footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAY 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand bottle from jeremy. Thanks for going through all that it took to get your mitts on the bottle. I have been waiting for many years to get my dick beaters on this. Pours an absolute Ebony with a lighter tan, creamy head. This is very close to Expedition Stout in many ways which makes me realize how lucky I am to have this. Nose and taste in very complex, loads of coffee and molasses. Creamy and smooth for the ABV. Wow, a great RIS. Thanks again Jeremy!
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handbottle from my man Buckeyeboy!!! Pours thick like chocolate syrup, almost black with a small tan head..aroma is hersheys cocoa, slight metal, vanilla, heat, plenty of burnt charcoal bitterness...flavour follows pretty closely, very smooth in the mouth, bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, coffee and charcoal...some dk fruit maltiness hiding in there, dry dark malt and bitterness on the finish...definitely worth the trip, thanks Jeremy!
daknole (10320) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hand bottle from buckeyeboy! Thanks for this treat! Pours almost a black color with a tan head. Lots of molasses and roasted malt in the nose. Flavor is loaded with molasses, prunes, roast, alcohol and some dark toffee. A really good beer. Great actually.
neepsntatties (1420) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Just got a growler of the ’08 Jaywalker at the Walking Man Brewery this evening (11/19/09). Also got a growler of the Bourbon barrel Jaywalker (but that’s another rating, for another day!). Let me preface by saying this stuff was AMAZING and the Bourbon barrel version was AMAZING-ER!!!
It was a pleasure to share these fresh growlers with, "hannont" and, "Mr. Plumpy". Colour... the total blackness of a moonless night, unless you count the thin mocha head. Nose... redolent of brown sugar, gingerbread, molasses and crushed Brooks prunes. Palate... gentle CO2, then a surge of sweetness including the coating flavours of Don Pedro Ximenez, coffee, unsulphered molasses, dark caramel, burnt dark brown sugar, turbinado and one extraordinarily long finish! Well worth the higher than usual growler price!!!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler purchased at the brewpub. A very nice and flavorful stout without being overpowering. Alcohol well hidden.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler split with jimbowood. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Taste has thick mouthfeel with chocolate flavor. Good.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Tap @ Walking Man... Poured black with a brown head. Strong, roasted malt and chalky characters on the nose. Really thick palate that had a nice sting to it. Chocolate syrup flavors with thick, robust, roasted malt, rice-like grains and coffee liquor towards the finish. Fairly light feel for 12.7%.
stchloe (896) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am a light weight and just a taste lit me for the night. The taste is alcohol and bitter.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2008 Re-Rate. GABF 2007. Slowly rising brown head with wonderfully slow and deep full sub-surface "racing." Smell: cabernet, diacytl a little bit, strawberries. Full and slick in the mouth, but the flavors seem kind of flat: chocolate is not rich and expansive, the toffee is just kind of there. Not bad, but not impressive. I’ve adjusted the score downward from the previous rating. 7/5/7/4/15 = 3.8
Original Rating. GABF 2004; tasted then, rating from notes taken then. Great imperial stout. Buttery malts on the smell, deep but also sweet. Same carries over into the taste, caramel in there with the somewhat roasty chocolate. Awesome hops kick in the finish (not roasty, but almost tangy and definitely bitter), but turns a bit thin there too; otherwise, full body and feel. Very nice. 8/5/9/4/17 = 4.3
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2007. Pitch black, viscous pour with a thick layer of tan head. Rather sweet aroma of caramels and bourbon blend with some spicy fig-like dark fruits and some dark chocolate. Mildly roasty, but the sweetness dominates the nose. A bit of additional roast bitterness could actually help smooth out some of the malt aromas, as the sweetness is a bit strong. Full bodied, chewy mouthfeel with a creamy texture and carbonation. A bit of brown sugar sweetness at first on the tongue, and then develops some nice prune/dark fruit flavors mid-palate. A bit of bourbon caramel sweetness lingers in the finish. Could use a bit more roast character to balance out the flavors, and far too sticky sweet for my preference.