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Review by everetends on 12/10/12  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 9 18 3 8 2012
22 oz bottle picked up from Hop City Atlanta and served up in a dimpled mug.

A: Pours up a cola colored dark brown with some nice garnet hues pushing through. Held to the light, more of the reds from the garnet push through. Although it is mighty dark, the body is clear. There is a very minimal carbonation activity in the body and that explains the lack of retention in the quarter finger of loose bubbly, tan head off the pour. The color is spot on and beautiful, but the rest is a bit of a downer.

S: Smells as it should. Lots of big, sweet malts coming through. Caramel and some dark bread mostly comes out of the glass. There is a very light, dark fruit note in there but it is minimal. All is simple but incredibly well in this department.

T: Taste is of course malty. Bounces back and forth between caramel, molasses, bitter chocolate, dark bread and some nuttiness. All of this is bountiful as it should be, but it is not cloyingly sweet. Towards the finish there is a touch of hop bitterness to keep things somewhat in check. The earthy hop note along with a touch of minimal bitter coffee coming from somewhere works. Tasty.

M: Medium in body with a very light carbonation activity. I mean it is almost still, and that sucks since the style should have a decent showing in this department. ABV is minimal, but it does remind you this is a bigger beer. Aftertaste is sweet malt and earthy hop.

OA: Very tasty. I have yet to be disappointed by a Jailhouse brew, and that trend continues with Dead Man Walking. With that said, some factors in the look and feel could use some tweaking, but thats a bit nitpicky. Remains tasty and enjoyable.

Served In: Mug