Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #154
Ranked #579
4.38 | pDev: 6.62%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
Notes: The base stout focuses on rich caramel and chocolate notes with a deep savory/smokey backbone. The entire batch found its way into bourbon barrels where it rested for over a year. An enticing combination of sweet and savory, with waves of dark chocolate and vanilla that wash over the palate.
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black body, opaque, with a light tan head that pours short and fades to a cast and ring. Lacing is minimal.

S - Pungent wood and booze, the long stay in the barrel bringing strong vanilla, and a pungent chocolate core.

T - The flavor delivers a huge brownie and dark chocolate blast, with vanilla and bourbon through the middle, and a slightly acidic bite in the close.

M - The warmth of the alcohol is present, but the weight is moderate, and the finish is surprisingly clean.

O - With age on this one, any smoke has receded, and the result is a lush, surprisingly delicious big, barrel stout.

Mar 02, 2019
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Jim!

Shiny, cola-like body. Black with dark brown hues around the edges. One and a half finger beige cap.
Aromas of deep toasted malts, espresso, black licorice, bourbon and oak.
The taste follows the nose quite spectacularly. Roasted malts but with a molasses sweetness. Lots of oak and smoke with a bite of alcohol in the finish.
Heavy body, medium-low carbonation.

Feb 17, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 FL Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

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

The smell is dark chocolate and anise. There is also caramel and vanilla and subtle hints of smoke.

The taste is chocolate and anise just like the aroma, but the chocolate is more prevalent. The bourbon sweetness comes through. There is a little smoke in the finish.

Full mouthfeel. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel

This is a beer that I am glad that I cellared for 4 years. Really smooth and everything melded together nicely.

Dec 01, 2018
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damndirtyape from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7oz bottle, 2018 bottling, served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with an initial dark tan head that died back to a thin ring at the edge of the glass. Some islands and strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Bourbon, some underlying caramel, some woody notes, and just a hint of smoke.

Taste: Bourbon, caramel (with a bit of buttery taste to it), bittersweet chocolate, then some savory/meaty notes. A bit of a metallic finish with more bittersweet chocolate and some light smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick and very smooth and creamy. Very light carbonation with a bit of warming from the higher alcohol. Some bourbon bite, but muted.

Overall / Drinkability: A good slow sipping beer with full flavor, and nice in that the bourbon barrel is a flavor accent and not something that dominates the entire stout. The smoky flavors are subtle for me, but maybe that's the point - they are there for an accent to the main imperial stout, and not something that smacks you over the head. I feel this is a delicately balanced bourbon barrel aged imperial stout - almost like they titrated in the flavors. Quite good, but I think a little to subtle for my palate.

Nov 23, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black, one finger gray head

S - amazing bourbon, coconut, vanilla, banana, cocoa, no booze

T - Hints of smoke, banana, cocoa, spiciness. Just what you want of residual sugar

M - low carbonation, dense but not syrupy

O - a great bourbon barrel aged imperial stout

Nov 13, 2018
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

No bottling date

Pours a deep black with almost no trace of head save for the thin light beige layer of foam presenting on the surface before almost immediately fading to a slight ring around the edges; thin veils of lacing appear and fade quickly, leaving little to no lacing consistently present.

Aroma brings detailed notes of dried, toasted wood to go along with vanilla, dried figs, dark chocolate, and dark cherries; a subtle, balanced smoke permeates deftly through all of the aforementioned notes, presenting more in a background role than at the forefront.

Taste shines further detail on the smoke’s influence on the base and barrel character; the malt profile takes on an inward smokiness, giving it a heavier, earthen presence while emanating plenty of toasted, lightly charred oak; I’m also getting hints of plum skins, overripe dried fruits, a dusting of baker’s chocolate, mild caramel, spent coffee beans, and dark cherries; the flavor profile maintains a dry sort of smokiness, while the fruitier characteristics tend to burst through a bit more.

Mouthfeel is balanced and maintains an excellent medium-light body, slick and with a slightly malty heft; carbonation is integrated in a near-perfect fashion; finishes semi-dry and with a delayed stickiness on the palate that works extremely well.

I’m really liking how the smoke is used here, as though it’s infused the malts and not the beer itself and allowing for plenty of subtleties and details in the flavor palate to shine through. Things do falter a bit as the flavors occasionally feel as though they’re ‘drying out’ and thinning (maybe this would have been less apparent had I drank it soon after getting it), but this is overall a well-made BA stout that puts out a nicely structured profile and an easy experience with a smoked beer.

Sep 24, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin head that dissipates to a khaki colored ring around the glass.
Smell is boozy with hints of caramel.
Taste is also boozy with mild hints of Chocolate and coffee.
Feel is full bodied but not syrupy. Definitely has an alcohol burn on the back end.
Overall this is a solid BBA stout.

Jul 16, 2018
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml from 101 Bottles for $12+ split with Lisa in Kent.

Liked it, didn't love it. Slight medicinal notes and some heat. Worth trying but wouldn't get another at that price.

Jul 06, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's another selection from a March Madness several years ago. I remember when James brought this one around, I was kind of scared. I had been subjected to all those shitty smoking wood variations. I like smoking wood in the right amount, but some of that blueberry and mole smoking wood was just too much bullshit for me to stand for.

Anyways, pours black with a 1/4" brown head. Looks the part. Nose is complex, not only do you get the roasted malt and bourbon notes that are absolutely required, but you get a nice mixture of caramel, honey, chocolate malt and smoke afterwards.

Taste is one of the better Jackie O beers I've ever had. Hides alcohol nice, imparts a hearty amount of roasted barrel, roasted malt and smokiness. Bourbon is present but not heavy. Vanilla provides some smoothness to it, not bitter, not harsh, not hot. A little bit of toffee. This is a top notch camping beer.

Apr 10, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thick, black beer with a thin and fleeting head. The beer smells like someone poured bourbon on a chocolate campfire. Bourbon, dark chocolate and smoke are joined by the caramel and toffee flavors when the beer hits the tongue. Quite a complex and tasty beer.

Sep 29, 2017
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think a thank you goes to WesMantooth for this one. !2.7oz bottle poured into 12oz goblet.Poured a solid black color, with no head.

The aroma is a great blend of lightly roasted malts, a solid, yet subtle hit of smoke, and just enough bourbon and wood to pique one's interest. Very similar on the tongue, just magnified, amplfied, and bolder. yet, not so bold as to be overwhelming in any particular aspect.

Body was perhaps a bit thin for a big stout, but it worked well on a warm Fourth of July day. Drinkability was Mad Whack, Yo G's! I could knock back a couple three of these without issue. I would like require a nap afterwards, but I could do it. Overall, a great beer. I'm not one to hype shit, let alone over-hype shit, so these numbers and words are a very high compliment indeed. An absolute must-try if you see it. Worth effort to obtain.

Jul 04, 2017
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Bum4ever from California

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep black with a small tan head that left before I could take the picture.

Smell: Bunch of chocolate and caramel, followed by some bourbon and something sweet, possibly maple or molasses.

Taste: It does have a smokey flavor to it, lots of chocolate with some caramel and bourbon. Very well balanced. It's definitely a change of pace to have the bourbon more on the finish than the front end.

Fell: Very silky smooth feel here, with very little carbonation. It is on the thicker side and I definitely like that.

Overall: This is a really good BBA stout and I do like it well enough. However, I am getting a little the sum of the parts don't add up to a greater whole vibe here. Individually all the pieces, (smell, look, feel even taste), are really good, but I find myself thinking I would drink this again for sure, but probably won't seek it out ever.

Jun 04, 2017
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 2015.

Pitch black with a small mocha head that doesn't last. Some lacing with alcohol legs for days. Smells of oak, char, cocoa, vanilla and bourban. Taste mimics the nose. Sweet but not cloying. Opens up as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Definitely can feel the alcohol warmth with each swallow. Sip and enjoy-complex and tasty. Recommended.

Feb 18, 2017
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HopBomb515 from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, small tan head and great spotty lacing. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, Bourbon and Smoke dominate the aroma. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, burnt crust, vanilla and toffee. Thinner than expected, call it medium, dry and smooth. This brewery has maybe one of the most underrated Barrel programs. Lovely stout.

Feb 05, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros. 2016 batch.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a thin mocha head that fades to leave light wisps and lacing.

S - Aromas of dark malts, chocolate, bourbon, light smoke and char. I do get a faint off aroma though.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, good barrel and very nice vanilla. The smoke is decent, good chocolate. Quite smooth and balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden well, bit thin though.

O - Overall this is a very solid stout with really nice smoke notes pleasant.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 11, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to rudzud

Light darker fluffy smaller head fades quickly, pitch black, long legs

Nose big chocolate, fudgey cocoa, dark choc fudge and roasted like malts, hint of smoke, little marshmallow, little char barrel oak, earthy root notes, burnt caramel, little baking spices and cookie dough, weird wafer and paper.

Taste big dark malt, char, dark choc cocoa, little fudgey, caramel, baking spices and cookie dough, little creamy, some vanilla and mild bourbon, some smoke thing, smoked wood, char, hint of booze, super dark fudge.

Mouth is thicker fudgey bit maybe a touch thin, decent carb, little booze.

Overall pretty good but not great.

Dec 11, 2016
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received the Bourbon Barrel Woodburner from Jackie O's brewpub via beer mail (from Ohio). I thought it was great.

Look: Very dark, black, with an inch thick mocca head.

Aroma: Nice chocolate and bourbon aroma

Taste: The taste was chocolate, sweet caramel, coffee, smoke, and distinct bourbon. A lot of flavor.

Feel: Creamy feel with a medium body

Nov 21, 2016
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brother_rebus from Maine

3.72/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

terribly disappointed by the lack of body on this. felt like drinking a guiness someone added a bit of sugar and particulates to. booze was kinda there. but the body was just SO thin for 11%. pass.

Oct 05, 2016
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Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavy, heavy oak flavor but not very smokey. Immense bourbon on the nose. Very sweet overall. Stupid thin for being 11%. Very little head in the snifter pour.

Jackie o's has seriously perfected transferring the barrel to the beer. Whatever they're aging their beers in works so, so well in their favor. As much as I DO like this beer, I feel like it's a steriotypical beer for the brewery... that is - there's an OKAY base, with a tremendous barrel aging on it.

All that said... I would buy it again.

Aug 18, 2016
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jp32 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, oily black in color. Very rich, malty, and sweet. Roasted notes, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, bourbon. Lots of booze comes through in the flavor, which I particularily like. However, I don't get much smoke at all... And with a name like "woodburner" and a campfire logo, I was expecting quite a LOT of smoke. So it's a little underwhelming in that department, however it's still an excellent stout.

Aug 14, 2016
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NMA from Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pouring into oversized DFH snifter I can smell the chocolate, vanilla, & bourbon from 18 inche's away! As the glass gets closer the smells get more intense with burnt sugar entering the mix...but minimal to no smoke!?
Taste is super complex explosion of the aroma. .chocolate, vanilla, burnt sugar, & BOURBON!
But again minimal smoke...Hopefully more as it warms!?
Slick, silky smooth mouth feel..not too sweet!

Aug 09, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375mL bottle, 2016 edition, poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a thin head
S: An intoxicating mix of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, burnt sugar, toasted wheat and smoke
T: Lots of cocoa, lots of vanilla, lots of bourbon. Rich and meant for sipping. The other flavors are there but less smoke than the nose
M: Full-bodied but not boozy
O: This is one to sit back and sip slowly. I could smell this for days. Not as smoky as I anticipated but it's still is there adding complexity. The story on the label makes an already outstanding beer even more appreciated

Aug 01, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition.
Aroma is very bourbon forward, with plenty of chocolate and roasty malt to balance, and a hint of peaty smoke at the finish.

Flavor is sweet and bourbon laden, and the smoke comes out more. Lots of dark chocolate to counter.

Aug 01, 2016
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glass_house from Ohio

4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a near jet black with one finger of heavy, creamy, khaki head. Smell is hot bourbon, vanilla, charred wood, a little tobacco, and faint smoke.

Taste is led by vanilla, dark bittersweet chocolate, and a touch of caramel. All accompanied by a substantial bourbon presence that adds a pleasant spice, but stops just shy of overpowering the other flavors. Finishes warm with roasty, smoky notes.

Body is viscous and creamy, but not quite "chewy". Low carbonation, coats the palate well without feeling as heavy as some in this abv range. Another stellar barrel offering from Jackie O's.

Jul 26, 2016
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neurobot01 from California

3.83/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 375ml bottle into a globe wine glass at cellar temp.

Look: robust brown with a smattering of light brown suds.

Smell: Cocoa, whiskey.

Taste: kind of imbalanced whiskey. Not a lot of coffee, chocolate, smoke, oak, maple... really, any of the classic BA stout notes.

Feel: medium, decent carb, not really dry.

Overall: okay, but nothing really wowed me. Especially if you're looking for a beer with even a wisp of smoke character, look elsewhere.

Jul 21, 2016
Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
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