Han Shot First
J. Wakefield Brewing

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J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #888
Ranked #4,038
4.22 | pDev: 8.06%
Dec 22, 2021
Feb 11, 2016
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Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with vanilla beans, cacao nibs and smoked ghost peppers
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4.18 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 22, 2021
3.35 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Jan 12, 2020
3.99 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jun 13, 2019
4.03 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Dec 31, 2018
3.92 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Jul 30, 2018
4.46 by Beerbom from California on Jul 29, 2018
4 by CCBeerAlert from Tennessee on Apr 03, 2018
4.69 by Pooles26 from Connecticut on Feb 08, 2018
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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Cush6 from Illinois

From the Velvet mouthfeel to that final tinge of heat, this beer is an experience to be appreciated. So many flavors, but all balanced and delicious.

Dec 13, 2017
4.24 by StoutSnob40 from California on Oct 29, 2017
4.2 by chippo33 from Vermont on Sep 19, 2017
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Sep 17, 2017
3.69 by Raziel313 from California on Sep 04, 2017
3.88 by GDawgs34 from Georgia on Aug 29, 2017
4.36 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Aug 21, 2017
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Aug 20, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Standing at the point where Mexican, Miami and craft beer converge, the J. Wakefield team devises a concoction to have all three facets crawling to the brewery. Their special release stout is one of imperial stature, laced with cocoa and vanilla and then supercharged with smoked ghost peppers. Proceed with caution.

Han Shot First billows throughout the room with rich and robust collection of scents that suggest chocolate cake, liquor and mole. Tar-like in its appearance, the beer's oily consistency has it nestling patiently in the glass and simmering with a trickle of mocha froth, legs and lace. Its first sip slathers the early palate with chocolate, coffee, cake and sweet bourbon.

The stout simply massages the tastebuds thereafter, rubbing her sweet maltiness deep into the soft tissues of the mouth, bringing a highly dessert-like taste that starts with death by chocolate cake, batter and brownie; soon stemming into black walnut, campfire and nuances of grilled fruit. A hint of spice seems of alcohol but has the staying power of capsaicin with a light citrus kick. Vanilla, cashew, caramel, coconut and cherry bring the bourbon cast of characters to finish the taste bold, rich and spicy.

Mildly vinous, savory and decadent, suggestions of tawny port come as the lavishly full bodied beer coats the mouth unapologetically. A long trail of malt, heat and booze suggests that the beer doesn't pair with dessert, but rather replaces it altogether.

Aug 15, 2017
3.94 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jan 04, 2017
3.5 by 1Sundown2C from New York on Nov 17, 2016
4.24 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Nov 01, 2016
4 by ipc2000 from New York on Sep 27, 2016
4.25 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky on Jul 04, 2016
4.17 by cyrushire from Florida on Jul 03, 2016
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3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

On tap at the brewery. Black body. Head doesn’t last long. Smell is a little phenolic. Some bourbon. Sweet smelling too. Tastes sweet up front. Brown sugar. Milk chocolate. Some bourbon, but not prevalent. A little bit of banana. Pepper builds quickly. It’s not a strong flavor, but it lends a lot of raw spiciness. Heavy body. Spice cuts the sweetness, but it’s still a sugar monster.

Jul 03, 2016
4.33 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jun 18, 2016
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4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Amguerra305 from Florida

Personally, I think this beer is truly amazing. Thick and viscous with a great nose. Once you start sipping it, you get that chili pepper heat. The more you drink, the stronger the heat becomes. Eventually it coats your entire throat with a film of truly hot chili pepper heat. You don't really get the pepper flavor, just lots and lots of heat that you feel predominantly in your throat not your mouth. I love spicy so I do admit this beer is an acquired taste. Truly exceptional and one of a kind though.

Jun 06, 2016
4.55 by Mpontiakos from Virginia on Jun 05, 2016
4 by mklisz from New Hampshire on May 24, 2016
4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2016
4.22 by jaydoc from Kansas on May 18, 2016
4.93 by Craft_advisory from Florida on May 06, 2016
4.41 by spycow from Illinois on Apr 17, 2016
4.29 by Brian29 from Ohio on Apr 10, 2016
4 by Dave_Treat from Virginia on Apr 05, 2016
4.5 by Lucoli from New York on Apr 04, 2016
4.54 by DIPAFAN from New Jersey on Apr 01, 2016
4.63 by dleiner from New York on Apr 01, 2016
4.25 by brians52 from Virginia on Mar 26, 2016
4.04 by Deltoro from Florida on Mar 18, 2016
4.73 by TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia on Mar 16, 2016
Han Shot First from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 42 ratings