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

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Ratings: 534
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 416
Gots: 85 | FT: 13
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zbodnar1 on 08-04-2014

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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of kingston2
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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

Photo of TWStandley
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Photo of WesMantooth
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | 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. It is similar to a Jack's Abby Framminghammer with maple on roids. Not cheap at $12 for a 375 ml bottle, but worth every penny. Upper World Class. A top 3 beer for me.

Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of toppoop
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of Stevedore
3.7/5  rDev -18.7%

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

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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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