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Jaywalker Imperial Stout | Walking Man Brewing Co.

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Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ppoitras on 06-19-2004

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Photo of HardTarget
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Walking Man, menu noted 12% abv.

Aroma: Chocolate and maple syrup notes with a light alcoholic presence.

Appearance: Opaque black body with thick dark tan collar that lasted and laced.

Flavor: Toffee malt in the best British style. Reminds me of Fuller’s Vintage Ales, rich and tasty. Lightly licorice and chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, smooth texture that’s almost creamy, and a slowly drying finish.

Overall Impression: Toffee malt, creamy, rich and yummy! Firm British notes in this RIS. Very good stuff. If you get a chance, don’t miss it!

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Photo of ElGordo
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big ups to Brewbeast1, aka my buddy Pat, for acting as motorcycle courier for a growler fresh from the brewery this past Sunday.
Pours thick and darker than a black steer's tuckus on a moonless prairie night, topped by a couple of fingers of cappuccino head that hang around for a while. Aroma of rich, dark roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and maybe a touch of hazelnut. Palate is super-rich, with roasted malt and coffee flavors blending with a touch of hoppy bitterness and a little hint of dark chocolate and some sweet cream. Body is rich and luxurious, creamy with just a hint of an oily character. A slow-sipper, to be sure, but immensely drinkable for such a strong, assertive ale. Thumbs way up.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black body with a healthy tan head. Boozey aroma of rum, prunes, plums, dried cherries, brown sugar, and smoke. Taste is very strong, rich, and full. Lots of dark fruit goodness and some smoke. Boozey and warming in a sweet way like rum. Figs, prunes, and cherries. Some coffee and caramel. Nice short finish. Very smooth and drinkable for its 12% ABV size. Very full flavored yet easy to drink. Great beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Concordia Ale House, Portland, OR. $3.75/pint.

First requested to try a sample. I think I knew before the first taste that this would be a good one, great look and superb smell. An order for a full pint soon followed.

A: Thick, nearly black. Faint tan/orange head (like a toasted marshmellow) and some clingy lace.

S: Wonderful roasted coffee, chocolate, ripe cherry, some alcohol. A lingering husky smokiness, too. I didn't detect as much of the sweet maltiness I sometimes find in those big RIS aromas. Rich & complex.

T: Very chocolatey, full of roasted coffee, notable smoky character. Superbly well-balanced hop bitterness tones down what could have been an overtly sweet big beer. Still caramel sweetness comes through and helps prolong these wonderful flavors. A terrific Imperial Stout.

M: Full body and creamy mouthfeel. Big pleasing flavors, no intense aftertaste, either sweet or bitter. Just a rich, satisfyingly smooth beer.

D: A top-notch Imperial Stout; extremely smooth, intensely flavorful, easy to drink. I plan to enjoy this version from Walking Man again & again.

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Photo of Crosling
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

GABF 2005. The first beer at the festival. My notes were very similar to Aubrey’s. It had a really nice aroma, which is hard considering those little glasses and one ounce pours. The mouthfeel was tremendous and chewy. It was not destroyed by excessive hops, but nicely balanced. It was very vinous and intensely fruity, with raisin, charred plum, chocolate and roast flavors. Went back for seconds three or four times.

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Photo of imrichbeeeatch
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to taste this over the weekend. Must be a new batch because the chalk board at the pub said 12.7% ABV. WOW!!!

Huge creamy, espresso-like head on top of a opaque black beer. I thought it was a little cold, and might have hindered the aroma, however, it was still nice. Sweet malt, huge roast, alcohol, slightly smokey, rich coco, and a slight hint of dark fruit (plums or dark cherries). First sip is slightly alcoholic, then quickly turns sweet and malty. Rich roast character of coffee and chocolate. I thought it could use more of this character, but as it warmed it came out a little more. Also, as it warmed, the alcohol seemed to go away. The body was perfect. I've had a few Imp. Stouts and they almost always feel too heavy, like syrup. This was perfect, present but respectable.

Beautiful beer, but if it is new (which I think it is) it needs a little age. Will be back to taste this next time they put it on.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A giant beer that was incredibly easy to drink. Jaywalker poured from the growler in a shade of midnight black. The head rose with large, milkshake bubbles in shades of tan, wapiti (elkskin), and an orangey color like the burnt top of creme brulee. The lace dwindled to a very small ring and left only the faintest wisps of lace. The aroma was forceful but nuanced, with a strong chocolate ice cream element, and tints of whiskey, irish cream, and healthy roastiness. An initial large swallow gave evidence of all these flavors, followed by a buoyant green herbal flavor, most likely from the hops, but in a way that seemed unusual to me. There was perhaps even a slight mint element, which married well with the chocolate flavors. The malts were, of course, heavily chocolatey, with big helpings of coffee, caramel, and toffee. Some plummy fig flavors, and a light smokiness, but none of the vanilla or sherry flavors I have discerned in similar imperial stouts. Over the course of the pint, some twinges of dark meat, tar, and soot were evident, as well as a more appetizing brown sugar quality and a robust mapley-ness. Despite all the things going on in this beer, the mouthfeel was quite thin for an imperial stout, not at all syrupy; it felt comfortable on the tongue, followed by a slight prickle on the swallow. Towards the finish, the alcohol came into play, but it was entirely subliminal and drew no attention to itself. The finish itself was short, clean, and decisive, although big fruity plum burps came later. The herbal bitterness was generally restrained, as was the malt sweetness. Indeed, restraint, on the whole, was the keynote of this beer, and maybe the greatest contributor to its success (imp. stouts can often be over-the-top). Yeah, Jaywalker grabbed my attention for sure, but it was also a balanced and drinkable beer despite its immense proportions. Strangely, I preferred it at a cooler temperature, as I felt the fruity esters became overwhelming as it got warmer. A thoroughly enjoyable beer, both inspiring and relaxing. Again, big thanks to HiroProtagonist for sharing the goods!

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jaywalker Imperial Stout was served from a growler taken home from the Walking Man Brewpub the day before. The black beer poured very thickly. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was pitch black, and was topped by an ample and resilient doughy-looking dark brown head...the consistency looking somewhat like a freshly whipped up milkshake. Later, the head settled and gained a gorgeous burnt reddish-orange color at the edges. The nose was exploding with roasty ultra-dark chocolate and toffee aromas, with subtler sharp woody prune notes and perhaps a whisp of smokey vanilla. A spicy hoppiness pervaded throughout as well. On the palate, a deep-roasted super-dark chocolate-scotch-burnt toast malt profile presented itself with just the right semi-sweetness level, then opened up with some lightly sharp and spicy prune and subtle plum-dark fruit esters in the transition to a roasty and zippy dark spicy-hop finish, leaving long-lingering delectable bitter chocolate-toast and dark cherry notes. There was pehaps a touch of alcohol in the finish, but I was unable to distinguish this from the finishing flavors definatively...just how it should be. As the stout neared room temperature, some light strawberry esters appeared. This imperial stout was very bold, but was masterfully balanced and elegantly poised from start to finish. The flavors melded perfectly and presented themselves with excellent flow. The body was creamy and smooth, but was not as thick as it looked in the pour, to its benefit. The moderately-thick feel (compared with other big impy stouts) and carbonation level were just right for the flavors and character of the beer, and contributed to drinkability factor. This was most drinkable monster stout I have ever experienced...astonishing that it never felt overbearing despite its imperial robustness and (hidden) high-alcohol content. Jaywalker Imperial Stout is the work of a master and easily stands among the best imperial stouts out there.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refillable growler received from Skyhand as part of Growler-It-Forward 4.0. Thanks for the opportunity.

First imperial pint glass pours with an inch of what I think is the darkest head I have ever seen, a hue of milk chocolate, if not darker. If it even needs to be stated, the brew is black and opaque. Laces well as level dwindles in the glass. Aroma of dark grains, but not terribly assertive. Taste is initially of those same grains, coffee and chocolate, and then slowly flows over the tongue, leaving behind a coating that brings out the alcohol and slight hops characters. Mouthfeel is great for such a big beer, and drinkability seems high as well. Although I will admit that after a pint of two, I doubt one should be reaching again for the growler. Mine will wait more revisiting on day 2. Try if you can.

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Jaywalker Imperial Stout from Walking Man Brewing Co.
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