Bourbon Barrel Oro Negro
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #58
Ranked #211
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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djgustafson from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 08, 2016
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VetsPackage from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

You can go trade your kidney for barrel aged cake or abraxas but just know there's a beer as good as them still sitting at the brewery a week after its release. Fantastic beer from start to finish infintely superior to its non barreled form. Every flavor has its moment it shines alone without becoming overbearing and still manages to be completely cohesive. Huge milk chocolate along with toasted nuts, cinnamon, vanilla, heavy cream with a suble oaky char beneath it all. Spice grows with every sip until reaching a perfectly tollerable plateau. Nonsensically good.

Aug 16, 2016
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mcj6986 for this 375ML bottle (2016). I loved the base beer, so I was jazzed to see this come up on in the trading scrum for less than 3x VR.

The pour is blacker than Wormtongue’s soul, may he rest in peace. Evident carbonation is minimal, with scarcely a hiss on popping & only the rumor of bubbles breaking up the gloomy surface. Smells like Christmas cookies with a little bourbon pop from your uncle pouring a double a few feet away. I’m not disappointed.

Oro Negro – Bourbon Barrel Aged brings me home like a Heather Brooke video. A bit more heat than the base, perhaps because it’s fresher, & the cinnamon is correspondingly meeker. The bourbon is in your face – if your face were across the room & down the stairs, more of a finish in the back of the throat (hahaha!) & a pleasant numbing sensation than a taste. Subtle. Chocolate is about buried, vanilla ghostly, no nuts, as the heat builds with each sip. Thick, but this bottle is going to take some effort to get through.

This needs some time. The heat obliterates some of the base beer’s lovely qualities, & the bourbon is detectable only after cleaning out the Augean Stables. I was really looking forward to this, & it was a letdown. I’ll revisit my other bottle in a few months, hoping the habaneros have dulled & let the rest of the beer breathe a bit. A very good beer, but...

Sep 23, 2016
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Jet black hues with a delightful coffee/sandy 3mm head
S: Bourbon, dark ground coffee, and cocoa notes
T: Dark chocolate, cinnamon, arbol chiles, brown sugar, and a bit of barrel on the finish
F: Medium bordering on thick mouthfeel
O: Delicious. This is flat out delicious. Oro Negro by itself offers a tasty, spicy, and complex stout, but the addition of the bourbon barrel aging takes this stout to another level. Honestly the complexity of the flavors rivals some of the best stouts I've had and beckons Double Barrel Huna for comparison. Incredible! Seek this out if you can.

Aug 29, 2016
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Loanstarbeergeek89 from Maine

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really cannot find a flaw with this.
S- cinnamon vanilla chocolate mild peppers
T- cinnamon chocolate some vanilla from the barrel and on the end some mild heat from the peppers
F- Very thick
O- this might too DBH IMO without any of the hype. Fantastic beer so balanced

Sep 04, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fudge brown with a rocky tan head that splatters a showery pattern of lacing

Smell: Cinnamon and Bourbon, with vanilla, chocolate and oak underneath; the habanero provides a powerful blast, as well

Taste: Very hot, with habanero and cinnamon overwhelming; the Bourbon dominates the middle, with some chocolate and roast underneath; te finish is a bit of a melange, with the heat and boozy tones prominent

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; considerable heat and warmth

Overall: Tried this side by side with the regular version and, to be honest, I much preferred the regular version; unlike the regular version, where all of the flavors coalesced; the barrel aged version is a hot mess - perhaps another year in the bottle (this is the 2016 version) will help it out

Thanks, PJ_, for the opportunity

Dec 19, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud

Nice smaller creamy head, decent legs, little lacing, pitch black.

Nose big dark malt, sweet chocolate malt, caramel candy, little nougat, cookie dough, chocolate milk chew, lactose almost, faint vanilla barrel, Kyle nutty, vanilla ice cream.

Taste big vanilla and coconut, shaved coconut, walnuts, plenty of habanero spice, chocolate milk, cocoa and toasted oak, so much coconut barrel, faint bourbon, little fruity, some warming booze, cinnamon, candy notes and spice.

Mouth is creamy velvety, lush milk chocolate, decent carb, little warming booze, pepper heat.

Overall pretty nice, great spice, habanero, barrel character with great coconut and vanilla oak is awesome, good base beer, maybe more bourbon barrel juice is the only thing it's really missing.

Jan 07, 2017
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 26, 2016
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MilwaukeeBeerMaker from Wisconsin

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

I had the good fortune to have this and it lived up to the hype for me. A well made, awesome tasting barrel aged stout that had a little bit of heat on the back end. Nothing that can't be dealt with but definitely gets your throat a little warm on the after taste.

Nov 07, 2016
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NickThePyro from Washington

5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

May 13, 2020
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rhong187 from Pennsylvania

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

Feb 06, 2017
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Jul 24, 2017
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Extra points for having the most beautiful beer label I've ever seen. Kudos to the artist!

Sep 12, 2016
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shoegueuze from California

4.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 10, 2017
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cryptichead from Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 13, 2016
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KevSal from California

4.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks Kevin for this long time want!

poured into a perfect stout glass

looks good in the glass, super dark with a thin mocha head.

smell, first sniff was a bit off putting, something in there does t smell right to me, as it warms the cinnemon comes up nicely, a squeak of bourbon in the back

taste is fantastic! none of whatever is on the nose is coming thru at all, big bourbon, cinnomen, roastiness and a finish with some heat. doesn't hit hard unless you start takin some back to back sips.

mouthfeel is thick, nicely covered the tongue,a tad under sticky

overall, besides the odd nose on this one, this is a winner and recommend this it to all stout and heat fans

Sep 18, 2016
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Bpc24 from Kentucky

4.86/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oct 18, 2016
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dheldman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 03, 2019
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 27, 2016
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Beernoobie from California

4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 05, 2017
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VaTechPhilly from New York

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

Aug 21, 2016
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J_Mueller from Illinois

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

Nov 15, 2016
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aug 14, 2016
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ryanflc from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Sep 03, 2016
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Trmmilwwi from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nov 18, 2019
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