Cellar Cuvée 11
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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English Barleywine
4.35 | pDev: 5.75%
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Cellar Cuvée 11Cellar Cuvée 11
Notes: A blend of barleywines aged in bourbon barrels.

Consisting of 30% Bourbon Barrel Brick Kiln, 30% Bourbon Barrel Skipping Stone, 15% Bourbon Barrel Patriarch, 15% Wood Ya Honey and 10% Chiron's Flame.
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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery in the bottle and poured in a snifter.
This beast of an ale pours a lightly murky deep dark mahogany with a
nice khaki head of foam that dissipates to a thick ring, thin wispy pool,
and shows some great sudsy lacing for a barley wine. Nose of toffee,
rum soaked raisins, dark cherries, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and strong
booze. Flavors nail it out of the park with rum and raisin notes mingling with
dates and dark cherry elements that dance about light rye spiced notes.
Sweet bourbon and vanilla showcase on the middle of the taste and fade into
the rear with oak and brown sugars that are steeped in strong booze and
toffee. Excellent mouth feel; medium body, warming, boozy, rich, sweet,
and showing low carbonation with a rich full and warming finish that lingers

Overall one of the best darn barley wines I have had outside of Thomas
Hardy's and worthy of laying down for a long nap---say 7 plus years or
so in the doomsday beer closet. Excellent!


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Photo of darktronica
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellar Cuvee 1 is my favorite Jackie O's beer, so I've always looked forward to their blending experiments. This one is billed as a blend of five barleywine-esque beers, but it doesn't quite come across with that temperament. I think the Skipping Stone quad pulls the concept out of alignment from an intended barleywine result. It's an interesting bunch, for sure, but the overall impression I get is more of a mix of barrel-aged brown and reds, like perhaps if I blended Noble Sorrel with Clown Shoes' Rexx. I don't get as much of the classic English barleywine notes, as it's a bit less sweet than expected from that, with some Belgian spice, floral hops, and graham cracker emerging.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a very dark brown with a decent amount of head. Nose is huge caramel, bourbon, some roasted malts, some chocolate, and raisins. Taste is raisin, toffee, molasses, bourbon, licorice, and tons of other dark fruit. The beer comes with some alcohol heat, suggesting that a bit of age might help. Also a tad bitter. I have another bottle that I'll crack in a few months. Mouthfeel is really nice and bold. Coats the mouth and the flavors linger.

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Beersnake1 from California, Nov 11, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle courtesy of WesMantooth. I'm watching the Seahawks, so high alcohol is desirable. Wow, a blend of five different barleywines?!

Poured into a snifter, this was a very dark brown, with a rather short-lived tan head.

Rich aroma to this, that reminds me initially...of buttered rye bread?! Unusual. As it warms, things get a bit bourbon-y, with a toffeeish sweetness, a little raisiny dark fruit aroma, even some pipe tobacco, but it still reminds me a little of buttered rye bread!

Sweet flavor upfront, with toffee and honey being the dominant tastes. Midway through the bourbon barrels comes out to play, giving things an oakiness and bourbon-y booziness. There's also a rye-like spiciness throughout, but it never quite comes to the fore. The swallow is both sweet and slightly dry.

Full bodied, with a luscious, creamy mouthfeel.

This is an incredibly delicious beer. Like most English Barleywines, it's not an overly hoppy beer, but is richly complex, almost like a Belgian Quad. This would be an excellent dessert beer or nightcap. Thank you, Corey, for this delicious beer!

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woemad from Washington, Nov 06, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Burgundy raisin color with a thick and frothy toffee/cream colored lacing.

S - Roasted toffee and cream, oak, bourbon. Nose is a little boozy but not overpowering.

T - Roasted toffee, cream, oak, bourbon, delicate vanilla, with lingering sweet toffee and bourbon.

M - Thick and full bodied, silky, very smooth, lip smacking sticky.

O - Very worthwhile. Seek out!

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Sep 30, 2017
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4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 2017 375ml bottle

It pours a fairly thin looking murky to muddy chestnut brown color. Very minimal light beige head that evaporated almost immediately.

It smells phenomenal. Lots of caramel, toffee and molasses, some toasted coconut, dates/figs, vanilla, bourbon, and some tannins/leather and oak.

The initial flavor is bourbon with a touch of alcohol and citrus hop bite followed by sour dates and raisin. The sweet carmalized sugars and honey like malts along with a rich molasses and oak flavor take over and settle in. Predominantly sweet, and leans towards a Quad quite a bit. It closes out with some bitterness and an almost orange taste. There is much more of a citrusy and floral hop profile than I would have guessed. Still squarely on the English side of the barelywine spectrum, but a very noticeable bitterness and resin finish.

The body seems just a hair thin, but the carbonation is flatter than the body is thinner. Exceptionaly smooth overall with a bit of oily resin in the end.

Another excellent blending experiment. It definitely has a lot Skipping Stone like flavor imaprted on it along with what I would guess is Matriarch DIPA for the hop character.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 ounce bottle, 2017 vintage. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about a half inch tan head. Not much lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, the brew smells like dark fruit (dates, raisins), brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, coconut and oak. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some chocolate, toffee and earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick, creamy and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good English style barleywine. Definitely need to buy more of this, pick up a bottle or 2 if you come across some! I really liked it, it's drinking good now but some age might not hurt it either. $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of pda22
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another knockout from Jackie Os
Dark brown appearance without much head. A nice sweet scent of dates and bourbon. Complex, deep flavors with a bourbon finish.

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pda22 from California, Sep 02, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown with maybe just a hint of ruby accent. Not much head, but a medium thin collar of light beige foam rims the glass.

Nose has a leathery bourbon general aspect to it. I'm thinking it's a tad quad like with date, but with a caramel/toffee aspect that seems to have been just touched with some nuttiness.

Taste follows, with a bit of the sweeter toffee coming out up front. The leather bourbon barrel note comes next, with a light vanilla and not much heat at all. Smooth and mellow, could use just a tad more carbonation as the smoothness has it bordering on feeling flat. A little bit of dark, oily nut comes through with zero bitterness, accenting the very much not cloying dessert qualities of the beer. Bitterness is merely keeping it from this fate.

Very enjoyable, I am very happy to have had a chance at this and apparently like it a little more than the average.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Sep 01, 2017
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4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is pretty special. In a world where breweries are working to come up with the next big craze in coconut flavored brews this blend does something beyond its time. The pour is easy, into a goblet, with a hard pour at the end to give an even small head. Appearance is a deep brown to almost cocoa dark. The nose is a heady note of cocnut mixed with soft expressions of caramel and bold choclate. The arrival expresses an aggressive mouthfeel with notes of latte-soda, and dark choclate with very faint fruit esters in the berry family, perhaps currant. The finish, however, if where this beer shines! Assertive caramel, balanced dark choclate and I'll be damned a big hit of toasted coconut. Ladies and gentlemen I would wager that should one have a Samoa cookie with this beer they would be transported directly to a beery Polynesian nirvana. It's excellent, grab a bottle if you love Somoa cookies as much as I do and enjoy.

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Photo of Sabtos
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Upon first sip, my mind went to a couple weeks back when we were finishing off some pantry items as a dessert topping. It's funny this beer came out only a few months before the 2017 Bourbon County series, because it has all the elements of bananas foster--banana, brown sugar, and brandied caramelization--without any overt, in your face or intentional use of banana, or any attempt to achieve this profile.

Appearance is dark mahogany with shiny brown edges and a thin bubbly compact foam.

In addition to the above, the nose exhibits caramel, toasted nuts, and sharp pine wood with the palate bringing a thin but dry feel with raisin, wood, milk chocolate, and prune.

I had this side-by-side on draft with one of the elements of the blend, BB Skipping Stone, and this one had a bit more cola and spice flavor with caramel and brown sugar. I liked BBSS a little more.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jul 17, 2017
Cellar Cuvée 11 from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 67 ratings