Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Red Ale - Imperial
Ranked #6
Ranked #4,400
4.17 | pDev: 7.91%
Jan 04, 2021
Jan 25, 2016
Notes: Imperial amber ale aged in bourbon barrels.
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Photo of trevormajor
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by trevormajor from Ohio

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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4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by buschbeer from Ohio

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
3.14 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jan 28, 2018
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jan 06, 2018
4.06 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2018
4.05 by chippo33 from Vermont on Aug 11, 2017
4.5 by YalovaIA from Iowa on Jul 25, 2017
4.31 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jun 27, 2017
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jun 27, 2017
4.12 by Brew33 from Ohio on Mar 07, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JohnnyMc from Ohio

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
3.46 by bwarren82 from Illinois on Feb 16, 2017
4.31 by NMA from Ohio on Jan 17, 2017
4.5 by Beef_Curtains from Ohio on Dec 20, 2016
3.97 by Gregf51 from Ohio on Dec 07, 2016
3.87 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Nov 07, 2016
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3.52/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
4.7 by elkinbrown from Tennessee on Oct 14, 2016
Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by cosmicevan from New York

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
4.24 by Mikexw from New York on Sep 22, 2016
3.98 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Sep 10, 2016
4.05 by minterro from California on Aug 28, 2016
Photo of TheElectricOne
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

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
4.1 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Aug 13, 2016
4.27 by DanGeo from Michigan on Aug 09, 2016
4.02 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Aug 09, 2016
3.81 by Buckeye982 from Ohio on Aug 06, 2016
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Aug 06, 2016
Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ONUMello from Ohio

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
4.25 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Aug 01, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by barczar from Kentucky

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
3.79 by wvsabbath from West Virginia on Jul 22, 2016
4.07 by jaydoc from Kansas on Jul 07, 2016
Photo of pants678
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by pants678 from California

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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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Mateo2699 from Texas

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
Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Marius from Netherlands

On tap at CBC 2016. Caramel coloured, clear, with a thin head. Dried fruit, caramel and a solid amount of bourbon.

Jun 22, 2016
3.53 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Jun 22, 2016
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jun 15, 2016
4.22 by ScottJWing from Ohio on Jun 13, 2016
4.29 by sahd-1 from Illinois on Jun 13, 2016
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