Jackie O's / Creature Comforts - Athens To Athens Grist To Grist | Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's / Creature Comforts - Athens To Athens Grist To GristJackie O's / Creature Comforts - Athens To Athens Grist To Grist

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

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smoked barleywine style ale, inspired by the Adambiers of Dortmunder, Germany, aged in bourbon barrels. In collaboration with Creature Comforts Brewing Company

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 29
Photo of JdubsNY
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This 11.5% barrel-aged barleywine pours a rich brown color, foam head disappears quickly and smells of fruit and smoke.  Taste follows the nose and adds a sweet caramel note too; finishes smooth and somewhat smokey.  Nicely done. 

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Photo of Benish
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky non-translucent dark brown color. The head was minimal, disappeared quickly. At the nose, there were abundant pitted dark fruits - plums, currants. Trace of sweet vanilla and at room temp, charred bourbon came in. Absolutely no trace of smokiness. But then I took a sip and the smoke started to develop - especially at the finish. As the beer returned to warmer temp, there was a nice smoke, heat, and spiciness, combined coming from the smoke and bourbon. Love it. Also plenty of dark fruits wit notes of caramel. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall a nice barley wine that leaves me wanting more smoke in the beer. It falls a little short of what the label says - definitely has potential!

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Photo of Sabtos
2.53/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Muddy prune juice brown with creamy whisps of tan film just on the surface, and that's it.

Smell is oak, maple, woody smoke, grape cough syrup and prune.

Boy am I glad I didn’t buy this. It has a sort of tart note to it under the smoke, like pineapple, with grape, candy apple, and a woodiness that's splintery and ashy, and almost peaty.

The medium-light body has a crisp firm fizz and a very powder dry finish.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2018 vintage. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours a murky brownish/copper color with about an inch light tan head that fizzled away kinda quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and a bit of smokiness. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some brown sugar and toffee flavors. Smoke flavor is light, but noticeable. Does get a little smokier as it warms, but it's still not a strong smoke flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good overall brew, might have to pick up another bottle and see how it ages! $11.99 a bottle.

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Photo of rypkr
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unexpected "wow" barleywine, and in my opinion up there with some world class however I'd consider this much more to style of an English barleywine than an american. But I digress, this sleeper beer is up there with mother of all storms and bcbbw.

It's fairly sweet and caramel rich, very nice subtle earthy hop bite, mild smokiness. I've been let down by Jackie O's a LOT and feel a lot of their shit is way overrated. This one here is a nice anomly and snuck right under the radar.

Funny I thought the same about appervation... another collab beer. Maybe Jackie O's just aren't that talented (apart from doing the actual barrel aging) and I should actually just be praising creature comforts and side project for these delicious beers...

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Jackie O's / Creature Comforts - Athens To Athens Grist To Grist from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 29 ratings