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JailHouse Midnight Special

Formerly brewed at JailHouse Brewing Co
Style: Black IPA
Hampton, Georgia USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Solitary Confinement Series. India-Style Black Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ home.

Clear dark brown colour almost black, with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, dark malt, licorice, moderate to light heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, licorice, dark roasted, chocolate, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111116]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle Opaque black with nice brown lacing. Aroma malty/chocolate/caramel with slight hop overtones. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Begins with a sweet chocolaty flavor which is quickly taken over by a bitter (but not overly so) finish. Kind of a cross between an impy stout and a black IPA. An extremely solid offering from Jailhouse. I hope it appears somewhere on draft also.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2011
Very little activity on the pour. I initially thought that maybe the beer was a little flat, but it turned out that the head was just a little slow to build. The head is a light khaki and a very creamy texture. Incredibly long lasting. The brewery really misleads with their declared style for this beer. Although, to be fair to them, India-Style Black Ale may suggest a black IPA, but it doesn’t actually claim to be one. Instead, I’d call this more a slightly hoppier than normal Imperial Stout or Imperial Porter. The sweetness on first sip was actually a bit of a shock, but as I drink it, it doesn’t grow into cloyingness, but instead turns out to just be a fairly rich beer. If you label this an imperial stout, I think some will knock it for not being complex enough with the roastier flavors (although there are plenty of things going on here), but if you go in expecting only a strong black ale instead of an IS, then I think you’ll be pleased with the result.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2011
This poured a pitch black color with a beige head. The aroma contains some chocolate, coffee, faint citrus, alcohol. The flavor is mainly chocolate and coffee. Some licorice is showing. The finish is bitter on this one. Overall this is about 90% stout, 10% IPA but I thought it was a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8447) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2011
22 ounce bottle. Pours a totally black color with a medium beige head. The aroma is sweet chocolates and roast, some pine. The flavor is excellent; rich nutty flavors, roast, huge milky chocolate very light pine hops. Certainly a porter in terms of flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Black pour with tan head and lace. Aroma of huge chocolate and a hinto abv. Chocolate, abv, light abv, and a decent bitter. Medium full body with good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark, dark brown, black in the middle but with some mahogany hints around the edges. There is a small tan head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma has a big dose of citrus with oranges and pineapple as well as some resinous pine. The doughy malts are in there with cocoa powder and a slightly toasty character. The taste is just as good and starts with the citrus and floral hops but the black malls and chocolate are more evident than in the aroma. The finish is smooth, toasty and slightly bitter with a fresh green hoppiness lingering after each sip. The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated with a light dry bitterness in the finish. This is a really strong offering from Jailhouse, one of the better and more balanced hoppy dark ales I’ve had lately. Looking forward to more of this series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8206) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Courtesy of Blazer06, thanks Zack. Bottle pours dark mahogany with mocha looking head. The aroma has some pine hops, earthiness, some more pine hops and a bit of roasty malts to spicy black licorice at the end of the draw. The taste is smooth with malts, roasty malts to near burnt malts followed by firm levels of pine hops and a bit of spicy hops too. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty hoppy aroma. Roasted malty bitter hoppy chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and dark fruit finish with hoppy bitter hints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Black pour with minimal head. Very roast aroma with notes of chocolate and grain. Nice mix of hoppy profile with chocolate and coffee. In no way like an IPA. More of a great American porter. Yummy. Medium body with a lingering finish.

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