1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Brandy Barrel Superfly - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Brandy Barrel SuperflyBrandy Barrel Superfly

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

62 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 08-26-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 62 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Jackie-O. The aroma had the brandy. Sour, cherryish, astringent, medicinal. Overcarbonated. Grows on me, so its drinkable. Decent beer, expected more hops and more caramel , but overall disappointing, ideas that did not come together. A tad boozy. More balance needed.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 01:13:14 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

10-17-2012 01:41:03 | More by t0rin0
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of MrHirschybar.

Bottle # 328/341.

Pours a murky honey brown with a khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour and is mainly of malt and dark fruit. Taste is the same with a slight kick of brandy on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's pretty weird in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 23:02:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

01-01-2012 04:03:08 | More by djrn2
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark orange colors swirling about and a good sized head of white reaching up and over the top to around two inches before settling back down again. Really nice layered look to the sides of the glass as it was thoroughly coated all the way down, really good retention here I have to say. Lots of malt in the nose right off. Caramel, sweet notes mixing with a very big hop note, especially as it warms. Piney with a sweet orange rind like citrus touch as it comes close to room temperature. Very thick feel, sticky and full with nice carbonation, definite enough to get it done. Initially you get the piney hop bite as you take the first sip, but it became very well balanced mid palate as the rich, almost scotch ale like buttery notes start to come through and really give it quite a smooth flavor. A bit hot still

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 19:21:30 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Richard!

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 17:25:47 | More by womencantsail
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

01-15-2012 01:53:28 | More by acurtis
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr


2/5  rDev -38.7%

11-15-2011 17:32:04 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of MasterSki


3/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 16:42:32 | More by MasterSki
Photo of oline73


3/5  rDev -8%

12-05-2011 03:45:37 | More by oline73
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -38.7%

01-09-2012 00:19:32 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of orangesol


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

03-04-2012 17:01:36 | More by orangesol
Photo of TurdFurgison


3/5  rDev -8%

11-14-2011 10:59:25 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of drummermattie02


2/5  rDev -38.7%

05-13-2013 14:20:39 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

11-23-2011 06:07:26 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of AgentZero


3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown colored beer, a little hazy, with a bit of a head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Smell is kind of odd, there is some maltyness like a big amber, but it's overpowered with some thing that is kind of a combination of sweet cheese, candy corns, and sweat socks. Not particularly great.

T - Some butter, toffee, a little barrel. Brandy comes through more than on the nose. I have a hard time distinguishing the base beer here, but a bit of malt comes through.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O - Not one of my preferred Jackie O's beers, but wouldn't mind seeing Brad give this another go as it's an interesting concept.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 20:29:05 | More by AgentZero
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

1.73/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 14:32:31 | More by claspada
Photo of bsuedekum


3/5  rDev -8%

05-16-2012 01:54:35 | More by bsuedekum
Photo of Gobzilla


3.75/5  rDev +15%

02-17-2013 06:25:05 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -8%

12-14-2011 01:51:38 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

02-10-2014 14:23:54 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Bottle #250 of 341.

4.0 A: Lightly hazed deep amber color. Two fingers of thick, creamy beige head. Retention is average, but lots of lacing is left behind.

3.5 S: I decided to open this tonight because I liked it on tap so much that I wanted to drink it again, but now I'm dumbfounded. The brew I drank at the release was powerful and rich, yet elegant. This, from the bottle, seems to be a light version of that beer. The caramel is a fraction of what I was expecting. The vanilla and oak are still found in ample amounts, but the brandy itself is much more subdued than I remember. Overall, the malts are bready. The nose isn't bad now, but it isn't what I experience at the release either.

3.0 T: Again, this is a shadow of what I remember it to be. The base is a bready, light in caramel, and simple overall. There is a good bit of vanilla, moderate amounts of oak, a touch of tannic astringency, and only hints of brandy. Indeed, the brandy contribution is ineffective in improving this beer. It gives a soda-with-too-much-melted-ice dissatisfaction. Interestingly, there is no buttery component in either the nose of taste for the bottle version.

2.5 M: Lighter medium body. A tad bit undercarbonated, but otherwise fine. The main issue here is the lack of creaminess. This is way too watery and much more so than I remember. This is the worse discrepancy between the two serving styles.

3.0 D: Some of the reviews of JO's stuff seem to suggest that some of their beers just don't do well in bottles. I was always skepticle of this phenomenon until now. This isn't at all like what I had at the release. Is the bottle version actually worse? Had I worn my palate too thin at the release to realize what I was tasting? Who knows.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 00:40:38 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of AlexFields


3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

12-28-2012 14:45:01 | More by AlexFields
Photo of kscaldef


2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

09-03-2013 00:46:13 | More by kscaldef
Photo of Dope


4.13/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #266/341, many thanks to AlexFields.

A: A dark red/amber pour with a solid beige head. Pretty incredible lacing and retention is good as well.

S: Tons of very, very sweet dark fruit. Raisin, fig, plums and grapes for sure. Heavy caramel. Brandy bite is noticeable after it has warmed up a bit.

T: Very strong brandy flavor is evident up front. Super sweet brandy and caramel all the way through. Dark fruit is most prominent in the middle. Brandy is still there through to the aftertaste, combining with some nice alcohol heat and bite.

M: Carbonation is a little low but acceptable. Very sweet, almost to the point of being syrupy.

O: Definitely a "must" for the brandy lover. This is not a beer I would want to drink more than one of. It's very sweet and a good sipping beer (almost akin to just drinking plain brandy) but almost overpowering. It was almost tough to put down the whole bomber. However, I would recommend letting this one warm up, it is much better that way. I upgraded the taste to a 4.0 due to this factor.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 05:19:45 | More by Dope
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Brandy Barrel Superfly from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.