Jamaica Stout | Big City Brewing CO LTD

Jamaica StoutJamaica Stout
68 Ratings
Jamaica StoutJamaica Stout

Brewed by:
Big City Brewing CO LTD

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2005

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Alpha309
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of philbertk
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big City Brewing Company, Kingston, Jamaica--Jamaica Stout--Proudly Brewed In Jamaica--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 7.60% ABV. 10 IBU's? (3.0 / 5.0) Sediment hint. Thin lacy tan head. Opaque dark black color. Fruity black cherry toffee toasted mild hop front. Mild sweet dark fruit chocolate hint mild citrus body. Mild hop EtOH hint lingering toffee fig end. Too fruity for me smooth Stout. Sampled 8/21/2010. 6-Pack $13.99.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB sept 2006 7.6 ABV. Poors in with brown head that's instable and dissappears quickly. Black coffe underneath make it to good presentation. Smell is sweet, mellow roasted cacao but with amoniahint and slight citrusnote. Taste is very sweet, straw like and burnt and probably forgotten about adding hops as bitterness I get is burnt. Quiet heavy in oxidation though not doing bad to the brew but adding some creamyness. Still bit unfresh for me and quiet vegy after some more sips. Drinks OK.

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Photo of jbhuxley
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pour yields about 1 1/2 fingers of caramel/tan head, which subsides to a thin coating. Leaves behind a thick, runny lacing. Very dark, almost opaque with slight ruby tones showing when held to light.

The most dominant smell is of alcohol. There is a slight presence of fruity chocolate.

Flavor is quite sweet, cola like, but not very complex.

Mouthfeel is thin and light, with a good bit of carbonation. This is not one I would go back to.

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Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of herman77
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mando_thegreat
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you like a really dark, and strong beer, this ones for you. I personally think its OK, I dont regret trying it. over all I give this a rating of 3. The taste gets better after a few sips. and it isnt a twist tot (which I like) and being imported from jamaica (thats the main purpose why i tried it) makes it worth it, to atleast try if anything.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours in to a Guinness pint glass a watery black, with a miniscule coffee colored head. The thin top fizzles away after only the briefest of appearance, leaving behind a rather lifeless looking brew. The surprising lack of action prompted me to check the bottle. Yep, bottled in February of 2013. Kind of what I was afraid of. Well. it's closing in on almost 2 years old, so this review is going to be hit or miss. At 7.6% this beer should have the chops to stand up to some aging, but we shall see. 2 Years may be a stretch even under ideal conditions. There's a notable metallic scent and molasses in the nose. Definitely some dark rum-like qualities to the aroma. The flavor is off. Tangy lime-like tartness with hints of thin chocolate and trace elements of ashy tobacco roast. Minimal hops present with little bitterness. There's a surprisingly appealing buttery brown sugar confection aftertaste with some dried candied dates. The citric sourness continues to ride along. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, with very little carbonation. Odd. This is just a strange concoction. I cannot tell if this is the desired flavor profile, or if this is simply too far past its peak. At first I nearly relegated this to drain pour status, but then I felt compelled to keep coming back for more. It certainly was no Guinness Foreign Extra, but the Caribbean flair was oddly intriguing. I'd really like to try a fresh one now to get some added perspective.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Didn't know they made decent stouts in Jamaica, but I guess that's part of the beer drinking journey. I had it on another one of our hot, humid days in Charleston, but it didn't leave me feeling bloated. To me, that's a definite plus. I got hints of chocolate malt and candy, with a slight hop finish. Taste was very malty, almost like a malted milkshake. Didn't really taste much hops at all, as well as no taste of alcohol. The appearance was the big disappointment though. Not much of a head at all, just kind of a spotty at best. Glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by 2/2013.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some slight dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly sour bittersweet cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a slightly above average beer that is drinkable but I am not really enjoying the sour aspect I am getting in the flavor.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When you think Jamaica, a big roasty stout is probably not what you think, but here its what you get. Impressive black SRM going on, hearty heft to its appearance and tan 1/3" head. Aroma gave those coffee malt notes.

Taste kept up the roasted coffee day old vibe, as the mouthfeel got acclimated, the roasty bitterness and heavy mouthfeel let up a little. Doesn't really seem like something I'd be into when its hot and humid, but in the right (cool) environment, this is a straightforward roasty stout with a punch. A hint of dark fruit bitterness to diversify the roasty bitterness. No surprises here, could be a foreign stout from across the pond for all you know, its relatively close to style, really all about it actually.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised with the appearance, great dark color to it, was expecting something thin. Dropped off a bit aroma wise, some faint coffee, even toffee smell to it. Taste, mildly enjoyable, I wouldn't turn one down if you offered it to me.

Again, more coffee in this one, but it didn't develop throughout the bottle, became thinner. A surpisingly dense beer from a hot climate.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, very dark red-brown almost black with a short dark tan head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing, clear
S: coffee, cinnamon spices, molasses, extremely sweet
T: sweet up front with notes of cane juice, burnt malt middle, finish dries
M: surprisingly not syrupy, good carbonation lightens the feel
O: the 7.6% ABV is noticeable, not a bad stout from a country that I mostly associate with Red Stripe and red hair but doesn't stand up to the more traditional European or more creative American stouts, perfectly acceptable though if you are in the islands and tired of lager

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Photo of crossovert
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off.

It pours a dark brown with a nice looking tan head. The head is fluffy and sticks for a bit.

The smell is reminiscent of malt liquor, but in a good way. It has that nutty alcoholic scent along with a hint of cocoa.

The taste is interesting to say the least. It has a nice bit of that roasted malt flavor that has almost a chocolate/cinnamon/wood character and a blast of sweetness. The malt liquor notes come through a little bit with the alcohol not being completely hidden, but compared to a malt liquor this is one smooth brew.

Not bad.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

If Guinness can sell their foreign stout comfortably in the Caribbean, there must be other foreign stouts which are brewed. Enter Jamaica Stout, which is brewed in <drumroll>....Jamaica. 12 ounces to go, and it's a twist-off cap. On to the beer:

A large mocha head rises and sits top this ebony bodied liquid. With the top a darker hue, it looks like one of those beefed up imperial stouts brewed in the US. There's joy here, and the joy is coming through the nose. A very sweet note of chocolate, followed with booze and overripe banana. The taste is agreeable, interesting to say the least. It has a banana accent which gives up a Belgian impression, but isn't. Soft roasted malts taking a swim in chocolate and a kiss of fruitiness. Not much alcohol is noted. Regarding mouthfeel, it's medium-full bodied with a carbonation near soda level, let's cut that down some. As it stands, it's an acceptable foreign stout which is also relatively easy on the wallet.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single from Uncorkt in Racine WI. Never have seen or heard of this, so naturally I was curious about it. Bottle says 7.6%.

Pours like dark cola, reddish highlight in direct light, but otherwise black. Thin finger of foam, settles down and leaves a nice crown of lacing around the rim. A wispy skim remains for quite awhile, with concentric rings forming after a few sips.

As it warms up, cocoa, brown sugar, plum, and raisin notes surface. Slightly sweet and not especially roasty.

Flavors of coffee, dark fruit, bitter roast, and a slight hint of alcohol. Lightly bitter and roasty aftertaste. Surprising not as sweet as the nose let on. A little thin and light on carbonation, but it's decent overall. Probably the best Jamaican beer i've had.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, purchased recently but some months past the BB date stamped on the neck. Beer shows very subtle effects pf being past prime (mainly aroma); appropriate compensation given in my ratings.

The aroma features mild dark roasted grains and toffee.

The flavor follows, being strong on refinement and balance, if a tad sweet, and mild in strength. A decent aftertaste of dark roasted malts nonetheless.

Feel: medium body and carbonation with more bite than it should have.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
Appearance: Almost completely opaque except for a little amber aroung the edges. Nice light brown fades and leaves some spotty but nice lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, milk chocolatey. Some coffee and roasty malts. It smells really very good.

Taste: OK. A little watery up front, but becomes sweet and chocolatey with a little low level coffeelike bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Its very smooth, but a little thin in the body.

Drinkability: Above average and way above what I expected. A good smelling, but slightly watery and too sweet import stout. I enjoyed it, but by the end I was glad I would not be having another right away.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #65 (June 2012):

LOOK: Massive brown head, nearly pitch black

SMELL: Sweet, espresso, licorice root, burnt currants, brown sugar, warming alcohol

TASTE: Semi-smooth, full-ish body, up-front char, mineral, raisin twang, sweet, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, ghost-like smoke, minimal hopping, estery, burnt finish

Not so refined, but that works in its benefit. A big, sweet Stout that wants to play with our palates. We wish more of these Foreign Stouts would hit our shores to further challenge the palates of US beer drinkers. If the locals in Jamaica have no problem drinking a hearty Stout in 85°F sunny weather, then neither should you.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greggy
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a 1 finger dark tan head with some sticky lacing. Dark black in color with just a bit of ruby highlights showing through against light.

S- Big chocolate, cream, bits of caramel, and some definite port nuances.

T- Starts out with a thinner chocolate and bits of coffee. The end displays more of the roasted notes with a bit of acidity. Good but really not a ton of complexity.

M- Definitely not a mouthfeel that I would expect from 8%.

D- My perception of this beer is that its has the profile of a regular american stout at 5%. Is it good, yes. Is it the beer that it's trying to be. Unfortunately, no.

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