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Captain Barley Heart - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 12-16-2010)
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Reviews by cosmicevan:
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New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle 146 of 216 from 2010
Enjoyed from a 2012 staff glass

a - brew pours a deep murky plum brown. Minimal head

s - nose is nice. Soft tartness, sour cherry over plum.

t - chocolate sourness. Cherry. Some oak and sharpness from the bourbon. A bit of old ale, but mostly sour cherry and dark fruit.

m - subtle pucker. Good carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

o - overall, what a pleasant surprise. Had this one since shortly after the release and just never got around to popping it and figured it was probably old and bad, but boy was i wrong. Drinking great. Really enjoyable dark sour with nice dark cherry leading the way.

01-12-2014 02:17:39 | More by cosmicevan
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-06-2011 04:45:23 | More by boatshoes
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-04-2011 02:26:07 | More by Stigs
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2/5  rDev -48.8%

I tried this beer at a tasting at my place, with thanks to the 'Branbander'. Unfortunately this was the worst beer of the evening. Maybe it was a wrong bottle. The fluid didn't go sour and there was no emulsion, so??? It was the last beer we tried (22th), after this one the evening was over, haha.

A- Fluid is dark brown with no foam and no carbonation at all.

S - Strong alcohol and phenol.

T - This was an undrinkable beer and that's why i think we had a wrong bottle.

M - No discussion, not good.

O - lets try another one.

09-04-2011 05:48:34 | More by Mar02x
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-29-2012 21:38:47 | More by Photekut
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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%

On tap at bottle release. Interesting beer all around, soured old ale. The color is a strange light brown with lighter edges. There is a thin little head that barely makes it to the table but carbonation is evident. The aromas are nice. A little bit of sour funk with a nice vanilla cake note. The flavor is delightful, the old ale vanilla and cookie malt profile and a well integrated sour note. It is like a sour plum old ale. Very cool brew, we will see how it does in the cellar.

02-16-2011 00:31:34 | More by Tripphop
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

22 ounce bottle, 2010 batch, bottle #89 of 216. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark brown/red color with pretty much no head at all. There's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is tart cherries, oak, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and some funk. The brew tastes like dark fruit, tart cherries, oak/wood, bourbon, and some funk and chocolate. There's a nice lingering woody/tart finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and sticky with moderate carbonation. I think this a good, interesting brew. I'd certainly like to try this again in the future!

09-16-2011 21:19:57 | More by bluejacket74
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3.55/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours dark brown with red hues and a small beige head that fades to a wisp. Moderate lacing.

Tons of oak and sour cherries in the aroma with a bit of bourbon. Don't get many malts from this as the oak and cherry overpower anything else.

Flavor is a bit different. Still a ton of cherry and some oak. A little chocolate leading to a chocolate covered cherry taste. Finishes dry as the oak and brett are felt, but brett is not too strong. Oak is a bit much. Bourbon is present in the aftertaste, but subdued.

A little thin for a beer of this magnitude. Carbonation levels are good. Finishes extremely dry.

Not too bad although not sure I'd really choose this over many other Jackie O's options. There are some good things here. The bourbon is nice and subtle and I like the cherry component. However, it is overly oaked and the body is a touch on the thin side.

11-25-2012 20:01:03 | More by jmarsh123
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South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

Rich, dark chocolate brown with a nice head of light tan on the top of it. Smooth, easy settling left behind some nice side glass lacing. The aroma was soo sweet. Lots of caramel, smooth molasses and brown sugar like smells coming off of here. Warming brings out a ton of dark fruit from every direction, plums, figs and almost cherries. The flavor was much more of the same. Rich and very sweet, defintly a dessert beer. I found myself savoring each and every sip of this one as the delicate sweetness of this one overwhelmed me. Soo much flavor here as the sweet caramel malts just overpowered everything and made for a wonderful flavor. Finsih was dominated by dark fruits as well, simply sublime The medium bodued ale was well carbonated and all alcohol was hidden and totally non existent.

Overall this was a really solid beer. A really solid version of the styl

07-05-2011 01:45:31 | More by mikesgroove
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4.3/5  rDev +10%

12/20/10- Review of a 22 oz bottle number 76/216.
A: Dark brown with red hues and a small tan head that died to a collar and film.
S: Apple cores, brett. barnyard, raisins, fresh grapes, a slight banana, figs, Belgian candi sugar... awesome.
T: Caraway seeds and rye bread, sour grapes and crapberry, raisins/molasses/caramel; excellent.
M: Slightly thick with a mild carbonation that works well with the taste.
D: Great!

01-16-2011 23:09:00 | More by ne0m00re
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-03-2011 18:41:59 | More by Rhettroactive
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

"Oak barrel aged Old ale with Brett." On tap at the brewery during their anniversary event.

Pours a moderately-dark brown color with a bit of haze. Half-finger white head falls somewhat quickly into a light tan cap. A swirl now and again rustles some foam up. The nose is slightly-sour with some hints of funk. Not too much at this time, though I think that will likely grow in time. There's a bit of sweet caramel and fruit in the background.

The taste brings some slightly-tart light fruits with a bit of brown sugar and caramel. Hints of cherry and some darker fruits in the background. Light funk throughout. Good feel between a bit of sweetness, booze, and funk. Well played there. Carbonation hits the style well. Drinks quite well; looking forward to seeing how this develops.

12-16-2010 17:16:04 | More by Thorpe429
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3.8/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Brown beer that's a bit hazy. Decent looking brown head that dissipates to a partial cap with some minor spots left on the sides.

S - Some dark fruits and oak. The Brett is present, but could use a little more time to funk up or something.

T - Dark fruits, a little cocoa, brown sugar. Brett is more present on the tongue than on the nose, but still not particularly strong.

M - Good carbonation, solid mouthfeel.

O - Nice beer, and one that might be interesting to age just for development's sake.

09-15-2011 12:57:17 | More by AgentZero
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 12/29/10

2010 Vintage, bottle 26/216

Split with MbpBugeye

Dirty, murky, flat brown color. Quite dark in the glass. One finger head dissipated to a swath of film, a clumpy collar of retention & just a couple streaks of lace.

Brettanomyces is strong in the nose with a prevalent funk; sourness seems modest. When bounced off the barreled aspects, there is a general earthy, woody mustiness. The malt aroma seems kind of tame. Grainy notes. Some dark fruit undertones.

Sourness is at a minimum; there's just the slightest of sour twinges at the onset but it quickly turns into funkiness & barrel. Musty, charred oak notes embody the middle. A faint nip of bourbon acts as a subtle accent. Dense swaths of grains round it out. The base beer is pretty good but seems one dimensional (not a bad thing per se). Partially slick, partially toasty.

Full bodied; slick with mild undercurrents of grittiness. Carbonation is low but it's not particularly smooth. Brett funk, charred oak linger.

Captain Barley Heart is successful in that it does more with a little, especially the base beer. Pretty solid overall.

01-01-2011 01:39:02 | More by Ryan011235
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3.38/5  rDev -13.6%

Had on tap at the brewery.

This one initially looked like most of the other beers that day - dark, black even, from a distance. Upon closer inspection this looked like a cloudy scotch with some coffee-colored haze floating around within. The beer is a sort of burnt sienna color overall.

Smells sour. Not as strong as some other Jackie O's given this one had brett added, but it's there. There's some really strong alcohol on the nose. Plenty of smoke here and really dark maltiness.

The malts really open up in the flavor. They are dark, nearly charred, with hints of coffee and baker's chocolate. More smoke comes in. Very mild sourness considering the brett, creating some dark fruit flavors. Plums come through and add sweetness. The beer finishes with more malt - the malt almost becomes too much in this one - dry, dark, and chewy.

After each sip my nose was greeted with a backwash of alcohol vapor, stinging slightly. This is quite boozy for less than 10%. Dry after taste.

Not bad, though I wasn't compelled to order any more of this either.

02-18-2011 06:47:28 | More by Spider889
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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%

I've had this one on tap before at Jackie-O's, but this one is from one of the limited release bottles: 135/216. Bottled in 2010, 22 oz. bomber sampled from a small snifter. Bottle reads that this is an "Old ale aged in oak barrels with brettanomyces."

Pours a murky brown with some hints of burnt amber color. A slight head upon first pour, but quickly falling to just a film clinging to the sides of the glass.

The nose has those wonderful sour notes that only brett can bring out. There are hints of vanilla, oak, green peppercorn, chocolate nibs, red pepper, nutmeg, orange peel, lemon, and crusty bread.

Taste is nice and sour...and interesting take on an old ale. In the flavor are bright citrus notes of lemongrass and orange peel, followed by some subtle malty notes, like a warm bread. There are also notes of green peppercorn lingering with warm vanilla and wood. The sour bite of the brett overpowers whatever the bourbon barrels might bring out in this beer.

Overall, a good, unexpected and creative, take on an old ale. It departs from a typical old ale, breaking from style with the brett, which isn't to say this beer isn't delicious. If you are into sours, strong sours, and hints of bourbon flavor, this is a good one to pick up if you can find a bottle.

02-23-2011 22:06:30 | More by movingtrain
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 15:17:54 | More by sideshowe
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3.4/5  rDev -13%


Bottle 156/200 shared by Erik (riko), thanks! Snifter.

A: Deep brown with a small beige head.

S: Cherry, plum, grape, chocolate, and currant, with notes of oak. The Brett is really faint, imparting subtle leather notes but it's hardly there.

T: The dark fruit trend continues in the flavor, with grape and plum. Light chocolate. A little prune. Faint Brett.

M: Upper medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and dry.

Overall: A pretty good beer. Perhaps the Brett will make it more interesting in the future.

06-12-2011 19:57:17 | More by HopHead84
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-14-2011 18:19:53 | More by ej285701
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-07-2011 04:29:05 | More by spycow
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-04-2011 18:11:01 | More by HopStoopid120
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Had on tap at the release party

A-pours a slightly murky brown with a thinner caramel colored head.

S-the nose comes forward with notes of brett with a fair bit of plum and cherry sweetness. it has a decent sweet fruity malt presence with a lively citric brett aroma behind.

T-the flavor has more dark malts to it, notes ofo chocolate malt with sugary sweetness behind. the brett is lighter than the nose and there is a hint of cooking spice to it in the back, not spicey spice.

M-medium body and a little grainy on the palate with a nice carbonation, prickly strong finish.

D-interesting beer with nice brett flavors and a strong malt base. the characteristics don't exactly blend well and seem to work somewhat alone but this is easy to drink and pretty taty.

02-16-2011 19:47:45 | More by cpetrone84
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-04-2012 06:21:51 | More by ithinkimasofa
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New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%

Bottle sent as a extra from normyk 2010 vintage.

pours muddy redish brown with a small head.

Smells of tart cherries and vanilla.

Tastes is something else... its like a soured barleywine of some sort. Little bit of tart fruit flavors with some chocolate and oak in there.

Mouthfeel is a like a really good barleywine full body with light carbonation.

Overall if rated this as a wild ale rather than a old ale. The old ale is still there in a sort but its mostly sour.

09-09-2011 05:41:17 | More by joefuzz
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-20-2011 17:19:02 | More by bauermj
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