Iron Furnace
Jackie O's Pub & Brewery

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Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
Ohio, United States
Barleywine - American
Ranked #14
Ranked #1,705
4.37 | pDev: 5.49%
Apr 30, 2022
Jul 22, 2018
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Notes: Barleywine style Ale brewed with brown sugar and maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels.
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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - really dark brown with slight rimming
Smell - bourbon and brown sugar with a slight maple
Taste - sweet brown sugar maple and bourbon with a lil vanilla in there as well
Feel - full body with a very light carb, slight creaminess
Overall - pretty tasty sweet barleywine

Apr 30, 2022
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4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Pitch dark brown opaque body with lighter edges and a tan head. Bourbon, maple, molasses, brown sugar, barley, earth, and light caramel, everything is there equally, great just worried the taste might be sweet. My fears were assuaged in the taste however, barrel maintains the appropriate heat and wood to cut sweetness, barley helps too, brown sugar, molasses, maple, and a kiss of jackie o's house yeast meld together. Feel is classic jackie o's with how balanced it is, smooth too, with the perfect amount of warmth. The only thing holding it back is the sludgy viscosity that dulls out other textures.

Feb 04, 2022
5 by petrusek23 from Ohio on Jan 25, 2022
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4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12.7 oz bottle, 2021 bottling, served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown letting very little light through. What little light gets through the edges shows a bit of a dark copper color. Thin tan head, some strands and sheets of lacing which dissipate fairly quickly, which is expected at this high of an ABV.

Smell: Bourbon, a definite sweet note that is a bit like brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla as well.

Taste: Really rich flavor from start to finish. Bourbon bookends this beer at the start and finish, and in the middle is a wonderful malt sweetness, notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and a bit of roasted malt bitterness for balance. I'm not really getting the maple flavor at all, but other than this, it's a very wonderful tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Very very smooth and creamy, with a very light carbonation. A bit sticky on the teeth, and warming at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A definite slow sipping and savoring beer. Very nice on a cold winter's night, and this would pair really well with a dessert. Well done barleywine, and while it's very much on the sweet side of a barleywine, it still fits that style. The alcohol is notable, but it's not an overly "hot" beer, although I know that I better stop at one with this beer. I'll have to see if they release this one again.

Jan 15, 2022
4.48 by Blogjackets from Ohio on Jan 15, 2022
4.38 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Nov 04, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12.7 oz bottle, vintage 2020, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - very dark brown with absolutely no head
S - brown sugar, maple syrup, bourbon
T - sweet, great blend of maple syrup, brown sugar, bourbon, a bit of caramel
F - thick chewy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O - very good, sweet but complex with a great blend of flavors

Jul 12, 2021
4.12 by jakecattleco from California on May 30, 2021
4.57 by MJSFS from Florida on May 07, 2021
4.6 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio on Feb 02, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Manta200 from Kentucky

shipped from the brewery. 12.7 oz (331ml) bottle.
Brewed with local maple syrup and aged in bourbon barrels for 16 month.
The appearance is ruby brown with a vey thin head.
The maple syrup is very dominant but it works! Silky smooth body.
I like it!

Oct 29, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Cyoung1313 from Ohio

2020 vintage. Pours black with no lacing or head. Notes of maple, raisins, brown sugar and vanilla on the nose. Taste hits the same notes along with a nice sweetness. Barrel in the background but you know its there. Nice mouthfeel, bit of dryness on the back end. Overall another solid offering from JO's.

Oct 28, 2020
4.38 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Oct 19, 2020
4.63 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Oct 08, 2020
4.24 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 01, 2020
4.35 by Jason_cs from Florida on Jul 06, 2020
4.4 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio on Jun 28, 2020
4.09 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on May 06, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

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!

Apr 23, 2020
4.18 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Feb 24, 2019
4 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 28, 2018
4.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Dec 21, 2018
4.59 by HopBelT from Belgium on Dec 02, 2018
3.99 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Nov 04, 2018
4.3 by caahare from West Virginia on Nov 04, 2018
4.4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Oct 18, 2018
4.49 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Sep 24, 2018
4.24 by aasher from Indiana on Sep 23, 2018
4.03 by WesMantooth from Ohio on Sep 06, 2018
4.14 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Sep 02, 2018
4.65 by NMA from Ohio on Aug 18, 2018
4.63 by Richter525 from Michigan on Aug 17, 2018
4.23 by rcjennings from Ohio on Jul 30, 2018
4.66 by Brian29 from Ohio on Jul 30, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Jul 30, 2018
4.79 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by beerman207 from Kentucky

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.

Jul 22, 2018
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