Han Shot First
J. Wakefield Brewing

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J. Wakefield Brewing
Florida, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #981
Ranked #4,024
4.22 | pDev: 7.82%
Mar 02, 2023
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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Rated: 4.27 by Holbycomp from Maine

Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer poured a silky black color with a dark tan head crowding the glass.

Smell - The nose had a strong current of chocolate sweetness. It did not seem awfully sweet.

Taste - there was a lot of chocolate in the spare. There were also notes of vanilla, Twizzlers licorice, and light coconut. The peppers were light and did not provide a lot of heat. Maybe this is an older bottle. The chocolate continued into the aftertaste, but it was not sweet or overly cloying.

Mouthfeel - The body was smooth enough to suggest the use of lactose. It almost seemed like a lightly carbonated milkshake.

Overall - I wanted a bit more out of this one, but it was enjoyable.
Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 3.35 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Jan 12, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jun 13, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.92 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Jul 30, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Beerbom from California

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 4 by CCBeerAlert from Tennessee

Apr 03, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by Pooles26 from Connecticut

Feb 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Cush6 from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.24 by StoutSnob40 from California

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 4.2 by chippo33 from Vermont

Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Sep 17, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by Raziel313 from California

Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by GDawgs34 from Georgia

Aug 29, 2017
Rated: 4.36 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 21, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Aug 20, 2017
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 3.94 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Jan 04, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by 1Sundown2C from New York

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Nov 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by ipc2000 from New York

Sep 27, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky

Jul 04, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by cyrushire from Florida

Jul 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.33 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jun 18, 2016
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Reviewed by Amguerra305 from Florida

4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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
Rated: 4.55 by Mpontiakos from Virginia

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 4 by mklisz from New Hampshire

May 24, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

May 20, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by jaydoc from Kansas

May 18, 2016
Rated: 4.93 by Craft_advisory from Florida

May 06, 2016
Rated: 4.41 by spycow from Illinois

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by Brian29 from Ohio

Apr 10, 2016
Rated: 4 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Apr 05, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by Lucoli from New York

Apr 04, 2016
Rated: 4.54 by DIPAFAN from New Jersey

Apr 01, 2016
Rated: 4.63 by dleiner from New York

Apr 01, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by brians52 from Virginia

Mar 26, 2016
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