Bourbon Barrel Naja
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,874
Ranked #13,493
4.02 | pDev: 12.69%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Notes: India spiced imperial stout (cinnamon, cayenne, ginger, star anise, cardamon, and jaggery) aged in bourbon barrels for 9 months.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

1.86/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Bourbon Barrel Naja from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 37 ratings