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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Betty - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black BettyBourbon Barrel-Aged Black Betty

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BA SCORE
86
very good

33 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 15.68%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 09-12-2010)
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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by nhindian:
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Bottle generously provided by pittbeergirl, thanks a ton! Split with russwbeck.

2010 vintage, bottle #151/156.

A - Pours a dark brown, pretty light with chestnut-colored highlights. A pretty rough pour yields about a finger's worth of head with low retention. There is some small, scattered lacing, with some good alcohol legs on it.

S - The first sniff of this beer brings the smell typical of past bourbon-aged imperial stouts by Jackie O's; highly caramelized malts and the unmistakable barrel from Woodford Reserve. Pretty malty, and at first the raspberry is strong, but overtime it blends in with the rest of the nose.

T - The initial taste was a little shocking, as the raspberry is incredibly potent in this beer and it took me off guard. But after a few more sips I'm really digging it. The raspberry comes in first, then the caramel malts, then the bourbon. Compared to previous bourbon-aged offerings from Jackie O's, this one is actually quite subtle about it. One complaint I have with this beer is that I would've liked to see the porter base come through in this more. Finish is moderately long with a tart raspberry aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is relative light-bodied with high carbonation. This combination is interesting to find in a porter to say the least. As with the bourbon-aged stouts from this brewery, the mouthfeel falters and could benefit from being a bit more full-bodied. Doesn't coat the mouth much.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. This is a beer that will grow on you throughout the time of drinking it, with it being strange at first and tasty to finish. Pretty good!

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 18:39:05 | More by nhindian
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle generously shared by nonstick. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours a medium dark brown...opaque, dirty/muddy look to it. Only forms a low tan head, foamy collar and only manages to leave behind minor lacing on the glass.

S - Strong raspberry aroma up front. Behind the berries is a milk chocolatey base with some hints of sour and tart, earthiness, bit of yeast and some vanilla.

T - Raspberries and milk chocolate dominate, touches of vanilla and bourbon, and some earthy hops.

M - Lightish medium body, light bourbon alcohol tingle, mildly tart, very fruity, lowish carbonation.

O - Overall good. Nice raspberry flavors, mild bourbon...complex, well balanced and well integrated diverse flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 15:04:30 | More by portia99
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4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

739th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
750ML
2010 Vintage
Bottle 32/156

Clusterfork7
Thanks to jbtice0315

App- This was a very nice dark dark brown with a lot of bubbles. Maybe came to about ½ in of head and dissapated quickly. A little bit of lace and cling on this one.

Smell- Such a balance on the nose here. I love the soft raspberries on this. A bit of chocolate and a bit of malts. This was quite nice. If you wait just a little the vanilla and oak and bourbon comes in.

Taste- Damn, this this was so mellow and smooth! A very well done tasty beer with layers upon layers of flavor. CF7 had a ton of raspberry beers that was the most subdued and mellow of them all. Big chocolate, vanilla and oak balanced by the fruit.

Mouth- A medium almost thick bodied beer with a paired carbonation level. Great flavors remain but a chocolate raspberry is the biggest.

Drink- Damn this was good. Cant thank Jesse enough for this one. A very tasty beer in a day with a ton of tasty beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 20:34:08 | More by FosterJM
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great jackie o beer that i was able to try this weekend poured into a pint glass.

Poured a deep dark, opaque black with a huge tan head on top. Great rings of lace forming all around it. Huge smell of raspberries, chocolate and caramel, vanilla and bourbon with hints of wood and with some kinda weird dark fruitiness that seems to suggest plums as well. Flavor was huge, after the assault of chocolate dipped raspberries and cherry, a ton of roasted malts, lots of caramel and lactose were really strong on this. barrel everywhere with tons of booze in the finish. Very sugary and full. A slight taste of cookie dough in the finish. Very filling, but not too thick. This was a monster, and one that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 01:00:33 | More by mikesgroove
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black pour with a small off white head. Retention isnt great, but the lacing is fine.

S: Smells like a sour up front. Lots of raspberries and no hint of bourbon. A bit of roastiness is mixed in as well

T: At first I thought this tasted a lot like yogurt and was very strange, but it grew on me as I drank.  Absolutely no bourbon. Raspberries mostly and a thick, heavy, stout taste in the background. Perhaps some wood mixed un as well.

MF: Thick body, creamy. Carbonation is fine Nd no alc is noted

O: I thought I was going to hate this, but it turned out being alright. Not great though.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 02:05:35 | More by russwbeck
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/27/11 notes. Big thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one. Bottle 39 of 156, 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cream, vanilla, raspberries, bourbon, oak, and roasted malts. I feel like I get a lot of vanill from Jackie O's barrel aged beers, but I really like it so the smell to me was great.

t - Tastes of chocolate, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, light raspberries, and vanilla. Pretty good, but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, very easy to drink for 11% ABV.

o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; another good beer from Jackie O's. I loved the smell and it had a great mouthfeel...I really need to make it to a Jackie O's release one of these days as I haven't had a bad beer by them yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 15:27:59 | More by mdfb79
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at a recent DC area tasting. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Bottle 39/156.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin light tan head that recedes quickly without lacing after a fairly-hard initial pour. The nose is a bit musty with oak and some dry tannins. There is a mild raspberry presence in the nose, but this is taken over a bit by the roast and oak. The flavor contains quite a bit more raspberry and dials the barrel character down a little bit, but the barrel presence is still too strong, leaving the finish too dry and tannic. Overall, pretty good, but not my favorite of the Jackie O's barrel-aged releases.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 21:41:18 | More by Thorpe429
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movingtrain

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2010...number 88 or 156. Aged in bourbon barrels, this is an imperial raspberry vanilla porter. Interesting. Bottle says the beer is 10% ABV. One pint, 6 fluid ounces.

Pours a dark black, very opaque color. Very little head on top of this one, mostly a film clinging to the sides of the glass (small snifter).

The smell is quite sour. Some vanilla coming through, and wet burnt wood. There is a fruitiness to the aroma, as well...raspberry, I assume. Some chocolate undertones, and maybe some citrus from a light hopping.

The flavor is very rich. Notes of vanilla and chocolate up front, followed by rich fruit and berry. The bourbon barrel aging is very present in this one, lending a sweet balance to the tart raspberry aging. I am not sure if they used vanilla flavor, or vanilla beans in the aging, but the vanilla sits alongside the tart berry flavor quite well. There is also a sour note on the palate...very citrusy. The alcohol isn't necessarily masked in the flavor, but sits up front...and gives the overall taste of the beer a fine pungency. This is a rich, flavorful beer.

Overall, this is a very, very good beer. I like the addition of raspberries, as they seem to add a bit of bitterness and fruitiness to the chocolate and vanilla notes garnered from the barrel aging. The 10% ABV is definitely felt, but not too overwhelming.

This is another great beer from Southwest Ohio's Jackie O's...they do some great things with their beers in barrels, and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:00:09 | More by movingtrain
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks, Pete!

Pouring a dark brown with a brown head that falls off to a ring rather quickly, this looks decent. The nose is rather unappetizing. Plenty of raspberry character is present, with some cocoa, but there's also a rather noticeable sourness (from the fruit) as well as bourbon, oak and vanilla. It smells like what an amped up Raspberry Tart might. The palate is similar. Intensely fruity, and not in a good way with sour raspberries, caramel, bourbon, brown sugar and a little bit of stale malt, this is rather disappointing. Sweet on the finish with raspberry sourness to go with it, this is rather unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 03:31:30 | More by DefenCorps
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 bottle # 24 o 156, drank from my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass... Dark brown pour looks good, not much of head to mention... The aroma has a very sour backbone, tartness from the raspberries in the main player. Additional notes of vanilla, bourbon (very sweet and smooth), oak, and chocolate. I really like this, but wish the sour was a touch less and then it would venture into great territory... The taste is right on the nose, tons of sour, then vanilla not from the barrel, chocolate and light raspberry finish. This tastes really good but the sourness is distracting. Still good, but if this wasn't sour this would be outstanding... The mouthfeel is a light too light but very smooth. There is a weird metallic grassy finish that is off putting... Drinkable at 11%, can't taste the alcohol.

This is really good base, there's something special here, needs a little less barrel aging and sour maybe and this would be unreal.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 01:56:48 | More by jrallen34
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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Black Betty from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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