Black Mask | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrel aged stout with coffee, cacao nibs and vanilla beans

Added by meanmutt on 09-09-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,469
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
69
pDev:
6.94%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of travelguy
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Holdensnow
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The vanilla and coffee are the first to hit you quickly followed by Bourbon and silky chocolate notes. It's has a few moments of bite that doesn't seem to be as notable in some of Jackie O's other BA stouts. Still an absolutely delicious beer I will continue to enjoy.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage - Pours black with a light brown tan foam head. Smells almost like a dry port wine, bourbon boozy, slightly nutty, fruity, dark fruits, dried fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, some oak, and toasted bready malts. Tastes like fairly acidic coffee, rich dark chocolate, vanilla beans, bourbon, oak, caramel, dark fruits, dried fruit, with some toasted bready malts. Feels medium bodied, smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice and interesting bourbon barrel aged imperial stout with coffee beans, cacao nibs and vanilla beans added.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/25/18 bottle

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epercuoco
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into snifter, 2017 vintage bottling. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, licorice, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, fudge, marshmallow, smoke, char, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, berries, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, licorice, bourbon, toasted oak, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, fudge, marshmallow, smoke, char, raisin, plum, fig, cherry, berries, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness, bourbon/oak tannin spiciness; and light tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, nutty dark roast coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, licorice, bourbon, toasted oak, dark/brown bread, vanilla, cream, fudge, marshmallow, smoke, char, dark fruit, cherry, berries, and yeast/roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, fruity yeast, and bourbon barrel flavors. Fair amount of lingering bitter/acrid, and tart/tangy astringency after the finish, but not too overwhelming. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering char bitterness, oak spiciness, and tang/tartness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety, fairly sticky/chalky/tannic, and lightly acidic/tangy mouthfeel that is good. Pretty rough finishing. Minimal warming alcohol for 12%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged flavored imperial stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon barrel flavors; smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV; despite the increasingly tart/bitter/tannic/drying finish. Definitely has a progressing infection after a year of age, but was still very enjoyable. Well balanced rich malts, flavorings, and bourbon barrel integration. Aromas far outmatched the flavors because of the astringency. Would like to try this again without an infection, I bet it would be amazing.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
2.96/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Infected.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pitch black with a one finger beige head

S - reminds me of KBS smell, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, oak, red berries, nice smell

T - a bit tart berries notes, some bourbon, some vanilla, good balance but no big roasty notes more of red berries notes

M - vivid carbonation, a bit thick

O - I'd like a lesser tart taste with such a smell. Still a very enjoyable beer. Very balanced taste and not boozy at all despite the 12%

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has full on bourbon, fudge, toffee, creme brulee. Taste follows with chocolate, fudge, bitter cacao, some vanilla sweetness but finish is bitter and roasty. Medium body with low carbonation. Really nice one, well balanced, easy drinking, ABV is hidden really well.

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Photo of qrazvan
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Coffee, whiskey smell.
Whiskey taste with a pleasant sweetness in the back. The expresso feel becomes present after a while. Bitter feel. Dry. Mellow alcohol feel.
Really good.

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Photo of kbrown
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Jackie O's snifter

This beer pours black as coal and is topped with less than an inch of mocha head that leaves no lacing.

The bourbon has transformed into a delightful vanilla and caramel smell. The coffee and chocolate are faint but compliment the flavor.

It starts out with dark chocolate. Then some coffee creeps in and builds into the finish. The bourbon flavor takes a backseat to the coffee.

Full, smooth mouthfeel

This is a really good beer from Jackie O's. I have been fortunate to avoid the infection bug that seems to be going around.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Blogjackets
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AlexFields
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DangerDawg
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SerMosh
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Black Mask from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 69 ratings