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

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 344
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 129 | FT: 32
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Barleywine | 11.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-03-2012

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Reviews: 54 | Hads: 344
Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -5.7%
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 +6.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +4.8%
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 +7.4%
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 +1.7%
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 -4.5%
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 +5%
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 -6.9%
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 -0.2%
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 +6.7%
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 -2.4%
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 -29.6%
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 +5.3%
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 -1.4%
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 -8.1%
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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Photo of thebigredone
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like the majority of the Jackie O's I've tried to this point, this was not as good as I was expecting. In this case, the beer was nothing but a disappointment.

Thin, with little barrel or sweet barleywine flavor. A bit sharp tasting. I'd say it almost tasted like it was infected, except I don't think it was.

Overall, I think it's time for me to give up on Jackie Os.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddled brown color. Some good bourbon on the nose, but also some alcohol heat on the nose. Taste is more barelywine than barrel, but a decent although slightly harsh mix. Finish is rough at first but heartwarming to linger. Solid good beer.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany, with a delicate tightly packed khaki foam, that rises a finger high and then settles to an even layer. Smell is definitely holding forth some bourbon barrel, slightly charred sugar, and a very smooth vanilla. Flavor brings more of the same with a very creamy mouthfeel. Finishes slightly warm, with a fine balance between the bourbon, vanilla, and malts. Overall, a fine English barleywine with a gentle, creamy feel that makes it quite unique.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep chocolate, didn't expect that. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla and sweet maltiness. Flavor is so smooth. You get the bourbon, vanilla, honey? and a malt backbone. Drinks incredibly smooth. You would think this would be way heavier based on smell. Great beer

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i would have told you that the regular brick kiln needed no barrel, that it was mellowed and rich enough without it, and i would have been correct, but i also would have been missing the potential of it, so i am lucky drlovemd87 shared this bottle with me. still has that same almost charred amber color to it, much darker than others, with a little less head than i remember but not at all still. the bourbon barrel is evident right away in the smell and the taste, its sweet and loaded with vanilla. i sort of liked the grain focused nature of the base beer, but this vanilla layer is really nice with the moist oak character and all of the grain density. its not stupidly complex, and i like that sometimes. how often do these turn into kitchen sink experiments for the sake of being big and weird? not here, this is calculated and precise, engineered carefully and skillfully. i think the base brick kiln is one of my favorite american made barleywines, and this is a great extension of it. sweet enough in the finish with molasses notes and maple notes, but not over the top. these guys are fast becoming one of my favorite breweries in the country.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass

A: had a light soapy looking head that was gone in a flash very brown brackish very dark but slight light through the edges

S: big bourbon, lots of toffee, and sweet caramel

T: lots of the sweet bourbon vanilla, toffee, and slight bits of roasted coffee

M: medium to full a little thin very clean feel to it

O: This beer is super easy to drink. Its so smooth great barrel characteristics I have had the original and it is amazing and this beer is no slouch. I can't get over how much flavor there is compared to how clean it finishes.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an absolutely fantastic BA BW that is sweet but balanced, has a gorgeous DARK brown color but has this weird aroma that I was immediately turned off by. Luckily the flavor and the aroma were different and also need to note the ABV was hidden so nicely. Looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TATURBO for this bottle!

375ml bottle sealed with Jackie O's pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer with almost 2 full fingers of off white colored head. Head drops down to a thin cap quickly and eventually drops down to a ring around the glass.

Smell: Honey and bourbon. Hint of dark fruits, hint of roast malts, and hint of sweet toffee. Dried oak aroma's are plentiful as well.

Taste: This beer opens up with flavors of premium bourbon and the bourbon is slightly richer than the malt profile found in this beer, but the barrel aging still compliments the malt profile without completely overtaking it. Brown sugar, honey, butterscotch, coconut, and toffee with a little indistinguishable bitter twang. Hint of dark fruits and caramel are the main components of the malt profile. Light tannic oak in the finish with a light sweetness that makes this beer have an awesome finish that lingers for a good amount of time. Sweet, malty, and complex flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low, but almost moderate carbonation. This beer drinks well below its listed ABV. Very smooth.

Overall: This beer reminds me alot of a Mother of All Storms, but Bourbon Brick Kiln has creamier carbonation and it is much much smoother at a younger age. This really is an outstanding barrel aged english barleywine. Lots of complexity and well done barrel aging. Jackie O's made a very impressive barrel aged English Barleywine.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.