Oro Negro | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Imperial Stout brewed with black walnuts & conditioned on vanilla beans, oak staves, habaneros, cacao nibs, & cinnamon sticks.

Added by elkinbrown on 09-18-2014

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Reviews by Beerandboards:
Photo of Beerandboards
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of noslenwerd
5/5  rDev +13.1%

I will start by saying this is a top 5 beer ever for me. I think it puts every other Mexican stout to shame.

The flavor starts with sweet cinnamon, slowly transitions into a vanilla flavor with a chai kick. Then the heat starts to build, and just as you think it is going to be too much the heat just stops. The balance of this beer is off the charts. I really hope they bottle this in the future.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a wine glass. Black with a touch of edge transparency. Smells nice. Cinnamon and light pepper. Chocolate. Tastes much more strongly of peppers. Almost spicy. Chocolate and cinnamon equally strong. Medium high carbonation makes it taste pretty light. A bit of booze. Tasty, but not living up to the hype it has.

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Photo of rudzud
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark black hue with a nice one finger mocha head that fades to leave great legs and awesome lacing.

S - Aromas of loads of walnuts on the nose, the vanilla and cinnamon are great, light oak, great chocolate, only knock would be I wished there was more hot peppers.

T - Taste is super complex. Great chocolate, Mexican stone ground dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, awesome vanilla and cinnamon, the walnuts are great and super prominent. Drinks like a walnut cinnamon vanilla crumb cake. Rich chocolate. The alcohol is incredibly hidden. This is delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, alcohol is hidden super nicely.

O - Overall this beer was incredible, awesome walnut and chocolate. The spice profile is phenomenal. This is better than Hunahpu and Abraxas...floored.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of maximum12
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to fiver29 for this bottle which he just handed me, unprovoked, during a hotel-room encounter. Hot! 375ML bottle with a reclining Mayan woman, with headdress. Drinking it in a...hotel room. I’m sure that means something.

The pour looks just like Oil of Aphrodite (really; go look it up). Smells a bit like cookies baking, with a heavy load of cinnamon with a side of chile heat. Tad of sweetness that could be cocoa or malt or the remnants of my lunch brownie. Good, either way.

Oro Negro hints at heat but delivers the smoothness of a freshly shaved armpit. Like a silky nightie melted into liquid form, this slides like a well-crafted porter. Then comes the adjuncts. Cinnamon is chased by the heat, which is subtle & slow-building. Mid-palate sweetness cuts both in quarters; I wouldn’t taste the cocoa if I hadn’t read the word, but knowing, I can tease it out of the more general maltiness. Bare nut browns on the end, really no vanilla to speak of, but who cares? Habenero runs the string out. Stupidly drinkable. Glad I didn’t split this with my wife (don’t tell her, please?).

Remarkably tasty, remarkably drinkable, remarkably remarkable. Huna? Maybe not quite, but damn, you could put this on the same shelf & it wouldn’t be ashamed. Excellent beer that’s can almost reach out & touch the top tier.

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Photo of BWCampbell
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Huna killa' - had this side-by-side on the back porch and it took the (mexican) cake. Is it possible for me to feel cinnamon on my tongue? Because I think I did.

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Photo of zimm421
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Jackie O's snifter. This beer is pitch black with a very thin dark tan head. The head dissipates quickly. The nose is heavy on the cinnamon and is heavenly. There are notes of chocolate and vanilla as well. It is honestly perfect. The taste starts out cinnamon focused, quickly moves to dark chocolate, a touch of nuttiness and vanilla and then the heat from the peppers takes over and lingers. It's not overly hot, but it sticks around on the palate. Overall, this is an amazing beer that I could go back to over and over again. Looking forward to many more.

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Photo of brenlinn
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

easily the best non BA mexican stout on the market. Beautiful dark color. Walnuts give this mexican stout a distinct flavor. Smell of cinnamon and pure malt in this one. amazing

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Photo of jrc1093
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with a slight caramel-colored head that fades to a creamy ring almost immediately.

Aromas burst with habanero heat out of the bottle, but soon soften immensely to form a bouquet of soft, incredibly vibrant cinnamon (now with only a little peppery heat in the background), bright vanilla, and mild oak; very detailed but easy to decipher, and so well-done.

Taste sees the habanero heat make a return, adding an overarching and earthy spice to notes of cacao nibs, light cinnamon, walnut, and creamy vanilla on the finish.

Mouthfeel is slick but smooth and has this really appealing, mild creaminess working for it; no trace of the ABV, not to mention the heat is tempered very nicely on the palate.

Absolutely loving the cinnamon tones in this one; good use of heat as well, and although at times overwhelming, it always belonged in the profile. I'm normally not one for peppery stouts, but this one had my curiosity, and from a pure quality standpoint did not disappoint.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells phenomenal! Tons of cinnamon, nutty, chocolaty, and spicy peppers.

The cinnamon taste matches the aroma. Not overpowering, but very prominent. The rich chocolate and roasted walnut from the base Oil of Aphrodite is still there along with some pepper heat and flavor. The spicyness isn't in your face, but it does continue to build and lets you know it's there in the end. My mother was drinking it with me and mentioned that it tasted like a spiced cookie. I think it is becasue the cinnamon and spices balance each other out so nicely that it almost comes across like cloves. That and the molasses do make it taste like a cookie batter.

Body is full and velvety. Alcohol is completely masked.

If you do not care for cinnamon, or chili/habenero peppers, this won't be for you. While the spices are perfectly blended to me, they are quite noticeable. I find that Bomb! is a little more subtle in this area, but heavier on the vanilla. In my opinion, this one is closer to Xocoveza and Hunahpu for comparrison. Jackie O's not only continues to meet the hype, they seem to raise the bar with each bottle release.

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Photo of dar482
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An absolute surprise of a brew. This drinks in between Mexican Cake and Abraxas. Heavy chocolate, rich roasted malt, fruity and bright cinnamon with a kick of heat in the back.

One of the highlights of EBF.

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Photo of mabermud
4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: Dark and viscous appearance. The head is fine and light beige. It quickly regresses to a fine halo with a few patches of head left behind around the middle of my favorite 15.5 ounce brandy snifter. The curtains and legs are slick, broad and fine. They leave behind long crooked branches across the glass. Very nice looking.
Smell: First whiff = BA Xocoveza on steroids. Follow up sniffs make me think of spice and walnuts. The thought of walnuts is there, only because I read it on the label. There is a short oily nut aroma. The smell is thick and oily. Yum!
Taste: Yup, this reminds me of Xocoveza, only much better, with a BA twist and spicier. The same, but different. Do you know what I mean? Spicier, much hotter, and very tasty. Even sweetness. The habanero is there, but not enough for me. It does have a nice little sting as the beer warms. The taste is rich, and the finish is long. The black walnuts make this stand apart from other beers of this type. Oh, the nuts in my mouth are good. Cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon play a nice role. Everything is nicely integrated. The habanero adjunct is excellent.
Feel: Since I am using Xocoveza as a comparison, I can say this beer is fuller and thicker. This has a lower level of carbonation and is creamy, and very pleasant throughout.

Overall - Jackie O's makes Bomb stouts. As this beer warms it blossoms. Think of a souped up BA Xocoveza with a habanero twang. I really appreciate what this beer brings to the table. I received three bottle, was going to trade one, but have decided to keep all of the bottles for myself. All mine. I will ravage this beer over and over. I love her. She's so beautiful.

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Photo of Mshull
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such an explosion of cinnamon and vanilla flavors. I must say do not drink this beer cold, once it warmed up it was one of the best in the style. Slightly thinner than huna or bomb but had better cinnamon and chocolate flavors with the perfect amount of heat. Jackie o's is quickly becoming not only the best in the state but one of the best breweries in the nation.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep obsidian brown/black with a small cloudy, head that just hazes up the top of the pour. Smells of coffee, chocolate, spiced nuts, cinnamon, capsicum. Taste is big cold coffee up front with a chocolate-chili-cinnamon, reminiscent of Mexican drinking chocolate. Finishes off with some lingering heat, and a nice walnut bitterness on the palate a minute or so after swallowing. Feels silky and smooth, not too dense, but coats the mouth nicely to leave you eager for the next sip. Amazingly complex and balanced, truly one of the best flavored stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of agreenman19
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - pours mostly black with the faintest of crimson hues. Might just be imagining that though. Little head, even after upping the vigor halfway through the pour. A mini wave of head jets up from the bottom of the glass after the pour and gives me a mocha chocolate 1/8 inch head that disappears as quickly as it came.

S - I had to push this beer away while doing the "Look" section because it was so distracting! Immediate vanilla positively explodes with cinnamon and spice. It's like Christmas! Incense! Nuts and chocolate malt. Pepper heat in the very finish. I can feel it in my throat. Excellent aroma.

T - habanero heat is much more prevalent in the taste. Whoppers and milk chocolate up front, blanketed by supple vanilla and ground cinnamon. It's like doing the cinnamon challenge. I can even feel the powdery grit on the roof of my mouth. Incredible. Wood without any sort of boozey liquor flavor. Just raw oak, like chewing on bark. Walnuts toward the end duke it out with the habaneros. Leaves a lingering heat that tickles the lips and numbs the throat. Burping yields burnt coffee roast.

F - soft and creamy--doesn't feel like 10%+ at all. Drinks like chocolate milk with huge, robust, full-bodied fluff.

O - great stout with loads of unique and interesting flavors. They're all so prominent too, and take turns being the star as this liquid gold slides down my gullet. Only complaint is that the heat is a little turned up. A "touch of heat" my ass. This will light you up if you're not expecting it. I wasn't. I'd be curious to see how age affects the heat levels.

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Photo of DanGeo
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of heddar33
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JayGreezy
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutFox
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcorn
4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmcurran
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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