Jolly Roger Imperial Stout | Otto's Pub and Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Otto's Pub and Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
ottospubandbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ski271 on 06-20-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
159
Reviews:
80
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
20
For Trade:
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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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4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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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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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.
Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

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

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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 beer...it 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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Jolly Roger Imperial Stout from Otto's Pub and Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 159 ratings.
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