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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 12-03-2012

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 375
Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome barley wine with a great barrel finish. Somehow Jackie Os keep putting out home runs. Color reminds me of apple juice. Nice smell. Barrel at the end. Nose sweet

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Photo of tobelerone
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As both a barleywine freak AND a bourbon freak I had high hopes for this beer and it delivered. All I had to do was pop the cap and I knew it was going to hit the spot I was looking to hit.

A bit darker than a typical BW, almost stout-like in appearance. You see immediately that it's not super thick or viscous, and the small off-white head dissipates quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

Rich bourbony aroma, a little oak and vanilla, offset by brown sugar and caramel notes, subtler fruity tones. Vague fusel alcohol. The flavor follows suit, medium-sweet, cleaned up on the finish by some alcohol heat and a little bit of earthy hoppy bitterness. Strong barrel character but not to the point of totally overwhelming the base of the beer. Mildly woody but with tasty vanilla notes as the beer comes up to temperature.

Medium body, medium to just slightly low carbonation. Very smooth and pleasing feel without being excessively big, syrupy or underattenuated.

Big fan here and should please fans of barrel aged barleywines nicely. Rich bourbon notes combined with familiar barleywine flavors, but low on fruity esters and a little more bitter than anticipated, which serves the beer well. Not at all flabby. Still comes close to the BCBW realm (pre 2015) in richness, barrel character, and stout-like aspects, but retains a degree of elegance as well.

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Photo of Slack
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color and cloudy with no head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet dark fruit - raisins & plum, toffee, oak, and a bit of booze.

Taste is bourbon, raisins, malt sweetness, molasses, and oak / char on the finish.

Mouthful is medium and smooth but thin. Carbonation is low. Finish is dry.

Overall a decent barley wine. Aromas and flavor are good and slightly imbalanced. The mouthful is weak but not bad. I would drink this again but not seek it out.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Strong wafts of caramel, toffee and vanilla. A higher level of bourbon presence with plenty of booze fume.

T- Sweet vanilla flavors with the accompanying notes of burnt sugar, maple and more caramel. Nice roasty base. Nuts are there in the aftertaste providing a welcome extra dimension of flavor.

M- Slick and a bit creamy but there's some burn from the heat that's not the most pleasant. Low carbonation and a full body.

O- While this is certainly tasty, and I applaud them for using nuts in a subtle way rather than dumping a ton of peanut butter extract into the beer, I feel it's a bit hot and just a tad too bourbon forward to score it any higher than I did.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

385 ml bottle. Pours deep brown with ruby tones. Thin off white head fades quickly, no lacing. Dark raisin and bread aroma, boozy notes. Strong bourbon presence in the flavor but not overwhelming. The caramel and raisin sweetness balances things out before ending in a fruitcake flavored bitterness. Warm boozy finish. Solid BBA BW.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

At first I thought this was going to be yet another bourbon barrel aged Jackie O's beer ruined by too much bourbon. When I first cracked it open, I caught a huge whiff of bourbon and I immediately thought, damn, I should have got the regular version--I just wanted a warming barleywine on this shitty, snowy night.

However, just a few seconds later I did a 180.

At first, this is a very dark brown-red-purple mixture creating a black-ish impression, with absolutely no head. As it warms and gets closer to the bottom of the glass, it becomes a lighter, murky brown.

While the bourbon and charred oak is present, it is happily sharing the stage with wonderful aromas of bright red cherry, coconut, vanilla and cinnamon.

Every note of these aromas is checked off in the taste, and it's every bit the better for it. This has the classic barleywine characteristics of prune and molasses, especially as it warms, but the additional characteristics not often present in barleywines are what sets this apart.

Mouthfeel is thin but smooth and rounded.

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Photo of stakem
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for the share. Pours a mahogany dark chestnut color with a darker khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

It smells huge with barrel presence like sweet vanilla, caramel, oaky and a fruity sort of blend to molasses.

This tastes heavily oaked with caramel, vanilla, molasses and toffee-like sweetness with mild oxidation and toasted coconut in the aftertaste.

This isnfull bodier and lightly carbonated. A crushable big brew that id love to have again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the popular practice of barrel aging beer often changes the beer into something decidedly bourbon-like, this time those barrels have met their match. The Brick Kiln barlewine stands its ground while welcoming the nuances that those barrels bring.

Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln's deep mahogany pour shows deep crimsons and burgundies with a tawny port character. The delicate creme that builds slowly reveals the dense aromatics of toffee and molasses with bold bourbon sherry and dark fruit whimsy. Its taste is decadently sweet with a host of toasted caramels, maple and butterscotch.

And as the taste develops, its sweetness deepens and draws in the fruitcake medley of dates, fig and prune with raisin and spiced rum. With the oak, vanilla and coconut taste of the barrels showing even more complexity, its spicy tannins offer a sherry-like vinous taste. Curing tobacco and leather give greater rise to the earthiness of stone fruit and the beer's underlying marmalade earthiness.

Full and luscious, the beer's texture is rich but surprisingly dry as the wood spices and light vinous tang gives the finish a powder-fine dryness that's seemingly of extended wood-aged bordeaux. With the warmth of bourbon, the barleywine trails with a long linger of fruitcake and tar.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 375 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head with spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits such as figs and raisins. Also some vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is very pleasant caramel, toffee with the bourbon and vanilla. Notes of figs and raisins and hints of oak. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel. Overall this is a tasty BA English Barleywine..

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Looks flat with little hint of carbonation. Dingy opaque brown.

Lots going on in the aroma. Caramel, butterscotch, light smokey notes, vanilla, toffee.

Nice flavor. Nice dose of bourbon- vanilla and oak. Caramel, vanilla, tobacco.

Oh man, so disappointed it falls way flat (pun intended) in the mouthfeel. There's almost no carbonation in this bottle. Thank goodness it's not syrupy, the sweetness in the flavor isn't overbearing despite the lack of carbonation. Medium body, but damn... just flat.

I'm hoping that's not the norm. Otherwise, the aroma and flavor were fantastic. I'd definitely try another bottle if given the chance and would revisit this review.

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Photo of glass_house
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep mahogany with amber highlights and one finger of creamy tan head, which leaves a solid collar and minimal lacing. Smell is primarily toffee and vanilla, with hints of dark fruit, leather and bourbon.

The sweetness in the nose is certainly present in the taste, as vanilla, caramel and toffee make the first impression. Notes of wood throughout, with bourbon accents. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Excellent mouthfeel. Slightly creamy, although it could stand to be slightly heavier. Finishes soft and clean.

Great stuff. It's a bit on the sweet side, but the barrel brings just enough bourbon spice and heat to give it a little balance. The best beer I had on New Year's Day, which paired perfectly with a Notre Dame beatdown at the hands of OSU.

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Photo of MacSon1982
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

S: bourbon forward, boozy, vanilla, caramel.

T: toffee, caramel, vanilla, boozy, sweet, tannins, touch of dark fruit.

F: sweet, medium-lo mouthfeel, boozy.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours rich garnet amber with a tiny soft head that doesn't hang around long. Smell is toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, oatmeal cookie, not boozy. Taste is rich grain with hints of barrel heat at sweetness. Big rich vanilla, caramel and molasses. Feel is super smooth and not boozy at all. Very still texture. Great with Christmas dessert. Awesome beer.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with @stinger80OH - thanks!
A - Pours a dark brown with no head at all.
S - Aroma is sweet, molasses and boozy.
T - Tastes of toffee, vanilla, raisins and a little booze.
M - Medium mouth feel, very low carbonation.
O - Barleywine? Not sure. Delicious? Absolutely. A real winter warmer, makes me wish it was cold outside. I sure wish this was distributed in Illinois.

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Photo of mabermud
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown body. Light beige, minimal head, that quickly retreats into a creamy, and thick(er) halo around my favorite 15.5 ounce brandy snifter. With a twirl of the glass, the legs and curtains on this one are very attractive, and creates a good looking latticework of irregular lacing that melts beautifully from the sides of the snifter.
Smell: Geez, I love the way Jackie O's beer smell. Big sweet, dark grains. Dark fruit in the background, politely mixed with caramel and vanilla aromas.
Taste: English barleywine(ish). Faded bourbon, with some wood, mellow on the tongue. Sweet. Loads of caramel and vanilla. Very even, somewhat sweet, good to go. Soft finish.
Feel: Smooth, and say...soft. Low carb.

Overall - I like this stuff, and would recommend this to anyone who was interested in drinking a fine English Barleywine.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with amber highlights. Head drops rather quickly, not unexpected with the ABV level. Aroma of Caramel malts, quality bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla and fruity esters. Maybe a very slight touch of diacetyl, but not in a bad way. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, fig, raisin, vanilla, hops, bourbon, oak, molasses, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of maple, honey and cherry. The 11.8 ABV is evident but not at all in the forefront. The feel is med-full and creamy. Spot on. I have not had the non-BA version, but I think without the barrel it may be a little too sweet, so sticking with the BA variant in the future. Overall slightly different than traditional English Barleywine, but a good American interpretation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma is intense: bourbon, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, molasses... everything you want in a bourbon BA beer. Taste starts with a slightly tart cherry flavor. In the middle you get the bourbon and caramel notes. Finishes on a bitter, slightly roasty and hoppy note. Body is syrupy smooth and alcohol has a slight burn. A really nice barleywine with very good BA characteristics. If only the alcohol was a little better integrated.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy color with a very soapy and anemic looking lacing ring.

S - Very light bourbon aroma, roasted sweet toffee, maple syrup, leather, and oak tannin.

T - Lots of vanilla, roasted toffee, oak toasted caramel, bourbon, a hint of cherries.

M - Light medium body with a tad bit thin.

O - Really enjoy Jackie O's beers but this one doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition poured into a snifter
A: Hazy dark brown with no head
S: Bourbon, raisin, pie cherries, molasses
T: Cherry/fig/raisin- fruity but with a solid bourbon undertone
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet with a bit of alcohol but balanced overall
O: The time in the bourbon barrel changes the base beer in a good way, adding complexity. Worth nearly twice the price is debatable but this is quite nice

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent brew. English toffee, caramel, Worther's Original dessert. Vanilla dream truffle to boot. I wish the barrel was a bit more present, as the bourbon and barrel notes were extremely mellow, but the carbonation was perfect. Good overall description would be like a musty BCBBW or Sucaba. Something just a wee bit keep this from the level of those two creams of the crop.

Highly recommended. Great stuff.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery - Bourbon Barrel Aged Brick Kiln. 11.8% ABV. 12.7oz bottle poured into duvel glass.

Look: Pours dark brown, pretty much black. Semi aggressive pour yielded no head, only white lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of bourbon, with toffee, caramel, and toasty aromas backing it. Very sweet smelling.

Feel: Thin and smooth, with the carbonation balancing it out.

Taste: Immediate sweet bourbon taste, with chocolate, caramel, and dark malts behind it. Very little alcohol taste, that leaves a very slight burn on the back end, that fades instantly.

Overall: First Barleywine style of beer I have tried. It is very sweet smelling and tasting, and actually not as heavy as it smells. It was enjoyable, however I don't agree with the high price tag on this beer.

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Photo of troygreer
2.95/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What an average barley wine that has very little barrel flavor.

The mouth feel of this beer is far to thin and the flavor really disappears after you swallow. On top of that it is $13 a bottle which is far from the value.

A little sweetness and what would be an ok barely wine without a lot of depth.

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Photo of docoman
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 batch... I recently had 2 bottles of this beer purchased while in Cincy. The first bottle was a let down, think it was infected (cloudy with small white spots floating all over)... probably a weird issue (I know not the norm for Jackie O beers)... the 2nd one was spot on, great smell and taste definitely up there as one of the better beers for this style, recommend trying.

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Photo of do_ob
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a medium-dark brown with a bit of sediment. Completely opaque & nearly pitch black in the glass. An aggressive pour yielded 1 finger of mocha-colored, bubbly foam. Receded down to a dense, frothy lacing after a couple minutes. Cloyingly sweet caramel and bourbon on the nose with much of the oakiness shining through. Slightly choclatey with hints of roased malt and toffee. Disappointly light in weight, although it is quite smooth. It lacks that dense, syrupy body that I fell in love with when I had BCBBW. This is, however, well-balanced. Great bourbon flavoring on the taste without being boozy. Quite sweet, as expected, with strong notes of oak, roasted malt, caramel, and toffee. A bit choclately on the back end, which I found to be very pleasant.

I drank this one at nearly room temperature and it still wasn't overly boozy, which is awesome. The bourbon barrel aging does wonders for this one. Good stuff.

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Photo of stickydankhop
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brick Kiln is one of the few Barleywines I like. Bourbon aging this beer take it up another slight notch. However, this beer is ridiculously expensive for what it is. Just pure greed. good luck Jack!

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