bluefish42 (2) - - MAR 18, 2014 does not count
The first beer I?m rating on here. Not an expert on beer terminology yet but this was just fantastic in every way. Definitely a sipper; took me some time. Then I had to enjoy another. Good luck finding this treasure. For me it was at Roscoe’s in Portland about a week or two ago. Keep thinking about it. neepsntatties (2019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Just got a growler of the ’08 Jaywalker at the Walking Man Brewery this evening (11/19/09). Also got a growler of the Bourbon barrel Jaywalker (but that’s another rating, for another day!). Let me preface by saying this stuff was AMAZING and the Bourbon barrel version was AMAZING-ER!!!
It was a pleasure to share these fresh growlers with, "hannont" and, "Mr. Plumpy". Colour... the total blackness of a moonless night, unless you count the thin mocha head. Nose... redolent of brown sugar, gingerbread, molasses and crushed Brooks prunes. Palate... gentle CO2, then a surge of sweetness including the coating flavours of Don Pedro Ximenez, coffee, unsulphered molasses, dark caramel, burnt dark brown sugar, turbinado and one extraordinarily long finish! Well worth the higher than usual growler price!!! Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
One of the best beers I came across at the 2005 GABF ... kept going back for more. Intensely flavored and tremendously complex. Notes of sugared raisins, dark roasted malts, prunes, dried apricots, dark chocolate, fresh-brewed coffee, syrupy caramel and vanilla, to name a few. Dark fruits reached a new level in this beer. Mouthfeel was absolutely stellar -- silky, rich and chewy. Perfect amount of noticeable alcohol in the background (high ABV hidden well). Based on the sweetness, the bitterness level couldn’t have been better. Incredible beer! imrichbeeeatch (16) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2008 Must be a new batch because the chalk board at the pub said 12.7% ABV.
Huge creamy, espresso-like head on top of a opaque black beer. I thought it was a little cold, and might have hindered the aroma, however, it was still nice. Sweet malt, huge roast, alcohol, slightly smokey, righ coco, and a slight hint of dark fruit (plums or dark cherries). First sip is slightly alcoholic, then quickly turns sweet and malty. Rich roast character of coffee and chocolate. I thought it could use more of this character, but as it warmed it came out a little more. Also, as it warmed, the alcohol seemed to go away. The body was perfect. I’ve had a few Imp. Stouts and they almost always feel too heavy, like syrup. This was perfect, present but respectable.
Beautiful beer, but if it is new (which I think it is) it needs a little age. Will be back to taste this next time they put it on. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Black black color with almost black head and black lacing. The aroma has some alcohol & roasted notes along with soy sauce, maple syrup & molasses. The flavor is really nice, so much complexity; grapes, honey, fig, coffee, whiskey, toast. Finishes smooth, no detectable alcohol taste in the finish and it causes my mouth to water for more. This is a damn fine Imperial Stout, definately up to the task of rivaling the Dark Lord. Just to note, I got a glass that was mostly Jaywalker plus a dash of the Black Cherry Stout and it made one of the best damn beers I've ever tasted. The drive here alone along 14 was worth the trip but this just topped all my expectations. If you can make it here, DO IT!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Several samples at the GABF ’05. Wow, this was as dark a pour as you could imagine....black, absolute minimal head. Sweetish, rummy, boozy chocolate aroma. Great deep roasted malt flavor, not without some hop bite to offset things a bit. All the cool impy stout traits jump out...a little vanilla, coffee, woody, etc. Thick and rich....too bad I don’t have some to age. Great beer. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2005
09.29.05 GABF Near black, pretty stuff without romanticizing, even for an impy stout. Aromas are huge, and it doens’t take but two samples to realize this is world class. Rich and deep with huge dark fruits, dried mission figs in steel aged port, and bigtime dark chocolate. Flavors in line with aroms with the addition of chewy tobacco, and by chewy, I mean chewing. This stuff reminds me of some juicy plug. S’mores and smoke round it out. Wow. Palate is rich and coating without being too sticky or too oily. Excellent stuff, great heads up to whoever pointed me towards Walking Man. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Been waiting a long time to try this one. No light penetration whatsoever, this is black as stouts come. Small dark brown head. Nose is as complex as I expect the flavor to be. Lots of dried dark fruits, some roasted coffee and vanilla as in oakiness. Thick and sweet mouthfeel, with big notes of espresso, and heavy dark chocolate and cocoa. Sits nicely on the palate without being overwhelming for the amount of alcohol is perfectly masked for being 12.7% BuckeyeBoy (8182) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2007
#400 O YA .ON TAP at BREWPUB. Pours out BLACK topped with a GREAT long lasting tan head. Awsome aroma of roast and sweetness. WOW this was so good. Everything I have heard about this one and more. RIP JAY HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Darkness of night with a great head and lacing. Sweet malt nose. Big complex flavor (honey, fruit, coffee, oak and toasted malt) with a nice roasty thick finish. Very nice.