boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2007 Oily black pour, deep brown ringlets inside of a tightly compacted beige head. Sweet aroma of chocolate, toffee, cream, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet as well, with very well rounded, expressive and balanced flavors of cherries and strawberries, chocolates, hefty malts and a whiplash of roastiness in the end. Palate is medium to full bodied, mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Finishes sweet, then mildly dry. This beer holds its own. Very delicious.
neepsntatties (1094) - 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.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled @ GABF- Aged 2 Years-Pours a jet black color, nice cherry brown head. Aroma is a pleasent mix of bourbon and chocolate, coffee notes. FLavor is awesome, huge cofee and bourbon prescense (Irish Coffee) coffee, bourbon, figs, puddle of molasses finish.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ the GABF
Alcoholic twinge on the nose with chocolate notes. Taste is very smooth chocolate with a slight alcoholic finish. Very nice and well balanced. Hops do not really come through as much as I would have expected. Very good.
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Several samples at the GABF ’05. Wow, this was as dark a pour as you could imagine....black, absolute minimal head. Sweetish, rummy, boozy chocolate aroma. Great deep roasted malt flavor, not without some hop bite to offset things a bit. All the cool impy stout traits jump out...a little vanilla, coffee, woody, etc. Thick and rich....too bad I don’t have some to age. Great beer.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Darkness of night with a great head and lacing. Sweet malt nose. Big complex flavor (honey, fruit, coffee, oak and toasted malt) with a nice roasty thick finish. Very nice.
stchloe (745) - 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.
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.
arjoseph (634) - 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