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Bourbon Barrel Middle Of Nowhere - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 43
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 10-08-2011)
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
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3.06/5  rDev -24.4%

Pours jet black with a small brown head. Spotty lacing down the glass with a tad bit of retention.

Lots of things going on in the aroma. Tons of fudge, dark chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of smoke to go with some heavy roasted malt. Bourbon and maple syrup are present, but not overpowering.

Unfortunately the flavor does not live up to the rich, complex nose. Still a ton of chocolate and roasted malts in here, but the sweetness takes over and swings the balance. Don't get a ton of maple syrup, but the honey overpowers everything else and creates a weird combo with the barrel notes which are much too subdued for my tastes.

Medium bodied and good carbonation levels, but the beer is a touch thin. Still finishes somewhat roasty and dry, but with the honey sweetness adding to that the combo just doesn't work.

Interesting concept and something that sounds great on paper, but the execution here didn't do it for me. If they could actually make something that tastes like this smells, I'd be all in. As it played out, this was just a thin, honey sweet jumbled mess.

02-28-2013 18:37:22 | More by jmarsh123
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

12-04-2011 02:25:10 | More by Stigs
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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12-20-2012 01:58:19 | More by dtx00
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

03-14-2013 20:19:00 | More by smakawhat
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-17-2012 01:28:56 | More by vrbulldog22
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

Yet another beer opened at the epic tasting that took place this past weekend. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: There is some warm alcohol right off the bat with roasty malt and some dark chocolate as well. Mildly sweet.

Taste: Sweet and roasty up front. There is some honey and maple in the taste. The finish is a bit hot from the barrel aging.

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

Overall: This one is quite good, but I wish there was a little bit more maple to be found. This will only get better as it ages. I would have another.

12-20-2011 04:03:01 | More by oline73
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%

i can't remember who brought this to marine1975's house, but thank you! sampled 3.3.12 and reviewed from notes. poured into a Duck-Rabbit snifter.

A - black with deep brown highlights; basically no head or lacing, just a few bubbles

S - some wood, bourbon, a bit of vanilla and toffee, leather

T - citrus, dry bourbon/whiskey, some ripe fruit, some maple and honey come out some toward end

M - medium bodied with light carbonation; honey gives a slightly coating mouthfeel

O - it was a bit drier than i expected for a beer made with maple and honey. the whiskey flavor is very bright. good overall.

03-18-2012 03:02:06 | More by cwguy5
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3/5  rDev -25.9%

05-10-2013 02:04:53 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.05/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage, bottle #33 of 298. I didn't get a chance to try this at the release, so here we go.

4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head. Retention is good given the ABV and lots of lacing is left behind.

5.0 S: Wow, this smells wonderful. There's a perfect balance between the stout and the barrel. Strong, yet supple roastiness. Plenty of cacoa and rich milk chocolate. The maple syrup adds complexity and gives this a uniqueness from JO's other big stouts. The honey is tough to find, but is there if you sniff deep enough. Barrel and bourbon give leather, earthy woodiness, vanilla, and hints of melon. Booze is hidden well.

4.0 T: Taste is a lot like the nose, but with a touch more booze. Big roastiness is there, which gives just a touch of burntness on finish. Chocolate joins caramel to add a sweet touch. Again, maple syrup adds a nice complexity and the honey is hard to find. The bourbon adds the leather, melon, and vanilla again, but also gives a touch of astringency on finish.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Smooth, but I wish this was more creamy.

3.5 D: This started off with so much potential in the nose. While this is still a tasty beer, it isn't a masterpiece. I'd put this a couple hairs below Dark App and several hundred hairs below Oil. Worth a drink. That was my first and only bottle, so adu till next release.

12-07-2011 00:34:47 | More by DavoleBomb
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New Hampshire

2.26/5  rDev -44.2%

Poured into FFF Teku. Batch 11, bottle #55/298.

A: Pours deep dark brown almost black. Almost no head at all. Looks pretty still.

S: Mellow bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla. Odd tartness to it.

T: Woah, this is infected. Very sour and vinegary with an astringent bite at the end. Tartness really blocks most other things out.

M: Thin and watery. Very tannic and acidic.

O: No idea what this could have been if it wasn't infected. Really thin in body though, despite whatever happened. What a shame :(

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3.4/5  rDev -16%

Served with a short cap of dark head atop a black beer.

The aroma is heavy on the bourbon, strong vanilla and booze. Also a bit of tartness in there I'll attribute to the barrel juice.

Wow, I found this to showcase a strong hoppy character. Mainly though, this was just super hot fresh. I imagine that 6 months or a year will mellow this one down a ton. As it were, I was having difficulty appreciating the stout base due to the heavy bourbon.

Very dry mouthfeel, strong char flavor on the finish.

This wasn't bad, but fresh at least, I'll take a BB Dark App or Oil of Aphrodite over this.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle #117/298. December 2011 release.

A- Pours a completely motor oil black color with a light brown head that leaves great lacing.

S- The nose is really really nice on this one. Bourbon barrels, vanilla, oak, and dark roasted malt all come through.

T- Sweeter than I would have thought judging by the nose. Nice warming bourbon flavor initially with some vanilla and anise. Roasted malt, smoke, bittersweet chocolate, and alcohol in the finish. A lingering sweetness is present throughout.

M- Full bodied with gentle carbonation.

O- Another very great brew from Jackie O's. Every stout that I've had from them so far has been truly delicious.

12-22-2011 23:35:42 | More by projectflam86
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Bourbon Barrel Middle Of Nowhere from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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