Bourbon Barrel Coconut Champion Ground
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #766
Ranked #3,652
4.25 | pDev: 8.94%
Feb 04, 2022
Sep 24, 2017
Notes: Around the brewery we listen to a lot of reggae, drink a fair share of coffee. And are devoted to our barrel aging program. In 2015, we had a one off imperial stout aging in barrels for close to a year. These barrels had a rich chocolate/vanilla character, but were asking for a boost. Stauf’s coffee roasters in Columbus, OH nailed the perfect roast on some authentic Jamacian Blue Mountain coffee to compement this barrel-aged stout. The illustration on this label is of Charlie Ace’s Swing-a-ling mobile record shack which was notorious for broadcasting “Champion Sound!” An additional conditioning on toasted coconut adds even more island vibes to this decadent coffee stout.
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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - black and thick with a slight rimming
Smell - coconut vanilla and chocolate, lots of barrel
Taste - Coconut chocolate vanilla like the smell but really dialed back but still that great barrel and added coffee
Feel - medium full body very light carb and creamy
Overall - really nice beer

Feb 04, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Jet black with light brown speckling and thin cap. Nose is led by bourbon and coffee, with supporting dark chocolate, coconut, and toasty oak, but not super potent. Taste opens up a bit: starring coconut, coffee, and chocolate soaked in bourbon, well balanced with malt tones. Feel is warm and smooth, classic jackie o's full body without being heavy or hot. Coconut was a welcome addition

Jan 22, 2022
4.42 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 27, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Very little head production or retention, but it's an attractive beer somehow. No floaties or particulate, despite the coconut and coffee additions.

Nice amount of bourbon on the nose, along with hints of vanilla, coconut, and coffee. Not a super strong nose, but very, very pleasant and inviting.

As modest as the nose may be, there's no holding back on the palate. Rich, sweet, and decadent, almost like a liquid brownie up front. Notes of bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar; coffee and coconut are certainly milder but nicely complementary flavors, while the coffee manages to linger on the back end with a nice bitterness.

Full bodied; almost stickier than chewy. Noticeable alcohol heat, but it's not harsh.

Dec 18, 2021
4.41 by Meddwol from Michigan on Dec 01, 2021
4.34 by ClePaul from Ohio on Nov 28, 2021
4.23 by kmoen from California on Nov 14, 2021
4.32 by BAsbill from California on Nov 14, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours dark and clear, thick and syrupy, hard to get any head. Has a very nice aroma - boozy coconut, chocolate syrup, light coffee, bourbon barrel all mix together perfectly. Flavor is chocolate, vanilla, light coconut, coffee on the finish, bourbon barrel rounds it all out nicely. Flat carbonation, and I would expect a bit more texture to this - maybe the lack of carbonation makes it feel thin, yet syrupy. Overall, I wish there was more coconut. Pretty tasty beer, a bit expensive…

500 ml bottle not today at 101 bottles, Kent OH
4 rating

Nov 05, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp into a Jackie O's tulip. Pours jet black, of course. Little head. Nose is amazing. Coffee, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, marshmallow, a hint of blueberry, toffee, and other dark fruits. The taste is fantastic. Slight bitterness from the coffee on the aftertaste. Sweet upfront, with beautiful notes of chocolate fudge, vanilla, coconut, toffee, burnt wood, figs, blackberries and raisins. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall a fantastic take on a fantastic beer.

Aug 31, 2021
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4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12.7 oz bottle, vintage 2021, poured into a snifter at 49 degrees F:
L - black and oily with a hazelnut head that quickly disappeared
S - bourbon, coffee, coconut
T - bourbon and coffee with a light coconut taste on the late finish (just the way I like it)
F - thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O - great beer, coconut is understated and bourbon flavor is excellent!

Jul 22, 2021
4.28 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Jul 12, 2021
4.23 by emerge077 from Illinois on May 31, 2021
4.42 by BeerBucks from New York on May 30, 2021
2.71 by nmann08 from Virginia on May 29, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Treyliff from West Virginia

375ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- earthy and herbal coffee notes mix with a bold aroma of dark chocolate up front, followed by undertones of toasted coconut, vanilla and toffee, candy bar vibes. Oaky bourbon closes out the nose

T- bold notes of toasted coconut up front are followed by creamy dark chocolate up front. Mid-palate brings out some herbal and peppery coffee that adds some espresso notes, followed by caramel, toffee and brown sugar. The finish brings out oaky barrel juice that seems to emphasize the coconut, as it lingers long after

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slightly warming and thin finish

O- the coconut really comes through and compliments the base beer very well

May 29, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CaptainHate from Ohio

2021 12.7 ounce bottle poured into a DFH tulip. Very little head which faded immediately over an inky brown body. Smell is of boozy coconut over a molasses and coffee malt base. Taste follows the smell but richer and more complex. Mouthfeel is the typical Jackie O's big stout chewy feel. This is what happens when you tell the A Team to make you a barrel aged coconut stout.

May 16, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours espresso brown with a tan head that fades to a ringlet with a floating island; leggy with a few dots stranded

Smell: Strong aromatics of chocolate, coffee, coconut and vanilla; the Bourbon supports it all, underneath

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla and coconut forward with the coffee emerging; it takes a while for the Bourbon to hit the palate, but the barrel drives home the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: While full-bodied it lacks a thickness I would prefer; otherwise this is top notch

May 15, 2021
4.36 by Sparky44 from Illinois on May 14, 2021
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4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

12.7 ounce bottle, 2021 vintage. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that didn't stay around for too long. Small amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like coconut, coffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some oak, caramel, brown sugar and nutty flavors too. Good amount of barrel character noticeable without it being overpowering. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick and rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. I liked the base Champion Ground a lot, and I think this version is just as good if not better! Definitely worth grabbing a bottle or 2 if you're able to. I know I want to pick up some more! $15.99 a bottle.

May 08, 2021
4.51 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Apr 29, 2021
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3.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

Big old thanks to fiver29 for knocking this long-time want off my list. 375ML bottle for me.

The pour is 2:00 AM black with only a flippant stray bubble or two. Tiny ones. The nose is hefty coconut that masks whatever lies beneath.

Coconut Champion Ground – Barrel Aged is a 2021 rarity – it is subtle. Everything is gentle & integrated; coconut, roast, bourbon, sweetness akin to brown sugar. A less kind man would put ‘muted’ in place of ‘subtle’. At least it’s easy going down.

Compared to the borderline perfect BA Champion Ground this is a huge letdown & as dull as the original is bright & aggressive. Decent enough.

Apr 23, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by pathman from Ohio

03/31/21 bottle @ home

Mar 31, 2021
4.6 by Brian29 from Ohio on Mar 27, 2021
4.49 by MJSFS from Florida on Mar 22, 2021
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2020
4 by Eziel from Ohio on Jan 11, 2019
4.09 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Jan 08, 2019
Photo of qrazvan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by qrazvan from Romania

Medium carbonated, dark body, reduced foam.
Woody smell, the bourbon of course, mapple.
The coffee is behind somehow, some liquorice, a bitter feel, candy, bourbon, cognac.
I was expecting something else, but quite good.

Mar 12, 2018
4.03 by akopczyk from Ohio on Feb 14, 2018
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3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Sabtos from Ohio

Burnt brown-red edges but black in the center with a creamy thin tan ring.

Smell is fresh and fleshy coconut, chocolate covered nuts, roasted almonds and amaretto.

Taste still features that hot bourbon, while the coconut is accentuating the barrel and adding complexity, like nutty amaretto. The coffee has an almond paste quality with a dusting of cocoa, and is quite drying, which amplifies the heat. The yeast may have been agitated, contributing a red apple-like flavor in the coconutty finish.

Compared to the base, this has a surprisingly big froth, but still some heat glides through the medium body. Finish is very dry, and dries out even more so after the swallow.

Jan 08, 2018
4.25 by WesMantooth from Ohio on Oct 23, 2017
4.46 by zimm421 from Ohio on Oct 22, 2017
4.4 by caahare from West Virginia on Oct 08, 2017
4.13 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Sep 24, 2017
Bourbon Barrel Coconut Champion Ground from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 35 ratings