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

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick KilnBourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MasterSki on 12-03-2012

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 385
Photo of brenlinn
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Strong BA flavor in this barley wine. Excellent balance. More hazy than most BWs. Touch of sweetness with a lot of barrel. Smell is a perfect mix of wood, bourbon and honey.

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Photo of goldenbooter
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome barley wine with a great barrel finish. Somehow Jackie Os keep putting out home runs. Color reminds me of apple juice. Nice smell. Barrel at the end. Nose sweet

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Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.98/5  rDev +18.3%
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 +12.8%
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 +12.8%

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 +12.4%
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 +12.1%
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 +10.9%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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 glass_house
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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 SPLITGRIN
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +6.2%
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 nhindian
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Brick Kiln looks the part of a typical barleywine in terms of color; it is ruddy, dirty brown that straddles the line between black and sewer water. Unappetizing, perhaps, but par for the course. A tan head makes an appearance, but quickly (and surprisingly loudly) fizzles away, leaving only stray islands of foam to saunter on the top of the beer, leaving only an eclipse of lighter foam around the edge of the glass.

Aroma - The aroma is a touch more subdued than Bourbon Barrel Wood Burner and other Jackie O's beers I remember. The bourbon is definitely still the focus of the beer, but besides that and some sweetness, I'm coming up empty. Think alcohol-soaked figs, bourbon staves, and bittersweet chocolate, and you got Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln.

Taste - Take what I just said about the aroma and flip it 180 degrees. The taste is multi-faceted, complex, and delicious. Unlike other JO BA beers, the dominant flavor isn't so much the barrel, but the malts and beer underneath, which allow a great depth of flavor development. The first wave is chocolate and dark fruits, like a rum cake made with bourbon. If anything, Jackie O's has a signature barrel-aged characteristic that is common in their beers, and BA Brick Kiln is no exception. If you like it, this is perfect, and to me, this is nearly-perfect. Perhaps a little less bourbon would help this really open up, but otherwise, this is a great flavor.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is spot-on. Not too thick, not too thin, with precise carbonation.

Closing Arguments - Overall, this is near the top of JO beers in my book. The barrel-aging is at the forefront without overshadowing the actual beer, the body is nicely balanced, and it develops in the glass to acclaim.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As the popular practice of barrel aging beer often changes the beer into something decidedly bourbon-like, this time those barrels have met their match. The Brick Kiln barlewine stands its ground while welcoming the nuances that those barrels bring.

Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln's deep mahogany pour shows deep crimsons and burgundies with a tawny port character. The delicate creme that builds slowly reveals the dense aromatics of toffee and molasses with bold bourbon sherry and dark fruit whimsy. Its taste is decadently sweet with a host of toasted caramels, maple and butterscotch.

And as the taste develops, its sweetness deepens and draws in the fruitcake medley of dates, fig and prune with raisin and spiced rum. With the oak, vanilla and coconut taste of the barrels showing even more complexity, its spicy tannins offer a sherry-like vinous taste. Curing tobacco and leather give greater rise to the earthiness of stone fruit and the beer's underlying marmalade earthiness.

Full and luscious, the beer's texture is rich but surprisingly dry as the wood spices and light vinous tang gives the finish a powder-fine dryness that's seemingly of extended wood-aged bordeaux. With the warmth of bourbon, the barleywine trails with a long linger of fruitcake and tar.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +5.2%
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 docoman
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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 SaisonRichBiere
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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 tobelerone
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As both a barleywine freak AND a bourbon freak I had high hopes for this beer and it delivered. All I had to do was pop the cap and I knew it was going to hit the spot I was looking to hit.

A bit darker than a typical BW, almost stout-like in appearance. You see immediately that it's not super thick or viscous, and the small off-white head dissipates quickly. Little lacing to speak of.

Rich bourbony aroma, a little oak and vanilla, offset by brown sugar and caramel notes, subtler fruity tones. Vague fusel alcohol. The flavor follows suit, medium-sweet, cleaned up on the finish by some alcohol heat and a little bit of earthy hoppy bitterness. Strong barrel character but not to the point of totally overwhelming the base of the beer. Mildly woody but with tasty vanilla notes as the beer comes up to temperature.

Medium body, medium to just slightly low carbonation. Very smooth and pleasing feel without being excessively big, syrupy or underattenuated.

Big fan here and should please fans of barrel aged barleywines nicely. Rich bourbon notes combined with familiar barleywine flavors, but low on fruity esters and a little more bitter than anticipated, which serves the beer well. Not at all flabby. Still comes close to the BCBW realm (pre 2015) in richness, barrel character, and stout-like aspects, but retains a degree of elegance as well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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 +3.6%
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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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