Bourbon Barrel-Aged Matriarch - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by csmiley:
3.88/5 rDev +22%
Bottle 7 of 204. Bought at the Jackie O's Anniversary Party 12/4/2010. Served around cellar temp in a Sam Adams perfect pint
A - Pours a medium amber in color and mostly clear. The off white head barely covers the top of the brew and shows moderate retention given the obvious shortage of foam. It finishes off as a spotty cap on top with a thick ring on the edge. Light amounts of lace remain behind in the glass as the brew starts to disappear from the glass. This seems to be a theme with the Jackie O's brews I've tried. Good appearance except for a trait of very light carbonation.
S - Creamy vanilla sherbet and hints of citrus on the front end. Citrus is hard to nail down but it reminds me of light grapefruit with a touch of orange. Some mango shows up but it is very light. VERY light. Oak and alcohol ring in the coming of the libation's midway point. Alcohol is warm but works pretty well in the aroma overall. Starts to get bitter when the alcohol calms down with hints of grapefruit essence. Aroma finishes smooth with vanilla and blood orange.
T - Lots of flavors hit the palate at once. The top of the list is easily a smooth orange creamsicle flavor. Bitterness shines through in the flavor more than the aroma which I like. Ruby red grapefruit and pine both have a cameo but still stay pretty restrained compared to the flavors from the barrel. Oak is present throughout and gives a very interesting aspect to the flavor profile. The 8.5% alcohol by volume is covered pretty well in the flavor. The end stays with the smooth motif but also introduces some bitter cherry (which is very hard to pick up).
M - This version of Matriarch is lighter bodied. Enough so to detract from the overall enjoyment. The barrel aging has added something but still I'd like a little more girth. Carbonation is light and lends an almost creamy feel to a brew that normally wouldn't have that quality. Finish is smooth with some dryness at the very very end.
D - Drinkability is oh-kay for the barrel aged version of Matriarch. It's an interesting experiment and take on the double IPA style. A word of warning for those expecting this to be a true IIPA, It's not. Those overly bitter and floral notes just are not there. Nonetheless, it's still a good brew through and through. I honestly expected the alcohol to have a slightly stronger presence but it seems to play a pretty decent supporting roll overall. Would I have another? Of course. Two bombers in the same session would be too much but I'd try my hand at another bottle on a later day. It's definitely worth a try at least once. I was quite skeptical before the first sip based on the fact that it's a barrel aged double IPA. I ended up warming to it pretty quickly and as it warms closer to room temp, it just keeps getting smoother and better.
12-18-2010 05:18:40 | More by csmiley
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3.45/5 rDev +8.5%
Bottle courtesy of csmiley. You're the best, dood! Thanks!
Bourbon Barrel-aged Matriarch is a light bronze color. It's a little hazy. Backlighting gives it an orange-ish gold look. The head is vanilla colored and stands about a finger tall. It's fairly quick to recede, and lacing was on the lighter side of the spectrum. Eh. The color carries the day here.
The nose is interesting. It kicks off with a really strong vanilla scent. Seems to be strongest scent in the mix. It's very sweet and sugary. It has a very interesting candy-like vibe to it. Bourbon is definitely there, but isn't overwhelming. It's complementary. Oak is a little subtle, but is also noted. Caramel malts are easily noted, and are rather prominent. Hops are a little noticeable, but seem to be somewhat lost in the shuffle. There's just a little too much going on. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly strong. It's alright, but is convoluted.
The flavor is consistent with the nose. It's very sweet and sugary up front. Caramel malts give it a nice base, and aren't overbearing. I was expecting them to be a little too much. The barrel-aging process imparted several interesting flavors. Vanilla is definitely the strongest. It's powerful. So powerful that it overshadows some of the other flavors. Oak and bourbon are there, but have a subtle, complementary effect. Hops creep in and introduce grapefruit, orange, and pine flavors to the mix. It's honestly not very bitter. I think the bitterness is likely countered by the wealth of other things going on. Alcohol is there, but isn't warming or hot. It's blended pretty well. Finishes with a sweet vanilla flavor and a touch of bitterness.
The body is on the light side of medium. Carbonation is very light. Almost too light. I wouldn't mind a few more bubbles. Light carbonation does give it a smooth feel though. Given the light body, it feels rather nice. Drinkability is honestly rather average. The flavor, while interesting, is jumbled and lacks focus. It's definitely a sipper. This bomber is honestly going to take a long time to finish.
Bourbon Barrel-aged Matriarch is a very interesting, unique beer. How is it? Well, it's alright. Perhaps it's a little too complex for my palate, but it just seems convoluted and confused. There's a whole hell of a lot going on. If you're looking for an interesting, very challenging beer, look no further. This is it. It's definitely worth a try in that respect. I'm not exactly loving it, but damned if it isn't interesting. I don't think I've ever had anything like it. Thanks, Chris!
01-30-2011 04:11:31 | More by prototypic
3.48/5 rDev +9.4%
(bottle at Dak's Final Four tasting tasting!) Pours hazy apricot with off-white head. Aroma of dank hops and fruits. Taste is sweet malt with some bitterness. Medium bodied. OK beer, but very glad I got to try this. This was one of several Jackie O's beers at the tasting.
04-03-2011 22:02:33 | More by trappistlover
3.98/5 rDev +25.2%
22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #192 of 204. Served in a snifter, the brew pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is mostly butterscotch, vanilla, oak and toffee, along with some pine and citrusy (orange, tropical fruit) hops. It tastes like bourbon, vanilla, oak, and citrusy and pine hops. The bourbon flavor does overpower the hoppy flavors a bit, although the finish is both bourbony sweet and hoppy/bitter. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and oily and has low carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. After a while the alcohol warming kicks in, so a bomber is probably enough for me at a time. I think this is a good brew, I liked it.
01-01-2011 23:56:41 | More by bluejacket74
4.25/5 rDev +33.6%
The pour was very nice. Rich amber in color with a nice clarity to it. Head of white foam rose up to about three inches and then settled down with lots of sticky lace. Rich aroma of piney hops and sweet oak like notes. Really well done here with a very nice balance. Nice notes of vanilla as it warms. The first taste sealed the deal for me. Lots of orange and pine, nice balance with hints of vanilla and woody essence coming through loud and clear. Smooth, medium body with a mellow carbonation and a all but hidden huge ABV profile. I could have drank this one all night, though i started to catch up with me by the end of the bottle.
Overall I was really impressed with this one
06-27-2011 01:54:03 | More by mikesgroove
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Reviewed from notes. 2010. Bottle No. 173/204. Sorry, don't remember who shared this.
A: Pours a golden yellow with a small white head and little lace.
S: Nose is like an almond marzipan sweet candy.
T: An oaky tannic bitter bite followed by sugary sweetness. There is a cotton candy element in this too.
M: Somewhat oily, bitter and sweet.
O: Really odd creation here. Never had a bourbon barrel aged DIPA before. Quite challenging for most and not highly regarded.
04-23-2011 03:07:17 | More by wethorseblanket
2.4/5 rDev -24.5%
Live review of bottle 124/204 of the 2010 Batch.
A: Deep burnt orange, it poured with a half-finger dark cream head that died to big bubbles around the collar.
S: Mostly bourbon, it has a caramel backbone and a "candied" sweetness with oranges and honey. Not good for a DIPA, but their stuff is always bending styles.
T: A little hot. It comes off mostly as bourbon burn-your-throat whiskey with a crisp bitterness like orange zest. It's almost like an orange cocktail. As a drink, it's good, as a double IPA?... Not to mention it's a fierce one with the bourbon presence and alcohol content.
M: Crisp mouthfeel like mouthwash after a moderately syrupy start.
D: Not very. Good thing I'm splitting the bottle.
This one gets a poor review based on style and drinkability. I could see a whiskey bar having this one on-tap, though.
02-22-2011 02:08:53 | More by ne0m00re
3.33/5 rDev +4.7%
On tap at the Jackie O's 5th Anniversary Extravaganza.
Pours a moderate caramel brown color without too much of a head or any sort of lacing. It's a nice color and glimmers a bit, though nothing terribly special. The nose brings forward a bit of nice bourbon character. Not too much booze--a bit more faint with a light bit of wood and vanilla along with caramel. While this was nice, it was the whole beer and nothing from the hops came through at all.
The flavor hit the same way, and there was little development from the nose. It was more like some watered-down bourbon. I like what was done in terms of the barrel character, but I really think something else was needed to push this beer along. I would have loved some characteristics from a fresh batch of Matriarch, which sounds quite good from the reviews.
The feel was nice. Medium body with good carbonation and a smooth finish. This drank pretty well and I enjoyed sipping it, but I really could have used a lot more depth in the flavor and aroma. Well crafted, just not really my cup of tea.
12-06-2010 21:05:01 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +29.9%
On tap at the Jackie O's anniversary party. Think I liked this a bit more than most of my BA friends.
A - Burnt orange color with an off-white head that left some lacing. Moderate retention, carb bubbles rise to the top.
S - Interesting smell. Brad said it was a bourbon barrel IPA, which I found to be interesting, but felt it could go south rather quickly. Lots of tropical fruit, along with some butter, vanilla, and a little bit of woody bourbon. It's a sweeter, lighter smell than I was expecting.
T - I really like this one, orange citrus and vanilla are a big theme, and the bourbon adds a little bit of mild heat. It turns bitter and ipa-like on the end, all the while keeping the butter taste that is there. It tastes like a bourbon IPA somehow, good stuff.
M - Lighter to medium light body, with a decent amount of carbonation.
D - It's not a super sessionable beer, but is a good one that I liked enough to buy 3 bottles of. Great attempt at someting a little different that was worth seeking out.
12-29-2010 03:49:39 | More by AgentZero
2.55/5 rDev -19.8%
2010, bottle 99 of batch 204
Pours the typical IPA golden color with a thin bone white head. Pretty clear, no carbonation
Smells like a sour beer, no aroma of sticky hops OR Bourbon barrel. Could be due to the age
Again, this could be due to the age but hardly any hop flavor. A strong sour tang and a soft wooden aftertaste. Good but definitely old
Medium body and good carbonation but leaves the palate dry and aftertaste finishes quickly.
Overall its a good beet but this one has passed its prime. Both hops and barrel flavors have diminished which is a bummer because I'm sure it was good fresh
01-17-2012 02:20:24 | More by VaTechHopHead
2.08/5 rDev -34.6%
Thanks to Ryan011235 for this bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazy burnt orange body with a bright white head that's initially quite sizeable, but reduces to a bubbly skim in short order. A ring of soapy lacing up top, nothing after that.
What a strange nose this has. No hops, no malt, even the bourbon is sort of a vague entity. It smells almost exactly like fresh caramel (not caramel malt, but caramel candies- sugar, butter, vanilla, etc.). Very pleasant in a dessert kind of way; very odd in a "I thought this was a DIPA" kind of way.
The bourbon flavor is more defined, but not overpowering. I'd actually be inclined to say it's just the right amount if this were a different style of beer. Toasted and buttery oak and vanilla don't gel at all with a hop character that is primarily astringent and metallic. As harsh tasting as it is smooth smelling. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation and lingering barrel. A rather velvety feel, which, much like everything I mentioned above, isn't a compliment considering the style.
Overall impression: I haven't had the regular Matriarch, but this does little to convince me that a barrel aged (D)IPA is a good idea.
01-22-2011 23:56:15 | More by PDXHops
2.28/5 rDev -28.3%
Poured into a Delirium tulip on 12/22/10
2010 vintage, bottle 81/204
Split with MbpBugeye
Amber with golden highlights; quite clear. Has a rustic look about it. 1/4th inch had dissipated in short order, leaving a large island skim, a thin collar & some drippy lace. Swirling helps both. Despite the barrel aging, the color is excellent.
Bizarre; that's the only way to describe the aroma here, especially for a DIPA. Smells kind of like candy. Vanilla, butter toffee, deeply-buried Icee syrup of the faux berry ilk, wood, nips of bourbon on the peripheries, hints of grass & floral hops. Musty & sweet; not exactly what I look for in a DIPA.
The bourbon heat isn't particularly harsh; it's actually well-proportioned to the solid charred oak flavor & notions of vanilla. Quite honestly, the barrel aspect is pretty awesome. However, there are two problems. One; the barrel doesn't at all jive with the base beer. Two; the base beer isn't that great. It seems unlike the quite nice Matriarch that I've had before. Aside from a few floral wisps, there's a lot of astringent aspirin bitterness, especially on the back half.
Medium bodied with reasonably low carbonation; in that respect I have few complaints. Eschewing grittiness for an aspirin drawl, the finish is very dry with astringent residuals & some charred oak lingering a while. As it warms it has a slick feel.
Meh, this one just didn't work for me. As mentioned already, the barrel portion is good; the rest, not so much. I'd much rather have the plain old Matriarch.
12-23-2010 04:22:07 | More by Ryan011235
2.5/5 rDev -21.4%
Review from July.
A - Nice burnt orange color. Produces a tall head and good lacing.
S - Sweet. very floral - rose, jasmine, but no real traditional hop aromas. These have all faded into the barrel and with age. I also got the aroma of maple. While I don't necessarily agree with some people who are claiming this beer smells like candy, it is very sweet, bordering on cloying.
T - Wow is this bitter. For all of the age, barreling, etc I figured it'd taste every bit of what it smelled like. Instead it winds up being unpleasant. Toasted oak is strong, and maybe the barrel char is adding to the bitterness.
M/O - Both sweet and bitter. No longer a brew that resembles a DIPA. Also, I never really got much of any true bourbon character, which I thought was intended here. My guess is that this was much better fresh.
12-31-2011 06:13:37 | More by Spider889
3.8/5 rDev +19.5%
22 ounce bomber sampled from a mason jar. Bottle gives this beer an 8.5% ABV and is numbered 176/204.
Pours an amber/honey color with a thin white head on top.
The aroma is very sweet. There are hints of wet wood, honeysuckle flowers, grape wine, caramel, and some light whiskey notes in the nose--not to mention a fine, citrusy hop note, as well.
The flavor is also sweet, but not overly so. There is a nice bitter hop presence to this beer. Notes of honey, summer flowers, vanilla, and mild notes of bourbon come through. This IPA is on the sweeter side of the spectrum, aided most likely by its aging.
Overall, this is a good IPA. The barrels give some good, interesting complexity. It is drinkable and has a nice balance in the flavor.
01-17-2011 23:32:46 | More by movingtrain
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Presentation: 22 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary glass. Split with a couple friends. Big thanks to Agentzero for this.
Appearance: Golden brown in color with a nice one finger white head and average retention.
Aroma: Big butterscotch notes upfront. Caramel, vanilla, and pine notes round out aroma.
Taste: More pronounced butterscotch notes. Definitely a unique beer. The bourbon lends some burn and a touch of vanilla. Pine and bitter hop notes are way in the background. The barrel notes definitely overwhelm the hops.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very creamy. Adequately carbonated.
Overall, an interesting beer. The butterscotch and bourbon notes really overwhelm the hops. I would go so far as to say that this a an unbalanced butterscotch bomb. Definitely worth a try though.
04-03-2011 19:01:24 | More by Gosox8787
1.83/5 rDev -42.5%
Chilled bottle into a glass. A very generous gift from beerbeerbeerbeer. Jackie O's has piqued the curiosity of my ticking-... whoops, Freudian slip there. My tasting group. My tasting group. Tickd717-... dammit. Nickd717 wants to tick these-... I give up.
A: Pours a deep, burnt orange. It's hazy, but it shows some clarity. One finger of off-white head; decent retention, no lace. But it has a small cap on the beer.
S: Candy corn. I can't shake it. Don't get me wrong; I like candy corn, even though I am convinced it epitomizes everything wrong with manufactured food. But that overpowering butterscotch / honey / caramel aroma here is reminiscent of barrel-aged candy corn. It's good at first, but it quickly becomes cloying.
T: Same in the flavor. Initially dominated by butterscotch, vanilla, honey, and caramel (the latter are probably the bourbon contribution). It has a nice floral hop presence. It's sweet until the finish, when it abruptly drops off and erupts with an oaky astringency and hop bitterness that reminds me of orange rind. Very jarring.
M: Starts off syrupy and sweet, but as I mentioned earlier, it falls off and becomes bitter rather abruptly.
D: It's not awful -- I wouldn't consider it torture to drink it -- but it's decidedly subpar, and I was content to pour it out in favor of other beers. I'm not a big fan of this idea of barrel-aging DIPAs, but I recall liking Great Divide 15th and 16th Anniversary as well as Southern Tier Oak-Aged Unearthly quite a bit. This one falls flat.
03-06-2011 22:07:06 | More by Arbitrator
3.55/5 rDev +11.6%
Short pour shared by Brad when visiting the brewery. Pours a bronzed brown. Murky with a decent amount of head. Not a very pretty brew. Smells bourbon heavy. Mostly vanilla on the nose. Very sweet on the nose. Very subtle oak and hops on the nose. An interesting balance. Tastes very interesting... carmel, bourbon, vanilla, and a solid hop profile. There are some interesting citrus flavours going on that compliment in a unique way. Very interesting combo. Very sweet thick on the tongue. A solid sipper :) Thanks Brad for this strange but tasty brew
02-25-2011 19:07:34 | More by Urbancaver
2.83/5 rDev -11%
A- Pours a golden amber color with just a few bubbles for head. Head is gone pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.
S- I'm not really picking up any hops here. Overall, I'd say this one is pretty sweet. Woody, bourbon, vanilla, caramel and touch of alcohol.
T- Not like any other Double IPA out there for sure. Pretty much no hops or bitterness. Wood, bourbon, and vanilla seem to dominant the flavour. Not really fitting into the style.
M- Medium in body and low carbonation.
O- The oddest DIPA I've had thus far.
08-06-2011 10:32:26 | More by nrbw23
4.05/5 rDev +27.4%
Reviewed from notes at the 5th anniversary party.
A- Body is a rich jewely amber hue that is served with a 1 finger or so creamy off-white head-this fades quickly and some lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is slightly translucent and completely uniform in color/light permeability.
S- Nose is very sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, with a fair amount of white grapefruit and orange in the background.
T- Flavor is quite complex and just as the nose suggests, very sweet. Caramel and oak seem to be the highlight upfront with citrus hop overtones. The finish is mostly barrel-with the oak and bourbon shining through-but a mild kick of pine comes in to remind you that this is a DIPA. A fairly intense alcohol heat lingers along with caramel sweetness, and the slightest hop bitterness.
M- Low carbonation and a light to medium weight body. Smooth, creamy, and oily. Very well put together.
D- This is my first review of a BA IPA (although I have tried others) and my verdict is still out on this style as a whole. That being said-this is a very good, well put together brew. It is definately on the sweet side of IPA land-and the hops are subdued rather than bright and in your face. In the end-the caramel and the mouthfeel sold me on this one.
12-20-2010 15:37:09 | More by PittBeerGirl
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Matriarch from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.