Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #52
Ranked #210
4.5 | pDev: 6.67%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Bourbon Barrel Oro NegroBourbon Barrel Oro Negro
Notes: American Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels and conditioned on vanilla beans, habanero peppers, cinnamon & cacao nibs.
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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Type: 375-ml. bottle
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Glass: Pure Project 16-oz. brandy snifter glass
Price: $14.99
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: March 26, 2020
Consumed: March 27, 2020
Misc.: No bottled on date

Had been eyeing this one for a long time. Back to when I missed out on it at one of the Firestone Invitationals. Had seen this one at Bine & Vine for a long time and final pulled the trigger during the COVID-19 pandemic. Online description read, “Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro is a dynamic beer brimming with layers of complexity and character. An imperial stout brewed with walnuts, aged in bourbon barrels for a year, and conditioned on vanilla beans, cacao nibs, habaneros, and cinnamon sticks. All spices are added after the barrel aging, right before packaging, to create a vibrant experience.” That’s right up my alley.

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of khaki tan frothy head. Could not see any bubbles coming up from the sides of the glass, but could see it coming up from the middle as the top had almost a perfect swirling circle. Excellent lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Lots of flavors in the nose. In order got cinnamon, vanilla, milk chocolate, walnuts, cocoa, chocolate syrup, cookie dough, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted oak, toasted coconut, molasses, licorice, leather, date, fig and raisin. A little different out of the bottle with maybe the addition of maple syrup. Habaneros are mentioned, but I wasn’t getting any of it on the nose. (Smell - 4.75)

Taste was almost as good. Damn this is amazing. And there are the habaneros. In order got cinnamon, habaneros, milk chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, chocolate syrup, walnuts, cookie dough, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted coconut, leathery oak and dates. (Taste - 4.75)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Lived up to my hype. So damn good. I still wouldn’t say worth the price, but I am cheap. Almost perfect. (Overall - 4.75)

4.71 | 100 | A+

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Photo of ONUMello
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 edition poured from a bottle into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a thin light brown head
S: Nutty, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate malts, hints of cream and baking spice
T: Matches the nose with am emphasis on the creamy/cocoa/baking elements. The habanero adds a bit of spice/heat here
M: Full-bodied, smooth & a bit creamy, the alcohol is well hidden
O: Delicious, with every component that went into it showing well with nice balance

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4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle (2019 vintage) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 12.1% ABV. The beer pours dense, very dark brown with chocolate tan colored head. The head builds slowly on a hard pour and quickly fades to a thin ring and tiny bit of lacing. The aroma is strong with bourbon first, then vanilla, cacao and spice. The taste is semisweet caramel and chocolate malts with big bourbon easing into nice pepper flavor and heat with the vanilla, cinnamon & cacao on the finish. Minimal bitterness as the spicy heat and drying barrel balance the big malt bill perfectly. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, outstanding. This is a destination beer. So many things going on without being busy. No hint of alcohol as the habaneros & cinnamon mask what little might be there. Recommended if you enjoy spiced stouts along with bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 bottle poured into a DFH tulip. Very dark brown to black body topped by a tan head. Smell is of chocolate, cinnamon, peppers, bourbon and vanilla. Wonderfully complex as is the taste with the peppers really hitting the palate. Mouthfeel was a little thin but maybe I've been spoiled by chewier British Barleywines.

A superb sipping imperial stout.

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Photo of jrc1093
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2019 Vintage

Pours an inky black body with faint reddish/brown edges topped with ⅓ of a finger of dark khaki foam barely having the chance to form before transitioning to a sizable, soapy collar; the occasional strand of tightly composed lacing holds tenuously to the glass.

Aromas are strong with notes of brown sugar, oatmeal raisin cookie, milk chocolate, and walnuts upfront, with a firm dried chile powder middle; a backing of well-attenuated mild earthy pepper courses throughout, while touches of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and bourbon-soaked oak quietly come into their own. Decadent but not overbearing, and approachably complex.

Taste profile opens with heavy doses of chocolate fudge, milk chocolate cacao, vanilla and smooth, very slightly smoky bourbon-tinged caramel and toffee; peppery spice builds to a very mild underlying herbal heat, lasting through a nutty, chocolatey swallow.

Mouthfeel shows a medium body with low carbonation; a building peppery heat is tingly and spread along the palate, while the back end becomes slightly sticky/slick into the finish, but dries steadily through the swallow; minimal-no alcohol presence.

An impressive, peppery stout which shows surprising balance between its punchier notes; in spite of the barrel-aged component, it is not bourbon-forward, yet the barrel is spectacularly integrated into every seam of the beer and doing well to temper the heat. The resulting disparate elements thus all find their place within the profile effortlessly, and leave this drinker, normally opposed to spice in his stout, a willing convert (at least in this case).

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12.7 oz, 2019 bottling, served in a snifter.

Appearance: Completely black. thin tan head with some persistent small strands and islands of lacing.

Smell: Rich and sweet - chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, just a hint of walnut.

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla (a bit fudgy), definite spiciness of cinnamon and chile powder, with bourbon mixed over it all. Finish is chocolate (light bittersweet chocolate) with definite hits of the spices at the finish. A very rich and delightful beer.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly smooth and creamy. Very light carbonation. Strongly warming at the finish due to the spices and bourbon, more due to the spices in my opinion.

Overall / Drinkability: Wow - this is quite an amazing slow sipping beer. Dangerously drinkable with sharp spice warming hits with each sip. I definitely need to pick this up again and pair it with a dessert.

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4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle is drinking nice. Initially the cinnamon is most prevalent, but it gives way to lots of pepper and a thick, creamy body. No carb, but feel is on point. Definitely some heat from the pepper (not the barrel), not subtle.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a snifter glass at Jackie O’s.

Look- a very dark brown that was almost black. A less than one finger head that disappeared quickly.

Smell- Chocolate, vanilla and bourbon up front. A little spice and cinnamon for extra aroma. I didn’t get any note tones.

Taste- Chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla on the front side and an intense pepper heat for an aftertaste. Very pleasant and next to no boozy flavor.

Mouthfeel- lots of carbonation. You could see the bubbles. Still a smooth finish.

Overall- A fantastic mix of sweetness and bourbon barrel with some heat. Definitely meant to sip and enjoy.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Description: Appearance is glassy and black with a small amount of dark, tan foam. Smell is deep and rich, with cinnamon and chilies dominating. Chocolate, vanilla and bourbon are also evident, providing for a complex aroma. The taste carries the same cinnamon and chilies, but they are extremely prevalent, to the point that the bourbon, chocolate and other underlying flavors are drowned out. It’s a hot, spicy and slightly bitter finish that doesn’t keep up with the richness of the smell. Feel is a little thin for a stout with low carbonation as can be expected.

Overall: 3.75 (This beer is good but I would not likely drink it again) Man…had high hopes for this but honestly just didn’t enjoy it that much. The aroma was great, but the taste put me off. It was too spicy/hot for me and the bourbon seemed to get completely lost. Given the BA rating and how outstanding Jackie O’s is with stouts, I apparently set my expectations too high.

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4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I finally got to try Bourbon Barrel Aged Oro Negro and it was great. It lived up to the hype. It is brewed with Walnuts, conditioned on spices and Aged in Bourbon Barrels. What an explosion of flavors. It is a wonderful stout.

Look: Black with a thin mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, bourbon.

Taste: Roasted malts, walnuts, a little bit of chili peppers, chocolate, some coffee, and very distinct nice bourbon.

Body/Overall: full body, creamy, silky, smooth

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a two finger head, cinnamon is certainly present along with cacao and a little vanilla. I get the touch of heat but booze as well. The two together make this complex but a too much so, it doesn't jive for me the way other Jackie's do, but it is still quite drinkable and so I will.

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Photo of kitch
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12.7 fl. oz. bottle, 2016 vintage, poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a thin beige head that disappeared almost immediately while leaving some sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Mexican hot chocolate, light roast, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon, chili and wood, with maybe even some light nuttiness.

Taste: Bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, cinnamon, chili, raisin, coconut, vanilla, almond and oak, while a touch herbal.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, moderate to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Good balance between the barrel, booze and spices. It drinks smooth and is a great sipper. However, I do think that I prefer the unbarreled aged version just that little bit more. Still a must buy though.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Would I buy this again? Yes - Id be in for the full allotment. Overall exceptional beer.

Walnut forward taste with nice spicy-heat backbone.

Not much head retention which let me down some and smell was nutty and bourbon-y, but spices arent immediately present.

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Photo of Damian
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a snifter

Review #1675

Dark brown and medium bodied in appearance. Both lighter in color and thinner in viscosity than I anticipated. A larger bubbled, near finger-tall mass of tan colored froth topped the liquid. The head quickly transformed into a thick, clingy collar. Odd-shaped patches and tiny droplets of lacing coated the glass and stuck around until almost the drink’s end.

The aroma was really interesting. Rich and malty with big powdered cocoa notes. Some milk chocolate perhaps as well. Loads of cinnamon too. Slightly sweet. Mexican hot chocolate definitely came to mind. Hint of bourbon and vanilla. Almond notes appeared as the beer warmed.

The adjuncts definitely played a smaller role in the flavor profile. Malty and robust on the front end. Fairly roasty. Cinnamon came through in the center but not to the extent it did in the nose. Bit of powdered cocoa. The beer finished with big boozy notes, more roast and a spiciness that crescendoed after the swallow.

Terrific fluffy, frothy mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth on the palate. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a supple, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro is a tasty and complex beer that really grew on me as it warmed. Unlike many barrel-aged Mexican chocolate-inspired imperial stouts, this one demonstrated a nice balance amongst its ingredients (especially the pepper spice notes) and was surprisingly drinkable. For what this beer lacked in body and intensity, it made up for in sheer enjoyability.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage - Pours black with a fairly dense creamy tan foam head. The smell of this beer from the bottle was an amazing sensory experience. It is reminiscent of something like a dark chocolate covered toasted brown bread with a dash of cinnamon on top. In the glass aromas of creamy vanilla and sweet cinnamon hit up front with a habanero pepper spice laying beneath, with rich dark chocolate, toasty brown bread, walnuts, oak barrel, some bourbon, caramel, toffee, candied dark fruits, and some earthy pine. The flavor is a blast of equal proportions. Rich dark chocolate, cinnamon, habanero pepper spice, creamy vanilla, toasted brown bread, walnuts, oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee, candied dark fruits, and some earthy piney hops to balance. Feels lighter medium bodied, creamy smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a real great bourbon barrel aged imperial stout.

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Photo of Holderness
4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L — Pours a pitch black body with a scant half finger of light brown head. Minimal retention and lacing
S — Bourbon, prune, bittersweet chocolate, smoke, vanilla, caramel, oak. Comes across as a pure BA stout, not one with a bunch of adjuncts added.
T — Rich fudge, cinnamon, vanilla, toffee, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, chili heat, dried dark fruit, hint of tobacco leaf and leather. Everything is integrated so wonderfully. So decadent
F — Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. More thick and oily than velvety and fluffy, but that’s ok
O — This beer really knocked my socks off. As a lover of this style of flavored stout who frequently finds the chili heat to be too mild, this one really has that perfect level of spice. Pricey, but you get what you pay for


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Photo of Scottsbeer
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not Shure why some ratings are low. This bottle was from a trade as an extra and stayed in the stash for a while so it has been aged. Definitely not the"hot mess" I have seen some reviewers describe.

Look dark and minimal head

Smell cinnamon, chocolate, barrel, pepper.

Taste if you don't like hot peppers you will not like this. Spicy with chocolate, cinnamon, hot peppers and a touch of caramel.

Feel nice medium thick

Overall I would definitely do this again. Great BA stout with some spice. Very close to BA Bomb.

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Photo of superspak
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, walnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, habanero pepper, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Touch of booze in the aromas as it warmed, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, walnuts, spices, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, walnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, habanero pepper, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of coconut, molasses, licorice, raisin, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, herbal, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal/roast/char bitterness, and bourbon/oak/pepper/cinnamon spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, walnuts, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, fudge, marshmallow, vanilla, cream, cinnamon, habanero pepper, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, light dark fruit/smoke/char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, walnuts, spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet and spiciness balance; with no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak/spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 12.1% and pepper heat; with minimal barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial spiced stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, walnuts, spices, and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Amazingly rich malt complexity, perfectly balanced spices, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Not overwhelming on any aspect. A bit more soft and mellowed out on spice after the barrel aging. A highly enjoyable offering as expected. Liked it just a bit more than the base beer.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.19/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a ittle bit of chocolate colored foam.

Smell is rich and sweet, with notes of walnuts, chocolate, coffee, golden syrup and vanilla.

Taste takes all the elements from the nose and adds oak, booze and slightly hot chilis.

Mouthfeel is full, well carbonated.

Overall, a very good stout, with just a little bit too much heat from the chillis for me.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black with a two fingers mocha head

S - cinnamon, cocoa powder, walnut

T - very spicy with habanero pepper and cinnamon. The bourbon aging smooths the whole thing out. It also brings some coconut notes. Some vanilla is noted but I don't know if it's from the vanilla added or the barrel aging. Certainly has a bite

M - very thick and smooth with a fine carbonation

O - A world class beer from these guys once again. Nice!

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4.43/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with a tight light tan head. Nose is of spices. Cinnamon, a bit of heat and dark roasted malts. Taste is extremely mellow. I mean that in a good way. This is a extremely easy drinking and pleasant beer for being a BA Imperial Stout. Notes of roasted malt, black coffee, caramel, candied bourbon, cinnamon and vanilla. Finished of with a slightest touch of heat from the peppers and bourbon heat. A little nuttiness in there as well. Silky medium to full body with a bit of chewiness to it. Really enjoyed this one. It’s smooth!

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4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 16.9 ounce bottle poured into tulip. After a somewhat heavy pour, there was minimal head. Like just a small tan ring of medium bubbles, not impressive on first impression. Dark as night body. Chocolate, coffee, roast and walnut finish on the nose. Taste is where this shines! Dark chocolate, smooth bourbon and wood, mild cinnamon, dark fruits, vanilla. Building spice from the habanero but I'm not deterred. Big, chewy body with easy drinkability.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells quite hot and spicy on the nose ,with earthy and spicy cinnamon, sweet bourbon, oak, and a little bit of vanilla.

Like most Jackie O's beer, this flies way under the radar but is utterly delicious. There is a super killer cinnamon character to this- it's perfect- present but not overbearing. I don't get much of the base walnut character, but there's some nice biting pepper character, some light bourbon, and a hint of vanilla. The base is nice and chocolatey as well.

This is medium bodied, not super thick, but definitely not thin in any way.

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4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9/27/17, from notes

L - Pours motor oil brown with a medium mocha head
S - I get big bourbon notes. Lots of brown sugar and molasses. If I inhale deeply I also get big cinnamon notes.
T - Best way to describe it is chocolate and marshmallow with a caramel middle. Slight bitter and cinnamon chili spice on the finish
F - Nice and creamy medium body. A little chewy.
O - Very well balanced barrel aged chili stout. The smell was amazing.

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Photo of Lazhal
4.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 bottle. The base beer is 2016 Oro.

I liked non-BA version 2017 over 2016. Perhaps 2018 BA Oro will be better than 2017 BA.

More cinnamon-y and spicy-er than 2016.

Great beer, seek this out, but don't overpay. Available for months on end each year if you make the trek to Ohio.

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Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 569 ratings