Jolly Roger Imperial Stout | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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Jolly Roger Imperial StoutJolly Roger Imperial Stout

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Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ski271 on 06-20-2006

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 155
Photo of MmmIPA
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick,motor oil viscosity type body,small tan head that fell fast.Swirls of patches in the beer.

Chocolate,coffee,dark fruits.Smells very fresh.

Coffee,bitter chocolate,sweet malts.Semi hop finish.

Slick mouthful,very easy carbonation.Cant taste the abv.

Very tastyy beer,well worth it.Cheers to Capones and Otto's

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very nice deep black color with a thin mocha head that retains reasonably well and leaves just a bit of lacing.

S: Rich dark chocolate and what smells like some sugar cookie dough. Very pleasant to the nose.

T: Again with the dark chocolate along with some smokiness as well. Still even taste a bit of that sugar cookie dough (I'm not complaining)

M: Thick and creamy just how I like it. Leaves a nice oiliness in your mouth too.

D: For how big this stout is and that it is 9% is a huge plus for me. Most stouts that are on par with this are a little higher ABV, so yes this is very drinkable!

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Photo of sirpsycho
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask, in a snfter at Otto’s. Oily, thick, brownish-black with a beautiful firm, tan head. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, slight smoke in the nose. Flavor lives up to what the aroma promises, more of the same, chocolate, coffee, caramel, etc. Smooth beer, kind of spoils you once you drink it, cause that’s all I want to drink right now. This is a well made Imperial Stout. Bought some bottles of this while I was there and will rate one in the near future.

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Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What Otto's seemed to lack in inspiration for the IPA was simply diverted here to their RIS. Fantastic beer.

Served beautifully in snifter glass it was perfect.

Appearance: Looked black to me in the lighting, but when examined closely you could find hints of red around the edges.

Smell: Big roasted malt aroma filled the nose in a single whiff.

Taste: This ia a massive RIS, packed full of smoked roasted malts chocolate, molasses and cherry.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. It is not as sticky and thick as a Rogue Impy Stout but still creamy enough.

Drinkability: I am a huge fan of this style and this beer. It is far from sessionable but certainly easy to drink.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

I get the chance to drink Jolly Roger thanks to two great traders, BeerTruth and Kegatron, thanks for the extras guys! This big Impy stout pours black as night with an easy growing head that ended up at two fingers before it slowly receded to a thick cap. The head is mocha head is so dark it has that look of being purple. With the head settling and each drink there is some great sheet lace left behind that nearly coats the glass. The head retention and lacing are excellent for such a big brew.

The aroma is chock full of roasty malts and high cocoa content dark chocolate. Minor tendrils of smoke trail up through the nose while faint vanilla and black licorice all make their mark on the in the nose. The licorice becomes more noticeable as this stout warms. There's a clean booziness that tickles the nose underneath a nice nondescript dark berry character. The peat like smokiness is mild but brings the aroma to the next level with every aspect being very well integrated.

Each sip uncovers new characteristics of this brew although they can all be found in the aroma. Rich roasty malts kick things off and slowly lead into dark chocolate that borders on bittersweet but doesn't quite make it to that point. The front and middle of this beer are fairly straightforward; the backend explodes with flavor. Before the swallow the chocolate gets richer along with the peat smokiness, coffee grounds, unidentified dark berries, licorice of the black variety, and vanilla all in that order of intensity. There's enough heat to warm my cheeks but is hard to pull out in the flavor. This stout has any and all flavors I want to see in my RISs.

The texture is all you could look for with this flavor profile and abv. The body feels like it's on the heavier side of medium on the tip of the tongue but quickly turns silky smooth, dense and heavy with a slight stick on the cheeks. The alcohol fumes rise into the nose for some warmth. The texture and body on this brew are great.

The sheer size of this makes it a sipper but an enjoyable beer to take your time with. I've been sipping on this bottle for a little over an hour now and would love some more, unfortunately the bottle is empty.

Jolly Roger is an excellent RIS. The smoked malt sets this beer apart from others in a big way. The finish is hugely complex but in no way burns up the tastebuds. A big thanks goes out to Adam and Heath for throwing these bottles in as extras, stand up and take a bow guys.

Reviewed: 11/28/08

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to adrian910ss from RB for this bottle.

a - pour a deep, dark, thick-looking black, minimal medium brown head with retention around the edges and modest lacing

s - really "bright" smelling for a stout, lots of dark fruits, black cherry, plums, strong hoppiness as well, along with the dark roasted chocolate, coffee, and a significant smoke component, can't pick up on much alcohol

t - bittersweet chocolate and mocha up front, the dark fruits, dominated by dark cherry, are prominent on the midpalate, quite a bit of hoppiness for a stout as well, finish is lingering fruitiness mixed with dark, bitter chocolate, wisps of alcohol, chocolate covered fruit lingers for awhile along with some mocha, very complex and interesting

m - full-bodied, low carbonation, nicely balanced finish though slightly dry, nice alcohol warming effect

d - fairly drinkable for the style, not overly harsh on the palate and the alcohol isn't overwhelming at all

I was very pleasantly surprised by this easily exceeded my expectations. Very unique taste with the amount of hoppiness and fruit flavors in an RIS. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wooo! I have the first bottle review for this baby.

This bomber bottle's decor includes a skull and crossed swords with a pirate-themed label. I'm psyched that this stout is available to take home now.

Appearance is a beautifully opaque body with an oh-so-creamy mocha head that subsides to a good 1/4 inch finger of fluffing and a tan curtain of lace. The nose of this beast only hints of its chocolately complexity. Here's where you're going to get your beer's worth; the taste!! This is hands down, and I'll say it slow, my... favorite... stout... ever... The overflowing chocolate malt characteristic in this beer is outstanding. No real hop presence but a beautiful alcohol warmth for those cold nights.

Mouthfeel is beautifully full and tingly in the back of the throat and I can do this all night. For how thick and flavorful this brew is, I can probably get away with a few bombers before I get my fill.

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Photo of nkersten
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Dark brown/black with a thin, quickly dissipating mocha head.
S - Smell is great... Light roasted malts, cherries, a little bit of booze.
T- Taste is dark chocolate, some burnt sugar, dried cherries and a slight hop bitterness. Surprisingly balanced for a big stout. Not to sweet, not too bitter.
M- This is exactly what an imperial stout should be like. Thick but not coating with minimal carbonation. A tiny bit of alcohol burn adds to the enjoyment.
D- I could drink this one all night. One of the better imperial stouts I have had, highly recommended.

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Photo of WesWes
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the owner, Roger, for the opportunity to try this one.

The beer pours a dark, black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great!. It has a complex aroma of black patent, chocolate, and peated malts. The smoked malt was done on premise and really takes the aroma up a notch. The taste is great also. It has a dry earthy black malt flavor that is enhanced with the smoked malt character. It goes down silky smooth with a warm and somewhat chocolatey finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous IS. It's warm and earthy, but I really enjoyed the smokey content. Cheers to Roger and the boys down at Otto's for a job well done!!

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Photo of jgap
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received in a trade with jac5084. It seems Josh, Esq. is really making a name for himself- awesome guy and great trader. Pours jet black into a stone 12th glass with a fairly large, mocha head. Great retention. Smell is of strong coca and hints of coffee. Taste is huge, thick molasses. Solid brew, literally it's like malt-O-meal. Milk chocolate fades to a thick malty sweetness then leads to a light, lingering coffee. Very easy to drink, it's like chocolate milk. The alcohol is hardly detectable at all.

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Photo of maximum12
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This fine bottle arrived via shipped box from the fine beerisheaven, a Master Trader if there ever was one. And an extra, to boot.

Pours black as can't-see-your-hand-waved-in-your-face black. Little evident carbonation, only a wispy ring & some hurricane patterns in the oily surface. The odor...oh my god. Expedition Stout with a touch of smoke, mimics one of my favorite brews. My mouth started watering immediately. That's a perfect score if I ever did see one.

Jolly Roger is creamy in the mouth, & apparently is seeking to create a new "summery RIS" category. Almost light in body, novel, & refreshing, I could sip this one in the heat of a Minnesota summer.

Otherwise this one has more layers that an onion-boy. The well-dressed malts are in the front row, with a smoky presence in the middle, & some dark fruits & the barest hint of coffee have snuck into the cheap seats without paying.

Damn. This is an excellent beer. Complex but not a mess, sweet without being heavy or cloying, unique without causing a riot. A finely crafted beer; thanks for sharing this one Brian!

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Pours a dark creamy black, with a chestnut brown head, 1 finger head. No light comes through around the edges. No lacing..

S Very little coming through in the nose. Most prevalent is chocolate followed by riper dark fruits.. plums, dark cherries... but not enough is coming through here.

T Awesome. Thick as oil, and very creamy, definitely a fair amount of oats in here. I had this at its release and remember the fruit tastes being very ripe, but they seem a lot more mellow, and only a month later. Nice sweet chocolate tastes matched along side some vanilla, some coffee roasts coming through with a smooth bitterness, and some dark cherries, and ends with a nice touch of plum.

This is a gem, and if you can get your hands on it by any means do so. I threw a few my cellar upon its release , really can't wait to see how they turn.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this from the very generous jtrockchalk, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid black with a thinnish tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells of licorice, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, spicy hops and a touch of alcohol. Taste Hits first with some roast and chocolate followed by some hops and some dark dried fruits melding into a finish of roast coffee and chocolate. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. This is a damn fine Imp stout right here. I enjoyed this one immensely. Great job Otto!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dispensed on cask via hand pump at the brewery on 12/27/08. 10 oz pour into a snifter.

Pours a dense pitch black with several fingers of massively creamy darker looking burnt mocha colored head. This settles down into a sturdy ¼ finger of retention that flares up marvelously when swirled, leaving thick swathes of lacing all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is just lush with chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, oats, a bit of smoke, and some light warmth.

The taste starts with sweet chocolate hitting the lips first, followed by a big dose of heavy oats, and then a bite of dark roasted bitterness and coffee in the back. Underneath lies a good undercurrent of dark fruit tang that lingers in the finish with some residual bitterness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with a mellower feel from the cask conditioning. There is definitely some heavy warmth in this (especially towards the bottom of the glass) but the alcohol is still kept under wraps thanks in part to the largeness of the flavors and smoothness of the body.

This is textbook RIS territory here folks that's even better via the beer engine. Powerful and complex yet the cask conditioning softens the overall profile to enable good drinkibility. I'm looking forward to several more snifters of this over the course of the winter.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Deep black under a fingers worth of brown head. Some decent lace and retention.

S: Molasses, chocolate, hint of coffee, sweet and roasted malt, slight hint of fruit.

T: Pretty sweet up front, finishing in a bitter roasted malt, mixed with some chocolate. Bittersweetness sticks around, only slight warming from alcohol and even slighter dry hint. Surprised at the sweetness. Very good.

M/D: Full bodied, a little slick, a little creamy, carbonation felt, drinkability decent for a big beer. At 9% it isn't going to hurt as much to indulge, but it's still on the sipping side of things. Excellent beer all around.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this while playing Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Seems appropriate.

Looks great. Great nose; mild smoke with thick malts. Tastes great too. Thick malt character with molasses edges. Really nice. Feel is superb. All stouts should have this level of thickness. An excellent stout. I will go back to this in the future. It's on the level of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 received in trade from jac5084.. Josh is one of the most chill traders I've ever come across.. Thanks a bunch for the super bunch of dark beers that made their way to Boise.. I've been sitting on this for a while.. just waiting for a good time.. I am trying to clear out the fridge... sooo.. tonight is the night... Poured into my Chimay goblet... shared a small amount with Brenda.

Fairly significant 1" tan head .. nice cap and really a pretty good lace.. the brew is black on the pour and the glass..

Aroma is sorta mild for the style, but is still very complex.. French Roast.. and cocoa.. rich dark fruits with dried cherries and subtle prune.. a subtle smokiness as it warms..

The flavor is rich and bordering on decadent.. chocolate and roasted malts... malty sweetness is inviting and helps bind the palate together.. very smooth.. not alot of hops.. and maybe I'm going hunting for what is there.. dark cocoa as it warms.. more fruity essence comes throughout.. the warming alcohol is there for sure.. but a spicy component of the overall brew.. the smokiness is there .. but more of a background player.. nice body.. really pretty good for the style.. carbonation is adequate.. the fruity aspects begins to wear down my palate as it hits room temperature.

very nice brew.. Josh is a superb trader and very recommended.. in fact.. I should probably check in.. soon.

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Photo of illidurit
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bulletrain76. Pours pitch black with the slightest of brown highlighting the edges. Light tan cap of dense foam. Lots of roastiness and dark chocolate, but the solid smoked character sets this one apart from your generic RIS. Flavor is ashy burnt malts, roasted coffee, the darkest possible chocolate, and a sweetish smokiness that complements the mild dark fruitiness. Nice complexity. Full chewy mouthfeel, very drinkable.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is black with ok carbonation. The head is one finger, mocha brown and leaves some lace.

The smell is nice rich coffee and chocolate.

The taste is a mellow smooth coffee, dark chocolate alcohol bomb. Hoppiness is not real big over all the dark malt, really an Imp Stout lovers brew.

The mouthfel is great, smooth and creamy, very nice body and good carbonation

The drinkability is very good, I am so glad a got another.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, by way of the secret santa bif (i believe)

appearance: poured into a snifter, very dark body with a creamy chocolate head and really nice lacing

smell: nice high roast levels, a touch of smoke, creamy chocolate, cocoa powder, a bit milky - very nice

taste: This is a very enjoyable stout - creamy and chocolatey, milky and semi-sweet, dry cocoa, a nice touch of hops and a light bitterness. Alcohol is nicely masked and this stout is well balanced without being too showy

mouthfeel: perfect - creamy and milky, silky smooth. perfect

drinkability: great

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this bottle in a BIF sometime ago and just got around to trying it last night. I decided to split the bottle with my mother in law while we were hanging out last night. Nice pirate flag on the front, and this 22oz bomber was served at cellar temperature and poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was deep, dark, and black as night. Very thick looking liquid getting poured into the glass here. Just the slightest bit of light peaking in through the sides. A nice two finger high head of chocolate colored lace then rose up slowly out of the blackness. It reached its zenith and then sat there for a while, just kind of hanging out with a good amount of retention. Decent side glass lacing kept it looking very nice throughout.

Smell - The aroma was rich with a roasted malt, and mocha like smell. Lots of hints of chocolate in here, and this were already starting to come across very sweet. Some bitter hops could not be picked up as well, and it was really starting to get a nice deep profile to it. A good touch of bourbon like alcohol came through initially but was quickly drowned out.

Taste - The flavor was very full. A rich blend of coffee and deep roasted malts started off the show. Once you let this roll around for a little while, it was quickly replaced by a delicate touch of chocolate, very sweet like a milk chocolate flavor that blended well with a touch of alcohol and a hint of vanilla. Good overall balance to it and a lovely profile. The finish started out very nice, with a good amount of bitter taste to it which caused it to significantly dry out the finish and really give it a good it of bite at the end. Nice long lingering flavor of vanilla and coffee really rounded it out nicely.

Mouthfeel - The feel on this was good, coming across very nice, rich and creamy. It had a fait amount of carbonation to it, which kept it feeling a touch lighter then some of the others in the class, but overall it was very nice and I enjoyed the way it rolled across the tongue.

Drinkability - A very good sipper, this was your classic big stout. Coming in at 9% it was not too hard to put down. And what was there in the alcohol department was very well hidden. Nice carbonation and smooth profile made it even easier to enjoy.

Overall I thought this was an excellent stout. Not quite up there with the big boy but it could hold its own any day. I would love to try this one again, especially with some of the other more well known side by side. Definitely an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pitch black stout, aggressively poured yet still only about a half inch of head

S: Roasted malt and Coffey scent.

T: smooth at first then burned malt and smoke. The smoke flavor seemed to build over the course of the bomber. Was not expecting smoke in an RIS. I will say that usually do not enjoy smoked beers but this one I will have again

M: viscos, not overly carbonated

O: great beer for its style. Definitely stands apart from the crowd. The smoke was the only thing that kept me from rating it higher. So if you like stout and rauch beer it is your dream beer

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Photo of russwbeck
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black pour with a very nicely sized brown head. Hardly any lacing, retention is good.

S: Full of coffee, molasses, roasted malts. Really good smell, deep and balanced.

T: The taste is sweet. Molasses, light roasted malts then a big hit of coffee. Cocoa throughout the taste, with a slight smokey hint. Nicely balanced, no singular big flavor.

MF: Heavy body, carbonated well. Dry finish, hardly any hint of the booze.

O: Love this beer. Otto's is a solid brewery, and this is a solid beer. Can't wait to see how this ages, maybe they'll drop some into bourbon barrels?

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Photo of treyrab
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer if phenomenal from the bottle, but from cask it is in a whole different world!

A: Pours a pitch black...this is Darkness black, Dark Lord black, Expedition black...with absolutely no brown around the edges. Has a luscious, creamy 2 finger dark khaki head that lasts the whole time!

S: The smell is ridiculous. Creamy chocolate milk, graham cracker sweetness, chocolate oats, and bitter roast. It does not get much better than this.

T: The taste is out of this universe! This is remarkable creamy like a chocolate milk shake. The carbonation is low and is exceptionally creamy. Tons of bitter chocolate, creamy caramel, creamy graham cracker, oats, and cocoa. This is in my top 3 favorite stouts, perhaps up there with the big boys.

Overall, this is remarkable. A great representation of the style!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured form a 22 oz. bottle into snifter.

Appearance - A nice deep black with a light brown head upon pouring that dissipated fast to a nice wispy head; clung to glass while swirled.

Smell - Strong chocolate aroma with a bit of coffee after.

Taste - A strong cocoa presence with some sweeter vanilla and some sweet raisin flavors.

Mouthfeel - A moderate body, with a very smooth texture, although maybe a bit thinner then expected for abv.

Overall - A very good brew and one I would recommend. Not quite up to snuff to the bourbon aged on tap, but a very solid brew non the less.

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Jolly Roger Imperial Stout from Otto's Pub and Brewery
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