Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #54
Ranked #230
4.53 | pDev: 5.52%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Notes: Collaboration with Side Project Brewing

A conscious and meaningful brewing effort between friends and lovers of barrel aged beers; formulated as a blend of our signature barrel aged stouts, we both selected techniques and ingredients that pushed both our skill sets. The resulting beer rested for 14 months in fresh bourbon barrels. Inky, warm., dark, and extravagant, swallowing you into a deep abyss of liquid love.
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4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 version poured into a KBBS snifter. This is wonderfully thick, low on carbonation with a very nice bourbon presence. Rich and reminded me of Bourbon County which I enjoy a great deal.

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Sandis from Minnesota, May 08, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with full head. Scent is of bourbon, chocolate malt and sugar. Taste follows, and is surprisingly sweet and fudgey. Full mouthfeel and an aftertaste combining coffee and chocolate/fudge

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Feb 28, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - black syrup
Smell - roasty toasty coconut fig
Taste - dark fruit Woody caramel coconut, almost like a port
Feel - full body light carbonation slight cream
Overall - really tasty

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

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a Jackie O’s tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours a deep black inky body with a small brown head that reduces quickly, leaving little retention.

Aromas are potent and inviting, bourbon forward. marshmallows and milk chocolate, bourbon fudge brownies, vanilla, caramel, licorice.

On the tongue, caramel and chocolate-vanilla, boozy bourbon soaked dark chocolate brownies, charred oak, roasty dark malt finish that lingers for a bit. Rich body, smooth and velvety. Very easy to drink and smooth for 15%.

Overall a very tasty stout, rich, tons of flavor, bourbon is nicely balanced.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Jan 31, 2020
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4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 Bottle.

Dark, viscous pour. As the beer fills the glass, formations of tan head rise and dance on top of the beer, settling into a small ring around the rim of the glass. After a few minutes it dissipates into a flat, black abyss.

Huge amounts of dark fruit and barrel influence to the nose of this beer. To compliment those notes of plum and molasses are solid undertones of bold, dark chocolate and black licorice. Subtleties of oak and vanilla emerge as the beer continues to warm.

Again, the barrel really shines here. A more rugged flavor profile, with smoked oak and leathery tobacco playing at the forefront. Behind it there's a softened, sweeter characteristic, resonating with notes of caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, brown sugar, and molasses. Together they balance each other perfectly, with the barrel influence preventing too much of a cloying sweetness on the palate. After letting your taste buds settle for a moment, there's a very present nuttiness to this beer as well, a roasty quality that further adds to the complexity of this beer.

Viscous, soft, and sticky. A full-bodied mouthfeel, with a very soft yet still noticeable carbonation that clings desperately to a boozy warmth that catches you in the finish.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Jun 28, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a local for swapping fluids with me & knocking a long, long time want off my list. 375ML classic Jackie O’s bottle while watching Merle die & celebrating another Twins win.

Inky black with no rise even given a hard pour. The nose is barrel & a sweetness that leans hard into molasses & chocolate. The unholy trinity.

Appervation could be presented as a Black Tuesday variation & I wouldn’t bat an eye. The mouthfeel is decadent AF, as the kids say, thicker than grandma’s fudge batter & almost as appealing. Bourbon booms out of the glass, along with most of the malts harvested in 2017. Sweet, dripping sweet, oak, maple, fudge, black silk, black licorice. No booziness present except when I stood up to go relieve myself. Bed is two flights of stairs away.

Not quite sure what the hype was about. Jackie O’s makes better BA stouts, but I understand that having Derivation in, or rumored to be in, its DNA brings out the hype beast. Still an excellent BA stout.

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maximum12 from Minnesota, May 12, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Thick black pour with elusive mocha-brown highlights, and a head with minimal characteristics: formation, retention, lacing

S: Molasses, liquorice, bourbon-drenched dark fruit concentrations with a vinous touch: An aroma of depth given the array of milk chocolate, oaked nutty malts, cocoa powder, caramel swirl, burned char, leather, subdued coconut

T: Lots of minute workings to become deep-rooted in: the silky sharp chocolate, tricky layers of dark fruit, smoky tobacco, rich caramel, singed toffee, roasted walnuts, baked vanilla espresso, a touch of maple fudge

M: Moderately sticky and semi cloying with distant carbonation. It’s fairly roast-y and sweet with a delicate peppery kick

O: A well balanced and blended vintage that aged with poise spitting out more prunes, raisins, dates, and figs as it progressed with a bit of tannin spiced/peppery herbs, ashtray/charred wood, and hints of brownie stuffed graham crackers. Aroma from the empty bottle was pure maple syrup with tracings of prunes, figs, and tannin foregrounds before fading into the ether

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M-Fox24 from New Jersey, Feb 26, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2018 vintage bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a minimal spotty lace cap. Minimal lacing with some clinging bubbles on the glass. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Lightly increasing booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, and dark bread; with lighter notes of coconut, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast/char bitterness and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, nuts, dark bread, coconut, licorice, dark fruit, light smoke/char/pepper, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; with a solid roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness. Light carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky/tannic mouthfeel that is amazing. Mildly increasing warmth of 13.5%, with no barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged imperial stout! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV; with the very mildly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Insanely rich malt complexity, with perfect barrel integration/balance. Not overly roasty/charred on malts, or boozy/tannic on barrels. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example as expected.

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superspak from Michigan, Oct 27, 2018
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4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tasted from bottle and on draft. Pours jet black with dark brown head. Aroma of bourbon, molasses, cocoa. Thick and chewy mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, caramel, molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Huge and incredible beer.

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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 release.

A: Pours an inky black with a smattering of tan head.

S: Vanilla, a bit of strong ethanol, dry oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, a hint of plum, light roastiness and coffee.

T: First impression is that this is pretty rich and sweet. Tasty melted dark chocolate, bourbon, mild toasted oak and roast, sweet plum, and finishing with a mildly tannic bitterness but balanced by the sweetness.

M: Pretty hefty alcohol warmth that doesn’t overpower the beer. Full bodied with medium-light carbonation.

O: Tasty, well balanced BA stout. Nothing mind blowing, but solid effort for sipping on cold autumn nights.

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pmarlowe from Virginia, Sep 30, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with minimal head. Aroma is a very pleasant slightly sweet bourbon and caramel. Taste is also a slightly sweet bourbon that is a perfect blend with minimal alcohol taste.

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Radcpa from Washington, Aug 05, 2018
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4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick stout with oily body, deep bourbon notes and plenty of roasty Malta to make sure the base beer doesn’t get lost.

There’s a not so subtle umami flavor with it, but it’s not off-putting. Really excellent.

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4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a Pitch Black with a thin khaki head that dissipates immediately. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of bourbon, brownie batter, baker’s chocolate, and chocolate syrup. It tastes of brownie batter, chocolate syrup, Oreo, with a strong bourbon kick. It is full and complex, but still drinkable. This is an excellent ba stout.

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Phineasco from Massachusetts, Jun 16, 2018
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4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Slap a Toppling Goliath label on this and all of a sudden it would be a perfect 5 haha.

Seriously though, this is perfection at its most subtle. This beer is the perfect rendition of what a regular non adjunct beer should be. This is a true must for a REAL beer appreciation fan who doesn't need fancy pastry gimmicks to make an amazing brew. Great job

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Raziel313 from California, Feb 23, 2018
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4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, undated, 2017 release, poured into a 14oz snifter glass. Enjoyed on 10.21.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a jet black color, inky, oily, sludgy and viscous with a thin head, khaki colored with no retention nor lace. The aroma is fantastic, tons of chocolate, bittersweet but rich with a strong barrel character, lots of bourbon, charred oak and toffee with some molasses and caramel and strong roasted grains with a warm alcohol heat. The flavors are excellent, rich chocolate, super smooth and decadent with a very intense barrel expression, loads of bourbon, spicy and bringing out some caramel and vanilla with a strong charred oak flavor, roasted grain, light molasses and toffee with some stone fruits and licorice. The mouthfeel is perfect, sludge, heavy body that is coating and smooth with a chewy and thick full finish.

Verdict: An exceptional barrel aged stout from Jackie O's and Side Project. It's got everything a barrel aged stout needs to have, a thick body, a complex and delicate flavor profile weaving chocolate, bourbon, oak, and stone fruits into a beautiful product that doesn't need to rely on any adjuncts. Just a stunner of a beer.

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kevanb from Illinois, Feb 06, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So there were, what, four or five weeks on Beer Advocate where everyone was posting trades for Appervation, right? I sure hope all of those traders were happy with what they received. I ended up receiving my bottle in a slightly unplanned way - I hadn't been in to the hype, but was still pleased to locate and try a bottle.

But, cautious. I was skeptical of the hype and didn't want to be disappointed. I've been hurt too many times in the past!

I made the mistake of giving this one a shot when it was still too cold. The carbonation was practically non-existent - only the tiniest little foaming tipped me off that the bottle hadn't gone bad. Relief! The alcohol notes are definitely a bit unpleasant when the beer is still cold - it's probably the worst example I've found recently of how stouts are very temperature-sensitive. But, after it warms up - the chocolate and bourbon come alive. The alcohol remains strongly in the nose, taste, and mouth feel, but the flavors open up wonderfully.

Appervation is quite good - but, in all honesty, I'd have traded mine in a moment for another bottle of Double Barrel Dark Apparition.

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Vidblain from Minnesota, Oct 16, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Snifter pour from draft. Inky black. Thin head.

S - absurd amounts of bourbon and dark fruit. Vanille. Creme brulee. Carmelized sugar.

T - sticky sweet. Loads of vanilla toffee and burnt sugat. Faint char.

F - very, very hot. Spicy alcohol heat and a sticky coating.

O - overall stellar

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rypkr from Pennsylvania, Jul 28, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger khaki colored head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- smells of smoky charred malt, dark chocolate, espresso, fudge brownies & caramel. Plenty of barrel character, including wet oak, bourbon, vanilla & coconut

T- opens with big, rich mocha fudge brownie, followed by notes of caramel, walnuts, molasses, fig, date & dark chocolate. Mid-palate gives some barrel character, adding earthy wood, vanilla and toasted coconut. The finish gives a malty sweetness, that lingers of bourbon, caramel and charred malt

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety warming chewy finish

O- thick, fudge ad bourbon. Delicious and hides the 14% quite well

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Jul 13, 2017
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4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle. Black body. Smells of nutty malts, oak, bourbon, chocolate. Tastes much better. Chocolate cut by oak and licorice. Bourbon. It’s sweet, but it has a really nice dark fruit complexity in the back end. Finish is charred oak. Heavy, pretty sweet. Excellent flavor, but it’s pretty alcoholic.

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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle, served in a Side Project stemmed glass. Pours a dark black body, oily, with a bit of hulky leg, one finger offwhite head, short retention, bits of lacing. Smell is chocolate fudge, bourbon, a bit of nuttiness, slight roast, earth, a bit of espresso. Flavour is an unholy mix of bourbon, chocolate fudge, slight vanillin, brownie batter, touch of almond and roast, mildly earthy finish. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, slightly lower carbonation than would be expected. Overall, an excellent barrel-aged imperial stout that hides its 15% abv extremely well. Holy cow.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Jul 01, 2017
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4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours dark and thick. Small dark khaki head with some fine lacing. Big aroma. Caramel, roasted malt, and bourbon. More caramel on the tongue with chocolate as well. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Thick and rich on the tongue. A bit creamy with a nice roasty feel. Alcohol is well hidden for 15%. Great beer. Would never believe the abv.

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leroybrown10 from Missouri, Jun 14, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appervation tastes a lot like Derivation, with layers of chocolate goodness and roastiness, though it is a little light on the barrel and thin on the mouthfeel. Overall, it feels like a not-so-fully developed Derivation.

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rodmanfor3 from Vermont, Jun 12, 2017
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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: this super barrel forward huge oak and bourbon. Vanilla toasted coconut. Rich milk chocolate dark chocolate some dark fruit as well. Literally smells like a 3 year old aged BCBS.

Taste: initially this just smacks you in the face with bourbon and barrel notes. Smooth bourbon and oak upfront middle of the mouth big mix of rich milk and dark chocolate vanilla some dark cherry in the finish you get more of that dark cherry and dark fruit notes figs raisin that mix with more of that smooth bourbon and oak flavor. The finish is in your face with booze soaked dark fruits. I mean the whole beer is in your face. This taste so much like bourbon County but even a little more intense and in your face.

Feel: it's full bodied, rich and silky smooth on the tongue. Medium high amount of alcohol heat but it works. This is a mans beer sip and enjoy!

Overall: This is as intense in your face bourbon barrel Stout as I've ever had. Boozy and super barrel forward with nice chocolate and dark fruit notes. If you like intense barrel aged Stouts this is for you! An absolutely stunning beer!

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Masonz223 from Michigan, Jun 10, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: pours dark brown like cola without the fizz. Pitch black in he glass with a film of head that fades the the rim fast.
S: big brownie fudge and dark chocolate with smooth bourbon. I wish the bourbon was bigger on the nose, but still an aweome aroma.
T: oh yeah! This is delicious!! The bourbon is bigger in the taste thankfully and still has tons of fudge.
F: full and chewy! A bit less carbonation would make this smoother.
O: not derivation.. but also not near derivation price.

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4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black, minimal foam, the only signs of carb are leaning against the edges of the glass, espresso brown in color.
S - Smells of chocolate dipped raisins
T - more chocolate than raisin. Charred oak mixes with a nice sweet vanilla. Still a lingering dark fruit end with a bigger expression of ris than expected, but I dig.
F - it's thick, viscous and beautiful but the charred chocolate is making it seem a bit on the ashy-side. not overdone, but presenting itself more and more.
O - I really enjoyed this, actually reminds me of the recent release of Assassin, the extra long aging (14 months!) in barrels really brought out some awesome complexities. I'm stoked to be able to revisit this thing down the road, scoop it up now!

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M_chav from New Mexico, Jun 03, 2017
Appervation from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 279 ratings