ClarkVV (5571) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at EBF, 2/5/16.
Dark, lustrous, mahogany-to-ebony body shows moderate to moderately-high clarity and is topped by a small, tan head with moderate to moderately-low retention.
Light coffee, dark chocolate and moderate vanilla in the nose all come off quite light, though perhaps the nuttiness is soaking up some of the malt richness. Jackie O’s beers are usually pretty dry, though and these seems no exception. Some prunes and other various dark, vinous qualities are notable, with an earthy finish replete with light tar, treacle and more roast. Alcohol is well-controlled.
Jackie O’s stouts all have a very similar, distinctive character. Can’t exactly put my finger on it, but it’s a soft, silky-to-oily texture with a very good level of attenuation and yet well-developed maltiness, that belies the high abv. In some previous versions I’ve had, the adjuncts were a bit poorly done, but this one here doesn’t suffer from that at all, and the nuts come off really nicely done, adding complexity, texture and balance. Vanilla, cocoa, light toffee and prunes are all welcome, with low booziness and good dryness. A very well-made stout.
thome50 (1283) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from my Staff allocation in 2012. (Note: Pretty sure they admitted this was infected) Pours a jet black with minimal khaki tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted almonds, sour apple. Taste is chocolate, not a lot of pecan but it is there, and then a load of sourness. I like the sourness but this was not what they were going for I’m sure.
gEUS (1702) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 37/347 at Sloshfest, thanks to Mark. Slight nutty aroma and sweet roast aromas. Didn’t like the sour punch to it that much (is it deliberate or infection?). Overall quite enjoyable.
Dennoman (21) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. Staff Only Whalejizz Ermagerd Edition, courtesy of Mark @ Sloshfest. Aroma is mostly sweet and maybe a little nutty. Flavor adds a little bitterness, though not sure if it’s from the actual pith and flesh of the nuts or the roasted malts. All in all an enjoyable imperial stout, but a little offsetting in terms of sweetness.
peteinSD (1460) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sean - thanks! Black pout with a large froth of dark tan foam. Aroma is dry roast, nuts, chocolate, light bitterness, and some darker fruit notes lurking underneath it all. Taste is roasty with chocolate and nuts but there’s also a metallic twang (or perhaps slight sourness) with some hop bitterness. Clean, lightly coating mouthfeel. Okay.
markwise (5145) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Staff Club. Pours an imperial stout brown with a tan head. Nose is some roast, some baker’s chocolate, some nutty character, and some faint fruitiness. Flavor is similar- roast and earthy coffee up front followed by fruit and mild chocolate in the mid and finish. Interesting, medium-bodied stout.
weihenweizen (3031) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub, poured into a sample glass. Pours black with dark brown highlights. Thick body and low carbonation. Taste is chocolate with nuts (I could pick out hazelnuts). Alcohol well covered, best imperial stout I have had with nuts added and best stout I had for the night.
Ibrew2or3 (8040) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Share courtesy of Gription79. It pours with a dark mahogany body supporting a tan head of foam. The aroma initially has a vague but pleasing nut sensation and then it seem to get into booziness, dark roasted malts and faint chocolate brownie. The taste has a nice chocolate bar goodness that heads into smooth semi sweet nuttiness and dark roasted malts. To midway and into the finish it grows more and more boozy. Nice sipper.
Sledutah (6897) - Utah, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by Dallas
Dark brown with a medium sized tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty and sweet toffee. Taste is roasted malts, nutty, chocolate, caramel and dry
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty, citrus fruit aroma. Fruity flavor; with roasted and molasses/sweet malt flavors.