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Cellar Cuvee 4 - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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81 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.89%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 11-30-2010)
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 19:38:55 | More by nhindian
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up many moons ago at Jackie O's. Served in a taster glass at Nora and Jason's place.

A - Thin tan foam settles to a collar and wisps, leaving behind tiny specks of lace. Turbid and murky brown body.

S - Massive oak and bourbon, supported by roasted and peated malts, dark fruits, and a bit of red licorice. The barrel does a pretty good job of balancing the malt sweetness, but this is still surprisingly boozy after nearly three years.

T - The taste is quite similar and delivers what one would expect: barrel-aged 'stuff'. Loads of oak, bourbon, roasted and smoked malts, hints of coconut, vanilla, marshmallow, caramel, and treacle. I'm definitely getting more barley wine and scotch ale flavors here and only a little in the way of roasty stout.

M - Medium-full body, lower carbonation, tannic, oaky and dry, with some definite alcohol warming. Perhaps a tad watery with the dearth of bubbles.

D - It's a solid barrel-aged blend; you can definitely discern elements of each component beer. However, it somehow seems like less than the sum of its parts and fades from the memory rather quickly. Also, seems over-oaked as Jackie O's is wont to do. However, no sign of infection, which was a pleasant surprise. Had no problems finishing the bottle amongst a few friends.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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S- Malt bomb. Dark fruits, plums, prunes, vanilla, a nice slight chocolate aroma as well. Maraschino cherries- sweet and tart for complexity and balance. Pepper on finish? Interesting plethora of smells going on in my nose on this one.

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Cellar Cuvee 4 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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