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

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.49%
Wants: 494
Gots: 89 | FT: 14
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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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Reviews by bluejacket74:
Photo of bluejacket74
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%

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 +6.4%
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 +10.1%
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.

Photo of cmrncrzy10
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
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 -3.1%

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
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | 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. 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 -8.6%
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 blankenhoney
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of toppoop
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
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 notchucknorris
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
3.71/5  rDev -18.3%
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

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into can glass

A: all darkness with a rough pour it had a slight tan head that disappeared quickly

S: a very tight oak smell a very little maple, some toffee a little vanilla

T: so soft it's fantastic light vanilla, some oak, maybe a touch of maple

M: a little thin not crazy so carbonation is dead on this

O: This beer is great but why not just drink Thirsty Dog Wulver it's so good though but seriously wrap back around and have a Wulver same beer

Photo of Barrelagedbatman
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%


Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Medium off-white head on a black body. Very thin collar.

Smell - Extremely nutty. Maple. Some light bourbon. It smells intensely of pecans to me.

Taste - Maple is very nice up front. Turns into a brown sugar and then a bright sweetness. Some dark chocolate and a strong nuttiness. Maybe that's oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - A very tasty beer. Surprisingly nutty, which makes up for it not being a big stout.

Photo of zimm421
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from the 375 ml bottle into a tulip. Appearance is completely black, with a thin brown head. The head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a layer of film on top, as well as a ring around the edge of the glass.

The nose is loads of bourbon, some chocolate, and good dark fruit. As it warms, the bourbon becomes more present and really becomes the main player here. The taste follows the nose in many ways, but the dark fruit takes more of a back seat, hiding in the middle of each sip. A touch of roastiness comes through here as well. The bourbon is the focal point at the end of each taste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with just the right touch of carbonation. It goes down smoothly, and each sip leaves you going back for more. Overall, this is an absolutely wonderful beer, and is everything you're looking for in this style. The flavor profile as a whole is exceptional, and the complexities continually draw you in looking for more. Jackie O's continues to amaze.

Photo of MWolverines66
4.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So much molasses and maple on the nose of this one. Totally different beer once it's warmed up. Had one of them too cold and didn't get anything on the nose. By far the best beer i've had from then.

Photo of Jwstinson
5/5  rDev +10.1%

100/100 on draft this is the best beer I've ever had

Photo of raeman70
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

I wish I would have bought a case...

Photo of CruisaC
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

This bottle was received in a trade. Poured into a snifter. Smell is sweet maple with bourbon and some roasted maltiness. Taste is maple and bourbon, really melding well. No overwhelming flavors and everything's well integrated. Could drink this on the regular, especially as the weather cools. Would bang again.

Photo of mlhyatt
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- pours motor oil black with a very thin mocha head. The head turns into an outside lace that lasts all tge way through. Absolutely opaque, just the way I like it.

S- very bourbon forward. Sweet with lots of vanilla and chocolate. The maple syrup is very subtle. It follows the nourbon so it is masked slightly by it.

T- taste follows the nose. Very bourbon forward. Roasted barley, brown sugar, vanilla, but still not getting very much maple syrup. There is a little hint of it on the back end but I expected more from this.

M- surprisingly thinner than I expected. Not watery or anything but not as thick as it looks. It's very smooth with not very much heat.

O- this beer is good. But not excellent. The maple syrup which is lead to be the main component of this beer is masked heavily by the bourbon. I think that if it wasn't bourbon barrel aged then it would have been better.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.79/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran tonight.

Pours a fairly deep dark black, with a small quarter inch head, and not a whole lot of lacing. Looks quite enticing.

Smells incredible- huge notes of not-to-sweet maple, some chocolate, and a bit of bourbon. Smells decadent.

Tastes just about as good. The maple is strong, and very up-front, but it's nicely not too sweet. It's earthy, as well as sweet, keeping it balanced. There's some dark chocolate, and mild roasted malt notes, along with a slight bourbon kick at the end of each sip. The bourbon stays in the background, and merely complements everything else. I sense a little bit of vanilla, but not really any oak.

This is creamy and syrupy at the same time- the feeling in my mouth after each sip is not all that dissimilar to how I feel when eating pancakes with maple syrup. There's a lower but still substantial amount of carbonation.

This is some next level sh*t. Amazing.

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -19.6%

Thanks to WCW for this, 2014 edition.

Pours a pitch black body with thin head which is fine. Aroma is not as sweet as expected but maple and bourbon intertwine. Flavor is mostly bourbon and though it is not harsh, it manages to mask the porter base which is disappointing. Finishes with just the right touch of maple flavor. I expected the porter characteristics to play off the bourbon notes more but unfortunately they were no where to be found.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a great trade with Alexis! An aggressive pour yields a one finger caramel-colored head that fades quickly with a pitch black body and decent lacing. The nose is bold and complex with lots of maple and bourbon up front along with hints of vanilla, caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso, and subtle cocoa. The taste follows suit with big bourbon, maple, and caramel notes complemented with hints of tobacco, molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, chocolate fudge, and some subtle booze. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, smooth and velvety, and incredibly drinkable. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Overall, this is the best maple variant beer I've had to date. The maple is front and center, but never overwhelming. Incredibly balanced and drinkable. Highly recommended!

Photo of Desp59
3/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good. Didn't get any maple at all though.

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