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Brown Recluse - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 52
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 04-02-2011)
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Reviews by Alieniloquium:
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3.55/5  rDev -11.3%

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle 79/372, 2011. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Brown. Duh. Not much head, just a ring of foam.

Smell - Acetic vinegar notes. Maple syrup cuts the acidic notes. Cherry aromas, as well.

Taste - Nice sour. Slightly acetic. Becomes more so in the finish. Red wine and cherry flavors. Very similar to the smell.

Mouthfeel - Nice clean sour, which is surprising from Jackie O's. I don't love the acetic sourness, but it's good.

Overall - It's nice without being fantastic. Sour, but missing the complexity.

02-10-2013 03:17:17 | More by Alieniloquium
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Yukon (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-12-2013 01:45:06 | More by jaminjohnson
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5/5  rDev +25%

12-04-2011 02:26:18 | More by Stigs
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Veldrid for this one. Poured from a 22oz. (#33/372) bomber into Lost Abbey stemware. Shared with schen9303

A: Standard pour yields an almost completely flat beer. No head. Beer is a dark, almost opaque brown. No lacing with poor legs. Doesn't really get much worse. Clarity saves it from being a 1.

S: Nose is a slightly tart grape along with some raspberry. Moerately aromatic with a nice tart funk. Vanilla from the barrels also. Decent.

T: Opens tart prunes and raspberry. Kind of like a Flanders Oud Bruin. Woody and puckering towards the middle where the sour really kicks in. Robust with notes of tea leaves at the end, creating a slightly accented bitterness right before a filmy, puckering, tart, dry tea leaf finish. Really unique and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Lively and puckering in the mouth. Goes down abrasive with some small bubbles on the side with a messy finish and a lingering aftertaste. Appropriate and real nice body.

O: Aside from the appearance, Brown recluse is a really well made wild ale. Robust and with a different approach than most other wild ales I've had. The tea leaves accentuate the overall woodiness nicely. Worth trying.

05-15-2011 20:55:45 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-29-2012 05:11:15 | More by leschkie
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5/5  rDev +25%

11-17-2011 23:35:09 | More by Photekut
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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%

Bottle courtesy of csmiley. Thanks dood!

2011 - Bottle #99/372

Brown Recluse pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s not opaque. Light cuts through at every angle. It features some really nice dark cherry colored highlights throughout. The color is nice. It’s unfortunate that no head materializes. A few bubbles appear on the surface, but disappear quickly. That’s it. Not bad, not great.

The nose is a tad weak, but smells pretty good overall. It starts out with a mix of sour cherry, oak, and plum. It’s an interesting mix, but it works. While wild yeast is definitely here, there’s not any overt evidence of funkiness. Not a bit. There are some secondary notes of oak, vanilla, leather, and tobacco. Surprisingly, I’m not getting any maple syrup. That’s a tad disappointing. Still smells alright though. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any.

The flavor is interesting. It’s also good. It seems rather straight forward. It does start out with a nice sour cherry flavor. It is vinegary and quite tart. I wouldn’t say it’s mouth puckering though. There is a bit of dark fruit and a red wine quality to it. Oak, vanilla, and tobacco are all secondary. They add some nice depth and complement the other flavors nicely. I’m still not getting any maple syrup. I wish there were more of that flavor here. Perhaps it’s just buried. Alcohol is never a factor. Finishes tart with a touch of oak and vanilla.

Brown Recluse has a lighter body. Carbonation is extremely light. It’s soft, but I wish there were more bubbles here. It feels thin and a bit watery. It’s not exactly bad, but it’s not great. Average sounds about right.

Brown Recluse is interesting beer. I like the flavor quite a bit, but am left wanting more body, more bubbles, and at least a little maple syrup. Perhaps that’s just time’s effect on it. It’s still good stuff. It just doesn’t pack the ferocious bite I’d hoped.

01-12-2013 03:37:35 | More by prototypic
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4.7/5  rDev +17.5%

Syrup brown color with minimal head, smell is of tart fruit, brownies, and oak. The taste is delightfully tart with the perfect sweet pancake undertone. Light bodied and full flavored, the finish lasts forever with loads of sour fruit. Awesome beer, will be nice to see this one age.

04-04-2011 04:18:31 | More by Tripphop
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3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

11-26-2013 02:39:35 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev 0%

11-24-2011 06:05:03 | More by dtx00
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4/5  rDev 0%

04-07-2013 23:30:29 | More by claaark13
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

12-16-2012 21:58:11 | More by kbuzz
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2.3/5  rDev -42.5%

Pours a dark carmel colored brown in the glass the only visual head is a white lacing around the beer.

Smell- sweet aroma with a little sour cherry in the end. Almost one trick pony

Taste- a nice sour taste starts out but falls flat in the end. Some sour cherries and finishes with a sweet lacing of maple syrup.

Overall- avoid the hype. It's ok but nothing special. Thin and watery is the best way to describe this.

08-03-2011 04:55:04 | More by badboyrsl84
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

05-13-2012 01:14:21 | More by hoppymcgee
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-26-2013 11:39:14 | More by jmarsh123
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South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +10%

really enjoyed this one. poured into a snifter and started out my night on 6/29 it was wonderfully sessionable and a nice change from the normal heavy abv offerings

nice dark brown pour yields a small but intact head that does its job of settling in and rounding out the glass quite well, in fact it does not seem to fade at all

Aroma is tart cherries, nice notes here. I love that aroma, not that huge horse funk, but the nice cherry and oak notes that still offer touches of sweetness in them. Really rounds it out nicely and makes for a tremendously pleasing aroma. nice sweet notes tucked around inside of the deep tartness. Really nice light spices in here now. Currant maybe with touches of grape skins and a rich, subtle tone that is simply to die for. Really well done I have to say. Each sip became easier and easier to drink and I watched the bottle vanish in no time flat.

07-02-2011 01:55:43 | More by mikesgroove
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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

08-19-2012 14:09:28 | More by vrbulldog22
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

03-26-2013 17:43:53 | More by danwho
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3.9/5  rDev -2.5%

I had this on-tap during the event this weekend at Jackie O's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a layer of cream off white head that fades to a layer on top of the beer.

Smell: Sour vinegar with some tart red wine notes. The is a mildly nutty sweetness from the malt.

Taste: Sour vinegar and red wine show up as they did in the smell. I'm picking up some maple syrup, and enjoying it. The finish is tart and funky.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The maple and sour notes went together quite well. I never would have thought of it, but it wasn't mind blowing either. I would have this one again.

12-04-2011 20:06:34 | More by oline73
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4.4/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a tulip. 2011 vintage. Bottle #282 of 372.

3.5 A: Fairly clear deep mahogany brown color. Just one finger of creamy beige head. Retention isn't all that great and little lacing is left.

4.5 S: Wow, this has really developed since the release. Much more sour than I remember anyway. Lots of tangy lactic acid with lots of black cherry, grape, plum, a touch of tobacco, and something like fig. Ever so light roastiness. Remnants of the maple syrup at a well received layer of complexity. Oak and vanilla from the barrel. Musty basement type brett funkiness. I remember liking the nose on this, but it's much better now.

4.5 T: This has developed a bit of a pucker factor. Tart cherry and plum with not quite ripe grape and tobacco again. Good bit of vanilla and almost as much oak. Soft, supple tannic astringency. Lots of tangy lactic, but also some acetic acid. Musky basement. Just a small contribution from the maple syrup. Good bit of sourness to scratch that itch with tons of complexity and flavors that complement each other.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Carbonation is just a touch higher than average for the style and is very spritzy. Creamy on finish, but light up to that point.

4.5 D: I'm really digging this right now. If you have a bottle and have not had it yet, now's a good time to open it. This has turned out to be one of my favorite JO's brews. It's just too damn bad this was my last bottle. I wouldn't have traded as much if I knew I'd like it this much.

07-14-2011 22:28:47 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%

04/02/11- Had this one on-tap at Jackie O's "one funky afternoon."
A: Mahogany with a thin white collar.
S: "Standard" oud bruin with caramel and maple syrup, cranberry and raisin, brown sugar, and earthy. Good.
T: Almost salame casing... almost... with a good musty cranberry and red wine caramel mix, along with some cherry fruitiness. This is a very simple, solid beer.
M: Thinner, but frothy.
O: Good. This was one of my favorites of the day.

04-04-2011 01:05:47 | More by ne0m00re
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4/5  rDev 0%

12-18-2011 12:57:56 | More by recall1242
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev 0%

12-03-2011 18:41:14 | More by Rhettroactive
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2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

07-15-2012 16:12:23 | More by aasher
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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

01-01-2012 19:27:25 | More by schwaeh
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Brown Recluse from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.