Jackie O's Brewpub

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Jackie O's Brewpub
Ohio, United States
Imperial Red Ale
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Jan 04, 2021
Jan 25, 2016
Notes: Imperial amber ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12.7 oz bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a snifter at 58 degrees F:
L - dark with a maroon hint, head lingered around the edges
S - bourbon
T - very boozy, better as it warms
F - medium to thick mouthfeel, very little carbonation as is the norm with Jackie O's and barrel aged beers
O - I like this beer so much better at room temperature, not my favorite style, but still a pretty good beer. Jackie O's is the king of BBA
Jan 04, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12.7 Fl Oz bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer appears to be brown, but when held to the light it reveals a deep garnet hue. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is caramel and vanilla with hints of alcohol.

The taste starts out with vanilla and caramel. As it warms the alcohol taste opens up along with oak flavor. The finish is dry and oaky.

Medium bodied with syrupy and dry mouthfeel

At first this beer was sweet like a dessert beer. As it warmed and the bozziness came out it helps cut the sweetness as did the dry finish.
Jan 15, 2019
Rated: 3.14 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 28, 2018
Rated: 4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by chippo33 from Vermont

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by YalovaIA from Iowa

Jul 25, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Jun 27, 2017
Rated: 4.12 by Brew33 from Ohio

Mar 07, 2017
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Reviewed by JohnnyMc from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours out a dark amber color.

Aroma is very malt forward with toffee and caramel being the dominate notes. Bit of vanilla, coconut and oak followed by sweet bourbon.

Taste is also very malty up front with caramelized sugars, toffee, caramel, vanilla, coconut and even hints of dark fruit. Big oaky notes finish the beer out with a rounded bourbon note too. Very rich.

Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, kind of sticky and a warming sensation. Pretty smooth for the ABV!

Great beer, but it's not quite on the same level as some of their other BA beers. Still worth trying!
Feb 23, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by bwarren82 from Illinois

Feb 16, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by NMA from Ohio

Jan 17, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Beef_Curtains from Ohio

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 3.97 by Gregf51 from Ohio

Dec 07, 2016
Rated: 3.87 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

Nov 07, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
Murky coffee brown with a slight red tinge and a tan half finger head that quickly fizzles out to a thin ring.

Caramel and lots of bourbon dominate on the nose, with oak and butterscotch almost giving a rum smell. Something floral or fruity is in the background? I would say this is more sharp than it is hot.

Taste is sticky toffee, cherry, and lots of booze, but again it's not hot and is more like spiced rum and toasted coconut than bourbon, with some some light yellow raisin. At times, it even resembles brandy.

Medium body, slightly fizzy, and wet. This is a unique bourbon barrel beer, as there is an underlying sweetness that is sharp and bright that tries to break through the oak and booze that you don't often find. It's almost like a strawberry coconut treat that's just out of reach.
Oct 18, 2016
Rated: 4.7 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Oct 14, 2016
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Reviewed by cosmicevan from New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
big thanks to dirty33 for keeping the Jackie o's flowing for me. this is an interesting one. Bourbon comes across in a light way over an unasuming base beer...everything is belneed tastefully...just very ordinary. I like it though...kinda like an everyday barrel aged beer...a session BA beer if you will (I know, I know 11%).
Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Mikexw from New York

Sep 22, 2016
Rated: 3.98 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Sep 10, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by minterro from California

Aug 28, 2016
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Reviewed by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375ml bottle, poured into tulip glasses:

Appearance: pours reddish brown in color, with some lighter Amber highlights around the edges. Not much head, some light khaki-colored foam that dissipates quickly to a thin foam ring.

Aroma: loads of heat here, pretty barrel-heavy scent. Some butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla aroma. Smells barleywine-esque, and at the 11% ABV, it really is more barleywine than "amber ale."

Taste: the barleywine characteristics are definitely there, with some nice caramel and butterscotch notes. Loads of barrel, but in my opinion, its too much....I love J-O's BA stouts, but this came across way too hot and boozy for my liking, and I like big barrely stouts.

Feel: thick, syrupy, and hot, this is definitely not your average amber ale, and it's not a bad thing.

Overall: not my favorite Jackie O's beer. It's unique for its supposed style, but it's way too boozy, even for a barrel-aged beer. The bourbon barrel isn't subtle at all.
Aug 22, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 13, 2016
Rated: 4.27 by DanGeo from Michigan

Aug 09, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Aug 09, 2016
Rated: 3.81 by Buckeye982 from Ohio

Aug 06, 2016
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Aug 06, 2016
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
375ml bottle ,2016 edition, poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown with a thin head
S: Lots of caramel, some toffee/brown sugar and a bit of malt & cherry
T: Lots of cherry up front folowed by caramel/toffee/brown sugar then malt & a bit of bourbon
M: Full-bodied, fairly sweet but keeps the alcohol in check
O: A bit full & sweet for what I would typically consider an amber ale but the barrel aging adds complexity
Aug 03, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Aug 01, 2016
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Reviewed by barczar from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Aroma is decadent, with malt sweetness combining with caramel from the bourbon to almost make a brownie batter scent. Amber malt fruitiness plays well with dark fruit notes of dates and figs.

Flavor is rich, fairly sweet, becoming dry and oaky in the finish. Bourbon weaves throughout, very well integrated. I typical don't care for ambers, but the specialty malt fruitiness is tempered well by the bourbon. Lots of caramel malt.
Jul 31, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by wvsabbath from West Virginia

Jul 22, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by jaydoc from Kansas

Jul 07, 2016
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Dark brown like a barleywine, thin head.


A soft bourbon, doesn't have that sting or piercing heat. Strong vanilla with mostly hidden hop finish. Not much resembling an Amber. Distinct, nothing offensive but not much going on.

Thin stout's body is fitting.
Jun 27, 2016
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Reviewed by Mateo2699 from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pour is a darker brown with hints of red/maroon. Tight bubbled off white colored head that slowly dissipates to nearly nothing but a ring.

Very interesting aroma, getting this burnt orange, candied chocolate initially. Nice hints of caramel, vanilla and wood. Bourbon is in the background. A lot of burnt toast and charred oak, more dominate as it warms.

Taste follow nose very well. Minus the orange, now getting more dominate caramel, vanilla and toffee. Definitely had characteristics of a very sweet barleywine. After the sweet caramel, vanilla and toffee a subtle rush of oak and bourbon come into play.

Mouthfeel is quite low on the carbonation, with a medium-to-thick mouthfeel. Velvety and smooth, and bourbon flavor coats the palate very well.
Jun 25, 2016
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Rated by Marius from Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at CBC 2016. Caramel coloured, clear, with a thin head. Dried fruit, caramel and a solid amount of bourbon.
Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 3.53 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Jun 15, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by ScottJWing from Ohio

Jun 13, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by sahd-1 from Illinois

Jun 13, 2016
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