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The Brew Kettle Jackhammer Barleywine - The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works

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The Brew Kettle Jackhammer BarleywineThe Brew Kettle Jackhammer Barleywine

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BA SCORE
89
very good

22 Ratings
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jampics2 on 05-31-2010)
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Photo of Spider889
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Listed at 10.2% at Bodega on 2/17, review from notes.

Ruddy copper/bronze color. Served with zero head in a shaker pint (ugh, really 'dega??)

Malty sweet flavor on this English Barleywine. Fairly bitter.

The mouthfeel is extremely dry, bordering on husky. Not hot but the booze is quite apparent.

Overall I just found this to be a bit much to drink while out at the bar. The serving size was also a big problem.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ONUMello
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy light brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Caramel, raisin, sweet malts... think a nice bread pudding
T: Matches the nose, adding brown sugar and cherries
M: A big beer, fairly balanced overall, just a hint of alcohol
O: A really good example of the style. I find many barleywines to be out of balance whether too sweet or too boozy, this one is not at all

Photo of ChrisPro
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. unlabeled bomber directly from the brewer. Thanks a bunch Jack. I've waited a long time to review this and thought, what the heck, lets go for it. Poured into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Viscous pour yields a very slowly forming layer of bubbles around the brew that seems to emerge gradually from the depth. Beer is a dark, cloudy mahogany. No lacing.

S: One sniff and I know I'm in for a fight with this one. Deep aromas of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and honey. There's a bit of a boozy kick in the foreground but it does nothing to cover the dense flavors present here.

T: I hate hoppy barleywines and as I take my first sip, I'm a little afraid of this one. The opening reassures me though. Caramel, toffee, and a big, rich malt backbone greet me. Hop bitterness is pushed all the way to the back and then covered with booze. Very sweet the whole way through. Brown sugar towards the end with just a splash of hoppiness right as it ends. Finish is spicy with a sudden emergence of carbonation. Aftertaste is caramel and the sweet part of butterscotch.

M: Incredibly full bodied with very little carbonation. Feel is oily, thick, and viscous, almost as if I could chew on it. This one isn't for the faint of heart. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that sticks and lingers.

D: Before anything else, I want to thank the owner/brewer of Brew Kettle for personally sending me this one. As for the beer itself? For its body and intense flavor? Hugely drinkable and incredibly enjoyable. Flavor and complexity is exquisite with a feel that is completely unique in its smoothness and density. This one definitely flies under the radar. A great representation of its style.

Photo of kzoobrew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green waxed bomber, thanks Ryan. Cheers!

Poured into oversized snifter. Even with a moderately aggressive pour there is minimal head produced. Short off white colored head fades quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. Molten caramel body is slightly hazy, beautiful glowing orange color when held to the light.

The aroma is classic English Barleywine. Warm toasted bread melds with caramel and raisin up front. Bits of burnt sugar and booze are set just behind. Very smooth and balanced aroma. The hop presence is very muted in the nose.

The flavor begins very sweet up front loaded with plenty of caramel and brown sugar. A pleasant hop bitterness develops just behind to provide some balance. Bit of molasses and raisin flavors provide a bit of depth on the mid palate. The flavors meld as they move towards the back of the tongue, leaving only a light sweetness behind. Subtle oxidation flavor can be noted but this works very well in this specific beer.

Full bodied barleywine, low and appropriate carbonation. Very thick and smooth texture. There is a bit of heat that lingers in the back of the throat. The finish is long as should be expected.

Very good beer, outstanding representation of the style. Jackhammer is a big beer, no doubt, but the booze is very well hidden and it is quite easy to drink. Excellent beer to sip on a cold winter night.

Photo of siege06nd
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a slightly cloudy, radiant copper color. A really nice cherry glow. Half finger of relatively loose cream colored head that retains nicely. Lacing is also fairly spotty.

S. Lots of caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, and toasted bread. Little bit of earthy hop character as well.

T. Toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, ripe cherries and raisin. Some zesty hops on the finish, but those are subdued. This is a delicious English Barleywine, exceptionally well-rounded and flavorful.

M. Full-bodied, balanced, well rounded with just the right amount of carbonation.

O. An excellent English Barleywine...quite a surprise. I'm not sure how often they bottle this, this was picked up for me sometime Late Summer/Fall 2011, but hopefully this is a recurring release from Brew Kettle. A very balanced and malt forward barleywine with lots of toffee and marshmallow qualities. This is great stuff here.

Photo of jampics2
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage, served in 5/2010.

On tap at the first ever Fat Head's Brewers Brawl. This was hands down the best Barleywine at the festival and one of the best beers overall. Would have deserved the golden gloves if it had won them! I had a few pours, probably 8 oz total. Thanks to Chris for serving this with a smile!

Looks great. Cloudy brownish plum color with a two finger white head.

Smells brilliant - cherry pie, dark fruit, toasted malt, caramel, maybe even a bit of oxidation but it's working for it.

Oh my god, we have an amazing beer on our hands here. Amazing malty taste - caramel overload, toffee and a touch of toast. Kiss of hops, nice residual bitterness that doesn't overwhelm. I'm totally freaking out on the audio review I did - saying things like "fucking unbelievable" and "best Midwest barelywine except 2005/2006 Gratitude". Probably my favorite style these days and this totally kicked ass.

Creamy m/f, nice thick body and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is rough just because it's such a huge beer. But I absolutely loved this and would buy a case if it were bottled, fantastic Ohio Barleywine. Would love to get a shot at the Bourbon barrel version someday, until then, this is amazing. Ohio's giving Pennsylvania a run at Barleywine all of a sudden!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

The Brew Kettle Jackhammer Barleywine from The Brew Kettle Taproom & Smokehouse / Production Works
89 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.