Jabberwocky Ale | Walkabout Brewery

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Jabberwocky AleJabberwocky Ale

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Walkabout Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by freed on 09-23-2003

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by WastingFreetime:
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a lightly hazed brownish-coppery color with a single finger of sand colored head that lasts for about two minutes, leaving behind some concentric rings of lacing on the glass. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells mostly of the expected English style earthy-toffee-bready malt blend with a small side serving of chocolate and pitted fruits. The flavor is more dry, leafy, and nutty than the nose had led me to expect, and it has hardly any of the fruitiness from the nose at all! ABV is very well hidden. This is... a fairly nice beer but not really something to go out of your way to acquire.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried a half-pint at Bailey's Taproom. Pours a rich brown color with deep golden highlights, topped by a thin, creamy off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Aroma of biscuty English malt, mild fruity hops, with just a little bit of husky bitterness. Palate is mild English malt up front, some biscuit and demerera sugar, and very mild, fruity hops. A touch of chalky, husky bitterness makes a brief appearance before the swallow, along with some notes of sour fruit.
Body is fairly rich and creamy, a nice example of an English-style pub ale amped up to American standards. The high ABV limits how much I would want to consume in an evening, but this is still an enjoyable beer. The husky bitterness is a little troubling, but overall this is a well-excecuted ale.

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Photo of OregonGrown7
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reidrover
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz from Fred Meyer in S.Salem ( Commercial St. store). Surprised to see this at Freddys hope this gives this small brewery a boost. $3.99. Certainty looks like an English style ale in my Imperial nonic glass..chesnut brown with a small creme coloured head. Attractive. Smells of english hop,tobacco,toffee,light cocoa..very nice and very authentic. Taste is the same as aroma with a bit of demerara sugar and hazelnut, lovely quite lovely. Great palate to this one,low carbonation and smooth finish. A very good English ESB really better than any i have tasted from American brewer

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of flexabull
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the State of Jefferson pub in Ashland Oregon.

Pours a hazy dark amber color, with a nice looking head.

Aromas were somewhat strong. A very cereal grain like smell coming from this one.

Flavors reminded me of what boiling wort smells like. It's very much a grape nuts like flavor. There is also quite a bit of sweetness and creaminess to this one as well. The finish has a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite full and well rounded.

Pretty tasty and interesting beer. Not really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate how well made this one is.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice tight crisp strong ale.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mactrail
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a handsome dark amber red in the tall Petrus goblet. Decent foam and plenty of carbonation in the mouth. Interesting nose of rye bread and flowery hops.

Malty with a distinct salty caramel flavor. This has that English character with the fruity hops and slightly odd Old Ale hint. Slightly buttery and bitterish at the same time. Some murky and herbal notes.

There is a "what is this" moment for a couple of gulps, but then it turns into a different but very pleasant brew. Hoppy and warm with a refreshing light body. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of chugamugofsud
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium-brown hue with plenty of haze. Head is a thin layer of light-tan foam; not too bad.

Smell: sweet aroma with a strong malt element and a bit of a hi-test alcoholic character. The alcohol aroma punches above the 7% at which this guy is listed.

Taste: very bready and sweet, with a bit of toastiness and just a little bit of biscuit. Reminds me of an altbier or American amber ale more than anything.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Not bad at all.

Overall: this beer isn't completely to my taste. There's lots of bread and biscuit, and not much of the fruitiness I often enjoy in the style.

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Photo of nygannon
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went on my walkabout with a nonic pint.

Appearance- The pour results in a half-finger of thicker, beige foam. It doesn't retain very well, and the soapy lace is nothing special. The body is much darker than I expected. It is a ruby-brown affair with some copper highlights. I don't notice any bubbles in the glass.

Smell- I can discern very little about Jabberwocky from the nose. I get a sense of a bread malt and a little char, but that is about it.

Taste- Well, certainly some confusing flavors to be had after a few sips. I am not entirely sure they are meshing either. The beer has a bit of dark fruit flavor to start. It devolves some to that bread malt noticed on the nose.

The finish is a little earthy and has just a bit of bitterness, some nuttiness too.

Mouth feel- Decent heft to this beer, it is a medium body that is fairly smooth. Jabberwocky is certainly easy to drink.

Overall- The problem I have with Jabberwocky is the flavors are a little too opposed to make much sense together. The combination of brown ale flavors and dark fruit do not mesh, and the complete lack of hop character is not doing it any favors.

While the beer is still very drinkable, I'm not sure how much a person will be able to drink in one sitting. Give it a go if you're curious, but don't expect to have the most frabjous day on account of this ale.

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Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of freed
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Horsebrass. Pint looks deliciously dense and rich. Very slight ring of foam crowns the top, has no interest in lasting. A textured brown liquid body smells sweet, warm and earthy. Mild hop edges frame the smell.

Taste is very smooth, and somewhat mild for a strong ale. Pleasant malt and orchard tastes. Low carbonation and nice body make for a very drinkable ale, surely this is a winter delight.

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Photo of chumba526
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears dark red with a light tan head.

It smells of dried fruit, caramel malt, and nutty malts. It smells a bit of molasses as well.

It tastes initially of bread like and somewhat sweet malt. I get a bit of a toasted caramel flavor as well. The ale ends with a sizeable amount of bitterness. Overall it does not taste bad but there is little to this beer.

It has a moderate carbonation to it.

The drinkability is ok. It is a fairly smooth beer so it goes down fairly well.

Overall an ok beer, which is my first from this brewery. I am not that impressed with this beer but it is not bad by any means, I will look out for more beers from this brewery.

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Photo of drpimento
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. Poured at a good temperature with an average off white head and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy dark amber. Aroma is super mild with only a hint of malt and hop. Flavor's like nose, carbonic tang up front, followed by bitter/sweet. Not a lot going on. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, average length, and forgettable.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear light mahogany color with just over a half-inch of light khaki head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

The aroma was mostly slightly sweet malts, with just a hint of a leather/tobacco note, a bit of yeast spice and just a hint of alcohol. The flavor profile was pretty similar, with the alcohol being hidden and the malts dominating.

The body was nicely full and smooth, although there was just a bit of stickiness on the finish. Drinkability was very good, this big beer went down easily, and there may be another in my future. Overall, a very solid take on the style. Certainly worth your time if you see it, and very close to being a must try.

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Photo of BrewsterBrian
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RedDiamond
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This English-style old ale begins with a faint dark-malt aroma - not roasted as such, but melanoid. It is glazed mahogany with low suds and a light sugarplum taste. Though not a bad beer at all, it comes across as indistinct and lacking any formative identity. The flavors are too understated to evoke sustained enthusiasm.

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Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a clear medium brown with some reddish highlights and a large (3-4 finger) light brown frothy head that had great retention, reducing to a med cap and having good streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt, floral hops and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, dark fruit (plums, figs and overripe grapes) and a mild nuttiness.

The taste was very malty with a nice toffee sweetness from the onset, becoming fully robust with a bold dark fruit presence and a mild hoppiness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a good fruity maltiness and a slight alcohol warming sensation left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body with a dry oily texture and a ticklish carbonation.

Overall a fully robust and flavorful brew that possessed a nice light sweet fruitiness, which worked perfectly along with the slight hoppy presence...


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Jabberwocky Ale from Walkabout Brewery
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