Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln - Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by tectactoe:
4.14/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-17-2013 11:27:47 | More by tectactoe
More User Reviews:
4.14/5 rDev +1.5%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 bottle with no bottle number.
Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Not much of a head. Pencil thin collar. Just a few bubbles on the surface.
Smell - Rich vanilla. Lots of vanilla. Loaded with caramel and nice Bourbon notes. Nice aroma.
Taste - Lots of caramel. Just as much vanilla. Deep caramel and Bourbon. Just a touch of hops, very faint. A lot of oak. Astringent.
Mouthfeel - Pretty boozy. Astringent and a little harsh. Par for the course.
Overall - It's Jackie O's and it's not sour! Yay! Very nice barleywine. Excellent barrel character.
03-05-2013 02:16:22 | More by Alieniloquium
4.48/5 rDev +9.8%
Thanks to Aleguy for the hookup!
Chestnut brown with a khaki, filmy head that leaves sheets of tan lace on the glass. The nose is really nice, toasted caramel malt. oak and whiskey in perfect harmony. The first sip tells me that this is a really well made and tasty beer. Caramel and toasted oak, vanilla and bourbon with some alcoholic heat and faint tannins. I feel the heat in my chest more than on my palate. Silky smooth, mildly carbonated and a little sticky. This beer is awesome fresh and will only get more polished with age.
12-20-2012 02:00:19 | More by biggred1
4.21/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at a BA Barleywine tasting.
There is more caramel and vanilla in this one than there was in the rum version. I love the sweet caramel notes and thought the beer was quite smooth. There is more bitterness in the finish and less fruit notes than the rum. I'd have more in the future.
02-07-2013 05:21:20 | More by oline73
4.01/5 rDev -1.7%
yes ! yes!! YESS! the niners are going to the suberbowl!
tradition in my house has been drinking a big ba barleywin for every niner playoff game. Huge thanks to kurtis for making my traditions continue!
a- looks great dark dark ruby red with a slight finger of head.
s- a bit let down by the nose, not as large as i was hoping but when it comes up its pretty good. barrel and brown sugar up front with some alcohol and some dark fruits.
t- not as sweat as the nose indicated, lots of burnt barrel character, some vanilla and burnt sugar. some dark fruits in the after taste
m- very clean, not as sticky as i was expecting. medium to thick body and it is well carbonated
o- another good jackie os beers, pairs well with the niners victory! not as big or immense as i was expecting, and not the best from jackie os but good in its own right
thanks againe lechskie!
01-20-2013 23:55:49 | More by KevSal
4.23/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-28-2013 00:33:44 | More by cbutova
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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