Bourbon Barrel Black Maple
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #8
Ranked #219
4.48 | pDev: 7.81%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 vintage, 12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
L - dark brown with a head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin edging
S - Strong bourbon, mild coffee, maple
T - Phenomenal! The blend of bourbon and sweetness is delicious. More bourbon on the nose, but slight notes of maple, coffee, vanilla on the finish
F - mouthfeel a bit thin and sharp
O - a great beer that fits well into the Jackie O's BBA family. 2 years in the bourbon flavor is overpowering the maple, but is is there faintly and that in itself is pretty darn good. I would not put it on the level of ANTIK, but it's close.

Sep 12, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2019 vintage. Pours deep brown with a small mocha head that fades fast. No lacing.

Smells of chocolate, bourbon, coconut and faint maple.

Taste follows the nose. I appreciate that the sweetness doesn't overpower.

On the thin side with low carbonation. Drinks nicely for such a big beer. A bit more mouthfeel would make this one upper tier.

Really nice beer but not on the level of some others and the price point sucks.

Aug 24, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the masses, there are three variants of Black Maple. There is regular, barrel aged, and double barrel aged.
This variant is the barrel aged. The main profile of this beer is maple, chocolate, and bourbon. The mouth feel is very thin, just like the double aged but not as thin.

I consider this the brother to Antik, trading honey for maple. It isn't quite on that level but still a tasty porter.


Mar 28, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark black body, with a brown-red highlights. Light tan head, lining the edge at the glass, and a cast across the top.

S - Strong booze note of bourbon and vanilla, a note of nuttiness.

T - Strong hits of coconut and vanilla, a touch of fruit and maple sweetness, wood and chocolate and coffee acidity, long lingering mild bitterness in the close.

M - Mild carbonation, moderate weight, slightly sticky feel but a dry finish.

O - Well built and tasty, it delivers a huge barrel experience.

Feb 05, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - almost black with no real head
Smell - sweet maple and some woody
Taste - great porter backbone with some maple syrup and woody caramel
Feel - medium full body with a light light carb
Overall - really fantastic!

Feb 01, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2019 Vintage

Pours from the bottle a deep golden brown and sits in the glass an inky, jet-brown verging on black; topped with a small khaki froth that recedes almost immediately to a slight collar, a few paper-thin islands of cap, and sparse strands of lacing.

Aroma opens with level, sweet tones of oaky bourbon barrel, vanilla, rich chocolate, and caramel, becoming increasingly roasty leading into lighter tones of smoked malt, toffee, and cherry skins.

Taste features a litany of fudgy bourbon notes, toffee, and oaky barrel upfront; sweet, smoky malt peak over the mid-palate into the finish of now semi-sweet campfire and vanilla bean touches; lightest bits of maple imbue every aspect of the profile.

Mouthfeel has a medium body and low carbonation guiding to a silky, slick mid-palate; slightly creamy all-around; a soft warming teams with a bare minimum alcohol presence into the finish while a minor roasty bittering comes through on the exhale.

This is a good imperial porter that is both tempered and hindered by a more passive barrel presence lacking intensity. Along the way, the maple interacts awkwardly with the roasty bitterness of the porter base as well, but doesn't delay the beer from taking its sweeter, smokier, and lightly bitter form. Solid overall, though unfortunately a bit too complacent and safe for my tastes.

Dec 02, 2019
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 2014 bottle from the reserve collection at Jackie O’s production brewery served in a snifter.

Look- A dense black with a little less than a finger of dark mocha head. Surprised that there was virtually no lacing with this one.

Smell- Tons of vanilla, maple, and bourbon with a nutty aroma mixed in. The barrel doesn’t really dominate like I expected.

Taste- I’ll start by saying wow! The vanilla and bourbon mix is fantastic. The hazelnuts and chocolate are there, too. The maple has mellowed with age but probably gives some of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation with a creamy smooth finish. The subtle sweetness hangs around with every sip.

Overall- A great offering from Jackie O’s. Not certain about this being a porter but it was still great. Definitely worth the trip.

Sep 25, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Dark cola brown appearance. Slightly thinner in body than I anticipated. The liquid was capped by a small, bubbly, khaki colored colored crown that quickly dropped to a frothy collar. Tiny dots and streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was really malty and robust. Nice melding of caramel and roasted malts. Slightly sweet. A bit nutty. Bourbon notes came through big time. Super boozy but not excessively so. A subtle wet paper-like quality also detectable. Touch of smokiness too. Zero maple character however.

The flavor profile was basically a toned down version of the nose. Big and malty. This definitely had an “old school” imperial porter-like quality to it. The beer was anchored by a robust caramel and roasted malt base. Boozy, bourbon notes appeared in the center and intensified as the beer moved along the palate. More roast and lingering booze in the finish. Like the aroma, there was absolutely no maple character.

The mouthfeel was somewhat disappointing. Slightly thin for the style. The liquid contained a larger bubbled, moderate effervescence that frothed up on the palate.

I have found most of Jackie O’s porters and stouts to be pretty disappointing, and Bourbon Barrel Black Maple was underwhelming as well. Both the aroma and the flavor profile were straightforward and devoid of any maple character, and the mouthfeel was quite thin. I remember this brewery’s beers being highly coveted a few years ago. Either they have gotten significantly worse with time or people’s palates have vastly evolved.

Jun 11, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.4/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark dark brown with a half finger head that fades quickly
S: Caramel, vanilla, and oakey/roasty
T: Char and roast dominate with some caramel and/or maple notes
F- Decent weight
O: Jackie O's never disappoint - even the least of them.

Apr 13, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.88/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2017 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin mocha brown head that dissipated quickly and left only some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon, booze, molasses, licorice, with a hint of herbal and char.

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa, herbal, molasses, licorice, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar with only a hint of dark fruit, char and maple syrup.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice to drink but the maple just seemed to be overpowered by the bourbon, molasses and licorice.

Mar 06, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well executed combination of maple and bourbon barrels... both are very prominently displayed without overpowering the other.

Maple is a more subtle/natural component, and not an overly-sweet/ artificial flavor.

Really easy to drink with medium body.

Jan 21, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a very deep brown body with a scant half finger of pale brown head produced with aerated pour. Head recedes quickly, leaving a small ring of foam around the edge of the glass. No lacing
S -- Smoke, maple, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, sugar-dusted dark fruits, dark chocolate
T -- Largely follows the nose. The maple is noticeable but doesn't overpower and instead integrates very nicely with the rest of the smokey, barrely, fudgy tastes going on here
F -- Big mouthfeel, minimal carb. Nice silkiness to it, much more than the other Jackie O's stouts I've had
O -- The major downfall here is the price, at $15/13oz bottle... Otherwise this stuff is fabulous. Just about as good as BA Oro Negro


Jan 18, 2019
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage - Pours dark brown-black with a khaki tan foam head. Smells like maple toast, roasty nutty bready malts, graham crackery, slight coconut, dark fruits, hint of dried cherry, maple syrup, bourbon, oak, mild vanilla, caramel, chocolate, some coffee, light smokiness, with mild earthy hops. Tastes like dark cherry, dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, nutty roasted malts, coffee, toasted bread, maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon, oak barrel, mild smoke, hint of coconut, graham cracker, maple toast, with earthy hops to balance. Smooth thick medium body, moderate low carbonation. Really nice bourbon barrel aged imperial porter with maple syrup.

Jan 09, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, roast, char bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, fudge, marshmallow, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roast/hop bitter/sweet, and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 12.1%, with minimal barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BBA imperial porter! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple syrup, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Amazingly rich/well rounded malt complexity and maple syrup presence; with perfect barrel integration/balance. Not overly roasty/charred on malts, or boozy on barrels. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

Oct 13, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Similar to lots of their beer this imperial (porter?) stout shows some oak notes which make it kind of vinous. The bourbon is light and the maple absent. Lots of nuts notes. Quite drinkable despite the high abv

May 30, 2018
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle poured into large snifter
2016 vintage gifted to me by EZ

Pours medium to dark brown with almost no head to speak of. This really speaks to the light carbonation of this brew, because it doesn’t taste oxidized at all. Very light and smooth. Nose is bourbon heavy and brownie batter. Sweet chocolate and bourbon are present but take a back seat to roasted walnut/pecan. Maple doesn’t become present until the chill is broken and it warms a bit. The warmer this gets, the more the flavors pop off the charts. All the flavors meld together well. If I had to say that one thing shines in this beer it has to be the nuttiness, hands down. Fantastic brew!

Apr 01, 2018
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NathanBeets from South Dakota

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Pours a deep black with a tiny caramel colored head, no lacing present.

Lots of sugary sweet maple syrup on the nose. Hints of the barrel (oak and bourbon), along with some caramel.

Sticky maple syrup on the taste and feel. The syrup lingers on the palate. Some chocolate notes, but the maple syrup is what is most present.

Mar 04, 2018
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jcflorian from Connecticut

4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with no head and minimal lacing.

Aroma is oak, bourbon but don’t get the maple I expected.

Taste is very solid and I do get maple in the aftertaste that lingers. I will say the alcohol is very well hidden.

While I enjoyed this beer, mouthfeel did not live up to the rest of this beer.

Overall this is very solid beer from Jackie o’s. I loved the lingering maple on the back end of the sip. Barrel comes in nicely and easy drinking for an 11.0 percent beer. Mouthfeel holds this beer back. That being said, a very good beer

Mar 03, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with a skim of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and alcohol.

The taste is caramel and vanilla from the bourbon. I also get chocolate and sweet maple notes.

Viscous, thick mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is an amazing beer. It hits all the right notes for me. This is the only JO beer that I have broken the bank and bought a case of in the past.

Feb 17, 2018
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon Barrel Black Maple pours a very deep brown and sports a light brown head of foam. The head dissipates fairly quickly. The beer smells quite good - it's certainly sweet, per the nose, but also has a bit of booziness.

While cold, the beer has a slightly dry mouth feel. The barrel is definitely present. It is, per the smell, very sweet. The maple somehow fails to be all that present in the taste.

As the beer warms, it just gets sweeter. It has a nice bit of heat to it, but the alcohol isn't present in the taste.

As with CBS - I'd expected more of this beer. I like maple, in general and as an adjunct, so the last few maple beers have let me down a bit. Great Notion's Double Stack has been the only one to really impress me thus far. Wish it was easier to get!

Jan 23, 2018
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Jackie O's tulip glass. Acquired in a trade. 2015 bottle.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a two finger brown head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of foam and little lacing.

Aromas are heavy on the bourbon, cocoa and light vanilla, dark- bittersweet chocolate, lightly roasty with coffee aromas. Not getting much maple on the aroma.

On the tongue is dark chocolate and bourbon, roasty malt, marshmallow, caramel, sweet vanilla, chocolate cookies. A slight oxidized off flavor included. Mouthfeel is kinda thin with medium-low carbonation.

Overall decent. For a bourbon barrel aged stout, this is on point, but I didn't get any maple whatsoever in the taste or aromas, so I have to give it a 3.75 final rating because it wasn't as advertised.

Jan 22, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the shorty bottle from the brewery in a snifter. This beastly little brew pours a rich
opaque with a nice head of dark brown foam that settles to a thick ring , a thin pool,
and shows some nice light lacing. Nose of boozy bourbon, subtle vanilla, mild oak, light
char touched marshmallow, sweet dark maple, and rich malts. Flavors nail it out of the park
with rich toasted nutty malts dancing about maple and deep brown sugars that have become
drunken on boozy bourbon. Mild vanilla and more assertive oak give richness without being overly
cloying to a lightly char touched marshmallow and dark rich cocoa that has a subtle coffee note on
the back that has of course gotten drunk on bourbon as well. Fantastic mouth feel; full lightly slick
body, low carbonation, and a rich boozy finish laced with more flavor than there is characters on a
keyboard. Exceptional.


Jan 11, 2018
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Jason_Schroeder from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic aged stout from Jackie O’s - all of their aged stuff I’ve smtried is fantastic, a step above others. This one was kind of boozy in a good way, and the maple was present but not obnoxious.

Dec 10, 2017
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'd been looking forward to this for quite a while and, although there were some unexpected things about it, it didn't disappoint. Poured from a 12.7 ounce 2017 bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Very dark brown color (would've said black but near the end you can see it's brown) with a small beige head. Smell has a very strong bourbon presence and a sweetness but not specifically maple. Ditto on the taste but with some vanilla and dark chocolate notes. Feel was pleasantly light; I'm wondering if this is why this is an American Porter but the Vanilla BBBM is an Imperial Stout; I've got one of those for future consumption so we'll see.

Nov 26, 2017
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aoampm from Hawaii

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours pitch black with a dark mocha colored head that is less than a finger high. No lacing and the head vanishes almost immediately leaving a small ring of foam around the glass.

Aromas of sweet bourbon, vanilla, maple, and a nutty hazelnut type of smell.

Taste is awesome! Enormous bourbon and vanilla up front. Roasted malt, chocolate, hazelnut. The maple definitely is there but is subdued probably due to the age.

Really smooth and creamy. Not overly viscous or thick. Extremely mellow from the 3+ years of age.

Overall this was an excellent offering! My second beer from Jackie Os, with the first also being a stout, and I think they hit it out of the park with both.

Nov 12, 2017
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Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 1108 ratings