chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Black pour with small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Creamy in body and flavor had more chocolate. This is almost interchangeable with their porter, though slightly better. Suttree (6484) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2009
Black, dense brown head - looked like a nitro pour, in fact, but I don’t remember seeing a nitro tap. Nice but faint aroma of coffee. Lots of flavor, thought - coffee, of course, and burnt toast. Dryish finish with some lingering bitterness. Pretty tasty. Butters (4063) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2005 Total Score: 3.7
Black, with a thick brown head. Coffee and chocolate aroma, with a hint of burnt toast, too. Taste like tar and old coffee, but in a good way - trust me - and smooth, viscous finish. Sampled at the 2005 Asheville Brewer’s Jam.
Had this on draft at the Jack of the Wood shortly after St. Patty’s Day. They were calling it their Irish Stout. I thought they had actually given me a guinness and claimed it for their own! Near black pour with ample creamy tan head. Aroma is light (probably due to the nitro) with subtle chocolate, roast, oats, and some dark berry hints in the flavor. Wonderfully creamy body. I could drink this all night long. One of the best beers I’ve ever had. BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JAN 29, 2008
I would have to go with a toss up between this and the porter for their most enjoyable brew. This has a sweet sort of chocolate richness, with the right amount of roastiness. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Black. Good head leaving lots of lace, sweet roasted aroma, rich creamy body with a good dose of chocolate, touch of oatmeal oilyness, slight lingering bitter finish that almost disappears when it warms
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Draught. Poured large frothy head. Very Dark. Sweet and Creamy with smooth aftertaste. A very good draught beer. Head stuck to my lips as I drank it. A lighter taste than other Stouts. But Good. Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
Shared a pint of this brew with Tony and Lauren when they visted Asheville last week. Black body, medium dark brown head. Not much to tickle the palate or the nose; but full of pleasant, sweet, dark malts. Still one of the best sweet stouts in town. Aurelius (5481) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Dang near opaque. Light woody, slight cereal aroma. Watery, smooth mouth. A bit vacant after the porter, but medium sweet, not fizzy, nutty. A bit flat. The porter’s better. muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2006
Draught at brew pub. Nice obvious nitro-stout appearance, dark with a tan head. The aroma is a bit restrained (in typical Jack of the Wood fashion) but smoky sweet coffee notes stand out. The flavor is an oat and sweet chocolate onslaught, with the creamy mouthfeel making it very rich and deep. The rich espresso finish rounds off this very nice brew. NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Draught. This is a rich opaque black brew with a nitro cascade that leaves a dense, even tan head. This has strong toasted grains in the nose with some fine pipe smoke. This is one of the oattiest stouts I’ve ever had. It’s like chocolate oatmeal. This is a deep creamy beer with a very silky palate and some creamy sweetness in the finish. Oh yeah, huge oats. [sampled most recently on 3-14-07] These days this stout is a notch less oaty, but still quite silky and delicious. Great balance of syrupy chocolate, coffee, and oatmeal.
Earlier Rating: 11/14/2005 Total Score: 3.8
on draught- My first trip to Jack of the Wood was not enjoyable, so I was surprised this time to find a rich opaque black brew cascading slowly in my glass after ordering. A dense, even tan head remained. This has strong toasted grains in the nose with some fine pipe smoke. This is one of the oattiest stouts I’ve ever had. It’s like chocolate oatmeal. This is a deep creamy beer with a very silky palate and some creamy sweetness in the finish. Oh yeah, huge oats.