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

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MasterSki on 12-03-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
385
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
21.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 385
Photo of Stevem68
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +2.8%
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 MacSon1982
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

S: bourbon forward, boozy, vanilla, caramel.

T: toffee, caramel, vanilla, boozy, sweet, tannins, touch of dark fruit.

F: sweet, medium-lo mouthfeel, boozy.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

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 +1.4%
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.

Eric

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Photo of stakem
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks Kegatron for the share. Pours a mahogany dark chestnut color with a darker khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

It smells huge with barrel presence like sweet vanilla, caramel, oaky and a fruity sort of blend to molasses.

This tastes heavily oaked with caramel, vanilla, molasses and toffee-like sweetness with mild oxidation and toasted coconut in the aftertaste.

This isnfull bodier and lightly carbonated. A crushable big brew that id love to have again.

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Photo of mabermud
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown body. Light beige, minimal head, that quickly retreats into a creamy, and thick(er) halo around my favorite 15.5 ounce brandy snifter. With a twirl of the glass, the legs and curtains on this one are very attractive, and creates a good looking latticework of irregular lacing that melts beautifully from the sides of the snifter.
Smell: Geez, I love the way Jackie O's beer smell. Big sweet, dark grains. Dark fruit in the background, politely mixed with caramel and vanilla aromas.
Taste: English barleywine(ish). Faded bourbon, with some wood, mellow on the tongue. Sweet. Loads of caramel and vanilla. Very even, somewhat sweet, good to go. Soft finish.
Feel: Smooth, and say...soft. Low carb.

Overall - I like this stuff, and would recommend this to anyone who was interested in drinking a fine English Barleywine.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Strong wafts of caramel, toffee and vanilla. A higher level of bourbon presence with plenty of booze fume.

T- Sweet vanilla flavors with the accompanying notes of burnt sugar, maple and more caramel. Nice roasty base. Nuts are there in the aftertaste providing a welcome extra dimension of flavor.

M- Slick and a bit creamy but there's some burn from the heat that's not the most pleasant. Low carbonation and a full body.

O- While this is certainly tasty, and I applaud them for using nuts in a subtle way rather than dumping a ton of peanut butter extract into the beer, I feel it's a bit hot and just a tad too bourbon forward to score it any higher than I did.

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Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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 -0.2%
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 WesMantooth
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | 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 Dope
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -0.7%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | 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 (updated for 4/15/16 - Aroma has turned to a beautiful vanilla, sweet bourbon with loads of charred wood). Luckily the flavor and the aroma were different and also need to note the ABV was hidden so nicely with a super creamy mouthfeel. Looking forward to the next one!

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Photo of ONUMello
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 -2.1%
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 do_ob
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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 tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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 buschbeer
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery - 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 Ri0
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 375 ml bottle into snifter, 2014 vintage bottling. Dark brown color with a 1 finger tan head with spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits such as figs and raisins. Also some vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is very pleasant caramel, toffee with the bourbon and vanilla. Notes of figs and raisins and hints of oak. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick mouthfeel. Overall this is a tasty BA English Barleywine..

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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 MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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 NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

385 ml bottle. Pours deep brown with ruby tones. Thin off white head fades quickly, no lacing. Dark raisin and bread aroma, boozy notes. Strong bourbon presence in the flavor but not overwhelming. The caramel and raisin sweetness balances things out before ending in a fruitcake flavored bitterness. Warm boozy finish. Solid BBA BW.

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