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

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 56
Gots: 77 | FT: 19
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 32
Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 batch.

A: Pours a nice dark brown. Medium-sized brown head that fades out quickly. Zero lacing, almost no retention at all. Looks practically still.

S: Big sweet notes. Heavy, heavy caramel and vanilla. Heavy bread. Some dark fruits. Lots of oak. Nice complex malty nose in general. Hints of bourbon booziness.

T: Syrupy sweet. Heavy caramel notes up front followed by heavy bready notes in the middle with lots of oak overtones. Kinda get some toasted coconut in the finish with oak and lingering caramel sweetness. A decent bourbon sting that lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy bodied, low carbonation. Syrupy and almost oily it's so thick and heavy. Only saving grace is that the bourbon booziness really helps cut it at some points.

O: Nice variant of the original. The bourbon really adds some nice layers of complexity that compliment the base beer well. Balance is better as a result. Heavy, malty and sweet. Pretty much what you'd expect from a good bourbon barrel english barleywine.

Photo of superspak
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours hazy opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, butterscotch, bourbon, oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light oak bitterness and bourbon spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, coconut, butterscotch, bourbon, oak, light chocolate, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely insane complexity and perfect balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/barrel spice balance zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish; but not boozy at all. Overall this is a world class BA English Barelywine style. Pretty much perfect balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An absolutely mind blowing offering all around.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to thrashd for a box of ohio goodness...enjoyed from a jackie o mini snifter.

a - brew pours a deep burgandy brown with a very thin off grey head that was gone instantly. some spotty lace was present upon a swirl or sip, but that quickly slid down to the beer.

s - nose is really nice english barleywine with big caramel notes soaked in booze from the barrels. nutty, grape, pretty much everything i look for in a good BA barley.

t/m/o - what a pleasant treat. the flavrs really pop with big chewy caramel doused in booe, but not overly boozed up...adds a heavy element of chocolate decadence. definitely heavy on the barrel, but it works. this is top notch, reminds me of kuhnhenn's BA brews. very worthwhile.

Photo of maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to fiver29 – yes, I’m getting carpal tunnel syndrome from typing that phrase – once again for more Jackie O’s, & for changing an old, negative image of the brewery. This is one of their weird, stubby little 375ML bottles with a brick kiln on the label. How linear.

The pour is the same jumbled dark brown as the non-barrel aged version, which makes sense, since I guess barrels don’t add much in the way of Technicolor. I have to take off my glasses because I can’t smell anything with them on, & still can’t with them off. Same vagueish caramel, with perhaps a bit of coconut thrown in. Maybe. Or maybe it’s just a different version of water.

Brick Kiln – Bourbon Barrel Aged has gained a step from the base, which was dull to the extreme. The barrel aging is so in my grill I think it’s actually touching my sclera. Heavy bourbon & six tablespoons of vanilla drown the base beer in its cradle which, in this case, I don’t believe is a crime in 49 states (OH might object). Mid-palate there is some actual beer stuff: raisins, that herbal oddness, large bore needle of sweetness. Esophageal sting of bourbon lowers the curtain. For some reason the alcohol seems more distant, but nicely thick for a barleywine.

This is the rare beer that improves significantly with the barrel, usually boring in, boring out. The barrel here seems to have added some much-needed woohoo. Woo-fucking-hoo. Still not great, but exceeding expectations, this is a good brew. Goodwoohoogood!

Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served to me on-tap at Lizardville in Bedford in a tulip glass, this beer draws a very dark amber brown color that is not at all interested in letting in any light. Has a very tan head that's is about a solid inch thick when first served to me. Eventually and after a few sips it settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with pretty decent lacing. This is certainly the darkest barley wine I have ever had/seen, and looks much more like a stout, Porter, black IPA, or dark Belgian ale to me. The color seems out of place for the style of beer. Aromas of bready caramel malt, bourbon barrel goodness, and alcohol. Flavors of bready caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by bits of butterscotch, bourbon notes, and booze. The alcohol is not well masked here, not that that's a problem. Very slight hop presence rounds out the flavor profile here, it is just barely discernible. Has a crisp, smooth, frothy, slightly syrupy and chewy medium to full bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. This one really needs to sit and warm up for awhile for the flavor profile to come out fully, although I do think mine was served to me too cold to start with. At first it did not taste like a barley wine to me, and was much more akin to a Porter or stout. Has a very clean finish. An excellent beer overall.

Eric

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome Barleywine that is even better once it's been aged in bourbon barrels.

Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like the non-barrel aged base beer, this one pours out with a creamy topped by rocky tan head over the walnut brown colored liquid; clumps of lace develop in the tulip

Smell: Caramel, vanilla and raisins, toasted coconut and oak; the Bourbon influence is surprisingly subtle

Taste: Caramel and vanilla tones, initially, with the raisin and toasted coconut developing; after the swallow, the oak and the Bourbon become more apparent and there is considerable warmth in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: While this is more complex than the base beer, I cannot help but think that it is also a bit below the top echelon for the style; still, quite a good beer, but not a great one

Thanks, howopeeps, for the opportunity

Photo of buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 FL Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

It looks like it is really dark brown in color. I'm holding it to the light and nothing is getting through. It is topped with an inch of tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

The bourbon really comes through. I get aromas of caramel and oak.

The taste focuses a little more on the oak. The caramel comes through but not like in the smell. It has a dry, earthy finish.

It has a full, oily smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

The bourbon greatly increases the aroma and flavor of this beer. I just had the Brick Kiln, and this is an amazing transformation. The barrel aging takes a good beer to greatness.

Photo of grover37
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On par with BCBS imo.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a deep dark blackish brown body. Nose is a fluffy inch and a half of milk chocolate brown head. Very elegant and sexy in the glass. Nose is a gorgeous rich smell full of sweet bourbon notes and tones of carmel and toffee dancing together in a perfect aroma symphony. The nose of so luscious, I hope the taste stands up to it. Enters into the mouth with smooth and silky feel. Carmel and bourbon are meet with a lingering hop character that shows this was a hoppy Barley-wine to start. Lovely and rich in flavor with tons of sweetness and toffee that really define this beer. There is a nice dryness to the finish of this brew that does well to add a proper element of balance to the beer.

Photo of Lukass
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Finally getting around to trying this one, and man was I in for a treat! Waited til it warmed a little to get the true bourbon barrel character, and barrel-aged it was. Lots of dessert-like sweetness in the malt, with burnt sugar, toasted coconut, caramel, and the definite bourbon and oak that was dominant throughout. Tons of bourbon barrel in this one. An amazing beer, just wish the price tag hadn't been so steep. So glad I tried it though! Another great beer by Jackie O's.

Photo of Brewstradamus
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is THE english-style barleywine in my book. Phenomenal.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. Very dark, but clear mahogany with ruby tints. Extremely impressive head for a barrel-aged beer. A solid 3 fingers that slowly dissipates down to a thin layer of foam. Monstrously good nose on this beer. Tons of rich toasted malt malt, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, and butterscotch.

Full body, solid feel, and smooth sweet flavor. Loads of sweet caramel, black strap molasses, creamy vanilla, and rich bourbon notes come at you. Strangely, the only place I don't get a huge wallop of flavor is right at the front of the palate. It's almost as if the individual flavors can't decide which one wants to come first. Then, just when you think the flavor is going to be rather bland, they all charge at you like liquid marshmallows and bourbon without any bite at all. The alcohol is very well-hidden, despite all the bourbon notes, except for a nice warmth on the finish. How a brewer can make such a bourbon-infused beer that drinks so smooth is beyond me.

This is one of those rare beers that would be perfectly content to be poured over a dish of vanilla ice cream. It is easily in the top 3 of all the bourbon-barrel-aged English barleywines I've had, ranking only slightly behind BCBBW and Sucaba and only because it lacks some of the complexities of flavor of those beers. A beautiful beer from Jackie O's that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of gbw5009
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Didn't live up to my expectation

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 55 degrees F.

A: This is single darkest barleywine I have ever poured - it resembles a stout, dark as can be. The iPhone flashlight test reveals almost no light getting through it save for a tiny spot of ruby highlight. It forms a pale tan head which dies swiftly to a ring.

S: That's bourbony on the nose, all booze and hardwood with an odd, harsh sort of anise-vanilla extract mixture. Plenty of oak and alcohol wreath through this aroma.

T: Interesting. This is a sweet, sweet beer, not unlike heavy molasses with alcohol in it. Sharp notes of toffee are rounded off with caramel, and there's no shortage of oak and maple character to the flavor. The finish tastes of molasses and brown sugar almost enough to convince one that there are grains of sugar in the beer as it goes down. Some tinges of the vanilla extract from the scent are present, though none of the anise. The bourbon emerges more and more as it warms, taking over the taste profile.

M: Watery, yet sticky, and definitely towards the flat side (as one would expect from a barrel-aged beer).

O: This is one of the single most bourbony barrel-aged beers I've tried, with an aftertaste of alcohol that has some of the sting and burn of sipping directly on a couple fingers of whiskey neat. While barleywines by and large are boozy things, this takes the booziest award by far. It would probably do well with a year or two in the cellar.

Photo of Slick50
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyed this BBBW. Right up there with the BC and Kuhnhenns flavor level. Not "right there" but close. Kinda expensive but worth it I think.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and dark fruit. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some wood, molasses and dark bread. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's syrupy and coating with low/moderate carbonation. It's a pretty tasty brew, might have to pick up some more of this! It was either $11.99 or $12.99 a bottle, I forget which. Regardless of the price, it's worth trying at least once.

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big barleywine is a thick, ruddy dark brown. The head on top is tan and creamy, standing at just under one finger and leaving a ring where it settles followed by some creamy spotting beneath.
This has plenty of character, and it's a big malty beast. The aroma and flavor are full of woods, toasted dark sugar, blackstrap, and a more of a brown sugar underlying. Some heat shows strongly without hitting too hard.
This beer has a sturdy feel in its full body with good movement, some alcohol coming in but remaining smooth and crisp with just enough carbonation to make it flow without being overdone

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bourbon doesn't add much on top of the normal version

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very smooth beer. A bit heavy on the sweet edge with a maple kind of thing going on. Vanilla seems to be there also. Probably could use some age to round things out. But it's a nice beer. Glad I picked it up.

Photo of StoutFox
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours very dark, one of the darkest barleywines I have had, not much head
Aroma: Blast of Caramel notes and bourbon, sweet toffee, malt, and vanilla not much more than that, smells like your average BABW but on steroids.
Taste: Tons of toffee and bourbon (lots of bourbon), The bourbon stays lingers but the flavor changes form toffee to caramel to vanilla than back to caramel. as it warms up The flavors seem to meld together but not so much as you cant distinguish the flavors.
Overall: very complex and changes well as it warms. quite a remarkable beer. I will certainly be picking up a couple more of these to age (if i can find them again).

Photo of WesMantooth
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml capped bottle for $12. October/November release

A - Opaque deep brown, with a ruby tint. 2-3 finger tan head with a "here it comes" pour into my snifter.

S - Immediate bourbon, and lots of it. It gives you a blast of vanilla and some oak, along with the typical English Barleywine notes of toffee, carmel, dark, sweet fruit.

T - Fairly sweet up front. Then the bourbon follows and is present throughout the rest of the taste. So is the caramel malt base. Noticeable chared oak. A little bit of sourness at the back end. The taste comes across a little flat compared to the smell to me.

F - Medium body. Alcohol is not in your face like R Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket, but not the hot girl in baggy clothes either. Carbonation is fairly low.

O - The taste didn't live up to the smell, but that doesn't mean it is bad. I thought I was diving into a Sucaba when I stuck my nose in it. I think the bourbon flavor, while very good, is just a hair on the hot side like BB Dark Apparition. To me, that is the only difference between this beer and the elite bourbon barrel barleys. It just isnt as smooth and balanced as a Sucaba or Bourbon County, or even their own Black Maple for example. Still, an outstanding beer. They continue to roll out one great barrel aged beer after another.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

375ml bottle purchased from local Heinen's grocery store for $11.99/single bottle. Recent release. No bottle dating.

Opaque, dark ruby elixir poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter. Two finger, tan/mocha head, down to 3mm foam as tasting commences. Large splotches of lacing remain.

Dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel round out the fantastic aroma.

The taste closely follows the nose with the bourbon a subtle, constant background to the dark fruits, oak and sweet caramel.

Medium to full body, alcohol present but not right in your grill.

Overall a very nice BA barleywine. Price point a bit extravagant, but to me, worth it for this nice, cold weather sipper.

Photo of rden4654
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: I was a little surprised here,BBA it pours a magnificent dark ruby/burgundy color, the beer looked great!!!

S: Up front I got booze, bourbon, and dark fruits, then it mellowed out with some caramel, toffee and maybe a little roasted coconut that I'm guessing. I absolutely love how this beer smells, and tastes!

T: Initial flavors are bourbon chocolate and what I think are dark fruits, In totality you get booze, caramel toffee, and light hints of coconut, again I love how this beer tastes, and feels , it is a helluva good beer!

M: Very much like the bourbon in this beer, It is syrupy, smooth, dries quickly, and the taste has the Jackie O's brewers signiture all over it and it very much so compliments the beer!

O: It is not a very traditional barley wine, but damn it is good!

Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my only semi-ticks of the Ebenezers weekend. Large enough pour and big thanks to CypherEnigma for sharing this with the group at like 11AM. Reviewed from notes.

A- Dark brown body with some red edges. Small tan head with decent retention. Small silky ring remains around the edges but only a few tiny spots of lace.

S- Fresh Bourbon and oak atop a nice caramel Barleywine base. Definitely on the English side of things with a noticeable lack of any hops and more raisin, nutty, spice and caramel malt forward. Nice vanilla sweetness and spicy whiskey layers on superbly.

T- Super smoothed out whiskey, oak and vanilla from the barrels integrated into the Barleywine base. Caramel, cocoa, raisin, toffee, brown sugar and nutty malts come to mind. The spicy whiskey blends in very well with the big malty base.

MF- Thick moderately oily body with lower end carbonation. Slight alcohol heat in the finish.

A smooth bourbon barrel-aged Barleywine. The whiskey and vanilla oak works well with the malty base beer.

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.