Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.14/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Thanks to umich03jm for this one! It'll be the first thing I've had from Jackie O's although I have a few of their bottles waiting in my cellar. Bottle #61 of 342, Batch 12. This beer is murky, nebulous, and looks like the second runnings of swamp water; brown and mahogany with barely any head that forms; it looks thick and big, on par for a big-ass barley wine.
Sweet plums and dates smothered in more sweet syrup, backed up with a robust silhouette of oak and spicy bourbon. The back end of the aroma contains a nice heap of black licorice; I like black licorice like I like rug burn, but it's buried enough here between the heavy bourbon, oak, and dark fruits, so my panties aren't in too big of a bunch.
Warm toffee and a light coconut and vanilla barrel-induction finish things off. Not as much caramel or brown sugar or just all around malt-assault as I'd expect for an 11%+ ABV barley wine, but I guess hanging out in bourbon barrels for a while can blunt some of those things. Definitely smells like a big mother effer; we'll see how it translates to the taste.
The first sip is honestly much better than I expected it to be; I'm not sure exactly what that means, because I didn't think it smelled *bad*, but I guess I just wasn't expecting it to taste this good. Sticky toffee and malty brown sugar (there we go) lathered all over a mound of bourbon soaked wood, plums, dates, and sharp cherry skins.
Vanilla, coconut, and anise are taken down a notch in the flavor, but I can forgive that as I'm pretty satisfied with the increase in brown sugar and toffee. Lots of boozy warmth all around, almost maybe a bit beyond just "warmth"; just like eating a handful of Hot Tamales, it burns, but it hurts so good. Dry oak finish; the body is thick and sticky, microwaved Aunt Jamima consistency with a slick and chunky mouth feel.
First offering from Jackie O's and I really quite enjoyed it. Barley wines are a delicate style for me, and can be pretty hit or miss. This was definitely more on the "hit" side. I actually enjoyed it more than the AleSmith BA Old Numbskull - the big ol' "popular" and highly acclaimed BA barley wine that I was expecting to like more. Like settling for the slightly less appealing assistant captain cheerleader then finding out her parents are millionaires.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2013 11:27:47 | More by tectactoe
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4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-28-2013 00:33:44 | More by cbutova
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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