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Captain Barley Heart - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Captain Barley HeartCaptain Barley Heart

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BA SCORE
87
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%


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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kirok1999

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mild chocolate brown, thick off white head. Smells very nice, lots of milk chocolate, cherries, dates and sweet caramel.
This was poured too cold and it changed drastically as it warmed up. When cold it was very muted and not fruity. Once it warmed all the fruity notes came out in droves. Lush chocolate, dates, caramel, raisins and cherries. The Brett yeast gave it a mildly funky note that went well with the fruits. It felt somewhat thin but overall is a very well done old ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:42:54 | More by kirok1999
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cosmicevan

New York

4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 02:17:39 | More by cosmicevan
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2013 16:18:06 | More by PittBeerGirl
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boxcar01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2013 21:22:40 | More by boxcar01
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Bcarson7287

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

09-16-2013 23:35:11 | More by Bcarson7287
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This bottle is from the '10 vintage, bottle 80 of 216. Purchased this at the brewery in Jan '11.

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Emerges a dark and ruddy brownish purple color with a thin and wispy, snickerdoodle colored head that is quite small and recedes into the unknown faster than Charlie Sheen into a hooker's chest.

Aroma is quite sour and somewhat fruity. I really get the lactic acid type aromas in this one. I guess sour beers are supposed to smell sour, and this one sure does. Hints of alcohol and figs, almost a burning tire, and wild outdoors.

I kind of like the flavor. The sourness is the star here but there is some chocolate and caramel malt that slightly balances out the sourness. Fruit, tart, sour. Kind of thin on the body; I guess the Brett thins this one out and dries it out also.

As the beer warms, more of the barrel aging characteristics come out such as bourbon, vanilla, oak and more caramel creaminess. I enjoyed the latter part of the bottle more than the first part where the beer was a little too cold.

I am certainly no expert on sour beers, but I have had some. This one seems to bridge the gap between a vinegar bomb and an unsoured, "normal" beer. Not a beer I would have everyday, but certainly for a change of pace, which I needed today.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 21:22:48 | More by SaCkErZ9
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billab914

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into my Flying Mouflan glass. Dark caramel in color with a thin, spotty lacing scattered across the top. The head faded rather quickly, leaving it rather still looking.

Aroma has the sweet maltiness of an Old Ale but with a tart and sour dark fruit presence. I get notes of caramel and sour cherry most prominently. The sour dark fruits are very nice in the aroma.

The taste has a little more dark sour fruits to it. I still get some of the malty, caramel sweetness of the old ale, but the sour fruits definitely seem to take over more in the taste. It's a little acidic, but not too bad. The finish is tart and somewhat dry, leaving the sourness to linger.

The mouthfeel is on the heavy side and carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is probably fitting for an Old Ale, but seems a little out of place in a sour beer. Overall, a decent sour beer with some nice sour dark fruit notes. Pretty flavorful and enjoyable overall. Not a great sour, but an enjoyable one.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:22:47 | More by billab914
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gpawned

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-02-2012 17:03:05 | More by gpawned
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-29-2012 21:38:47 | More by Photekut
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

04-29-2012 00:28:29 | More by bsuedekum
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

03-04-2012 06:21:51 | More by ithinkimasofa
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Brew33

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.3%

01-26-2012 13:36:11 | More by Brew33
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TheBeerologist

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-04-2012 00:06:41 | More by TheBeerologist
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased December 2010 at Jackie O's. #20 of 216.

A - A half-finger of off-white foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind minimal spotty lace. Opaque raisin brown color.

S - The bourbon and oak presence is monstrous! The overall aroma is incredibly potent and leaps from the glass, bombarding one with sharp oak, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, mild vinegar and funk, some savory BBQ sauce notes, cherries, and brown sugar malts. Maybe a touch of caramel, milk chocolate, and dark fruits in there, but they're buried under the other flavors.

T - The taste is much more mellow. Dark fruits, tart cherry cordials, some light caramel sweetness - this seems slightly over-attenuated thanks to the brett. Dry oak and a bit of mustiness are also present. Perhaps a bit over-oaked and overly dry thanks to the brett.

M - Body seems a touch light for 9.5%. Lower carbonation, some mild tannic character, but otherwise quite smooth in texture. Minimal alcohol warmth is appreciated, especially after the raucous and bourbon-forward aroma.

D - This was a pleasant surprise. I only bought one of these because I was skeptical this would be a good beer, but it definitely exceeded my expectations and was mostly successful at what it set out to do. If Brad used second- or third-use barrels he'd actually have a pretty historically accurate old ale - perhaps dial back the bourbon and oak flavors and let the malt bill have a bit more opportunity to shine. Would purchase this again if it was actually available somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:14:18 | More by MasterSki
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falcon1

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-07-2011 19:04:50 | More by falcon1
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-07-2011 04:29:05 | More by spycow
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CharlieMurphy

New York

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-06-2011 20:18:39 | More by CharlieMurphy
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-06-2011 04:45:23 | More by boatshoes
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-04-2011 18:11:01 | More by HopStoopid120
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

12-04-2011 02:26:07 | More by Stigs
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-03-2011 18:41:59 | More by Rhettroactive
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

11-25-2011 20:07:39 | More by JAHMUR
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

11-15-2011 17:33:27 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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Captain Barley Heart from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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