Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
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. 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. Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2005
This was a good beer. One of the smoothest beers I have ever had. Very smokey flavor, which I’m usually not partial too, but I would have again just to experience the smoothness and creaminess. raszputini (71) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Solid "English style" stout. Sweet. Notes of coffee and chocolate. Pours moderately thick with a robust head. Coffee dominates the nose. Very smooth and easy to drink. Perhaps a session-type. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Brewvival Trip Beer 2. Served on draft at Mellow Mushroom Asheville. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of dry roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet finish. The taste is dry roasted malts, herbal hops, coffee and bitter chocolate. Thin-medium bodied. Delicious.
chronictonic (490) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2005
I thoujght this was an excellent oatmeal stout. rich toffee mocha aromas mixed with chocolates and malts. Huge espresso nose. Flavor matched the aroma - big espresso, roasted, chocolate flavors. Good mouthfeel - thankfully not overcarbonated like the brown ale. While not as good as farmer john’s oatmeal stout, this is a very good outmeal stout - certainly the best i’ve had south of the mason-dixon line! NachlamSie (3568) - 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.jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
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.
Both draft and cask-conditioned at Jack of the Wood. Very dark brown with hints of ruby when held to the light. The cask-conditioned version poured up a much creamier and lacier head. Aroma is earthy and roasty. Cask-conditioned version reveals touches of fruity esters. Chocolate malt sweetness with coffee and dark unsweetened cocoa. Like the aroma, cask-conditioned version has more noticeable fruit esters in the flavor. Finish is balanced and slightly sweet (cask tastes a little sweeter and softer). Cask version also has excellent creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice stout - the cask conditioned version was a fun treat, too. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Beer #12 Asheville trip, at Jack of the Wood, on tap, and a cask version. We’ll start with the regular tap, and use the numbers for that since this is what most folks will run into. Pours black. Aroma is espresso and chocolate. Flavor is espresso and chocolate. Nice, but the finishing hop bitterness is a bit harsh and discordant. The cask version completely cleans this up. It is actually quite similar to the porter in flavor, just with a good bit more heft to the body. The cask would have scored several points higher.