocolate, burnt malt, char, nutty molasses and a dry finish. This is awesome!

T- Espresso, when tasted with the foam, is the essence of this brew! Almost pure cocoa, but smooth, heavily toasted malt and black coffee make up the backbone of the is so integrated and work well with one another...this is a super beer flavor wise! The finish is dry chocolate covered coffee bean....this is amazing!

M/O- I cant believe this is 8% alcohol....superbly well hidden! This is super smooth in both carbonation and in body....which I'd put at full. If this is available on tap, I'd be in heaven! I will buy this again most definitely and think it goes excellent with a bakers chocolate, which I had it with, or could go well as a beef stew ingredient! I could drink this all night! Anybody who likes a good stout should try this!

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4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a finger of thick, creamy brown head.

Smell. Black coffee and a bit of dark roasty malt and a little woody vanilla. So far so good!

Taste. Black coffee, very roasty dark malts and a bit of bitter wood. Not sweet, but not very dry either. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. One of the better beers I've had from Phillips. Really enjoyed this one. Nothing too complex, but well made and tasty.

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Jam in Victoria.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Big espresso notes with some roast with sweet molasses.

T - Espresso dominates. Some roast and a hint of sweet molasses. Finish is dry and sweet.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonaiton.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slick looking opaque jet black hue, totally impermeable to light. Tall loose chunky mocha head that settles to a thick creamy cap.

Intense yet smooth rounded espresso on the nose, certainly most prominent, with some sweeter dark malt lurking in the background.

Roasty, earthy espresso up front in the flavour, while a bit of milky sweetness pops up in the middle, reverting back to a dry espresso character on the finish accompanied by some mild earthy hops, with a hint of grassiness too.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium bodied, texture starts out slick and a bit watery but builds to a thicker creaminess towards the finish, with moderate carbonation.

Really smooth and enjoyable coffee stout, I'm not a coffee drinker myself but can still appreciate how well Phillip's blending of the espresso with this style really works. The skill is presented with the subtlety and finesse found within the flavour, and by not simply going for an overpowering roasty coffee bomb. Great coffee stout.

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4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours like liquid molasses. Brown head.
S: Big moka: dark chocolate, espresso ... very intense but balanced
T: kind of flat. After such a big aroma I'm disappointed that a big taste isn't there. Mild coffee, moka, "roastey" flavours. Warm alcoholic finish.
M: Big, full-bodied ... which is what you'd expect from an 8% stout.
O: It's OK but not up to the usual high standards that I'm used to with Phillips. We're seeing a lot of coffee stouts these days so you need to be pretty good to stand out. Unfortunately this one doesn't.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of LampertLand
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Phillip's 'Black Jakal' Imperial Coffee Stout @ 8.0% , served from a couple of 650 ml bottles purchased for $5.50 each

A-pour is deep dark coffee brown with a lingering off white head that leaves spotty lace along the pint glass

S-roasted coffee , hints of the barell aging

T-smooth tasting coffee with cream and very little sugar , boozy , yet it has that bitter coffee finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , full bodied , very drinkable beer , very pleasant on the palate

Ov-good beer almost great , another winner from Phillip's

sampled alongside Hoyne's 'Voltage Espresso Stout'

prost LampertLand

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3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate black with a finger width of mocha head.

Smell - Roasted espresso bean, chocolate, brewed coffee, cocoa.

Taste - Roasted coffee and barley malts with a cocoa finish. Slight acidity.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-medium carbonation.

Overall - A respectable coffee stout from Phillips. The right flavours are there, but it seems like something is missing - perhaps a more complex blend of other flavours (dark chocolate for example). Still tasty though.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ericj551
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Jackal pours an inky black with a nice brown head. The aroma is a nice blend of coffee and chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is the same, but the pasted malt flavor gives way to an astringent coffee flavor.
There is enough sweetness to balance to the bitterness from the coffee. Coffee lingers in the finish.

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Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout from Phillips Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 44 ratings