Noble Sorrel
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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American Brown Ale
4.25 | pDev: 7.53%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Noble SorrelNoble Sorrel
Notes: Imperial Brown Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels for 17 months.
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 129
Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | 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 pours a deep brown hue with ruby colored highlights visible when held to the light. It has an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

The aroma is caramel, vanilla, cocoa, and oak.

The taste follows the nose. I get caramel and vanilla with hints of booze. There is a definite oak presence.

Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

This is yet another barrel aged gem from Jackie O's.

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Photo of darktronica
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not sure how I haven't rated this, given that I've had it on draft and from bottles 5-6 times in the past two years. Anyhoo. Even a vigorous pour from the 375 mL bottle produces only a thin layer of head that immediately fizzes away. The nose and palate are more nutty and earthy than other Jackie O's barrel-aged offerings, befitting the brown ale base. Still a pleasant booziness with a little bite to it.

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Photo of Rristow
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from bottle. Pours dark murky brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet bourbon, caramel, toffee and nutty. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet and a little boozy. Flavors of bourbon, nuts, toffee, maple, caramel, and hints of vanilla. Very well done BA brown.

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Photo of Dactrius
2.22/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2016 vintage. This one has me very confused since all of the other reviews are so positive. My wife and I had a long argument about whether the smell or the taste was worse but as it warmed I came into agreement with her that it was definitely the nose that was the worst of it. Does this have sorrel in it? It's in the name but otherwise wasn't mentioned on the description of the beer or in other reviews. I don't actually know what sorrel tastes like well enough to know if that was the problem or if it was something else. It didn't seem to be infected (at least not with any of the usual culprits) but something here is completely overpowering all the caramel and other notes everyone else mentions in their reviews. I wish I was better at descriptions but I've really never had anything that tasted like this before and I've got no idea what to call this thing. The beer did make my wife do some hilarious shivers in disgust, so that was a positive at least.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage
375nl bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- aroma is very similar to an English barleywine; lots of caramel and toffee, earthy leather, tobacco, chocolate, burnt brown sugar. Plenty of bourbon barrel aromas that adds undertones of woody oak, vanilla & caramel

T- sweet caramel and toffee up front, along with brown bread, tobacco, brown sugar, molasses & a hint of chocolate. Oaky bourbon barrel kicks in on the finish, providing some vanilla notes as well. Lingers of caramel and oak

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming finish

O- an outstanding brown ale that takes one the flavors of the bourbon barrel, and seems to only enhance the caramel notes throughout

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Photo of glass_house
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown with mahogany highlights and 2 fingers of tan foam. Aroma is led by the spicy bourbon with underlying hints of chocolate, wood, toffee, and molasses.

Body is big, thick, and oily. A bit heavy for a brown ale obviously, but it works with the bourbon. I was expecting this to basically be a stout or porter that they called a brown ale, but it does maintain the nutty milk chocolate notes of brown. I was a little skeptical, but I should have know better. Just about every time Jackie O's fills a barrel, magic comes out.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a deep dark brown.

Aroma starts with bourbon, vanilla, toffee/caramel, bit of bready sweetness and molasses. Lots going on!

Taste is a mix of toffee and caramel malty notes followed by molasses, brown sugar, hint of chocolate and oak in the finish. Bourbon and vanilla are throughout the entire beer. Just layers and layers of flavors!

Full side of medium bodied, very smooth, really no alcohol heat to this one.

This is a truly amazing Imperial Brown Ale!! Sure it's a little lighter bodied, but this isn't a Stout or Porter either and the bourbon is super integrated at this point. I barely have any complaints with this one!

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Photo of neenerzig
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into one of my pint glasses from a 12.7 oz. bottle, this beer pours a pretty dark brown color with some bright light brown highlights around the edges when held up to the light. The slightly off-white head is only about half an inch thick when first poured and dissipates almost instantly to a medium sized foam ring lining the inside of the glass. Practically zero surface foam or lacing at all here. Aromas of big roasted malts with strong hints of chocolate and vanilla and a bit of caramel followed by some oaked bourbon booziness along with a bit of salted pecan and a touch of maple. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted malts with hints of caramel, chocolate and vanilla that gives way to oaked boozy bourbon goodness. This is followed by a bit of salted pecan with a little bit of maple sweetness. No discernible hop bitterness for my palate. Has a slightly crisp, slightly chewy, slightly prickly, mainly smooth and frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An excellent beer here.


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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The good news - turn out that brown ale is a real nice medium to bourbon barrel age. The bad news is that I am drinking an under-carbonated bottle - almost flat.

Lets talk about the good - the color is nice and dark and would be quite appetizing with a some head. I got a small bit, but it dissipated very quickly. Nose is strong and all bourbon. Taste pretty much follows - there are hints of malty brown ale, but this is pretty much a showcase of bourbon - which isn't a bad thing. Nice little subtle hint of vanilla extract at the end. Pretty boozy, but in this case it works. Mouth feel - what can I say - beer should be carbonated.

The bad. I had the exact same problem with a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Black Maple from the same time frame. Is Jackie just going for minimal carbonation on their bourbon aged products or was there a bottle malfunction?? My buddy had a similar problem with a BB Black Maple from the same run. Like the BB Black Maple, this beer is so tasty that I will finish and even enjoy it, even though it is almost flat. I don't mind dropping $$ for great beer and I will excuse an occasional production issue -- but this is the second in a fairly small sample. I really like this flavor, but need a few bubbles. If they solve the CO2 shortage in Eastern Ohio, they are on to some really incredible dark beers. Until then, I have to call 'em like I drink 'em.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be the best brown ale I have ever had. But it is a bourbon booze bomb. Very Alcohol forward but I think it works well with the maltiness of the brown ale. I wish I could get more of this.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very decadent, rich caramel and chocolate, lots of fudge.

Flavor is lackluster, with notes of soy, sour barrel, and a toasted, nutty finish. Really needs some sweetness.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Knapp85 for this bottle!

A - Dark chestnut brown, opaque, thin toffee colored lacing, lots of legs and sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - BIG nose. Bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, there's a faint maple presence in the background. Boozy aroma.

T - Follows the nose: molasses, dry oak tannin, bourbon, and vanilla.

M - Full bodied, silky, viscous, a little syrupy, and very dry on the finish.

O - A very boozy brown ale and very bourbon forward.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a snifter. Pours a medium brown and settles as a dark, opaque chocolate color in the glass. A thin, cream colored lacing sits on top, but dwindled to a light skirting after a moment. Appears to have relatively low carbonation. Nose is very sweet, roasted chocolate malt, vanilla, caramel, oaky bourbon, salted nuts, and maple & butterscotch. The taste is a close parallel, with big notes of chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and butterscotch. Very sweet. There are residual traces of sweet & salted nuts on the aftertaste, along with light notes of charred oak. Not terribly complex, but very tasty. The feel is quite dense and syrupy, but lacks a real chewiness, which works out well in the end.

I always end up enjoying Jackie O's beers, especially their BA series, and this one is no exception. It is very tasty, though on the borderline of being too sweet. For those who are fans of BA Old Rasputin, Créme Brûlée, and the like, you will enjoy this. For those less inclined to partake in those types, maybe split this one with a friend.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date.

A-Pours a dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and some random splotches of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Deep, rich oaky bourbon aroma with accompanying notes of dark chocolate, vanilla and pecans. A bit more booze-forward in the nose than other Jackie O's BBA beers I've had.

T- Instantly gratifying vanillin character from the barrel that's so smooth with no trace of the booze found in the nose. Finishes with a creamy milk chocolate decadence. Damn. Sweet but not too sweet and so dangerously drinkable. Notes of caramel, molasses and more pecans. Chocolaty aftertaste.

M- Slick and creamy with medium-low carbonation and a fullish body.

O- The flavor is what really drives this one home. The smell is good and the body is about what you'd expect from a brown ale base but it all makes sense once that taste sinks into your palate. Not the best I've had from Jackie O's but certainly met my expectations.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark mahogany brown with a finger of fizzy tan head that fizzles to a collar.

Wow, there is a surprising milk chocolateyness on the nose, with bourbon, oaky vanilla, and even hint of marshmallow, with toffee.

Taste is chocolatey toffee, a bit of toasted wheat, and lots of oak and bourbon bringing the heat on the back end on the way down. Just tons of rich, decadent caramel, with a little sweet peanut butter wafer. Overall it's pretty smooth and drinkable with a slight bite. You will feel this instantaneously.

Feel is crisp, with a little tang, but fairly smooth with a medium thin body.

This is a sleeper. For all those bourbon barrel or Jackie O's nuts -- stop passing on this one. Jesus Christ it's better than a few of their more hyped BB brews.

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Photo of brenlinn
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best BA browns I have had. Strong bourbon flavor. Thick and strong aroma of malt and bourbon. Well put together like all JOs are. Hope to have this as a regular brew from them

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Photo of Stevem68
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown color. Aroma is fantastic, notes of bourbon, chocolate a rich nuttiness. Flavor is great. This is so smooth and mellow for being aged for 17 months. Has a roasty nutty caramel flavor. Feel is soft and smooth and this is overall fantastic.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

interesting offering from Jackie os. the barrel in this is very smooth and adds layers of decadent chocolate...but to a brown ale. cones off a tad sludgy and the rich dessert caramel is almost put of place in this beer. much like a cordial...good in small doses. happy the bottle is small format but sad it is all for me (well, maybe not sad ;) ...). worth the tick but not one to round up a stash of.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle poured into a teku glass
A: Dark brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Molasses, bourbon, fig and brandied cherries
T: Matches the nose. Sweet, complex, bourbon and burnt sugar
M: Full-bodied, a bit more sweet/viscous than I'd like and the alcohol is mostly hidden but shows a bit
O: Complex overall, one of the better brown ales I've had but the alcohol is a bit steep

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Photo of jp32
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color without any head retention. It's a shade or two darker than your average brown ale. Smells sweet, caramel malts dominate the aroma profile with some light bourbon faded off in the background somewhere. Flavor is full of more caramel malts with notes of brown sugar and a touch of alcohol warmth. Not much bourbon in the flavor. It's mouthfeel is sticky and sweet and doesn't come with much carbonation. It's worthy of trying, but at 11.99 a bottle, it's not worth trying a second time.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle purchased from local grocery store; latest release.

Dark, opaque, brown elixir poured into DFH chalice. Thin mocha rim, no lacing, legs.

Complex aroma of caramel, barrel, wood, brown sugar and dark fruits.

Caramel-toffee, bourbon, oak, raisin with a nice hop bitter aftertaste.

Full body, a bit over carbonated, tangy at the backend.

The brown ale has really taken on the barrel, transforming this into a wonderful amalgam of dark fruits and bourbon.

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Photo of rudzud
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark dark brown almost black hue with a thin wispy head.

S - Aromas of excellent bourbon juice and notes, caramel malts, oak, light chocolate. Smells more like a stout than a brown ale.

T - Taste is similar to the nose the bourbon is much lighter, good soft barrel notes. Nice caramel and biscuit malts. Good toffee.

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

O - Overall this was a solid beer, drank a bit more like a stout. Good bourbon notes.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Pours a decent fizzy dark head that fades semi quickly, very dark molasses brown almost no light coming through, decent legs.

Nose erupts, tons of dark malt, cocoa caramel, molasses, little brown fudge, dark caramel, little biscuit and touch of oxidation cardboard, so much bourbon barrel, sweet whisky candy, vanilla toasted oak, biscuity cookie, more stout than brown, and so much bourbon it overpowers a bit.

Taste starts fairly sweet, syrupy brown malts, biscuity, cookie, caramel toffee candy, little caramel fudgey note, with fair amount of bourbon, light vanilla barrel and toasted raw oak, candy. Finish little bitter, lingering bourbon candy flavor little caramel.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, ittle syrupy, hint of booze warmth, lighter but decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, but not as much of a brown ale as more barrel aged lighter stout, still pretty nice.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 375ml bottle and consumed from about 50 degrees all the way to room temp.

It is a very dark brown to black, with a ruby tint. There was a moderate fizzy tan head, but it disappeared quickly.

Tons of bourbon on the nose. Vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate.

Coming from a bourbon man, it is a bourbon monster. Significant alcohol and burn up front with vanilla, and toffee, charred wood, and a little coconut followed by some toffee/carmel, burnt sugars, and some very noticeable, fairly bitter chocolate. There is a lingering malty flavor with a decent bitterness. Also, as it warms I notice some slight nut flavor.

This one reminds me of Lanthrone. I enjoy the crap out of it overall, but objectively, I don't think it is as balanced as most of their barrel aged beers. Still excellent, but I would like to try it with a little less time in the wood.

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Photo of zimm421
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the taproom. The appearance is a deep brown with limited head and lacing. The nose is bourbon forward, sweet with notes of caramel, vanilla and toffee. The taste is similar to the nose with the addition of a hint of heat from the barrels. I think a touch of aging will do this wonders. Overall, it's another excellent BBA offering from Jackie O's

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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 129 ratings