Brick Kiln - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DavoleBomb on 08-20-2012

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Ratings: 218 | Reviews: 33
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with grainy notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt notes with some cereal and grainy notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Glad somebody tried to do a barleywine that is not reliant on hops or huge amount of residual sugars. Malt base could be refined but still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brick Kiln is full of caramel and dark fruit notes, namely raisins. There are faint herbal notes from the hops.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the chance to try the bourbon barrel version of this previously, so it's only fitting that I try this one out. Thanks to Beerhan for passing this one along.

A well made barleywine that's solid. Not overly complex. A good base beer to throw in barrels and build off of.

Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date spied.

A: Pours a dark mahogany. Mid-sized and dense light brown head. Decent head retention with zero signs of lacing.

S: Very malty aroma. Lots of caramel. HEAVY bread. Hints of chocolate. Sweet and decadent.

T: Oh yeah. Light hoppiness up front (herbal mainly). Heavy dark bread mixed with tons of sweet caramel. Caramel everywhere. Light hit of bitterness on the back end before diving into more decadent cocoa and caramel. Aftertaste is remarkably like trying to eat a spoonful of cooca with the dry bittersweetness of it all.

M: Not as heavy as you'd think but a nice viscous and smooth brew.

O: Nice example of an english barleywine. Loads of maltiness, typical caramel, bread and cocoa flavors. Light bits of noble hops I'd say. Well balanced. Smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A hard pour produces a robust layer of tan foam - half thick like a latte and the other half rocky; leggy streaks of lacing slide down the side of the tulip; the liquid underneath is walnut brown

Smell: Toasted bread, toffee, raisin and earthy hop tones

Taste: Toasted bread with some burnt edges with the toffee and raisin flavors developing; after the swallow, the earthy hops emerge somewhat but the finish is sweet and in line with the style

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very decent barleywine but lacks some depth and complexity

Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 FL Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beverage is a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights. A silky tan head forms on top and sticks around. The foam coats the side of the glass with each drink.

Toffee and toast are a couple of the aromas that meet my nose. I also smell some caramel and alcohol. I get hints of a floral aroma too.

The taste is not huge. I get some toast and a little caramel. The alcohol is noticeable.

It has a pretty full mouthfell, almost stout-like.

This is a fine example of an English barleywine. It is not overtly sweet as some are. I think this would be better with some age.

Photo of Mikus
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with ruby edges in the light. Small tan head with rather tight bubbles. Deep, serious malt presence. Toffee and dark fruit, with some faint yeasty esters. Palate of sticky toffee, warming alcohol, strong malt backbone, some spicy hop notes to balance. Def some darker malts in here. So smooth and balanced. Velvet on the tongue. Lingering goodness in the form of sweet, sticky deliciousness. Favorite new Barleywine. Damn J O's!

Photo of tedvr
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brown/amber with a small creamy head. Smells of sweet malt and raisins or prunes. Tastes of sweet malts, raisins and prunes, lots of different flavors, complex. Has a syrupy mouthfeel with a nice finish, hops are in the background. Overall, a very good English style barleywine

Photo of mabermud
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Pitch brown body. The mocha head quickly retreated to a thin halo. The legs are splotchy.
Smell - A favorite aroma of mine - Sweet playdough. Very rich dark bread. Faint dark fruit and wafting booze.
Taste - Deep malt sweetness + the sticky mess left behind at the bottom of a bag once full of prunes.
Feel - Soft. The feel of this brew reminds me of some Hair of the Dog action.

Overall - Simple and solid.

Photo of chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear mahogany body with a good head.
Lightly boozy, in a good way. Very good balance.
Burnt brown sugar and toffee here, but not too sweet.

Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle, 2014 vintage poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark murky brown color with some ruby hue, small fizzy white head disappears quick leaving nothing behind

S- strong dark fruit aroma up front with notes or tart cherry, rum soaked raisin, fig & plum. Lots of toffee/caramel sweetness with just a hint of herbal hop with strong booze to close it out

T- huge malty base up front with lots of caramel & toffee, notes of fig and raisin mix with light vegetal notes, brown sugar with a trace of coffee, black licorice and booze close it out

M- medium-viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a boozy warming finish

O- a nice malt bomb, as an English barleywine should be, still drinking a bit hot though

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Andrew for the opportunity...thanks man!

Bit harsh around the edges....charred brown sugar and leafy hops that come off a touch rough. Finish is solvent like and hits hard and the alcohol lingers and it's heavy on the palate for sure.

Overall, it's a decent beer and a fun try, but like most of my experiences with Jackie O's..the promise isn't quite delivered.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12.7oz bottle from BeerMeDuffMan (thanks!). No discernable bottling information. Served in a Toppling Goliath teku.

Pours a deep, murky, opaque brown with burgandy highlights and about one finger of dense, pale khaki froth. Head fades to a few hazy islands and a shallow ring that deposits a few clumps of lace.

Smells of toffee, caramel, dark fruits and a little brown sugar. Straight forward but right for the style.

A mouthful of English barleywine goodness from the first sip. Toffee, caramel, figs, a mildly vegital bitterness, faint cocoa, burnt sugar, grainy malts and coffee grounds all wrapped up in a light booze blanket.

Creamy, moderately full feel with fairly subtle carbonation. Aftertaste is mainly cereal grains, toffee and dark fruit.

Brick Kiln is a solid, basic English barleywine. No bells or whistles but it's spot on for the style. I'm relatively certain that this would age quite well. Too bad I only had one...

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks, again, to fiver29 for stocking a corner of my fridge with Jackie O’s beers that I’m just starting to wade through. 375ML stubby, 2014 vintage.

The pour is dark brown, turbid & rough. Low carbonation. Despite just about snorkeling through the glass, I’m picking up close to zero aromas – maybe a touch of sweet caramel, maybe.

Brick Kiln fights in the heavyweight division. The first thing I notice is the heaviness – huge mouthfeel, & the attendant leaden-stomach-syndrome, which I never quite enjoy. Even after a couple of sips, I’m beginning to feel full. The taste is low-key. Sugary caramel, harsh bite of raisin, with a finish of slightly bitter, very herbal hops. Dissipating alcohol jolt right at the end. A small snifter of this is enough.

A very standard effort that’s below the grade of the Jackie O’s stuff that I’ve been sampling recently. Bad? Certainly not. Good? Certainly not. Just beer.

Photo of M_chav
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Dark for a barleywine, murky brown
Smell - definitely sweet bourbon, great stinky dark fruit
Taste - Earthy, raisin like dark fruits and creamy brown sugar
Feel - wow, super smooth, melts in your mouth kinda feel
Overall - Really love this brew, fantastic.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Caramel malt, hint of dark fruits, dry, not sweet at all for an English Barleywine. Kind of a short clean finish with a touch more hop character than I was expecting.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cocoa, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, cocoa, light coffee, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, dark fruit, cocoa, and light coffee/nuttiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and slightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English barelywine style. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malts and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

wow. in my limited exposure to this brewery i am very very impressed, and this barleywine is definitely something special. its darker than most, looks like an old ale, richer deep brown complexion and not much head on it. plenty of viscosity to the feel, slippery and thick, with just a prickle of carbonation. flavors range in grain from dark and roasty to sweet and coppery, then tangy even and a hint smoky, which is to say that its very complex at its base. there is a lingering molasses or honey sweetness to this, and a mineral presence unique to the style. definitely not hoppy, so maybe more in the english tradition, although i dont get much yeast character in here either. i love the slick feel, the lack of alcohol presence which is insane for how big this is, and i love that the grain comes in waves, one after the next so its never muddled or messy. impressive take on the style, i like the darker complexion of this, and think it suits the season well. so cool too to see this pouring in colorado. i enjoyed one at jakes brew bar in littleton last night. go drink it up!

Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

On draft at Jackie O's
12 oz snifter

A: Very dark brownish black appearance very dense creamy head

S: toffee, raisins, dates

T: very nice for the style lots of dark fruit tastes bread toffee maybe a little vanilla

M: Super creamy very low carbonation I had to ask if it was on nitro very beautiful

O: While not an amazing beer it's pretty fair and true to style where this beer shines is the mouthfeel, if you see it on tap treat yourself don't search for it though.

Photo of agwalters
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

A: Murky dark brown body. Brief light white lacing appears as head and then fades away quickly.
S: Raisins, burnt candy/brown sugar
T: Boozy caramel and bitter toffee notes.
M: Almost zero carbonation. Pleasantly thick mouthfeel which lingers nicely at the back of the palette.
O: I'm admittedly a fan of the style. This one doesn't disappoint. It's a perfect beer for a chilly fall day.

Cheers!

Photo of T_Reeves92
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Serving: Tap/Bottle.

This beer is hands down my favorite barley wine as of yet.

A: Deep amber color with a thick white-tan head.
S: Caramel, Dark Fruits, Toffee
T: Follows the nose on the palette, but finishes with a biscuity, bready on the aftertaste, which I found to be quite pleasant.
M: Thick and Rich viscosity, low carbonation, very pleasant.
O: Fantastic Beer! If you can find it, pick it up!

Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

The Brick Kiln packs a wallop! This beer is big....yet tasty. The beer poured a opaque brown with ecru head that is not leaving a lace. The scent carries a peat caramel type flare. The taste was a nice malt balance that had scotch/peat like base with subtle dark fruit on top. The mouthfeel was full in body with subtle carbonation. Overall this is a decent barley wine and I would recommend it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Light ruby flecks. Small khaki head Medium collar.

Smell - Buckets of caramel. Toffee? Brown sugar? Really, I'm just looking for synonyms for caramel here.

Taste - Sweet. Caramel. Brown sugar (for real). Nuttier as a bitterness builds into quite a bitter finish for the style and flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Strangely bitter. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Tasty, but not very complex and too bitter to be exemplary.

Photo of zookerman182
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a very dark brown with a half finger mocha head.
Aroma is incredible. Caramel, toffee covered dark fruit. Brown sugar sweetness.
Taste is not much like the nose. Way more roasty but not in a bad way. Tons of coffee.
The toffee and caramel are there but they are way in the back.
The aroma of this is on another planet compared to the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium and sort of watery, smooth I guess.
Not too carbonated.
The alcohol is well hidden for sure.
I'm glad I got to try this one.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! Beer pours a hazy murky brown with thin lazed tan head that leaves beautiful lacing. Smells of dark fruits, cherries and raisins, and plums. Sweet malt and hops interplay with a boozy 10.5 percent ale. NICE. Taste is grown sugar like malts up front with cherries and raisins on the back with a nice slow alcoholic warmth. Hops, though strong on the nose are nicely in the background hidden against all the malt. A good dose of alcoholic grain is in the aftertaste. Almost herbal in quality, but one of the most pleasant beers I have tried this year.

Ever since Thomas Hardy's bit the dust I have been looking for the next favorite barley wine, and while this is very close to a few aged ones I have had it deserves to be laid down for a few years to mature. An A PLUS!

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Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.