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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: 8.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 51 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DavoleBomb on 08-20-2012

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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 259
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 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 Moondoggy68
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured dark reddish brown with a light tan 3/4" head into a snifter. Head dissipated within anout 10 minutes. Smell is roasty caramel, molasses, and raisin. Tastes delicious. Hints of the carmel and raisin and molasses with a warm alcohol taste. Reminds me of a scotch! How much more so would the barrel aged version taste? This was a special treat, very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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 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 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.

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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 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!

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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

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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 chinchill
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 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.

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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 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 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 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 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.

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