Bourbon Barrel Naja
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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From:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
12%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 12.78%
Ratings:
37
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 21, 2016
Added:
Sep 18, 2014
Wants:
  5
Gots:
  7
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: India spiced imperial stout (cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, star anise, cardamon, and jaggery) aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months.
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4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance – The pour was a murky black color.

Smell – This is a cinnamon bomb!

Taste – In beer form, this is the cinnamon challenge. As the beer warms, the potency of the cinnamon seems to mellow. The burn of the cinnamon lingers. The bourbon is light which is a little disappointing. The cinnamon seems to be drier in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – I expected thicker. The cinnamon sticks regardless.

Overall – The reviews are polarizing, and even I can’t decide how much I like this one. I am warming to it.

Nov 21, 2016
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1.86/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

Pour is black with a tan head. Nose is overly sweet, the cinnamon mixed with the barrel gives it an odd aroma, kevin called it toothpaste and that probably accurate. Some malt aromas, woody, light booziness. Flavor is thin, the spices make it really odd, the beer is incredibly sweet, the barrel adds little, syrupy feel, just not good.

Oct 24, 2015
 
3.69 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Sep 20, 2015
 
3.5 by matt2591 from Ohio on Sep 10, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zimm421 from Ohio

Pours a solid black with a thin brown head. The nose has cinnamon, black licorice, touches of bourbon and dark roasted malts. The taste follows suit with good sweet and roasted malts, bourbon, oak and a nice cinnamon and pepper presence. The star anise is very present here, and when fresh it is actually off-putting (I'm not a fan of black licorice). Having this beer aged for about 16 months, this backs off a bit and it becomes much more tolerable and very enjoyable. Overall, it's a good beer that can definitely benefit from aging if you're not a fan of black licorice.

Aug 30, 2015
 
4.73 by LeeEvolved from Virginia on Aug 10, 2015
 
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on May 29, 2015
 
3.75 by beergorrilla from Michigan on Apr 23, 2015
 
4.4 by xJMFCx from West Virginia on Feb 01, 2015
 
3.77 by Zaphog from Michigan on Dec 17, 2014
 
3.75 by NJB145 from Michigan on Dec 15, 2014
 
3.5 by hollywood_15063 from Pennsylvania on Dec 14, 2014
 
4.5 by brycevolk from Ohio on Dec 09, 2014
 
4 by BeerMeBro720 from Ohio on Dec 07, 2014
 
3.75 by ScottJWing from Ohio on Dec 07, 2014
 
3.75 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Dec 06, 2014
 
3.72 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Dec 06, 2014
 
4.25 by jordanimal from Ohio on Dec 06, 2014
 
4 by Bencooper27 from Ohio on Nov 17, 2014
 
3.75 by spycow from Illinois on Nov 16, 2014
 
4.75 by acidreflux from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Kinda nutty. Very spicy. Cardamom is more pronounced than in the base beer.

Taste - Chocolate and lots of spice. Immensely spicy. Bourbony. And more spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body and medium carbonation.

Overall - I remember the base being much spicier. Seems that the barrel tempers the spice.

Oct 21, 2014
 
3.75 by pyite from Ohio on Oct 20, 2014
 
4 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Sep 27, 2014
 
3.75 by Gatordaddy from Maryland on Sep 21, 2014
 
4.5 by Saviorself from Ohio on Sep 21, 2014
 
4.35 by bellsfounder from Pennsylvania on Sep 21, 2014
 
3.89 by Nunya from Ohio on Sep 21, 2014
 
4 by dataylor21 from Kentucky on Sep 21, 2014
 
4.24 by kbrown from Ohio on Sep 20, 2014
 
4.25 by TDavis from Ohio on Sep 20, 2014
 
4.75 by zbodnar1 from West Virginia on Sep 20, 2014
 
4.5 by Walkerjgt from Ohio on Sep 20, 2014
 
4.25 by elkinbrown from Tennessee on Sep 20, 2014
 
4 by masterofsparks from Ohio on Sep 20, 2014
 
4.5 by caahare from West Virginia on Sep 19, 2014
 
4.25 by williamjbauer from Colorado on Sep 19, 2014
Bourbon Barrel Naja from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 37 ratings