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Brick Kiln - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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43 Reviews
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Reviews: 43
Hads: 259
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 21.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | FT: 11
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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 259
Photo of paco1029384756
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Strong alcohol, caramel, brown sugar, and some dates. Taste of sugar, caramel, earth, grass, alcohol and some stale grain. This one is a bit of a mess.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Jackie O’s. Served in a sampler glass. Pours a moderately-dark brown color. Nose has sweet malt with a bit of caramel and a bit of darker malt. Flavor has a bit too much alcohol, but that’s balanced a good bit by the sweetness. Probably also tasted a bit boozy after just having had the ultra-smooth Dark Apparition on cask. Medium, full body. A slow sipper.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

32 oz growler filled Labor Day weekend at the tap room poured into a NB snifter and allowed to warm from a very cold fridge.

A - Pours a hazy reddish brown. Almost no head - just some loose, British khaki color bubbles and an island of thin sheen in the middle of the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is mostly a dark rosewood that moves toward chocolate in the middle of the glass. It's quite opaque, allowing a small bit of light to penetrate.

S - Subtle nose of moist, chewy fig and dark fruit. Light caramel in the background. Toffee mixes with some ABV. Rather closed - have to work to pull these notes out. Hints of leather, wet wood, and chocolate nibs after it warms up. Burnt caramels in the final glass emerge.

T - Soft caramels on toasted and slightly roasted malts. Woody herbal hops deliver a bitter-dominant finish that includes raisins after it warms. A hint of anise. Back end of the finish takes on an almost charred-wood bitterness that begs to be paired with something for balance. Burnt caramels and chocolate nibs appear in the last glass.

M - Soft, neutral carbonation. Body feels a bit thin for the style but not lacking substance. Tight structure of completely integrated components. Moderately long finish that takes some time to fully fade.

O - Working through a growler of this demonstrates why I like the BBA version of this so much better - the bourbon aging nicely balances the bitterness of the standard BW. It's a good BW, but definitely leans toward the bitter, and thus lends itself to being paired with something for balance while drinking. It also really needs to be allowed to warm up in the glass to let its sugars better present themselves. Even then, the woody bitterness dominates the profile.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.

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Photo of agwalters
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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.


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Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev -5%
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...

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and a slight coffee aroma. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

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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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp to tulip.

Look: nice carbonation, dark brown and opaque
Smell: Caramel, fig, dark fruit
Taste: Much more powerful than the nose. Not as sweet as some english barleywines, even a bit bitter. Definitely some caramel, but also some roasty malts that weren't apparent on the nose. Overall, I like the BA version a bit more.

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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!!!

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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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no date. but recently brought back from Ohio

fairly clear, medium brown in color. decent head that fades eventually. strong malty aroma, a little boozy. taste has some brown sugar, raisin flavors. medium bodied, soft carbonation

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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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 edition poured into a wine glass
A: Hazy dark brown with a thin head that quickly disappears
S: Raisin, brandied cherry, caramel
T: Raisin, cherry, caramel, cocoa, a bit of herbs/licorice
M: Full-bodied, somewhat sweet with a bit of alcohol
O: Complex and tasty, this is one to sip slowly and enjoy

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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.

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Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.