Bolero Brown - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
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
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
Bolero Brown from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.