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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 322
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 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%
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 -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 -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 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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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 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 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 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 KevSal
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

yes ! yes!! YESS! the niners are going to the suberbowl!

tradition in my house has been drinking a big ba barleywin for every niner playoff game. Huge thanks to kurtis for making my traditions continue!

a- looks great dark dark ruby red with a slight finger of head.

s- a bit let down by the nose, not as large as i was hoping but when it comes up its pretty good. barrel and brown sugar up front with some alcohol and some dark fruits.

t- not as sweat as the nose indicated, lots of burnt barrel character, some vanilla and burnt sugar. some dark fruits in the after taste

m- very clean, not as sticky as i was expecting. medium to thick body and it is well carbonated

o- another good jackie os beers, pairs well with the niners victory! not as big or immense as i was expecting, and not the best from jackie os but good in its own right

thanks againe lechskie!

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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 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 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 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 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 UrbanCaveman
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 55 degrees F.

A: This is single darkest barleywine I have ever poured - it resembles a stout, dark as can be. The iPhone flashlight test reveals almost no light getting through it save for a tiny spot of ruby highlight. It forms a pale tan head which dies swiftly to a ring.

S: That's bourbony on the nose, all booze and hardwood with an odd, harsh sort of anise-vanilla extract mixture. Plenty of oak and alcohol wreath through this aroma.

T: Interesting. This is a sweet, sweet beer, not unlike heavy molasses with alcohol in it. Sharp notes of toffee are rounded off with caramel, and there's no shortage of oak and maple character to the flavor. The finish tastes of molasses and brown sugar almost enough to convince one that there are grains of sugar in the beer as it goes down. Some tinges of the vanilla extract from the scent are present, though none of the anise. The bourbon emerges more and more as it warms, taking over the taste profile.

M: Watery, yet sticky, and definitely towards the flat side (as one would expect from a barrel-aged beer).

O: This is one of the single most bourbony barrel-aged beers I've tried, with an aftertaste of alcohol that has some of the sting and burn of sipping directly on a couple fingers of whiskey neat. While barleywines by and large are boozy things, this takes the booziest award by far. It would probably do well with a year or two in the cellar.

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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 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 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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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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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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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Brick Kiln from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.