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Brodie’s Jamaican Stout

Rating: 4.1

A third Brodie’s beer now, fourth is you include their collaborative offering with Brewdog, and one that quickly follows on from the review of their Shoreditch Sunshine that tried here recently. Previously a 5.4% offering, this one is now comes in at a round 5% abv. and is another can I managed to stumble across in Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer just before Christmas at the end of last year, it was also the beer I most wanted to try from the four or five Brodie’s cans available since it is such a change from the usual sour offerings that I’ve tried from the brewery in the past, something I’m not usually the biggest fan of. Normally a cask offering, there is actually quite a few variations of this beer available from the brewery with twists such as Chilli, Ginger and Chocolate varieties of the beer being available in the past but what better place to start than with the original.


Appearance (5/5): Opaque bodied and pitch black in colour, the beer looks quite still and is topped with a centimetre tall head that is foamy looking and holds very well over the opening few minutes. The head is a tan brown colour and turns creamy after a few second but doesn’t seem to budge at all; an excellent start.
Aroma (8/10): Opening with quite a few hops initially, the beer is semi-sweet and has the odd tropical fruits coming through in the early going; most notably some peach and citrus notes but also some mango in there as well. Towards the middle the chocolate notes and some of the darker malts started to come through but the balance remained thanks to some touches of sugar and light caramel keeping things light before some further grassy hops and light bitter notes seen things out.
Taste (7/10): Starting slightly darker than the nose indicated but still not overly so, this one is a hoppy tasting beer in the early going with touches of tropical fruits and some sugar adding further sweetness. The chocolate flavours were a little stronger this time around with some more of the darker, roasted malts featuring as well but none seemed to dominate and the hops kept things balanced and interesting. Towards the end there is some nice touches of citrus and pine as well that was quite nice.
Palate (4/5): A medium to full-bodied beer that was quite thick and creamy feeling with fine carbonation. There was more hops showing than expected from early on and some tropical fruits added nice sweetness to proceedings. The balance of this one was particularly good with the tropical fruit sweetness and darker malts working well together throughout.

Overall (16/20): Nice stuff from Brodie’s again here, this one opened up more hoppy than I’d been expecting and came through with some excellent tropical fruit flavours that you don’t normally associated with a beer named  ‘Jamaican Stout’. It was definitely a balanced offering with everything working well together, the sweetness in particular complimented the roasted malt bitterness well with this one; excellent stuff and a beer I wouldn’t mind having again.

Brewed In: London, England
Brewery: Brodie’s
First Brewed: 2013
Type: American Stout
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Can (330ml)
Purchased: Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer (Glasgow)
Price: £3.00

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  1. January 25, 2017 at 09:12

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