Cellar Cuvee 4 - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Deuane on 11-30-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Jackie O Cellar Cuvee 4 was a very tasty beer.

To go through the standard BA shuck and jive, the appearance of this beer was probably its worst suit. It poured with very little head, maybe just a few bubbles. Within a few seconds it looked like a glass of your basic cola. On the other had, since I drank this on the beach outside my place, that was a helpful thing.

Getting my nose deep in there, it smelled rich and sweet... two very distinct smells in one beer: one was of cookie dough and the other, dark, ripe fruit. The nose on this beer was a great sign of the complexity to come.

The taste didn't disappoint. Up front it tasted like any good -bal stout that I've had but in the middle there it was again, that rich fruit complexity. I slight pucker and then it was gone from your palate. Very tricky and very complex.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking, which I guess you can attribute to the scotch ale component.

Though delicious, it was hard to put back much of this beer. I had to spread it out over three days...

In closing, the boys and girls over at Jackie O are not kidding. nor are the Ohioans that say its great. Is it worth your rarest cellar items... absolutely not... but its better than a lot of things out there. The best and worst part of this beer is that with ninja focus, you could pick out all three beers across your palate... Good because they were each good, bad because it shows they didn't unite the way, say a FSW anniversary beer may.


Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Bottle number 68 or 300.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is not at all what I expected. I get a ton of butter and sugar as well as a little bit of chocolate. The flavor is more of the same. There is a little bit of cherry, but the overwhelming flavor is butterscotch. Other than that, not much else is detectable in the flavor or aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Whatever goes wrong in the brewing process that causes beer to taste like butter apparently happened to the beer in this bottle. That being said, it was not a bad beer, just not what I imagine the brewer intended.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Rudylaw for this one. Bottle #244/300. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Standard pour yields a .5 finger coarse light mocha head with huge bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a dark, slightly cloudy, nearly opaque brownish-purple. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Lacing, color, and head are all letdowns, even for the style.

S: Nose is aromatic but awkward. Notes of cobwebs, wine barrels, prunes, chocolate, toffee, and prunes. A weird combination of sweet and slightly tart. Like a beer that's intentionally carrying an infection. Booziness is relegated nicely to the background.

T: Opens sour cherries, liquorice, cocoa powder, and chocolate. Middle is unsweet molasses, tobacco, and wet wood. An awkward semi-tartness. In come the wine barrels at the finish with a bitter booziness. Aftertaste is cherries and bitter plum skin. One of the most weird tastes I've ever come across. I can't decide if I'm intrigued by it or I downright hate it... but its probably somewhere in the middle.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Oily in the mouth with some bubbles going down. Dry and accented at the finish. Sticky aftertaste. Not as robust as I'd like, especially for a strong ale.

O: Fruity, winey, and stouty all at the same time, Cellar Cuvee 4 has a serious identity crises... not that that is a bad thing, except for the fact that it doesn't do any of the flavors that it contains especially well... which leaves me feeling just a bit short-changed. This one's not bad, just very different.

Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a thin head that quickly settled to a film. A little bit of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly from the barrel. I pick up a lot of bourbon and some vanilla. The only other thing that I can identify is dark fruit.

The barrel dominates the flavor as well. The bourbon flavor is really enjoyable. I pick up vanilla, cinammon, well-ripened dark fruit, and some earthiness. A little hot and boozy in the finish.

Quite a full bodied beer not suprising since it is a blend of big beers. Has a nicely paired carbonation. Very satisfying.

A little too one dimensional and dominated by the barrel to garner very good score. Although I have rated bourbon bombs higher than this beer, this did not have enough of the base beer coming through.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #276 (or 296, looks like that second digit could be either a 7 or a 9) of 300. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, oak, and some dark fruit. It tastes like dark fruit (both tart and sweet), oak, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, vanilla and a bit of coffee and bourbon. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy with low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a sipper but it's also easy to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, it'll be interesting to see how this one ages.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown with ample off white head gracing the top. A nice gradual faded left behind copious amounts of side glass lace which gooed up the sides of the glass throughout the rest of the session. Very nice look overall.

The aroma was a caramel sweet malt bomb, which is about what I had expected, but with a very subtle alcohol touch to it, which to be honest only served to enhance it. Some nice earthy hop notes were clearly evident here and really added a great deal of depth to the whole package, very nice overall here. The flavor followed along beautifully with a very nice caramel flavor up front which morphed into a nice nutty flavor. Very nice ho presence showing up now as well. A rich sweet flavor on this one, with virtually no hint of the alcohol. Very smooth and creamy, with a thick medium body that was just carbonated enough. I easily threw down the glass, but I felt it afterwards for sure, definitly a big beer, there was no doubt about that.

Overall I thought this was excellent and much smoother then I ever thought it would be.

Photo of angrybabboon
2.67/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for half of this beer

Review adapted from notes taken 5/7/11

Appearance: Dark brown without much of a head and with minimal, unimpressive lacing

Smell: Initially smells like bourbon and a weird mix of malts - excessively sweet, way too much wood and bourbon - as it warms, the smells continue to create a weird dissonance - I just don't get it

Taste: Very strange and certainly not impressive - it's a weird, malty, kind of burnt, kind of smoky, mess of flavors - dark fruits, sweet malts, burnt malts, tons of wood, some unpleasant sweetness, some booziness, some weird tartness - it's complex in a way that is borderline incomprehensible (but still not awful)

Mouthfeel: Medium body, really needs some more carbonation, could be smoother, too

Overall: Maybe I just don't get it

This beer confuses me. But I'd also like to accuse this beer of being confused. What is this flavor profile supposed to emphasize? It's a weird combination of many different flavors, some of which really don't work together. It's not a complete disaster, but it's not as tasty as I anticipated.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bad boy was send to me johnbjaeger in one of his insane boxes.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

Comes out cola black leaving a minimal head.

Wonderfull smells fill the whole room. Bourbon, booze, vanilla and oak.

Flavors are insane and all over the place. Coffee bitterness, malt sweetness, notes of sour cherries.

A medium mouthfeel and light to medium carbonation.

I'm so very glad to have tried this one. I loved it. Very complex and not one to be taken lightly. This is in the major league of beers. Worth seeking out. Thanks John for giving me the opportunity to try this beer!

Photo of StormKing47
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another jackie o's growler courtesy of Deuane and Sierra GS. Shared with them, cmurren25, petesuphi and therealnomayo. I absolutely love it, fresh jackie o's delivered.

A- What a gorgeous, artful masterpiece. Looks like a painting of a beer. Has a very nice, appealing dark brown color with a deep copper hue accompanied with a thin brownish head. It's intriguing and stunning I almost don't want to consume it because it's so interesting looking it's about as close to looking black without being black as it gets. I think it has an aura around it that is drawing me in for a smell!

S- Phew, a musty oak smell with some earthiness courtesy of the barrels, I love it. As it continues warming the oak lets the sweet smell of vanilla escape to greet me, but wait the sweet ass vanilla has brought a friend that I am picking up. A little more warming and there it is, the tart cherries that were playing hide and go seek behind the vanilla have come out with some almost caramel sweetness from the malt and it smells divine. I just want to stare and smell the rest of the night.

T- BOOM! A huge sweet malt blast of caramel, vanilla and some chocolates all wrapped up in an oak blanket. Are you serious this is incredible. I can't believe it's legal to taste something this good. Further exploration and instead of being overwhelmed by the complexity the tart cherries continue to show up all the way through the finish. Simply astonishing.

M- Smooth as silk, a very rich coating brew that leaves a velvet texture in my mouth. Can't get enough. Truly full bodied, but not overwhelming, masterfully blended.

D- Hell yes, the high abv is hidden better than the tart cherries. Would love to throw this back all night long. Its a masterful, complex blend that is out of this world.

I wish I could get this every weekend. Would jackie o's distribute to PA, specifically my house please.

Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark dark brown liquid with a purplish hue and a khaki brown head that reduced to a thin film leaving spotty of lacing.

Aromas are quite barrel forward with bourbon generated notes of vanilla, oak, alcohol and dark fruit all mingle together. Traces of roasted malt and coffee also emerged after a bit, although the bourbon becomes the focus as it warms.

The tastes begin with tangy dark fruits with a hint of sourness amid all of the bourbon warmth, vanilla sweetness and oaky tannins. A mild tart cherry aspect developed mid-way, lasting through to the backend, then finished with a fair amount of roasty dark malt and an earthy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. and somewhat bristly carbonation. Finish has an oily texture but is fairly dry with mild bitterness and a hint of sourness on the palate.

Overall this comes across as a bit muddled and a bit Bourbon forward. There also might be some slight infection setting is as the cherry and dark fruit presence seems a bit too dominant. Jackie-o's continues to spit out infected, bourbon bombs with these bottle releases. I won't be trading for anymore anytime soon.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Bottle #77 of 300. There's nothing like putting two -bals in your mouth and that's exactly what I'm going to do now. Cuvee 4 is a blend of BB RIS, BB scottish, and Captain Barley Heart (non brett).

3.5 A: Pours a black color. This one gave me some trouble in my attempt to build a nice head. Aggressive pour yielded only one finger of creamy light brown head. Retention is a bit below average, but a ring of lacing is well adhered.

3.5 S: Vanilla and oak are rampant through this, but surpringly the bourbon itself is subtle. The Scottish ale comes through strongest with a bready maltiness, toffee, and caramelized malts. The stout adds a subtle roastiness and perhaps some chocolate as well. The old ale lends plum fruitiness and a vinous aspect. There's also a very detectable diacetyl component that makes what should be a great aroma only good.

3.5 T: Again, lots of oak and vanilla. Bourbon is a bit stronger in the taste lending melon and leather components. Bready with exotic tangy fruitiness and maybe some earthy vegetable or herb that I can't quite put my finger on. Somewhat vinous, a touch of molasses, and a sweet tart-like tanginess. Again, there's a buttery taste in there as well.

4.0 M: Medium to heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: To be quite honest, this beer has stumped me to an extent. When I had this on-tap at the Feb 5th release, I was sure I was smelling and tasting diacetyl, but as I progress through this bomber, I am no longer sure. The buttery taste could very well be from the combination that is this beer. I've never had anything like this before (nothing even close) and I'm not sure whether I love it or hate it. At worst, it's a poorly concocted mixture of seemingly random beers. At best, it's a masterpiece. I think the scores I've given are a good compromise given the love/hate thing I have going with this brew.

Photo of ne0m00re
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of bottle 239/360.
A: Dark mahogany, it poured with a small dark tan head that died to a collar with some lacing.
S: Bourbon soaked raisins, cherry and fig, brown sugar, toast with caramel spread, a slight mustiness, some leafy earthy hops, vanilla. Good.
T: Brown sugar and fig dominate the slightly tart cranberry and cherry, with a raisin bright finish, combined with the bourbon and vanilla alcohol that bring a cleansing close with a lingering earthiness. A slight lemon/lime citrus character in the tartness. This is really good.
M: Almost creamy and syrupy until the slow development of acidity and bourbon that cleans it all off.
D: Really good. This is an interesting slightly tart take on an American strong.

Photo of DaveHS
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to kundog18 for this one.
Vintage 2010 Bottle #267/300

A-Pours dark maple syrup/molasses color with 1/4 inch milky coffee colored head.

S-Bourbon, caramel, gjetost cheese, lots of vanilla. Cherry/apricot tartness. Smells delicious.

T/M-The tart flavor distracts from what would otherwise be a very smooth, lush bourbon barrel strong ale.Is this oxidized. The bright acidity is followed by a bitter phenol note that takes away from the complexity of the oak, but not entirely. There's a great beer in here somewhere.

O-My second iffy experience with Jackie O's. I'm hoping some of their more straightforward, unblended beers are more successful.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at the Anniversary Extravaganza. Served in a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a good tan head and a moderate amount of lacing. Head falls down into a thin collar. The nose has plenty of chocolate and roasted malt along with a touch of booze. The flavor is moderately roasted and adds a good deal of complexity compared with the nose. Some roast is there though this is added to by a good amount of barrel character and a touch of chocolate. The body is medium and has a bit of bourbon character. Slight heat coming through, but this is pleasant. Drinks fairly well. Overall a very nice beer.

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of all the anniversary release beers I had in December, this one was my favorite.

A - Dark brown beer with a couple of fingers of tan head. Had moderate retention with some minor lace stuck to the sides.

S - Great aroma of smoke, peat, whiskey, wood, vanilla, cocoa, roast, just a ton going on, and it all goes together very well.

T - A great old ale. As opposed to a hodgepodge cuvee of things thrown together, this one has tons of great flavors you can pick out, but that blend together in a fantastic way. If you like bourbon, it's there. Roast, dark fruits, chocolate, wood, vanilla, peat are also there. Very nice blend on this one.

M - Smooth, full bodied.

O - Great beer, still haven't cracked a bottle of it, believe I have one left after sending a couple out as extras, but it's one I'm saving as a treat sometime. Looking forward to Cuvee 5.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 1/22/11

2010 vintage, bottle 282/300

Split with MbpBugeye

Dark, fairly murky brown with deep plum hues. Poured an ephemeral head that quickly disappeared, leaving only a wispy film, a bubbly collar & tiny blots of lace.

The nose is wrought with nips of would-be-complexity that culminates in an overall blend of borderline-tart dark fruitiness, musty oak notes & a little sugary malt. Hints of plum, dark cherries, raisins, wood, vanilla. Barely appreciable suggestion of coffee beans & cocoa.

Roasted flavors manifest a little better to taste but underwhelm me nevertheless; meager portions of coffee dregs & bakers chocolate sit beneath moderately sugary notes of caramel & maybe a little brown sugar. Overtones of dark fruits; namely plum & raisins. A little charred oak lingers toward the finish, as does some booziness.

Medium-full body; low carbonation and a gritty feel. Finishes pretty dry with something of a bitter kick and barrel-esque residuals.

Not bad & easy enough to drink but it doesn't strike me as being complex like it could be based on the blended beers. I like it a bit more as it warms but it isn't stellar.

Photo of Spider889
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the most bottled Jackie O's beer to date.

Very dark mahogany, almost looks like a porter. Large soapy bubbles of creamy foam rises up then falls back.

Smells quite malty. Lots of ash, char, and chocolate. Slightly sour, with big oak notes and hints of bourbon.

Tastes very tart, unfortunatly. Also very earthy, malty as hell. Vanilla and tart cherry dominate, along with bourbon caramel notes.

Quite boozy, slick.

Overall this is indicative of many other Jackie O's beers of the same time period. If you like this you will like everything else, but I think Brad has started to peak after this was brewed....

Photo of movingtrain
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle number 284 of 300.

This is an interesting beer--a blend of bourbon barrel imperial stout and Scottish ale, along with an oak aged barleywine. Creative, unique, interesting.

This beer pours pretty dark, almost completely black in color with very little head on top.

The beer gives off notes of rich chocolate, raisins, plums, sour grapes, wet wood, and vanilla in the nose. There is also a smokey characteristic in there, and an air of something like hard cinnamon candy.

Man, that aroma is such a huge player in the taste--notes of chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, highlighted by a warm bourbon characteristic. There is a bit of subtle sourness around the edges of this beer, which actually marries well to the hearty smoke and dark chocolate malt characteristics.

For an odd blend of styles, this Cuvee is ambitious and interesting, if not downright delicious. The characteristics of each beer, coupled with the barrel aging, seems to have given this Frankenstein ale some depth and complexity, creating something drinkable and exciting.

Photo of DCon
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this w/ CurtisMcArthur and other BA friends in Nashville, TN. Poured from the Blue Labeled Bottle w/ a Cellar full of Barrels on it & "Malt beverage aged in bourbon barrels" beneath the brand into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has BATCH 70 & BOTTLE 250/300 on the side.

Aroma- The aroma was very interesting... Started VERY funky and with light caramel. Tons of malt then hit at the end with a good amount of booze (probably from the aging).

Appearance- Pours a less than .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a nice amber colored body that is almost opaque. Leaves thick suds behind.

Flavor- Once again, has a big funky character here. Caramel also hits the palate with sweetness and a refreshing taste. Finishes with a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a sour finish for a long while.

Overall Impression- American Strong Ale?!?! What a wild brew here! The funk and sour attributes didn't distract from the beer but added complexity and great character. I was excited to finally enjoy something from Jackie O's and this one was great! Will be looking for other Cellar Cuvee beers in the future.

Photo of nhindian
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Jackie O's snifter. Generously provided by normyk as an extra, thanks Rob!

2010 bottle, #151/300

This beer is a blend of a bourbon barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout (apparently Bourbon Barrel Dark Apparition), a bourbon barrel-aged scottish ale (apparently Bourbon Barrel Thorogood), and a non-Brett version of Jackie O's Captain Barley Heart (an oak barrel-aged Old Ale.)

A - At first, this beer pours a ruddy brown, almost like a quadrupel but a few shades darker. As it settles in the glass, it takes on the color of nothingness. Not quite black, but not really brown or purple either. It's kind of strange looking in this regard. About a half-finger of head rests uneasily on the top; uneven and big bubbles divide it haphazardly. Retention is low; not surprising given three different barrel-aged beers in this combination. Lacing is thin and sparse.

S - After taking my first smell, I was surprised and not sure what I was getting into here. It's somewhat fruity, but also a little bit sour. Given that none of the individual components of this beer has sour qualities, it threw me for a loop. It's not overly sour, though, and at first reminds me of a more subtle Russian River Consecration, which is never a bad thing. So maybe there are currants in this beer that is giving that aroma. Besides that, I'm getting slight vanilla and oak aromas, but not too major as the aforementioned smell makes up most of it.

T - In the taste, this beer really fills out and stretches the imagination of the palate. The fruit is still here, and it's not sour, but rather pleasantly tart. Still mainly getting the currants, cherries, and grapes here, but as it mellows, the vanilla, chocolate and subtle roast of the imperial stout come through as well. The bourbon itself is hard to pinpoint as there's just so much going on with this beer, but it's unobtrusive to say the least and partially adds to the sweetness. There's some slight buttery notes as well, but not enough to cause worry of diacetyl infection. The alcohol is hidden moderately well, but comes through a bit in the finish. In the last dying flavors of this beer, a strong smokey flavor imparts its triumphant conquest over my palate. Overall this is incredibly unique and it keeps you on your toes with what to expect next.

M - Mouthfeel is relatively light-bodied with low carbonation. I would've liked to see this beer have a bit more thickness to it to complement the depth of flavors.

D - Drinkability is moderately high, just for the fact that I've never experienced anything quite like this before. It makes me want to try the previous Cellar Cuvee series beers, that's for sure!

Photo of Deuane
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 2 day old growler shared with friends.

A-Deep, dark copper/rouge tinted dark brown with a thin tan head reduced to a thin veil of retention and left spotty lace.

S-Sweet caramel malt, rich vanilla, oak tannin and mildly tart cherry. More powerful aroma than the draft version most likely to the warmer initial serving temperature.

T-Vanilla soaked caramel malt with a twang of cherry tartness. Subtle hints of roasted malt and chocolate in the finish.

M-Medium to medium-heavy bodied. Lusciously rich, super smooth with a fairly thick viscous quality . Vanilla sweetness builds with warming. Sour cherry twang is subtle and acts as a nice balance to the sweetness.

D-Even better than the draft version and I imagine this has to do with serving temperature. The growler version displayed more depth and complexity with a richness that never ended.

Photo of AwYeh
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown, with large head considering my glass was a four ounce pour.

S: Surprisingly light- dark fruity malts come through here, but there is either not much variety in the nose or they overpower the other scents present.

T: Tons of dark fruit- plums in particular, with just a bit of tang present. Malt sweetness balances bitterness well here.

M: Medium-bodied, prickly carbonation, and a syrupy finish.

D: A bit too sweet and plummy; alcohol is somewhat noticeable, which seems to be unique among Jackie O's beers.

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 79/300 shared with some friends after I picked this up at the release. This cuvee is a blend of bourbon barrel imperial stout, bourbon barrel Scottish ale and Captain Barley Heart (non Brett). Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a penline of tan head that stays across the surface. Faint spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is tangy with fruit somewhat like raisin or plum but with more of a tangy kick. The barrel aged presence is well pronounced with a pleasant contrast of sweet, smooth vanilla and oak. In the background is the roasted grain scent that is lightly chocolatey and roasty with a must.

The taste is very tangy and fruity with alcohol. Raisins and plums come to mind with a moderate sourness that is almost citrus-like. A touch of bitterness rolls across the grain seemingly coming from the roasted character of the grain that is lightly musty. Throughout the body are some woodsy indications that bring forward flavors of toasted coconut. This brew finishes quite lactic and dry with an aftertaste that includes minor coffee notes.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. I was a bit thrown off by this brew initially but it grew on me as I took more sips. Make no mistake, Jackie O's barrel aged offerings are among the best I've had and the sours are on point. The label of this brew reads like you are going to be in for a smooth roasty blended treat but your first sip states otherwise. This brew falls half-way in-between both, not quit a sour, not quite the blended barrel aged blend I was expecting.

Photo of cpetrone84
1.78/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had on tap at the release party.

A-pours a muky dark brown color with a thin fizzy caramel colored head.

S-the nose is so messy and full of diacetyl. so much of that butterscotch aroma and the malts are just not integrated and off-putting.

T-the flavor is messier and more all over the place but the diacetyl seems less. hints of roasted malts and chocolate malts with tons of residual sugar sloppiness.

M-fuller body and grainy on the palate with an assertive carbonation and a semi dry crisp finish.

D-this is a mess, sloppy and full of diacetyl. maybe just a hint of barrel but the malt mess bomb dominates and creates something unpleasant. also sliglty hot in the back and seemigly becomes more unfocused as it goes down the throat.

Photo of joefuzz
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage bottle 78/300
thanks davolebomb for the hookup

pours deep brown with a small tan head. smell is all sweet dark cherries and bourbon oak vanilla coming through. Taste follows the nose quite a bit with the cherries upfront that mellows out about 1/4th the way thru to a almost date bread like taste with a little bit of bourbon...not overpowering. Mouthfeel is very close to a good barleywine a little thinner on the body with just enough carbonation. Overall pretty good beer...definitely alot going on and i will gladly take any bottles that people have sitting around.

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Cellar Cuvee 4 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.