Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
Jackie O's Brewpub

Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged)
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From:
Jackie O's Brewpub
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #309
ABV:
11%
Score:
97
Ranked #728
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 6.64%
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
320
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 30, 2021
Added:
Nov 20, 2014
Wants:
  95
Gots:
  79
SCORE
97
World-Class
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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Rated: 4.34 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Jan 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 21, 2019
 
Rated: 4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Oct 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.13 by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

Sep 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Reviewed by PatrickCT from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.33 by gardner254 from Ohio

Feb 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.38 by moltch from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.2 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Jan 06, 2019
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
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
2014

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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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
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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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.82 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jul 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Reviewed by grover37 from District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.29 by jt_thomas18 from Tennessee

Jun 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by joshhug141 from Ohio

Jun 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.46 by travelguy from Ohio

May 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.35 by JCaweinstein from Ohio

May 06, 2018
 
Rated: 5 by SerMosh from Ohio

May 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.28 by MJSFS from Florida

May 06, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -8.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.42 by Muss42 from Michigan

Mar 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.29 by GOBLIN from Ohio

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by mush from Illinois

Jan 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.49 by WormGod from New York

Jan 08, 2018
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.38 by BeerBucks from New York

Sep 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.16 by Beerbom from California

Sep 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by vfgccp from New York

Jul 29, 2017
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Reviewed by Bum4ever from California

4.24/5  rDev -3%
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
 
Rated: 4.29 by Mikexw from New York

Jun 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.62 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by krome from Illinois

May 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois

May 19, 2017
 
Rated: 4.46 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts

Apr 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by rspauldi from Texas

Mar 13, 2017
Wood Burner (Bourbon Barrel-Aged) from Jackie O's Brewpub
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