Iron Furnace
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Style:
American Barleywine
Ranked #59
ABV:
13.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,138
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 5.8%
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
20
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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
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90
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Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 ounce bottle, 2020 vintage, label says 11.2% ABV. Served in a Jackie O's snifter, the beer pours very dark brown with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like maple, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and grainy malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly sweet with maple, brown sugar, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark bread, raisin, burnt/charred malt and oaky flavors. It's sweet but has a charred/oaky hit in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good barleywine, definitely worth trying if you have a chance to!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

The body appears slick, thick yet silky dark matte brown through and through, with a brown collar of tiny pearl bubbles on top that quickly fizzle out to absolutely nothing at all.

Smell is toffee, caramel, wet graham, maple oak, rum raisin and bourbon heat.

Quite sweet and syrupy up front, notes of maple, coconut, and vanilla make it clear that the whiskey oak is abundantly influential right off the bat. As such, it's a bit hot with a warming caramel exhale, as I expected nothing less since even BB Brick Kiln is quite a warm beast. I also get a bit of grape, rich nutty toffee, and licorice. It's pretty complex, and enjoyable.

The feel is slick and sticky but thin with a light, sharp fizz and a dry, scratchy swallow.

For comparison's sake, I had the older, smaller brother BBBK side by side, and found it kind of smokier and roastier, with a super paper dry, sort of crunchy finish. Yet it was noticeably less hot, with a milkier oak presence, more actual bourbon flavor, as well as prune. It still exhibited a little vanilla, and also had a woody, slightly piney hop. It was less complex, yet more mature. I enjoyed Iron Furnace much more.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jul 30, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a limited release. It is a barley wine brewed with brown sugar, maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels. It’s good but the mouthfeel was a disappointment. I feel like the carbonation is off with the batch. Considering the price point I expected more.

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beerman207 from Kentucky, Jul 22, 2018
Iron Furnace from Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 20 ratings