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style
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 (6053) - 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]

3.8
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
On tap at the pub. Dark ruby brown colored with a little head. Aroma of some light caramel, molasses, dark fruits, and a little hops.

3.8
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Very black, no head. Rich chocolate, dried fruit, gingerbread and spice on the nose. Strong palate, a little hot, with hot cocoa, cream and baking spice flavors. Tasty. Definitely a winter warmer.

3.8
alliance100 (1169) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Draft - pours a dark murky brown , some fruity dark fruit aromas mostly raisins with a hint of spice. Taste is sweet with some caramel , raisin, plum and figs. A very drinkable Old Ale .

3.8
blackflag321 (701) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Several bottles in various glasses over the years. Heavy malt sweetness without being syrupy. Mild hops. A very good Old Ale.

3.8
superspak (6004) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2015
12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, light chocolate, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity/earthy yeast, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, brown sugar, chocolate, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, apple, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, chocolate, brown sugar, raisin, plum, cherry, pear, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good old ale style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.7
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2013
bottle. Amber brown with one finger head. Mild malt, very smooth and sweet. I’ve only had a few old ales that really I appreciated, but this is definitely one.

3.7
Hammy78 (975) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle picked up at Tiffany’s in Kalamazoo. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights on the edges, about a finger of khaki head, nice lines of lace. Nose is sweet caramel and dark fruits. Tastes sweet, a little bit of boozy bite, softness in the mouth, vanilla too. Decent.

3.7
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pour on tap at the brewery, dark reddish brown pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, dark sugars, hints of bready notes, dark fruit into some woody notes, hints of vanilla in there as well. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, caramel, toffee, hints of sweet caramelized sugars into some grass, bread, dough, some vanilla, finishing sweet. Pretty decent.

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.


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