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Bolero Brown - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Bolero Brown
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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 05-05-2011)
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

02-05-2012 04:14:21 | More by waiting4lunch
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3/5  rDev -27.7%

12-27-2011 20:43:19 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-05-2012 18:47:04 | More by acurtis
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-04-2012 18:04:15 | More by Jwale73
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-20-2012 14:54:57 | More by djrn2
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Tripphop

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. The pour is very still in the glass, a murky brown color with light edges in the glass. Aromas of caramel and burnt toffee. Very sweet smelling, almost of molasses. Taste is very complex. Layers of brown sugar, toffee, caramel, cookie, graham cracker, and soy. Very unique flavor, but not one my palate beckons for. A nice beer, big and malty, but not my favorite offering

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 19:49:47 | More by Tripphop
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Spider889

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub a while back. Review form notes.

Looks a lot like Dark Apparition, this is a dark "brown" ale. Served with no head... not too surprising coming from a barrel-aged beer. However a bit of swirling reveals a gritty texture and rouses a short cap of foam.

The aroma was a little more weak than I was hoping. I don't have a ton of experience with brandy barrels though. The liquor isn't overly apparent, and the base beer produces some muted barley and ash notes.

Things begin picking up with the taste. Bolero starts off with a dense maltiness which is rich and roasty. Then the brandy grows with sweet alcohol and oak flavors. Mid palate the beer reveals a thinner American Brown Ale set of flavors - mild nuttiness and mellow malts. This beer can be summed up well with two words: woody and malty.

The mouthfeel is dry with a long and deep finish which is full of blackened malt and char. Very very nice. You're tasting the texture and flavor of the inside of that brandy barrel - a really dark char, which I enjoyed immensely.

Overall a very pleasing beer. I would be happy to see this around more often.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 05:30:22 | More by Spider889
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-04-2011 02:24:35 | More by Stigs
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Photekut

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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nickhiller

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-13-2012 01:06:49 | More by hoppymcgee
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-03-2011 18:43:39 | More by Rhettroactive
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-18-2011 00:29:59 | More by ChrisPro
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schwaeh

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-07-2012 14:28:23 | More by nmann08
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2011 18:13:21 | More by ej285701
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-07-2011 04:29:41 | More by spycow
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-06-2012 04:06:31 | More by xnicknj
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-06-2012 00:18:07 | More by JAHMUR
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bmoney

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-16-2011 00:09:10 | More by bmoney
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-04-2012 17:24:33 | More by claspada
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this growler. I've had my eye on this one for a while. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a partial thin cap, thick collar, and a few spots of lace. Initially looks like a stout, but reveals some dark brown coloration under closer scrutiny.

S - Big molasses, brown sugar, caramel, milk chocolate, and some sweet brandy influence. Very sweet stuff, perhaps verging on cloying, but potent and quite enjoyable for the most part.

T- The taste reveals more of the base brown ale, with milk chocolate, nuts, caramel, vanilla, and mild roast character. Not as much of the brandy barrel presence here. I was told this batch is 13%, and it definitely tastes stronger than the 9.5% listed here, but it's still surprisingly smooth.

M - Medium-full body, creamy and smooth texture, lower carbonation, and shockingly well-hidden alcohol if it's really 13% Not much tannic barrel presence - I'm guessing brandy barrels are used a few times before they get sold to breweries.

D - Really enjoyable stuff, and very drinkable for the style and alcohol content. Perhaps a bit too sweet for mass quantities, but would definitely make a nice dessert pairing. Hard to peg the style - somewhere between Imperial Brown and Imperial Stout.

Serving type: growler

12-18-2011 18:40:25 | More by MasterSki
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, BC! 64oz growler into Darkness tulip. This one has been on my wants for some time, and I'm happy to finally be able to try it.

A - Pours a medium brownish color, slight red hue, cinnamon-colored head, thin ring, some wisps on top.

S - An excellent mix of burnt sugars, brandy, and oak. Just as I thought it was smell like...an amped up Brown Ale. The Brandy barrels really add a nice "oomph" and help balance out the sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of burnt sugars, brandy, and oak. There's a touch of vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar in there as well. The alcohol is very well-hidden and the barrel notes really add to this beer. The finish is gram cracker and booze, yum.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy rich finish.

O - This one lived up to the hype for me and I'm so glad I was able to try it. I was told it will be a while for this to show up at Jackie O's again, so I feel very fortunate. Recommend.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2011 19:36:40 | More by Sean9689
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lisomiso

California

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A million and one thanks to Urbancaver for the growler... a highlight of the box and a great start to the night.

Shared with walows (like most of the beers I review). It's thrilling. Complex, not too sweet, the ABV is remarkably well-hidden even as it warms. The mouthfeel is silky and just right despite being shipped cross-country in a growler. My toes are curled.

Serving type: growler

06-01-2011 03:38:42 | More by lisomiso
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Bolero Brown from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.