JailHouse Midnight Special

Formerly brewed at JailHouse Brewing Co
Style: Black IPA
Hampton, Georgia USA
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Solitary Confinement Series. India-Style Black Ale.

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aracauna (3684) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2011
Very little activity on the pour. I initially thought that maybe the beer was a little flat, but it turned out that the head was just a little slow to build. The head is a light khaki and a very creamy texture. Incredibly long lasting. The brewery really misleads with their declared style for this beer. Although, to be fair to them, India-Style Black Ale may suggest a black IPA, but it doesn’t actually claim to be one. Instead, I’d call this more a slightly hoppier than normal Imperial Stout or Imperial Porter. The sweetness on first sip was actually a bit of a shock, but as I drink it, it doesn’t grow into cloyingness, but instead turns out to just be a fairly rich beer. If you label this an imperial stout, I think some will knock it for not being complex enough with the roastier flavors (although there are plenty of things going on here), but if you go in expecting only a strong black ale instead of an IS, then I think you’ll be pleased with the result.

unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - APR 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Jet black pour, brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, burnt grains, and citrus hops. Flavor is of sweet malt, burnt grains, some coffee roast. Finishes with a sharp hop bitterness, more roast, and alcohol. Big burn, lots of roast. Love those hops. This is a big beer!

AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - APR 9, 2011
Best Jailhouse yet. It seems to be more like a stout than an IPA, although there is a definite hop taste. . Dark pour with a frothy, brown head. Flavor is a creamy chocolate and mild roasted nuts with some hop bitterness.

Cybercat (6156) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2011
Pours an oily black with a fine-bubbled beige head. It is so opaque that not one photon gets through. Strong aroma is smoky, hoppy and malty with earthy and nutty hints. Flavor is strongly hoppy and woody, minimally bitter, and has touches of licorice, resin and caramel. Texture is quite fizzy and edgy with a fairly strong but not vicious alcohol nip. Big flavor? You betcha!

rajendra82 (1103) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2011
The black body, near 100 percent opacity, and the three finger thick khaki head, with a mesmerizing cascade effect, were impressive enough to make a Russian Imperial Stout jealous. The aroma was a mix of coffee, hops, and some toffee. The smell was very enticing, and the first sip proved to be everything it promised. The taste was dominated by an assertive bitterness combining herbal and citric hops, and burnt toast like malts. I think the burnt toast was slightly more dominant of the two biter flavors. Some chocolate and lactose sweetness were evident mid palette, until they faded back to the hops that outlasted the acridity in the aftertaste, and the sip ended in a long warmth in the depth of my belly. As the beer warmed up, the bitterness became less intimidating, and the lactose sweetness became more prominent, resulting in a significantly more balanced affair. Oily and creamy in the mouth, but this was not meant to be a stout, so no marks taken off there. A big bruiser of a beer, providing quite a unique interplay of flavors. Keep these specials coming JailHouse, and I’ll be a lifer.

mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2011
Black pour with a 1.5 finger light brown head. Very pretty pour. Aroma was a well balanced mix of roasted malts and citrusy-piney hops. Good bit of milk chocolate in there too. Very pleasing, light but impressive. Flavors consisted of lots of roast, then a light almost lactose like sweetness. This was followed by a light fruity hop character and a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel was full and velvety, carbonated to perfection leaving a smooth and full mouth. Could pass for a hoppy imperial stout no problem. This kinda made me wonder if this is what SW was going for with Happy Ending...

GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours dark, dark brown, black in the middle but with some mahogany hints around the edges. There is a small tan head that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma has a big dose of citrus with oranges and pineapple as well as some resinous pine. The doughy malts are in there with cocoa powder and a slightly toasty character. The taste is just as good and starts with the citrus and floral hops but the black malls and chocolate are more evident than in the aroma. The finish is smooth, toasty and slightly bitter with a fresh green hoppiness lingering after each sip. The mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated with a light dry bitterness in the finish. This is a really strong offering from Jailhouse, one of the better and more balanced hoppy dark ales I’ve had lately. Looking forward to more of this series.

mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle Opaque black with nice brown lacing. Aroma malty/chocolate/caramel with slight hop overtones. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Begins with a sweet chocolaty flavor which is quickly taken over by a bitter (but not overly so) finish. Kind of a cross between an impy stout and a black IPA. An extremely solid offering from Jailhouse. I hope it appears somewhere on draft also.

emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Glad to see some great things coming out of Hampton, GA! This one pours pitch black with a nice brown head. Great lacing. Not as thick and oily as ten fidy, but looks like it has a nice body to it. Aroma is beautifully balanced with floral and pine notes representing the hops and a strong fresh baked bread presence coming through for the malts. Tastes great, too! Bread and chocolate come through first with just a hint of roastiness, accompanied by a nice creamy mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Then the bitterness of the hops come in with pine and grapefruit leading the way. The bitterness lingers a bit in the finish but the sweetness cuts that out quickly. Leaves a bit of alcohol warmth but hides most of it’s 10%. All around a very good beer. Not sure if I’d call this a black IPA, but it’s damn tasty.

SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 27, 2011
22oz bottle. a nice opaque black beer with a medium sized, creamy brown head. big floral hop aroma with large amount of milk chocolate and graham cracker. flavor is very bitter with hops, but also incredibly packed with roasted malt. the palate is full, robust and thick. very, very big beer. the hops are almost too much for me, but this beer will impress a lot of people. big stuff happening in Hampton!

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