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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Jackhammer is a very dark brown ale with a nice reddish hue. Offering a welcome warming sensation, it has a rich malty sweetness. Fruity esters, expected in this style beer, add to the already complex palate and help to provide an immensely satisfying experience!

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3.9
ganache (6050) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Bottle PKGD ON 11.02.2016. Nose bread crusts and Munich-y deep malt, dark earth and some roast, mild soy, restrained but ever-present fruit. Touch of sugar, dark, rich. Pour cola-brown but darkening in the glass, still ruby when held under light, head is creamy light tan. Taste sweet and strongly spicy, strong alcohol, sugary, warm, rich earth, big fat rich malt, lots of bread crusts, toasted/scorched flits, not terribly grainy but there’s some in best Continental tradition. Fruit is there (mostly fig) but too restrained; there’s a classiness about it an good integration, but a little pop would do wonders. Full body but not overly heavy or fat, mild crispness is appropriate, some chocolate, some dough, some mild tobacco. Subtle bright citrus, hops indeed still there but light and deft, brown sugar/molasses. Bread crusts and a touch of butter in the long aftertaste. Alcohol needs to mellow but the complexity is already quite good, though the caramel/malt is slightly muddy. A lot of fun with this one. [2017.06.19: 3.9]

3.7
PorterPounder (8268) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Boardman, OH - Vintage Estate Beer and Wine - 12 oz bottle. Cola-like brown pour, light khaki colored head. Brown sugar, nutty accents in the aroma. Molasses, brown sugar, cotton candy presents themselves in the flavor. Thick, sticky rich mouthfeel.

3.3
justkoehn (170) - Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Heavy lacing with little head. Dark brown color. Nutty aroma. Little hops. Caramel malty taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2016
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Ann Arbor Eisenhower, 3/16/16. Clear dark reddish brown, medium sized creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee, cherries, citrus. The taste is lemon, cherries, toffee, molasses. Full bodied, low carbonation. Nice.

3.1
rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 22, 2016
bottle @ Belmont Party Supply / Dayton OH --- Aroma of malt. Opaque brown / black color, beige head that drops to a cover, waves of lace. Taste is full-bodied lightly roasted malt that grows into medium fizz and noticeable unbiased hops and alcohol warmth. Strong, a little overwhelming, which fits the power, but not the lack of complexity here. I’m having this with dinner, but it would probably be better as a stand-alone.

3.1
libertine (442) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2016
pours a dark burguny with minimal head an dno lacing. Aroma of fig, raisin, toffee and heavy malt. flavor is much the same. Slightly metallic. Average.

3.7
Msdrbeat (785) - East Lansing, USA - APR 30, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2017 On tap at Beerfest at the Ballpark. Pours brown. Tasted light. Mostly tart cherries. Very great. Lots of Carmel malt.

1.5
cheap (6074) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Bot. Thick spreading aroma of heavy ale. Initially, I think I’m hitting impy stout but then there is this finer attitude about it. Malty fer sure and then there is a very weak sensation of milk stout. Quite complex and somewhat rude throughout. Strong warming sensations all round. Better not drink 2 of these, I think I’m getting a little dizzy. Obnoxious and rude finish. Over the top. Too much for my girlie taste buds. Not impressed. Seems like it was a bastard child of an impy stout daddy and an American barley wine mommy.

3.3
phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2016
12 oz. bottle from DrSilverworm - thanks, Chris! Pours a mahogany color, not quite opaque, with a small khaki ring that settles into a thin ring. Notes of toasted and chocolate malts, tobacco, earth, dark dried fruits, and a hint of mellow roast. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a smooth, earthy, malty mouthfeel. Best I’ve had from them.

2.3
koleminer20 (3942) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2016
12 oz bottle shared with ebone1988. This one is from Dumpster Box No. 1. The pour is a dark dark brown with lots of ruby shining through and a huge dense head that falls down to a thicker cap. The aroma is not good. There is a ton of metallic bullshit happening. There is a light roasted malt and a really sweet metallic finish. This is going to be bad. Ugh. Here we go. The flavor is dominated by metallic. There is a decent dark fruit and a light roast. The sweetness goes away in lieu of a slight bitterness but the metallic is really dominating here. The mouth feel is just bad. It's got a sharp carbonation to go with a decently thicker feel. The carbonation makes it feel like I'm drinking a soda. The finish is metallic and sweet with a little caramel present as well. This is just another fail from Arbor. Damnit. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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