Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Brewed by:
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
jackieos.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on vanilla beans, habanero peppers, cinnamon & cacao nibs.

Added by IMFletcher on 08-06-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
346
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
6.18%
 
 
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85
Gots:
37
For Trade:
7
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Photo of driftlessbeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Compared to Barrel aged Abraxas this had a lighter feel on palate. Enjoyable; Shelton Brothers- 8/18/17

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Photo of MTKATL
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
3.96/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a little thin but has the most intense fizzy head. Nice and creamy half finger layer on top.

Smell is a major let down. Normally jackie o's wreaks of bourbon in the most inviting way. With this I smell fain cinnamon meddled with pool chlorine. Very little bourbon. This alone is going to drag it's rating into the trenches on this review but I'm still hopeful it'll be a tongue twister.

Big red gum from start to finish. Pepper heat invites itself mid way through until the finish in just the right amount. There's vanilla and sugar but so little bourbon - how uncharacteristic of jackie o's!? The heat intensifies as it warm - points for that as I've never had a beer too spicy. Slightly more bitterness as it warms also. Vanilla is also building as it warms.

The feel is mostly dry with a grittiness to it. Not thin but definitely not thick.

Overall - I like it more than regular oro negro (which I'm not a fan of). It has more heat than its little brother.

Value - for a $13 - 375ml beer this is a bit overrated. Bomb! Does it better at the same price point without the barrel treatment and I'd take it over this. I've yet to come across bb bomb! But assuming the same price range I can't imagine it not being better $4$ than this.

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Photo of dtm426
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Rristow
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Huge complex beer. Bourbon, cinnamon, vanilla, peppers, cocoa, coffee. Slight pepper burn finish.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josephwa
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hallertau
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage

A: Pitch-black pour with a huge and dense brown head. It reminds me of a nitro stout really. Head retention is excellent but little to no lacing.

S: A bit nutty and then plenty of vegetal pepper. Sweet vanilla and cinnamon gives it almost a rumchata like aroma at points.

T: Smooth silky caramel from the bourbon right up front. Hints of toffee. Thin chocolate and a bunch of chili peppers. Sweet chili pepper flesh and then a NICE burst of heat towards the finish, especially when combined with that cinnamon. Heat simmers into the finish with that backing of dark chocolate and a bit of oaky vanilla.

M: Heavy, thick, smooth.

O: Stupid good beer. Amazing mixture of bourbon barrels, bitter chocolate, sweet vanilla and heat. All this on top of an already amazing stout base. Great balance of big bold flavors. Pretty much nothing stands out as a negative for me. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Feldpausch
3.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SaulFox
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coz
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Trio2shine
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danh53
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with only a few large bubbles and no head. Vanilla dominates the aroma. There's also cinnamon chocolate brownie in there, and hints of pepper, bourbon, and barrel. The first thing I noticed on the taste is the substantial mouth feel which is an improvement over the other Jackie O's beers I've tried. Vanilla is prominent and the other flavors come through more as well including a substantial dash of heat from the pepper. There's a creamy, milk chocolate quality, big cinnamon spice, and plenty of bourbon to round it off. I love the walnut addition, which gives it a unique flavor that really works. Some dark fruits are there as well. The carbonation is low and the best sips were toward the beginning of the glass when the carbonation was more lively, but that's a small critique. This is really good and really easy to acquire. My first few Jackie O's didn't impress, but I'm glad I stuck with them and acquired some more. Can't wait to try the next beer from that trade.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a Jackie O's snifter.

Pours a deep brown body with a one finger light brown head that reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing or retention.

Aromas are big and potent, lots of vanilla, chocolate, a bit of booziness and nuttyness, cinnamon and whiskey.

On the tongue is milky chocolate, hot cocoa, bourbon, spices, a distinct spicyness that sticks on the tongue for a while, vanilla-whiskey, roasty coffee on the finish, sweet throughout. Medium body with low carbonation, syrupy but not thick.

Overall an interesting beer, the walnut adds a unique character that I can't quite put my finger on.

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Solid BB stout from a brewery that's pretty well known for them. I'll skip most of the usual review points that you can see already written and focus a little on the taste as I believe this is where it will make or break most folks. The initial taste is big fudge with a hint of vanilla following up. The cinnamon is underplayed and almost an afterthought, which I appreciate. The most interesting point is the after kick of heat from the habaneros - plain and simple, if you don't like heat in your beer then you probably won't appreciate this the way it is intended. Personally, I loved the heat kick. The taste was fine before that, but the heat gave it something extra that helped the flavor profile round together for me.

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Photo of beast464
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: pours dark brown with a small brown head that fades fast to the edges.
S: oh yeah! Cinnamon, bourbon and sweet chocolate jump out is the glass.
T: hell yeah! Just like the nose but there are chilies in the back end. It starts with fudge and bourbon which opens way to cinnamon and a spicy finish.
F: this is the thickest beer from JO. The fudge body is awesome and I love the spicy finish.

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Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
4.53 out of 5 based on 346 ratings.
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