Cellar Cuvee 5 - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by brydeen:
2.65/5 rDev -28.6%
Bottle # 247 of 334
A: Pours a deep brown color. A thin creamy khaki colored head forms slowly, but dissipates quickly, aside from a thin edge around the glass.
S: Big notes of vanilla and maple up front. Starts very inviting, but has a strange, almost tart, apple-like hint at the back end.
T: Wow. Tartness explodes on the pallet immediately. Tastes like the most tart green apple you can find. Picks up a nice barrel characteristic when it warms, and you get past the sharpness. Caramel and vanilla notes calm the tartness. Slight roast, but a metallic tang in the aftertaste.
M: Creamy and full bodied, with very light carbonation. Feels overly acidic and harsh on the pallet. No alcohol present, but that's the least of the worries here.
O: I gotta imagine there's an infection issue here. What's inviting in the nose is completely overshadowed by the acidic tart tang in the taste and feel. i haven't been a huge fan of the other Jackie O's beers I've tried, and this one continues the disappointing trend for me.
04-18-2013 00:01:58 | More by brydeen
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3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Acquired via trade
Black throughout, at least in Churchill's dim lighting, with a finger's worth of dark brown head that doesn't leave too much stick to the glass.
The aroma is rich and inviting from the onset and it only gets better with warming. The initial blast is of freshly ground and roasted fine coffee grounds, with maple syrup, honey, and oak combing in the background to complement the rich roast characteristics. The aromas combine better and better as it warms.
The flavor wasn't quite as successful as the aroma, especially at the cooler temperatures. While there was still plenty of big, roasted coffee, maple, and oak flavors, there was a distinct, unfortunate alloy/metallic flavor, especially on the finish. As the beer warmed, the metallic flavor nearly disappeared, but not completely. Complete and tasty, though with a few unfortunate misgivings holding it back from greatness.
Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, though a bit metallic when cool.
A very nice, creative, and interesting blend. This one was significantly better at room temperature and quite disappointing when cool.
02-13-2012 17:25:57 | More by ehammond1
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle
Cellar Cuvee 5 pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s onyx. No light cuts through, even at the edges. A light tan head covers the top. It rises just above the surface and falls back quickly. Lacing was definitely light and spotty.
The nose is good. It starts out with a nice mix of chocolate and caramel. It smells a little sweet, but the chocolate smells like the darker variety. Bourbon is definitely noted. Its presence is moderately strong. It doesn’t overpower. I’m not getting much brandy. Secondary scents include honey, oak, vanilla, and a hint of maple syrup. Alcohol is definitely noted and smells a little strong. We’ll see how that plays out. Smells good though. Rather complex and interesting.
The flavor is very good. It starts out with a mix of bittersweet, dark chocolate and sweet caramel. It’s a rather sturdy malt base. Sweeter than expected though. A subtle hint of maple syrup only adds to the sweet factor. Barrel aging certainly added a host of flavors. Brandy seems to be more apparent than bourbon in flavor. Interesting. There are also rather strong oak and vanilla flavors. They all work together quite well to produce a satisfying flavor. Honey is noted throughout and adds quality depth. Alcohol is prominent, but doesn’t seem warm or hot. Finishes chocolaty with a twist of oak and brandy. Very impressive.
Cellar Cuvee 5 has a medium body that feels just a tad thin. Carbonation seems light and soft. The feel isn’t bad, but it seems to need a little more body. For what it’s worth it goes down rather easy.
Cellar Cuvee 5 is an interesting mix of a brandy barrel aged imperial amber ale and a bourbon barrel aged oatmeal stout. The end product is very good. I really like the creative, trailblazing approach that was taken with this one. If it has any faults, the body is tad too light. That’s about it though. Very good stuff. Thanks a ton, Chris!
01-29-2012 02:33:02 | More by prototypic
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
650 mL bottle poured into a taster glass. Reviewed from notes.
Appearance - Dark and nearly black. Not much head. Some bubbles, but that's it.
Smell - Oak and vanilla. Nondescript combination of bourbon and brandy. I don't get a ton of the base. Maybe some light roast and chocolate.
Taste - Less barrel. Tangy vinous character that gets a touch sour. Chocolate and molasses. Vinous in the finish and slightly boozy.
Mouthfeel - Vinous and quite flat. Not great. Boozy, but not a whole lot of it.
Overall - Tangy. Intentional? Not a bad tang, but it kills some flavors that I would like to taste more.
08-12-2012 17:28:14 | More by Alieniloquium
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
Served in a tulip, thanks Dan for sharing!
Dark brownish black body, frothy light tan foam. Lasting skim of foam across the top, some spotty lace but not much.
Tobacco and a lightly boozy aroma, appropriate for a barrel aged strong ale. Seems a little subdued though, and lacking some essential complexity.
A biting, alcoholic bourbon finish cuts into the malty base flavors a bit. Some tobacco and roast malt that is overshadowed by the bourbon elements. In the end it seems a bit heavy handed, more whiskey shows through than necessary, raw and unrefined. Light to medium feel, medium level of carbonation. Could use some blending to mellow it out. Thankfully not a diacetyl bomb like the last Cellar Cuvee I tried.
02-19-2012 07:19:58 | More by emerge077
2.51/5 rDev -32.3%
This must be infected?
Description on the bottle is a blend of two beers, an amber ale aged in brandy barrels and an oatmeal stout in bourbon barrels. Sounds like something out of the Firestone Walker book...some hops, mellowed by aging, combined with a nice BBA stout! Awesome.
Not so much with this one.
Appearance is like a stout, not bad.
Smell is where it gets no so great. Smells sour. ZERO barrel. Some slight roastiness, but some definite funk.
Taste is slightly better than the smell. It's like a mediocre farmhouse style stout. I'd never guess this was two barrel aged beers, but it's not altogether unpleasent.
Moutfeel is light and overly carbonated for the style.
This is not something I'd ever spend money on. By description on the bottle, I expect a rich, succulent beer. This didn't deliver, although it's certainly drinkable.
In fairness, this bottle may be infected. But, considering it's not awful, I'm not sure...who knows.
02-11-2013 00:47:19 | More by Number45forever
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
I don't know how excited I should be to try this. This is made of a 50/50 mix of Brandy Barrel Superfly and Bourbon Barrel Middle of Nowhere Stout. I had the BBMoNS yesterday and though it was good enough, so that I'm not worried about. Rather, the BBS has been polarizing. On-tap when it was released, I thought it was wonderful. From a bottle a month ago, I thought it sucked. Thus I'm not sure how mixing these beers will result. I guess there's only one way to find out.
Poured into a snifter. Bottle #20 of 336.
3.5 A: This looks more like the stout for obvious reasons. Dark brown, nearly black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Interesting. The stout seems to be driving the nose, with the amber adding subtle complexity. All of the components of the BBMoNS are apparent - the maple syrup, the honey, the roastiness, and even the oats. The bourbon is a bit diluted from the original, which is to be expected, but still adds leather, earthy woodiness, vanilla, and some melon fruitiness. The amber itself is tough to find, though it seems to have contributed the the caramel that is also found in the stout. Rather, the biggest player from the BBS is the brandy. It gives a well integrated vinous character along with grape fruitiness. Booze is apparent, but not distracting
3.0 T: I'm not really sure what to think of the taste. One sip I get bourbon and stout, the next I get brandy and stout, and after that I get bourbon and brandy. I just can't get on board with this. It seems strange and muddled, but isn't really bad overall. What I pick up most is roastiness, maple syrup, leathery bourbon, brandy, vanilla, and some astringency from the barrels.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.
3.5 D: I honestly don't know what to think of this. I either love it or hate it, but I decided to split the difference in my scores. Either way, it was an interesting experiment that I'm glad I got to try. I'm not a huge fan about the Cellar Cuvee series as a whole actually...until Brad decides to mix a Rum Barrel Oil with a Bourbon Barrel Kopi Dark App.
I do like how this has come together, but I'm still not crazy about it.
12-08-2011 03:56:06 | More by DavoleBomb
4.2/5 rDev +13.2%
Live review of a 2011 22 oz bottle number 112/336.
A: Very dark brown, nice creamy head quickly faded to a good collar with some lacing.
S: Nice vanilla bourbon up front, with some merlot fruitiness, and a molasses or licorice character on top of dark chocolate with some dark fruits.
T: Creamy molasses and brown sugar with a kiss of woody maple, overall drying with dark fruit and a crisp yet mellow alcohol, which lingers on the breath with the fruit.
M: Creamy and frothy which slowly transforms into a crisp almost tartness.
O: Overall, rather enjoyable to drink. Complex.
01-11-2012 22:45:19 | More by ne0m00re
Cellar Cuvee 5 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.