In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery Champion Ground

Aroma: “Moderate earthy coffee and cacao nib with a hint of cherry, moderate caramel, and a touch of nuttiness. Light licorice note, light sweetness, touch of vanilla. Medium alcohol notes with a light oak note. Very estery (dark cherry, plum, dried fruit hint of raisin). Great malt complexity.”

Flavor: “Rich dark chocolate note, to the point of bitter chocolate, with a moderate alcohol note that swoops in to take its place. Moderate coffee is well-integrated and very smooth. Nutty malt, a touch of licorice, moderate earthiness. Light sweetness, but the aftertaste is coffee, chocolate, and dry. Low-medium vanilla supports everything.”

Overall: “Very well balanced stout that bounces between coffee, cacao nib, and a touch of earthy, and finishes with a nice roastiness with hints of fruit. Rich coffee and chocolate up front—the balance of the rich base beer and the coffee works very well.”