Black Jack Stout
Ellicottville Brewing Co.

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American Stout
Ranked #587
Ranked #26,177
3.82 | pDev: 15.18%
Ellicottville Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Very Good
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great find taking a back way to Buffalo up 219,this fine offering pours a jet black with a great creamy head.The aroams are of highly roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate,taste is very nice with a great dry flavor lightly sweetend chocolate and very earthy.A great dry stout only 3.6% alcohol this is amazingly easy to drink,just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice brew from the Ellicottville Brewery.
This particular stout had a body much lighter than anticapated with a very mild dry roasted malt flavour and mildly bitter with a semi sweet finish.
Light nose, limited carbonation, poor retention with a small ring.
Very refreshing....

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, earthy black malt scent. The taste is good also. It has a smooth black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes thin and dry with some coffee like notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid stout. It's earthy, yet quite drinkable.

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Photo of steelreign
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a couple of these at their brewpub. It is, simply put, the best looking and tasting light-bodied stout I have ever had. From the nitro tap, this baby had a very impressive cascading effect, producing a thick, almost pudding-like, tan head that stayed throughout the pint.

Bursting with heavily roasted black patent malt, the taste was simply wonderful and complex. Smoky, hoppy and malty, all complementing each other to perfection. The finish was smooth, with not a lot of bitterness. All in all, a great drinking stout, perfect for sessioning!

The only thing that took me by surprise was the relatively thin body, which was their intention when brewing it. With a look like that, I was expecting Storm King-type viscosity. Although some may see this as a letdown, it actually lets you enjoy more than one without feeling full ! Very nice job, EBC!

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Photo of twelvsies
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is basically a Guinness clone. No trademark "Guinness cascade effect," but appears black with a creamy brown head, you know what I mean. Tastes light, a tad watery, with some bitter coffee notes in there. I really hate to compare beers, but like I said, this is basically a Guinness clone. What you see is what you get. [Note: had on-tap at the new Fredonia location]

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Photo of wailingwench
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: On a nitro tap. This beer poured impressive, a huge thick tan head. Quite a process to watch the brew settle down and stop pluming. Ink black, looks mean and menacing. Makes Guiness look like water.

The Nose Knows: Roasted malt, smoke, touch of hop.

Tongueland: Very flavorful, the malts were the clear winner. Chocolate, roasted grain, expresso. Nice basic hop balance to finish.

Bender Factor: The way it looks is decieving. Its kindof runny and thin, which depending on your views, is good or bad. Good in that it makes for a drinker, bad if you want your stouts to be chewy. EVille is going to add milk sugar to this to thicken it up some. Another addition is planned on later, but my memory is foggy on that.

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Photo of valgalder
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had nearly every Ellicottville brew they make and this is easily the worst one. Note I do like a Guiness every now and then, but this is a bad clone of that. Very watery, chalky flavor. Nothing interesting at all about this one. However, don't let this steer you away from the other wonderful EBC creations, especially the Imerpail Pale Ale! Oh my!

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of goblue3509
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark cola like color with a nice chocolate milk looking one to one and a half finger head. The cascade effect starts after the pour and last for about 20 seconds. The head sticks around and leaves decent lace. The aroma is of milk chocoalte and coffee. The aroma is there but it is faint and a little difficult to find. The taste follows suit, the taste starts with a slight hop bit and some roastiness, I was only able to find this though after really searching for it. The middle gives you a touch of milk chocoalte and coffee notes. The flavor is there but it is very faint. The taste is just not there like the great stouts that you get. The mouthfeel seems a little thin it just seems off. It seems a little flat for a nitro. Overall the beer started off in a great direction with the look and the aroma wasn't bad. This beer could be very good with some strength given the the taste.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i had this one on tap at the brewery in Ellicottville. this is prolly my 2nd favorite beer they have on their list. its almost pitch black with a nice creamy frothy head that lasts all the way to the end. the lacing was really nice, left a lot of foam on the sides of the glass the more i drank. the smell was mostly coffee and cooking chocolate with a little sweetness present. this came through in the taste as well, with an amazingly great finish. the body was medium to almost a little heavy, but very drinkiable. reminded me almost of guiness or even guiness extra stout only with way more body and no watery taste.
the only thing that disappointed me was that i took home a growler of this beer and the very next day opened it and it was completely flat. either nitrogen conditioned beer cant stay carbonated in a growler of the bartender did something wrong, either way i still drank the flat beer and enjoyed, even got slightly more flavor out of it. however definately way better on tap at the brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a cola brown bordering on black color. Upon serving there is a cascade of bubbles streaming through the brew producing a one finger cream colored head that has a decent level of retention, with it fading over about three minuets to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent small film on the top of the brew.

Smell - The aroma is very light overall with just hints of lightly toasted malt and coffee as well as a bit of earthy hop.

Taste-The taste begins with a roasted malt and light cocoa flavor. The taste is rather dry upfront with a bit of sweetness of a caramel taste coming through in the middle. The caramel is short lived however and fades again more toward the end. With the advent of some slightly bitter roasted coffee and more cocoa joining the roasted malt base, a dry and very lightly bittered flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Being a nitro, the body of the brew is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is well… creamy from the nitro. The thicker feel from the nitro is nice of the roasted and dry flavors of the brew, but is overall rather normal for a dry Irish stout on nitro.

Overall- Not a bad dry Irish stout, but nothing all that exceptional. It is very Guinness like in flavor only a little bit richer and more intense.

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Photo of tdm168
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mattyb85
1.77/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It was weak, not very creamy, a little sour. Just not good. Maybe I got a bad batch?

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Black Jack Stout from Ellicottville Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 27 ratings