GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
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. Gachupines (1252) - USA - MAY 9, 2011
Black with a tan head, aroma is some hops and roasted malt. Flavor is strong hops at first which fades into a roasted malt with slight coffee notes. Aftertaste is rather sweet and is where the strong alcohol makes it’s presence known. That aftertaste becomes more prevalent as the beer warms a bit. Solid blend of styles here. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Black pour with minimal head. Very roast aroma with notes of chocolate and grain. Nice mix of hoppy profile with chocolate and coffee. In no way like an IPA. More of a great American porter. Yummy. Medium body with a lingering finish. rajendra82 (1101) - 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. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2011
Thick & black with a tan pillowy head. Nose is smoky tobacco with chocolate notes. Semi-sweet chocolate taste, with a lactic feel on the palate. This beer is good, but tastes more like a stout than an IPA-no hoppiness at all.
mixmasterob (1058) - 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... AR (1000) - 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. drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Midnight Special pours a almost pitch black. The head on this beer is beautiful. Smooth as silk and big. Sticks around forever. It looks like an awesome stout. Taste and smell consist of roasted malt, smokiness, earthiness, lactose sweetness, and of course the hops. Floral and citrus. Just really wonderful and maybe the best Black IPA, Cascadian Dark Ale, American Black Ale or whatever you want to call it that I’ve ever had. But maybe the most wonderful thing about this beer is the mouthfeel. One of the smoothest beers I’ve ever had in my life. 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. mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2011
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.