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

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 293
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 26.25%
Wants: 68
Gots: 119 | FT: 33
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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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Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Aged this one for about a year and the taste was phenomenal! Bourbon really pulls through and it was super smooth! Jackie O's keep doing what you're doing!!

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Photo of Slick50
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of rden4654
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of StoutFox
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
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).

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Photo of Lukass
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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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 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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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 cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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 bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.


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Photo of WesMantooth
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | 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 hidden like 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. 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, Bourbon County, or Brooklyn Hand & Seal. Still, an outstanding beer. They continue to roll out one great barrel aged beer after another.

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Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to womencantsail for sharing this one at GRG1313’s tasting.

2012 vintage. Bottle # 84/342.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with bourbon and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice bourbon presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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