Brandy Barrel Superfly - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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1.73/5 rDev -47.1%
Pours a hazy dark red brandy color with a small amount of tan foam that settles to a thin cap leaving patchy haze on top and a few stray spots of lace.
Aromas begin with extremely sweet maltiness and sweet brandy barrel. A mixture of red licorice, brandy, treacle, toffee and bit of harsh alcohol for good measure.
The tastes are worse that the aroma, at first it reminded me of a red ale with shot of brandy mixed in, but as it warms it doesn't even taste like brandy just cheap vodka and light caramel malts. There is some doughy bread and a hint of toffee offsetting some of the massive sweetness from the caramel malts and fusel alcohol.
The mouthfeel is thick, chewy, viscous and way way too boozy. Carbonation is medium-to-low, body is full, but the alcohol is present in copious quantities.
Overall this is a huge miss for me. I can make a pretty good comparable beer by grabbing any American Amber and dropping a shot of cheap brandy in the glass. Jackie-O's hasnt impressed me yet with any of their offerings as most seem to be way too boozy and unbalanced with I personally think is key for any barrel-aged beer. Hopefully they can redeem themselves in my mind if I am fortunate to sample some of their other offerings down the road.
11-14-2011 14:32:31 | More by claspada
1.98/5 rDev -39.4%
A copper coloured beer with a white head that left a little bit of lacing and stuff on the sides. This beer has a jacked up smell of gym locker and corn syrup. Really pretty horrible. Sweet like brandy with sugar and man this just tastes bad. A sweet and weird and hard to drink. Can't drink enough to get to the real feel, but noticed enough carbonation to find it average. This is an experiment that phailed.
09-10-2011 19:39:55 | More by RodneyX
2.03/5 rDev -37.9%
Chilled bottle into a glass. No label. I half-suspect Mike is involved in Narke Xantus redux.
A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber with gold highlights. The wispy beige head retains poorly and leaves a very mild collar on the beer. A couple of streaks of lace.
S: Vanilla and oak up front: this is clearly barrel-aged. But in what barrels? There is a caramelly, oxidized grape note that could be bourbon, but a noticeable tartness in the nose suggests brandy (or even infection). Brown sugar. Earthy hops and a note of corn.
T: The taste is... odd. I pick up a mild barrel flavor with a tartness that, again, suggests brandy and some other dark fruits. Caramel is noted in the mid-palate. But the finish is dominated by earthy bitterness that lingers into the finish. Slight astringency amongst the tart flavors.
M: Medium-full body with low-moderate carbonation. Appropriate for the style. But this is unpleasantly hoppy (in terms of bitterness, not flavor), which results in a sticky, long-lasting finish that undermines the enjoyability of the barrel flavors.
O: This beer isn't abysmal, but it's not particularly impressive. I drank it blind, rated it, and sent in my review to learn what it was. A shame. I think pretty highly of several Jackie O's barrel-aged beers. This is an exception.
11-14-2011 06:03:48 | More by Arbitrator
2.53/5 rDev -22.6%
Bottle courtesy of Rhettroactive, thanks Rhett!!! Shared with irishcolonial. Poured into a Jackie O's snifter:
A: Pours a sunset orange. About a quarter finger of cream colored head that slowly recedes to a ring around the edge of the glass. Decent lacing coats the sides. Good looking beer here.
S: Not good. Bleh. Loads of vanilla and sweet raisin blend with hops and sweet malts and create a bouquet that I would compare to mildew. Really quite poor.
T: Vanilla, hints of sweet dark fruit, and some light bittering hops. Cloying and sweet, with a funky bitterness. Kind of a mess.
M: Could have used more carbonation. Flavors are not well-balanced, as there isn't much of a hop or malt presence to balance the stickiness of the brandy aging.
O: I really wanted to like it, but BB Superfly is a bit too much for this palate. I appreciate what Brad was going for with this, but the flavors just aren't integrated well. I'm sure some of the more experimental BA's will drink this up, so to speak, but I was very unimpressed.
10-08-2011 21:30:08 | More by siege06nd
3/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours amber in color with a khaki colored head. There’s a light butter quality to the nose which is not very pleasing. Some sweet toffee and other sugar notes to go with a hint of vanilla and oak. Just a hint of brandy on the nose. The flavor is similarly lackluster. Mild brandy, sweet toffee and malt, and too much butter (well, any is really too much). Maybe just a hint of dark fruit. Medium body and carbonation.
01-22-2012 17:25:47 | More by womencantsail
3/5 rDev -8.3%
Bottle #244 of 341 shared by Sean - thanks dude! Served in a Darkness glass.
A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thin collar, leaving patchy haze on top and a few stray spots of lace. Hazy dark red brandy color - guess the combination of red ale and brandy will do that.
S - Extremely sweet - verges on cloying. A mixture of red licorice, brandy, treacle, toffee, sugar, and bit of harsh alcohol for good measure.
T - Taste is a bit better, with some doughy bread and a hint of cocoa(?) offsetting some of the massive sweetness from the caramel malts, brandy, sugar, and red licorice. The finish is bitter and slightly unexpected - so sort of mixture of oak and alcohol bit I'm guessing?
M - Thick, chewy, viscous, boozy, with a tannic finish. Carbonation is medium-low, body is full, alcohol is present in copious quantities. Other than the heat, this is quite nice.
D - Reminds me of Mikkeller BA Weinbrand, but less good. I can see why this particular experiment might have been appealing, but it just didn't turn out very well. I ended up pouring out a good portion of my glass, as there were too many other beers to try to struggle with this one.
09-11-2011 16:42:32 | More by MasterSki
Brandy Barrel Superfly from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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