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Brick Kiln - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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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 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 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!

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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 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 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 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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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.

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