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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: 117 | 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 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 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 brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Like the non-barrel aged base beer, this one pours out with a creamy topped by rocky tan head over the walnut brown colored liquid; clumps of lace develop in the tulip

Smell: Caramel, vanilla and raisins, toasted coconut and oak; the Bourbon influence is surprisingly subtle

Taste: Caramel and vanilla tones, initially, with the raisin and toasted coconut developing; after the swallow, the oak and the Bourbon become more apparent and there is considerable warmth in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: While this is more complex than the base beer, I cannot help but think that it is also a bit below the top echelon for the style; still, quite a good beer, but not a great one

Thanks, howopeeps, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev +1%
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 RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kan for sharing this unlabeled bottle acquired directly from the brewery. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, stray wisps, and a bit of spotty lacing. Murky brown body.

S - A nice mix of red fruits, coconut, vanilla, earthy bourbon, treacle, toffee, and caramel. Not much booze, and oak is understated.

T - Taste is quite similar, with caramel, toffee, oaky vanilla, hint of milk chocolate. Bourbon and oak are surprisingly restrained for a Jackie O's offering, and integrate very well with the base beer.

M - Smooth, medium body, lower carbonation, minimal alcohol warmth, and a dry and oaky finish.

D - A very solid and well-crafted barrel-aged barleywine. Surprisingly mature and restrained for Brad and co. and I dig it. Hopefully this is scheduled for the December release, as I think it's ready for prime time. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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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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 bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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 tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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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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 Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This big barleywine is a thick, ruddy dark brown. The head on top is tan and creamy, standing at just under one finger and leaving a ring where it settles followed by some creamy spotting beneath.
This has plenty of character, and it's a big malty beast. The aroma and flavor are full of woods, toasted dark sugar, blackstrap, and a more of a brown sugar underlying. Some heat shows strongly without hitting too hard.
This beer has a sturdy feel in its full body with good movement, some alcohol coming in but remaining smooth and crisp with just enough carbonation to make it flow without being overdone

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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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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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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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 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 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 Lukass
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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 buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12.7 FL Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

It looks like it is really dark brown in color. I'm holding it to the light and nothing is getting through. It is topped with an inch of tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Very little lacing.

The bourbon really comes through. I get aromas of caramel and oak.

The taste focuses a little more on the oak. The caramel comes through but not like in the smell. It has a dry, earthy finish.

It has a full, oily smooth mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

The bourbon greatly increases the aroma and flavor of this beer. I just had the Brick Kiln, and this is an amazing transformation. The barrel aging takes a good beer to greatness.

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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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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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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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