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Brick Kiln - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 243
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 48 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of T_Reeves92
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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! (406 characters)

Photo of Farewell_Transmission
4.61/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at chappys in dayton. Served in tulip glass. Nice dark color, could not see if it was black or dark brown. Nice smell for the style. Nice a malty tastes, little to no taste of hops. Had an awesome creamy feeling. As the beer warmed it got better. I would say it maybe was served too cold to begin with. Awesome beer from a awesome brewery, can't wait to see more of their stuff in cans, and hopefully some day in bottles too. (436 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Jackie o's and I love a good barleywine, so this should be a winner. It turns out, it wins the championship.

Black Kiln is the prettiest I've seen of this s style. Fine little bubbles that don't stop. Perfect foam. The aroma is a beautiful sweet boozy smell. If you breathe deeply it's like a hospital, but only the part of that smell you liked. Alcohol.

The taste is a balance of sweet and bitter. I don't think I will tire of this. Fortunately and unfortunately, I only have this one bottle. This is strong and could be bad for your health (and I have my annual checkup \health screening this week). How could something so good be bad for you?

The aftertaste lingers nice and sweet, but not too much so. Sublime. (725 characters)

Photo of M_chav
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
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! (439 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 oz bottle (2014 dating) served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Hazy very dark copper/amber to mahogany brown. Thin light tan rocky head. Small islands of lacing slowly slide back down the glass to rejoin a persistent light tan ring of foam after the initial head dies back.

Smell: Raisin, toffee, a nice complimentary note of alcohol.

Taste: Very rich and malty. Toffee, hints of chocolate and coffee, raisin, hint of black currants, noble hop bitter finish that is a bit sharp, but a nice punctuation to the rich maltiness of this beer.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, very creamy, with just right carbonation. A bit of an alcohol burn on the way down.

Overall / Drinkability: A dangerously drinkable beer oh so very tasty and potent. One of the better barleywines I've had. I suspect this would be quite good in the fall when its getting cold. I had this by itself after a meal, but I think it would be good with a meal as well. A well done beer! (970 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Really dark, almost like a stout; opaque dark brown/black, with a finger of foamy tan head. Head sticks around for a while, nice lacing.

S: Very pleasant smell; loads of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with dark fruits adding depth. A hint of earthy hops.

T: Really similar to the aroma, with a light toasted flavor being the biggest addition. Nicely balanced and never approaches being cloying despite consisting of mostly sweet flavors. Finish lingers for a long time, bringing in a light bitterness and a great burnt sugar flavor. In contrast to earlier reviews, I can't taste the alcohol, and the bottle I just bought says the beer is 10.5%, vs. the 9.4% it's listed at.

M: Thick body, light carbonation, smooth and sticky. Stickiness really helps the finish hang around, which benefits the beer quite a bit.

O: Nice barleywine from Jackie O's. The bottle may seem a bit pricy, but if it comes down to about the price of a pint of craft beer at the bar and it's this good, well worth the purchase. (1,010 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a bottle for $6.

Pours a very dark ruby brown with very little head.

Smell is world class. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee, bread. Just fantastic. The taste doesn't quite hold up to the aroma though.

The alcohol overpowers the flavor just a bit. It is still outstanding though. It has a real barrel quality booziness wise. It has a little bit of hop bite to it, but is cancelled out by the rest of the flavors.

Carbonation is basically non existent. Body a little on the thin side for an English style.


I think this beer is just a hair away from being a world class barleywine. Very true to the English style with the strong malt presence, so if you enjoy that, it is worth the price of admission. I would love to have a bourbon barrel version of this. (768 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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. (474 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very appealing dark reddish brown brew, topped by a modest tan head. OK retention, fading to a nice foaming ring around the edge of the glass that lingers throughout.

Huge aroma: brown sugar and caramel, vanilla, toffee, prunes, a touch of banana esters, and a noticeable earthy, herbal hop load. A touch of oxidation, and a touch of chocolate. I could swear this smells barrel aged.

Flavor wise, this sits somewhere between an English and an American barleywine (although it's billed as the former). There's quite a hop bite up front, bringing massive bitterness, and the oxidation makes itself known right away. They didn't forget the malt, though, which brings a huge caramel and fruit presence. Sweetness lingers on the long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is shockingly thin, even as it warms. Silky and smooth, very little carbonation, a bit of heat. Very drinkable, although I'd prefer more heft to it. Fairly wet finish after a brief alcohol effervescence.

They may bill this as an English barleywine, but I honestly find it leans much closer to aged Bigfoot. (1,061 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +5%
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! (1,085 characters)

Photo of tedvr
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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 (288 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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! (774 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from a 4 oz. taster glass.

3.5 A: Medium brown color. Came without a head.

4.5 S: Big sweet neutral maltiness to start. Exceptionally fruity with raisin, currants, and plum. Caramel and toffee galore. Booze is very well hidden. This is negligibly better than the nitro-tap version. I was surprised how powerful the nose was on nitro.

4.0 T: Taste is for the most part like the nose except that there's also a light sugariness to accompany the other flavors. Again, quite similar to the nitro version, except some of the flavors were a bit sharper.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth, but not nearly as creamy as the nitro version. Still, sufficient.

4.5 D: Good integration of flavors, easy to drink, great mouthfeel, and well balanced. I never thought I'd like a nitro version of anything so much better, but in this case I do. (864 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like caramel, brown sugar, raisins/dark fruit, dark bread and a bit of chocolate. It tastes like caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruit (raisins, cherries), bready malt, and some nuttiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good English Style barleywine, I should have bought some more. Definitely worth trying if you're never had it before. $5.99 a bottle. (599 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,588 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red color with good clarity and a head that lasts. Good clarity and the beer has legs actually. Aroma of toffee, caramel, fruit, and alcohol. The taste is rich and malty with fig, raisin, toffee, butterscotch, rum and fusel. Sweet, strong, rich, malty. Raisin and date notes. Tasty strong barleywine. Mouthfeel silky, thick and wine like. Syrupy and chewy almost. Overall, this is a very good barleywine. A bit sweet and can be aged for extended periods, this one was just a bit green in my opinion and would be peaking around a 2-3 year marker I would imagine. (583 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark barleywine I've never seen one this dark it's almost black barely looks burnt mahogany brown maybe a touch of ruby highlights with light khaki tan head going on, fine speckled lacing.

Aroma has cocoa notes, dark fruits, toasted nuts very English malt profile going on with herbal notes of herbal hops going on.

Flavor dark cocoa, caramel malt sugars come through...herbal hops just barely balancing it out. Darker roasted malts than most barleywines I've been through. Dark fruit raisin lingering with each sip the malts are in full force.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied even slow bubbled carbonation, rolls off the palate pretty smooth with each sip.

Overall, I'm happy with this complex ale going on here. A really nice barleywine in the heart of Ohio's Appalachia!!! (791 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shout out to the Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Pours brown with a dark mahogony colored hue when put up to the light, with two finger light brown head. Amazing looking brew

Smell: Malty sweetness, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a bready undertone

Taste: Unfortunately the taste is muted and doesnt live up to the smell; Malt sweetness, brown sugar, and a hint of dark fruits if you search for it. Nothing too exciting

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very light for the style. I expect thick and chewy when it comes to a barleywine, but this falls short. On the flip, its smooth and i dont detect much of the alcohol

Overall: I think this is a solid, straightforward barleywine with no bells and whisltes. After a great appearance and smell, the taste and mouthfeel were underwhelming. I have the barrel version in my cellar and cant wait to compare. If youre a fan of barleywines, this one is worth a try
Cheers! (928 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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. (395 characters)

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Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.