Baklava Braggot - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 30
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brew3crew on 10-08-2011

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Reviews: 28 | Hads: 82
Photo of nrbw23
2.31/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a bright orange color with a fairly thin white head. Head has ok retention and leaves pretty much no lacing at all. A bit of floaters in this one too.

S- Smell getting quite a bit of a mess. Nothing really jumping out at me as well. Getting a lot of sweetness must be from the honey. Not really picking up any of the cinnamon or walnuts.

T- A bit of tartness from the lemons. A mixture of spicesness but nothing really noticeable. A touch of clove and a strange sweetness.

M- Lighter side of medium and a fair amount of carbonation.

O- I'm not really caring for this one at all. Just not my type of thing. We couldn't finish the bottle. (650 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage, bottle #88 of 192.

3.0 A: Translucent orange amber color. A little over one finger of frothy off-white head. Retention is a bit lacking, but a small ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Doesn't smell quite like baklava, but all the component are apparent. Loads of honey followed by cinnamon and walnuts followed by lemon zest and clove. Also a delicate pepperiness. Clean, relatively neutral maltiness.

3.0 T: The taste is not as well integrated as the nose. Honey is the strongest component, but it isn't "braggot strength." Cinnamon and walnuts take a bit of a back seat. The lemon zest and clove do well though. The culmination is a bit tangy, which I don't remember when I had it on-tap. It's not bad, but it's nothing special.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Could use a touch more carbonation. Light creaminess.

3.5 D: Decent, but I enjoy this a lot more fresh. It seems that I enjoy most JO's beers better on-tap. (954 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is murky dark amber with off white head. The nose is sweet an much of honey. The cinnamon spice comes through a fair bit and the walnut. Taste is simple, honey, some in fermented sugar, decent spice to it. Full body, syrupy, strong carb with a sugary finish. (263 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited to try this brew since Braggot's aren't usually that popular. This brew poured out as a nice looking amber color. The head was fizzy and white. The smell of the beer was a little different than expected, the lemon zest was in there for sure. I was hoping for more of a honey aroma. The taste of the beer was also not quite what I expected but it was still pretty good. The flavors of the lemon and spice worked well together. The mouthfeel of the beer had a good level of carbonation to it and was medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good, makes me want to check out Jackie-O's a little more. (619 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dschuster03 for sharing this growler.

A - Golden colored beer with a bit of a white head that didn't stay for long and left nothing on the glass.

S - Smells of honey, with some spices. I was hoping for a more authentic baklava experience with some flakey pastry in there, but alas, no go.

T - Honey, spices, some nuttiness that maybe is representative of pastry some how. If nothing else, it gives it some more depth.

M - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Fine for what it is. Think this could potentially be fine-tuned to be more representative of actual baklava. Not bad. (594 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Jackie O's during the release this week. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy reddish amber with hardly any head at all.

Smell: Lots of cinnamon with some sweet, bready malt. There are some fruity notes in there as well.

Taste: Very sweet but not in a cloying way. Spiced very well, picking up some cinnamon. There is a mild alcohol note and a bittersweet finish. The nutty cinnamon flavor that lingers is amazing and really reminds me of baklava.

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

Overall: I was really excited when I heard that this beer would be at the release. The aftertaste is just wonderful. The spices and sweetness mix very well. (711 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz growler into tulip glass. Thanks to seeswo for sending this one.

A: Pours light amber, some off white bubbles which recedes to a ring and lasts for the duration.

S: Bready, sugar, dry cinnamon and spice (like cardamom), and a little toffee-ish malt. Quite fragrant.

T: Graham cracker, nuttiness, spices (cinnamon, clove). Surprisingly dry.

M: Medium body and medium-light carbonation, with crispness. No alcohol present.

O: Captures the namesake very well. I was expecting something completely different based on the name (heavy and sweet), but it turned out to be a tasty, dry, spice-forward beer. This is a good cold weather beer that manages to be light and not sugary. (682 characters)

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from growler into tulip -

A: Poured a deep burnt honey hue with one finger head that dissipated into a thin off white lacing , good carbonation.

S: Honey , cinnamon , slight malt

T: Honey , sweet malts , slight cinnamon , walnut

O: Overall this was a treat to drink , It reminds me of a nice winter warmer with mild sweetness and light spice - The slight cinnamon in the finish is very good and it gives off a nice warmth.

Careful this one will sneak up on you .

Well done Brad, can't wait to see how you tweak this one and hopefully it becomes a regular @ Jackie O's. (584 characters)

Photo of nubz77
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color, with a thin head.

It smells slightly of honey and maybe a little grapefruit, which is ok. It has some nice body and a soft feel in your mouth, followed by some alcohol warmness at the end. Taste-wise, it has some nice caramel sweetness and the honey is obviously contributing a lot of flavor as well. Maybe some faint nuts too? The more I drank, however, the more the sweetness became overpowering.

I'm not exactly a braggot expert though so what the hell do I know... It's definitely drinkable, and I like baklava, but I probably wouldn't order it again. There's just some quality to it that's off-putting to me. I can appreciate the brewer for trying something new, though. (704 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at the brewpub on 10/28

Appearance - A nutty brown, with the appearance of walnut or almond. Served in a tulip with a thin membrane of froth on the top. Laces nicely to the glass. The beer is cloudy without being murky, and appears to have low carbonation.

Smell - Cinnamon and spice is immediately noticeable. A bit of a fresh fall nature smell that is reminiscent of a golden-apple crisp tree. Smells just a tad sweet.

Taste - Surprisingly light. Full of cinnamon and, of course, walnut. A nice light burn on the aftertaste. Heavy in dark plum and golden delicious apple. Some heavy purple grapevine notes as well. Noticeable bitter honey makes itself known throughout.

Mouthfeel and overall- Easily drinkable and fresh. Perfect for a crisp fall day. I was expecting a bit of a bolder body, but still good. (819 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to mikesgroove for sharing this one with me during the Halloween festivities at his house! Thanks buddy! Served from growler into a Bell's stemmed tulip. Poured red-orange with a very minimal off-white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, caramel, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, fruit, subtle dark chocolate, and honey. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I will be the first to admit that I do not usually go out of my way to drink Braggots, but this one wasn't that bad. It had a very nice sweetness going on that made it drinkable for myself. The dark chocolate aspect definitely balanced out the sweetness quite nicely on this one to make it just right. (814 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rich dark amber color that was somewhat hazy and cloudy. A nice head of white came up over the top and settled down into a thin veil that stayed on top throughout the session. The aroma was loaded with grains, nice light fruit notes, hints of honey and a light bit of alcohol. Nice sharp bite as I take my first taste, rich flavor here, more so then I have seen in the style before. Nice flavor of honey soaked oak that came across the tonge very quickly. Smooth, mellow carbonation really let the flavor explore the palate as light noted of fruit, peaches and nice touches of light grain and spice. Very intresting and very smooth with almost no hotness even with the very high alcohol in this one. Overall another really big winner from the guys up north (756 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Dave (dschuster03)! Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours an amber/golden color, white head, thin collar.

S - I'm not exactly sure what Bakalava smells like, so I'm just going to go with what I have. Sugary sweetness, spices, toasted malts, slight booze tinge.

T - Burnt sugars, honey, spices, vanilla. Similar to the nose, but perhaps a bit less sweet. It's not overly sweet, just about right.

M - Light to medium body, light carbonation, sweet syrupy finish.

O - I'm not a huge fan of this beer...not sure if I'm a fan of the style or what so I can't say it's a bad example of a Braggot. That said, I would probably skip if offered up and drink something else Brad has on tap. (692 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler picked up from Jackie O's by Dave (dschuster03). Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to nothing. Transparent honey-colored body. I guess that's appropriate?

S - Honey, bread, alcohol, and a nebulous spice character - nutmeg? cinnamon? Doesn't really smell like Baklava to me, as it lacks the nuttiness and flaked pastry, but the honey and spice gets it into the right ballpark. Thankfully not cloying as many braggots tend to be.

T - Taste has a bit more of the nuttiness I'm looking for, mingling with honey, caramel malt, spices, and perhaps some dates. Much closer to baklava, and thankfully sheds much of the obvious alcohol.

M - Medium-full bodied, with a smooth texture, lower carbonation, and light warming alcohol in the finish. Somewhat sticky, but not syrupy.

D - It's in the top 10 braggots I've had, but that isn't saying much. This one seemed to polarize our tasting group, as a few people immediately dumped their glasses while others went for a refill. Interesting concept, but the execution could have been stronger. (1,082 characters)

Photo of danwho
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brew3crew for sending me a growler Friday. Had 1/2 last night, will drink the other half tonight.
Poured from the growler into my Stone IRS tulip.

Pours a rusty red color, light carbonation with slight thin head, no lacing.
Smells old, musty, malty, like dark sweet moldy fruit, but nice not off-putting. As it warms, more spices are noted.
Mouth-feel is smooth, slightly oily, slick, but in a good way.
Taste: never had a beer like this. Fruity sweetness to start, then malt and biscuit. Alcohol bite on the swallow then hop bitterness with the finish. Later on more spices come forward.

Overall: oh my, very tasty, unusual. I give it a solid A.
Thanks Jason! (672 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks cam for sharIng this beer

A - a beautiful burnt copper body with minimal white foam

S - light fruity sweetness, walnut dryness, a bit dull

T - dark fruit sweetness some roasted notes. Nice balanced profile

M - quite smooth and pleasant on the tongue

O - nice beer, interesting concept, tasty Product (311 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy reddish orange with just a touch of head. Looks like i would expect a braggot to look like.
Smells Nutty and honey heavy. A bit boozy. The aroma is muddled compared to the taste.
Tastes nutty and honey heavy. Boozy, like a wonderful alcoholic baklava. Brad hit this one on the head.
Good thick rich mouthfeel. Overall a bit harsh but great (357 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting at Jackie O's

A-burnt orange body with a white whispy head

S-very sweet and inviting. Cinnamon deliciousness

T-follows the nose. Great cinnamon taste. Get a little bit of the walnuts

M-medium body and smooth

O-incredibly drinksble. I'm taking some of this home (284 characters)

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Baklava Braggot from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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