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

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 322
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 71
Gots: 118 | 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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 322
Photo of Stolenface1
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with amber highlights. Head drops rather quickly, not unexpected with the ABV level. Aroma of Caramel malts, quality bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla and fruity esters. Maybe a very slight touch of diacetyl, but not in a bad way. Flavor is sweet caramel, toffee, fig, raisin, vanilla, hops, bourbon, oak, molasses, brown sugar, and maybe a hint of maple, honey and cherry. The 11.8 ABV is evident but not at all in the forefront. The feel is med-full and creamy. Spot on. I have not had the non-BA version, but I think without the barrel it may be a little too sweet, so sticking with the BA variant in the future. Overall slightly different than traditional English Barleywine, but a good American interpretation.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy color with a very soapy and anemic looking lacing ring.

S - Very light bourbon aroma, roasted sweet toffee, maple syrup, leather, and oak tannin.

T - Lots of vanilla, roasted toffee, oak toasted caramel, bourbon, a hint of cherries.

M - Light medium body with a tad bit thin.

O - Really enjoy Jackie O's beers but this one doesn't do it for me.

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

2015 edition poured into a snifter
A: Hazy dark brown with no head
S: Bourbon, raisin, pie cherries, molasses
T: Cherry/fig/raisin- fruity but with a solid bourbon undertone
M: Full-bodied, a bit sweet with a bit of alcohol but balanced overall
O: The time in the bourbon barrel changes the base beer in a good way, adding complexity. Worth nearly twice the price is debatable but this is quite nice

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Bonkinishwa
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie O's - Bourbon Barrel Aged Brick Kiln. 11.8% ABV. 12.7oz bottle poured into duvel glass.

Look: Pours dark brown, pretty much black. Semi aggressive pour yielded no head, only white lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of bourbon, with toffee, caramel, and toasty aromas backing it. Very sweet smelling.

Feel: Thin and smooth, with the carbonation balancing it out.

Taste: Immediate sweet bourbon taste, with chocolate, caramel, and dark malts behind it. Very little alcohol taste, that leaves a very slight burn on the back end, that fades instantly.

Overall: First Barleywine style of beer I have tried. It is very sweet smelling and tasting, and actually not as heavy as it smells. It was enjoyable, however I don't agree with the high price tag on this beer.

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Photo of troygreer
2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What an average barley wine that has very little barrel flavor.

The mouth feel of this beer is far to thin and the flavor really disappears after you swallow. On top of that it is $13 a bottle which is far from the value.

A little sweetness and what would be an ok barely wine without a lot of depth.

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Photo of docoman
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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 do_ob
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of stickydankhop
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brick Kiln is one of the few Barleywines I like. Bourbon aging this beer take it up another slight notch. However, this beer is ridiculously expensive for what it is. Just pure greed. good luck Jack!

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Photo of thebigredone
3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Like the majority of the Jackie O's I've tried to this point, this was not as good as I was expecting. In this case, the beer was nothing but a disappointment.

Thin, with little barrel or sweet barleywine flavor. A bit sharp tasting. I'd say it almost tasted like it was infected, except I don't think it was.

Overall, I think it's time for me to give up on Jackie Os.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Muddled brown color. Some good bourbon on the nose, but also some alcohol heat on the nose. Taste is more barelywine than barrel, but a decent although slightly harsh mix. Finish is rough at first but heartwarming to linger. Solid good beer.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep mahogany, with a delicate tightly packed khaki foam, that rises a finger high and then settles to an even layer. Smell is definitely holding forth some bourbon barrel, slightly charred sugar, and a very smooth vanilla. Flavor brings more of the same with a very creamy mouthfeel. Finishes slightly warm, with a fine balance between the bourbon, vanilla, and malts. Overall, a fine English barleywine with a gentle, creamy feel that makes it quite unique.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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 SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an absolutely fantastic BA BW that is sweet but balanced, has a gorgeous DARK brown color but has this weird aroma that I was immediately turned off by. Luckily the flavor and the aroma were different and also need to note the ABV was hidden so nicely. Looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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 bobhits
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2

11.99 for 12.7 oz. Yeah we're in the absurd category.

Pours a bit of a white head, darker brown color, higher abv is assumed and a dense body leads one to believe this will be a big beer.

As English barley wines go we're on the hoppy side on the nose, a lot of citrus hops make their way through the deep candy caramel malts. The end as a lot of vanilla and oak from the bourbon. A nice aroma, not really to style per say but who cares?

Toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, raisins, molasses, candy corn, perhaps even some creme brulee all come out in the taste.

Where this beer really does well is in the mouth feel. Very smooth, creamy, despite not being overly carbonated it as a very enjoyable body.

Overall this is a stupid STUPID over priced beer, it is very good but not great. At about 68 dollars per six pack equivalent this is absurd. Remember bourbon count stout can be found under 40 for a six pack even at single bottle prices. Overall score without price is a 4. With price we have to drop this to a 2. I'm sorry but price matters.

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Photo of JohnathanColeman
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
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 Dope
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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 superspak
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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 cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +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 maximum12
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
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!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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