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Bourbon Barrel Black Maple - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 690
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 573
Gots: 122 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zbodnar1 on 08-04-2014

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Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%

375ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is amazing, the brew smells like maple, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt. The taste is mostly sweet and mapley. It tastes like maple, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's coating and creamy with low/moderate carbonation. The 11% ABV is well hidden in this brew, it doesn't seem like I'm drinking something that strong at all! This is definitely one of the best beers I've drank in a while. Hopefully they're aging more of this down in Athens right now, because it would be a shame if this was just a one time brew. Definitely recommended if you can get some! $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Straight, thick black. Held in front of a bright light and there is still no transparency. Not too much head on this one, but what is there is light tan.

S- Lots of bourbon, some dark fruit, and a hint of dark chocolate.

T- Does not follow the nose to me. The bourbon really takes a back seat to the more prominent flavors of nuts, chocolate, and maple. For contrast, I get much more maple out of this beer than I did with Beyond Good & Evil from Hill Farmstead. The bourbon has what I would define as a perfect subtleness... it complements the other aspects without emerging into the foreground. Extremely drinkable for an 11%+ brew. Delicious.

M- Heavy and warm, exactly what I would hope for out of an Imperial Porter such as this.

O- Jackie O's has knocked it out of the park yet again. I love this beer and am left just hoping I can get some more. Cheers!

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Photo of kingston2
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, Jackie o's has done work on this beer. The pour is solid dark brown/black with dark 1/2 inch head formation. Rapidly dissipated leaving gentle lacing around edge of glass.
The smell is divine. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate..just glorious.
The taste is every bit as perfect. No burn or bite from bourbon, but all the lovely nuanced flavors are there. Sweet but never cloying. Very long finish.

Really fantastic beer. Brilliant I'd say. If you can get it you need to do so.

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Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Gorgeous. Liquid magic. Dark with minimal lacing. Any that is there dissiaptes
S- Like a true bourbon beer should smell, a little boozy, almost cigar like. Chocolate and a hint of maple.
T- Can not verbally do this justice. Truly a top tier beer. And not just for porters. Dark, slight smoke, chocolate, bourbon that presents itself perfectly. Then a great maple finish. Just the right amount of sweetness.
M- After a taste like this, who cares what the mouthfeel is like
O- Certainly not someone who tends to over rate beers. If its possible to get your hands on this brew, accomplish that. Well done Jackie O's, youve knocked it out of the park

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Photo of TWStandley
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from the bottle into a HF tasting glass.

Appeared a jet black, oil color.

Smelled of sweet dark fruits, a bit of char, and slight maple.

Taste is delicious. Rich, dark fruits covered in dark chocolate. Maple isn't too prevalent in the taste but might add to the richness.

Mouthfeel is thick with little carbonation.

Overall a delicious brew.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Description: Pours a dark black with just a small amount of tan/coffee colored head. Bourbon is very present and also hints of wood and dark chocolate; as it warms you pick up more sweetness from the syrup. Taste is similar to the smell: bourbon,wood, chocolate and getting progressively sweeter as it warms. The maple is there, but it's certainly in the background. Smooth mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and, as you can probably guess, the alcohol/bourbon is present.

Suggested food pairing: Prime rib, cooked medium rare

If you like this beer then you should also try: KBS

Ideal time to drink this beer: A sipping beer for sure, this would be great to enjoy next to a warm fire on a cold, wet autumn day, while you peruse your collection of leather bound books that smell of rich mahogany.

Overall: 4.5 (This beer is very good and I would definitely drink it again) The only real knock I have on this beer is that I would have liked the maple flavor to come through more prominently. I was expecting something akin to CBS but found it more similar to KBS (although not quite as good). Having said that, this a very good beer and one worth seeking out. With a price tag of $12/bottle it's a bit expensive, but I bought a six-pack and don't regret it at all. With the explosion of craft brewers over the last few years it can sometimes be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. By brewing beers like this (and some of their other recent stouts) I think Jackie O's is firmly establishing itself in the 'wheat' camp. With each solid new beer it produces, this brewer's following continues to grow and deservedly so.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jet black with a thin head that disappears quickly.

Smells like roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, maple syrup.

The bourbon is noticeable, and very smooth in the taste, but takes a back seat to the maple. Real maple. No imitation here. Incredibly smooth overall. Rich, but easy to drink. No heat from the bourbon and the 10.5% ABV.

It should be pointed out that people are comparing to a lot of stouts. It is a porter though, so a little on the lighter bodied side other than the syrupy feel.

They set the bar pretty high with Dark Apparition. This one cleared it by a foot. Not cheap at $12 for a 375 ml bottle, but worth every penny. Upper World Class.

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown/black body. Slim collar.

S- Definitely sweet on the nose. Hints of vanilla no to a lesser extent oak.

T- Roasty up front. Maple sweetness comes out at the tail end of each sip. Would guess this at around 12%abv if for some reason there was a guessing game. I am glad there is not.

M- Low, fitting carbonation point. A mouthfeel swish gives way to a certain creaminess that is pleasant.

D/O- Huge thanks to @egrace84 for the share...I will now stop whining that you drank the previous three without me, jerk.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bourbon, Wood, Maple, Roasted

An 11.0% abv Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon barrels with a generous addition of maples syrup. Nearly a breakfast beer. Warming with light overtones of maple and dark sugar, slight roasted grain throughout with hints of ripe dark fruit. Toasted wood, bourbon, and more maples blanket the palate far into the finish. Delicious and well rounded but so mellow as the 11% doesn’t show its true strength.

STYLE: Imperial Porter | ABV: 11.0% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #96 (JAN 2015)

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle from the 2014 release, enjoyed from a snifter

A: Dark brown and cola-like, with a thin, mocha head that recedes to a ring around the glass. Not thick or turbid looking.

S: Just a lovely nose, but not what I was expecting from a maple beer. The major players are bourbon-soaked fudge, vanilla, and a cinnamon-like spice. Also some molasses and a cola or root-beer sweetness. Not much maple aroma on the nose. The maple's definitely there, but to my mind it's working as an emulsifier or binding agent that ties the bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla together and makes the nose far greater than the sum of its parts. The nose really made me think about french toast with maple syrup.

T: Sweet vanilla, creamy cocoa, and bourbon-soaked coconut shavings. Fudge, molasses, and more vanilla. Delicious stuff, but a tiny tiny bit disappointing only because the nose promised (me) bourbon-drenched french toast.

M: Spot-on for a porter: smooth, on the lighter side, and just a tad viscous. Really love the lighter mouthfeel and how it contrasts so sharply with the intense flavors. Smooth and creamy as all get out.

O: Great stuff. I think I prefer BA Dark App to this, but this beer is the superior product. Incredible nose, great flavors, and a lighter mouthfeel that really draws your attention to the intense flavors this beer offers.

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Photo of toppoop
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours out pretty dark. Almost completely opaque. Head lasts for maybe a second then fizzles out. No lacing. Smell is terrific. Bit of bourbon, bit of dark chocolate and a slight hint of maple. Taste is about as good as any bourbon aged brew I've had. Extremely smooth. Bourbon hides very well within the roasty malts and REAL maple. The maple is fantastic. Great mouthfeel too for an imperial porter. Thought the carb would be more intense after watching the pour but it was unobtrusive. Smooth as can be. Overall, the hype is real on this one. One of the best bourbon barrel beers I've had. Get one!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours black with a half finger tan head. Really doesn't look like a big beer at all.

S: A touch boozy with a good amount of sweetness, though I'm not really getting maple. Bourbon, toasted coconut, fudge, caramel, vanilla and some toffee.

T: A buttery smooth blend of burnt brown sugar, fudge, a touch of raisin, chocolate cake and some tootsie roll. Maybe a touch of cola and wet barrel on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is a touch lighter than I was expecting, but still hearty enough to stand up to the heavier flavors in here. I don't know if I'd put this in the elite class, but it's very good.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml poured into a matching Jackie o's snifter. The brew is black in color with less than a finger of tan cap that fades quick leaving spotty lace.

This smells of toasted coconut, vanilla, caramel and an all around fudgy feel. The booze is present with soft oxidative notes and plenty of chocolate.

This tastes of full on barrel character: toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla and chocolate fudge with mild oxidation and bourbon warmth to the finish.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A very enjoyable sipper with full on barrel flavors with decent warming alcohol inclusion. Its been awhile since ive had any of Brad's barrel aged creations and damn he hasnt missed a beat, still amazing stuff. Well done.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle split 4 ways. Poured into a taster glass 9/5/2014.

A- Dark brown body, looks a bit watery coming out of the bottle but certainly quite dark. Minimal half finger brown head that disappears in a flash. A bit disappointing in appearance. [3.75]

S- Bourbon, milk chocolate with maple syrup sweetness similar to Better Half. Not a ton of complexity and it needs to be opened up closer to room temperature to bring out the right amount of whiskey aroma. [4]

F- Lots of bourbon at first, not a whole lot else. As it warms, more milk chocolate, espresso and a distinct maple syrup sweetness comes out more. However, the base beer seems to be lost in the bourbon; and the maple syrup is there but as more of a supporting component. So, essentially this is bourbon and maple syrup. I would have expected more contribution from the base beer. [3.75]

M- Disappointingly thin bodied, slightly watery with very little thickness to the feel. Finish is dry bourbon for the most part. [2.75]

O- I was surprised to see that this beer is rated a 4.71 as of this writing. There is not much in way of subtlety or complexity here. The mouthfeel is disappointingly thin. I'm not sure what I am missing here; perhaps I got a bad bottle. I would recommend Hill Farmstead Beyond Good & Evil instead if you have not had that yet. [3.75]

Final score: 3.70

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Spycow. Thanks! Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a collar, a few wisps, and minimal lace. Near-black body that seems appropriate for the name and style.

S - Smells like barrel-aged maple syrup. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple. There's a bit of dark bread and nutty malt in the background. Perhaps a hint of booze as it warms, but reasonably well-hidden.

T - The taste is a bit more heavier on base beer's malt character, with dark bread, nuts, and chocolate fudge. Less bourbon and maple, which is actually the detriment of the beer. Still pretty good; just not as great as the aroma.

M - Big and chewy body, with lingering stickiness. Minimal alcohol heat and a surprisingly soft texture. Minimal tannins present.

D - Quite good, although it's a tad too sweet and heavy to drink it large quantities. Still, really good brew that is reminiscent of the barrel-aged maple syrup Brad let us try at Jackie O's. Still, nice to see this brewery back on track after a stretch of middling brews.

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4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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Bourbon Barrel Black Maple from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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